Indian Cricket May 27, 2007

Whither Tendulkar?

Sachin Tendulkar notched up a 37th Test hundred against Bangladesh at Dhaka but it wasn't the Tendulkar the world knows, write Sidharth Monga and S Rajesh
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Sachin Tendulkar's recent failures to dominate average attacks are often exaggerated by the weight of his reputation: a slow, passive century from Tendulkar would still be a solid knock by someone else, it is said. There must be truth to it but the manner in which he crawled to a century today has left even that argument open to doubt. Today's was a solid, honest Test century - for a debutant, not for someone playing his 137th Test.

Coming in at 281 for 0, Tendulkar never looked like he was batting in a side pushing for a declaration on a flat wicket where their bowlers would need the maximum time to get 20 wickets. He ended up with an unbeaten 122 off 226 balls, his strike-rate faster than only Sourav Ganguly among Indian batsmen.

What does one expect of a No. 4 walking in at 281 for 0, when the team know they will have to bowl on a flat wicket in extremely tough conditions? Tendulkar has, not unfairly, been put in the same bracket as Ricky Ponting and Brian Lara over his career but surely neither would have scored at a strike-rate of 53.98 in a similar situation? A strike-rate that only increased after what appeared to be a clear message to hurry up, during the tea interval? As the table below shows, Tendulkar faced nearly half the total deliveries bowled while he was out in the middle but scored only 40% of the runs, which is hardly what you'd expect from the leading batsman in the team.

Tendulkar's contribution to the score while he was at the crease
Runs Balls % of runs scored % of balls faced
Sachin Tendulkar 122 226 39.35 49.23
The rest 188 233 60.65 50.76

The contrast is stark when his contributions are compared to those of his partners: both Dravid and Karthik scored far more runs than Tendulkar, though Tendulkar faced more than half the deliveries during each stand. His approach when batting with Karthik was particularly perplexing; Tendulkar was already on 49 when Karthik came in, yet he scored at a niggardly 2.87 runs per over in that second-wicket stand, even as Karthik scored nearly two runs more per over.

Ganguly's arrival should have forced Tendulkar to take charge. Instead, he seemed more intent on ensuring that a 37th Test hundred didn't elude him - Tendulkar was on 83 when Ganguly came, and the get-your-century-at-any-cost attitude meant he used up 42 deliveries to go from 80 to 100. In fact, his second 50 runs took four balls more - 102 - than his first. (Karthik, on the other hand, scored his last 107 runs in 128 balls, while Dravid's second fifty took 68.) Only after getting to the hundred did Tendulkar step it up, getting his last 22 off 26 balls.

Tendulkar's contributions in each of his partnerships
Partnership with Total bat runs/ balls Runs per over Tendulkar - runs/ balls Runs per over Partner - runs/ balls Runs per over
Rahul Dravid 124/ 188 3.95 49/ 96 3.06 75/ 92 4.89
Dinesh Karthik 81/ 130 3.73 34/ 71 2.87 47/ 59 4.77
Sourav Ganguly 31/ 63 2.95 16/ 31 3.09 15/ 32 2.81
Mahendra Singh Dhoni 74/ 78 5.69 23/ 28 4.92 51/ 50 6.12

That Tendulkar was not really comfortable was evident yesterday too. He had ended the first day with nine from 31 balls: surely he wasn't playing for stumps for the last 13 overs of the day?

There is more to it than the numbers, though - and that's the worrying part. A show of intent was missed probably as much as the ability to take control of the game and demoralise the bowlers. It has become a cliché to say how painful it is to see Tendulkar scratch around for runs against bowlers who are good but not exceptional but, on today's evidence, it still stands true.

Mashrafe Mortaza kept coming at him with manful short-pitched stuff, because he saw Tendulkar was not comfortable handling it. Even yesterday, he had played at and narrowly escaped tickling the first delivery with the new ball. At times, he ducked too early; on occasions, he took his eye off the ball while swaying away. During the opening spell of the day, he kept Mortaza especially interested. Hook shots weren't even contemplated, it seemed. He scored 19 off 52 Mortaza deliveries. It could have been any other batsman.

Mohammad Rafique was not given any opportunity to disbelieve that Tendulkar has history against left-arm spinners. Twice, after Tendulkar had passed fifty, Rafique did him with classical stuff, not the stifling kind. At 52, he edged one past the non-existent slip for four. The next one Tendulkar, well set, did not have a clue about. He was 72 when one pitched on the middle stump and took his outside edge. Rafique was not even required to adopt the defensive approach of bowling over the wicket.

Tendulkar couldn't improvise and play a scoring shot when deceived by the slowness of the wicket. Not long ago, you'd describe him as a batsman who had two shots for every ball; here he was struggling to do anything more than nudge it to leg. Thirty-seven of his runs - including 19 singles and five twos - came behind square on the leg side. On the other hand, only 18 of his runs were scored in the covers, with just one four. It just doesn't seem possible that the team plan required Tendulkar to play anchor, after having racked up such a large total without losing a wicket and especially as Rahul Dravid also asserted himself on the game. If it was, it was a flawed one. That they got quick wickets towards the end of the day's play should not change things; it remains that the wicket was not doing anything while Tendulkar batted.

The wicket was slow, the weather conditions were tough, no more. But Dravid, Dinesh Karthik and Wasim Jaffer all accelerated in the latter parts of their innings. For Tendulkar, the acceleration came only after the century. It was all the more painful to see him make the conditions and bowling look more difficult than they probably were.

Worryingly for India, Tendulkar has been batting in this perplexing, defensive mode more often recently, and has done so for successive Test hundreds on this tour: the numbers were similar for his century in the previous match, at Chittagong - 75 balls for his first 50, 92 for his next; 62 runs in the arc from fine leg to midwicket, including 38 singles. Just like the pace of his hundred didn't matter at Chittagong, it might not make a difference here if the weather stays clear and Bangladesh continue to crumble. Against England later this summer, though, the runs he scores - and the rate he gets them at - could matter a whole lot more.

Nishi Narayanan is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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  • shrescs on August 6, 2007, 17:34 GMT

    So, what do you guys want him to do? Retire? Do you really have someone in your mind that can replace this guy? And I wonder who that would be!!??

  • haridasan Menon on July 30, 2007, 8:24 GMT

    It is most ridiculous to talk about a player who has contributed so much to cricket and has been the pillar of Indian cricket for the last seventeen years. We have seen players coming and going and where is Vinod Kambli who was hailed and considered as the number one threat to Tendulkar. Come on genetlemen if you need to glorify yourself look elsewhere and stop the sachin bashing immediately. In fact such negative comments should not be printed but then again sachin has not given any thoughts for such comments. What happened now. After his knock of 91 runs, India is on the verge of creating history by winning the 2nd test match in England after a wait of 21 years. And still people are askig him to resign when he is on top? No wonder Indian cricket has always taken a back seat because we are a lot who are ungrateful by nature.

  • sai ramana on June 27, 2007, 4:17 GMT

    Hi Siddarth, The analysis was perfect to the core. As one of the viewers of this site had said, Jason Gillespie had scored a double hundred against Bangladesh (a strike rate of 47.29), it would be easy for batting genius (the world says) like Tendulkar to score against minnows. When Nathan Astle could score a double century against England at a strike rate which was a huge surprise pace, why not Tendulkar? He is young when compared to Hayden, but Hayden when dropped from the ODI squad, has worked on his batting and changed his style and has become more aggressive adding solidity. His recent form in the World Cup shows how a player can renovate his style at the age of 35, when he thinks he is capable. There are many young players in India who are waiting for a chance to prove their calibre, for example, Kaif, would have been a better choice than Tendulkar, particulary in Tests. Tendulkar needs to look for options.

