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‘Adapting to conditions is the key in NZ’

Speaking at a product launch in Mumbai, Tendulkar said playing New Zealand in New Zealand was a tough proposition, reports G Krishnan.

cricket Updated: Feb 13, 2009 13:23 IST
G Krishnan
G Krishnan
Hindustan Times

Sachin Tendulkar feels the tour to New Zealand will be a ‘challenge’.

Speaking at a product launch in Mumbai, Tendulkar said playing New Zealand in New Zealand was a tough proposition.

“It is a challenge playing New Zealand in New Zealand. You are not just playing against the opposition but are also playing against the conditions,” Tendulkar said.

“In Wellington, a bowler bowling at 130 kmph can bowl at 135 kmph from one end with the breeze behind him. The same bowler, bowling from the other end, can suddenly bowl five kms slower when bowling against the wind.

“The breeze also affects the batsmen. He cannot keep his eyes open for too long. It is going to be a challenge for those who have not been there before," Tendulkar added.

"Having said that, we have been playing good cricket and hope to continue the same in New Zealand.”

Tendulkar felt that despite many of the Indian players playing in New Zealand for the first time, it would not have an negative impact.

“We have experience and youth, the combination is good and lends balance to the side. There are senior players and coaches to guide the first-timers.”

‘Referrals not convincing’

Tendulkar said he was not in favour of the TV referral system. "I did not particularly like the system. There is an element of uncertainty."

The 35-year-old said he preferred the hot spot system (in which the spot where the ball hits the bat or pad is shown).

“Lbw decisions on referrals are not convincing. Through Hawk Eye, which gave you the 22-yard view, you were convinced that the ball was going to hit the wicket, but on referrals, you are not sure whether the ball is going on to hit the wicket or not. Referrals are not convincing enough."

‘No more T20 internationals’

The only T20 cricket Tendulkar will play now is in the IPL for Team Mumbai. "I took the decision not to play T20 internationals after the England tour in 2007 when I felt my body was tired and needed rest.

“I did not want to go and not give my best. After that, the team settled down and I did not want to disturb the combination. I will not play T20 internationals anymore,” Tendulkar said.

"I felt my body was tired and needed rest. I didn't want to go out and not give my best.

The team is now settled and I do not want to disturb the combination," he added.

"As far as the IPL is concerned, I have been with Mumbai from the beginning, so there is some continuity there."

Tendulkar will miss the two T20s against New Zealand but will travel with the team in the early hours of February 19 to get acclimatised to the conditions for the ODIs starting on March 3.

On the poor decisions he was at the receiving end of in the ODIs in Sri Lanka, Tendulkar said: "It was disappointing. You want everything to go going well for you but sometime that doesn't happen.

"On a long route, there are both red and green signals. You want only the green signals to come your way so you can keep going on and on."

First Published: Feb 13, 2009 13:19 IST