‘It will be great not having to get Sachin Tendulkar out’, says Russell Domingo

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“He was a big player for them and was a calming influence in the dressing room”

South Africa head coach Russell Domingo is thanking his lucky stars that the national team do not have to dismiss legendary India batsman Sachin Tendulkar in the upcoming two-Test series.

Tendulkar retired from international cricket last month after playing his 200th Test match, which came against the West Indies in his hometown of Mumbai.

“He was a big player for them and was a calming influence in the dressing room,” Domingo said. “It will be great not having to get Sachin Tendulkar out.

Meanwhile, Domingo added that South Africa’s pace bowlers will continue to target India’s batsmen with short-pitched deliveries.

“In the one-day series we wanted to put doubt in their minds in terms of the way they play pace,” he said. “They have always had issues playing fast bowling in South Africa and that is what history shows.

“It (pace) is South Africa’s strength. It is the way that we were brought up playing cricket. Sub-continent sides will always turn to spin as an attacking option and South Africans will turn to pace because that is in our DNA.”

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