England has seen an unexpectedly warm summer with temperature soaring over 30 degrees (C) this year. This summer has filled the Indian hearts with joy, as the Indian team prepares for the test series against England in August.
Sachin Tendulkar had some wise words for the Indian team saying "It's quite warm here. Weather's going to be a critical factor". "Surfaces will decide how active the spinners get. If this weather stays," says Tendulkar.
Tendulkar also drew comparisons with the 2014 tour, saying "Drawing a balance between knowing that the disaster of 2014 has to be kept in mind and yet keeping in mind that it doesn't really matter right now is what the players need to understand."
"It helps to remember how an earlier experience of the same tour was unpleasant (2014). Yet, what's also important to remember is that change is the only constant. In a different time, in a different setting, in relatively different conditions and a different set of players, it's again a new contest. You move on, set yourself a new challenge," he added.
"The first basic rule (of an overseas tour): Respect conditions. It's the key. The first morning of the series, that first over, the first spell - that's always the key. It was the same in South Africa, it'll be the same in England," he says.
"The question is how do you keep your mind blank? Drawing that balance between knowing what happened when you visited here the last time and at the same time, telling yourself that past is not what's going to matter right now is all about drawing the balance. That's the tricky thing. You got to know when to fill your mind up with all that you've learnt from your previous tour here and then got to know how to keep it (your mind) blank when you're here again, all fresh," says Tendulkar.
Tendulkar also tried to give his view about the Indian stalwart Pujara consuming more than 70 balls to get off the mark for Yorkshire. "It's far too much. Again, I'm not trying to be critical here. It's good to be cautious, good to respect the conditions, but...," he trails off when asked.
Tendulkar insists, a batsman shouldn't be sitting in the dressing room watching his teammates tackle conditions as he waits for his turn to walk out. "Use your own discretion, follow your own judgment. When I used to be in the dressing room, waiting for my turn to walk out to bat, I never went by what was happening to the batsmen on the field," he says.
(with inputs from Cricbuzz.com)