SCIENCE OF SACHIN'S STROKES
WE DECODE THE TECHNIQUE THAT HAS MADE SACHIN TENDULKAR ONE OF THE GREATEST BATSMEN EVER
[Vijay Dahiya, former India wicketkeeper, KKR assistant coach]
Sachin keeps his bat straight and rotates his wrist at the time the ball hits it, to guide the ball away from the fielders. Against fast bowlers and on pitches where there’s a bit of bounce, he changes tactic to avoid bowlers who tend to bowl a lot into his body. He takes a middle stump-guard and gets inside the line of the ball.
[Ranjit Fernando, former Sri Lanka player, commentator] Sachin judges the ball early to get into position. He uses the depth of the crease well to move back and get extra time and space to play his shot. Also, he plays the ball very late, so he gets more time to change his shot if he wants to. He often stands up on his toes to counter the extra bounce that a bowler might derive from the pitch.
[Sunil Gavaskar, former India skipper, Team India batting consultant]
Unlike a classical batsman, Sachin doesn’t lunge towards the ball but allows it to come to him. He keeps his head still so that he can judge the ball early and get in its line correctly. He puts his left foot at the right position in line with the delivery, and even if he has a bottom-hand grip on the bat, he uses the top hand to dominate the shot.
[Eric Simons, former South Africa fast bowler, India coach]
A good straight drive is the best way to rate a batsman’s technique as it requires perfect body balance, head position and optimum use of both hands. If the bottom hand dominates the shot, the ball will go towards mid-wicket, but if the top hand dominates, the ball will lean towards the covers. Sachin’s balance is superb and his downswing is straight.
[W.V. Raman, former India opener, Kings XI assistant coach, Tamil Nadu coach] Sachin’s stance is balanced, feet not too wide or too close, and his body weight is distributed evenly. The key to his success is his stillness while playing a shot. He has rarely tinkered with his stance.
[John Embury, former England off-spinner and coach] Sachin can identify how a bowler will spin the ball and judge the flight and length of the delivery. He decides on the type of sweep shot he wants to play–traditional or paddle–and then changes the angle of the bat on the downswing. He brings the bat down vertically for the paddle in case of fuller deliveries.