Sachin Tendulkar has complimented Marnus Labuschagne by singling him out as the player that resembles him the most.
Labuschagne has grown in stature since he entered the Australian team as a concussion substitute for champion batsman Steve Smith during the Ashes last year.
The young right-handed batsman then experienced a dream run in international cricket managing to lead the batting charts for 2019 with a voluminous sum of 1,104 runs.
Incidentally, cricket icon Tendulkar was present at Lord's when Labuschagne grabbed his chance as the sport's first-ever concussion substitute.
Tendulkar, who reigns atop the list of all-time leading run-getters with 51 tons across an illustrious Test career, is currently in Australia to take part in a star-studded charity match on Sunday to raise funds for relief efforts for the devastating bushfires.
Interacting with the media in Sydney, Tendulkar believed Labuschagne's compact batting technique was in the same category as his elegant style.
"His footwork was incredible, so he would be the one [resembling me] I would say," Tendulkar said when asked if any player in today's era reminded him of himself.
"I saw Marnus getting hit [on the helmet] off the second ball from Jofra Archer and post that, the 15 minutes he batted, I said 'this player looks special, there is something about him'."
Labuschagne remarkably weathered Jofra Archer's stormy spell of bowling and later stamped his authority on the international arena with a slew of half-centuries in the Ashes.
While his red-ball exploits have made the headlines, Labuschagne also made a decent transition to ODI cricket with two impressive innings in India last month.
"Footwork is not physical, it's mental," Tendulkar added.
"If you're not thinking positively in your mind, then your feet don't move. That clearly indicated to me that this guy is mentally strong because if you're not, your feet will not move."