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Sachin Tendulkar is the greatest cricketer of all time. He took the Indian team to great heights with his batting but failed to do so same as the captain. Former Indian coach Madan Lal has opined that Sachin was a good captain, but because of a drawback, he could not come out as a successful captain.
Sachin Tendulkar was first handed over the captaincy in 1996. However, at the end of 1997, he quit as the captain because the team was performing poorly. He was again made the captain after the 1999 World Cup, but the results didn’t change. In the Test series against Australia, India was badly defeated as the visitors were beaten 3-0.
However, the Master Blaster won the player of the series award as well as player of the match in one of the matches. Following the Australia tour, India failed to win the Test series against South Africa at home. After which, Sachin resigned, and Sourav Ganguly was announced as the new captain in 2000.
It became difficult for Sachin Tendulkar to take care of the team: Madan Lal
In a Facebook interview, Madan Lal, who coached the Indian team between 1996-1997, opined that Sachin failed as a captain because he was focused more on his performance than the overall team’s performance. He added that Sachin lacked in taking care of the whole team.
“I don’t believe that Sachin was not a good captain. The problem was very simple. He was really involved with his own performance and he took a lot of care of his own performances a lot. So, at times, it became difficult for him to take care of the team,” Lal told Sportskeeda.
“As a captain, you need to take care of your own performance, and also ensure the rest of the team performs to the best of their abilities. Sometimes, the captain is as good as his team. Captain can only give directions.
Lal praises Sachin for his cricket knowledge:
However, Madan Lal acknowledged that Sachin had an excellent cricket brain. The legendary cricketer could easily read the game and can help the players to rectify their mistakes.
“Sachin had a very good quality of reading the game and telling the players where they were going wrong or how to bowl. He was superb in all these things. But it happens sometimes, that you give so much attention to your game that your difficulties compound. It was not that he was not a good captain,” he further said.
Sachin Tendulkar has huge records as a batsman, and some of them still stand though it has been seven years of his retirement. Perhaps, his win record as a captain is more than questionable. In his career, he led India in 73 ODIs and 25 Tests. Out of that India emerged victorious in only 23 ODIs and four Tests.