November 15, 2009

Indian cricket

Tendulkar turns it around

Hamish Blair
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Hi everyone, thanks again for all the feedback from the last update!

Firstly, to answer the question I had about the model of camera I work with, I currently use is the Canon EOS 1D Mark III. For anyone looking to buy a good SLR camera, I would recommend a Canon or Nikon, which is what most sports photographers use. Both brands come in a range of models with varying features and prices, not surprisingly, the more features the higher the price!

However with both Canon and Nikon the cheaper models use a lot of the same technology that goes into their high end cameras, so you still get a very serviceable camera. Another point to consider is that most of the expense in building up a good kit of camera equipment is in the lenses rather than the actual camera body. Lenses are interchangeable between the various models of a particular brand, so if you decide to upgrade the camera body at some point, as long as you stay with the same brand, the lenses won't need to be replaced.

On to the photo for today. Given that Sachin Tendulkar is celebrating 20 years in the game, I have selected a photo of him. I have been lucky enough to see some very memorable innings from the Little Master. His century in Melbourne during the 1999 Boxing Day Test and his double hundred in Steve Waugh's final Test, at the SCG in 2004, are two that immediately come to mind. Another of his brilliant innings I've been fortunate enough to see is the innings that where I took this photo; his first innings century in the third Test in Chennai in 2001.

This series was one of the best I have seen. It was my first trip to India and I've been lucky enough to return to a number of times since, it's a place I really love visiting. With the series tied at one all going into the final Test, the match had a number of twists and turns along the way to India's thrilling two wicket victory. Tendulkar's century was one of many highlights and also helped India to what would prove to be a crucial first innings lead.

This is an unusual photo, at first glance it looks like a fairly ordinary straight drive, until you notice that the wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist is standing in front of the batsman! Shane Warne was bowling at the time and was consistently bowling outside leg stump. This often leads to a bit of a stalemate, as the batsman can use his pads to protect his wicket, with no worry of lbw. However, Tendulkar came up with a far more rewarding tactic, turning his back to the bowler, waiting for the ball and then playing what I think is best described as a straight drive behind the wicket. He played this shot a few times, each time for four.

It is one of the things that makes cricket great, when you can watch two masters battle it out and it doesn't get much better the Warne against Tendulkar. On this occasion Tendulkar came out on top and it was amazing to watch his inventiveness to counter Warne. The timing to play such a shot, waiting for the ball to come from behind rather than having the ball coming head on is remarkable. I'd never seen a shot played like that before and haven't seen it since.

This photo is shot from a similar angle as the photo from my last post of Dwayne Bravo, quite straight, at a very fine leg with the batsman at the near end. As I mentioned last time, I generally start each ball focused on the batsman, which in this case worked well, as Tendulkar turned in my direction to play the shot. I like the way it almost looks like he is playing a conventional drive, but then with Gilchrist facing the other way in front of Tendulkar, puts the shot into context.

Cheers,

Hamish

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Posted by SANTHOSH on (March 17, 2012, 19:06 GMT)

THERE IS NO LANGUAGE TO EXPRESS, WHO SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR IS.A FEW PEOPLE SAYS THAT, IF SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR STRIKES A CENTURY INDIA WILL LOSE THE MATCH. TO ALL THOSE WHO MAKE A COMMENT ONE THING REMEMBER THAT, WITHOUT SACHIN, INDIA WOULD COLLAPSE LONG BACK AGO. AFTER THE RETIREMENT OF THE LEGENDS, I.E., KAPIL DEV, SRIKKANTH, SUNIL GAVASKAR, VENSARKAR, ANIL KUMBLE AND FEW OTHERS ONLY SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR HAVE TAKEN FORWARD INDIA AND SHOWN INDIA AS TOUGHEST TEAM TO DEFEND. AUSTRALIA IS THE 4 TIMES WORLD CHAMPIONS BUT ONLY INDIA HAVE DEFEATED THEM MANY TIMES. IN THAT SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR CENTURIES IS THE HIGHEST OF ALL OTHER TEAMS IN THE WORLD.THE ALL TIME OPENING PARTNERSHIP IS BETWEEN SAURAV GANGULY AND SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR. . ALL PEOPLE PRAISES SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR NOT ONLY INDIA, ALL OTHER COUNTRY PEOPLE ALSO BECAUSE, SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR IS THE BEST OF THE BEST. ALL CAN SEE THE SUN RISE AND SUN SET, BUT NOBODY SEE THE SACHIN AGAIN. I GIVE SACHIN AS A CENTURY MAN

Posted by Aman on (May 30, 2010, 14:45 GMT)

Hamish,

You're probably the best person to answer my question. 1. You're not an Indian. 2. You're part of the media. 3. You've seen them play & taken shots of them for years.

