West Indies in India 2013-14 October 29, 2013

WI won't give Tendulkar an inch - Richardson

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sachin Tendulkar will have to earn every single run when he plays his last two Tests against the visiting West Indies side, Richie Richardson, the West Indies team manager, has said. Richardson added that West Indies were focused on their primary aim of winning the series but revealed they have planned a tribute for Tendulkar.

"We want to make it clear that we have come here with a mission to win the series," Richardson said. "We will try our best to stop him from scoring runs. We will not let him an inch. He has to earn every run.

"We all have thought about giving a fitting tribute to Tendulkar after his last Test at Wankhede," Richardson said. "We don't want to reveal our plans. It will be a big surprise for him."

Even during West Indies' last tour to India in 2011, Tendulkar was the centre of attention as he neared his 100th international century. However, during the Mumbai Test, he came within six runs of the landmark before being dismissed by Ravi Rampaul. West Indies lost that series 2-0, but Tendulkar also failed to get a century in the series.

"Winning a series in the sub-continent is a big challenge for every team," Richardson said. "It's a big opportunity for the youngsters."

West Indies last won a Test series in India 30 years ago, when Clive Lloyd-led team beat India three times in the six-Test series, with the other games ending in a draw.

Richardson played against Tendulkar till his retirement from international cricket in 1996 and said the young batsman was then set for greatness, just like Brian Lara, but he added, "We don't want to compare between the two players. Both are great.

"People back in the Caribbean worship Sunil Gavaskar for his fearless cricket. He's always been on top of people's mind. Despite the greatness of Gavaskar, Tendulkar has been able to create a place for himself. That's the biggest achievement of Tendulkar."

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  • Dummy4 on November 3, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    I agree with Scott Robin"s statement on Sunil Gavaskar.Sachin Tendulkar for sure will be considered the best batsman of anytime by most,and I will agree,but The mighty Gavaskar in my book is the greatest batsman ever.He scored most of his centuries to testing bowlings,especially against the fire of WI pace.He had grace consistency and like old greats,never wore a head gear.

  • Dummy4 on November 1, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    There's no doubt about Sachin's achievements and stats, one of the all time greats. But for me Sunil Gavaskar will always be the best Indian batsman i've ever seen, not just for the correct and smooth technique that he had, but to virtually carry the bat through the innings against a batch of dangerous bowlers on various pitches, when the bouncer-rule was completely unlimited.

    The Windies shouldn't over-worry about Tendulkar, he's in the twilight of his career, still a high-quality player but certainly not the huge threat that he once was, hence his impending retirement. The guys they should worry about are the current young-guns Rohit Sharma, Dhawan, Pujara and Virat Kohli. I didn't think that India would be able to replace that great era of Ganguly, Laxman, Dravid and Tendulkar, but they've proved me wrong.

    The problem for the Windies is i can't see their current bowling attack dismissing India twice in sub-continental conditions, unless they bat carelessly and self-destruct.

  • Carl on October 31, 2013, 0:37 GMT

    Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (October 30, 2013, 6:03 GMT) Nobody gave Tendulkar an inch in his career...still he is the best in cricket world has seen...

    Best cricketer ever = Sobers, the ultimate cricketer. Tendulkar has probably been the best right handed batsman - and a pleasure to watch. Hope he enjoys his retirement as much as the world has enjoyed watching him play.

  • Al on October 30, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    Agree with @McGorium - Cpt.Meanster: We're all arm-chair pundits. I doubt you or anyone else on this forum has played anything above club cricket, if at all. As stakeholders in the game, one thinks one has a right to an opinion. I don't think any of the potential replacements at #4 could have done much worse than SRT since the 8-0 whitewash... I mean, an average of 30-odd isn't something to beat your chest about, and most top domestic players could manage that, and they'd get valuable experience. Tendulkar should have listened to Imran Khan and retired after World Cup 2011

  • Dummy4 on October 30, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    We all love SACHIN, the little master, and as far as I can remember , he has always "earn his runs" by pacing his innings and shots all around the park. I don't think that he will be worried by Richie comments . Every team go into a match to win. With the present India form with runs being scored in high numbers against the Aussies , the WI bowlers going to in for a beating . Looking at our bowling options I think we are way short in debt and quality to contain the India batting machine . ( 1to5)

  • Jay on October 30, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    @McGorium: Wow, you really must dislike Tendulkar a lot to bring about pointless arguments to make your point. Show me how many players in the age bracket of Sachin display the same levels of enthusiasm as if he were a sixteen year old ? The answer is simple - NONE. You may say not many players would play till 41 but therein lies the difference between Sachin and the rest. His passion and love for the game is beyond anything. You can go on about the ideal time for Sachin to retire but the fact of the matter is, after you have played for 25 years, it's never easy to call it a day especially if you feel you are only 1 inning away from good form. As an Indian fan, you should be knowing we are a nation of sentiments. That drives our cricket forward and it will continue to be that way forever. We respect our seniors and we don't shelf them away like mint leaves. Speaking about the SA tour, I think we have good enough players to give the Saffers a run for their money.

  • Vejai on October 30, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    I would be difficult for Sachin to score against the West Indies. He never feel comfortable against their bowlers. After all this would be his final series before retirement couple with spectator's expectation and psychological pressure to score high. Good luck anyway.

  • Dummy4 on October 30, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    mr.richardson,just wait and watch. sachin's bat will answer and he know what to do and how to do.i would like to see how often wi bowled out in these test matches.

  • Michael on October 30, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    West Indies do not have the fire power to dismiss that Indian team twice,and the same goes for the Indian bowlers......furthermore it is a send off for Sachin,and strange things have already been put in place.....example...no NARINE !!!

  • suresh on October 30, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    sachin did not ask inch, sachin did not say that he will give his at 300th ball (sammy wants sachin's wicket in 1st ball) and shillingfford wants to spoil party. Since it is going to be last series, everyone took chances to make it into headlines. No team will give inch to anybatsmen. Very simple.

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