ODI batting winner February 19, 2010

Hyderabad heartbreaker

Tendulkar's 175 was the sort of innings that just had to win, but fate had other plans
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Best ODI Batting Performance

Sachin Tendulkar
175 v Australia
fifth ODI, Hyderabad

In the most important one-day match of his career, Sachin Tendulkar was out for four as India tried to chase down a mammoth Australian total of 359. Six years later, in a game of admittedly less significance than the World Cup final, he found himself at the crease with his team once again needing more than 350 for victory. Again, India fell agonisingly short, but this time it wasn't for lack of a contribution from its talisman.

By his exceptionally high standards, the first four games of the series had not been a success. But here, having started in circumspect fashion against Ben Hilfenhaus and Doug Bollinger, Tendulkar opened out to play some delightful strokes. He had eased to 10 from 19 balls when the first four came, a neat loft over mid-off against Hilfenhaus. And once Bollinger was pulled and then carved over point, Tendulkar was well into his shot-making stride.

It didn't help that wickets started to fall at the other end. Virender Sehwag departed after an entertaining cameo, while Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh both failed. But far from making him withdraw into a shell, the reverses only appear to spur Tendulkar on. Shane Watson was pulled for six over midwicket and Nathan Hauritz hoisted over the straight boundary twice in an over. By the time MS Dhoni fell, with the score on 162, Tendulkar had already raced to 95 from just 75 deliveries.

It took him six more deliveries to bring up his 45th century, and ninth against Australia, but it was clear that India would need an innings of substance from the other end if such an imposing score was to be overhauled. That supporting hand came from Suresh Raina, and with Tendulkar hitting the ball powerfully in the V and adding a few deft touches here and there, the asking rate was whittled down.

On 135, he got a life, when Michael Hussey was unable to latch on to a drive that was punched straight back at him. An edged four off Hilfenhaus merely added to the belief that it might be Tendulkar's day, and soon after, a thrash through the covers off Hussey saw him to 150 from just 122 balls. Raina was doing his part, combining quick singles with hefty blows, but it was Tendulkar who had the crowd roaring, with cute glances and a peachy off-drive off Hilfenhaus.

Then, with just over a run a ball needed and the partnership worth 137, Raina fell. No matter. Ravindra Jadeja came in and mowed a couple of deliveries over the infield, and suddenly it was down to 19 needed from the last 18 balls. Enter Clint McKay, the debutant who Tendulkar had already taken for 24 from 24 balls. He opened with a slower ball and Tendulkar went for the scoop over fine leg, having shuffled across his stumps. The extra bounce undid him, though, and as Hauritz held on at short fine leg, some of the Australians celebrated as though they had already won.

They had; the remaining batsmen were unable to see India home. By the time he trudged off, drained and desperately disappointed, Tendulkar had faced 141 balls for his 175. His 36-year-old legs had scampered 56 singles, eight twos and even a three. It was the sort of innings that deserved to win a game. Unfortunately, like one of his greatest Test knocks, the 136 against Pakistan in Chennai, it became another what-might-have-been story.

Dileep Premachandran is an associate editor at Cricinfo

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  • Neil247 on February 28, 2010, 16:36 GMT

    I don't get it. This article is about the Greatest batsman that ever walked the earth. If some ppl (the tiny minority) don't like Tendulkar for whatever warped private reasons -that's fine - Simply buzz off from here and switch off the TV when he's playing.Simple!...But no- these ppl won't do it- they will watch and keep pouring out their deep psycological problems coz deep down they know they are watching a once in a century player.

  • Rohan1 on February 28, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    @raja fren. What a joke! you've taken what warney said about tendulkar and put in whoever you like! ha ha -funny. several comments below say it better than i can. suffice it to say that if you can take one or two inn. out of hundreds (and that too ones with huge slices of luck like the one u mention) and hold them up as some sortreason for being "better' then you seriously need to go back to cricket class 101.

  • CricFan24 on February 28, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    And let's not even bring ODIs into the picture. I'll risk sounding like a troll and say that it's ludicrous to me that anyone would look beyond Sachin as the greatest player in limited overs history. He has 32 hundreds in winning causes, has made runs eveywhere and in real pressure cooker situations (he averages 56 with 6 hundreds in ODI finals v Ponting's 38 or Lara's 28). The closest anyone comes in the ODI greatness stakes is Viv Richards, and Tendulkar has 10,000 more runs (say it out loud - TEN THOUSAND), at a marginally (45 v 47) lower average and marginally lower strike rate. So, please, I beg of you fine folks, end this Sachin v Lara debate once and for all. I'll get an aneurysm if I have to listen any more about Brian Lara winning more matches (all eight of them) or having been a better batsman than Sachin.

  • CricFan24 on February 28, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    I think Brian Lara, bless his heart, was a great batsman. But he is held in such high regard partly because of his swashbuckling style and the fact that his highest notes were higher than anyone else's. The truth is that he was nowhere near as consistently good as Tendulkar has been and still is. Consider this. In 4th innings, Brian averaged 2 runs lower than Sachin, and has 8 hundreds in winning causes vs Sachin's 18. And apart from the 153*, he has done virtually nothing in 4th innings chases. But that innings has always been cited in a "what has sachin done?" argument. Before Sachin buried the idiots at Chennai last year, of course.

