Sachin finally breaks silence on 2020 ICC U19 World Cup final fight
India batting great Sachin Tendulkar has finally reacted to the much-talked Under-19 World Cup final controversy. After the end of the game, players of both the teams were involved in verbal abuse and some even indulged in pushing each other on the cricket field. Sachin Tendulkar said that being vocal and saying such foul things is not aggression.
“One can only make an effort to teach individuals, but then a lot depends on the character of an individual. In a crunch moment, one should be able to control certain things and not forget that the whole world is looking up to you. They are following certain things. So, I think those are the moments where controlled aggression helps. One needs to be aggressive, but being vocal and saying foul things doesn’t mean that you are aggressive,” Sachin Tendulkar said in an interview as quoted by Hindustan Times.
Sachin Tendulkar, who is the highest run-scorer in international cricket said one should show aggression only with the performance on the pitch and not to engage in physical contact which is not going to help the team whatsoever.
“Aggression should be in your game, the way you bat or bowl—that aggression which helps the team and not goes against it,” Tendulkar added.
After the incident, two players from India namely Akash Singh and Ravi Bishnoi, three players from Bangladesh namely Mohammed Towhid Hridoy, Shamim Hossain, Rakibul Hasan were sanctioned by the global cricket body International Cricket Council (ICC).
Sachin Tendulkar went on to express that the players should not cross the limits in an attempt to win the battle. The batting great went on to give an example of Tennis legend Roger Federer and added that the latter is also aggressive but doesn’t lose the spirit of the game to win any match.
“Everyone is aggressive. If somebody doesn’t say anything or if somebody doesn’t do anything, it doesn’t mean that he is not aggressive. We all want to go out and win. There is a method to do that. You can’t cross the line. Like me, the rest of the guys also want to win, and those are the things one should keep in mind.
Are you trying to be tell me that Roger Federer is not aggressive? That he doesn’t want to win? He wants to win every point, but the body language, what he says, and the mannerism really matters. That is really setting the example,” Sachin Tendulkar added further.