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Sachin Tendulkar has his say on MCC’s 2022 latest law updates: ‘I was not comfortable with it at all’

Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar has given his take to the amends made by the MCC in latest law updates.

Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar has given his take to the amends made by the MCC in latest law updates. Among the changes made to MCC’s laws, the three big takeaways are as follows – a new batter will remain on strike irrespective of the players crossing the previous delivery, run out of the non-striker’s for backing too much and a permanent ban of saliva on the cricket ball. All three decision will come into effect after October. Reacting to these three changes, Tendulkar said he was in support of a ‘couple of them’. 

“New rules have been introduced in cricket by MCC committee and I am quite supportive of couple of them. The first one being Mankading dismissal. I was always uncomfortable with that particular dismissal being called ‘Mankaded’,” Tendulkar said in a video message. “I am really happy that it’s been changed to run out. It always should have been run out according to me. So, this is one good news for all of us. I was not comfortable with it at all, but that won’t be the case anymore.”

Sachin Tendulkar has his say on MCC's latest law updates: 'I was not comfortable with it at all'

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The other decision which Tendulkar was in favour of was the change of batters at strike following a dismissal. Over the years, batting teams have enjoyed the advantage of crossing ends during a dismissal to make sure the new player walking in stays at the non-striker’s end and the set batter faces the next ball. Tendulkar explained why he feels the rule change is fair.

“And the second one where the batter is dismissed, being caught, the new batter has to come and face the ball. The new batter takes the strike. It’s absolutely fair because if a bowler has been successful in picking a wicket it’s only fair that a bowler gets a chance to bowl to a new batter. This new rule is a good one and well done on that,” he said. 

How Sachin reacted to viral image of Team India with Maroof and her baby girl

After the game, the players were seen clicking selfies with Pakistan captain Bismah Maroof and her daughter.

An India-Pakistan cricket battle is always described as a “blockbuster” game, a clash between two arch-rivals or nemesis, but beyond the game, the cricketers if the two nations share a great rapport. It was seen during the T20 World Cup 2021 clash when Virat Kohli had hugged Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan after the game, and it was witnessed on Sunday when their women’s World Cup tie at the Bay Oval. And former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar reacted the to the picture that went viral after the game.

India beat Pakistan in a convincing manner on Sunday in Mount Maunganui to kick off their World Cup campaign in style. After the game, the players were seen clicking selfies with Pakistan captain Bismah Mahroof and her daughter. 

The selfie went viral all over the internet with fans hailing the heart-warming image and Sachin shared the image with the tweet, “What a lovely moment! Cricket has boundaries on the field, but it breaks them all off the field. Sport unites!”

Talking about the game, India beat Pakistan for the 11th time in women’s ODIs, with a 107-run win.

After opting to bat first at the Bay Oval, India got off to a poor start despite an in-form Smriti Mandhana scoring a half-century. India then revived on the back of a record 122-run stand between Pooja Vastrakar and Sneh Rana as the team posted a total of 244 for seven.

Chasing the target, Pakistan did not get off to a decent start and after the 10-over mark, wickets kept falling at regular intervals. Left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad was the pick of the bowlers with his four-wicket haul.

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