  • Sudhakar G on June 26, 2007, 20:57 GMT

    Sachin's two centuries in Bangladesh came in for lot of ridicule because it was scored against "Bangladesh" - where even Gillespie scored a century. Well, in cricket such arguments are usually hollow. The same people would ridicule Sachin if he failed against Bangladesh saying - "he can't even score against Bangladesh". So, its basically a no win situation when a great plays against a minnow side. To rip him apart for this is truely injustice. I'm not sure how many of you watched these matches before you started reading/believing all the reports, and how many were influenced by the media. Well, i'm here using the media myself, and so I should'nt be complaining but then, of late I do see mass amnesia when it comes to Indian cricket & media. It is truely sad to see Sachin becoming a scape goat in the process, and I truely beleive it is grossly unfair on one of the greatest the game has seen.

    Well coming back to the game itself, Sachin played very slow/dull cricket by his own standards. But people should remember that it was played on one of the hottest conditions cricket has ever been played, and scoring runs was never an easy task. The wicket was slow and low, and there was nothing in it for the batsman or the bowlers. The conditions were pathetic for cricket. All Sachin did was hold one end up, and played his part - that is not give away the wicket. He did his job - thats it. There is no point dissecting this innings because this was useless cricket in useless conditions.

    BTW, just for the sake of argument, should we say Ponting should have scored better than scoring 52 in a Test where Gillespie scored 200+?? Such arguments don't hold good at all

  • Vijay padmanabhan on June 26, 2007, 17:55 GMT

    Well, i guess the debate is worthless. I know sachin is not in his prime,neverthless his strokes havent dimnished either. I have never seen anyone batting as beautifully as tendulkar did when he is in touch. Sure he might have taken so many balls. but he had nuthing to prove now and he probably wanted to spend more time in the crease than he used to before. Earlier he was accused of taking too many risks and now he is accused of being slow and thats unfair for a gem like tendulkarrrr. leave him alone..... The whole team is like this and dont blame just one guy here

  • joel on June 26, 2007, 15:04 GMT

    I think you must consider the fact that even though sachin played a slow innings,the team has only benefited grom it.So sachin has all the freedom to play his game the way he likes it,though for us it would be pleasing to see an aggressive knock,you must realise that the situation didnt demand anything extravagant from sachin,so why the worry,just let him play cricket !

  • dinesh on June 26, 2007, 13:52 GMT

    I have a complete disagreement with the author's view. However Sachin plays, the critics are simply putting a negative mark on it. If he plays some aggressive cricket, the critic would write something like this "Sachin being the seniormost member who should play an anchor role and guide the younger members". If he plays with calculated risks, the same author writes "Sachin is simply playing for numbers. He should retire". I dont understand how can you keep on write down a genius of this era like this.

  • Anonymous on June 25, 2007, 22:47 GMT

    Since this article is still prominently posted on the 'CricInfo Select' page I thought it may be of interest to see Tendulkar's average from the last five-through-100 tests (excluding Bangladesh) - 54.52 54 53.94 55.32 56 55.35 53.45 54.2 51.01 50.84 47.38 45.59 41.91 43.64 37.17 41.72 30.5 34.3 25.8 26.44

  • PM on June 24, 2007, 8:06 GMT

    Why is Sachin in the one day squad????? He faced 3 balls against Ireland. He had been a great batsman, but enough of the hero worshipping and back to the reality!

    Sachin needs to resign while he is still at the top (more or less) and not end up as a 'lame' hero of Indian cricket.

    Get him out of there!!!!!!

  • Rahul on June 22, 2007, 14:03 GMT

    Has it become sort of fashionable to criticize Tendulkar? I agree that he scored slowly, but since when did scoring rate become an important criterion in a test match and that too against Bangladesh. Even a layman can tell you that once you score a mammoth total against Bangla, they will quietly crumble down. I personally think that if Sachin should retire it should only be to escape this scathing and unwarranted criticism for him from such reporters. If you have printed this article for the sake of publicity, shame on you Cricinfo. I am sure the Indian public will support your article whole-heartedly because at this moment they are pretty upset about the WC loss. But seriously, you can't disregard all the things he has done for the team till now & brand him a burden on the team. Rest assured if Tendulkar had played aggressively & got out, the media including your own reporters would have torn him into bits mercilessly. I can almost imagine the report - " …. we can only question why he got out to such a rash shot when India were comfortably placed at 281/0 …. ". I don’t find similar criticism about a certain Dhoni – who scored a ‘mammoth’ 29 runs in 3 matches in the WC. Hope you will publish more sensible articles in future.

  • shrescs on August 6, 2007, 17:34 GMT

    So, what do you guys want him to do? Retire? Do you really have someone in your mind that can replace this guy? And I wonder who that would be!!??

  • haridasan Menon on July 30, 2007, 8:24 GMT

    It is most ridiculous to talk about a player who has contributed so much to cricket and has been the pillar of Indian cricket for the last seventeen years. We have seen players coming and going and where is Vinod Kambli who was hailed and considered as the number one threat to Tendulkar. Come on genetlemen if you need to glorify yourself look elsewhere and stop the sachin bashing immediately. In fact such negative comments should not be printed but then again sachin has not given any thoughts for such comments. What happened now. After his knock of 91 runs, India is on the verge of creating history by winning the 2nd test match in England after a wait of 21 years. And still people are askig him to resign when he is on top? No wonder Indian cricket has always taken a back seat because we are a lot who are ungrateful by nature.

  • sai ramana on June 27, 2007, 4:17 GMT

    Hi Siddarth, The analysis was perfect to the core. As one of the viewers of this site had said, Jason Gillespie had scored a double hundred against Bangladesh (a strike rate of 47.29), it would be easy for batting genius (the world says) like Tendulkar to score against minnows. When Nathan Astle could score a double century against England at a strike rate which was a huge surprise pace, why not Tendulkar? He is young when compared to Hayden, but Hayden when dropped from the ODI squad, has worked on his batting and changed his style and has become more aggressive adding solidity. His recent form in the World Cup shows how a player can renovate his style at the age of 35, when he thinks he is capable. There are many young players in India who are waiting for a chance to prove their calibre, for example, Kaif, would have been a better choice than Tendulkar, particulary in Tests. Tendulkar needs to look for options.

  • Sudhakar G on June 26, 2007, 20:57 GMT

    Sachin's two centuries in Bangladesh came in for lot of ridicule because it was scored against "Bangladesh" - where even Gillespie scored a century. Well, in cricket such arguments are usually hollow. The same people would ridicule Sachin if he failed against Bangladesh saying - "he can't even score against Bangladesh". So, its basically a no win situation when a great plays against a minnow side. To rip him apart for this is truely injustice. I'm not sure how many of you watched these matches before you started reading/believing all the reports, and how many were influenced by the media. Well, i'm here using the media myself, and so I should'nt be complaining but then, of late I do see mass amnesia when it comes to Indian cricket & media. It is truely sad to see Sachin becoming a scape goat in the process, and I truely beleive it is grossly unfair on one of the greatest the game has seen.

    Well coming back to the game itself, Sachin played very slow/dull cricket by his own standards. But people should remember that it was played on one of the hottest conditions cricket has ever been played, and scoring runs was never an easy task. The wicket was slow and low, and there was nothing in it for the batsman or the bowlers. The conditions were pathetic for cricket. All Sachin did was hold one end up, and played his part - that is not give away the wicket. He did his job - thats it. There is no point dissecting this innings because this was useless cricket in useless conditions.

    BTW, just for the sake of argument, should we say Ponting should have scored better than scoring 52 in a Test where Gillespie scored 200+?? Such arguments don't hold good at all

  • Vijay padmanabhan on June 26, 2007, 17:55 GMT

    Well, i guess the debate is worthless. I know sachin is not in his prime,neverthless his strokes havent dimnished either. I have never seen anyone batting as beautifully as tendulkar did when he is in touch. Sure he might have taken so many balls. but he had nuthing to prove now and he probably wanted to spend more time in the crease than he used to before. Earlier he was accused of taking too many risks and now he is accused of being slow and thats unfair for a gem like tendulkarrrr. leave him alone..... The whole team is like this and dont blame just one guy here

  • joel on June 26, 2007, 15:04 GMT

    I think you must consider the fact that even though sachin played a slow innings,the team has only benefited grom it.So sachin has all the freedom to play his game the way he likes it,though for us it would be pleasing to see an aggressive knock,you must realise that the situation didnt demand anything extravagant from sachin,so why the worry,just let him play cricket !

