Legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar deems Australian series of 1999 as the toughest in his 24-year long glorious international cricket career.

“The toughest series without any doubt was in 1999 when we went to Australia and they had a great side. In a team of 11, you had literally seven to eight match winners and the rest were also very good. That was a team which dominated world cricket for a number of years. They had their own style of playing, very aggressive,” Sachin Tendulkar stated at a promotional event.

The Steve Waugh-led side dominated the three-match series, handing India a 3-0 whitewash.

The batting legend added that other teams admired the Australian style of play and wanted to emulate them.

“I still remember in Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney, the brand of cricket they played, impressed the whole world. Everyone wanted to play that brand of cricket. Though we all respect our styles of playing, but everyone felt that the brand of cricket they played was special.

“They were able to do that consistently. It was a world class team,” he said.

Picking the longest format of the game as his favourite, Sachin Tendulkar said, “If I have to compare Test cricket and ODI cricket, without any doubt, the greatest satisfaction is when you do well in Test cricket and you do something special for the team.”

Having had many encounters against world class bowlers in his over two-decade long career, the 44-year-old said that he did not relish facing former Proteas captain Hansie Cronje.

“From 1989 when I started playing there would be at least 25 world class bowlers. But someone I didn’t enjoy batting against was Hansie Cronje. For some reason I got out and over a period of time I realised that I am better off being at the non-striker’s end.”

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