Former Australian captain Ian Chappell says Sachin Tendulkar should now
introspect whether he is playing cricket for right reasons.
"When a player of Tendulkar's ability starts blaming other people for his
failure to deliver, it's time he looked in the mirror and asked himself:
'Am I playing this game for the right reason?
"There's only one reason to play cricket; to help your team win matches.
If a player gives everything and the team loses there is no shame in that,
but when individual statistics start to overshadow the team result then
clearly there is a problem," Chappell wrote in his column for 'Sunday
Chappell said that Tendulkar became desperate at not being able to score
his 100th international century and that led to his gesture that Lee
blocked him during a tri-series match in Sydney.
"What could have been a glorious farewell tour of Australia for Sachin
Tendulkar has turned into an ongoing tale of missed opportunities, leading
to frustration all round," Chappell said.
"With each failure to score his coveted 100th international century,
Tendulkar has become more desperate to the point where, when he was run
out at the SCG, he gestured in Brett Lee's direction as if to say: 'It was
his fault I was caught short of my crease'," he said.
Chappell felt that Tendulkar search for his 100th international ton has
become a "burden" to the Indian team.
"That's been a huge hurdle for India to overcome all summer - Tendulkar's
search for his 100th century has become a burden on the team as well as
the player," he said.