  • dinesh on June 26, 2007, 13:52 GMT

    I have a complete disagreement with the author's view. However Sachin plays, the critics are simply putting a negative mark on it. If he plays some aggressive cricket, the critic would write something like this "Sachin being the seniormost member who should play an anchor role and guide the younger members". If he plays with calculated risks, the same author writes "Sachin is simply playing for numbers. He should retire". I dont understand how can you keep on write down a genius of this era like this.

  • Anonymous on June 25, 2007, 22:47 GMT

    Since this article is still prominently posted on the 'CricInfo Select' page I thought it may be of interest to see Tendulkar's average from the last five-through-100 tests (excluding Bangladesh) - 54.52 54 53.94 55.32 56 55.35 53.45 54.2 51.01 50.84 47.38 45.59 41.91 43.64 37.17 41.72 30.5 34.3 25.8 26.44

  • PM on June 24, 2007, 8:06 GMT

    Why is Sachin in the one day squad????? He faced 3 balls against Ireland. He had been a great batsman, but enough of the hero worshipping and back to the reality!

    Sachin needs to resign while he is still at the top (more or less) and not end up as a 'lame' hero of Indian cricket.

    Get him out of there!!!!!!

  • Rahul on June 22, 2007, 14:03 GMT

    Has it become sort of fashionable to criticize Tendulkar? I agree that he scored slowly, but since when did scoring rate become an important criterion in a test match and that too against Bangladesh. Even a layman can tell you that once you score a mammoth total against Bangla, they will quietly crumble down. I personally think that if Sachin should retire it should only be to escape this scathing and unwarranted criticism for him from such reporters. If you have printed this article for the sake of publicity, shame on you Cricinfo. I am sure the Indian public will support your article whole-heartedly because at this moment they are pretty upset about the WC loss. But seriously, you can't disregard all the things he has done for the team till now & brand him a burden on the team. Rest assured if Tendulkar had played aggressively & got out, the media including your own reporters would have torn him into bits mercilessly. I can almost imagine the report - " …. we can only question why he got out to such a rash shot when India were comfortably placed at 281/0 …. ". I don’t find similar criticism about a certain Dhoni – who scored a ‘mammoth’ 29 runs in 3 matches in the WC. Hope you will publish more sensible articles in future.

  • KV on June 19, 2007, 18:38 GMT

    Jason Gillespie scored a double hundred against Bangladesh with a strike rate of 47.29. If a bowler can score a double hundred with SR of 47.29 then surely Sachin should have done better than 53.98. If he has lost his touch then he should retire gracely.

  • Pritam N Sanghvi on June 16, 2007, 12:32 GMT

    Yes its very true. Sachin has lost his blaze. He was a naturally attacking batsmen , in his heydays , when he was young. In the rectn past he has curbed his natural instincts & transformed into a slow,ineffective batsmen, who seems to be playing for records than his team. The othe thing I wish to emphasize is Sachin has never been a standout performer in big occassions like Finals of a tournament or scoring a quick fired century in test matches to lead India to a victory against strong teams like Australia, South Africa, etc in the recent past. Bolwers aroun the world have found way & means to dislodge Sachin with relative ease, with inswinging deliviries. I feel Sachin should work hard on his technique & go back to his naturall style of playing, in the best intrests of his own bright future, & the success of Indian team, orelse I feel he should have enough courage & conviction to quit the game.But all said n done, he will always remian as one of the greatest players the game of cricket has ever produced. isnt it?

  • Pointer on June 16, 2007, 5:01 GMT

    Sachin was not doin anything other than being himself. He has been a master at accumulating runs but sadly he somehow seemed to always lack a sense of ocassion. This quality just seems to be magnified now when the runs have dried up.It was always there. Take for e.g the debacle of a tour in south africa. In the 2nd test we just had to play for time and he played a horrendous shot. in the final test we had to play to win and he got inot a slo mo as if we were battling to save it. He has been a fine batsman, but sadly playing for a n overall mediocre outfit he never seems to have learnt how to play winning cricket

  • Someone on June 13, 2007, 23:25 GMT

    Excellent analysis. Throw out sachin, if india still says sachin sachin then well god also cannot help indian team. Move forward, throw him, think india forgot world cup debacle too quickly, n if they feel that sachin can carry india further then i m sure that india instead of moving forward, will move backward.

  • Vasudev on June 12, 2007, 20:47 GMT

    It is unforgivable that the writer of this article could criticize and call for the resignation of a Test player who has just scored 2 consective TEST centuries. Maybe he do not understand what it takes to be a Test Cricketer far more score a Test Hundred. Leave Sachin alone, please write about your own inability to comprehend the commitment, determination and courage to participate at the highest level. We do not want to see the premature exit of another great player, Brian Lara was forced to resigned, ask the WI supporters who are now wishing he was on the team to England. May be the series would be 1-1. Challange MR. Author..... Name 5 current players that are in the same class or better than Sachin and Brian.

  • DN on June 11, 2007, 17:29 GMT

    Tendlukar becomes Endulkar. Tendulkar should remeber Sir Viv Richard does not contained many records as many other cricketers. He does not have highest run score in test and one day cricket or he does not have highest centuries in test or one day cricket etc but he is one of the best crickter in the modren arena and was awarded title of "SIR" because of his superb class. Tendulkar, please do not play for the records, play for the game & team.

    D

  • sankeerth chinthala on June 10, 2007, 16:39 GMT

    Even though the game that sachin played wasn't that entertaining but, congrats to him for his 37th test century. I hope to see more of these from sachin.

  • AK on June 9, 2007, 22:54 GMT

    If i may remind all of u, In the Australian tour of 2003/2004, Sachin Tendulkar was completely out of form, he just never gave up and kept on training, his highest score before the Sydney Test was about 50, but in that first innings he came back to form with a vengence, scoring 241* and 60*. All great batsman go out of form, Tendulkar is having his rough patch right now, but we need to support him- after all, he has dedicated his life to cricket and to India. He has earned our respect, and loyal people with support their heroes until they retire. Sachin has a dream of holding a world cup-let that dream be made.

  • vishnu on June 8, 2007, 4:04 GMT

    How can u judge the master.Everything in test matches will go slow.In 5 days match how can any one expect sachin to play more runs than balls faced.Sachin may have some plan to execute to that particular day so he is doing his job.The thing here is to stay notout in match and let the match progress further with more runs.If sachin has been out quickly in scoring faster what will be ur opinion.U will be criticizing for his early fall.Any how this is test match let him play test match.I think writer of this article dont like sachin thats why bringing up like this articles.Any how our sachin is back.Persons like u cant stop the master blaster.All The Best To Our Little Master And Master Blaster.

  • A.Aren Ferri on June 6, 2007, 4:44 GMT

    I don't agree with this.It is wrirren by somebody who knows nothing about cricket.sachin is played slowly I agree.But if he get out by playing fast the people would say that sachin is unable to play when team is 281/0.selecters removed sachin and from one day squad.why dont they remove dhoni who just scored 28 runs in 3 matches.the media and people always critsize senior players. I want ask them weather the young players done well in the world cup.Master blaster would soon put an end to all the criticizm.so please dont hurt sachin and his pride.sachin is a legend today tommorow and for ever.

