It is irrelevant if Sachin Tendulkar comes up up with big knocks or not in his swansong series but he surely deserves a good farewell for his sheer dedication in the last 24 years, former skipper Rahul Dravid said today.
Tendulkar will bid adieu to the game after playing his 200th Test against the West Indies in Mumbai next month.
"I just hope he really enjoys the last two games and enjoys his cricket irrespective of whether he scores or not because that is irrelevant. I hope he has a lot of fun and those two matches will be two great occasions. I just want to wish him all the best and say thank you for all that he has done for Indian cricket for the last 24 years," Dravid said.
"He is one player who has never let his standard come down. His love for cricket has been consistent from the age of 16 to even now at 40. I would like that he does well in his last two Tests and signs off with a good performance.
"His family is also coming down so both these two Tests will be a big event. He has worked hard for so many years now so he deserves a good farewell," Dravid told reporters on the sidelines of a Gillette event.
"Everything is known about him. Probably he is the most written about cricketer of this generation and probably ever."
Dravid, who himself is a highly respected figure in international cricket, said it would be difficult to get near to Tendulkar's achievements.
"I played a lot of cricket with Sachin. I have seen him since childhood. He has been with the Indian team for a long time and he is a great cricketer not only in India but what he is accomplished, his statistics, his performance is difficult to replicate," he said.