Australia v India, CB Series, Brisbane February 19, 2012

Ponting and Tendulkar fight for their utility

Both have been through almost everything in their ODI careers, and still love it enough to fight for it, something they are not accustomed to. It will be fascinating to watch how they come out of the rest of the triangular
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Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun. Now they are asking you what else is left to achieve in ODI cricket. Now a hush doesn't fall when Sachin Tedulkar gets out. Now Ricky Ponting's coach says performance is a cricketer's currency, and he should know that.

Two months ago, Ponting turned 37; in two months, Tendulkar will be 39. Today Ponting kept finding fielders with accuracy that would have won him some in a shooting range. For the first time in his career Ponting has had a string of five single-figure scores in ODIs: 2, 1, 6, 2 and 7. For the first time on this tour - a non-productive one - Tendulkar looked out of sorts today, falling for 3, taking his tally in 12 international innings on the tour to 355, an average of 29.58.

Tendulkar and Ponting in ODIs: 31,883 runs, four World Cups and 78 centuries between them. Tendulkar has a double-century too. What is left to achieve, people ask, and is that worth going through what they have been going through? For the players, though, that is not a question at all. There are achievements to be achieved, yes, but there is more to the game of cricket. They love it, they want to do well, and perhaps they don't know what after cricket.

On Saturday the Australian team flew in from Sydney to Brisbane, one of them attended the obligatory press conference, and then they rested to recover for the second game in three days, on Sunday. Ponting, though, slipped out of the hotel, and hit the nets at the Gabba. He wants to play, he is doing all he can to retain his place, and he is not asking himself what is left to achieve.

"If that time ever comes for me, when I start questioning if I want to play the game or not, the time has already passed you," Ponting said. "You should have given up the game. People asked me similar questions, I guess, through the Tests as well, before the Indian series. If I still thought I could do it, if I still thought I had the passion to keep playing. Definitely yes."

Surely Tests are different than ODIs? Surely ODIs don't provide the same sort of challenge, surely there is only so much you can achieve in ODIs? Not for Ponting. "I can't see how it can be any different at all," Ponting said. "It's my passion for the game, it's not my passion for one form of the game. It's my passion for representing my country, it's my passion for representing Australia."

Ponting then went on to announce he was available for Australia's next ODI, to be played in his hometown Hobart. He also announced he wanted to play ODIs beyond this summer, in the West Indies.

"I wouldn't have run to the nets yesterday for an hour-and-a-half if I didn't have that determination to try and make myself better and improve everyday," he said. "That's always been the way I have gone about my cricket. There's never a training session that goes by where I leave the training track without being a hundred per cent happy with what I want from the training day. That's the way I have always been about my cricket. That's the way I'll finish."

It is easy to be cynical and dismiss this as PR talk. Another way of looking at it can be that Ponting doesn't want to go anywhere. He has been the first Australian in a long time to continue playing even after losing his captaincy. An even rarer case would be how a former captain has taken over the side with the current captain unavailable because of injury. The message is clear: I am not going anywhere, don't ask me to retire, if you feel I should be dropped, go ahead. That's how it should be, too.

Tendulkar's case is slightly different. He has been picking and choosing the ODIs he wants to play. There is a feeling, keeping that in mind, that he might have missed a golden opportunity of calling time on his ODI career when India won the World Cup last April. Then again, leaving on a high is a highly idyllic notion. Today, though, was the first time on this tour he looked off right from the start. He even pre-mediated his movement away to make room against a short delivery.

Again, the real question is, is Tendulkar hurting the team balance? On the surface, he is not, because he still looks likelier to perform than some of the youngsters. MS Dhoni, though, feels he cannot accommodate all three of Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir because of their relative slowness in the field. He says an extra slow man in the field adds up, and the cumulative difference the slowness costs is about 20 runs. In that scenario, Tendulkar is fighting, like any other player, to keep his place in the side. That's how it should be, too.

Ponting and Tendulkar have taken up the challenge to prove their utility in the side in their own different ways. These are two men who love the game, who have been through almost everything in their ODI careers, and still love it enough to fight for it, something they are not accustomed to. It will be fascinating to watch how they come out of the rest of the triangular.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    the easiest thing is to comment,so critics who have only the words are doing their easiest jobs on the planet but sachin and ponting are batsman.they have bats .they have to perform which is not easy like so callaed critics and commentators works.otherwise who the hell they are to criticise and force sachin and ponting to step down....even they have no moral base to go against them....forget dhoni...he is only lucky but not talented....he feels inferior when there are senior players...they step down when they feel the right time for them...

  • POSTED BY Meety on | February 21, 2012, 1:35 GMT

    Interesting scenario - if Inverarity was head of the Indian selection panel.........

  • POSTED BY Sunny_Sahni on | February 20, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    The Australian selectors have taken a tough decision and probably a step in the right direction by axing Ricky Ponting from the ODI squad.By duly respecting his credentials as a player, captain and team man over the course of the last decade and a half, they felt that it was time they moved on by keeping the larger interest of Australian Cricket in mind. . Now just compare this to a similar thing back home, can the Indian selectors and team management be brave enough to drop a certain Sachin Tendulkar who seems to be hampering the balance of the ODI team especially in series in which he selects to play. It is no rocket science to suggest that he now only plays in the series which he feels will challenge him as a batsman. It is his sheer presence in the team that is misbalancing it and rotational policy is the garb that the captain is wearing to hide the same fact. I doubt if the emotional Indian people (read selectors) can dare to take such a drastic but right step.

  • POSTED BY Newbury_1 on | February 20, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    No cricket fan can deny what both of these outstanding cricketers have achieved personally & for their respective countries.......but no one is player bigger than the team. The Indians should take heed of the Australian selectors decision to drop Ponting, Tendulkar should not be allowed to 'decide' what is best for the team, it is not his decision!! Because they are dropped does not make them lesser players, it shows they fought till the end to represent their countries playing a game they love..........

