Earlier this month, cricket fans celebrated the 25th anniversary of a little-known titbit from Sachin Tendulkar’s long and record-breaking career: The Master Blaster scored the first of his 100 international centuries on September 9, 1994.
And on Friday (September 27), Tendulkar took his fans down the memory lane as he shared a video of him practicing on a water-logged pitch.
Taking to Twitter, Tendulkar wrote “Love and passion for the game always helps you find new ways to practice, and above all to enjoy what you do. #FlashbackFriday”
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 27, 2019
In the video, the ‘God of Cricket’ can be seen batting on a pitch that is almost completely submerged in water. He is seen playing confidently on the back foot as bowlers try their luck at getting the better of the prolific right-handed batsman.
Tendulkar recently revealed how he had to beg and plead to open the innings in New Zealand in 1994.
“In 1994, when I started opening the batting for India, the strategy used by all teams was to save wickets. What I tried to do was slightly out of the box,” he said.
“I thought I could go up front and take the opposition bowlers on. But I had to beg and plead to please give me a chance. If I fail, I won’t come after you again,” he added.
Using that move as an example, Sachin urged his fans to never shy away from taking risks because of the fear of failure.
“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,” the 46-year-old Mumbaikar said.