‘ICC awards don’t matter if you are Tendulkar’

New Delhi: Sachin Tendulkar’s greatness cannot be measured by the number of awards he has won in his career, feels Yuvraj Singh, who had been dropped for the upcoming Test series against Australia on grounds of form and fitness.

Despite scaling almost every cricketing records, Tendulkar has never won any ICC award, but Yuvraj said, “It doesn’t make any difference because he is Sachin Tendulkar”.

“Whether he has won any ICC award or not it doesn’t matter, because Sachin Tendulkar is Sachin Tendulkar, and there is no comparison,” the dashing left-hander said.

The iconic batsman from Mumbai has been short-listed for the ICC Cricketer of the Year award and will be hoping to break the jinx on October 6 at the ICC awards night in Bangalore. Tendulkar is also in running for both the Test and ODI Player of the Year awards.

Asked about the series against the Aussies, Yuvraj said “like any India-Australia series it will be competitive again”.

“India is the No. 1 Test team in the world and Australia is also not far behind. Both teams have players who have played a lot of competitive cricket, so it should be very competitive,” Yuvraj said.

While the selection committee blamed Yuvraj’s fitness and form for failing to find a berth in the Test squad, the Punjab batsman reiterated that he is “totally fit but there have been lots of issues over my fitness”.

Yuvraj had on Monday insisted that he was in good nick during the Sri Lanka tour and the selectors’ decision has come as a big disappointment for him.

The batsman, who scored a century in a practice game before the first Test at Galle, where he made 52 in the first innings, felt those two innings were good enough to earn him a place in the India squad for the two-Test series against the Aussies.