Sachin Tendulkar reveals what he did in 1994 to open the innings for India

The Master Blaster hit his first ODI hundred after making the switch from the middle-order to opening the innings.
Sachin Tendulkar reveals what he did in 1994 to open the innings for India Tendulkar finally retired from cricket after scoring 100 international centuries. (Photo: Getty)
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Sachin Tendulkar is considered as the god of cricket. The master blaster sent shivers down the opposition bowlers with his amazing strokeplay. One of the most prolific batsmen in the history of the game created so many records to his name that it will take a monumental effort from modern-day cricketers to achieve the feat. 

Tendulkar has amassed more runs than anybody in Tests and one-dayers, but his journey to the top of the mountain had a rough start in the initial days of the career. It took Tendulkar to take some bold steps to succeed and abandon the fear of failure.

It was in September 1994 that the Master Blaster hit his first ODI hundred after making the switch from the middle-order to opening the innings. Tendulkar has revealed in a LinkedIn video that he had to "beg and plead" for the opener's slot so that he could play in an aggressive manner, which was not the norm back in those days.

"In 1994, when I started opening the batting for India, the strategy used by all the teams was to save wickets. What I tried to do was slightly out of the box. I thought I could go upfront and take the opposition bowlers on. But I had to beg and plead to give me a chance. If I fail, I won't come after you again," Tendulkar said in the video.

"In that first match (against New Zealand at Auckland), I scored 82 off 49 balls, so I didn't have to ask again if I would get another chance. They were keen for me to open. But what I'm trying to say here is, don't be afraid of failure," he said.

India, under the captaincy of Mohammed Azharuddin, beat New Zealand in Auckland in that match with Tendulkar opening the batting for the first time with Ajay Jadeja. After Tendulkar scored his first ODI ton, there was no looking back for the master blaster. In the next 385 ODIs Tendulkar would go on to open and score 49 hundreds, and scored more than 16,000 runs.

Tendulkar finally retired from cricket after scoring 100 international centuries.

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