Srinagar, July 29: Former Team India cricketer and World Cup winning Kapil Dev has said that Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar never was ruthless in his batting and thta is the reason he couldn’t concert his hundreds into 200s and 300s very often.
Despite having around 51 hundreds in Test cricket to his name Sachin Tendulkar has scored only six double hundreds while as he has ko triple hundred. The flaw Kapil Dev pointed out was Tendulkar lack of ruthless approach after scoring ton.
“Sachin had so much talent that I hadn’t seen it in anyone. He knew how to score hundreds but he never became a ruthless batsman. Sachin had everything in cricket. He knew how to score hundreds but didn’t know how to convert those hundreds into 200s &300s,” Kapil Dev told former India cricketer and current women’s team head coach WV Raman in an interview.
Kapil said the kind of talent Sachin had, he should have scored at least five triple centuries – Tendulkar has none – and 10 more double tons.
“Sachin should’ve made five triple centuries and another 10 double tons because he could hit fast bowlers and spinners for a boundary every over,” Kapil added.
Explaining the reasons behind Sachin’s fewer number of double tons, Kapil, who has not only played a lot of cricket with Tendulkar but also coached him in international cricket, said, it has a lot to do with his Mumbai roots.
“Since he was from Mumbai they had a mindset of when you score a hundred make a line and start from zero again. And that’s where I said no, you are such a ruthless cricketer, bowlers should fear you. Sachin’s talent was par excellence. But after a scoring a hundred he used to take singles and didn’t become ruthless,” Kapil added.
(With inputs from HT Sports)