IPL news April 26, 2013

Tendulkar emphasises on 'situational awareness'

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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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  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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..

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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?"

  • 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 !!!

  • 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!!!

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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..

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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?"

  • 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 !!!

  • 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!!!

  • on April 27, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    No disrespect to Tendulkar but he hasn't made even 10 in the last 10 innings.

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on April 27, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    I dont understand what some of our guys have against dhoni , he is one of the best limited over players in the world and a very good captain. people criticizing dhoni for 8-0 away losses should understand that the team was let down by a bunch of under performing senior players , also with the kind of pace attack we have NO CAPTAIN IN THE WORLD will be able to win matches overseas . its not like we have a dale steyn or james anderson or pattinson to call upon when needed

  • on April 27, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    Clutch hitting differentiates boys from men. Rahul and Laxman were good in tests and Dhoni is doing pretty good in ODIs for India and in T20 for CSK!

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on April 27, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    @abhishek samal - you don't seem to be getting the point with sachin , the problem is- he is not out of form (put him in a ranji match and he will score 100s easily just like ponting who top scored in Sheffield cricket) , his batting skills (once among the finest in the world) is on a irreversible decline due to his age. to be fair it hurts to see legends like ponting , sachin , gilly pushing and prodding against ordinary bowlers and failing , bowlers whom in their prime these guys would have taken to the ropes

  • SamRoy on April 27, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    Nobody has more situational awareness than Tendulkar. Only in the test team for personal profit. He can play for Mumbai Indians till 60 years of age if he wants to. I don't care about that. I do care about the test team though. The biggest problem is he is no longer good enough against good fast bowling or good spin bowling even though he can score runs against not so good bowlers. There are at least 15 batsman in India who are better than him currently. So to hang on to a spot because no selector can drop him as result of fear of public outcry is taking unfair advantage of a political situation. He has become the Sanath Jayasuriya of India, atleast Jayasuriya retired from test cricket early, he was clinging onto the ODI spot.

  • on April 27, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    For those who criticise the Master Blaster...Common guys. Give unbiased comments...Sachin is out of form now. Otherwise in IPL history, he is the only INDIAN to get the Orange Cap & u compare with Dhoni, who has no 100s in T20s. Just this season Dhoni is playing good. If u criticise Sachin, why u r dumb to do that with other Indians like Murali Vijaya, Raina etc who are horribly out of touch. I know u can't as u don;t have the guts.

    Dhoni is a finisher as he bats lower down the order. Now-a-days people talk why Sachin is unable to finish off games. It was a decade back when 240 was a good score to defend. So an opener could play himself. But now a days they don;t need to stay till the end, but stay atleast 1st 20-30 overs & score at more than run-a-ball, and then go bang bang!!!

    And how Sachin has destroyed the bet attack over the years, no1 can do and moreover compare these all Dhoni, Raina, etc with Sachin, Dravid, Gangully only when they succeed overseas. They r complete failure.

  • on April 27, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    For starters he must quit International T20's, give up on gloves for ODI's (india is yet to find an opener to replace sachin so gives gloves to Dinesh Kartick and pick him as opener) and maybe quit as captain for 1 of two formats (although no need if he doesn't play IPL). The fact is Dhoni is needed at maximum efficiency. In fact he has been so drained that his captaincy (which used to be among world's best) in last 2 years has been the worst in Indian history. Even in 1990's India used to put much better competition (under sachin) away, and those Australian, Pakistani, South African, Wndies and Sri Lankan sides were much stronger than today.

  • on April 27, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    I dont know why Dhoni is dragged in these matters.. He is finishing off games because he bats at no 6 or 7 while Sachin is an opener..Dhoni did nothing in the world cup except for the finals but people say he won the world cup for us. Dont compare the greatest batsman with some player just because he is not in form.. If you still want Sachin's contribution in ODI's, i would suggest you to just google it out

  • on April 27, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    His reflexes are waning and good scores are not coming by that fast. So he should not hang on to his fame and retire gracefully. I get a feeing Mumbai Indians would be better off with a dasher upfront rather than a Tendulkar who is having a serious problem of putting balls away.

  • Narbavi on April 27, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    @mawbey: Only in ipl and not in internationals? Do you even watch international cricket or you are just simply another one of those dhoni haters who don't even know why they hate him? Have you forgotten the last over against Aus in the CB series where he chased 13 from 6 with a ball to spare or the very next game where he helped india to tie the game?

  • on April 27, 2013, 3:38 GMT

    The responses are still coming.

    Rohit sharma tweeted, "i hv lot f ptntl. I wl do it one day. Ytdy i ws abl 2 ht d ball wel, in d nets."

    His former teammate, another struggling but promising youngster suresh raina tweeted,"i hv won gms by plying at no 5 or 6 pstns. But u cant hit century there 2get 2 test mtches. I want to plyvat top ordr n hit my 100th run to win in last over. Hope i will play for test mtchs which is every plyrs drm."

    sachin tweeted again" it is good to use tweeter and take advantage of technology. I use it for charity puposes. Regarding your question, it needs mind and body to respond together. I have stopped playing odis since my mind and body will not be responsive by next world cup. I will retire from test matches and T20s when timecomes. Coming back to question, it depends on the situation. And i will like thank all my fans who have supported me for so many years."

  • on April 27, 2013, 2:55 GMT

    Dhoni is the master of the situation and always creates tension in opposition's mind. Sachin's rarely wins that part of the game. Both have skills to win a game except dhoni's method is very inspiring to watch.

  • on April 27, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    The school put the question to the question to the legends of the game, how to score 10 in last over.

    Came the replies:

    Gayle: Why wait till last over man! Hit early, hit hard and finish the game man.

