Tendulkar just needs some runs, feels Boycott

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Updated: Thursday, December 13, 2012, 12:32 [IST]
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Kolkata, Dec 5: Former England cricketer Geoffrey Boycott also defended Sachin Tendullkar's poor form as he said the legendary cricketer has the ability to get back amongst runs.

Following Ricky Ponting's retirement, critics have been talking about Tendulkar's retirement, considering his poor form.

Geoffrey Boycott, who represented England in 108 Tests and 36 ODIs, said that Sachin just needs some runs and has experience to back him, which would help him strike form at the earliest.

"As cricketers we all have to make runs. It is the nature of the game that bowlers will take wickets. There is no difference whether you are 21 or 39. He has got enough experience and maturity to do it. He just needs some runs," said Boycott.

Boycott backs Sachin, says he needs runs

Sachin Tendulkar who has averaged a mere 22.83 in the calendar year having played 7 Test matches (excluding Eden Test) and a tally of 274 runs, without a ton, has been criticized by everyone for not performing at his best, as the recent dismissals have also raised doubts leading to retirement talks.

Boycott has been the latest to defend the batting maestro, as many former cricketers like Navjoy Singh Sidhu, Kapil Dev, Sourav Ganguly and others have expressed their support while a few former cricketers have also been critical about his performance urging the maestro to take a call on his future at the earliest.

Talking about the team's chances at Eden Gardens, Kolkata in the third Test against England, Boycott said Team India have the edge, as they are playing at home, while England are also playing well, the Test match would be an interesting one.

"Both teams are in very good form. Englands spinners are slightly better. But then you have the home advantage. You are used to the conditions. But I dont think that anybody can say for sure that India is going to win," he said.


Story first published:  Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 11:25 [IST]
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