For Tendulkar & Co, it's all about preparation
All eyes are on Tendulkar in the third Test. Laxman said there couldn't be a better lesson for anyone than looking at how the Mumbai batsman has gone about his preparation in search of his 100th hundred. HT reports.india Updated: Nov 22, 2011 00:54 IST
Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid are 38, and VVS Laxman is 37 - an age where most cricketers have settled into alternative careers. Yet, there is no talk of their end. Youngsters Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma are being drafted into the team, but that the three veterans are still secure of their places says a lot about their class and consistency.
The young men will take their spots in time, but at the moment it is time to look up to the masters and learn. They will not get better role models.
All eyes are on Tendulkar in the third Test. Laxman said there couldn't be a better lesson for anyone than looking at how the Mumbai batsman has gone about his preparation in search of his 100th hundred. Even after rewriting all the batting records, he has worked as diligently as he did at the start of his career.
"From the first time I saw Sachin, his preparation is always special for every Test match; that's been his hallmark. Why he has done so well for so many years?
Because, he takes each and every practice session so seriously, irrespective of whether he's reaching any milestone or not.
He makes sure he's ready mentally and physically for each and every game. That's why he's survived for so long and been a true match winner for the country," said Laxman.
Dravid has the same drive, the stylish Hyderabad batsman added.
It is not just the work he puts in his batting, the Karnataka player's enthusiasm during fielding practice is also an example to be followed.
On Dravid's brilliance in the field, where he holds the world record of 209 catches, Laxman said: "It has a lot to do with preparation. If you see any practice session, the number of catches Rahul takes before each and every match probably helps him to keep his reflexes up to the standard.
He's taken some brilliant catches. That speaks a lot about his concentration too," added the wristy Hyderabad batsman.
"When you are standing in the slips, especially when the wicket is flat or when there's a partnership, it's very easy to lose concentration.
But you saw he took some blinders (in the 2nd innings at Kolkata), especially taking the catch off (Darren) Bravo and then taking a good catch off Carlton (Baugh), it was an example of someone who is preparing well for each and every match. It shows in the results," he concluded.