March 24, 2010

Tendulkar isn't thumping it

Spot of the day: Sachin Tendulkar has a strike-rate of 155.75 after four matches this season despite not having hit a single six
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Spot of the day: Sachin Tendulkar has a strike-rate of 155.75 after four matches this season despite not having hit a single six. He’s hit plenty of fours though – 28 in his aggregate of 176 – piercing fields with surgical precision using wristy flicks, delicate cuts and steers, and orthodox drives. In the process, he’s showed everyone that you don’t have to thump it in Twenty20.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • shanker on March 27, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    kalki is none other than sachin.... for me sachin is an other incarnation of vishnu...

  • rahul on March 26, 2010, 15:26 GMT

    @jumbo is not a hindu i think that why he said that sachin has edgy boundaries sachin is a great player and even pointing who is falsely known as gr8 player starts off always with edgy shots

  • neal on March 26, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    it will be a very bad day in the history of cricket when sachin will take retirement.

  • Giribabu on March 26, 2010, 11:48 GMT

    awesome player.. he made all those beautifully crafted runs at 150 strike rate.. Just 1 six that too with old days favourite lofted straight drive.

  • shamalka on March 26, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    SRT is Master!! He's the Best Batsman that world has ever produced without any doubt!! Good luck to you Little Master!!

  • Uttam on March 26, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    I think he needs some rest...and after that come back again...I think he should take rest for at least 2 matches....We'll miss him a lotttt...but he should take it!!....Oo God blesses Sachin, who entertain the whole world, to be fit 100% always.

  • Venkatesh on March 26, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    Tendulkar showcases batting as an art,doesn't he? He is the stand out star of the cricketing world.

  • Rupesh Shah on March 26, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    Sachin : a myth buster

  • Karan on March 25, 2010, 23:41 GMT

    I really think SRT shouldn't play T20 matches, he can't afford to take the risk of getting injured with so much cricket these days. Look at Gambhir, Nehra, Laxman, etc...they've already fallen. I just hope SRT can keep his health and play till the 2011 WC

  • khagesh on March 25, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    well,i m quite young,but have been idolising sachin since i started understanding cricket,nd so ws badly disheartened from the first season of ipl,where neither mi as a team nor sachin personally could leave a mark!!!but now,sachin is again over the top!!! any format,be it the pinnacle-test,the shorter version-50 over,or the so called ruthless smashin version t20. he is in a different flow alltogether!!!reminds of the touch in the 90's or the streak in odi's where he scored aroun 6 scores in 90's in nearly as many matches!he plays at a brilliant pace and is the experience u need at one end of the pitch!!!nd who needs sixes when u win ur matches with elan by hitting some delicate,some defth,some ruthless nd many more classy shots!!!

  • shanker on March 27, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    kalki is none other than sachin.... for me sachin is an other incarnation of vishnu...

  • rahul on March 26, 2010, 15:26 GMT

    @jumbo is not a hindu i think that why he said that sachin has edgy boundaries sachin is a great player and even pointing who is falsely known as gr8 player starts off always with edgy shots

  • neal on March 26, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    it will be a very bad day in the history of cricket when sachin will take retirement.

  • Giribabu on March 26, 2010, 11:48 GMT

    awesome player.. he made all those beautifully crafted runs at 150 strike rate.. Just 1 six that too with old days favourite lofted straight drive.

  • shamalka on March 26, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    SRT is Master!! He's the Best Batsman that world has ever produced without any doubt!! Good luck to you Little Master!!

  • Uttam on March 26, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    I think he needs some rest...and after that come back again...I think he should take rest for at least 2 matches....We'll miss him a lotttt...but he should take it!!....Oo God blesses Sachin, who entertain the whole world, to be fit 100% always.

  • Venkatesh on March 26, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    Tendulkar showcases batting as an art,doesn't he? He is the stand out star of the cricketing world.

