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Revealed: Sachin Tendulkar’s Strategy To Counter Glen McGrath

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Sachin Tendulkar, who participated in a video chat with Star Sports on Tuesday, remembered the Adelaide Test held in 1999. He opened up on his strategy against Glen McGrath, one of the greatest fast bowlers of the era.

“In 1999, in our first match at Adelaide… the first innings there was hardly 40 minutes to go in the day’s play. Glenn McGrath comes and bowls five or six maiden overs to me,” Tendulkar told Star Sports during the video chat.

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Tendulkar and McGrath during a test match in Australia in 199 (Image Credits: TOI)

“Their Strategy was to frustrate me. They bowled 70 percent of the ball outside the off-stump and only 10 percent close to my bat. They wanted me to poke the deliveries outside off the stump to get me out,” added Tendulkar.

Kept Leaving Balls To Counter Glenn McGrath

Tendulkar leaves a ball from Glenn McGrath
Tendulkar leaves a ball from Glenn McGrath during the Adelaide Test in 1999 (Image Credits: Firstpost)

The little master further explained the strategy used by him. It was necessary not to lose calmness, so I kept leaving as many deliveries as possible. There were some good deliveries where I was beaten as well but I stayed there added Sachin.

“I remember hitting him for a few boundaries the next morning because it was a fresh day and we both were at the same level. They had a strategy but I knew their strategy was to frustrate me.

“The next morning both of us were at the same level so I thought to play the legendary bowler my way.  You won’t control how I want to play but I would control where you are going to bowl.”

Tendulkar’s Advice For The Young Players

The legendary batsman had some suggestions for the current players on how to keep themselves mentally prepare during this “cooling off” period.  Sometimes it god to be away from the game for a brief period of time told Tendukar during the video chat.

“First of all I would like to tell them to recharge their respective batteries. It is important to have some off time. When you are playing regularly it is not easy to be at the top of your game. It is good to move away from cricket for a while to recharge your batteries,” concluded the batting great.

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