MUMBAI: First World Cup winning captain for India and all time great Kapil Dev has stated that star batsman Sachin Tendulkar was a selfish batsman and always thought about his century, TheNewsTribe.com learnt from Indian media.
Kapil as reported by PTI said, “Don’t get me wrong, but I think Sachin didn’t do justice to his talent. I always thought he could have done much more than what he did. He [Sachin] got stuck with Bombay cricket. He didn’t apply himself to the ruthless international cricket. I think he should have spent more time with Vivian Richards than some of the Bombay guys who played just neat and straight cricket.”
He further added that, “Sachin was a much better cricketer but somewhere along the line he just knew how to score hundreds. He didn’t know how to make it a double hundred, or a triple or even 400s. He [Sachin] had the ability. He was technically sound but I felt he was there to get his hundred and that’s it. Unlike Richards, Sachin wasn’t ruthless, he was more of a perfect, or rather correct cricketer. Had I spent more time with him I would have told him ‘go enjoy yourself, play like Virender Sehwag’. You will be a much better cricketer.”
This statement from the legendary all-rounder has resulted in an outpour of tweets over the issue. Tendukar’s die-hard fans haven’t taken it too kindly and have gone all-out cricticising Kapil for his statement.
Tendulkar, who played alongside Kapil in his early years, had last year criticised Kapil’s stint as Indian cricket team’s coach. He’d said that Kapil was brilliant as a player but disappointing as a coach. Kapil had diffused the controversy back then, stating it was Tendulkar’s personal opinion and anyone can have one.