Sachin shouldn~~t worry about his form, says Simpson

Published: Saturday, May 18, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai: Former Aussie skipper and coach Bob Simpson on Saturday said that batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar should not worry too much about his present batting form in the West Indies as he is too good a batsman and can strike form any time.

Simpson, as the consultant for the Cricket Club of India's (CCI) Cricket Academy, told reporters that every batsman goes through a lean period in his career and it is not that Tendulkar has been an utter failure on this tour. "With a century and a 50 under his belt he has been among runs but may be not as consistently as he has been in the past. There is no doubt that he is a great batsman and I think it is just a matter of time before he strikes form," the former Aussie Test star added. "I feel he should play his natural attacking game and not get bogged down and play half hearted strokes," Simpson said. Simpson, who believes there is lots of cricketing talent available in India after being the team's consultant during the 1999 World Cup, was all praise for India's first foreign coach John Wright of New Zealand. "I think Wright has done a good job so far. He was not very high on talent as a player so he is that much more understanding with younger lot of cricketers. His coaching stint with Kent would have helped him a lot. He can be tough and I think he is doing a pretty good job," he added. The former Aussie coach also said he wouldn't write India off in the next World Cup in South Africa provided the selectors pick the right people. "I won't write them off. Certainly not if they pick the right people. India has the ability to be competitive but the World Cup depends on so many things and not just talent. You need luck on your side as well and I won't write India off." Simpson also reminded passionate fans and critics of the need to back the team in bad times. "There is passion in other countries too but the media and the people must realise the importance of supporting the team even when it is going through bad times. No team can win all the time."

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