Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar has applauded Joe Root’s ability to pick Kuldeep Yadav’s bowling action in the nerve-wracking battles to take his side to victory in the penultimate and final ODI games. The loss would have surely demoralized the England unit, considering they had already lost the T20i series in front of local personnel.
Sachin Tendulkar was all praise for Root’s prowess
“Whatever I saw on television, Root picked Kuldeep from his hand and did that really well. Now Kuldeep’s wrist action is a complex one and once he lands the ball, I don’t think too many batsmen in world cricket have got the ability to tackle him off the pitch. Root could afford to play Kuldeep late because he was picking his wrist position early,” said Sachin to a PTI official when asked about Root’s success in the ODI games.
When the 46-year-old was asked if the Indian spinners could get picked up easily against the likes of Joe Root and Alastair Cook, Sachin expressed a slight descent in his answer.
“I don’t think all the other England batsmen have played Kuldeep well. The kind of weather that has been in England with the sun baking the pitches, Kuldeep will be very much in action and so will be the other Indian spinners.”
“If the pitches remain flat and dry like the ones during the limited-overs leg, India rea in with a very good chance. But, if it’s a green top, obviously the England seamers will come into the play,” said the Indian batting legend.
Bhuvaneshwar’s injury adds to India’s struggles
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar’s recurring back problems aggravated from his inclusion in the decider ODI game and as a result, he’ll be sitting out of the longer formats for some duration.
Master Blaster feels that Bhuvaneshwar Kumar’s exit in the first three games would certainly be a huge loss for the Indian team, considering his all-round prowess.
“Bhuvi’s injury is a real setback for India. I for one was expecting a lot from him. He has over the years performed at a level that you expect a certain kind of performance from him. With his ability to swing the ball, he was going to be very critical to India’s scheme of things during the test series.”
“And let’s not forget those runs that Bhuvi scored in England during the last series (in 2014). He is a decent enough batsman, who could string those partnerships at the back end of the innings. But then, I believe that we still have a lot of quality in our pace department,” added the Indian cricketing legend with 100 hundreds under his belt.
Can the Indian team bounce back?
Sachin Tendulkar also gave his views on how the team should perform despite their key players in the squad, and if the tactics and decisions are deployed properly then India could still aim for an exceptional performance.
“Just because you don’t have certain key players doesn’t mean that you will have a certain kind of result. It never happens like that in any sport. Accepted that it’s not a great thing to go into a big series without your key player but then you just have to move on and focus on your job.”
Will Virat Kohli’ performance suffer?
When the God of Cricket was asked about Virat Kohli’s disastrous run in England back in 2014 and if he’d be under any form of similar pressure, Tendulkar straightaway refused such claims.
“Virat’s 2014 performance has got nothing to do with how he would perform in the upcoming series. And it’s not just about Virat’s perforamnce. If you ask me if I am hopeful for a good sho from Virat, my answer would be,”Why only Virat? I am hopeful of a good show from the Indian team. It’s the team that needs to perform well,” said Tendulkar before winding up.
SOURCE: NDTV SPORTS