England v India, 1st npower Test, Lord's, 3rd day July 23, 2011

Towering Tremlett unsettles the master

Sachin Tendulkar's battle with Chris Tremlett was an enthralling contest between a giant of the game and a giant of man
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Scorecards rarely give the full picture. Stuart Broad will want a copy of today's which shows 'Tendulkar c Swann b Broad 34', but he owes a huge thanks to the man who preceded him at the Nursery End during the afternoon session as Chris Tremlett gave the latest example of the formidable Test bowler he has become.

Test cricket doesn't come much more intense than the two hours between lunch and tea that the bumper Saturday crowd at Lord's was treated to. There were flowing boundaries, edges, wickets, dropped catches and a towering fast bowler making life difficult for one of the best batsmen to have ever played the game. Tickets aren't cheap, but they were worth every penny.

Tremlett has removed Tendulkar once before in a Test match - a rib-cage short ball that was fended to short leg at Trent Bridge in 2007 - and can justifiably feel he could have had him again here. It was an enthralling contest between a giant of the game and a giant of man. That series four years ago gave India forewarning of what Tremlett was capable of so, although his career stalled after that promising start, his impact hasn't surprised the visitors.

"We noticed Tremlett four years ago," Rahul Dravid said. "I remember the boys saying that he could be a special bowler. That's been proved in recent years and he's developed a lot."

The head-to-head with Tendulkar started before lunch and he took the early honours with a sweet square drive, but in the penultimate over of the session Tremlett beat the bat on three occasions as he made the ball swing and seam from a full length. They resumed after the interval and kept exchanging blows. Tendulkar would thread a boundary and Tremlett would respond with some extra effort.

Tremlett's 15th over asked questions with every delivery. Tendulkar was desperate to try and get forward, but the height of Tremlett made it awkward, and an over later he went for a drive which spooned into a vacant area at point. That was the last ball Tremlett sent down in the spell - delivered 11-3-30-1 either side of lunch - and when Broad replaced him to took just four deliveries to find the outside edge which was snapped up at second slip.

"If you can apply pressure from both ends you have a better chance," said an appreciative Broad. "We talk about that as a bowling unit, bowling in partnership, not giving easy runs away. Whenever you come in and get a wicket in your first over it is normally down to the guys who have done the work previously so a lot of credit has to go to them."

The swing from Tremlett, subtle as it was, brought another dimension to his bowling. Everyone knows about his bounce, and he often finds seam movement from a tricky length, but movement in the air is not such a common weapon for him. It was a marked improvement on his display on this ground against Sri Lanka which, he admitted during the build-up, may have been hindered by the Lord's slope.

The occasional delivery was still speared down the leg side, particularly in his first couple of spells, but there was much more of the splice-jarring accuracy that makes him such a threat. He didn't finish unrewarded, either. VVS Laxman managed to flick to fine leg, then with the second new ball he had MS Dhoni caught at slip and removed a flinching Harbhajan Singh for a duck. It was the least he deserved.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • sachin86 on July 26, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    @ravi

    if he really wanted to boost his average every time,he would've scored yesterday rather than blocking.if he was caring for his ton he wouldn't have been defensive.

    If sachin exposed the tailenders then dravid too exposed the tailenders in this test after he got his ton. if sachin's century always come under losing cause and he can't handle pressure(2nd innigns acooridng to you guys) then dravid too scored a century under losing cause and choked in the 2nd innings...so,dravid isn't a team man and only cares for personal milestones like sachin isn't it?

  • sachin86 on July 26, 2011, 15:04 GMT

    Let me tell you the difference...

    dravid is being hailed for his brilliant ton and for scoring "yet another ton under pressure situation" and scored 36 in 2nd innings

    just swap the names of dravid and sachin here in the scorecard,

    now people would've said,"yet another ton under losing cause" and when it was a "pressure situation" in the 2nd innings sachin choked scoring just 36 runs.Sachin is selfish people wouldn't even be talking about dravid here when he scored 34 and 12 resp. in both the innings.

  • prashant1 on July 25, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    Here's the figures in major Test playing nations OUTSIDE of the Subcontinent (Non "flat" tracks) for the 2 Greatest modern day batsmen .

    AUS SRT- 58.5 Lara -41.9

    SA SRT - 46.4 Lara - 46.7

    NZ SRT - 49.5 Lara - 36.9

    ENG SRT - 62 Lara - 48.8 ..............SO, if Tendulkar is a "flat track bully"...where in the world does this leave poor Lara???

  • ravichakra on July 24, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    Thanks Andrew, the Indian media, experts, ex-cricketers all made out that he was unconquerable till that ball and looking in sublime touch to get the 100th 100 shadowing the 100 the Great Wall of India scored.

  • on July 24, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    cricinfo comments are comedy gold.

  • cricsuri on July 24, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    @ravichakra- Dravid did the same thing yesterday, if you have watched it sir. He was not guarding the tailenders. In fact most of the indian batsmen are selfish, and play for their own records. I was shocked to see even Sachin doing the same. I never understood why. They need to learn from the greats like Lara, on how he guarded Ambrose and won the match for WI.

