India in England 2011 July 12, 2011

Tendulkar not thinking of 100th hundred

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Sachin Tendulkar is one century away from reaching 100 international tons and has an opportunity to achieve that on a historic occasion at Lord's, where India and England will play the 2000th Test later this month. Tendulkar, who has 51 centuries in Tests and 48 in ODIs, however, said the landmark wasn't preoccupying his build-up to the game.

"I am not thinking of records," Tendulkar told the Daily Telegraph. "I am just thinking of enjoying this tour. The secret to any performance is not in chasing records. I think about, 'What is the best way to enjoy the game, and how can I enhance that enjoyment factor?'

"If I enhance the enjoyment then, naturally, the standard of play becomes higher. To me, that is more important. If I am playing well, things can happen. I don't need to go around chasing them. It is a process. You construct a solid foundation and build on it."

Tendulkar opted out of India's tour of the West Indies, where they won the ODI series 3-2 and the Tests 1-0. It was India's first international assignment after their World Cup win, of which Tendulkar was an integral part. "I was extremely delighted. It was something I had always dreamt about," Tendulkar said of India's triumph in his sixth World Cup. "You start playing cricket, and one day you walk away as part of a world champion team.

"I took up playing serious cricket because in 1983, we won the World Cup, and that was a big turning point in terms of considering cricket a full-time profession. That moment was a decisive one. I felt, 'I want to play for India one day'. It was a huge boost. From then I started working hard."

When asked of his plans for the future, Tendulkar said it was important he left behind a good legacy whenever he chose to leave the game. "For me, it's not about breaking records or creating new ones. It's about adding value to my team. Records will be set by me, they might be broken by someone else.

"They're not going to stay permanently. But the impression that I leave on people will last forever, I feel. The impression that I leave behind - to me that is important. If I can motivate the next young cricketers, that will be a big contribution."

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  • POSTED BY BillyCC on | July 15, 2011, 23:09 GMT

    Dravid_Gravitas, thanks for the interesting analysis. I would certainly agree there is some truth to your analysis in the early 2000s when Tendulkar did not perform well in crucial points of a series when players like Dravid and Laxman did. However, Tendulkar has improved in this stat significantly over the past four years and this is all the more amazing in that it comes in the twilight of his career. He has contributed significantly in series against Australia, South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka recently. At the same time, Dravid's stats have fallen. If Tendulkar continues in this vein, surely there will be no argument of his match-winning abilities.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | July 15, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    Cricinfo should have posted this first: Sachin and Dravid in wins since Dravid's debut: Part 1: I strongly believe that cricket is more than numbers. It's more about the will to fight till the end and take the pressure head on and soak it in. But looks like Sachin fanatics aka Dravid bashers are hell bent on numbers as Sachin apparently seems to have stronger numbers. Stats can have as many filters as one can envision. So, here I go with some filters from cricinfo. Since Dravid's debut in all the matches that India has won, Sachin made 4599 runs @ 66.65 with 17 100s and 16 50s from 82 innings. They are jaw-dropping numbers. But, I just wanted to see how he compares with 'a dozen a dime player', 'one dimensional player', 'so called walls and rescue players' aka Rahul Dravid. For the same period, Dravid scored 4927 runs @ 65.69 with 14 100s and 22 50s from 89 innings. The difference in average between the two players is just under 1 run per inning (0.96 runs/inning) in favour of Sachin.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | July 15, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    My take: Part 3: How does it really matter if there is beauty of balance with numbers that aren't as good as those of Dravid, 'a dime a dozen' player? Indian Cricket has two eras - pre-Dravid and Dravid. Period! We are in an era where Dravid made the bowlers bite dust with his clinical precision, ruthless patience and stroke play, if needed. I'm not saying we won only because of Dravid or only because of Sachin. It's a team game and we win as a team. But nobody asked Sachin (god? Loll..) to not to contribute more than Dravid with the bat in wins. Too much ado about nothing! In the purest and highest form of Cricket, Sachin is a great but he is no match to Dravid throughout the 15 years since Dravid's debut. In the tensest and/or the biggest of stages in the shorter formats, Sachin fails as we all know by now. I rest my case.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | July 15, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    My take: Part 2: Behind all these beautiful executions of Sachin and Dravid, Dravid's numbers are simply head and shoulders above Sachin in those matches that brought glory and happiness to millions of Indians. If one has to get carried away and call a player as 'god' for the beauty of balance alone, with numbers that aren't as good to back up those beautiful executions, then what should one call a player whose elegance, skill, concentration and intensity are unparalleled and with numbers that are head and shoulders above 'god' in situations that mattered most? Surely, at least, one shouldn't be dissing him. I strongly feel that Sachin caught the imagination of the world and people got caught up in pre-Dravid era. Wake up! This is Dravid era. The shouts about the beauty of balance and the constant dissing of the highest contributor for Indian Cricket when it mattered most is a clear cut case of too much ado about nothing.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | July 15, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    My take: Part 1: As they say, devil is in the details. I always maintained that both of them accumulated lot of useless records but Sachin stands head and shoulders above Dravid when it comes to useless records that don't mean a dime for India and fans of Indian Cricket like bashing minnows badly, exposing tailenders after reaching a landmark, extravagant shots after a personal milestone etc etc.... On the other hand the so called 'dime a dozen player' is head and shoulders above Sachin (god? Lol..) in wins where Sachin could neither cross an average of 60 nor score more number of runs than Dravid in the same number of innings; that too in those matches that brought glory and happiness to millions across the globe. Sachin and Lara may possess the best mechanics during a shot execution. Ponting may possess the most brutal pull. Dravid may have the most pleasing on the eyes pull or the most elegant and effortless square cut ever. VVS may have the jaw dropping flick we ever saw......

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | July 15, 2011, 6:12 GMT

    Part3: And lastly, I wanted to see the stats for only those matches where both the players were involved excluding Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Sachin reads the same 4183 runs in 74 innings @ 64.35 with 14 100s and 17 50s. Dravid reads 4506 in 79 innings @ 66.26 with 15 100s and 23 50s. The difference in the average of the two players is nearly 2 runs per inning (1.91 runs per inning to be precise). Other significant observations about the draws: If notout innings are discarded Dravid crossed 50 runs or more in 56% of his innings whereas Sachin crossed 50 runs or more in only 47% of his innings. If notout innings are considered as complete, Dravid crossed 50 runs or more in 48% of his innings whereas Sachin crossed 50 runs or more in only 41% of his innings ;)

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | July 15, 2011, 5:59 GMT

    Part2: I then filtered Bangladesh and Zimbabwe from the stats: Sachin reads 4183 in 74 innings @ 64.35 with 14 100s and 17 50s. Dravid reads 5039 runs in 91 innings @ 64.60 with 16 100s and 26 50s. The difference in the average between the two players now is 0.25 tilted in favour of Dravid. So once minnows are removed Sachin lost 2.67 runs per inning (2.42 + 0.25 = 2.67 runs/inning) to Dravid, once again confirming that Sachin is a better minnow basher than Dravid ;)

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | July 15, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    Sachin and Dravid in draws since Dravid's debut: Part 1: Sachin reads 4516 runs in 77 innings @ 67.40 with 16 100s and 17 50s. Dravid reads 5264 runs in 94 innings @ 64.98 with 17 100s and 27 50s. The difference in the average between the two players is 2.42 runs per inning in favour of Sachin.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | July 15, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    Part3: And lastly, I wanted to see the stats for only those matches where both the players were involved excluding Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Sachin reads 3238 runs from 65 innings with 10 100s and 15 50s @ sub 60 average of 57.82. Dravid reads 3431 runs from 65 innings with 9 100s and 15 50s @ supra 60 average of 61.27. The difference in the average is nearly 3.5 runs per inning. This is the filter that excludes the historic series wins in the Caribbean in 2006 and 2011 as well. How fair is it to exclude those stats from Dravid's and India's historic achievements is anybody's guess. I still did that so that Sachin's fanatics can't cry hoarse that Dravid played more matches, more innings blah blah blah ;). Next topic to follow: Sachin and Dravid in draws since Dravid's debut ;).

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | July 15, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    Part2: I then filtered out Bangladesh and Zimbabwe from the stats. Now Sachin reads 3386 runs from 68 innings with 11 100s and 15 50s @ sub 60 average of 57.38. Dravid reads 3869 runs from 73 innings with 10 100s and 18 50s at a supra 60 average of 61.41. The difference in average between the two players is now more than 4 runs per inning (4.03/inning) in favour of Dravid. So, Sachin essentially lost nearly 5 runs per inning (0.96 + 4.03 = 4.99 runs/inning) to Dravid once minnows were filtered from the stats proving that Sachin rises to the occasion more when pressure is less from minnows. Sachin can be termed as a better minnow basher than Dravid ;). Another way of putting it is, Sachin on the whole lost 9.27 runs/inning when minnows are eliminated from the stats whereas Dravid on the whole lost 4.28 runs/inning. So, Sachin indeed is once in a century's unique minnow basher ;)

  • POSTED BY BillyCC on | July 15, 2011, 23:09 GMT

    Dravid_Gravitas, thanks for the interesting analysis. I would certainly agree there is some truth to your analysis in the early 2000s when Tendulkar did not perform well in crucial points of a series when players like Dravid and Laxman did. However, Tendulkar has improved in this stat significantly over the past four years and this is all the more amazing in that it comes in the twilight of his career. He has contributed significantly in series against Australia, South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka recently. At the same time, Dravid's stats have fallen. If Tendulkar continues in this vein, surely there will be no argument of his match-winning abilities.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | July 15, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    Cricinfo should have posted this first: Sachin and Dravid in wins since Dravid's debut: Part 1: I strongly believe that cricket is more than numbers. It's more about the will to fight till the end and take the pressure head on and soak it in. But looks like Sachin fanatics aka Dravid bashers are hell bent on numbers as Sachin apparently seems to have stronger numbers. Stats can have as many filters as one can envision. So, here I go with some filters from cricinfo. Since Dravid's debut in all the matches that India has won, Sachin made 4599 runs @ 66.65 with 17 100s and 16 50s from 82 innings. They are jaw-dropping numbers. But, I just wanted to see how he compares with 'a dozen a dime player', 'one dimensional player', 'so called walls and rescue players' aka Rahul Dravid. For the same period, Dravid scored 4927 runs @ 65.69 with 14 100s and 22 50s from 89 innings. The difference in average between the two players is just under 1 run per inning (0.96 runs/inning) in favour of Sachin.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | July 15, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    My take: Part 3: How does it really matter if there is beauty of balance with numbers that aren't as good as those of Dravid, 'a dime a dozen' player? Indian Cricket has two eras - pre-Dravid and Dravid. Period! We are in an era where Dravid made the bowlers bite dust with his clinical precision, ruthless patience and stroke play, if needed. I'm not saying we won only because of Dravid or only because of Sachin. It's a team game and we win as a team. But nobody asked Sachin (god? Loll..) to not to contribute more than Dravid with the bat in wins. Too much ado about nothing! In the purest and highest form of Cricket, Sachin is a great but he is no match to Dravid throughout the 15 years since Dravid's debut. In the tensest and/or the biggest of stages in the shorter formats, Sachin fails as we all know by now. I rest my case.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | July 15, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    My take: Part 2: Behind all these beautiful executions of Sachin and Dravid, Dravid's numbers are simply head and shoulders above Sachin in those matches that brought glory and happiness to millions of Indians. If one has to get carried away and call a player as 'god' for the beauty of balance alone, with numbers that aren't as good to back up those beautiful executions, then what should one call a player whose elegance, skill, concentration and intensity are unparalleled and with numbers that are head and shoulders above 'god' in situations that mattered most? Surely, at least, one shouldn't be dissing him. I strongly feel that Sachin caught the imagination of the world and people got caught up in pre-Dravid era. Wake up! This is Dravid era. The shouts about the beauty of balance and the constant dissing of the highest contributor for Indian Cricket when it mattered most is a clear cut case of too much ado about nothing.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | July 15, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    My take: Part 1: As they say, devil is in the details. I always maintained that both of them accumulated lot of useless records but Sachin stands head and shoulders above Dravid when it comes to useless records that don't mean a dime for India and fans of Indian Cricket like bashing minnows badly, exposing tailenders after reaching a landmark, extravagant shots after a personal milestone etc etc.... On the other hand the so called 'dime a dozen player' is head and shoulders above Sachin (god? Lol..) in wins where Sachin could neither cross an average of 60 nor score more number of runs than Dravid in the same number of innings; that too in those matches that brought glory and happiness to millions across the globe. Sachin and Lara may possess the best mechanics during a shot execution. Ponting may possess the most brutal pull. Dravid may have the most pleasing on the eyes pull or the most elegant and effortless square cut ever. VVS may have the jaw dropping flick we ever saw......

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | July 15, 2011, 6:12 GMT

    Part3: And lastly, I wanted to see the stats for only those matches where both the players were involved excluding Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Sachin reads the same 4183 runs in 74 innings @ 64.35 with 14 100s and 17 50s. Dravid reads 4506 in 79 innings @ 66.26 with 15 100s and 23 50s. The difference in the average of the two players is nearly 2 runs per inning (1.91 runs per inning to be precise). Other significant observations about the draws: If notout innings are discarded Dravid crossed 50 runs or more in 56% of his innings whereas Sachin crossed 50 runs or more in only 47% of his innings. If notout innings are considered as complete, Dravid crossed 50 runs or more in 48% of his innings whereas Sachin crossed 50 runs or more in only 41% of his innings ;)

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | July 15, 2011, 5:59 GMT

    Part2: I then filtered Bangladesh and Zimbabwe from the stats: Sachin reads 4183 in 74 innings @ 64.35 with 14 100s and 17 50s. Dravid reads 5039 runs in 91 innings @ 64.60 with 16 100s and 26 50s. The difference in the average between the two players now is 0.25 tilted in favour of Dravid. So once minnows are removed Sachin lost 2.67 runs per inning (2.42 + 0.25 = 2.67 runs/inning) to Dravid, once again confirming that Sachin is a better minnow basher than Dravid ;)

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | July 15, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    Sachin and Dravid in draws since Dravid's debut: Part 1: Sachin reads 4516 runs in 77 innings @ 67.40 with 16 100s and 17 50s. Dravid reads 5264 runs in 94 innings @ 64.98 with 17 100s and 27 50s. The difference in the average between the two players is 2.42 runs per inning in favour of Sachin.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | July 15, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    Part3: And lastly, I wanted to see the stats for only those matches where both the players were involved excluding Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Sachin reads 3238 runs from 65 innings with 10 100s and 15 50s @ sub 60 average of 57.82. Dravid reads 3431 runs from 65 innings with 9 100s and 15 50s @ supra 60 average of 61.27. The difference in the average is nearly 3.5 runs per inning. This is the filter that excludes the historic series wins in the Caribbean in 2006 and 2011 as well. How fair is it to exclude those stats from Dravid's and India's historic achievements is anybody's guess. I still did that so that Sachin's fanatics can't cry hoarse that Dravid played more matches, more innings blah blah blah ;). Next topic to follow: Sachin and Dravid in draws since Dravid's debut ;).

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | July 15, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    Part2: I then filtered out Bangladesh and Zimbabwe from the stats. Now Sachin reads 3386 runs from 68 innings with 11 100s and 15 50s @ sub 60 average of 57.38. Dravid reads 3869 runs from 73 innings with 10 100s and 18 50s at a supra 60 average of 61.41. The difference in average between the two players is now more than 4 runs per inning (4.03/inning) in favour of Dravid. So, Sachin essentially lost nearly 5 runs per inning (0.96 + 4.03 = 4.99 runs/inning) to Dravid once minnows were filtered from the stats proving that Sachin rises to the occasion more when pressure is less from minnows. Sachin can be termed as a better minnow basher than Dravid ;). Another way of putting it is, Sachin on the whole lost 9.27 runs/inning when minnows are eliminated from the stats whereas Dravid on the whole lost 4.28 runs/inning. So, Sachin indeed is once in a century's unique minnow basher ;)

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | July 15, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    Sachin and Dravid in wins since Dravid's debut: Part 1: I strongly believe that cricket is more than numbers. It's more about the will to fight till the end and take the pressure head on and soak it in. But looks like Sachin fanatics aka Dravid bashers are hell bent on numbers as Sachin apparently seems to have stronger numbers. Stats can have as many filters as one can envision. So, here I go with some filters from cricinfo statsguru. Since Dravid's debut in all the matches that India has won, Sachin made 4599 runs @ 66.65 with 17 100s and 16 50s from 82 innings. They are jaw-dropping numbers. But, I just wanted to see how he compares with 'a dozen a dime player', 'one dimensional player', 'so called walls and rescue players' aka Rahul Dravid. For the same period, Dravid scored 4927 runs @ 65.69 with 14 100s and 22 50s from 89 innings. The difference in average between the two players is just under 1 run per inning (0.96 runs/inning) in favour of Sachin.

