Greg Chappell calls Sachin Picasso among batsmen

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Published: Monday, March 19, 2012, 15:41 [IST]
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'Sachin is Picasso among batsmen'

Sydney, Mar 19: Former Australian cricketer, Greg Chappell has compared India's Sachin Tendulkar to Picasso and Bradman to Michelangelo in his column for a leading newspaper The Hindu on Monday.

“If batting is an art then Sachin Tendulkar is the Picasso among batsmen. On that basis Bradman must have been Michelangelo.”

Former Indian coach, recalled that he had watched master blaster Sachin Tendulkar bat at the Sydney Cricket Ground for the first time during India's tour of Australia 1991-92 when Sachin was unbeaten on 148, in Shane Warne's debut Test.

“Warne would have wondered if he was cut out for Test cricket. He only took one wicket, that of Ravi Shastri, in 45 overs of hard slog as Shastri made 206 and Tendulkar announced himself, in Australia at least, as a batsman of rare ability and class.

Chappell further added saying that Tendulkar had a wonderful imagination as he crafted
his innings very well.

“Without wishing to denigrate Shastri’s fine performance, he looked like a mere house painter alongside the sublime artist as Tendulkar displayed a dazzling array of shots and a wonderful imagination as he crafted an innings of great beauty. He has played many more since then.”

Chappell was in awe of the master blaster's dedication, as it is unbelievable to think about a 16 year old making a debut and who continues to play at 38, with the same dedication, sets him apart even from Bradman.

“It is hard to imagine someone playing Test cricket at the age of 16. That he is still playing 23 years later and is arguably the best batsman in the team is even more remarkable. To think that he has carried the hopes and prayers of more than a billion people each time he bats sets him apart even from Bradman.”

He further added saying “all good players prepare well and have great skill, powerful will, good knowledge of the game and decent judgement. Great players have something extra. They know how best to handle the pressures of the game and the difficult situations they face. They also know how and when to put pressure on the opposition".

"These abilities reside in the mind and separate the great from the merely good. In great players the psychological is to the physical what two is to one. Sachin, like other great players, sees opportunity and success where others see difficulty and failure," he wrote in his column.


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