Many experts believe that Sachin Tendulkar would have become a highly skilled bowler in all formats ,had he given more attention to his bowling. And they had a point as times without number Sachin had mesmerised opposition with his skilled bowling and changed the course of many a match. He could bowl medium pace, all types of spin, wrong uns , and could put lots of doubts in batters minds ,as opposition teams normally plan for the best opponent bowlers .
Tendulkar played huge roles in the semifinal and final wins of Hero Cup 1993 in front of a packed Eden Gardens, Kolkata . In the semis ,India batting first put up an inadequate 195 in 50 overs and South Africa at one stage appeared to be cruising nicely. However the slowness of the pitch affected their progress as wickets started falling and both Kumble and Jadeja put up a great bowling show in middle overs , choking up the runs . The match reached a gripping stage in final over as 6 runs were required and Proteas had 2 wickets in hand . Tendulkar ,who did not bowl a single ball in the game, took up the challenge and absolutely choked Brian McMillan batting on 40 plus and looking good .Fannie Devilliers was runout in a misunderstanding off 2nd ball. Donald took a single to give McMillan strike but big Mac could not get the all important boundary as Sachin took pace off the ball and South Africa lost by 2 runs in a gripping and tense finish. Sachin yielded only 3 runs in his only over and won the match for India in sensational fashion under intense pressure in front of a huge crowd and therefore showing enormous mental toughness .
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The job for Sachin the bowler was not over as after his semi final success skipper Azharuddin had planned to bowl him his full quota of overs in the final and he took the prized scalp of Brian Lara for 33 sending his stumps cartwheeling .Lara could have easily won the game for West Indies as India scored an average 225 batting first. After Sachin got Lara ,Kumble took over and blew away the West Indies middleorder as India emerged victorious by 102 runs.
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