  • POSTED BY greatcricket_fan on | July 15, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    I am sure English team got the message when master said "enhancing the enjoyment". Get ready to sweat more....

  • POSTED BY cricket_fan_1 on | July 15, 2011, 4:20 GMT

    Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Sachin, Laxman, Dhoni, Zaheer - India's Pride, Other's Envy.

  • POSTED BY lala88 on | July 15, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    @vishy27 : Sachin is ur hero. I also accept it. but the truth is cricket is a 11 men game. not a single man game. sachin only consider his stats. if he come closer to hundred run rate drop by drastically. but did u remember what sanath did when he came close to double hundred against india. sanath sacrificed his wicket to increase the run rate. if sachin is there he only consider double hundred. finally sachin is a great individual palyer which has remarkable records. but when comes to team he is a curse of indian cricket

  • POSTED BY Tamil_SL on | July 15, 2011, 0:54 GMT

    @lala88 - but you watched Sachin score those centuries.Shall we say, you and a few other are ....

  • POSTED BY on | July 14, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    It's a good Joke. I just can't understand this heading.

  • POSTED BY on | July 14, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    jus stop commenting cricket god sachin tendulkar,u people think sachin is praised by this many crick legends because of his selfish ness r wat ,sachin is a role model for entire cricket ,no comparisions but he is the grestest of all players cricket have ever seen,he is an encouragement to each n every indiviadual espisially indian team,do u remember yuvraj n haribajjan showing bat to sachin when they scored centuries,do u remember wat virat seen after india sinning worldcup

  • POSTED BY bigdhonifan on | July 14, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    Can some play on/off drive as beautiful as Sachin???? Can Some one play Backfoot pucnc like Sachin??? Can some one play Paddle sweep like sachin? Can some cut the ball as perfect as Sachin? Can some one Square drive as perfect as Sachin???? Answer is NO.... He is a gift to Cricket!!! a man born to BAT!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 14, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    @satish kumar: maybe you should retire from whatever you do and give others a chance....

  • POSTED BY on | July 14, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    Not at all interested in reading these worst essays saying sachin is selfish.I just want to wish him all the very best for his last England tour. All these people criticising him,will come to know value of sachin when he retires.

  • POSTED BY Vishal63 on | July 14, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    @lala88 I DISAGREE completely! You have no right to talk about Sachin Tendulkar in such a way. He is my hero, and is many other people's hero. He is best, was the best and all ways will be the best and NO ONE can take that away from him!

  • POSTED BY rohith10689 on | July 14, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    just because of this hype,other performances are not being recognized by many....does anyone remember the innings of VVS's 73 at MOHALI an year back against aussies where he won the match for India in spite of severe back pain or the 96 against the proteas in tough conditions where the whole team failed...In the recent windies tour,dravid's century in tough situations helped India secure a series win...all these efforts doesnt hit the limelight but the records often hit the limelight....they have won many matches single handedly for us....folks..dont get drenched up in this sachin mania all the time....give importance to these performances also

  • POSTED BY sachin86 on | July 14, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    When you think about super humans you only remember failures as they are few and far between.Mortals have great innings few and far between in their career,so you'd remember them as they stand out when you look at their career.you don't remember their failures as there are just too many. For example,people whine about sachin failing in 2003 WC final and blame him for the loss(although we lost the match well before we even came to bat,thanks to our bowlers) but nobody questions dravid who also played the final along with sachin and failed as well(with his usual slow batting regardless of the match situation).You don't see people saying 'dravid fails in crunch situations,he failed in WC 2003 final" but they say the same to sachin becoz with sachin we expect superhuman effort as he is the one;but even with super-humans there will be failures sometimes.very few though.

    These "walls" and "rescue players" come and go every now and then but sachin comes only once in a millennium.

  • POSTED BY cricket_fan_1 on | July 14, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    cricket haters please leave cricket alone. Leave sachin alone. Lot of senior intl players see him as an inspiration. Who are you small flys? If you don't like him, don't read articles about him, don't comment on him, don't watch him playing, simple. LEAVE SACHIN ALONE, LEAVE CRICKET ALONE. Cricket doesn't need elements like you. Sachin doesn't need you. You need him to vent your frustration.

  • POSTED BY on | July 14, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    Sachin, whenever your critics say something, you always prove them wrong. Let these fools squabble and you do the talking with your bat as usual. Best of luck! You have always brought smiles to millions of Indians around the world. We will always love you, your loyal fan! :)

  • POSTED BY prashant1 on | July 14, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    And on the 7th day God created...........Tendulkar !!!....Greatest batsman of all time

  • POSTED BY puneet_usa on | July 14, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    @@@@Gunasekaran_S- WELL SAID- I THINK WE ALL HAVE A LESSON OR TWO TO LEARN..!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 14, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    the english condition is not good for him. therefore, he is not doing so.

  • POSTED BY ek_glassi_2g3gf on | July 14, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    I am lucky to be born in the era where I could see Sachin Tendulkar bat.. He deserves nobel prize

  • POSTED BY anasajaz on | July 14, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    i am a Pakistani and a die hard Indo -Pak contest fan, i beleive its bigger than ashes or anything else on wrld cricket. nd i believe sachin belongs to a different race of cricketing world,a man above all comparisons look at his record folks ! see the interesting stats by CENITIN sachin has a better win ratio than dravid he is only beaten by ponting but the point is CRICKET is a team game.. a magnificent centuray shud be follwed by a prolific bowling performances, ponting had Mcgrath Warne Gillespie but what support sachin had ? Kumble nd Zaheer are the only two decent test bowlers from india and when kumble matured to be at his best ZAK was a yougster they never played their best cricket together, so guys stop blaming the GREATEST batsman of our time it is the bowlers to blame who was unable to support a LEGEND ahead of his tym :) Sachin's soft punch played on the up,fielder on the chase and the ball just kissing the boundary winning the race at the last moment, that's his CLASS !!

  • POSTED BY Hindh on | July 14, 2011, 13:11 GMT

    All the pak fans think sachin is a selfish player cause he was the one who booted them out of the WC... thats understandable..

  • POSTED BY From-Chennai on | July 14, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    @srikanth509.... thanks man! ~o) (coffee) and @Gunasekaran_S you filled lot of hearts who like to defend ppl with -ve thoughts on 10GodKar. good approach.

  • POSTED BY srikanth509 on | July 14, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    India's best Captain "Sourav Ganguly" said.."For me Sachin is the Best..No debate".. The Best Leg Spinner of All Time " Shane Warne" said.. "Sachin is best player I have ever seen..". "Nasser Hussain" said.."Sachin is the best batsman in the world".. Batting Legend "Viv Richards" said "I didn't see Don but to me, in all my years associated with the game, I haven't seen a better batsman than Sachin Tendulkar".. @TO ALL "SRT" HATERS... Do You Have More Knowledge than these above fellows???..

  • POSTED BY Gunasekaran_S on | July 14, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    You may say that Sachin does not bat well with the tail. You may say that Sachin does not bat well under pressure like a VVS or Steve Waugh. You may say that Sachin does not have the skills to captain like a Dhoni or Steve Waugh. You may say that Sachin does not have a good defence as a Dravid or Kallis. You may say that Sachin is not as aggressive as a Lara or Ponting. You may say that Sachin does not deserve what Bradman told about Sachin's batting. You may say that Sachin is the most selfish cricketer in the history of world cricket. You may say that Sachin should not have chosen Cricket at all as his profession. You may all say a thousand things about him, his cricket and his batting.

    I say Sachin is doing that that makes him the happiest.

    How about you all?

    I think may be berating greats makes you all happy:-)

  • POSTED BY on | July 14, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    Sachin is a selfish player and just plays for records, he should retire from International cricket and give chances to young players!!

  • POSTED BY kv_aneesh on | July 14, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    @ushakiran Haha.ha. I expected this from someone. Do you know P Ojha was notout 9 out of 13 with an avg of 16.75?? Even Sreesanth is having an avg of 11.43. Our Venkitesh Prasad was notout 20 out of 47. You know Don Bradman had only 10 notouts in 80 innings? Poor Gavaskar had only 16 notouts in 214 innings. I think enough said.

  • POSTED BY cenitin on | July 14, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    Mis conception 2 : Dravid is the most consisitent player in outside subcontinent against toughest opposition...Sachin scores heavily only in Indian subcontinent.. In the last two decades let see there performance (avg) in the diferent conditions against top 4 test teams. In aus bouncy pitches : Sac = 58.5 Drav = 48.5 ; In SA : Sac = 47 Drav = 30 In Eng : Sac = 62, Drav = 65 , In SL Sac = 68 Drav = 33 Sachin is ahead in 3 places and in Eng it is almost same. Sachin also having avg = 50 in NZ and WI too. At both places Dravid avg is higher than sachin. Dravid is too good in overseas matches no doubt about it but Sachin is equally good or even better everywhere. Again here my point is not to dis respect Dravid or his efforts. He is also a true champ and we are fortunate to having this kind of batting mastereos in India line up.

  • POSTED BY Pathiyal on | July 14, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    sachin critics often indulge in comparing his performances with other batting legends esp. ponting, dravid, vvs, viv, lara etc and resorts to arguments like 'sachin not a match winner, playing for himself, his interest towards IPL' et all. i think they are rather frustrated with the comments of those blind sachin fans who tend to compare him with none except God. i urge both these groups to get educated in their knowledge of the game to a certain extent and come up with more constructive comments/ criticisms which are worthy of reading.

  • POSTED BY cenitin on | July 14, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    Mis conception 1 : Sachin is not a match winner...his contribution is not beneficial for team India in test . In test Sachin scored 51 centuries in 177 matches i.e. he hits 1 century in every 3.47 matches. This figure is 3.9 for ponting, 3.85 for Lara 4.78 for Dravid. Sachin is the most consistent in all of them. Also out of this 51 centuries India able to draw/win 40 matches that means Sachin helped India to win/Draw every 177/40 = 4.42 match. This figure is 4.34 matches for ponting, 4.95 for Dravid. Ponting is slightly ahead than Sachin but it is acceptable when you see Aus team strength in last two decades. One thing more, Sachin helped India to win every 8.85 matches with his century the same figure is 11 matchesfor Dravid. I think both Sachin and Dravid are legend and I am a gr8 fan of both but rates Scahin slightly higher than Dravid in test. In one day no match for Sachin.

  • POSTED BY Srilanka-rules on | July 14, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    hey guys just cool down. All of you who want Sachin to retire will surely see what u all waiting for. Then you will see the downfall of great Indians because none of other young guns are performing well. You all may think he has been selfish in all his cricketing days. Every player who out there in the fields wants to make a century and try hard to become an legend. But why it is not happening? Skill alone wont give you but a clear mind will. It needs character and will power. Sachin is a humble being, cause no offence to anyone but concentrates only on his batting. Just leave him alone.

  • POSTED BY cricexpt on | July 14, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    @sachin_fan_avinash: If don't like reading those comments then why are you reading them and wasting your time. Everybody here knows that he is joking that he is not thinking of 100th ton. He is playing just make records.

  • POSTED BY cricexpt on | July 14, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    The most SELFISH player of the game is Sachin Tendulkar. He plays only for records. If he doesn't think of records as he says, then why did he take so many innings to go past Gavaskar's record of centuries. He only plays for himself.

  • POSTED BY lala88 on | July 14, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    sachin is the most greatest SELFISH player ever. If he scored a hundred, his team lost the match. just consider last world cup. sachin scored two hundred and india didnt win a single match. Sachin is great only for stats. nothing more than it

  • POSTED BY perfect_player on | July 14, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    "Not thinking of 100th ton" - Does that mean he is already thinking how to go about achieving the 150th ton....

  • POSTED BY AnubhavKarhan on | July 14, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    Dear fazlanka and all other people who are criticizing Sachin, You people are to voice your opinion as you want as you have right to express your thoughts. I would just say please be very careful when you criticize someone or come to a conclusion. Always remember they are the one who has been playing at international level and that too for years. You talked about Sachin getting slow in nineties. Agreed. But you wont understand this until u become a cricketer. I can say why Sehwag plays so fast. Can't he play responsibly and be there for fulll 50 overs. They understand their style of play and how to play. Each human has weakness. Even the great federer loses and ppl say he s not muscular or agile like nadal. remember he won all those tournaments being the same old federer, sheer class. And thats his strength. Patience is strength for dravid, vvs s a player when put under test. And every human has weakness.

  • POSTED BY nav84 on | July 14, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    i wish, if only hatred and jealousy against the best that is, could hv made my favorite better, i would hv hated federer and nadal and djokovic like anything to tk roddick to top. bt alas it doesnt. i hope all dravid, laxman, lara, ponting, sangakkara, jayawardene, cook, trott, tamim iqbal etc etc fans realize this soon. :)

  • POSTED BY ushakiran on | July 14, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    @aneeshk_k do u know what is avg.of ishanth in tests.he was remained for not out 22 out of 47. . M I NO* R HS AVG. BF SR Tests 34 47 22 327 31* 13.08 1098 29.78

  • POSTED BY Turbo_lover on | July 14, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    Who here can tell me a batsman of current age who plays all the cricket shots with as much balance and grace as Sachin Tendulkar? Name atleast one. He is a feast to the eyes. Not an easy art to achieve.

    He is a batsman. He scores runs. That's all. Winning a match is team's responsibility. If a match is lost, the team is lost. It never hurts to be the top scorer of a match. It is funny to think someone sores big and hence the team loses. No logic in it.

    Let others break his records. But the big thing is, can others match him in the beauty of playing a cricket shot. Can Kallis/Cook ?

  • POSTED BY ushakiran on | July 14, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    @Tausif Choudhury u rcorrect man.

  • POSTED BY on | July 14, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    Though Sachin has mentioned that the record of scoring his 100th ton at Lords' won't be preoccupying his mind when he comes out to bat on the "Mecca of Cricket" pitch, I feel that considering the aura that one witnesses at Lord's, the legacy that exists from time immemorial for cricket over there, his mind would definitely give way at some point during his innings and he would be contemplating on achieving his 100th ton and he would be inching towards his ton in the orthodox and magestix Sachin way , where he plays like a silent assasin giving respect to the bowlers from onset and start taking them on when they become complacent and wayward.

  • POSTED BY amit_mangal30 on | July 14, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    @sachin_fan_avinash with you mate. y don't these people just buzz off. The point that he did not quit after the WC win just proves that for him its more about playing the game and enjoying it. Achievements and other things will come by. It's like saying Amelia Earheart went on a circumnavigational trip around the globe because she wanted to be famous. It's part and parcel of the game for a legend like Sachin, and 'achievements' and 'records' for other mortals.

  • POSTED BY George11 on | July 14, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    Our Sachin in India, genius be your name, your batting come, your skills be displayed, in India as it is done abroad. Give us a ton each match and forgive those who criticize you so we also can forgive those idiots..For, thine is the genius, the talent & the records for ever & ever. AMEN!

  • POSTED BY on | July 14, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    Saaaachin... Sachin! Saaaachin... Sachin!

  • POSTED BY abhitupe on | July 14, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    I used to scroll down to comments earlier in the articles, where people had some insights which used to be really good....but now all most of us do is prove a point How good/ superior one batsman is than the other. The point is both are world class players and you need both of them as it has 11 players in one team and both of them co-existed with each other for so long...so no need to tell anyone that country comes first, they are doing there job and they know it better. Stop these petty fights. you may have one as favorite player so be it other one might have other. Please please within all these fights you are ruining readers interest to read that 'one' interesting comment which would complement an article. I too will not involve in any of them

  • POSTED BY on | July 14, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    From Sachin and Bradman to Sachin and Cook to Sachin and Dravid! 271 comments of varied colors and flavors!

