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A brief word from Sachin
« on: April 22, 2011, 02:54:00 PM »

A quick interview with the little master, much of his emphasis is on the feel of the bat, not the grains or cosmetics, maybe we could learn a little bit from that.

How do you choose a bat?
To me the shape is very important. The bat must be thick and have more meat near the bottom. There should be a rounded kind of a blade. I dont like a slim, flat blade. I want power in my shots so the bat should be thick and strong.

How much should it weigh?
Earlier, I used to play with a 3 pounds 2 ounces bat, but now I prefer a slightly lighter one. This is because I sprained my wrist in a benefit match. Kiran More was bowling. He tossed up a full toss which I tried to hit hard, and sprained my wrist. The pain would not go so I was forced to use a lighter bat. But that is still heavier than what other players in the team play with.

Why so heavy?
I am just used to a heavy bat. I feel comfortable. It helps while playing on the up and forcing the ball in front of the wicket.

How many grips do you use?
Three, the thick handle gives me a better grip and feel. I feel comfortable and that is important because the feel is crucial.

What about the grains in the willow?
In a bat the feel is the most important factor. You pick up a bat, hold it in your hand and straightaway know whether it is right or wrong. For me grains are not an important consideration, there are various theories about the grains some feel if   they are close together the bat breaks quicker but I dont worry about these things. I have played with various makes in my career, as long as it suits me it is fine.

How many bats do you use each season?
It depends. There was one bat which I used for about two- and- a- half years. It lasted till the last World Cup. I used to clean it myself. It was badly taped and each time I removed the tape the chips from the blade would come off. I would then carefully rearrange each piece, put a lot of superglue on the blade and stick back each piece one by one, then bind it up with tape again. It was a very good bat and I made lots of runs with it.

Do you change your bat during an innings?
No, I prefer to bat with the same bat.

How do your bats normally break? From the bottom?
Yes, usually. You mistime a shot and if it is near the bottom there is a danger of a crack developing. Sometimes the handle gives way, near the V. The edges are all right, you might chip the outside edge, depending on how you play, but that is all right. I try and save my better bats, I dont use them in the nets. I dont want to risk my match bat in the nets.

Whats your favourite footwear?
I have always played with half- spikes, with metal studs round the toes and rubber studs otherwise. Even while fielding. I have never used the usual ankle high, full spikes which bowlers need.

And other gear?
I prefer the lightweight morrant pads, I have played with them for long, the ball hits the pad and goes off, you can get a leg bye easily. The ball doesnt drop dead, it travels off the pad. I normally dont use chest guards. In Australia for a few innings I played with them because I had an injury.

Whats your training schedule like?
I am fit but I could be better; there is a lot of scope for improvement. Unfortunately I dont like running, I prefer other exercises like training, stretching. I dont think Ive made a mistake on a cricket field because of being unfit. I have never got out because I felt tired. I run my singles hard and whenever theres a need I push myself on the field and stretch.
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Re: A brief word from Sachin
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2011, 03:36:41 PM »

i like his theory about the morrants, cunning little git eh
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Re: A brief word from Sachin
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2011, 04:10:27 PM »

True legend.... just goes to show the class of the individual with how honest he is regarding his gear and various aspects of his game
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Re: A brief word from Sachin
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2011, 08:40:15 PM »

Where you get this info from mate?
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Re: A brief word from Sachin
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2011, 10:23:36 PM »

just stumbled across it reading a few articles on my day off!
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Re: A brief word from Sachin
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2011, 08:21:46 AM »

lol standard...
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