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Sachin had to ‘beg and plead’ to open for India


Sachin Tendulkar revealed an interesting story which happened back in 1994 during the tour of New Zealand.

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Former Indian batsman and legend of the game Sachin Tendulkar achieved hundreds of record in international cricket. But none of them came easy neither the road to becoming a legend was easy for the master blaster. He even had to beg and plead to open the innings for India once to prove his worth.

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Sachin revealed a story of his career sharing a video on LinkedIn and recollected the moments leading up to that one-dayer against New Zealand at Auckland.

“In 1994, when I started opening the batting for India, the strategy used by all teams was to save wickets. What I tried to do was slightly out of the box.”

“I thought I could go up front and take the opposition bowlers on. But I had to beg and plead to please give me a chance. If I fail, I won’t come after you again,” he said.

Sachin scored 82 off just 42 balls in that game and that’s how the career of a legend started to flow and never stopped.

“In that first match (against New Zealand at Auckland), I scored 82 off 49 balls, so I didn’t have to ask again if I would get another chance. They were keen for me to open. But what I’m trying to say here is, don’t be afraid of failure,” he concluded.

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