Tendulkar is down but not ~~out~~, feels legends

Published: Friday, December 8, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:Former cricket legends feel Sachin Tendulkar still has a few years of cricket ahead of him, though bowed down by pressure and tempered with age.

Sachin Tendulkar has not really got off the blocks in this South African safari and many experts have been talking about time running out for the legend.

But Mohammed Azharuddin feels otherwise. ''He is just 32 and has a few years of game left in him. He just needs to play his natural game. He is being subdued in this African tour.''

''He is either being asked by the team think tank to be subdued or he is taking undue pressure on him. He is at his best when he is aggressive. He just needs to be aggressive and flow like a river and the rest will fall in place,'' he said.

He needs to attack the bowlers as he has always done in South Africa, Azhar said.

Aravinda D'Silva added there is a lot of media pressure on him.

''They always want him to perform. To give a century. But that is not possible. India needs him for another five years at least. There is no alternative to Sachin Tendulkar.'' Barry Richards said that Sachin has tempered down with age.

''But he is still one of the two pillars on which Indian team stands. The other is Rahul Dravid. So he needs to give his best.

Besides there are not many young players coming. He needs to be around and guide the team,'' he said.

''Domestic cricket is such, not many Tendulkars are on the wings, are there? There is no point in being aggressive and getting out cheaply. It does not look good in the scorebook. He needs to play with the responsibility of a senior,'' he added.


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