New Delhi: It has been a while since Sachin Tendulkar retired from international cricket. (How Pakistan fans trolled Virat Kohli after Misbah-ul-Haq and co dethroned India in ICC rankings)
Fans often remember the master's retirement speech as the most eloquent and humble goodbyes a sportsman's ever bid.
Former West Indies pacer Ian Bishop recommended at the time that every cricketer must keep a copy of that speech as it would help them become better cricketers and human beings.
It now looks as though Pakistan cricketer Sami Aslam has done exactly what Bishop said.
In an interview with popular Pakistan cricket website PakPassion.net, the left-hander revealed how he always recalls Tendulkar's speech to keep improving his game.
"I always recall Sachin Tendulkar saying that even when he played his last Test match, he was still learning and trying to improve. I have lots to learn and that comes with experience and hopefully from playing around the world. If you improve and work hard, you will do well.
“If you do not improve and work on your weakness, I believe you will not progress," he said.
The 20-year-old also added that he looks to the likes of Virat Kohli for inspiration to perform at the highest level.
"Again, the word consistency comes to mind. He is someone who every time he goes out to bat, plays in a manner as if his life depended on it. Every innings is played with the same determination as the previous one and nothing is taken for granted.
"Look at his rankings in all formats and you will see what a great batsman he is. Out of 10 innings, he is likely to succeed in 8 or 9 of those innings and that is just incredible. Kohli is a batsman who I respect and admire," he stated.
Despite making his debut in 2015, the Lahore-born batsman did not cement his place in the Pakistan squad.
He finally made his comeback in the recently concluded Test series against England.
Aslam scored 82, 70 in the Birmingham Test and followed it up with 3 and 12* at The Oval.