Indian cricket November 15, 2009

Tendulkar turns it around

Given that Sachin Tendulkar is celebrating 20 years in the game, I have selected a photo of him
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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

Hamish Blair is a Melbourne-based photographer for Getty Images

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  • 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

  • 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?

  • 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..................

  • 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

  • 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

  • Prash on November 17, 2009, 5:38 GMT

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

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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?

  • 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..................

  • 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

  • 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

  • Prash on November 17, 2009, 5:38 GMT

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

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Swami on November 16, 2009, 3:04 GMT

    What a nice pic. No T20 match these days can come close to those India- Australia encounters in 90s for sheer quality and excitement.

  • Pavan on November 16, 2009, 2:31 GMT

    awesome!!! awesome !!! just awesome!!!

  • Pavan on November 16, 2009, 2:30 GMT

    awesome!!! awesome !!! just awesome!!!

  • omesh danram on November 16, 2009, 2:24 GMT

    hey could u send me all the cricket images you have.. i would really be pleased if u could send me some pictures... my email address is omesh_danram@yahoo.com and that shot is great

  • Shakar on November 15, 2009, 21:22 GMT

    Has been and will be the greatest shot inventor the cricketing world has ever seen, he also invented the uppercut over 3rd man (vs Shoaib Aktar)

  • Rivjot on November 15, 2009, 19:54 GMT

    For people asking for video link, just watch ind v aus 2001 test series dvd, it's in there! If U don't have that DVD then gotta have it (or download it) as it's among the best test series ever!!!!!

  • hemant brar on November 15, 2009, 19:39 GMT

    please please please keep on posting.....

  • sri on November 15, 2009, 18:28 GMT

    Amazing work...very well done sir!

  • Gowtham on November 15, 2009, 17:40 GMT

    I was there too.....Great century in the first innings...India lost a wicket off the first ball, but the whole stadium was up and shouting in joy....for there was Sachin walking out to bat....Can never forget that match...exciting till the end

  • Aashrey on November 15, 2009, 17:08 GMT

    Seriously I need a video link for this shot. Come on guys, rack something up.

  • Sree on November 15, 2009, 17:01 GMT

    I, obviously, first saw the photograph before reading the article. And was trying to make out, as to what exactly is happening. Like you've written, I have not seen this shot ever(I did see this innings and its a wonder that I could forget this shot) being played in the last few years. How does one play this? What kinda timing!! The only thing one can say is that the genius of the man stands out in this snap. Great capture, the focus & intensity on Sachin's face, the position of Gilchrist, conveying the delivery ouside leg, excellent. Something you can be really proud of.

  • Sudarshan Agrawal on November 15, 2009, 16:25 GMT

    My first look at the picture and I thought that it is a morphed picture because how can Sachin play facing a wicket keeper. I read the article later and was amazed about the shot played and shot captured. I think it is next to impossible for anyone to play this type of shot. How on earth can some one play a shot like this. He spoilt us for the fact that we started dreaming victory from impossible positions.

  • rohit on November 15, 2009, 15:28 GMT

    Anybody got video of that Behind wicket Straight Drive? Please suggest a link.

  • Harsh on November 15, 2009, 15:16 GMT

    Another super shot Hamish.. As u mentioned, at first glance, I thought why you chose an ordinary straight drive from the Master.. Then I noticed Gilly.. and did a double take.. Geniuses really do play at another level and the game hasn't seen bigger geniuses than Sachin and Warne.

    If its not too much to ask, would it be possible for you to post the EXIF info for your photos..

    Thanks,

    Harsh

  • ranjit on November 15, 2009, 12:29 GMT

    Excellent Picture. Brilliant shot captured brilliantly. Thanks

  • KARTHIKAI BALAN on November 15, 2009, 12:19 GMT

    SHOT OF CRAFTSMEN Wonderful shot both from the photographer and the little master (i am worying that sachin finished 20 years in cricket which i can not watch again.)

