Sachin Tendulkar always had a fixed routine of a head bob and bending of knees before facing a ball. Now after having left the game, the batting maestro reveals the real reason behind it – Which basically involves him trying to see through the grills of the helmet!
After having left the game for almost 3 years, Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar has finally come out to explain why he tugged his helmet before facing a ball.
Sachin had the habit of standing at the crease, doing a weird head bob-like gesture as if to ask someone to come closer, bending his knees and taking guard. What followed was the all too familiar sound as the ball left his bat for a trip to the boundary rope.
While his stance and technique were something all kids tried to copy, no one questioned the tug of the helmet. In a recent interview, the maestro finally revealed that he did it to be able to see over the helmet grill. As his helmet was very tight, it would often slide up hence hampering his vision. The tug lowered it and helped him see through the gap between the grill and the helmet.
Not something any of us could have guessed watching him play. It seemed to be just part of a ritual by the great man before he destroyed bowling attacks almost at will.
Sachin played in 664 internationals for India over a period of 24 years. The high point of his career was being part of the team that won the 2011 World Cup at home.