Achrekar says Sachin has matured as a batsman

Published: Thursday, July 29, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:Ramakant Achrekar on Thursday said there has been a significant change in his protege Sachin Tendulkar's batting approach and attributed it to a sign of maturity.

"It's true that there has of late been a very significant change in his approach. But that's a sign of maturity," septuagenarian Achrekar, who played a crucial role in the formative years of the batting genius, said in Kolkata on Thursday.

"Earlier, he used to go on the attack against the bowlers from the word go. But now he waits for the loose balls. So, it seems that he has slowed down. But on the other hand, he now unleashes a greater variety of strokes which are a delight to watch," the cricket coach said.

Describing his disciple as "an epitome of sincerity and dedication," Achrekar said these two traits combined with inborn talent have taken Tendulkar to the dizzy heights where he is today.

"Since childhood, whenever he had any problem with his batting, Sachin would go on practising for hours till he rectified it. And we all know, that practice makes a man perfect," said Achrekar, as his eyes lit up in admiration for his ward.

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