  • on July 24, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    @5wombats - If each and every innings would give an indication of reality, ICC rankings would change after every innings played in every test. What happened to England in the Adelaide test of 2006? Huge lead in first innings only to lost the test by 9 or so wickets after crumbling like a pack of cards in the second innings????? Lets wait till the series is over to get the REALITY CHECKS!!!!

  • silversam1 on July 24, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    I don't even see the point of the negative talk about Tendulkar, the man has 99 international centuries and shows no signs of slowing, that is monumental and any talk about him being a lion just at home and a flat track bully is garbage. He is the man who made a mark on batting, has earned the respect of fans and bowlers all over the world, even in my home city of Lahore children want to be like him. Tremlett is a wonderful talent and I hope he builds it up more and more, people should appreciate greatness and talent and encourage it, I don't understand the negativity in this world.

  • ravichakra on July 24, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    To all those who look up overseas averages as a statistical measure to justify performances, firstly, one should understand it is a poor statistical measure. Secondly, a measure of performance should be the significance of the innings whether it is for a victory or a save. People who cite Sachin's century in SA should realize that the match result did not change because of that century - most of his centuries are similar. It was only a matter of when v/s whether. Worst still he remained not out by exposing the tail to the fiery bowlers once he reached his century. That would have boosted his average a few notches higher but for the team that 100 was meaningless to say the least. Compare that with the 100 scored by Dravid in WI. He could have easily remained not out and boosted his average, on the contrary he threw his wicket away to get some useful runs for the team.

  • ElPhenomeno on July 24, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    Most of the folks here are armchair coaches. I am a south african, but calling Sachin a flat track bully is work of a brain dead. People might yet eat their words. Guy is great, stop pretending as if he has still to prove something.

  • sachin86 on July 26, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    @ravi

    if he really wanted to boost his average every time,he would've scored yesterday rather than blocking.if he was caring for his ton he wouldn't have been defensive.

    If sachin exposed the tailenders then dravid too exposed the tailenders in this test after he got his ton. if sachin's century always come under losing cause and he can't handle pressure(2nd innigns acooridng to you guys) then dravid too scored a century under losing cause and choked in the 2nd innings...so,dravid isn't a team man and only cares for personal milestones like sachin isn't it?

  • sachin86 on July 26, 2011, 15:04 GMT

    Let me tell you the difference...

    dravid is being hailed for his brilliant ton and for scoring "yet another ton under pressure situation" and scored 36 in 2nd innings

    just swap the names of dravid and sachin here in the scorecard,

    now people would've said,"yet another ton under losing cause" and when it was a "pressure situation" in the 2nd innings sachin choked scoring just 36 runs.Sachin is selfish people wouldn't even be talking about dravid here when he scored 34 and 12 resp. in both the innings.

  • prashant1 on July 25, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    Here's the figures in major Test playing nations OUTSIDE of the Subcontinent (Non "flat" tracks) for the 2 Greatest modern day batsmen .

    AUS SRT- 58.5 Lara -41.9

    SA SRT - 46.4 Lara - 46.7

    NZ SRT - 49.5 Lara - 36.9

    ENG SRT - 62 Lara - 48.8 ..............SO, if Tendulkar is a "flat track bully"...where in the world does this leave poor Lara???

  • ravichakra on July 24, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    Thanks Andrew, the Indian media, experts, ex-cricketers all made out that he was unconquerable till that ball and looking in sublime touch to get the 100th 100 shadowing the 100 the Great Wall of India scored.

  • on July 24, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    cricinfo comments are comedy gold.

  • cricsuri on July 24, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    @ravichakra- Dravid did the same thing yesterday, if you have watched it sir. He was not guarding the tailenders. In fact most of the indian batsmen are selfish, and play for their own records. I was shocked to see even Sachin doing the same. I never understood why. They need to learn from the greats like Lara, on how he guarded Ambrose and won the match for WI.

  • on July 24, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    @5wombats - If each and every innings would give an indication of reality, ICC rankings would change after every innings played in every test. What happened to England in the Adelaide test of 2006? Huge lead in first innings only to lost the test by 9 or so wickets after crumbling like a pack of cards in the second innings????? Lets wait till the series is over to get the REALITY CHECKS!!!!

  • silversam1 on July 24, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    I don't even see the point of the negative talk about Tendulkar, the man has 99 international centuries and shows no signs of slowing, that is monumental and any talk about him being a lion just at home and a flat track bully is garbage. He is the man who made a mark on batting, has earned the respect of fans and bowlers all over the world, even in my home city of Lahore children want to be like him. Tremlett is a wonderful talent and I hope he builds it up more and more, people should appreciate greatness and talent and encourage it, I don't understand the negativity in this world.

