The access of iconic cricketer Sachin Tendulkar transcends any action in India and civic football captain Baichung Bhutia says he draws afflatus from him to accompany acclaim for the country.
India drillmaster Bob Houghton had compared Bhutia with Tendulkar for the access both the players accept in their corresponding civic teams. Bhutia declared Tendulkar as the allegorical sporstsperson whose access goes abundant above cricket.
"I accept met him already or alert and acutely he is a antic legend. He is the sole archetype of a role archetypal sportsperson in India. He inspires a chief footballer like me to accompany acclaim for the country," Bhutia said afterwards their training affair advanced of India's aftermost accumulation bout adjoin South Korea in the Asian Cup.
Bhutia said it was difficult to analyze amid a footballer and cricketer in India but said the bulk of time they accept played for the country and the account they accept rendered could be similar.
"Sachin is altered from me. Football is absolutely altered from cricket. The bulk of time we two accept played for the country and the bulk of the account we two accept accustomed could be compared," he said.
"Me, Leander Paes, Sachin, Dhanraj Pillay, we played for the country for absolutely continued and can be compared in that sense. But football is absolutely altered from cricket," he added.
Houghton had told a columnist appointment afore India's additional accumulation bout adjoin Bahrain on Friday that Bhutia has an access on the civic football ancillary aloof like Tendulkar has on the candid team.
"The best cricketer in the apple is in India. Tendulkar is a actual accomplished role model, a accomplished person. Comparison with Baichung is similar. They are of the aforementioned age, they accumulate going. Bhutia is a above access on the aggregation on and off the field. He is a leader," Houghton had said.
Bhutia was the aboriginal Indian to comedy able football in Europe in the post-independence era back he spent three years with English Championships ancillary Bury FC amid 1999 and 2002.
34-year-old Baichung has played 104 all-embracing matches for India back 1995 and he is the almanac goalscorer for the country. Tendulkar, 37, is the arch runs scorer and aeon maker in both Test and one-day all-embracing cricket.
Tendulkar, who fabricated his admission in 1989 at an age of 16, is broadly advised as the greatest batsman of the avant-garde era.