England v India, 4th npower Test, The Oval, 5th day

The moment eludes Tendulkar again

Sachin Tendulkar's quest for his 100th century is a feat of Olympic proportions. He got excruciatingly close to the mark on Monday

Nagraj Gollapudi at The Oval

August 22, 2011

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Sachin Tendulkar walks off after being trapped lbw for 91, England v India, 4th Test, The Oval, 5th day, August 22, 2011
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1425 hours. Monday. A moment Sachin Tendulkar may never forget. A moment of agony for his fans at The Oval and elsewhere. A moment when time stood still: Tim Bresnan reverse-swung the ball, drew an alert Tendulkar out of his crease, rapped him on the front pad, then appealed. A moment, probably the most important in the Indian second innings, that umpire Rod Tucker will never forget either. Forced to make up his mind quickly by a baying England team and a raucous crowd, he upheld the appeal.

Tendulkar was out for 91. Nine excruciating runs short of what we have come to know as the infamous hundred. He stretched his stay by more than a couple of moments. Tendulkar appeared unruffled after missing the milestone, and more worried if Tucker had got it right, considering he had come so far out of his crease.

The decision was right: replays showed the ball was clipping the top of leg stump. Tendulkar walked back slightly numb. He had played his best innings in eight outings on the tour. Yet, as he was escorted by security guards, as he climbed the 46 steps to the dressing room, listening to a second standing ovation in under 24 hours, Tendulkar will have been disappointed that he could not do enough to help India salvage a draw.

Nothing went right for Tendulkar this series, nothing he tried worked. He began hitting throw-downs nearly two weeks before the series had started. He continued hitting them before and during the Tests at Lord's, Trent Bridge, Edgbaston and then The Oval. Before this innings, his highest score was the 56 at Trent Bridge. All through, Tendulkar wanted to make an impact. He took hits on the body, on the helmet, tried playing with soft hands, switched to hard hands. He kept failing.

Today was the first day in the series where the voices of Indian fans were louder than those of the home fans. It was the first day India's supporters outnumbered England's. When the bell rang five minutes before the start of play, The Oval was two-thirds full. By mid-afternoon virtually all the seats were occupied. Some of the people streaming in had skipped office meetings, citing lunch as an excuse.

The party atmosphere of the weekend was back. The England fans were happy to support Tendulkar's century as long as India lost 4-0. The Indians wanted to celebrate Tendulkar's century and a draw. The Oval was alive with banter, emotion. As Tendulkar neared his century, only 15 away, Matt Prior failed to hold onto a tight nick off Swann. The replay showed up on the big screen and a few voices, no doubt Indian, were heard over the collective gasp of the crowd. "Don't catch," they cried out, "don't catch."

The crowd was desperate from the first ball Tendulkar faced. Every run - single, double, four - was cheered. They were trying to push him from the outside, towards the never achieved and possibly unattainable landmark of hundred international centuries.

Tendulkar survived a handful of chances - on 34, 70, 79 and twice on 85 - and millions gasped each time, but when Tendulkar pulled Kevin Pietersen to move nine short of the century, The Oval chanted his name. Five minutes - an over later -Tendulkar was out and there was a release of emotion: elation from England's fans, disbelief in the Indian contingent; in the media box, the journalists were aggrieved and there was disbelief at the decision more than the fact that Tendulkar missed his century.

Tendulkar's quest for his 100th century is a feat of Olympic proportions. Usain Bolt takes nine seconds to achieve the unthinkable. For Tendulkar, the pursuit is over days, weeks, years, decades. It tests mental application, skills and discipline as much as physical endurance.

A senior Indian cricketer once pin-pointed what differentiated Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid from the rest. "They will murder you when they are on top of the game and score big hundreds with ease. But it is when they are down and things are not going well, even then they can last for three hours. The rest just wilt without a spine." That is the difference.

An hour after play ended today, as the spectators were being asked to leave, one of the stewards remarked: "India will be back. India will be back big-time. No doubt." Tendulkar's fans will be back too. Waiting for their moment.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 15:08 GMT)

This is about my 3rd comment on this topic, the others were not published maybe because of the rules of engagement. Even if SRT had made that century in the 3rd test the outcome would have been the same. However to say the truth about what really happen to SRT in England would mean breaking the rules of engagement. All I can say is that the incident was unfortunate, and it was a sad day for cricket as we know it. Hope this one is published. SRT will make that 100th century somewhere else. Hope u get my drift.

Posted by sentkrish on (August 24, 2011, 13:51 GMT)

People are jealous on Sachin.. how come one think all his 99 centuries plus 160+ fifties are played for himself ?? he never counts any of his record its only fans and media..

We indian or sachin fans treat him as the gr8 son of INDIA and we love to see him making more and more records..

Posted by   on (August 24, 2011, 12:17 GMT)

Let people say whatever they want to, after all it is independent & democratic country. But the fact is, just think CRICKET without the one SRT, unthinkable really! Long live Sachin….may you pile on and on and on........

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 22:57 GMT)

So Sachin does not have many centuries which have resulted in victories. How does that make him selfish? Dravid scored 3 centuries this series and India lost every time. Does that make Dravid Selfish?

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 22:57 GMT)

So Sachin does not have many centuries which have resulted in victories. How does that make him selfish? Dravid scored 3 centuries this series and India lost every time. Does that make Dravid Selfish?

Posted by devalyagnik2003 on (August 23, 2011, 21:00 GMT)

@suraj arukil: what do you mean by no point of holding place like this?!! he played very few odis since last couple of year, they already gave chances to new players in odis a big time... he even missed WI tour and tell me which YOUNG players will take his place?? do we have any who can actually replace him?? in ODIs he already started giving chances to youngsters, don't forget last year he played very few one dayers... and in Test we don't have any replacement for Sachin, Rahul, Laxman... look at WI tour.. how Kohli performs, here in England how Raina and Yuvraj performed... don't just start talking about this 3 everytime they fails because India was HOLDING to that top position in test only because of this 3 players and even for next couple of years if they are not playing India will be below top 4-5 teams.. anyways for this ODI series we don't have sehwag so no point talking about Sachin should no play!

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 19:22 GMT)

A lot of people say SRT plays for himself whereas Dravid plays for his team. I actually would turn that on its head and say that Dravid handles pressure much better! it brings the best out of him just like it did for our old friend Inzamam Ul Haq. SRT on the other hand doesnt do that well when the chips are really down. It's a mental flaw. It doesnt mean he plays for himself. SRT plays for his team and is as committed to the cause but when they are 100 for 5 SRT wilts under the pressure. Dravid on the other hand is mentally tougher.He may not be as flamboyant or have the array of strokes of a VVS or an SRT but he more then compensates with his determination and mental concentration which he has time and time again prooved over the last 15 or 16 years. Lara is another one that was mentally tough and did well when the chips were down. If India are to rebuild they need to bring in Rohit Sharma, Pandey and Pujara and i think give Murali vijay another go (he did well in australia in tests)

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 19:20 GMT)

Brian Lara---- The world'd No 1 selfish batsman. Ricky Ponting----The most arrogant and funny. Averaging 19-20 in India. Jack Kallis--- Neve performed in the World Cup for his country. Some jealous supporters of those three are talking too much now a days.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 19:00 GMT)

Brian Lara---- The world'd No 1 selfish batsman. Ricky Ponting----The most arrogant and funny. Averaging 19-20 in India. Jack Kallis--- Neve performed in the World Cup for his country. Some jealous supporters of those three are talking too much now a days.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 17:54 GMT)

Not many people understand the effect of having Tendulkar in the team. He is a crowd puller and will continue to do so. I watch cricket to see Tendulkar and follow him. This is epitomised by millions in India and the world. In the current series there was only Dravid and Tendulkar to some extent who did something. What did the others do? Dhoni, Raina , Gambhir these are the young guns who underperformed badly... go after them to reform. Look at England. you think Peterson or Bell or Cook will last 21 years .. Everybody underperforms..Ponting underperformed but stil has a place just becasue of his presence. that is echoed with Tendulkar.leave him alone...

Posted by RAMKI2404 on (August 23, 2011, 17:37 GMT)

I wonder there are ppl who still thinks 100th hundred of SRT is more important then the outcome of the match. I am die hard fan of cricket. I am with @Surjith Bhaskar, for me the player who contributes for India's win is the hero of the nation. Anyhow its a good learning lesson for Indian Cricket team which make them realise where they stand.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 17:28 GMT)

@Athar Hameed-And one australian by The name DON BRADMAN had tendulkar in his ultimate IX..whom does his personal milestones belong to?The team that he plays,India!

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 16:17 GMT)

This comes from one of the biggest Sachin fans. I think its time to retire. For many years now Sachin has been one of the best bats. In the 90s he was the best. But now it appears that if he plays on he might be the third or fourth best bat in India, and perhaps the sixth or seventh best bat in Asia in test cricket. No point.

Play the 5 ODIs, get the 100th hundred and call it quits. Enjoy the retirement - you have earned the unconditional love of all Indians, present and future.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 16:09 GMT)

The world cup made it clear that The Great One was past his prime. His only memorable performance was 85 against Pakistan and too included some 4 missed opportunities. He still has a couple of years left, but he needs a good rest and recollection of what is going wrong.

Posted by No-ryan on (August 23, 2011, 15:38 GMT)

Sachin's 100 would have brought cheer to his fans for sure. But, would have made no difference to the team. I mean the guy was incredibly lucky even to get this far. Missed stumpings, LBWs going in favor and dropped catch and all that. With this if he had belabored to a 100 that would have been ugly one. 91 was more than what he deserved to get. I can appreciate a fighting 100 in a losing cause like the one by Dravid carrying the bat. A not so fighting 100 with luck going your way too many times didn't deserve much applause. More important question is why is it that Sachin really should bat at #4 even when he is not the best bat of the side. Even when Dravid is carried the bat, he is being asked to open while Sachin will have to be protected from swinging new ball. Some great character that!

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 15:37 GMT)

First of all we need to accept that England played well and they totally outplayed as in the all the departments of Cricket session after session.

I have read most of the comments above criticizing (Mainly Sachin). Out of these 152 people who had commented i am 99% sure some of them have never hold a bat or never played on actual turf. Sitting at your desk in the A/C room and criticizing anyone who is playing for last 22 years. He knows his business better than you guys. You are not in a position to talk on his batting and say bad things about that legend. Everybody has bad days and good days. Learn to appreciate someone in a crunch situation not always in shining moments.

So guys please have some respect for our Team and players.