  • ravichakra on July 24, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    To all those who look up overseas averages as a statistical measure to justify performances, firstly, one should understand it is a poor statistical measure. Secondly, a measure of performance should be the significance of the innings whether it is for a victory or a save. People who cite Sachin's century in SA should realize that the match result did not change because of that century - most of his centuries are similar. It was only a matter of when v/s whether. Worst still he remained not out by exposing the tail to the fiery bowlers once he reached his century. That would have boosted his average a few notches higher but for the team that 100 was meaningless to say the least. Compare that with the 100 scored by Dravid in WI. He could have easily remained not out and boosted his average, on the contrary he threw his wicket away to get some useful runs for the team.

  • ElPhenomeno on July 24, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    Most of the folks here are armchair coaches. I am a south african, but calling Sachin a flat track bully is work of a brain dead. People might yet eat their words. Guy is great, stop pretending as if he has still to prove something.

  • thestunner316_15 on July 24, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    to all india/sachin haters... england are 72/5 at lunch... and if we pick up 1-2 more wkts after lunch, we can actually win this match... its still just the 1st test - too early to make judgments on how each team is playing... traditionally we are slow starters but we will beat the poms... cmon india...

  • Aussasinator on July 24, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    People dont miss a chance to have a go at the all time best batsman in the game do they?

  • on July 24, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    I don't usually comment on these things, but to the muppet who called Sachin a flat track bully, go and look up his innings in the 3rd test against SA. Batting on a minefield against the worlds best bowler throwing down 90mph + missiles was one of the best innings I have ever seen. Great batsman and it will be a pleasure to watch him in what is probably his final series in England.

  • on July 24, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    @ Indian Fans

    I am surprised by all those who comment on players , sorry dravid , these same guys will put the blame on you , when u just fail once- ur turn is to come, sachin batted beautifully untill he got out, he didnt waste many balls , he was going at a decent pace, dravid and sach batted beautifully, its quite natural to get out , when sachin was batting it was not a difficult situation , once again i repeat it was not a diff situation, we were not playing to SAVE THE TEST, we looked solid to get 400 odd runs and eventually draw the match. once he got out , laxman went cheaply, and so raina and dhoni ,i lll not blame lax, or raina or dhoni , no one wants to get out and put india into trouble , Its just unfolds b4 u .

  • lilliputta on July 24, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    England has improved their game vastly. Last month i thought Sri Lanka was terrible. But now realize that even India is far behind. Probably people, we got to accept the fact that we are dominant in slow pitches and Englishmen on fast, bouncy pitches. Except for occasional brilliant performances, home advantage is the key in international cricket.

  • RaTe on July 24, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    to the sachin naysayers please remember - none of you will ever even come close to understanding (let alone achieving) what he has or goes through. think about if your entire office or colleagues crowd around your comp every morning when you get into work

    second, if you ask dravid, it works better for him in a way that he is in sachin's shadow because in that scenario he thrives as an underdog because the media glare is always on sachin. also if you ask any cricketer wrth half his salt will say that batsmen can only set up games and at best save them but winning is with the bowlers. in that scenario sehwag is the only matchwinner currently in world cricket as a batsman, styles of sachin and ponting help set up games with a strike rate of more than 50 odd and the likes of dravid play the VITAL role (and never will there be any better in from this flash bang generation) of saving test matches. and some ramaswamy guy said something about avgs, suggest you do a cmparison of overseas avgs

  • 5wombats on July 24, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    I love these comment boards! You get these really priceless ones like; "SRT got out because England bowlers are so tall", and "I don't think the Indians are behind on any count. First of all,the English bowling which is much hyped to be of a threat to India's experienced batsmen,does not seem to be as menacing as a McGrath or Malinga." NOT BEHIND!!!?? I make it that india are 193 behind. NOT MUCH OF A THREAT!!!?? - but just bowled out the "worlds greatest side" for under 300 - only just avoiding the follow on. NOT AS MENACING AS.... etc. Then you get "overall, the bowling line up is similar for both teams". Really??? This Lords Reality check hasn't had much effect on some people has it?

  • phantom625 on July 24, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    Tendulkar avgs 58 in Aus, 60 in Eng, 46 in SA, 47 in Wi and 49 in NZ. He 100s - 6 in Aus, 4 in Eng, 2 in NZ, 5 in SA, 1 in WI. His combined avg in the above countries in 53.21 in 66 tests with 18 100s. Sachin's innings in SA this Jan against hostile bowling of Steyn was a masterclass. Hope you have watched that. His innings at Perth was another such gem. Please check the stats before saying anything. People should learn to appreciate. As much as I like and admire Dravid I never downplay someone's else effort in the team. Every innings played by any of the player is as important. Laxman has played in much tougher situations, what happened to him yesterday. Not everyone plays everyday. If that was the case India would always have 500 runs in the bag. Yesterday it was Rahul. tomorrow it may be VVS and next someone else. It is a team game.

