25 October, 2020

'I Felt Sorry For Sachin'

MIKE Brearley, one of the game's greatest captains of all time, was in India last week for ITC's 'The Winning Edge Series' lectures. A trained psychotherapist and author of the best -selling book, The Art of Captaincy, the 55-year-old former England

'I Felt Sorry For Sachin'

On selectors deciding the playing 11 and batting order:The selectors should stick to their job of selecting the skipper and manager and leave the rest to them. That was how it was in my days. The captain was a little king in his domain. Even if the selectors gave us some advice they didn't tell the whole world about it.

On Sachin Tendulkar's captaincy: I felt sorry for him in Sharjah. He didn't seem to do anything particularly wrong. He could have kept on with the spinners when Pakistan were on the run but he also had those 10 overs to be bowled by the fifth bowler. If he had persisted with the spinners and the Pakistan batsman had survived, he would still be criticised.

 Is Sachin too young to be boss? It is not easy to be captain and younger than a lot of people in the side. But Sachin's position is very different. He's the team's best player and has tremendous international experience. He's awfully young, though I see no reason why he can't be good. It will, however, take some time for him...



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