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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
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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.

Posted by coolindianfan on (November 2, 2012, 5:34 GMT)

"You are not even aware that almost 1/5 of Sachin 100s have comes against weaker teams like Zimbabwe, Namibia, Kenya" dude plz dont talk abt my awareness. i would also like to make u aware that sachin also has 1/5 against aussies by the time australia depart india in the coming next year sachin will be the highest run scorer against aussies.Sachin bats under unbelievable pressure ,according to his followers for a better part of 23 years anything less then a century is a failure.i am sure ricky had the luxury of not going through that pressure isint it.The difference between contemporary legends like ricky poiting and sachin is pointing has a past sachin has a history.sachin played about 85 more matches i dont think it is likely that he could make about 5000 runs in 85 matches same goes for tests he is 2300 behind and has played 30 odd innings lesser i think he would have struggled even in that.Even if pointing played that many more innings he wouldnt have better record.

Posted by   on (November 1, 2012, 16:26 GMT)

@coolindianfan: The fact still remains had Ricky played the same number as games as Sachin he too would've most likely attained 101 or more 100s. You are not even aware that almost 1/5 of Sachin 100s have comes against weaker teams like Zimbabwe, Namibia, Kenya etc whereas with Ricky, not even close in terms of weaker opposition. Its all about quality not quantity :)

Posted by Pathiyal on (November 1, 2012, 9:15 GMT)

with due respects to Sachin, i believe the need of the hour is to set up a team for the future. virat kohli can't be a Dravid and Laxman and Sachin all together. we have to luk into rahanes and tiwaris and so on, give em chances. agreed and convinced that Sachin has been the greatest batsman of the post bradman era but i think he has reached a point where he has given everything back to the game and has nothing more in stock. he can still continue to contribute to indian cricket leading a team of administrators, coaches or the board itself. he might play very well against England and silence his critics, even if he does so, how effective that could be and for how long he will go?

Posted by coolindianfan on (October 31, 2012, 16:22 GMT)

@Smith Robertson i never compared Bradman and sachin .its impossible to compare them .But if u go by shane warne they belong to the same class.in 2006 -07 there was a prediction that poiting will overtake sachins records . Lets get it straight no one comes remotely as close as to sachin .by the way Pointing himself mentioned that sachin is the greatest batsmen of his era . if its coming from pointing then i dont think there is any question of being overratted .he is not the only one the list extends to warne,lee ,mcgrath(at times though)they r the finest bowlers australia has produced . lets not forget playing for 23 years is easier said then done

Posted by   on (October 31, 2012, 14:05 GMT)

@coolindianfan: Mate don't compare Sachin or even Ponting to Bradman, Bradman is the not only dee greatest Cricketer of all time but in all sports one of dee greats. Even Amla is my eyes is far better than Sachin. Sachin record is only impressive because he has played more games than anybody else. Had Ricky Ponting played the same number of games as him he too would have notched up 100 centuries or more. No one comes close to an average of 70 let alone almost a 100 :D

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (October 31, 2012, 12:45 GMT)

I have an enormous amount of respect of John Wright but am confused with a couple of things he's said. He says Sachin will overcome the problem against left armers pacers against Eng but England doesn't have many of them. He also said that Sachin had a problem against Pedro Collins which means he hasn't corrected the problem in all this time. First of all I don't believe Sachin had a problem against left armers in the past as he has had some great duels with Wasim and other lefties. Secondly Sachin was getting bowled on the middle of the middle stump. That's generally an indication of not picking the line the length, one of many strengths when he was at his peak or playing across the line. Most batsman after 8 straight away defeats and no match-changing contributions in those or in the last 2 home series would have been dropped and have to go back to their domestic game to rediscover form and correct any technical issues. It should have been no different for Sachin.

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (October 31, 2012, 6:53 GMT)

@randyoz hahaha..please i want to listen more jokes please..i am fan of your cake walk statement..hahaha

Posted by stFleming on (October 31, 2012, 5:59 GMT)

John Wright has gone mad...Its very difficult for Sachin to improve further...He is on his decline....He is 39 yrs old and have played plenty of matches....He has played 23 yrs of international cricket and its now quite natural that he is unable to perform...His retirement from international cricket will come soon...Or else he'd be totally selfish if he doesn't retire...People like Dravid and Laxman have already retired even though they came after 5 -6 yrs after Sachin's debut....

