Indian politician Shashi Tharoor, who is a big cricket fan opined Sachin Tendulkar wasn’t the best of leaders when it came to captaining the Indian side. Tendulkar is arguably the best cricketer ever to grace the game. He was appointed as Team India’s captain in 1996 at the age of 23, and in the 73 ODIs he led India in, the team won 23 matches, while losing 43 which left his win percentage at 35.07 which was quite disappointing owing to Tendulkar’s class.
The legendary Tendulkar’s Test record remained much worse with a win percentage of 16; India won four and lost nine of the 25 matches he captained the team. Tendulkar’s form was also affected with the burden of captaincy and eventually, he stepped down from the role.
Captaincy of Sachin Tendulkar didn’t work out: Shashi Tharoor
Indian politician and writer Shashi Tharoor also remarked that he always thought Tendulkar was the best choice as captain for the Indian team in the 90s before he was assigned a role to lead the team. The team performed in a very underwhelming way under Sachin’s captaincy and Tharoor says he was just not suited for it.
“I thought Tendulkar was the best possible captain of India before he became captain. Because when he was not captain, he was so active – he was fielding in the slips, running up to the captain of the day, giving advice and encouragement,” Tharoor told SportsKeeda in an interview.
“I said let’s make this guy captain because he really is there in every way. When he became captain, it didn’t work out. He had not a terribly strong Indian team in his days of captaincy, but he himself would admit that was not the most inspirational, motivational captain,” Tharoor added.
India had to face one of their worse overseas tours under the captaincy of Sachin Tendulkar in the year 1999 when they toured Australia and were clean swept 3-0 in the Test series.
“This was partially because he had his own batting to think about. And in the end, he happily gave up captaincy and refused to take it when it was offered again later,” Shashi Tharoor concluded.
There on, Sourav Ganguly was appointed as the captain in 2000 in a hope to help the sinking ship which Team India was turning into. Under Tendulkar’s leadership, the team was going through a lot of hardships because of the poor record of the team, this led to the conflict within the team.