Cricket has seen many greats come and go, but very few would argue that anyone came close to Sachin Tendulkar. The whole of India prayed for him every time he took his stance at the crease. All those who have had the privilege of seeing him bat can proudly say: "I lived when Sachin played."

No one else can play the straight drive with the same elegance as the Little Master. No one else will rule the game like he did. In short, there will be no other Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar.

Here are a few quotes that pay testament to his immortality:

1. Words from a 70-year-old English journalist in 1992

2. The ex-Zimbabwe captain weighs in his views of Sachin

3. The Don himself praises Sachin

4. The Wall appreciates the Little Master

5. Big words from the big Aussie

6. Sri Lanka's World Cup-winning captain puts it perfectly

7. Unforgettable words by the stylish Windies batsman

8. The ex-Australia captain after Sachin's amazing performance in Sharjah

9. A fan at the Sydney Cricket Ground portrays his thoughts

10. Powerful words by one of the best in the business

11. The South African batsman explains why Sachin is God

12. The Englishman in awe of the maestro's greatness

13. Even Big B couldn't get enough of him

14. BBC couldn't get more articulate than this

15. An ex-English cricketer and renowned journalist recounts the incident that shocked him

16. The future appreciates the past

17. An Australian paceman gives sound advice

18. India's best spinner tells us how lucky he was

19. The best bowler of his era on the best batsman across eras

20. For once, Sidhu's statement is not over the top

21. The best leg spinner in cricket history spoke up after Sachin left him speechless

22. Mr Cricket talks about the Master of cricket

23. Words about a legend by a legend

24. Harsha Bhogle speaks on behalf of the entire nation

25. The Pakistani bowling maestro doesn't praise many but he couldn't help praising Sachin

26. Time Magazine pays testament to the fact that there is only one God of Cricket

27. Andrew Symonds, on a t-shirt he autographed for the Little Master

29. The Kiwi captain after watching Sachin for years

30. The ex-South Africa captain shares his experience of playing against Tendulkar

31. The King of Bollywood shows respect to the King of Cricket

32. The Aussie star makes a candid confession

33. Words from a true gentleman of the game

34. His audience wasn't just in the stands or on TV

35. The day a million hearts were broken

He came, he played and he conquered. Words from the Master Blaster himself explain his success:

"I hate losing and cricket being my first love, once I enter the ground it's a different zone altogether and that hunger for winning is always there."

- Sachin Tendulkar