Score runs to save dignity, Pringle tells Sachin

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Updated: Thursday, December 13, 2012, 12:43 [IST]
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Sydney, Dec 4: Former England cricketer turned cricket journalist Derek Pringle has advised master blaster Sachin Tendulkar to score runs in order to save his dignity against England, in the on-going Test series.

With Sachin struggling to score runs in his previous 10 innings, having averaged a mere 15.3 and a tally of 153 runs, the master blaster is facing the heat from all corners, as his slump in form has led to retirement talks.

Having completed 23 years of international cricket, Sachin Tendulkar has been getting a lot of suggestions, criticisms regarding his poor form, as ex-cricketer Pringle is the latest to comment on the same.

Ex-cricketer Pringle blasts Tendulkar

Talking about Tendulkar and his dismal show, former England cricketer Dereck Pringle has said the legendary cricketer should score runs in order to save his dignity.

"Cricket is a numbers game and, after 23 years as India's most revered sportsman, the Little Master's scores have dwindled as murmurs of his vulnerability have grown," Pringle wrote in his column for the Sydney Morning Herald.

His recent dismissals also suggest that his reflexes are slowing down, as age is catching up with the master as Pringle also pointed out that nobody wants to accept the fact that Sachin has become vulnerable.

"Granted they are only murmurs. Most people here are in denial, along with Tendulkar, but then an all-time great of the game rarely admits defeat - for that is what led to their greatness in the first place," he added.

Talking about the batting maestro's records, Pringle added saying that "It is impossible to see anyone beating his combined records. It would not only require someone to play for at least 20 years, but they would need to be at the pinnacle of the game as well. It is essentially long public service."

Moreover, he also pointed out that Tendulkar could not play well on sub-continental pitches, as it assists spin, and his recent struggle against Monty Panesar also drew a lot of attention.

"India captain M.S. Dhoni's insistence that the matches be played on 'rank turners" has not helped Tendulkar's cause this series, and he struggled like a novice against Monty Panesar in Mumbai, though he did get two pearlers," said Pringle, who has represented England in 30 Tests and 44 ODIs from 1978 to 1993.

"He needs a score though, and soon, if he is to justify his place and maintain his dignity," he further added.


Story first published:  Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 13:22 [IST]
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