Sachin Tendulkar was passionate about his batting and could have scored century irrespective of the presence of crowd maintains his former Indian teammate, VVS Laxman. Due to the restrictions and strict protocols laid down by the COVID-19 pandemic, sports globally is now being played without spectators in the gallery. Even the ongoing season of the IPL 2020 is played behind closed doors in the UAE.
Adapting to the new conditions and restrictions are a difficult set of challenges for all sportspersons including cricket icons with the idea of playing without fans posing challenge and difficulty. Sportspersons often enjoy the support they receive from the crowds who cheer for them from the sidelines.
Sachin Tendulkar Was Extremely Passionate: VVS Laxman
Cricketing legend such as Sachin Tendulkar would be still able to perform without crowds feels VVS Laxman. In a recent interview, former Indian cricketer and current Sunrisers Hyderabad batting coach VVS Laxman was asked for his views if his former Indian teammate could have scored his famous twin-hundreds in Sharjah in 1998 if there were no crowds. V
VS Laxman gave an interesting response by saying great players derive internal motivation and feel no need for support of the crowd.
“For Sachin, it didn’t matter the way he used to bat for India and Mumbai. He was passionate about what he was doing,” Laxman told The Indian Express. “I don’t have any doubt that Sachin would still have been in his zone. All great players derive that internal motivation and not necessarily be motivated externally.”
“Sachin was the greatest batsman I have seen in our generation. He still would have won that game for us.”
VVS Laxman was in the Playing XI when India played Australia in the 1998 Coca-Cola Cup in Sharjah. He got the chance to bat with Sachin Tendulkar during both the matches in which the former India batsman scored masterful centuries against the Australians, taking India to a victory in the final.
Sachin Tendulkar Remembered For Desert Storm Twin Centuries In Sharjah
Sachin Tendulkar is best remembered for his extraordinary batting display as the ‘Master Blaster’ dominated opposition throughout the world and is best remembered for his brilliant knocks in Sharjah. Sachin Tendulkar’s battles with Australians always was on the headlines. Sachin Tendulkar who is the only player to score exactly 100 international centuries represented India for close to 24 years.
He was part of the Indian squad that won World Cup in 2011 after a hiatus of 28 years. It was in Sharjah that he played two of his greatest innings in ODI cricket. The first came when he took India to the finals with an innings of excellence, which came to be known as ‘Desert Storm’ due to the sand storm stoppage after which he went crazy with his shots all around the ground.
The next was a masterclass century, which defeated the Aussies in the final. Both were 131-ball knocks with the ‘Master Blaster’ slamming 143 first and then following it up with a knock of 134 in the final comprising of 12 boundaries and 3 sixes, which was on his birthday as India chased down 273.
His 143-run innings comprised of 9 fours and 5 sixes in a lost cause which Australia won by 26 runs. But still, India reached the final as they had a better run rate than New Zealand. Sachin Tendulkar scored as many as 434 runs in the tournament which was played between Australia, New Zealand and India.