Sachin Tendulkar Focused On His Performance Not The Team As 'Captain': Madan Lal
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Sachin Tendulkar Focused On His Performance Not The Team As ‘Captain’: Madan Lal

Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar (Credits: Web)

Sachin Tendulkar achieved everything as a batsman. He set benchmarks for the upcoming generations with his long and successful career. Tendulkar, in a rarity, started his career early and went to the distance. He was instrumental in helping India clinch multiple victories across the formats and set records which are hard to be broken, including the century of centuries in international cricket.

Tendulkar, however, struggled during his captaincy stint. He led the national team to 73 ODI matches. But the outcome was poor. India won only 23 matches while lost 43 of them as he recorded a dismal win per cent of 35.07, which is the worst for any Indian captain who has led the national team in over 50 ODIs.

Sachin Tendulkar Focused On His Performance Not The Team As 'Captain': Madan Lal
Sachin Tendulkar after falling short of his landmark 100th 100 in the 2011 Oval Test [Photo-Getty]

Sachin Tendulkar was so involved in his own performance, he found it difficult to take care of the team: Madan Lal

In the late 90s, Sachin Tendulkar was making a name for himself, with his fine performances. He was touted to be the next big thing in world cricket and became so in the coming years. 1983 World Cup winner Madan Lal believes that was one of the reason behind his poor record as a captain, as a captain needs to make sure the team performs well too.

Sachin Tendulkar Focused On His Performance Not The Team As 'Captain': Madan Lal
Sachin Tendulkar [Photo-Twitter]
“I won’t agree with you that he was not a great captain. But he was so involved in his own performance, he found it difficult to take care of the team. Because as a captain you not only need to take care of your performance, but also get the best performance from the other 10 players. It is critical how you manage them,” Madan Lal told Sportskeeda.

In the Tests, Tendulkar led the side to 25 matches, where India won only four and lost encounters.