Posted by coolindianfan on (October 31, 2012, 2:42 GMT)

cont 241 against aus at sydney 2004 against lee and co, matchsaving marathaon 163 against NZ in a test match 2009 to win india the series, And innumerable other such top of the line test ,odi and world cup inns(wc highest run scorer too) .54 match winning 100 20 match saving 100s 27 match winning 90s , 62 man of the matches ,14 man of series . dozens of match winning 50 s can pointing stack up such numbers ? no right if his 100 against bangladesh was an example of his struuggle . then the same could be said about pointings performance against westindies right .

Posted by coolindianfan on (October 31, 2012, 2:38 GMT)

@ bro Smith Robertson overatted is often a word who comes from people biased against him. probably biased poiting and dravid fans . although i like both of them . but overatted? Mate u're probably sulking at the fact that sachin's acheivemnts are as follows: Bradman 11 memeber, espn cricinfo 11, benauds 11 member, Sharjah classics world up 1996, 2003 , 2011, a test match record of batting average 54 in austarlia and england, 46 in sa, singlehandedly winning finals of Cb series 2008, Sydney 1992, perth-the best ever inns played in aus-still standing- 1992 as a 17 year old , old trafford matchsaving century 1990 as a 17 year old, chennai match winning ton where he decimated SKW-1998 v aus, headingly 2002 v eng-193 matchwinning again,capetown 2011 v steyn and morkel where he saved a test series for India almost winning it for them with an inns of 146, 175 v australia in 2009, a beligerent double century in an odi against steyn and morkel,126 against warne and co in 2001 series

Posted by Nampally on (October 31, 2012, 0:55 GMT)

Sachin is getting bowled against Left arm seamers. I watched him in the latest CLT 20 last match wherehe was bowled. He timed his half- cock forward defence with slight twist of the bat badly & was bowled.This is not an easy shot to play & Sachin used to play that with ease both defensively & offensively. On the Aussie tour he played the same shot offensively to slightly over pitched ball from a seamer, timed it badly,missed & was given out LBW. I found Rohit Sharma also falling to similar shotsconsistently. This shot requires perfect timing & skill. If Sachin avoids playing this shot till he is well set to judge the pace of the wicket & the bowler, he has a chance to play well. His concentration also is fading so that after playing really well he gets out out of no where. He needs Gavaskar-like defence & concentration. He is still an excellent player but needs to come to terms with these short comings with age & adjust his game. Where there is a will there is a way- Has SRT got Will?

Posted by RandyOZ on (October 30, 2012, 22:00 GMT)

Couldnt agree more with Smith. Doubt he will make a century this series. He is just jealous that Ricky is still in such good form.

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (October 30, 2012, 18:19 GMT)

Sachin will slience his faithful critics this series. Sachin you are the best world has seen and same critics want you score century every game..

Posted by   on (October 30, 2012, 17:35 GMT)

SachinM, I agree with both Rajesh_India & you - Sachin Tendulkar was one of the best batsmen I have seen (note use of the word was, not is). Maybe the will is there, but his body clearly does not listen to his heart / mind. My view is - he should go before he corrects our opinion of him. Agreed he was brilliant a year ago but today ? Remember - you are paid salary for this month's work & pension for last year's work. I have no objection to BCCI paying Sachin money - but why block a place in the playing 11 for a man who has nothing to prove & whose body clearly refuses to listen to his heart / mind ? The place in the playing 11 should go to either an old hand who delivers OR a youngster in whom if you invest a year / two of lost games you have some hope of getting some benefit later.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2012, 16:39 GMT)

An overrated player, there's nothing else for him to do, already achieved anything a person or batsman could dream off. His 100 100 against minnows Bangladesh shows just how much he is struggling.

Posted by Sultan2007 on (October 30, 2012, 16:23 GMT)

I adore Sachin's cricket. The desire may still exist But I am afraid his mind and the focus are not razor sharp anymore. Sure, reflexes slow with age but I dont sense the hunger anymore. Maybe the nomination to the Rajya Sabha has just hastened the inevitable. Top tier sport requires single minded attention and I am afraid he is getting pulled in more than one direction. He really has a choice to make! Maybe a last hurrah?

Posted by rssampat on (October 30, 2012, 13:34 GMT)

Oh yes. He surely will. On designer Flat Track's, against a attack which will have no help from the pitches, where the ball does not seam, swing or does not offer much bounce, he will surely score big and his failing against England & Australia overseas will be very quickly forgotten.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (October 30, 2012, 13:11 GMT)

Sachin is up against it and another failure by him (and especially the team) can be the biggest watershed moment in Indian cricket for a long while. Even if I were a fan of the man , I don't see much of a chance for a comeback and going by the recent struggles would fail vs England irrespective of how the team fares . The 'day' is close for another of Indian Cricket's legends (probably the last of the current stock).

