India v England, 1st Test, Ahmedabad November 13, 2012

'Don't respect Tendulkar too much' - Anderson

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James Anderson, the England fast bowler, has asked his team-mates to watch against admiring Sachin Tendulkar too much because that can sometimes "dull the competitive edge". "There is no question in my mind that he has been one of the best batsmen -- if not the best -- for 20-odd years," Anderson wrote in his column in Daily Mail. "But we have to make sure we do not treat him with too much respect in the middle."

Anderson is no rookie when it comes to bowling to Tendulkar. He has squared up against Tendulkar in 19 Test innings and has dismissed him seven times for 207 runs. In his column, he wrote about an Andrew Flintoff anecdote, which according to him sums up the feeling when competing against Tendulkar. "I heard an interesting quote from Freddie Flintoff recently about what it felt like to bowl against Sachin," he wrote. "He said: 'I wanted to get him out, for sure. But I wanted to earn his respect as well. I wanted to impress him.' It almost sounded like Freddie was looking for the Tendulkar seal of approval."

Anderson wrote he had never personally felt that way, but didn't rule out that possibility for others. "I cannot relate directly to what Freddie said, but I know what he is getting at," he wrote. "I do know that people have said they love watching him bat, and maybe too much of that kind of admiration could dull your competitive edge.

"I've never been aware of succumbing to that myself but maybe subconsciously, because you respect him for what he has done in the game -- 100 international centuries is some achievement -- and the way he has conducted himself, you want to get him to respect you back.

"The Sachin factor is quite something to experience. I've played in games here in which the Indian supporters seem more interested in his batting than how their team are doing, when Sachin getting out is the signal for a mass exodus."

Anderson won't mind bowling in front of empty stands if that's what it takes. "I will be seeking to make myself pretty unpopular with the locals in the weeks ahead," he wrote. "The bottom line is that we treat everyone with the same respect, whether they've played one Test or 100 -- and that goes for trying to earn their respect, too."

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  • alwaysindia on November 15, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    @kiwiocker worry about your country. not a single good player

  • A_Yorkshire_Lad on November 15, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    @Bruisers So , have India never lost a match to Bagladesh , then ?? Oh , i'm not trying to refute or ignore or possibly even deny England's failings and past defeats and if we lose this series , then so be it - we WON'T be scurrying around trying to unearth every possible excuse imagineable . BTW , which ' home thrashing ' at the hands of the aussies would that be , then ?? Are you possibly referring to the NatWest ODI series , perchance ? The series that was 4-0 ? TO ENGLAND ?? D ' O H !!

  • nareshgb1 on November 14, 2012, 22:04 GMT

    errr.....well the more serious question is should/do the Englishmen respect the guy that will 2 down for their own team. huh?

  • Tamimfan on November 14, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    @KiwiRocker- .. you are so frustrated that you are talking a whole load of rubbish despite knowing no one gives a damn about such comments anymore. "Tendulya never won a world cup for India..Not even a T20 one" So the 2011 wc was won by tikolo for kenya? lol. sachin was the second highest rungetter of 2011 wc for god's sake. remember- sachin never played any t20 wc........... "This is a player who would leave No.11 to face the likes of Dale Steyn to ensure his record is intact" now where and when on earth did that happen?........... "never faced two of best bowlers of his time ( Wasim and Waqar)" oh really? is that why wasim akram always keeps saying sachin is the toughest batsman i have ever bowled to...... "averages 33 agaist Donald, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and McGrath" well, this is funny. just now you said he never faced wasim and waqar. and now you are popping out some averages. lol. you comment is so technically flawed. give a better try next time. (cricinfo publish)

  • Tamimfan on November 14, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover... since when did india and pakistan play 'nowadays'?

  • Bruisers on November 14, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    @A_Yorkshire_Lad - Looks like the UAE drubbing is still fresh in your mind. Oh and I hope you also remember the home thrashings you received at the hands of the Aussies and the Proteas few months ago. And I don't have to remind the amazing 80 allout at the WT20 and the 5-0 whitewash in India last year, do I..? Hey hang on, the great England team can't even beat Bangladesh and Ireland in the subcontinent!!? Oh gosh... Well, these are just nothing. Tomorrow's when the real deal begins. So brace yourself. ITS GONNA HURT REAL BAD!

