5 times Sachin Tendulkar was upset with his team
Sachin Tendulkar is regarded to be one of the best batsmen to have ever played the game. He holds an embarrassing number of records including those of most centuries and most runs scored in One Day Internationals and Test matches. The Master Blaster is also the only batsman to have scored 100 centuries in international cricket.
Tendulkar, throughout his career, was a team player and would put its interests before personal glory. There were although a few times in his career when Tendulkar felt let down by his team.
We list those occasions when the legendary batsman was unhappy with the team and their decisions.
1) The Asia Cup in 1997
Sachin Tendulkar was the captain of the Indian team for the 1997 Asia Cup in Sri Lanka. Tendulkar’s captaincy was thought to be in danger at the time after the team’s repeated poor performances.
In response to a number of surprising changes to the squad by the national selectors, Tendulkar voiced his displeasure, saying that he had been saddled with a “B-grade” team and expected to perform. He also added that the Indian captain was powerless as he did not get a team of his choice and hence could not perform in the best manner possible.
Tendulkar was believed to have wanted Vinod Kambli and Nayan Mongia in the squad ahead of Mohammad Azharuddin and wicketkeeper Saba Karim. Inspite of these differences with the selectors, Sachin led the team to the finals where India lost to host nation Sri Lanka.