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‘Sachin spared T20 influence’

Calcutta: Former India coach Greg Chappell feels Sachin Tendulkar’s approach to cricket would have been significantly different if he had been learning his craft as a teenager in the current scenario, dominated by Twenty20 cricket.

“I guess the big difference from the time when Sachin was growing up and now is that back then he would have largely been watching Test cricket…

“Even one-day cricket as it had similarities to Test cricket in a lot of ways,” Chappell was quoted as saying by the official website of Cricket Australia.

The former Australia captain, who was the coach of the Indian team from 2005-07, said Sachin’s heroes would have been different had he been growing up in India in recent times.

“His heroes, and the heroes of the guys he was playing against as a teenager, would have been eminent Test cricketers. But as a young cricket fan today, particularly in India, you would be watching a lot of 20-over cricket.

“And that in itself promotes the glamour and excitement of the batsmen clearing the fence, and playing those innovative, higher-risk shots,” said Chappell, who is currently Cricket Australia’s National Talent Manager.

“I have no doubt Sachin could cope with whatever form of the game he set himself for because of his incredible talent, but I guess the bigger question would be whose game would he choose to model himself on?” asked Chappell.