  • Sundaresh_Cricket_Analyst on November 14, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    This is bit funny here...When England plays against the Aussies. we Indians send loads of love to the English players. we enjoy every single session that England wins over the Aussies. But now, common guys, u r gonna ripped by us..very strange and funny. Two sides of cricket. Support to your home team and support to the team that you fancy.

    Speaking about the legends like Gooch or Kapil dev is just good to relish our memories. But now its a new day and a new match on a different turf. Going by the present playing 11 of the English teams, The Cook's , Trott's, KP's and Bells are really terrific and capable of testing bowlers on any conditions. So I am sure, Its just not gonna be, common, I will spin to get your wicket. Its not just easy guys.

    Likewise, When Ashwin says that he has worked on a new delivery or if Anderson speaks about respecting Sachin, it just means that the lads are playing mind games. so just dont get it wrong. Rather i would suggest we all should watch and enjoy.

  • jmcilhinney on November 14, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    I'm fairly sure that maddy20 just read the headline and not the story. Otherwise it seems he must have a problem with Anderson saying that Tendulkar is the best batsman in the world. Oh, how could he disrespect The Great One so? Doesn't he know that Tendulkar is the best batsman in the universe?

  • on November 14, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Title is very misleading. Anderson did not say that he doesn't respect Tendulkar much. He's merely stating that he doesn't want the English team to be in awe of Sachin and not focus on the job of getting him out.

  • A_Yorkshire_Lad on November 14, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    @maddy20 , oh , I've just realised that i've missed out mentioning Gooch's highest test score , now what was that and who was it against ?? Erm ,can you help me there , my friend ?

  • alwaysindia on November 15, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    @kiwiocker worry about your country. not a single good player

  • A_Yorkshire_Lad on November 15, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    @Bruisers So , have India never lost a match to Bagladesh , then ?? Oh , i'm not trying to refute or ignore or possibly even deny England's failings and past defeats and if we lose this series , then so be it - we WON'T be scurrying around trying to unearth every possible excuse imagineable . BTW , which ' home thrashing ' at the hands of the aussies would that be , then ?? Are you possibly referring to the NatWest ODI series , perchance ? The series that was 4-0 ? TO ENGLAND ?? D ' O H !!

  • nareshgb1 on November 14, 2012, 22:04 GMT

    errr.....well the more serious question is should/do the Englishmen respect the guy that will 2 down for their own team. huh?

  • Tamimfan on November 14, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    @KiwiRocker- .. you are so frustrated that you are talking a whole load of rubbish despite knowing no one gives a damn about such comments anymore. "Tendulya never won a world cup for India..Not even a T20 one" So the 2011 wc was won by tikolo for kenya? lol. sachin was the second highest rungetter of 2011 wc for god's sake. remember- sachin never played any t20 wc........... "This is a player who would leave No.11 to face the likes of Dale Steyn to ensure his record is intact" now where and when on earth did that happen?........... "never faced two of best bowlers of his time ( Wasim and Waqar)" oh really? is that why wasim akram always keeps saying sachin is the toughest batsman i have ever bowled to...... "averages 33 agaist Donald, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and McGrath" well, this is funny. just now you said he never faced wasim and waqar. and now you are popping out some averages. lol. you comment is so technically flawed. give a better try next time. (cricinfo publish)

  • Tamimfan on November 14, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover... since when did india and pakistan play 'nowadays'?

  • Bruisers on November 14, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    @A_Yorkshire_Lad - Looks like the UAE drubbing is still fresh in your mind. Oh and I hope you also remember the home thrashings you received at the hands of the Aussies and the Proteas few months ago. And I don't have to remind the amazing 80 allout at the WT20 and the 5-0 whitewash in India last year, do I..? Hey hang on, the great England team can't even beat Bangladesh and Ireland in the subcontinent!!? Oh gosh... Well, these are just nothing. Tomorrow's when the real deal begins. So brace yourself. ITS GONNA HURT REAL BAD!

