By CricketCountry Staff
Canberra: Dec 15, 2011
Sachin Tendulkar was extremely diligent during Team India’s training session at the Manuka Oval in Canberra, as the Little Master made teammates Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma and Pragyan Ojha toil during his batting session.
Tendulkar gave clear instructions to Yadav – to bowl outside off-stump, and keep the ball short-of-a-length. But when Umesh missed out on hitting the desired spots, Tendulkar yelled, 'Arrey, idhar daal yaar... idhar daal,' he said once, before repeating the same in Marathi, MiD DAY reported.
The Indian batting legend then drew a line for Yadav with his bat and enjoyed the short-pitched bowling from the right-arm pacer.
After sometime, Tendulkar shouted to Ishant and Pragyan for running into bowl one after another without a breather. 'Thoda aaram se...ek ke bad ek aisa math dal...thoda aaram se," he said.
The entire attention was then drawn towards VVS Laxman, who is on the brink of creating history by becoming only the second visiting batsman after Wally Hammond to score four consecutive hundreds at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). This Test match will also mark the 100th of the venue.
Laxman had some practice of quick throwdowns from DGVI Raghavindraa.
A local journalist said, "Nobody demands more respect in this country that Laxman, mate. He's the king."