India’s legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar has revealed that he heard Bryan Adam’s famous song ‘Summer of 69’ during the full 5 days of the Test Match when he scored an undefeated 241 against Australia in Sydney.
India hitting the great Sachin Tendulkar (Image by Reuter)
- Sachin Tendulkar was going through a very weak streak before his undefeated 241 vs Australia in 2004
- In the famous innings, Tendulkar did not play a single cover drive to score a double ton.
- I looped that song: Sachin Tendulkar
Cricketers are superstitious beings at times and they try various methods to regain their green color when they are out of shape. The legendary Indian batsman tried something similar during the 2004 Indian tour of Australia. The master hitter was going through an extremely lean streak, scoring just 88 runs in the first 3 test games of the series. In his 5 entries he had recorded 3 single digit scores, including 2 ducks.
Sachin Tendulkar was looking forward to getting back into shape and did it in Test 4 in Sydney. The former right-hander, in a brilliant display of patience and skill, planned not to play a single unit of coverage, the shot that had cost him his wicket in previous innings.
The 47-year-old has now revealed one more thing that helped him during those 5 days of the test match. Tendulkar has revealed that he heard Bryan Adam’s famous chart hit ‘Summer of 69’ on loop. The top international cricket run scorer said he was listening to the song while traveling, before going out to bat, at lunch and tea, at the hotel, almost everywhere and all the time.
“The song I heard, I remember in 2004 in Sydney when I scored 241 not out, those five days I only heard a Bryan Adams song ‘Summer of 69,” Tendulkar said during a question and answer session on his YouTube channel. “I put that song on a loop. Whether we traveled to the floor, in the locker room, before going out to bat, at lunchtime, tea time, after the game, going back to the hotel for five days, it was just the summer of 69 and nothing more. “
Tendulkar added that he followed a similar ritual during the 2003 World Cup, where he finished with 673 runs, the highest of the tournament.
“I also remember that during the 2003 World Cup in South Africa, I listened to the Lucky Ali album ‘Sur’. I thought it was very good and as time went by, it kept growing in me more and more ”, added Tendulkar.