| Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid, in
Bangalore, on Saturday. (PTI)
Bangalore: Sachin Tendulkar, on Saturday, said the changes brought into cricket, including the T20 format, have made the sport more exciting and helped in getting more results in Tests.
“Cricket is the only sport to have three formats and it is only getting more exciting, not only for the players, but also for the spectators. More results are, nowadays, coming by (in the longer version of the game). The batsmen are willing to take chances,” he said on the sidelines of KSCA’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations here.
Tendulkar further said: “Basics are more important in Test cricket and, to a certain extent, in one-day cricket, too.”
However, he said basics don’t really matter in the T20 format because the players have to just go out and swing their bats. “This is the only format in which in three or four deliveries you can become a hero,” he said.
Sourav Ganguly said T20 has impacted the longer version of the game as the players are playing aggressively. “It has brought innovation to the game. When it comes to Test cricket, you need to adjust… Technique-wise, no two players are similar. Players have to stick to their basics, that is important,” he said.
Rahul Dravid said with many T20 games being played, cricketers need to adapt to the demands of this latest format. “You have to learn to play a few shots. You just can’t go on blocking, which I did in Test cricket,” he said.
“Good players learn to adapt… Look at Chris Gayle, Michael Hussey and AB de Villiers… These guys have dominated in the last IPL… At the same time, they are all good Test players,” he said.
Talking about adapting to different technologies being used in the sport, Tendulkar said he was astonished to see a laptop in the dressing room for the first time in 2003.
“I wondered how this technology would help us learn cricket, but over a period of time we figured out its importance, ” he said.
Asked what would be his yardstick to select a player if he ever became a selector, Tendulkar said the first thing he would do is to analyse whether the player has the potential to withstand the pressures of international cricket.
“A selector can pick up players who have scored heavily. But that does not work out for me. For the past many years, I have seen players who have been exceptionally good at the domestic level… But they somehow could not replicate the success at the next level… So we have to first analyse whether the player has the potential to be successful in international cricket,” he said.