Sachin Tendulkar was present at Green Park Stadium in Kanpur as India took on New Zealand in the first Test of the three match series. He, along with a few other former captains were felicitated before the match to mark India’s 500th Test.
“It’s a great moment for Indian cricket,” said the man who has played 40 per cent of all of India’s Test matches. “Being part of this history, hopefully we have been able to influence the next generation and leave some impression behind,” he told Ravi Shastri in an interview to BCCI.
On being asked of his memories at the Green Park stadium, Tendulkar pointed out the 1999 Test match against Australia in which India had won with relative comfort. He also mentioned a match against South Africa in which India won in a game that decided a tied series.
“The current team has got a fabulous combination,” said Tendulkar on being asked about the present situation of Indian cricket, “The best part is that all these players are young and I see this team playing together for eight to ten years and dominating world cricket.”
“If the (current) players are able to keep themselves fit, we have got bright days ahead for Indian cricket,” he added.
The former great also said that the future of Test cricket “has to be a balance between bat and ball.” “Sometimes the balance is too much in favour of batsmen. In T20, the batsmen do go after the bowlers and so 300 is no more a safe total in ODIs. There has to be a format in cricket where bowlers dominate a bit,” he said.
Tendulkar was positive about the wicket at Kanpur. “The ball spun a bit when India lost the first wicket (of KL Rahul) and that is a good sign because New Zealand are going to bat fourth. But still, there is a long way to go and not much has happened so far,” he said, “Test cricket is all about knowing how to pace yourself and how to play a full match for five days. Its not about bowling a few overs it is about going session by session.”