I had to ‘beg and plead’ to open innings for India, Says Sachin Tendulkar
The great hitter Sachin Tendulkar says he had to” beg and plead” to open the innings for India in an ODI against New Zealand in 1994, recalling a vital turning point in his career.
The change from the middle order to the opening of the innings turned out to be a masterstroke as Tendulkar ended up with a world record of 49 hundred in the format of over 50.
Sharing a video on LinkedIn, Tendulkar recalled the moments leading up to that day against New Zealand in Auckland.
In 1994, when I started to open the batting for India, the strategy used by all teams was to save the land. What I tried to do was a little out of the box, Tendulkar said.
I could go to the front and face the opposition bowling players. However, I had to beg and plead you to please give me a chance. If I fail, I won’t come back for you, Sachin added.
Using that movement as an example, the prolific former batter urged his fans never to shy away from taking risks for fear of failure.
Sachin Tendulkar as Open Innings
“In that first game (against New Zealand in Auckland), I scored 82 out of 49 balls, so I didn’t have to ask again if I’d have another chance. They were anxious to open. However, what I’m trying to say here is, don’t be afraid of failure, said 46-year-old master-blaster.
While it may have ended with 49 ODI centuries, the first ton of Tendulkar in the format came after a long five-year wait.
It was in September 1994 that he hit his first ODI hundred, against Australia in Colombo, after having to pass from the middle order to open the inning. He recorded scores of 82, 63, 40, 63 and 73 in his first five innings as an opening batsman.
Tendulkar finished his career in ODI with 18426 runs in 463 games, the most significant amount in the format’s history.