On the day Sachin Tendulkar stepped into his 200th Test match, history recreated itself; but would anyone ever thought history might not articulate the name of Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar at all – the ‘God’ of Indian cricket! Yes, it was thought, none other than Sachin himself!
Thus it was revealed by the little master in a recent interview on ‘Breakfast with Champions’ that he thought his very first innings in Karachi would be his last innings in Test cricket.
“First innings of my life, in Karachi, I thought it would be my first and last innings. In the first match, I had no idea. Waqar (Younis) bowling from one end, Wasim (Akram) going full-throttle from the other. And they had just started reverse-ball. To go there and play suddenly, I was completely out of place,” Tendulkar said.
“I took advice from everyone in the dressing room and they told me to spend some more time on it. ‘This is international cricket. You’re playing possibly the best bowling attack in the world. Give them that respect.’ Second innings of my life, I scored 59 runs. I got back to the dressing room and looked at myself and said, ‘You’ve done it’,” Sachin revealed how advises from teammates saved his mind at that time.
Acknowledging his increasing maturity with the time, Sachin said, “Wasn’t so disciplined in the beginning but learned with time that 8am does not mean 8.05 am. When your senior players waited for you in the bus while you were late, you had to become disciplined. But I developed a good habit out of it.”
One of the greatest batsmen in the history of Test cricket, Sachin Tendulkar scored 15,921 runs in Test cricket featuring in 329 innings.
“We used to have limited time to play back then which meant we have to fit 2 innings in that time. So all the right-handed had to bat left-handed and vice-versa. So I developed left-handed batting skills as well,” Tendulkar revealed one of his secret skills while telling childhood memories.
Tendulkar said that he tried to change his bat to a lighter one but that did not work out for him. “Not just 1 billion doctors but suddenly India had 1 billion coaches as well saying the bat is very heavy. I still got back to the same bat, never changed my bat. Once I tried to use a light bat but I just couldn’t get my bat swing and to change that does not make sense.”