Asia Cup 2012 March 14, 2012

The joy of Tendulkar

Tendulkar has already played more Tests and one-day matches than anybody else. Surely the relentless grind of international cricket would have bored him by now? Think again
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It is now more than a year since Sachin Tendulkar scored his 99th international hundred. On that day in the World Cup when he made South Africa look clueless for 40 overs in Nagpur, it seemed the 100th was imminent. At 37, he had just had his most productive year of a decorated career, and had made two masterly centuries against top opposition in the World Cup.

Now, after 33 century-less innings, one less than his longest barren spell ever, and the disappointments of England and Australia, even the usually reverential media are raising questions about his place in the side, at least in one-dayers. Is the burden of the 100th weighing him down? The man himself hasn't said much. But would someone who has shouldered surreal amounts of pressure all through his cricketing career buckle when faced with a milestone that many have argued is a made-up one?

Tendulkar made his debut in 1989; on Tuesday's game against Sri Lanka, the team-mate with the next longest career span was Gautam Gambhir, who entered international cricket nearly 14 years after him. Was Tendulkar losing his appetite for the game, especially as the more familiar faces in the dressing room are starting to disappear? Not on the evidence of Wednesday's training session.

It was an optional session, and it was expected that on the day after the win against Sri Lanka, only the reserve players would turn up. Only three members of the 15-man squad showed up; Tendulkar was one of them.

A meticulous 70-minute batting session followed, as he faced Yusuf Pathan and Rahul Sharma, besides some sharp medium-pace from new bowling coach Joe Dawes, more mild medium from the computer analyst and throwdowns from fielding coach Trevor Penney. There was plenty of chat with the bowlers, and Fletcher kept a close eye on the batsman, providing the stray bit of advice. After the session, Tendulkar had a long conversation with Fletcher.

Till then, there had been a few laughs but the training had been mostly business-like, bearing the hallmarks of a batsman short of runs trying to iron out problems. He rarely bowls these days, and his practice for the day could have ended there, and he could have retired to the shade.

Instead, he stuck around and immensely enjoyed himself with a cat-and-mouse spell of legspin bowling to Rahul Sharma. First, he tested each of the bats Rahul had carried out, and picked out the best one for Rahul to use. He sent down a ripping legbreak that Rahul tried to clobber from the nets to the main Shere Bangla ground, only to be beaten by a long way, to Tendulkar's amusement. The next legbreak was solidly defended, prompting Tendulkar to jokingly ask why he didn't try to slam that one as well. There were googlies that thudded into Rahul's thigh, a straighter one which fizzed on to middle stump, and many times when the batsman struck the ball, Tendulkar would signal that it would have been caught at mid-on or midwicket. The session ended with Tendulkar giving Rahul some batting tips.

Tendulkar has already played more Tests and one-day matches than anybody else. Surely the relentless grind of international cricket would have bored him by now? Whenever asked why he continues to play, Tendulkar invariably says he does because he still loves the game and enjoys it.

It may sound like a pat cliché but in that brief spell against Rahul, it was clear that even after all these years, he still relishes playing the game and derives much delight from it. Add to that the rigorous preparation and the craving for improvement he showed while batting, and it suggests he is in no hurry to join fellow batting legend Rahul Dravid in retirement.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on March 16, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    16/03/2012 at 5.06pm BST,Dhaka,Bangladesh. World has not seen this moment before and most unlikely it will see again.I'm lucky,I live in the same country,where Sachin Tendulkar lives.

  • ultrasnow on March 16, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    I'm a late riser and just have this horrible problem with opening my shop on time every morning (am invariably late). Tendulkar's work ethic should be an inspiration for people for all ages. His attitude and being approachable to his younger team mates is what sets this man apart. Rahul Sharma is a very fortunate young man.

  • rohanblue on March 16, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    @JChandi u criticizing sachin is like a 3rd standard fail criticizing stephen hawking.....

  • JChandi on March 16, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    Sachin getting 100th hundred in subcontinent against B'desh not a big suprise(suprise if he coulden't) but its somthing that Indian fans can proud of and happy that he will retire soon giving youngsters a chance. Also he is going to prove that entire wold is correct over that past year that he can only get 100th against B'desh and Zimbabwe, and that is also only in subcontinant.

  • JChandi on March 16, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    Sachin is gonna score 100th 100 against B'desh!....he he

  • Busie1979 on March 16, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    This talk about the 100th hundred is starting to get boring.

  • teedee_india on March 16, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    So ... "Sachin enjoys optional nets" ? that at least is the text of the link to the above article. That's about all he enjoys and he's selfish enough to carry doing what he enjoys. Never mind if he's blocking the path of some other player who has been working hard trying to get a regular place in the India 11. Granted that all cannot be Tendulkars but surely the other 10 in the team also are needed. This obsession of 100th hundred is hurting the team and Indian cricket. Regardless of what he feels, Sachin at his age is at least 30% slower than many other youngsters in the team and he needs to show some respect for the nation by gracefully retiring. The old saying" Go when people ask "why?" and not "why not?". He's done a lot for Indian Cricket but if the weak kneed BCCI Selectors don't have the guts to drop him, the Sachin should have the decency to move on himself.

  • RISHI2016 on March 16, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    It would be fitting if SRT gets somewhere around 70 to 80 runs in a competitive strike rate and save his best for pakistan. For people bashing sachin why is there no one in the history of cricket to have 99 international cricket. This number wont matter for him and numbers have never mattered to him. Its simple. Save and enjoy all that is left of this great servant of game. Thank him for what he has given us, for its we who made him God and lets not forget he is human. It wont be a surprise if he announces his retirement within a year. His celebration wont be dramatical. He wont swear.He wont point out. What do we know of Sachin of what Sachin knows of Cricket ?

  • on March 16, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    he is the best player. let him to play till he wants. do not give him extra burden. i am sure he can make more than 110 international centuries. god of cricket do not be nervous. make it today.

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on March 16, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    Ha ha this article reminds me of a page 2 article which said 'SACHIN SIZZLES IN NETS'..

  • on March 16, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    16/03/2012 at 5.06pm BST,Dhaka,Bangladesh. World has not seen this moment before and most unlikely it will see again.I'm lucky,I live in the same country,where Sachin Tendulkar lives.

  • ultrasnow on March 16, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    I'm a late riser and just have this horrible problem with opening my shop on time every morning (am invariably late). Tendulkar's work ethic should be an inspiration for people for all ages. His attitude and being approachable to his younger team mates is what sets this man apart. Rahul Sharma is a very fortunate young man.

