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Sunday, October 30, 2005

The incredible lightness of being Sachin...

Every other week I get a packet of newspapers from India, kindly couriered over by my colleagues in Rediff -- it's my strongest connection with home; my preferred way of staying in touch with all that is going on there.
This latest packet brought, among other things, a copy of the Times of India dated October 24, which features on the sports pages an interview of Greg Chappell, by Vinay Nayudu on the eve of the first ODI against Sri Lanka.
What I found of most interest was his response to a question on whether Sachin Tendulkar can come back from injury, and how long he will last. The full response:
To be honest, I don't think he is far away. The danger for any player is that as you grow older, you think older. If we can create the enthusiasm and the excitement for Scahin, give him challenges that he enjoys, he can be a fine player for some time to come. Once the enthusiasm is gone, once the youthful exuberance is gone, its very hard to play at this level consistently.
I can still see that youthful exuberance in Sachin. I saw it in the camp in Bangalore. When you give him something he enjoys, when he is engaged, you can see that youthful exuberance that the boy within him is still in there, and we need to see more of it.

There's other stuff in this interview worth throwing up, as a litmus of what is happening, and more importantly as something to keep in mind as the next few months unfold -- it will be interesting to see if these theories actually work. But for this post, will stay with Sachin. Elsewhere in this piece, there is a box, with Chappell's takes on Sachin, Rahul, and Saurav. Here's the bit on SRT:
Statistics don't tell the whole story. Just because somebody makes runs or takes wickets doesn't mean he is the most important member of the team. You got to look at what else people bring to the group. Some people add to it, some people take away from it. Sachin is one of thsoe guys who adds to the group. Whatever he does with the bat and the ball or in the field is multiplied by the factor of X, because of the sort of player, the personality that he is. He commands respect not just because he has made a lot of runs, but he commands respect because he is a very quality individual. As long as he can stand up, and as long as he can make runs, Sachin will be worth his place in the side because he is a quality human being.

End of quote. Chappell was also asked whether the team had redefined Sachin's role; the response was, yes, but he did not feel it necessary to tell the world about it. "It's part of a plan," was the response.
More, on his takes on Rahul, Saurav, and selection, later.


  • Prem,

    I am not sure if you know about this. But, the timesofindia e-paper edition is available for free since some time and it exactly same as reading the paper in India. All editions of TimesofIndia are available. They usually have the same content on the regular timesofindia.com website but in abridged and compact form excluding the detailed interviews.


    By Blogger Nagesh Tagarathi, at 22:18  

  • Prem...any way of putting that whole interview across?

    By Blogger The Straighter Neo, at 00:04  

  • Hi Neo,

    This is the best I could manage: http://cricket.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1272473.cms

    Couldn't find the box on Rahul, Saurav etc. though!


    By Blogger Proto, at 10:08  

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