  • sanjay on June 6, 2007, 4:09 GMT

    Why blame Sachin when we dont know what is test cricket? See this data

    match played against Bangla Desh by Australians in 2006 Bangladesh v Australia - 1st Test (09/04/2006) Result: Australia Won by 3 Wickets Man of Match: A C Gilchrist

    Gilchrist Runs 144 Balls faced 212 Ponting (c)not out Runs 118 Balls faced 253

    Is it slow performance? Now compare this inning against Sachin inning. The fact is players who forsee that the wicket may not last long and come in middle overs has to play sheet anchor role to ensure that they need not play second innings.

    This is clearly correction to mistake done in first test by Indian strategists. We did not bat well in second innings. Match was draw.

  • sanjay on June 6, 2007, 4:09 GMT

    Why blame Sachin when we dont know what is test cricket? See this data

    match played against Bangla Desh by Australians in 2006 Bangladesh v Australia - 1st Test (09/04/2006) Result: Australia Won by 3 Wickets Man of Match: A C Gilchrist

    Gilchrist Runs 144 Balls faced 212 Ponting (c)not out Runs 118 Balls faced 253

    Is it slow performance? Now compare this inning against Sachin inning. The fact is players who forsee that the wicket may not last long and come in middle overs has to play sheet anchor role to ensure that they need not play second innings.

    This is clearly correction to mistake done in first test by Indian strategists. We did not bat well in second innings. Match was draw.

  • Dev on June 5, 2007, 22:56 GMT

    The most important point that Sachin Tendulkar is trying to make is that he has the potential he has the confidence and he has the right techniques to bat through innings. Who cares if it took him a lot of balls? Who cares if he scored it against Bangladesh? The important thing is that he could still score runs for India when it is needed!

  • krishna on June 4, 2007, 21:47 GMT

    Firstly,Sachin was never a great test player.He is by far the best ODI batsman teh game has ever seen but he has done nothing in Tests. I can only recall one innings of note when we won/saved a match for India on his own(155 against Aus in the 3rd innings) but I can remember more than handful occasions when he has failed to do either(3rd test against SA being a case in point).Sachin has been batting like this ever since the Sydney Test which was immediately followed by equally attorcious knocks of 248* and 194* against Ban and Pak which has convinced to believe that this was he needed to make runs. As for the slowing up when approaching a century,it is in his genes! He has ALWAYS been the greedy record seeker-all of his early ODI hundreds would have similar stats-he always takes 40 balls to get from 80 to 100.

  • Jimmy Joy on June 4, 2007, 21:09 GMT

    Name one genuinely great batsman that has come out of India in the last 15 years and then lets even start a discussion of non existent talented youngsters filling in the LEGEND'S shoes.People please be rational..The little chap is such a nice fella..

  • james on June 4, 2007, 13:21 GMT

    what is all this rubbish who cares at what rate people score the runs at the end of the day look at tendulkars figures and look at dhonis figures average 30 sr about 80 tendulakar average 50 sr 50 it says it all the quicker u score the more likely you arw to get out

  • Prakash on June 4, 2007, 10:48 GMT

    Lets set our expectations very clear. If he goes for shots and getsout u will rant say, he could have used this as a practice for the upcoming challenges. Jaffer, Dinesh, Dravid all scored centuries why dont we sit and analyze how many they left, how many hit the head, how many hit the foot blah blah,... Cricket is a simple game at the end of the day Runs and wickets are against ur name nothing else. The more the better. It is riduculous to say that was slow coz we won the test match on the 3rd itself. Probably u guys wanna see One day in test Match... Too much. Juz coz u have the mouse u can rant anything...

  • Amarnath on May 27, 2007, 9:48 GMT

    Its an article written by ones who dont understand cricket. From expecting the priceless Sachin to score a century each time he went out, the authors have beaten that by expecting him to score a century at a brisk pace, not even realising that this is Test Cricket and further more it could be well over by third day. To ensure that your article is read your ploy may be right in targetting Sachin else who would even know that you can write.

  • y.suresh kumar on May 27, 2007, 9:48 GMT

    i fully agree with the report.it is high time sachin hung up his shoes. what we see now is the shadow of sachin

  • Vijay Kumar on May 27, 2007, 9:48 GMT

    It's easy to gives -ive comments on Sachin which gives more intension then anything in the world of Cricket.So enjoy the 37th Ton and wait for more and more from him. Enjoy series win.

  • Aniket on May 27, 2007, 9:47 GMT

    Well the twilight of a great career is approaching. Some would say barring Bradman, he is the greatest. Records speak the truth, and frankly speaking when u average 55.55 and have 37 centuries to your name, it is safe to say you are in the top 2 or 3 in the game. He is a champ, maybe less entertaining now... but for us Tendlya will forever remain the little master, dun forget his innings against australia in 1998 and offcourse the pleasure we have got in watching him score alomost 80 international hundreds... GOD BLESS SACHIN.

  • azad on May 27, 2007, 9:45 GMT

    I don't think Sachin needs to prove any thing to any one. However since of late he seems to be a little slow.

  • Sadhan on May 27, 2007, 9:45 GMT

    Man the stats are put up by a looser, who is so bored in life and has nothing else to do than put up really uninteresting and worthless stuff together.

  • Nipoon on May 27, 2007, 9:45 GMT

    What a pain to see a masetro batting like a coward.Was he batting to prove a point to someone, Was he batting to cement his place in the side or was he batting just to improve his records.I am sure the answer to atleast one of the questions is yes if not all.Tendulkar is no longer a force and I pesonally feel he should be dropped. I cant see him whither this way.Let me end my comment with a self written poetic two lines. It goes something like Cricket was my religion , And tendulkar was my god Cricket is still my religion but I am an Aethist now. Regards, Nipoon

  • prakarsh on May 27, 2007, 9:44 GMT

    it is not a credible article, for the resons below: 1. it is a test match and scoring at over 3 runs an over is decent, even if it is by the master. 2. sachin was playing the sheet anchor role to perfection 3. he carved out consecutive centuries against a team that beat india in the world cup - that too at their home ground 4. he remained not out - what else can you ask for? 5. playing aggressively does not necessarily mean playing in the team's self interest 6. wither article?

  • Mahesh on May 27, 2007, 9:43 GMT

    It doesn't require an analysis to prove this point. Anyone who's been watching Sachin since the last Australian series (remember the workmanlike 240 that he scored in Sydney) knows that. Its really painful to watch Sachin going through all this. It puzzles me to see him contnuing below par. Sachin is god and he shouldn;t be going through this. He's letting all of us down by carrying on in vain.

  • Ashish Joshi on May 27, 2007, 9:40 GMT

    I will say only few words that it is very easy to sit in AC room and playing with statistics.

  • sreenu045 on May 27, 2007, 9:39 GMT

    plzzz leave him alone....i dont agree with ur comment....

  • Rajeev Mehta on May 27, 2007, 9:38 GMT

    Could it be the beginning of the end? It seems we are seeing the end of an era - we saw that happen to Kapil Dev, Shashtri, Azhar and now our legend. Its evident, Sachin is trying to deny that with his score but the manner of that tells a different story. Pray we are wrong and Sachin the master has a pretty good reason. Why not ask him? and lets see what happens after that in UK. If it's the slow end, we must cherish the memory of the vibrant 17years of his glow. He has contributed to more of cricketing joy for us than any other mortals. We wish him the very best of luck in the days to emerge again as a Tiger he has been all these years! Bravo, Sachin; just do your veey best! We would always love you for your incredible contributions.

  • Khusro on May 27, 2007, 9:37 GMT

    Agree. Perhaps his batting had reached its peak in 1996 itself. Sine then its getting bad to worse. There are great batsmen and ordinary batsmen. He was great earlier and ordinary now. It seems that he is playing cricket just for records. He could be the greatest batsmen of all time. But he is certainly not in the league of matchwinner batsmen like Ponting, Hayden, Lara, Dravid or even Inzamam.

  • Ravi on May 27, 2007, 9:37 GMT

    Common guys. Dont get into Analysis Paralysis situation. This is a test match and not a one day international. Please take the statistics and see how many times Sachin played like this as compared to 'others' in the team. Better analyse something constructively like.....why we could not win the first match??

  • Manoj Kr. Singh on May 27, 2007, 9:37 GMT

    Yea, I am 110% agreed with the opinion of the writer about the Master blaster Sachin tendulkar, I had also saw after the clear instruction of the Team Mgmt he was not able to play the bagladeshi seamer mortaza. He was just try to kept himself away from mortaza attacks.

  • Karthik on May 27, 2007, 9:36 GMT

    This is ridiculous. Will everyone please leave him alone. He played well. He ensured that India did not get all out at 450. And because of him (and of course the other 3 who scored centuries) India are beating Bangladesh by an innings now. If India were all out for 450, then Bangladesh would have probably scored around 300. So PLEASE LEAVE TENDULKAR ALONE....

  • santhanam on May 27, 2007, 9:35 GMT

    the article has been unduly critical of thendulkar. it is not fair to bang him like this. the man who has contributed so much to indian cricket.we muct allow him to play at his style he is able to. if he reaches some mile stones it is for inida. are we not concerned about records. we are fortunate to have him in india. he is putting his head down and plyaing. let us allow him and not ridicule him. just we have a meida we can not blaster a genius like this. the article has some motive behind.

  • Joseph Paul Karipurath on May 27, 2007, 7:14 GMT

    I fully agree, it is painful to see such a master batsman struggling to get the ball away against a limited attack. He gives one the impression that he is palying for records - and that is not becoming for a batsman of his calibre. He should just retire in a dignified manner, so that his greatness is not questioned.

  • sajeesh on May 27, 2007, 6:35 GMT

    It is not good to wrong comment on him because we don’t know what is the situation of the pitch, decision of the captain, team, we are just the listeners and match is not yet concluded, then what’s the point, any way we all know Sachin is Sachin There is no comparison. If you are not respecting him it’s ok but remember you also wrote once with your golden pen about him.

  • vicky on May 27, 2007, 6:32 GMT

    Back to back centuries, a strike rate of over 50 and thats what one can write about Sachin. It looks slow because you see the speed he scores from 90-100 what people dont see the rate between 0-90 or for that matter after 100. Dravid has just learnt how to score fast, this is probably his fastest century against rubbish team. Tendulkar is a legend, he draws people to watch cricket, I would have never followed matches if Tendulkar were'nt playing. Just let people vote and see what % of viewers swich off TV's or walk for their chores when tendulkar departs. He is the reason why people still watch cricket. Dravid, Kaif, ganguly, etc would have killed the criket already if it not for Tendulkar. Instead of sucking just sit back and enjoy as much as you can cause I feel mortals like you will force him to abondon the game sooner than most would like.

  • Vijay on May 27, 2007, 6:32 GMT

    Well barring Vishy most indian batsmen have played for records... and most people may be thinking that it is only a few overs short and we won the match etc.... But for crying out loud - its Bangladesh and not Australia - where I would bet that Sachin would not pass 50 in a 5 test series.... and if he does I can also bet there will be atleast 7 or 8 hundreds on that match (pitch)

  • mohamed najeeb on May 27, 2007, 6:31 GMT

    i'm afraid to say that, this cenuury seems to be purely to add one more to his kitty, Mr.Tendulkar please play asper the team intrest & not for the records.

  • Rajagopalan on May 27, 2007, 6:31 GMT

    Yes, one has to agree if he/she has followed Sachin from day one of his career - which majority of us have. To me, it looks like he is bent upon proving some point - some revenge on the Board to be precise, for what has happened in the recent past. Unfortunately for the Indian team as for the indian spectator, he is MR. TRUSTWORTHY - who cares for the number of balls or the time he spends to defend Md. Rafique or Saqib al hasan for that matter? Pity on a Master-Blaster, and yes, good Mr. Warne isnt bowling to him anymore.. how can we forget the "dream" thing?

  • Sujan on May 27, 2007, 6:30 GMT

    Well all is written in the previous comments by the fellow countrymen and the extrordinary passion for the Giant - The Great Man 'Sachin Tendulkar'. With the greatness always follows the critics. People often want to see the same they use to love and forget the knowledge and just become numb nuts. Thats what our dear friend who is writing his column about sachin tendulkar. I think by now he should get his answer and if not loving sachin, he should atleast not write something what he has presented.

    Whatever the strike rate, whatever the run's on the board, we all should admin, in our hearts there was always one feeling, sachin should get a 100.

    And look at the score line. india is winning. remember those days when he use to score 100's in test match cricket and the team still lost. What is important a team india victory or a spectacular sachin 100. A 100 is a 100, u score off 226 or 50 balls. Dear writer u should be worried about sachin's fitness in that humidity.

  • ajay on May 27, 2007, 6:28 GMT

    please leave sachine alone, the indian team managment is there to think about this . The indian team has hired proffessionals to take care of these things. What you all want indians to be like west indies ??? One thing we all must not put our money is the psychological advantage of tendulakar satanding on the pitch ( any team in the world would like to take his wicket first ) and if he he is standing there and young guys are playing around him , what is so big fuss? Come on now, for the indian cricket please leave tendulkar alone.....young player like kartik went out of the field when he was on 82 ...the conditions in which a 34 year is holding one end non stop what else you want ...and mind you one can not depend on ganguly....and to get 600 you need wickets in hand and the time after india declared has proved worth of sachin's time consuming inning....

  • Abbas on May 27, 2007, 6:28 GMT

    It is very easy to criticize based on statistics alone. Sachin has, and I firmly believe, will, continue to be for the next couple of years at least, a model of consistency for Indian cricket.

    That he scores a century and people complain is a tribute to his greatness, which lies in the expectations we have of him. Surely, the authors do as well, and realize that Sachin's stature will ensure readership.

    The analysis is hardly convincing, and one I will respectfully but certainly disagree with.

  • Mahendhiran on May 27, 2007, 6:27 GMT

    It is no secret that Sachin's reflexes are on the wane...Age and time do that to everyone and sachin is no exception... Still it was a pain to watch sachin bat the way he did in this test... for someone who grew up watching him put the best attacks in the world to sword, it was a torture to watch him struggle against an attack that is no better than average.....Though I would like to think otherwise,his career is at its twilight...

  • Arun on May 27, 2007, 6:27 GMT

    Yes & No; Yes: Sachin should have at least accelarated in later half of his inning, No: If he had lost his wicket early, India might have ended its innings early, Anyways he took INDIA to a big total..

  • Dr. Y.K.Desai on May 27, 2007, 6:25 GMT

    I do not agree with analysis as, When one talks of Tendulkar they expect superlatives.In case of any other one may have appreciated the determination to fight all odds and to come back on top. Any one can have a lean patch, but determination to improve shold be taken into consideration. Statistics can always be misleading.

  • champion of champions on May 27, 2007, 6:25 GMT

    Absolutely Rubbish Analysis !!!! Only Indians can write like this about one of the greatest Indian cricket players of all time.....You have shown statistical analysis of Sachin's game. The stats still show Sachin as the player with highest test match centuries.. THe problen here is It is automatically expected of Sachin to hit century in every match. Whilst all Indian will love it, there are ways to communicate this message...Certainly, someone who has never played test cricket before, should not cover so much negative comments about Little Master's game.. By the way no congartulations to Sachin on his 37th Century?? please dont publish articles like this in future.... Well Done Sachin !!! We all wish what our other Great Little MAster has said about you: We want to see 50 centuries before you think of retirement..

  • jas on May 27, 2007, 6:00 GMT

    This article reveals the reality of "over hanging" of most of great batman when they are kept at the time of retire. I recent time Sachin failed to deliver his match-winning ability for Indian team. It is a reality every great batman has to leave the field one day. If not, they just try to keep their position in the team and playing for statistics rather than looking for a win for the team. Before Indian masses start criticizing him vehemently, Sachin better retire. Most of the Australian follow this pattern of leaving when they are on top such as Warne and McGrath. Then everybody feels the greatness of these payers and there will be void in every heart for not seeing him in the field. Great Sachin should not wait until people call him just a selfish batman!

