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On the wrong foot

Call him a genius and treat him like any ordinary man. Taking a whack at Sachin Tendulkar for being bowled out is the closest we can come to making fun of him.

india Updated: Sep 04, 2012 23:11 IST

Call him a genius and treat him like any ordinary man. If there is anyone who can empathise with Sachin Tendulkar's current plight, it would be Daniel Day Lewis. After all, it is the batsman's left foot that is the focus of all attention, and if anyone knows all about that part of the anatomy, it would be the man who gave a masterly performance in the 1989 film My Left Foot, the year Tendulkar arrived on the international scene. While all experts tear into the technical aspects of the master's immobile left foot, there are other theories floating around. One, it is down to improper coaching by the New Zealand camp. Otherwise, why would 20 something pacers pitch it up again and again to bowl to our generation's greatest player when they should be pounding him with bouncers, and be pulled to the boundary.

The other, more plausible, line is that it is part of a grand plan hatched in the Indian dressing room. With England and Australia due to tour India later in the season and eager to study the video footage of young batsmen like Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli, the idea is to divert their attention. And Duncan Fletcher and Co have succeeded, going by how they have diverted attention at least within our country. As for the man, he is quite the 'comeback king' without ever going out of the picture. Every time questions are asked about his technique, scores or approach to batting, he produces a big knock to return to the top.

Come to think of it, all this attention on Tendulkar is because he is an edit writer's headache. He refuses to court controversies like Shane Warne, Kevin Pietersen, Shoaib Akhtar or Cristiano Ronaldo. He doesn't even rant like Oscar Pistorious did after he lost the 'battle of blade-runners' to a Brazilian rival in the Paralympics. So, Tendulkar getting bowled out thrice is about the closest we will get to having a little fun at his expense.