What helped Sachin Tendulkar ahead of iconic 241* vs Aus?

Legendary cricketer, former Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar, took to his YouTube channel to reveal how he kept his mind focussed during India’s tour to Australia in 2004. What turned out to be an iconic batting masterclass from the Little Master, his innings of 241 unbeaten brought India back in the game.

Followed by scores of 0, 1, 37, 0, and 44 in Brisbane, Adelaide, and Melbourne, Tendulkar was poised to turn around his rough patch with the bat. Sachin went on to hit 241 from 436 balls spending 613 minutes at the Sydney Cricket Ground. He hit 33 boundaries in his stellar innings striking at 55.28.

But, interestingly the former cricketer revealed in a Q/A answer session that he was hooked to a song during the entire five days of the Test in Sydney, which helped him stay focused.

“The song that I heard, I remember in 2004 in Sydney when I scored 241 not out, those five days I only heard one song – Bryan Adams’ Summer of 69. I put that song on loop. Whether we were travelling to the ground, in the dressing room, before I was walking out to bat, lunchtime, tea time, after the match, going back to the hotel… five days it was only Summer of 69 and nothing else,” Tendulkar quipped.

It was not the only instance that he found a song so addictive. He furthered, “I also remember that during the 2003 World Cup in South Africa, I listened to Lucky Ali’s Sur album. I thought it was really good and as time went by, it kept growing on me more and more.”