Posted by DeathKnell on (August 23, 2011, 15:34 GMT)

Guys.. it is too much of blabber over here.. many talk abt SRT giving way to youngster.. did he stop gambhi, yuvi, sehwag, dhoni or any other person for that matter from scoring runs or performing???.. which youngster are u talking abt.. & whats ur logic..in the last series, he is the second highest run getter next to RSD.. so age is not a matter to go out..what value did the so called present younger guys brought to the team.. ???India has so many young guys.. what is the use of playing young guys who cant perform....SRT has only two status (in terms of teams performance), either he is avg (abv avg) or peak... never below avg or worst... but the so called youngsters & young-exp guys can go into all 4 statuses w.r.t overall team's performance.. if there is someone who can atleast do avg perf consistently.. then u can try a trade-off SRT.. which will again back-fire the team.. so just dont blabber with only one series..

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 15:17 GMT)

It's worthless thinking about someone making records when the team is in critical time. Infact Saching is lucky not to have century as might not celebrate in good way due to whitewash. He could have salvage India but not surely as there were around 40 overs left after team all-out. Can't say Sachin to be unlucky getting out on controversial decision as he already been lucky 5 times(5 dropped catches) before that in his 91 runs innings. The matter to really worry about or think is the future of test cricket of team India having lavish IPL and then Champion leagues to play every year. If we deliberation not made now, days are not far when 50 overs would also be hard to finish.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 15:02 GMT)

Without a doubt, Tendulkar is the best batsman of this era. I don't care what anyone says they are just jealous of his success. If it wasn't for Tendulkar, no one would invite the Indian team to play against them. He is the greatest.

Posted by Ontu on (August 23, 2011, 14:55 GMT)

How exactly is Tendulkar hurting Indian cricket? Are there many batsmen in India who deserve to be in the team but can not be included because of Tendulkar being there? For those who think Tendulkar just plays for records, why did he not tour West Indies? Surely he had a better chance of scoring a century there (no offense for WIndies, my 2nd favorite team, but they have a rather weak bowling attack at this point). Why do we not pay attention to what MOST of the players have said? They stop playing when they (i) stop enjoying playing or (ii) lose the physical fitness. I am sure Tendulkar will do the same. India were humiliated by a superb England team. There are lessons to be learned rather than blaming SRT.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 14:49 GMT)

Without a doubt, Tendulkar is the best batsman of this era. He left every player out there past, present and coming future miles behind and no one can even touch him for what he has achieved in his career. Everyone goes out of form every now and then. I hate when people criticize Tendulkar when he does not perform. If it wasn't for Tendulkar no one would invite the Indian team to play against them. Tendulkar has been the pillar for the team for the last 20 some years. I know people who criticize Tendulkar are the ones who are jealous of his success.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 14:40 GMT)

the team is white washed...and u guys are looking at only these 91 runs made by a batsman??? no doubt why indian team is in crisis.......every player is an INDIVIDUAL and they do not combine to constitute a TEAM.....

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (August 23, 2011, 14:30 GMT)

@dsig3, speaking as an england fan who was at the oval and stood to appluad SRT onto the field I can only say it was the recognition that we are unlikely to see SRT in England again, and so we paid tribute to such a great cricketer that most of us have grown up warching. Just as we did when Ponting left the field at the Oval in the 2009 ashes. Is it so wrong to pay our respects?

Posted by MiddleStump on (August 23, 2011, 14:23 GMT)

Too much of raw emotion in many posts here. SRT will be the first to admit that he had a bad series overall. But the fact is he has the SECOND highest aggregate behind only Dravid who had a great tour. Fact is SRT turned down millions and refused to do alcohol ads. Fact is he is fitter than Dravid, Laxman and even some younger players. Whenever Dhoni had a 7-2 field, SRT was at deep square leg manning a vast area and chasing hard to prevent boundaries. That could be a reason Dravid opened since he fielded at slip for 2 days. Gavaskar demanded to bat in the middle order when he reached the age of 34 saying he needed more rest after fielding an innings. It is only SRT who can score 91 and stand between England and victory even when he is nowhere near his best. The world saw what happened to India from the moment he got out. I guess some will criticise Bradman simply because he scored a duck in his last innings! Same with SRT for failing to reach 100. Heck even God is hated by atheists.

Posted by The_spongeman on (August 23, 2011, 14:12 GMT)

Sums up one of the many problems with India's cricket at the moment. Tendulkar who has failed abjectly on this tour is above any criticism, and the focus on him will deflect criticism from others. The fans who cheer every single run he scores as if it is a batsman getting to a double hundred are an embarassment. Time to stop worshipping your hero and demand improvements from your team.

Posted by Seller2010 on (August 23, 2011, 14:03 GMT)

How can tendulker be called a legend when has never scored a triple ton is test and most of his centuries tht he had gotten on like 7-8 of them were match winnin centuries all his other ones india has lost the game so he play seflishly

Posted by Sarthak1305 on (August 23, 2011, 14:01 GMT)

I seriously dont understand all the people saying sachin play's for himself he, what does it mean exactly?? that he faces more deliveries than other's?? doesnt rotate the strike?? keeps on playing over after over while other batsmen just watch?? Think before you comment please also Sachin specially in ODI's when scores a century has a strike rate of 90 or above add to that 48 centuries when se scored quick runs and people go on saying he plays for himself. Seriously thats a bit ridiculous

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 13:51 GMT)

This Indian test team would have stood a better chance against England in England: 1. Gambhir 2.Sehwag 3. Dravid 4.Tendulkar 5. Kohli. 6. Laxman 7.Dhoni 8.Irfan Pathan 9.P. Kumar (when fit) 10.Ishant 11. Ohja. I. Pathan is the left armer who is better than RP, and also strengthens the batting. Ojha is a better spinner than Mishra at present, and could maybe worry KP. Kohli, in my opinion is much more solid a test batsman than Raina. This whole team-despite containing only 3 changes looks a lot better than any Indian test team of late. They could hardly have done much worse than the pathetic efforts we have endured lately!

Posted by loftedrive on (August 23, 2011, 13:05 GMT)

I am seriously amazed and disappointed at the author and some of the people who have commented here. Has Tendulkar been eluded or India? It amazes me how much of a fairytale story was made of Tendulkar's 100 centuries in England. On the other hand, the amount of standing ovation and cheering Tendulkar has received for his fragile half centuries is a bit nuts. I fail to understand how a cricket fan cannot give Rahul Dravid, a match winner to start with and arguably the greatest Indian test batsman of all time, half the respect they give to Sachin. The poor guy has a total of 4 losing centuries in his test career, 3 of which has been in this series. When the going gets tough, Dravid gets going! Disappointed at Sachin not achieving his record? What a cricketing shame!! Cricket is about winning matches for your team. Rahul Dravid has also scored 5 double 100s outside India before Sachin, he can bat at any position and has the highest no. of catches in Tests!

Posted by CricketChat on (August 23, 2011, 12:54 GMT)

The point of discussion should be, why Ind wasn't able to salvage a draw after Sachin and Mishra saw through the first session?. Three main batsmen in Raina, Dhoni and Gambhir failed miserably. Team goals should come first, individual glory next. Until that happens, Ind will never win consistently on away tours.

Posted by maeneece on (August 23, 2011, 12:54 GMT)

@ chad_reid...yea of course...the rest of the world think tendulkar is good for nothing...wow sherlock!!!! is that why he gets a standing ovation wherever he plays????

Posted by puneet_usa on (August 23, 2011, 12:45 GMT)

when Players like Sachin,Sehwag,Dhoni,Yuvraj can pick and choose when to play for India and when to opt out of a tour like the recent WI trip- Something serious needs to happen- Because this shows their commitment to their country- this shows that they are focused on extending their aged career to the max rather than moving on with the course of action and accepting the facts- Now there is no hiding- It's all open in public- Where will we go from here is the NEXT BIG QUESTION?? ARE WE HOPING AGAINST HOPE?? How come these players were fit enough to play a total of 30+matches within a span of 2 so months- How come they maintain so exceptional fitness regardless it was a 20-20 format because they didn't even lasted for 20 overs throughout the test series in England- ANY THOUGHTS ON THIS PEOPLE? I AM TERRIBLY CONFUSED WITH THE STATE OF AFFAIRS WHICH THESE PLAYERS HAVE BEEN GOING ABOUT CRICKET AND MORE SO PEOPLE AT TOP IN BCCI- EVERYONE'S HONEST FEEDBACK WILL BE APPRECIATED?? THANKS A LOT.

Posted by .LLCP on (August 23, 2011, 12:43 GMT)

Rather than coming to the Caribbean the India top cricketers decided that the West Indies team wasn't worth the effort. Funny enough the practice would have done them a lot of good; when Australia was # 1 their best players would always be available for selection. India on the other hand thought that they are so good that they didn't need the practice. Everyone is saying that they over score 300 once in England, but they only did it once in the West Indies against our number 7 side. I always felt that they would have gotten a caning. The moral of the story is practice makes perfect.

Posted by cric_follower on (August 23, 2011, 12:42 GMT)

Please stop this nonsense of 100 100's. There are sorts of statistics that can be conjured through his great career. This is a moment to reflect on India's poor performance. Personal milestones are priority number 99.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 12:42 GMT)

I join those who said they were glad Sachin did not get his hundred. But, would have been mighty pleased if he had and India had drawn. In the end, the scoreline 4-0 brings out the huge gap between the two sides. England played like the England of old and they are on a roll, while India was thrashed mercilessly. Kudos to them, though I hate most of them, except PGW and Agatha Christie!

Sachin has spent a lot of time in the Cricket field and must be a tired guy. More so when you consider the brickbats he gets when he fails. Guys, he really has been where no man has been before. Please give him the respect he deserves.

Posted by joseyesu on (August 23, 2011, 12:40 GMT)

Whether To be Happy with Sachin on his 100th 100 or to be sad with India's 0-4 after holding the No-1 position. SAD Days ...

Posted by sultanofhyd on (August 23, 2011, 12:39 GMT)

Sachin should not play ODIs anymore? Oh jeez, he just won us the world cup and has been the most prolific scorer in ODIs in the last couple of years, it never amazes me how fickle minded people can get.

Posted by cricket_ftw on (August 23, 2011, 12:38 GMT)

We lost the test match because of VVS, Dhoni & Raina ... They just exposed our tail very soon to the england bowlers.. We already knew our bowling is not fit enough to pick 20 wickets within 5 days ... the middle order batsmen were the reason for the failure..

Posted by vin77 on (August 23, 2011, 12:26 GMT)

There are two two kinds of Indian Cricket FANS ,one that supports Team India & the other that supports TENDULKAR.For the Tendulkar fan it is only his centuries that matter not the Indian team's performance.I wonder what would have been the reaction by his fans & the media if he had in fact scored the century yesterday.The fact that India had lost the series would not have been mentioned at all.Moreover there would have been reports/stories/programs on the greatness of Tendulkar and all that.I wonder what these fans think when they say non Tendulkar FANS do not know anything about cricket.Surely there will be a lot of fans who will stop following the game once Sachin retires.I wonder how soon that day will come.At the end of the day Team India needs real cricket lovers to follow them.

