ICC World Twenty20 2010 May 13, 2010

Tendulkar defends Indian team

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Sachin Tendulkar has defended the Indian team following their early exit from the World Twenty20 after losing three straight games in the Super Eights stage. He called on fans to retain their faith in Indian players, a significant number of whom had been a part of the team that won the inaugural World Twenty20 in South Africa in 2007.

"There will be ups and downs but you just have to have your faith in players because the same lot got us the World Cup," Tendulkar told reporters in Chandigarh. "We should not forget that we are still the number one team in the world.

"The players have been training hard. They know and understand their responsibilities. Sometimes thing clicks, sometimes not."

One of the reasons suggested for India's disappointing performance has been the possible effect of the IPL, but Tendulkar said the league had its advantages. "I mean there are both advantages and disadvantages and it depends on how you see it. From my point of view, I think IPL gives opportunities to out-of-form players to return to form," he said.

"In IPL, we Mumbai Indians played so well but in the final things didn't work out for us. So it can happen to anyone. All I can say is that the players need support so that they can start fresh again and look to deliver better results.

"I know it's disappointing but it has not happened for the first time and it would not be the last time either. The game has its uncertainties. We have to see how we can do better."

Tendulkar's comments came on the same day that coach Gary Kirsten was severely critical of some of the players "fitness and commitment" at the World Twenty20.

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  • christoprabhu on May 20, 2010, 22:44 GMT

    i realised , and i am sorry fo a bit harsh in my comments about sachin ,I extreamly aplogize for my comment,once again sorry.

  • dravidsthebest on May 20, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    Sachin is great player,we should respect what he speaks .even i am not satisfied with his comments in this article but donot question his commitment for india.So ppl pls think b4 commenting

  • pinhead9810 on May 20, 2010, 2:09 GMT

    I love how many are blaming Sachin for India's poor performance, even though the guy retired from the freaking format. The fact that the team does not perform, does not mean that the players care for IPL because of money. Pakistan are a brilliant example of a team who did not perform, still made it to the semi-finals, which they did not deserve. Many should of not been selected but still was such as Yuvraj Singh.

  • vijayragavn on May 18, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    Looking at the comments made by some users. I do agree that any moron with a mail id can make it to Cricinfo and add his two cents here. If christoprabhu can comment about Indian teams performance(Were you a part of Indian Team,Did i miss it?) who has no credibility attached to your name!! Sachin can very well comment about his team.. which he was a part of.. its his personal opinion whether to play or not.. Watch your words before you put a comment which can be viewed by millions of users.

  • sachin300 on May 17, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    I completely agree with many others that IPL is going to spoil indian cricket. It could have been a useful thing if the BCCI was not completely money crazy. Why have so many matches in IPL? It should be made a knockout type tournament where teams play according to ranking. They can play 2 matches (home and away) to decide a winner (much like in champions league in soccer). This will do three things: (i) it will improve the quality of cricket overall as each match is very crucial, (ii) it will put players into more pressure situations and (iii) it will in fact increase the viewership. With the present set-up with so many matches, a good team can sleep utill 5-6 matches and can still win the title. Please replace QUANTITY by QUALITY in IPL if you want to save indian cricket.

  • christoprabhu on May 17, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    sachin shut your mouth ,you should not talk about indian team.you r not playing and dont like to play for india ,but u r very much interested for playing ambanis team .if you r a true inidan you would have begged to playe for india.you Money minded crocodile DONT OPEN YOUR UNPATRIOTIC MOUTH IN THIS ISSUE ,WHO NEEDS YOU FILTHY COMMENTS MAN?

  • naina11 on May 17, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    Do not forget the post match presentation speech by Dhoni when they won against Kings XI Punjab. "Franchises pays so much to us, so we should atleast make it to semi finals" since BCCI is not paying as much as Franchise hence they came back without getting into Semi Finals of this T20 world cup.. in a way IPL is giving opportunities to new players and also spoling them by giving more money.

    But its time for changing our so called captain cool,

  • archilion on May 16, 2010, 20:35 GMT

    Oh come on Sachin! You better dont comment on the team that you are not part of. Before saying anything, you should have thought of played for this team that needs you the most! You can not justify your decision of not playing for T20 WC, and choosing IPL instead, even if IPL is more hectic and tiring. You've earned enough money Sachin.. You should choose to represent your country and not your franchise. I am sure all your fans must be craving and crying for the same.

  • christoprabhu on May 16, 2010, 9:01 GMT

    Dhoni Indian captain ( CSK Captain) punched his jaw & head and Roared after scoring 6 runs aginst punjab(IPL). but dhoni you r not showing any aggression while playing for india.you did unbeleivable field setting to take of pollard in the final match ( IPL),but you failed to do such kind of thinking or effort while india playing agaist australia.,you are showing your true colour towards money.dont forget that,we millons of fans in india respected you and the india has given you an honour to be capatin india,but Dhoni you disrespected not only millons of fans but also Our Nation India.Pls step down as Indian captain for T20 s and give opputunity to other young guns of india,who r dreaming to play for india.Yuvaraj singh ,yusuf pathan,gambir,zahir khan ,harbajan,you people can play in some other format of cricket like test macth and 50 over match ,but not in T20 in which it needs young guns .DONT FORGET YOU EARNED MORE MONEY IN IPL BECAUSE FIRST YOU R INDIAN PLAYER .

  • christoprabhu on May 16, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    first of all sachin is also human being with major weakness on money ,if he says anything about IPL then he should not be playing in IPL.so he will definetly support IPL and also the underperformed indian players.sachin pls dont comment on anything where, you are not a part of T 20 team. do you think millons of indian fans were stupid.if anyone in the indian team in not performing GET HELL OUT OF THE TEAM.We millons of cricketing fans dont bother about ,always failing players ,we bother about The reputation of INDIA.Sachin ,If you r not performing well enough before world cup ,You r also get hell out of the team man.Give the opputunity to lot of players who r dreaming about to play to india.we got lot of upcoming players in india ,If any current player not performing well ,pls get out of the PRESTIGOUS INDIAN TEAM.Because cricket is in the blodd of 100 millions peoples in india.we cant compromise on anything .

  • christoprabhu on May 20, 2010, 22:44 GMT

    i realised , and i am sorry fo a bit harsh in my comments about sachin ,I extreamly aplogize for my comment,once again sorry.

