New Delhi, Sep 5: Former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has defended the master blaster after his failure in the recently concluded Test series against New Zealand, said the legendary cricketer has not finished yet, as he continues to be good at the international level.
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Despite Sachin Tendulkar being bowled thrice in the series against New Zealand, Sanjay Manjrekar feels the cricketer is still good enough to play at the highest level as these are just hiccups, and the master is aware of what needs to be done, having played cricket for 23 years now.
"To me, the way Tendulkar got out in his three innings against New Zealand does not suggest by any stretch of the imagination that he is finished as an international batsman.
Manjrekar also added that Tendulkar's presence is very important as India is expected to tour South Africa in November this year.
"I will stand by what I have said all along about Tendulkar: that his run-making at the international level will stop only when he stops playing. Until then, he may not dominate as he used to but he will still be a good enough batsman to get runs at the highest level, and to add value to the Indian team, especially in Test cricket," Manjrekar wrote in his column for Cricinfo
Moreover, Manjrekar added that the problem faced by Tendulkar is quite common as many great players of the same age had faced it and there was no need to worry.
"Watching a ball from the point of release to almost right under your eyes is not easy to do; great batsmen do it as a matter of habit, but with age they have to remind themselves to keep doing it right through their innings.
"Tendulkar is not the first great ageing player who is finding the full ball a bit of a handful. Other outstanding batsmen have had the same problems - Javed Miandad and Gundappa Viswanath, and more recently Dravid and VVS Laxman among them," Manjrekar explained.
Manjrekar also said that Tendulkar knows how to handle the situation as he has been there for 23 years, and this is just another challenge that has come up, and Sachin would definitely find a way out.
"Tendulkar knows that his batting discipline needs to become increasingly more rigorous with the clock ticking, and I think he lives for such challenges. This is a game he knows inside out, and he will surely find a way back from this little setback," he said.