Sachin Tendulkar Reveals He Had To 'Beg and Plead' for the Opener's Slot in Indian Squad



Author 2019-09-26 01:59:05


"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 upfront 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 the video. Sachin Tendulkar Decodes the Reason of Steve Smith’s Success in Ashes 2019 (Watch Video).

"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.

India, under the captaincy of Mohammed Azharuddin, beat New Zealand in Auckland in that match with Tendulkar opening the batting for the first time with Ajay Jadeja.


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