Azharuddin made a most blunt remark on Sachin Tendulkar's captaincy skills by saying that the batsman did not have it in him to succeed as a skipper. In an interview to GQ magazine, Azharuddin was asked about his views on Tendulkar's inability to succeed as a captain.

"I don't want to talk about him (Tendulkar). There are some people I just don't want to talk about," said Azharuddin, who played 99 Test matches for India. He added: "Tendulkar didn't have it in him to succeed as a captain."