  • Niyam on November 15, 2009, 12:03 GMT

    Too bad I never saw this shot being played,it looks great in the picture.Then again all shots look great in your pictures.Keep updating it soon please

  • Raman on November 15, 2009, 11:43 GMT

    he is a gr8 timer of cricket ball and he reads the bowler n adjust himself to play any shot to his perfection

  • Pravinchandar Raajendiran on November 15, 2009, 11:00 GMT

    Wonderful picture! IT's so vivid that made me to remember the days I used watch it on TV skipping classes. Also,the post-match partying by the team in the dressing room is still in my memory!

  • Srinivasan on November 15, 2009, 10:18 GMT

    Yes, Great Shot. Have you taken the picture of this shot which he played - a soft, backward lifting touch from the middle of the bat to guide the ball over the wicket keeper's head for a boundary ? He played in an ODI in Australia when he scored a century. If you have it, please publish or mail me. I would love to treasure that.

  • param on November 15, 2009, 9:55 GMT

    OMG!!...Sachin hitting straight-drive-behind-the-wicket...gr8...One of the Best photo I have ever seen of the best batsman india has ever produced....Great Work from Hamish..Excellent..

  • Adarsh on November 15, 2009, 8:53 GMT

    That was a very nice picture. Thanks.

  • Shadlee Rahman on November 15, 2009, 8:52 GMT

    Superb work Hamish. This is one of the best I have ever seen, as much for the sheer uniqueness of it as it is for the quality and the timing of your camerawork. Keep it up and expecting more of the same, if not even better, from you.Cheers mate...

  • Vik on November 15, 2009, 7:49 GMT

    Fantastic pic! Thanks for posting.

  • Pradeepan on November 15, 2009, 6:27 GMT

    Thank you so much for this pic. I was there in Chennai watching this from the ground. Steve Waugh moved put Ponting a few feet finer after he played this shot. Next ball, Sachin played the exact shot & Ponting could only dive in vain :)

  • A.Kalidhasan on November 15, 2009, 6:23 GMT

    Excellent work man..Its really amazing....Keep it up...Expecting more from u...All the best....

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  • A.Kalidhasan on November 15, 2009, 6:23 GMT

    Excellent work man..Its really amazing....Keep it up...Expecting more from u...All the best....

  • Pradeepan on November 15, 2009, 6:27 GMT

    Thank you so much for this pic. I was there in Chennai watching this from the ground. Steve Waugh moved put Ponting a few feet finer after he played this shot. Next ball, Sachin played the exact shot & Ponting could only dive in vain :)

  • Vik on November 15, 2009, 7:49 GMT

    Fantastic pic! Thanks for posting.

  • Shadlee Rahman on November 15, 2009, 8:52 GMT

    Superb work Hamish. This is one of the best I have ever seen, as much for the sheer uniqueness of it as it is for the quality and the timing of your camerawork. Keep it up and expecting more of the same, if not even better, from you.Cheers mate...

  • Adarsh on November 15, 2009, 8:53 GMT

    That was a very nice picture. Thanks.

  • param on November 15, 2009, 9:55 GMT

    OMG!!...Sachin hitting straight-drive-behind-the-wicket...gr8...One of the Best photo I have ever seen of the best batsman india has ever produced....Great Work from Hamish..Excellent..

  • Srinivasan on November 15, 2009, 10:18 GMT

    Yes, Great Shot. Have you taken the picture of this shot which he played - a soft, backward lifting touch from the middle of the bat to guide the ball over the wicket keeper's head for a boundary ? He played in an ODI in Australia when he scored a century. If you have it, please publish or mail me. I would love to treasure that.

  • Pravinchandar Raajendiran on November 15, 2009, 11:00 GMT

    Wonderful picture! IT's so vivid that made me to remember the days I used watch it on TV skipping classes. Also,the post-match partying by the team in the dressing room is still in my memory!

  • Raman on November 15, 2009, 11:43 GMT

    he is a gr8 timer of cricket ball and he reads the bowler n adjust himself to play any shot to his perfection

  • Niyam on November 15, 2009, 12:03 GMT

    Too bad I never saw this shot being played,it looks great in the picture.Then again all shots look great in your pictures.Keep updating it soon please