  • Sundaresh_Cricket_Analyst on November 14, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    This is bit funny here...When England plays against the Aussies. we Indians send loads of love to the English players. we enjoy every single session that England wins over the Aussies. But now, common guys, u r gonna ripped by us..very strange and funny. Two sides of cricket. Support to your home team and support to the team that you fancy.

    Speaking about the legends like Gooch or Kapil dev is just good to relish our memories. But now its a new day and a new match on a different turf. Going by the present playing 11 of the English teams, The Cook's , Trott's, KP's and Bells are really terrific and capable of testing bowlers on any conditions. So I am sure, Its just not gonna be, common, I will spin to get your wicket. Its not just easy guys.

    Likewise, When Ashwin says that he has worked on a new delivery or if Anderson speaks about respecting Sachin, it just means that the lads are playing mind games. so just dont get it wrong. Rather i would suggest we all should watch and enjoy.

  • jmcilhinney on November 14, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    I'm fairly sure that maddy20 just read the headline and not the story. Otherwise it seems he must have a problem with Anderson saying that Tendulkar is the best batsman in the world. Oh, how could he disrespect The Great One so? Doesn't he know that Tendulkar is the best batsman in the universe?

  • on November 14, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Title is very misleading. Anderson did not say that he doesn't respect Tendulkar much. He's merely stating that he doesn't want the English team to be in awe of Sachin and not focus on the job of getting him out.

  • A_Yorkshire_Lad on November 14, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    @maddy20 , oh , I've just realised that i've missed out mentioning Gooch's highest test score , now what was that and who was it against ?? Erm ,can you help me there , my friend ?

  • A_Yorkshire_Lad on November 14, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    @maddy20 actually , I reckon you should have plenty of respect for those England batsmen I mentioned previously because Botham's , Cook's and Boycott's highest test scores are 208 , 294 & 246 respectively. Not too shabby , eh ? And guess which team these totals were scored against ? Yes , that's right , India ! D ' OH !

  • g.narsimha on November 14, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    RANDYOZ-When more than i billion are interested on any event that automatically becomes important. we indian fans out number even u put up entire cricket playing nations fans together, as epicenter to modern cricket if INDIA fares in any cricketing events anywhere that generates fallowiong as well finace so dont loose u r sleep over it ,u r team did well int he just concluded test so enjoy it.

  • A_Yorkshire_Lad on November 14, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    @maddy20 - so Mr Maddy20 , you indians say you repect Kallis,Lara,Lloyd,Sobers , do you ? Well , can i point out to you that 3 of those players that you say you respect are long retired and yet for some reason you only care to compare those lucky individuals against current England players ( Cook , Patel ) ; " if this attitude of theirs is justified , then so is ours " - so that means you have no respect for Boycott , Gooch , Gower , Botham or , indeed , Cook ? " best allrounder in the world is Samit Patel " well , my friend , you must be the only person who thinks so ! Or perhaps - perish the thought! - you were just being sarcastic ? Last year's 4-0 still hurts , my friend , doesn't it ?

  • AKmAK on November 14, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    Thank you Anderson for your comment to bring up Sachin's lay-off. All cricket world witnessed several times that Sachin always replied with bat but not chat. Hopefully a firework series just before a sweet retirement. Thats why says 'Hundreds of cricketers are around but only a handful of them are greats'. Give and take respect or who cares. All the best and Go Sachin.

  • cricankul on November 14, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    yes i definitely go with the words of jimmy,,sachin should be given respect for what he is and what he has achieved,but such sentiments should not be reflected in a game,

  • Plz_Dont_Get_Whitewashed on November 14, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    Sachin's time is up up up .... Kohli's time is now now now ! :P

  • on November 14, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    i guess anderson has forgotten last tour of india where he was smashed roundthe park & got 3 wickets in 2 test matches

  • g.narsimha on November 14, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    WICKYROYPAKLOVER - Its -5-0 in favour of IND in all maches u r so called great bowler in full slleeves played but could not win a single match vrs INDIANS forget SACHIN our youngesters are more than handy in thrashing this overhyped , the way KOHLI thrashed him in BD,& SL i cant understand on what basis u r talking rubbish.

