Ibrahim Zadran’s historic knock was inspired by Sachin Tendulkar’s advice.

Ibrahim Zadran’s historic knock was inspired by Sachin Tendulkar’s advice.

Ibrahim Zadran became the first Afghan batter to score an ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup century on Tuesday, and he later revealed that a conversation with India legend and ICC Global Ambassador Sachin Tendulkar helped him achieve the feat.

Zadran’s special innings came against the five-time champions Australia at the Wankhede Stadium, where Tendulkar’s towering new statue stood guard.

Last night, the Master himself addressed the Afghanistan team, inspiring a group that has made waves so far in the World Cup.

Prior to this tournament, Afghanistan had only one victory in the Cricket World Cup, in 2015.

They have won four of their first seven matches this season, including three consecutive victories, and are in contention for a semi-final spot.

Zadran’s performance was yet another feather in Afghanistan’s cap; the opener scored an unbeaten 129 to lead Afghanistan to their highest Cricket World Cup total.

“I had a good chat yesterday with Sachin Tendulkar,” Zadran explained during the innings break.

“To be honest, he gave me a lot of things that I can’t put into words.” He shared a wealth of knowledge from his 24 years of experience with me.

“He said that before he started international cricket, he was the ball-picker here [at Wankhede].” That’s why I didn’t have fond memories of that ground during my Under-19 years.

Zadran went on to credit Tendulkar for inspiring him to play the historic knock against Australia.

“But I said before the match that I will make it like Sachin Tendulkar did,” Zadran told reporters. ” As a result, I’m grateful to him for sharing that experience with me.

“It gives me a lot of energy and confidence.” That’s why I hit that type of shot and became the first [Afghanistan] player to reach the [World Cup] hundred.”

Cricketworldcup.com exclusively captured the conversation between Zadran and Tendulkar. Tendulkar advised Zadran to “just address the ball” and ignore big runs.

“The best thing to do is to not think too much about big runs all the time,” Tendulkar advised Zadran on the eve of the match. “Just address that ball and play it to your best ability.” Because we sometimes get too far ahead of ourselves.

“You can’t be thinking about the 45th over when you’re batting in the fifth over.” You should consider who will bowl and whether that bowler is good or bad.

Tendulkar stressed the importance of understanding the game situation when discussing restraint and determining the best time to go after an attack.

“You can’t go bang bang bang all the time; sometimes you just need to understand the situation and say, ‘Okay, I may not get as many loose deliveries, but I’m going to hang around and maybe four overs down the line doors will open for me,’ and then the best thing is to surrender yourself to your genuine rhythm.”

“That’s when you’re at your best because when you’re at the striker’s end, your focus has to be on the bowler.”

“But you stand here at the striker’s end and your focus is also on your technique, what you are going to do when you are in trouble because you’re not watching what the bowler is looking to do.”

The profound impact of Tendulkar’s words was reflected in Zadran’s incredible knock, which laid the groundwork for Afghanistan’s dominant performance at the Wankhede.



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