West Indies in India 2013-14

WI won't give Tendulkar an inch - Richardson

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October 29, 2013

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Ravi Rampaul exults after getting Sachin Tendulkar's wicket, India v West Indies, 3rd Test, Mumbai, 4th day, November 25, 2011
Ravi Rampaul had dismissed Sachin Tendulkar on 94 the last time India and West Indies played in Mumbai © AFP

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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Posted by   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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by SNIFFLEATHER 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.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 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

Posted by   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)

Posted by Cpt.Meanster 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.

Posted by verone 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by Metman 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 !!!

Posted by DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement 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.

Posted by srinideva on (October 30, 2013, 6:17 GMT)

No on can deny that sachin played for records in his carrier in few matches...He often put a long pedal break when he reaches 85+..recent example is 100th 100.

Posted by McGorium on (October 30, 2013, 6:08 GMT)

@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. After the 8-0 whitewash, SRT went on this sanctimonious baloney about how it would be selfish to retire when he was "on top" (Mar 2012, google it). Yeah,right. And now after all the talk about IND needing him in SAF, he drops out. So why not retire during the Aussie or Eng series? And which player has gotten a series organized around their retirement? The WI tour wasn't on the calendar 6 months ago. SRT probably didn't organize this (BCCI is trying to cash in),but for once, he could have kept team interests in mind

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...

Posted by srinideva on (October 30, 2013, 6:02 GMT)

@Nampally , As an indian I don`t find any wrong in Richrdson comments about Sachin..It is the match between India and west indies needs to be given more importance than any other individual. So you want him to praise sachin just because he played for india and scored more centuries. I think kallis is much better cricketer than sachin,lara and ponting if you look at the individual performance...when it comes to team winning Ponting is up there..

Posted by android_user on (October 30, 2013, 5:01 GMT)

@Al_Bundy1- Sachin plays for the team he represents, He doesn't play for records.. Records are nothing, records are made to be broken so ur nonsense doesn't make any sense.. Don't worry he will score a double or triple hundred to finish his international career.. Personally, I don't think Bradman was a legendary player cz all his life he played on bouncy and swinging pitches..He was offered to play in India but he refused cz he was afraid to play on spinning tracks whereas Sachin played all over the world and won matches for India.. So, for me Sachin is the greatest batsman of all time along with Rahul Dravid..

Posted by shripadk on (October 30, 2013, 4:48 GMT)

Meh. Tendulkar has been facing barrage of great bowlers for 24 years. He does not need anything from anybody even at this stage of his career. No matter what happens, he will always be remembered as the best of the modern era and one of the greatest ever to take the cricketing field.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 4:28 GMT)

"People back in the Caribbean worship Sunil Gavaskar for his fearless cricket. He's always been on top of people's mind"..... That is what sunil gavaskar means to all pace bowlers in his time,,,, Jeff thomson once said "Sunny,,The best player of pace bowler i have ever seen"..... Sunil Gavaskar,,, a real,, real,, real pride for Indian cricket

Posted by JustIPL on (October 30, 2013, 3:17 GMT)

Mr. Richardson, area you serious intending to disrupt BCCI party who want to make money on 100'100dulkar's last matches. Ther aftermath can be nasty as lot of WI players prefer making money in indian domestic cricket over playing for WI. Please take care of 10dulkar and dont aim his stumps at all so that he scores of the width offered. Thanks.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (October 30, 2013, 2:39 GMT)

I want Tendulkar to match Bradman's record of getting out for a duck in his last inning. After all, who loves personal records more than Tendulkar?? Actually Tendulkar can double Bradman's record by getting out for a duck in last inning of both the test matches.

Posted by 777aditya on (October 30, 2013, 2:31 GMT)

gotta love Richie! WI will definitely come good in limited overs against India since almost all their major players are in IPL and hence used to conditions. However, it would be great if they rise to the challenge of test cricket as well. Richie has certainly gotten me curious about the SRT sendoff already! love you WI!

Posted by android_user on (October 30, 2013, 2:16 GMT)

@McGorium- Please don't worry abt the Indian test batting line-up cz there are plenty of them waiting on the bench like Ajinkya Rahane, Manoj Tiwary, Yuvraj Singh and etc. Have you played any first-class match to even qualify to criticise and question Sachin's legacy? He is a team man, He delivered it when his team required him to deliver.. What do you know abt him anyway? India has plenty of talent when it comes to batting(and Sachin knows that) but It's the bowling department that we are worried abt.. Richie Richardson is saying nothing new, Sachin knows that there will be no favours, He won't do any favour to them as well..He might score a triple hundred in this series.. His only unfinished business in this game(to score a triple century).. India will win the test series in SA, don't worry..They will win it for Sachin without Sachin.. People like you care more abt Indian cricket more than there own country's cricket..I wonder why?