  • US_Indian on July 24, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    @jegannath ramanathan, if you have been following cricket recently your comment is just right, but even earlier days it was like Bombay is India and India is Bombay the way they used to coin a phrase Like Indra is India and India is Indra, there have been wonderful players like Vishwanath who was a much better player, this is just an example, even among bombayites there have been few unlucky ones like Solkar, Sardesai among the older ones and Zaheer, Jaffer who didnt get thier fair share of respect and limelight but that in no way reduces their contribution or their capability in the eyes of true game lovers and real patriots. Even now look how they are trying to promote Rohit but same is not being done for Iqbal Abdulla or Ali Murtuza, there is always double standards, guys.

  • Jaggadaaku on July 24, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    Sachin, Gambhir, and Laxman seemed just like "Dudhpaak" (Rookies) in this match. Believe it or not, Without Sehwag, India are like Bangladesh against England. Captain-Dhoni continues failing. India shouldn't take England lightly like Australia. This England team just won the Ashes by 3-1, and Trott, Pietersen, Cook, Prior, and Bell are in their form of the lives. Other than Dravid, all Indian batsmen and the spinner-Harbhajan shouldn't be selected again. Spinner-Harbhajan's bowling averages increase day by day and match by match because he rarely gets wickets these days. Indian performance in this match, shows they have become WI after playing the recent series with them. Number one team, and so-called the strongest batting line-up in tests scored just once 300+ runs in their last 7 innings (6 vs. WI). Sachin said he would play until he would enjoy the game. Does he still enjoying failing the innings when India really needed a century or half and breaking millions of fans hearts????

  • on July 24, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    it is time for people to taunt the indian team, and some iconic batsmen they have. it is a travesty, just turn up to play a test match at lords with no match practice having just arrived into the country, and loosing Zaheer. it is common cricketing knowledge that India have been slow starters to a series. All you 'better than tendulkar', 'better than India' chanting analysts need to wait and see how things go as the series progresses. even now there is that sure carefulness about the critics as they know that they might well be made to eat their words soon.

  • Ckt_Lover on July 24, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    Yes,it's been a very disciplined performance by English bowlers,and they have a better bunch of players than their previous teams. Having said that,I don't think the Indians are behind on any count. First of all,the English bowling which is much hyped to be of a threat to India's experienced batsmen,does not seem to be as menacing as a McGrath or Malinga. Indians are known to start any tour badly,and here they've not done too badly. In bowling,Zak was badly missed. PK swings the ball a lot,but he needs a more teasing line. Ishant was wayward. Bhajji stopped thinking on a spinless pitch. In batting,Mukund showed lot of promise. Indians were doing good at 150/2, then they missed out. They played bad shots,except for Sachin who got a good ball. Laxman played uppishly. Raina wasted his wicket,playing across. And there,the advantage was lost. I think India and England are both formidable sides. If they both play to potential (Englahd are),we'll have an interesting and tight series.

  • on July 24, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    And on people commenting on getting fed up with the hype about Tendulkar, I should admit that the hype is a bit too much. But it is funny to see people commenting as if it is the fault of Tendulkar. It is the fault of media and not the player. The same people commenting here would not have complained if those media articles were on Sachin's failures rather than success. As somebody commented that even if Dravid scores more than Sachin in the whole series, there would be talk only about Sachin. But is Sachin to blame for that? I assume people use their brains before posting their rants here. Being an Indian, I feel ashamed that most of my countrymen are too jingoistic and never recognize true talent. Degrading others to glorify some people is the best thing these people can do.

  • on July 24, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    just can't believe about these sachin haters.....what else u want from master.

  • singhavi on July 24, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    Please don't compare Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar.It took RP 3 indian tours and 8 yrs to score his first century in India and that to came at flat track of Bangalore unlike sachin who in his first Aus tour scored century at Perth at the age of 19. Ricky ponting has never had to carry Aus batting on his shoulders and India for whole of the 90's was one man show and still all the talk looks centered arund Sachin.Ricky ponting doesn't even feel 5% of pressure of what Sachin feels.Please feel for the man 1.2 billion pepole's exepctation are on his shoulder's Before Sehwag and Gambhir started opening for India Dravid and sachin have invariably walked on to the crease in the first few overs of a test match compare this to alway setteled opening pair of Aus and anyone will tell you it's always easy to bat when score is 150-1 than 20-2 or when your great bowling(Mcg,warne) set up an easy 4th ing tar for you to improve your 4th ing avg

  • on July 24, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    well as expected sachin getting out thereby giving sachin bashers a shot in hand to have a go. its awright u guys can criticise him but to declare he has been poor agaainst quality fast bowling is blatant lies. how can u say that? check the records for proof. yesterday also he was fluent & geting in b4 he unfortunately chased a wide volley which came a bit slow than he thought. but it happens. this doesnt mean he is a h=bad batsman.

  • on July 24, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    Why all this criticism of Tendulkar?? Has everyone forgotten the India-SA series and his battle against "quality fast bowling" not so long ago? Has everyone forgotten who Dale Steyn is? How can people be so hypocritical? Amazing.

