‘Age should not be the limit to adjudge excellence’, says Tendulkar
Age should not be the criteria for selection: Tendulkar
Former Indian cricketer and batting great Sachin Tendulkar has backed England’s decision to give chances to young talent like Sam Curran and Ollie Pope and has said that age should not be the criteria to get a chance for playing in the national team.
“If someone is good, he should be given a chance to play for his country and age shouldn’t be the criteria,” Tendulkar said.
England have included 20-year old Sam Curran and Ollie Pope in the squad for the second Test at Lord’s in London.
While Sam Curran has already proved his mettle in the first Test against India, first-class cricketer Ollie Pope has got his maiden call-up from England selectors.
Sam Curran took four scalps in India’s first innings before playing a crucial knock of 63 runs in the subsequent innings for England.
Tendulkar also said that he had also started his career at a tender age of 16, and that helped him to move forward.
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“I was only 16 when I played my first game. I did not know what it was like to face the likes of Wasim Akram, Imran Khan, Waqar Younis and Abdul Qadir which was probably the best bowling attack at the stage,” he recalled.
“When you are young, you are fearless and that is why you are able to see only one side of the coin but with maturity and experience, you learn to see the other side of as well for balancing out things,” Tendulkar added.
Tendulkar also urged Sam Curran to remain motivated during tough times and embrace the opportunities that come their way.
“That is the age when you don’t say anything and you just want to perform well and prove yourself. There are going to be tough moments but that’s is the essence of the game.”
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