Technology has made life tough: Sachin

Sachin Tendulkar believes that advancement of technology has made the task of a batsman quite difficult.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:07 IST
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Chennai :

Sachin Tendulkar believes that advancement of technology has made the task of a batsman quite difficult. Technology has changed the complexion of the game which means players now need to do their home work differently. The batting genius said that bowlers around the world did not have technological facilities 20 years ago but they are now being able to figure out what the batsmen and the captain are trying to do. Relying on instincts "Overall, the whole complexion of the game has changed. Nothing stays the same in life. There are going to be further developments in technological aspects of cricket. You only try and make yourself better and try to explore different things," said Tendulkar. Having tormented bowlers world over, Tendulkar said that he only relied on his instincts and did not believe in pre-planning his innings. "The idea is to score runs without giving away your wicket and minimize the risk factor. Before playing a particular shot, I plan and decide whether to play the shot or not. All these factors are important and that happens once you are in the middle. You cannot preplan ideas," said Tendulkar. Asked to name the five best bowlers and batsmen he had played with or against, he said that he found it difficult to shortlist them but there were a few players in every team whom he admired very much. He did mention the fact that Sir Vivian Richards has been his hero whom he did not play against. The best of the best In Pakistan he played against Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Abdul Qadir. In New Zealand Richard Hadlee, Danny Morrison, which he felt were the two top bowlers. Against England, Angus Fraser, Davon Malcolm, Chris Lewis and Ian Botham. In West Indies Ian Bishop, Coutney Walsh, Malcolm Marshall, Curtley Ambrose and the Benjamin brothers. In Australia Craig McDermott, Bruce Reid, Merv Hughes, Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Jason Gillespie and Brett Lee. From South Africa Alan Donald, Shane Pollock and not to forget Muralitharan from Srilanka. Practice makes perfect "Wasim Akram took 15 years to get his bearings. Similarly Waqar played 13-14 years, Imran also played 17-18 years. So no one becomes great overnight. There is a time frame for everything. There is always a start in one's career and if one keeps performing consistently, he becomes a great bowler. It is a process and no one can speed it up," said Sachin. Tendulkar feels that some young Indian players have the potential to make it big, and it gives him a sense of pride to see them do well. (PTI)