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.
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.
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.