Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all-time. Tendulkar ended his 24-year long international cricket career as the leading run-scorer in Tests and ODIs. Moreover, the batting maestro played in an era which constituted legendary bowlers like Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Wasim Akram.
For contrast, Sachin Tendulkar talked about one bowler he would like to face from modern-day cricket. Amongst the likes of Jofra Archer, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kagiso Rabada and others, the 47-year old picked Afghanistan’s spinner, Rashid Khan. Tendulkar talked about the variations that the mystery bowler possesses.
“If I have to face one bowler from this generation, it would be Rashid [Khan]. Almost everyone has talked so much about his bowling, and I’ve also enjoyed it. So, it will be interesting to face him. Because of the way he disguises – the googly, leg-spin and topspin – he has quite a few variations. It would be fun to actually go out and face him,” Tendulkar said while replying to a question during a Q/A session on his YouTube channel.
‘One ball per innings is challenging for batsmen’
Sachin Tendulkar further talked about the difference in batting during his era and the present. The former cricketer reckoned that the use of one ball an inning made it challenging for the batsmen as the game progresses in ODIs.
“When the sun is going down – during Day Night ODI matches. I played during a time when just one ball was used. So the discolouration made that particular phase rather challenging… to pick the shiny side and the rough side because the ball would reverse,” Tendulkar answered.
“It made batters’ lives challenging. The ball would also sometimes get soft. Bowlers and fielder will put a lot of sweat, and in those days, saliva too. So the ball would reverse,” he added.