Sourav Ganguly opens about Tendulkar's secret while batting together
Sourav Ganguly appeared on a chat show with Mayank Agarwal where he revealed a typical secret of Master Blaster, Sachin Tendulkar.
Delhi: Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly are considered as one of the best opening pairs down the history line. Master Blaster Tendular and Bengal Tiger, Ganguly have opened for Indian side for around 136 innings. An amazing right and left hand combination of duo failed even great bowlers in their attempts. Recently, Ganguly appeared in a chat show with Mayank Agarwal on bcc.tv where he spoke about Tendulkar's typical secret.
While they batted together, Tendulkar never took the strike, said Ganguly. When Mayank asked, whether Tendulkar forced him to take the strike in ODIs. "Always he did," said Dada. (name by which people referred Ganguly lovingly)
Let's hear the story from Ganguly
"He had an answer to that. I use to tell him, 'yaar sometimes you also face the first ball'. He had two answers to it, one -- he believed that if his form was good, he should continue and remain at the non-striker's end and then if his form wasn't good, he said I (Sachin) should remain at the non-striker's end because it takes the pressure off."
"So, he had an answer for both -- good form and bad form. Until and unless someone walked past him and went and stood at the non-striker's end and he was already on TV and he would be forced to take the strike. That has happened one or two times. I have just walked past him and stood at the non-striker's end," added Ganguly.
Together, the classic duo has scored 6609 runs, maximum by any opening pair in ODIs , across the globe. Their highest partnership was of 258 runs that happened against Kenya in 2001. With stunning average of 47.55, they have the credit of highest overall partnership runs by a pair. They have amassed together 8,227 runs in 176 innings.