Former England captain Nasser Hussain said today that Sachin Tendulkar had a magnificent technique, to beat which he had a hard time as the leader of his team discussing how to dismiss the ‘Master Blaster’. Hussain was speaking to Ian Bishop and Elma Smit in the latest episode of ICC podcast titled ‘Cricket Inside Out’. It was during the programme that the former England captain was asked to name a batsman with a good bowling technique.
“For me, the technique is getting runs in all parts of the world, and I like someone who plays with soft hands and lets the ball come to him, Kane Williamson for me has a very good technique in the current era, he plays the ball late with soft hands, as a result of T20 cricket, players in the modern gameplay with hard hands, Williamson can play all three formats and can adapt his game to each,” Hussain said during the podcast.
“Overall when I talk about all-time batsmen, Sachin Tendulkar had a magnificent technique, when I was England skipper, I cannot remember how many team meetings we used to have just to discuss how to get Tendulkar out,” Hussain added.
During the podcast, Bishop added to Nasser’s view. He said Tendulkar was the most difficult batsman he ever bowled to in his career. “Sachin Tendulkar is one of the most difficult batsmen to whom I have bowled in my career, he always used to hit in the straight lines,” Bishop said.
Tendulkar has the most number of runs in the longest format of the game, amassing 15,921 runs.
Along the way, Tendulkar scored 51 Test centuries, most by any player. Things were no different in ODI cricket where Tendulkar topped the list of most runs. He has accumulated 18,426 runs in ODI which includes 49 tons.
Tendulkar played for the country in six World Cups during his career that lasted for 24 years. He was the part of the 2011 World Cup-winning squad.