March 2, 2012

Asia Cup

India do not deserve Tendulkar

Dustin Silgardo

R Jagannathan proclaims on Firstpost that Indian fans do not deserve Sachin Tendulkar because they do not appreciate his genius. Tendulkar may be a God in India, but even God is made answerable when he has a bad series, Jagannathan laments. The questions being asked about Tendulkar's inclusion in the Asia Cup squad are a disrespect for a man who has been "an island of excellence in a sea of mediocrity."

Now that he hasn’t made that ton, they want to fling him out of the team unceremoniously. Nobody’s worried about that landmark anymore. People are now asking why isn’t he retiring? Why is he being left in the team when Sehwag has been shown the door? On Wednesday, all TV channels, including Arnab Goswami of the Spanish Inquisition, were asking the same questions. If success has many fathers, failure needs at least one mother — the mother of all scapegoats. Sachin is a handy one.

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Dustin Silgardo is a former sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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