Former Indian batsman and the all-time leading run-getter in both Test and ODI cricket, Sachin Tendulkar knows a thing or two about facing disappoints amid chastening, morale-sapping defeats on a cricket field.
Amid all the breathtaking highs, Sachin Tendulkar experienced a plethora of lows- both in an individual capacity as well as part of the Indian team– during his 24-year-old career.
But what differentiated the Master from the rest of the pack is that he kept believing in his processes despite disappointments and eventually turned things around on the field.
Team India is currently facing the same situation in Australia after having suffered a humiliating 36 all-out in the second innings of the Adelaide Test. Such defeats tend to leave a lot of mental scars on individuals as well as the whole team. And, Tendulkar knows that to the hilt. This is perhaps why he feels that someone from the Indian team will have to come up with an extraordinary performance to lift the morale of the team.
”These kinds of performances are a big disappointment, without any doubt. It’s not easy to overcome this and get on with the next game. People might say one bad performance, but performances like these stay with you as players. I’d say that the only way is to fight it out in the next match, do something magnificent that changes your thinking. Only a good performance is going to help you overcome this disappointment. The juices inside your body are also positive after that,” Sachin Tendulkar told IANS.
When asked about whether India should stick to its routine instead of making drastic changes, Sachin Tendulkar responded in the affirmative, besides adding that only a combination of grit, discipline, and planning can help the visitors get out of the ruddle.
”The strategy should be simple: you score more runs and don’t allow them to score more than you. One will have to be gritty in the next three Tests. It’s going to be a combination of grit, discipline, and planning. We’ve to plan, then we’ve to show grit, and we should be able to execute our plans,” Tendulkar said.
”I would say they should stick to their routine, which has brought them to this level and given them a lot of success. Suddenly, you can’t change all those things. It’s just those finer adjustments that are needed to be successful, otherwise it becomes more and more challenging. And that depends on which part of the world you are playing in,” he added.