Mumbai Indians v Lions, CLT20, Jaipur September 27, 2013

'Shut ur mouth and just step aside'

Plays of the day from the Champions League match between Mumbai Indians and Lions in Jaipur
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The carry
The greenish tinge on the pitch suggested that the fast bowlers will enjoy themselves in Jaipur. Evidence of that came as early as the first over as a short ball dug in by Mitchell Johnson took off - it was about chest high as it passed the batsman but then soared over the leaping wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik and bounced only once before thudding into the advertising hoardings. Not the usual sort of one-bounce four.

The slower one
Sachin Tendulkar's final T20 competition hasn't quite gone to plan so far. His franchise has billed their whole campaign this tournament as a tribute to him, but he hasn't been at his best with the bat. Today was no different as in his brief stay, he shuffled around in the crease and played some ungainly strokes. His misery ended when Sohail Tanvir slipped in a slower ball that Tendulkar didn't pick at all - he tried to adjust his shot late but ended up playing down the wrong line and a moment later the off stump was out of the ground.

The confrontation
Off the final ball of the 11th over in the chase, Rohit Sharma edged past the keeper and towards the third man boundary. The bowler, Hardus Viljoen, was watching the ball as he completed his follow-through, and Rohit was also looking back to see whether there was a second, leading to a bit of a collision. That led to a frank and heated verbal exchange between the pair, needing the umpire, the Lions captain Alviro Petersen and the non-striker Dwayne Smith to intervene and cool things down. Dale Steyn immediately tweeted words of advice, seemingly to Viljoen, who is seen as one of the quicks to watch in South African cricketing circles: "U bowling well dude, shut ur mouth and just step aside..."

The three-card trick
Harbhajan Singh posed plenty of problems for the batsmen in his spell, using the straight one often. Jean Symes was one of those whom he troubled, and when the other Mumbai Indians spinner, Pragyan Ojha, came into the attack, Symes decided the best way to deal with him was with a series of cross-batted swipes. On the first ball, his attempted slog missed and he was struck on the chest. He persisted with the strategy, though, and was rewarded next delivery as the ball sailed over midwicket for six. The third time proved lucky for Ojha, however, as Symes' big mow missed and the leg stump was knocked back.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dhanno on October 1, 2013, 21:45 GMT

    Oh this fellow still playing ? Oops i thought he retired like 3 years ago, oh no that was when he SHOULD have retired. Sad pathetic retirement like many others. In recent memory only Laxman went away without needing to be begged.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on September 28, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    Gotta love that picture of the elephant! Ball somewhere, bat somewhere and eyes somewhere (aka on records)! Sad state of Indian Cricket, both on and off the field.

  • InfiniteWhite on September 28, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    I bought a ticket in advance ESPECIALLY to see Sachin The Legend bat when I was visiting Perth a couple years ago. It was for Day 3 and alas, he was out cheaply on day 2 and was never seen on the field again. Just to illustrate the frustration of ticket buyers like me. We want to see the legends bat, so please bat for a long time!

  • CriciSach on September 28, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    Finally,I am sure MI had a big role to play in persuading Sachin to play this CLT20. Their last chance to make big money from him,after all!No doubt,the manner of Sachin's dismissal yesterday was disheartening but let's not read too much into T20 scores. After all we are all aware of the struggles of some of the best T20 players in Test Cricket.

  • CriciSach on September 28, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    I think we are missing the point.We want Sach to go becoz,we selfishly want to retain our own wonderful memories of him.Players like him and Federer are completely in love with the game and that is precisely why they have been so long at the top,given such jaw dropping performances.I am sure they know the end is near(as they have often said),but their willingness to appear mediocre to billions who idolize(d) them and just remain an average player ina game they effortlessly dominated not so long ago,shows their sheer love and commitment.A man who retires at his peak would be one who is afraid that he may sully his image in front of his fans. He plays for his fans' approval and fame,not for love of the game.These are rare heroes who don't mind even if they lose their billion + fan base,coz they never sought adulation.Retirement,for anyone,is a personal call.If a player is not gud,the selectors can and should drop him,which is a different debate altogether.

  • ramli on September 28, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    Well ... we know the script about Sachin ... one innings of substance from Sachin will silence all his critics ... only for the long string of failures to follow ... and then the voices will be heard again ... it is an unending story

  • andrew27994 on September 28, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    I really wished Sachin had retired from international cricket after the WC 2011 finals as it would've marked the end of a magnificent era involving 2 of the greatest cricketing legends - Sachin and Murali. It would've been a day that would never have been forgotten in the history of the game. Unfortunately he has become stubborn due to the influence of his fans.

