Former India legend, Sachin Tendulkar has a piece of advice for the Indian bowlers as they gear up for the upcoming 4-match Test series against Australia. Tendulkar recommends that the bowlers, especially the pacers should forget about the concluded limited-overs leg against Aaron Finch’s side, and focus on the forthcoming challenge versus that of Tim Paine’s team.
Indian bowlers took a thrashing by the hands of the Aussie batsman in the white-ball matches. The men in blue conceded 374,389, and 289 in the three ODIs as Steve Smith notched twin hundreds at a strike rate of more than 150, in ODIs! India lost the ODI series 2-1.
While the Indian team did bounce back to win three matches on a trot, but it was on the back of the batters as they conceded 194 and 186 in the last two T20Is. The 4-match Test series begins on 17th December with a day-night Test match in Adelaide.
Hence, Sachin Tendulkar feels that the bowlers should now just think and plan for the Test series and not to ponder over the limited-overs matches. The 47-year-old opines that ODI and Test cricket are two vastly different and varied formats. He asks the pacers – Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Navdeep Saini were part of the ODI series – to treat both the formats separately.
Speaking to ANI, Sachin Tendulkar said, “It is important to segregate these things, I would personally like the bowlers to be focused just on Test cricket and would want them to forget what has happened in the past. They are different formats, let’s not think that we have not bowled well in ODIs. Tests are different and you need to have a different approach.”
This is part and parcel of the sport: Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar reckons that a team or an individual cannot do everything right in all matches. Tendulkar, who played international cricket for 24 years, says that bad days in the field are part and parcel of the game. He also maintains that ODI cricket has become more in favour of the batsman, but in Test cricket, there is still a balance between the ball and ball.
“Every match you are not going to get everything right. Sometimes the batting does not work, sometimes the bowling does not work, sometimes the fielding lets you down.
So this is part and parcel of the sport, you are not going to get everything right each time. The balance between bat and ball is not there in white-ball format. That is a different format and Test cricket is different,” Sachin Tendulkar added.