India’s 1983 World Cup-winning skipper Kapil Dev reckons that Sachin Tendulkar could never triumph the art of scoring double hundreds and triple hundreds despite knowing how to score hundreds. Tendulkar completed his career as the overseeing run-getter in international cricket, with 34,357 runs across formats — 15,921 in 200 Tests, 18426 in 463 ODIs and 10 in 1 T20 international.
Tendulkar was the first player to knock a double hundred in ODIs when he struck 200 not out off 147 balls against South Africa in Gwalior on February 24, 2010.
However, Tendulkar tended to score only six Test double centuries and was ranked 12th in the list of batsmen with most 200s.
Kapil Dev on Sachin Tendulkar
Kapil Dev said that he had never seen someone as talented as Sachin Tendulkar but former India skipper never became a ruthless batsman.
“Sachin had so much talent that I hadn’t seen it in anyone. He knew how to score hundreds but he never became a ruthless batsman. Sachin had everything in cricket. He knew how to score hundreds but didn’t know how to convert those hundreds into 200s and 300s,” Kapil Dev told former India cricketer and current women’s team head coach WV Raman in an interview.
“Sachin should have made five triple centuries and another 10 double tons because he could hit fast bowlers and spinners for a boundary every over. Since he was from Mumbai they had a mindset of when you score a hundred make a line and start from zero again. And that’s where I said no, you are such a ruthless cricketer, bowlers should fear you.” Kapil further said.
“Sachin’s talent was par excellence. But after a scoring a hundred he used to take singles and didn’t become ruthless,” Kapil added.
For the record, current India captain Virat Kohli has the most number of double hundreds (7) in Test cricket and only two Indians have scored triple tons – Virender Sehwag (2) and Karun Nair.