Sourav Ganguly recalled how Sachin Tendulkar always had a reason of never taking the strike first when the duo opened the batting together.
Ganguly & Tendulkar’s name is written in the history of cricket as one of the best opening partnerships that cricket ever had. The left & right-hand co-ordination was a nightmare for many new bowlers. Ganguly though, revealed that he was “always” the first to face the ball as Tendulkar would not take a strike first. In a chat with Mayank Agarwal on bcci.tv, Sourav Ganguly revealed that he would sometimes ask Tendulkar to take the strike but he would always get to fixed answers in return.
“Always he did,” said Ganguly when asked by Mayank Agarwal if Sachin forced him to take a strike in ODIs. “He had an answer to that. I use to tell him, ‘yaar sometimes you also face the first ball’. He had two answers to it, one — he believed that if his form was good, he should continue and remain at the non-striker’s end and then if his form wasn’t good, he said Sachin said that he should remain at the non-striker’s end because it takes the pressure off.
“Until and unless someone walked past him and went and stood at the non-striker’s end and he was already on TV and he would be forced to take the strike. That has happened one or two times. I have just walked past him and stood at the non-striker’s end,” the former India captain added.
Tendulkar & Ganguly opened for team India in almost 136 Innings, scoring whopping 6,609 runs, almost the highest runs that any opening batting pair in the world has scored in the ODIs. Their highest partnership was 258 runs, coming against Kenya in a 2001 ODI in Paarl.
The duo legendary batsmen are on the top of the list of highest overall partnership runs by a pair. Together the duo has scored an outstanding 8,227 runs in 176 innings at an average of 47.55 with a total of 26 100 run partnerships.