Sachin Tendulkar had ambushed bowlers with different styles of shots during his 20-year long career. He has been know for his eye-soothing straight and cover drives. The legendary cricketer also executed cut and flick shots brilliantly. He had all the shots under his armoury to damage any bowler’s attack. But there was one shot that he hadn’t practiced a lot, but it worked for him to disturb nasty pacers.
During the Youtube Q & A session, a fan asked Sachin Tendulkar did he practiced the uppercut shot or just instinct when your playing?”
That shot disturbed a number of fast bowlers: Sachin Tendulkar
In reply, the batting maestro revealed that he didn’t plan the shot either practice in net sessions. He sighted the ball and according to his instinct, played it. But after executing the upper-cut during the Bloemfontein Test in 200, he used it for the coming years and got good results from it.
“It happened in 2002 in South Africa, when we were playing a Test match in Bloemfontein. We were batting first and Makhaya Ntini was bowling around the off stump as he normally used to bowl short of a length. He rarely bowled length deliveries. Since he used to run wide of the crease, I could sight the line.
“The South African pitches offer enough bounce. The normal tendency to deal with those bouncers is to go top of the bowl. And if it bounces more than usual for somebody of my height, why not get under it and still be aggressive and attacking.
“That was something I felt. Instead of getting on top of the ball and trying to keep it all along the ground, get under it and play it towards third man boundary, utilizing the pace,” said Sachin in a YouTube video.
As the upper-cut helped him to get boundaries, he noted that pacers got frustrated with his tactic and thus, he continued playing that shot in his career.
“That shot disturbed a number of fast bowlers because they bowl bouncers to concede a dot ball. But I converted those into boundaries. I actually didn’t plan anything. Sometimes you just have to let your natural instincts take over after getting at the crease. And that’s what I did,” Sachin Tendulkar added.
Sachin Tendulkar used the upper-cut against Shoaib Akhtar in the 2003 World Cup encounter between India and Pakistan. He used it frequently against Australian pacers, executing it against Peter Siddle in Melbourne in 2011 as well as Brett Lee in Perth in 2008.