NEW DELHI: Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar gives his own take on the battle against the novel coronavirus. Comparing it to Test cricket, Sachin said that we all have to defend well so as to emerge victorious.
In a commentary for The Times of India, Sachin wrote, "While the world battles the Covid-19 pandemic, this is probably the time for of us to draw lessons from the grand old format of the game." He described the deadly virus as "beyond our collective comprehension" that could be dealt with if we apply the tactics used in the five-day cricket format.
He further wrote, "Test cricket rewards you for respecting what you don’t understand. It makes you value the virtue of patience. When you don’t understand the pitch conditions or the bowler, defence becomes the best form of attack. Patience is what we require now, if we have to defend well."
So far, India has reported around 170 positive COVID-19 cases and three people have lost their lives while 14 others have been successfully cured. Speaking globally, more than 2,13,000 cases have been confirmed and the death toll is close to 9,000.
Knowing that the game has a huge influence on the nation, Sachin has smartly used the metaphor to make people understand. He said, "To use a cricketing metaphor; while individual brilliance can help a team in shorter formats of the game, in Test cricket it is all about partnerships and teamwork."
"Test cricket is about staging comebacks. There is always a second innings, if you’ve missed the first one. Different countries are at different stages of their fight against coronavirus. All nations should consider themselves part of one team. We shall take this battle session by session, and eventually emerge victorious, he added.