Posted by Sreelal_SS on (August 23, 2011, 11:56 GMT)

Y evry1 s blaming Sachin as if he is the only one responsible 4 India's loss. .he ll prove u wrong in ODIs!!!

Posted by getsetgopk on (August 23, 2011, 11:53 GMT)

Tendulkar was close to making another useless 100 in the last innings just as his other 99 hundreds mostly useless. High time india dump this imposter and give chance to someone who actually plays for the team not useless personal records...

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 11:37 GMT)

India must get their priority right, there is absolutely no point in playing Tendulkar for ODI's , India should try new players, I am a big Tendulkar Fan, but I must admit that he let many ordinary fans like me down. He should take responsibility and tell the board about his roadmap ahead, no point in holding places like this.

Posted by dsig3 on (August 23, 2011, 11:36 GMT)

Why do people continue to clap when he walks to the crease? People never clapped Murali or Warne when they came on to bowl overseas. I find it embarrassing and I am sure Sachin can do without it aswell. He is the best batsmen of this era but you dont need to clap him every time he moves.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 11:27 GMT)

I am an Indian and have supported Indian team through strife and glory. But from the days I followed cricket I supported team India greater than one single player. i have many friends who often said that it does not matter if India loses if Sachin scores a century. I absolutely hate those guys when they said that. Everyone has their own opinion, but the comment from the Sri Lankan supporter holds true. I don't think there are any other people who would prefer an Individual over a country's win. I am not a Sachin hater but I do think he has come a cropper in difficult situations more recently than not and I do love Sachin, Dravid, Laxman etc., but it does not matter to me one bit if these players stop playing now and my team wins matches, bcoz I love my India.

Posted by bijuaugustin on (August 23, 2011, 11:19 GMT)

@Dimbeswar, you truely said. Tendulkar is legend as some of the people here doesn't understand what is form and skills.Some batsman will fail, look at now as everybody prasing dravid, but when he failed in Australia those people forced him to retire. Why no body complainting about India's bowling performances. Its after all whole team failure rather than blaming individual.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 11:13 GMT)

The moment Eludes Tendulkar?? It beats me...Tendulkar eludes the moment again, the moment when he could have put a smile on a billion faces, and one of them would have been his own! It was a very disappointing innings, one that lacked the discipline and standard you come to expect off Sachin....

Posted by rajattiwaari on (August 23, 2011, 11:04 GMT)

to maintain an avg of 56 in test cricket ova a span of 22 years is not something which can be overlooked.its surprising and sad that a man like sachin tendulkar has been criticised in such a lame way.its ok to criticise anyone but i must say choice of words by some of you hav been very poor.how many players from subcontinent hav scored a century at perth,england n sa by the time dy reached d age of 19.nw some may say dt its bcoz he started hs career early but dts simply bcoz his talent lured selectors to get him on board before many others.he has scored 100's on some of the toughest wickets.hez d best batsman in the world.better dn lara ponting dravid kallis n sangakkara.n yes i agree pakistan,sri lanka n bangladesh played better dn india against england.no shame in accepting that india were outplayed by england.england currently r d best team,but they must prove themselves in subcontinent.last time they toured india ,they were thrashed 5-0 in odis and 1-0 in tests.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 10:59 GMT)

This is an excellent England team. If this series had been played in India, England would have still won.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 10:49 GMT)

Dravid was the star Indian batsman, but don't forget that he dropped several important catches in England and the West Indies.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 10:46 GMT)

My press release from Dhone/Indian team manager- "First off - Sorry to all India fans and fans of cricket in general who were expecting a spectacular series between #1 and #2 Test teams - we let you all down. This wasn't a series from the beginning. England were clearly better, probably the best team we faced in a long time. The manner in which we lost is disheartening to me. We were completely outplayed by a thoroughly better opponent. I know this is not us. We learnt a few things from them, more importantly we learnt a few things about ourselves. In the coming months, we are going to pick ourselves up and get better. We are confident we have a foundation, now we have to figure out our gaps and come back stronger, hungrier than ever before, as a TEAM. We will earn the respect of our competition again. We will come back more determined than ever before and have a go at the #1 ranking again." *** "When you lose, say little. When you win, say even less. Either way do it with class.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 10:42 GMT)

Fourth Test should have ended in a draw paticularly after the way Tendulkar and Amit Mishra batted against the England attack. Team India Captain Dhoni and Raina failed again. Surely, it was sad to note that Tendulkar missed his hundredth hundred in cricket. He can still come back and create this record. High time BCCI learns a point or two from this whitewash. Team selection was totally wrong. There was no logic for Team India to retain the same team for the 4th Test after losing three test. On the other hand, England has every reason to retain the winning combination. Knowing fully well that KP and others are not comfortable against left arm bowlers, we should have included Ojha. Congrats England for a job well done.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 10:38 GMT)

one bad series doesn't make him a bad player.... last 3 years he was the top batsmen which made india to reach the no1 ranking ....and this was the team which gave us success ... so be patient i have the belief dat our team is going to bounce back strongly...dis is the time where we need to support our team instead of criticizing players

Posted by Joby_George on (August 23, 2011, 10:24 GMT)

@spritofcricket - I have seen your reply to my comment, agree that Sachin is a good player, but tell me what was his contribution to indian cricket, is it his 99 centuries? When did he win a match for india? When team plays under pressure, he fails. Dravid, Laxman, Zaheer were the 3 players responsible to take india to No.1 in test. Dhoni's captaincy and T20 world cup and ICC WC 2011 were his contributions to indian cricket, sewagh did that many times by taking india to victories many times so as kumble. Scoring on indian pitches or scoring after some players lays good paltform is not the way to be considered as a great cricketer. He is a good player, but not the best. You have to agree that.

Posted by Biggus on (August 23, 2011, 10:20 GMT)

Even more demeaning for the thoughtful Indian than this poor showing must be the extremely poor sportsmanship shown in many comments by many of their countrymen. Any team can lose, sometimes quite badly. That's completely excusable. The aforementioned attitude is far more damaging to India's reputation than any loss of a cricket series could ever be. Did these guys ever follow cricket before India was number one? I seriously doubt it. I've seen some comments suggesting that they will stop following cricket now and watch football instead. Please do!

Posted by A.Ak on (August 23, 2011, 9:59 GMT)

The series totally reflects everything about this. Its all about Tendulkar and his fans and his ton. There was not actually many supporters for team India. Thats why India have lost it so badly. Time to wake up...be a team man.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 9:56 GMT)

With all due respect to Sachin, why are people so worried that sachin not getting his 100th 100 when INDIAN TEAM has not just lost its 1st Place but moved to 3rd and also got a beating of 4-0.. This is the first time that a team holding 1st Rank and a world champion team has been whitewashed.. Wake up ppl.. Thank God he didn score 9 more runs or else ppl wud have easily forgot what a bad beating we got and how Dravid fought against the English after being 103-5.. Give credit to who did something instead of cribbing that Sachin didn.. Had he scored a hundred, he would have seriously regretted his 100th 100

Posted by Nutcutlet on (August 23, 2011, 9:40 GMT)

Just two points.(1) This was a scratchy effort by Tendulkar and had he managed to reach his coveted milestone, it would have been an innings that was, in other respects, forgettable - not so much a flawed diamond, but a chipped crystal. (2) English crowds, without exception, have been handsome in appreciating his reputation, greeting his arrival at the crease as if he were a favouite son, almost one of our own. Now, cricket supporters of India, do you suppose that you will find it in your nature to appreciate cricketers from England when they come to your grounds and show how skilled and professional they have become? It would be good to think that you may find such generosity in your hearts. I am holding my breath..

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 9:34 GMT)

i think india shouldn't be blamed for the white wash because they played out of their skins and remember these are their best players from the whole of india but they still couldn't avoid it.

Posted by reality_check on (August 23, 2011, 9:21 GMT)

Iis Sachin's 100th 100 more important then the series whitewash and the humiliation. I personally think Sachin is the most over rated and hyped cricketer in the world. Forget about the century, he played eight innings in four tests and only managed 50+ in two innings. Batsman of his experience and rating should single handedly win a match. I believe Dravid is a much better batsman than Tendulkar. Now BCCI should quickly arrange a very short tour from Bangladesh so that Sachin can score a 100th 100 in familiar home environment.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 9:20 GMT)

@kantipur I dont know what you are thinking but compaire to your example,tendulkar is playing in number one position in ODI and scored 49 centutries,but he is playing at number 4 in tests through out his carrier and ponting is playing at number three still he has got less 110s than tendulkar.Also look at the teams ponting and lara with great teams both AUS gilli.haydoo,M wough,s wough,taylor,baven,stater,macgrath,warne,lee and many more WI walsh,ambrose,richardson,hooper,benjamin,bishop,chanderpaul and many more.and tendulkar started the carrier with likes of parsad, raju, prabhakar, jadeja, manjrekar and some rubbish players of old indian team who all scotre 100 together and tendulkar scores 100n alone.If tendulkar is in your favrourite team you whould have been jumping.

Posted by Herath-UK on (August 23, 2011, 9:20 GMT)

Tendulkar did not derserve his century on English soil with such pathetic performance.He could enjoy it on a flat wicket in home.Because Indiad was in trouble throught the tour,he should have come out to bat one down to lead from the front as the most senior crickerter in the team but he coped out again.When Jayasuriya scored centuries,most times Sri Lanka won but in his case he was more concerned with his stats than the drubbing the team was facing. Ranil Herath -Kent

Posted by ganeshram78 on (August 23, 2011, 9:18 GMT)

so, for nagraj gollapudi, a 100 eluding sachin is more important than a test draw eluding the indian team. hero-obsessed media!!!

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 9:15 GMT)

I think its sad that someone is even writing about Sachin's record when India as a nation have been thrashed so badly. It just shows our love for individual records more than team performance.

Posted by Balu_raj on (August 23, 2011, 9:14 GMT)

Well Well done England ... Huge display of test match skills ...Congrats for being No-1.... As a Indian fan its disappointing and but at the same time happy that this series ll be an eye opener for indians ... Time to groom the young talents .. Hope 2years from now , India ve a matured and young test team ... Hope we send young players to aus down under .. .!!

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 9:11 GMT)

thank god for sachin not scored century here in oval , if it was happened, dravid's awesome effect in the whole series would fades away

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 8:59 GMT)

Those who talk about India's "bouncing back" , can they add "in flat pitches" next to it. Same applies to Sachin and other flat pitch heros.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 8:49 GMT)

@ kantipur : 100th 100, That is the most illlogical argument i have heard on cricinfo.