  • SamRoy on November 14, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    If Sachin plays the next 8 tests he will create a new record in the highest number of consecutive bowled dismissals in history:) Any way Sachin and Yuvraj are the weak links (if Gambhir and Sehwag get back to decent form) as far as I am concerned. India still favourites even in Sachin fails in all 4 tests.

  • on November 14, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    Sachin is a great player. But age can affect the perfomance of any player. He should retire. I feel sorry when I see some new bowler clean bowls him and boats of taking his wicket as if he has clean bowled the Sachin of 1990's. He must consider of retiring with all the Greatness he has achived all these years.

  • Kolpak1989 on November 14, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    This should be a great series. I'm looking forward to seeing how the (until recently) world number 1 side go on the subcontinent. I suspect that English bats will struggle against spin as they always seem to do (Ian Bell probably still has nightmares about Warney) but I think this is England's best chance to win a series in India in a long time because they finally have the personnel and India's batting line up is at its most fragile in a very long time. We saw as much here in Australia last summer. Should be a close contest but I think India is good enough at home to deny the Poms.

  • on November 14, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    Whats the big deal? Sachin will do his thing and Anderson will do his.. Making mountain out of moles ppl.. just enjoy the cricket

  • pirki on November 14, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    Buck up Anderson. Go for the kill. I am behind you. Buck up Get the wicket of UNCLE SACHIN TENDULKAR. Next time when you come to India he will be playing along his son. The DADDY TENLKAR. For god sake please retire from cricket, we want see some young players. How does he adjust in the dressing room when kohli calls him Uncle sachin lets go tea interval is finished

  • on November 14, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    good to hear anderson talkinf big about respect demanded from tendulkar. but i know that he is behaving like this because he has gotten tendulkar aslot of times. what he needs to remember though is that he only dismissed tendulkar alot on his seaming england wickets where especially the ball that moves in bowls tendulkar through the gate or the outswinger catches the outside edge. otherwise i think anderson is an ordinary bowler in low bouncing flat conditions.

  • on November 14, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    why are we indians getting riled up by anderson's comments.... anyways nobody nowadays from india respects sachin inspite of him being such a good player ...right?? so why do we get angry when anderson comments like this ....its perfectly natural from a opposing team player

  • imluckychamp on November 14, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    @randyoz what ur so called great batsman ricky pummer done in this first test against saffas stop commenting sachin and teach ur pummer how to bat & ur team got trashed to the core in wc qf to the minnows then can u say ur team as club level team??

  • Makkered on November 14, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    Well trying to get some voice for himself, why in the whole world that everyone has to take a pick on the stalwart to get coverage. Well i for one sincerely believe it is your talent makes you good bowler, not mouthing... we will know.

  • on November 14, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    Anderson need not respect Tendulkar as he is on the verge of retirement. Having said that, no Indian batsman is going to respect Anderson in Indian pitches. I wonder what success is going to have unless there is some early juice in the pitch owing to winter season.

  • on November 14, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    This is the same guy who has the worst figures in a world cup match, isn't he? Oh yes, that was against India!

  • KiwiRocker- on November 14, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar averages 33 agaist Donald, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and McGrath. Tendulya has an average of 36 in foruth innings of a test match ( Dravid, Younis Khan and likes have 50+).Tendulya never won a world cup for India..Not even a T20 one. I do not recall Tendulya ever winning a test match or for that matter saving a test match. This is a player who would leave No.11 to face the likes of Dale Steyn to ensure his record is intact. This is a player who never faced two of best bowlers of his time ( Wasim and Waqar). This is a player under whose watch India lost 8-0, which is an unprecedent loss in history of any test playing nation. This non performer has fooled Indian fans far too long. Tendulya now will score some worthless runs in this series. Indian selectors will pat at each other's back and all will be well for this over paid non performer until India travels overseas and gets another white wash!

  • on November 14, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    He is an elderly man in the current cricket field, please respect his age.

  • Pacelikefire_Samrat on November 14, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    @maddy20:Spot on mate.Imagine a guy like Anderson who can take wickets only when the pitch is so green that its hard to make out the difference between the outfiled and it or when the skies open up and provide him ideal swinging conditions talking about Sachin this way.In Indian conditions Anderson is no more than a school boy.By the time the series is done,he will be going back home licking his wounds and eating his words.Thats the problem with all the Brits,they keep whining about each and every probable damn thing.