  • on February 26, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    @Rohan1 hmm..now this section is more of verbal volleys between us two. my serve 1.Tamim iqbal was indeed OUT.my oversight.-not digging to see if anyone else is thr. 2.I was not comparing Gibbs and Sachin-was saying to me gibbs' 170 is the best ODI innings ever atleast in the last 10 years or so..otherwise kapil dev's 175* when the side was 5/25 Richards' 184* those wil stand the test of time. 3.I NEVER EVER SAID SACHIN IS THE GREATEST BATSMAN EVER-THAT IS LIKE COMMITTING ABSOLUTE BLASPHEMY TO ME. 1.BRIAN LARA 2.DAYLIGHT 3.SACHIN 4+REST ALL....PERIOD. like i said sachin "accumulates", brian "dominated" bowlers all when the mortals at the other end were struggling to ut bat to ball..

    ps: since ur an ardent sachin fan..congrats on sachin's 200* (not to mention sachin's sharjah knocks are still my fav above this 200-200 could be the highest but not the best..to give u a parallel brian lara 400* is the highest but his best is 153* chasing 309 at Barbados.Next is his maiden ton-277 ch3rs

  • Rohan1 on February 24, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    And one last thing since i couldnt resist ,gibbs was 170 out of some 434 with PLENTY of support the other end. And by the way if u or anyone can seriously compare gibss,iqbal and the likes with tendulkar u need to get yourself checked up pronto.Cheers.

  • Rohan1 on February 24, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    @raja fren: and so i checked. Tamim iqbal was OUT in that inn. you mention. did u even read my previous comment? it was to ppl harping about "carrying your bat" thru the inn. The ONLY 150 NO score chasing 300 plus in ODI history is gambhirs. NO opener has done as well as Tendulkar. That is what i mean- not only is Tendulkar supposed to behave like an opener- with a decisive start,then u ppl expect him to consolidate AND finish! what is wrong with u ppl?

  • Rohan1 on February 24, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    @raja fren: so nice to know u are now actually looking things up. part of my goal has been accomplished. you know what they say" give a man a fish and u feed him for a day, teach him how to fish....". But good to know we generally agree that Tendulkar is the Greatest batsman of all time (with due rgds to tamim iqbal)..and if i may add since uve been watching tendulkar from the "beginning" and cannot remember too many great knocks, perhaps u should get things like memory etc checked up?

  • on February 23, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    @Rohan1 And here's another noticeable stat- the ONLY unbeaten 150 + score when chasing a target of 300+ in the HISTORY of ODIs was by Gambhir (At No.3, 150* vs SL,2009).

    ever heard of tamim iqbal? he blasted 154* off 138 chasing 312 to win..thts a counter to the stats u produced i guess one is enuf..http://www.cricinfo.com/zimvbdesh2009/engine/match/410340.html good luck iwd ur remaining stats...ch3rs!

  • on February 23, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    @Rohan1 Pretty impressive.i do not have the time nor the inention to see if ur stats are correct. but may be u shud just go back and find out- how many of those 45 hundreds were single-handed-batsman winning knocks..and am afraid 200 is not a big score and ur only belittling sachin by using 200 use 300 may be for ur satisfaction...but again numbers dont revela everything..u can go check how many of those 45 100s' were set up by bowlers upfront..point is i have been watchin sachin since he scored his first few ODI hundreds and only knocks that wud overawe anyone is those sharjah tons. i dunno wats gambhir's 150 got to do wid here. check out gibbs' 170 in that ODI to me its the best innings ever..to even have a belief that u can chase downa target like that..man it takes something sanath's 150 in mumbai comes into mind and ofcourse gilly and pontngs' worldcup knocks..as somebody said sachin accumulates runs and he is worldclass at that..no one can deny that ignoramus or not..ch3rs!

  • Neil247 on February 28, 2010, 16:36 GMT

    I don't get it. This article is about the Greatest batsman that ever walked the earth. If some ppl (the tiny minority) don't like Tendulkar for whatever warped private reasons -that's fine - Simply buzz off from here and switch off the TV when he's playing.Simple!...But no- these ppl won't do it- they will watch and keep pouring out their deep psycological problems coz deep down they know they are watching a once in a century player.

  • Rohan1 on February 28, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    @raja fren. What a joke! you've taken what warney said about tendulkar and put in whoever you like! ha ha -funny. several comments below say it better than i can. suffice it to say that if you can take one or two inn. out of hundreds (and that too ones with huge slices of luck like the one u mention) and hold them up as some sortreason for being "better' then you seriously need to go back to cricket class 101.

  • CricFan24 on February 28, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    And let's not even bring ODIs into the picture. I'll risk sounding like a troll and say that it's ludicrous to me that anyone would look beyond Sachin as the greatest player in limited overs history. He has 32 hundreds in winning causes, has made runs eveywhere and in real pressure cooker situations (he averages 56 with 6 hundreds in ODI finals v Ponting's 38 or Lara's 28). The closest anyone comes in the ODI greatness stakes is Viv Richards, and Tendulkar has 10,000 more runs (say it out loud - TEN THOUSAND), at a marginally (45 v 47) lower average and marginally lower strike rate. So, please, I beg of you fine folks, end this Sachin v Lara debate once and for all. I'll get an aneurysm if I have to listen any more about Brian Lara winning more matches (all eight of them) or having been a better batsman than Sachin.

  • CricFan24 on February 28, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    I think Brian Lara, bless his heart, was a great batsman. But he is held in such high regard partly because of his swashbuckling style and the fact that his highest notes were higher than anyone else's. The truth is that he was nowhere near as consistently good as Tendulkar has been and still is. Consider this. In 4th innings, Brian averaged 2 runs lower than Sachin, and has 8 hundreds in winning causes vs Sachin's 18. And apart from the 153*, he has done virtually nothing in 4th innings chases. But that innings has always been cited in a "what has sachin done?" argument. Before Sachin buried the idiots at Chennai last year, of course.