  • rohanblue on March 16, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    @JChandi u criticizing sachin is like a 3rd standard fail criticizing stephen hawking.....

  • JChandi on March 16, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    Sachin getting 100th hundred in subcontinent against B'desh not a big suprise(suprise if he coulden't) but its somthing that Indian fans can proud of and happy that he will retire soon giving youngsters a chance. Also he is going to prove that entire wold is correct over that past year that he can only get 100th against B'desh and Zimbabwe, and that is also only in subcontinant.

  • JChandi on March 16, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    Sachin is gonna score 100th 100 against B'desh!....he he

  • Busie1979 on March 16, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    This talk about the 100th hundred is starting to get boring.

  • teedee_india on March 16, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    So ... "Sachin enjoys optional nets" ? that at least is the text of the link to the above article. That's about all he enjoys and he's selfish enough to carry doing what he enjoys. Never mind if he's blocking the path of some other player who has been working hard trying to get a regular place in the India 11. Granted that all cannot be Tendulkars but surely the other 10 in the team also are needed. This obsession of 100th hundred is hurting the team and Indian cricket. Regardless of what he feels, Sachin at his age is at least 30% slower than many other youngsters in the team and he needs to show some respect for the nation by gracefully retiring. The old saying" Go when people ask "why?" and not "why not?". He's done a lot for Indian Cricket but if the weak kneed BCCI Selectors don't have the guts to drop him, the Sachin should have the decency to move on himself.

  • RISHI2016 on March 16, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    It would be fitting if SRT gets somewhere around 70 to 80 runs in a competitive strike rate and save his best for pakistan. For people bashing sachin why is there no one in the history of cricket to have 99 international cricket. This number wont matter for him and numbers have never mattered to him. Its simple. Save and enjoy all that is left of this great servant of game. Thank him for what he has given us, for its we who made him God and lets not forget he is human. It wont be a surprise if he announces his retirement within a year. His celebration wont be dramatical. He wont swear.He wont point out. What do we know of Sachin of what Sachin knows of Cricket ?

  • on March 16, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    he is the best player. let him to play till he wants. do not give him extra burden. i am sure he can make more than 110 international centuries. god of cricket do not be nervous. make it today.

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on March 16, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    Ha ha this article reminds me of a page 2 article which said 'SACHIN SIZZLES IN NETS'..

  • JohnnyRook on March 16, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    @RajanBorna. Have you heard something called meritocracy. I say best 11 should play, young/old doesn't matter. Have you ever wondered why average debutant age in India is so much lower than in Australia. Thats because they take people in international cricket only after they have become great players. Look at Australia CB series winning team. Most of their players had played very few matches but they weren't exactly young from any stretch of imagination. In India, we give priority to Ishant Sharma instead of Munaf Patel or Ashish Nehra because he is young. Performance be damned. Rohit Sharma has played 15 tests and 75+ ODIs with very average perfromace but it is ok because he is young. And then there is Ravindra Jadeja. Nobody questions their place in the team.

  • Vijendran on March 16, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    ODIs has become the format for 'testing out' India's new batting talents, eg kohli, raina. Surely at 39 its time to concentrate solely on tests, it would take some pressure off him and allow him to play for another 2 maybe even three seasons.

  • on March 16, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    Can anyone explain how 1 person can play for himself and not for team???? If someone is so consistent that he is on the verge of scoring 99th ton, why he has to prove anything to anyone. He doesnt criticize anyone he replies with his bat. One of the greatest Cricketers and moe of a human being than anyone of you commenting here...

  • Jayanthan17 on March 16, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    This is for all guys who comments on virat and sachin Virat is one of our representative from India so dont let him down, at the same time dont even try to compare virat with Almighty(SACHIN)..... in a single year sachin have also scored more than 2000 runs can he(virat) ever think of it. After virat's 1st birthday he could have watched Sachin playing and now virat has played with sachin for 4 years .......... Can he exist as long as Sachin ? ............ Virat cannot replace Sachin for ever......................Go On Sachin none can even try to reach yu........

  • Rooroo on March 16, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    I felt Sachin should have retired after India won the world cup. Now that he din't retire lets leave it to him. I always like to think of cricket logically and I always thought Sachin and co. should retire to give the youngsters a chance so that we can groom them for the next champions trophy and world cup and the future but then my logic was taken a hit when Ponting got axed and a bigger hit when Dravid retired. Now this has become reality and this reality is something I have not lived with. I grew up watching these players play and suddenly cricket without them is something tough. I realised beyond all this logical thinking we have sentiments and thats what distinguishes us as human beings and thats what made us cheer for our nation, cry with them and also throw stones at times!Tendulkar is one who will always have a big space in that section where sentiments defy logic and thus I feel he should be given space and time to decide his own retirement. HE wont disappoint us. He never did

  • on March 16, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    Wow!!! May Sachin never retire from cricket..... and may he always keep batting.... in the nets only.... and not for Indian team anymore.....

  • on March 15, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    I won't compare Sachin with anyone while commenting on this article. He has been a gentleman all his life, an amazing human being. His cricket skills only define him as a cricketer, but I admire how he leads his life as an individual, husband, father and a socialite. I am not surprised to see how many young ones want to become Sachin when they grew up. He is a joy to be seen doing anything either on the field or off.

  • RajanBorna on March 15, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    @madhu253....what if sachin gets a century over BD ,,,and what will he prove??? lol nothing more than that he cares a century, a mileston for himself ....he doesnt need to prove anything more than what he already has acheived ....still he longers his career for that century to destry the slot for new opener to get old.....he's greatest batsman and highest scorer but never even close to player like Viv Richard or Lara..

  • on March 15, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    One hopes that he was bowled a great deal of full tosses and half volleys in that net session.

  • lovecricket07 on March 15, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    I think everyone is upset with the great Sachin tendulker because he has not scored a century after the world cup but do not forget he has scored some 90's and even few 50's as well. He is the great batsman of all time so please give him some space and let him do what he does best. He knows what he's doing and will answer soon with his bat to the spectators and people who are angry with him. Go Sachin Go....

  • aalkool on March 15, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    @seamingwicket, have you seen pontings average against India in India in tests? how can you call a player great when he averages less than half his overall test average in a country that is termed the final frontier by many other test playing countries? You speak of the WC 2003 final, but what about his record in other finals overall? Again his average dips below his career average. Also, we have seen how great his captaincy is after the retirement of australia's celebrated players. Dig a bit deeper into his batting performances and they are nothing compared to his purple patch in early to mid 2000's. And finally, how many wicket-taking ripping leg-breaks have you sen ponting bowl?

  • ibbani on March 15, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    Dravid retired when he still had a couple of years of international Test cricket left with him. I admire the gentlman. Sachin is very aggressive, you must be finishing the media specualtions by scoring a ton tomorrow. BD is the worst team in ICC. So be lucky that you have the oppposition's back is to the wall with the 1st ball. Go Sachin Go, we are with you.

  • SANDEEPRAJ20 on March 15, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    VIRAT KOHLI A BIG NAME IN THESE DAYS.MANY PERSON WILL SAY HE IS MUCH BETTER THAN SACHIN.BUT U GUYS KNOW THE BAD TRUE FACT HE DID NOT SCORE A SINGLE 50 VS AUSTRALIA IN CB SERIES.HIS MAX SCORE WAS ONLY 31.WE INDIANS ARE FANS OF OUR MASTER BLASTER SACHIN AND THERE IS NO OPTION OF HIS IN ODI OR TEST.HERE WE PROOVED THAT EVEN VIRAT IS NOT A RIGHT OPTION OF SACHIN'S RETIREMENT.SACHIN U R GOD..........

  • on March 15, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    all these sachin bashers will be back when he gets his 100th century he is playing some good knocks he is not looking good just not getting a big score he will get it soon ,and turning on an optional batting session shows how determined he is about playing for India every body has bad days bad runs but i think he has done enough in 23 years that you cant just show him the door by 1 or 2 bad series ,before that he was not getting a century but was playing some great knocks ,FORM IS TEMPORARY CLASS IS PERMANENT . agree fully with @Vimalan Sadhasivam and bhartath 74 .please publish cricinfo

  • on March 15, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    For all you doubful minds, the answer is not so far.... May god you all.The 100th one is coming soon. Let us not forget the days when, we had a situation where in there used to a be procession by Indian batsmen when Tendulkar gets out. A recent example can be the WC India vs SA match Nagpur. All of you who criticize him try to get a life please.

  • on March 15, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    I think Sachin is the best player in this earth... I am a Bangladeshi supporter.. but i really don't wanna this century against bangladesh... but i want his 100 against any other team without bangladesh

  • on March 15, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    After retired of sachin there is no interest to see cricket in india.

  • on March 15, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    He is the master.. the day sachin is retiring i wil just switch over my views to other sport .. i swear dis ! no cricket wid out master ! hail the god !

  • maksuperb on March 15, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    Sachin is the best person to decide about his Cricketing career, not we all..... He used to be the backbone of Indian cricket and still he is.... So stop grunting one thing i.e., "SACHIN SHOULD RETIRE".......

  • on March 15, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    no one shuld say sachin is selfish he is playin fr his passion of the game ? 98' 136 vs pakistan no one shuld forget ! aftr each and every injury he made it back .. more over its nt abt scorin runs ? 18260 runs did he scored in gully cricket ? nope ...his master of cricket.. the day sachin retiring

  • tankan on March 15, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    Sir Sachin Tendulkar is a Legend

  • SeamingWicket on March 15, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    I see some comments saying Sachin is better than Ponting. Yeah Sachin is slightly a better batsman than Ponting over a span of a career. But Ponting is also one of the greatest captains in the history of the game aswell as being one of the greatest fielders. Add his batting capabilities to that. And keep in mind that Ponting played knocks like his unbeaten century in the 2003 WC final.

  • mrcool on March 15, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    India have decent opener like uthappa in odi...He never got continuous chances as opener despite success.Sachin ruined his career...He is now 26 .If he wont get chance now after 2 years india wont have good opener in odi..Sachin should not play with career of robin..

  • Madhu253_RJY on March 15, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    Sachin should answer to all with his 100 ton soon.

  • pritpalpabla on March 15, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    I saw lot of people quoting Sachin "selfish"... how can u even say that... How can we forget when we always want him to perform in every single match and he performed... Now judge yourself who is selfish...

  • on March 15, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    I can't even think cricket without sachin although he had not been in his best in last 1 year. I am a very big fan of Sachin. He is my hero since my childhood although i am Bangladeshi. I grew up watching his cricket. He made debut in 1989 and i was only 6 years old that time. I can't even imagine how come all indian cricket fan is so desperate his retirement. OMG he is the only prodigy who plays @ the end of 80's in today's world cricket. Let him play. Please don't put him pressure for retirement

  • brazil_2014 on March 15, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    @RandyOZ hahaha cool story bro.

  • yakironi98 on March 15, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Yes he did score after being dropped 5 times! He should of scored 200 with 5 lives...

  • on March 15, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    Did Sachin proclaim he was behind any landmark ? Sachin has achieved every landmark and record in Cricket. He is playing for the passion of the game like he always has. Look at the number of ODIs he has played since 2007. He has limited his game but he is still our best opener and I can see him come good in this Asia Cup. Sachin is not a robot, when he is one of the 3 openers in the "rotation" policy, that is bound to bring his confidence down ! And he got one tough decision in CBE series when he was looking good. Don't forget he was highest run scorer in the World Cup and has been India's backbone for over 2 decades. The day Sachin decides to retire is the best time for him to retire, no one has the right to ask him hang the boots ! Anyone who has watched and followed his game will never call him selfish ... he is a wonderful cricketer going through a lean patch ! Cool down people and cheer Sachin ... He is GOD after all !

  • bharath74 on March 15, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    Unbelievably, people who dont even know how to hold a bat are saying Sachin is selfish and should retire.

  • on March 15, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    @jeeves22

    looks like you haven't watched any of matches that India have played. Sachin's 136 against Pak in 98 came against a better all round attack in a wearing pitch compared to Lara's 153. Just because India couldn't finish the line due to mindless cricket from others doesn't take away anything from this innings. He also compensated with another 4th innings match winning 100 against Eng in 2008. Regarding your comparison with Ponting's world cup century, Sachin averages and scores far more than any other player in tournament finals and semi finals. some e.g like twin sharjah centuries, century and a 90 in cb series finals, and many others. he has twice been the highest run getter in two world cups and the second highest in the last world cup.

  • Pissu11 on March 15, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Do not understand the logic,how could someone can think even that Sachin is selfish. He has given his heart and soul to the game and the country. Cricket should thank Sachin that he played cricket.

    100th 100 is media hype,doesent even matter to sir sachin tendulkar. He was always under pressure ,whenevr he come to bat,every body wants him to score all the time. It is just a slump in form and he will bounce back. Stay tuned

  • sachin_is_our_god on March 15, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    I really feely pity for those people's knowledge who are saying that 'He' never played in a winning game..For these ppl, remember semifinal in WC last yr against Pakistan when 'He' scored 85 & there are many more..

