‘I was clueless on Test debut, thought had played my last game’: Sachin Tendulkar
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Updated: April 25, 2020 7:27:19 pm

Sachin Tendulkar batting in his Test debut in 1989 towards Pakistan. (Source: File Photo)

Sachin Tendulkar says he was “clueless” on his Test debut and virtually cried pondering it was throughout for him.

When he walked out for the last time 24 years later, Tendulkar would achieve this as a batting nice with a document 200 Test appearances to his title.

“I was clueless, I have to admit that. I played the first Test as if I was playing a school match,” Sachin informed Nasser Hussain in the course of the ‘Nasser meets Sachin’ episode on SkySports.

In his first Test in 1989, Tendulkar was up towards a Pakistan tempo assault comprising Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis.

Recalling the outing, he mentioned, “Wasim and Waqar have been bowling fast, and so they have been delivering brief balls and all types of intimidating issues they might do. I had by no means skilled something like that, so the primary outing wasn’t a nice one.

“Occasionally, I received overwhelmed by their tempo and bounce, and once I received out on 15, I felt embarrassed once I walked again to the dressing room.

“I was like ‘what have you done, why did you play like this’ and then when I reached the dressing room, I went straight to the bathroom, and I was almost in tears.”

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Now the proprietor of innumerable batting information, Tendulkar, at that cut-off date, felt he was not adequate for worldwide cricket.

“I felt I was completely out of place. I looked at myself and questioned myself and said: ‘It 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,” Tendulkar mentioned.

He mentioned a dialog with Ravi Shastri, now the coach of the Indian group, helped.

“I nonetheless bear in mind the dialog I had with Ravi Shastri. Ravi mentioned, ‘you played as if it was a school match. You are playing against the best bowlers; you need to respect their ability and their skill’.

“Then I told Ravi that I got beaten by their (Pakistan bowlers) pace. To which Ravi said: ‘That happens to quite a few, you don’t worry. You just look to go out and spend half an hour in the middle and then you will get adjusted to their pace, and everything will fall into place after that’.”

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Tendulkar was picked for the second Test and confirmed he had it in him with a gritty half-century.

“When I was picked to play within the second Test at Faisalabad, the one factor on my thoughts was, I’m not gonna take a look at the scoreboard. I’ll solely take a look at the clock and never fear about scoring runs.

“I batted for half an hour, and I felt really comfortable and I scored 59 runs in that match and after that things started changing,” Tendulkar, whose favorite all-rounders are Kapil Dev, Imran Khan, Richard Hadlee, Malcolm Marshall and Ian Botham, mentioned.

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