God of Cricket Sachin Tendulkar praises Mayank Agarwal and Gill's Grit

God of Cricket Sachin Tendulkar praises Mayank Agarwal and Gill’s Grit

Being patient to get into his groove and punishing loose deliveries were the hallmark of Mayank Agarwal’s century on the first two days of the ongoing Test against New Zealand in Mumbai, Sachin Tendulkar has said.

Tendulkar was also impressed by the other opener, Shubman Gill, saying the youngster has that necessary technique and temperament to bat at any position in Tests but he needs to convert those starts into big knocks.

Tendulkar impressed by Mayank’s efforts and Gill’s technique

“There was moisture beneath the surface. Mayank took some time to get into the groove and once he was in the groove, he capitalised by putting pressure on spinners,” Tendulkar told PTI. “The hallmark of Mayank’s innings was that he was able to punish good deliveries too. When a bowler knows a batter can punish your good deliveries, then there is an element of doubt in him. What if the batter steps out and hits you and all those things go in bowler’s head and disturb his rhythm.

Gill’s scorecard read 52 and 1 in Kanpur Test, losing his wicket both times to Kyle Jamieson. In Mumbai, Gill looked good the whole time during his stay at the crease before eventually losing his wicket to the Man of the Moment – Ajaz Patel.

“When it comes to technique, different surfaces will test you differently. I think Shubman has an advantage as he played a very crucial inning (91) in Brisbane where we won the Test match,” Tendulkar said. “He has had the experience of playing on hard and bouncy tracks and I felt that he looked pretty comfortable. So, I don’t think there is any technical issue as such.”

“Shubman has started well and shown a lot of promise. The way he builds his innings, he has been good so far. Just that he needs to go further and convert those 40s into big scores. Once you get into that squad, it is about how hungry you are for bigger scores which I am sure he is. He needs to just convert those starts and not lose concentration. Both in Kanpur and Mumbai, he got a good deliveries. He is on a learning curve and will definitely take lessons.

Tendulkar lauds Shreyas Iyer’s debut performance

Iyer had a fantastic match in the first test at Kanpur, scoring a century in the first inning and following it up with a half-century. Both Tendulkar and Iyer are from Mumbai and played Ranji cricket for the Mumbai side.

“I thought Shreyas was fantastic and made most of the opportunities he got, at one stage the scoreboard wasn’t looking that good and he came up with a gem of an innings and resulted in India almost winning the Test. Both his knocks were important,” he said. “I am sure anxiety levels were there but it helped that he had made his T20 debut quite some time ago and these kinds of things ease up your pressure and it allows you to play your natural game.

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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