Originally Posted by Jadukor
Whether you or I agree with what they are saying is irrelevant. Most of those players are great players and have had long international careers to know and understand what they are saying. Sentimental or not their opinion matters more than our opinion because they have played the game at the highest level with Tendulkar and it is safe to assume that they understand the game better than fans as well. Perhaps they are not as good in customizing stats-guru searches but I trust what they have to say about the game more regardless.
Thats a fallacious (?) line of argument. Einstein was a brilliant physicist and therefore everything he said about physics must be true. Cricketers, it may be argued, may be even more prone to media hype than fans. These cricketers are just as aware as we are of Tendulkar's status and there is every reason to believe that can confound perception. Obviously these players were asked about SRT specifically and neither do they represent all the great players who ever faced him and nor would they say anything but flattering things. Murali is quoted as saying he had far more trouble with Lara. Another great bowler - can't remember his name might have been Shaun Pollock - actually mentioned a unheralded lower order batsman as being the toughest guy to bowl to over the likes of Lara, SRT, and others.
Cricketers also get a better look than fans at his superior technique, range of stroke play, and aestheticism and that also plays a part. In almost every junction of a major match situation, SRT has choked. Everyone remembers that valiant innings against Pakistan when his teamates all fell and that epic 4th innings chase against England in 2008 because those were so rare.