  • vpk23 on July 24, 2011, 7:03 GMT

    Najafbutt have to agree with you in the right way. Sach is great! True...seconding your thought on just a tiny point which Sach himself knows.. """The day Tendulkar will play a inning like Gavaskar played at the Oval test in 1979 , for me then he will become a great player"""

  • singhavi on July 24, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    Looks like pepeole who don't follow indian cricket have posted comment about Sachin's century.i agree that India have lost lot of matches where Sachin has scored century but please also look at what team has done when he has scored century 1996 SA- sachin scores 169 and he ran out of partners if pepole think ,that SA team didn't have quality fast bowlers I don' know which bowling attack will be considered as quality 1999 Aus-Sachin scored 115 and again he ran out of partners 1999 Ind- India chasing 270 against pak Sachin scores 136 half of the target India still went on to loose the match.Cricket is a team game irrerspective of How great you are you will have to depend on your team for results.When Sachin got out in Chennai in this particular match India needed 15 runs to win the game with 3 wic remaining his team failed him,compare this to 2005 ashes Ricky scores 156 in a bid to save the match but he gos out with 28 balls to spare and only 1 wic remaining but his tail saved the gam

  • on July 24, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    Why we need Harbhajan singh ? It's not like he was in tremendous form and troubling to find some wickets now . An experienced guy like him should be playing a mentor role for youngsters but it seems like he is one, who getting the tips from the youngsters. Zero runs and Zero wickets , thats what happened in first innings . It was a situation that we needed to avoid the follow on and he just came and disappeared. I dont like Graeme swan ,period! but the way he bowled in first innings , it was like put some gigantic rocks on batsmen 's head . That is the conventional off spin bowling ,targeting every ball into the stumps but what is Harbhajan doing ? Guy, who call himself a off spinner , bowling every ball at the leg side and giving the tons of runs . Even tail enders , not afraid of his bowling . Swann played against Harbhajan was like a KP, went for cover drives, switch shots and hammering . He just a tail, but played like a real batsman. India still got a chance to save this match.

  • cricketizgood on July 24, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    I can't believe how many people in world envy Sachin. If he hits a century they say he is selfish, if he is out under 50 they say he is not a standard player. Now cummon, the man holds most of the batting records and you don't get to this mark by only playing with poor bowlers and countries. If you can get then there are other 10 players from India playing along with him, but they don't hold these records, does that mean that they even don't know how to play cricket ?

    Its a shame that being an Indian you still envy one of the Indian Hero. For people those who call him selfish probably haven't seen him when India won the World Cup 2011.

  • Nutcutlet on July 24, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    @Suresh Lalvani. How tall is Dravid? If you want to make an excuse, find a better one than that!

  • Nutcutlet on July 24, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    This test has (so far) been massively important to the England team on two counts: (1) KP has demonstrably learnt how to control his ego (early in his innings you could see his self-admonishment every time he let his bat arc into a fresh-air flourish) with a handsome dividend for his maturity, and (2), Broad has found out what sort of bowler he is meant to be: bowling at pace well up to the batsman and using the short-pitched ball as a surprise weapon only; he too has mastered his ego that whispered some real rubbish at times in the recent past. If both have turned the corner, then I cannot see India standing up against this England side. Tremlett has been formidable and has put down a marker for the series by making Tendulkar look fallible (although Broad got him in the end). Only Jimmy needs to fire against the top order to reduce India's batsmen to nothing more than ordinary, but we'll see!

  • rohitacmilan on July 24, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    I have been following English cricket closely since last 2 years - you got to admire their system which keeps on producing such quality fast bowlers. Zaheer - Anderson = equal Ishant - Broad = equal (because both of them are very inconsistent) Praveen - Tremlett - Tremlett (discounting the fact Praveen had a 5 wicket haul) - You have to see how Tremlett troubled Aussies in Ashes (dont forget that 98 all out in Boxing day test last year) Breshan - Sreesant = Bresan (because he is more consistent and a better batsman) Munaf - Steven Fynn = Steven Fynn (>50 wickets in 12 tests is no mean feat spl. when you dont get to play often)

    Also the no of times Zaheer Khan gets injured in a year - Anderson played whole of Ashes (5 tests) - even Kapil Dev at 32 was much fitter than Zaheer and played 3 tests series with ease. Zaheer of 25 was much leaner and fitter - unless ur upper body is not light enough lower part wont be able to support it spl. when the front foot lands on popping crease

  • on July 24, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    True, very true.. Sachin's wicket is as much Tremlett's as it is Broad's.. he looked a shadow of himself when bowling to the openers; but when the Right Hand batsmen came in, Tremlett was unplayable..terrific bowler..

  • on July 24, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    I have always said , sachin is a flat track bullie.None of my indian brethern are willing to accept this reality. some of the centuries he has scored overseas like a sydney test 200, adealide 100 are all on flat tracks.Even harbhajan scored a 50 in that innings speaks volume of the track. even in SA, the 2 test hundreds were on slow non responsive tracks. Dravid is a much better batsman than tendulkar in these conditions. if one takes the avearge of tendulkar agianst australlia in australlia, sa in sa and england and Wi in theiur backyard, his ave will be average not world class.

