December 28, 2011

India in Australia 2011-12

A seventy worth a 100 hundreds

Dustin Silgardo

On First Post Abhilasha Khaitan says she prefers to enjoy the spectacle of Sachin Tendulkar scoring a fluent 70 than worry about a meaningless landmark.

From where I was sitting, Tendulkar’s 70 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground was worth its weight in tons – yes, even a hundred tons. It was wrapped in confidence, flair and consummate ease as he lived up to his larger-than-life legend in front of a largely knowledgeable, intense crowd that could not stop talking about him. It was all Tendulkar after tea on Tuesday, both on and around the field, with stories from as far back as his growing years being recounted by Australians in the Members’ Reserve where I was sitting, even while the protagonist, unconcerned with the drama around him, played his part with the bat.

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