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Lord's would be the perfect venue for Sachin Tendulkar's 100th century

Posted by anccricket on July 18, 2011 at 2:19 AM Comments comments (0)

Occasionally the good and the great can tinker with fate. Sachin Tendulkar is as good and as great as any cricketer of any generation and he is heading to Lord's with landmarks galore on the horizon.


Indeed there is a script for this week that even the odd Bollywood writer might find a little too far-fetched. Sachin Tendulkar comes to Lord's, the home of cricket, to play in the 2000th Test of all time. It is probably his last chance to appear in a Test on the sacred ground, where his highest score up to now has been a bewilderingly paltry 37. On the boards in the Lord's dressing rooms there is no mention of Tendulkar. In the past the engravers have not even double-checked the spelling of his name.


As it happens Tendulkar has 99 international hundreds. If not Mumbai, then Lord's is the place for that 100th century, to set the record right before he even contemplates retirement and further beatification.


Perhaps he reaches his ton with a trademark driven six off Graeme Swann, caught by one of the members in the pavilion, which takes India to victory. Cue rousing music, not a dry handkerchief in St Johns Wood and Tendulkar ton-up T-shirts for sale within seconds of the "little master" being carried back to the pavilion on his team-mates' shoulders.


Tendulkar says such thoughts have not entered his head. "I am not thinking of records," he says. "I am just thinking of this tour. The secret to any performance is not chasing records." Well, as the highest run-scorer in Test history, currently 2,329 ahead of Ricky Ponting, he should know. But everyone else seems to be thinking about those records.


The cricketing gods, who discovered they had a disciple in Alastair Cook after the one-day international at Lord's when Angelo Mathews went on a go-slow to allow his partner a century, rarely have much truck with fairytales. The scene was set in Mumbai in April when we last glimpsed Tendulkar, in the World Cup final. He had made only 18 when he was caught behind off Lasith Malinga, whereupon he relinquished centre stage to Mahendra Dhoni.


Even Haroon Lorgat, the President of the International Cricket Council, had suggested that Mumbai should be Tendulkar's stage in that World Cup. When asked to justify the choice of Mumbai for the final Lorgat said that the venue would give Tendulkar the chance to sign off in his home town. Wouldn't that be wonderful? So much for Olympian objectivity from the man at the top of world cricket.


But Tendulkar after all these years – 22 as a Test cricketer since he made his debut against Imran Khan, Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram in Karachi in 1989 – tends to operate by different rules now. He is a man apart. No one sledges him, although there is still time for that nasty Stuart Broad to have a go.


This is what sometimes happens to the truly greats. After a while no one sledged Viv Richards (mind you, the fact that he always looked like a pocket Joe Frazier may have helped as well). Pat Pocock recalls the 1973-74 tour of the Caribbean in David Tossell's book on Tony Greig. It was a feisty series. Pocock says: "There was a deliberate effort [by Greig and the England team] to wind blokes up. It only stopped when Garry Sobers walked in. Then no one said a word. It would have been like swearing at the Pope." Sobers, Richards and Tendulkar earned the right not be subjected to much abuse.


If Broad or Jimmy Anderson are inclined to have a word this week at Lord's they had better be careful. Matt Prior can remind them of the hullaballoo at the suggestion that he was sledging Tendulkar from behind the stumps back in 2007. There was an odd conversation about cars picked up by the stump microphone.


Prior was pilloried by one and all and later he was at pains to explain that he did not commit such an indignity. Tendulkar, by the way, has a passion for cars and the fact that he has recently sold a Ferrari, which was gifted to him, has been a major news story in India.


Andrew Strauss, who first witnessed Tendulkar at the crease as a 13-year-old at the 1990 Lord's Test, is not so petty as to refrain from lauding one of his opponents. "He is phenomenal," says Strauss, "and the best possible example to us all for his technique and his mental strength. And he is a dignified, humble man. It would be fantastic for him to reach 100 hundreds at Lord's. It would be a fairy tale for him. But I'm not a big fan of those sort of fairy tales, to be honest."


Strauss then points out the attribute that really astounds Tendulkar's fellow Test cricketers – his astonishing hunger for the game: "He is genuinely still in love with the game and that is what drives him on."


