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Tendulkar will bounce back: Sidhu

"His form is bad, but nobody has the right to say Tendulkar is finished. He still has got a lot to contribute," cricketer-turned-politician said.

india Updated: Mar 20, 2006 18:00 IST

Noting that booeing of Sachin Tendulkar in his home ground in Mumbai was a "sad day in in the history of Indian cricket," cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhuon Tuesdaysaid the great player will bounce back and prove his credentials.

"At the moment, yes, his form is bad, but nobody has the right to say Tendulkar is finished. He still has got a lot to contribute to the Indian cricket," Sidhu told.

Asked if the booeing by a packed Wankhede Stadium crowd yesterday was justified when Tendulkar got out for one in the first innings of the third and final Test against England, Sidhu said "you can't question public sentiments".

"They love him and they want him to give his best performance every time he comes out to bat in the middle. But, yes it is a sad day in Indian cricket that a great hero had to face this.

"Still, we have examples when Sunil Gavaskar has had to face this and even Kapil too has not been spared. But when you have your head above the rest expect brickbats too. Only a tree which is laden with fruit is pelted with stones. Never complain, never explain, but just do your best," he said dishing out his Sidhuisms which the Amritsar MP is famous for.

On the India's decision to field first in the Mumbai Test, Sidhu said "it has boomeranged".

"Simply, because of the fact that we went with five bowlers we have been forced to take to field. But then they too have not been able to restrict England to around 250. Had we gone in with four bowlers, we would not have ever thought of asking England to bat first," he reasoned.

First Published: Mar 20, 2006 18:00 IST