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Sachin Tendulkar - wish list from a fan

Sachin has just 2 test matches to go.  This is not a blog talking about what a great player he was - that will come later.  And this certainly is not about whether he should have retired earlier - I promise. This is about what I would like Sachin to do in the last 4 innings of his illustrious career.

1.   Bat with a bigger bat lift.  Of late, Sachin has started poking and prodding at the ball - with a very short backlift.  Whether this is because of his tennis elbow problem or because he is not able to pick up the swing - I don't know.  It might also be because he sports a much more defensive mindset when he goes out to bat.  For one, I would like to see Sachin bat with a much bigger bat swing.   The bat comes down at a vicious pace with the ability to send the ball back past the bowler at the rate of knots.
2.  Don't let those balls outside the off stump go to the wicket keeper.  That is very un-Sachinlike.  Get that left root out and across and slam the ball to the cover boundary.
3.  Dance down the track.  It used to be awesome to see Sachin dance down the track and whack the spinners over their head or over mid-on.  He used to hit that with a slight cross bat - pundits be damned.  To see him do that to Sunil Narine will be worth something.
4.  Don't get bowled - for God's sake.  Any mode of dismissal for Sachin is ok by me - except getting bowled.  And of late, that has happened a bit too often.  I don't think guys like Boult 'ever' deserve to get Sachin bowled. period.
5.  Lets get those big leg spinners going.  He had a fantastic leg spin and wicked googly.  And he could land both at will.  The image of Sachin bowling Moin Khan with a fantastic googly is still etched in my memory.  We deserve to see a few more of these magic balls.

To me how many runs he scores or how many wickets he gets is irrelevant.  I would like to see him play like the Sachin of old - something all of us should remember Sachin by.

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