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Sadagoppan Ramesh says...

S. Sharada
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Cricketer Sadagopan Ramesh. Photo: S.S. Kumar
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Cricketer Sadagopan Ramesh. Photo: S.S. Kumar

Sadagoppan Ramesh on why there can never be another Sachin and what aspiring cricketers can learn from him.

Sachin is a simple person. He gets along with all the other players, be it a debutant or a senior player. He has no airs and is also quite easy to approach. He has a calm approach toward every game and handles pressure very well. Any player can seek batting tips from the maestro. He would observe your skill level and then offer help. Even though he is considered the god of Indian Cricket, he is like any normal person.

His place is irreplaceable. His slot may be filled but the vacuum caused by his exit cannot be. He is similar to Sir Don Bradman, the likes of which are born only once in a generation. No one has evolved before and can evolve after Sachin. In my opinion, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are coming up well and are very likely to shoulder the responsibility that the Little Master has done in these 24 years.

Learning from the Master

Mere talent cannot take you to the highest level. It should be complemented with hard work, dedication and discipline. Sachin is a perfect example of this combination. He used to have really long batting stints at the nets during practice sessions. He always used to be the first person, who entered the nets, and the last person, who left it. Even after he practised his batting at the nets, he used to play extra by bowling and get his rhythm going. Humility is one of his best characteristics. He also has a great passion for the game that has taken him to such heights. The current generation needs to understand and work on it.

As told to SHARADA S.

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