I have been a fairly strident critic of Tendulkar -- for instance, I
he has blown two *huge* opportunities that would have got the team on
the right track. First when Australia were 50/4 on T1D1, and second
when it looked like India had all but beaten Pakistan in the ODI1.
has been said about the first case, but in the second, he failed to ask
how he could lose after Youhanna was out, and didn't take elementary
precautions like having a deep mid-on, mid-off, third man, to the fast
bowlers -- also, it was clear to all concerned that neither Waqar or
Saqlain could pull Srinath and even Prasad, and bowling short into
the body would have done the trick. And having the one bat pad for
Kumble in the dying overs would have helped too.
Second, I am bitterly disappointed in his petty vindictiveness at
Azhar and Mongia out of the side. (As I said at the start of this tour,
season SRT doesn't want Azhar in the team, is because the selectors
replace him again with Azhar -- already that is being bandied about, and
just think, if Azhar had a decent tour, with this apalling captaincy, it
be all but certain.)
However, Sachin *MUST* be given credit where it is due. This Indian
team, after folding like a pack of cards in the third Test, has picked
up, and is fighting hard. And that is truly encouraging, and for that
deserved credit. Now, this must translate into results, as continuous
defeat will finish the side (0-8 is possible). And despite the
about ODI 3 -- yes, he picked the wrong side, but Kapil must get as much
blame for that as Sachin -- he did the right thing by batting and trying
lead; one man can't do it on the field.
On another subject, why was everyone so hyped about Kapil as coach?
He was a very poor tactician as a captain, and was well known for
forming cliques within the team (remember Gavaskar vs. Kapil?).
Both these seem to be in full focus now... (As many of you know, I
am a huge fan of Kapil the cricketer -- the second greatest India has
produced, IMO -- but not of Kapil the captain.)
Fire Kapil as coach, right now. Get Tendulkar a manager / coach like
a Wadekar, who is a shrewd tactician and a man manager; and maybe it
Despite all the buffetting Tendulkar has taken, there is really no
to replace him as captain (now that Azhar has not played). We have to
stick with him, and give him the help and support he needs -- work on
accentuating the positive and mitigate the negative...
R. Bharat Rao, Data Mining, Imaging & Visualization Dept.
Siemens Corporate Research, 755 College Rd, Princeton,NJ 08540
"These opinions are mine, not those of Siemens."