Sachin Tendulkar was placed in the sixth position on Telegraph journalist Scyld Berry's list of the best cricketers in the last 40 years. The renowned journalist's top-40 list saw the legendary Viv Richards in the top spot while the Master Blaster was the only Indian in the top-10.
Tendulkar achieved the landmark of playing 200 Test matches and played 463 ODIs accumulating an astonishing 34347 runs in the process. The 44-year-old was also was the member of the Indian team that won the 2011 ICC World Cup. Despite the glorious record, the famous cricket writer put him the Indian legend in the sixth position. The first spot went to the legendary West Indian Sir Viv Richard who was followed by Pakistan’s Imran Khan Australian spinner Shane Warne, Windies pacer Malcolm Marshall and English cricketer Ian Botham.
Apart from Tendulkar, former opener Virender Sehwag and all-rounder Kapil Dev were the other Indian players who got a place in the top-20, as they were ranked 12th and 18th respectively.
Berry placed the original master blaster, Sunil Gavaskar, on number 24 while giving the number 26 spot to the Wall, Rahul Dravid. Anil Kumble, who recently stepped down from the position of the Indian coach, was the last Indian on the list placed in the 34th position.
Here is the top-10 list :
1. Viv Richards
2. Imran Khan
3. Shane Warne
4. Malcolm Marshall
5. Ian Botham
9. Brian Lara
10. Wasim Akram
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