Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar shares an interesting story about facing former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns, at a BMW event in Melbourne, Australia when he was interviewed by Max Waller.

Tendulkar narrates a story; India were playing against New Zealand in Mohali when Cairns was in middle of a good bowling spell, bowling at him and Rahul Dravid. Tendulkar reveals that the ball was reverse-swinging and Cairns was beating them two to three times in the over. Tendulkar mentions that they were getting beaten as they were clueless as to where the shine and where the rough side was on the ball.

An idea struck to Tendulkar which he discussed with Dravid. He told Dravid that from the non-striker’s end, since he was closer to the bowler Cairns, he could observe when the bowler would take up his mark that which side is shinny and which is rough. So what he would do is – if Cairns gripped the ball to bowl an out-swinger then Tendulkar would hold the bat in his left hand and if Cairns was to bowl an in-swinger then Tendulkar will hold the bat with his right hand at the non-striker’s end.

The whole audience had a laugh when Tendulkar reveals this. In a humourous way, he narrates that it was the only time in his career that he saw a batsman taking guard watched the non-striker, instead of watching the wrist of the bowler. The idea actually worked and runs flowed from the bat of Dravid and Tendulkar.

While Tendulkar was doing this, the New Zealand fielders figured out what the Indian batsmen were up to as normally a non-striker wouldn’t look back at the bowler when he at his crease. It was Cairns’ time to answer back and he bowled a cross-seamed delivery, after which he looked at Tendulkar and said, “What have you got for this?”

The Indian batting maestro was however a ‘step ahead’. He concluded that, he had warned Dravid that if he didn’t know what was coming, he would hold the bat in the middle. His response led to an applause and laughter among the audience.