The Question: Is Sachin Tendulkar really a notch above his contemporaries like Lara, Waugh, Ponting etc? Or is that a media myth perpetrated by those who don't want to upset the big bad BCCI? Records wise they're pretty close, so is there a differentiating factor? Style of play?

Posted by Harish on (November 19, 2009, 12:59 GMT)

The clock is ticking and the time has arrived. MARVELLOUS SHOT N AN EQUALLY MARVELLOUS SNAP!!!!!! I was there in person to witness one of the greatest tests ever played where India won a gripper!!!!!!! Yes the next shot was that Ponting (one of the world's best fielder) moving finer and still beaten was truly amazing!!!! Disgusted Warne delivered a bouncer the very next ball and that was very well glided through Matthew Hayden at slip for another FOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUURRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!leaving Sachin smiling non-chantingly at Warne. Gilly was also laughing. In this cricketing world only Sachin can do that!!!SACHIN........SACHIN....... DAN DAN DAN..................

Posted by Ali Asgar on (November 18, 2009, 12:47 GMT)

Excellent Excellent timing of the PIC. Such a shot is a rarity and so is this photo

Great Stuff

Posted by PRAKHAR on (November 17, 2009, 23:51 GMT)

THANKS FOR THIS WONDERFUL PIC OF SACHIN I GUESS

NO OTHER PIC CAN DEFINE THE CLASS WHICH SACHIN HAS..... WHETHER ITS COVER DRIVE,FLICK...OR THIS ""TURN AROUND SHOT""

SACHIN EXCELL IN ALL THE FIELDS REGARDIND..BATTING

HE'S TRULY A GOD OF CRICKET

Posted by Prash on (November 17, 2009, 5:38 GMT)

Wonderful shot of the Greatest batsman of all time- by a developing "great" in photography!

Posted by subruk on (November 16, 2009, 18:02 GMT)

wonderful photograph and story.

during the 97 tour of west indies, i think the first day of the first test, tendulkar was bowling, and brian lara managed to pull off this shot. does anyone have any photographs/videos to share of that incident?

Posted by waspsting on (November 16, 2009, 17:14 GMT)

Also, interesting situation came up in a game against Pakistan, when Tendulkar was routinely playing this shot to Saqlain Mushtaq. Ijaz at first slip, anticipating it, moved over to leg slip as the bowler came up, and Tendulkar was surprised to have the shot intercepted and was almost run out. if he had been, that would have tested the umpires. Was that regular anticipation? Or was it 'changing position after the bowler has begun his run up'? if the latter, fine leg could run to backward square when he knows a bouncer is coming. But in this case, it was Tendulkar's patterned stroke play to all the balls which allowed the move. Would have been a tough call.

Posted by waspsting on (November 16, 2009, 17:10 GMT)

That is an amazing shot! I don't think i've seen this innings - I'd have remembered it.

I first saw Lara play the shot (only once), ironically of Tendulkar's bowling. it brought a smile to everyone's face, even the bowler. Tendulkar's bowling is so slow it naturally leant itself to a shot of this type, but Warne is a different matter altogether. Chris Cairns played a similar shot which has always stayed with me. Warne around the wicket, with deep field (Aussies were trying to save the test). he pitched one very full and very, very wide. Cairns turned around 90 degrees so that he was facing the square leg umpire, and played a straight drive from that position high, wide and handsome over square leg for six. Amazing shot.

Posted by dileep on (November 16, 2009, 5:02 GMT)

You have taken a wonderful photograph and shown it to the rest of the world with itz weirdness and a class description. Thanks a lot for your work. Happy to know that your are using Canon gears, me too a canon fan. Hope you will update to Mark IV.

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Hamish Blair
Hamish Blair is a Melbourne-based Australian photographer who works for Getty Images. He covered his first Test match in 1996 and has spent a good deal of his career since following the Australian cricket team around the world. He has photographed over 100 Tests in the 13 years he has been shooting cricket.

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