John Buchanan takes on Indian cricketers in his book
John Buchanan, the former Australian and Indian Premier League team Kolkata Knight Riders' coach, might have left India, but he is not able to resist commenting on Indian cricketers.cricket Updated: Jul 09, 2009 15:12 IST
John Buchanan, the former Australian and Indian Premier League team Kolkata Knight Riders coach, might have left India, but he is not able to resist commenting on Indian cricketers.
In his new book, The Future of Cricket: The Rise of Twenty20, Buchanan has criticised Sachin Tendulkar, former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar and several other national and international players.
Buchan has questioned Sachin Tendulkar's cricket skills in his book and has written that Sachin Tendulkar is not good enough for IPL. Buchanan believes that he cannot dominate in a T20 match.
"History will remember him as a cricketing master. But is he an effective T20 player at this stage of his career? In the position he plays, as an opener or No 3, the T20 game requires not only the finesse and skill he has, but also power and domination... an ability to take the bowlers on while being creative," writes Buchanan.
"You have to be inventive, fearless. And I don't see those qualities as part of Sachin's make-up at this stage of his career. Sachin Tendulkar is still a great player, but not in this arena of T20," he adds.
Buchanan refers to the veteran player Sunil Gavaskar as 'blinkered by bias and tradition'.
About Yuvraj Singh, Buchanan writes, "Yuvraj Singh in a sense tries to be a modern-day Ganguly, but I don't think he has the charisma or the dignity with which Ganguly carries himself."
Buchanan has also commented on Harbhajan Singh and international players such as Kevin Pietersen and Shoaib Akhtar.