  • POSTED BY SRT_TheLegend on | July 14, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    @GauravSOkhi : Very well said Buddy, I am totally agree with you.... Instead of discussing who is best, just enjoy the golden era of Indian cricket. I really feel lucky that I can watch the players like Sachin, Dravid, Laxman, Sehwag and Gambhir in one Team. We need to just enjoy the cricket. we don't have capabilities to judge this Legends.

  • POSTED BY on | July 14, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    I am Bangladeshi like to say all Indians never think Sachin as God or compare him in that figure.Yes he has facinating stats but have you seen him play a top innings in Worldcup to gift India a victory out of nowhere.In 1999,2003,2007 or 2011 worldcup.Yes this time he made 2 hundreds but in so batting track. Ok have u seen sachin play a great innings in Asia cup when India were struggling or have you seen him perform well in Champions trophy.The point I am making he has played very less good knocks under pressure...Look at VVS Laxman he plays when the team needs him most.Its true Sachin has amazing stats but its true he played for over 2 decades with billions of supporters with him.I think if anyone gets so much support like Sachin and play like him forever we will see birth of more Sachin.Never count off players like Kallis,Ponting,Sangakara,Trott,Amla IF THEY played for indians and from very less age we will see more and more records.Please correct me Indians if I am wrong

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | July 14, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    haha nice joke if he is not playing for his 100 ton everyones dream is to score 100. the imp. thing tendulkar will definitely be give his 100% to score 1oo ton bcoz lords is the dream place to score 100th ton. while it is confirmed that tendulkar will not play the world cup'15 then why not he is taking retirement and giv a youngster chance. if tendulkar will play the next world cup then definately be in the team if not playing nxt WC announce retirement after lord test and try to hit 100th ton in the lords game. retire lik man.

  • POSTED BY sachin_fan_avinash on | July 14, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    To all persons who are criticizing saching, guyz if you don't like sachin then just don't watch, don't comment at this post dude. There are many other things to see in cricket and cricinfo, why are you wasting your time by commenting here?? we don't need to say a word to back sachin, sachin's bat speaks for him. He's nothing to prove so please you don't like him then just don't comment.

  • POSTED BY GauravSokhi on | July 14, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    I am really so sick of hearing Indians fight over who is better or meant more to the team and all that jazz. Honestly guys, stop arguing over this and calling each other stupid. Fact of the matter is, we have at this moment in time, the best batting line up, in the history of Indian cricket. We have all be very lucky, to watch Gambhir and Sehwag open the innings. Sehwag's calculated and yet nonchalant assaults that have shook and destroyed bowlers for years now. Gambhir's aggression against the spinners, dancing down the track and smashing them through the covers, his driving and cutting against pace. The determination and discipline, sheer class and style of Dravid, and the beauty, strength and sheer awesomeness of Sachin, and the silken smooth fighter that is Laxman. Obviously Dhoni, Yuvi and Raina as well. But we've all been so lucky, and yet you sit on your PC's and fight for who was the best, GUYS!!!!! Enjoy what we have, it is the Golden Era, of Indian Batting. Stop yer bickering

  • POSTED BY on | July 14, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    GOOD MORNING TO ALL.SACHIN IS A GOD OF CRICKET.HE IS NOT PLAYING FOR THE RECORDS,HE IS ALWAYS ENJOYS TO PLAYING FOR INDIA.HE IS A TRUE LEGEND.I AM PROUD TO B AN INDIAN.AND LUCKKY TO BORN IN MASTER ERA.I PRAY TO CRICKET GOD PLEASE PLAY 2015 WORLD CUP.BECAUSE WITH OUT TENDULKAR WE CAN'T IMAGINE INDIAN TEAM.EVERY HUMANS ROLE MODEL IS SACHIN.SO ALL D BEST TO "SACHIN RECORD TONDULKAR FOR ENGLAND.WE HOPE HE WILL COMPLETE 100 TON AT LOARD'S.SALUTE TO MASTER,THANQ VERY MUCH SIR, FOR UR ENTERTAINMENT ALONG 22 YEARS.JAI HIND-JAI BHARAT.THANQ

  • POSTED BY on | July 14, 2011, 5:28 GMT

    Sachin is greatest of course...India won many matches due to his batting, either one day or test, while defensive tactic of Dravid has always led to a land slide in India batting, he is a broken wall now, not able to connect against genuine pace.

  • POSTED BY kv_aneesh on | July 14, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    @salman07 or for anyone who said SRT exposing tailenders after finishing his hundred, please please check this match. India vs Aus, Mohali October 2010. We all know Laxman won that match for us with the help of Ishanth and Ojha. We still believe Laxman done that for us without exposing these tailenders to the Ausie attack. I request you all to check this cricinfo commentary http://www.espncricinfo.com/india-v-australia-2010/engine/match/464526.html?innings=4;page=1;view=commentary Ishanth came onto bat at 34th over and Laxman took singles at 34.2, 35.1, 36.1, 37.1, 38.1, 39.1, 40.2, 41.1, 45.1, 46.1, 47.1 which means Laxman exposed Ishanth but Ishanth responded well. Same in case of Brian Lara'a 153* where Ambrose played 82 balls to support Lara. No one can win/draw matches without any support from other batsman. Unfortunately when SRT took a single in the very first ball, the tailender got out in the very next ball. Fortunately Ishanth responded well to that 8 overs so we won.

  • POSTED BY nithesh_87 on | July 14, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas: name me the player(any player) and i'll tell u at least 10 drawbacks about that player.it's easy to find faults. but just as u said about tendulkar, i too can point out a few innings from dravid and claim that those has been selfish by dravid.just for the sake of argument..but i too am a great fan of dravid and know what he has done and can still do for the team..i am ready to accept that...but sorry, u seem to be in a lost world

    there might have been players who have played better than tendulkar over a small period.but consistently playing excellently for 22 years..the way he manages himself, studies the opposition and plans his innings accordingly....that's what sets him apart..

  • POSTED BY Gocool87 on | July 14, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    @From_Chennai. I thought i am the greatest fan of sachin. I must rethink. Good work buddy. Those sachin haters are losers who has the mentality to critize the legends without any reason..They are not able to digest the fact that sachin is the greatest cricketer and ambassador of cricket of all time.By the way i am from chennai

  • POSTED BY Raj1960 on | July 14, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    How can one comment Sachin is not good for India. That person has to be an Anti Indian. I know Sachin will get his 100th international 100 and more. He is fit and plays at a very high level. I look forward to seeing him for many more years to come.

    Go Sachin..Go India

  • POSTED BY on | July 14, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    @ Kanth Markala.. behave urself..u dont have any rights to say someone stupid.. okay coming to the point,SRT is a great player no doubt with it but he is not a team player.. no one is above our motherland India.. who cares if sachin makes a 100th hundred or 200th hundred.. records are just numbers like i said a true sportsmanship is all about fighting for your country may be he did or didnt i am not a judge but its my opinion.. Jai Hind :)

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | July 14, 2011, 3:29 GMT

    Correction: On the Windies tour, the three other youngsters from India scored 295 runs off 17 completed innings and not 15 completed innings (I said 15 completed innings in one of my previous posts) while Dravid alone scored 251 runs from 5 completed and 1 incomplete innings. So, who is that 'awesome' youngster that is still missing, hiding somewhere in India, in the Indian Domestic Circuit, who should be playing instead of Dravid? Dravid, Sachin and VVS are not blocking anybody's place. We couldn't even find a replacement for Ganguly in nearly 3 years but people want Dravid to be replaced because these people 'love' Indian Cricket. This is not love for Indian Cricket, if your wish cannot be substantiated by facts. This is just baying for Dravid's blood by some haters. Looks like Dravid scoring and succeeding is the problem!

  • POSTED BY kristee on | July 14, 2011, 3:21 GMT

    Cook looks very good. But it remains to be seen whether he can afford to have lean seasons as much as Tendulkar could, given his country's cricketing history.

  • POSTED BY on | July 14, 2011, 3:10 GMT

    @ Dravid_Gravitas how stupid are you. You have recognized dravid's talent but not sachin's. Are you that much blind. Grow up kiddo! Looks like sachin's succeeding is your problem! You fear that dravid may lose his place??? Calm down both are great….SACHIN is the greatest of all and I want to see him play until I die.

  • POSTED BY on | July 14, 2011, 2:41 GMT

    well its all about a champion"s another landmark to be achieved in this high profile series.Just imagine the scenario Tendulkar get to his 100th ton at one of the home of cricket "THE LORD"S". Its a dream of every Indian to see Sachin getting to this landmark at this paradise of cricket.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | July 14, 2011, 2:41 GMT

    @indiaworldchamps2011, please read carefully what I said. It is as good as a win if you fight gallantly and lose, innings defeat or lose by 10 wickets - no problem. Sachin's approach in SA was as blatant as it can get. I won't see it unless I'm blind. Next, IPL 2011 - it's not as if Sachin tried to hit a stroke off the last delivery for a 4 or a 6 and that he didn't connect it properly and so he had to settle for a single. It was a well middled, compact defensive push for a single when the ball could have been put anywhere in the park. t20; last ball; that's how you play? I thought you try to hit in t20 even in the beginning, even when the ball isn't exactly in the slot. @Yorker_ToeCrusher, I didn't know that cricket knowledge of members will be questioned if members ain't blind to Sachin's selfish approach for the said contexts and some such contexts. Good for you. I don't know how my indepth knowledge of cricket comes into picture when Sachin's selfishness is being pointed out! Pray!

  • POSTED BY on | July 14, 2011, 2:39 GMT

    There is absolutely no point in comparing two great cricketers. Both( Dravid and Sachin) have made tremendous contributions to the team and helped the team win many times. Both have their unique style of playing cricket and their personal records were never their first preference. No point in comparing each other. How can you compare a Ferrari with a A380? makes no sense..

  • POSTED BY on | July 14, 2011, 2:28 GMT

    Who is india's best test Batsman? Dravid or Sachin?Both are very good Batsman but I think Dravid the WALL is the better batsman.If you look at the history he is been the one most of the time wins or saves a test match for you.In the case of suchin, he has failed to do it in many times when he scored some runs they tend to lose more offen.He tend to play more for stats than for the team.Dravid is the true class.And VVS has been the rock behind him.But both of them are a class of there own in Indian cricket history.

  • POSTED BY Runster1 on | July 14, 2011, 2:12 GMT

    <ponting<me<bradman<tendulkar<Gilchrist<Dhoni :)

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | July 14, 2011, 2:08 GMT

    There are people saying sachin scores century india loses. But some say other 10 were not good. Reality is difffernt. If you analyze his game he scores runs when opposition lose interest most of the time beacuase game is going meandering draw. Sachin pile up runs when things do not matter. There are blind believers and idol worshippers they believe ise selfish man sachin who did nothing for india's win. Unless sehwag crack start with explosive innings , sachin can't do nothing. if anyone say sachin is great player they are really not living in this world. i do agree he is a perfect crickter when it come to mechanics in that he has offense and defense in even but mentally he is a selfish anti team man. He is worst for india.

  • POSTED BY salman07 on | July 14, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    I second ur thoughts Dravid_Gravitas . Dravid and Laxman have won/saved innumerable test matches for us. They can even save a test match with only tailenders supporting. It has never been the case with Sachin. As soon as he completes his century , he exposes the tailenders. We have been consistently winning and drawing test matches only because of Laxman and Dravid and not bcs of a Sachin or a Dhoni

  • POSTED BY Yorker_ToeCrusher on | July 14, 2011, 1:06 GMT

    Cricket fans with no knowledge about cricket,please don't come and comment here and waste everyone's time reading it.Some of the comments against Sachin is outrageous.@Dravid_Gravitas :Suggesting you to buy Sachin's batting DVDs and watch espn cricket highlights to get some indepth knowledge.

  • POSTED BY indiaworldchamps2011 on | July 14, 2011, 0:48 GMT

    m sick of people blaming sachin of being selfish in SA after he got his hundred... wat were u guys expecting that sachin shud have saved the tailenders for an entire day??? yes India needed to bat out the entire 5th day to save the game with 2 wickets in hand... if people think that it cud have been pulled off then m sorry those people have no idea what cricket is.. plz learn to appreciate wat he has done for the country.. coz wen sachin was playing there was no one to fall back on but in dravid and laxmans case sachin was always there n so was ganguly , n sehwag n gambhir lately...

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | July 14, 2011, 0:46 GMT

    I really hope Sachin scores 100th ton in this series. May be that will make him rethink how long he wants to play rather than drag on and on. There a multitude of ways he can contribute to cricket in Ind and world in general, but that's not on cricket field. I hope the elder statesmen Sachin, Dravid and Laxman retire after Eng tour and let Ind build a team for 2015.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | July 13, 2011, 23:59 GMT

    Not sure how Dravid cost us series when history says that the only two series that we won in WI in the last 35-40 years is courtesy Dravid; Sachin is conspicuous by his absence in both the series. Righto, Dravid can't play fast (for arguement's sake) and he succeeded in his 'one dimensional defensive' play by getting us not one but two series wins in Caribbean; he succeeded in doing his job; where are the 'multi-dimensional' 'aggressive' youngsters during this assignment when a different approach is needed in the last test? Oh, they didn't do their jobs? huh?; Scoring 295 runs off 15 completed innings while Dravid scored 251 runs from 5 completed and one incomplete innings. Why cry hoarse if Dravid did his job successfully? Or is it that test matches should be won only in one certain way; as per your liking; forgetting that each player will have a role in the team? If players have to play to your gallery, go watch t20. Grow up kiddos! Looks like Dravid succeeding is the problem!

  • POSTED BY sachin86 on | July 13, 2011, 23:14 GMT

    of course sachin never cared for these records which he anyway creates every now and then when ever he plays.He is not like dravid who wants to increase his average by scoring runs at a meek strike rate of 35 or 30 and cost us matches and series'.It's an inborn talent to play according to the situation and adjust your batting as you age.That's why he is like an Eiffel tower who stands taller than all those bland "wall"s which you find dime a dozen.

    Rest assured we'll have an exciting series with some nice batting display from sachin showing what it is like scoring when it matters against a top team than scoring against some weakened sides with a SR of 30.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | July 13, 2011, 20:41 GMT

    Alright Sachin, good. Don't think of 100. Think of what you can do for your team if there is adversity or crushing defeat in sight once you reach 100. Don't be your selfish self as you were in South Africa and IPL 2011. Lose gallantly rather trying to have useless inflated numbers. I know that we Indians coming from India are fascinated from childhood with numbers and maths. But cricket is more than that. Sport is more than numbers. Not for no reason VVS's terrific half-centuries against Aus and SA and Dravid's unbelievable half-centuries against Windies in 2006 at Kingston are at a totally different pedestal in comparison to your useless 50th century when you persistently exposed our tailenders to Steyn and Co. So, please stop this nonsense that you don't think about a century or a 100th century. For a change, please mean what you say.

  • POSTED BY ashes61 on | July 13, 2011, 20:37 GMT

    At the risk of making too many contributions here, may I just add one or two points? One thing I haven't said about Sachin, but it goes almost without saying, is that he's been a wonderful example of how to conduct oneself on & off the field, particularly in an age when so many sportsmen, including cricketers, don't. He is undoubtedly one of cricket's gentlemen. The article above is headed by a quote from him, but we need to take less notice of these, as they're usually the result of having to answer journalists with quick soundbites, so they can have a headline to be argued over on Cricinfo! As an English cricket fan, I, too, would love to see Sachin get his 100 at Lord's - imagine the din if he does! One thing is guaranteed - the Lord's ground will sportingly rise to him as he walks out to bat. Finally - but quite seriously - do those who keep referring to him as a God ever wonder how he would feel to be described as such? All joking apart, surely he'd find it very distasteful?

  • POSTED BY Wismay on | July 13, 2011, 20:28 GMT

    @ravichakra There is no misleading with improper stats. If people say "Sachin ton, India loses" then it is the improper stat! That is what I was talking about n not whether Sachin's century is in top ten of all time icc list etc. Don't mistake one thing for another. Regards.

