He is yet to face a single delivery in England but the former English captains have already begun heaping praises on Sachin Tendulkar. The master-blaster has been figured on the front page of the August edition of The Cricketer which has ex-players like Graham Gooch, Nasser Hussain and Michael Vaughan paying their tributes to him. (In pics: Sachin's greatest achievements)
A special feature has been devoted to Tendulkar in the magazine which is considered to be the world's best-selling magazine on the sport. The veteran English stars have heaped praises on the 38-year-old for adapting to the sport with time. "Sachin's a different player now from 2007. The best players in the world change little things about themselves to keep themselves in the game. In the last two years he's become more aggressive," says Vaughan in theÂ magazine. (Also Read: Sachin Tendulkar not thinking of 100th ton)
His view of Tendulkar is backed by Hussain who feels a change in his game-plan has bore fruits. "Once the records and the hundreds started to be racked up, he turned into a run-machine. Technically and mentally Sachin has changed little over the years but he has changed his game plan. He began as a flamboyant, extravagant stroke-maker who had all the shots and simply loved the game," feels the former cricketer who captained England in Tests between 1999 and 2003.
While accolades have been heaped on Tendulkar for how well he has managed to adapt to the sport in recent years, Gooch has written on his early views of the cricketer. "No one had ever seen him in 1990. As a 17-year-old it was evident that the lad had great skill, great balance, great timing, an eye for the ball. You could see he had all the attributes to make a top player."
The edition, which will hit the stands on July 15, also has interviews with Rahul Dravid and Jonathon Trott, centred around Tendulkar.