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Iconic India batsman Sachin Tendulkar has revealed that he believed his first Test innings, which came against Pakistan in Karachi, would be his last as he felt “completely out of place”.
Tendulkar made his Test debut at the age of 16 and admitted that he had no answer on how to play the legendary Pakistan pace duo of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis.
“First innings of my life, in Karachi, I thought it would be my first and last innings,” he told Breakfast with Champions as quoted by the Indian Express. “In the first match, I had no idea. Waqar (Younis) bowling from one end, Wasim (Akram) going full-throttle from the other. And they had just started reverse-ball. To go there and play suddenly, I was completely out of place.”
However, Tendulkar revealed that his teammates convinced him to prolong his career and encouraged him to keep learning and developing into a better player.
“I took advice from everyone in the dressing room and they told me to spend some more time on it. ‘This is international cricket. You’re playing possibly the best bowling attack in the world. Give them that respect’,” he said. “Second innings of my life, I scored 59 runs. I got back to the dressing room and looked at myself and said, ‘You’ve done it’.”
Meanwhile, the 45-year-old also reminisced about how he wasn’t disciplined or punctual in the early stages of his illustrious career.
“Wasn’t so disciplined in the beginning but learned with time that 8am does not mean 8.05am,” he said. “When your senior players waited for you in the bus while you were late, you had to become disciplined. But I developed a good habit out of it.”