Kris Srikkanth might have captained India in simply 4 Tests and 13 ODIs, however he had what it takes to have been given an extended captaincy rope, feels former India leg-spinner Laxman Sivaramakrishnan. Impressed by what he noticed of Srikkanth as skipper, Sivaramakrishnan credited the previous India opener for his function in shaping a younger Sachin Tendulkar early on in his profession.
When Tendulkar made his Test debut in November 1989 adopted by his ODI debut a month later, Srikkanth was India’s captain and Sivaramakrishnan reckons the India captain instilled a way of perception and confidence that allowed the then 16-year-outdated Tendulkar to thrive.
“Cheeka (Srikkanth) was an aggressive captain. He provided a lot of results. He was very proactive,” Sivaramakrishnan stated on the Cricket Connected Show on Star Sports Tamil.
“A player like Tendulkar made his debut under Cheeka’s captaincy. Cheeka’s encouragement to Sachin Tendulkar at that young age gave him confidence and he went on to become the world’s best batsmen. We’ve had a lot of inspirational captains, but I always feel Cheeka could have captained more.”
Few are conscious of the necessity for an understanding captain for a teen higher than Sivaramakrishnan. When Sivaramakrishnan burst onto the scene in the course of the 1985 World Series in Australia, he was simply 19 however backed to the hilt by the good Sunil Gavaskar, who had requested for his choice. And the leg-spinner didn’t disappoint his captain, claiming 10 wickets from 5 matches.
Even although Sivaramakrishnan ended up taking part in solely 9 Tests and 16 ODIs for India, his early success, the previous leg-spinner says, was as a result of Gavaskar’s religion in him. “Gavaskar’s captaincy and his man management. I was only 19-years-old and I needed guidance and Gavaskar gave me that guidance perfectly,” he stated.