ICC World Twenty20 2010 May 13, 2010

Tendulkar defends Indian team

Cricinfo staff

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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  • christoprabakar 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.

  • rohan 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

  • Kinesh 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.

  • Vijayaraghavan 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.

  • sanjeev 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.

  • christoprabakar 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?

  • Mohammed Naina 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,

  • Abhinav 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.

  • christoprabakar 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 .

  • christoprabakar 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 .

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