Kapil Dev has criticised Sachin Tendulkar and though he did not do justice with his talent. He was adamant that had be been more expressive and explosive, he would have succeeded more as a cricketer. He added that he spent time with people who wanted him to play neat cricket rather than the other way round.
He compared Sachin to the ruthlessness of Viv Richards and Sehwag and his inability to play like them (Quotes via Khaleej times)
“Don’t get me wrong, but I think Sachin didn’t do justice to his talent. I always thought he could have done much more than what he did,”
“He (Sachin) got stuck with Bombay cricket. He didn’t apply himself to the international ‘ruthless’ cricket. I think he should have spent more time with Vivian Richards than some of the Bombay guys who played just neat and straight cricket. “Sachin was a much better cricketer but somewhere along the line he just knew how to score hundreds. He didn’t know how to make it a double hundred, or a triple or even 400s,”
“He (Sachin) had the ability. He was technically sound but I felt he was there to get his hundred and that’s it. Unlike Richards, Sachin wasn’t ruthless, he was more of a perfect, or rather correct cricketer. Had I spent more time with him I would have told him ‘go enjoy yourself, play like Virender Sehwag’. You will be a much better cricketer.”