India v England, 1st Test, Ahmedabad November 13, 2012

'Don't respect Tendulkar too much' - Anderson

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James Anderson, the England fast bowler, has asked his team-mates to watch against admiring Sachin Tendulkar too much because that can sometimes "dull the competitive edge". "There is no question in my mind that he has been one of the best batsmen -- if not the best -- for 20-odd years," Anderson wrote in his column in Daily Mail. "But we have to make sure we do not treat him with too much respect in the middle."

Anderson is no rookie when it comes to bowling to Tendulkar. He has squared up against Tendulkar in 19 Test innings and has dismissed him seven times for 207 runs. In his column, he wrote about an Andrew Flintoff anecdote, which according to him sums up the feeling when competing against Tendulkar. "I heard an interesting quote from Freddie Flintoff recently about what it felt like to bowl against Sachin," he wrote. "He said: 'I wanted to get him out, for sure. But I wanted to earn his respect as well. I wanted to impress him.' It almost sounded like Freddie was looking for the Tendulkar seal of approval."

Anderson wrote he had never personally felt that way, but didn't rule out that possibility for others. "I cannot relate directly to what Freddie said, but I know what he is getting at," he wrote. "I do know that people have said they love watching him bat, and maybe too much of that kind of admiration could dull your competitive edge.

"I've never been aware of succumbing to that myself but maybe subconsciously, because you respect him for what he has done in the game -- 100 international centuries is some achievement -- and the way he has conducted himself, you want to get him to respect you back.

"The Sachin factor is quite something to experience. I've played in games here in which the Indian supporters seem more interested in his batting than how their team are doing, when Sachin getting out is the signal for a mass exodus."

Anderson won't mind bowling in front of empty stands if that's what it takes. "I will be seeking to make myself pretty unpopular with the locals in the weeks ahead," he wrote. "The bottom line is that we treat everyone with the same respect, whether they've played one Test or 100 -- and that goes for trying to earn their respect, too."

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  • kks on November 15, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    @kiwiocker worry about your country. not a single good player

  • Richard on November 15, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    @Bruisers So , have India never lost a match to Bagladesh , then ?? Oh , i'm not trying to refute or ignore or possibly even deny England's failings and past defeats and if we lose this series , then so be it - we WON'T be scurrying around trying to unearth every possible excuse imagineable . BTW , which ' home thrashing ' at the hands of the aussies would that be , then ?? Are you possibly referring to the NatWest ODI series , perchance ? The series that was 4-0 ? TO ENGLAND ?? D ' O H !!

  • naresh on November 14, 2012, 22:04 GMT

    errr.....well the more serious question is should/do the Englishmen respect the guy that will 2 down for their own team. huh?

  • Deccan on November 14, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    @KiwiRocker- .. you are so frustrated that you are talking a whole load of rubbish despite knowing no one gives a damn about such comments anymore. "Tendulya never won a world cup for India..Not even a T20 one" So the 2011 wc was won by tikolo for kenya? lol. sachin was the second highest rungetter of 2011 wc for god's sake. remember- sachin never played any t20 wc........... "This is a player who would leave No.11 to face the likes of Dale Steyn to ensure his record is intact" now where and when on earth did that happen?........... "never faced two of best bowlers of his time ( Wasim and Waqar)" oh really? is that why wasim akram always keeps saying sachin is the toughest batsman i have ever bowled to...... "averages 33 agaist Donald, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and McGrath" well, this is funny. just now you said he never faced wasim and waqar. and now you are popping out some averages. lol. you comment is so technically flawed. give a better try next time. (cricinfo publish)

  • Deccan on November 14, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover... since when did india and pakistan play 'nowadays'?

  • Deepak on November 14, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    @A_Yorkshire_Lad - Looks like the UAE drubbing is still fresh in your mind. Oh and I hope you also remember the home thrashings you received at the hands of the Aussies and the Proteas few months ago. And I don't have to remind the amazing 80 allout at the WT20 and the 5-0 whitewash in India last year, do I..? Hey hang on, the great England team can't even beat Bangladesh and Ireland in the subcontinent!!? Oh gosh... Well, these are just nothing. Tomorrow's when the real deal begins. So brace yourself. ITS GONNA HURT REAL BAD!

  • Sundaresh on November 14, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    This is bit funny here...When England plays against the Aussies. we Indians send loads of love to the English players. we enjoy every single session that England wins over the Aussies. But now, common guys, u r gonna ripped by us..very strange and funny. Two sides of cricket. Support to your home team and support to the team that you fancy.

    Speaking about the legends like Gooch or Kapil dev is just good to relish our memories. But now its a new day and a new match on a different turf. Going by the present playing 11 of the English teams, The Cook's , Trott's, KP's and Bells are really terrific and capable of testing bowlers on any conditions. So I am sure, Its just not gonna be, common, I will spin to get your wicket. Its not just easy guys.

    Likewise, When Ashwin says that he has worked on a new delivery or if Anderson speaks about respecting Sachin, it just means that the lads are playing mind games. so just dont get it wrong. Rather i would suggest we all should watch and enjoy.

  • John on November 14, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    I'm fairly sure that maddy20 just read the headline and not the story. Otherwise it seems he must have a problem with Anderson saying that Tendulkar is the best batsman in the world. Oh, how could he disrespect The Great One so? Doesn't he know that Tendulkar is the best batsman in the universe?

  • Dummy4 on November 14, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Title is very misleading. Anderson did not say that he doesn't respect Tendulkar much. He's merely stating that he doesn't want the English team to be in awe of Sachin and not focus on the job of getting him out.

  • Richard on November 14, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    @maddy20 , oh , I've just realised that i've missed out mentioning Gooch's highest test score , now what was that and who was it against ?? Erm ,can you help me there , my friend ?

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