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Tendulkar emphasises on 'situational awareness'

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April 26, 2013

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Sachin Tendulkar interacts with kids at a promotional event, Mumbai, April 26, 2013
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Sachin Tendulkar stressed the importance of "situational awareness" as a key factor in succeeding in the closing stages of IPL games. Tendulkar was speaking at an event in Mumbai and was asked by an audience consisting of children, amateur and aspiring cricketers, how to score ten runs off the final over to win a T20 games. He said there could be no set formula.

"Basically you have got to see what the bowler is bowling and what his strengths are, weaknesses are," Tendulkar said. "What are the areas where you can score off that particular bowler. There are many factors like the kind of surface you are playing on, the kind of field setting." Tendulkar said what a cricketer needed at a time like that was "awareness." "You have got to have situational awareness. Once you have that, you respond to the situation according to the bowler and the opposition."

At a gathering of about 200 people, Tendulkar answered a range of questions: about how he related to the new Mumbai Indians' captain Ricky Ponting, the technique behind his trademark straight drive and the formula for his success.

Tendulkar said he didn't think twice before passing on a tip to Ponting. "Because I know little bit about our cricketers, which Ricky hasn't had the opportunity to watch them much. Also a lot of things are planned in team meetings. But there are things that spontaneously come to your mind and you share your thoughts. So it is basically about sharing our knowledge and giving some background about the bowler."

Excellence on the cricket field, he said, had to be priority for any cricketer who was trying to succeed. A young cricketer he said needed to be, "madly in love" with the sport and due to that to immerse himself in his training. "You can't count the number of hours, the number of balls you have practised, the number of balls that you have bowled. You can't be counting. You can't look at your watch. You have to just practise and practise."

He gave an example from his childhood to his audience, saying that his practice began at 7:30am and ended 12 hours later. "Eventually my coach had to sort of pack my kit bag and send me off saying 'it is too dark to play cricket and we all want to go home'. " Tendulkar said his passion for cricket was still alive, "Boys like you or even girls now, whoever wants to become a cricketer, should be passionate about the game. Cricket should be in your heart first and then as you mature and grow, slowly you will find how to score runs and how to bowl [an] over, how to bowl spells. First cricket has to be in your heart and the rest follows."

The straight drive, his signature shot, Tendulkar said started from a correct head position and balance. "If your balance is not good then you are not going to be able to play straight, you either drag it with bottom hand to midwicket or you slice it to cover or cover point." When the body was correctly aligned, "then you can hit bowlers straight. For batting or bowling, generally on a cricket field, you have got to have good body balance."

It was also Tendulkar also stressed on the importance of concentrating solely on the game when on the field. "I don't think about watching movies [when I bat]. You can't think of anything else. Your mind is full of ideas, how to score against a particular bowler." The focus he said has to be on the ball and the bowler. "The bowler is constantly asking you a question and you are responding to that question, whatever is delivered... So I have no other thoughts on [the] mind. I am just thinking of how many runs I can score and how we can win."

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Posted by Harmony111 on (April 29, 2013, 6:10 GMT)

@kristee: When a Sachin basher has one of his arguments defeated resoundingly then what does he do? He creates a new faux one and tries to mix in as many irrelevant things together to somehow make a porridge of an argument. When it came to longevity you tried to mix Tests with ODIs and tried to put current players with players of the gone by era in a desperate attempt. It is also imp to note that your comment has no relevance to the current article which is about tips for scoring 10 runs in the last over - something for which Sachin is an apt person to ask as his answer shows.

Anyways, I will try to go by your logic. At the time of the 100th test, Sachin had played less innings than Ponting & Kallis and had scored more runs & more hundreds than them. Only Lara had scored more runs than Sachin but he had played 16 more innings than him.

Now what was your point again?

