Tendulkar should quit ODIs, says Akram

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Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 14:21 [IST]
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Selectors scared to drop Sachin: Akram

New Delhi, Feb 28: Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram expressed his views on Sachin Tendulkar as he has said, the cricketing legend should quit from one day internationals to make things easier for the selectors.

He further stressed on the dilemma of selectors as he said, the selection committee might not 'dare' to drop him despite his bad form.

"I feel Tendulkar should leave one-dayers and concentrate on Test cricket in order to make things easy for the selectors. The Indian selectors can never dare to drop Tendulkar even if he goes on performing badly," said Akram.

Akram, who has represented Pakistan in 356 ODIs and 104 Tests, has 502 and 414 wickets to his credit in ODIs and Tests respectively, feels that Tendulkar should not think about his 100th international hundred and concentrateon the longer version of the game as centuries would continue to flow from his blade.

"Tendulkar should take a call on himself. Hundreds will still come by for Tendulkar in the longest format of the game and he should not worry about that," Akram was quoted as saying by a sports website.

He has also criticized Dhoni for giving lame excuses about losing the toss playing a crucial role in India's misery.

"Dhoni is making a lame excuse," said Akram while lambasting India's meek surrender to Australia in their previous game at Sydney.

Akram further expressed his displeasure with the Indian top order, for failing continously in the series. India surrendered meekly to Australia as they were bundled out for 162 while chasing a total of 252.

Indian top order - Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag and Tendulkar have managed only one half-century opening partnership in the tournament so far which in turn gives cue about the top order collapse.

"The Indian batsmen have made a mockery of themselves. The top-order is not willing to stay at the crease. Sehwag and Tendulkar have been getting out in the first few overs. How can you chase a target like this?" asked Akram.

He further criticised the team's think tank for not using a proper plan, as they leaked too many runs, as he feels Umesh Yadav, is the only one who has generated pace on bouncy Australian tracks.

"Only Umesh Yadav has generated enough pace on bouncy Australian wickets. Irfan Pathan and Praveen Kumar have even failed to get a good carry. The Indians have failed to plan and strategise. It's too late on this tour but they should certainly look ahead now," Akram said


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