  • on March 15, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    @Naren - you are absolutely right... dont compare Sachin with Ricahrds.. Sachin is a legend on his own.. but for you can make Richards lesser than Sachin.. the way Viv comes to the pitch itself is legendary... He walked as a King among men.. Sachin should at least consider retiring in ODI.. anyway he is a Legend og world cricket..

  • on March 15, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    It may be very easy to bash Sachin and ask him to retire now .. but the day he retires .. it will be a much bigger mourning day in cricket than anything else .. I couldnt really believe my eyes when Dravid wanted to retire .. am sure I cant even take it when that is going to happen to Sachin .. and am not at all interested in any matches sachin isnt playing .. that being said am not a blind supporter of sachin yet am probably one of his biggest fans at heart .. If the man fails to get runs .. he can be taken outa the team any day .. However he has only been half bad since the world-cup and unlucky a few more times .. Age shouldnt be a factor in any sports .. it should just be performance .. Sachin deserves a few more matches before being lablelled as underperforming .. not scoring century is not yardstick for performance for any player in the team so why treat him the same way? until that happens he deserves to be in the team and retirement is his own choice and noone else's!!! PERIOD!

  • on March 15, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    Guys.. i seriously have a doubt.. Is Sachin selfish or? are we selfish? What right we have to say that he should leave his place to a youngster? He has failed in his last 8 ODI innings, i accept that.. but a man with so much performance and the way he carried the team in the 90's and still shows the hunger for the game and the runs.. should we jus write him off after jus 8 bad innings? Just a year back he was our highest run scorer in the World Cup.. I am not saying that he should keep on playing after performing poorly.. but cant you guys give a chance to redeem himself after what he has done to the country's cricket watching public.. Now dont come and say that he has earned a lot of money through that.. Will u guys able to give away the same performance/dedication/hardwork in whatever field you are if u are given that much money?? Please think before you comment on a great man.. he is the no.1 in what he does? where are we?? Again think...

  • RandyOZ on March 15, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    Unfortunately for Indian fans Kallis, Punter and Lara are far better and more respected cricketers. Everyone will have forgotten about Tendulkar in 10 years; he is just way too selfish.

  • alwind on March 15, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    certainly the 100th ton has been back in his mind..the last few innings i watched him play and it was visible he wasnt himself..perhaps, he could do it against bangla

  • Reggaecricket on March 15, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    A wonderful Cricketer, one of the best we will see in our lifetime. Age catches up with everyone, Bradman, Gavaskar, Dravid and Sachin included. His noble qualities as a human being will live on, bit his great Cricketing feats are soon becoming a thing of the past. I hope Sachin hangs up his boots before things get a bit too stale and the BCCI is caught between reality and having to make a decision that goes against the very essence of Asian culture of respecting our heroes. He is a few days shy of 39 and his last 10 innings hasn't yeiled a 50.

  • kantipur on March 15, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar must be most selfish player in the world. He got chance to play international match at the young age of 16. It is his duty now, to retire and give chance to youngster. Who knows their might be another 16 year old sachin waiting to be picked.

  • nair_ottappalam on March 15, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    Hang your boots Tendulkar in a graceful way as did by Dravid instead of sticking on to your elusive 100th ton

  • cricket_wins on March 15, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    If Sachin has nothing left to prove, then why does he still play? Because he enjoys playing? He is a cricketer representing the Indian national cricket team, period. He is not greater than the game, as he himself as said. This begs the question, is one valuable top order spot in the Indian line-up worth sacrificing, just to satisfay the personal needs of one player? Or for that matter, any spot in the national squad, leave alone playing XI? I think the answer is an emphatic NO. If you enjoy playing cricket, please do so in IPL and club tournaments. Not in a single game where you represent "India". His record speaks for itself, his talent is unquestionable and history will never lie. But he is not god and he is not greater than the game or the country.

  • cond_cool on March 15, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    @tankan: Does he make sense in the team. Dont be emotional.

    Most high paid jobs are based on Performance.

  • ramli on March 15, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    He is a legend .. Sachin ... no doubt ... but ... can he continue forever? Just because his love for the game has not diminished, it does not mean that he can continue as long as he wants ... no ... a time has come now .. for him .. to think about leaving ... mainly .. to help India build a team .. and .. NOT .. because he is not scoring runs ... His leaving Indian team NOW ... will NOT hurt the team .. but help in rebuilding it ... there may not be anyone NOW to replace him .. that does not mean that anybody else should not be tried ... already he is keeping out genuine youngsters like Ajinkaya Rahane, Manoj Tiwary, in ODIs ... and keeping out Abhinav Mukund, Cheteswar Pujara, etc. in tests ... so ... think Sachin .. for the good of Indian team ... don't wait for your 100th 100 .. it is nothing as compared to your other achievements...

  • theswami on March 15, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    Sachin already indicated that he will retire only at the age when Gavaskar retired ... 41 ... He still has 2 years to go ..... I guess in late 2013 - early2014 he'll have his last hurrah ...

  • on March 15, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    he has amassed wealth and fame lasting for 5 generations;his comrades,dravid.ganguly, and others have honourably retired, but he still wants to continue for his elusive 100th century,and he says he is not after records.on the eve of rahul's retirement,his comments were "i would miss him in the dressing room and the playing field!!"",meaning he has no intention of retirement.we all admire him for his achievements...but it is high time he hangs his boots and give way for youngesters... elapuli balki subramaiam

  • on March 15, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Why is it necessary to compare sachin with gavasker and vivian richards.There is no point in saying that gavasker and richards played quckies. Its not sachin's problem,during sachin's tenure all the other test playing nations played with their best eleven. can anyone deny that ? but i could say one thing with solid proof that richards struggled badly against wasim akram but sachin played him with ease.so what is your point at it. But i hate these comparisons.Gavasker has poor records in One day,he batted 60 overs but could only score 30 plus runs...but richard and gavasker are legends.I personally felt that this discussion had a point if some good youngsters were all set to replcae him.

  • Avidcricketlover on March 15, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    For many people who doesn't know, he has a good record of batting even while captaining but the team was losing without anyone else's contribution. It was an aberration that he had to captain in the 90's when there was no one else who could bat with him. I can remember only Jadeja being the second distant performer at that time. Even while chasing scores in ODI, he has a good record. Please make an analysis with statsguru before commenting some not so worthy comments. The guy just has runs everywhere against everyone. His 4th innings record in tests are modest.

