Sachin decoded: how he plays cricket
Pads Sunil Gavaskar marked a young Sachin Tendulkar, who was then playing junior cricket in Mumbai, for special treatment by gifting him a pair of Ultralite Morrant pads. The little master got hooked to them immediately and still uses the make. The pads are light and when the ball hits them, it ricochets far enough for him to collect a leg-bye. Such is his preference for these pads that in a one-day series in the early stages of his career, he sprayed blue colour on his Test pads because his ODI kit lacked the type he needed. The foam of these pads is made in Germany, the exterior and finish is made in Ireland and it is put together in England.
ShoesPrefers the half spikes with metal studs around the toes and rubber studs elsewhere. Even while bowling and fielding, he doesn’t wear full spikes.
BatThe weight of his bat ranges from 1250 to 1300 gm. Though still using a heavy bat, he's cut down the weight following injuries. He likes his bat curved — a sword-like curve. His bat has thick edges, heavy bottom & its back is filled. All this helps him to time the ball well & in playing shots on the up. The thick round handle gives him a good grip.
ElbowTendulkar suffered tennis elbow seven years back on his top hand (left one) and had to undergo shockwave treatment. Wears a brace on his right hand to avoid strain. Dons elbow guard only on bouncy tacks.
GlovesLike other things, his gloves are also custom-made. The specifications vary from time to time. Sometimes, in the case of a niggle or while facing genuine quick bowlers, he opts for extra protection. The manufacturers of his gloves say that there is a crazy demand for his kind of gloves. Almost all buyers approach them for Tendulkar’s gloves and they have to make it for them as per their measurements.