  • POSTED BY binender123 on | February 20, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    Who are you guys to talk about players retirement....If the player is still confident in his work let him continue, age doesn't matters at all............If you are talking about form...can you say which Indian batsmen is doing well???..useless yungsters they only show up there talent in very few matches.....when looking to dhoni's statement he is pointing out only the seniors as if other all done there job perfectly......he is just planing to make the team as Chennai super king's as somebody said earlier....

    Please let the seniors play without discouraging them.....

  • POSTED BY zapeta on | February 20, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    Sachin will retire if he feels that he is not worth to keep his place in the team, Many Juniors around him are not performing to keep him out as Ponting faced in AUs team.

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    nobody is eligible to critic about sachin tendulkar, an mental pressure created by our own people only made him play like this, he is not playing for his 100th ton he just plays for india & indian people, so give him our full support still he has magic in his bat

  • POSTED BY FoollyFedUp on | February 20, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    With no Bhajji and Yuvi to pump his ego, SRT is well and truly isolated in this Indian team. He should realise that his time is up and the dressing room no longer needs him. He should play the Asia Cup (after all he can pick and choose his ODIs), score his 100th 100 and then retire. The 100th ton will erase any negative memories.

  • POSTED BY Andy83 on | February 20, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    All this Sachin bashing people doing here doesn't make sense. Look at the performances of so called Youngsters Rohit Sharma and to an extent Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli. If I'm not mistaken all of these players have played all the ODI's in the current series. In almost all the matches the Indian batting team had a competitive target to chase but either of these three were not instrumental in couple of victories that India had. I agree Rohit Sharma is a very talented batsment but is he someone India can rely on? I don't see him scoring a decent knock over 50 against quality team.

  • POSTED BY pan_vtm76 on | February 20, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Tendul will not retire on his own. He will be forced to retire in disgrace. On field or offield, he takes all the attention making others 10dull man. Have to all wait till he his 100th hunderd makes......

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    the easiest thing is to comment,so critics who have only the words are doing their easiest jobs on the planet but sachin and ponting are batsman.they have bats .they have to perform which is not easy like so callaed critics and commentators works.otherwise who the hell they are to criticise and force sachin and ponting to step down....even they have no moral base to go against them....forget dhoni...he is only lucky but not talented....he feels inferior when there are senior players...they step down when they feel the right time for them...

  • POSTED BY Meety on | February 21, 2012, 1:35 GMT

    Interesting scenario - if Inverarity was head of the Indian selection panel.........

  • POSTED BY Sunny_Sahni on | February 20, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    The Australian selectors have taken a tough decision and probably a step in the right direction by axing Ricky Ponting from the ODI squad.By duly respecting his credentials as a player, captain and team man over the course of the last decade and a half, they felt that it was time they moved on by keeping the larger interest of Australian Cricket in mind. . Now just compare this to a similar thing back home, can the Indian selectors and team management be brave enough to drop a certain Sachin Tendulkar who seems to be hampering the balance of the ODI team especially in series in which he selects to play. It is no rocket science to suggest that he now only plays in the series which he feels will challenge him as a batsman. It is his sheer presence in the team that is misbalancing it and rotational policy is the garb that the captain is wearing to hide the same fact. I doubt if the emotional Indian people (read selectors) can dare to take such a drastic but right step.

  • POSTED BY Newbury_1 on | February 20, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    No cricket fan can deny what both of these outstanding cricketers have achieved personally & for their respective countries.......but no one is player bigger than the team. The Indians should take heed of the Australian selectors decision to drop Ponting, Tendulkar should not be allowed to 'decide' what is best for the team, it is not his decision!! Because they are dropped does not make them lesser players, it shows they fought till the end to represent their countries playing a game they love..........

  • POSTED BY binender123 on | February 20, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    Who are you guys to talk about players retirement....If the player is still confident in his work let him continue, age doesn't matters at all............If you are talking about form...can you say which Indian batsmen is doing well???..useless yungsters they only show up there talent in very few matches.....when looking to dhoni's statement he is pointing out only the seniors as if other all done there job perfectly......he is just planing to make the team as Chennai super king's as somebody said earlier....

    Please let the seniors play without discouraging them.....

  • POSTED BY zapeta on | February 20, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    Sachin will retire if he feels that he is not worth to keep his place in the team, Many Juniors around him are not performing to keep him out as Ponting faced in AUs team.

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    nobody is eligible to critic about sachin tendulkar, an mental pressure created by our own people only made him play like this, he is not playing for his 100th ton he just plays for india & indian people, so give him our full support still he has magic in his bat

  • POSTED BY FoollyFedUp on | February 20, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    With no Bhajji and Yuvi to pump his ego, SRT is well and truly isolated in this Indian team. He should realise that his time is up and the dressing room no longer needs him. He should play the Asia Cup (after all he can pick and choose his ODIs), score his 100th 100 and then retire. The 100th ton will erase any negative memories.

  • POSTED BY Andy83 on | February 20, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    All this Sachin bashing people doing here doesn't make sense. Look at the performances of so called Youngsters Rohit Sharma and to an extent Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli. If I'm not mistaken all of these players have played all the ODI's in the current series. In almost all the matches the Indian batting team had a competitive target to chase but either of these three were not instrumental in couple of victories that India had. I agree Rohit Sharma is a very talented batsment but is he someone India can rely on? I don't see him scoring a decent knock over 50 against quality team.

  • POSTED BY pan_vtm76 on | February 20, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Tendul will not retire on his own. He will be forced to retire in disgrace. On field or offield, he takes all the attention making others 10dull man. Have to all wait till he his 100th hunderd makes......

