Sachin and VVS advice to Indian openers for WTC final
Sachin Tendulkar has been one of the most successful Indian batsmen in English conditions with 1575 runs at 54 average in 17 tests and 12 scores of 50 or above of which there were 4 centuries. With his phenomenal record in England, his words of advice can be gold for Indian batters.
Sachin and VVS advice to Indian openers for WTC final. In a recent interview, Sachin had disclosed some technical advice for the Indian openers ahead of the WTC final.
Both Rohit and Shuvman Gill are inexperienced in opening the batting in English conditions with the red dukes ball. As this is the first time both will open in a test in England which is a challenging aspect of the game.
With the pitch expected to swing and seam. Sachin disclosed some crucial technical advice to the duo. That is to keep the hands as close as possible to the body. While negotiating the balls in swinging conditions.
Sachin clarified that when the hands are close to the body there is better control of defending the ball and playing as late as possible. But when hands start going away, there is less control on the bat swing and balance is affected.
Another Indian batting legend VVS Laxman in an earlier program had advised Rohit Sharma to leave more balls outside off stump in order to play longer innings in the WTC final. Laxman said that the New Zealand bowlers will consistently bowl on the off-stump channel and try to induce the edge. Laxman further advised Rohit not to move his left leg too much across against Trent Boult. Who can swing it viciously into the tight handers and gets lbws.
Let us wait and see how the two Indian openers Rohit & Gill negotiates the high quality New Zealand attack with periodic rain forecast declared ahead of the WTC final.