The role of an opener is the hardest in both tests and odi's, in terms of getthing his eye in, and deal with the new ball. A little harder in ODI's than test matches. Think about the last time you can remember any opener sticking around to get 100 runs, it simply doesnt take that long to make a century in ODI's.

Secondly, it is almost a guarantee, batsmen #3 & 4 will be in the middle before the 20 over mark. Which should give them enough time to score their centuries. If anyone has the best opportunity to score a century it is batsmen batting at number 3 & 4, stats prove so.

Thirdly,your analogy of comparing a sprint to cricket, just sounds amateur, and you should be watching other sports if you dont understand the game.

Finally just a fun fact, the last time I recall a batsmen sticking around for the first ball through to the last, was Sachin, when he scored that mind-boggling 200

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 8:42 GMT)

After 2000 test match gone, a God father of Test cricket has got Test No 1, Victory is always victory, but past long years England grooming for this opportunity, this is very ashamed!!

Posted by KoolDaddy on (August 23, 2011, 8:32 GMT)

Sachin Tendulkar WAS one of the great batsmen in cricketing history. HISTORY!! that is it for Tendulkar. He should now retire as he will NEVER GET HIS 100TH 100.

Posted by svatre on (August 23, 2011, 8:24 GMT)

I dont understand whats the big fuss about this hundred - India lost a series 0-4 and yet the author finds it relevant to talk about an inconsequential hundred. Focus on the problem at hand and not obsess about an over hyped individual and his personal records.

Posted by BillyCC on (August 23, 2011, 8:22 GMT)

It is now very difficult to say that Tendulkar can perform under all conditions anywhere in the world. In his last two series in England, he has yielded awful averages of 38 and 34. One might point to his overall average of 54 in England, but there is a huge difference in the quality of attack. In the last two series, the likes of Flintoff, Jones, Anderson, Broad, Bresnan, Tremlett and Hoggard graced the stage. In 2002, Tendulkar faced the young versions of Flintoff, Hoggard and Harmison, as well as Caddick and Tudor. In 1997, Tendulkar faced the not so formidable Cork, Mullally, Lewis and Ealham.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 8:14 GMT)

Boss you will be back ...we are waiting & will wait for ever till u keep fighting....you have given us reasons to live & smile,you have taught us to fight & fight without pain.we saw the tears in yours eyes when india won the world cup,it was the best moment for us,after all those years after years failures of the team since we understood cricket,you were a lone soldier,battling hard,pain at heart.

For others who doesn't like sachin ,wait for the sachin retires,half of india wld stop wacthing cricket,,,the stadiums would be empty & we won't have sleepless nights....

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 8:09 GMT)

England really played awesome cricket, even though India never helped their own cause by playing so poor cricket. But good on you, England. Enjoy your stay at the top. As for India, Misra was their best batsman after you know who and Raina was their best spinner. Just sums up their woes!

Posted by vivekanandanbabu on (August 23, 2011, 8:07 GMT)

if someone says tendulkar play for himself,i think he did n't know the game called cricket.just go through the history of indian cricket and know the value of the great man.no one compare tendulkar to other greats bcos comparison is out of question.india is lost bcos of poor performance and england played some outstanding cricket.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 7:56 GMT)

Great comment Balumekka truely said

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 7:56 GMT)

All the fools taking about Sachin being selfish, who plays for his record.... If he plays for his record, he would have played in west indies series, but then why the hell he opted out & even he didn't play against New Zealand...There r only 3 batting legends (Sachin, Lara & Dravid) in history, who scores Centuries but even then their sides loses, its not their problem....

If Sachin had not played for India, presently India would playing qualifiers for world cup....

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 7:56 GMT)

Not many players play for their country. Tendulkar is not one of them as he is not a selfish person. It's easy to blame when things go wrong. We all should blame dhoni, Sehwag, laxman for not getting runs and not blame the chap who was the highest scorer in the second innings on fifth day, which is by the way very tough with ball spinning. England played as a better unit but none the less India will bounce back as ever as they have more to prove. It's not about getting to No.1 but staying as No.1 will be testing.

Posted by Humanoids on (August 23, 2011, 7:48 GMT)

This was sad, i was expecting a 2-2 draw. Being a Pakistani fan who wanted India to do well and beat England i was dejected! Even the depleted and controversial Pakistani side did well than this Indian side. High time for Tendulkar to retire if he loves India! If he does not, he will be remembered as a player who played for his personal glory! 99 test 100's is enough for him to prove he knew how to bat. I rate Gavaskar higher than him as a second inning match winner!

Posted by Balumekka on (August 23, 2011, 7:44 GMT)

I'm a Sri Lankan fan who have been watching Tendulkar from the very beginning of his test career up to now. Still I enjoy watching his graceful strokeplay. However, he is the best batsman in terms of centuries and aggregates, his character and determination at difficult conditions is way below compared to those of Dravid, Ponting or Miandad. Seeing many comments by Indian fans, I feel many of them do not care much about the way India lost. They are more concern about Tendulkar's 100th ton. So I don't think Tendulkar should be blamed of for being in this team, its fans who want him to be in the team and keep collecting centuries. Rather different from other countries!!!!

Posted by kantipur on (August 23, 2011, 7:42 GMT)

I think tendulkar hunderth hundred is blown out of proportion. Tendulkar is no greater batsman than ponting or lara. Simply he has a luxury of playing as an opener which allows him to get more hundred specially in one day cricket. He starts early and gets full 50 overs to play where as other batsman might have to do that in 35-30 overs. Imagine if I start a 100 m race 5 second ahead of Usain bolt then i will defeat him in the race. does that mean i am a 100 m champion.

Posted by 5wombats on (August 23, 2011, 7:41 GMT)

@EverybodylovesSachin; give it a rest with that; "Be prepared for your comments for ECB when England losses in India". We've had weeks of that rubbish. Just for your information - I was at Chennai in 2008 and even though I was completely and utterly gutted like all the rest of the Barmy Army I stood up and applauded Tendulkar when he hit the winning runs/his hundred. In fact - I've probably been present at more SRT centuries than most posters on here and so I have stood up and applauded him a lot. He is a great player - no mistake, but he has to take his share of the responsibility for Indias failure in this series and that would have been masked if he had got that hundred. That's what I believe. I know you are hurting right now, trust me - I still haven't recovered from what happened at Chennai, but losing there had very positive effects for England cricket long-term and my point is that positive effects must come out of this if India is to move on.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 7:39 GMT)


Posted by Naresh28 on (August 23, 2011, 7:32 GMT)

Given Tendulkar height he will constantly get out by LBW. Over the past years he has done enough to counter this by concentration. I guess his reflexes are waning. All thiose who doubt his greatness are jealous because he is Indian. I say to them read his numbers. The ODI world cup when India reached the final but lost to Australia in South Africa - is truly the best of my memory of Tendulkar on fire. Do not worry Indian fans - there is Rohit Sharma to follow in his footsteps. His height will make him greater. And yes India does have limitations playing as a team. That is why we fans idolise a few heroes. Naresh28

Posted by spritofcricket on (August 23, 2011, 7:32 GMT)

Mr. Joby Geroge , You mentioned about some players and told they would have scored more than had they played as many years as tendulkar played..In fact you have given the answer in your statement itself for the question why tendulakr is the greater playe then them.. the sentence " had they played so many years like tendulkar" is very important for a great player..just a great player cant exist 20 years with same consistency, there were so many great players who could play at their best only 5-10 years and spent their last3 or 4 years with out being in their best. This is where Tendulkars greatness comes..if a players can score most runs and most centuries in a calendar year in the 21st year of his career then it is some thing extra ordinary..first of all keeping up to 20 years with out losing the standards is un achievable for others..We will wait and see ho w long the great players mentioned by you will survive and then we will compare them to tendulkar...

Posted by Schander on (August 23, 2011, 7:25 GMT)

Please, enough talk about Tendulkar's 100th 100. Frankly I could not care less and am sure Tendulkar too. Had Tendulkar scored a 100 and saved the match that would have meant something more to him than just reaching a milestone of 100 hundreds. I am sure its just the way things are meant to be - milestones such as 100 hundreds are meant to be memorable and surely 22-Aug-2011 was one of the worst days in Indian cricket and had Tendulkar reached this record with India losing in the end, the greatness of such an unbelievable record would have been completely lost. I just feel gutted at the way the indian team has played this series. Just reminded me of 1999/2000 Ind-Aus series which was the worst I had watched until now.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 7:21 GMT)

He should have retired after the world cup.....the moment is lost....it's only downhill now :(

Posted by FarrukhShahzadAli on (August 23, 2011, 7:01 GMT)

By having 5 Chances in an innings of 91 and then getting out when the team required him to draw the match was the worst ending to the match and the series for an indian spectator. He is a correct batsmen but his mind set i believe and feel is more towards personal milestones. On the other hand Dravid always makes runs when the conditions are tough and you can always see in his movements on the ground how much he wants to be there Ball after Ball and his urge to do well for his team. Dravid is a better batsmen for his team then their ever was one !!!!

Posted by lsd123 on (August 23, 2011, 6:53 GMT)

I'm Not a Indian. I'm looking at a neutral eye, and I rank Dravid is better than Tendulkar for Tests. (ODIs: No Doubt Tendulkar is the best). Dravid always play for country but Tendulkar plays for himself.

Posted by nair_ottappalam on (August 23, 2011, 6:45 GMT)

@SHISHIRJI: Just look at the present. How they were blown off in all the four tests somewhat the same fate which England suffered when they toured India in 1993. One thing is for sure,this England will not be whitewashed whereever you play them Maybe one odd test they may lose. One thing for sure, if Dhoni continues to lead the side this way, this team will go from bad to worse

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 6:23 GMT)

Well who are you to judge Tendulkar was disappointed on not reach 100 centuries? I am not die heart fan of Sachin but the guy is a legend. He was at top of his game through all previous years. Failing only in one series doesn't bring him down!!!

He is still on TOP. Yeah, retirement is his personal decision!

Posted by MAAMBA on (August 23, 2011, 6:23 GMT)

Gavaskar played as a opener.., new ball, aggressive fast bowlers..too many centuries against west indies at that time..he is a Little Master, he is greatest batsmen of all time for India...not this personal glory searcher sachin.....