Rahul Dravid, who has batted with him as often as anyone, echoes this view. "Sachin's longevity comes down to the joy that he still gets from playing. After 20 years of international he still has a child-like enthusiasm."


Amid all his gifts, stamina ranks high. For the majority of his 22 years at the highest level he has concentrated on nothing other than scoring runs.


He did captain India in 25 Tests between October 1996 and March 2000. Having been victorious in three of his first four matches in charge, he won just one more game in the next 21. His record of won four, lost nine, drawn 12 is at best unremarkable. Captaincy was not really his thing.


Nor was fielding in the slips. Most of the great batsmen since the war – except Geoffrey Boycott and Tendulkar – have resided there. The best players usually have the best reflexes, and generally they like not having to run around too much. But fielding in the slips requires great powers of concentration and it may be that Tendulkar and Boycott were more interested in conserving their energies by strolling around at mid-off. They preferred to opt out of any extra responsibilities.


Don Bradman was not a regular in the slips, either, and no one has ever been compared to Bradman so frequently as Tendulkar. Moreover no one other than Tendulkar has ever been compared to Bradman by Bradman himself. This was deemed to be the ultimate accolade.


But there are plenty of differences between them beyond the disparity in their Test averages. Bradman used a Swan Vesta-style bat compared to the beautifully balanced clubs of today. Tendulkar may be a little man but he must have wrists of steel to control the remarkably heavy bat he uses.


Bradman, while admired by his colleagues, was vehemently disliked by many of them (who were usually Catholics). That has never been the case with Tendulkar. Never a murmur has been heard against him from the Indian dressing room. That would be sacrilege.


Moreover Bradman was willing to take on the Australian board – though later on he hated being challenged by the players when he joined that board. As far as we can tell Tendulkar has never seriously fallen out with the Indian authorities – certainly not in the manner of Sunil Gavaskar, his cricketing godfather and the donor of an early pair of pads.


It is amazing that Tendulkar should be at the pinnacle of international cricket for more than two decades and yet avoid any serious controversy.


There was a suggestion from the referee Mike Denness that he might have tampered with the ball in South Africa in 2001. All of India was appalled (not by Tendulkar, but by Denness). And he may have been a bit grumpy after Dravid declared when he was 194 not out against Pakistan in Multan in 2004.


Otherwise he just charms with the purity of his batsmanship. Hence we move eagerly on to Lord's to see whether Tendulkar can tinker with the cricketing gods. Will his fate be decided by Anderson (Jimmy), who has had his successes against him in the past, or Anderson (Hans Christian)?


Whatever happens Tendulkar will accept his lot with quiet dignity while the rest of us can feel privileged to say: "We were there."

Sachin Tendulkar Trades Ferrrari for Nissan GT-R Supercar

Posted by anccricket on June 29, 2011 at 6:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Sachin Tendulkar may have sold off his Ferrari but he is the proud owner of a brand new NissanThe reason for shunning the Ferrari and the prancing horse symbol has been revealed as Sachin Tendulkar added a brand new Nissan GT-R Supercar to his swank garage that already includes two BMWs as well as a Skoda.



Sachin Tendulkar’s Ferrari Modena 360 was recently in the news because Tendulkar had apparently sold it to a businessman from Surat. The news was met with puzzlement by many because the car, a rarity in itself, was a gift from FIAT to the Indian batting maestro and handed over by Michael Schumacher, the seven time Formula One racing champion after Tendulkar equaled the late great Sir Don Bradman’s record of twenty-nine Test centuries.


However, as speculated, Tendulkar had trouble taking the car out on the roads with the red Ferrari the most obviously recognizable piece of asset for Tendulkar besides himself. In that light, it was considered that rather than some bizarre news speculation that Tendulkar was crunching numbers and cash strapped ( as if that were possible given Tendulkar’s middle class upbringing), it was possible that Tendulkar realized what he could not enjoy, he did not want to own.


However, Tendulkar’s garage is now refurbished by a brand new car that costs apparently something in the region of Rs.40 lakhs or about $90,000. It happens to be the Nissan GT-R Supercar, the 530 horse-powered, twin turbo, four-wheel drive customized specifically to suit Sachin Tendulkar’s driving style.


