New Zealand and Mumbai Indians pacer Mitchell McClenaghan recently admitted that he asked the iconic Sachin Tendulkar for a personal coaching session. McClenaghan asked so after wishing the batting legend on his 42nd birthday on Friday. Known to be always helping others, Tendulkar quickly helped out the New Zealand pacer in the nets.

Overjoyed after being coached by Tendulkar, McClaneghan said, “I wished him happy birthday on Friday and asked Sachin if he could give me a coaching session in the nets. I might be a little bit too far gone for Sachin’s help.” “He is a great man. He is good to be around for the young guys like me and guys who have looked up to him throughout their careers. He brings a positive vibe to the group.”

On Saturday, the Mumbai Indians won their second game against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. It was a much needed win for Mumbai. It was the bowling spearheaded by Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga which clicked together.

McClaneghan who picked up three wickets had to say, “It is nice to have a good personal performance but the most pleasing thing was seeing how we worked together. You have to bowl well, field well, put pressure and put your body on the line which brings the energy.” “We worked well together. We were like brothers out there. Hopefully we can continue to do that and keep working together and move forward as a team.”

The 28 year old Kiwi pacer was in complete awe of head coach Ricky Ponting and said, “I have a hell of a lot of interactions with Ponting about my game. He is very passionate, very competitive and he always wants to win.”

To conclude, Mitchell also praised his fellow countryman and Mumbai Indians bowling coach Shane Bond and was quoted saying, “I have worked with Shane Bond for three years now and I can’t speak more highly of the man. He is so organised in his work. He is someone who is always there when you want someone to talk about stuff.

“He is a great acquisition for Mumbai Indians and if we get a prolonged period under him, we will learn, evolve and we will get better.”

 

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