WAS SACHIN TENDULKAR’S OFFSPIN WEAKNESS OVERLOOKED BY MOST OF THE PEOPLE?

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Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, one of the legends of cricket is considered to be one of the best batsmen to have played the game. A dream start and then a dream career, what else would be bigger than this for any aspiring cricketer. Such was Sachin’s whole career, completely star-studded. He totally bossed the game with numerous records in his name, having scored huge piles of runs in an exhilarating fashion. He is an idol of many aspiring young cricketers.

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Muttiah Muralitharan another legend from Sri Lanka and one of the greatest spinners of all times recently said that Sachin had a weakness against off-spin. However, he also mentioned several good points.

Muttiah said in an interview with ESPN “ For Sachin, there was no fear to bowl because he won’t hurt you. Unlike Sehwag who can hurt you.” These are some big words against any former player and that too about the one and only Sachin Tendulkar that bowling to him wasn’t a fear, however the statistics mention a few things, most of which aren’t enough to conclude that Sachin had this weakness, however these are some words of one of the best spinners.

Throughout his career, he noticed some of his shortcomings against off-spin. Probably the only weakness in the master blaster, was it a small one? Was it just against Muttiah Muralitharan? Or a major shortcoming overlooked by all?

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Muttiah Muralitharan during his career took Sachin’s wicket a total of 13 times, which is a huge figure for any single person to take against one of the greatest of all times.

The top spinners to have taken the most number of wickets against him in are–

IN TEST CRICKET

Muttiah Muralitharan (8), Daniel Vettori (5), Monty Panesar (4), Graeme Swann (4), Nathan Lyon (4)

IN ODIs

Sanath Jayasuriya (5), Muttiah Muralitharan (5), Daniel Vettori (3), Shane Thomson (3)

Sachin Tendulkar during his career has many times been compared with several other greats like Don Bradman. The comparisons in most cases than not put him ahead against pace bowling, however, he lacked a bit against spin, off-spin to be precise. It definitely wasn’t a huge loophole for Sachin and all the success and records speak for him. However with such high-class batsmen, there is always certain criticism regarding small points, one such point was his not a high ability to tackle spin. In his test match career, Sachin has gotten out to spin bowling 92 times, right-arm spin bowlers being more successful. However runs against spin have never been an issue because against right-arm spinners he averages 44.23, however, he was better at battling the left-arm spinners with a massive 65.52 average against left-arm spinners.

To conclude, it seems that Sachin wasn’t as comfortable playing spin, especially off-spin as much as he was comfortable playing pace. However, everybody has their own strengths, playing off-spin might not be one of his strengths but it definitely wasn’t a major shortcoming and such a shortcoming against spin wouldn’t have made him one of the all-time greats.

To conclude, it seems that Sachin wasn’t as comfortable playing spin, especially off-spin as much as he was comfortable playing pace. However, everybody has their own strengths, playing off-spin might not be one of his strengths but it definitely wasn’t a major shortcoming and such a shortcoming against spin wouldn’t have made him one of the all-time greats.

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