Bengaluru, Feb 28 (PTI) When Sachin Tendulkar shares experiences of his playing days with the young Kerala Blasters’ players, it brings in a lot of calmness, feels former England international and head coach David James. Also Read - Dale Steyn's 'PSL More Rewarding Than IPL' Statement Stirs Fresh Controversy, Twitterverse Reacts on South Africa's Pacer's Comment
“Sachin Tendulkar brings in a lot of calmness in the side by sharing his playing day experiences. He does it when the team’s chips are down,” he told reporters on the eve of their last ISL league match against Bengaluru FC tomorrow. Also Read - Kerala Sets up 'Sanitiser Booths' at Schools For Safety of Students as Classes Resume
Blasters had a disappointing start to this ISL season and their chances of qualifying looked dismal, but after James assumed the charge, the side seemed to have made a right call to keep their hopes alive with 25 points from 17 games. A win in their last game can take them through to the play-offs. Also Read - IPL 2021: RCB Superstar Glenn Maxwell Looking Forward to Learning From 'Good Friend' Virat Kohli
Sharing an anecdote, James said:”I remember the 2014 ISL final which we lost in Mumbai. I wasn’t happy after being beaten by a 94th minute goal but Sachin calmed me by reminding me of an occasion, when he was playing an IPL final himself, which Mumbai Indians lost at their home ground (2010 vs Chennai Super Kings),” he said.
James, a former Liverpool and Manchester City goalkeeper, said he would expect Tendulkar bring in the same calmness among players even after winning tomorrow’s must-win match against Bengaluru FC.
“Even after winning tomorrow’s match, I am sure he will keep the same calm and focus on future challenges. Sachin is a very valuable figure for players and sports in many different ways,” he added. PTI BDN KHS KHS KHS
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