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Why did Sachin quit THE job of the captain of the Indian cricket team has always been a crown of thorns Right from the time of Lala Amarnath Sunil Gavaskar Bishen Singh Bedi Kapil Dev to Mohammad Azharuddin controversies have dogged all the captains But they were all mature enough to understand that the performance of the team could be as good as the members of the team And when these captains were eased out of the hot seat they had very little to complain about But nothing can beat the way master blaster Sachin Tendulkar quit recently Why Sachin opted out of the job of captain might never be known He has always kept his cards close to his chest True he is a keen cricketer a 100 per cent performer But sometimes he expects all the other ten players in the team to perform like him which unfortunately is not always possible For a cricketer who has such immaculate timing while wielding the willow Sachin Tendulkars timing of the announcement to step down from the captaincy of the Indian squad was definitely not well-timed If he really wanted to take moral responsibility for Indias miserable showing in Australia both in the Tests as well as the tri-nation one-day series the time to announce his decision to step down should have been shortly after returning to India He had time enough to consult his friends and advisers Instead he waited right till the last moment prior to the selection of the Indian team for the first Test against South Africa when he had a detailed discussion with the Chairman of the Selection Committee Chandu Borde and a long talk on the mobile with Kapil Dev who incidentally did not attend the selection committee meeting and instead opted to sulk in Delhi He then came out of the meeting and announced that he was stepping down from the captaincy Therefore
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