For over 2 decades, Sachin Tendulkar was known amongst the cricket fraternity as one of the most humble sportsmen ever. The Little Master hardly ever got involved in any kind of on-field controversies. However, But, in a recent interview, the Master Blaster himself revealed that once he had sledged an Australian legend.
In an exclusive interview to cricket.com, Tendulkar recalled a crunch clash against Australia in ICC Knockout Trophy in Nairobi in 2000. The Indian icon said that his team was put to bat first in that game on a damp wicket. As per him, batting on that track against a bowler like Glenn McGrath, was quite tough.
The 47-year-old recalled that after playing first over in that match against Glenn McGrath, he had planned to go against the veteran Aussie pacer in order to make him furious and break his focus. According to Tendulkar, he succeeded with his tactics and after some time, McGrath began bowling where the batsman actually wanted him to bowl.
“The way McGrath bowled the first over, I spoke to Sourav Ganguly and suggested that I go after McGrath. I realised we have to do something out of the box (play mind games). Exchanged a few words with him which took him by surprise. I also started playing shots against him, though some of them were risky,” Sachin told cricket.com.
“The plan was to get him angry and make him attack my body instead of looking to get me out. We were beaten on occasions but also were able to make McGrath bowl where we wanted. I made a quick-fire 38 and this came in a winning cause so I was very happy,” he added.
In that game, Tendulkar scored 38 runs, including 3 sixes and as many fours. Afterwards, Yuvraj Singh pulled off an amazing knock of 84 runs that helped the men in blue post a fighting total against the then World Champions. India ended up winning the game by a narrow 2-run margin against the Kangaroos and advanced to the semi-final stage.