By CricketCountry Staff
Mumbai: Mar 1, 2012
Former national selector Kishan Rungta, who was part of the selection panel which sacked Sachin Tendulkar as captain in 1998, favoured the bastman’s selection in the upcoming Asia Cup.
"Why would you not pick Tendulkar for ODIs? I too would have picked him for the Asia Cup," the former first-class cricketer from Rajasthan was quoted as being said by MiD-DAY.
"Him being in the team is an overall plus. Firstly, he is a good influence on the team. His rich experience is any day a great asset. Youngsters can be groomed well under his guidance.”
“Secondly, with Sachin being in the team, there is relatively less responsibility on the youngsters to perform. Tendulkar can take that load of extra responsibility in the batting line-up. Young batters can play freely in such a scenario.”
“And lastly, just his sheer presence can demoralise the opponents. A lot of attention and planning would go into tackling Tendulkar. So, there are many positives I see in taking Tendulkar in the team," Rungta added.
Tendulkar has scored only 143 runs out of seven matches in the ongoing CB Series . His highest run was 48 against Sri Lanka at Perth.
"Tendulkar is well aware of what he is doing. So, let us leave it to him when he wants to retire from the ODIs or from the game," Rungta concluded.