  • dravidsthebest on May 20, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    Sachin is great player,we should respect what he speaks .even i am not satisfied with his comments in this article but donot question his commitment for india.So ppl pls think b4 commenting

  • pinhead9810 on May 20, 2010, 2:09 GMT

    I love how many are blaming Sachin for India's poor performance, even though the guy retired from the freaking format. The fact that the team does not perform, does not mean that the players care for IPL because of money. Pakistan are a brilliant example of a team who did not perform, still made it to the semi-finals, which they did not deserve. Many should of not been selected but still was such as Yuvraj Singh.

  • vijayragavn on May 18, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    Looking at the comments made by some users. I do agree that any moron with a mail id can make it to Cricinfo and add his two cents here. If christoprabhu can comment about Indian teams performance(Were you a part of Indian Team,Did i miss it?) who has no credibility attached to your name!! Sachin can very well comment about his team.. which he was a part of.. its his personal opinion whether to play or not.. Watch your words before you put a comment which can be viewed by millions of users.

  • sachin300 on May 17, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    I completely agree with many others that IPL is going to spoil indian cricket. It could have been a useful thing if the BCCI was not completely money crazy. Why have so many matches in IPL? It should be made a knockout type tournament where teams play according to ranking. They can play 2 matches (home and away) to decide a winner (much like in champions league in soccer). This will do three things: (i) it will improve the quality of cricket overall as each match is very crucial, (ii) it will put players into more pressure situations and (iii) it will in fact increase the viewership. With the present set-up with so many matches, a good team can sleep utill 5-6 matches and can still win the title. Please replace QUANTITY by QUALITY in IPL if you want to save indian cricket.

  • christoprabhu on May 17, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    sachin shut your mouth ,you should not talk about indian team.you r not playing and dont like to play for india ,but u r very much interested for playing ambanis team .if you r a true inidan you would have begged to playe for india.you Money minded crocodile DONT OPEN YOUR UNPATRIOTIC MOUTH IN THIS ISSUE ,WHO NEEDS YOU FILTHY COMMENTS MAN?

  • naina11 on May 17, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    Do not forget the post match presentation speech by Dhoni when they won against Kings XI Punjab. "Franchises pays so much to us, so we should atleast make it to semi finals" since BCCI is not paying as much as Franchise hence they came back without getting into Semi Finals of this T20 world cup.. in a way IPL is giving opportunities to new players and also spoling them by giving more money.

    But its time for changing our so called captain cool,

  • archilion on May 16, 2010, 20:35 GMT

    Oh come on Sachin! You better dont comment on the team that you are not part of. Before saying anything, you should have thought of played for this team that needs you the most! You can not justify your decision of not playing for T20 WC, and choosing IPL instead, even if IPL is more hectic and tiring. You've earned enough money Sachin.. You should choose to represent your country and not your franchise. I am sure all your fans must be craving and crying for the same.

  • christoprabhu on May 16, 2010, 9:01 GMT

    Dhoni Indian captain ( CSK Captain) punched his jaw & head and Roared after scoring 6 runs aginst punjab(IPL). but dhoni you r not showing any aggression while playing for india.you did unbeleivable field setting to take of pollard in the final match ( IPL),but you failed to do such kind of thinking or effort while india playing agaist australia.,you are showing your true colour towards money.dont forget that,we millons of fans in india respected you and the india has given you an honour to be capatin india,but Dhoni you disrespected not only millons of fans but also Our Nation India.Pls step down as Indian captain for T20 s and give opputunity to other young guns of india,who r dreaming to play for india.Yuvaraj singh ,yusuf pathan,gambir,zahir khan ,harbajan,you people can play in some other format of cricket like test macth and 50 over match ,but not in T20 in which it needs young guns .DONT FORGET YOU EARNED MORE MONEY IN IPL BECAUSE FIRST YOU R INDIAN PLAYER .

  • christoprabhu on May 16, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    first of all sachin is also human being with major weakness on money ,if he says anything about IPL then he should not be playing in IPL.so he will definetly support IPL and also the underperformed indian players.sachin pls dont comment on anything where, you are not a part of T 20 team. do you think millons of indian fans were stupid.if anyone in the indian team in not performing GET HELL OUT OF THE TEAM.We millons of cricketing fans dont bother about ,always failing players ,we bother about The reputation of INDIA.Sachin ,If you r not performing well enough before world cup ,You r also get hell out of the team man.Give the opputunity to lot of players who r dreaming about to play to india.we got lot of upcoming players in india ,If any current player not performing well ,pls get out of the PRESTIGOUS INDIAN TEAM.Because cricket is in the blodd of 100 millions peoples in india.we cant compromise on anything .

  • on May 16, 2010, 3:59 GMT

    We had faith in Team India when they lost last Home ODI series to Australia, T20 WC, ODI WC 2007, ODI WC 2004, ODI WC 1999, Independence Day Match to Pakistan, WC 1996 Semifinal to Srilanka... But this Team India and BCCI is madly obsessed with Stupid, Rubbish, Non-Sense, Obsolete, Commercial event IPL, which is selling 6s and 4s on Lifeless Pitches. IPL-Mad Team India is losing Skill, Inspiration, Motivation, Hunger, Determination, Committment and Fitness to play International or Test Cricket on lively Pitches. Curators, Commentators and BCCI Officials are working for IPL growth rather than Cricket growth. Until IPL is not thrashed, Team India is not going to perform well in International Tournaments. Test, ODI & T20 Cricket is great to watch at International level on lively pitches, unlike IPL Teams which looks like club cricket and played on lifeless pitches.

  • Harry0009 on May 15, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    @srini1088...keep your comments with you. Are you also a member or kin of an IPL team? And how much money did you get paid for such comments defending them? And just be objective in your view - India will make a first round exit from WC 2011 with the current crop of players in the Indian Team. If at all India wants to even compete well in 2011, only Sachin alone has to take the responsibility to make it through to the end. And am damn sure Sachin is not a player for such situations without undermining the fact that he's the greatest batsman of all time. Accept it we are number 0 when it comes to team effort and rising to the occasion.

  • on May 14, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    India is Split Because of IPL. India is Not Playing as a Team. They think IPL is Ultimate. But it is the NAtion's Pride which is Important. Just Give it a thought Mr. Dhoni & Team.

