Former England international and head coach David James on Wednesday (February 28) said that Sachin Tendulkar’s valuable experience as an iconic cricketer brings in a lot of calmness in Kerala Blasters camp.
“Sachin Tendulkar brings in a lot of calmness in the side by sharing his playing day experiences. He does it when the team’s chips are down,” David James said according to PTI.
James, who is the current manager at Kerala Blasters FC in the Indian Super League, further went on to say that he would like to see Tendulkar bring in the same calmness among players even after winning tomorrow’s must-win match against Bengaluru FC.
“Even after winning tomorrow’s match, I am sure he will keep the same calm and focus on future challenges. Sachin is a very valuable figure for players and sports in many different ways,” he added.
Blasters didn’t start the ISL season positively and at one point in time had a very little chance to qualify for top 4, but after James took over as a manager, the fortune of the side changed as they aggregated 25 points from 17 games. A win in their last game can take them through to the play-offs.
”I remember the 2014 ISL final which we lost in Mumbai. I wasn’t happy after being beaten by a 94th minute goal but Sachin calmed me by reminding me of an occasion, when he was playing an IPL final himself, which Mumbai Indians lost at their home ground (2010 vs Chennai Super Kings),” James concluded.
(With PTI inputs)