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 20:27 GMT

    Sachin has been compared to many cricketers in his time. Lara, Inzamam, Mark Waugh, Hicks, Mohammad Yousuf. Longetivity is where he has won out. Certainly cricket needs new superstars and good luck to Cook. May be 15 years down the line, he might be chasing Sachin's 50-55-60 Test Centuries and that will keep cricket alive. It would be a thrilling series and individual records are going to compared, which is fair. Cook has something to prove, not Sachin. So one can stay relaxed and one on tose.

  • POSTED BY zxaar on | July 13, 2011, 20:23 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas did you check how many balls tendulkar took when he scored 200 against SA. Or did you check how many balls tendulkar took when he score 175 against Australia in chasing. Off course you do not remember all that. :-)

  • POSTED BY vj3478 on | July 13, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    I guess this is the first series to have to have so much hype - to be played between India & England. hope cricket wins an n not the weather.

  • POSTED BY ashes61 on | July 13, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    zxaar - You make a fair comment. On checking, I see Cook had 14 more innings than Sachin in their first 68 tests.This is worth noting but doesn't make a great deal of difference, however. It might eliminate Cook's run lead (but still leave him even) and push the Test 100s to Sachin a little further forward - but not by much. The argument stilll holds - all fair-minded Indians will recognise that SRT's Test records will go, although individual stats such as these count for little anyway.As for SRT's place among the cricketing greats, some seem to be trying to have it both ways, by claiming that players from different eras can't easily be compared because the game is always changing (I agree!) while at the same time blindly proclaiming SRT as the greatest of all time! Can't have both, can we? He is certainly one of TODAY'S batting greats, but do you all genuinely believe he's ahead of Mynn, WG, Ranji, Trumper, Hobbs, Hammond or Sobers - two of whom were also great bowlers? Quite a claim!

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | July 13, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    @ashes61, very simple way of putting facts. Yes, IF Cook plays like this, he can overtake Sachin very easily. Sachin was just an ordinay player for the first 5 years of his career. In the first 5 years he scored 2000 runs and 7 centuries. His average was in 30s and 40s for most part and it touched 50 for the first time in Jan 1994. It dipped into 40s again in 1997. It took off from there. So, in fact it took him nearly 8 years to cross the 50 average mark with some stability unlike Dravid who started to maintain an average of 50 in less than one year since his debut. As you said, that IF is a big IF. Cook started to go down within the first year; touching a nadir in 2008 and now seems to be on the rise. His average is not yet in 50s and it is more than 5 years since his debut but the promise is there to cross at least 45 centuries at this rate and an excellent average as well.

  • POSTED BY garethmills989 on | July 13, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    well if he says he is thinking to get the century there will be an awkward question to answer if something goes wrong...this is a good answer sachin...try to get it anyway without telling anybody...

  • POSTED BY saichander on | July 13, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    Well said for all the 229 comments. Yes, it is and Sachin not playing for records is a genuine reason. He has set an example to others as to how one has to behave on and off the field. His pleasant mannerism and temperament has made him to be cool and calm even at the time of adversities. Be it be an awaked situation wherein he has to bat or with a decision wherein he has to leave the crease, he had remained what he is. KUDOS TO HIM. And it is only a matter of time that he will cherish the feeling of hitting his Hundredth century and remain in history of world of cricket as the one who is unchallengeble and unconquered. LORD'S IS GOD FOR US (NOT HIM!).

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    GUYS Guys guys..Make up your mind first but answer me first If Sachin is thinking of only records why did he not play in WI. Would it not be easier to score in WI? Now haters will say he skipped national duty for IPL. If Sachin had skipped IPL and rested for WI series ..haters would have said he should have let new players be tried out in WI ...he is selfish . Sachin skipped WI tour ..haters say he is not giving due importance to country over club. Obviously those two are contradictory statements if you look at them. So please dont hate him just because you wish to hate him and respect him for his contribution to Indian cricket

  • POSTED BY zxaar on | July 13, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    @ashes61, i know all those facts the truth is for the same number of matches total innings of Cook are more than Tendulkar. So now rewrite all these facts using the same number of innings. The second fact is Tendulkar did not score so heavily for first 2-3 years at least. Even though his runs per innings and centuries per innings are higher than cook in the time frame you mentioned. Try again.

  • POSTED BY Jai_CricketFan on | July 13, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    i dont know who mentioned cook in this.. plz dont mention kids or players who just have two or three good seasons playing cricket.. This topic is about a legend. lets see if he can continue for one year in the same form.. One tour to srilanka, pakistan or india and you will stop mentioning names that makes you look stupid :P

  • POSTED BY coatsie89 on | July 13, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    Tendulkar is one of the greats of all time. Not as entertaining as the likes of Richards & Lara but nonetheless, the records speak for theselves and he carried a poor India side for many years. However, I agree that he struggles with the pressure situations and doesn't fulfill his talent in them situations which other players thrive on. Cook will beat Tendulkar with number of Test hundreds for a number of reasons: the guys now play more cricket, there's a severe lack of true world class bowlers in the world at the moment (2 of the best are in the same team as Cook in Swann and Anderson - the only other is Steyn). However, Cook is a class player and people need to start giving him the respect he deserves. Purple patch or no purple patch, to score a test hundred takes skill and/or class. It will be a sad day the day Sachin retires, but he's given so much to the game and will leave an amazing legacy regadless. Would be great to see him get his 100th ton at Lord's, even if I am English :)

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | July 13, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    @INDRASAI, not just 2 innings. Much more than that. Circa 2006, Peshawar - between 68 and 92 there wasn't one extravagant shot from Sachin and there were only 2 boundaries. What all he did was 1s and 2s sans extravagance. And cometh the 100 cometh the shot!!! What did he do? The very next ball he faced after getting to 100, ball was wicket to wicket, he played a reverse sweep out of nowhere. Would he do that when he was on 99? Or for that matter, did he do something like that anywhere between 68 and 100 or anywhere in that inning before a milestone? I still continued to be his huge fan, denying myself to question his misplaced greed for personal records; convincing and talking myself out. But, the disgraceful way he batted in SA to improve his average was just the icing on the cake; I knew what he was after. People are not blind. Goodbye Selfish Ramesh Tendulkar. India doesn't need useless milestones from Dravid or VVS or Sachin or Gambhir; She needs them to fight till the end. Period!

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    @rohit

    well what was dravid doing in the same 2003 WC final? In 2011, sachin was looking good but he got out to a good ball thats the fact. So sehwag doesnt know to handle pressure for he got out in the first ball in a WC final?

    1996 semi final, he was 23 then but handled the billions expectation by taking team to semis single handedly (even he played a good knock in semis and as i said this is a team game, not everytime lone warrior can win you battles).

  • POSTED BY candyfloss on | July 13, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    I had heard that stand up comedians in England are really good and now we Indians are getting a dose of it courtesy cricinfo.I mean comparing Cook and Trott with Tendulkar (with so many IF's) is rib-tickling.

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    @ From_chennai hats off to u mate. these fools dont know the value of a gem.to hell with them.

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    I just should say this will be one cracker of the series. To me it's bigger than Ashes, India, #1 test side competing with England who the only team which looks like can crawl to #1 in near future. It has to be Indian batsmen vs Eng bowlers, enough said, lets see how the ball rolls on July 21st.

  • POSTED BY candyfloss on | July 13, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    @ashes61 When did u see notice the stands empty in Mumbai?? Perhaps Mohali or Nagpur.We mumbaikars always turn up to watch a cricket match be it Tests or ODI's.But I hardly expect you to be balanced in your views since you have already predicted cook overtaking Tendulkar on the basis of current form.Anyone who has seen the game long enough would understand that such a purple patch doesnt last forever.Tell me what else does your crystal ball tell you ??

  • POSTED BY ManAv99 on | July 13, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    Well said rupkumar kamalkannan: Excellent point. He has been preserving himself for important foreign/domestic tours for the last 2 years because India is no.1 in home tests but still it needs Sachin's experience in foreign conditions(just concluded WI tour is a good indication where the scorecard should read 3-0 with full team but read 1-0 with 'not exactly second tie' team). He played just a single T20 and less than 10 ODIs last year!

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    . Tendulcar is the the greatest player in contemporary cricket. Con the great "DON" face lilly or thompson or even Stein?

  • POSTED BY rohith10689 on | July 13, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    To be specific,sachin is no doubtlessly the best batsman the world had ever seen.But one thing that has to be considered is that even after these many years of experience,he still cannot handle high pressure situations like he failed twice to perform in 2 world cup finals when the team needed him to.and even now he slows down at 90's and is always in a hurry to finish 100 rather than making it cool.that's something u dont see in a person who has played in the international arena for 22 yrs.Not that i am criticizing him.but compared to dravid and laxman, he is very poor in dealing high pressure situations.

  • POSTED BY Pankaj_INDIA on | July 13, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    ponting, with respect, please retire before u are kicked out of team. u have done lot now, dont try to get close to THE GOD, you will end up spoiling your figures more badly than u have done in past 4 years. no1 on earth can even go close to Sachin, he is one among billions, or GOD, to put it simply. not all players can play for more than 16 years in top form, its Sachin who is playing for more than 22 years in full swing, it happens once in centuries. :)

  • POSTED BY INDRASAI on | July 13, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas:You have only 2 innings to criticise SACHIN over the 99mark.The fact is that 99% of the cricketers get tensed and look for a milestone while reaching it and the other 1%are those who doesn't even know what a milestone is. And for DRAVID he only plays shots for every 100 balls he plays. But as an INDIAN, I love DRAVID. So, being INDIANS we would better not fight.

  • POSTED BY bestofluckindia on | July 13, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    All the discussion about sachin and his centuries helping India Win/Lose can be put to rest by visiting this page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_international_cricket_centuries_by_Sachin_Tendulkar) In ODI's 48 centuries | India won/tied/NR: 35 | India lost: 13 | % win: 73% In test's 51 centuries | India won/draw: 40 | India lost: 11| % win: 78% Well its true that most times Sachin was the lone resistance and others would just fall apart without fight. Its not his fault that others did not capitalise from the other end when he scored a century with a strike rate ranging from 85-120. Leave him alone. Commenting against him seems like a dog barking at an elegant elephant.

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    What I dont understand if Sachin is playing only for records why did he skip NZ home series last year, WI tour? Infact he didnt play any ODIs in 2010 after that 200 against SA. He preserves himself for difficult and important tours. if he is chasing for records then he should have easily reached 100 tons in 2010 itself.

    Coming on his match winnings innings, he has played enough than any cirkceter and more importantly only bowlers can win you test matches not the batsmen, you need bowlers who can pick 20 wickets to win a test match.This is not tennis where by individual brillaince you can win matches this is a team game and we know the stature of indian cricket few years back but still we were winning odd matches because of the legends in our team

  • POSTED BY rdharani on | July 13, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    He is not thinking of 100th 100. But, he will get it. :) All the best to the great Indian run machine..! Am sure he will end up with 101 or 102 tons by the end of this series. Go SRT Go..!

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    no idea why people still find out new ways to degrade him....lets sum up a man with 99 international century ,highest run getter in both forms and holder of nth records is not a match winner then seriously no one ever is .comparing him to ricky is of no use...take out his 2-3 years of cicket which he played in 2005-06 and he is average player...sachin should not be compared with anyone ...not even with bradman...his exellence in all country and command in all format of game puts him way ahead from bradman...i am watching sachin from the time when india meant sachin....and every one in world knows that.....no problem if he is not a match winner for few people i know this country sees a new hopes whenever he holds a bat....way to go sachin dont hang before 120 century....all the best

  • POSTED BY Rony14569 on | July 13, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    these are onli 13 centuries wat abut another 35 of them we have won na in all the other matches ...... and also in other way if u see Sachin plays in such a match wer no other India can play............

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    wen u speak of champions, do you mean champions of the game or champions in terms of nationalities..the Indian champion, the Australian champion, like that?why else would you even begin to think of Sachin in terms of whether or not he played for some "Team"? why are you mixing patriotism with judging someones inherent quality and worth? Sachin says he is proud to play for India..India really should be proud that Sachin plays for her...

  • POSTED BY RAMKI2404 on | July 13, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    I dont understand the simple logic. Why did he miss the WI tour and playing the ENG series obviously ppl get a doubt he is waiting for the big occasion at lords. I am a big fan of Cricket from 1984 and even follows the domestic cricket of each country but I am not a Big fan of Sachin I have my own reasons for it. I consider him as one of the top 10 cricketers but not as number one. I am still waiting for him to win a Test match on his own like laxman did 4 times in last 2 years. Before He retires he needs to do it for India so that ppl remember him for long. I wish his 100 hundred to come in the 2nd test not in the 1st so that many of the ppls dobts gets cleared. Best of Luck India the current team has plenty of talent and england has to perform 100 % to level the series otherwise the series is Idians.

  • POSTED BY ashes61 on | July 13, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    Having just reminded readers here of a few Tendulkar/Cook facts, please allow me to add:

    1. I will allow that Tendulkar's ODI records will NOT be overtaken by Cook.

    2. Tendulkar is a better bowler than Cook.

  • POSTED BY ashes61 on | July 13, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    Enjoying this! FACT: No-one disputes Sachin is a very great player, certainly not me. FACT: he has over a billion countrymen/women who, largely, follow one major sport - almost as a religion.Cook has 60m countrymen/women where cricket is only one of several major sports. SRT has therefore millions more followers (worshippers!). I already AGREE no-one can predict the future, especially injuries & form. However, let's strip away the hype & look only at FACTS. FACT: SRT's first 68 Tests brought him 5,177 runs, Cook's have brought him 5,520. FACT: SRT's first 68 Tests yielded 19 centuries, Cook 18. And SRT 21 50s, Cook 26. FACT: SRT 16 Test centuries by age 25, Cook 18 by 26 & half. FACT: SRT averages about 2.3 Test tons a year in his long career, Cook almost 4 a year in his first 5 & a half yrs. Of COURSE there is no guarantee whatsoever Cook can keep this up. But any Indian fan reading this can surely agree & say: "Yes, IF he continues like this - a big if - he WILL overtake SRT.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | July 13, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    More important than Tendulkar's 100th ton is the overall Indian performance.India is badly crippled without Sehwag leading the attack. He is one guy who could blunt any opening attack including the current one led by Tremlett.Because of absence of Sehwag, it is critical for India to get a good start of at least 50 runs. If they lose early wickets, India will immediately be on the back foot.Indian batting relies mainly on Gambhir, Dravid, Tendulkar & VVS. It is critical for at least one or more of these 4 to get centuries in each test.So Sachin has a chance to get his 100th ton. Indian bowling is weaker than England mainly because the pace attack relies upon Zaheer mainly. If Ishant can be fiery & accurate, then India has at least 2 pacemen. The third paceman could be anyone of 3 others.Harbhajan in the spin department has to put up a much improved performance rather than keeping the runs down.Unfortunately Mishra will not find a place in XI.Yuvraj will be the other spinner.Good Luck.

  • POSTED BY srikanth509 on | July 13, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    @From-Chennai.. Take a bow mate!..One of the best Tendulkar's fans i have ever seen..

  • POSTED BY The_Dynamite_Kid on | July 13, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    @Mayan Mansilu: Just like how both Ponting and Mahela ensured that their team won those matches, right?

  • POSTED BY ravichakra on | July 13, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    @ Wismay: Don't mislead with improper statistics. He does not rank in the top 20 among the players with the most significant innings despite a century being considered irrespective of the situation as a criteria whereas Dravid has the best ratio among Indians

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    The Greatest Cricketer of modern Times SACHIN RAMESH TELDULKAR, when the media asked about his retirement clearly told "at present I enjoy playing cricket and that too for my country and when I am satisfied and my other commitments are more important I will quit and no time frame on my retirement." This is a crystal clear statement. But Media Meddlers quite often like to cover the cricket fans attention take "Sachin scanning and as if they know sachin's interest and wish put some topic on sachin to attract the cricketing fans all over the world.So the topic '"Sachin thinking of Hundredth Hundred in Lords now appearing.

  • POSTED BY Venki_indian on | July 13, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    sachin is averaging 55+ in india winning matches; scored most of his hundreds out side india..

