Ravi Bopara exclusive: Sachin Tendulkar is my idol

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Ravi Bopara hinted that he should replace A Question of Sport captain Phil Tufnell on the BBC sports based panel show, after the former England bowler mistook him for Jimmy Anderson on the programme's 'Mystery Guest' challenge. 

Bopara was speaking exclusively with GiveMeSport whilst answering questions from fans via Facebook, when one questioned his feelings about Tufnell's mistake.

"I didn't actually watch it but I saw it on Twitter," he joked.

"I don't know how he got that wrong, it's ridiculous.

"I look nothing like Jimmy, I'm much better looking."

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Bopara was dazzled as to how the former bowler could have mistaken the two, even claiming that he should be handed Tuffers role and the 48-year-old should be fired.

"Phil Tufnell has obviously shown he's not a very smart bloke. Is he one of the team captains? I think he is a team captain. If he is, sack him! Get me in," Bopara jokingly said.

The former 'King of The Jungle' is a star of television, since retiring from cricket. He has featured in 'I'm a celebrity, get me out of here...', 'They Think It's All Over' and 'Strictly Come Dancing', whilst being awarded an honorary doctorate at Middlesex University for his achievements in Sport and the Media.  


Focusing on the serious stuff now, and whilst Bopara admits that his parents are much to thank for helping him achieve what he has achieved today; as well as being a massive inspiration, his true sporting icon is the legendary Sachin Tendulkar. 

"Obviously the biggest inspiration directly linked with cricket would be Sachin Tendulkar. The guy inspired me, I loved watching him and I loved the way he went about his cricket.

"I loved his record and loved him as a person, so yes, he is my biggest inspiration when it comes to cricket."


The 29-year-old was fast to dismiss the question regarding him being a 'celebrity', and insisted he is just a cricketer and loves the path that he has taken. 

"I can speak as a cricketer, it is nice, such a great life," he added.

"I love it and every moment of being a cricketer. Both on and off the field.

"There is a lot of things that come with it and a lot of restrictions as well but it is the best life I could ever imagine. I can't think of anything better."

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