  • tankan on March 15, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    Sachin is a true Legend of the game. Today people are saying he should retire, but they have not seen those incredible match winning knocks in early 90's. Sehwag, Gambir, Kohli (a flop superstar currently), Raina, Dhoni - no one is near to his class. These so called current stars are just Asian Picthes Hero. But the Legend is only few like Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Lara, Kallis, Ponting. So please respect Sir Tendulkar he has more to offier to Team India. I Salute you Sir Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar irrespective of the form you have currently. Your a Legend and will always be a Legend.

  • on March 15, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar is the greatest cricketer in the world considering the past and present cricketers. People even don't remember their parents who do a lot for them. How can they remember what SRT did all those days for the country. Its very clear who is selfish. I also don't expect those selfish people to support SRT at his bad time as well. Go Sachin go!!! Few of us are with you and for you always :) because of your contribution towards Indian cricket. And retire when you feel is the right time for you. You are a legend....

  • Poojask on March 15, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    @jeeves22. Please get ur facts corrected before bashing the best player of world cricket. Sachin Tendulkar was highest scorer in WC2011 for India and second highest after Dilshan in world. I agree that he has not scored a century after WC but it doesn't mean that he has not given anything to Indian cricket in last 18 months. He doesn't need to prove anything to anybody because he already has everything and i guess no player from world has capability to reach there where sachin stands.

  • annys on March 15, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    Tendulkar's contribution to India cricket cannot be evaluated by his stats because stats speak very less. Stats dont say much about quality of bowling,stats dont the quality of your team mates,stats dont say infront of how many did you score your runs,stats dont say the level of expectation which was on him when he scored those runs, stats dont say what it meant to team confindence when he was out there, stats dont say what it meant and still means to the opposition to get his wicket, stats dont say what confidence the Indian captains who captained him had just by his presence in the team, stats dont say what joy he has provided to cricket fans all over the world. There is no point talking about his retirement in between a series, now that he is out there i think he should play the game and have fun :)

  • here2rock on March 15, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    Mabybe a new hair style will get him to his 100th hundred. I like his new hair, I am wondering he has not changed for years. His best chance is against Bangladesh, he deserves to do it against a better opposition.

  • rahulcricket007 on March 15, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    PLEASE , PLEASE DON 'T REMEMBER ME ANYTHING ABOUT THE WC GAME AGAINST SA . I STILL DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW WE WERE BOWLED OUT FOR 296 WHEN AT ONE TIME WE WERE 270/1 .

  • jeeves22 on March 15, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    @Jasmeet Dalawari - He aint No master anymore.. I bet he would play till 50yrs if he still hasnt scored a Century. Its being selfish and he has done nothing for team when they needed him. He hasn't chased down a target like LARA did against the Aussies (153not not) and He hasn't scored a century like Ponting in the world cup Final. Tendulkar was a good player and he should have retireed 5 years back and made way for younger players. To be honest I have not seen Tendulkar play an innings that HAS WON them a GAME.

  • on March 15, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    I hope Sachin will play 2015 world cup.It will Amazing for India and cricket

  • waheed1233 on March 15, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    This guy should take a break. He is a genius, no doubt about that. But he should understand that he has a responsibility towards the indian nation as well, he should leave his place so that they can give chance to another young player. Honestly, he can give nothing more in the intenational cricket. Its a fact that the media is creating lots of pressure to him; however, as a player you would expect that pressure, but when you are falling against the pressure, it shows you do not have it anymore. In addition, there were so many times in his career, he failed against pressure (e.g. not being able to score runs while chasing big scores, not being able score while being the team captain, etc). So, he should take a break by himself; or somebody should go to him and ask what he should do.

  • bbumbum on March 15, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    Tendulkar is one of the greatest cricketers of his time, no one would doubt that. But thats no excuse to clinging to his spot and jeopardizing the overall performance of team India. If he had quit his position, maybe 3 youngsters would have had a chance, and one of them could have turned into the next Tendulkar. Its not cool, he still wants to be in the team, given the fact that the team management dont have any integrity or guts to drop him inspite of his poor performance. He takes specialist batsman spot, scores not more than 10 runs, probably looses another 10 runs cause of his unfitness while fielding, probably wasted a bunch of youngsters to play for India who may never get that opportunity again.

  • jeeves22 on March 15, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    Sorry to say this but Tendulkar should retire... He has done nothing for the team over the last 18months. He is just being selfish and even is he scores a 100 against Bangladesh, it would NOT mean anything to the cricket world. People would be saying Thank God he scored a century and NOw please leave the team mate...

  • on March 15, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    He is a "Master" and he knows the business more than anybody else, it is easy to pick on him because of his 100th 100, but what about the 99 he has already scored!! Come on folks relax and let him relax, he knows and knows very well what is he is doing and whether is hurting or not!! He is matured enough to bid farewell to game when he think it is the right time, and one more thing he is not at all selfish!! Go Sachin Go!!

  • siabbasi on March 15, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    I won`t be surprised if he score his milestone 100th 100 on Sunday!

  • rajat-column on March 15, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    Sachin is definitely not chasing the 100th hundred. He is still playing and will continue to play because he is the best batsman in the world cricket has ever seen. He does not need to prove anything to anyone. He is only going through bad form by his standards.

  • woodhaven on March 15, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    tendulkar need to retire. after ponting its his time to retire. give chance to younger players.

  • fan2011 on March 15, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    pls give this guy a break.. its just the media who keeps saying 33 innings 99 innings before his last century.. how many 90's has he scored since the last century.. how many 40's has scored since the last century? i bet dhoni will have to go home before tendulkar if you look at the stats.. and after this man retires there will be another zillion posts about why he retired how india is going to replace him, how how... just relax if the man is doing is job let him be..

  • on March 15, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    It is becoming more and more obvious that the only reason Tendulkar is continuing to play is to achieve the personal goal of 100th 100. He hasn't achieved it in a year, hasn't been able to do it against good teams and now he sees an opportunity to do it against a weak team. He needs extra practice to do it? Pathetic. Hope he doesn't get it. Quit now guy.

  • Naren on March 15, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    @Aniket: Sorry to read your comments. That shows your cricketing knowledge. Don't bring Tendulkar anywhere near Richards or even Gavaskar. Sure, Australia did have a good attack in Mcgrath, Warne. But nothing like the quicks that Gavaskar played in WI or Richards faced with Aus. Just because of his longeivity he has scored this many. Nothing more.

  • on March 15, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    It's not just the 100th ton but also a momento that comes when we see little master on the pitch.

  • Gupta.Ankur on March 15, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    Tendulkar is the best the game has seen and he continues to enjoy the game like no one does...

    People say he plays for records, but when your that good and play for 23 years...its a by-product...

