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Upper-cut shot upset many fast bowlers: Sachin Tendulkar

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Sachin Tendulkar. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Former Indian captain Sachin Tendulkar is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. Tendulkar’s bag contained a variety of shots, including flicks, straight drives, cuts, cover drives and many more. However all of the above shots played brilliantly, regardless of any shot for the bowler, known as the ‘upper-cut’, which the master blaster played purely on his instinct without practicing on the net.

Interacting with the audience on YouTube, Tendulkar revealed how he invented the upper cut shot and who inspired him to use it against Makhaya Ntini In 2001 in a test fixer against South Africa.

In a question and answer session on YouTube, a fan named Anuj Andy asked Sachin, “#AskSachin did you do the upper cut shot or just spontaneous practice while you’re playing?” Noting this, the former captain replied, “It happened in South Africa in 2001, when we were playing a Test match in Bloemfonetine. We were batting first and bowling around Makhaya Ntini off-stump, Because he was usually short in length, he rarely bowled.

He said, “Ever since he used to run at the crease, I could see Rekha. South African pitches give a lot of bounce. The general tendency to deal with those bouncers is to go over the bowl. And if it bounces higher than normal for someone of my height, why not get under it and still be aggressive and attacking. “

Tendulkar says that sometimes you just have to let your natural instincts take over

Furthermore, Sachin Tendulkar stated that it was his instinct that asked him to play the ball towards the third man instead of reaching the top of the ball. He did not stop after using the upper cut once in South Africa as he tried to put shots against different bowlers at different places. It was one of his favorite shots to play on Australia’s pitches and New zealand.

“I felt there was something. Instead of getting off the ball and trying to keep it with the ground, go under it and play it towards the third man boundary, using the momentum. That shot gave many fast bowlers Troubled because they call bouncers a dot ball. But I turned those into boundaries. I didn’t really plan anything. Sometimes you have to let go of your natural instinct after coming to the crease. And that’s what I did.