Posted by Sandt on (April 28, 2013, 8:06 GMT)

mukesh_LOVE.cricket- You should understand that the captain has role in selcting a team.And if he selects mediocore pace bowlers and a spinner who is not a test bowler he is to be blamed.You have such a good talents in India and you choose some bit of pieces players for test who is in your good books will always suffer.Great example was current Aus team came to India. Dhoni is to be blamed for AUS/ENG looses as he has not taken any step to coming out of the situation.And how can you blame the seniors alone as the so called youngsters has not performed well in these tests. Gambhir, Kohli Raina, Ashwin etc. Dravid has played well and sachin has scored some runs but not in his standard. And Dhoni himself has not done anything special. When you get credit while winning you should take the responbility and blame when loosing also. Instead of blaming Seniors Dhoni should have taken the responsibility.

Posted by procric on (April 28, 2013, 5:26 GMT)

Yesterday's batting of the master was selfless. Now this should be his approach to cricket. If he wants to play this game in his 40s then he has to be like a youngster without carrying his past with him to the field.

Posted by vvs167 on (April 28, 2013, 5:13 GMT)

I think it's been a HUGE shame that top cricketers like Sachin, Dravid, Kumble,Azhar,VVS never got to play in many 5 Test series overseas, unlike the other countries, Sachin especially was lost to the ODI's that the BCCI were so happy to have India play (1996-2000). Sachin, I believe is one of the chief reasons for the BCCI becoming so affluent during that period. I've also felt India really missed out on a full Test series Down under between 1991-92 & 99-00..does anyone know why?? Sachin's top/prime years were lost in these 8 years. Am I also alone in feeling a dire need of accountability for what happened on India's tour to Aus in 2011-12? I believe as custodians of the game we as cricket lovers need to know how things went SO BADLY. Neither the captain, or the manager or an administrator has felt the need to come forward to explain this to the public. I think that tour has set India back a fair way as regards playing test cricket overseas.

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (April 28, 2013, 1:32 GMT)

I really love Sachin's 23 of 13..love it..love it..Love to see he scores more and more.. be aggerasive SACHIN LIKE YOU USED TO BE..

Posted by kristee on (April 28, 2013, 1:00 GMT)

The comparison in terms of longevity tends to be absurd when the longevity itself looks ill-motivated. I'm pretty sure Waugh, Lara or Gavaskar, to name a few, would have stayed a bit longer, but for the pressure from above. They were playing quite well, too. Unfortunately for them, their gate collection potentials were underestimated; in Tendulkar's case, they are overestimated; see the ODI's post his retirement were attended well.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2013, 18:18 GMT)

Todsy brisk 23 did help team to build solid foundation! All shots were breath taking. Brief but entertaining innings!

Posted by Harmony111 on (April 27, 2013, 17:03 GMT)

Some people here are saying that Sachin does not have any right to tell how to score 10 runs off the last over to win a T20 match since he has never himself done it. If I use the same argument then how many of us have ANY RIGHT to say anything about the quality of Sachin's performance or for that matter about any player's performance in any sport? What right do we have of saying that Ishant Sharma should bowl more yorkers or that Rohit Sharma should play straight? Forget about Sachin, are we by any means close to even Ishant & Rohit or even Maxwell? Should these ever-criticizing people not just shut up then? Why do we hear such ridiculous comments from such lowly people?

Sachin was present in this event as a guest and as a mentor and a mentor need not have done everything himself to pass on advices. If a Coach/Mentor advices his pupils about how to be a World Champion do the pupils say that "Are you a WC to tell how how to be a WC?"

Posted by Harmony111 on (April 27, 2013, 16:31 GMT)

@Xeal Qoofaure: My dear please be more aware of facts before you showcase your hollowness. SRT has two scores of 40+ in the last 7 innings including 1 fifty. Yet another proof of the sheer unawareness of Sachin bashers as they usually make disparaging comments about the great man without being remotely in touch with solid hard facts. How pitiful !!!

Posted by KDDEV on (April 27, 2013, 14:29 GMT)

@Xeal: Go check the stats before making a comment dude! Tendulkar hasn't been the Sachin we know and has been playing poorly. But he has scored a fifty and scored 125 runs total this IPL - unlike the way you put it 'not scored even a 10 in the last 10 innings'. So just don't make any random comment or say any random thing that comes into your mind!!!

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