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 Zealand’s all-time cricket legend Richard Hadlee has insisted that the Indian Test side should continue to play their senior batsmen – 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, “You can’t be talking about (Sachin) Tendulkar, (VVS) Laxman and (Rahul) Dravid’s retirement. You can’t afford to lose all these players in one go. You need to see the young players go through.”
Speaking about batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar’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.
“When you are in search of a major milestone, like I was trying to beat Ian Botham’s world record of maximum Test wickets, it creates a lot of pressure. I am sure Tendulkar might be feeling the same way,” said Hadlee as he compared Sachin’s situation to his own chase of Ian Botham’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 Sachin’s batting in recent times.
He added, “It may be a year since Tendulkar hasn’t scored a hundred, but he has still batted pretty well.”