The post-Tendulkar era in Indian cricket begins on Wednesday when Team India takes onto a formidable South African side, which will be the real test of character for the new looking Indian batting.
The post-Tendulkar era in Indian cricket begins on Wednesday when Team India takes onto a formidable South African side, which will be the real test of character for the new looking Indian batting. India is yet to loose a Test this year (4-0 to Australia and 2-0 to West Indies) but the upcoming Proteas squad will be the real ‘test’.
In this pre-match program, skipper MS Dhoni reminded everybody that there is ‘finally’ going to be a no-Sachin game. He said, “With the last Test match we played in India, it is 100 percent sure that Sachin won’t be available for any more international series. It was always good to have him, but now that he won’t be there, we have to concentrate on what he have in our hands. We have accepted that fact and moved on.” But former India skipper Kapil Dev wants Dhoni’s young lads to idolise Tendulkar.
Speaking on a news channel, 1983 World Cup winner said that, “The new players must take a leaf out of Sachin’s book. If we think about missing players, then we will never progress. You will always miss players like Sachin, Dravid and Laxman. But we should not think about it now.”
Clearly, Indian batsmen came a cropper when they took on South Africa pace attack during the ODI games but Tests presents a different picture. If Kapil Dev’s words are to be taken seriously, Team India will need a miracle to win this series in South Africa.