Mahendra Singh Dhoni may have shifted gears since he first entered the Indian dressing room, entering the list of Forbes’ richest people and even pipping Sachin Tendulkar on endorsement deals. But that has not meant that Tendulkar has suffered a image change. If anything, Tendulkar’s tremendous run in the past two years have only made him a force larger than even before, which says something for the man who has left nothing to be conquered apart from his own personal milestones. He is certainly basking in the realization of a long cherished goal – that of winning the World Cup, which he was able to do with the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 as the Indian cricket team went onto lift the trophy after twenty-eight long years.


Sachin Tendulkar’s new bungalow in Mumbai, switching cards and his presence at Wimbledon and his meeting with Roger Federer, have all kept him in the headlines even though Sachin Tendulkar is technically taking time away from the game even as the Indian cricket team is currently on tour of the West Indies in order to spend time with his team. Sachin Tendulkar will not be able to enjoy any of these for too long as India are slated to take on the tour of England with Tendulkar in tow.

Amazing Testimonies On Sachin Tendulkar

Posted by anccricket on May 30, 2011 at 5:39 AM Comments comments (0)

The amazing and frank testimonies on the legend called Sachin Tendulkar by his contemporaries and admirers:

"I have seen God, he bats at number 4 for India."

Mathew Hayden

"Nothing bad can happen to us if we're on a plane in India with Sachin Tendulkar on it."

- Hashim Amla, the South African batsman, reassures himself as he boards a flight.

"Sometimes you get so engrossed in watching batsmen like Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar that you lose focus on your job."

- Yaseer Hameed in pakistani newspaper.

"To Sachin, the man we all want to be"

- Andrew Symonds wrote on an aussie t-shirt he autographed specially for Sachin.

"Beneath the helmet, under that unruly curly hair, inside the cranium, there is something we don't know, something beyond scientific measure. Something that allows him to soar, to roam a territory of sport that, forget us, even those who are gifted enough to play alongside him cannot even fathom. When he goes out to bat, people switch on their TV sets and switch off their lives."

- BBC on Sachin

"Tuzhe pata hai tune kiska catch chhoda hai?"

- Wasim Akram to Abdul Razzaq when the latter dropped Sachin's catch in 2003 WC.

Sachin is a genius. I'm a mere mortal.

- Brian Charles Lara

"We did not lose to a team called India...we lost to a man called Sachin."

- Mark Taylor, during the test match in Chennai (1997)

"The more I see of him the more confused I'm getting to which is his best knock."

- M. L. Jaisimha

"The joy he brings to the millions of his countrymen, the grace with which he handles all the adulation and the expectations and his innate humility - all make for a one-in-a-billion individual,"

- Glen McGrath

"I can be hundred per cent sure that Sachin will not play for a minute longer when he is not enjoying himself. He is still so eager to go out there and play. He will play as long as he feels he can play,"

- Anjali Tendulkar

"Even my father's name is Sachin Tendulkar."

- Tendulkar's daughter, Sara, tells her class her father's name after the teacher informs them of a restaurant of the same name in Mumbai.

Question: Who do you think as most important celebrity ?

Shah Rukh Khan: There was a big party where stars from bollywood and cricket were invited. Suddenly, there was a big noise, all wanted to see approaching Amitabh Bachhan. Then Sachin entered the hall and Amitabh was leading the queue to get a grab of the GENIUS!!

- Shah Rukh Khan in an interview.

"India me aap PrimeMinister ko ek Baar Katghare me khada kar sakte hain..Par Sachin Tendulkar par Ungli nahi utha Sakte.. "

- Navjot Singh Sidhu on TV

He can play that leg glance with a walking stick also.

- Waqar Younis

'I Will See God When I Die But Till Then I Will See Sachin'

- A banner in Sharjah

Sachin Tendulkar has often reminded me of a veteran army colonel who has many medals on his chest to show how he has conquered bowlers all over the world. I was bowling to Sachin and he hit me for two fours in a row. One from point and the other in between point and gully. That was the last two balls of the over and the over after that we (SA) took a wicket and during the group meeting i told Jonty (Rhodes) to be alert and i know a way to pin Sachin. And i delivered the first ball of my next over and it was a fuller length delevery outside offstump. And i shouted catch. To my astonishment the ball was hit to the cover boundary. Such was the brilliance of Sachin. His reflex time is the best i have ever seen. Its like 1/20th of a sec. To get his wicket better not prepare. Atleast u wont regret if he hits you for boundaries.

