Tendulkar backs captain Ben Stokes as England takes on West Indies

New Delhi, July 8

Indian batting nice Sachin Tendulkar has little doubt that Ben Stokes will lead England from the entrance within the opening Test towards West Indies, along with his “controlled aggression” and infectious power aiding him essentially the most.

Tendulkar spoke about stand-in English skipper Stokes whereas previewing the three-Test sequence, which began in Southampton on Wednesday, with West Indies legend Brian Lara on on-line platform ‘100mb’.

The match marks the resumption of worldwide cricket amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

To a query from Lara about Stokes, Tendulkar mentioned, “He is somebody who’s going to steer from the entrance, we’ve got seen that on quite a few events. He is aggressive, constructive and when he needs to be barely defensive he’s ready to do this for the crew.”

“I always feel controlled aggression produces results and so far whatever I have seen, the aggression has been there but it is controlled. So this is what I think of Ben Stokes.”

It is the primary time Stokes is main England having not captained even a first-class crew in his profession. Regular skipper Joe Root has opted out of the sport to attend the start of his second little one.

Tendulkar mentioned, “For Ben Stokes, from what he has been via within the latest previous to the place he’s immediately, it’s a whole transformation and it might occur solely to somebody who’s mentally robust.”

“When I first checked out him few years in the past, I might see his physique language, it was so constructive and vibrant and that power is infectious.”

“I felt that he was one of those players where in time to come you look back and say Ben stokes, (Andrew) Flintoff, Ian Botham these are the leading all-rounders who played for England. I really rate him highly and his impact on the field is a major one,” mentioned Tendulkar.

On his half, Lara mentioned, moreover Jason Holder’s captaincy, batting would maintain the important thing for West Indies towards a advantageous England seam assault, and reminded the likes of Shai Hope to take a cue from Tendulkar’s epic 241 on the SCG and few of his personal knocks in English situations.

“You do not essentially need to dominate every bowler. If you might be batting on 70-80 and anyone is providing you with hassle you again off,” mentioned Lara.

Continuing, Lara instructed his one-time greatest rival: “You know that as well Sachin, in terms of that great innings you played in Sydney, it was not about a particular bowler getting you out but it was a particular shot getting you out, and you stopped yourself from playing it and you were able to score in other areas. So it’s a similar sort of approach.”

The Prince of Trinidad, who performed some advantageous knocks in England, recalled his strategy to batting there.

“I remembered a number of innings I’ve performed up to now, with Chanderpaul or Jimmy Adams. Those partnerships had been so, so essential in getting me to the place I received to, getting the crew the runs that had been required,” he recalled.

“So once more, with all of the challenges that the West Indies crew goes to face with the bat, partnerships are essential, rotating the strike, ensuring that you just maintain the bowlers’ finest deliveries out and punish the unhealthy ones.”

“Putting runs of the on the board will be key for the West Indies,” mentioned Lara.

He additionally remembered his duels with the good Glenn McGrath and cited them as instance to assist the present crew.

“A good example would be Australia, playing against Australia and I would be on 78 or maybe 114 and McGrath comes back for a spell. I know he is going to bowl six overs-seven overs, so I don’t need to take any great risk if guys at the other end are giving me the opportunity to score,” mentioned Lara. PTI

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