Sachin Tendulkar revealed his success mantra behind hitting fast bowlers all over the park in his glorious career: "Well, it all started with playing tennis ball cricket during the monsoon.
We would play with a wet ball on concrete and it (the ball) would race towards you. I had some senior guys in school who would tell me that I should play a higher class of cricket.
Sachin Tendulkar. Pic/Suresh KK
They would take the liberty to bowl from 16-17 yards and chuck it at me. The best way to get back at them was to attack. I also liked competition. I hate to lose. So it was from there where I started facing pace.
Later on, I would take the help of my friends — one of whom is Paras Mhambrey — who would bowl to me with a wet ball from 18 yards. I would tell them to hit me," Tendulkar said after receiving the cricketer of the generation award by ESPNCricinfo.com yesterday.
That Perth ton...
The legendary batsman said his innings of 114 in Perth against Australia in 1991-92 was the game-changer. "I was naturally an aggressive batsman.
"It was very difficult to face the likes of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis in my debut series. Later on, from my tours, I learnt to control the aggression. In Australia, I had to pick and choose (the deliveries to be hit). I had to respect the good balls.
"That innings was a game changer. I felt I was ready to take on the world after it. I wasn't overconfident but felt confident about my ability," Tendulkar said.