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At 47, Sachin Tendulkar gets caught and bowled


MUMBAI: Sachin Tendulkar has chosen to ring in his 47th birthday quietly in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and its horrific after-effects, but he chooses to take a look at the brilliant side of things even in a lockdown situation as he has extra time to spend with family members.

"I am cooking, cleaning the house, watering the plants. This lockdown has allowed me to be with my kids (Sara and Arjun), who're now both 20-plus. It's difficult for them to stay at home in the evenings. They want to catch up with their friends and do their own things. However, this lockdown has allowed both me and Anjali (his wife) to spend time with them. Similarly, my mother is also getting more time with me," Tendulkar informed NewsTread in an interview. It's time to mirror for his corporate, SRT Management too.

"This is about giving back to people in whatever way we can, which is important. We're also planning something for future. We've also been able to pass on messages from our government on a number of important issues."

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Tendulkar is renowned for having a computer-like memory and recalls each and every dismissal of his. So, for a metamorphosis, we determined to position the Master Blaster at the spot and get him to recall some of his memorable bowling efforts. After all, he did take a shuttle to Chennai's famed MRF Pace Academy to turn into a pace bowler.

ODIs


VS WEST INDIES, TRI-SERIES, PERTH: 1991, A TIE-TANIC AFFAIR

Defending 126 on a bouncy WACA, India ran out of all their 4 pace bowlers' quota by the 40th over. In desperation, skipper Mohammad Azharuddin threw the ball to Tendulkar to bowl the 41st over. Anderson Cummins and Patrick Patterson have been the closing pair. The 18-yearold had Cummins stuck by Azhar in the beginning slip of the closing ball of the over. Windies finished at 126, and the match used to be tied.

"Patterson had played an on-drive off the previous ball. Subroto was standing at mid-on and Pravin Amre was at midwicket. The batsmen could've taken the fourth run, because both Amre and Banerjee were cramping. I was screaming: 'Save one run..you never know. They managed to save that run. Next ball, I got Cummins out," he stated.

LAST-OVER HEROICS IN HERO CUP SEMIS VS SA, KOLKATA, 1993

India made 195, before limiting South Africa to 193 for nine, to sneak a two-run win. With the Proteas wanting just six, Tendulkar bowled the closing over of the match. "I started the over by bowling to (Brian) McMillan. There was a run out. Then, I bowled three dot balls to Allan Donald. Then, the next ball he hit to long on for a single. Then, the last ball I ended up bowling to McMillan," recalls Tendulkar. Bowling the 50th over of the match all of a sudden wasn't easy. "It was a cold November night in Kolkata. Since I hadn't bowled at all, my hands were freezing. I took a good two-three minutes to warm-up. And then, it was about mind games - reading each other's mind, what they're looking to do. I didn't want to give Donald any pace at all. I knew that McMillan was their main striker. Donald was never going to hit a boundary. He would try for a single. And if I bowl seamup, then it would be easier for him to hit me. So, I tried to keep the ball slow and mix my pace," he recalled.

Tendulkar would contribute in the ultimate too, castling Brian Lara (33).


LEG-SPIN TO RIGHTIES, OFF-SPIN TO LEFTIES IN KOCHI VS AUS, 1998

Chasing 310, Australia have been cruising at one degree, before Tendulkar took Five-32 to lend a hand India win by 41 runs. "They have been well-placed at 180 for two in the 28th over once I came into bowl. At that point, a left and a right-hander have been on the crease. I determined to bowl leg spin to right-handers and stale spin to left handers. I had deliberate it with Nayan Mongia (wk).

"Since Michael Bevan used to be stepping out even before the ball used to be bowled, I indicated to Mongia that 'if he steps out, I'll bowl outside leg stump.' And it in reality took place that means. It used to be one of those days when my leg spin used to be landing on the correct spot and I got the ball to turn and soar fairly a little," he stated.

ANOTHER FIVE-FOR IN KOCHI: THIS TIME VS PAK, 2005

Kochi proved to be second-time lucky for 'spinner' Tendulkar. On April 2, 2005, he took Five-50 to bowl India to an 87-run win over Pakistan in the first ODI of the series. Chasing 282, Pakistan had slumped to 64-Four.

"My spell used to be an important. I believed I should experiment. So, I went round the wicket to bowl all my overs to the right-handers. Because I used to be getting the ball to turn fairly a little, I believed I would bowl huge and make them sweep. A wrist spinner all the time will get soar at the Kochi wicket. So, I knew that if I may just get soar, there used to be a great opportunity that the batsmen might top-edge the ball whilst looking to brush. I used to be able to try this."

TESTS


TRAPPING STEVE WAUGH AND MARTYN, ADELAIDE, 2003

While Rahul Dravid (233 & 72*) rightly got the entire accolades for successful that Test for India, Tendulkar chipped in with the an important wickets of Australian Steve Waugh and Damien Martyn in the second one innings as Australia have been bowled out for 196. Coincidentally, each have been brilliantly stuck by Dravid in the lone slip. "In the second one innings, we had got 4 early wickets, and there used to be a 65-run partnership between Waugh and Martyn for the 5th wicket. Then, I used to be able to get either one of them. Because I used to be able to get turn, I wanted to tempt them into driving. If Anil (Kumble) used to be bowling, they would have in all probability blocked the ball, but with a part-time bowler, there is a temptation to try this. Since I don't bowl long spells, I've a license to experiment."

WHEN A GOOGLY FOXED MOIN KHAN IN MULTAN, 2004

Replying to India's mammoth total of 675-Five declared, Pakistan have been cruising when Tendulkar came to bowl the closing over of Day Three. He bowled a flummoxed Moin Khan with a very good googly. "There have been numerous mind video games performed before that. I saved telling him that I'm going to toss the ball up. He spoke back by saying, 'If you do this, I'm going to hit you for a six.' I stated: 'I challenge you to hit me for a six.' It wasn't abusive stuff. I knew that he used to be getting ready himself to pad the ball or go away it, as a result of I used to be getting the ball to turn. I had two catching fielders at slip and gully. I believed I'll bluff him by bowling a googly and saved an extra slip. He wasn't anticipating it and used to be bowled."


TRIPLE STRIKE VS AUSTRALIA AT EDEN GARDENS, KOLKATA, 2001


While VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid and Harbhajan Singh are rightly known because the heroes of that well-known victory in the second one Test towards the Aussies, few keep in mind that Tendulkar had pitched in with Three-31 in the second one innings because the Aussies have been all out for 212 and India recorded a well-known 171-run win. The little genius' sufferers have been a well-set Mathew Hayden (67), Adam Gilchrist (zero) and Shane Warne (zero) - all 3 of them plumb lbw! "You know, I wasn't supposed to bowl, as a result of we had restricted overs to bowl the Aussies out. Hayden used to be batting effectively. We needed to alternate Bhajji's finish. I came on purely for that. That's once I picked a wicket, and any other wicket, and then any other wicket! So, I persisted bowling," he stated.


SOME CHEER IN A HEARTBREAK VS PAKISTAN, CHENNAI, 1999


While everyone recalls Tendulkar's masterly 136 towards Pakistan in the fourth innings at Chennai in January 1999 in a futile chase, the good man reminds you of what else he did in that recreation. "I dismissed Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Yousuf in the second one innings. Inzamam in reality got out a few times to me," Tendulkar stated, beaming proudly.





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