    Gambhir: it should not be left for the last over. Man who has started scoring should take the responsiblity to complete it early.

    Sehwag: How can i answer the question. I have never been there in 20th over.

    Sir Jadeja: My captain told me that i should enjoy my natural game. Also not to forget to rotate the strike if my captain is on the other side.

    Ponting: it comes to good leadership and good team. Good leader should miss out the game and the team should win for him.

    Dhoni: You need good mathematical and planning skills. Count first four balls. Dont do anything. Hit fifth to boundary and smash sixth outside the stadium.

  • on April 27, 2013, 2:19 GMT

    How to score 10 runs off last over?

    MSD reply,"Irrespective of the bowler or the merit of tbe ball, plan the over. Defend first four balls. Hit fifth to the rope and smash last one outside the stadium".

  • indiancricfaninusa on April 27, 2013, 1:25 GMT

    Dhoni is a better finisher and has won more ODI then sachin did.

  • mawbey on April 26, 2013, 23:47 GMT

    @angry_bowler. You can ask that question to Dhoni only in IPLin international cricket he has no ideas

  • husseybukhari on April 26, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    "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."

    this is just the most motivational quote any sportsman will ever hear, no wonder people like him achieve what he has acieved. my respect for sachin tendulkar increased a bit higher with this quote. what a legend!

  • onion834 on April 26, 2013, 22:25 GMT

    Vimukthi, how about Dhoni taking India to WC victory. Dhoni is still the best when it comes to finishing in limited overs Cricket.

  • runut9 on April 26, 2013, 22:07 GMT

    NEVER compare Sachin to ANYONE! I like Dhoni, but I see Dhoni & others are like frog in the well. Sachin is a Legend in Cricket & he has seen Oceans!!! Plz dont compare Oceans to Well/Pond.

    I bet, Dhoni may play another 2-3 years of cricket and he will fade out. But Sachin may retire but will NEVER fade out!!!!

  • SagirParkar on April 26, 2013, 22:02 GMT

    when was the last time Sachin saw his team through the closing stages of a T20 match ?? Mumbai's credit over the past 2-3 years is down to guys like Rohit, Karthik, Pollard, Dwayne Smith and the occasional Rayudu knock..

  • RamBlaster on April 26, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    and Dhoni would have said "Close your eyes and take a wild swing at the ball and hope for the best." - Ram from Chennai.

  • on April 26, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    @Angry_Bowler.Sorry mate,do not ever compare Dhoni & Sachin, you will never become a legend only if you are playing the IPL.frankly speaking who cares about this IPL.come to the international stage.then you will realize the significant vary of a legend and a normal hitter.from a Sri Lanka fan.

  • on April 26, 2013, 20:16 GMT

    Yes that's very true. Dhoni is indeed a master of such situations. I am a huge fan of Sachin and I cannot imagine cricket without him but I have to admit that in today's time if MI gets into a situation where they need 10 an over for last 5 over or so, I would definitely not put my money on Sachin. Having said that, I still choose him as a captain in my fantasy team every time MI plays a game <3

  • Angry_Bowler on April 26, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    " Tendulkar was speaking at an event in Mumbai and was asked by children how to score ten runs off the final over to win a T20 games." This question should be asked for Dhoni, no one knows better than him. Sorry, schin fans!

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  • Angry_Bowler on April 26, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    " Tendulkar was speaking at an event in Mumbai and was asked by children how to score ten runs off the final over to win a T20 games." This question should be asked for Dhoni, no one knows better than him. Sorry, schin fans!

  • on April 26, 2013, 20:16 GMT

    Yes that's very true. Dhoni is indeed a master of such situations. I am a huge fan of Sachin and I cannot imagine cricket without him but I have to admit that in today's time if MI gets into a situation where they need 10 an over for last 5 over or so, I would definitely not put my money on Sachin. Having said that, I still choose him as a captain in my fantasy team every time MI plays a game <3

  • on April 26, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    @Angry_Bowler.Sorry mate,do not ever compare Dhoni & Sachin, you will never become a legend only if you are playing the IPL.frankly speaking who cares about this IPL.come to the international stage.then you will realize the significant vary of a legend and a normal hitter.from a Sri Lanka fan.

  • RamBlaster on April 26, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    and Dhoni would have said "Close your eyes and take a wild swing at the ball and hope for the best." - Ram from Chennai.

  • SagirParkar on April 26, 2013, 22:02 GMT

    when was the last time Sachin saw his team through the closing stages of a T20 match ?? Mumbai's credit over the past 2-3 years is down to guys like Rohit, Karthik, Pollard, Dwayne Smith and the occasional Rayudu knock..

  • runut9 on April 26, 2013, 22:07 GMT

    NEVER compare Sachin to ANYONE! I like Dhoni, but I see Dhoni & others are like frog in the well. Sachin is a Legend in Cricket & he has seen Oceans!!! Plz dont compare Oceans to Well/Pond.

    I bet, Dhoni may play another 2-3 years of cricket and he will fade out. But Sachin may retire but will NEVER fade out!!!!

  • onion834 on April 26, 2013, 22:25 GMT

    Vimukthi, how about Dhoni taking India to WC victory. Dhoni is still the best when it comes to finishing in limited overs Cricket.

  • husseybukhari on April 26, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    "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."

    this is just the most motivational quote any sportsman will ever hear, no wonder people like him achieve what he has acieved. my respect for sachin tendulkar increased a bit higher with this quote. what a legend!

  • mawbey on April 26, 2013, 23:47 GMT

    @angry_bowler. You can ask that question to Dhoni only in IPLin international cricket he has no ideas

  • indiancricfaninusa on April 27, 2013, 1:25 GMT

    Dhoni is a better finisher and has won more ODI then sachin did.