Posted by Nampally on (October 30, 2013, 2:00 GMT)

Mr. Richardson, Sachin has not become a legend in Test Cricket by begging other teams to give him runs! So stop this non sense that Tendulkar must earn his runs. He has earned 100 International Centuries by his skills, patience & discipline. None of his centuries were "given to him". He missed 30 more! He gave away his wkt. to unknowns just to encourage them. He is one of the all time greats in Cricket world & he will prove that to WI, whether you like it Not. It is easy to say that WI has come here to win. But does it really have the team or discipline to do so? Apart from good pace bowlers & a couple of good batsmen, WI does not have the team to beat India. The best WI can do is to draw a Test. If Tendulkar really applies himself to the last 2 farewell Tess, I won't be surprised if he puts up a decent score fitting of a Legendary Great. Lets go India & let SRT lead the way. Gavaskar was magnificient in his first Test debut with 774 runs in the test series. SRT is just as Good!

Posted by   on (October 29, 2013, 23:57 GMT)

Words are wind, as such I dismiss all empty thoughts.I am WI,and hope we win,but India's might have hardly been mightier.The metal of Tendulkar must not be underestimated,I hope he makes a century to exit what would be an extraordinary career.Look out for Shiv Chanderpaul,a true batting stalwart.

Posted by   on (October 29, 2013, 23:33 GMT)

@McGorium You said that we dont even know who that #4 is then why should he make way for that Mr.DontKnow? How can runs in subcontinent benefit anyone to score runs in SA.Let that #4 play in SA and get runs then we can be certain that he is the one

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (October 29, 2013, 22:51 GMT)

@McGorium: Another classic case of arm chair punditry eh ? For the kind of service Tendulkar has given to team India and all Indian fans for over 25 years, I think he deserves to bow out in the manner of his choice. Speaking of the SA tour, Tendulkar never gave any indication he was in reckoning for the series. But coming back to this series, Sachin deserves to retire on his home ground. If you are critical about all this fanfare then sadly you should also be equally critical at all the other greats who retired on their home grounds or in their countries. WHY should Sachin always take the blame and be targeted by unnecessary and pointless arguments ? Even if Sachin was dropped outright following the 8-0 whitewashes, did you think we had a better no.4 batsman to fill his shoes ? Also, if you remember well, Dravid and Ganguly made their debuts AWAY from India during the tour of England in 1996. So why not "blood" a young player on tour away from home to unearth another Dravid or Dada ?

Posted by McGorium on (October 29, 2013, 20:04 GMT)

@ Cpt.Meanster: If the "little master" scores loads of runs this series, it will indeed be a welcome change over the status quo over the last two years. It matters very little if he gets favours from WI, he's been getting them aplenty from the selection committee. The common rationale for him to continue in the side was that he would provide much needed experience for the SA tour: a line put forth not only by pundits, but also by the then selectors, like Srikkanth. He leaves on the eve of a difficult tour, and not giving India a chance to blood a #4 in home conditions. We'll have a debutant or greenhorn at #4, with little confidence of scoring runs to go up against Steyn and co. (BTW, do we even know who'll bat at #4?). The BCCI is more than willing to rake in the moolah over Sachin's final test, ignoring the team's needs in the process. If SRT did not wish to tour SAF, he should have made way to groom a #4 at home vs. Eng and Aus recently. So much for a team game, eh?

Posted by ToTellUTheTruth on (October 29, 2013, 20:04 GMT)

You don't need to give him anything. He will drag a mile out of you. Mark my words.

Posted by baskar_guha on (October 29, 2013, 19:52 GMT)

Good luck to the WIndians. I like RR's comment on Gavaskar -- a helmet-less 5'5" opening batsman dealing and dealing well with WIndian pace at its nasty best -- it doesn't get any better than that.

Posted by aashrit on (October 29, 2013, 19:21 GMT)

Tendlya will surely put good performance in his Fairwell Test. He should perform good aainst Ravi rampaul. All the best Maestro!!!!!

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (October 29, 2013, 19:10 GMT)

When you play for your country, it is about pride, dignity, and fierce competitiveness. So these words from Richardson are nothing more than a boring cliché. The Little Master won't expect anything favourable from the West Indians nor will he do them any favour either. That's how he has played his entire career. I expect Sachin to score a load of runs this series. Let the series begin !!

Posted by freeboy26 on (October 29, 2013, 19:00 GMT)

Richardson is right. That is how international cricket should be played. WI should not make any favours to Sachin and Sachin will also not be asking for any. Let each team and player earn their respect on the field. I am an Indian fan.. hoping to see the Great Master go out in style!! - Love and Respect

Posted by Nali_live on (October 29, 2013, 18:16 GMT)

i hope sachin will end his career with a great knock,and also i wish all the very best for WI and wrap the series in a winning note!!!

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