Posted by rahulcricindia on (August 23, 2011, 6:20 GMT)

scoring 100 int 100s is a hell of an achievement i think THE SRT would be the first and last one to achieve it....so the people who are saying this achievement does not matter are just jealous of our great man , yes 4-0 is a terrible loss but it was inevitable , rather than ruing on india's pathetic performance i would like to celebrate sachin 100th 100 but it did not happen yest. we can wait for that , but saying SRT was selfishly playing selfishly is very cruel , in recent times he is not in that good form still he tried to hang in play for his country when every young blood was going down with injury ,i think he was more unhappy about the fact that he could not save the match for india rather than his 100 as he know with his talent he will achieve it soon , as shown yesterday he knows quality wise mishra played better than him but sachin knows to respect fine innings so he did to mishra always patting him and encouraging him to go.only mishra worth of SRT in his in innings.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 6:08 GMT)

I'd rather take a 91 from someone "playing for his own records", than single-digit scores for those "playing for the nation". Cricket is a team sport where each individual has to excel. Teams do better when individuals make records.

Posted by crazyuddie on (August 23, 2011, 6:03 GMT)


In SA 2011 (yes, 2011, previous series SRT played before this one): third test, he played a dogged determined innings against Dale Steyn's magical bowling.

Vs. England (in India) in 2008: India chased 387, winning runs were made by Tendulkar, a boundary that also brought up his hundred.

Vs. England (in England) in 2007: In the test match at Trentbridge, which India won, he made a crucial 91. No hundreds in that series either, but it didn't matter.

Finally, there are 5 ODIs coming up -- very likely the 100th hundred will come up.

P.S. He had a cracking century the last time he played England in an ODI, though the match was tied (through no fault of his, mind you!).

Posted by VinodGupte on (August 23, 2011, 6:00 GMT)

For all SRT-haters, here are the stats of SRT and Dravid in the last four away series. How about checking stats before commenting here?

SA 2010 SRT - 36, 111, 13, 6, 146, 14 (total 326) RSD - 14, 43, 25, 2, 5, 31 (total 120)

NZ 2009 SRT - 160, DNB, 49, 64, 62, 9 (total 344) RSD - 66, 8*, 83, 62, 35, 60 (total 314)

AUS 2008 SRT - 62, 15, 154*, 12, 71, 13, 153, 13 (total 493) RSD - 5, 16, 53, 38, 93, 3, 18, 11 (total 237)

ENG 2007 SRT - 37, 16, 91, 1, 82, 1 (total 228) RSD - 2, 9, 37, 11*, 55, 12 (total 126)

Posted by rahulcricindia on (August 23, 2011, 6:00 GMT)

before this series everyone was saying SRT scores centuries in loosing cause and rahul centuries always worth a win well now this time three centuries from rahul and three straight losses , now did he play selfish innings or bad century innings as everyone say for SRT no.. he played as well as he could . Cricket is a team game ,for a win whole team has to play well so all those who say SRT scores centuries in loosing cause or plays selfish innings are making a terribly wrong assessment.

Posted by Rakesh_Sharma on (August 23, 2011, 5:53 GMT)

Very happy that Indian team is defeated comprehensively when Tendulkar is in the team. Else Fans would have said India needed Tendulkar. So in future people can stop if and buts. Tendulkar is longevity and nothing else. Why are fans not talking that Tendulkar was actually out on 34.

Posted by AMEERCI on (August 23, 2011, 5:45 GMT)

Being a great play , Tendulkar shoud score 100th centrury against good team instead any weaker team like bangladsh.

Posted by george204 on (August 23, 2011, 5:41 GMT)

While all the commentators were saying things like "perhaps it's meant to be" or "it's his day" every time a chance when down or a streaky shot found a gap, I was thinking the exact opposite: he was making so many mistakes that sooner or later one was going to get him out. It wasn't his most fluent innings, by a long way. I agree with 5wombats that the personal landmark woud have distracted India from the tough choices that lie ahead.

Posted by ravis123 on (August 23, 2011, 5:39 GMT)

Inidan cricket is in this state today bcos of this reason - the individual's records carry more value than a team's performance. Why is it that Tendulkar's 100th century being talked off for more than 2 months, rather than India's performance? If India wins the series and in that process, Sachin gets his century that is fine. But the case in the media and the mind set of the people in this country, is made out in such a manner that Sachin is above INDIA AND HIS CAUSE IS GREATER THAN THE TEAMS! When we all know very well that it is RAHUL DRAVID IS THE SOLE INDIVIDUAL WHO STANDS UP WHEN INDIA IS IN TROUBLE... As long as Sachin's glory ALONE is celeberated, India will continue to falter and the team will fall from Grace like they did against England.... This is not the end, its the begining of the great fall..Ravi Shankar R

Posted by Thomas_George on (August 23, 2011, 5:18 GMT)

The Gods have to retire for cricket in our country to move forward. When people care more about a Tendulkar century than winning, there is only one direction for the team -- downward. Tendulkar is certainly not the best bastman of all times; but had the potential to be if he could get his act together in difficult times constistently.

Posted by thebarmyarmy on (August 23, 2011, 5:11 GMT)

Take 5 runs of Indian averages and that probably gives you a more accurate look at the batsmen. To many batsmen friendly pitches in India.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 5:10 GMT)

one Australian commentator said that If Tendulkar is in Australian team. He would have kicked out from the team long time ago. because he said we have players who play for country not for themself.

Posted by shishirji on (August 23, 2011, 5:07 GMT)

when eng tour next year.....host matches at kanpur,eden garden, chennai etc.....with dust bowl of a pitch, then it will be seen whether anderson,broad et al will be in same form as now!!!!......saying this, i dont mean mean to take anything away form eng, in this series it looked like only one team was playing CRICKET!!!!

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 4:59 GMT)

Not a single inning where he helped India to win. I think if Micheal bavan played same test as Tendulkar played he would have much batter record. VVS LAXMAN played some great innings and He will be remembered in history with good words but Tendulkar will not be remember of his contribution for country but for his personal records.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 4:49 GMT)

I blame India's admin who took the Windies tour lightly so their players were undercooked. Even great players like Tendulkar need time in the middl and it showed. Dravid went and he got time in the middle and obviously he was the standout.

Posted by chad_reid on (August 23, 2011, 4:24 GMT)


Posted by Joby_George on (August 23, 2011, 4:22 GMT)

All praises sachin as the best batsman in the world, he should be mentioned as the most selfish cricketer ever. I was sure that he was going to get out on 90's. Indias facing defeat or innings defeat were never on his mind.He was keen only for his 100th ton. why cant this selfish chap bat at no.3 when gautham was injured and when team requires that? he wont do adjustments or do it when team needs it. I was praying hard thet he should not get a ton here. Lara was the worlds best batsmen that modern cricket has seen (sorry, i havent seen bradman batting). Lara, Ponting, Dravid, Sangakara, Kallis all are far ahead better than selfish sachin, had they played for long time like sachin, all records might have gone their way. Shame on sachin...Well played england, you desrves to be at no.1

Posted by Biophysicist on (August 23, 2011, 4:18 GMT)

I would have liked Tendulkar to get his 100 in this match if it was going to save the test for India. But, if it was only a matter of getting only a few more runs - which certainly would not be enough to save the match for India - it is better that he did not get it now, what with 5 lives. It would indeed have been an INFAMOUS 100!

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 4:03 GMT)

Tendulkar should retire now.

Posted by LePom on (August 23, 2011, 3:52 GMT)

landl47 - "Ultimately Tendulkar might be glad he didn't reach his 100th hundred in this innings." I agree. Had it been Dravid, then, being the only batsman in the team to reach 100 (3 times no less), then I think it would have said that, even though it was during what for the team was a horrible series, the milestone would have been fitting for what was a magnificent personal performance by one of the all time greats. Tendulkar also has been one of the all time greats, but not in this series. I would like to see him get the 100/100 in a series where he is flourishing. It is a milestone that deserves a setting like being the deciding factor in a win, or something along those lines. A home crowd, took would be fitting as I am sure the event would be celebrated in style.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 3:41 GMT)

And hellooo! Since when did scoring runs become less important? Scoring runs is part of winning the match. But that alone is not enough. We did not have a bowling good enough to take 20 wickets in a test match in these conditions. Our fielding wasn't great. It takes all facets of a game to come together to win it. A few years ago, it was the batting which saved us several games-credits to Sachin. But it can't remain that way always and under all conditions. I again emphasize, that its just the media and the fickle fans who are talking the numbers, not the player! Why doesn't any1 speak about the failure of 5 other batsmen in the team?! Is Sachin expected to be invincible on the field everytime he takes it? Its merely the over expectations n short memories that lead to such cynical comments. People - understand the concept of sports. When you fail to accept the possibility of failure,no matter how good u r, you cant play a game. Failure is part of sports. It happens, even to the best!

Posted by Ronsars on (August 23, 2011, 3:35 GMT)

Inspite of being an Indian i am happy SRT didn't rech to that milestone in this innings...It really would have taken the focus away from the epic failure & Dravid's hardwork all through the series will be overshadowed by SRT's hundred....All said and done Eng by far were the better team & deservingly won the series...Congratulations guys

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 3:25 GMT)

All the bashing about him being overrated is nonsense. How many people who bash him as overrated have ever taken the cricket field at this level? What qualifies you to disqualify comments about him made by legends who've taken the field with him? Its takes quite fickle minds to forget the times when he carried the team when everyone else faltered. His passion has been driving him for over 20 years in this game. It takes more than selfishness to perform successfully at this level for so long! And if there's anyone who deserves to reach the milestone of a 100 100's its him. Give him his spotlight, he more than deserves it. It was not just his failure that led to the team's failure. It was a collective failure against a very good team. But that does not take away his stellar performance for so many years. He has silenced critics throughout his careers, and I am sure he will do that once again, in his usual style - with the bat.

Posted by IndianCrazyFan on (August 23, 2011, 3:17 GMT)

Common guys not fair for such comments on little master. Have you seen how he played past 2 years and how he was tooo good all over world in odis/tests and now since he doesnt do good in 4 tests you say he bad.

He had one bad series. He is true champion he will comeback with strong performances no doubt he wont let anyone talk he is over.

Truely worst nightmare for all Indian fans. Messed up completely . Mishra should have been included in all tests atleast would have saved a test.

I belive ODIs are diff and the performance will improve with entry of Rohit, Virat and Ashwin into 11.

Posted by Pathiyal on (August 23, 2011, 3:16 GMT)

this was one of the best english teams, they looked totally charged against team india, which on the other hand looked lost from the start. none posed any challenge to the opposition.....none was thr to complement rahul. but he is the only one person who can return from uk with more feathers in his cap.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 3:09 GMT)

Yes, England played really well and deserved to win this series. But, Its quite pathetic to see some of the comments bashing Sachin. Lets bear in mind that the numbers have always been spoken about by the media and the fans and never by him. There's only the passion for the game that drives him, which everyone who has shared the dressing room or the field with him has unequivocally expressed. And lets not forget that the whole breed of youngsters who came out to win the world cup for India were inspired to play this game for the country by this one man. Dhoni,Sehwag, Yuvraj & co were in their diapers dreaming to be like Sachin one day. The fact is that he's inspired a whole generation to play this game in this country. Yes, his performance in this series hasn't been up to the mark, but everybody fails.

