What is 'Discipline'?.....Sachin Tendulkar's 241* vs Australia at the SCG... 2 January, 2004: Leading up to the fourth and final test against Australia, Sachin was not in good touch and had a string of low scores to his name. Realising that he had problems in executing his cover drive - the shot responsible for a large proportion of his dismissals in that series - Sachin decided not to play even a single cover drive in the final Test. Coming out to bat after the fall of the 2nd wicket just before Tea on Day 1, Sachin finished his innings with an unbeaten 241 on Day 3.
To all those wondering what's so great about this, cover drive is one of the most basic shots in cricket. It is the simplest, safest and arguably the most effective option for a batsman when the bowler throws up a half volley. Even club cricketers tend to play it too often. Such instinctive is the shot for a batsman. For someone who has been playing international cricket for 15 years, it's almost impossible to hold himself back from playing the cover drive when a juicy half volley is delivered. And to do that for 436 balls and 613 minutes is beyond imagination. Such was the discipline of Sachin that he even managed to get over his natural instincts when he decided not to play the shot. These fine things are the ones that separate a good player from a legendary one.
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