IND vs AUS: Don’t Touch the Ball – When Sachin Tendulkar learned an important lesson on the first Down Under tour

India beating the great Sachin Tendulkar recalled an incident in which Australian legend Allan Border forbade him to catch the ball and give it to him after playing a back foot defense to land the ball next to him.

Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar (Courtesy – ICC)


  • Sachin Tendulkar revealed a “great” lesson he learned from Allan Border
  • I was practicing with a rubber ball on a wet surface: Tendulkar in his early preparations for the Australia series
  • Test debut in Pakistan and New Zealand had made me mentally tough: Tendulkar

Ahead of India’s first test match against Australia, former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar discussed his learning and preparations for his first tour of Australia in 1991-92.

In an exclusive interview with India Today, the joke legend revealed about an incident involving former Australian captain Allan Border. Speaking of the incident, Sachin Tendulkar said he was a “great” younger son to him.

“I was playing Perth and I played a back foot defender. The fielders were away from me and we weren’t taking singles because the bowler was in his follow through. I saw Allan Border running for the ball and thought I’d just catch the ball and giving it to the older player (Border), but he said “don’t touch the ball”. It was a great lesson for me. Then I thought that every time I play a dead defense let them come and get the ball. ” , Sachin Tendulkar said while speaking with India Today consultant Boria Majumdar.

Asked about his preparations for his first tour of Australia in 1991-92, Sachin Tendulkar said he was mentally prepared for the Down Under series since his debut against Pakistan in 1989.

The 47-year-old also talked about his rubber ball preparations on wet concrete surfaces ahead of his first Down Under tour. Tendulkar, the top run-getter in international cricket, added that the sleds of players from Pakistan and New Zealand had already made him mentally strong.

“Before I went to Australia I was practicing with a rubber ball on a wet surface, a concrete surface. So those wet rubber balls are really going to take off and go at a reasonable pace. I was asking my friends to throw from even 70 yards. , they should have hit me and those were the sessions I felt were a little bit out of the box because you do normal things in networks.

“I was ready to do whatever gave me satisfaction, fun and at the same time I was preparing and learning to deal with different things. When it comes to Australia everyone talks about how steep the rebound is, how hard the surfaces are. So I had to prepare myself. for that, but I’d say I was mentally prepared from Pakistan to New Zealand (series “). When John Wright became our coach, I jokingly said to him, “You sled me when I came in to beat.” it comes out to beat and all those things and those that started from Pakistan have not stopped. When I went to Australia I knew that the players would say something but then you choose to ignore and when you want to answer you answer. I learned that from that tour, “said Sachin Tendulkar.

The first Test match between India and Australia will start on December 17th and these words from the batting master will surely motivate young people like Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill.