The batting legend holds records for most tests (3630) and most centuries of testing (11) in India-Australia test matches in general.
Tendulkar’s 3,630 races against Australia were scored in 39 tests with a staggering average of 55, with an epic 241 unbeaten run in Sydney in January 2004, his highest score.
Tendulkar in fact was the Indian captain when the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, from the name of legends Allan Border is Sunil Gavaskar, was introduced by the only Test Australia played in India in October 1996.
As India and Australia prepare to block their horns in a series of four Down Under tests, Sachin Tendulkar spoke to TimesofIndia.com about the impact Virat KohliThe absence could have on the Indian team after the first Test, the Rohit Sharma factor, his favorite hundred of all centuries that marked Australia and more.
The first Test of the series kicks off in Adelaide on Thursday (December 17). This will be the only test Virat Kohli will play on this tour. He will later return to India for the birth of his first child.
Speaking of the current Indian captain who was not present for three of the four tests, Tendulkar told TimesofIndia.com: “He is one of the oldest players on the team, Rohit (Sharma), Ajinkya (Rahane), (Cheteshwar) Pujara, these are players who have been around for a long time, so it’s a nice mix of seniors and juniors. So obviously when he (Kohli) has to come back for personal reasons, the team has to be prepared, because normally one player is expected to play a whole series but nothing is guaranteed. A player can also get injured, it’s not just about returning for personal reasons, a player can be excluded from a tournament, it doesn’t always have to be for personal reasons, players can also get injured and the team has to play without them, for example, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was banned from the IPL, so these kinds of things happen, it’s about the whole nation, it’s about India, it’s not about individuals. together to build a wonderful team , so when he (Kohli) is there he won’t be there, but I’m sure when the team does well in the remaining three test matches, he’ll be as happy as any other Indian. ”
Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli. (Getty Images)
In Kohli’s absence, Test vice captain Ajinkya Rahane will lead India in the remaining games. Rahane’s captain style is very different from Kohli’s. While Kohli is all loaded and aggressive, Rahane’s demeanor is much calmer, although his on-the-field placements and tactical decisions can be aggressive when called upon. Incidentally, Rahane had led India to victory over Australia in the 2017 Test in Dharamsala, which Kohli had lost due to a shoulder injury. India won that match with 8 wickets. Rahane was also in the lead when India defeated Afghanistan in two days at Bengaluru in 2018 in what was their debut test match in Afghanistan.
Asked what advice he would like to give to Rahane when leading the Indian team in Kohli’s absence, Tendulkar said: “Whatever he has seen of Ajinkya over the years, he is a very sincere and hardworking companion who has a good cricket brain. He is balanced, he is aggressive, he understands the game, he is methodical. Whatever I saw I liked, so my advice would be: “be yourself.” He has to be himself more than anything else. ”Sachin told TimesofIndia. com.
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Rohit Sharma, who left for Australia in the early hours of Tuesday, will be available to play the final two test matches of the series, if authorized by the physiotherapist in consultation with the BCCI medical team at the end of his two-week quarantine period. Down Under. This assessment will only take place at the end of the mandatory 14 day quarantine period.
For now, Indian cricket fans are hoping Rohit will be able to play the last two tests, as his experience could be vital, especially in the absence of Virat Kohli.
Rohit Sharma. (Getty Images)
However, the team management would certainly have planned to take on the Test series without Rohit having taken part in it, because that scenario also remains a possibility. After all, it will take a considerable amount of time to enter Test Match mode after the quarantine period ends. The management of the team will have to consider many things and take the right call, depending on the evaluation of the medical team, etc.
Tendulkar echoed that sentiment.
“This is going too far (if Rohit will play in the last two tests), which will happen or not, but as I said, Rohit is one of the older players and when there are senior players it’s always a good balance, a nice mix to have that senior player along with juniors around, that combination is a nice combination to have. But whether Rohit is fit or not, or if something else needs to be done, it’s the team direction that decides during the tour. I’m sure the physiotherapist will be involved in this, the captain, the coach, the tour direction will be involved, so you should leave it to them rather than take a lot of things for granted. Right now, I don’t know exactly what the state is, so I think that (the Indian team management) are the best people to judge, in which direction they need to move forward. ” Sachin told TimesofIndia.com.
