India Was Too Dependent on Sachin Tendulkar in The 90s: Sanjay Manjrekar
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Hailing Sachin Tendulkar’s greatness, former India cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar said that the national cricket team was too dependant on him as he was extremely consistent.

“Sachin Tendulkar the batsman made his debut in 89. In just about a year, he got an 80 in New Zealand, he got his first hundred in England and by 91/92, the world was looking at him as a world-class player. The age was always a factor, just 17 years old. And the way he was dominating quality attacks. For us in the team, there was no doubt that this guy was in a different league,” Manjrekar said on Sunday while speaking to Ravichandran Ashwin in ‘Reminiscence with Ash’ show on Instagram.

“Unfortunately, by 96/97, the team was really too dependent on Tendulkar. Because, you know, he was damn consistent. And he was India’s first batsman who was able to dominate and hit good balls for runs.

“Until then, India was about defensive batting and putting the bad balls away, like Sunil Gavaskar. A couple of sessions of giving respect to the bowler and then, you know, as they tire out, you get a loose ball and you score off it. Sachin would hit a good ball from a quality bowler on the up for four,” he added.

The 54-year-old also said that Tendulkar’s greatness came to the fore at that time because his failure with the bat was rare.

(With agency inputs)