Danny Morrison was the bowler accountable for denying a younger Sachin Tendulkar the feat of changing into the youngest ever Check centurion however the former New Zealand fast admits he noticed one thing particular when he first bowled to the then teen-prodigy. Tendulkar was simply 16 when he toured New Zealand for his second Check collection, and Morrison, who was taking part in his third Check within the second match in Napier, couldn’t assist however marvel on the means the little man was batting.
“Ken Rutherford captained one of many President’s XI [teams], towards [India] and Sachin performed the tour recreation, and I keep in mind Rutherford discussing at a crew assembly, ‘This man has quite a lot of time and appears a really, very particular expertise.’ I suppose, in a means, it was type of ridiculous as a result of he was like a man who might have been within the first 12 months of college. He was 17,” Morrison mentioned on The Edges & Sledged podcast.”
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“Right here he was taking part in worldwide cricket and appeared lovely entering into line, typically leaving Richard Hadlee with a good looking form and that. I imply, early on, it’s going to be intimidating, like for all of us, your first Check match, first collection. I believe he had performed one Check towards Pakistan. This was the precise first full collection he was getting and he was up towards Hadlee, who was… I imply, yeah, on the finish of his profession, however nonetheless, one hell of a bowler.”
After scoring a duck and 24 within the first Check at Christchurch, Tendulkar, who was coming off a few half-centuries from his first Check collection towards Pakistan, struck a glittering 88 and was on the cusp of changing into the youngest Check centurion, overtaking Mushtaq Mohammad who scored a 101 towards India in 1961, on the age of 17 years and 78 days.
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However Morrison reckons it was a rush of adrenaline that led to Tendulkar’s dismissal, slapping the ball to his future India coach, John Wright.
“After I have a look at that and keep in mind, yeah, a few pictures… I keep in mind the 88 he received in Napier, and he was in such a rush! I believe he hit me for 3 fours on this one over, and you possibly can see that impetuous nature of the youth and he wished to maintain going, he ended up smashing me to John Wright (at mid-off),” Morrison recalled.
“That was it, and therefore saying he was so impetuous as a result of he might have been the youngest ever, and you possibly can see it took him an age to get off the bottom. [It was] like a snowball rolling down the hill, getting larger and greater, simply getting increase, increase, increase till it went bust, type of hit a tree down the mountain, which was a disgrace for Indian followers as a result of he was going so superbly. Received out for 88.
“However that’s the sport, he might have been out on the second ball or no matter, taking part in a shot like that, however he was on a roll. Actual expertise, little doubt about that.”
Tendulkar ultimately scored his maiden Check ton later that 12 months, aged 17 years and 107 days. Mohammad’s document stood for 40 years earlier than Bangladesh’s Ashraful scored a century towards Sri Lanka on the age of 17 years, 61 days.