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Sachin will iron out his flaws, says John Wright

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October 30, 2012

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Sachin Tendulkar walks back after another disappointing day with the bat, Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians, Group B, Champions League T20, October 20, 2012
Sachin Tendulkar hasn't scored a half-century in five months across all formats © AFP

John Wright, the former India and New Zealand coach, feels Sachin Tendulkar will iron out his batting flaws and return to form against England.

"If I am not wrong, he gets bowled mostly to left-armers. I remember him getting bowled to West Indies' Pedro Collins too a few years ago. But I don't think there is a technical flaw or a matter of serious concern. He is good enough to overcome these challenges," Wright told The Hindu. Wright was in Hyderabad to promote a scholarship named after him for students from India, Sri Lanka and Nepal in New Zealand's Southern Institute of Technology.

Tendulkar hasn't scored a half-century since the IPL in May this year. He had a poor Champions League T20, scoring 47 runs in four matches at a strike-rate of 71.21. Moreover, of his last nine dismissals, six have been bowled, sparking concerns on his slowing reflexes.

Wright, though, feels he's about to turn the corner. "I am really optimistic of Sachin scoring a century or even a double century. I am sure he will be acutely motivated to have a go at the Englishmen and the Australians later this year."

Wright's views were echoed by Adam Gilchrist, the former Australia wicketkeeper, who said that blips in form are unavoidable in a long career like Tendulkar's.

"If you are up for 23 years, at some point of time there will be troughs. I am sure he is aware that he is not at the peak of his career and it is up to him to decide [on his retirement]."

He also joined in the controversy over Tendulkar being named for the Order of Australia award. There has been some criticism of the announcement of the award, made by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard during her visit to India two weeks ago, but Gilchrist was in favour.

"He is a true champion, fantastic for the game and the [Order of Australia] award indicates his high standing in both countries. I sent him a message welcoming him to the club and got a quick reply. We are fortunate to have him," he said. Gilchrist was in Mumbai to launch a scholarship in honour of Donald Bradman for Indian students in the University of Wollongong.

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Posted by The_Ashes on (November 3, 2012, 0:05 GMT)

@Zaheer Hussain - Mate that was my opinion, I don't understand why people like me have to accept that he the best of the lot. He's good but according to me not better than these players I have mentioned cheers! Dhoni averages 50 in ODIs which is more impressive than 44 there's so many more examples :)

Posted by EnglishCricket on (November 3, 2012, 0:00 GMT)

@Zaheer Hussain - impressive stuff but Smith makes a valuable point that quality is more unique than quantity common sense really. Amla averages nearly 60 in ODIs much more impressive than 44 :D

Posted by EnglishCricket on (November 2, 2012, 23:58 GMT)

I disagree Sachin is an ordinary player but certainly overrated. Cricket is a team sport not a record sport :D

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 23:05 GMT)

@The_Ashes: Sachin an ordinary player? He may not be in form nowadays, but look at his stats: 15k plus runs in test cricket with 51 tons with an average of 55, 18k plus in ODIs with 49 tons with an average of 44! That doesn't look ordinary to me. Others are much behind him. All the players you mentioned may never caych up with Sachin's stats.

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (November 2, 2012, 22:18 GMT)

@Deepan Balakrishnan..."Ponting had never succeeded in India"??? Funny Didn't Ricky score a World Cup 100 against India in India last year? :)

Posted by The_Ashes on (November 2, 2012, 20:56 GMT)

@Deepan Balakrishnan - "Ponting had never suceeded in India" lol bro remember the 2011 World Cup against India IN India? yeah Ricky scored a 100 good luck for England series :)

Posted by The_Ashes on (November 2, 2012, 20:50 GMT)

Sachin is just an ordinary player Bradman, Ponting, Richards, Kallis, Sobers and Amla are much better according to me :D

Posted by The_Ashes on (November 2, 2012, 20:49 GMT)

Actually according to stats in tests (excl...Zim and Ban), Sachin has played 174 test matches scoring 13795 runs at an average of 52 with a high score of 241 with 27 not outs with 43 100s and 62 50s whereas in comparison with Ricky he has played 157 test matches 17 less than Sachin and scored 12696 runs at an average of 52 same as Sachin but it was in fewer matches with also same 27 not outs better high score 257 with 39 100s and 58 50s. This stat in tests alone tells you instantly that had Rick played the same number of matches as him, he would've most likely beaten him in every aspect according to these test stats. Also most of Sachin success have come in flat batting tracks whereas with Ricky, fast, bouncy tracks in which the ball also swings and seam. Same with ODIs where Sachin has played more than a mamoth 100 games extra than Ricky so obviously according to these stats and me, Ricky is better than Sachin :D

Posted by ravi-1967 on (November 2, 2012, 10:05 GMT)

Sachin has scored 65 out of his 100 centuries against AUS, SL, SA, ENG, and PAK. He has score the remaining 35 against NZ, WIN, BD, KEN and ZIM.

3 out of 5 centuries against the top teams in his era is a great achievement. Some guys do not even understand how to interpret numbers and they come and make a comment.

Ricky 640+ International Innings for 71 hundreds (100 every 9 innings) Saching 760+ international innings for 100 hundreds (100 every 7.66 innings)

Who is greater?

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 8:39 GMT)

@Smith Robertson: The question is why Ricky ponting is not able to play as many years as Sachin did? Two reasons 1, He was no more than a school kid at 15 where Sachin scored centuries in all three domestic leg debuts. 2, Ponting had never suceeded in India and he is not as versatile as Sachin. I agree that you can't compare Don with Sachin the same holds good for Sachin with Ponting.

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