  • Syed Tauqeer on May 27, 2007, 6:00 GMT

    I would like to say that such articles are written by those people who really don't understand test cricket, Sachin scored 122 of 226 balls. What if he scored 122 of 185 balls, with strike rate of 65%. This 65% strike rate is equel to the strike rate of many many great ex batsmen like Javed, Border, Richards, Ponting etc. So we are talking about 41 balls (226 -185 = 41), Hardly of 6 to 7 overs. In test cricket, even 20 to 30 overs does not matters, real concern matters is the time. In a perfact test match scene, India should have scored around 600 (which they did) and take 2 wickets a minimum at the end of 2nd day (which they did).

    So I think, people are not doing justice with Sachin.

    Although, I am from Pakistan but a big fan of Sachin.

  • Nandu on May 27, 2007, 5:58 GMT

    Statistics is a good tool provided its used by people who know to use it. The author provided stats for the 2nd test match but shrewdly applies the same hypothesis to the 1st test match where Tendulkar scored a century faster than Kartik and only a shade slower than Ganguly and Dravid who failed to score a big one and fell when the score was 366 for 5 and does anyone know what score India declared at 386 for 8, twenty more runs for 3 wickets. Now after than experience would you still want Tendulkar to score faster ? The flip side is the same author would then say that the run-rate was 3.67. If the next 3 wickets could have added another 50 runs then we could enforced a follow on, but we didn't. Last match when Tendulkar walked in the score was 124/2 and soon Dravid departed. But Tendulkar held the side at one end and ensure we had a good score. Hadn't been for Tendulkar we could have been all out for 300 and given Bangladesh more pride out of the situation, of course Tendulkar will still be blamed if he doesn't play and if he does then for the way he did. The guy can't just win.

  • anik on May 27, 2007, 5:57 GMT

    i dont't agree with you at all, tendulkar scored at a stike rate of 53 which is good in test cricket, we all know his overall strike rate in both ODI and test cicket, the weather condition was really tough,when the team is in good position i fully support him to take the oppertunity of making a century.if other plaer scored slowly than we have sceen sachin scored quckly, in one situation you can not blame tendulhar where team is surely win by a big margin.this is totally rubbish...

  • Chris Leighton on May 27, 2007, 5:55 GMT

    I do not agree with the article at all. Sachin was playing an anchor role. You need to ask what the instructions from the dressing room were. Nowhere in the world at 281 for 0 would you think about declaration. That time is to consolidate. If Sachin had lost his wicket at that moment, things would have been very difficult for India. In past we have seen how the batting has collapsed once Sachin gets out. Then also the blame goes on him. Now when he is playing an anchoring innings, allowing others to hit freely with less pressure on their minds, he is being criticized again. You guys have to leave the guy alone. He had 36 centuries for crying out loud. You really think he was aiming for his 37th !!!!

  • Surftango on May 27, 2007, 5:55 GMT

    NO, let this man get some form back, spend some time in the crease..! v all knw what he can do. There is no Superman in this game. be patient and c what he can do with England..!

  • nitin on May 27, 2007, 5:55 GMT

    thr is a highness in his attitude about letting others create their images and the master blaster did it .Not stricking the ball fast so as to give jaffar and karthik their chances to score runs ...and not dominate the game singlehandedly.And their reflects the maturity of a matured player . Now if he would have scored hundred even faster , The media would have targeted sachin not to give chance to other young players to try their best come out in the middle. Sachin, do not listen to wht media says , you r still the god of cricket and mine also ... u r the best in everything .. All the BesT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • Ashish K on May 27, 2007, 5:53 GMT

    I completely agree with this article. For someone who has made 37 centuries, and that too, playing against Bangladesh on such a flat wicket, I expected him to strike at least 70. Dravid, "The Wall's" strike rate is usually in the 40's, but he scored at about 73. I think Tendulkar should retire. He probably knows that Ricky Ponting's century count is creeping up on him.

  • Rambo on May 27, 2007, 5:49 GMT

    You are telling the truth. In a fan crazy country when 'surprisingly' many still think Tendulkar is the best batsmen shows their immaturity. If you don't perform at work do your bosses keep giving you opportunities? If you write an article that is meant to take 2 days in 7 days on a consistent basis will your boss and peers be happy. I think it is great that you have come up with this article. Let the coach and selectors and Tendulkar look at these type of articles and understand that against a B grade team like Bangladesh on a flat wicket if this is the performance Tendulkar is able to produce, England doesn't sound promising for Sachin!

  • Amol on May 27, 2007, 5:49 GMT

    Why are you guys hell bent on blaming tendulkar. You blame him if he gets out early. You blame him if he hits a century. So what should the poor chap do ? Just give him some time. He is a born champion and I am sure that he will again make bowlers run for cover. Go ahead Tendulkar

  • Shreeharsh Deshmukh on May 27, 2007, 5:48 GMT

    Pretty useless analysis overall. We all know Tendulkar has changed his approach towards batting over the last 7 odd years, at least in test cricket. What most websites, and the writers tend to do, howver, is to harp on the fact that he is not the same batsman he once was (probably 10 years ago). What no one seems to understand is that over the period of the last decade, he has suffered serious injuries, which could have probably ended his career. Instead, he seems to have taken stock of his own abilities, and tries to maximize what skills and mindset he possesses (even at half the batsman of what he once was, he is still miles ahead of most other Indian batsmen). it is interestingto note that the great Sir Viv Richards never changes his batting aproach right till the end of his career - please take a note of his batting record (his last 3 years) and you will find out if a change in approach could actually have helped him make more runs! Writers like Mr Monga (and recently there are quite a few), dont really have either the cricketing nous, or the context in which to write any article on what has probably been, the greatest batsman (tests and ODI's combined) that India has ever produced.

  • C. K. Rajendran on May 27, 2007, 5:45 GMT

    Your assessment is 100% correct, I would say. Its very sad, isn't it? This is inevitable as well. Ageing affected Saurav first but politics along with some great efforts played him back to the team. Now, it is Sachin. Remember, he still is better than Sunil during his degeneration process. Lets carry on with Sachin for another year and give him back some reward for those festive batting against all test playing countries in the past. He is giving us chance now to compare him only with his old self, right? later we might have field days to blame him more with more batsmen to compare! This is life, even of the colossal Sachin Tendulkar!!!

  • kaarthik on May 27, 2007, 5:45 GMT

    NO.I dont agree wid dis analysis.dis analysis may b true 2 the fact, but nothing is there to blame sachin.may be in this match sachin was slow but this is not the situation in all matches.in the last match he got a century and again in dis match.who else did like dis.Dravid?No chance.test match is a match in which players can take runs slowly without any ungency.dats wat sachin did.but ODI is a match in which Run rate is inportant.But Dravid plays those matches thinking as test match in a very slow manner.what do u say about him "the gr8 captain of India?"

  • Nandu on May 27, 2007, 5:45 GMT

    If his pace doesn't matter then why are you making a mountain of a mole hill. When it matters then write this piece.

    Looks like journalists have to find something to write. If he plays at a good rate then you would say he played an irresponsible shot. If other Indians took a leaf out of Tendulkar and hit patient centuries, maybe we could have enforced a follow on in the 1st match and won it. There was a time when people criticised Tendulkar for not being able to play like Gavaskar, now that he has shown he can do that, people criticize him for not being himself.

  • vidhya shankar on May 27, 2007, 5:44 GMT

    Indians never know how to celebrate a guy who has shouldered this country single-handedly on uncountable number of occasions. He scored a century of 226 balls against Bangladesh. Anyway Bangladesh is going to lose. What if rain stopped play and forced Dravid to play the morning session on Day 3 ? Its just stupid analysis and the author has to keep it in mind that if any other batsman fail, there is no pressure on him. Jaffer scored 2 ducks and it didnt matter at all but had Sachin scored 2 ducks it will be a different scenario.

