What’s happening to Tendulkar?


Sachin Tendulkar, the toast of the nation just a few seasons ago finds himself in an unfamiliar role of facing up to the wrath of his fans. He is now ridiculed by his once staunch supporters. The press has added their own spin on it and the cricket pundits yet another. Meanwhile, the coach questioned his attitude and finally, the BCCI have ‘rested’ him for the Bangladesh ODIs. These events would have hurt him badly.

We all know about the fickle nature of the fans and the press. Perhaps no one knows more about it than Tendulkar himself after 17 years of International cricket. I am sure he realises that the fans by their standard, have given him the longest rope of all.

In recent times we have been led to believe that Tendulkar has donned a new role for the ‘benefit’ of the team. I cannot imagine a more nonsensical reason. Does he and the think-tank mean to say that for nearly 15 years he has been the premier batsman and match winner, but they no longer want him in that role; but instead require a plodder? This seems to be a classic case of denial both by the team management and more importantly himself.

It is common knowledge that Tendulkar over the last 3 years has been gradually loosing is touch. The problem has been both physical and mental. Physically he is that much older and as a result, that much slower. His reflex degeneration has been rapid compared to others such as Lara and Jayasuriya. But that alone cannot be the reason for his failures. There are technical flaws. Too many times we see him get bowled; and too many times we see mediocre spinners get him out.

Bob Simpson thinks that Tendulkar is not watching the ball out of the bowler’s hand thereby depriving him of a few milli-seconds to get into position. While we are not totally sure what Tendulkar’s flaws are he nevertheless had the time, resources and above all the experience to iron out the kinks. If he has attempted to correct it but failed trying, then it is time to quit the game as suggested by Ian Chappell. But if has’nt tried hard enough, his attitude needs questioning.

The way he got out against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in the world cup suggests that the flaws are very much there and unless he takes some immediate steps to address them, I cannot see him play beyond the England tour.

Tendulkar once feared and admired by his opponents is merely acknowledged these days mainly for his past deeds. The truth is no team looses sleep over him.

As a huge admirer of Tendulkar, I hope there is another twist to his tale and he turns things around. I would love to see him bow out on a high note; and more importantly on his own terms.

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7 responses to “What’s happening to Tendulkar?

  1. I didn’t think it was rocket science that Tendulkar was technically ‘off’… if you check how many times he has been out LBW or Bowled in the last two years or so, it is clear that there is a flaw in the technique. The baffling part is he hasn’t tried to correct it yet. Maybe too many matches don’t allow time for it, but he had time off with injury and all. Hopefully the time he gets by not playing Bangladesh will help him clear it up.

  2. “As a huge admirer of Tendulkar…….. ” 🙂

    This is at the root of our concerns isn’t it?

  3. Tendulkar definitely deserves a good opportunity to retire from the game. Not “rested” and eventually dropped unceremoniously.

    Brian Lara chose a good occasion to retire at WI, World Cup and all the press at WI.

    Vengsarkar continues to make a fool of himself – with his explanation of “resting”.

  4. Kartikeya, Prey tell me how is admiration the root of our concern?

    The admiration stems from the fact that he has had fanatical fan following and expectation for 15 years and he has carried them well until the last 3 years. Everyone expects him to take resposibility and deliver all the time. This plus the fact that in the midst of all the adoration and tons of runs, his head stayed screwed on to his sholders.

    If you read carefully, I have asked why Tendulkar has’nt remedied his flaws given the time and resources at his disposal; and the fact that he needs to quit if he does’nt do so soon. My ‘admiration’ of Tendulkar has’nt prevented me from asking him to quit the game.

  5. Good post. I am just catching up with all the postings 🙂

    I think Tendulkar has also gone into a defensive mind set of late, particularly when the bowling is a bit negative (like a left arm bowler bowling outside the leg stump) or when the team is under pressure. By curbing his natural instincts to attack (Is he doing this to hide any flaws in his techinque? I don’t know) and not score, he keeps putting himself under pressure and eventually ends up loosing his wicket.

    Giles getting him stumped and Tendulkar’s last innings in South Africa are prime examples of this…

  6. V.S.S.SARMA

    I hope he is not getting paid by his sponsors based on the number of balls he is facing ! That will be the greatest dis-service he and his sponsors would be doing to Indian Cricket. This great player who will any time walk into any world team as a opener (along with Gordon Greenidge) appears to have become rusty but is still the best Indian ODI player. Indian fans are sore at their God because the God has failed them. The way he got out to Mohammad Asif is so fresh in our minds. Tendulkar would do well to take the hint from Bobby Simpson. Yes, he is a sincere and great learner too. He still has about 2-3 years of great cricket in him.

  7. To me it is necessary to find

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