London, Aug 12: Too much idolising ruins the contest feels former England skipper Michael Vaughan as he admonishes Test rookie Ravi Bopara from "worshiping" his hero Sachin Tendulkar. It isn't appropriate to accord too much adulation to opponents while their teams battle it out on the field.
"There comes a time when you have to make the transition from a promising player to a fully fledged international cricketer and that moment has arrived for Ravi Bopara, "said Michael Vaughan". He is 26 now and is a senior player. He has to realise he is not a kid and deliver. He will never get a better chance against an Indian team with the wheels off," Vaughan added.
Vaughan opined that idolising someone playing the same match as you could temper the seriousness of the contest and detract from one's own potential and ability.
"He has always tried to model himself on Sachin. But now he is playing a Test match against him and is going to have to admit he can't idolise the guy. He can't stare at every move he makes and say "wow, look at Sachin".
Vaughan took a jibe at the hapless Indian bowling attack advising Bopara to stick at the wicket for as long as possible.
"Their attack is one of the easiest you could face, and without Zaheer Khan, England could have picked another top six from county cricket and still done pretty well."