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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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Sep 24, 2019, 08.29 AM IST
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The Master Blaster scored the first of his 49 ODI centuries on September 9, 1994. It came after he successfully made the switch from the middle-order to opening the batting.
Earlier this month, cricket fans celebrated the 25th anniversary of a little-known titbit from Sachin Tendulkar’s long and storied career: The Master Blaster scored the first of his 49 ODI centuries on September 9, 1994. It came after he successfully made the switch from the middle-order to opening the batting.

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.

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The God of cricket, Master Blaster for millions of people worldwide, Sachin Tendulkar is an icon. He has to his credit 18,426 runs in One-Day Inetrnational cricket and 15,921 runs in Test cricket. There is so much more to the legend other than just his fantastic on-field performance. Never one to lose sight of his goal, Tendulkar has been able to establish himself as a coveted brand and an entrepreneur. Considering Tendulkar’s illustrious career and multiple endorsements, his estimated net worth is around Rs 118 crores.
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