Sachin Tendulkar feels good players should be selected irrespective of age


first_imgSachin Tendulkar believes that age should not be the only criteria while a national team is being selected and feels whoever is good enough should be given a chance to play for the country.Recently, during the first Test between India and England, 20-year-old all-rounder Sam Curran made the difference for England with his four-wicket haul in India’s first innings and then scored 63 off 65 deliveries in England’s second innings as India lost the Test by 31 runs at Edgbaston.Curran showed maturity in the second innings as he batted through while no other England batsman could score above 30 runs.Dawid Malan who 8 and 20 runs in the two innings of the Edgbaston Test and dropped many catches has now been replaced with another youngster Ollie Pope for the second Test at Lord’s. England are calling on their youngsters in the team and Sachin feels this is how it should be.Also read – Nasser Hussain all praise for Sam Curran for showing character in abundance”If somebody is good, he should play for the country and age shouldn’t be the criteria,” Tendulkar told ESPNCricinfo.Tendulkar himself was just a 16-year-old when he made his debut for India in 1989 against Pakistan and went on to say how he felt giving a big match experience to a young player can only mean good.”When I played my first game, I was only 16. In a way, it only helped. I didn’t know what it was like to face Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Imran Khan and Abdul Qadir. Possibly, the best bowling attack at the stage,” Tendulkar recalled.advertisementAlso read – India vs England: Dawid Malan dropped for 2nd Test, Chris Woakes returns”You only see one side of the coin as you are young and fearless but with experience and maturity, you start seeing the other side as well to balance things out,” he added.Tendulkar urged Curran and Pope to enjoy the challenge that has come their way because he feels that only makes international cricket so fascinating.”…that is the age when you don’t see anything and just want to do well. There are going to be tough moments but that’s what you practice for.”Curran, after winning the Test for England, had spoken how watching Virat Kohli score that magnificent 149, with the tail-enders, helped him focus on getting England in a better position.”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.”I spoke to Kumar (Sangakkara) the other day in the hotel and he told me a thing or two about batting with the tail and was lucky it all came off the middle in the end,” Curran added.Curran made his Test and one-day international debut for England earlier this year and his swing bowling, especially against the Indian top order, impressed his peers.(With PTI inputs)last_img