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When Shastri advised 16-year-old Sachin to spend half an hour in the middle


MUMBAI: Sachin Tendulkar is worshipped as God by means of his fanatics, but the legend did not have the best of starts to his Test career as he needed to face the likes of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis in his first actual recreation. But Tendulkar stated that a suggestion from current coach Ravi Shastri changed everything for him and there was once no looking back.

"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 throughout 'Nasser meets Sachin' episode on Skysports.

"Wasim and Waqar were bowling quick, and they were turning in quick balls and all kinds of intimidating things they could do. I had by no means experienced anything like that, so the first time out wasn't a nice one.

"Occasionally, I were given crushed by means of their tempo and leap, and after I were given out on 15, I felt embarrassed after I walked back to the dressing room. I was like 'what have you ever executed, why did you play like this' after which after I reached the dressing room, I went straight to the bathroom, and I was almost in tears.

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"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."

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The team contributors realised what had took place and Shastri spoke to him.


"The teammates realised. I still be mindful the dialog I had with Ravi Shastri. Ravi stated, 'you performed as though it was once a school match. You are playing against the best bowlers; you wish to have to recognize their skill and their skill.


"Then I told Ravi that I were given crushed by means of their (Pakistan bowlers) tempo. To which Ravi stated: 'That happens to moderately a few, you do not be disturbed. You just glance to go out and spend part an hour in the center after which you will get adjusted to their tempo, and everything will fall into position after that'."


Following the advice in the subsequent recreation in Faisalabad labored and the remaining as they say is historical past.


"When I was picked to play in the second one Test at Faisalabad, the one thing 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 not concern about scoring runs. I batted for part an hour, and I felt truly comfy and I scored 59 runs in that match and after that things started converting," he stated.


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