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I was clueless on Test debut, thought had played my last game: Sachin Tendulkar

LONDON: Sachin Tendulkar says he was once "clueless" on his Test debut and virtually cried pondering it was once far and wide for him.

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

"I was clueless, I have to admit that. I played the first Test as if I was playing a school match," Sachin told Nasser Hussain all over the 'Nasser meets Sachin' episode on Skysports.

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

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Recalling the day out, he mentioned, "Wasim and Waqar have been bowling fast, they usually have been turning in short balls and all sorts of intimidating issues they may do. I had never skilled anything else like that, so the primary day out wasn't a nice one.

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"Occasionally, I were given crushed via their tempo and leap, and after I were given 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."

Now the owner of innumerable batting information, Tendulkar, at that point in time, felt he was once now not just right sufficient for global 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 mentioned.

He mentioned a dialog with Ravi Shastri, now the coach of the Indian team, helped.

"I nonetheless take into accout the dialog I had with Ravi Shastri. Ravi mentioned, 'you performed as if it was once a school match. You are taking part in towards the most productive bowlers; you wish to have to respect their ability and their ability'.

"Then I told Ravi that I were given crushed via their (Pakistan bowlers) tempo. To which Ravi mentioned: 'That happens to moderately a few, you do not fret. You simply glance to move out and spend half of an hour in the heart after which you are going to get adjusted to their tempo, and everything will fall into position after that'."

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

"When I used to be picked to play in the second Test at Faisalabad, the one factor on my thoughts was once, I am not gonna take a look at the scoreboard. I will handiest take a look at the clock and now not concern 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, mentioned.

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