Sachin Tendulkar is in London to coach budding cricketers through his Tendulkar Middlesex Global Academy. He is following the tradition of ringing the five-minute bell before a Test match at the historical Lord’s Cricket Stadium
After a disastrous first Test match in Birmingham where India’s much-vaunted batting line-up crumbled, Sachin Tendulkar, ‘God’ to his fans, gave a guru mantra to the batsman’s which might be help them in Lord’s Test starting from Thursday.
Sachin Tendulkar is in London to coach budding cricketers through his Tendulkar Middlesex Global Academy. He is following the tradition of ringing the five-minute bell before a Test match at the historical Lord’s Cricket Stadium.
Team India’s opening batsman KL Rahul and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane spoke with ‘Master Blaster’ Tendulkar over the phone, wanting to know what was wrong with their batting. According to sources, Tendulkar told Rahul and Rahane it was wrong shot selection. “Because of your mistakes, India lost the first Test match,” the legendary former cricketer reportedly told them.
Tendulkar advised the team members to utilise the crease, which would help them choose the shots wisely. During the Birmingham Test, Indian batsmen were playing the ball away from their body. ‘God’ said they should align the body with the bat for the shot so that they middle the ball.
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Vice-captain Rahane scored the century at Lord’s when India toured England last in 2014. Tendulkar asked the batsman to remember those knocks and play fearlessly when they are going to bat against the English pace attack.
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Last Updated Aug 9, 2018, 12:38 PM IST