|Sachin: The Little Master|
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He is to cricket what David Beckham, Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen all rolled into one are to football - and more.
The Indian megastar makes scoring runs so easy - and the reason for that is his technique.
The man's a walking textbook - if you want to know how to play the ideal straight drive, just watch him in action.
His dead-straight bat is raised for a second or two as the ball rushes to the boundary, showing the bowler the maker's name of the bat.
Because of his small size, Sachin has incredible balance which means he's equally comfortable playing off his front or back foot and around his legs.
And unlike most batsman, Sachin has a low grip on the bat, which means his bottom hand controls most of his shots, especially the cut and leg glance.
Most coaches would have nightmares about this, but it doesn't worry Sachin one little bit.
Because he has very flexible wrists, he can place and control his shots exactly how he wants them.
The huge lump of wood to whack the bowlers to all parts of the boundary also helps too.
Sachin's bat weighs almost three-and-half pounds (1.42 kg), probably the heaviest used by a batsman in world cricket.
His low grip, along with his heavy bat, help him create incredible power for his drives, cuts and glances.
At times it's virtually impossible to bowl at him, not the best if you're the fielding side.