'After Gavaskar, haven't seen a better Indian Test opening batsman than Sehwag'

Starting off as a No. 6 batsman in Tests, Sehwag opened the innings for the first time for India during the England tour of 2002, and the rest as they say is history.

It is not much of a secret that it was Sourav Ganguly who was responsible for giving Indian cricket one of its best openers in Virender Sehwag. Sehwag made his India debut under the captaincy of Ajay Jadeja in an ODI against Pakistan in 1999, but it was under Ganguly's leadership that the explosive batsman really came into his own. Starting off as a No. 6 batsman in Tests, Sehwag opened the innings for the first time for India during the England tour of 2002, and the rest as they say is history.

"He was such a big player but didn't get a chance in the batting order. I told him during the England tour, 'no point in sitting in reserves. See if you can open the batting?' He didn't agree to in initially, said he's never done it and is a middle order batsman. But see, from there, he became one of the greatest. After Gavaskar, I haven't seen a better opening batsman in Test cricket in India than him," Ganguly said in an interview with The Republic Bangla.

Ganguly is one of the few Indian cricketers who have excelled in whatever role they've taken up. When he took up India's captaincy amid the match-fixing scandal, he became one of the country's best skippers of all-time. Later on, after retiring, Ganguly established himself as a wonderful commentator before embarking on administrative roles. He served as the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal after the demise of Jagmohan Dalmiya and is now the president of the BCCI.

 

Ganguly's mind harked back to the year 2000, when he was appointed captain of the Indian cricket team. India were coming off a horrendous tour of Australia, where they'd lost all three Tests and won just one match in the tri-series under Sachin Tendulkar. Furthermore, India even lost the Test series at home 0-2 to South Africa before a change in guard took place.

"I have this thing that if you give me responsibility, I will give my best shot. I don't know what it is. When Sachin quit captaincy in 1999 (2000), I didn't even know I would be taking charge. Back then Sachin and I were of the same age, no one could think someone other than Sachin could become India's captain. He did not want to do it, so I took over and I did."

 

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Watch Video: Sachin Tendulkar pranks medical staff while undergoing Covid-19 test

Sachin Tendulkar pulled out a prank on the medical staff at the team hotel in Raipur during a COVID-19 Test. Tendulkar, who is part of the Indian Legends team in the Road Safety World Series, had to undergo a routine coronavirus test ahead of their match against England Legends on March 09 (Tuesday). The Master Blaster decided to pull a prank on the medical staff during the Test and scared them to lighten the mood. The Road Safety Series resumed on March 5 after being halted mid-way through the tournament last year due to the pandemic.

The video starts with Tendulkar sitting to take a COVID-19 test. But as a member of the medical staff takes the nasal swab, Tendulkar screamed in pain and pretended to have got hurt before smiling. The medical staff member was initially taken aback but was relieved when Tendulkar smiled and revealed he was only acting. His prank drew a huge laugh from behind.

"I've played 200 Tests and 277 COVID Tests! A little prank to lighten the mood.😋 Kudos to our medical staff here for helping us to play for a cause!” he captioned the video. Take a look at Sachin Tendulkar’s video.

Sachin Tendulkar Pranks Medical Staff During COVID-19 Test

Sachin, who represents India Legends in Road Safety Series, will be in action on Tuesday against England Legends. Last week, Sachin scored unbeaten 33 runs off 26 balls as India Legends chased down the 110-run target in just 10.1 overs to beat Bangladesh Legends by 10 wickets.

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Gavaskar "remains my hero", says Tendulkar

Mumbai, Mar 6  Every person needs a hero and for a young Sachin Tendulkar while growing up, the only person he would aspire to become was none other than India's original 'Little Master' Sunil Gavaskar.

On the 50th anniversary of Gavaskar's iconic Test debut against the West Indies, legendary Tendulkar took to twitter paying glowing tributes to his role model.

"50 years ago on this day he took the Cricketing World by storm. He scored 774 runs in his debut series and each one of us growing up had a hero to look up to, Tendulkar tweeted.

"India won the series in the West Indies and then in England and all of sudden the sport in India had a new meaning. As a young boy, I knew I had someone to look up to and try and be like him. That has never changed. He remains my hero. Wish you a happy 50th in international cricket Gavaskar," added Tendulkar.

India, then led by late Ajit Wadekar won the series in West Indies 1-0 and then also clinched the series in England within a space of few months.

Tendulkar also said that the entire 1971 team made the country proud and showed the light.

"To everyone of the 1971 team a happy 50th Anniversary. You all made us proud and showed us the light," added Tendulkar.

Sport does not recognise anything other than on-field performance: Sachin

Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar firmly believes that sport only recognizes performance on the field and not the background of an athlete. One of the game's all-time greats, Tendulkar retired in 2013 after breaking a plethora of records during a glorious career.

"Every time we enter the dressing room, it really didn't matter where you came from, which part of the country and where you belong. It was a level field for everyone.

"Sport doesn't recognise anything other than your performance on field," Tendulkar told PTI during a virtual interaction after being named as the brand ambassador of e-learning platform 'Unacademy'.

He spoke about sports unifying people through the new initiative.

"You are out there as an individual who wants to contribute towards the team," added the 47-year-old legendary batsman, who will connect with students and share his experiences.

"That is what we want to do, try and share my experiences. (I was) being part of different schools along board and met different coaches. I myself learnt a lot and those are the experiences I want to share.

"We will be conducting classes free of cost, so I think we wanted this platform to be accessible to anyone and everyone," the batsman, who has numerous records to his name, added.

He also advised students to continue chasing their goals and make that extra effort.

"Continue to chase your dreams, dreams do come true, number of times we push ourselves and we feel it is a dead end, but it is never dead end, so take that extra step and you will achieve your goal," he said.

He also remembered his father late Ramesh Tendulkar, who was a professor and recalled how he travelled through Mumbai to impart lessons to his students.

"When we talk about accessibility, I remember my father, was also a professor and he would travel from one end to other end of Mumbai and constantly be busy teaching his students.

"Today if he was alive, he would have been really proud of what Unacademy has enabled to do, because then not in thousands, but millions had access to him."

According to Unacademy CEO and co-founder Gaurav Munjal, Tendulkar told him to reach out to 1 billion users.

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Virat Kohli Breaks Tendulkar's Record, Becomes Fastest to Reach 12,000 Runs

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday, December 2 has become the fastest to reach 12,000 runs in International limited-overs cricket.

Kohli breached the mark in the third ODI against Australia in Canberra.

It took the Indian captain 242 innings to reach the milestone. He has broken the previous record set by Sachin Tendulkar, who got his 12000th run in his 300th inning.

The Master Blaster Tendulkar is the highest run scored in ODS with 18,426 runs, whereas Kohli is the second-highest scorer for India in ODIs behind Tendulkar.