Mitchell Johnson Has Always Been a Special Bowler: Sachin Tendulkar

Updated: 17 November 2015 12:58 IST

Sachin Tendulkar termed the retiring Mitchell Johnson as an aggressive bowler and that he has always been a special bowler for Australia. Tendulkar and Johnson were team-mates for Mumbai Indians during the 2012-13 Indian Premier League.

Mitchell Johnson Has Always Been a Special Bowler: Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar said he always relished the challenge facing Mitchell Johnson. © AFP

India's Sachin Tendulkar paid tribute to retiring Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson, describing him as a special bowler. (Mitchell Johnson To Retire from International Cricket After Perth Test)

"Good luck to @MitchJohnson398 who has always been a special bowler. Got to know him well at @mipaltan and enjoyed his aggressive approach!" Tendulkar tweeted about the cricketer who played for Mumbai Indians as well in his IPL stint.

Fiery Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson Tuesday announced his retirement from all international cricket after the ongoing Test against New Zealand, joining a host of fellow veterans to recently call it quits.

Renowned for his express pace, ferocious bounce and capacity to intimidate, the 34-year-old said in a statement ahead of the fifth day's play at Perth's WACA Ground: "I feel now is the best time to say goodbye.

"It's been an incredible ride. But the ride has to come to an end at some point and to do so here at the WACA is very special." (Mitchell Johnson Admits Thinking About Retirement)

He follows Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin, Ryan Harris, Chris Rogers and Shane Watson into the sunset, who all upped stumps after the recent Ashes series against England.

Speculation had been rife about Johnson's future, with the bowler admitting last week that he thought about retirement "most days".

Johnson's former Australian teammates paid rich tributes to the left-arm pacer.

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