new Delhi: Great batsman Sachin Tendulkar says that due to the non-traditional technique of Steve Smith, Indian bowlers will have to bowl them out a little. He advised the Indian fast bowlers to bowl this batsman on the line of ‘fifth stump’ during the upcoming series against Australia.
Smith, who was left out of the previous series between India and Australia in 2018-19 due to his involvement in the ball tampering case, will be ready to make up for it this time. Smith has scored six Test centuries against India.
Tendulkar (Sachin Tendulkar) said, ‘Smith’s technique is non-traditional. Normally in Test matches we ask the bowler to bowl around the line of off stump or fourth stump but Smith moves so maybe the line of the ball should be four to five inches further ‘.
He said, ‘To get the edge of Steve’s bat, you should aim to bowl on the line between the fourth and fifth stumps. This is nothing else but a mental change in the line.
Tendulkar (Sachin Tendulkar) said, ‘I have read that Smith has said that he is ready to bowl short pitch. Probably he is hoping that the bowler will take an aggressive attitude against him from the beginning. But I think it should be tested outside the off stump. Put him on the backfoot and make a mistake in the beginning ‘.
Asked about whether the ball swinging inward would not be more effective, Tendulkar said, ‘For this, it has to be seen how much the ball is swinging. All these things matter. You cannot use saliva, so if the wicket is more lively then it is a different matter. During Test matches in England, sometimes the Duke ball does not swing much.
He said, ‘I don’t know whether they will leave more grass on the wicket or not so that the ball will move more. If the ball does not swing, you might not even get to see the yorker swinging.
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Expressing a good chance of retaining India’s Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Tendulkar said, “With the return of two senior players to the team and the presence of Labushen, the batting order has improved a lot. It will be a more competitive series and I am sure India is ready for it ‘.
Tendulkar (Sachin Tendulkar) agreed that the absence of Virat Kohli in three Test matches will make a difference but it will give other players a chance. Kohli will return to India after the first test for the birth of his first child.
He said, ‘There is no doubt that the absence of Virat will make a big difference but at the same time given the kind of bench strength and talent available to us, it will be a good opportunity for someone else to establish themselves’.
Tendulkar (Sachin Tendulkar) said that Cheteshwar Pujara’s presence in Test matches will be very important.
He said, ‘I will name Cheteshwar Pujara with Virat. These two players have played together for the longest time. Ajinkya Rahane is also, but in the last XI, he did not get as many consecutive chances as Pujara and Virat get.