Zee Media Bureau/Chaitan Papnai
New Delhi: Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar finally bid adieu to cricket on Saturday at his home ground Wankhede after serving the nation for 24 long years.
Though the Master Blaster has retired, his few trademark shots will always remain in the minds of his fans. Let’s go through some of his favourite shots through which he entertained all the cricket fans throughout his illustrious career.
Upper cut: It has been one his favourite shots which he often played against fast bowlers. Using the pace of the bowler, he slices slightly short ball over the top of slips cordon either for a six or for a boundary. It’s more of a minimum effort maximum result shot.
Straight Drive: There are many cricketers who play this shot down the ground, but the way this man plays it with his dead straight bat and his foot moving to the pitch of the ball to keep it grounded, has been simply a delight to watch. The shot looks so elegant on him that it seems as if it’s a patent one from the master.
Flick over on-side/On drives: Indian batsmen have a penchant to flick the ball that pitches in middle and leg stump towards the mid-wicket area. Sachin is no exception either. But at times the way he places the ball in gaps especially with fielders inside the 30 yards circle with the help of his nimble wrists, to fool the packed off-side field is a class act.
Square Cut: A shot that Sachin played with good affect during his heydays. Standing tall on his toes, he used to punch the ball in the gap between point and the gully fielder with such precision and perfection that made even the best of the bowlers hapless.
Pull Shot: Indians are generally not good while playing the short-pitch stuff as they are not very good puller or hooker of the cricket ball. But Sachin is among those rare Indian batsmen, who picks the length of the ball early and thrashes the bowler out of the park.