“Cricket Pitches must be bowler friendly”, says Sachin Tendulkar


London: Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar alleged that cricket pitches must be bowler friendly if the balance is to be made between the bat and ball.

The limitations regarding the thickness and depth of the bats was also introduced by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) world cricket committee on Tuesday.

In 2014, it was noticed by the MCC that the thickness of bats has increased while the edges has been broadened by around 300 per cent.

A renowned batsman Sachin Tendulkar who resigned from international cricket in 2013 as the game’s most prolific batsman both in Tests and the 50-over format, insisted that more support will be provided to the bowlers.

“The wickets need to change; they need to be more helpful for bowlers,” Tendulkar said.

“In T20s, the greatest of bowlers are being reverse-swept. Three-hundred is no longer competitive in ODIs. “So there should be at least one format where bowlers have a better chance of executing their skills and making it more interesting for spectators. “I don’t think it’s got much to do with bats, but I’m sure people on the (relevant) panel will be able to look into it.”, Sachin said.

Last week, Australian opener David Warner alleged that, “Flat pitches rather than bats with thicker edges are the reason batsmen have the upper hand in Test cricket.”

Also when the nomination for Indian Coach was going on, Tendulkar was part of the panel and he recommended Kumble’s name for the team India’s benefit.

“A fabulous player, a hard competitor and will not make any compromises on the field,” Tendulkar told ESPNcricinfo.

“He will be out there to win each and every moment. “He played for almost 20 years, so there is plenty to share. I’ll just tell the players to grasp as much information from Anil as possible.” Kumble, who came out to bowl with a bandaged jaw in a 2002 Antigua test, can also teach the players how to handle adversity, said Tendulkar.

Tendulkar said, “There are always big, crunch moments in any match and how to approach those moments is important.”

Tendulkar further added, “In sport, over a period of time what you learn is not every day you are successful, sometimes you have to face failures. “It is all about being a tough character and be able to stand back on your feet again and to compete the next day. Every day is a fresh day, new beginning. That is something I feel Anil will teach them.”