Durban, Oct 23: Sachin Tendulkar was yet again bowled when he lost his offstump to Moises Henriques in the Champions League Twenty20 here on Monday night. This was fifth such instance in last eight innings.
Tendulkar, who has not been in good nick in the recent past, finished CLT20 on a poor note. His four visits to the batting crease for Mumbai Indians fetched only 47 runs (strike rate of 71.21). The knock of 22 against Sydney Sixers on Monday was his best.
He missed a straight ball from Henriques while trying to guide the ball towards the third man region.
Throughout the tournament, Tendulkar struggled to get his innings off to a good start. Hence Mumbai Indians too had a tough time and exited CLT20 without a win.
Twice in four games in South Africa, Tendulkar's defence was breached. If it was Henriques on Monday, two games ago, Highveld Lions' left-arm spinner Aaron Phangiso had castled him.
In the recent two-Test series against New Zealand at home, Tendulkar was bowled in three successive innings. These mode of dismissals triggered debate across India whether the Master Blaster's reflexes were slowing down with age. And with two more similar way of getting out, his critics will certainly have more ammunition.
Even former India captain Sunil Gavaskar had indicated that Tendulkar might be slowing down at the batting crease.
These signs are definitely worrying. But with Tendulkar, you never know. A big innings could be just around. Next stop is Ranji Trophy in first week of November for Mumbai.