Australia in India 2008-09 October 14, 2008

Tendulkar's masterstroke

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

Comments have now been closed for this article