Legendary India batsman Sachin Tendulkar credits the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the success of Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav at the international level. Against England, Kishan on his debut match and Yadav on his maiden innings struck scintillating half-centuries and bagged their respective Man of the Match awards.
Sachin Tendulkar says that both the players have got used to playing under high pressure in the IPL and that helped their smooth transition to international cricket; Tendulkar points out that the situation in the present is drastically different from that during his career where he faced the likes of Wasim Akram, Shane Warne, and Merv Hughes for the first time directly in international cricket.
“Yeah, both Surya and Ishan are ready to play, because you know, I have always felt that IPL’s introduction has helped players,” Sachin Tendulkar told the Press Trust of India.
“Because earlier when we played, I hadn’t played against a Wasim (Akram), when we played in Australia, I hadn’t played a (Shane) Warne or (Craig) McDermott or Merv Hughes. We went there and we had to figure out what has happened,” he added.
It is nothing different for Yadav as he had faced Archer and Stokes in the IPL: Sachin Tendulkar
Suryakumar Yadav hit Jofra Archer for a six on his first ball and went on to make a brilliant fifty. Sachin Tendulkar, who is currently leading India Legends in the Road Safety World Series, points out that Yadav – and Kishan also – had faced the likes of Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes while playing versus Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, and hence it was nothing completely new when he came up against those two pacers.
“With the help of IPL, I mean, yesterday I was watching the game, and Surya was batting and (Jofra) Archer bowled to him and Ben Stokes and the commentator said that it is nothing new for Surya because he has already played against Rajasthan Royals.
“Both Archer and Stokes play for Rajasthan Royals, so it is nothing different and he (Surya) knows what they do and he has played against them already. So, it wasn’t the first time.
“That’s the only reason I am saying that both these guys are ready to play for India and that just shows the bench strength of our team, it is really strong. So that’s the beauty of our cricket now, that there are a number of players, who are ready to go out,” the 2011 World Cup-winner asserted.