  • on November 14, 2012, 2:46 GMT

    I dont think Sachin is under any pressure considering his retirement anytime in the future..Expect for some fireworks this series.

  • maddy20 on November 14, 2012, 2:42 GMT

    And these Englishmen admonish us that we do not respect anyone else but our own. If this attitude of theirs is justified, then so is ours. We respect the like of Jacques Kallis, Lara, Clive Lloyd , Sir Sobers etc., but for them the best batsman is Cook, best bowler is Anderson and best allrounder in the world is Samit Patel. Honestly these guys does not stand a chance against Indian batsmen in this tour. Without assistance from the wicket heavily infested with wild grass from Savannah grasslands, English bowlers are only as good as some local school team! Infact Without their South African imports such as Trott and KP their batting aint that good either! If England does want to win in India, then the ECB talent scouts in Cape Town should have got busier a year ago or something. Atleast after the whipping in UAE, they should have done something!

  • on November 14, 2012, 0:17 GMT

    Anderson is a good bowler in England. We'll see what he does in India. Until then, let the words fly!

  • Al_Bundy1 on November 13, 2012, 23:43 GMT

    Tendulkar is a walking wicket these days. Any bowler can clean bowl him. You need to worry about Kohli, Pujara and Dhoni. I know Dhoni couldn't do much in England, but he's a tiger under home conditions.

  • darsh127 on November 13, 2012, 21:01 GMT

    @Mozenrath Tabaqi, best way to reply to RandyOz.. Well done

  • smartsunny15 on November 13, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    i think jimmy has forgotten the 1st test match which was held in Chennai back on 11th Dec 2008 where Tendulkar smashed him to all parts of ground.He leaked runs @ 4.6 runs/over which cost them the test match :) http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/361050.html

  • US_Indian on November 13, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    No need to comment Anderson- he has already lost it since the last 2 years or so with his lack of performance. Every decent bowler worth his salt has become his nightmare and you have pretty decent guys in your line up to give him nightmares. But guys you better watch out our two young guns- VK and CP. in batting, RA & PO in bowling.

  • GRVJPR on November 13, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    Anderson is surely not aware if poor form that sachin is going through. No need to play psychological game, Just one full reverse swinger and you will see sachin's middle stump lying flat on ground. Beware of Virat Kohli though, those inswinging deliveries will fall right into his strength.

  • the_sport on November 13, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    i thought england player meight target players like Virat Kohli.....but still Sachin is fear factor for opponents that shows his greatness and this time the battle is in India....love to watch him hammering Anderson...gr8 Sachin, keep going....

  • on November 13, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    @RandyOz-Lad get this-Class is permament. And don't worry boy about space on this series,if you feel it's a waste of your time.Or you already bored with the uni-dimensional nature of Aus-Rsa contest?

  • on November 13, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    Tendulkar has been out of form since World Cup, I think this is one of the longest lean patch in his career, I can only wish him to score some runs to help India win test series ! Please Anderson keep ur respect in ur pocket this is India here u will learn how to keep urself fit in hard Indian conditions, It will b an achievement for Anderson to last whole test series (forget about taking wkt )

  • on November 13, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    And the argument Continues :D...

  • Sautrik on November 13, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    being indian and a tendulkar fan, i have no fear in saying that tendulkar will be the easiest to get out in this series, its the others england should worry about.. tendulkar isn't anymore what he once was...A great player indeed, but sadly his time has come

  • on November 13, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    Tendulkar's wicket is not what it used to be few years ago, there are others who have emerged from his shadow and made a name for themselves, the best way to impress him is to get him out. English problems are not so much picking 20 wickets as its about scoring enough runs. Against Pakistan the bowlers bowled well enough for them 2 win 2 tests out of three only to be denied by some insipid batting, against India in home conditions the batting they face will be far more formidable as compared to Pakistan. only respite will be that Ashwin is no Ajmal and Dhoni is no Misbah!

  • Johnny_129 on November 13, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    Looking at England's bowling on this tour and the pitches, Anderson should be more worried about India's entire batting line-up...not just Tendulkar! England seem to only remember the series white-wash at home - they have forgotten India's riposte...the 5-0 ODI drubbing. It would not surprise me if the Test series goes a similar way! England will be relying heavily on their two Sth African imports - Trott & Pieterson!!!