Posted by Trioboy on (August 23, 2011, 3:02 GMT)

Sachin only cares about his 100. He was never going to save the game. Cudos for Bresnan for denying him the century. Congrats England!!!

Posted by Abbas55 on (August 23, 2011, 2:44 GMT)

Keep dreaming and wait for some soft opposition!

Posted by BillyCC on (August 23, 2011, 2:34 GMT)

An extremely poor performance during the series from one of the greatest batsman of all time.

Posted by Ahsan_Shere on (August 23, 2011, 2:26 GMT)

@ Tamil Indian: Thats what Tendulkar thought before getting out.......this man plays for audience or records not for the nation.

Posted by landl47 on (August 23, 2011, 1:49 GMT)

Ultimately Tendulkar might be glad he didn't reach his 100th hundred in this innings. It must have been one of his least convincing innings ever; he was actually out 3 times before being given out and had the benefit of a couple of dropped catches into the bargain. In fact, if someone watched the morning session not knowing who had 99 international hundreds and who had none, they might well have guessed that Mishra was the more successful batsman. I'm sure Tendulkar will get his 100th hundred and hopefully it will be a much better innings than this one. After that, he might be wise to retire before performances like his on this tour become regular occurrences. He's already a legend, he shouldn't let our memory of him be that of a man who became merely ordinary.

Posted by souwesterly on (August 23, 2011, 1:39 GMT)

Congratulations to England, first and foremost. This week they've proven that they are a team - and a team of winners, not 11 players who are there because someone voted for them. India now need to look to their future. They're going to be in decline for a while (much like Australia) until they can meld together a young team fit for the future. England too need to ensure that younger members are incorporated into this successful crew to ensure an excellent future. Sachin never showed his real ability any more than Laxman, Raina or Sehwag - they simply didn't acclimatise to English conditions properly. So - much as it would have been great to celebrate Sachin's 100th century, he didn't really deserve to go out on a high note. The only high notes belonged to England.

Posted by niraj13 on (August 23, 2011, 1:27 GMT)

Wow! It's a field day for Sachin haters! All these people were hiding for the last 3-4 years. Now they have sprung again. Hehe. He was indeed out of form in this series and another great Dravid made a monumental effort. But, just because he could not get his 100th ton and had a poor series, doesn't mean that all his contribution over the last 22 years are meaningless. I am sure he will back strongly and even if he doesn't, let's celebrate the legend whom only Bradman can claim to be ahead of. He had some poor series during his career including this one, of course. But, my fellow countrymen and cricket lovers, let's not belittle his greatness. People all over the world stand in ovation every time he steps on the field. They are not stupid to stand up and clap for someone who is an ordinary player who plays for himself. Awake and arise people and acknowledge this once-in-a-lifetime-hero.

Posted by thenoostar on (August 23, 2011, 0:49 GMT)

Indians will be glad the series is over. It is a shame they have returned to the feeble team we all remember them as.

Posted by jr1972 on (August 23, 2011, 0:12 GMT)

Tendulkar has been in pretty average form and has performed poorly by his own standards. Dravid has been the man once again, earning hard runs and getting the praise he richly deserves. Tendulkar was fortunate to get to the 90's, Dravid was flawless.

Posted by SagirParkar on (August 22, 2011, 23:58 GMT)

i agree with a few people here - Tendulkar was extremely lucky to get to 91... and in the whole series he hasnt been in good touch either, never appeared comfortable at the crease... Dravid on the other hand was solid and yet i dont find too many articles on his performances.. dont get me wrong, i like Tendulkar too but i fear that majority of Indians focus too much on him and his deeds than other players in the team. For me, Dravid's contribution has been stellar and utterly selfless. Heck the guy even opened when no one else wants to step up to the plate... hats off to him..

Posted by jakigui on (August 22, 2011, 23:57 GMT)

I think da writer just want to forget da embarrassing defeat.....so he wrote this.....well any way congratz England.....

Posted by   on (August 22, 2011, 23:47 GMT)

ohhh come on,, everybody in the whole world knows that sachin never scores when needed... he showed time again soo many times...except 98/99 coca cola cup sharjah where he scored 2 consecutive 100s won the series he is the most overrated player he always played individual game...

Posted by dinuhebbar on (August 22, 2011, 23:46 GMT)

Prayers were answered. Had he made those 9 runs, the entire efforts of Indian Man of the Series Rahul Dravod would have gone in drain as every1 would have ignored his monumental effort throughout the series. Needless to say, if at all a sports person deserves a 'Bharat Ratna', its either Dravid or Kumble the gentle giants of indian cricket and definitely not ST.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (August 22, 2011, 23:44 GMT)

Honestly he didn't deserve it in this innings. 2 LBW decision would have went against him had there been the proper UDRS and on top of that he was dropped (one a touch catch and one a simple drop by prior off swann)

Posted by rajgiri101 on (August 22, 2011, 23:36 GMT)

Well done England, very well done! You treated this series with clinical precision and unparalleled ruthlessness. This is the right way to play cricket. Australia and South Africa being much less than their previous selves, you might even retain this ranking for some time, keep it up!

Well my team India, Duncan, Dhoni, Sachin, Rahul and co cannot will all series always. Team when selected was the best available less injured ones. further injuries, weather, absence of form of the little master, total failure of batsmen (but..Rahul), bowlers' hell of wickets, etc, etc and foolish replacements by srikant led selectors resulted in this. Even otherwise, were we really No.1? We were just one of the best to the best of my belief.

Time will go on and India will go on in different ranking. But my dear BCCI, apart from Cricket business, plz contribute something to Indian cricket, like making a strong cricket players bank. Never stop even if our boys come back to No.1 position.

Posted by maroon5lp4 on (August 22, 2011, 23:32 GMT)

I must say I'm rather disappointed with my countrymen. Dr_Koothrappali or whatever, it was not pathetic that he questioned Tucker's decision. He is one of the most experienced cricketers in world cricket and he had doubt in his mind. Normally, Sachin would never question an umpire's decision. But was he to do, if he walked, the Indian public would've criticized him for walking. If he didn't, he gets criticized for it too. He was desperate to save India. Frankly, I think that India needs new blood. But here's how far new blood has gotten us. Losing 4-0 in England. Dravid and Tendulkar played their parts. Sachin had a viral in the first test and was quite unlucky to get run-out in the 3rd test. Just because India needs young blood, doesn't mean they should drop their old guard, without whom they would've probably not made a score in excess of 200 in this series. Young talent is nurtured by learning from the old men. Look where the West Indians are.

Posted by thetopofoff on (August 22, 2011, 23:32 GMT)

Tendulkar only seems to make runs when the series is lost or the game is beyond winning or saving.

Posted by   on (August 22, 2011, 23:25 GMT)

Congratulations to England for world class performance, I hope this is a wake up call for English fans who still does not support their cricket team as much as they should. For Indian cricket, they need to improve their bowling, with their current bowling strenght, their is no way team can stay on number 1 spot for too long, no team with this kind of miserable bowling attack can be number 1 for more than few months.. so for long term, need to retain current batting strenght and invest in local talent in bowling department.

Posted by TamilIndian on (August 22, 2011, 23:18 GMT)

It was better that he didnt reach the milestone in this test - It would be an awful feeling to reach a personal milestone when the team is getting beaten to the ground!

Posted by cricket8best on (August 22, 2011, 23:10 GMT)

No doubt that Tendulkar is not ordinary player but cricket is team game, if you always looking for records then these results are obvious. Indian fans are worrying about there competition for 4ht place why they forget that they are first time there (top three) in the history of the game with bowling attack they have it is very difficult to keep top position for quite sometime. If you look at the over all game history Aus, SA, Pak, Eng and WI are the teams that have real ingredients to play and won test cricket only because they always have the ability to bowled opposition out for twice. SL and NZ are still way behind (History) and Indians are always Batting genius and individual brilliance like Tendulkar, Sehwag and co.

Posted by xylo on (August 22, 2011, 23:06 GMT)

I think it is more of Sachin eluding the moment rather than the moment eluding Sachin.

Posted by   on (August 22, 2011, 23:04 GMT)

As if this is very important now! Thats what happens when individuals are greedy about milestones and media gives too much importance to such filmy stuff. Now what? Got thrashed and its time for celebration, India is no more no.1 :))

Posted by _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on (August 22, 2011, 23:02 GMT)

I think it is fitting he did not achieve it in the ruins of his team's humiliating series defeat. The 100th 100 should come when his team needs him to pull of a good TEAM victory. Landmarks are nice but the ultimate goal of a cricketer is to help their team win.

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (August 22, 2011, 23:02 GMT)

Nagraj..Seriously look what have you wrote..In a way Tendulkar's quest for his hundredth century is a feat of Olympic proportions. Usain Bolt takes nine seconds to achieve the unthinkable. For someone likeTendulkar the pursuit is over days, weeks, months, years, series. It is a battle as much of endurance as it is of application, skills and mental discipline. Lets us see a sceanario where Usain Bolt (not worth mentioning here in the first place) trying to do 100th time..think about that..Very easy to write and than get it done..I think Sachin knows more cricket and how to bat than people who give them advice..

Posted by chowdarylions on (August 22, 2011, 23:01 GMT)

INDIA....the most upsetting moment since i know cricket....it was unbelievabe..... i cant control my tears by losing the series.....they gave me joy 3 months ago...very sooner they took that away.....i realy dont understant why they are so inconsistant.....GOD PLZZZZ help me in taking my pain away....LAST BUT NOT THE LEAST...WELL DONE GUYS....U MAKE US PROUD....U HAVE A GOOD SPORTING SPIRIT(BELL OUT)........

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (August 22, 2011, 22:59 GMT)

5wombats...Just one series no big deal do not make mountain out of dirt..Be prepared for your comments for ECB when England losses in India..Always trying to give advice..to the loosers..very simple to do....

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (August 22, 2011, 22:55 GMT)

I agree with you Cpt.Meanster...100 percent...Whenever I see lot comments..like this ..they just love who is doing best in point of time hate who does not....Where were they when Dravid failed completely...They were there and bashing Dravid..now they are bashing Sachin.. Bashing people why Dravid could not win for India after three centuries...Simply these coomets shows their anger on the web to anyone...they do not care who they are.. England or India or Dravid or Sachin..and they are not showing true sportsmanship...When England looses in India they will start bashing England...LOL

Posted by desiboy454 on (August 22, 2011, 22:50 GMT)

Who cares about SRTs 100th 100 in this series. Seriously I am a die hard fan of SRT, but He DID NOT DESERVE the 100th 100 in england. BUT i think Rahul Dravid gained a more respect for me than SRT. And ALL us indian fans need to Respect THE WALL a lot more than he gets. He is a True HERO. To the england team, CONGRATS. Hope this team lives up to their mantle. Cant wait to see them in the subcontinent!!