  • on February 26, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    @Rohan1 hmm..now this section is more of verbal volleys between us two. my serve 1.Tamim iqbal was indeed OUT.my oversight.-not digging to see if anyone else is thr. 2.I was not comparing Gibbs and Sachin-was saying to me gibbs' 170 is the best ODI innings ever atleast in the last 10 years or so..otherwise kapil dev's 175* when the side was 5/25 Richards' 184* those wil stand the test of time. 3.I NEVER EVER SAID SACHIN IS THE GREATEST BATSMAN EVER-THAT IS LIKE COMMITTING ABSOLUTE BLASPHEMY TO ME. 1.BRIAN LARA 2.DAYLIGHT 3.SACHIN 4+REST ALL....PERIOD. like i said sachin "accumulates", brian "dominated" bowlers all when the mortals at the other end were struggling to ut bat to ball..

    ps: since ur an ardent sachin fan..congrats on sachin's 200* (not to mention sachin's sharjah knocks are still my fav above this 200-200 could be the highest but not the best..to give u a parallel brian lara 400* is the highest but his best is 153* chasing 309 at Barbados.Next is his maiden ton-277 ch3rs

  • Rohan1 on February 24, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    And one last thing since i couldnt resist ,gibbs was 170 out of some 434 with PLENTY of support the other end. And by the way if u or anyone can seriously compare gibss,iqbal and the likes with tendulkar u need to get yourself checked up pronto.Cheers.

  • Rohan1 on February 24, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    @raja fren: and so i checked. Tamim iqbal was OUT in that inn. you mention. did u even read my previous comment? it was to ppl harping about "carrying your bat" thru the inn. The ONLY 150 NO score chasing 300 plus in ODI history is gambhirs. NO opener has done as well as Tendulkar. That is what i mean- not only is Tendulkar supposed to behave like an opener- with a decisive start,then u ppl expect him to consolidate AND finish! what is wrong with u ppl?

  • Rohan1 on February 24, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    @raja fren: so nice to know u are now actually looking things up. part of my goal has been accomplished. you know what they say" give a man a fish and u feed him for a day, teach him how to fish....". But good to know we generally agree that Tendulkar is the Greatest batsman of all time (with due rgds to tamim iqbal)..and if i may add since uve been watching tendulkar from the "beginning" and cannot remember too many great knocks, perhaps u should get things like memory etc checked up?

  • on February 23, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    @Rohan1 And here's another noticeable stat- the ONLY unbeaten 150 + score when chasing a target of 300+ in the HISTORY of ODIs was by Gambhir (At No.3, 150* vs SL,2009).

    ever heard of tamim iqbal? he blasted 154* off 138 chasing 312 to win..thts a counter to the stats u produced i guess one is enuf..http://www.cricinfo.com/zimvbdesh2009/engine/match/410340.html good luck iwd ur remaining stats...ch3rs!

  • on February 23, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    @Rohan1 Pretty impressive.i do not have the time nor the inention to see if ur stats are correct. but may be u shud just go back and find out- how many of those 45 hundreds were single-handed-batsman winning knocks..and am afraid 200 is not a big score and ur only belittling sachin by using 200 use 300 may be for ur satisfaction...but again numbers dont revela everything..u can go check how many of those 45 100s' were set up by bowlers upfront..point is i have been watchin sachin since he scored his first few ODI hundreds and only knocks that wud overawe anyone is those sharjah tons. i dunno wats gambhir's 150 got to do wid here. check out gibbs' 170 in that ODI to me its the best innings ever..to even have a belief that u can chase downa target like that..man it takes something sanath's 150 in mumbai comes into mind and ofcourse gilly and pontngs' worldcup knocks..as somebody said sachin accumulates runs and he is worldclass at that..no one can deny that ignoramus or not..ch3rs!

  • cheekycricy on February 22, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    For most of the Sachin basher's I would say that they hardly watch cricket. They just look at the final results of the match. And from that it would be hard to say what a magnificent fight one has put up or what magnificent class has one showed in the match. Sachin's 175 against Australia is one such example. It was not only a fighting score. It was all together classy batting reminding all of us of the Young Sachin of the 90's. For anyone who has watched cricket seriously and not just followed the results of the match, there will hardly be anyone who cannot appreciate Sachin. Of course there are other good players who need equally good recognition like Dilshan, Sangakkara and many more but apart from Lara there is hardly anyone who can match Sachin as far as classy batting is concerned. In fact classy batting is slowly diminishing from the international arena with the invention of bogus crickets like 20-20. So lets give Sachin his due of applaud. Hail Sachin....

  • CricFan24 on February 22, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    Rooboy etc. I agree. It is difficult to put up anyone with Bradman. However, there is a counter point as depicted in this article : "Only Sachin Tendulkar can equal Don Bradman"-By the esteemed John Woodcock. It is impossible to compare across eras. But if you consider the fact that Tendulkar has some 31000 int. runs, 90+ int 100s, over a period of 20yrs, has been through several career threatening injuries which seriously impacted his stats, the incredible pressure he is under etc etc etc- and then STILL at the end of it averages as good or better than anybody- well , That's as close to Bradmanesque we have ever got to in the Modern Era.

