The absence of injured Sachin Tendulkar from Indiaâ€™s squad will be a big loss for spectators in the Caribbean as the team arrives in the region for a series of five matches, West Indies captain Brian Lara said.
â€œI think it is unfortunate because we are all entertainers. The public would have loved to see Sachin,â€ Lara said as his team trained on Thursday in preparation for its final two matches in its current series against Zimbabwe.
â€œHeâ€™s going to be here for the World Cup hopefully, but any opportunity to see him would have been great for the public,â€ Lara added.
Lara and Tendulkar, who both broke into international cricket in the early 1990s, have been long considered the contemporary gameâ€™s leading batsmen.
The 37-year-old Lara added that the presence of a player of Tendulkarâ€™s class could help the development of young West Indies players.
â€œAs team members, we can only learn from a player like that,â€ Lara said.
â€œIt doesnâ€™t mean that India, with a player like Sachin Tendulkar in the team, is actually going to beat the West Indies,â€ Lara explained. â€œYes, they would have a player of high class but we would have loved to have him here playing against us,â€ he added. The five-match one-day series against India begins in Jamaica on Thursday.
Source:The NewsMore on:Brian Lara, India in West Indies 2006, Sachin Tendulkar
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