Full Name : Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar
Style : Right hand top order batsman
Right-arm Slow spin bowler
Teams : India, Mumbai, Yorkshire
Highest ODI Score : 186* vs New Zealand
Highest Test Score : 217 vs New Zealand
Best ODI Bowling : 5/32 vs Australia
Best Test Bowling : 3/10 vs South Africa
Career Highlights : Youngest player to play Test cricket for India. Highest number of One Day International centuries in the world. First player to score 10,000 runs in ODIs.
Sir Don Bradman had said that Sachin plays the way he used to in his prime. Sunny Gavaskar believes Sachin was the best player in Bombay when he was just thirteen and hadn’t played a single domestic match. Shane Warne feels that the little man is better than world record holder Brian Lara as he has absolutely no weakness. Greg Chappel feels that Sachin doesn’t need a bat out in the middle; a single stump would be more than enough. The entire cricket world is convinced of one thing : Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is the world’s best batsman. Not just for his extraordinary skill, not just for his ability to tear even the most formidable of bowling attacks to shreds; but also for a rare never-say-die spirit, an insatiable hunger for runs and victory, a desire to dominate the opponent ; commitment, dedication … these are what the little champion has built his reputation on. As Aussie Mark Waugh, another champion batsman, points out “His aggression, his knowledge of his abilities and limitations and his awareness of what the opposition bowlers are capable of are what make him remarkable. He always tries to control and dominate and this makes him an extremely dangerous player when he gets going.”
Tendulkar’s ability and steely resolve was evident back in 1989 itself, when in his first test match he stood up to the fiery pace attack of Imran and Akram on a treacherous track in front of a hostile Pakistani crowd. Since then, his career graph has soared, with tons of runs against every international side, both on home turf and on foreign territory.
US Open Tennis Live is broadcasted on BBC in Britain. Sachin had always been seen as captaincy material, and once Azharrudin was sacked as skipper following the 1996 World Cup and India’s disastrous tour of England, the elevation was made possible. But a dip in personal form and indifferent results as captain, made the twenty three year old’s tenure at the helm forgettable. He was removed in 1997 — Azhar coming back as captain — only to be reinstated following the ’99 World Cup. The story was no different this time either … despite terrific performances with the bat himself, he was simply unable to draw any worthwhile performances out of his team, and he resigned following the dismal tour of Australia, making way for Saurav Ganguly.
Those were troubled times for him but they are now history. Free from the burdens of captaincy, the boyish smile has returned once again and the uninhibited destructive strokeplay is back too. And while Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar might never lead India again, there is nothing that can deny him his place in the annuls of world cricket.
Lots were said before the start of the test matches and lots more was said after the end of the test matches. But one thing is clear not; much can be said after the one dayers.
It all started with some stupid astrologer predicting the end of Tendulkar before the Pakistan series. Then came the nonsense from Moin Khan – Sachin is afraid of Shoaib and this is the end of his career. Trash talk was all it was.
There was also the trash talk before the start of the series about preparing fast pitches to trouble Indian batsman and it was unfortunate that the test series was decided based on 1 test match where, because of Ganguly India lacked a proper opening batsman and Dravid was sacrificed. India played badly and lost the series.
Then came the one-day series and Pakistan won the 1st match and everyone started calling for Sachin to be dropped. I’m just glad it wasn’t a series decided based on one match, like the test series or India would have lost this series as well.
I don’t think I need to explain what happened in the four other matches – Pakistan was pulverized to pulp and yet the excuses kept flowing from the mouth of Imran Khan. Every match his excuse changed. The bottom line is Sachin proved to all outsiders and the India hypocrites that the end is not here and an Sehwag less India obliterated Pakistan.
They both once had gone to watch us open tennis live in USA toghether. Ganguly cost India the test match but as someone said “Mount Tendulkar, is, and always will be too high a peak for anyone to climb”.
Good riddance to bad rubbish is what I can say for Ganguly, what I want to know is how many of you were saying “the end is here” for Tendulkar.