Pakistani opener says Tendulkar is role model; claims to have modeled his game after him


Pakistani batsman Abid Ali who is currently enjoying the form of his life, recently revealed that Indian legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar is his main source of inspiration even at the ripe old age of 32. Ali, came into spotlight following his centuries at home against Sri Lanka; in an interview acknowledged the ‘master-blaster’ for his batting style. Ali also holds an amazing rare feat of scoring centuries on his Test and ODI debuts.

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In the interview, the Pakistani batsman said that due to his short stature he had to adapt his game something he learned from Tendulkar himself.

“Obviously there are other great batsmen as well that I admire but I have tried to adapt my game to the way Tendulkar played” he said.

“From the start I have watched his videos and I watch him bat more because of his height as I am also of similar height. This has helped me pick up and adopt his batting strengths” the Pakistani opener added.

However, despite the appreciation, Ali confessed that he prefers not to be called as the ‘Pakistani Tendulkar’, even though he considers Sachin as his inspiration.

The talented 32-year-old would be eyeing on another record, which is hitting three consecutive centuries in his first three Test matches. Former Indian skipper and legendary batsman Mohammad Azharuddin who led India in 47 Tests and 174 ODIs from 1990 to 91 was the last person to achieve this feat against England on his debut series in 1984-85.

“When we play Bangladesh in the Test next month in Rawalpindi, I will have that in mind. But I can only try to give my best and play positively. Scoring a third century is very important for me as well but I can only give it my best effort” Ali concluded.

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