  • POSTED BY AB99 on | February 20, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    Sachin (39 yrs), Sehwag (34 yrs) and Gambhir (30 yrs) are considered on par as below average fielders .. where would this leave Ashwin (24 yrs) who is the worst Indian fielder todaay? Gambhir has not scored a single 100 in the past two years and is a bad fielder ... where is Indian cricket heading to? Here is the ODI team: SRT / Viru / Gautam - cannot field good, Rohit / Raina / Kohli / Tiwari - suspect against short pitched bowling, Dhoni - more of a goal keeper than a wicket keeper, Ashwin / ZAK / Yadav - below average fielders ... not to mention V Kumar, P Kumar, Munaf, Irfan (cannot bowl, cannot bat), Ojha, Sreesaanth - all of whom are below standards ... so where do we get the likes of Kapil, Binny, Amarnath, Madan Lal, Srikkanth, Maninder, Kirmani - who were all outstanding fielders and good in their respective areas ....

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    Tendulkar needs to quit the odi game for sure. And i hope he retires once he getsbhis 100 century. If he loves the game so much he shud retire, and become coach of india. show his passion that way.sehwag needs to go as well. all senior players but gambir dhoni and zaheer khan need to be out of team.

  • POSTED BY Shhy on | February 20, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    Remember he has played only 4 matches after the world cup and also scored a 48 in one of them.. and also remember my people he was the second top scorer in the WC and the top scorer for India in the WC.. his 2 fifties in the QF and the SF were very important in pushing the team into the finals.. Now after 3 failures u want him to retire?? Agreed he is going through a lean patch.. but jus look how he is going to come out of it as he had done it time and again.. Jus check his form in the last 3 years.. an average above 55 and a strike rate above 90.. and jus compare with the youngsters who are currently in the team..

  • POSTED BY deve8sem on | February 20, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    Quickly loosing respect for Tendulkar. It's obvious that he is playing for his 100th century and it's to his teams disadvantage, which he doesnt seem to care about. For those saying he is the greatest ever, not even close. Bradman only needed 4 runs and he didnt hang around. 100 centuries doesnt make you the greatest of all time...

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    Being an India I still rate Ponting is better than Tendulkar for his agility in the field. His age may be the reason as he is younger by two years to Tendulkar. By saying so the vibe Ponting gives in the park as a fielder is uncomparable to Tendulkar. As mentioned by XYLO, Tendulkar should have planned his retirement form ODI soon after the WC' 11. At the moment he is choosy that which one to play, which one to omit and which one is beneficial for him. He has avoided two ODI series against WI in the recent past...for what? Why all of a sudden he decides to play this CB series.... for that elusive 100th 100? And the selectors also give him privilege by selecting him whenever he wishes. Its not the wat it should be. Whereas Ponting, he fights for his place. He gives all whatever he could give for the team. Thats the guts of this man named Ponting. When I typed this comment the news is out that Mr.Ponting has been dropped for the rest of the series. BUT Mr.Tendulkar will keep on playin'

  • POSTED BY deve8sem on | February 20, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    Ashwini Raju Kumar - You could be right, but he is still only second best!!!

  • POSTED BY MahendraSinghisKinng on | February 20, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    I am a big fan of Sachin. However I cant stand the way he is playing currently. Against SL he nicked one and it bounced before the keeper. In the same over he got out to the same kind of delivery. Against Aus, his injury was a factor, but his way of throwing the wicket, knowing that Gambhir is gone was reckless. There is a dialogue from the movie "The Dark Knight" which says "Either you die as a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain". That is exactly what is happening here.Sachin should retire gracefully and with respect. His love for the game is from his perspective, but if he cannot contribute, he needs to go. The last thing I want to see is him getting dropped. Same things can be said to Dravid, SRT and Laxman for tests too. There is nothing left to prove. 100 th 100 means nothing to anybody. His old saying of converting Stones into Milestones is not working either...Please retire and save yourself and lot of diehard fans like me from humiliation.

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | February 20, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    @xylo Would you mind considering the fact that ponting scored those runs agianst pathetic bowling attack (not just ponting clarke, hussey too scored). How did they fare against SA and how did Sachin fare against SA in SA. sachin too would have socred triple against this Ind bowling attack. Scahin isn't that bad in this ODI team considering that the likes of rohit, raina arent performing with the bat that is anywhere near to him.

  • POSTED BY amitgordon on | February 20, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    These are two premier sportsmen that we are discussing. I find it amusing when people start commenting negatively when they do not perform. They are masters at what they do and more importantly men who work for their teams and not themselves. They would know the best time to leave. This is just a slump in form which all cricketers are subjected to. They know how to come through this and they will.

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    He who decides to drop Tendulkar will be shunned by the nation of 1 billion fans. Our hearts beat as one for him. He was there with us during India's worst times. Now we must stand by him during his.

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    @EL_TORO_LOCO, don't worry you will see that dream happening in few days, you'll once again cry, as why Sachin isn't in your team.

  • POSTED BY Rahul_78 on | February 20, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    It would have been such an everlasting memory of the greatest cricketer India has ever produced when he was carried on the shoulders of his team mates and billion people applauding him with tears in their eyes and boundless happiness in their heart.Now we have been left with the memory of 8 wretched test match innings away from home, endless wait for the 100th ton and him being caught on the third man boundary failing in trying to play the shot which earned him loads of runs in international cricket and his captain pointing it out that he belongs to a group which costs 20 runs to his side when it comes to fielding in ODIs. Sachin has done no favor to himself, his team mates and country men by continuing to play ODIs after world cup win. These are sad affairs for the great batsmen and a wonderful human being and true gentleman.

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    Having watched the little master perform so many miracles..it really pains me to see how he is loff-late anguishing in all depts of the game...age has finall caught uo with him and as said by lot of other ppl he needs to reconsider his decision of continuing further...99 centuries will definitely be a milestone and let the generations to come strive to beat it and achieve the ultimate goal...

