Though there are many positions in the batting line-up, the opening slot always remains special for obvious reasons. They will be opening the attack for the team against world-class bowlers, who got brand-new cherry to throw at the batsman. However, the Indian National Cricket Team has always blessed with finest opening batsmen to seal the deal. From Sunil Gavaskar to Sachin Tendulkar and Sehwag to Rohit Sharma, India always got the best talent to open the innings.
However, after the retirement of legendary cricketers, India found it tough to get a perfect opening batsman, especially, in Test format of the game. Even now, there are no certain openers for the team in Test cricket.
In the latest move, the team management alongside the skipper Virat Kohli and the head coach Ravi Shastri has decided to open the Test innings with Rohit Sharma, who delivered goods more often than not in limited-overs format for India.
Don’t be afraid of failure – Sachin Tendulkar
Meanwhile, speaking of the role, Sachin Tendulkar quoted that youngsters should play the game without any fear of failure. Sachin Tendulkar revealed that he got opening position after begging the team management for a longer time, which happened when Mohammad Azharuddin was leading the Indian National Cricket Team.
Right in his first game, Sachin Tendulkar smashed a brilliant 82 off 49 balls. It certainly made the team management to ask him to bat at the same position. Narrating the story, Sachin Tendulkar tried to explain why people should not think about failure.
“In 1994, when I started opening the batting for India, the strategy used by all the teams was to save wickets. What I tried to do was slightly out of the box. I thought I could go up and take the opposition bowlers on. But I had to beg and plead to give me a chance. If I fail, I won’t come after you again,” Tendulkar said in a LinkedIn video.
“In that first match (against New Zealand at Auckland), I scored 82 off 49 balls. So, I didn’t have to ask again if I would get another chance. They were keen for me to open. But what I’m trying to say here is, don’t be afraid of failure,” he said.
Ahead of the start of the Test series on October 02, Rohit will be out to open the innings for Board Presidents XI against South Africa, starting September 26. It will be interesting to see how Rohit Sharma would tackle the new role.