    How many times the persons who accused Sachin wud have switched off their tv when he got out ?

    India lost of many occasions when Tendulkar scored a ton in a test match. Common sense is he saved the pride for this country from a humiliating defeat.

    What all crap u write it is nothing for us. Sachin is the greatest batsman and to watch him bat itself is a bliss becoz U wont happen to any such thing again in ur life.

  • AK on May 27, 2007, 5:44 GMT

    Analysis is somewhat correct, but playing a slow innings is not the reason to that Sachin has lost his touch. I think Dravid has this stuff even in ODI. It is only the pressure created by dropping his from ODI, that caused him to play an innings full of runs. I think some cricket writers must focus on India ODI team. After the WC debale selectors were supposed to pick up yound team, but selection of Rajesh Pawar and Dinesh Mongia is not the move in right direction. Where is Suresh Raina? He must be the first person to be picked up because of his alround utiltiy. No one said a single world on his absence in ODI team..

  • fatey singh on May 27, 2007, 5:43 GMT

    what a reticulous comment on such a nice player of the game if he would have played fast and would have got out then u urself would have written that there was no need of playing fast as plenty of time was in kitty for the match and if he is wrong by playing in such a way why dont u join the team and play in place of him. its very easy to comment on any thing but to perform in the middle is different task. It's very easy to write such reticulous comments but according these kind of comments r not going to shatter his ability to perform best.

  • maqsood on May 27, 2007, 5:41 GMT

    Well well well, Tendulkar is the greatest batsman of all times and their is no shak in that. He playes well he got a century, besides it is a test match not a one day. Why do you say that it it his 37th century, please let him do his work fine. Dont interfere, He is the best.

  • Amal on May 27, 2007, 5:41 GMT

    I completely agree with your article. Sachin saying that "he is playing for the team" when he bats slowly is stupid stuff, which he has proved yesterday. His only intention these days is the no: of centuries and the the batting average. Nothing else matters to him. I was once a great fan of him and have been following him from 1992. post 1999, it became negative. an post 2003, the negativity in him dominated more than anything else. I'm realy disappointed with the master and i believe, he should either play the game positively or call it a day. :(

  • Tumbur on May 27, 2007, 5:38 GMT

    Itz really heart-breaking to see comment like this.When he scores runs...he is examined how he scores...when he does...why he didn't?Pls let us enjoy his batting at the end of the career & think who is going to fill his shoes in future.Time will say how good he was and how committed he was towards the game.

  • Soulberry on May 27, 2007, 5:32 GMT

    It is true that Sachin hasn't been what we have become accustomed to, and for a fair while now. Unfortunately, his career will remain defined not by what he has done (and doing) but what our fantasy tells us he should have done.

    The man who waged lone battles for India with his mates quitting beside him, the man who has had to bear the brunt of sly labels given my various ex-players-turned-journalists-or-commentators (perhaps envious) from different countries (Pakistan and Australia to name a couple), broken by the blind adoption of the very same criticism by his fellow countryman, hounded by injuries and his own board; the man cannot afford a Dravid-style innings!

    Of course all these things do not matter to the average fan and writer. Of course it doesn't matter that the finest jewel of your cricketing existence was fighting for survival in the heat and humidity of Bangladesh, following which he could be dropped even if he scored a double century in 100 balls; the very same would have sneered at the innings.

    Ian says something, Moin Khan says something, and they become instant wise quotations to be thrown about. Let's see the innings in its setting.

    Sachin may well have to play this way in England and attempt a rescue of an experimentally confused India again, and maybe the very same will still find some words to criticize him. He should have accelerated, but he was running the singles and rotating the strike with his partners in the first half and more of his innings - was that noted?

    He too suffered the same tiredness to which a much younger Karthick (twice) and Jaffer succumbed - it was evident in his refusal to run even easy singles in the last quarter of his innings, but he held his ground and didn't retire ill - was that taken into account?

    Sachin is far smarter than any of us who have probably not graduated much beyond street cricket, he understand the overall picture of the match more deeply than many of us and his peers and seniors, he understands his opposition much better than many, he plays with a fine balance of it all.

    We all have good days, bad days, slow days, fast days in our own endeavors, let us, imperfect men in our own way, let him be.

  • Anup Gandhi on May 27, 2007, 5:31 GMT

    This century further goes on to confirm the fact that Tendulkar has always played for personal glory once he realised that he could possibly achieve some records in his career. Tendulkar is the other Sunil Gavaskar in our cricketing history - players who play for personal glory as against team benfits. Records have proven even in ODI's his movement from 90 to 100 has often cost the team very important runs. Tendulkar is a person converted into a cricketing god by Indians and we are paying the price for it now

  • raj on May 27, 2007, 5:29 GMT

    i am not favour of unusual criticism of sachin, if he score hundred or does not scores at all, till now i have seen he is best sportperson of India in this century. any should should not write to disgrace his playing sprit. we should support sachin

  • prashant on May 27, 2007, 5:29 GMT

    I don't think this is correct analysis, it's look highly motivated to attract readers using Tendulkar's name and negative remarks about his game. In current match strike rate of batsman doesn't matter since over all run rate was above 4 and we are just in 2nd day and I am sure we will finish this game in 3 and 1/2 days max.

    For last match everybody's strike rate was around 60, so Tendulkar's, so there is not much to say about first test.

    Prashant

  • kannan venugopal on May 27, 2007, 5:26 GMT

    well said,sid !! i hope no one is fooled by the painful century by tendulkar. i have long held the view that tendulkar should retire gracefully rather than be nudged in the back.He is doing him and his legion of fans ( of which i was a ticket holder not so long ago ) great disservice by hanging on to a non existent halo. c'mon, ten.. you have done it all. please, please.. retire in grace !

  • benjamin on May 27, 2007, 5:26 GMT

    absolute rubbish.Sachin is pride of India and please refrain from tarnishing his image.I have played a lot of good cricket in Chennai and for Kuwait...and I know what a team player Sachin is .It is so easy to write and critisize.Why are people forgetting what he has don.I challenge them who talk such rubbish to drop him ,rather than talk such things.

  • Manoj Verma on May 27, 2007, 5:26 GMT

    This is ridiculous. I think Karthik and Jaffer scored their centuries with SR of 60, while Tendulkar at 53. What's the difference? If Tendulkar plays risky shots to increase run rate then he might get out and hey guess what...now some column writer (who by the way makes money for living by writing about Tendulkar) will say Tendulkar is out of form. Problem is not in Tendulkar, problem is how you analyze it for your personal gain. For example, If all Indian team would have crumbled and Tendulkar made century at a same SR as he did this time, then he is genious. But now it was 281/0 (by the way two were retired hurt.....who can not take heat and got cramps....well then make century in less balls). Basically, person who can have opinion about Tendulkar's game, should have more than 37 test centuries and greater than 10922 runs! If you donot have that you are in no position to judge or express your opinion about him. Please do not write these kind of articles just to make money for your family. Its a shamful shamful journalism.

  • Cobra on May 27, 2007, 5:26 GMT

    If Dravid plays the way Tendulkar did, then u call him a "wall" or solid as a "rock". Whatz wrong if Tendulkar scores a slow pathetic hundred like Dravid does or can, but only once? Whatz wrong if Tendulkar thinks that scoring runs only counts and not the average as David does or can (for Dravid is being portrayed by Sanjay Manjrekar or Greg Chappel as the best batsmen in the team, when the whole world call Tendulkar as best batsmen in the world???). Your analysis is pathetic as theirs or even worse.

