In his autobiography “Playing It My Way” Sachin Tendulkar has mentioned that he found it difficult to deal with the national selectors when he was the captain of India between 1996 and 1997.

 “There were occasions when I wasn’t given the team of my choice and did not get particular players I had asked for. For me, the priority was always the Indian team. For some of the selectors, however, things may have been different. I felt there were other factors dictating team selection and at times, I felt disappointed after selection committee meetings.” He said.

During his first tenure as captain, MP Pandrove, Kishen Rungta, Shivlal Yadav Sambaran Banerjee were a part of the selection committee led by Late Ramakant Desai.

He was sacked from the captaincy after successive Test series defeats in South Africa and West Indies followed by a poor four-nation tournament at Sharjah in 1997.He was replaced by Mohammed Azharuddin, whom Sachin replaced in 1996. Sachin returned to captaincy after Azharuddin was sacked after the 1999 World Cup.

When he was sacked, none of the BCCI officials managed to call and inform him. “No one from the BCCI managed to call me or inform me of my removal as captain before someone in the media called to say I was no longer captain. I was extremely humiliated to hear this, but the manner in which the whole thing was handled strengthened my resolve to be a better cricketer in the years to come. I told myself that the BCCI mandarins might be able to take the captaincy away from me, but no one could do the same as far as my own cricket was concerned. The sense of ignominy and the pain were still there, however.” He added.

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