IND vs AUS: Don’t Touch the Ball – When Sachin Tendulkar Learned an Important Lesson in the First Round Down Under

The great Sachin Tendulkar, who beat India, remembered an incident when Australian legend Allan Border forbade him to pick the ball and give it to him after he played a defense with his back foot to make the ball land next to him.

Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar (kindly – ICC)


  • Sachin Tendulkar revealed a “big” lesson he learned from Allan Border
  • We practice with a rubber ball on a wet surface: Tendulkar on his preparations in Australia, virgin
  • My debut in the series in Pakistan and New Zealand made me mentally tough: Tendulkar

Before India’s first Test match against Australia, former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar discussed his teachings and preparations for his initial tournament in Australia in 1991-1992.

In an exclusive interview with India Today, the legend of the beating revealed about an incident involving former Australian captain Allan Border. Speaking about the incident, Sachin Tendulkar said he was a “big” son to him.

“I was playing in Perth and I was playing a defense for the back leg. The Terriers were staying away from me and I didn’t take it easy because the bowler was on his trail. I saw Allan Border running to catch the ball and I thought I’d choose just giving the ball to the senior player (Border) But he said, “don’t touch the ball.” That was an important lesson for me, so I thought that whenever I play a dead defense I let them come. and take the ball, “said Sachin Tendulkar as he spoke with India Today consulting editor Boria Majumdar.

When asked about his preparations for his initial tour in Australia in 1991-92, Sachin Tendulkar said that he has been mentally prepared for the Down Under series since his Test Test against Pakistan debut in 1989.

The 47-year-old also talked about his preparations with the rubber ball on wet concrete surfaces before his first Down Under tour. Tendulkar, the biggest international cricketer, added that the sleighs of players from Pakistan and New Zealand have already made him mentally strong.

“Before I went to Australia, I practiced with a rubber ball on a wet surface, a concrete surface. So these wet rubber balls will really take off and go at a reasonable pace. I would ask my friends to throw even from 70 meters, they had to hit me and these were the sessions that I felt a little out of the box because you do normal things in the nets.

“I was ready to do anything that gave me satisfaction, pleasure and at the same time I was preparing and learning to deal with different things. When it comes to Australia, everyone talks about how steep jumping is, how hard the surfaces are. So I had to prepare myself for this, but I would say that I was mentally prepared right from Pakistan to New Zealand (series’). When John Wright became our coach, I would scoff at him, saying, I went in to fight and all that stuff that started in Pakistan and didn’t stop. When I went to Australia I knew the players would say something, but then you choose to ignore and when you want to answer you answer “I learned that from that tournament,” said Sachin Tendulkar.

The first test match between India and Australia will start on December 17, and these words of the master batsman can certainly motivate young people like Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill.