Shane Watson, the stand-in Australian captain, has described India's retiring batting great Rahul Dravid as the "the nicest guy" in cricket.
He described his Indian Premier League teammate as a "phenomenal man" who will be sorely missed by the game.
"I've been very lucky to have a really good association with Rahul. He's probably the nicest guy - no, he is the nicest guy - that I've met in cricket. He's a phenomenal man.
He loves the game with so much passsion, it's in his blood and in his heart. He is certainly going to be sorely missed by the Indian public and the cricket loving public as well," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Watson, as saying.
"I suppose I'm lucky that he's my captain for Rajasthan so I'll continue to talk cricket as much as I possibly can because I do love talking to him. He's got a lot of knowledge to be able to give," he added.
Thirty-nine-year-old Dravid is expected to declare his retirement from a marathon Test career at a press conference scheduled for today in Bangalore.
Sachin Tendular also paid tribute to him, saying 'there can be no other Rahul Dravid'.
"There was and is only one Rahul Dravid. There can be no other. I will miss Rahul in the dressing room and out in the middle. I have shared the best moments with him. Our many century partnerships are testimony to the hours we spent together in the middle," he added.