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'Tests more attacking due to ODIs, T20s': Sachin

Published: Tuesday, August 3, 2010, 14:04 [IST]
 
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'Tests more attacking due to ODIs, T20s'

The game of cricket has seen many changes, transformation since Sachin Tendulkar made his debut in 1989 but one change that the master blaster notices most in the last 20 years is that Test cricket has become more attacking following the T20 revolution.

Tendulkar played his first Test against Pakistan in 1989 and today became the highest capped player by playing in his 169th match.

"There have been changes in the 20 years I have been part of. In One-day cricket there have been changes. Introduction of T20 cricket and Test cricket also possibly is getting more attacking," Tendulkar told a sports channel.

"I feel batsmen are willing to take more chances and that's probably due to one-day cricket and latest introduction of T20. Because of that they are getting more innovative and prepared to take some risks," he said.

The 37-year-old said he had doubt of excelling after playing his first Test.

"In 1989, I remember playing the first Test match. I felt completely out of place having played just one first class season, although I had scored runs. But there was a lot of difference between facing first class bowlers and Wasim (Akram) Waqar (Younis),Imran (Khan) and Abdul Kadir.

"I thought, this is probably my first and last but luckily I got another chance and scored runs in the second match. From there on I thought I belong here and I can manage," he said.

He has been applauded all along his career but the compliment Tendulkar treasures most is that of legendary Australian Sir Donlad Bradman.

"The greatest compliment I have got in my life when sir Don himself said that 'his batting style is similar to mine'.

That's a huge compliment and then when I got included in all time World XI by him that felt great. It was a big more booster for me. As a sportsman you want to appreciated and when top personalities appreciate you that feels great.

"After that I felt I am among the top guys. Getting to the number one spot and from there it is individual opinion.

If you are regarded as one of the best, which should be the dream, gives great satisfaction," he said.

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