  • POSTED BY csowmi7 on | February 20, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    Yes tendulkar is in poor form but that doesn't give us the right to force him to retire yet. For all the joy he has provided Indian cricket he deserves to play out this series. The 200* against sa, the 100 against england and sa in the world cup were truly magical moments against the best bowling line ups. Once he scores his hundredth hundred all will be forgotten. That how fickle we fans are. 3 matches he fails and people are calling for his head? What about ponting who failed for 2 years and now 5 matches in the tri series his scores look like binary. Barring gambhir and dhoni not one of our batsman succeeded. There is no comparison. Tendulkar is the greatest ODI batsman to grace the earth.

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    monga , now ponting has been shown the door so thats answers your article. now how long for tendulkar to move away gracefully or to be pushed . hope push doesnt come to shove for this greatman . never imagined that we who followed him for so many years would have to see this day , talk this way. sad yet true

  • POSTED BY Ganes.V on | February 20, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    I am a big fan of both Sachin and Ponting.. and I am feeling sad they way they are batting now.. Worse it that the way people are commenting in different news papers.. I am really afraid that Both of them would be ousted from the team disgracefully that too very soon if they dont go on heir own..Hope they realize this and walk out when there is little bit left.

  • POSTED BY MAHAVIRSINGH on | February 20, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    @ASHWINI RAJU..." generations to come will...." this dialogue is from GANDHI..u edited it for SRT...dont do this please..:D

  • POSTED BY MisterObvious on | February 20, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    Ponting has the desire but not the skills anymore. His strike rate for CB series is 27.7 (from 5 matches, 18 runs total off 65 balls!). This is slow even for test cricket but unacceptable for ODI = too much pressure on later batters. Old age = bad reflexes = no confidence to play shots = few runs = pathetic S/R. FIRST MATCH v. Ind (Melb) Ponting made 2 runs from 11 balls, lowest score on team, lowest strike S/R for either team. SECOND MATCH v. SL (Perth) made 1 from 4, lowest score on team, 2nd lowest S/R. THIRD MATCH v. Ind (Adel) made 6 from 14, lowest S/R for either team, lowest score for team except for McKay who was run out. FOURTH MATCH v. SL (Syd) made 2 from 10, lowest score & lowest S/R for either team. FIFTH MATCH v Ind (Bris) made 7 from 26, lowest score on team (next lowest = 26 not out), lowest S/R on team of 26.92 (next lowest = 67.16). YOU CAN'T RETAIN A PLAYER, EVEN RP, BASED ON PAST GLORY IF HIS PERFORMANCES ARE PROOF OF ERODING SKILL - HE IS A LIABILITY TO THE TEAM.

  • POSTED BY m_ilind on | February 20, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    Sachin would like to go on and on, for the love of the game, and money of course!

  • POSTED BY aravindhramachandran on | February 20, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    All sachin haters at their best :) Nicely written article :) more than his 100 100 he will contribute to team India's win in many more matches :) it will happen for sure :) he has been given out wrongly so many times when he is on 90's , 80's or well set at crease. Still he didn't create a controversy about it !! it shows his respect for game and class. Not selfishness. Grow up you people.

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    No one can not touch Tendulkar's quality. Just wait ,still have some matches in Aus

  • POSTED BY g.narsimha on | February 20, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    SACHIN&PONTING desrve the respect they deserve & iam sure baring these few braser they still enjoy great respect across the cricketing world these two legend represents the greatest era of world cricket playing withyester year greats like IMRAN, GAWASKAR , WARNE MERALI, AMBROSE, WALSH MACGRATH BOTHAM , we dont find any player with half the talent of these to in present day , so if u cant respect the legent its ok but dont insult them based on recent failures their cotribution to their respective teams over the years cant be reciprocrated in this way , now adays its become afashion to critcise sachan by few indians as not on entirely cricketing reasons , as now they got apportunity on recent failures they are having field day , but iam sure class class will prevail, sachin will retire with grace ,

  • POSTED BY leobybirth on | February 20, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    Noone is criticising Sachin. But yes, he should have focussed on tests after WC11. It is great to see him there rather than here anyway

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    This sentence is scary if true - "Tendulkar's case is slightly different. He has been picking and choosing the ODIs he wants to play."

    So he is bigger than Indian cricket ? The results and his performance pick and choose HIM. Not the other way. Unless he is injured. But I am sure the power and politics ( as is true in all aspects in India ) allow him to pick and choose himself into the team.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | February 20, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    @xylo - great point regarding Murali. 800 wickets would of been somewhere in his mind, but he wanted to end his test career near his prime in SL. He was retiring regardless of the milestone (although there was still another 2 tests to be played in that series!). Sachin needs to cull ODIs from his game, otherwise he'll ruin his legacy.

  • POSTED BY Dashgar on | February 20, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    These two are both close to the end and it shows on the field, but neither will retire in disgrace. Six months after their retirement these last couple of barren months/years will be forgotten and all we'll remember is how they flayed the worlds best bowlers all over every park that there was for 15-20 years. Well done guys but its time to go and retire to coaching/commentating/whatever you want to do.

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    Beautiful article! Sidhharth Monga... you're a genius! :)

  • POSTED BY tondulkar on | February 20, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    Wow! What ingratitude. some of the comments are shocking to say the least. Here we have a player who played a vital role in the w.c campaign, served the country for 22yrs having 1 bad series and we insult him, huh! Drop him if u want, but to take away his past achievements and contributions shows your lack of understanding the game. Every time somebody insults(not criticizes) SRT, it reflects poorly upon that person not sachin. Thank you sachin for all the joy you have given us. thank you

  • POSTED BY cricketpurist on | February 20, 2012, 2:56 GMT

    Dear Monga plz get it right God & Punter are not mere utility players i watched y'day match becuse both were in the lineup playing for there respective countries. I c'ant imagine crowd coming to watch a 50-50over game withou both the genius playing.

