“The Plan was to get him angry -” Sachin Tendulkar expresses his views on Sledging McGrath

Sachin Tendulkar made his debut as a 16-year kid in 1989. Tendulkar started his career against a strong Pakistani squad where several fast bowlers such as Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram tried to bully the young batsman. However, Sachin Tendulkar showed his class in the series against Pakistan and responded in a spectacular fashion.

Throughout, his career various bowlers triedto sledge the Mumbai batsman but sooner than later realized that it was a badidea to sledge the star batsman. Various bowlers with a tremendous reputationhave accepted in their careers how things went against them when they tried tosledge Sachin Tendulkar. The star Pakistani spinner Saqlain Mushtaq recentlyadmitted that he was embarrassed when he tried to sledge Sachin Tendulkar.

WhenSachin Tendulkar started sledging:

However, Sachin Tendulkar turnedthe table against Australia in a knockout game in 2000. Sachin Tendulkarremembered a match of 2000 when they faced Australia in 2000 in theQuarter-final game of Knockout Trophy.  Sachinsaid:  “I cannot forget the match againstAustralia in the ICC Champions Knockout Trophy in Nairobi in 2000 as well. Thewicket was once again damp and not a very easy one to bat on. There was plentyof life on the surface,” 

He further continued “The way McGrath bowled the first over, I spoke to Sourav Ganguly and suggested that I go after McGrath. I realized we have to do something out of the box (play mind games) I exchanged a few words with him which took him by surprise. I also started playing shots against him, though some of them were risky,”

Sachin Tendulkar revealed that McGrath was one of the most dangerous bowlers in the Australian side. Sachin revealed that he planned to resettle McGrath by sledging him. Sachin quoted “The plan was to get him angry and make him attack my body instead of looking to get me out. We were beaten on occasions but also were able to make McGrath bowl where we wanted. I made a quick-fire 38 and this came in a winning cause so I was very happy,” 

India managed to defeat Australia in the game and went on to play the final of the game.

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