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“Sachin, don’t be afraid of failure”

Posted by Sports Snob on August 2, 2006


Sanjay Manjrekar in a recent newspaper article, criticised Sachin’s approach to the game and seemed to cast doubts and raised questions on the timing of his injuries:

“…There was another moment too: Tendulkar deciding to give the 2005 Super Series Test a miss. I thought that was a great opportunity not to be missed at any cost for someone like him. What a great stage that was to show off your individual brilliance. Tendulkar said he had not fully recovered from the elbow injury. But just eight days later he was running down the pitch hitting Murali out of the ground in that knock of 93 against Sri Lanka in the ODI at Nagpur.

That Super Series actually was another evidence of how the two great men think. There was Lara, in Australia, hopelessly short of match practice, yet looking at every chance as an opportunity to play another memorable innings. Working on the principle that the more chances you give yourself, the more the chances of success. Tendulkar is not willing to take that chance. The Tendulkar of today gives me the impression that his main focus is not to fail!…”

These are strong words from a player whose admiration for Sachin is obvious to all who have heard him talk about the little master. Nobody questions Sachin’s commitment to the team or the game but with age, it is true that the Sachin of the old is slowly fading away and it is hard for many to accept this.

Many of the measured(?)(hehe) responses to this article:

“…”It is a grave mistake by Manjrekar. We all know Tendulkar’s passion for cricket and I have no doubt in my mind that Sachin would never purposely avoid tours. It is a far-fetched suggestion.” Former off-spinner Shivlal Yadav termed the comments as nothing but a publicity seeking stunt by Manjrekar. …”

“… Former selector Pranab Roy vouched for Tendulkar’s commitment. “During my stint with the selection committee, I never found Sachin Tendulkar wanting in commitment. I do not agree with Manjrekar. No one should raise such questions about a great player like Tendulkar. …”
“… Another former selector Sambran Banerjee said: “I think this is not at all a valid point. It is a very bad comment. Sachin is beyond such things. …”

Beyond such things… hmmm … why I wonder?

Sachin’s response to this article seems to indicate that he is quite ticked off:

“I don’t want to comment much but I feel sorry that an ex-India player has made statements without checking the facts and without talking to the people concerned. I also find it surprising that he has made the statements without being in the dressing room and knowing the true situation”

I have been getting the feeling that Sachin is overly sensitive to journalists’ comments these days.

Watch this space for Sachin’s response with the bat when the tour to Sri Lanka begins!

– Prof



Quite a few readers have asked me why I have offered no opinions on the issue.While the post was not initially written to offer an opinion, I have decided to add my two cents to this.

Manjrekar is entitled to his opinion and honestly, he knows and understands Sachin better than most of us and the critics of his piece. While I wouldn’t dream of questioning Tendulkar’s commitment to the team, in recent years, he seems to have become more sensitive to the criticisms  that come from various quarters: is this because he has been beyond all that for so many years now?

Sachin must remember that when fans and viewers give him so much, it is only natural that they will expect things in return and results not to their liking, people are bound to criticize.

Fans and critics must also remember that Sachin of the old has slowly eveolved in a more mature fifity overs kind of player. There is still a lot he can and does contribute to the team and the game. But, he will never be the player of old again. No player will be after seventeen years at this level playing day in and day out.

The more important question of whether Sachin should play only when he deems himself fit. I think Sachin understands the context of a match, a series both to his legacy as a player and to the team’s growth. Hence, if Sachin declares himself fit to play or unfit to, he should be given the freedom: as long as he continues to deliver which I am sure he will.


6 Responses to ““Sachin, don’t be afraid of failure””

  1. Tharunya said

    Why?? Just a buncha quotes, and hardly any opinions (let alone “lots of it” :P)
    Not up to your usual standard, i say.

  2. Lets just say the Prof is busy with balance sheets and ppts!


  3. harpal singh said

    let sachin choose what he wants to play/miss as per his own judgement and then we r free to judge him the way we think. he shouldn’t coverup these misses as injuries or recovery period.
    but no way he should be beyond criticisum.manjerekr’s comments r well thought and i respect him for his honesty and courage.

  4. @ harpal: I respect Manjrekar’s right to make the comments and also the honesty and courage.
    Yes, people can judge him the way the want to … I said so too. But then, do we really know how serious the injuries are? There have been instances of playing with torn ligaments and broken bones. Remember the memorable Chennai ton against Pakistan. I don’t think he feels a need to fke injuries!!!

  5. harpal singh said

    thats true but hw many years ago?we all change with times,evolve for better or he knows he is in comfort jone and can get away. isn’t he a human being like u n me?

  6. @ harpal:
    Again my point really is, Tendulkar doesn’t need to fake injury… he’d be in the team irrespective of form or fitness if he so chooses. Yes, he is a human being too… but remember you can’t judge everyone by a single yardstick … especially in issues pertaining to injury

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