Sachin Tendulkar one of the most difficult batters I have bowled to: Ian Bishop

Sachin Tendulkar one of the most difficult batters I have bowled to: Ian Bishop

Bishop dismissed Sachin three times out of nine matches in his career.

Ian Bishop and Sachin Tendulkar
Ian Bishop and Sachin Tendulkar. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Ian Bishop, the former West Indies fast bowler, has named Sachin Tendulkar as one of the most difficult batsmen he has ever bowled to in his career. Bishop, who’s one of the most renowned commentators as well, was a fulcrum of the Caribbean unit from 1989 to 1998.

In 43 Tests and 84 ODIs, the Trinidad-born churned out 161 and 118 wickets respectively. Even while bowling to Sachin, he tasted some success. The retired speedster got rid of the Master Blaster three times out of four Tests, but in ODI cricket, he couldn’t dismiss the Indian legend even once in five matches.

Sachin Tendulkar used to hit in straight lines, says Bishop

On two of those instances, Sachin was inching closer to his century. The 52-year-old Bishop was off the opinion that Sachin used the present the full face off the bat and mostly played down the ground.

“Sachin Tendulkar is one of the most difficult batsmen to whom I have bowled in my career. He always used to hit in the straight lines,” Bishop was quoted as saying on Star Sports show called ‘Cricket Connected’.

Bishop was a stalwart in first-class cricket, having played for Trinidad and Tobago. In 159 encounters, Bishop notched as many as 549 wickets with 23 five-wicket hauls to show for his efforts. Even in List-A cricket, he picked up 194 wickets from 156 games.

Sachin, on the other hand has created records that might seem decades to be broken. Having scored over 34,000 runs at the highest level, Tendulkar is the all-time leading run-scorer in international cricket. He is also the first man in the planet to score 100 centuries at the highest level. He made his debut during the Pakistan tour back in 1989 along with Waqar Younis and he didn’t look back.

In ODI cricket, he was the first batsman to get a double century against South Africa around a decade ago. With over 50,000 runs combining all forms of cricket, making records was bread and butter for him. Moreover, the now 47-year-old has a century, representing the Mumbai Indians (MI) in the Indian Premier League (IPL).