Going into the opening of the series, both fields lack key players. Australia will be without David Warner for the first test. Victoria’s promising youngster Will Pucovski, who was set to make his test debut after two consecutive centuries in the Sheffield Shield, will also not play the first test. He suffered a concussion after being hit in the helmet during a warm-up match by a Kartik Tyagi bouncer. Who will open the innings for Australia is one of the million dollar questions at the moment.
India also lacks Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma. The third pacer after Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah, for the first Test will be Umesh Yadav. India will play their first overseas day test and only their second ever. The Indian team, however, did well in the warm up, especially in the second.
So, by entering the Adelaide Day and Night Test, who will have the psychological advantage?
“Both teams would like their teams complete. Not having your team complete is obviously something no team wants. Ideally everyone would want (their) team complete all the time. But even that sometimes doesn’t happen. Whatever it is. available, you have to make the most of it, you have to make the most of it and think about how you can make it happen rather than what you don’t have. So I’m sure both teams won’t think about what they don’t have, they will focus on the first test and both teams will do anything to win the first test, because in a series of four test matches or in any test series, you take a unique advantage, that is, a great great psychological boost. So (the) first test match becomes important. ” Sachin further told TimesofIndia.com.
In his record tally of 51 centuries of testing, Tendulkar scored 11 against Australia, six of which were scored on Australian soil. When asked to choose one hundred as his favorite, the big hitter said: “My favorite hundred I would say would be the one I scored in Perth (114) in 1992, because I was only 19 then (he was 18). years and 285 days (the day he marked this century, which made him the youngest player to ever score a century of Test at the WACA), was a veritable bowling attack on a lively post. For a 19-year-old when you go to Australia and score a hundred in Perth against the best bowlers in the world, then you are more or less ready to play anywhere in the world against any bowling attack. And that’s what I heard. It came in a phase criticism in my career, it happened at a time when I felt really wonderful. I felt on top of the world because that was an release where whoever did well there, people talked kindly about those players. And this is happened in my career in an early stage, I was only 19, to happen at that time in my career, where I had also gotten a hu ndred in Sydney (148 *). Both Sydney and Perth were completely different surfaces, so being able to get out and hit well on those two surfaces gave me a lot of confidence and after that I felt like a different person, so it must be the hundred in Perth for me. ”
Sachin Tendulkar celebrates his century against Australia in Perth on February 3, 1992. (AFP photo via Getty Images)
On December 15, 2008, Tendulkar scored a magnificent 103 unbeaten run leading India to a six-wicket victory against England in the Chennai test. The test took place after the horrific Mumbai terror attacks in late November of that year.
“It was a great moment, because when it comes to talking about hundreds, I would say this was the most significant for me, because the mood of the whole nation was understandably different. England kindly went back to playing the series. For almost three and a half days we were playing (the) catch-up game with them and then finishing the game on such a high note was fantastic. England’s bowling attack was perhaps the most complete bowling attack. They had ( James) Anderson and (Steve) Harmison throwing with the new ball, (Andrew) Flintoff throwing reverse swing, and they had (Graeme) Swann and (Monty) Panesar as spinners, so they had all areas covered. And to be able to. to go out and the score of 387 was a big request for the team. And we were able to chase him, so that made things really really special. And that’s why I dedicated that hundred in particular to the whole nation and also to the martyrs and the lost they lost their lives and that’s why I consider that hundred to be the most significant and most important one hundred in my life, because that went beyond the reasons for cricket. Normally, two countries compete to win a test game or to win a series, but that was so much more, “Sachin told TimesofIndia.com.
Sachin Tendulkar celebrates with Yuvraj Singh his century and India’s victory over England in Chennai on 15 December 2008. (TOI photo)