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Tendulkar's bat language

March 11, 2003 11:53 IST

Sachin SOS for lighter bats

Vijay Singh in Mumbai | February 09, 2003 21:00 IST

Sachin Tendulkar has SOS-ed an old clubmate for an additional complement of "seasoned' lighter bats for the World Cup.

Tendulkar usually carries a quiver of 8-10 bats in his "coffin". That is enough to last the joust on hand. But there are occasions when he places an indent for more bats. This is one of those. Since the bats cannot be stroked in a hurry on tour, they are rendered ready to use and sent to him.

The call for ready-to-use lighter bats was received (and complied with) by Satish Samant, coach of Mumbai's under-17 team, who also has the distinction of having made 310 runs in a 45-over match. Samant seasoned the bats along with Atul Ranade, Sachin's childhood pal.

Four new lightweight bats have already been dispatched to Tendulkar, and a couple of more bats will be rushed once they are 'stroked' by Ranade and Samant, a colleague of Sachin's brother, Ajit, at Air-India. The Tendulkars and Samant are all members of the same club.

Tendulkar's SOS for lighter bats has set cricket circles abuzz because Tendulkar is renowned for his heavy English Willows. But informed sources say he began using bats of slightly lesser weight on the New Zealand tour on the advice of doctors concerned about his back problem.

Why the lighter bats for South Africa? Because the pitches are fast and Tendulkar will need them to play horizontal bat shots. The difference in weight, though, is imperceptible. The bats Tendulkar used earlier weighed 1,300 grams. The new bats weigh 50 grams less.

In the heavy bats he used earlier, the bottom is thicker because it helps strokeplay on low-bounce tracks. In the lighter bats, the "meat" is thicker to budget in the extra bounce and pace.

Editor's note: This story appeared on rediff.com on February 9.

A day later, news agencies and a few national newspapers picked it up and ran it as their own -- without any acknowledgement of the source.

Two days after that, one particular newspaper then published a story, suggesting that Tendulkar had "rubbished" this report; and added that he was using the same heavy bats he had always used.

Following this report, rediff.com received some abusive e-mails, suggesting that such "concocted reports were spreading needless panic and confusion in the Indian team" (which is a bit of a reach right there); that rediff.com was capitalizing on the World Cup to produce such "sensationalist stories", et cetera.

It was, in a sense, amusing -- batsmen generally use different bats for different conditions; a lighter bat is de rigeur when you are playing on quicker, bouncier wickets since they permit the use of the horizontal bat shots.

And now, Ravi Shastri confirms (http://www.rediff.com/wc2003/2003/mar/10tend.htm) that Tendulkar in this World Cup has been batting with a lighter bat. Hopefully, Shastri will be believed where rediff was not.

The reason for this note, and for republishing this story, is simple: rediff.com does not believe in plagiarism, nor in concocting stories. We take pains to build and maintain our integrity, and don't take kindly to the attempts, by sections of the media, to trash it and us.

In passing, a question: Did Tendulkar really "rubbish" the story that he was using lighter bats, as certain sections of the media suggested?

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Sub: Rediff dont be bogged by others

To the team at rediff, Well the first thing, yours is the first site that I launch whenever i think of cricket... lets hear abt ...

Posted by Sujat Syed

Sub: Tendulkar uses a lighter bat

How does it matter to you or for that matter anyone else, if Tendulkar uses a loighter bat and asks for some bats to be ...

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Sub: hmmmmmmm

Nice to know that there are some Indians who have technical knowhows about sports.Now, I am sure that India will face Australia in the final. ...

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why the hell the country shud be bothered about wat kind of bat he is using it is his wish and comfortness?? he is batting ...

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Sub: regd tendulkars bat

Its not necessary that we should believe Ravi Shastri...I think you should write these kind of stories only after talking to Tendulkar and not write ...

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