Former South Africa captain Shaun Pollock has said dislodging batting great Sachin Tendulkar was a difficult task especially in on subcontinent pitches where relied on him committing errors rather than devising their own plans. Also Read - India vs Australia 2020: Varun Chakravarthy Feeling 'Surreal' After Maiden Call-Up
Tendulkar, one of the greatest batsmen to have graced the game, is Test and ODI cricket’s most prolific run-getter and is the only cricketer to have hit 100 international centuries across formats. Also Read - India vs Australia 2020: Here's Why Rishabh Pant Has Been Axed From Limited-Overs Squad
“There were times, especially in the subcontinent, where you thought, ‘I’m not sure we can knock this guy over’. We were hoping he would make a mistake, rather than had a genuine plan,” Pollock said on Sky Sports Also Read - Rohit Sharma Spotted Practising For Mumbai Indians After Not Being Named For Australia Tour, Sunil Gavaskar Demands Transparency
Pollock, who himself is regarded as on of the game’s finest allrounders, recalled his conversation with Tendulkar that revealed how well the Indian understood his game and adjust accordingly.
Tendulkar, who scored 34,357 international runs between 1989 and 2013, later in his career realised he couldn’t tackle short-pitched deliveries, he started ramping up them over slip cordon.
“It was how well he understood his game and how he would adjust. He talked to me once about going to Australia and understanding he couldn’t take on the short-pitched deliveries anymore so he would ramp the ball over the wicketkeeper and slip,” Pollock said.
Pollock also praised countryman Dale Steyn, ranking him as one of the finest pacers he has witnessed since retiring from international cricket.
“… since I’ve stopped playing, l cannot have enough respect for Steyn. His ability to shape the ball up front at high speed and then come back later and reverse it. He cranked it up on flat wickets and had such a good action and variations. He is something special and his stats back it up,” he said.