‘Tough on you guys’ – Tendulkar on India’s batting failure
Some dismal performances from Indian batsman in both innings of the first Test against New Zealand in Wellington resulted in an embarrassing 10-wicket defeat for the visitors.
While there were certainly some weaknesses from Virat Kohli and Co, they were also faced with the wind challenge in Basin Reserve, and Indian great Sachin Tendulkar is not at all surprised, for he also had to encounter the same during his playing days.
India’s premier batsman Ajinkya Rahane had said before the commencement of the series that the wind factor would be a big hurdle for his side. Echoing the same sentiments, Tendulkar said;
“Jinks [Rahane’s nickname] is correct and I can speak from experience as well. It’s difficult to bat against the wind. It hurts your body and one tends to close his eyes. You have to spot those deliveries that come at speed. One can miss the line as well,” said Tendulkar, recalling the 1998 Test there.
“Daniel Vettori [left-arm spinner] was bowling and I tried to go out my crease, but I suddenly discovered that the ball drifted to the slips. You have to control the wind while batting and this is where it is very challenging,” he also added.
The all-time great also talked about India’s young prospect Prithvi Shaw, who had scores of 16 and 14 in two innings.
“Prithvi will learn as he goes along. The more you play, the better you will get,” said Tendulkar.
“You don’t want to be too hard on the guys because Prithvi [Shaw] has played only two innings away from home now, and he will figure it out. He will find ways of scoring runs. He is a natural stroke-maker, and he will find ways of scoring runs and putting up good starts for us more often than not.”