  • POSTED BY ravichakra on | July 13, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    If he is so unfazed by records and is such a team man, I have a few questions to ask him - Why was there such huge outcry when Dravid declared the innings with him being on 194 despite crawling from 150 to 194 after receiving many messages from the dressing room to excelerate? Why did he skip the WI tour yet played the IPL? Why did he expose the number 11 to a lethal strike bowler immediately after he reached his century in SA last December? Why did he attempt a rank bad shot when the team was only 16 runs away from victory?

  • POSTED BY wwechampsaad on | July 13, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    i am also not an indian but i love V Sehwag for his excellent batting but i hate sachin tendulkar

  • POSTED BY avis1001 on | July 13, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    India Full House in - will collapse England.

  • POSTED BY Venki_indian on | July 13, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    criticising greats is really easy - It is for those who are criticising sachin

    Bradman - not great - played his cricket mostly with england, same kind of wickets, same set of bowlers Lara - not great - he has done nothing for WI cricket, he is just watching WI cricket fall through out his career. Warne - not great - looks very ordinary against subcontinet batsmen;took most of his wkts against england(who play spin like school boys).

    my above comments does not mean they are not gr8...

    Sachin is undoubtedly the greatest batsman of all time..played consistently well for 22 years..how many pple can do that...

  • POSTED BY wwechampsaad on | July 13, 2011, 14:07 GMT

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    This statement means that he is thinking about it...:)

  • POSTED BY rustyryan on | July 13, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    @Mayan Mansilu : Did u forget Sachin's 85 in Semis.? Sachin's 117* and 90 in CB series finals.Century against Eng in the final innings chasing 387, 145 against Steyn and co in South Africa. I don't know whether you watch any matches where Sachin plays or simply assumes things. Sachin is a big match player. I can still list out his statistics. But that is of no use. World respect Sachin. And for God sake don't compare Mahela with Sachin. Everyone saw how he struggled in England.

  • POSTED BY Bartflower on | July 13, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    I am astonished that so many people regard Sachin Tendulkar as the top man in cricket when quite clearly Jacques Kallis is. Kallis's test and ODI batting averages are higher than SRT's, Kallis has taken 534 international wickets compared to SRT's 199, and 288 international catches against SRT's 242. And now, of course, Big Jacques's hair is almost as good as Sachin's. Sachin does have one big advantage though: he is apparently a god whereas Jacques Kallis is just a fallible human being like the rest of us.

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    hahahaha... If Alastair Cook can break Sachin's records, I can very well swim across the Pacific... Biggest joke I've heard in years !!! Sachin is the greatest ever and most if not all of his records will stay unbroken...!!

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | July 13, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    @Wismay, can't agree more on onething - yes, sometimes losing gallantly is as much as winning itself. That's exactly what Sachin didn't do in SA.

  • POSTED BY Raapchik on | July 13, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    The 2000th test match in world cricket, 100th test match between England and India, Venue the "Mecca" of cricket, Lords, and the Lord of cricket "Sachin" slamming a ton.... his 100th 100...... can it get any better ... and what an occasion to leave a mark for 100 century's to follow !!!!!

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | July 13, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    @thedynamitkid, i'm not talking about strike-rates here. It's the whole approach of two players that is entirely different with personal records in sight, crushing defeat in sight etc... If one has to play like Sachin, if innings defeat is staring at us, then that's what we are going to get without a 'godly' fight. Sachin's kitty will be heavier by another useless record. Sachin in IPL - takes a single instead of trying to hit it out even in a t20 and gets to 100, Dravid - tries to pull on 98 in a test match even when chance isn't completely there to pull (he could have tried to evade it) when he runs out of partners, in SA Sachin goes off the strike at the over beginning and scampers back to strike for a difficult run towards the end of the over. Look at Shiv and Dravid, their approach in the face of a crushing defeat or adversity is diametrically opposite to that of Selfish Ramesh Tendulkar. I sincerely hope he puts his greed for records behind him and plays as per the situation.

  • POSTED BY CricketFreud on | July 13, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    for all ppl saying sachin is selfish, he could've easily achieved hundred intl tons by touring WI than getting it in the tougher England tour.. its easy to mouth off about a sport's great..

  • POSTED BY cric_fan12 on | July 13, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    Adding to my previous comment..While VVS is batting for my life I wouldn't even employ Tendulkar as a water/towel carrier for VVS..:)

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    If you think of the person who can surpass SACHU's record,it would be ARJUN TENDULKAR.In Lion's womb lion will born.No one in the present cricket era come near to him.And his 100th inter-national ton will come in LORDS and it would his first one here.its my challenge and confidence about God of cricket and legacy of peace.lets see who can stop him from being scored century at lords.rock on tendla..........

  • POSTED BY cric_fan12 on | July 13, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    I'd like to put it in to context in a very simple way for everyone to be able to understand, If I have a choice to choose between VVS and Tendulkar to bat for my life I'd choose VVS, and I am pretty sure if it comes to that most of you would do that as well :)

  • POSTED BY satyam.sharma on | July 13, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    Sehwag Gambhir Dravid Tendulkar Laxman Raina Dhoni Harbhajan Zaheer Praveen Ishant. England is in trouble.

  • POSTED BY Munkeymomo on | July 13, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    Even as an England fan I would love to see Sachin get his 100th ton at lords in the 2000th test. Its a romantic fairytale, the kind of story that would be told for years, especially if India concede a first innings deficit and Sachin saves the game. This stuff writes itself. The game would really benefit from such an amazing story, it would be so inspiring. Sachin is no doubt one of the all time greats and will be remember throughout the history of the game. As for Cook, Im not so sure if he could break any of Sachins records but I'd put money on him being the top English test run scorer of all time barring a serious injury or some other misfortune.

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    sachin the run collector. he's not a champion for me. people who rise to the occasion called champions , like Ponting did in semi final and mahela in final, sachin no way

  • POSTED BY ushakiran on | July 13, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    @anurag4u10 can u compare don vs any other players in his era? who also played same pitches? same tracks? everything was same? i can compare this era.......lollzzzzzzz

  • POSTED BY Wismay on | July 13, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    This is new way these days to criticize Sachin, "Sachin ton India loses." I doubt these fellows even go through the statistics of over all centuries and how they have turned out for the team. Sometimes losing gallantly is as much as winning itself. These guys don't understand that. search google for 'sachin and critics' you will get a nice site on overall stats on sachin's centuries. Don't criticize someone just for the sake of it or if you can't stand him.

  • POSTED BY romanc on | July 13, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    People will have different opinion even about their mom.But truth will be truth always. Sachin is the best player of Modern cricket. No idea about Bradman as have not seen his play

  • POSTED BY kabe_ag7 on | July 13, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    @ashes61 - What sort of a cricket-watcher judges a cricketer by his fans? How do you even claim to know what sort of fans he has, before making all sorts of conclusions about idol-worship and all? Having said that, plethora of cricketers, when in good form, have been said to be destined to break Sachin's records. Now it is Cook, based on a season's performance. Well done.

  • POSTED BY ElPhenomeno on | July 13, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    I am not even an indian, but saying cook will surpass sachin in test hundreds is like saying swann will surpass warne in test wickets. Ridiculous.

  • POSTED BY onphel1 on | July 13, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    Hey ashes61, The only team at the time was England and therefore in itself lies the reason England may not necessarily be a good team, let alone a great one. No other teams to compare. It would be like Nepal v Afghanistan if they were the first players of the game. Plus, Bradman doesn't even have a good pull/hook shot and thus suffered greatly during the bodyline series when targeted with short balls. In addition to this, cricket has evolved immensely. I'm not a big fan of Sachin, but from the perspective of evolution of cricket Sachin is Bradman's cricket. God. Having said that, I'm not a God believer.

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    The current lineup of 1. V. Sehwag, 2. G. Gambhir, 3. R. Dravid, 4. S. Tendulkar, 5. VVS. laxman, 6. S. Raina, 7. MS. Dhoni, 8. Harbhajan or mishra ,9. Z. Khan, 10. Ishanth, 11.sreesanth is the best and strong lineup India had put for some time.I hope on sreesanth better than praveen b'cause he has been bowl well in tests The current lineup of 1. V. Sehwag, 2. G. Gambhir, 3. R. Dravid, 4. S. Tendulkar, 5. VVS. laxman, 6. S. Raina, 7. MS. Dhoni, 8. Harbhajan or mishra ,9. Z. Khan, 10. Ishanth, 11.sreesanth is the best and strong lineup India had put for some time.I hope on sreesanth better than praveen b'cause he has been bowl well in tests

  • POSTED BY From-Chennai on | July 13, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    Sachin's ton, India lost: 1. India chasing 350. Sachin 175. 2. SA chasing 296. Sachin 111 SA won. 3. SL chasing 272. Sachin 137 with bowling average 4.1. Manoj prabakar 11.75! 4. Pak chasing 197. Sachin 100. D/L applied target 197. Venkatapathy raju economy 10.20! 5. SL chasing 227. Sachin 110. Jayasurya 120. so you see how others performed. 6. India chasing 285. Sachin 143. India 250. No support for Saching from other end. 7. SL chasing 225. Sachin 101. so you can judge the others. 8. Zim chasing 329. Sachin 146. Dravid and Zak 30. rest failed. 9. SA chasing 279. Ganguly 127, Sachin 101. India lost 9 wickets in last 12.5 overs. 10. India chasing 329 against pak. Sachin 141. India 317. 11. Pak chasing 315. Sachin 123. Nehra 8.33, Bajji 7.28, Zak 6.20 economy. 12. Pak chasing 328. Sreesanth, Zak, Pathan 7+ economy or close to. 13. West Indies chasing 309. Sachin 141. Target reduced 113 in 20 overs. chris gayle 130 strike rate.

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    I find it really funny when people are saying "tendulkar slows down in 80's and 90's to get a century". i play for an under 14's team and i have scored 7 centuries myself. when i am in the 90's it becomes difficult and the pressure gets to you. for example in one game my first 50 came off 25 deliveries and the last off 32. dont say bad things about Tendulkar unless you are better than him.

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    I seriously feel like laughing seeing comments that Cook will surpass Sachin's record.. No chance.. Cook?? My foot.. :D:D He is a ordinary player:) He wont even reach 30 100's in his career. Forget crossing the master..See if u want mr ashes:) The one who can come nearby(not surpass!!) is Kevin Pieterson.

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    this is for Lijihas Gopal mind ur tounge b4 speaking of our god . if he would have been selfish he would have not been a god in our contry . no one can surpass his records . he is the greatest of all .

  • POSTED BY From-Chennai on | July 13, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    Sachin Test tons: India won 20 matches, drawn 20 matches, lost 11 maches. Sachints ODI tons: India won 33 matches, Tied 1, NR 1, lost 13. in lost matches Sachin scored 175, 137,143,146,141,123 and 141 where Indian top bowlers gave 8+ economy rate. I have the entire list of matches with references on poor bowling perfomance lead India to lost! Including Manoj prabakar who averages 11.00 economy!!! so dont talk stupid about India's lost and Sachin's ton!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    Sachin=God. End of story.

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    being an Indian fan..i cannot agree with sachin's comment here... HE IS VERY SELFISH PLAYERS....HEZ GIVING PREFERENCE FOR HIS PERSONAL RECORDS AS MAJORITY THEN ONLY FOR TEAM..... just example any of u had seen.. when he reached 80s and 90 s as score he will defend like test match...... Even kids can realize that for what purpose it is.... she should learn from dravind,laxman,sehwag,robin singh.........ec....

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    I'm an England fan but even I would fine it hard to begrudge Sachin his 100th hundred at lords. One of the all time greats.

    @ashes61 A lot of ifs and buts in assuming that Cook will pass Sachin's test records but it is clearly possible judging by the number of tests we play these days and Cooks current rate of scoring. Not certain by any extent, but 18 hundreds at the age of 26 is not a bad start, still 30+ left though and Sachins still racking them up! No chance of getting the ODI records though.

  • POSTED BY CricHacker on | July 13, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    It was funny to read someone compare SRT with some Cook! With 18 test centuries and 2 ODI centuries, I am certain he would be able to overhaul SRT's record by end of this century.

    And comparing players across era's is outright stupid, cricket has been evolving and so has everything else around it.

  • POSTED BY dhillonbaba on | July 13, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is the reason why billions of fans in India are the way they are . He is the champion of the sport.

  • POSTED BY ashes61 on | July 13, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    @ushakiran. What ON EARTH are you talking about? In Bradman's era "cricket was only played by aristocrats." What nonsense! In his era (1928-48) by far the majority of English Test players were professionals, most from very ordinary & even humble backgrounds. The Aussie structure couldn't support pros so they were technically amateurs - but hardly aristocrats! It's true that most of Bradman's Tests were against England. And who were AUS's most formidable opponents for THE WHOLE of his career? Surprise, surprise, England! So his innings were mostly against only the best opponents. Not Zim, Bangla, NZ, or a poor WI, which make up a fair number of Sachin's Tests. Don lost at least 6 yrs to war & poor health: say 4 Ashes series - 20 Tests, 35 to 40 innings. That's another 15/20 tons for a start, making around 45/50 hundreds - before even considering how many more Tests are played now. Double/triple centuries on damp, green, uncovered Eng wkts the moment he stepped off the boat. FACT.

  • POSTED BY SamRoy on | July 13, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    I'll rather have India win the series 1-0 like last time and Sachin not scoring a ton than a drawn or lost series with Tendulkar scoring a ton and having all the limelight. Just like the 2007 series where only Kumble got a ton.

  • POSTED BY From-Chennai on | July 13, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    testmatches: 20win, 20drawn, 11lost and out of that 12 testmaches was drawn because of his ton! so it is 32 tons that saved India. so again dont just comment based on assumptions that when he score a ton india will lose..

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    harbhajan seriously lacks in quality if we compare him with swann, murali or ajmal.............he should concentrate on his bowling and try less to b an all rounder ................. otherwise he would b like irfan pathan.....not a batsman,no more a bowler..........!!!

  • POSTED BY From-Chennai on | July 13, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    here is Sachin's stats for those who ask " in every match he scored a century, india lost.": Centuries in Testmatches: 20 won, 20 drawn, 11 lost. ODI: 33 won, 1 noresult, 1 tied, 13 lost. So just keep your mouth shut as he already hold a record here compared to other players who has more centuries!

  • POSTED BY CSreekumar on | July 13, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    If DON is the greatest batsmen of all time, he himself said SACHIN REMINDED his batting. So, you can say if Tendulkar was in his position he might have done the same and vice versa. How can you call him selfish if he scored 100; and other batsmen/bowlers failed? That's bad to hem that his ton wen in wain. Remember Chennai '99

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    so many centuries he has made on flat decks against attacks which lack genuine quick bowlers.........we shall see the so called GOD of cricket against serius pace and bounce in testing conditions...............!!! may the real GOD help sachin to maintain his average in the up coming tour.....!!!

  • POSTED BY prashant1 on | July 13, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    Tendulkar= Greatest batsman that was, is and ever will be...........Amen.

  • POSTED BY PrasadGiri on | July 13, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    Ppl saying Sachin plays for numbers, records is absolute nonsense.... He is the first person who plays for the team..... ask his teammates..... Every hundread, every run he scored is for the team.....he is the most dissapointed player when team loses....Cricket is a team game and one person never be able to ensure the result always..... In the last world cup we could see that he was the most dedicated, focused player in the field, while batting.... i woudnt say 100th century doesnt mattr to him, but it is not everything...... But hitting 100 intl hundreads is itself is HUGE...... He will fet it, no doubt about it.....

  • POSTED BY vishwa_a on | July 13, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    @ushakiran: If Sachin was born in Don's era, he would have scored many-many centuries in the same Tests. In Don's era, Cricket was played only by aristocrats... and not by professionals. Just one format of Cricket (Test matches, that too once in a while)... against only one opponent (England) and just one type of pitches and conditions, and no video analysis! Imagine, Sachin playing in those days! 200 centuries! I think, it is high time you stop doing Don vs Sachin!

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    Mr Sachin tendullkar is a genius!

  • POSTED BY wiseshah on | July 13, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    right. if he doesnt play for record, then why in every match he scored a century, india lost. he only plays for his personal record.

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    as master blaster is in england from last one month... its good that he is there to fit himself in seaming pitches of england... no doubt that he will score his 100th hundred in this england tour... hope he will get 100 at home of cricket in LORD'S only... team india has advantage of winning test series in last england tour and recent win in caribbean also....

