Wednesday, 13 June 2012

We Adore you Sachin Tendulkar, Don't make us Hate you.

'A Chain is as Strong as it's weakest Link'

The ECB has taken a very, very brave step in accepting Kevin Peterson's retirement from T-20's and ODI's. It takes courage to let go a player in such red hot form, a proven Match-Winner.

When will BCCI bite the bullet? We do not have too many Rahul Dravids, unfortunately, who see the bigger picture.

The great Tendulkar refuses to quit ODI's. Not only that, he is selective about which ODI series he plays or not, disrupting the team's rhythm.

Well, Sir Vivian Richards says Sachin has earned the luxury of dong so, we should allow him to pick and choose so that we can see the Legend bat as long as possible.

My point is, no matter how great a player is, no matter how phenomenal his contribution to the game has been: The team should always come first. Winning is the foremost objective of all great teams.

Cricket can hardly be compared to Individual sports like Tennis where players can continue playing way past their prime. The focus on Individuals has proven detrimental to Indian cricket over the years.

When are the Players in RED HOT form- Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Manoj Tiwari, Cheteshwar Pujara going to get a look in (if at all)?

THIS is the time to blood talented, proven youngsters to build a strong team for our World Cup defence.

As for Sachin, give him the opportunity to play one last series ( and get his 50 ODI Ton, too) and gracefully call it a day from the shorter version.

Nobody disputes his value as a Test Batsman, especially in a team sans Dravid and with Laxman at the fag end of his career. This move just might be what he requires to reclaim his status as the World's Best Batsman. I feel he still has something to prove to the doubters.

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