  • on September 28, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    Its sachin and also roger federer to realize the days are over for them . pl announce retirement. so that people will accord respect for your achievements. for sachin selectors should bell the cat. kesav koundinya

  • cnksnk on September 28, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    For those of us who saw the match live, the confrontation starring Rohit Sharma was un called for... ideally both the players should have smiled at each other , may be apologized and moved on... Having said that the player to blame was Rohit as he should have been looking where he was running rather than at the ball... Already one is hearing the cheer leaders talking up Rohit's chances as a future captain. For a player who has not played a test more because of his consistency or rather the lack of it, and inspite of his constant cheer leaders like Sunny and Shastri, it is pushing things a fair bit. Rohit clearly has no temprement - look at the way he got out when the match was in the bag and all that was needed was to support Smith in reaching the target. He has scored some runs recently but I am sure most other cricketers would have done so with about half the chances that were given to him... Please spare us the agony from the cheer leaders and select purely on merit

  • on September 28, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    @akpy: It is Sachin haters, who may want to see him in this condition. It is NOT a question of 4 balls or 4 overs. This miserable form is going on for quite some time, with very very rare aberrations. Sachin lovers like to preserve the memories of a great batsman; perhaps the best in modern cricket history. So ,pl stop hating Sachin by requesting him to continue to be a miserable figure, in the eyes of his ardent admires. Let his admirers like me try to keep the beautiful memories.

  • Dhanno on October 1, 2013, 21:45 GMT

    Oh this fellow still playing ? Oops i thought he retired like 3 years ago, oh no that was when he SHOULD have retired. Sad pathetic retirement like many others. In recent memory only Laxman went away without needing to be begged.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on September 28, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    Gotta love that picture of the elephant! Ball somewhere, bat somewhere and eyes somewhere (aka on records)! Sad state of Indian Cricket, both on and off the field.

  • InfiniteWhite on September 28, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    I bought a ticket in advance ESPECIALLY to see Sachin The Legend bat when I was visiting Perth a couple years ago. It was for Day 3 and alas, he was out cheaply on day 2 and was never seen on the field again. Just to illustrate the frustration of ticket buyers like me. We want to see the legends bat, so please bat for a long time!

  • CriciSach on September 28, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    Finally,I am sure MI had a big role to play in persuading Sachin to play this CLT20. Their last chance to make big money from him,after all!No doubt,the manner of Sachin's dismissal yesterday was disheartening but let's not read too much into T20 scores. After all we are all aware of the struggles of some of the best T20 players in Test Cricket.

  • CriciSach on September 28, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    I think we are missing the point.We want Sach to go becoz,we selfishly want to retain our own wonderful memories of him.Players like him and Federer are completely in love with the game and that is precisely why they have been so long at the top,given such jaw dropping performances.I am sure they know the end is near(as they have often said),but their willingness to appear mediocre to billions who idolize(d) them and just remain an average player ina game they effortlessly dominated not so long ago,shows their sheer love and commitment.A man who retires at his peak would be one who is afraid that he may sully his image in front of his fans. He plays for his fans' approval and fame,not for love of the game.These are rare heroes who don't mind even if they lose their billion + fan base,coz they never sought adulation.Retirement,for anyone,is a personal call.If a player is not gud,the selectors can and should drop him,which is a different debate altogether.

  • ramli on September 28, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    Well ... we know the script about Sachin ... one innings of substance from Sachin will silence all his critics ... only for the long string of failures to follow ... and then the voices will be heard again ... it is an unending story

  • andrew27994 on September 28, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    I really wished Sachin had retired from international cricket after the WC 2011 finals as it would've marked the end of a magnificent era involving 2 of the greatest cricketing legends - Sachin and Murali. It would've been a day that would never have been forgotten in the history of the game. Unfortunately he has become stubborn due to the influence of his fans.

  • on September 28, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    Its sachin and also roger federer to realize the days are over for them . pl announce retirement. so that people will accord respect for your achievements. for sachin selectors should bell the cat. kesav koundinya

  • cnksnk on September 28, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    For those of us who saw the match live, the confrontation starring Rohit Sharma was un called for... ideally both the players should have smiled at each other , may be apologized and moved on... Having said that the player to blame was Rohit as he should have been looking where he was running rather than at the ball... Already one is hearing the cheer leaders talking up Rohit's chances as a future captain. For a player who has not played a test more because of his consistency or rather the lack of it, and inspite of his constant cheer leaders like Sunny and Shastri, it is pushing things a fair bit. Rohit clearly has no temprement - look at the way he got out when the match was in the bag and all that was needed was to support Smith in reaching the target. He has scored some runs recently but I am sure most other cricketers would have done so with about half the chances that were given to him... Please spare us the agony from the cheer leaders and select purely on merit

  • on September 28, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    @akpy: It is Sachin haters, who may want to see him in this condition. It is NOT a question of 4 balls or 4 overs. This miserable form is going on for quite some time, with very very rare aberrations. Sachin lovers like to preserve the memories of a great batsman; perhaps the best in modern cricket history. So ,pl stop hating Sachin by requesting him to continue to be a miserable figure, in the eyes of his ardent admires. Let his admirers like me try to keep the beautiful memories.

