Thatscricket - News - India sans Sachin in recent One-dayers
Published: Saturday, July 28, 2001, 18:28 [IST]
One just cannot believe that India is performing very poorly in the ongoing Coca Cola tri-series in Sri Lanka particularly as the defeats have come in the aftermath of the resounding success India had earlier against the mighty World Champions Australia at home. Indias consecutive defeats - twice against New Zealand and once against Sri Lanka - have given room in the minds of some to view it as a set back consequent to the absence of star cricketer Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. How far this is true is to be taken note off after going into the records of the Indian teams performances in the matches in which the batting maestro has not figured. Although his absence might have played a major role psychologically on the players, it should not be viewed or concluded that the losses suffered are solely because of the absence of the finest attacking opening batsman the world has ever seen. Going by the records, India has played a total of 472 Limited Overs Internationals (LOIs) so far commencing from its inaugural outing against England on July 13, 1974 at Leeds to the end of its match against New Zealand at Colombo on July 26, 2001. Out of these 472 matches, 307 LOIs have been played by India since the entry of Tendulkar. Tendulkar, who made his LOI debut against Pakistan at Gujranwala on December 18, 1989, has not figured in 35 matches out of these 307. Of the 272 LOIs in which Tendulkar has figured, the result has been 50:50. India has won 129 and lost 129, three have been tied and 11 matches have ended in no results.Of the 35 matches in which Tendulkar has not appeared, India has won 13 and lost 21 with one match ending in no result. This accounts for a success percentage of 37.14. The figure reveals that India has not fared too badly and most of the lost matches in his absence have been due to the inept batting display. Of these 35 matches, India has scored over 250 only on three occasions and on all these instances it has registered victories. But when it has failed to reach the 200 run mark on 17 occasions, it has lost 14 matches and won three against Pakistan (Toronto, September 12. 1998, against West Indies (Toronto September 11,1999) and against South Africa (Nairobi, September 26, 1999). However when one looks at the overall results achieved by India in the matches in which Tendulkar has figured, the record reveals that India has certainly fared better as a success percentage of 50 has been achieved compared to the success percentage of 37.14 achieved in LOIs in which he has not figured. Although the defeats in which he has not figured cannot be attributed to his absence alone, it should be remembered that the very presence of the master batsman will have a telling effect on the team irrespective of the result.