Sachin Tendulkar, the God of cricket, has given many opposition teams sleepless nights and made them pull their hair by playing tremendously well. When in his attack mode, the batsman was unstoppable. Among one of the opposition players was the former England captain – Naseer Hussain.
While hanging his shoes in 2013, Tendulkar was the highest run-scorer in the history of cricket in Test and ODI-format while hitting maximum number of centuries.
Naseer Hussain revealed that the team management had some serious brainstorming just to discuss a strategy on how to dismiss the cricket legend before facing India. Hussain, while hailing the master-blaster, said that Tendulkar had a magnificent technique.
“Overall when I talk about all-time batsmen, Sachin Tendulkar had a magnificent technique. When I was England skipper, I cannot remember how many team meetings we used to have just to discuss how to get Tendulkar out,” Hussain recalled while speaking to Ian Bishop and Elma Smit in the latest episode of ICC podcast titled ‘Cricket Inside Out’.
Former Pakistan bowler Waqar Younis also recalled his first memory of the “Indian batting prodigy”, revealing how he and his teammates were awe-struck by knowing what he had done in domestic cricket.
“About Sachin, the entire India Under-19 team, they were just raving about him, saying how good that little kid is. He’s only a schoolboy, scoring triple-centuries at school. Who scores triple-centuries at school? Even scoring a century at school is an amazing thing,” Waqar said on The Greatest Rivalry podcast.
“We always knew there was this young kid coming on the block who was going to be amazing. At first look, he didn’t really give me the impression that he’s going to be the great Sachin Tendulkar, what he is today. What he has done over the years is amazing, on the field, off the field. At that particular time, I didn’t realise he was going to be such a big name in cricket. But his hard work paid off.”
Wouldn’t we all agree with the Naseer Hussain and Waqar Younis about how astonishing the Indian legend is? We think now is the right time to say – “Sachin…Sachin!”
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