Don't be afraid of failure: Sachin Tendulkar narrates his tale as first-time opener with an important message

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Author 2019-09-26 11:01:00


An opening spot remains one of the most important positions in a cricket team and as far as India is concerned, some of the greatest players have played in this position, be it Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid or Sourav Ganguly. Presently, it's Rohit Sharma who is looking to begin a new phase in his Test career, as he looks to open the innings against South Africa in the forthcoming Test series. Amid this change, the Master Blaster has narrated a rather interesting tale of his first stint as an opener where he revealed that he had to 'beg and plead' to open the innings.

"In 1994, when I started opening the batting for India, the strategy used by all the teams was to save wickets. What I tried to do was slightly out of the box. I thought I could go up frontlink and take the opposition bowlers on. But I had to beg and plead to give me a chance. If I fail, I won't come after you again," Tendulkar said in a LinkedIn video.

It was under the captaincy of Mohammed Azharuddin that Sachin got to open the innings for India against New Zealand at Auckland. The Master Blaster truly shone with the bat, scoring 82 runs from 49 balls and his performance convinced the team management of his abilities at the top of the batting order.

"In that first match (against New Zealand at Auckland), I scored 82 off 49 balls, so I didn't have to ask again if I would get another chance. They were keen for me to open. But what I'm trying to say here is, don't be afraid of failure," he said.


The entire motive behind the story is to tell the current and future cricketers that they shouldn't be afraid to endure failure. It's only when they are going to try new things that they would be able to unlock their full potential.

Ahead of the start of the Test series on October 02, Rohit will be out to open the innings for Board Presidents XI against South Africa, starting September 26. He has been named the captain of the side which consists of some of the most promising talents of the next generation.


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