Batsmen must work harder to counter quality bowlers, says Tendulkar
Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar feels that international batsmen should constantly work on their game in order to <g data-gr-id="46">counter world</g> class bowlers, as he did during his playing days.
“It is the duty of a batsman to work on his game as these world class bowlers constantly introduce something new,” said Tendulkar. Asked what’s the secret of facing Lasith Malinga’s toe crushers, Tendulkar smiled and said: “Baal nahin ball ko dekho (Don’t watch his mop of hair but watch the ball).”
Recollecting his fond memories of Delhi when he visited the city as a player, Tendulkar said: “My first match as India’s Test captain was at Feroz Shah Kotla against Australia and we won the match.” Another incident related to his 35th Test hundred, surpassing Sunil Gavaskar is also etched in his memory.
“That was 2005 and we were playing Sri Lanka. After first Test match in Chennai and before Delhi Test, I was having a power nap in the afternoon. In my dream, I saw myself scoring a hundred at Kotla. And I scored my 35th hundred,” Tendulkar said at <g data-gr-id="36">promotional</g> event in Gurgaon’s Cyber hub.
He praised the Delhi crowd for its passion for cricket.
“Delhi has extreme weathers like April-May when <g data-gr-id="39">its</g> extremely hot and then December-January when its cold. But Delhi-ites love their cricket and come out to support us even in IPL (in the month of April, May),” concluded the Mumbai Indians icon. Sharing a light moment during the intraction, wife Anjali said,
“His passion for speed ended up giving him and me “a headache” that lasted one whole day. “It was some years back in England. The BMW guys told me to give them a feedback and said ‘Check out the brakes’. “So I convinced Anjali to come with me for a drive and I really pressed it hard. I won’t tell you what speed I was driving. Since they told me to check the brakes, I applied it and it came to halt. Such was the G-force, me and Anjali both felt it and we both had a headache for the entire day.