Sachin Tendulkar was all praise for number three batsman Cheteshwar Pujara and pace bowler Umesh Yadav for the manner in which they performed in the their performances in the Test series against Australia.
"Pujara has been a silent warrior, terrific temperament, and somebody again who (is) dedicated, disciplined and focused. I have seen him from close quarters and I was impressed with what I saw, I knew that this guy is there for long time," Tendulkar was quoted as saying in an NDTV report.
During the year, Pujara surpassed Gautam Gambhir's eight-year-old record for the most runs in a home season. His 202 at Ranchi is now the longest innings by an Indian in Tests. He also made a match-winning 92 in Bengaluru.
Speaking about Umesh Yadav, Tendulkar added, "The way guys have shown discipline and commitment, 13 Test matches in a row, I don't remember anything like that happening during our period and someone like Umesh has played 12 of them, so for a fast bowler it is really taxing, that shows that you are going to work on your body.”
"Umesh is a kind of a bowler who keeps getting better with time, the more he bowls the better he gets. And you could see that, the last innings of the season that he bowled was possibly the best spell," Sachin Tendulkar went on to add.
The fast bowler from Vidarbha finished with an impressive haul of 17 wickets in four Tests against Australia. He claimed some key wickets throughout the series. "I think somebody who bowls good reverse swing will always be effective in India. The surfaces, texture, there is reverse swing and it happened in Dharamsala as well. Umesh bowled a couple of damn good reverse swingers," Tendulkar commented.
--By A Cricket Correspondent