  • brittop on November 13, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    This is a typical non-story with an attempt to cause "controversy". An obvious statement from Anderson (of course you don't respect an opponent too much so that you can't bowl properly against him) and an attempt to make it sound like he's disrespecting Tendulkar.

  • on November 13, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    I totally agree with Jamie. If I were an English cricket, I would have thought the same.. Its not just respecting the cricketer in the middle.. We should throw up everything to give a tight contest... wont be any fun if jamie gets 6/6 (bowling) or sachin smashes every bowler considering every ball is a bad ball...

    What I mean here is it would be great if the batsman hits the best ball to the fence..It would be great if a bowler works hard to get his wicket rather than batsman throwing

  • on November 13, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    Don't know why the Indians are so upset at this? Its getting a little pathetic with how defensive you get about Tendulkar and co.

    Simply, Anderson is saying he respects the guy. But he won't let that affect his performance. Besides, seeing India win outside of India would be nice. I'm not English and i don't support either side. But India have been under performing outside of Indian conditions for a few years now. Not saying England is any better either. The Saffas are clearly the best atm.

  • bumsonseats on November 13, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    not in a million years does Anderson mean, as a man or an icon or respect before more jump on the band wagon.what he means just persona as a great cricketer. i hope the other bowlers think of him as just one wicket out of 10 that england need to bowl out india. on saying that i feel he is on the decline and his game are not what they were in his prime. but there is nowhere better for him to score runs than india the seamers i feel will have the better chance of getting him out early, i hope.

  • JESHIPL on November 13, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    so the fear has started, why dont he tell all this statements in england.

  • on November 13, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    Who said to respect Sachin ?If your team mates respect him,then you should not stop them as they want to learn more from Sachin.Concentrate on your bowling and no need to throw no balls,ODI series ahead.So our batsman eager to make your ball to free hit.Be good in line and length..Hope you may get wicket in this condition.All the best.

  • on November 13, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    It's amazing to see how emotional the IND fans are, when there status-quo is challenged. James Anderson does have point though however does no necessarily agree with the last bit which suggests the stands go empty when T'kar gets out.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on November 13, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    @ELYA ABBAS SYED,HE WOULD ALWAYS B REMEMBERD AS A PLAYER WHO PLAYED AS A 12TH MAN 4 OTHR TEAM CONTESTING AGAINST INDIA,ESPECIALY IN LAST 4 TO 5 YEARS OF HIS CAREER

  • on November 13, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    @ Anderson england hasn't produced a batsman who has even half of sachins calibre till date. I am no sachin fan, but fact prevails in the end.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on November 13, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    @ELYA ABBAS SYED,HE WOULD ALWAYS B REMEMBERD AS A PLAYER WHO PLAYED AS A 12TH MAN 4 OTHR TEAM CONTESTING AGAINST INDIA,ESPECIALY IN LAST 4 TO 5 YEARS OF HIS CAREER

  • VJGS on November 13, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    I actually have to agree with Anderson that respecting an opponent too much will reduce the competition. Instead, on field, they should look at him as an opponent, if not an enemy and off the field, they can have all the praise in the world for him

  • Nampally on November 13, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Another Cricketer "mouthing off"! It has become fashionable for the Cricketers to let their mouth do the job. Of course every bowler tries to get every batsman OUT - not respect him. You do not become "Unpopular with the locals" for doing your job, Mr. Anderson. Get Real! England went to the extent of using "Bodyline" bowling against the great Don Bradman to intimidate him in 1930's. So every one knows the extreme extent to which England goes to get their opposition Out. Don't forget, such "antics" can also get to the batsman's ire. A batsman is there to tame the bowlers. So the game of Cricket is a battle between the leather & the Willow. Sachin will do his best to deny Anderson the trophy he is looking for& lethis bat do the talking. Sachin at his best is always a handful but of late he has not been in great form. So I think Anderson is trying to capitalize by working on Sachin's Psyche. It remains to be seen who gains the upper hand. Hopefully Sachin will silence Anderson! Go SRT!