Posted by rbbanfield on (August 22, 2011, 22:46 GMT)

Such a talented player and good on him for playing so long, but he is the most overrated batsman in the history of the game

Posted by   on (August 22, 2011, 22:43 GMT)

@5wombats : Even now selectors will not open their eyes and Tendulkar will get that 100 any time before he retire. But what an innings played by Mishra, he was playing better shots than Tendulkar..

Posted by swarzi on (August 22, 2011, 22:43 GMT)

I don't think Tendulkar deserved scoring a 100 in the final innings of this very important test series. Had he done so in this innings, it would have been a clear case of sporting travesty. Because after he had played his fifth consecutive abysmal innings of the series, India had lost everything; and had been demoted from No.1 to No.3 in the world of test match cricket. Scoring a 100 in the final innings of the series would only have been for academic value - just for himself - the conspicuous trademark and substance of the majority of his test 100s. In addition, he never puts up his hand as Dravid does when India needs that extra help from the senior players - it must always be in his favor. I think that it would have been unfair for him to score a hundred whereby it would have become the headline of a series in which he had failed so miserably; while little or nothing would have been said about the England team, or those Indian players who served their team with pride and dignity.

Posted by   on (August 22, 2011, 22:34 GMT)

We may have seen the final ebb of scintillating flow of run by the great master. I wondered why did he not leave with his dignity intact while he was at the top of the world. Today he persevered for a while not due to in any great measure for his resiliency and well-honed skills. He was a just a lucky recipent of the good fortunes that came as a result of the mental lapses by the tiring Engilish fielders. We did not witness an imposing figure but a shadow if himself. Sachin looked very ordinary toady; perhaps a bit fragile to be more acurate. I wish I could erase the memory of this day for I would like to remeber him the David that he was.

Posted by spintl on (August 22, 2011, 22:33 GMT)

With all due respect to SRT, he did NOT look that fluent today. As a matter of fact, Mishra was much more comfortable and playing much better than SRT!!!! Mishra was handling Swann and other bowlers better. His defensive strokes were straight and confident, SRT in the meantime has some close shaves with LBW appeals and bat & pad catch that Cook could not hold on.

Posted by khurramsch on (August 22, 2011, 22:23 GMT)

is tendulkar retiring tonght?facebok ,cric info ful of ths ings as if it was hs last match! No body is thnkng about 4-0 defeat.he wil make it 1day. About decision,cant say its wrong.relays show its umpire cal so u can say its tough decision not wrong.and people wH are complaining must rembr the othr lbw whn he was plumb and not given.

Posted by ROLAYH on (August 22, 2011, 22:18 GMT)

@Dr_Koothrappali...after this performance do you really think India is better than the teams that you have mentioned... India is better than all the teams in the world, provided they are on their home grounds... to reach number 1, they played and won matches in their own backyard, drawn a series with SAF in SAF and won just one series against England...I think Pakistan without being number or even in top 5, performed way better than India last year... SL lost the series just because of one bad session, even WestIndies gave India run for their money in the last series...

Posted by Scallopian on (August 22, 2011, 22:07 GMT)

India will come back. Can't wait till the ODIs

Posted by shakattacl on (August 22, 2011, 21:43 GMT)

don't very indian fans. india will be #1 again. they just have to schedule next 50 test matches in india. this way sachin can score 100 (100) and even bhaji and ishant will sore double centuries.

Posted by xjunda on (August 22, 2011, 21:38 GMT)

This is pathetic people are talking about individual scores even after this humiliation defeat. Its a team game & its all about winning matches. For me just one winning run is more valuable than scoring 300 & still losing game.

I love cricket but I hate when people care so much about personal scores & meaningless records. And I'm also against players who slows down before reaching milestones. For god sake, its a team game, only win is important nothing else matters. People should be able to do their jobs I don't mind if they are young, old, stars or ordinary. Also I would like to add that although I like Dhoni but I even can't listen when he says we can't improve our fielding. I would ask, why not??? I would never select a player who is not capable of doing decent fielding. These are just basics, I honestly can't see any issue resolving these simple problems.

If you want to be a champion then start thinking like a champion!

Posted by   on (August 22, 2011, 21:23 GMT)

It is time we rise above individual records. Even otherwise, how many of his hundreds have won matches for us. Sharjah, Chennai and....?????

Posted by   on (August 22, 2011, 21:23 GMT)

Relax Guys..The team will come back hard and also selection and fitness issues will be answered now that we lost with huge margin. A 2-1 loss or close loses wouldnt have done any good. Sehwag,Raina and Dhoni were luxuries we able to afford because of the strong middle order.Last time the middle order failed collectively, Sehwag was dropped for an year. Ganguly spot should have been tried with Pujara,Rahana,Kohli or Rohit sharma instead of Yuvraj,Raina. We are stuck with Sehwag,Dhoni untill they retire. and the middle order will be gone in 2 years.

Posted by citizenkc on (August 22, 2011, 21:17 GMT)

I am at a loss to understand why this landmark matters so much to people. Of course, Tendulkar will get his 100 centuries. It's a foregone conclusion--probably sometime in the next few ODIs or in the tests versus WI. And then there will be firecrackers and celebrations--justly so for a legendary cricketer. But what does it prove? That he is a great player? Does anyone deny that? Aren't there more important matters at hand? We have just received a thrashing, the likes of which we have not seen in years. We should be discussing what the illness is and find a cure. Perhaps one symptom of the problem is that we focus too much on such individual achievements. It's a team game, folks!

Posted by iravatha on (August 22, 2011, 21:15 GMT)

This writer is so funny He says -" When a bat-pad chance flew to Alistair Cook at short leg, the Indians screamed "Don't catch, don't catch." Cook duly obeyed their instructions" Oh really what's the time needed for the ball to go short-leg and how long does it take to say Don't catch, don't catch. Good sense of humour keep it up even though you seem to be seriously saying it!

Posted by   on (August 22, 2011, 21:14 GMT)

Well said Cpt.Meanster. True cricket fan. IPL must change for India to improve.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (August 22, 2011, 21:11 GMT)

@Swombats: Your team deserves every accolade out there. They played the best cricket and thoroughly deserve 4-0 as the score line. If India managed a draw, it would probably provide some relief to the long standing illness plaguing Indian cricket. The BCCI has a lot of homework to do, in fact they have a major semester project to complete. I think the Indian players now need to ask some very tough questions of themselves as to how they want the public to view them. On this tour they have become the laughing stock and rightly so. Reputation tags might look good once in a while but skill and character is what defines champions in sport. Sadly, England has an entire squad of them and India have only 1 - the enigmatic Rahul Dravid.

Posted by Lord_Dravid on (August 22, 2011, 21:08 GMT)

As an indian fan i bow my head in shame.. this isnt just a whitewash but an annihilation! We were unfortunate wiith injuries, lacked preparations and were totally mentally unfit. Raina shouldnt be in the test side until he has some extensive practice playing on bouncy and swinging conditions, perhaps he ought to join a county team in england south africa or australia for at least 6 months! His poor form of run in such conditions is just unacceptable. With Gods grace kholi will be given a chance instead. Dhoni is just a dissapointment thats all i can say. Our bowlers need to learn how to bat, dont know whether they can or not but it seems they have this 'im a bowler' attitude, lack confidence and seem to give up easily unlike the english bowlers. Rest of the squad will regroup im sure.

Posted by sunilusa on (August 22, 2011, 21:06 GMT)

Pathetic! Clichés like 'time standing still' and 'Olympic proportions' to describe some personal milestone in the face of abject humiliation. When will we learn? Grow up pal! Disgrace and embarrassment heaped on us is indeed of Olympic proportions. Nothing else is.

Posted by   on (August 22, 2011, 21:06 GMT)

Actually if you look at the cold hard facts Tendulkar has saved many a match and in recent times just recently the last test match in South Africa. He kept the worlds best bowler Dale Steyn who is ranked many points above Anderson and Broad. He has won more matches in tests for india then Dravid. He trys harder then any cricketer the world has every seen. He trains harder then anyone he doesnt even let his family distract him. He has scored most of his runs abroad. And how quickly the fickle among u forget when he last played in england he took blow after blow on his body and his helmet and still won a match for india and the series all with a century. This is the same England team that was bowled out for 51 in west Indies. It does not change the fact that India played badly, they had their moments but poor fielding and lack of trying let them in. Just 2 years back Dravid was having a bad run and said he needs to retire, and now Dravid is the greatest thing ever.

Posted by   on (August 22, 2011, 21:05 GMT)

In midst of all talk against Tendulkar,his game,"Hundred" and comparison with Dravid, I just have to point out the fact that when he had an average of 81.50/inning in south africa earlier this year,Dravid had a mere 20.00.I am not against Dravid as I understand this is a sport and bad things happen.He obviously had to work hard in every Indian first inning but he came out mighty tired every time in the second inning this series,the "second inning" which is considered the only important thing in test cricket by Tendulkar's critics as he has scored most of his runs in the first innings. I salute Dravid for saving some pride for India in the series but we should be praising him for his achievements not criticising Sachin.Rather we should be criticising the team in general.And by the way Tendulkar saga is not yet over yaar.He just had his best cricketing season last year.we indians do have very bad memory,No!

Posted by only_sehwag on (August 22, 2011, 21:03 GMT)

the best thing to happen in this series..

Posted by indian1980 on (August 22, 2011, 21:02 GMT)

I am glad sachin didn't get his century, he doesn't deserve it. In the future BCCI and Indian selectors do the game a favour by not picking the players are not fit. I still dont' know why they picked Viru, Zahir and Gambir.

Posted by   on (August 22, 2011, 20:54 GMT)

Let me say this right away - Tendulkar will get his 100th century. My guess is it will be in the ODIs. Tendulkar is a great batsman and to be honest he does not need 100 - 100s to show us the quality of his batting. But since cricket is a numbers game, a lot of Indian fans will be rooting for him. It may be blasphemous to Indian fans but when India needs Tendulkar, Tendulkar does not perform under pressure. In test cricket, I don't remember when Tendulkar drew or won a match for India. Lara, Waugh did that for their countries. Inzi did it for Pakistan. When in pressure, I expect more out of Dravid and Laxman than Tendulkar. That should have not been the case. A batsman of Tendulkar's class should do more when his team is under pressure. I admire what Dravid does for his team. Keeping, Opening, performing under pressure, etc. Whenever Indian team needs someone to do an odd job, Dravid is there. I think Dravid is always under appreciated in India.

