Melbourne, Mar.4 (ANI): Former Australian captain and now a cricket expert Ian Chappell believes that it is time for India's Sachin Tendulkar to ask himself whether he is playing cricket for the right reasons.
In an article for the Daily Telegraph, Chappell says the Tendulkar saga has turned into an ongoing tale of missed opportunities, leading to frustration all round.
"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," says Chappell.
He added: "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?"
Chappell believes that any cricketer worth his salt should have only one reason to play cricket-to help his 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," he opines.
He suggests that Tendulkar's search for his 100th international century has become a burden on the Indian team as well as on the player.
He claims that Tendulkar lost form as the tour in Australia progressed.
In his article, Chappell also questions the Indian selection process. He questions the reasoning behind selecting Tendulkar for the one-day series in Australia when he had not played a single one-day international after the World Cup final.
Describing Tendulkar as being too fastidious about his surroundings when batting, Chappell suggests that the Indian batting maestro could help himself by being more relaxed on this score, and do the job assigned to him - score runs.
He concludes his write-up by saying that "when a player is constantly accorded star treatment on the field it starts to annoy other cricketers, and not necessarily only those in the opposition" (ANI)