Sachin Tendulkar Reveals How he Got The Opening Responsibility in International Career
The legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has recently revealed how he became as an opener in the international career. The veteran started his international career as a middle-order batsman in 1989. For more than four years, he served as a top-middle-order or middle-order batsman. When India toured New Zealand in 1994, Tendulkar first time opened for India during the ODI series.
It was the time of the second game of the four-match ODI series between the hosts New Zealand and the visitors India at Auckland. Before that match, India were trailing by 1-0 in that series. As the regular opener, Navjot Singh Sidhu was unavailable for that game due to the neck sprain, captain Mohammad Azharuddin and manager Ajit Wadekar were searching for an opener. Sachin Tendulkar almost insisted his captain and manager allow him to open in that match at any cost.
While the visitors bundled out the hosts for just 142 runs in the first innings, Tendulkar played a quick-firing knock of 82 runs off only 49 balls (15 fours and 2 sixes) to secure an easy victory. His batting helped the visitors to reach the target in 23.2 overs after losing three wickets.
Tendulkar recently told on his personal app 100MB, “When I left the hotel in the morning, I didn’t know am going to open the batting. We reached the ground and Azhar and Wadekar Sir was there in the dressing room. They said Sidhu is unfit because he has sprained his neck. So, who do we open with and I said give me one chance. I am so confident I can go out and attack all those bowlers.
“The first reaction was why do I want to open? But i was confident I could do that. And it was not like I would slog upfront and come back, I would continue batting after that and play my normal game which is attacking.”
I said if I fail I will never come back to you: Sachin Tendulkar
Tendulkar even said to the captain and coach that he would never come back to them if he failed in that opportunity.
He added, “Till then, only once in 1992 World Cup, Mark Greatbatch had done that because the normal trend was to play off the first 15 overs as the ball was new. You would see the shine off and then slowly look to accelerate and press the peddle as hard as you can in the last 7 to 8 overs. So, I thought if I could go and press the peddle hard in the first 15 overs, it would put a lot of pressure on the opposition and I said if I fail I will never come back to you, but give me one chance. And it clicked.”
It was only the beginning of his long successful career where he achieved many successes as an ODI opener. In the first five ODI innings as an opener, Tendulkar scored 82, 63, 40, 63 and 73 runs respectively. While he opened in 342 international innings, the right-handed batsman scored 15,335 runs with an average of 48.07.
As an opener in international cricket, the former Indian cricketer Tendulkar is currently the sixth most run-scorer. However, he is still the most run-scorer as an ODI opener (15,310 runs).
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