Sachin Tendulkar [ Images ] is not taking part in the 2010 Commonwealth Games [ Images ], but ask any athlete, Indian or foreign, present, about him and it is only admiration that they have for the ace batsman.
Tendulkar was unbeaten after a cracking innings of 191 as India [ Images ] put up 435 for five in a strong reply to Australia's [ Images ] first innings of 478, on Day 3 of the second and final Test in Bangalore, on Monday.
Australian hockey great Jamie Dwyer admitted he is a big fan of Tendulkar.
"I am a big fan of Sachin Tendulkar. I just love his batting. The way he bats is exceptional," Dwyer told rediff.com.
"He is a role model not only for India but for the entire sporting world."
Dwyer revealed how he had a brief interaction with Tendulkar during the 2005 Hockey Champions Trophy [ Images ] in Chennai.
"We spoke about hockey and cricket, but nothing much transpired between us. It was a quick chat, but the way he presented himself, I was really impressed," the Australian said.
Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza [ Images ] also lavished rich praise on the batting legend.
"We all know Sachin is my favourite and I am sure he is favourite among the majority. Congratulations to him; he has held the fort once again and saved the match once again for us," Sania said.
Ace marksman Vijay Kumar, who won three gold medals and a silver at the Delhi [ Images ] Games, said Tendulkar is his idol.
"He is such a great sportsperson. I look up to him. He is my favourite sportsperson," Vijay said.