  • Rohan1 on February 22, 2010, 4:01 GMT

    And now that im a bit warmed up. The above was for opening batsmen of course. So, that means that out of 45 ODI hundreds , Tendulkar has 10 unbeaten hundreds when chasing. That is terrific by any standards. And here's another noticeable stat- the ONLY unbeaten 150 + score when chasing a target of 300+ in the HISTORY of ODIs was by Gambhir (At No.3, 150* vs SL,2009). This is what I mean- Just because Tendulkar is the Greatest batsman of all time doesn't mean he is from outer space. He is still a Bats"Man"…not a bats"alien"…and that basically means he is better than the other batsmen around. Not to some ghostly vague standard you have in mind.

  • Rohan1 on February 22, 2010, 3:07 GMT

    @ Raja Fren Oh well. Since you goaded me a bit- I did a quick run on the stats bases. I had initially thrown in a rough ball park figure of 200 runs chasing on just gut feeling. I filtered in matchwinning Unbeaten hundreds(100+ N.O) Only for the 2nd innings when the chasing team wins .And guess what ? Tendulkar leads for the max matchwinning hundreds (if you take a 1st inn. Total of 196 and above) with 10 unbeaten Hundreds.Jayasuriya is in 2nd place with 3. The basic thing here is that it just reinforces my point and completely and utterly demolishes the Tendulkar bashers who are shooting in the breeze. And how.

  • Rooboy on February 22, 2010, 2:40 GMT

    I only planned to watch the first few overs of the indian innings in this match but ended up staying up all night as Tendulkar got going. I had to work the next morning but I just could not take my eyes off the TV. It was simply an amazing innings, I don't remember seeing any better. But it's highly ironic that the people complaining about anyone critical of Tendulkar are often the same people who think it's acceptable to say Ponting is crap or even that Tendulkar is better than Bradman. Don't be so sensitive if you have a go at other players yourself. And the argument that Tendulkar is better than Bradman ... Tendulkar averages around the same as other top batsmen of his time, give or take 5 runs or so, Bradman averages nearly 40 more than other top batsmen of his time (or any time). There is no argument. Please stop the ridiculous comparisons.

  • Rohan1 on February 22, 2010, 2:36 GMT

    @ Raja Fren- See what I mean? So not only do you have any data...you don't even know how to get it. This is precisely what I meant by hot air, with any number of ppl coming out with vague and unsubstantiated statements that X,Y are "matchwinners" and have "carried their bats" etc etc...without any basis at all for their grandiose statements. They not only have the data- they don't even want to be bothered to look and work it out!

  • leave_it_to_the_umps on February 22, 2010, 1:40 GMT

    Coventry innings, more runs (= world record), more 6s, better strike rate, less time taken and to top it off Not out!!! Sure it wasn't against australia but for zim playing bangladesh is the equivalent for them. As for the lauded aussie attack it was not that flash on the india tour, because of injuries it was full of players either on debut or only played a handful of ODI's.

    In my mind the only way an innings can be considered better than the WR innings would be if it it had actually been enough to win it but as tendulkar fell short I cant consider it better. In 2009 there were numerous other large scores that actually resulted in a win for the team chasing from gambhirs 150* vs sri lankas's 315 to watsons 136* in the champions league semi final to destroy NZ with 8 overs to spare to Iqbals 154 which meant that despite coventry's amazing innings it was not enough for zim to win. All of these would rate above tendulkars innings for me and could be worthy challenges to coventry's

  • cheekycricy on February 21, 2010, 19:48 GMT

    For those who are comparing Sachin's 175 with Dilshan's 160. I am giving you some stats and leaving the analysis back to you. Dilshan's 160 came with two great partnerships with Tharanga and magnificent Sangakkara who scored 67 of 60 balls and 90 of 43 balls respectively and more importantly gave Dilshan two solid partnerships. The fall of wicket for srilanka was 1-188 and 2-316 before Tharanga and sangakkara were dismissed and Dilshan was dismissed at 339 with more than 75 runs still required to win. http://www.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/430886.html is the link to the scorecard of that match. Now let us see in what situation Sachin scored the 175. The second highest score after Sachins 175 was Raina's 59 and apart from this there were only two double figure score. Sehwag 38 and Jadeja 23. None of the others even crossed 10. and talking about partnerships there was hardly any except Raina that gave sachin some support at the other end. and Sachin steered till 332 with just 18 more

  • ajaym_believer on February 21, 2010, 19:27 GMT

    WOW! I am quite amazed at the number of times the words such as 'ignorant', 'ignoramous' and other such insults being hurled about. Gentlemen, is there room to have different views and perspective about the game which we all dearly love. OR is there only one view, the PERFECT view like the Taliban across the border and our own Shiv Sena sees certain issues?

  • on February 21, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    @Rohan1

    A simple exercise for the ignoramuses who know nothing about cricket (or perhaps sport in general)- Pls count the number of times a batsman has come in when there is more than about 200 runs to score to win a game and stayed there till the end to "finish" it- The results will surprise you.

    Let me know if you have the ''data'' am waiting to be surprised dude..and i guess u meant 300 or is it 200?

    ps: i dunno how ur " ignoramuses" would be able 2 get the data may be u shud enlighten them on that as well

  • shankupals on February 21, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    @victortrumpet... World cup finals knock of Ponting came batting at first and poor tendulkar had no luxury to settle for some time to hit. Its more than seven runs in an over. Did you rermember any time Ponting scoring more than 150 chasing? I don't think you can recollect even if he plays in the future and being on winning side I assure you there will be atleast 2 fifties from other end. What about the two centuries in Sharjah and two centuries in Australia in 2007. They are all in winning causes. Don't put comments like "why SRT never been in a World Championship winning side" etc. Cricket is played by 11 players and there should be atleast 6 legends in Team. India had only SRT and Ganguly and the rest all for supporting numbers. Coming to Australia McGrath, Lee, Warne, Poting, Steve Waugh, Hayden, Symonds and the count goes on.

