October 27, 2013

Indian cricket

'We want Tendulkar out first ball'

Darren Sammy isn't new to spoiling a Sachin Tendulkar party in Mumbai, having prevented the batsman from reaching his hundredth international ton by catching him at slips for 94 in 2011. Sammy, in an interview with Bharat Sundaresan for the Indian Express, looks back at that moment.

Tendulkar stood a few runs away from his 100th international century. The Wankhede was a cauldron. And it was me who hung onto that catch at slip off Ravi's (Rampaul) bowling to get rid of him for 94. It was a great moment as an opposition captain, even though I knew Darren Sammy probably lost a lot of friends that day across India. I spoiled what was shaping up to be a crazy party in Mumbai. But it has to be my greatest Sachin moment. I've seen him play so many incredible knocks on television but the time I foiled his 100th hundred will be my special moment. That wicket also set up a great finish.

In an interview with G Krishnan for Daily News and Analysis, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan and Sadanand Viswanath talk about how Tendulkar's hard work and determination set him apart from the rest.

Siva, who played just nine Tests between 1983 and 1986, said Tendulkar's preparations set him apart. He said: "Seniors' guidance would have helped me prepare for every match, which is what Sachin did. He prepared for every match, right from schools to Tests. "When it is so difficult for youngsters to come and play at that level, Sachin started preparing even harder. An example of how he prepared was in 1998 when he called me to the nets to prepare for Shane Warne. We created a rough outside the leg stump and practiced for a week. The result was he got a brilliant 155* in the second innings in Chennai.

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