  • Rupesh Shah on March 26, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    Sachin : a myth buster

  • Karan on March 25, 2010, 23:41 GMT

    I really think SRT shouldn't play T20 matches, he can't afford to take the risk of getting injured with so much cricket these days. Look at Gambhir, Nehra, Laxman, etc...they've already fallen. I just hope SRT can keep his health and play till the 2011 WC

  • khagesh on March 25, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    well,i m quite young,but have been idolising sachin since i started understanding cricket,nd so ws badly disheartened from the first season of ipl,where neither mi as a team nor sachin personally could leave a mark!!!but now,sachin is again over the top!!! any format,be it the pinnacle-test,the shorter version-50 over,or the so called ruthless smashin version t20. he is in a different flow alltogether!!!reminds of the touch in the 90's or the streak in odi's where he scored aroun 6 scores in 90's in nearly as many matches!he plays at a brilliant pace and is the experience u need at one end of the pitch!!!nd who needs sixes when u win ur matches with elan by hitting some delicate,some defth,some ruthless nd many more classy shots!!!

  • Afeef on March 25, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    Someone said he has gone back to his old self- I don't think so. The intelligence with which sachin is playing these days is jaw-dropping. The kind of gaps he's hitting..just amazing. i have never seen anyone hit in gaps as he is doing these days. He also said that he is using his body very intelligently.. what a cricketer. just swells my heart with pride.. at how much he thinks about his game !! so intelligent.

  • pawan on March 25, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    sachin bhai is the greatest of all everyone who knows cricket is not a spectatator to this fact.he can do anything everything whatever is impossible in cricket is possible for him.he lives by the cricket so whatever he scores however he scores is beyond human mind.

  • Rupert on March 25, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    It is just enough, if only SRT is in the squad for the T20 world cup, even if he does not play. He will inspire the rest, with just his presence.

  • Harsh on March 25, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    Andddd He did hit his first six against the most wicket taker in ODI TEST and IPL 2010 so far, ergo Murali. Sometimes you have to pick the peak of the bowler to put other bowlers into shallow. Perrara brain: "Did you see Tendy hit six to my Guru, now how the hell am I going to bowl him!! Unfortunately for CSK Perrara burst like popcorn and gave all fulltoss .. Epic

  • RT on March 25, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    But he is tendulkar!! Greatest Ever Batsman!!Any Format ,any place and ANY Bowler, He is THE BEST.

  • N Shah on March 25, 2010, 16:26 GMT

    We are all witnessing a "Tendulyear" starting with his 200. It will be great to see him in the World Cup.

  • Deepak kumar Gupta on March 25, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    Sachin is nominant He has not play big shot jus playing simply he make the opponent fear..........even in precisely if on the crease opponent is fear of how tackle this little master.

  • Niloy on March 25, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    God has so many ways of revealing Himself. Similarly, Sachin has umpteen options to score runs.

  • quickwit on March 25, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    @jumbo, do you have percentage of 'edgy'fours? stop being cynical, even if that % you come up with is 10, that's 3 fours out of the 28 he has hit. try and enjoy the game; cynicism does not do you any good.

  • Sudipta Saha on March 25, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    Sachin is Sachin. He can do anything at anytime. Carry on man and make us happy......

  • Sathya Raman on March 25, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    He is the only player I follow... As much as I want him to keep playing and breaking records for my own selfish reasons, I want him to stay healthy. Without him I cant fathom India winning a World Cup and it would be a shame for the greatest player of all time to have a world cup missing in his records

  • cricket crazy dude on March 25, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    He is out of the world. People who blame him if he has one lean series should stop doing that. The way he plays these days is amazing..he just touched the ball and its a 4...he has greatly improved his soft skills...may ur wish come true..WC 2011

  • Ashok on March 25, 2010, 14:04 GMT

    Little Master should be on worldcup squad for T20. Bloody selctors should let him play. he will be happy to take part for winning T20 world cup. ther is no experienced one in the team now.

  • Jumbo on March 25, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    Why forget mentioning that Tendulkar had "lots" of edgy Fours in his innings too?

  • Dr.Iyer on March 25, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    No comments needed here to aknowledge The God! Mahabharath said " Yudishtra's chariot stood 4 inches above the Ground and above Mortals." So is the Master standing 4 inches or even more above the Ground of Mortal cricketers.

  • Madhur on March 25, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    he is GOD. God bless him.