Posted by SachinM7 on (October 30, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

Sachin will score tons of runs against ENG and Australia.and he will silence all those critics who have nothing to do..i mean i dont get it.. its like questioning all those fans who hv cheered "Sachin Sachin" an year back when he smashed every bowler in the world cup and before that also...but since then everybody (i mean those who r eager to see him retire) are behind him....i mean i hate those people who even if Sachin scores a ton will say now he should retire..its totally nonsense.. we all should support him and we should keep faith in him.....i know nobody thinks about this while saying negative things about him but its gonna b hard to see team india playing without the batting maestro .. so in my opinion we all should support him and the team india in a positive way..

Posted by RVKMRIDU on (October 30, 2012, 12:15 GMT)

vow... rajesh_india_1990.... exceptional post i have seen so far.... what a analysis... really really i have no words to express my happiness to this kind of post supporting the great legend sachin.... v all should support sachin like this when he is in this type of form... great rajesh... keep it up... keep posting this type of comment....

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (October 30, 2012, 12:02 GMT)

@ravi kiran if he does not perform then the title should go to sir KAMRAN AKMAL..isnt it?lolz

Posted by   on (October 30, 2012, 10:56 GMT)

If he comes back to form from now, then that 'god' tittle will suit him.

Posted by Meety on (October 30, 2012, 10:40 GMT)

I am sure that sachin will analyse & tinker with his technique. I am sure he still has the desire to bat & bat & bat. What I am NOT sure about, is whether there is that tiny reduction in reflex that comes with age is a bridge too far. I am NOT sure whether his body allows him to get into the perfect position he once performed. == == == Oz will be touring India soon enuff. I am quietly confident we can win there (I know what I just said!), I would prefer that IF Oz won, it was against Sachin, but I sort of feel that this series against England needs o be his farewell. I think he can go okay against England - their pacers are not express & so I think he has more chance of combatting them (Finn may trouble him). But, if Sachin does well, is it really Sachin the Great anymore? Or is it Sachin the mere mortal? I think Punter's wings are clipped & he now has peers, I fear Sachin does now too!

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (October 30, 2012, 10:22 GMT)

Bradman is not a greatest batsman ever.A yardstick for the overseas batsman is to play well in the SUBCONTINENT.He never played in subcontinent.Look at australia's fast track ponting.Look at his average in india.It is very poor.Bradman maintains his average in those fast tracks and also he played one format only and played very less tests matches.For example if i play one test and score 200 runs in one innings and my average will be 200.Can i say i am the greatest batsman ever ?.The greatest batsman ever to hold the bat is absolutely SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR.More than 190 tests with 15k runs with 55average,450+odis with 18k runs with 44 average,and an unimaginable 100 centuries.played in all conditions,averages more or less 50 in all conditions,played against all time great bowlers,played against more than 200 bowlers,played over 23 years (which is my age).With huge expectations,media pressure and in all aspects sachin is the greatest batsman ever to hold the bat.

Posted by Narbavi on (October 30, 2012, 10:08 GMT)

@Arrow011: Play more odi's? LOL, guys like Rahane will be crying if they see people posting such comments!

Posted by   on (October 30, 2012, 10:04 GMT)

yes, that is the point, THE LONE GENTLEMAN left on field!! not only from India but in the entire world...

Posted by SoverBerry2 on (October 30, 2012, 10:01 GMT)

It doesnt regain his form in coming series, it will be a great shame

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (October 30, 2012, 10:01 GMT)

Sachin is the greatest batsman ever to hold the bat.. leave sachin,even Bradman is nowhere near dravid,lara, kallis,ponting..Bradman is the great batsman of his era...but the most perfect batsman of all time is absolutely SIR SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR...

Posted by   on (October 30, 2012, 9:57 GMT)

John Wright is highly respected coach and player and he is right, SACHIN will come back strong and slap them all with his bat....Go Sach Go Life

Posted by joseyesu on (October 30, 2012, 9:54 GMT)

Even if SACHIN fails, there is so much support in and around. Only SACHIN alone will get this support.

Posted by Arrow011 on (October 30, 2012, 9:51 GMT)

SACHIN should come back in form, without him there is very less interest to watch indian cricket team. Sole gentleman in the game now, it is time he stops playing ipl & plays more odi for country.

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