Sachin Tendulkar with VVS Laxman. (Credits: Reuters)

The onslaught of the novel pandemic Covid-19 has led to cricket and other sports being played in empty stadiums. The presence of fans only adds color to the proceedings besides providing for good television, but it also gives an added zeal to the players.

Players, in this case, cricketers thrive on the atmosphere created by their raucous fans. It also helps them to take their game to the next level.

The 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League is being played behind closed doors and we have already seen some brilliant performances with the bat by the likes of Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson, and Mayank Agarwal.

But would the superstars of the game like Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar have thrived while playing in empty stadiums? Former Indian batsman and the mentor of SunRisers Hyderabad VVS Laxman was asked the same question during his recent interview with the Indian Express.

Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman
Sachin Tendulkar (Photo-AFP)

Laxman replied by saying that Sachin Tendulkar was so passionate about the game that it really won’t have mattered to him whether he was playing in a packed ground or an empty stadium. The stylish Indian batsman also went on to hail Sachin as the greatest batsman of his generation besides adding that crowd or no crowd, Sachin Tendulkar would still have won the game for his side.

“For Sachin, it didn’t matter the way he used to bat for India and Mumbai. He was passionate about what he was doing. I don’t have any doubt that Sachin would still have been in his zone. All great players derive that internal motivation and not necessarily be motivated externally,” VVS Laxman told Indian Express.

“Sachin was the greatest batsman I have seen in our generation. He still would have won that game for us.” he added.

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Yash Mittal

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