  • POSTED BY world.cricketer on | February 20, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    Both will score runs and play 2 more years for thier countries.

  • POSTED BY Mitcher on | February 20, 2012, 1:34 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge: I suppose you figured England were 'likely' to win in UAE as well?

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2012, 1:25 GMT

    @Kellis... the Ponting will keep failing in any pitch be it lifeless or with full of life...Its been proven.. Tendular has always done better than any in Austrailia.. ( Pitch wioth Life ) according to u.. U guys just know only one thing.. Fast pitches are full difficult pitches to bat..and not slow pitches where there wil be lot of assistance to spinners.. pity to see this kind of comments and just reflecting lack of proper knowledge..

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2012, 1:20 GMT

    Stop pointing fingers at Sachin Tendulkar he has done already a great deal for Cricket he his presently enjoying the game. For us Indians even if he comes out and scores few runs that is enough. We want him to be their not get retired and sit in commentary box and speak all crap. We do not want his 100 th 100 we want him to play as long as he can as for youngsters place move others who are not playing well. But Sachin will be their always on the cricket pitch and in our hearts. Ponting is a great cricker he is also enjoying his game let him play but it is for the Aussies to decide so no more comments.

  • POSTED BY El_Toro_Loco on | February 20, 2012, 0:46 GMT

    Sachin will be forced to retire, disgracefully. He should've retired right after WC2011. Most of the top class sportsmen usually retire at their prime. I suppose he ain't no top class sportsman. Keep dreaming for 100th 100, Mr. Tendu. Ciao

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | February 20, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    >>>Ricky Ponting's coach says *performance is a cricketer's currency* ??? So do those with lots of currency want more currency? Some may. But not not all of them. Even if the want more currency, we can say for sure they wouldn't care if they no longer make the currency, would they? Why would a millionaire bother if fails to earn today?

  • POSTED BY Meety on | February 20, 2012, 0:35 GMT

    @Gupta.Ankur - unfortunately, by the time SRT retires, he won't even be considered the best India has produced. SRT is free-falling towards a level below Gavaskar, Dev & Dravid IMO!

  • POSTED BY Meety on | February 20, 2012, 0:34 GMT

    If Tendulkar started bowling again - maybe he is worth his place, his fielding is better than Sehwag, but Sehwag bowls well. Whilst Gambhir would be a stand out as a poor fielder in the SL or Oz team, in the Indian team, I don't think he is far off average. All the talk about Jadeja is similar to the talk that was about S Smith. Smith was great in the field & added a lot more value than runs scored & wickets taken. Jadeja lifts the fielding standard up. Actually felt a little bit sorry for Kholi, (won't last), the way he ended up being Mr Fixit in the field, Dhoni had him running 160 metres between overs to fill key positions.

  • POSTED BY xylo on | February 20, 2012, 0:16 GMT

    Why are we degrading Ponting by comparing him to Tendulkar? Lets look at their aggregates from the recent test series, shall we? And, let's not forget the fact that Ponting was captaining the side until last year. And on the field, you would compare Ponting to the likes of Raina and Kohli in the Indian side; Sachin could, may be, compared with the Aussie coach Micky when it comes to fielding. If you are truly a legend, at least like the media portrays you, then you ought to go out like a Murali or Warne or McGrath. I have special regard for Murali in this aspect - he did have a personal milestone as well, like Sachin. And he announced his retirement, whether or not he was going to attain it. And he being the true legend that he was, he attained it, and retired on a high. Now, that is a champion.

  • POSTED BY Harry_Kool on | February 20, 2012, 0:15 GMT

    Punter is still amongst the premier fieldsmen of the world, he is still saving runs, fielding sensationally & taking catches that few can match. Unfortunately, for all his undoubted gifts, SRT's fielding is very much on the decline, and he isn't even amongst the worst 4 or 5 in the this Indian side! They give away, consistently, too many gift runs.

  • POSTED BY ToTellUTheTruth on | February 20, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    It was miserable watching Tendulkar bat yesterday. I think he reached his peak and sliding down without a break. Time for him to give it a serious thought and quit ODIs at least.

  • POSTED BY Ra_Thore on | February 19, 2012, 23:52 GMT

    Ricardo Ponting OK but until the Ashes. Having played the Ashes right before the retirement is a graceful and a memorable thing to do. 10Dulkar must hit at least two centuries in the remaining series otherwise, retire. Both have contributed enough for their countries. RP has two world cups and 10dulkar has enough records to carry on his country's pride. However, both should continue to play domestic cricket and cultivate their younger team mates.

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2012, 23:43 GMT

    Ponting must bite the Bullet, and Drop himself in the Batting order. Warner Wade to open, then D. Hussey, M Hussey, Forrest, Ponting, Christian. This is how they should bat at the current moment, Ponting is Exellent in the field and deserves his chance but albite not at 3, When Watson and Clarke are back in the side. Watsonw will open again, Wade down to 7 and Clarke back at 3, Forrest will miss out and Australia will only use 3 Specialist bowlers Doherty probably will miss out, Clarke needs to Bowl more as he is more than a part timer.

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    You can criticize Sachin Tendulkar all you want, but generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth.

  • POSTED BY AvidFanDownUnder on | February 19, 2012, 23:32 GMT

    50 years down the track when people look at Sachin's record, all they'll remember is the 100 international centuries he scored and the mountain of runs he has scored - they won't remember all this other failures because at the end of the day he has scored and won more games for India then any of the other players. As for Ponting, his batting may leave something to be desired for now but as I've said before he is a champion cricketer and will come back strong. His fielding however puts even the younger players to shame - he is so brilliant. You watch - a champion may sometimes have a lean patch but champions never lose their ability to come back and win and Tendulkar and Ponting are definitely CHAMPIONS OF THE GAME.

