If there’s one box that the master blaster hasn’t ticked in his glorious career, it is captaincy. However, contrary to popular belief, this author doesn’t seem to believe that Tendulkar was a bad captain. Yes he might not have been a Mike Brearly, and sometimes expected extraordinary things from his players, which only a superhuman like himself could do, but there were other factors at play.
When he did have a great team, he led MI to a the IPL finals against CSK in 2010 and didn’t even feel the ‘pressure of captaincy’ and won the Orange cap. Many people believe that Sachin’s captaincy affected his batting, but numbers tell a different story. He averages over 50 in Tests as captain, which is an average most players would dream of.
In the 90’s when Sachin became the Indian captain, frankly the team wasn’t up to the mark and it was a one man show. Like when KKR’s team in the first couple of seasons wasn’t up to the mark, Ganguly the captain struggled. When in 2016, Rising Pune Supergiants team wasn’t upto the mark, Captain Marvel Dhoni could only lead them to the bottom of the table.
One classic example was the tour of West Indies in 1997, when after drawing the first two tests, India under Sachin’s captaincy could have made history by beating a strong Windies team at home and only needed to chase 120 in the last innings. However, the batting capitulated and an angry Sachin lashed out at the team. In fact, he even told Sourav Ganguly to work on his fitness and if he couldn’t do that then he would be sent back home.