- Allan Donald

On a train from Shimla to Delhi, there was a halt in one of the stations. The train stopped by for few minutes as usual. Sachin was nearing century, batting on 98. The passengers, railway officials, everyone on the train waited for Sachin to complete the century. This Genius can stop time in India!!

- Peter Rebouck - Aussie journalist

"Sachin cannot cheat. He is to cricket what (Mahatma) Gandhiji was to politics. It's clear discrimination. "

- NKP Salve, former Union Minister when Sachin was accused of ball tempering

There are 2 kind of batsmen in the world. One Sachin Tendulkar. Two all the others.

- Andy Flower

"Commit all your sins when Sachin is batting. They will go unnoticed coz even the GOD is watching"

- A hoarding in England

Sachin Tendulkar Hits 50th Century In Test Cricket

Posted by anccricket on December 20, 2010 at 1:44 AM Comments comments (0)

Sachin Tendulkar became the first player to score 50 centuries in cricket’s elite Test format as he led India’s resistance yesterday against South Africa.

The 37-year-old right-hander, the leading run scorer in Tests and one-day internationals, brought up his latest hundred on the fourth day of the first Test in Centurion as India battled to save the match. Tendulkar raised his bat and looked to the sky after reaching triple figures.

It’s the fourth major milestone this year for Tendulkar at the stage of his career when batsmen typically decline. He became the first player to score a double-century in a one-day international in February and six months later played in a record 169th Test. He reached an unprecedented 14,000 Test runs in October.

“He can also get 75 hundreds if he wants,” former India fast bowler Javagal Srinath said in an interview. “This is one guy who doesn’t have any problems as far as batting is concerned. Even if he is out of form, he is the only guy to come out of it as quickly as possible and be as effective as ever.”

Mumbai-born Tendulkar, who made his debut against India’s archrival Pakistan as a 16-year-old, also has the most runs, 17,598, and hundreds, 46, in one-day internationals.

Australia captain Ricky Ponting, Indian teammate Rahul Dravid and South Africa’s Jacques Kallis are the only other active players to have scored more than 10,000 Test runs.

‘Made for Cricket’

With a style based on balance, precision and anticipation, Tendulkar’s mastery of an array of shots has enabled him to accumulate runs in all conditions and in any country, earning the 5-foot-5 player the nickname “Little Master.”

“He is made for cricket,” said Srinath, who took 236 Test wickets for India. “He is a run machine.”

Tendulkar registered his first three-figure score in Tests against England in 1990 when aged 17 and made 16 Test hundreds by the age of 25. His average -- at 56.55 runs per Test innings before the current match -- is the highest by any Indian who batted at least 20 times and 14th in a list headed by Donald Bradman on 99.94.

His run-scoring feats have made him an idol at home, where cricket is the most popular sport among the India’s population of 1.2 billion. He was given the honorary rank of group captain by the Indian Air Force in June in recognition of his “glorious achievements as a cricketer and sports icon.”

Indian Icon

Each Tendulkar innings on home soil is still met with adulation and scrutiny, according to Om Prakash Chowdhry, who has been working at New Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium for about three decades as a groundskeeper.

“People stand up when Sachin walks out to the pitch and the stadium reverberates with the chants of his name,” Chowdhry, 50, said in an interview. “And the stands empty the moment he gets out.”

Yesterday’s score in South Africa has given India a slim chance of avoiding defeat in the first Test of a three-match series. India needed at least 484 to make the home team bat again, and was at 454-8 when bad light ended play. Tendulkar is unbeaten on 107.

In notching his seventh Test century of 2010, Tendulkar moved 11 clear of Ponting atop the century-makers’ list.

While Tendulkar is 20 months older than Ponting, he’s unlikely to be retiring anytime soon, said Abbas Ali Baig, who played 10 Tests for India and managed the team at the 1992 Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

“I think he will still get to a century of centuries in international cricket,” Baig said in an interview. “That would be something. He’s very keen on fitness and he will maybe still go on for a while longer.”


