‘I actually took a lot of time to warm up’: Tendulkar on his final over heroic in 1993 Hero Cup semifinal


Indian batting legends Sachin Tendulkar He is counted among the greatest players to grace the sport. The talismanic cricketer had guided India He won many memorable victories with his batting during his two and a half decade long career. Tendulkar too used to bowl a few overs in the middle during his youthful days and recently, during an interview posted on his YouTube channel, the veteran great talked about one such low moment in his career when he helped his side win a game. Leading to important victory. bowling

The occasion was the 1993 Hero Cup semi-final, which was played between India and South Africa at the prestigious Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata.

Batting first, the then captain Mohammad Azharuddin played an innings of 90 runs in 118 balls and India were dismissed for 195 runs. In reply, South Africa almost chased down the target as they needed just six runs from the last over.

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Many would have expected Azharuddin to hand over the ball to his most experienced bowler to bowl the last over. But the Hyderabad cricketer decided to take the risk by giving the ball to Tendulkar. Interestingly, the Mumbaikar had not bowled a single over in the match till then and was asked to save the match for India in the last over. The Master Blaster did not disappoint as he conceded just three runs to guide the home team to a two-run victory.

Recalling the incredible day, Tendulkar described his achievement as an “incredible” highlight of his legendary career.

“I remember I didn’t bowl at all until the 50th over, I didn’t bowl a single ball and because it was a bit cold, you know my body was hard, my fingers were stiff and you know I It really took a lot of time to warm up,” Sachin said in his latest YouTube video.

Tendulkar also recalled taking a crucial break before bowling the last over as his body and fingers were stiff due to the chilly weather. The 48-year-old also said that it was he who gave him the idea to bowl the last over as he was confident about guiding India home.

“When we met in the middle, I told Azhar that I was more than happy to bowl and believe I could bowl that over and then it was decided that I would bowl. I just made a suggestion that I am confident to bowl the last over, if you want me to bowl then I am fine.

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“Once it was settled, I said okay. I’m trying to hit the ball on my fingers and then I’m warming up because every ball counts. Every run counted there. But the way the crowd was with us was incredible, you know. Every dot ball was appreciated, unbelievably and that kind of pressure on them,” concluded Tendulkar.

After their incredible victory in the semi-finals, Team India defeated West Indies by 102 runs in the final to win the Hero Cup.

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