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Vaughan tells Bopara to grow up
Friday 12 August 2011

Former England captain Michael Vaughan feels England batsman Ravi Bopara should stop idolising Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar as Test cricketers should not "worship" opponents while their teams battle it out on the field.

"There comes a time when you have to make the transition from a promising player to a fully fledged international cricketer and that moment has arrived for Ravi Bopara. He is 26 now and is a senior player. He has to realise he is not a kid and deliver. He will never get a better chance against an Indian team with the wheels off," Vaughan wrote in his column for Daily Telegraph.

"His biggest challenge will be playing on the same pitch as his hero, Sachin Tendulkar. He has always tried to model himself on Sachin. But now he is playing a Test match against him and is going to have to admit he can't idolise the guy.

"He can't stare at every move he makes and say 'wow, look at Sachin'. As Test cricketers, you can't worship an opponent.

It is a battle. It is you against them," he added.

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