  • Poojask on March 15, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    This is the difference between Sachin and rest of the team.... In spite of having almost all feathers in his caps, this man in practising in optional practise session... Where are the other players???? Have they forgotten the disaster in Australia and England??? Now a days it has become a fashion to criticise SRT... Why on the earth everybody is so concern about 2015 WC? Why other team members are not practising when 38 year old man is giving his 100% in nets????? Are they perfect in their play?? Please stop criticising the man who have given us atleast 99 moments to cherish.. Respect the legend.. Pls...

  • Clark.Kent on March 15, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    It's all about selecting your BEST team at the International level and not about grooming youngsters. Sachin is still one of our best, if not the best. As long as he is performing well, he should continue playing. 100 is only a number.

  • on March 15, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    I am not sure why Sachin is compared with Ricky Ponting or a Rahul Dravid or anyone else... These guys are well behind Sachin and just because they have been dropped or retired from the game, people expect Sachin to follow their footsteps... Mind you, the entire world of cricketers are following him and dreaming to go atleast near him... It should be none other than the Master who should decide what he wants and no one else deserves to tell him what he should be doing... Dont we know that he is the only one who scored 99 tons and pressurize this GEM to retire for not scoring 1 more... Shame on everyone who wants him to retire. He would have scored it long back if media had not put pressure on him and he has managed to keep him cool wonderfully inspite of all the foul language... WE SALUTE SACHIN FOR EVERYTHING HE HAS DONE TO CRICKET. We will realize this when he calls it a day...

  • Yarms on March 15, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    Bradman retired with an average of 99.96.. Maybe SRT should retire on 99 international Tons.. a mark that will always be spoken about but nobody will match or beat..food for thought???

  • satish619chandar on March 15, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    Well.. None expected one full year without a century from Sachin and that proves his greatness.. Wish ends the hide and seek sooner than later.. And, hope that end marks a beginning of something more than we expect..

  • crick123 on March 15, 2012, 2:53 GMT

    There are and will be many great players..records will be broken..but people, there won't be another Sachin Tendulkar. He was the one who inspired the entire nation for several years when everything else was gloomy and uninspiring. Just enjoy his game as long as he is there..DON'T worry about the 100th ton..it is just a made-up statistic which doesn't carry any significance.

  • on March 15, 2012, 2:50 GMT

    Just want to point how, and I kid you not, young Tendulkar looks in the photo above. I am 21, and he looks anywhere between 18 and my age.

    Just saying. Wow.

  • on March 15, 2012, 2:46 GMT

    Stop talking about sachin's retirement... there is board called BCCI to take decision on his perfomance and to develop young talents.. Just enjoy the cricket and feel happy if Iindia wins or feel sad if India loses...

  • here2rock on March 15, 2012, 1:43 GMT

    He looks overweight in these photos. Some times I think he practices too hard. He needs to just relax and get away from the game.

  • WristyFlick101 on March 15, 2012, 1:19 GMT

    @SomeWhatTrue - Completely agree mate.

    @tindoe - Exactly. Instead of criticising why not enjoy the LEGEND's Batting. Because once he retires - people who are criticising him - will praise him. Instead Praise him now and later.

  • lankanlioncric on March 15, 2012, 1:14 GMT

    he is a legend. servant of world cricket n has fans all over the world, not just in india. people come exclusively to watch him bat even when home team isnt playing. he is no less player on 99th 100 or any better player if he gets his 100th 100. he should retire on the day he scores his 100th 100 n retire on a high rather than play till being dropped.

  • tindoe on March 15, 2012, 0:47 GMT

    excuse the criticism around the man true legend he is . Lets all enjoy him while he is still around

  • CNBAS5 on March 15, 2012, 0:22 GMT

    Where is the new opening batsmen that India can account for in both ODI and Tests? Until that is found SRT will need to be there or to nurture the youndg ones for a longer periof (as per Ponting's terms).

  • CNBAS5 on March 15, 2012, 0:19 GMT

    Well said zico123. I am with yu on that comment. SRT is pressurised somewhat although his technique is still perfect. On reaching his next 100, surely he will be back to his best.

  • CricketChat on March 14, 2012, 23:42 GMT

    Best chance for SRT to get his ton against a most batting friendly bowling attack bested only by Zim in ODIs. Hopefully, he will immediately announce his ODI retirement and save himself fom the ignominy of being dropped.

  • TrueFactors on March 14, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    Everyone is joining to criticize the great Tendulkar, but how many from Indian team has better average, during his this century less period? This is not a worst performance, he very often was very unlucky. Still, he averages over 37 in test and over 25 in ODI, which is better compare to most batsmen in Indian team barring Kohli. Such a crazy expectations are hard to manage. Even great Don Bradman could not manage just 4 runs. How many of us can stand tall with such pressure and play like him?

  • mukmum on March 14, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    why is everyone on this planet concerned about indian team's preparation for 2015 world cup or why sachin is not retiring or not hitting a hundred .

  • on March 14, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    Sunil Gavaskar had the greatest retirement in Indian Cricket. Period. Everyone else dragged in my opinion. It's INDIAN cricket player stupid. Not an individual accomplishment. Having said that, if Tendulkar or X or Y are the best Indian cricket can afford so be it. But don't make it sound like Tendulkar is here to stay for another 10 years. I agree with Thomas though. This constant glorification and worship by the media especially cricinfo has to be moderated. But I do understand the $$ associated with the hype and nonsense and the revenue impact that causes... :-)

  • on March 14, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    time to ride out ole man.

  • on March 14, 2012, 21:43 GMT

    Training for worldcup is all other series about? Enjoy cricket. Let him hit century or not, He is playing well and as long as he scores runs, it's good.

  • Hurricane08 on March 14, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    2019 World Cup - Don't be surprised if a 45 year old Tendulkar ambles to the crease and the Indian fans still go "Sachin, Sachin" - expecting the 100th 100. Amazing how results take a back seat with some diehard fans.

  • on March 14, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    "bigdhonifan" Actually there is only one ORIGINAL master blaster and that is Viv Richards! Sachin has the mantle now of course..........

  • on March 14, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    Show me the runs...tired of this media worship....

  • Vilander on March 14, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    Please stop this retirement stuff, Dravid is gone do you guys realize it. Cant take Sachin leaving now, atleast for one more year.

  • Al_Bundy1 on March 14, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    Why is he playing ODI? He won't be a part of our 2015 World Cup team. India should be using this Asia Cup as training ground for youngsters.