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2012, 23:24 GMT

    who cares about these guys...at the end india lost the match heavily..It seems not many in the indian team has talent...thats it

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | February 19, 2012, 23:13 GMT

    Aha! some clue to bet correctly, when India is playing. 3 weak fielders = 20 leaked runs per 50 overs. Barring Raina/Jadeja/Kholi/Rohit, the 7 remaining are weak fielders. So the total comes to 47 "leaked runs" per ODI by India. (20 runs/3 players x 7 players)

    The same numbers for Test matches: Since VVS, RD, Ishant, etc come in place of Rainas/Jadejas, it comes to 73 runs per 50 overs. (20 runs/3 players x 11 players) OR 132 runs per day since test matches are 90 overs per day. I will reduce that number somewhat because there is no field restriction in test matches. Let us reduce /round it to just 100 leaked runs per day of test match. So even if India bowls well, if the par score is 250 per day on a given ground, the opposition would score 350 per day against India. I think that is about correct. Both Eng & Aus scored like 300-350 runs per day against India. Lets not count the missed catches, runouts etc,.They dont add to leaked runs/day, though they reduce the wkts/day..

  • POSTED BY Guernica on | February 19, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    Surely both these sides should be starting to prepare for the next world cup? Aside from Ponting and Tendulkar, it seems odd wheeling out Brett Lee again when Australia supposedly have so many good young bowlers. Sure, he can still perform - but will he be around for the next world cup? And the Ponting captaincy thing is just odd - do they really think no-one else is capable?

  • POSTED BY kellis on | February 19, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    As I said earlier, your "God" will start performing as soon as he gets back on the lifeless tracks of India.

  • POSTED BY Rakesh_Sharma on | February 19, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    There is huge difference between two. Tendulkar played just as a player. Ponting lead the australian team for majar part of his career.. Tendulkar has 'Zero" leadership skills. Just playing with no captaincy pressure. Ask Botham about the difference it makes when you are captain on your game. All great players lead the team for major part of their career Bradman,Sobers ,Imran Khan, Waugh,Richard etc etc. After Cricket Tendulkar will not be able to do anything . He has no communication skills also so cannot become commentator like Ravi Shastri.

    So let him play till 60 years unless government changes it to 65.

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    To comment about their skill, their tenacity, fitness or mental strength would always be colored with various biases, and adulation. It's upto fans, selectors and themselves to decide if they are past their prime. I can just say, for people like us who saw these supremely skilled men right from the first match of their glittering careers to grow into the legends that they are, it hurts! Here's a little tip: when Lara and Warne retired, we secretly wept - please give us a chance to do so Ricky and Sachin ...

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    Sachin is harming his reputation....

  • POSTED BY AncientAstronaut on | February 19, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    I grew up watching Tendulkar in the 90s, and it's hard for me to imagine cricket without him. It's almost like he will never retire, and as one of his biggest fans, I'm happy to see him bat. Having said that, he should've retired from at least ODIs after the world cup win. I'm not saying that because I think he should go, but I'm saying that because I want to see him go as a champion -- 100 centuries be damned.

  • POSTED BY ian_ghose on | February 19, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    I'd definitely give Ponting a longer rope. Firstly he's younger than Tendulkar, secondly he's fitter and more useful in the field than any Indian player, and most importantly, he does have runs under his belt, albeit in the Test series. One feels that the big score is just around the corner for him. Tendulkar, on the other hand, is just a poor caricature of his old self. He's fooling himself if he believes that he can still contribute in ODI's. He is indeed a liability in the field, and his batting is scratchy at best, especially against the Aussie quicks, who seem to well and truly have his number. Retirement is a player's individual decision, but dropping that player is the team management's decision. Yes he has umpteen thousand runs..but sadly, those runs don't go onto India's score when it bats. India still starts on 0, and so does he. Time for selectors to politely show him the door.

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    I would love to see sachin in WC2015........he's the master of all time.....

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    Only Imran khan had the guts to retire during his peak. Other so called legends had devalued themslves by sticking, when noone wants wants to see them play. Secondly what more they have to offer?

  • POSTED BY zapeta on | February 19, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Sachin please dont retire. please score 50 ODI 100's (2 pending) and 100 ODI 50's(5 Pending). You beauty of World Cricket.. no body can match you GOD...

  • POSTED BY Gupta.Ankur on | February 19, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    The day sachin retires, indian media will not have anyone to criticize only for batting failures...

    Sachin irrespective of how and when he scores his next 100......he will go down as the greatest the game has seen.

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | February 19, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    This is the series where tendulkar lost all comparisons to don and instead struggling to draw equality with Ponting even. Ponting has not opened as many times as tendulkar has and therefore has those extra runs. we can search statsguru to be exact. While tendulkar relies on rotation policy due to his performance in the series so far, ponting has risen to captaincy again and all can see how successful he was today. Ponting took care of the indian younsters who are really over rated and behaved like winning is their right. Subtle bowling changes rounded kohils and rainas quite well. tendulkar is such a god who needs a rod.

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    babish mohan has raised a very valid point here...... all the critics were bashing dravid and laxman and never pointed on sachin...... there are two cases either they are biased or they dun have guts to point against sachin...... its sad to see sachin struggling ......he should rather focus on test matches and should continue his career in tests....

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    Sachin Is A Useless Fellow...He 'll Die But Not Touch 100th 100

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | February 19, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    Both are shameless fellows. At least Ponting is not a liability in the field. 10dulkar leaks 20 runs on the field. He scores only 3 - that's like scoring 17 for the opposing team. 10dulkar is not playing for India - he's playing for Australia. What a Shameless fellow!

