04 December, 2020

‘I’ll Tell My Grandkids I Battled With My Hero’

The former Kiwi captain on his idol —a rival he has always loved seeing bat, even if that means suffering

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‘I’ll Tell My Grandkids I Battled With My Hero’

Ross Taylor considers Sachin Tendulkar a childhood hero. He has always loved seeing Sachin bat—even if that means suffering, as part of a rival team. Here’s Taylor in conversation with Deep Dasgupta about his idol:

For subcontinental cricketers, batting in New Zealand is considered a very difficult task. But Sachin has done very well there, except during the 2002 series leading to the World Cup. What explains his amazing performance in difficult, away conditions?

When you are a world-class player like Sachin, you can score in any part of the world. He is just too good to miss out anywhere. Conditions can never match up to the quality of a player. I, for one, was never surprised that Sachin scored heavily in New Zealand.

How is Sachin rated by Kiwi players and the Kiwi public, say, in comparison to Ricky Ponting or other contemporary greats of cricket?

He is well respected by New Zealand players; the public rates him as one of the best to have ever...



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