Australians are known for their attacking approach , and getting into the nerves of the opposition. Time and again it has been seen how the Australians approach a game, they get into the minds of the opposition. Sledging and putting opposition to backfoot comes naturally to them. But there’s one player with whom these mind tactics didn’t work.
Brett Lee in his recent interview with Star Sports revealed that the Australian legend, Glenn McGrath always advised young bowlers not to sledge Sachin. He said, “There was always a bowling captain, when I was growing up, there was Glenn (McGrath) and he would always say to the young guys coming through, be it Mitch Johnson or any of the young guys, Do not talk to Sachin, if you do, you will in pain whole day. So that was it, that was what we discussed in our bowling meeting, do not talk to Sachin,”
The famous rivalry between Sachin and McGrath is not unknown. Sachin had a very strong temperament, the mind games or sledging did not affect him. It was very much visible, when the Aussies used to sledge him, he used to get more focused and reply the Aussies with his bat.
His excellent numbers against Australia proves all this, Sachin has scored 3630 runs against Australia at an average of 55 in 39 tests, with 11 centuries and a double hundred.
Against Australia in ODI’s Sachin has scored 3077 runs in 91 matches with 9 centuries. Sachin Tendulkar holds the record of most number of Man of the Matches award against Australia. Sachin has faced the greats of the game, Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Brett Lee the best of their times. But his strong determination and love for the game took him to, where he stands today.