  • zico123 on March 14, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    Sachin should quickly knock off one more ton and then the tendulkar of old will be back, he will be back to his best and score many more tons in ODIs and Test. he should not retire from Test cricket before Ponting.

  • on March 14, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    I love my game and enjoy it too...I'm not in the playing 11..... show me the runs....

  • KrazzyKarma69 on March 14, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    I don't know why this media creates so much hype about Sachin's retirement.. This man has given 23 important years from his life to the cricketing world and this is how media and some idiots treats this great man. Sachin has done so much for indian cricket he has carried the burden of expectations from billions all around the world this shows that what an class act he is. If any other players would get that burden they won't even last 10 games. Let him enjoy his game and let him play until he decides to retire. There is only one SACHIN and only one master nobody will ever come near this great man.

  • SANDEEPRAJ20 on March 14, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    I think every indian will agree with u SIDHARTH KUMAR its not his career ending its only the presure on his shoulders of 100th century to make it the greatest ever.i beleive he will get it against pakistan in grand fashion.

  • on March 14, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    well for me all over those yrs , more then a gr8 batsman he had been a gr8 human being (I think Mr.Kohli should take the leaf out of Tendulkar book). He has always been well behaved on and off the field.Never objected to any Umpiring decision. This is quality of a gr8 person.

  • RabiulHassan on March 14, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    sachin i think u will have to take retirement after the asia cup, coz we have need some youngstar like virat, irfan, yusuf, rohit,m. tiwary, a. rahene,

  • street_smart on March 14, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    Sometimes when kid ask a gift on a spl day, father cannot deny... probably thats what happened... Arjun may have asked Sachin that he wants to play along with him in the Indian team.... Lol...

  • sathish008 on March 14, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    Love you Sachin. We love you a lot no matter what.

  • JustIPL on March 14, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    My very very littlle master should score it against Pak and then dont play another game and retire. If he gets it against Bangladesh then I will have sympathy with him as such a great player begging for runs against BAN whom his board did not like to play while they temporarily had ICC test spot. Anyway he is following the footsteps of Kapil and Gavasker who toiled like him for numerical milestones and someone got over them after all. So, it is not right to become a pain for the public who want competitive cricket.

  • romanc on March 14, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    only centuries means good play ?..any score above 30-40 runs is good cricket.in ODIS.. how may times he scored 80 and 90s.....we Indian Knows that..nobody else in India..may be in the world ..will play cricket better than Sachin even if he is 45yr

  • on March 14, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    Oh my ! He is still looking so young !

  • on March 14, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    i cannot expect the game to be without Sachin Tendulkar,,, i don't even watch the matches when Sachin isn't playing...

  • on March 14, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    Sachin Never mind it (1ooth 100)...Play your natural game..Still u r the master of cricket...a real cricket fan will expect a good game from you..not 100th 100..it is not far away to reach it..it will come on ur way..all the best Mr.Cricket..

  • howzzattt on March 14, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    Definitely he's got a couple of years more in him. He is playing for the love of the game. Thats the spirit of a true legend.

    Also, can somebody tell me why Ravindra Jadeja is in the Indian team? Does he bat, bowl or what??????? Frustrated to the core with this guy. You cant just pick a player just because he is a good fielder. That was surely not the yardstick used in picking up Jonty Rhodes by the South African selectors. Dissappointed to see this guy Jadeja play despite regular failures.

  • on March 14, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    that is the attitude of GREAT players! Always willing to learn something new and enjoying ur game!!!

  • on March 14, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    SACHIN IS A GOD OF CRICKET, HE NEED NOT EVEN THINK OF RETIREMENT THISS DECADE

  • on March 14, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    @syed Zaihir... Aew you from Pakistan... Come on man.. stop you hate and acknowledge the great man!

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  • Shhy on March 14, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    I am expecting someone to tell that he turned up for the net practice so that people write something good about him.. Anyone? someone? plss?

  • Dr.M.S.ARVIND on March 14, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    @Go_Sachin_Go : Mate ur comment has the answers for the question you posed. While other mortals like Ponting and likes are questioned on technique, flaws etc ec but with Sachin it has been question on his integrity, attitude, intentions etc. This is because the "So called Experts" cannot find fault with his flawless technique and his form and reflexes despite slowing down are still great than most. They attack the other mental aspects since technicality of the LEGEND cannot be questioned. That itself is a big honour for the man. His problem is more mental. Now I dont wanna see that 100th 100 coming against BD. If its destined to be scored at Mirpur, let Pakistan be the opponent. Else it may reduce the sheen of the 99 other classic knocks after a long long wait. JAI SACHIN!!!

  • rakesh_1907 on March 14, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    more dan a player,he is a true human being.such is da passion inside him to play cricket dat after having all he is nt hanging his boots,n really,y he should?he is still capable of turning matches on his own.he still has a couple of yrs or even so more.so let him play.100th wil cum soon.

  • on March 14, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar is playing for pride of his nation.Hats off to him.

  • thinktank1 on March 14, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    Sachin wants to spend as much time as possible out in middle.. he knows time is running out.

  • udaytej55 on March 14, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    hmm...huge relief....thanks for the article :) stop criticising and relish his play...thats it !!

  • bigdhonifan on March 14, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    HE IS THE ORIGIANL MASTER BLASTER...... People were asking Dravid to retire... Once he retire, you all where weeping. sachin Please only retire in 2013. let go this year and transform your knowledge to young players!

  • shaunak07 on March 14, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    Sachin is the highest wicket taker for india in the ASIA cup, and obviously the highest run scorer. :)

  • on March 14, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    ONLY ONE THING I WOULD SAY ABOUT SACHIN IS, HIS LUCK IS NOT WITH HIM AT THE MOMENT. BECAUSE THE WAY HE GOT OUT IN HIS LAST GAME VS SRI LANKA SHOWS US. HE IS A GREAT PLAYER AND I ALWAYS RESPECT HIM.

  • on March 14, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    I will tell my kids that I was contemporary to the greatest cricketer and human being

  • on March 14, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    I love Tendulkar since he is one of the few who has not been in controversies. Besides, he has done lot of service to Indian cricket. Why cannot he be selfish when he wants to hit his 100th century? Surely we owe that much to him. The media has got it all wrong. On one hand, they blamed the three for defeats in Australia but when Dravid retired, they praised him.

  • on March 14, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    D first person who has commented on this article says it all..Thank you..

  • on March 14, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    any player playing for milestone and not for team .. shouldn't be considered "The BEST"..