  • DarshanDudhoria on September 28, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    Am a die-hard fan of Sachin. But I think the time has come for him to bid adeau to the game of cricket. He just needs to evaluate the damage, which he is causing to his reputation by playing in a lean patch of form. It would even get worse if he is dropped because of his form. I disagree, a bit, with those who say its Sachin's decision when to retire. Cricket is a team game, and you should do what is best for the team, and what has the best impact on the team. Sachin, of-late, is not having the same impact as the Sachin of golden years. Agreed that every player has a lean patch of form. If he really is interested i continuing to play for the country (after WIs tests), he should go to domestic circuit, outside the spotlight, to gain back the form. This will help him a lot.

  • on September 28, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    Now a days I try to avoid watching cricket when Tendulkar is batting. He embarrasses himself and his fans.

  • TRAM on September 28, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    At least it is a good sign media and commentators nowadays are saying openly that Sachin missed or Sachin played a bad shot etc rather than saying the bowler bowled an unplayable / extraordinary ball (as if it is not Sachin's fault). Some improvement.

  • sweetspot on September 28, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    Suddenly, it seems Sachin has become Sachin Uncle. He must encourage one of his nephews to please hold the bat and show what he has learnt from the great Uncle.

  • N.Sundararajan on September 28, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    N. Sundararajan from Chennai---Sachin ! You were simply extraordinary---yes "were"--not "are"! Please accept the reality of age and time ! Just look at the picture of Sachin's dismissal---what more needs to be said? Sachin will not retire till his endorsements run out--and/or till his son gets to play a Test alongside him ! Or till he gets another Test century against BanglaDesh or Zimbabwe! Because that is one more record that would not be beaten! He keeps saying he is enjoying his cricket--but the spectators and the loving public are suffering ! And BCCI or the Selection Committee has no guts ! Cricket Australia spoke to Ricky Ponting and advised him ! Will BCCI even think of doing this to Sachin?

  • on September 28, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    Sachin is pathetic in his batting and should let the youngsters play and win the tournament for him, if continues in this form MI is surely going to lose! He has lost his GUTS and is not able to decide whether he should play his Real game or just stick around and fiddle with the ball. Sachin, you stopped playing so many shots just to keep your wicket intact, like cover drives, so why dont you just quit to keep your Reputation Intact ! You are the Biggest Laughing Stock and Millions of Indians feel the pain of seeing you fail again and again. OPEN YOUR EYES AND MIND AND FEEL THE PEOPLE'S PAIN AND QUIT !

  • on September 28, 2013, 3:13 GMT

    Sachin is pathetic in his batting and should let the youngsters play and win the tournament for him, if continues in this form MI is surely going to lose! He has lost his GUTS and is not able to decide whether he should play his Real game or just stick around and fiddle with the ball. Sachin, you stopped playing so many shots just to keep your wicket intact, like cover drives, so why dont you just quit to keep your Reputation Intact ! You are the Biggest Laughing Stock and Millions of Indians feel the pain of seeing you fail again and again. OPEN YOUR EYES AND MIND AND FEEL THE PEOPLE'S PAIN AND QUIT !

  • xtrafalgarx on September 28, 2013, 2:54 GMT

    Time and time again the Indian players complain when they run into the bowler, the bowler is allowed to keep his line, YOU MOVE!

  • US_Indian on September 28, 2013, 2:30 GMT

    I didn't watch the game but just looking at this photo , his feet position and the bat position, I cannot but agree with (Straight Hit)'s comment. He still has time to bid adeau to the game he loved and gave so much but not any more. I could not find words to describe his decline, real pity on the greatest player of my generation. May god give him sense , mainly sense of self respect, just look at AK, he could have prolonged because he was still performing and same goes with Dravid, Laxman, Warne, Murali, Ponting even the last England captain before cook, he was performing too, not long before Gavaskar quit when he was still on top of his game, Lara and others have done the same, why he is playing into the hands of others by delaying the inevitable, I cant understand, if it is money or fame or records, he has everything in his kitty, but why still?

  • on September 28, 2013, 0:37 GMT

    This is not the first time Rohit has done it. I agree with Shyam. Totally unnecessary.

  • on September 28, 2013, 0:36 GMT

    Dear Sachin: The picture says it all! Can't you see?

  • akpy on September 27, 2013, 23:30 GMT

    the author and many of the sachin haters judge him on the basis of 8 balls !! All these guys must be scoring lots of runs in book cricket i am sure. At the start of an innings against a new ball, there are times when ball beats the bat - Dwayne Smith was beaten a few times as well and give Sohail credit for bowling a very good slower ball which with his action is not easy to pick. Also, I agree with Nelaturi about Rohit being unfairly aggressive.