  • POSTED BY ashes61 on | July 13, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    It's worth noticing, too, that Alastair Cook is due to overhaul Tendulkar's total of 51 Test centuries at around the age of 34, and Sachin's runs aggregate perhaps even a year or so earlier. If he eventually retires at around the same age as Sachin does, naturally he will have passed both totals by some considerable margin before he hangs up his bat. So, even if no other player surpasses Sachin's aggregates of 100s and runs before Cook does - and they may well do - his present records will survive intact for no more than another 8 or 9 years at most. Of course, all this is presumes Cook's fitness and form does not desert him for too many lengthy periods. But if not Cook, another will do it. It's a certainty - simply because of the number of Tests played today, the feature that has produced Sachin's current records. Aren't we all (English & Indian cricket-lovers alike) looking forward to Cook's 60th century before a full house at Lords, or in the usual empty silence of Mumbai?

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    He is god of cricket , so number does'nt speak for him. Its the number of appearance he gives to his fan is helping him to still take the fields and perform his best outfit for the team and fans :) cheers for the little master, master blaster Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar

  • POSTED BY Rocket_180 on | July 13, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    The guy is a genius

    I'm glad he isn't English because he wouldnt not of made his test debut till he was about 25 and we would of lost of time from the little genius

  • POSTED BY Rocket_180 on | July 13, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    Lords will be his best chance, because Lords will be the only ground that will produce a boring non-instresting flat batting trek (that is killing the test game) just to make sure they sell all 5 days of the test match as its more than likely to be a high scoring boring draw,

  • POSTED BY sudip.su on | July 13, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    I heard records are meant to be broken. But the quote might need to be changed in this case. I mean, what tendulkar has done so far is almost impossible for anyone else to do. I guess the player who can brake his records is not born yet. And he must have to play for 25years to break little master's records.

  • POSTED BY ashes61 on | July 13, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    As a cricket lover I'll enjoy seeing Tendulkar play in Eng again. One of the best batsmen of all time, & for part of his career the best in the world. But the hero worship is rather overdone! His greatest achievement is remaining sane in the face of the unhealthy, all-embracing idolatory of his fans for 20 years - let alone maintaining high performances. His record is good, but it must be remembered that historical Test aggregates (runs or 100s) tell only a very limited story. Using this method, he can only be compared with his contemporaries and perhaps those of the previous 10 yrs, as far more Tests are now played. Nearly 70 of top 80 aggregates have been in last 20 yrs or so. He certainly cannot be compared fairly with ANY batsman in Test cricket's first 90 yrs, let alone Bradman, when far fewer Tests were played & who lost 6 years to war. Averages, then? Bradman 100, Sachin 57 (incl. v Bangla, Zim etc). Sachin exactly 56.94. The Master (Hobbs): also 56.94 - on uncovered wkts.

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    the name suggest ...who is he...GOD of cricket.....best wishes sir

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    @lesley95 ..... after playing cricket for 22 years, if one's mentality is judged by a single taken in IPL, then singles should be banned from cricket. Obviously record factor remains in everyone's mind, but no one exclusively plays for that record. P layers like Sachin have achieved so much that it does not really matter if he scores 100 centuries or not. Even if he cannot score one more, no one will ever question his ability. And seriously, your comments of "sachin killing opportunities for others" is so funny that even Badrinath,Kohli and Yuvraj won't stop laughing. Can you ever make any type of cricket team without Sachin? Well... that speaks enough I think. And he did not go to Windies, coz he has some few year left in him and obviously he wants to play crucial tours....not against some B grade players....

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    Drama ! again from the so called "God of Cricket,he has to accept sincerely what is really going in his mind.The whole world knows his aim is just to create record,skipping the tours of WI,BD,ZIM to prolong his criket career deniing the opportunity for the youngsters !.This comments from an Indian.

  • POSTED BY anurag4u10 on | July 13, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    @ ushakiran dude a player's performance is nt judged by unitary method. if that were d case den tharanga who scrd 5 100s in 30 mtchs shud score 50 100s in 300 mtchs and conversly it shud hav taken sachin 790 mtchs to score 10 centuries since his first came in 79 mtchs. ppl say dat bradman wud hav scrd more if he had played more bt it is noteworthy dat bradman record looks appealing bcoz of very low mtchs had he played 150 tests that too in all d countries nd wd d bowlers knwin weakness (thru technology) his avrage wud hav taken a hit for sure. @ all sachin bashers its gud that bcoz of u ppl sachin gets motivtn 2 perfrm bettr n bettr.how mny batsmen hav u found who r at their prime in d last stages of deir career? who score 7 test 100 in a calendar year? who hav scored 200 in odis? hav scrd 2 100s in d last wc ? m sure u wont find any but him.

  • POSTED BY The_Dynamite_Kid on | July 13, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas: If every member of the team starts playing like Dravid with magnificent strike rates in the 30's, it would ensure that India never ever wins another Test match in history.

  • POSTED BY CSreekumar on | July 13, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    You can say he chases records... He is selfish... X or Y or Z is better than him... He is poor captain... He avoided WI tour and played IPL? The worst decision ever..!!! ... hmmmm.... Just watch the crowd when he is in middle with bat/bowl. Can you see the same for any cricketers? And whats more? He continue it still.... Sir, you may not be interested in 100s but WE INDIANS surely are..... GO ON BOSSS....

  • POSTED BY premd7p on | July 13, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    he is god... no one have rights to scold him... who spoiling younger member of team.....he is the only man lift all young indian cricketer to this standard....

  • POSTED BY TheSwingingYorker on | July 13, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    @ushakiran (07:51 AM GMT): No doubt Bradman is the greatest player to ever play the game of cricket. Please allow me to play the devil's advocate here. For the sake of argument, suppose that Mike Hussey retired when his average was 80+ after 20 tests or so. You would certainly have argued today that Hussey was a better player than Tendulkar. Ability to perform well consistently in all playing conditions is also very important. Cheers.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | July 13, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    Sachin is not only well-liked in India. He is followed by us Non-resident Indians living abroad. After Gavaskar we idolised Sachin. Now we look forward for Sachin to pass the baton onto ROHIT SHARMA.

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | July 13, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    @Usha Kiran Sachin tried his best and the other "GREATS" in the team like Dravid, Laxman etc., failed. DO you wanna blame Sachin for that? Also it was by getting Dhoni out that the Saffas broke the partnership not Sachin. Get your facts right buddy. If Sachin plays well and India loses, they say he plays for his records and not for the team. If Sachin does not perform and the team loses they sing the same song! There is only so much a man can take!

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    I hope he he will contribute in winning the series and will play with positive frame of mind...hundred will come for him for sure bt i know he will be more happy in winning the series instead of making the hundred.

  • POSTED BY Pankaj_INDIA on | July 13, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    i feel silly when people compare Sachin and other "so called" greats. one thing is, no one can come close to even matching him in records, but the thing people forget that he is so HUMBLE despite conquering everything there in cricket. he is so DOWN TO EARTH. just look at ponting, he had good 5 yrs period between 2002-2007 and started comparing his self with THE GOD, has so much arrogance and is a sore loser. these things set Tendulkar apart thousand miles from everyone else. true cricketing idol, thats why billions over the world WORSHIP him.

  • POSTED BY CRIC89 on | July 13, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    Surely Sachin will play fantastically in English conditions and get this landmark as usually he does. He is a legend. But, BLONDBLACKBERRY looks bit over ambitious with "this time it wil be indian bowlers vs english batsmen"....... Because it's not that easy to overcome the seamy, mildy conditions to most of the subcontinent batsmen. We have to wait and see what happens..........I personally think Indian players impressed and battle hard in those conditions...........

  • POSTED BY ushakiran on | July 13, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    if sir don played 170+ tests.how many tons he could create? 50? 100? ' 200? he was also played for 20 years..

  • POSTED BY Mujibur on | July 13, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    This GEM is not little master he is massive master

  • POSTED BY ushakiran on | July 13, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    guys just remember of his 50th ton in tests against SA in this year. what he did....he played for his ton or for saving innings defeat......? tellings one..doings one

  • POSTED BY ATG1207 on | July 13, 2011, 7:40 GMT

    Sachin Sachin Sachin! He has been completing all his previous incomplete records, won a world cup, 200 in ODIs, IPL century. So why not post the 100th century at the mecca of cricket where he has scored a century yet, at Lords. I am sure he is gonna make it. Go sachin!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    @Pallu : you are exactly right. Sachin play for numbers not for team

  • POSTED BY lesley95 on | July 13, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    If Tendulkar says he is not interested in records, then why did he hit the last ball of the IPL T20 match against Kochi Tuskers for a single just to reach the coveted 100 mark in T20's? Why doesn't he just get the hundredth hundred he requires and retires? He is spoiling the future of the younger members of the team who only get to play Tests when Tendulkar decides West Indies is not good enough to waste his energy upon and he needs time off to watch Wimbledon and sell his Ferrari and buy a Nissan.

  • POSTED BY ek_glassi_2g3gf on | July 13, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    1996: i used to stop watching the match once sachin was out 2001: i used to stop watching the match once sachin was out 2006: i used to stop watching the match once sachin was out 2011: i stop watching the match once sachin is out 2016: i will stop watching the match if sachin is out ..... .... ... .. .

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    WHy dhoni is not giving chance to yuvraj to Open with Gambhir in the absence of Sehwag.Yuvraj likes to play the ball which comes on to bat in the early innings.He will be handful for the indians in the absebce of sehwag.Sehwag gives India a brisk start in the early innings so Yauvraj would be the best option for India as an opener.He is very tallented guy and he can adapt any situation....Best of luck to Yuvraj and India.....

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    Would be nice if he gets it in the 2000th test. Best wishes Mr. Tendulkar.

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    If Sachin can get more runs in the next 2 years , his total run tally is going to be near impossible to beat, someone would have to play a high number of games, but score at a considerably higher rate per innings to catch someone who started test cricket at 16 years old and will finish around 40. He is so far and beyond every other player in number of centuries as well and holds the highest ODI score ever 200 no, what a legend, the only thing he lacks is a big test triple hundred, but there are a lot of great players who havent acheived this

  • POSTED BY pramod1234 on | July 13, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    surely hi make 110th hundred and become legend of 2000th test.SACIN is god of world cricket.

  • POSTED BY blondblackberry on | July 13, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    the colony has striken back.sachin really is one of the best weapons.this time it wil be indian bowlers vs english batsmen not the other way around.

  • POSTED BY Vijay_MatchWinner on | July 13, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    He is a game himself, yet so grounded and humble. Should learn a lot from this humble genius. Waiting for Sachin's action. Wish he gets 100th Ton at Lords (no 100 at that venue yet) Good luck Sach!

  • POSTED BY QamarSuleiman on | July 13, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    @prayank12345.I disagree with you.Sachin is the best batsman of all times.And i think the only reason he sometimes end up in a loosing team still making a brilliant knock is that his brilliant knocks are far too many than any other cricketer in the history so sometimes india have to loose.

  • POSTED BY Pankaj_INDIA on | July 13, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    please play for atleast 5 years, watching you play makes us forget everything in life......you can unite whole country single handedly with your majical batting....... we have grown up worshipping you, you are our GOD!!!!! we love you a lottttttttt Tendlya.....

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    well I hope so as the last 5 hundreds he scored did not result in victories for his teams(India & MI) Keep it up Sachin

  • POSTED BY Pathiyal on | July 13, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    when his team mates unanimously opine that they get inspired by his presence, i think thats the best achievement for any team man. this is a big occasion to play in english soil and its a surprising fact that he is still the man built for the big occasions. i feel that as long as he can contribute with the bat, he will go on. judging by his approach, he will continue to inspire team india even after he hang up his boots.

  • POSTED BY Test-is-the-best on | July 13, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    Trott is better than RECORD HUNTERS....

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar 100th hundred in 2000th Test and that to at the best ground in the world "LORD'S".The Heaven is waiting for God to score his special hundred and in a special Test.

  • POSTED BY pallu11 on | July 13, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    i am a huge tendulkar fan and agree that he is a legend but in previous test matches i have seen him give strike to tail enders just to increase his average and stay not out. Again, i have nothing against tendulkar. He is my favorite cricketer.

  • POSTED BY stFleming on | July 13, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    Well well don't go on Sachin's words...His actual name is Selfish Tendulkar...He just plays for his records...Though he is a great player and plays according to the situation and helps his team alot, but still he also plays for his records...He don't want any1 to come even close to his records...But the fact is Sachin Tendulkar is really a great player....

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | July 13, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    please sachin don't be selfish like you were in South Africa. We don't want any shameful innings defeats. We are a number 1 team and so even when we lose make sure you try to guard that honor of our team. Please play according to the situation like Dravid does. Don't expose the tail to fearsome seamers when it is just a mere 25 runs to save from innings defeat and don't look for staying not-out at the end to increse your average by going off the strike the very first ball and coming back to strike on the 6th ball. please!

  • POSTED BY Pankaj_INDIA on | July 13, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    so much love for the Master Blaster...... i m proud to be an indian and proud the way we can defend our dignified hero when outsiders criticise him unnecessarily... love you my fellow indians... India Rocks Sachin Rocks!!!! Best batsman on the earth, undoubtedly...

  • POSTED BY guppys_classmate on | July 13, 2011, 5:32 GMT

    @ Clayton Franks - How did you get this genius idea to Compare Trott with Sir Don, Lara & Sachin?? Trott is a good player no doubts. But comparing Trott with Sir Don, Lara & Sachin is ridiculous. Must be if Trott keeps plays in the same form for 20 more years, you can compare.

  • POSTED BY Bajcloony on | July 13, 2011, 5:26 GMT

    Sachin is truly the greatest Batsmen of all time alongside Sir Don Bradman, and no other batsman can ever match him, also I am amused by one of the above comments that Sachin is getting older and he couldn't score big runs agaisnt the coming England series but remember that the last 2-3 years including 2011 is a golden period for Sachin and it seems that his hunger for more runs is growing, he was the ICC player of year 2010 and he was the 2nd highest scorer in WC 2011 and if he not missed the WI tour than he should reatin his No.1 Test Batsman ranking but still he is No.2 in the Test rankings and in england he always scored big hundereds and and his Average in england is +65 that is amzing and I also don't think that this english attack is the best in the world they are just dependent on bowler friendly wickets if the wickets will be flat than they will struggle badly agaisnt this No.1 Batting Side of th worls and it is thier good luck that Sehwag will miss the Lords Test

  • POSTED BY WestIndies1987 on | July 13, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    I wish him the best in his journey! Absolute LEGEND but still HUMBLE.

  • POSTED BY Gully_11 on | July 13, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    He is such a humble man who believes in action speaks louder than words concept...To me he never think of breaking records....it happens that he end up creating a new record...G Sachin go..

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    Wt an interview!!! He is the GOD...

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    I am Sri Lankan. Love Sri Lanksn team and their down to earth approach as signature of any Sri Lankan cricket. But Sachin Tendulakar is someone really special beyond any of those..! As a cricket fan I feel fortunate to be in a era that Sachin Tendulkar played. Not only he is a great cricketer, he is also the most down to earth high profile athlete in any sport! Its such a treat to watch him on and off the field! Way to go Tendulkar!

  • POSTED BY mrgupta on | July 13, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    @landl47: Have you just started watching Cricket? You should check Sachin's performance in his last overseas tour in South Africa who definitely had better fast bowlers (Steyn & Morkel) and had prepared tough pitches for India. Just check what he did to SA in their own backyard. If 2 centuries in the series makes him look older then i wish he remains that way for next 10 years. Ponting's batting avg has been below 40 since 2009 and Jayaw'dene has a career batting avg of below 40 outside subcontinent. Given Sachin's record in England (many times better than both Ponting and Jayaw'dene in England) There is no comparison between these people.

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    There have been only 2 humble superstars in sports and they are both coming to an end but what a class act they have been. Sachin and Federer. Neither of them have been in trouble wiht the law , never been in the papers for the wrong reasons and both have time for the average person. it will be a shame the day they retire. Long live SRT !

