Indian National Congress Politician Shashi Tharoor has a nack of speaking openly about any matter whenever he likes. Now, he has hogged the headlines again for his comments on the Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar. Tharoor has always remained an ardent follower and a fan of the game of cricket. His English vocabulary is unimaginable and people are a fan of the way he speaks English.
In the latest interaction, he said that he remained unimpressed with Sachin Tendulkar’s calibre as a leader of the team. He added that once Tendulkar was thought as the perfect man to lead the Indian Cricket Team as he was the best batsman in the team. However, Tharoor’s perception changed quickly when the team did not perform well in various tournaments under the captaincy of Tendulkar.
Sachin first became the captain of the Indian Team in 1996. He then captained the team in 73 ODIs and 25 Tests.
“I thought Tendulkar was the best possible captain of India before he became captain. Because when he was not captain, he was so active – he was fielding in the slips, running up to the captain of the day, giving advice and encouragement,” Shashi Tharoor said to Sportskeeda in an interview.
Sachin Tendulkar was not the most inspirational captain, feels Shashi Tharoor.
The Indian Team under Sachin Tendulkar managed to win only 23 ODIs out of 73 played. In this regard, the Kerala MP said that Tendulkar will also be in the same line with him. He will also agree that he was not the most inspirational person to lead the team.
“I said let’s make this guy captain because he really is there in every way. When he became captain, it didn’t work out. He had a not terribly strong Indian team in his days of captaincy, but he himself would admit that was not the most inspirational, motivational captain.”
“This was partially because he had his own batting to think about. And in the end, he happily gave up captaincy and refused to take it when it was offered again later,” he concluded.
Under the captaincy of Sachin Tendulkar, the Indian Team also suffered one of their worst defeats overseas. India lost the Test series against Australia in 1999, by a margin of 0-3. They also managed to win just one ODI in the tri-series that involved the Pakistan Cricket Team as well.