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | February 19, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    Ricky and Sachin are unquestionable legends of the game. It is very clear they are reluctant to call time on their careers as the game is the only thing they feel at home. May be, they are afraid of life without cricket. However, they have surely become a liability to their teams in recent times in whichever formats they play. I am afraid they are daring their selectors to drop them. I predict that is what will end their careers eventually. That would be a sad way to go, if it happens.

  • POSTED BY ultrasnow on | February 19, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    As and when SRT retires from ODIs that would be an end of an era. Go out Tendlya, but with all guns blazin.

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    Questioning Sachin, Viru n Gauti was a mistake from Dhoni. Rohit and Raina are better fielders. Accepted. Then are these Two have the ability to play long turn the match on its head in any situation on any pitch? Raina will be out whenever he finds a bouncer thrown at him. Rohit is so lethargic when batting , directly puts pressure on the other batsman. He is a case of Two Good Shots and one poor shot player.

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    Both the players have nothing to achive they should be retaire.

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    All those who are barking against stalwarts should know how much effort they put to be in the team. When they dont score they get guilty, they do score always after few failures. Do you guys who talk nonsense can say Rohit is going to score even a 50? You cant because Indian youngsters in Australian pitches are just no good. We dont have players to even be fit enough to tie shoes of Sachin. Dhoni talks so much about seniors leaking 20 runs on field, what was he doing entire England tour of 3 months, he was branded the worst keeper to have toured for a decade. He was just 30 years of age. Thanks to Dhoni we had a win less tour, 1st test in lords Dhoni himself bowled being a keeper shows how dumb his captaincy can be abroad.

    He employed 4 quicks in Perth test to earn a Test match ban, today again he took 4 pacemen & again earned a ban. Kudos to the dumb man. If you guys have memory, It was Sachin who scored 110+ Not out & 90+ in 2 finals to seal CB series last time in 2008.

  • POSTED BY knan on | February 19, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    Agreed with armchair_critic. Sachin is very selective about when he wants to show his support for fellow players in the team. Why talk about Mumbai Ranji team ? When has he spent time in the Indian dressing room , when he was injured ? His fairy-tale end to ODI career should have been after the world cup. Instead he seems to continue playing ODIs probably to reach the mark of 50 ODI centuries . Talk of 100 ODI centuries is just a creation of the Indian media - nobody talked of Warne or Murali getting 1000 international wickets. Ponting is also cutting a sorry figure with his ODI batting and also his fielding . He has clearly slowed down and the Aus selectors should take the call and drop him from ODIs. The writing is clearly on the wall for both these legends - retire gracefully from ODIs or face the ignonimity of being dropped

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    @armchair_critic: if Sachin plays Ranji, people like you will then say that he has taken away a spot from an 'youngster', who, otherwise, might have had a chance to showcase his mettle and impress selectors :) BTW - great nick name... suits you well, I suppose!

  • POSTED BY cricketcrazzychick on | February 19, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    Does Sachin have to prove himself all over again....HE IS GOD... Team India sucks to the core....if they are loosing stop blaming Sachin Sir...

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    Wtf! They've earned their place in limited over gamez! They are worth havin in theze format!

  • POSTED BY Leggie on | February 19, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    Spot on assessment Sidharth. tendulkar did look completely out of sorts today - something one may not have noticed even in his failed innings for a long time. The shin injury probably played its part in it. Ian Chappel in his post match analysis said that it is probable that the real effect of the injury would only be known the next day. One can only pray for a speedy recovery if at all this has had an impact. Nevertheless it'll be a good idea to rest Tendulkar from the next few matches to a point where Tendulkar sees an urge to get to the middle and prove a point. We all know the kind of enthusiasm he has for the game and this will get him firing. Till then though, lets give more opportunity to the likes of Raina, Rohit and even Manoj Tiway. Tendulkar has achieved a lot already and his fans are proud of his achievements. It's time now to move forward and let the youngsters take a shot at playing on bouncy wickets,

  • POSTED BY truebleue_cricfan on | February 19, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    As with other articles involving Tendulkar's role in the team, this one too seems to be afraid to state the obvious and instead searches for non existent reasons to highlight his utlility to the team. Its like Harry Potter's 'The one who cannot be named'. Sachin's retirement seems to be the The one that must not be talked about'.

  • POSTED BY playitstraight on | February 19, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    First of all, well written article. If Ponting still takes his game seriously, then he should be allowed to play despite the failures. On the other hand, if he takes his place for granted, then he should be dropped from the squad until he is ready to perform seriously and his domestic performances should prove that. Tendulkar is some one else from a totally different country, whom the fans admire as their cricketing God. Even when he fails, no one really cares because they know that he is the 'God of cricket' and he is bound to fire at some time. Unfortunately, the wait for that elusive 100th hundred has become longer and the wait for him to retire has become longer. The fans probably want the hundred more than he does, they don't care if India wins or loses. But, if Sachin does not make that hundred by the end of the CB series, then goodbye Sachin, it's time for you to retire form ODIs. It is better for India as it will be a golden opportunity to groom youngsters. Good luck Sachin!

  • POSTED BY utkarshspat on | February 19, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    I hope both these players smash couple of centuries in their next two games and show the world their love for the game and prove that class is permanent.

  • POSTED BY Kays789 on | February 19, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    tendulkar like several other cricketers in his time and unlike a few others has always given the impression to a neutral viewer of not being a team player. the number of centuries that have actually resulted in wins for his team is far too little to convince anyone but the most ardent indian fan. it is hard to think of another player who has scored so many runs with the least impact on the outcome of a game. his selfish play is obviously the reason why he's still playing. the sooner he gets to that utterly irrelevant 'hundredth hundred' the better it will be for his team.

