Whatever Plan We Came Up With, Sachin Tendulkar Found a Way to Combat it: Ricky Ponting

    Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting greeted Sachin Tendulkar by clapping as he returned to the dressing room after the end of the day's play (AFP Image)

Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting greeted Sachin Tendulkar by clapping as he returned to the dressing room after the end of the day’s play (AFP Image)

Tendulkar is often compared to current batsman Virat Kohli but Ponting suggested that it is extremely difficult to compare batsmen from different eras.

Australia’s legendary captain Ricky Ponting heaped massive praise Sachin Tendulkar and called him the technically best batsman he had ever seen, played with or against. Tendulkar, widely regarded as the greatest batsman ever to play the game, turned 50 on Sunday. Tendulkar and Ponting played a lot of cricket against each other but towards the end of their careers, both shared the same dressing room at Mumbai Indians in the IPL.

Ponting spoke highly of Tendulkar and said that whatever plans he and his bowling group threw, the Master Blaster managed to find a way to counter it.

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“I have always called Sachin the technically best batsman I have ever seen and played with or against. Whatever plan we came up with as a bowling group, they found a way to counter it, be it in India or Australia.”

“It is difficult to rank and judge players because everyone is different and everyone plays the game differently. But definitely, in the generation I played in, he was technically the best player I saw,” Ponting said in an episode of ‘The ICC Review’ show on the eve of Tendulkar’s 50th birthday.

Australia’s veteran captain went down memory lane and recalled Tendulkar’s knock of 241 in Sydney Cricket Ground in 2004.

“Whether he was on the front foot or the back foot – because he was short in stature, he won’t mind me saying that – he was able to stand on top of the ball’s bounce and bring it back down. Ground, front foot or back foot.”

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“The trademark things you think about Tendulkar was just seeing the full face of the bat coming straight down the line and going straight behind the bowler. So I think that will definitely be his trademark.”

Tendulkar is often compared to the current batting superstars Virat Kohli But Ponting suggested that it is extremely difficult to compare batsmen from different eras. “Trying to compare timings and I know Virat played a bit at the back end of Sachin, but it’s a slightly different game now.”

“There are different rules, for example, there are fewer fielders outside the circle in around 50-over cricket. Two new balls. I think it has made batting easier than ever. There is no doubt that the bats have got better.”

“The ground restrictions and the new ball are also a big part of it. When Sachin was playing ODIs it was very difficult to see the ball at the end of a 50 over game. It was very soft. It was very hard to hit, it would be reverse swing. You don’t see that at all in the modern 50-over game.”

Ponting concluded by saying that it would be easy to draw comparisons between Sachin and Kohli once Kohli finishes his cricketing career.

“I always like to judge the quality of players on the basis of their longevity in the game. I think this is the best way to judge players because maintaining such a high level of excellence for such a long period of time is the most difficult thing to do “

“Some players can come and do it for three or four years and look like the best players in the world, but the very best stick it out for a long time and Sachin did it for more than 20 years at the international level.” maintained.”

“200 Test matches (like Tendulkar) is an incredible achievement in itself. No matter how many runs you score, no matter how many hundreds you score, to be physically fit enough and skillful enough to play 200 Test matches is amazing.”

“Virat has all that is ahead of him now. He is an incredibly good player, no doubt about it. He now has over 70 international hundreds. Sachin made 100, didn’t he? Let’s wait till Virat’s career gets over and then I think this comparison will be fair.”

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