At his peak, Tendulkar played a lot of limited-overs cricket against Wasim Akram, perhaps the best left-arm fast bowler of all time and the maestro did share his observations with PTI during a chat.
Asked what he would have done if he had faced a bowler of Shaheen’s caliber during his playing days, Tendulkar laughed and said, “I have not set my mind as such as I know I will not come across.”
But then on a serious note, he shared his point of view.
“Shaheen is an attacking bowler and he likes to go for wickets. He throws the ball up and backs himself to swing the ball. He has the ability to beat the batsmen in the air and off the pitch with his pass in front. So with him strategy should be to play straight and inside the ‘V’,” said Tendulkar.
Shaheen’s biggest asset is bringing the ball back to right-handers at a quick pace and even getting a few to hold his line, seemingly without any change of pace.
He also has a good short ball that can rush batsmen and make them candidates for leg.
Tendulkar, a technician par excellence, also cautioned that even if a batsman makes trigger movement (the initial reflex movement), it should not be akin to a commitment to play the shot.
“Trigger movement is a preparation to play the ball not commitment, if you don’t commit to play the ball it can be either on the front foot or back foot but it is a trigger movement not commitment,” said he said.
“Because once you’re committed on the back foot, you can’t get on the front foot and vice versa. Trigger movement is about preparation.
“Every ball, there’s some kind of movement, as long as it’s not commitment, it’s fine,” Tendulkar concluded.
India and Pakistan will face each other in their T20 World Cup opening match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, here on Sunday.