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    Pietersen terms Sachin the greatest ever

    The England and Delhi Daredevils batsman said Sachin Tendulkar is the best of the best.

    Noida: England and Delhi Daredevils’ batsman Kevin Pietersen believes that Sachin Tendulkar is the "greatest ever" to have played the game of cricket. "Sachin is a magnificent player. He is the greatest player ever played [the game], he said on the sidelines of an event.

    Pietersen, along with Sri Lankan Mahela Jayawardene, has added stability to Delhi’s batting and has been in a good form ever since he joined the team after playing a series with England in Sri Lanka. When asked about the team’s strategy for their game against Mumbai Indians on Friday, the right-hander, said it’s hard to predict the outcome of a T20 game and getting two points against Mumbai will be their top priority. “In Twenty20, anything can happen. It's hard to predict the result and we will try to win two points [against Mumbai]," he said.

    The South African-born English cricketer, who scored a whirlwind century (103 not out) in his third match for Delhi against Deccan Chargers, said while growing up, though he saw a number of good batsmen play, he didn’t copy anyone of them. "I don't follow anybody. I grew up in South Africa and loved watching Jonty Rhodes and Hansie Cronje. Other than that I liked Mark Waugh [batting]. There are a few people I enjoy watching them play but I can't be somebody else."

    When asked to compare playing at the Lord’s and Feroz Shah Kotla, Pietersen said, "Lord's is a traditional, English [ground]. There are knowledgeable people [there]. At Kotla it is intense [and] loud. I have a lot of respect for the crowd here. It's louder than any other [venue]."