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Sunday, April 1, 2007

Whats wrong with Sachin Tendulkar?

Brian Lara, Sanath Jayasuriya and Sachin Tendulkar are three contemporary batting greats. Though Tendulkar is four years younger to the other two, all the three batsmen made their ODI debuts more or less around the same time.

And now, Brain Lara,37, is going great guns after bouncing back from an almost two year mid-career slump. Ditto for Jayasuriya. Tendulkar, though, got into a slump and doesnt seem to be able to come back at all. If at all anything he is only sinking deeper and deeper.

Could the reason be the Indian cricket fan's mentality to further torture an already troubled player? I wonder. Brain Lara and Sanath Jayasuriya didn't have to deal with a booing crowd at their home grounds. Tendulkar did. Brain Lara and Sanath Jayasuriya never had to worry about continued destructive criticism everytime they underperformed during their mid-career slumps. Tendulkar did and still has to. Who was in a more congenial situation for a comeback is anybody's guess.

As such Tendulkar's ridiculously prolonged dry run could be more due to the attitude of the Indian public than due to other problems of his own. And now, everybody wants his neck. Shame on us.

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