Tendulkar rewinds to 1994 when he 'begged & pleaded' to change the game's strategy
Speaking of initiating a change in the way the team played, Tendulkar said it was important not to be afraid of failure.
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Speaking of the move to open the batting and the change in approach that led to this switch, Tendulkar recently took to LinkedIn to upload a video. “In 1994, when I started opening the batting for India, the strategy used by all teams was to save wickets. What I tried to do was slightly out of the box. I thought I could go up front and take the opposition bowlers on. But I had to beg and plead to please give me a chance. If I fail, I won’t come after you again,” he recalled.
But the move to the top resulted in instant dividends. “In that first match [against New Zealand at Auckland], I scored 82 off 49 balls, so I didn’t have to ask again if I would get another chance. They were keen for me to open,” he said with a laugh. “But what I’m trying to say here is, don’t be afraid of failure.”
And four months later, he got his first century as well.