Tendulkar most accomplished World Cup player

Updated: Feb 16, 2011, 18:54 PM IST

Legendary Pakistani fast bowler Imran Khan refused to compare Sachin Tendulkar with Don Bradman but said the Indian maestro was the "most accomplished player in the World Cup".

Imran declined to compare Tendulkar with Bradman as he had not seen the Australian playing.

"Sachin is the most accomplished player in the World Cup. He should open Indian innings and with Virender Sehwag. They can give solid start to the team which will be difficult for other teams to match," Imran said.

He said Mahendra Singh Dhoni`s squad is the best ever Indian World Cup side and it has the most formidable batting line-up among the teams participating in this edition starting in the sub-continent on Saturday.

"I played the first World Cup in 1975 and have been following it since then. According to me this is the best ever Indian side playing in a World Cup," said Pakistan`s 1992 World Cup-winning captain.

"This is the best batting line-up in the world. You have Sachin, Sehwag, MS Dhoni, Yusuf Pathan and the batting depth will play a crucial role," he told a news channel.

He predicted that Harbhajan Singh will be the key bowler for India given the conditions, and if he were the captain he would have asked the off-spinner to play the attacking bowler`s role.

Asked about the Indian pace battery, the former all-rounder said, "When I saw Ishant Sharma bowling initially, I felt that at last India has got a genuine pace bowler who can run through any batting order. But two years since then when I saw him, I could see flaw in his bowling action."