  • kevinpp24 on July 24, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    @kiwiRocker, Lookslike you got very good cricket knowledge, how old are you anyway? I would like to add few more batsmen who go after main bowlers like kevin pietersen, chris gayle, mathew hayden few more but i could not remember any indian batsmen not even sehwag.

  • Alexk400 on July 24, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    Sachin is overhyped batsman. He scores runs in unthreatening situation. He is great oppurtunist. Every bastman has a weakness. Dravid )outside off stump teasing) was dead duck against steyn. VVS lasman ( inswing) is dead duck against asif. Sachin ( offstump with bounce) was dead duck against mcgrath. Not all teams has the bowlers to do the job. Sachin always score well when openers score big because by the time bowlers get tired. if first two wickets fell yearly and sachin has to face new ball. He fails 100%. if you ask me Dravid is greatest for me. Gavaskar is also great but never saved any game like dravid did like million times. Sachin has only one thing stats. He wants to be not out just for stats. He is pathetic and he is anti team man and his selfishness backstab anyone.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on July 24, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    Can we concentrate on Dravid for a change and on the match rather than obsessively concentrating on the failed performance of the so called 'god'?

  • on July 24, 2011, 4:01 GMT

    some opinions on the master here crack me up!!! plz be rational and with good judgement!!!

  • on July 24, 2011, 3:42 GMT

    @KiwiRocker absolutely right.. Viv was an unbelievable batsman.. I am a big fan of sachin but if i had to choose between sachin or viv in my team , any day its the King Viv.. Sachin is great player but during most of the crisis situation its only dravid who comes to the help.. Sachin was looking very good yesterday for a good century but tremlett and broad made the breakthrough.. Oh god I wish we had a player like Viv... Can Sachin score in the second innings and change the opinions of all us ? will have to wait and watch.. but i am not betting on it.. :)

  • Amarjitmadan on July 24, 2011, 3:01 GMT

    Considering Team India batting line up boasts of a very good opener in Gambhir, at one down the rightly named wall Dravid at 2 down the Little Master one of the greatest in business followed by the silk touch Laxman not only the crisis man but also using aggression with cauition, English bowlers deserve cent percent credit who bowled at an economical .Tremlette did live to his reputation making complete use of his height for bounce and physique for express deliveries.Stuart Broad may even be surprised the way he used all at his disposal to perfection picking first three wickets putting India under pressure, more importantly not letting Kevin's brilliant double hundred look like a 70 or 80 run innings.He has not only sealed his place in the team but also assurance to the think tank,the captain fellow pacers and batsmen that there will be relentless attack treading on the same lines as those of WI and batsmen will be more sure of their useful contributions not going waste.

  • henchart on July 24, 2011, 2:24 GMT

    Tendulkar need not prove himself .His 99 internatioal centuries speak for themselves and he didnt get them against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh only.People not qualified enough talk about his being good on flat tracks which is a big joke.His knocks in Manchester 1990,Perth 1992,Jo'burg 1992,Edgbaston 1996 ,Melbourne 1999 were all not on flat tracks.More recently,in Centurion he flayed the SA bowlers when rest of the Indians couldnt stand up against Steyn and Morkel.He was supported well by Dhoni ,though. Point is ,he excels where others flounder and unfortunately India ends up losing unlike Dravid who ensures that India either draws or wins after his Century.But that doesnt make Dravid a better batsman than Sachin or for that matter Sachin less useful to the team than Dravid.Sachin will set the turf on fire in the second innings at Lord's.Wait and watch.

  • on July 24, 2011, 2:21 GMT

    my dear friends match is not over yet.. wait n see

  • MeraBharatMahaan on July 24, 2011, 2:01 GMT

    @KiwiRocker, you should add Mcgrath to the list, he has been equally poor against him. In fact, he has not done well against any quality fast bowling. Only thing he has done is to exploit spin bowling all over. I wrote a blog on his greatness: http://blog.yahoo.com/_YC2PEQ34OS7WNX4ARD2QMHSFCQ/articles/117004/index?bb=0

  • getsetgopk on July 24, 2011, 1:29 GMT

    well Tendulkar would be furious with the 'God' incharge of luck, how could Laxman and Dravid both get a dropped catch and not me?? but this isn't new. Tendulkar has performed consistantly poor against quality fast bowling. had it not been for those two dropped catches India would not have reached 200 and should be thanking strauss and swann for avoiding follow-on on a flat track.

  • HatsforBats on July 24, 2011, 0:59 GMT

    I can't believe the lack of comments! Where has everyone gone? Must be the time difference. @Suresh Lalvani: That is the funniest comment I've ever read. @landl47: you are spot on, England has the most complete bowling attack in the world.