  • on March 14, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    Great article,,, true Master true game player,,,,, hail Sachin

  • Go_Sachin_Go on March 14, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    Thank you so much for this article. These are difficult times, and its very rare to find a neutral/positive article on Sachin these days. Any other player when he fails including Ponting, the 'experts' comment on technique, reflexes and form. When Sachin fails people question his attitude, selfishness, integrity and intentions. With a magical wand, every expert seem to get an insight of what is happening in Sachin's mind. "He is playing for records, he is playing to keep his ad contracts, he is getting weighed down by the milestone etc etc". Its always these non tangible excuses. And it immensely saddens me. Thanks again.

  • barani_m1975 on March 14, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    tendulkar must retire from ODI atleast.

  • on March 14, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    most people find cricket boring because most players are selfish and playing for milestones and great averages. I kinda share the same sentiment.AB De Villiers is one player i love in World cricket, he plays for situation.Not taking anything away from the legend, was just saying.

  • saicharan200 on March 14, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    He is the greatest player in the world....each and every player has up and down's......let media not concentrate on his elusive 100th 100 so dat he can concentrate well on his game and surely he'll get 100th 100 very soon....

  • on March 14, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    Instead of us thinking about his 100th century, I think we should just enjoy his batting for as long as he plays...

  • Nadeem1976 on March 14, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Sachin is the best cricketer the world has ever seen. Longest tenure in cricket history . But i believe that he is still 14 years old and don't want to accept that he is 39 which makes him unique. Sachin has given a lot to India , lots of runs, lots of wins , lots of failures , i mean every thing. This is the time for India to give some thing to Sachin and that is patience. Give respect to guy who is playing for 23 years. Just try to understand that he don't know any thing other than Cricket.

    Normally players move on after 15 years of career but he don't want to move on. he still shows up in nets when others are taking rest. Man has lust for cricket. let him play. Let him enjoy his last years in cricket. Don't be rude.

  • on March 14, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    Sachin you rock !!! You can get your 100th International hundred! Good luck for your other matches.

  • naveen485 on March 14, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    sachins 100th century comes vs pakistan .......and we win asia cup easily ...really yesterday gambhir and kohli played badly mean slow ..looking for centuries it' not good for team.remove jadeja and bring yusuf

  • on March 14, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    Best of luck Sachin Tendulkar

  • on March 14, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    *A to Z Qualities that every person to be learned from Sachin:

    A: Admiration, Adulation, Attention B: Belief, Brave C: Charity, Commitment D: Dedication, Devotion, Durable E: Encouragement, Endeavor F: Fearless G: Gratitude H: Humanity, Humble, Honest I: Intensity, Innovation J: Jive K: Kind L: Loyal M: Motivational, Master N: New ideas O: Overhaul P: Perfection Q: Quality R: Respect S: Steady, Silent T: Temperament, Technique U: Undertakings V: Volatile W: Wonderful X: X-treme Y: Youthful Z: Zero Gravity (Down to Earth)

  • on March 14, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    A true lover!A true lover!A true lover!A true lover!A true lover!A true lover!A true lover!A true lover!A true lover!A true lover!A true lover!A true lover! THE GOD!!

  • reddyc on March 14, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    bad or good day he always gives his best...

  • xylo on March 14, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    Good grief! Why exactly is this news?

  • on March 14, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    i think BCCI give chance to young players...as they all are performing very well...BCCI should learn sumthing from australian cricket board...liek they drop ricky ponting for underperforming....as they are looking forward for 2015 world cup..but i BCCI is doing there work emotionally rather then practically...

  • on March 14, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    whatever said and done....tendulkar is the best cricketer in the world... juz bcoz he cudnt stil get his 100th ton..he hasnt lost form...then vot about his 99 hundreds??

  • YadavAjay on March 14, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    that's it all about... enjoy the game while you play.

  • ms555 on March 14, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    Not a big deal... He is the master... He will only walk out in his own terms.. Who would the bradman of this era to retire? Stupid people... We love you sachin...and hope u do well for years ahead... as long as u are making runs....not scoring a century isn't a big thing.. keep going master

  • on March 14, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    Thank You Siddharth for a refreshing article among all negative news.

  • on March 14, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    I hope this man scores so many of runs that Ponting, Kallis, De Villers, etc retire even before they think they can get near the milestones.. This man has given Indian cricket one of its identities.. Instead of asking him to retire, let him play till he himself chooses it.. Because you may get another Gavaskar, another Richards probably even another Lara but you will never get another Tendulkar for he is a benchmark for all his benchmakrs!

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  • on March 14, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    I hope this man scores so many of runs that Ponting, Kallis, De Villers, etc retire even before they think they can get near the milestones.. This man has given Indian cricket one of its identities.. Instead of asking him to retire, let him play till he himself chooses it.. Because you may get another Gavaskar, another Richards probably even another Lara but you will never get another Tendulkar for he is a benchmark for all his benchmakrs!

  • on March 14, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    Thank You Siddharth for a refreshing article among all negative news.

  • ms555 on March 14, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    Not a big deal... He is the master... He will only walk out in his own terms.. Who would the bradman of this era to retire? Stupid people... We love you sachin...and hope u do well for years ahead... as long as u are making runs....not scoring a century isn't a big thing.. keep going master

  • YadavAjay on March 14, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    that's it all about... enjoy the game while you play.

  • on March 14, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    whatever said and done....tendulkar is the best cricketer in the world... juz bcoz he cudnt stil get his 100th ton..he hasnt lost form...then vot about his 99 hundreds??

  • on March 14, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    i think BCCI give chance to young players...as they all are performing very well...BCCI should learn sumthing from australian cricket board...liek they drop ricky ponting for underperforming....as they are looking forward for 2015 world cup..but i BCCI is doing there work emotionally rather then practically...

  • xylo on March 14, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    Good grief! Why exactly is this news?

  • reddyc on March 14, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    bad or good day he always gives his best...

  • on March 14, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    A true lover!A true lover!A true lover!A true lover!A true lover!A true lover!A true lover!A true lover!A true lover!A true lover!A true lover!A true lover! THE GOD!!

  • on March 14, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    *A to Z Qualities that every person to be learned from Sachin:

    A: Admiration, Adulation, Attention B: Belief, Brave C: Charity, Commitment D: Dedication, Devotion, Durable E: Encouragement, Endeavor F: Fearless G: Gratitude H: Humanity, Humble, Honest I: Intensity, Innovation J: Jive K: Kind L: Loyal M: Motivational, Master N: New ideas O: Overhaul P: Perfection Q: Quality R: Respect S: Steady, Silent T: Temperament, Technique U: Undertakings V: Volatile W: Wonderful X: X-treme Y: Youthful Z: Zero Gravity (Down to Earth)