  • Sachin fan on March 25, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    Take a bow...its the master

  • Super Commando Dhruv on March 25, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    Sachin is a Real star , just like a star shines to its fullest glow just before being Extinct. I afraid That these are last few days of Sachin's cricket...I have seen many great star of different fields showing similar pattern . That is , Glowing brightest at last days

  • Ranga on March 25, 2010, 11:20 GMT

    Fewer risks, greater rewards! Whaddaplayaaa!

  • Ram on March 25, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    All i m hoping for is that SRT doesnt get injured playing and that MI dont qualify for Champions League- India are playing a lot of matches later this year and we cant risk him getting injured in these 20 20 matches.

  • kishore shenoy on March 25, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    May be,he is got it right this time.....Got the hang T20 too sachin.Now its about breaking records in this baby format.Boy...watch out world youa are about to see the magic of the master in a fastforward movie.

  • Binu Thomas on March 25, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    Watch out the major three batting lists in IPL: Most Runs, Highest Averages and Highest Strike Rates. My prediction is that SRT will be the only player who is going to come in the top-10 in all three categories.

  • Vinal Gandhi on March 25, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    That's the Maestro for you. Always charting his own course. Always innovating. Always showing the way

  • Mahi on March 25, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    It seems like Sachin has gone back to the player he used to be... even during his decline he was above all his counterparts.. but in this kind of form and health.. he is just ruthless... Just a note.. I think he is too precious to be playing too many T20s... We need to save him so that can continue playing at least tests for anohter 3-4 years.. Finally Hope he gets his wish of winning India the WC in 2011.

  • Muthu on March 25, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    totally agree... for instance, faiz fazal was trying all sorts of things (hitting hard, trying and failing miserably to imitate mccullum, ...) in the match against punjab but could not score a single boundary... once he stayed his ground and started playing actual cricket shots, he was able to score a few fours, even though he had to use some force unlike sachin who belongs to an entirely different class...

  • gh on March 25, 2010, 3:06 GMT

    well done sachin

  • Unambu on March 24, 2010, 22:15 GMT

    Just a few words says it all, hats off to the master!

  • Praveen on March 24, 2010, 21:22 GMT

    Sachin plays the game his own way. He combines elements such as ruthlessness and delicacy to create a sort of poetry on the field which only few in this world can match.

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  • Praveen on March 24, 2010, 21:22 GMT

    Sachin plays the game his own way. He combines elements such as ruthlessness and delicacy to create a sort of poetry on the field which only few in this world can match.

  • Unambu on March 24, 2010, 22:15 GMT

    Just a few words says it all, hats off to the master!

  • gh on March 25, 2010, 3:06 GMT

    well done sachin

  • Muthu on March 25, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    totally agree... for instance, faiz fazal was trying all sorts of things (hitting hard, trying and failing miserably to imitate mccullum, ...) in the match against punjab but could not score a single boundary... once he stayed his ground and started playing actual cricket shots, he was able to score a few fours, even though he had to use some force unlike sachin who belongs to an entirely different class...

  • Mahi on March 25, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    It seems like Sachin has gone back to the player he used to be... even during his decline he was above all his counterparts.. but in this kind of form and health.. he is just ruthless... Just a note.. I think he is too precious to be playing too many T20s... We need to save him so that can continue playing at least tests for anohter 3-4 years.. Finally Hope he gets his wish of winning India the WC in 2011.

  • Vinal Gandhi on March 25, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    That's the Maestro for you. Always charting his own course. Always innovating. Always showing the way

  • Binu Thomas on March 25, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    Watch out the major three batting lists in IPL: Most Runs, Highest Averages and Highest Strike Rates. My prediction is that SRT will be the only player who is going to come in the top-10 in all three categories.

  • kishore shenoy on March 25, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    May be,he is got it right this time.....Got the hang T20 too sachin.Now its about breaking records in this baby format.Boy...watch out world youa are about to see the magic of the master in a fastforward movie.

  • Ram on March 25, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    All i m hoping for is that SRT doesnt get injured playing and that MI dont qualify for Champions League- India are playing a lot of matches later this year and we cant risk him getting injured in these 20 20 matches.

  • Ranga on March 25, 2010, 11:20 GMT

    Fewer risks, greater rewards! Whaddaplayaaa!