Posted by kanuparthi on (August 22, 2011, 20:53 GMT)

What really concerns me is the drama around Sachin's 100th 100. When India win, we see a slew of articles talking about petty performances. When India lose, why isn't there such a thing? Why the attempt to divert attention to Sachin's 100th 100? I, personally, don't care if Sachin gets his 100th hundred and India keep losing. I would care if Sachin scores a hundred when India show some spine and save the test.

Posted by   on (August 22, 2011, 20:53 GMT)

He must the first batsman to get 100 international 90s. Obsession with numbers is a nice pastime but that is about it.

Posted by Indian_WC2011 on (August 22, 2011, 20:53 GMT)

Please do not discuss SRT, he is made for making records. No doubt he is a great player but always failed to explained by his actions that contribution is important at critical moments which ever way it comes. Scoring 40 runs in a very critical moments is far better than scoring 100 in non-critical moments. I was always expecting him to show this in terms of his actions on 22 yards.On the other hand players like Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehway are far better team players than SRT.

Posted by   on (August 22, 2011, 20:49 GMT)

I can't quite understand what this article is for. The team has been thrashed and we are talking about an individual record. This has been the problem with Indian cricket in general, glorify the individual and to hell with the team's performance. if he had got his hundred everything will be forgotten and Indian team will continue to stagnate. I wonder if it is a coincidence that great teams don't have individual record holders but as a team are a crack unit. Australia of the 90's and windies of the 80s or even the Aussies of the 70s or go back even further.

Posted by   on (August 22, 2011, 20:48 GMT)

hmmmm what i say lots of debate their. Finally england win. Tendulkr hundards not important but lack of match saving abilities which litle master not have. Hope is the only epic thing best ov luck india for ODI'S hmmmm what i say lots of debate their. Finally england win. Tendulkr hundards not important but lack of match saving abilities which litle master not have. Hope is the only epic thing best ov luck india for ODI'S

Posted by Sanath-aiyya on (August 22, 2011, 20:47 GMT)


I am really happy Sachin did not score a hundred and overshadow englands awesome performance. This Indian team deserved to lose. With their arrogant attitude and Arrogant commentators. I hope they get thrashed in the one dayers too !!!!

Posted by 6forus on (August 22, 2011, 20:46 GMT)

@ awais ahmed: dude.. guess u dint hear wht he said, i never play for records, i have always contributed and played for the country and ya he said this too.. but its good to keep some records under your belt..

and i am happy tht he dint score 100.. i wan him to score during one days and trash england by 4-1 margin and i'm sure our team will defintely do this for us!!if he had scored 100 people would have said when sachin score 100 india lss the match.. now no one cant blame an individual for this huge loss... its entire team fault.. no back up bowlers tz where we lack .. hope soon BCCI will find a player who can bowl at 145 speed. Rahul is the best and we will miss him defintely once he retires for the game, yuvi and raina are not good for test.. they are best in t20 and odis.. we miss dada, till now no one had captured his spot.. if he was playing in this test things would hve been different.. we miss u dada!!.......

Posted by   on (August 22, 2011, 20:37 GMT)

who cares about tendulkar's 100, except big corporations and Mumbai Gang

Posted by RD_INDIAN on (August 22, 2011, 20:33 GMT)

@Awais Ahmed- R u also tryin to say that Rahul Dravid's centuries in this series is an example of a cricketer puuting self before country. It is the fault of the other team members and not RD or SRT or Amit Mishra's fault. REMEMBER cricket is a team game

Posted by Rahulbose on (August 22, 2011, 20:30 GMT)

Michael Jordan had a fairytale moment and victory in 1998. So did Sachin in the 2011 WC. But both men did not know when to quit. Just like MJ fans had to endure the torture of watching him play for the Wizards, half the player but still the best man on the floor. So Indian fans are doomed to watch Sachin scratch his way to some more meaning less milestones.

Posted by whoster on (August 22, 2011, 20:27 GMT)

I would've liked to have seen Tendulkar reach the amazing landmark today, but obviously I'd rather see my team win. It was nice that he always got a great ovation from all spectators whenever he came to the wicket in the series, and he really does command respect. He did struggle with the bat throughout, and even today he needed a fair bit of luck to get to 91. I hope he'll be around for another year or two, and get his 100th international hundred soon. England are still pretty rubbish at 50 over cricket, so there's a chance to get it! I'm actually looking forward to the one-day series. India should be hot favourites on one-day form and ranking, but I'm hoping England will raise their game on the back of a great Test performance.

Posted by RD_INDIAN on (August 22, 2011, 20:27 GMT)

@ Awais Ahmed- are u tryin to say that hundreds are not important.Cause had Rahul Dravid not scored a century in the first innings then the margin of loss would have been greater and had SRT an amit mishra scored centuries today then maybe we could have taken a lead and drawn the test match

Posted by RD_INDIAN on (August 22, 2011, 20:27 GMT)

@ Awais Ahmed- are u tryin to say that hundreds are not important.Cause had Rahul Dravid not scored a century in the first innings then the margin of loss would have been greater and had SRT an amit mishra scored centuries today then maybe we could have taken a lead and drawn the test match

Posted by   on (August 22, 2011, 20:25 GMT)

Its a shame i mean all the indian batting line up should start taking lessons from mishra great batting the way he batted was too good and as far as SRT goes he is the best bastmen in the world without any dought but every things goes with time its time for him to step down and give younsters their turn and as far as i remember his centures have been unlucky for india most of the time time he scores a century india looses....

Posted by Alexk400 on (August 22, 2011, 20:20 GMT)

THANK GOD sachin did not get century. Otherwise half first page would be about sachin and not talk about 4-0 thrashing. God Bless England for complete decimation of these overhyped sachin and team india.

Posted by NareshSharma on (August 22, 2011, 20:13 GMT)

couldn't agree more with Cpt.Meanster

Posted by likeintcricket on (August 22, 2011, 20:11 GMT)

Its seams that Indian fans doesn't care about the complete humiliation they got from England despite being #1 side of the world. Only once they manage to get 10 wickets before England making making 500+ in all 4 Tests. These batsmen and their fans only cares about paper records which means nothing in a team sport. There were players in the past like Bradman, Walcott, Weekes, Sobers, Hayden and even Lara, If they played that many Test matches in the same numbers of years that Tendulkar managed, They could have easily matched this feat if not crossed it altogether. Lets suppose if Bradman played 180 Test matches ( 29 centuries in 52 Tests) he could have scored 100 Test centuries in that many Test matches. Lara was retired in 2006 when he was in peak form ( 450 runs in the last series with 2 big hundreds) and so did Hayden and other Australian players. Isn't 20+ years enough? Even Dravid who is in good form lately but how long you wanna play?

Posted by Shan156 on (August 22, 2011, 20:07 GMT)

How is that Tendulkar's best innings in 8 outings? His highest score in the series, yes, by some distance, but the best? No way. He was far more fluent in the 2nd innings in Trent Bridge and Edgbaston (where bad luck cruelly cut his innings short). This, in comparison, was a scratchy innings. 1 stumping which England failed to appeal, 2 close leg before appeals, 2 dropped catches and overall a struggle against Swann. His other2 innings were way better than that.

Posted by   on (August 22, 2011, 20:03 GMT)

a classy touch. sure india will be roar back.. we will witness that in england and when england in india..

Posted by Shan156 on (August 22, 2011, 20:02 GMT)

Thanks for coming India. While it, obviously, will be disappointing for the fans, I am sure they will know that this is temporary. Form is, but class is permanent. And, India is a class team. They would need to find a better batsman than Raina, an express fast bowler and a better spinner (Ashwin is good, I hear) but in a cricket-crazy country with a population of over 1.1 billion, it shouldn't be too much of a problem. Persist with Kumar (needs to prove himself in sub-continent conditions, though) and Ishant. The batting, sans the wonderful Dravid, had a collective failure but they will bounce back. The class is very much there. So, there is no reason to feel despondent over this defeat. India had such a superb record in England since the summer of 42 (1974). So, this would hurt but perhaps it is the law of averages. But, I am sure India will bounce back.

As an England fan, proud of my team. They are in great form and long may it continue.

Posted by 5wombats on (August 22, 2011, 19:48 GMT)

Without Trolling - I'm glad Tendulkar didn't get that hundred. If he had india would just have closed it's eyes to the problems and breathed a sign of relief. Now, perhaps, the BCCI will wake up and sort out it's priorities; what's it going to be boys? Test cricket or more ruinous LIP cash chasing? Good for you @Cpt.Meanster - coming back on here and saying well done England. Takes some doing when the scoresheet looks like this - you are a worthy cricket follower.

Posted by cricfanatic2201 on (August 22, 2011, 19:46 GMT)

Its ironical.. that in the event of this humiliating loss... we are still discussing an individual record... tendulkar.. a gr8 batsman unarguably .. but lets spare this moment to absorb this epic team failure and focus on what;s in future fir indian yest cricket....

Posted by BellCurve on (August 22, 2011, 19:45 GMT)

I hate to say this, my fellow countrymen, but Tendulkar was extremely lucky to get to 91. To question Tucker's decision, which all replays show to be correct, is quite frankly pathetic. Our national team needs new blood and we need it quick. Otherwise soon we will be competing with Pakistan, NZ, WI and SL for 4th place. That's not even bronze medal!

Posted by   on (August 22, 2011, 19:35 GMT)

wins are more important then hundreds..if he scored hundred today could india win this match.. contribution is more meaningful if you score consistently its quite relief for your side. what i think about tensulkar he just came england to score his 100th hundred no matter india win or lose.more than 22 years of cricket he has played.. how many times he contribute in wins..kallis, ponting,dravid are much much better team players rather than a man names TENDULKAR.. he should first play for india never count 100s..

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (August 22, 2011, 19:33 GMT)

Congratulations to England and their fans. This is NOT the end of the world for India. India will be back at another time. It's time investments are made in Indian cricket. The team should take this tour as a learning curve. This is professional sport. When you are down 3-0, it's very hard for any team to bounce back. India were simply going through the motions. It was a bit satisfying to see Tendulkar and Mishra put up some fight. Mishra has a wonderful future as the next all-rounder ? we have to see. He could become the next Daniel Vettori although he needs to improve his bowling a lot. Sachin WILL get his 100th hundred. The Little Master is far from done. He can play for another complete year before contemplating retirement. India may lose more series in the future but they need to invest in young blood with a view for LONG TERM goals. Commiserations to India and their supporters. Your day will come.

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