  • prashant1 on February 21, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    RAMKI24- SRT scored 175 out of 359 target. Dilshan 160 out of 414. SRTs was also against a much superior team and attack- as we have now seen from the seemingly unstoppable Aus team. Valid arguments are fine but this stale SRT bashing is now soooboring. I wish you people would stop it and as some people have mentioned learn to appreciate a unique diamond and one of the true greats of the game before he retires.After he does, rest assured- you will watch dozens and dozens of the Dilshan type of knocks ----and then pine for just one,oh just one SRT straight drive, Flick, On drive or square cut.

  • Rohan1 on February 21, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    @RAMKI2404.The problem with so called "fans" from India and elsewhere (especially one particular place) is that they will not even read or see comments or the jury's reasons properly.For eg. Dilshan's knock was considered. Also, have you tried out the simple exercise I mentioned? i.e how many opening batsmen (or even middle order) have started out with over around 200 runs to chase and stayed till the end? Pls do try out this simple exercise, in both formats of the game. You will find to your utter surprise that even the very best of batsmen, i.e the acknowledged legends have achieved such a feat at the most once or twice in their entire careers. Also, pls actually watch both knocks and the jury's verdict etc etc....It is otherwise a pointless waste of time arguing with the ignoramuses.

  • RAMKI2404 on February 21, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    This is the problem with the fans in india they never understand batsman carrying his bat for winning cause of a country especially the fans od Sachin. When we are talking about an award os such caliber we need to consider all the aspects of the innings. Then Why Dilshans 160with India is not considered?

  • on February 21, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    ignorant..is d only wrd dat comes 2 my mind for such ppl wen i read such comments criticising sachin..nd dis knock was d bestODI inning evr..nd d whole cricketing world recognised dat..ryt 4m gavaskar 2even ponting..nd they definitely understand d game bettr than these few stupid cynics!! an opener bats for 47overs..scores 175 out of 331runs..is d 7th wickt 2fall..wat else do u want from him..may b sum 'll criticise for d manner he got out..with fine leg up nd a ball pitched outside leg stump dat was a very correct shot selection i feel..it hust turned out 2b a slower un wich also bounced more so dont blame sachin for takin undue risk at that stage either..it was just his hard luck combined with jadeja's lack of temperament wich lost india d match..nd dont underestimate d aussie bowlin attack either..luk wat they hav achieved aftr dat..jus bcoz he got out nd india cudnt win dont take away d genius of an inning dat he played..criticise wen he gets out cheaply not aftr he has scored 175!

  • Rohan1 on February 21, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    A simple exercise for the ignoramuses who know nothing about cricket (or perhaps sport in general)- Pls count the number of times a batsman has come in when there is more than about 200 runs to score to win a game and stayed there till the end to "finish" it- The results will surprise you. Tendulkar is simply the Greatest batsman of all time when considering all formats (With due apologies and respect to Don Bradman)- but as happens with even the Kohinoor certain persons will only go on harping about some perceived scratch while completely ignoring the glory of the diamond.

  • majestics on February 21, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    who the hell is this victortrumpet commenting such stupid things on 'the best'. He should check his stats first. no one knows rising 2 occasion more than sachin. be it '96 world cup or '98 sharjah (sachin beating the hell out of aussies) or 03 world cup or chasing 380 against england n many more. So stop those nonsense he plays in small games in losing cause. Ur richards n pontings never had a more choking team than india who almost always leave sachin a lone man fighting 4 cause.

  • s.sreekant on February 21, 2010, 3:10 GMT

    "with all due respect to sachin,he had the support of laxman,dravid,ganguly,what more you want.they are called the 4 legends in the team,then many are saying he did not have any support from others and what more you want if u have the other 3 players,about ponting if he is in the wining team does not mean that he can perform easily no batsman can perform without talent and sachin can be under no pressure if he has these 3 players to follow"

  • insightfulcricketer on February 21, 2010, 1:32 GMT

    Sachin truly deserved it. Look at the quality of Aussie attack what it achieved later on its season. That innings was truly remarkable - chasing- under lights- a pumped attack and unbelievable target. I think for all cricket lovers Sachin is a true phenomenon.Look at the players who came after him and are now coaches while Sachin still goes on excelling ,humble and a core team mate. What a man!! We can only learn and maybe imbibe some of his spirit and character in our normal lives and be better human beings in the process.

  • victortrumpet on February 20, 2010, 22:05 GMT

    Pretty ironic first sentence, "In the most important one-day match of his career, Sachin Tendulkar was out for four", but nonetheless apt. This innings was not in the class of a Ponting, Gilchrist or Richards World Cup final knock. Nor in the class of the other 175 run knocks in ODI history by Kapil Dev and Herchelle Gibbs, both scores came at a higher strike rate and both enabled tremendous wins against equally difficult odds. Tendulkar's knock against Australia's replacement bowlers failed to do that. So whereas the little Master has been the most consistent one day batsmen since Richards, when a title's on the line and the real champions put their hand up, Sachin has been happy to amass big scores in losing small games. As such Tendulkar has been unable to raise his game to the level that raises his teammates too. Hence why he's never been in a World Championship winning side. So this year's award for the highest score in a losing effort goes to.... hang on a second .... Coventry!!

  • coolmaddy on February 20, 2010, 19:48 GMT

    hey , i feel pity for those who are lying on their beds enjoying n typing such shits. i am totally annoyed by the comment that SACHIN is not a match finisher. hey man, how can u expect an opener to finish the innings. the innings was a master piece from the bat of MASTER BLASTER.

    ishan madaan , a fan of sachin tendulkar

  • amit_mangal30 on February 20, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    I was 10 when I started watching cricket and it was because of this man. I belonged to a very small town of India then, and names like Michael Jackson, James Bond and Sachin Tendulkar were the only ones that could make it to those places... I mention this because his contribution to Indian cricket has been synonymous to this innings. Larger than life, yet tragic like this match, as if destiny itself has been watching over to do what it wants to do, and Sachin, as usual, trying his trysts with the fate. As soon as his wicket fell, chennai 99 was reminded again. Fingers crossed. Gods disturbed(by a billion prayers). But destiny had other plans, few balls later India once again fell. To a billion tears, I am sure. Not to reach the score, but to pay tribute to the man most deserved for status Cricket enjoys in India today. A paper next day easily summarised this effort. It Read: 'If not for India's loss, the series would be Aus-2, Ind-2, Sachin-1'

  • Koushik_Biswas on February 20, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    Totally unfair! On a fine morning basking in India's No. 1 status in Tests, you guys have to remind me of that last few balls of Indian innings. They say cricket is a team sports. Yet they discredit Tendya "for not finishing off". Are they crazy? It is like Maradona dribbling the ball all the way past the opponent's penalty line and then needing to pass it to the other striker. The other striker misses, and you blame Maradona! The very expectation of the "last bit" rests on the foundation of a superhuman first part, a man who is limited by human pain and fatigue. He is a batsman, not a bowler - whose only mistake will be his last. The rules of the game heavily favors batsmen, but the underlying reason is a bowler can amend his mistakes. A batsman cannot. Not even Little Master. No, he did not let the team down. The team let him down. How blindly biased do people have to be to look at it through an image inverter lens?

  • on February 20, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    It gives me so much happiness just to see him bat on the screen these days...Wondering if any other player from the team can evoke so much love and passion these days...Scared to think of the day he retires from cricket

  • on February 20, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    hats off MASTER!! we love u.. keep going d same way. guys lets wish vrythng 'll turn around in the 2011 WORLD CUP!!n the team 'll support him n win d world cup 4 him n 4 all of us. good luck INDIA.

  • 6x_CS_King on February 20, 2010, 11:10 GMT

    Sachin remains to be one among the bests of world cricket for the past 15 ~ years and indian team also remains one amongst the average teams for the past 15~years,very good innings but a sad match and a great player being wasted in sad team ,

  • Rajesh. on February 20, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    Another of Sachin's great innings.......... It's a pity that many a time others don't finish the game off. People should remember that doing 80% of the work is as significant or in some cases more significant than the last 20%. You don't finish games if you don't reach that point where you put yourself in with a chance..... and how many times has Sachin put India on course for victory and yet the others have fumbled...... Many of Sachin's great innings don't look that great compared to others' because of the lofty standards he has set for himself..... otherwise there is not another batsman in World Cricket like Sachin Tendulkar

  • AB99 on February 20, 2010, 7:00 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar is the greatest batsman today FULL STOP. But he is not a finisher and this shows up with his 136 against Pakistan at Chenna and 175 against Australia at Hyderabad in 2009 and also in the semi finals of the Sachin special 'Operation Desert Storm' in 1999. He has to rectify these abberations.

  • prashant1 on February 20, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    If not for Tendulkar's mid 2000s career threatening injuries no batsman would even be close to Tendulkar.After more than 20 yrs Tendulkar is still producing innings like this!! And again after more than 20 yrs he is in the Top 10 list of batsmen- in BOTH formats of the game! Absolutely Incredible.

  • Happy_AusBang on February 20, 2010, 6:04 GMT

    And to think Ian Chapell had written him off about three years ago saying he was on the downward slope and Ponting was rising! With all due respect to Ponting I don't think there is any comparison. Tendulkar has seen all sorts of variations in the team and played in every conceivable situation against all the best bowlers going around, whereas Ponting has mostly been playing in a winning team with not a lot of pressure on him. Moreover he was extremely lucky with a few umpiring decisions whereas Tendulkar got the rough end of umpiring decisions quite a few times.

  • truthspeaker on February 20, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    Sacin Tendulkar is God - He bats like a champion, his poise is a treat to watch, and his stance enviable - Ponting can only dream of Sachin's glory - Sachin in his middle days played the pull shot as well as Ponting did - Ponting plays well in a team that has superior pace bpwling skills

    Playing for India puts addl. pressure where Sachin often walks in unde rpressure

  • santhoshdawn on February 20, 2010, 5:09 GMT

    come on guys...obviously it was a best innings of the year. But comparing to gibbs 175 vs Australia, chanceless...to be honest, in the modern era of cricket.. ponting is the best batsman...

  • on February 20, 2010, 4:50 GMT

    There is no other Batsman in entire Cricket World than Sachin Tendulkar, whenever enters with bat in middle, everyone expect 100+. That shows how much class he got, how much people belongs to him, how much he committed to game.

    GOD(Sachin) bless us...

  • on February 20, 2010, 4:42 GMT

    he is the man in action.he is the man of the nation.he is the one and only SACHIN TENDULKAR.

  • RohitSingh_cricket on February 20, 2010, 4:37 GMT

    That was a great innings from the world's greatest batsman ever Sachin Tendulkar.He took the clock back and played a spectacular innings.It was a dream come true for every cricket fan to watch innings like that.I just wish he should keep playing such innings and one such innnings should come in world cup and should win us the cup.I wish all the best to him and wish him a good health as if he is fit then no bowler can get him.He is the KING of cricket , he ius the BIG BOSS, he is the genius and he is the cricketing greatest LEGEND.

  • cric_lover143 on February 20, 2010, 3:44 GMT

    One of the best innings i've seen in my life so far... yet again it was from the MASTER... against the AUSTRALIANS... Proving once again that he is truly - the one and only " Indian GLADIATOR" ... well going SACHIN bhai... we are always with u... & will be always with u...

  • jacobs54 on February 20, 2010, 3:28 GMT

    Well..one more jewel to Sachin's crown.In the tense world of modern cricket only players with great mental strength survives.No doubt why Sachin,Gayle and Sehwag were among the tops .'Fighting till the last minute' is lacking from many cricketers now a days.There stands the true greatness of these guys,the true role models for the youngsters.Special congrats to Cricinfo Juries who did a great job.Jiji Jacob,Australia

  • on February 20, 2010, 3:23 GMT

    Great innings from sachin....Would never forget the match lost because of Ravindira Jadeja's mistake...Lets hope he will continue playing like that

  • CricFan24 on February 20, 2010, 3:18 GMT

    Tendulkar has since his injury periods after the 2003WC,05,06 simply underlined that he is the Greatest batsman since the Don. The real pity though is that even after 2 decades India is still so heavily reliant upon him.Sad.

  • on February 20, 2010, 3:14 GMT

    This was the second time that the team let him down....Truly the best innings from the greatest of all times... And not to mention....even with the youngsters coming in ....we still rely on that special from SRT.

  • anunad on February 20, 2010, 2:25 GMT

    Graet innings by this guy. Definitly some thing to crongulate anyone about.

  • mastermind.nrk on February 20, 2010, 2:13 GMT

    Sachins Innings was by far one of the better innings of last year but i think the award should have gone to Charles Coventry for equaling the world record, what more should the guy have done in that innings it was magnificent to watch. even though he ended up in the losing side i believe to have reached that landmark which has been standing for more than 10 years in a era where all other batting records were broken if not shattered should have received this recognition of best batting performance of the year .

  • Sakib241 on February 20, 2010, 2:13 GMT

    Sachin is the best batsman of modern cricket. But Sir Don Bradman is the best of all times. Because he had to bat without the fancy gears that today's batsman has. And I just think teams are giving to many lives to Sachin nowadays. But credit to him he is making full use of it. Everytime he crosses 10 now, you just know that he's going to make a hundred.

  • RaviTerala on February 20, 2010, 2:09 GMT

    Sachin has over the past two years has proved to be very consistent and twice threatened to reach 200. It was an awesome innings and deserved every bit of the award.People like Sanjay Manjrekar who have never achieved anything in their lives and was very well known for their conservative approach always seem bent on criticizing Sachin and his critics seem upset that he is playing so well in the 'fag' (?!) end of his career.

  • on February 19, 2010, 23:22 GMT

    this is a joke, icc bending backwards to bcci again, the winner should have been dilshan.

  • RAMKI2404 on February 19, 2010, 23:14 GMT

    I will not agree this is the greatest ODI innings of 2009. THE innings would conisder for the contest if Indian would have won the match. I am really dissappointed with that innings for me loosing a match with 200+ runs or 1 run is same. I want to see sachin winning the matches for India batting single handed that were the legends born. I am a sachin fan but not satisfied with his convertion rate of Indian winning the matches. Best of luck sachin you still have few more years of cricket left in you and would like to see your contributions helping india to win the matches.

  • on February 19, 2010, 20:46 GMT

    Mr. chappel still has to say something abt the sachin's capability and age factor..? I remember when India toured australia last time, Australian Newspapers were full of stories of Sachin, Dravid, Laxman and Kumble's age. They proved them wrong and In finals Sachin Played 2 match winning innings.

  • on February 19, 2010, 20:28 GMT

    Sometime i dont understand why does Sanjay Manjrekar always speaks negative about Sachin, Sanjay Manjrekar was a failure in his career and has no right to rate the great players. Ian Chappel too has all the complained against the Great Sachin and keep praising only ponting even when ponting has failed alot in last 3 years. While judging such awards they should perhaps take someone who is unbiased and speak the truth. Sachin's innings was the best and there was no doubt about that.

    Sanjay Manjrekar you must leave the cricket world and go learn cricket again.

  • allabtcricket on February 19, 2010, 20:24 GMT

    Sachin is the name every one wanna hear when cricket starts.. Such a great player of the era. Not all player are great as they started.. you see him growing more and more.. Already made 4 century in 2010 at the age of 37. You deserve more than this.. I love you sachin for what you are. One of the greatest personality in india.

  • on February 19, 2010, 19:10 GMT

    what a man he is......keep going and going and ...... i heard 8/10 years back that "if cricket is a religion, then sachin tendulkar is the God". it's true, he is just awesome, God Bless him, and wish he could kiss the world cup, 2011.

  • dr_sachinfan_chennai on February 19, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    Nostalgia of the Same Old India of 90's. Atleast in future lets hope there is no such heartbreaks for us and The Master. We have had enough such in our cups. No words can describe SACHIN. He game is beyond art, science, poetry or Precision. Its very exsistence or Karma. Hail the The GOD of CRICKET!

  • gr8_sachin_fan on February 19, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    Sachin should be awarded best Test Performer for this year as well.. In fact he has been the best Test batsman in the world every year since 1989.. There is no other batsman ever who has had such an impact on Test Cricket.. The number of Tests India have won which they would have otherwise drawn if not for Sachin, the number of Tests India has drawn which they would have otherwise lost if not for Sachin.. No other Test batsman has ever done so much for his team and nobody can ever.. It is not possible for a human, only God Sachin cad do it.. Please award him Test performer of the year also..

  • Quazar on February 19, 2010, 17:38 GMT

    Another herculean innings by India's own demi-god...which sadly ended in the manner of greek tragedies. He deserved to end on the winning side, but such is life. (But how satisfying to see guys like Chappell and Atherton eat humble pie over the last 3 years as the Little Master continually proved that his tennis elbow & other injuries could not end his impact on the game. Here's wishing continued good health & fitness to the Little Master!)

  • Gupta.Ankur on February 19, 2010, 17:35 GMT

    I salue the greatest innings from the greatest batsman.........it was india's mis-fortune that the team couldn't support sachin's herculean effort....

  • arunbhardwaj on February 19, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    Tendulkar is the real son of India..he is carrying the load of expectations of a billion people over his shoulders for over 20 years.But he has not tired and still playing with the same commitment for so long..we love you Sachin..best of luck

  • Ilin on February 19, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    just one line- even bradman couldnt play that innings at the age of 36 after playing 20 international years.best player ever in cricket-sachinT.hats off.

  • on February 19, 2010, 17:04 GMT

    what an innings it was indeed! i was there at the match and it had almost an eden garden like feeling. packed! loud. amazing. but i think it was hyderabad which lost india the game. because no home side has ever won a game at the uppal stadium. deccan charger lost 9/9 (two ct20 matches) and india lost 3/3 prior to this game.

  • aswinmurthy on February 19, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    Unfair! I didn't need to be reminded of it now. I hardly ate or slept for two days after that innings.

  • on February 19, 2010, 16:47 GMT

    There is not enough space or database to write enough about this man. He is just amazing....Cricinfo will need another database to fill all the records for this man by the time he retires...

  • on February 19, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    THAT WAS JUST AWESOME....ONE OF THE BEST INNINGS OF HIS....but rest 10 did him in ONCE AGAIN just like in the 1990's.... LOVE YOU SACHIN...

  • floydianechoes on February 19, 2010, 15:59 GMT

    outstanding,amazing,out of this world! he deserved it.

  • ram5160 on February 19, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    Damn, I had almost got over that innings then u guys had to come and remind me of it again.

  • gurudatt_9 on February 19, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    Very true..."Unfortunately, like one of his greatest Test knocks, the 136 against Pakistan in Chennai, it became another what-might-have-been story."

    I am sure, whenever we Tendly worshippers will look back at his career, these are the two knocks that we will remember the most. These two catches, at Mid On in Chennai and at Short Fine Leg in Hyderabad, are etched forever in the memory.

  • aaharshvijayan on February 19, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    it was an amazing innings...really loved it....it reminded me of the young tendulkar, who was a nightmare for the australian bowling legends like shane, magratt.etc...really appreciate cricinfo team.....

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  • aaharshvijayan on February 19, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    it was an amazing innings...really loved it....it reminded me of the young tendulkar, who was a nightmare for the australian bowling legends like shane, magratt.etc...really appreciate cricinfo team.....

  • gurudatt_9 on February 19, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    Very true..."Unfortunately, like one of his greatest Test knocks, the 136 against Pakistan in Chennai, it became another what-might-have-been story."

    I am sure, whenever we Tendly worshippers will look back at his career, these are the two knocks that we will remember the most. These two catches, at Mid On in Chennai and at Short Fine Leg in Hyderabad, are etched forever in the memory.

  • ram5160 on February 19, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    Damn, I had almost got over that innings then u guys had to come and remind me of it again.

  • floydianechoes on February 19, 2010, 15:59 GMT

    outstanding,amazing,out of this world! he deserved it.

  • on February 19, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    THAT WAS JUST AWESOME....ONE OF THE BEST INNINGS OF HIS....but rest 10 did him in ONCE AGAIN just like in the 1990's.... LOVE YOU SACHIN...

  • on February 19, 2010, 16:47 GMT

    There is not enough space or database to write enough about this man. He is just amazing....Cricinfo will need another database to fill all the records for this man by the time he retires...

  • aswinmurthy on February 19, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    Unfair! I didn't need to be reminded of it now. I hardly ate or slept for two days after that innings.

  • on February 19, 2010, 17:04 GMT

    what an innings it was indeed! i was there at the match and it had almost an eden garden like feeling. packed! loud. amazing. but i think it was hyderabad which lost india the game. because no home side has ever won a game at the uppal stadium. deccan charger lost 9/9 (two ct20 matches) and india lost 3/3 prior to this game.

  • Ilin on February 19, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    just one line- even bradman couldnt play that innings at the age of 36 after playing 20 international years.best player ever in cricket-sachinT.hats off.

  • arunbhardwaj on February 19, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    Tendulkar is the real son of India..he is carrying the load of expectations of a billion people over his shoulders for over 20 years.But he has not tired and still playing with the same commitment for so long..we love you Sachin..best of luck