Shaheen Shah Afridi is without doubt one of the world’s premier white ball bowlers and the Indian batters must attempt to play him “straight” even when they’re attacking the gifted Pakistani left-arm pacer, stated legendary Sachin Tendulkar. At his peak, Tendulkar performed a variety of restricted overs cricket in opposition to Wasim Akram, maybe the best left-arm quick bowler of all time and the maestro did share his observations with PTI throughout a chat.
Requested what he would have accomplished had he confronted a bowler of Shaheen’s calibre throughout his enjoying days, Tendulkar laughed and stated: “I’ve not put my thoughts as such since I do know I will not be going through him.” However then on a critical observe, he shared his perspective.
“Shaheen is an attacking bowler and he likes to go for wickets. He pitches the ball up and backs himself to swing the ball. He has the potential to beat the batters within the air and off the pitch along with his tempo upfront. So with him technique must be to play straight and throughout the ‘V’,” stated Tendulkar.
Shaheen’s best asset is to convey the ball again into proper handers at specific tempo and even getting a number of to carry its line apparently with no change of tempo.
He additionally has an excellent quick ball which might hurry batters and make them candidates for leg earlier than.
Tendulkar, a technician par excellence, additionally warned that even when a batter makes set off motion (the preliminary reflex motion), it should not be akin to creating a dedication to play the shot.
“Set off motion is a preparation to play the ball and never dedication, in case you are not committing to play the ball, it may very well be both on front-foot or backfoot, however it’s a set off motion and never dedication,” he stated.
“As a result of as soon as you’re dedicated on backfoot, you’ll be able to’t come on the front-foot and vice versa. Set off motion is about preparation.
“Each ball, there may be some form of motion, so long as that isn’t dedication it’s wonderful,” Tendulkar concluded.
India and Pakistan will face-off in opposition to one another of their T20 World Cup opening match on the Melbourne Cricket Floor, right here on Sunday.
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