Posted by anccricket on May 6, 2010 at 12:33 AM Comments comments (1)


Sachin Tendulkar has joined Twitter, and even if you aren’t following him yourself, you are missing something. The God himself is available in Twitter and his fan following scores 85,000 plus in just 20 hours.

It took him over 20 years to rack up 17,598 runs in 442 one-dayers, 13,447 in 166 Test matches, 92 international tons and 147 international half-centuries; it took him just over 20 hours to collect over 85,000 followers (and counting very fast) on social networking site Twitter.

The Mumbai Indians batsman posted his first message Tuesday night: “Finally the original SRT is on twitter n the first thing I’d like to do is wish my colleagues the best in the windies.”

Twelve hours later, he has more than 20,000 followers.

Many fans couldn’t believe it was him, skepticism that could be due to the many fake Sachin accounts already on the micro blogging service.

One of his teammates, Zaheer Khan, confirmed the news on his own Twitter account, writing “Yes! Its true Sachin Tendulkar is on twitter.”

Shilpa Shetty, a Bollywood actress added to the buzz. “Finally on twitter, The God of cricket himself,” she tweeted. “A big welcome shout for SACHIN TENDULKAR.”

Mr. Tendulkar is already proving to be as prolific with his BlackBerry (several tweets indicate he used the wireless device to post them) and TwitPic as he is on the pitch. He followed up his first tweet with more updates, photos and shout-outs to his friends Vinod Chopra and Atul Kasbekar (who posted “Let’s get @sachin_rt on top of the twitter verse in world record time, how cool to have an Indian displace Ashton Kutcher!”;).

His tweets included information on a new Vinod Chopra production (Ferrari ki Sawaari), updates on his injury (“got stitches removed… will keep you posted on this”;) and, perhaps, the reason he was on the website in the first place (“My kids r happy that I m finally on twitter.They hv been tryin 2 get me 2 join twitter or facebook for ages”;).

Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty followed: “Finally on twitter, The God of cricket himself. A big welcome shout for SACHIN TENDULKAR himself… spread the word”.

“Good to see you here,” wrote Sania Mirza, while Deepika Padukone attempted to set in motion a charge for another Tendulkar record: “The only record left for him 2 break is max number of followers:-)”. Hollywood star Ashton Kutcher, who famously beat ‘CNN Breaking News’ in a race to 1,000,000 followers more than a year ago, currently leads the way with 4,850,350.


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Posted by anccricket on March 3, 2010 at 5:29 AM Comments comments (2)

Sachin Tendulkar became the first man ever to score double hundred in one-dayers. The former India captain reached the landmark with a single off Charl Langeveldt in the final over. India won the match by 153 runs to take a winning 2-0 lead in the series after bowling out the tourists for 248.


The 36-year-old hit 25 fours (a world record) and three sixes in a stunning 200 off 147 balls.

It passed the previous best of 194, set by Pakistan's Saeed Anwar in 1997 and Zimbabwe's Charles Coventry last year. Anwar made 194 against India in May 1997 while Coventry hit the same total not out against Bangladesh. His previous best one-day knock was the 186 not out scored against New Zealand in 1999.


Sachin now holds the record for most runs in tests (13,447), most runs in one-day internationals (17,598), most centuries in Tests (47) and most centuries in ODIs (46). He has played 166 Test matches with a batting average of 55.56. He has appeared in 442 One-day internationals, with a batting average of 45.12

He has also scored 125 centuries and 208 half centuries in domestic matches.

Sachin also has nearly 200 international wickets, and another 275 domestic wickets. Which by the way, are not World Records!


Sachin's 20 glorious years in international cricket

Posted by anccricket on December 20, 2009 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (1)

THE LIVING legend Sachin Tendulkar has been playing international cricket for the last two decades and it’s wonderful to see him still fit, young and hungry for runs, as he breaks record after record in cricket.

In these years, he has amassed over 30,000 runs, 87 centuries, 50 plus average, 200 wickets and 232 catches. He is as good a cricketer as Sunil Gavaskar, as destructive as Vivan Richards and can hold himself in comparison to Don Bradman.

