October 14, 2008

Australia in India 2008-09

Tendulkar's masterstroke

Siddhartha Talya
Sachin Tendulkar flicks one towards square leg, India v Australia, 1st Test, Bangalore, 5th day, October 13, 2008
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Peter Roebuck, writing in the Age, provides a comprehensive assessment of Tendulkar’s innings of 49 on the final day in Bangalore which helped India draw the first Test.

Not that Tendulkar was thinking only about himself. The Australians were trying by all means to unsettle his perky partner, Gautam Gambhir. On several occasions Tendulkar walked down the pitch to support his beleaguered pal. Later he became engaged in lengthy discussions of unknown import with the visiting captain. He has always been an involved cricketer. That he was on edge was confirmed by his gesticulations as errant spectators wandered in front of sight screens at inconvenient moments. No distractions could be tolerated.

Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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