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    No doubt, Sachin will surely achieve the milestone in Lords and also he will play a major role to win the test match for team india.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | July 13, 2011, 4:22 GMT

    Sachin should have played the WI series & got his 100th international ton easily but, may be he wants to achieve that in style at Lords in 2000th test match......... my advance wishes to him !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 4:21 GMT

    see what a sachin sir said......................... thats a real identifiacation of a real king of cricket..........

  • POSTED BY INDRASAI on | July 13, 2011, 4:19 GMT

    Some say the big man to retire from cricket to give a chance to the youngsters. But all who think that way have to digest the fact that the moment SACHIN retires from cricket , more than half the cricket lovers across the world will retire from watching cricket. The thing is that, we beloved fans of SACHIN are admiring every moment of his play that doesn't come from watching others.

  • POSTED BY KVAM on | July 13, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    It seems like "TEN" plays a big part in Tendulkar. He is 5'5" i.e 5+5=10, Date of Birth 24.04.1973 - 2+4+0+4=10, 1+9=10, 7+3=10. His jerssy no. is 10 and above all he is mostly within Top 10 either in ODI or Test ranking. Fan can add more of these... Tendulkar ki jai ho.. I am confident he will reach 100 at Lords.

  • POSTED BY somu1984 on | July 13, 2011, 3:39 GMT

    I have read the above article very carefully and am so touched by his down to earth approach in both professional life as well as in personal life that I try to follow his instructions in my day-to-day life. He is truly a mentor in all forms of game. He is truly a destiny's child and whatever he has offered to Indian Cricket is monumental and surely he had succeded in almost every thing that he wanted to acheive. He'll remain a genious even after when he decides to hang up his boots.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | July 13, 2011, 3:34 GMT

    He's a great player and would definitely make my all-time best eleven. That said, I hope this tour exposes the fact that he's getting older and can't play at the same level as he used to. Ricky Ponting, another all-time great, learned that the hard way against this England attack and so did Mahele Jayawardene in the recent Sri Lanka series. Just give England's bowlers a little life in the wickets and the little master will be a little short of runs.

  • POSTED BY Prayank_awesome1 on | July 13, 2011, 3:30 GMT

    If u say he doesn't play on big occasions. watch sarjaha 1998 2 100s back to back against the best team. Watch Chennai test where he made 100 in 2008. So many of his runs have come on big occasions. Its just that when he plays well other players in the team relax which is the main reason of indian losing even if he does well. I WISH TILL MY LAST BREATH I WATCH SACHIN BAT.

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 3:20 GMT

    Sachin Doesn't need to Prove to anyone.He is a Legend.A Man who is a Cricketing Book for young cricketers.A Hundredth TON is simply a number for him.Whole team gives a bad show but the one who is blamed for it is the Man who scores a Century in the Match.Sachin has given his 200% everytime he has played but the other team players have never played as they shud have played,and if people say that he plays for himself DOES THAT SCORE DOESN'T GET ADDED IN THE TEAM'S SCORE? Love U Sachin... I am a Proud Sachinist.

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 2:53 GMT

    I just can not wait the series to begin -- The talk of Sachin's 100th hundred in 2000th test is just to build up hype for the series -- which is good. Soon we stat calling this series as " true test of world number 1 test team" , "Harbhajan Vs Swan", "Cook Vs Gambhir" , "Trott vs Dravid", England's bowling line up Vs Indian batting line up" etc.

    A true cricket fan like me is looking forward to high quality cricket with closely contested matches. Just counting days for the start of the series ---

  • POSTED BY Quddus-Mamu on | July 13, 2011, 2:39 GMT

    I think, it's time for him to retire. He is the best no doubt.

  • POSTED BY satanswish on | July 13, 2011, 2:28 GMT

    England or Australia are the best places where Little Master can score his Ton of Tons. I wouldn't have liked him scoring that special century on substandard subcontinental wicket.

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 2:18 GMT

    east or west, sachin iz d best..he iz d god of cricket.east or west, sachin iz d best..he iz d god of cricket........east or west, sachin iz d best..he iz d god of cricket.east or west, sachin iz d best..he iz d god of cricket........

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    @Clayton Franks....Who is Trott? You mean that english batsman...LOL. What a joke...you are comparing Tendulkar to Trott? Even Trott will get embarrassed by this comparison.

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 2:09 GMT

    I appreciate some good wishes from foreign people to sachin.... SACHIN sir you rule...

  • POSTED BY g.narsimha on | July 13, 2011, 1:58 GMT

    SACHIN IS LEGEND.There is no scope fos any aurguments.HEis the main Artitec of INDIAN CRICKET where it stands today.The fame & WEALTH has not gone to his head.HE is not only role model to crores INDIANS but inspires people from other fields Recall what the WORLD famous PERSONALITY USONBOLTsaid .he inspired by THE GREAT TENDULKAR.With the more than billion people,prayers & wishes he will definitly going to score hundred at LORDS & WIN IHE MATCH FOR INDIA.

  • POSTED BY SomeoneStoleMyLungi on | July 13, 2011, 1:52 GMT

    Sachin tendulkar. Do you know who is a hectic batsmen? TAMIM IQBAL!! :)

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 1:48 GMT

    Wish him Very Good Luck !!! As some body said, the negative comments only show how they are envious on Sachin.. He had already proven .. he need not to prove that again and again.

  • POSTED BY daywalker32 on | July 13, 2011, 1:34 GMT

    @born badd - the reason Sachin didnt refuse to play in IPL , its called professionalism , if you have people who have heavily invested in you , you prove your worth and justify their decisions , which he rightly did . without professionalism its impossible to succeed in any field of life . Kudos for the little master .undoubtedly the best there was , the best there is and the best there ever will be . Cheers Team India..good luck for the upcoming pommie tour .

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 1:14 GMT

    @hollandindian....it was dhoni decision to continue play coz he n indian team wanted sach to get 100..and what abt millions of people,they would have been hugely dissapointed n sachin very well knows that

  • POSTED BY sachin86 on | July 13, 2011, 1:13 GMT

    Sachin will get his hundred this time around at Lords.Wow!what an occasion that would be playing 2000th test,at Lords,scoring his 100th hundred.A fairy tale.

    Naysayers will always be complaining but sachin will go on scoring for india like he used to and still is and win matches.Sachin-you are the greatest sportsman ever.

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2011, 1:11 GMT

    He is the best batsmen after Bradman and Trott and Lara. It's impressive how long he keeps playing for.

  • POSTED BY Arp2007 on | July 13, 2011, 0:55 GMT

    I smell some jealousy on this discussion board. Few foreigners are here jeleous of Sachin's success..they cannot digest the fact that Sachin is great and their opinions won't matter. What matters is most people consider him the greatest batsmen of all time, including Sir Don...so go and get a life you sore losers. If Sachin didn't skip West Indies and scored heavy runs he would be called a minnow basher. What is up with those haters??? He scores runs you bash him. He gets a duck you bash him. He scores a ton in losing cause you bash him, he scores a ton in winning cause, yet you bash him..LEAVE THE MAN ALONE...he has being playing for the nation for over half of his life. He has done his best for India. There's no question abbout SRT's commitment to india and world cricket.

  • POSTED BY George1123 on | July 13, 2011, 0:42 GMT

    I am Aussie but Tendulkar and Dhoni are my favourite players. I cannot wait to see him go up against Jimmy anderson. Praying to god he waits for Sydney to get his hundredth hundred

  • POSTED BY kezzajakes on | July 13, 2011, 0:40 GMT

    Sachin is out of form. He needs to train more!

  • POSTED BY Deepkar on | July 13, 2011, 0:29 GMT

    @Sachin panipat r u serious 80% may be ur math is very poor, and if he scores 111runs in 100 balls and when he gets out other 8 wickets score only 26 runs in 12 over ( talking about ind vs sa wc 2011) then is it his mistake same happened against england when he was there at crease we thought 360-370 was on cards but when he got out rest all failed and it ended on 338 still big score but Bowler failed is it his mistake? plz Reply.

  • POSTED BY insightfulcricketer on | July 13, 2011, 0:26 GMT

    He is a special player. Is he an all-time great. Maybe. He does not score big on big occasions .Maybe. But what you cannot deny is his insatiable hunger to score runs and his keenness even today to convert single into twos is something to learn.No matter the opposition is Australia or Zimbabwe.This atitude will help one in any walk of life.To just do the mundane things with the zest that there is no tomorrow is what in my book makes Sachin special.

  • POSTED BY sinchl on | July 13, 2011, 0:13 GMT

    PLEASE READ MY COMMENTS- People say that he slows down in 90s, and he is a selfish cricketer, scores so many runs because he plays on Indian flat wickets. Now I would explain the reason behind all these wrong beliefs. He slows down in 90s because he scores pretty quickly until he gets there. On the other hand, most batsmen play only at one pace. India's match versus England in the world cup 2011 is a proof of how heavily Indian batting relies on his shoulders. When he got out everybody followed him, he has seen many batting collapses like that throughout his career, but he never said anything to defend himself and condemn his fellow players. Now issue about flat wickets - If he has scored heavily on these wickets why any other Indian batsmen doesn't or foreign batsman scored that heavily. There is nobody who can replace him in Indian cricket team. Whatever you people say about him, you can't deny he is the most skillful and worshipped batsman that has ever walked on the cricket field.

  • POSTED BY Woody111 on | July 13, 2011, 0:12 GMT

    You just can't help but love this guy; he'll get his 100th ton in the series; no doubt about that. But what's more interesting is the outcome of the series overall. Probably 2 of the top 3 test teams playing each other.

  • POSTED BY zxaar on | July 12, 2011, 23:38 GMT

    "i dont know but for some reason, 80% of his centuries have gone down the drain " --------- All you sachin haters at least get your facts right. Roughly 35% of sachin's centuries have resulted in india losing the match. And if a guy is hitting a 100 and you are still losing than it means your other 10 batsmen contributed nothing to team score.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 23:26 GMT

    Sachin tendulkar will get his 100th ton Inshallah!!

    Pakistan Zindabaaad!!

  • POSTED BY rohanblue on | July 12, 2011, 23:23 GMT

    sachin dnt follow centuries, centuries follow him, boss always rulezzzzzzzzzzzz,

  • POSTED BY zxaar on | July 12, 2011, 23:12 GMT

    @hollandindian , calling the game off is job of team captain , this is not in hands of Tendulkar. So if you do not understand game please do not comment on it. Further last time i checked every single run that tendulkar scored was counted in india's telly.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 23:07 GMT

    Sachin certainly is a rolemodel.He will not only get his 100th ton but I hope will continue to play the role of master batsmen for years to come. Tilak

  • POSTED BY hollandindian on | July 12, 2011, 21:58 GMT

    Look im an indian who just loves the indian team. but one question for Tendulkar, if you re not chasing records, why did you make your ton in a test against SL and not call the game off when the last our started? cant remember the match which it was.... would also love to hear answers from other viewers....

  • POSTED BY Somerset-Richard on | July 12, 2011, 21:54 GMT

    Although I'm a proud Pom, I really hope Sachin gets his 100th international ton at Lords against England. If you can perhaps wait until the Sunday, Sachin old chap, that would be nice because that's when I'm going!

  • POSTED BY cricinfo-fan on | July 12, 2011, 21:40 GMT

    Still don't understand y people miss the simple logic that "if I am adding runs to my record, I am adding runs to the team as well "...So, if Sachin makes a 100 even for his record, it is still good for team India...Its a win-win situation anyways....All the negative comments on Sachin only show how envious people are about him....Ge a job u losers....Sachin..U r a LEGEND !!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 21:36 GMT

    I'm a Sri Lankan and we really love Schin and the way he bat! Good luck little master! Get the 100 at lords! And hope to see his batting for next 4 years time. But make sure to retire at correct time. Otherwise your legacy will not be in peoples mind they way it should be. Good luck again!

  • POSTED BY CNBAS5 on | July 12, 2011, 21:33 GMT

    Good luck Tendlya. You deserve that coveted 100th 100. Go back to your 90s and blast this 100 master in Lords and prove your ingenuity to the loyal cricket fans at Lords. Show them your show business with a cracking century. Go India.

  • POSTED BY uitianmuddi on | July 12, 2011, 21:16 GMT

    i m pakistani bt ..... i luv tandulkar tooo much ... wish him 100th century sooon inshallah .... he is proud of asians

  • POSTED BY Sachin_Panipat on | July 12, 2011, 21:16 GMT

    Highly respected player because of his dignity and humble attitude. He has amassed a lot of exprience playing with different countires over years and under so many captains. He has been the backbone of batting and I thnk the earlier captian Azhar also exposed him as good bowler too. I only have one issue with him, i dont know but for some reason, 80% of his centuries have gone down the drain and India lost, the last example can be found in the 2011 WC and also in the IPL match where he scores 100s and India lost. I think when he is on the crease, he keeps thinking that there is nobody in pavilion after him and he drags his stay on the crease and gets some guys run out and slows down his batting to score his century and finally India lost so many matches. Perhaps we told him so many times not to play selfish but the guy is too determined for that. Dont know how much to prasie and how much to criticise. Also, never like responsibility of captaincy for selfish gains.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 21:07 GMT

    he is truely a legend in all aspects of the game not only for india but for world cricket....sometimes , these statements seem just a myth , cause when theres a tendulkar , theres always goin to be records broken!!!

  • POSTED BY iammadhu on | July 12, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    i wish he gets 100 at Lords

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 20:47 GMT

    sach will surely be in the list of indias all time heros.(surely in top5) not for his records but fr hw he conducts himself b stir the emotions of peope.he is truly a national tressure.he is god(by the logic cricket is religion in india).his innings decide how my entire day will pass.if he somehow one day breaks lara record,that will be the greatest day of my life.sach will surely be in the list of indias all time heros.(surely in top5) not for his records but fr hw he conducts himself b stir the emotions of peope.he is truly a national tressure.he is god(by the logic cricket is religion in india).his innings decide how my entire day will pass.if he somehow one day breaks lara record,that will be the greatest day of my life.

  • POSTED BY DSharath on | July 12, 2011, 20:35 GMT

    It is enjoying the game,which always brings the best of any individual or any team!! SRT having many-a-records on his name, it is always better to show youngsters how important is attitude towards the game and the success comes when we enjoy the game.

  • POSTED BY sunnybeta on | July 12, 2011, 20:28 GMT

    @cric_fan12 God, God, God.....

  • POSTED BY Sehwag_Is_A_Flat_Track_Bully on | July 12, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    I am a fan of Tendulkar, but this is the same man who said he wants 15k test runs before he retires.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 20:04 GMT

    It doesn't matter to Hero. But it does matter to us. Watching 100th 100 in 2000th Test.

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | July 12, 2011, 19:57 GMT

    "The most respected and humble sportsman the world has ever seen."

    ROTFL. India is not the world buddy. Cricket itself is played by a very small number of countries in the world and interest is waning except in the sub-continent. Even in cricket, Aussies and Englishmen would mostly consider Bradman as the biggest cricketing icon. Tendulkar is a great cricketer, of that there could be no doubt. But, to call him the most respected sportsman in the world is just taking it too far - 1.3 billion Chinese and 300 million Americans may have never heard of him.

  • POSTED BY thehasanman on | July 12, 2011, 19:57 GMT

    He should have an attacking approach and go for glory rather than being laid back. I'M SURE HE'LL GET IT.

  • POSTED BY rocky on | July 12, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    Legen..............In 1983 a 10 year old kid made a professional decision to play for India. Ha ha ha.... dary.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 19:52 GMT

    Hi,how do u do.u r a player of magnificent shots.pls give me a chance to play indian cricket team @ i will prove my activity.

  • POSTED BY cric_fan12 on | July 12, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    Guys Guys!!, its okay to love, praise, revere and respect only so much, you cannot call someone GOD like that, this is just beyond imagination, how can a guy who has to go bathroom everyday can be GOD, he is just a very hardworking guy and I respect him for that hard work and mind it anyone with hard work and dedication can become like him, that doesn't mean people become GOD. Even if you dont literally mean it its totally inappropriate to use the word GOD with a human being, call him SIR and I dont have issues with that..please mind this message. Thank you

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    @Sumedh Sharma : Thats not cricket. All great players have shown respect to good bolwers.... left the good balls alone....tired the bowlers...and then scored. By the definition of cricket you give..perhaps Afridi is your role model. He comes hits a 6 or 4 gets out and then retires from test cricket. On his lucky days Afridi hits a century of 37 or 50 balls but consistency is not his forte. Sachin has scored so many runs with his perfect technique on other hand

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    If Sachin Tendulkar plays for his 100 in England its India who is going to beneficial.And if he tries to enjoy the tour means he will try to score lots because the world knows he enjoys to score. hmmm Still India beneficial. Haters of SRT..whatever he does only India will benefit.so stop Hating.