  • IndTheBest on September 27, 2013, 22:30 GMT

    I am an ardent fan of Sachin Tendulkar. for a brief period I started liking Yusuf Pathan's explosive innings too. Now a days I often get confused to decide who is more consistent between these two!

  • scarab666 on September 27, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    The best thing Sachin Tendulkar can do from here is retire from international cricket altogether and go back to domestic and club cricket, where he can pass on his knowledge and experience to the cricketers of the future. All he is doing now is tarnishing the image of a once great batsman by continually playing at this high level. Times up !

  • CricketChat on September 27, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    It is painful to watch Sachin bat these days and today was no exception. Feels like he is playing from memory, not much of footwork, ungainly attempts to play ordinary balls. It is a revelation to see master batsmen struggle like that. I am convinced that age can do that anyone, no matter how good they were in younger days.

  • NelaturiShyam on September 27, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    I find Rohit Sharma to be lacking in sportsman spirit. there was no need for the verbal duel. The bowler, Vilojen was not looking at him and he did not do anything to obstruct his running. It was a very rude behaviour on Rohit's part. He is to mend his ways. Be sportive and have good manners and do not lower the image of Indians in the eyes of the world by misbehaviour on the field- This is my advice to Rohit.

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  • NelaturiShyam on September 27, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    I find Rohit Sharma to be lacking in sportsman spirit. there was no need for the verbal duel. The bowler, Vilojen was not looking at him and he did not do anything to obstruct his running. It was a very rude behaviour on Rohit's part. He is to mend his ways. Be sportive and have good manners and do not lower the image of Indians in the eyes of the world by misbehaviour on the field- This is my advice to Rohit.

  • CricketChat on September 27, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    It is painful to watch Sachin bat these days and today was no exception. Feels like he is playing from memory, not much of footwork, ungainly attempts to play ordinary balls. It is a revelation to see master batsmen struggle like that. I am convinced that age can do that anyone, no matter how good they were in younger days.

  • scarab666 on September 27, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    The best thing Sachin Tendulkar can do from here is retire from international cricket altogether and go back to domestic and club cricket, where he can pass on his knowledge and experience to the cricketers of the future. All he is doing now is tarnishing the image of a once great batsman by continually playing at this high level. Times up !

  • IndTheBest on September 27, 2013, 22:30 GMT

    I am an ardent fan of Sachin Tendulkar. for a brief period I started liking Yusuf Pathan's explosive innings too. Now a days I often get confused to decide who is more consistent between these two!

  • akpy on September 27, 2013, 23:30 GMT

    the author and many of the sachin haters judge him on the basis of 8 balls !! All these guys must be scoring lots of runs in book cricket i am sure. At the start of an innings against a new ball, there are times when ball beats the bat - Dwayne Smith was beaten a few times as well and give Sohail credit for bowling a very good slower ball which with his action is not easy to pick. Also, I agree with Nelaturi about Rohit being unfairly aggressive.

  • on September 28, 2013, 0:36 GMT

    Dear Sachin: The picture says it all! Can't you see?

  • on September 28, 2013, 0:37 GMT

    This is not the first time Rohit has done it. I agree with Shyam. Totally unnecessary.

  • US_Indian on September 28, 2013, 2:30 GMT

    I didn't watch the game but just looking at this photo , his feet position and the bat position, I cannot but agree with (Straight Hit)'s comment. He still has time to bid adeau to the game he loved and gave so much but not any more. I could not find words to describe his decline, real pity on the greatest player of my generation. May god give him sense , mainly sense of self respect, just look at AK, he could have prolonged because he was still performing and same goes with Dravid, Laxman, Warne, Murali, Ponting even the last England captain before cook, he was performing too, not long before Gavaskar quit when he was still on top of his game, Lara and others have done the same, why he is playing into the hands of others by delaying the inevitable, I cant understand, if it is money or fame or records, he has everything in his kitty, but why still?

  • xtrafalgarx on September 28, 2013, 2:54 GMT

    Time and time again the Indian players complain when they run into the bowler, the bowler is allowed to keep his line, YOU MOVE!

  • on September 28, 2013, 3:13 GMT

    Sachin is pathetic in his batting and should let the youngsters play and win the tournament for him, if continues in this form MI is surely going to lose! He has lost his GUTS and is not able to decide whether he should play his Real game or just stick around and fiddle with the ball. Sachin, you stopped playing so many shots just to keep your wicket intact, like cover drives, so why dont you just quit to keep your Reputation Intact ! You are the Biggest Laughing Stock and Millions of Indians feel the pain of seeing you fail again and again. OPEN YOUR EYES AND MIND AND FEEL THE PEOPLE'S PAIN AND QUIT !