In his test career, since his debut against Pakistan in 1989, Sachin has cemented his greatness with loads of runs. He has played 159 tests, scoring 12,773 runs with 42 centuries, at an average of 54.58. From the 436 ODI matches he played since December 19, 1989 against Pakistan in Gujranwala, he has amassed 17,178 runs at an average of 44.50 with 45 hundreds.

For him, there is no end to getting better, no matter whatever he has already achieved. Legends are born, not made and Sachin Tendulkar has proved this to the cricketing world. The way Sachin has carried himself for the last 20 years has been exceptional. He is an ideal role model for all budding cricketers.

Sachin Tendulkar, son of Ramesh Tendulkar and Sau Rajani, was born on April 24, 1973. Since his childhood, he used to play cricket with his elder brother Ajit Tendulkar. In 1985, he changed his school and joined Dadar’s Shardashram Vidyamandir. Under the able guidance of his coach, Ramakant Achrekar, he scored over 1,200 runs in schools cricket, including two triple centuries. He scored 326 not out for Shardashram against St Xavier’s in the Harris Shield tournament, putting on 664 runs with his fellow Vinod Kambli.

He is also the youngest test cricketer for India. He was just 16 years old when he took on the tough Pakistanis in the first test at Karachi in 1989. He played alongside some of his childhood heroes (Kapil Dev’s hundredth match) in his debut. Though he was able to score only 15 runs in his first innings, he impressed the cricket fraternity very much.

Many players of the Indian Cricket team have been replaced, dropped, injured, or stopped playing cricket. However, Sachin Tendulkar has been consistent and has never been replaced by someone else due to lack of performance.

Immensely gifted and blessed with an impeccable technique, many consider his style to be almost perfect. Sachin’s straight drives, cover drives, hook shots, are all amazingly timed. His timing of the ball is one of the best and he knows the weaknesses and strengths of most bowlers. Making mistakes rarely, the only time he gets out is when the bowler bowls an excellent delivery, or he tries to hit the ball hard.

Sachin has always been the best batsman in the world, not only for the loads of runs he has scored but also, for the pace at which he has got those runs, giving bowlers enough time to bowl out the opposition. He has scored tons of runs in all countries in different conditions and against the best bowling attacks. Be it Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Walsh, Vaas, Mcgrath, Murlitharan or Warne.

In batting, he has reached a stage that others can only dream of. There was a time when bowlers like Mcgrath usedavoid tours to the subcontinent as Tendulkar was on his peak. Most of the bowlers used to feel helpless while bowling to Master Blaster.

The greatest of all compliments for him, came from the cricket legend Sir Don Bradman, who saw a streak of himself in Tendulkar.

There has been a lot of criticism too. Some say that Tendulkar is a selfish cricketer and plays for records, not for the team. However, such an accusation only tells how little these critics know about cricket. No other batsman in world has won more matches than Tendulkar, with his centuries.

If he scores 50 plus runs and gets out in a match, critics say he is not a good match finisher. If he scores 90 plus runs and gets out, people say he has nervous ninety problem and if he makes a century and the team still looses, people say whenever Sachin gets a century the team won't win. This is when they also cast aspersions on his playing style, saying that he plays for records.

The legendary player will begin his third decade in international cricket from November 15. India can only thank him for his role in the country's cricket for the last twenty years and hope for a similar set in the coming years.

Sachin Tendulkar-The Big Thing In World Cricket

Posted by anccricket on March 21, 2009 at 4:48 AM Comments comments (0)

Sachin Tendulkar is the best batsman in world cricket. His current world record of over 12,000 test runs and climbing after his 160 not out in Hamilton New Zealand. The little master has a huge range of shots all around the wicket. His 160 was made up of 14 fours but no sixes, which came as a surprise to many!

In an interview with the New Zealand press after his big hundred he said that he couldn?t understand why he got a standing ovation, maybe they think this is my last tour here. 

Tendulkar is 35 year old but he could play for another 5 years as he is still a great player and age seems to have no effect on his batting.

The test players from around the world respect Tendulkar as the little genius goes about scoring hundred after hundreds. The fans in India regard him as god like thats how good this guy is!