Home > Features >

Sachin Tendulkar needs to be shown much more gratitude than he has got recently

 

Sachin Tendulkar needs to be shown much more gratitude than he has got recently

Sachin Tendulkar shows an uncharacteristic show of emotion after getting bowled for the third times in a row. But only a ignoramus will be foolish enough to write his cricketing obit on the basis of his recent form © Getty Images

 

The cacophony from the rattle of the timber behind – for the third time in a row! And then the uncharacteristic show of emotion, not seen in the two decades-plus of his exemplary career – the raised bat in a mix of anger and frustration.

 

SR Tendulkar b Southee 27.

 

The clamour for Tendulkar’s retirement grew louder. 

At a stage in life when most people feel the need for reading glasses, Sachin Tendulkar has different problems to battle. His reflexes have understandably slowed down. Unheralded bowlers have been troubling him in the dustbowls of India. The fuller delivery has breached his defence three times in a single same series. Ever since the South Africa tour, he has averaged a meagre 35 in Tests, although he – along with Virat Kohli – looked good on that disastrous tour of Australia.

 

And for the first time, Tendulkar has come out recently and spoken about his retirement. November, he says, will be when he will assess himself and his place in his team, but the unwritten word of common sense points towards him continuing to play. 

India will need his experience on the 2013 tour to South Africa. India needs an experienced batsman at the No. 5 position. VVS Laxman won matches in the past for India batting at that slot and shepherding the bottom half. Ricky Ponting showed the way by dropping down the order for Australia and it would help if Tendulkar bats one slot lower.

 

While doing any succession planning, the selectors and the team think-tank must reflect on how the likes of Ravindra Jadeja and Yusuf Pathan failed to live up to the high expectations. The value of proven experience can never be discounted. Dravid proved the point when he was recalled to the ODI team for the Champions Trophy in South Africa and the ODI series in England in 2011 when his compatriots fell like a pack of cards. India have lost two stalwarts in Dravid and Laxman in quick succession. The exit of Tendulkar at this point will leave a crater in the middle-order. Changes have to be in a phased manner.

Tendulkar is most dangerous when cornered. He has repeatedly come back stronger from a crisis.  After scoring 55 runs in five Tests at an uncharacteristic average of 17.00 in 2003, he plundered 915 runs in 10 Tests at an average of 91.5 in 2004. A similar mini-revival took place in 2006-2007.

 

Tendulkar finds himself in a quandary for the umpteenth time in his career. But the battle now is not just with the opposition but also with advancing age. It’s possible that Tendulkar may not be able to bat the way he did at his pomp, but he can still be a huge boon to the team.

Before we count the runs he has scored, we must count our blessings for having a man, who has taken the burden of the nation for a long time and has sacrificed a lot of public and private life. I think some of his trenchant critics with short memories need to him more respect than they have shown him in recent times. The nation owes that gratitude to Sachin Tendulkar.

(Madhav Krishnan is a student from Birla Institute of Technology & Science (Hyderabad), pursuing M.Sc (Chemistry) and B.E. in Mechanical Engineering)

India tour of England 2014

Sep 2, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Birmingham

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 2, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 4, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Sep 5, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Leeds

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Sep 5, 2014 (19:30 IST)   at Kingstown, St Vincent

More

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 31, 2014  at Harare

Zimbabwe won by 3 wkts

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 30, 2014  at Dambulla

SL won by 7 wkts (D/L method)

India tour of England 2014

Aug 30, 2014  at Nottingham

India won by 6 wkts

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 29, 2014  at Harare

South Africa won by 61 runs

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 27, 2014  at Harare

South Africa won by 7 wkts

Photos

Australia vs Zimbabwe, ODI tri-series at Harare

Videos

Misbah disppointed with Pakistan's performance

Australia’s losses to minnows in limited-overs cricket

India tour of England 2014: Who is Jason Roy?

Zimbabwe’s 12 most memorable victories in international cricket

Zimbabwe vs Australia, 4th ODI: Highlights

Elton Chigumbura-Prosper Utseya partnership takes Zimbabwe to historic win over Australia

Australia Australia and South Africa in Zimbabwe 2014 England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Pakistan South Africa Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Triangular Series 2014 Zimbabwe vs Australia Zimbabwe vs Australia 2014

Zimbabwe Triangular Series 2014: Australia must put Zimbabwe loss behind

Supreme Court refuses to reinstate N Srinivasan as BCCI president

Supreme Court gives Mudgal commission two more months to investigate IPL 2013 spot-fixing and betting scandal

Mudgal Committee may recommend Chennai Super Kings expulsion from IPL

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe delighted with historic win against Australia

David Bairstow: A champion claimed by depression

Should Michael Clarke cut down on playing time ahead of ICC World Cup 2015?

Australia’s losses to minnows in limited-overs cricket

India tour of England 2014: Who is Jason Roy?

Zimbabwe’s 12 most memorable victories in international cricket

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

668 Posts | 6 Fans

Yuvraj Singh's ton against MCC

Enforcement Directorate begins probe against a dozen online e-retail firms

Obi S400, Obi S450, Obi S500, Obi Python S452 and Obi Wolverine launched, prices start from Rs 4,200

5 shades of pink lipsticks that every girl should try

Ek Hasina Thi: Why is Sakshi finding satisfaction in Shaurya’s pain?

Michael Clarke says Australia were terrible against Zimbabwe

Centre deliberately denying power to Maharashtra: Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan

8 things that affect your bone health adversely

NGOs pursue education for all

Mudgal Committee may recommend Chennai Super Kings expulsion from IPL

Diesel at almost market price as under-recovery falls to 8 paise

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here