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    Dhoni is getting arrogant, all he is scoring is 50s in Australia, he was a dud in the test series, now he has the audacity to talk of Sachin who scored century after century like a machine for over 2 decades. Dhoni shoddy keeping in England tour of 4 tests & 4 odis is well known. He should shut up & concentrate on his half baked ODI & 20-20 pyrotechnics as he is still not batting with same command in Tests. He has several chinks in his armour.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | February 19, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    The rather embarrassing state of Sachin's never-ending search for that next hundred is well documented. Ponting has become the butt of endless jokes in the last few years that will stick in the memory for a long time to come. After England humiliated him time and again, it'll take a very short-sighted Australian selector's panel to pick him for the net Ashes, already looking like a likely England win.

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | February 19, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    Both are liability and an unnecessary burden on both the team. Shameless fellows.

  • POSTED BY anita1_cric on | February 19, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    it does not make sense to put gr8 RP and avg SRT in the same comparision. RP had challenges (as a captain , retain his place , contribute to victories) and overcame while SRT has no challenges (he can choose the team to play, choose the game to play, never had to play to win the game, never will be insecured of his place in team) .....RP, Kallis, Hussey,Sanga all gr8 standard players who play to win and SRT is a just medicore player and is unrelaible ...plz DONT COMPARE GR8 and AVG players

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    I don't understand this article. Tendulkar can still play and he can still play better than all these Rohits, Rainas, Kohlis. All he has to do is get it focussed... His 100th century took toll on his performance. He is thinking too much and becomes too casual... the way he got out to Sri Lanka last game.

    I think... in next game against Sri Lanka with Dhoni out... India will win with those top guys itself. All of these guys need to put a really high price on their wicket like Cook has put for England, like Gambhir did in last few games...

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | February 19, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    PLAESE DROP SACHIN FROM TEAM . HE WILL DIE ON GROUND FOR REACHING HIS MILESTONE .

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    Let's face it. Ponting is here to play at least next two years and Sachin will and should play in test for next 2-3 years. They say Statistics is just a number, but reality says otherwise!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    wish lucks to both champions..dey r goin thru a tym wich dey hav nvr seen in der lyf...nd mark my words as n wen reality will sink in..both r goin to hit n den leave th game on a high..game OWEs u both a lot...v wish u play fr an entire lyf but v fans also learnt it a hard way,evry good thing coms to an end...but dat end shd b synonymous to the way u lived ur game...kudos gr8s go n get wat u both deserv!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Both are champion players they know where to put period in their cricket life.

  • POSTED BY BabishMohan on | February 19, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    Manjrekar was very vocal on Dravid and Lakshmans test future but did not mention about his fellow mumbaikar in similar lines.I do remember when Kapild dev was prolonging his carrer for 434 wickets Ravi Shastri wrote one article "Who will bell the cat".Can he write another one on similar lines now.

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    both of them r legends but if they want to remain legends,they shud identify what's best for their team..they both shud leave honourably

  • POSTED BY armchair_critic on | February 19, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    Love for the game? Its only love for select international cricket and IPL as far as sachin goes. If there is genuine love for the game then why not play ranji trophy. I want to know if he sits in the dressing room of mumbai ranji team when there is no international cricket the same way he sits in the dressing room for Mumbai Indians when he is injured?

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    couldn't agree more with Sid on this for both Ponting and obviously for Sachin. Thank You Sidharth, Thank You!

  • POSTED BY dsig3 on | February 19, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    Both great players, but I would like to bowl to both of them at the moment. Walking wickets. Living on reputation alone at the moment.

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  • POSTED BY dsig3 on | February 19, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    Both great players, but I would like to bowl to both of them at the moment. Walking wickets. Living on reputation alone at the moment.

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    couldn't agree more with Sid on this for both Ponting and obviously for Sachin. Thank You Sidharth, Thank You!

  • POSTED BY armchair_critic on | February 19, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    Love for the game? Its only love for select international cricket and IPL as far as sachin goes. If there is genuine love for the game then why not play ranji trophy. I want to know if he sits in the dressing room of mumbai ranji team when there is no international cricket the same way he sits in the dressing room for Mumbai Indians when he is injured?

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    both of them r legends but if they want to remain legends,they shud identify what's best for their team..they both shud leave honourably

  • POSTED BY BabishMohan on | February 19, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    Manjrekar was very vocal on Dravid and Lakshmans test future but did not mention about his fellow mumbaikar in similar lines.I do remember when Kapild dev was prolonging his carrer for 434 wickets Ravi Shastri wrote one article "Who will bell the cat".Can he write another one on similar lines now.

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Both are champion players they know where to put period in their cricket life.

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    wish lucks to both champions..dey r goin thru a tym wich dey hav nvr seen in der lyf...nd mark my words as n wen reality will sink in..both r goin to hit n den leave th game on a high..game OWEs u both a lot...v wish u play fr an entire lyf but v fans also learnt it a hard way,evry good thing coms to an end...but dat end shd b synonymous to the way u lived ur game...kudos gr8s go n get wat u both deserv!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    Let's face it. Ponting is here to play at least next two years and Sachin will and should play in test for next 2-3 years. They say Statistics is just a number, but reality says otherwise!!

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | February 19, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    PLAESE DROP SACHIN FROM TEAM . HE WILL DIE ON GROUND FOR REACHING HIS MILESTONE .

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    I don't understand this article. Tendulkar can still play and he can still play better than all these Rohits, Rainas, Kohlis. All he has to do is get it focussed... His 100th century took toll on his performance. He is thinking too much and becomes too casual... the way he got out to Sri Lanka last game.

    I think... in next game against Sri Lanka with Dhoni out... India will win with those top guys itself. All of these guys need to put a really high price on their wicket like Cook has put for England, like Gambhir did in last few games...