  • Praxis on July 24, 2011, 0:02 GMT

    To tell you the truth I'm kinda loving it! Couple of articles on bowlers in a single day!! It was really good bowling from Broad but I still believe that Bresnan is far more consistent & effective, let's see how Broad does as the series progresses. I understand that Indian fans are very disappointed. It just doesn't seem right that the top ranked test team should be so much dependent on a single bowler. Almost same happened in South Africa not so long ago. @Ram Jegendran, there's a huge possibility of Dravid coming out as the top Indian scorer in this series, even then it would be all about Tendulkar, I'm telling you.

  • najafbutt on July 23, 2011, 23:40 GMT

    Sunil Gavaskar is the best player india has ever produced , Tendulkar is not even half of player what Gavaskar was ,Tendulkar is best at playing on slow wickets with no bounce, though tendulkar score some runs in Australia but there bowling is not what it used to be and also Australian pitches are lacking bounce in last few years. Tendulkar has face very few genuine fast bowlers but Gavaskar had to face army of fast bowlers from all countries home and abroad through out his career, in today's match Tremlett gave very hard time to Tendulkar so just imagine tendulkar playing against West Indies or Australia in 70s or 80s and i bet you Tendulkar career would have been whole lot different. The day Tendulkar will play a inning like Gavaskar played in Oval test 1979 , for me then he will become a great player.

  • mak102480 on July 23, 2011, 23:22 GMT

    @landl47: It's easy to say that now, huh. What has Broad done lately (besides this innings)? Broad bowled really well today but nobody doubted his ability. It's just that - like Ishant Sharma and Sreesanth - he hasn't done it consistently enough. One innings does not change that - just like one 5-fer doesn't change the fact that PK is an average bowler when conditions are not helpful..................overall, the bowling line up is similar for both teams - Eng slightly ahead b'cos of home conditions but India is not too far behind...............@craigdrm: I saw many English fans predicting a 4-0 Eng result as well...A few fans predicting such results doesn't mean that is the consensus. I predict that neither side is good enough for such results (3-0 or 4-0) and it will be a 1-1 draw (one caveat: if Zaheer is out of the series then I predict 2-0 Eng. He is that important at this stage to the indian team).

  • on July 23, 2011, 23:19 GMT

    Here we just saw Rahul Dravid scoring a wonderful century and saved India from the ignominy of a follow on and we have an article on how Sachin was dismissed.. Seriously..??? Why doesnt anyone ever realize the importance of Dravid...

  • on July 23, 2011, 23:03 GMT

    Test cricket is real Cricket and only those who have played or at least watched good cricket would agree. People who cannot enjoy this might go and watch some other games. Shorter version cricket is not cricket. The shorter the number of overs bigger the Joke!

  • KiwiRocker- on July 23, 2011, 22:47 GMT

    Master has done this very successfully over the years- I mean not scoring against the quality bowlers. Master averages less than 36 in fourth innings of a test match- master has a collective average of 31 against Wasim Akram, Waqar younis and Alan Donald...Sorry mate, you do not become master by scoring odd runs against Shane Warne...Sir Viv Richards was the master as he not only scored against the best but he also showed that how to score...He was the only king and real master with that swagger! Now lets write something more interesting...For example India's pathetic bowling and so called No.1 ranking...

  • 5wombats on July 23, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    @Suresh Lalvani; nice excuse for SRT - but what about all the other indian batsmen (except Dravid)? Hey @landl47! Gone quiet around here hasn't it? Have to say this - Lords is super flat and Strauss/Flower will absolutely not risk setting india anything remotely gettable, and with the weather - there is a good chance this will turn into a draw. One thing @Trickstar - will you be at Lords on Monday?

  • CricketChat on July 23, 2011, 22:17 GMT

    Tremlett, Broad and Kevin should thank Ind from their bottom of heart for reviving their flagging careers.

  • on July 23, 2011, 22:07 GMT

    england's version of morne morkel except that he has more skills and seems a bigger threat to batsmens fingers. just ask T.M. Dilshan

  • daisyhayseed on July 23, 2011, 21:43 GMT

    This is already an ethrawling series. I love test cricket!

  • xylo on July 23, 2011, 21:16 GMT

    Was this "Master" of yours the top-scorer for his team? If not, can we move to discussing the more interesting contests involving Dravid or Mukund?

  • dsig3 on July 23, 2011, 21:13 GMT

    He was the pick of the bowlers when he destroyed us in Aus. He is the closest thing to McGrath that we have seen in a while. Accurate and bouncy.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on July 23, 2011, 21:11 GMT

    Tremlett was awesome today. Life couldn't have been more difficult for those two Legendary batsmen. If Tremlett can crank it up to 145 KMPH, I don't think Dravid would want to take the role of building an inning. He too might prefer to play like Sehwag and go back quickly. Top notch bowling. But, I couldn't understand that constant elementary problem of over-stepping though. He needs to work on that. Doesn't seem to be a fit bowler. This is the first time I'm seeing him. His facial expression kind of makes me think that he is not fit and I thought his movements in the out-field are laboured. Fitness is very important for a fast bowler. We have learned it the hard way. Look at Zaheer.

