If someone is good, age shouldn't be criteria: Tendulkar

Rex Christensen
August 10, 2018

Indian batting maestro and living legend Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar believes age should not be the "criteria" for selection in the national team.

India's batsmen struggled to counter the left-arm pace of England's Sam Curran during last week's first Test at Edgbaston but are taking no chances ahead of the second Test at Lord's.

The second Test will start from 9th August at the Lord's. England are calling on their youngsters in the team and Sachin feels this is how it should be.

Tendulkar, who made his debut against Pakistan as a 16-year-old in 1989 remembered his time as a rookie global.

"If somebody is good, he should play for the country and age shouldn't be the criteria", he said.

Sachin Tendulkar says it helped him shape his career well to play from the age of 16, "When I was selected to play my first game (against Pakistan in 1989) I was 16". It was possibly the best attack of those times.

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He urged Curran and Pope to enjoy the challenge that makes global cricket so fascinating.

Sachin, who was speaking as part of opening his cricket academy in association with English county Middlesex, also said that when players are young they do not seen the other side of the coin and just have fun and perform.

Though he was unable to remove dangerman Kohli, who went on to make 149, there were a few moments of alarm for the Indian skipper thanks to Curran's pace and swing.

"To be honest, I looked to learn from how Virat batted with the tail in the first innings", Curran said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

Curran made his Test and one-day worldwide debut for England earlier this year and his swing bowling, especially against the Indian top order, impressed his peers.

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