Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar has provided an uncommon tackle the coronavirus combat by evaluating it to Test cricket, urging endurance and teamwork, and warning “we have to defend well”. “While the world battles the Covid-19 pandemic, this is probably the time for of us to draw lessons from the grand old format of the game,” Tendulkar wrote in a commentary for The Times of India newspaper. The world report-holding batsman mentioned the virus was “beyond our collective comprehension” however might be crushed with techniques utilized in cricket’s 5-day format.
“Test cricket rewards you for respecting what you don’t understand. It makes you value the virtue of patience,” he wrote. “When you don’t understand the pitch conditions or the bowler, defence becomes the best form of attack. Patience is what we require now, if we have to defend well.”
India has reported solely three virus deaths and 169 circumstances however the nation is more and more afraid of the unfold of the illness that has killed almost 9,000 individuals all over the world. Like many international locations, it has imposed draconian journey restrictions.
Tendulkar, 46, retired in 2013 after scoring 15,921 runs from 200 Tests, and has appreciable affect in Indian society. He mentioned all international locations should work collectively in opposition to the virus. “To use a cricketing metaphor; while individual brilliance can help a team in shorter formats of the game, in Test cricket it is all about partnerships and teamwork,” he mentioned.
“Test cricket is about staging comebacks. There is always a second innings, if you’ve missed the first one.”
“Different countries are at different stages of their fight against coronavirus,” he added. “All nations should consider themselves part of one team.”
“We shall take this battle session by session, and eventually emerge victorious.”