Dubai: Former India captain Kapil Dev says the iconic Sachin Tendulkar “did not know how to make double hundreds, triple hundreds and 400 though he had the ability to scale such peaks and was “stuck in the Mumbai School of cricket”.
The 56-year-old kapil Dev made these remarks before a select crowd at the Cove Beach Club at Jumeirah Hotel in Dubai alongside three other cricketing icons Shane Warne, Wasim Akram and Ian Botham. “Don’t get me wrong, but I think Sachin didn’t do justice to his talent. I always thought he could have done much more than what he did.
Sachin got stuck with Bombay cricket. He didn’t apply himself to the ruthless international cricket. I think he should have spent more time with Vivian Richards than some of the Bombay guys who played just neat and straight cricket.
Sachin had the ability. He was technically sound but I felt he was there to get his hundred and that’s it, Kapil Dev said. “I now see Sachin’s different side as I am now doing business with him. He is a wonderful friend,” he added.
Unlike Richards, Sachin wasn’t ruthless, he was more of a perfect, or rather correct cricketer. Had I spent more time with him I would have told him ‘go enjoy yourself, play like Virender Sehwag’. You will be a much better cricketer.”