Richard Hadlee does not want Indian trio to be chucked out
Says India will suffer when they retire
India will miss the services of Dravid when he retires
New Zealandâ€™s all-time cricket legend Richard Hadlee has insisted that the Indian Test side should continue to play their senior batsmen â€“ the experienced trio comprising Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid- despite of their poor performances in recent times.
Hadlee, one of the best players ever to play for the Kiwis, believes that the Indian team is in a transition period when young blood is being injected into the squad; and at this critical moment, India simply cannot afford to lose all of their three experienced batsmen.
While insisting that these players need to play till the team finds appropriate replacements for them, Hadlee said, â€œYou canâ€™t be talking about (Sachin) Tendulkar, (VVS) Laxman and (Rahul) Dravidâ€™s retirement. You canâ€™t afford to lose all these players in one go. You need to see the young players go through.â€
Speaking about batting maestro Sachin Tendulkarâ€™s case, Hadlee was quite confident that Sachin has still got a lot of cricket left in him and his current mediocre form is only because of the pressure he is facing to reach the milestone of an unprecedented 100th ton in international cricket.
â€œWhen you are in search of a major milestone, like I was trying to beat Ian Bothamâ€™s world record of maximum Test wickets, it creates a lot of pressure. I am sure Tendulkar might be feeling the same way,â€ said Hadlee as he compared Sachinâ€™s situation to his own chase of Ian Bothamâ€™s record for highest number of wickets in Test matches.
Hadlee agreed to the fact that Sachin had not scored a century for a long time now. But, he was still convinced with Sachinâ€™s batting in recent times.
He added, â€œIt may be a year since Tendulkar hasnâ€™t scored a hundred, but he has still batted pretty well.â€