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Sachin Tendulkar recalled warning young teammate: ‘If you do this again, I will send you back home’

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Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar recalled how he had to warn a young teammate after the latter got carried away while fielding during a practice match on the Australian tour. Tendulkar revealed in an event conducted by Infosys,

“I was the captain of the team and we are on a tour of Australia. One of the junior players — it was his first tour — he was carried away, he was playing around with the crowd, and where it was a single, he ended up giving away two runs. So, I calmly called him after the over, and put my arm around him. No one else knew what I was telling him but he knew that he cannot afford to do that again. Because I said, ‘if you do this again, I will send you back home. You will not go back to the hotel, you will be back in India’.”

Tendulkar further added,

“Nothing is compromised when you play for India. This is a huge honor. There are millions of people aspiring to be in your spot. Don’t take it for granted.”

The master-blaster led Team India in 25 Tests but won only 4, lost in nine, while 12 ended in a draw. India had a poor win percentage of 31 under Tendulkar’s captaincy in ODIs (73 matches).

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Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for most runs in ODIs and Tests. He also has the record for the highest number of international centuries to his name (100). Sachin wasn’t as successful with leadership as he was with his batting.


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