The 1983 World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev has opined that Sachin Tendulkar could have registered more number of double hundreds if he would have been a ruthless cricketer.
The legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar was the run machine for India. He holds the record of the highest number of international centuries (100). The former batsman has six double hundred in Test cricket while one double hundred in ODIs. His maiden double century in Tests came after 10 years of his debut in 1999.
Sachin Tendulkar should have made five triple centuries and another 10 double tons: Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev acknowledges the extraordinary potential the Mumbaikar had. He said that Sachin had everything in cricket but he lacked in one area. As per him, Sachin didn’t know how to convert hundreds into double or triple hundred.
“Sachin had so much talent that I hadn’t seen it in anyone. He knew how to score hundreds but he never became a ruthless batsman. Sachin had everything in cricket. He knew how to score hundreds but didn’t know how to convert those hundreds into 200s &300s,” Kapil Dev told former India cricketer and current women’s team head coach WV Raman in an interview.
Kapil added that the kind of talent Sachin had, he should have scored at least five triple centuries – Tendulkar has none – and 10 more double tons.
“Sachin should’ve made five triple centuries and another 10 double tons because he could hit fast bowlers and spinners for a boundary every over,” Kapil added.
Kapil gives reason behind Sachin’s fewer 200 and 300:
Sachin Tendulkar’s counterpart Virender Sehwag has two triple hundred in the extended format but he has failed to achieve this feat. Kapil has given the reason behind the master blaster’s fewer number of double and triple tons. He explained that Sachin never became an aggressive player because he was taught so while playing for Mumbai in his early career.
“Since he was from Mumbai they had a mindset of when you score a hundred make a line and start from zero again. And that’s where I said no, you are such a ruthless cricketer, bowlers should fear you. Sachin’s talent was par excellence. But after a scoring a hundred he used to take singles and didn’t become ruthless,” Kapil added.
Sachin retired from international cricket in 2013 after scoring 15921 runs in 200 Test matches at an average of 54.04 and 18,426 runs in 463 ODIs at an average of 44.83.