How a chat with Ravi Shastri helped Sachin Tendulkar after his Test debut against Pakistan


Sachin Tendulkar says he was “clueless” on his Test debut and nearly cried pondering it was throughout for him.

When he walked out for the final time 24 years later, Tendulkar would accomplish that as a batting nice with a report 200 Test appearances to his title.

“I was clueless, I have to admit that. I played the first Test as if I was playing a school match,” Sachin advised Nasser Hussain throughout the ‘Nasser meets Sachin’ episode on Skysports.

In his first Test in 1989, Tendulkar was up against a Pakistan tempo assault comprising Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis.

Recalling the outing, he stated, “Wasim and Waqar had been bowling fast, they usually had been delivering quick balls and all types of intimidating issues they might do. I had by no means skilled something like that, so the primary outing wasn’t a nice one.

“Occasionally, I obtained crushed by their tempo and bounce, and after I obtained out on 15, I felt embarrassed after I walked again to the dressing room.

“I was like ‘what have you done, why did you play like this’ and then when I reached the dressing room, I went straight to the bathroom, and I was almost in tears.”

How a chat with Ravi Shastri helped Sachin Tendulkar

Now the proprietor of innumerable batting data, Tendulkar, at that cut-off date, felt he was not ok for worldwide cricket.

“I felt I was completely out of place. I looked at myself and questioned myself and said: ‘looks like this is gonna be your first and the last outing’. I felt that I’m not good enough to play at this level. I was upset and feeling low,” Tendulkar stated.

He stated a dialog with Ravi Shastri, now the coach of the Indian group, helped.

“I nonetheless keep in mind the dialog I had with Ravi Shastri. Ravi stated, ‘you performed as if it was a faculty match. You are taking part in against the most effective bowlers; you should respect their capability and their talent’.

“Then I told Ravi that I got beaten by their (Pakistan bowlers) pace. To which Ravi said: ‘That happens to quite a few, you don’t worry. You just look to go out and spend half an hour in the middle and then you will get adjusted to their pace, and everything will fall into place after that’.”

Tendulkar was picked for the second Test and confirmed he had it in him with a gritty half-century.

“When I used to be picked to play within the second Test at Faisalabad, the one factor on my thoughts was, I’m not gonna take a look at the scoreboard. I’ll solely take a look at the clock and never fear about scoring runs.

“I batted for half an hour, and I felt really comfortable and I scored 59 runs in that match and after that things started changing,” Tendulkar, whose favorite all-rounders are Kapil Dev, Imran Khan, Richard Hadlee, Malcolm Marshall and Ian Botham, stated.

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