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Introducing two different Balls and Two Pitches in same Match in Domestic Cricket likely to improve standard of Game in the Country: Sachin Tendulkar

We should not make tailor-made pitches. Let us make green-top pitches in India, says Tendulkar

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New Delhi, December 3, 2016: Iconic cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on Saturday gave a radical suggestion of introducing two different balls and two pitches in the same match in domestic cricket to improve the standard of the game in the country.

The 43-year-old, who retired from Test cricket in 2013, said this will help to maintain a balance between two different kinds of tracks and also play with two different balls.

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“We should not make tailor-made pitches. Let us make green-top pitches in India. We should make our batsmen and spinners play on them,” Tendulkar said, during an interactive session at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit here.

“We need to make our bench strength get used to foreign pitches and conditions. Our spinners need to know which areas to bowl in the first innings on a green top. Let us have two sets of pitches in domestic cricket. Green tops and also turning tracks. I would want the first innings to be played on green top.

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“The second innings should be played on the turning track. If we can do this, we will be prepared for any condition. We need to travel better. This also means playing with two different balls and that means also playing with the kookaburra ball. For the bench strength it is important to know how a kookaboora ball seams or swings. When we play on two different surfaces, the captain knows if he bowls first, he’ll be batting fourth on a rank turner. So, it’s not going to be easy,” he added.

The Mumbai cricketer also said the toss doesn’t decide the outcome of the match as it only gives 10 per cent advantage to the winning team.

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“Toss only allows the captain to have only 10 per cent advantage, but not the 80 per cent advantage where the wicket is damp, you put the opposition in, and when you go out to bat, it’s a flat wicket, you score 600 runs and get them out again. That will stop,” Tendulkar said.

“This move will also teach our batters to play on turning tracks. This will help in winning abroad,” he added. (IANS)

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Tendulkar’s Advice To Kohli, says,”Let Your Heart Guide The Way”

Kohli emerged the lone batting star for the visitors in the 31-run loss at Edgbaston, with scores of 149 and 51, which also led him to topple banned Australian batsman Steve Smith from the No.1 Test spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings.

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Kohli emerged the lone batting star for the visitors in the 31-run loss at Edgbaston, with scores of 149 and 51, which also led him to topple banned Australian batsman Steve Smith from the No.1 Test spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings. Wikimedia Commons
Kohli emerged the lone batting star for the visitors in the 31-run loss at Edgbaston, with scores of 149 and 51, which also led him to topple banned Australian batsman Steve Smith from the No.1 Test spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings. Wikimedia Commons

Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday urged skipper Virat Kohli to continue his brilliant batting exploits and let his heart “guide the way”, as an under-pressure Indian team prepares for the second Test at the Lord’s, after losing the five-match series opener at Edgbaston.

Kohli emerged the lone batting star for the visitors in the 31-run loss at Edgbaston, with scores of 149 and 51, which also led him to topple banned Australian batsman Steve Smith from the No.1 Test spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings.

In the midst of all the criticism from various quarters for failing to guide India to a win in the opener, Kohli, however, attained the career-best No.1 Test ranking and the first time that any Indian batsman had achieved the feat since Tendulkar himself in 2011.

“I would say, just continue, he’s doing a fantastic job so just continue,” Tendulkar was quoted as saying by espncricinfo.

Sachin credited full support to the sports in India
Sachin credited full support to the sports in India

“Don’t worry about what’s happening around you, keep your focus on what you want to achieve, and let your heart guide the way.

“Along the way there will be plenty of things said and done, but eventually, if you are passionate about what you want in life, then the results will invariably follow,” the batting icon added.

Tendulkar, however, warned the 29-year-old against any complacency, now that he has scored his maiden Test hundred in England.

“I can tell you from my own experience, however many runs you score they are never enough,” Tendulkar said.

Kohli emerged the lone batting star for the visitors in the 31-run loss at Edgbaston. Flickr
Kohli emerged the lone batting star for the visitors in the 31-run loss at Edgbaston. Flickr

“You want more runs, and that is the case with Virat. However many runs he scores, it will never be enough for him.

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“The downfall starts when you are satisfied. It’s nice to be happy, but never be satisfied when you are a batsman. Bowlers can only get 10 wickets, but batters can go on and go, so don’t be satisfied, just be happy,” he said. (IANS)