  • on May 14, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    India just did not pick the right players. Umesh Yadav should have been included his speed would have given some sting to the new ball. Kholi and Robin U. more mettle to the batting and fielding.Dhoni should have batted first against the W.I. , Jadeja should have been rested. Nobody can win a world cup with one bowler!!!

  • kaanaismyfriend on May 14, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    Even the genius batsman is standing by the Indians who were not able to defend the short ball in the caribbean,He has not mentioned about the Indians not able to defend the short ball.What he said about the INDIAN PAISA LEAGUE is true I agree.

  • srini1088 on May 14, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    And please guys Sachin knows a thing or two more than us about cricket...so please stop this its just a t20 word cup even australia wer out of the tournament without even reachin the super 8s last year...its more of a lottery kind of cricket.....I still put my money on this Indian team to do well in the 2011 world cup....That ll be a perfect ending to the God of Cricket,Sachin!!!1

  • on May 14, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    sachin! im your big fan. but i wont accept your comments. you know very well how many ppl are watching cricket in india even if its in mid night. there are lot of youngsters waiting for opportunity to entering into team. but some players thought they won't drop the team. every one should drop if he is not perform well.

  • vxttemp on May 14, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    Okie.. So many blasted IPL and then Tendulkar. But if u don't like IPL then why are u filling the stands and raising the TRPs. Just shut it out. U think IPL can still sustain without support. U tell them u care only International cricket. I agree there is no commitment. But why? Do you guys have any idea on how our indian system runs. Do u know how many talented indians(not just in cricket) with lot of passion go un-noticed for supporting their family daily needs. BY the way how many players do we have who have come from a poor family? Do u know how many srikant's, sivalal yadav's we have in our country who are bothered to pick only their sons. Then what are we talking about? I don't have to reiterate here, every one know what works in India and what our system is..

  • srini1088 on May 14, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    I seriously don understand perople blamin the players for participatin in IPL...if someone offers you money in millions for playin cricket will anyone who knows how to play the game decline it??? i don think so...after all they are all humans...yes they performed badly in the WC ..there were a lot of tactical errors and they also did not perform to potential.but don link that with ipl

  • CricketRealist77 on May 14, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    lol what Sachin says in this article is a joke and EXACTLY the reason why the world see India as paper tigers!!!KEEP BELIEVING THIS RUBBISH THEY FEED U INDIA'S PUBLIC -THE REST OF THE WORLD IS BENEFITTING FROM IT! But reading everyone's comments here, i have to giv u credit, although, late, it looks like u have had enough i don't think he is going to pull the wool over ur eyes this time.

  • drake1234 on May 14, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    well not much can be done now,but to digest the fact that team was not good enough for twenty twenty.The No. 1 status in tests and ranking in ODI's is all becuase of your brilliance sir..and the dominance of sehwag,reliability of Wall..and VVS... rest of the pack is yet to prove itself.Steyn gives the fine example of that in the nagpur test ..hopefully team will recollect itself and perform better at home next year ..and completes sachin sir dream..

  • Harish_Akella on May 14, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    For all your genius/experience, its a very lame statement Sachin. There is a fine line between politically right and unreasonable backing up and you have crossed that. Team was thrashed out of the tourny for two consecutive years without winning a Super 8 match. "The same lot got us the World Cup"---so what? 2007 is gone. Why don't you indicate the shortcomings and point out 2/3 major improvements which can overhaul the performance next time around? "We are still #1 team" ---This certainly was unwarranted for. This is just like a school kid saying, even though I failed in 1 subject, I scored a bang in the other. Anyways not more than 4 players in this squad are a part of the "#1 test team in the world". Overall, I am highly dissapointed with your statement.

  • mrgupta on May 14, 2010, 6:10 GMT

    Lot of fans have shown displeasure at Sachin's comment. I would like to remind you that all of you must be a part of a team, be it in school, college or office. In case you are absent and somehow your 'team' performs badly, will you be the first one to disparage them or will you look forward to support them to cheer up and get going for your next assignments? Being the Senior most player of Indian Cricket, if Sachin was to criticize team at this moment then imagine what impact that can have on the younger players. You have to be very careful when u r this senior and have so much credibility. What Sachin did shows us once again that he is a team player and a great Human.

  • aryaman1994 on May 14, 2010, 5:52 GMT

    Good to hear such comments from a senior player, especially after reading some really demoralizing comments from kumble and ravi shastri. i think it is this that separates sachin from the rest and gets him so much respect. The demoralizing comments wont really help the team in any way. what they need is support. i think its important for us as fans to realize we cant win everything. we have to keep faith in our players and in the management and believe that they will strive to perform to the best of their abilities.

  • screamingeagle on May 14, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    Personally, I loved the way India folded in the last 2 world cups. 20-20 is a waste of time imho. I know others swear by it, but I dont. So feel free to jump on me and rant. lol

    I believe the players do not care either. Would you care (about your performance) if your employer cares two hoots about your performance and is more worried about making money? Coz that is what BCCI does anyway.

    I just hope they do not play with the same intensity (lack of!) in the one day WC. It would be fun to see, if Sach defends a poor performance there as well! I suspect not. He might retire and start criticising the team.

    Oh, and about some comments here, I think Sachin is talking about India being No.1 in tests not 20-20.

  • on May 14, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    O Sachin!!! our beloved cricketer, I understand your point of view that we should support our players at this bad time. But how can we? The question is even if they would have fought and get defeated we are agreed to support them. But we are sorry we cann't, because Team India didn't show the attitude it should show as a number one team in test cricket. Well, we are number one but that too in test cricket but now the issue is where are we on T20 cricket? A once champion team should not play like that. At least won few matches in the Super eight and could have shown great attitude. For the last two times we were not able to do that. Everyone knows that when there is play one is to win and one is to loose. Loosing is okay but how one is loosing is important. I understand you know more and better cricket than us. But still I believe you also need to criticise these bunch of jokers (Indian T20 cricke team and its captain) sometimes and help them improve.

  • prazt on May 14, 2010, 5:20 GMT

    If India dont find a Pace bowler quickly india might loose the no.1, no 2 status quickly. if they play two test tournament in WI against Australia, india will step down in ratings. One biggest worry for India is they dont win bigger tournaments but they are king if only two teams are participating. Our selectors have some months time to find atleast one good pace bowler before next world cup and should not expose him to other teams because our bowlers are good enaugh for only 6 months maximum. If we dont win 2011 with players like sachin, shewag, gambir, raina in the team and with home ground support i dont think we can ever win world cup.

  • manasvi_lingam on May 14, 2010, 4:34 GMT

    What rubbish? Why are respected players like Kumble and Tendulkar defending the IPL? In doing so, they are losing the respect people have for them. The IPL, the lack of players' national pride, poor fitness and training are the reasons we got knocked out. No point in asking us to support this bunch who are obviously more keen on playing in the IPL than for India.

  • SGSK on May 14, 2010, 4:19 GMT

    In this religion of Cricket , Sach is GOD . GOD can excuse, forget, forgive , but why should we mortals.

  • SGSK on May 14, 2010, 4:16 GMT

    One solution : If IPL is conducted before any big tournament , then the franchise should sponsor their players tour trip+party and create a fund collected from all the franchises and also from IPL organisers to top up with the big tournament prize money. This way the franchises can also show the world that they are committed to National Team . OR the IPL prize money should be lower than any ICC tournament prize money atleast for the indian players.

  • cric_premi on May 14, 2010, 3:19 GMT

    What a worst comment/backing from Sachin..how many times you make this comment ? SRT, no one appreciates your comment. Pls dont lose your respect by backing up team failures. It is better for Indians to play IPL cricket in different seasons like IPL-summer, IPL-spring(rainy) and IPL-winter. So that they need not complain against bouncy pitches outside. Does anyone has any hopes on Indian team chances in 2011 one day WC? Ifi it is in India, then SriLanka and Pa spinners has more chances. They are not playing to their potential, when does they play then? is it only in IPL?

  • on May 14, 2010, 3:16 GMT

    Sachin has nothing to fear from BCCI or any other person, hence it is surprising to see such a statement from him. It is time he is more honest than politically correct. Nobody here agrees with you even though most of us are diehard fans of you, Sachin. IF you can lead Mumbai Indians to finals, why can't you play for India? Why don't you answer your nation's call?

  • on May 14, 2010, 2:53 GMT

    The day Sachin retires would also be be a day when I (and millions other) will retire from following Indian Cricket...!

  • Harry0009 on May 14, 2010, 2:10 GMT

    SRT "says fans to keep faith in our team" - Mr Tendulkar...only one question...We are number 1 in Tests coz of Dravid, Yourself, Sehwag, Ganguly, and Laxman. What's the use of being number 1 or number 2 in the world when you cannot compete well in ICC events. Barring 2007 WC which seems to be a fluke to me now, have we done anything to justify our position. Why is it that Australia always come to the party in ICC events, and India plays like a team ranked last in those? Seems like we Indians give more importance to numbers than the caliber or the talent we have got. As a Team we are number 0 when it comes to performance on the field. Barring a very few games, i see only individual brilliance and no team effort. As a note, Mumbai Indians reached the finals, and in no way reaching finals of a domestic tournament can be compared to an ICC event period.

    Seems we are giving importance to numbers. If so India is number zero in team effort, and commitment!!!

  • klassickc on May 14, 2010, 1:00 GMT

    what if we lost a game"..look at the way our players played..looking at them do you think these players really belong to a test team which is number 1 in the world..didnt you see gautam gambhir's pathetic running display!!!and on the other hand look at Australians!!they are so professionals!we have to come out of our indian way of thinking and stop treating these players as gods!!we have to be strict when it comes to attitude and commitment!..we should learn a lesson from Australian cricket board when they kicked out andrew symonds!just by overlooking team india's mistakes you are just making it worst and not letting our players realise their mistakes!By saying we will perform better in our upcoming games what you want us to do??just forget out pathetic performance and pretend nothing happened..and live in the imaginary world where Team India is the Best!!Sorry Mr. Tendulkar this is not some Mumbai Indians team..this is our National team

  • klassickc on May 14, 2010, 0:51 GMT

    Sorry Sachin I can't agree with you on this..when you say "I know it's disappointing but it has not happened for the first time and it would not be the last time either. The game has its uncertainties. We have to see how we can do better." wat do you mean by this???Last year too we didnt qualify for super 8..this year the same story! I mean how much patience indian fans should show???by saying we are number 1 team in the world in test matches you are giving an impression that 20 cricket doesnt count..if thats the case we should not even play it then. Its not the loss that hurts us but the manner we loss the games..there was no commitment on the part of players..why would you try to defend the indian side when you too know deep down we didnt give our best!..whole world is not blind sachin.i didnt expect this from you especially when garry kirsten is trying to make a strong statement about the fitness and attitude of our players..when will we give up our attitude of "chalta hai re wat if

  • svrfremont on May 13, 2010, 23:55 GMT

    Dear Sachin, Cannot agree with you. They were just plain incapable. Dont blame IPL. Dont blame IPL. It is not about IPL. All other countries had participants too. So ... stop blaming IPL. Find fault with your technique. Yuvraj, is just a shadow of himself two years ago. Raina wimped out against the best teams. So stop blaming and just fix this. Infact it was *not* the same lot that got us the cup. Many of them are not even on the sidelines.

    Also get this Mr. Sachin. As much as I would like India to win T20 and ODI World CUPs I dont think we are ever again going to see light of day. Be it in the ODI or T20. We had our moments of glory; 1983 and 2007. That's it.

  • BullayBaaz on May 13, 2010, 23:36 GMT

    Tsk Tsk, Mr. Tendulkar, whatever you say publically, hope you are chiding your teammates for their dismal performance in private. Dismal because they underperformed. They were mentally checked out.

  • aarpee2 on May 13, 2010, 23:17 GMT

    It is disappointing to hear Sachin defend the indefensible. Having lost the Super 8's without a single win in the last two years running it is time view the situation objectively.Obviously this a disease and needs to be treated.Are the guys taking the places for granted and believe it is their divine right to be in the team despite this kind of show over last two T20World Cups? If so, this needs to be addressed in a ruthless manner.In any walk of life is is not enough to reach a position,one needs to retain it -so too these blue-eyed boys. Learn a lesson from Vishy Anand who travelled 40 hrs by road to reach the venue on time and yet win-how does it compare with Dhoni remarking the ride by bus to the venue was more fatiguing than the IPL-pity guys like Rayudu,Sourav Tiwary,A Mishra,R Ashwin,P Ojha to name a few who could have perhaps made a difference and added value similar to Vinay Kumar at the WC

  • Royy on May 13, 2010, 23:17 GMT

    Oh I forgot to mention, Tendulkar's bit about India's number one position is an absolute load of bollocks. I marvel at the extent of this man taking public intelligence for granted.

  • Royy on May 13, 2010, 23:06 GMT

    Obviously the genius of Tendulkar has not managed to permeate into his brain. Either that or he is too clever to avoid any conflict with Dhoni, who, all said, still holds a very powerful seat in the cricketing community in India. Either way, he has historically lacked the spine to call a spade a spade, a trait which severely mars his personality. The performance of the Indian T20 team has been atrocious to say the least - after all the money and facilities afforded to these players even "respectable losers" doesn't make the cut. What is worse is the unthinkable manner in which past mistakes were merrily repeated. Dismal team selection and limited abilities of most of the players were perfectly complimented by a total lack of accountability and visible apathy about the tournament on their part. Sachin, of all people, should keep mum now because he promptly chose the franchise team over the national one - which, crudely put, is plain mercenary and partly responsible for this debacle.

  • ssid on May 13, 2010, 23:01 GMT

    I think Tendulkar is just trying to make sure that there are no fall outs on IPL from this. I could see Dhoni trying lot harder, with lot more determination in the IPL semi final than he did against Sri Lanka. The intensity was just not there. Just shows that the Indian players care lot more about their IPL franchise than the national team. This has happened far too often for it to be just dismissed as a one off. Shame on team India and shame on Tendulkar for defending them.

  • udayankk on May 13, 2010, 22:56 GMT

    Wrong Mr. Tendulkar. You can't ask us to keep the faith just because they won the T20 cup for us in 2007. We watch cricket and back our players because we expect them to win for the country NOW. And not because the team or a particular player did well in the past. This is exactly why most of our players get complacent and bad habits set in once they score a century or a half century. They then think their place is assured for a few tours/years. No one in the corporate world (or rather even among the sport fraternity) keep their job just because they did well in the past. Every player has to be in a condition to perform NOW and cannot use the history to keep their place.

  • Deenesh on May 13, 2010, 22:43 GMT

    Tendulkars comments will cause controversy now that he, a senior player is defending the team when everyone else isnt. very irresponsible that he should take such a subjective appraoch. India need to correct a lot of flaws, no excuse can cover for them.

  • on May 13, 2010, 22:42 GMT

    Sachin is correct in cricket ups and down are normal. Indians should not worry we won the world cup in 1983 then we did it in 2007, so if my calculations are correct we may win another world cup in 2031. Until 2031 all Indian fans must understand we will have lot of downs. Come on guys it's not bad having 1 billion population and winning world cup every 24 years.

  • msatyaa on May 13, 2010, 22:15 GMT

    Mr Tendulkar.. How come Australi team can win day in day out anywhere anytime any cup..Just because you choke in FINALS , Does not mean everyone does..

    Look around all the greats, They take their game to next level.. Do you have any clues what do they do different from us?

    We are so complacent and content on lot of things.. You never won us a world cup.. Take any great players in any sport, They have won championships ..They are true superstars..

    You are rubbing the same attitude to our young players.. Please do not commnet until you have won WORLD CUP for our country

  • fawad.Ala on May 13, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    little master, saching tendulkar should have defended his team by his master class batting, along with his part time clever bowling as well his his 20 years cricket experience. he looks more fit and yound we he is on ground as compare to other indian youngster. they only reason what is think behind indian defeat is lack of fitness and enthusiasms which is due to consecutive cricket; sri, south africa series and very after Long IPL session. the absolute talent is there which is enough to overcome on any cricket team but they could not deliver their talent.

  • sm1024 on May 13, 2010, 21:11 GMT

    I do not think the defeat hurts as much as the manner in which the team was defeated. Cannot handle the short ball on bouncy tracks... condoned. Cannot handle West Indian medium pacers on a bouncy track ... indignation but still condoned. Sri Lankan spinners choke the team down ... wow. Just too many times you ask the team to be condoned. The fans are annoyed with the commitment shown by the team, not the results. Surely Sachin you must know the difference.

  • DrDeepakSitaramHiwale on May 13, 2010, 20:33 GMT

    Kudos, mate! As usual...Sachin stands head and shoulders above the rest of us...his observation of the Indian teams outing in the IPL is so measured. He is never critical of anyone or anything, ever! There is a lesson to learn here for the Indian masses. So what, if India has not performed well; its not the end of the world. And by the way, a little reminder. The very same people who are saying that people like Sachin and Kumble would have shown more commitment than the present Indian lot, are the ones who had 'questioned their commitment in the past as well. These are the same people who were so full of praise for Dhoni and his team when India gained the number one test ranking. Look at Sanjay Manjrekar for instance. He was the one who suggested that Sachin should retire from international cricket.I remember Sanjay pushing half volleys from Fanie de Villiers back down the pitch in a one dayer. Imagine, him telling Sachin what to do and what not!

  • Amers01 on May 13, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    Well , I must say Tendulkar must not say things like luck or bad days on players. He also must understand that the decisions taken by Dhoni were not correct.

    Only IPL matches Team India can win not the International Matches. If this is the situation then being on the ICC Rank 1st will be only be of few days

  • on May 13, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    Sorry Sachin, We cant agree with you. There was no motive from the players. they simply lacked the determination and inner strength to win this cup.. Simply because of big pay cheques from IPL.. As for in form and out of form, ya, IPL gave opportunities for all foreign players who came in form and all indian players went out of form.

  • ranmal99 on May 13, 2010, 19:05 GMT

    Tedulkar should note that being with yr collegues and supporting them is one thing,but not opening yr eyes to blatant ineffiency of the playersis incalled for. Atlast Gary had the guts to call spade a spade, wish some action is followed. Replacing "DEAD WOODS" like Yuvraj, pathan, jaeja, zaheer,gambhir ...is imperative. Need new fast bolwers not the CHALTA HAI VARIETYlike the Nehras,Zahers, Praveen /Vinay lkumars....

  • VAS4 on May 13, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    Tendulkar may be is right about ups and downs. But when thinking about the Indian teams performance in the last two world up t20s, I can't think of any "ups". It was totally unacceptable attitude shown by MS Dhoni. It was a different dhoni from IPL. Remember dhoni's performance in the IPL for his frnachise. It is a fact that the team leaders attitude is normally infectious. It did not look like Dhoni wanted it. Remember his interview after the second super eight match. Infact India lost the day the team selection was made. Team was full of out of form fat men who was there only for a west indies sight seeing. We are so fortunate to have so much talent in our country, why on earth we need to stick to these eleven even when they are out of form?? May be we need a new captain and a realistically thinking selection team. Yuvraj and pathan should go and play some domestic matches for the next two years before they are considered for the team again. Thanks.

  • on May 13, 2010, 18:55 GMT

    Please don't compare the International game with money making IPL Sir, there is no excuses for the early exit of Indian team, it is really so disappointment that they couldn't make it into semi final, specially they couldn't win a single game in Super 8 matches, luckily they have enter into Super 8 by defeat the "Debut team" Afganistan, as you said IPL is not giving opportunities to Out of form players, it is making the good players to out of form player, like our Captain Dhoni himself he has not played in World T20 means they like to play only for money, don't care the International matches, maybe they have taken this opportunity to practice foe their next IPL season which is going to start in South Africa, we should STOP this kind of behaviour and have to give youngster to more opportunity by eliminating the out of form IPL players

  • akasavani on May 13, 2010, 18:43 GMT

    Just like Mr.Tendulkar...always toeing the line. Have we ever heard him express an opinion that might be in opposition to the system?

    Great cricketer and sportsman...but lacking spine I say !!

  • on May 13, 2010, 18:35 GMT

    Mr. sachin ramesh tendulakr is trying to be dilomatic. when you say, we are No 1, that is in tests and not in this form of cricket. one full year , the same debacle in england, and still we are callous about learning how to face short balls. The coach knows what is the malady and he has said it in the open. a captain says even when there was every possibility that we could get to the semi finals, that we will try to win the match against srilanka and then go home . why was he not saying that we will try to enter the semifinas and try to win the championship by beating srilanka comfortably when we knew the target already. Mr. Tendulkar, you have respcet from the whole of India. please do not lose that by advocating for a group of uncommitted, insincere and money loving selfish guys .

  • mav58 on May 13, 2010, 18:27 GMT

    I would expect Sachin to defend his team mates atleast in public. He is too nice a guy. But even he will admit that people are unhappy with the gutless manner in which the Indian team played and lost in this T20 WC. Watching their matches was torture! I think we should have sent the Indian U19 team instead - they could not have done a worse job. Atleast their fielding would have been better? The selectors must accept responsibility for inept selection. Do the honourable thing and fall on their swords!

  • JAZ_SINGH on May 13, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    India needed Sachin to play for them. It was very embarassing watching the indian team getting worked over by short bowling. They have not improved in any way at all since last years world cup. I also dont understand why Sehwag was not playing. It was said that he was injured in one of the IPL matches but did he not play all the matches? It means he was not commited to playing for the national team. Nobody apart from Raina seemed interested in playing in the World Cup. There salary needs to be reduced and IPL needs to be banned for them to take International cricket serious!!

  • on May 13, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    Salute to the master.. I agree with Sachin ...and I would also feel MEDIA is hyping...Its disappointing to see Indian team not made it to semi final berth. Lots of difference between playing in Indian conditions and playing outside India. If you look out grounds in India u will not find short pitch balls bowled coz out grounds doesnt support short pitch balls at all......V need to be at par with international grounds.... All the best for TRI series...

    Letz forget everything focus on future rather than blaming the team n the coach

  • on May 13, 2010, 18:04 GMT

    There are more downs then ups !

    The problem is Indian team is not giving its best, so it is a matter of loyalty and integrity towards the country !!

  • on May 13, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    Tendulkar is obviously going to defend the team in terms of IPL. He compared Mumbai Indians with Team India. That's a joke, right? Small boundaries, mediocre bowlers, after match parties. How can they be stubborn to deny that IPL didn't take it's physical toll on the players bodies. Last world cup too they came after playing IPL and everyone knows what happened after that. BCCI should make a move and force the ICC to stop staging T20 World Cup. I am being sarcastic.

  • on May 13, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    yes ,same lot gave us world cup ..true when there was not IPL .ever since they can't give a decent performance in any of the ICC tournaments .Enough is enough .We had faith thats why we watched like mad even at 2:30pm .

    you're great player not great , but an outstanding one ,but you still need to won us a WORLD CUP .don't forget that !

  • kumar03 on May 13, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    Its not possible that whatever The great Sachin says can be right, we all know tht too much of IPL spoiled the team spirit and fitness. When talking abt fitness the little master himself have always walked away after playing first few matches in the series and then taken to REST, except in IPL, why well all great supporters know it but dare not discuss. We all have IDOL's to worhip but when we worship blindly we are fool.

  • Viju100 on May 13, 2010, 17:35 GMT

    We cannot not agree with sachin, there will be ups and downs defiantly. But here is question of commitment of players and selectors. Even if team does not qualify to super8 after putting lot effort no one will question. We could have appreciated the effort and game sprit. But Commitment of team's fielding, jadeja's bowing, gambhir's running, nehra's bowling and finally srikanth's selection hurts us a lot. New Zealand also could not make it to semis. But their effort was commendable. Selectors should at least wake up now. They should include inform players like dravid, uttappa, rayudu, pragyan Ohja.

  • ccriccfan on May 13, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    Gone are the days when you can shmooze and get away with soft talks and defending Indian Team, Mr. Tendulkar! Make me fool once you are good, make me fool twice shame on me! Clearly, Indian supporters can see what the problem is here. Plain and simple it is not having quality fast pitches and not knowing how to hook the ball. Less said the better about quality of pace bowling in India!!

  • shenoyragh on May 13, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    Well... Stop giving such Diplomatic comments Mr.Tendulkar... You are asking us to keep faith in a team that lost 2009 T20 World cup, 2009 ICC Champions trophy, 2010 T20 world cup and in between ODI series at home against Australia, and you ask us to keep faith in a team that has ZERO commitment!!!! I am not sad because they have made mistakes, I am sad because they have not learnt from their mistake... And mind you, they are No.1 test team... And 11 out of 15 players did not feature in this squad! This team does nt desrve any support frm any one of us!!!!

  • East_West on May 13, 2010, 16:55 GMT

    This is the major limitation of Sachin! He can't call a spade a spade! No wonder, he would never become a good captain of Indian team!" WE SUCKED BIG TIME! JUST SAY IT Mr T! He is so politically correct that he doesn't have guts to point at the right person or Team!! May be he is trying to NOT hurt Mr Dhoni so that he can get into ODI world cup team! The way Sachin is playing he deserves to be in T20 and ODI but he has to be honest and bold to say it!!

  • AjaySridharan on May 13, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    Very irresponsible on Tendulkar's part to make comments like these, especially when the coach is trying to admonish the players for their lack of fitness and commitment. The lack of fitness is very obvious for everyone to see, no point in brushing it under the carpet. Guys like Yuvraj and Rohit have to improve on that front. Why come to their rescue when the coach is trying to improve them on that front. Sachin should grant intelligence to the Indian fans...they have never deserted him during his brief periods of bad form in the past. What the people are aghast about is the manner of going down without a fight, giving up before it is over, bad body language, etc. He would also do well to note that most of the backlash in the media is so far from ex-cricketers and administrators, and not from the "fans"!

  • CricIsCrazy on May 13, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    Why dont all the tired players sit out like you did?

  • on May 13, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    IPL should no more be a yardstick for a comparision with ICC WORLD TWENTY20 !! WAT is the point of holding the IPL when the old guns are still being included in the squad!! The quality of cricket eventually is a lot loess than in an ICC global event due to the INDIAN DOMESTIC PLAYERS!! the 4 overseas rule should be dismissed!! if there was the same restriction on lets say a football league...i wuldnt see the national team go anywhere!! u need competitive cricket for better players...and mind u, 4 overseas players isnt enuff to meet that standard!!

  • Ambivalent on May 13, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    Well. Ups and downs are one thing. Consistency in big tournaments is another. You dont see Australians say such a thing. Not sure when it will sink in that consistency is key to be called champions.

  • Nikhsvap on May 13, 2010, 16:35 GMT

    Some of players need to be careful if they want to play T20 cricket. Sometimes if you get branded, it will be difficult to break into test 11. Rohit Sharma needs to be careful. His coach/mentor needs to advise him to be choosy in what he plays or avoids. He is too good a player to loose out. He should concentrate only on playing tests. Fans do need to have faith and support them when playing tests.

  • on May 13, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    very positive. Every one should learn from him. Think Positive!

  • PTtheAxis on May 13, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    right, fans should keep faith in overweight uninterested zombies posing as players so that they keep on losing continuosly in times to come. how many matches have india won in 20/20's in last 2 years oustide the world T20's even ? tendulkar is always trying to be politically correct even though he doesn't gno what that is. obviously mumbai could not win the cup ... he is just a hopeless captain and not a person for crunch situations. in india he is obviously revered as a god, a god which always loses. whenever people like him take the advisor's chair its quite funny.

  • RaghuramanR on May 13, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    It is good that he was not made the captain :))

  • on May 13, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    Because Of these IPL, Indian Team is Split. India is not Playing as a Unit. Also, People are not seeing Indian Team as they Looked before IPL. 1. Every State now wants their State players to Perform. 2. They Hate Other Indian Players who Play against their State IPL Team. 3. So, India is Split. See, Selector CHIKA, he selects Players From his Chennai Side Only. They Doesnot select players who are in Good Form & Select out of the Form Guys.

    Good & In Form Batsman Like Robin, Manish Pandey, Tiwary, Abhishek Nayar, Etc are Not Selected & See How India is Performing..

    When People Get Lot of Money, they Dont Work Hard. Only Exception is Sachin Tendulkar. He Plays For our Nations Pride. I Salute Him.

  • on May 13, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    Certainly a good point raised by Tedulkar. I think time has come that tendulkar should retire now.

  • on May 13, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    Come on Tendulkar Saheb, when Dhoni said "Your franchise pays so much money for you, you should at least make the semi-finals. After that you can say it is a lottery." So how about us Indians paying Rs 1 each, put together we can raise 1 billion indian rupees, will that make Dhoni to think about reaching semi finals...It is not the exit that hurts, it is the way the indians played hurting..not even a single close game, not even a fight. You are not fair sir, asking us to support the team.

  • on May 13, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    I blame SACHIN for the early exit of indian team from world cup...Sachin should have played on the 1st place...He can play IPL for money...but can not play World t20 giving an excuse for giving space to youngsters ...Jayasuriya can play at the age of 40...Sachin cant at 36...What is the Indian team leaving the inform sachin behind, it makes a HUGE difference with adding Sachin in the team...Virat kohli & Robin Utthappa should also have been in the team. Even Irfan pathan was inform with both bat & bowl...!!! Sachin should have played the world cup not for money...but for the glory of world cup..Even the selectors should have forced the little master to take his decision back, It should have been done for the betterment of the game Though Sachin is termed as the GOD of cricket which i truly agree to, but decision of leaving T20 World cup will always be a disgrace on his career...

  • AP_Devils on May 13, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    It is pretty easy to sit back and comment on anything with 20/20 hindsight. Every time TEAM INDIA loses this badly there is a predicted backlash and then everything is forgiven by the next tournament or a series win. This time though, one can clearly see that this was the most lazy, tired and unimaginative Indian team which lacked any spark that is needed to win a game.. less a tournament. Gambhir's running between wickets, Yuvi and Sharma's fielding, Dhoni's decision to stick with that useless Jadeja.. all point to my argument. Win and loss is part of any game, but how we loose it tells everything. I hope it told something to MSD and Selectors.

  • on May 13, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    After early exit in two World Cups , How Tendulkar Can Say Indian Team is still No.1.??

    India is the only team who gets more practice from IPL. but there is no benefit of IPL

  • cric-kaka on May 13, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    Sachin is a great player and role model for everyone. He should avoid coming to rescue for an underperforming, unmotivated and undisciplined team. It will just give some legitimacy to poor performance.

  • on May 13, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    He is amazingly correct... we take them in our head when they are giving good results and we put the on our feet and stamp them if they are not... this is not good sportsmanship...... Team India needs a lot of nurturing now only..... Sachin as a senior player has sown his experience by the way he had supported the team when it really mattered the most........ Thank u Maestro..........

  • Vazzy_09 on May 13, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    I agree with Sachin Paaji that we are still the number 1 team in tests and there is a lot to play for other then the T20 games Test Cricket is the ultimate game and we should focus on retaining the 1st ranking.On Gary's comments I'd say its a question on the selection panel. If we don't have a bunch of fit players to go and play in a prestigious event like World T20 why did they pick those players at the first place. I am not sure about Rohit but I've seen Yuvraj quite a few times at the NCA and he doesn't spend more then 15 mins in physical training before hitting the nets and at the other end I've seen Rahul bhai coming every day to the ground working on his fitness for atleast an hour every day so there is the big difference we need the guys representing the country at the highest level with great fitness. May be BCCI need to give some serious thoughts to the fitness of these new players. The only Difference between the Fab four and players like Yusuf Rohit Yuvraj is the commitment.

  • msatyaa on May 13, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    Mr Tendulkar

    How come Australi team can win day in day out anywhere anytime any cup..Just because you choke in FINALS , Does not mean everyone does..Look around all the greats, They take their game to next level..

    Do you have any clues what do they different from us? We are so complacent and content on lot of things..

    You never won us a world cup.. Take any great players in any sport, They have won championships ..They are true superstars..

    You are rubbing the same attitude to our young players.. Please do not commnet until you have won WORLD CUP for our country

    Satya

  • on May 13, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    with all due respect, sachin is just trying to be a good guy here... no1 will be dissapointed if indians had played better and lost... but that was not the case... they were comprehensively defeated in all fronts... and their attitude towards the end of the SL innings was just pathetic and sub-standard.... i think the indians will play properly only if some franchise promises them more money... the passion to play for the country, for the billions of fans, was not just there... even the running between the wickets was bad (special reference to Gambhir)

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  • on May 13, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    with all due respect, sachin is just trying to be a good guy here... no1 will be dissapointed if indians had played better and lost... but that was not the case... they were comprehensively defeated in all fronts... and their attitude towards the end of the SL innings was just pathetic and sub-standard.... i think the indians will play properly only if some franchise promises them more money... the passion to play for the country, for the billions of fans, was not just there... even the running between the wickets was bad (special reference to Gambhir)

  • msatyaa on May 13, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    Mr Tendulkar

    How come Australi team can win day in day out anywhere anytime any cup..Just because you choke in FINALS , Does not mean everyone does..Look around all the greats, They take their game to next level..

    Do you have any clues what do they different from us? We are so complacent and content on lot of things..

    You never won us a world cup.. Take any great players in any sport, They have won championships ..They are true superstars..

    You are rubbing the same attitude to our young players.. Please do not commnet until you have won WORLD CUP for our country

    Satya

  • Vazzy_09 on May 13, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    I agree with Sachin Paaji that we are still the number 1 team in tests and there is a lot to play for other then the T20 games Test Cricket is the ultimate game and we should focus on retaining the 1st ranking.On Gary's comments I'd say its a question on the selection panel. If we don't have a bunch of fit players to go and play in a prestigious event like World T20 why did they pick those players at the first place. I am not sure about Rohit but I've seen Yuvraj quite a few times at the NCA and he doesn't spend more then 15 mins in physical training before hitting the nets and at the other end I've seen Rahul bhai coming every day to the ground working on his fitness for atleast an hour every day so there is the big difference we need the guys representing the country at the highest level with great fitness. May be BCCI need to give some serious thoughts to the fitness of these new players. The only Difference between the Fab four and players like Yusuf Rohit Yuvraj is the commitment.

  • on May 13, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    He is amazingly correct... we take them in our head when they are giving good results and we put the on our feet and stamp them if they are not... this is not good sportsmanship...... Team India needs a lot of nurturing now only..... Sachin as a senior player has sown his experience by the way he had supported the team when it really mattered the most........ Thank u Maestro..........

  • cric-kaka on May 13, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    Sachin is a great player and role model for everyone. He should avoid coming to rescue for an underperforming, unmotivated and undisciplined team. It will just give some legitimacy to poor performance.

  • on May 13, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    After early exit in two World Cups , How Tendulkar Can Say Indian Team is still No.1.??

    India is the only team who gets more practice from IPL. but there is no benefit of IPL

  • AP_Devils on May 13, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    It is pretty easy to sit back and comment on anything with 20/20 hindsight. Every time TEAM INDIA loses this badly there is a predicted backlash and then everything is forgiven by the next tournament or a series win. This time though, one can clearly see that this was the most lazy, tired and unimaginative Indian team which lacked any spark that is needed to win a game.. less a tournament. Gambhir's running between wickets, Yuvi and Sharma's fielding, Dhoni's decision to stick with that useless Jadeja.. all point to my argument. Win and loss is part of any game, but how we loose it tells everything. I hope it told something to MSD and Selectors.

  • on May 13, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    I blame SACHIN for the early exit of indian team from world cup...Sachin should have played on the 1st place...He can play IPL for money...but can not play World t20 giving an excuse for giving space to youngsters ...Jayasuriya can play at the age of 40...Sachin cant at 36...What is the Indian team leaving the inform sachin behind, it makes a HUGE difference with adding Sachin in the team...Virat kohli & Robin Utthappa should also have been in the team. Even Irfan pathan was inform with both bat & bowl...!!! Sachin should have played the world cup not for money...but for the glory of world cup..Even the selectors should have forced the little master to take his decision back, It should have been done for the betterment of the game Though Sachin is termed as the GOD of cricket which i truly agree to, but decision of leaving T20 World cup will always be a disgrace on his career...

  • on May 13, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    Come on Tendulkar Saheb, when Dhoni said "Your franchise pays so much money for you, you should at least make the semi-finals. After that you can say it is a lottery." So how about us Indians paying Rs 1 each, put together we can raise 1 billion indian rupees, will that make Dhoni to think about reaching semi finals...It is not the exit that hurts, it is the way the indians played hurting..not even a single close game, not even a fight. You are not fair sir, asking us to support the team.

  • on May 13, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    Certainly a good point raised by Tedulkar. I think time has come that tendulkar should retire now.