IND vs AUS: Don’t touch the ball – When Sachin Tendulkar learned an important lesson on the first tour Down Under

Great Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar recalled an incident when Australian legend Allan Border forbade him to retrieve and give the ball after playing a backfoot defense to land the ball near him.

Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar (Courtesy-ICC)


  • Sachin Tendulkar revealed a “great” lesson he had learned from Allan Border
  • I practiced with a rubber ball on a wet surface: Tendulkar about his first preparations for the Australian series
  • The test debut in Pakistan and New Zealand had made me mentally tough: Tendulkar

Before India’s first friendly against Australia, the former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar spoke about his findings and preparations for his first tour of Australia in 1991/92.

In an exclusive interview with India Today, the hit legend revealed an incident involving former Australian captain Allan Border. About the incident Sachin Tendulkar said it was a “big” lesson for him.

“I played in Perth and played a backfoot defense. The outfielders were a long way from me and we didn’t take singles because the bowler was on his passage. I saw Allan Border running to get the ball and thought about it, go ahead Pick the ball and hand it to the older player (Border) but he said, “Don’t touch the ball.” That was a big lesson for me, then I thought if I play a dead defense, let it come and the ball “said Sachin Tendulkar, speaking to Boria Majumdar, who is now India’s consultant editor.

When asked about his preparations for his first Australian tour 1991-92, Sachin Tendulkar said he had been mentally prepared for the series Down Under since his debut test against Pakistan in 1989.

Before his first tour through Down Under, the 47-year-old also spoke about his preparations with rubber balls on wet concrete surfaces. Tendulkar, the highest run-getter in international cricket, added that sledges from Pakistani and New Zealand players had already made him mentally strong.

“Before I went to Australia, I practiced with a rubber ball on a wet surface, a concrete surface. So these wet rubber balls will really take off and they would run at a reasonable pace. I would ask my friends to throw them even from 70 meters should hit me and those were the sessions that I thought were a bit unconventional because you do normal things on the networks.

“I was ready to do anything that gave me satisfaction, pleasure, and at the same time I was preparing and learning to deal with different things. When it comes to Australia, everyone talks about how steep the jump is, how hard it is So I had to prepare myself for it, but I would say I was mentally prepared from Pakistan to New Zealand (series ‘). When John Wright became our coach, I teasingly told him,’ You sled me when I came in to hit. “School kid comes out to hit and all these things and that started in Pakistan, didn’t stop. When I went to Australia I knew the players were going to say something, but then you choose to ignore and if you want to answer you answer. I learned that from this tour, “explained Sachin Tendulkar.

The first test match between India and Australia starts on December 17th and these words from the striker can certainly motivate youngsters like Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill.