October 18, 2013

India cricket

Bowling to Tendulkar

Jason Gillespie, the former Australia fast bowler, dismissed Sachin Tendulkar six times in Tests. Gillespie reveals in Roar how the Australians would strategise against Tendulkar on different pitches.

If there was bounce and carry in the pitch, we would look to bowl a fourth-stump or fifth-stump line on a good length, the definition of 'good' being a length that Sachin would endeavour to get forward to if he could and potentially look to drive the ball through the offside. If there was less bounce and carry, like on some Indian pitches, our line would be straighter to hit off stump. We would also use the bouncer on occasion. Sachin always used a heavy bat so we thought early on it was a good option to hurry him up and possibly force a mistake.

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