Less matches for longer Tendulkar: Border

Published: Friday, October 30, 2009, 8:58 [IST]
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Less matches for longer Sachin

New Delhi: Australia's world cup winning captain Allan Border adviced Sachin Tendulkar to cut down his limited over appearances to prolong his Test career.

Border, former Australian captain, is here as the brand ambassador for the Delhi Half Marathon, to be held Sunday.

"Sachin is undoubtedly a great bastman, “I have high regard for him. But it would be better for him to appear in fewer limited-overs matches. It would help him extend his Test career."

Tendulkar will complete 20 years in international cricket next month and Border feels that his ability to handle the pressure brilliantly is the secret behind his success.

“Representing your country for two decades in the international arena is not a small achievement. There is always a lot of pressure on an international cricketer and I must say he (Tendulkar) has managed it beautifully," Border said.

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“Like with all other cricketers who have played for a long time, Tendulkar"s career, too, is marked by injuries and several ups and downs. But what surprises me is that he has managed to retain the same passion for the game he had 20 years ago. He is certainly an amazing cricketer," said Border.

“Tendulkar is a player who always looks for improvement. It would be very difficult for others to climb to his stature," Border added.

Border also lauded Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his leadership qualities.

“Dhoni is an aggressive captain and has managed to inculcate the same attitude in his teammates. He gets full support from the other players because he leads by example, like in the last match at Nagpur," said Border.


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