There Was Time When Sachin Sledged….




Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar

Sledging, something that has become very common in cricket nowadays is largely used by the Australians in order to play in the minds even before the ball is bowled. This time it was Australia at the receiving end. As it was a part of Team strategy, Sachin says he, too, has sledged. The master batsman has needled former Australian pace legend Glenn McGrath by telling him that he would go after his bowling just when he was trying to get his eye in and the ploy worked wonders.

The Sachin Tendulkar Curse!

“I have never sledged per se merely for the sake of sledging. I did that only once as a part of team strategy. This was at the Kenya Champions Trophy. We were playing Australia.” Tendulkar recollects in a book ‘SACH’ penned by Gautam Bhattacharya.

Tendulkar describes how he irked McGrath with a cheeky line. “The match was played under overcast conditions. The wicket was also very damp. I had told Sourav before that I would do something to upset McGrath’s rhythm. So, in the very first over, I stepped out to him. The first thing I said to him was: ‘Today I will hit you out of the ground.’ He got really angry and started spraying the ball around. This was exactly what we wanted. As on that surface, he may have been very dangerous.

“We did win that match ultimately and I felt very happy. My sledging did work for the team. My own experience of sledging came very early on my first tour to Australia. I remember having blocked a delivery and the ball landed near my foot. I tried picking it up when Allan Border shouted from gully. ‘Don’t touch the ball.’ So I stopped immediately. Apart from that incident we have rarely seen Sachin being sledged on the cricket field and even if that had happened Sachin has always been there with a fitting reply.

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Gautham S.

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Hi Folks! This is Gautham from Madurai, Tamil Nadu. I'm 20 and doing my final year in Mechanical Engineering at Thiagarajar College of Engineering. I'm a self confessed Cricket lover and I have a great fervor towards writing about the game. In the generations I've come across, I've loved watching Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid bat. Besides writing, I have great interest in singing and I'm a great fan of Hariharan and A.R.Rahman sir. I would like to be remembered as one of the greatest sports journalists who changed the way their profession is perceived. I set myself performance goals and believe in giving a hundred percent in whatever I do. I thank God for giving me an opportunity to work with sports mirror so early in my career. I also thank my friends who made me believe in what I do and gave honest comments about my writing. God is great :)

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