Players Of Current Era Should Be Compared With Players Of Present: Sachin Tendulkar
Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar isn’t a fan of comparing one generation to another as the right-handed batsman, in a recent chat with PTI, said that he doesn’t like comparisons between two different eras. Tendulkar was asked to compare the current pace attack with the older pace attack that India had.
“I don’t like comparisons as those were different eras, where different teams played on different surfaces under a different set of rules,” he was quoted as saying by PTI.
“We have two new balls and fielding restrictions in place (four fielders outside 30-yard circle between overs 11 and 40 and one more in the last 10 overs), it is like 100m runners are now running 90m or 80m because laws have changed. It is difficult for bowlers with no reverse swing which single new ball offered. So, if you want to judge the current Indian attack, they should be judged with rival attacks of this generation only. But yes, when it comes to this era, this is a very good attack,” he added.
In 2003, the Indian pace attack had likes of Zaheer Khan, Javagal Srinath and Ashish Nehra. Zaheer and Nehra were also part of 2011 World Cup squad that India won. Team India’s present pace attack consists of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
The trio is experienced and has what it takes to take wickets on a given day but Bhuvneshwar’s form is a bit of worry for team India. He hasn’t been in best of form for a few months and will have to return to form soon.
Another worry for team India is that they do not have a fourth frontline pacer. In case any of the three bowlers has two-three off days, the captain will have to persist with him due to no option in the bag. Team India went for a third pinner in form of Ravindra Jadeja. It is a fact that he can bat well and this factor went in his favour, that saw Jadeja win the race and getting a place in the team.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli will hope for Hardik Pandya and Vijay Shankar to come up with crucial overs if the situation demands but not having a fourth pacer is surely a worry for the team.
India kick off their World Cup 2019 campaign against South Africa tomorrow. The match will be played at The Rose Bowl in Southampton. They will next face Australia at Kennington Oval on June 9 before taking on New Zealand on June 13.
Team India had lost its first warm-up match against New Zealand but came back strongly against Bangladesh in the second warm-up match, defeating the Tigers by a margin of 95 runs,
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