  • Mihir Sewak on May 27, 2007, 5:24 GMT

    The analysis sucks big time. I do not understand why people love going after Tendulkar. He doesnt score and people rant their anger, he scores a century and people still find a fault in his approach. All the analysis is fine but one very important point has been left out. Look at the number of boundaries Tendulkar has hit. Just 9 boundaries. Which means that the major chunk of his runs have come in singles, twos and threes. Isn't that evident enought that he was playing more of a sheet anchors rolw than flashy flamboyant shots? This approach of his has probably frustrated the Bangladeshis to no end due to which they could not bowl at a steady line. This is probably why they find themselves in this position.

  • Bala on May 27, 2007, 5:23 GMT

    I dont understand what else you people think a person has to do when the scoring part of it is taken care by the batsmen at the other end..........remember India is playing a test match and not an one-day international.

  • Karan Landge on May 27, 2007, 5:22 GMT

    I definitely agree with the analysis. Tendulkar is getting old and he should realize this himself and call it a day. Australia kicked Steve Waugh out when he was at his peak scoring centuries, a captain who made the team invincible and won them the world cup. What the heck has Tendulkar done??? Thankyou GOD...Atleast there is someone else who sees what I have been looking at for about a year now...A Legend who is no good anymore....

  • Muralidhar Rao on May 27, 2007, 5:22 GMT

    If Tendulkar was an Australian, the selectors would in OZ would have dropped him for a younger player long time ago. But in India it is all about Sachin and his centuries. The selectors in India will probably wait for Sachin to score at least 50 centuries each in both versions of the game before even thinking og dropping Sachin. So Sachin will probably play for India for at least another 5 years even if he is a burden rather than an asset to the Indian team.

  • Sitesh on May 27, 2007, 5:20 GMT

    ABSOULTELY, it seems both Tendulkar and Ganguly have either become too old to be competitive or they are playing for just one reason - cementing their places, and they don't give a damn to the fact that playing for a team means contributing to the team's cause they are playing to achecive personal milestone and thats it

  • Atul Ahuja on May 27, 2007, 5:19 GMT

    This piece is written by a noncricketer - hence the wayward opinion expressed and belabored..

  • Keith Shephard on May 27, 2007, 5:19 GMT

    Completely agree with this article.It's time for Sachin to quit the game as player.

  • Kumar Balakrishnan on May 27, 2007, 5:18 GMT

    The analysis was very apt. For a batsman who is hailed as the little master and compared with great stalwarts like Sir Don Bradman, the innings of 122 played against the minnow attack did not justify his credentials as a top class batsman. Coming at 281 for no loss was the right stage for any top class batsman to go a bizzare!. Alas, age is catching come and it is the right time for the little master to call it a day rather than be forcefully asked to sit out late in his career.

  • Javeed Makandar on May 27, 2007, 5:18 GMT

    It was a horrible cricket from world class batsman. Shame on it is not going out of memories from the cricket world.

  • Chandan Harekal on May 27, 2007, 5:16 GMT

    Sachin is playing only to be on top of the record books. He may say he is a team man, but his stint at the crease only conveys something else. It is high time he leave his place in the team for ayoung & promising player.

  • harjot singh on May 27, 2007, 5:13 GMT

    i do not agree with the analysis. Although statistical analysis may be right, but one has to interpret things in light of the situation as a whole. Age does takes its toll. thatis why there is combination of young and old players. what would you have preferred? tendulkar playing with same tenacity as before or getting out early trying to achieve what was absolutely unneccessary? Then, you would have said that failures dont teach them anything. Leave this man alone please as there are only few batting records which india has got hold on, the rest is being mopped by Australians. He's still keeping Indian flag high in certain domains of the gane.There are 10 more players in the team. The analysis is always based on statistics but the interpretation is always subjective and prone to error.

  • baseel on May 27, 2007, 5:11 GMT

    Wonderful analysis....but please leave the guy alone..its funny how we have to over analyse when the match has not being concluded yet.Too much is expected from him during the near end of his career..which may be just another two yrs. But never the less like the fact that the blog was filled with stats :)

  • Pushkar on May 27, 2007, 5:09 GMT

    One of the best things about stats is that it can be changed and manipulated according to ones thought process. Let me tell you that just becasue you target Sachin, readers read. Its food for thought. Its an easy way out for everyone to pick on Sacihn and know that this piece will be read. From my veiw, i think please ask what the coach and captains instructions were to him. If he was told that he needs to bat faster, do you really think or implaying to state that Sachin wounldn't have? Every player has a an act in this 5 day play and i think Sachin played it out to perfection. He can bat faster...but if the situation wants him to be there and a sheet ancor, then yoour analysis is worth the a only.

  • vikas sharma on May 27, 2007, 5:07 GMT

    ya, i totally agree with the fact that sachin did not played ti his reputaion more over what was more painful is to see playing this way when he had came out scoreing a century in perivous test match.

  • Sudhir on May 27, 2007, 5:05 GMT

    The comments in this article is true considering that the opposition is Bangladesh. But against England and other stronger opposition, I would be happy if he scores centuries even if he is very slow.

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  • Sudhir on May 27, 2007, 5:05 GMT

    The comments in this article is true considering that the opposition is Bangladesh. But against England and other stronger opposition, I would be happy if he scores centuries even if he is very slow.

  • vikas sharma on May 27, 2007, 5:07 GMT

    ya, i totally agree with the fact that sachin did not played ti his reputaion more over what was more painful is to see playing this way when he had came out scoreing a century in perivous test match.

  • Pushkar on May 27, 2007, 5:09 GMT

    One of the best things about stats is that it can be changed and manipulated according to ones thought process. Let me tell you that just becasue you target Sachin, readers read. Its food for thought. Its an easy way out for everyone to pick on Sacihn and know that this piece will be read. From my veiw, i think please ask what the coach and captains instructions were to him. If he was told that he needs to bat faster, do you really think or implaying to state that Sachin wounldn't have? Every player has a an act in this 5 day play and i think Sachin played it out to perfection. He can bat faster...but if the situation wants him to be there and a sheet ancor, then yoour analysis is worth the a only.

  • baseel on May 27, 2007, 5:11 GMT

    Wonderful analysis....but please leave the guy alone..its funny how we have to over analyse when the match has not being concluded yet.Too much is expected from him during the near end of his career..which may be just another two yrs. But never the less like the fact that the blog was filled with stats :)

  • harjot singh on May 27, 2007, 5:13 GMT

    i do not agree with the analysis. Although statistical analysis may be right, but one has to interpret things in light of the situation as a whole. Age does takes its toll. thatis why there is combination of young and old players. what would you have preferred? tendulkar playing with same tenacity as before or getting out early trying to achieve what was absolutely unneccessary? Then, you would have said that failures dont teach them anything. Leave this man alone please as there are only few batting records which india has got hold on, the rest is being mopped by Australians. He's still keeping Indian flag high in certain domains of the gane.There are 10 more players in the team. The analysis is always based on statistics but the interpretation is always subjective and prone to error.

  • Chandan Harekal on May 27, 2007, 5:16 GMT

    Sachin is playing only to be on top of the record books. He may say he is a team man, but his stint at the crease only conveys something else. It is high time he leave his place in the team for ayoung & promising player.

  • Javeed Makandar on May 27, 2007, 5:18 GMT

    It was a horrible cricket from world class batsman. Shame on it is not going out of memories from the cricket world.

  • Kumar Balakrishnan on May 27, 2007, 5:18 GMT

    The analysis was very apt. For a batsman who is hailed as the little master and compared with great stalwarts like Sir Don Bradman, the innings of 122 played against the minnow attack did not justify his credentials as a top class batsman. Coming at 281 for no loss was the right stage for any top class batsman to go a bizzare!. Alas, age is catching come and it is the right time for the little master to call it a day rather than be forcefully asked to sit out late in his career.

  • Keith Shephard on May 27, 2007, 5:19 GMT

    Completely agree with this article.It's time for Sachin to quit the game as player.

  • Atul Ahuja on May 27, 2007, 5:19 GMT

    This piece is written by a noncricketer - hence the wayward opinion expressed and belabored..