February 26, 2010

Tendulkar breaks Cricinfo records

Sambit Bal
Sachin Tendulkar looks to the heavens after reaching the magical mark of 200, 2nd ODI, Gwalior, February 24, 2010
Sachin Tendulkar - breaking records on field and online  © Getty Images

Sachin Tendulkar's record-breaking didn't stop on the field on February 24. He shattered many on Cricinfo. We recorded 45 million page views that day, and our highest number of unique users in India and the United States. The match report for the Gwalior ODI became Cricinfo's single most read piece of content.

It has always been so. If evidence was ever needed to confirm Tendulkar's status as the world's most-adored cricketer, it can be found in our logs. Month after month, year after year, he remains the most-searched cricketer on Cricinfo; by a huge margin, his profile page is the most visited player page on the site; and in any given month, headlines (often more than one) featuring his name are among the top 10 on the site.

Among other things, he also broke a couple of our servers that day.

Trust me, we make serious contingency plans for peak moments, and certainly we have never underestimated your love for Tendulkar. But obviously, there is no accounting for it. As he stood a couple of runs away from making history, so many of you logged in together that our servers blinked. It was a desperate few minutes, but in a sense, it was also a moment of vindication of your faith in us. Many of you got on Twitter to vent your frustration, and there was one post that stood out: "You know you are large when you crash Cricinfo."

We hope to be ready for the next peak. We have just ordered some Tendulkar servers.

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Posted by rtyecript on (August 22, 2011, 23:32 GMT)

I really liked the article, and the very cool blog

Posted by Shredder on (February 24, 2011, 4:14 GMT)

One year gone by...

What a exhilarating day that was for an Indian team fan. Truly unbelievable stuff from Baasu It took quite a while for it to sink in but jeez the memories are just too pleasant ... here are some of my memories and hope that others share theirs :

1. Cricinfo servers dying after being pwned by Sach 2. The Server on a padosee site that cant be named going down for different reasons 3. The various newspaper headlines one better than the other (Thanks to Holybaba and others ) 4. Sambit Bal's finally writing a memorable article - It was about CI ordering "Tendulkar Servers" after the current ones crashed and burned 5. Shastri rubbing it in by repeatedly mentioning Anwar having to use a runner 6. Sunny Gavaskar hailing the Great man the next time he met

Posted by Partha on (August 18, 2010, 18:22 GMT)

Sachin is the true master of the game.. It is not just that he is one of the best batsman to EVER grace this game.. but his personality, temperament, attitude and dedication itself is worth worshiping.

If ever cricket becomes a religion.. Sachin will be it's Supreme God :).

Posted by companionship on (June 12, 2010, 15:30 GMT)

Truly great site to spend some time on reading it at least for me. I have a question, why haven't you you submit that article to social bookmarks? This should bring rather big traffic here.

Posted by Ritwik Bhuyan on (April 27, 2010, 8:01 GMT)

@Murty - If only you had an unbiased mind, you would have known that Dravid got the benefit of the doubt. He merely escaped simply because the replays were sort of inconclusive. If that in your book translates into 'claiming a bump catch', then you are not even worth debating about.

As for glovving the ball, sure, from now on he'll start walking whenever he knows he's out. But on one condition - HE SHOULD BE GIVEN THE AUTHORITY TO CHANGE THE UMPIRE'S DECISION IF HE'S WRONGLY GIVEN OUT FROM NOW ON!

If you can ensure that the above condition is met, I guarantee you he'll start walking from now on.

Posted by Murty on (April 26, 2010, 2:08 GMT)

Dear Editor,

Please pay a tribute to the bump catch claimed by Sachin off Rahul Dravid in the Semi final. Also please pay a tribute of how the "humble" man did not walk when he gloved the ball nicely to Dhoni in the final. I just want to know when this hypocrisy will end? :)

Posted by Zeeshan Ahmed Siddiqui on (March 11, 2010, 6:44 GMT)

He is the best test batsman now and arguably the best including all. With 93 centuries, he is something extra ordinary. His acheivements are more than Dravid, Ponting and others. Now new debate starts either he is better or Don Bradman. I think it is very difficult to judge who is better as both are legend from two different eras. As I think he is better than Don

The batsmen near to Bradman were Herbert, Hammond, Hobbs and Headley. Herbert batting average is 66.85 against Austraila as compare to his 89.8 but he played bowlers like Mailey, Grimmett, Reilly (three great leg spinners), Iron Monger and Gregory. Suppose if he was batsman of Australia, definetely he could improve his average, may 80 to 82. Headley batting average was 71.23 against England with only one timeless match. If he could get more, he could improve further his average but when he faced Australia, his average drastically changed to 37.33 only. It means actual difference between Herbert and Don was not too much.

Posted by Rajgopalan on (March 9, 2010, 12:52 GMT)

No doubt,Sachin is the darling of crores and

crores of Indians of all strata of Society.Perhaps

after Gandhiji the only Indian who made the

Indians proud .Not only that He is the only

Indian who gives immense happiness to crores and

crores of his country-men.

Posted by Hrishi on (March 8, 2010, 7:28 GMT)

Sachin is awesome he is the best cricketer in the world and he is 36 years old. It was the best feeling to see him score the double ton. He is the one who deserved it. so well done tendlya

Posted by Shiva on (March 8, 2010, 6:13 GMT)


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Sambit Bal
Editor-in-chief Sambit Bal took to journalism at the age of 19 after realising that he wasn't fit for anything else, and to cricket journalism 14 years later when it dawned on him that it provided the perfect excuse to watch cricket in the office. Among other things he has bowled legspin, occasionally landing the ball in front of the batsman; laid out the comics page of a newspaper; covered crime, urban development and politics; and edited Gentleman, a monthly features magazine. He joined Wisden in 2001 and edited Wisden Asia Cricket and Cricinfo Magazine. He still spends his spare time watching cricket.

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