Sledging should be taken in 'good humour': Sachin

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Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 11:31 [IST]
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See sledging as 'good humour': Tendulkar

Mumbai, Nov 6: Sledging has been an integral part of cricket, as many players have learnt the art of playing when the bowlers sledge, as Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, who has faced many bowlers is no different as he said it should be taken in 'good humour'.

The 39 year old, who has been the brand ambassador for a gaming and experience centre Smaaash, where cricket simulators mimic the bowlers, said that there is humour behind everything and one should see sledging as 'good humour'.

Talking about his experience, Sachin said facing Pakistan's legendary pacer Wasim Akram and reacting to such taunts add flavour to the experience.

"It adds flavour to experience. It is one thing to face 90 miles per hour against great bowlers and Wasim obviously was a world class bowler. One of the greatest to have played this sport."

"There is also humour behind everything, whatever experience you share with these great players. It is as good as playing a match with them. You get to hear a lot of things from them but things which are not meant to be heard are not recorded," he added.

The cricketer also said that the presence of simulators would help budding cricketers as they get an opportunity to face world class bowlers.

"It is a wonderful experience for budding cricketers to face the bowling of great cricketers who have played this sport. How would you get a budding cricketer to face Warne or how are you going to get Muralitharan, Brett Lee or Malinga? This is the closest you can get to facing these guys. Experience how the ball passes through your nose at 90 miles an hour. This is where you need to experience that," he said.

Moreover, Tendulkar switched gears and spoke about another passionate game, F1. The legendary cricketer liked the F1 simulator the most and termed it as unbelievable.

"You have to accelerate and then put the brakes. That is when you feel the g-force...The F-1 drivers do it for good three hundred kilometres and to do that and sustain that competitiveness is a different cup of tea. I thoroughly enjoyed. It was my first experience and it is so close to being actually in a Formula One car."

Shripal Morakhia, who conceptualised it also said that the company has plans to come up with more centres around the globe in a few years as a couple of countries have already requested for the same.


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