  • POSTED BY Jeptic on | July 12, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    To the petty comments about 'national duties" and taking rest from test instead of Ipl....perhaps these pathetic, so-called mindless thoughts should have consulted with the ticket sales for the IPL versus the ticket sales for the tests in India recently....While MOST IPL games were sold out, the test matches struggled to get spectators.....Perhaps (and maybe it shouldn't be but it IS) "national duty" in Indian cricket now means playing in the IPL...For all practical purposes, your national duty in sports is that duty that brings more entertainment to the countrymen..And hence, he CORRECTLY chose to rest on the WI tour instead of the IPL....Please...even the WI cricketers were not interested in that tour..Sarwan taking off to Miami!!!!

  • POSTED BY rahulcricindia on | July 12, 2011, 19:18 GMT

    @fazlanka i petty on you...i u do not like the world greatest batsman ever what else you like....

  • POSTED BY Whisperofdeath on | July 12, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    Thats a total lie. 100 in England that is all he must be thinking.

  • POSTED BY radhegee on | July 12, 2011, 19:10 GMT

    These all things r just for speaking . Yes Sachin is a great player but he also has records in his mind when his score comes near century . The proof is that he starts playing cautiously , when in 90's. After all he is also a human being and love to be in record books . Definitely he will score his 100 ton and the celebrations done by him will be worth watching .

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    Just centuries doesnt make him a legend.. His thinking and his attitude towards cricket does!

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    best of luck inida . more imp this series to Eng tour & good luck

  • POSTED BY Qdzy on | July 12, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    I don't like Sachin, he represents the old way of approaching Test cricket, I think the modern day version should see either side batting not more than 4 sessions per innings, the Indians with this fellow will drag at least 2 matches to boring draws. Mark my words

  • POSTED BY Yolk_Eater on | July 12, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    @born badd: i think it's time for us to give the guy a break, he has done so much for the sport and for the country in the past 20 years, and yet you question his commitment?? Surely he knows his body better than you, he is 37 and constantly plays in pain (bet you didn't know that). Playing a 2 hour match in a team filled with other great match winners without much pressure isn't the same as playing a 5 day match and that too under the sun. But surely now you will say, that if his body is in pain, why is he still playing, surely for records no?? definitely not for his country??

  • POSTED BY NeoLeo on | July 12, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    "The secret to any performance is not in chasing records. I think about, 'What is the best way to enjoy the game, and how can I enhance that enjoyment factor?' If I enhance the enjoyment then, naturally, the standard of play becomes higher." -- epic statements by the great SRT!! Thanks much cricinfo for posting this!

  • POSTED BY rubal19 on | July 12, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    well what i think from my point of view is that now " RECORDS R AFRAID OF ( GOD ) SIR SACHIN TENDULKAR " cause they know that sachin is going to break them into pieces one day

  • POSTED BY jazee on | July 12, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    @Born Badd. Tendulkar is one of the main icon in India's domestic cricket. People still rush to the stadium just to see him playing. He has more duty to play in the local tournament. He is too wise not to play the minnow teams, otherwise the same people will make that as an excuse to criticize him and question his record. Being a pakistani, I admire Tendulkar for making those subtle decision very carefully. That is why he is the best of the best.

  • POSTED BY idmjothi on | July 12, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    Please Mr. SRT think of retirement. You are still good enough in scores, no two words. But, there are lot of young cricketers eagerly waiting for a place.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    A true gentleman of the game . I love your passion for the game . And other thing i like is you never tell anything off field you only tell to world through your bat only . You done it so many times . The legend of the game you go and get hundred in first test and India will win the test .

  • POSTED BY jogcric on | July 12, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    @ Born Badd / IPL bashers, Sachin is the best. No questions on that. Its time to realize that IPL is here to stay. Do a reality check before you say why IPL first than country. If I offer you a job which gives you millions for working for 2 months in say some part of the world and you work only 8 hours a day, while you are given another offer by your country where you get recognized (while you are already a hero in your country) which one would you go with. Post this question before again bringing this up on any forum or discussions. I am sick of listening to the debate abt country/IPL first.

    -A True Indian Cricket Fan.

  • POSTED BY Sach_z_God on | July 12, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    I have known only one god in my lifetime and that is SACHIN...

  • POSTED BY AnotherCricketFan on | July 12, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    @Jerseyite is a really bitter about the Indian seniors. His remarks about Dravid and now about Tendulkar shows his dislike. Unfortunately players like them have won the games and held the India is #1 spot in Test Arena, even ODIs. VVS, Dravid, Zaheer (a bit) and Tendulkar have aged but they are STILL good. The next batch Raina, Yuvraj, Sreesanth, Praveen, Ishant, Dhoni have not shown that caliber YET.

  • POSTED BY Flat_Track_bullies on | July 12, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    @BORNBADD

    IPL is national duty! It is run by BCCI - money earned ploughed into indian grassroot cricket....

  • POSTED BY AnotherCricketFan on | July 12, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    Oh Yeah! Watch his innings @Lords. He will occupy the crease until he gets that magic figure. A fairy tale ending is what one expects for this player and it will be made. There are millions of Indians who will be watching - Imagine the revenue, the hype, the noise and the $$$$ that will be made on that Test Match and on that occasion You think BCCI or ECB will let that cash slide away. It is all set to happen!

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | July 12, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    Is he playing ODIS there?

  • POSTED BY bigdhonifan on | July 12, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    @Born Badd He played in IPL...He is human, he needs money, he needs to maintain his lifestyle.. He dont have inherited money, he dont have a job that can give him pension, he dont have job where he can work upto the age 60... and about WI tour, he is sure that, even if he wont play India will emerge as Victorious!!! He given chance for India to find and tune a replacement fro him once he retires after one year!!! he dint did anything wrong more than what English or WI or SA or Aus or Pak players did by playing in rebel leagues!!! Example Tony Greig, Chappels, Clive LLoyd

  • POSTED BY CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on | July 12, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    @fazlanka oh man i can recall the best of sports writers,commentators,journalists praising him and eating humble pies after writing him off remember chappelli 2007 mirror mirror mirror and 2 years laters writes an article after sachin gets 175 vs aus in odi peter roebuck,rob steen,bhogle,bumble,naseer hussain,mark nicholas,slats i can go on and on and on a nd on buddy warnie,walsh(recently),greenidge and the big daddy bradman(when i watch sachin bat i see myself in him) i guess thats enough i rest my case

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    @Jerseyite : completely agree wid ur point...evn it ws shocking to see sachin expose jaidev to best bowler in the world(steyn)...bt dude...we all r selfish in smeway or ther..he is no GOD...and has right to b selfish and hypocrite...nothing wrong in that...as long as he continues his form and wins matches for india...

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    I think very first time,India is going with a balanced team..The team is considered to be stronger when compared with the team,that toured in 2007..But Not only for sachin,entire team should focus on victory,rather than abandoning it...ENGLAND IS WAITING.........

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    well....i some times..think..sachin..is kallis with more grace..and...strike rate..like.....i rather like LARA..who goes for his pull even..though...the pitch is perth or Premadasa...he goes to hit six whether...its murali or betty during his 400...with tendulkar he is more of a technically perfect batsmen.His balance is extraordinary. He is simply great but still if u out do him..with sth like what Ajmal did to him in semis of the WC he will try to find the other way out..like defending him and hitting other mediocre bowler thats no great thats just special consistency!....i think..had he continued..they way he played..somw 10 yrs back he would have been great..but now...I think..he is no sachin tendulkar....he is batsmen with perfectnes..but no great..coz..if tendulkar..cant pull at perth..it doesnt..mean anybody else.cant...!..I would like POnting..getting out on a hook to Malinga..rather..than..see him ducking to him and hitting KUlasekara..for six. That..is what Tendulkar is being

  • POSTED BY Pacevsspin on | July 12, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar! If he isn't the best player in the world, I want to see the best player in the world!

  • POSTED BY hypocrite on | July 12, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    In India,Cricket has the power to bring the whole nation together...and let me tell you the main reason behind India's passion,,it is this very man...And please leave the statistics.... don't mention what all he didn't achieve,,this man can make a billion ppl go crazy and hold the breath of the nation for once and all....he is the pride of India... whether you like it or not!

  • POSTED BY Champ2000 on | July 12, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    @Jerseyite : Can't expect everything of man. he wa snever good captain and he never could bat with tail. BUt what the heck.. He is hell of a batsman still.. NO boday is evn close..

  • POSTED BY Atit0122 on | July 12, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    @Born Badd - IPL doesn;t have international feeling like Tests and ODIs. He opted him out to give opportunity to the youngsters to play in International Evn. (like WI) and see how different it is than playing in IPl and in India.

  • POSTED BY Flat_Track_bullies on | July 12, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    WHY DRAVID IS ALREADY TALKING THEIR PLAYERS UP I DONT UNDERSTAND- Even during last trip he made some comments - well guys Indians need to have some proud in who they are...learn from Sunil Gavaskar (or Sachin) both are exemplary the way they present themselves...YOU ARE REPRESENTATION OF NEW INDIA..DONT SELL YOURSELF DOWN PLEASE!..... SHOW SOME PRIDE THE WAY ENGLISH DO WHEN THEY VISIT INDIA...(remember Straussy answered a question about Sachin by saying he was not there to talk up their players..)

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    hey jerseyite..actually your comments are valid...somehow i think he over analyzes situations and has had more than an occasional brain freeze when he captains Mumbai indians.i am not denying his talent or his passion to play. I like him as a record breaking player but to me Dravid and Laxman have the same talent without the same numbers...

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    the who inspires others by his hardwork. jai ho sachin sir.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    This why Tendulkar is a great player. The most respected and humble sportsman the world has ever seen.

  • POSTED BY cricarch on | July 12, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    Respect you for your modesty Sachin. The fact that you dont chase records, its the reason that you're the most record holders in this game. Enjoy your game and records will chase you. We wish you luck and a great series ahead.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    Thats not good news for England because Sachin enjoys his tours by scoring tons of runs. ;)

  • POSTED BY Pankaj_INDIA on | July 12, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar aka The MASTER BLASTER aka THE GOD OF CRICKET aka GOD OF RECORDS...... best batsman, best player, best human being ever to have played game of cricket.... we love you the most, you are the reason why billions of people watch cricket.... SACHIN IS THE BESTEST!!!!

  • POSTED BY Jerseyite on | July 12, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    Of course, he doesn't care about records. Just one thing, Sir, Please do not let Nine, Ten and Jack defend you when you are batting with the tail, the way you did it last year. I am sure a zillion people will come up in arms against me for this comment. Bt it is what it is. By the way, I am also a huge fan of his. But that innings of his last year was an eye opener for me.

  • POSTED BY mohit0316 on | July 12, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    a true indian and most humble individual ever - SACHIN! SACH mein he's the best!

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 16:50 GMT

    Best of luck Sachin and do well in England

  • POSTED BY Pacevsspin on | July 12, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    Is Sachin the greatest player ? Is Sachin the match winner? Is Sachin better than Brian lara,Ponting and Dravid?

    for answer all these questions plaese check these URL http://sachinandcritics.com/sachin_is_a_match_winner.php

  • POSTED BY sportsfan on | July 12, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    Good luck, sachin. Hope you will get your 100th international hundred in the 2000th test

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    A simple question for SRT....why did he forgo National Duties against IPL duties.....if he wanted to take rest he could have skipped IPL which happened right after World Cup and taken rest ??

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    a true legend known for his simplicity and contribution to the game..i always admire his passion for the game-never ending and never tired to hold the bat

  • POSTED BY mits6 on | July 12, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    great fellow , great thinking! Eager to see 50th ODI 100.

  • POSTED BY Sanath-aiyya on | July 12, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    yea right..he slows down when he gets into the nineties.. im sure he thinks about it every minute.. great player..but selfish person

  • POSTED BY MAHESHWARAN.S on | July 12, 2011, 16:34 GMT

    GREAT MAN GREAT WORDS .........................................

  • POSTED BY StatisticsRocks on | July 12, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    SRT you are a legend and I sincerely hope you get your 100th century at Lords and that results in India's victory. You have been a great ambassador of cricket representing India and adored by everyone in the world. Records are meant to be broken and your's is no exception but there will never be another SRT.I dread the day you stop playing cricket. I hope the youngsters learn the most important quality of you i.e. to be humble and respectful while being great. Your greatness is exemplified because of this trait.

    God Bless

  • POSTED BY rustyryan on | July 12, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    God of Cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    The reason he remains an icon after 22 years of top-flight cricket - humility. Regardless of his status, records, awards, expectations - he still places the team first, never grows too big for the game and his competitiveness never boils over to be arrogance. The work ethic remains rooted in his love for the game. He isn't God, he doesn't strive to be a role model .. instead he just was aware and thankful of his talent, and has never stopped working hard to hone it.

  • POSTED BY everstone on | July 12, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    Absolutely golden words by unarguably the greatest cricketer ever!

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    at least tis sachin's ton should win cup for india

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    Hop u get your 100th ton at Lords. You havent scored a century yet at Lords

    100th ton 2000th test 100th between india and england first century at Lords

    what more? There is nothing left for you other than a test triple hundred in your resume. we are all happy as long as you play and contribute to team India

  • POSTED BY niksaims on | July 12, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    Boss !!!! your name itself is a record... Long live king tendulkar and long play king tendulkar. There is not any word for you now. Just a bow and a long silence till u make a move.. When you make a move whole world roars... This kind of achievement none king or emperor or any sportsman has achieved, nor they will in the future.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    You and your thoughts are unique in this whole world!! You have achieved everything and yet on the ground and simple as new born baby!!! You are the proud to our nation and hats off to your dedication! Keep playing for team India, which was your dream and make us proud!! We love you so much!

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    U ll surely enjoy ur game with 100th ton :-) I wish u all d very best Sachin :-)

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  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    U ll surely enjoy ur game with 100th ton :-) I wish u all d very best Sachin :-)

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    You and your thoughts are unique in this whole world!! You have achieved everything and yet on the ground and simple as new born baby!!! You are the proud to our nation and hats off to your dedication! Keep playing for team India, which was your dream and make us proud!! We love you so much!

  • POSTED BY niksaims on | July 12, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    Boss !!!! your name itself is a record... Long live king tendulkar and long play king tendulkar. There is not any word for you now. Just a bow and a long silence till u make a move.. When you make a move whole world roars... This kind of achievement none king or emperor or any sportsman has achieved, nor they will in the future.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    Hop u get your 100th ton at Lords. You havent scored a century yet at Lords

    100th ton 2000th test 100th between india and england first century at Lords

    what more? There is nothing left for you other than a test triple hundred in your resume. we are all happy as long as you play and contribute to team India

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    at least tis sachin's ton should win cup for india

  • POSTED BY everstone on | July 12, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    Absolutely golden words by unarguably the greatest cricketer ever!

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    The reason he remains an icon after 22 years of top-flight cricket - humility. Regardless of his status, records, awards, expectations - he still places the team first, never grows too big for the game and his competitiveness never boils over to be arrogance. The work ethic remains rooted in his love for the game. He isn't God, he doesn't strive to be a role model .. instead he just was aware and thankful of his talent, and has never stopped working hard to hone it.

  • POSTED BY rustyryan on | July 12, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    God of Cricket.

  • POSTED BY StatisticsRocks on | July 12, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    SRT you are a legend and I sincerely hope you get your 100th century at Lords and that results in India's victory. You have been a great ambassador of cricket representing India and adored by everyone in the world. Records are meant to be broken and your's is no exception but there will never be another SRT.I dread the day you stop playing cricket. I hope the youngsters learn the most important quality of you i.e. to be humble and respectful while being great. Your greatness is exemplified because of this trait.

    God Bless

  • POSTED BY MAHESHWARAN.S on | July 12, 2011, 16:34 GMT

    GREAT MAN GREAT WORDS .........................................