  • landl47 on July 23, 2011, 20:37 GMT

    If you want a snapshot of the difference between these two teams, look at the difference between India's 2, 3, and 4 bowlers and England's. India lost Zaheer and although Praveen eventually got 5 wickets it was through perseverance rather than dominance. Ishant and Bhaji didn't get a wicket between them for 280 runs and India couldn't bowl England out. Anderson had a bad day, he couldn't get his length or line right at all; but Tremlett got 3-80 and Broad and Swann got 5-87 between them. There was nothing in the wicket and none of the Indian batsmen got out due to difficult conditions or bad decisions. India might yet save this game, especially if weather interferes, but this is probably the easiest wicket they will play on all tour and if they lose here I don't like their chances of keeping the #1 ranking.

  • baskar_guha on July 23, 2011, 20:36 GMT

    To the naked eye, Broad was superior to the other two English pacers. In fact, until Broad came on, India was happily cruising without loss. Tremlett is very good but I think he lacks the big heart that Broad seems to have which helps when things are going south. Anderson was MIA until the very end.

  • craigdrm on July 23, 2011, 20:35 GMT

    Do to the comments from India fans prior to this series which showed a complete lack of cricket knowledge, re - predicting a 4-0 win in India's favour, away from home, against the 2nd best team in the world who are unbeaten over a number of series, I actually think I would enjoy a win in this test match as much I did at Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney against the Aussies

  • on July 23, 2011, 20:35 GMT

    The sight screen at the Nursery end at Lords is short in height. Sachin Tendulkar finds it difficult to see ball leaving the outstreched hands of the tall English bowlers. That cost him his wicket today and on previous occasions.

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  • on July 23, 2011, 20:35 GMT

    The sight screen at the Nursery end at Lords is short in height. Sachin Tendulkar finds it difficult to see ball leaving the outstreched hands of the tall English bowlers. That cost him his wicket today and on previous occasions.

  • craigdrm on July 23, 2011, 20:35 GMT

    Do to the comments from India fans prior to this series which showed a complete lack of cricket knowledge, re - predicting a 4-0 win in India's favour, away from home, against the 2nd best team in the world who are unbeaten over a number of series, I actually think I would enjoy a win in this test match as much I did at Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney against the Aussies

  • baskar_guha on July 23, 2011, 20:36 GMT

    To the naked eye, Broad was superior to the other two English pacers. In fact, until Broad came on, India was happily cruising without loss. Tremlett is very good but I think he lacks the big heart that Broad seems to have which helps when things are going south. Anderson was MIA until the very end.

  • landl47 on July 23, 2011, 20:37 GMT

    If you want a snapshot of the difference between these two teams, look at the difference between India's 2, 3, and 4 bowlers and England's. India lost Zaheer and although Praveen eventually got 5 wickets it was through perseverance rather than dominance. Ishant and Bhaji didn't get a wicket between them for 280 runs and India couldn't bowl England out. Anderson had a bad day, he couldn't get his length or line right at all; but Tremlett got 3-80 and Broad and Swann got 5-87 between them. There was nothing in the wicket and none of the Indian batsmen got out due to difficult conditions or bad decisions. India might yet save this game, especially if weather interferes, but this is probably the easiest wicket they will play on all tour and if they lose here I don't like their chances of keeping the #1 ranking.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on July 23, 2011, 21:11 GMT

    Tremlett was awesome today. Life couldn't have been more difficult for those two Legendary batsmen. If Tremlett can crank it up to 145 KMPH, I don't think Dravid would want to take the role of building an inning. He too might prefer to play like Sehwag and go back quickly. Top notch bowling. But, I couldn't understand that constant elementary problem of over-stepping though. He needs to work on that. Doesn't seem to be a fit bowler. This is the first time I'm seeing him. His facial expression kind of makes me think that he is not fit and I thought his movements in the out-field are laboured. Fitness is very important for a fast bowler. We have learned it the hard way. Look at Zaheer.

  • dsig3 on July 23, 2011, 21:13 GMT

    He was the pick of the bowlers when he destroyed us in Aus. He is the closest thing to McGrath that we have seen in a while. Accurate and bouncy.

  • xylo on July 23, 2011, 21:16 GMT

    Was this "Master" of yours the top-scorer for his team? If not, can we move to discussing the more interesting contests involving Dravid or Mukund?

  • daisyhayseed on July 23, 2011, 21:43 GMT

    This is already an ethrawling series. I love test cricket!

  • on July 23, 2011, 22:07 GMT

    england's version of morne morkel except that he has more skills and seems a bigger threat to batsmens fingers. just ask T.M. Dilshan

  • CricketChat on July 23, 2011, 22:17 GMT

    Tremlett, Broad and Kevin should thank Ind from their bottom of heart for reviving their flagging careers.