  • on November 13, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    dear Anderson, first of all Welcome to India.

    'Don't respect Tendulkar too much' so if you are not considering sachin as a thread, then why your talking about him, i thing he's already screwing your u r mind.. let see results will show...

    and one more thing now u r going to play in india so before saying anything thing twice....

  • on November 13, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    nice way to do publicity of ur own, name some one who is good (sachin) and say what u wana a say in front of media to gain attention good going Anderson

  • exoticashu on November 13, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    If you are in cricket, and want to get a quick and cheap publicity... just drag Sachin... you wont fail

  • on November 13, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    @RandyOZ SRT got 220+ runs at MCG and SYD before falling away. I wonder why nobody noticed that? you were blindly praising Dravid then who has been a failure barring 2003 in Aus. Why don't you explain why your team has only won once in 40 years in India and once in last 10 years in England?

  • on November 13, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    I don't know why Indian fans expect bowlers to respect Sachin. Ofcourse, they do but they don't need to on field when up and fighting..... EVEN WE DIDN'T DO THAT TO LARA, THEN WHY THEY?!!

  • on November 13, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    Anderson has thrown an open challenge to fading little Master , will he rise to the occasion or merely play for his own pleasure & get out to prove him right ? This is million dollar question .

  • sharidas on November 13, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    I think every good batsmen or bowler treat their adversaries with respect. But does it mean that they take it easy on them. No way ! Its just that every remark is taken and blown up by the media. No one gives any quarters on the field.

  • on November 13, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Bahaha, bet Tebdulkar doesn't give a damn about whether you respect him or not as long as he has the respect of the rest of the cricket fraternity. In 50 yers time, most would've completely forgotten Anderson though the same definitely can't be said about Tendulkar.

  • on November 13, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    abe kutton sachin tendulkar is a god of cricket so respect the god of cricket

  • on November 13, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    The only thing wether you accept it or not, sachin's wicket will always be special than of any other batsman for any bowler. Respect is not taken its earned , Sachin did everything in past 23 years to get that.

  • cool2cool on November 13, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    @RandyOZ: I agree, he can score only against poor teams, similar to his 50+ in 2011 WC QF against a minnow team. In the same match, opposition team captain scored slowly to reach 100 and was main culprit for their team's exit.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on November 13, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    Well sachin iz ajmal's bunny nowadays

  • cool2cool on November 13, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    @RandyOZ: Same way, one best batsman struggle to score a century for more than 2 years, scored plenty against weak Indian attack, again scored plenty in domestic matches, didn't score a run on batting paradise against SA where 3 of his mates scored a ton.

  • Raina_Fan on November 13, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    (+1)RyanHarrisGreatCricketer... :)

  • on November 13, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    (+1) RyanHarrisGreatCricketer

  • on November 13, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    well it seems like Anderson is extremely scared of him, hence trying to show us his fake courageous side.. We WIll See..

  • on November 13, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    How many runs will Sachin score in this test century??? And will he be able to score any century??? Two good questions Sachin should ask himself....he has stopped scoring runs against good bowling attack...even Kiwi bowlers got better of him!!!

  • on November 13, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    Anderson must beware of Sehwag and not Sachin. Sehwag has not been playing a long innings since his double century in a ODI in 2011. He is due for a big innings. It is Sehwag who is the greatest threat to England. He is the most destructive batsman in World Cricket. Sachin was a great player, almost imperial and a real master blaster but now he is just a mouse, tentative, defensive and very conscious of his century. Unfortunately India lives too much in the past but lives in his glory days. May be, Anderson is playing on Indian sentiments and the national obsession with Sachin. This is a tactical ploy to become popular with Indian Fans. Anderson's record in the sub continent has not been brilliant. Please realise that this is a mind game of a key England bowler who was highly destructive in English conditions.

  • Capt.Harry on November 13, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    Randy oz .. what part of the world are you from ?How come you know so much about cricket?

  • Prabhash1985 on November 13, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    There is someone else that you have to be careful of... heh heh he... Kohli... When Sachin goes big, India loses. But when Kohli goes big, which happens usually in the recent past, India wins... I'm a Sri Lankan, and not saying this to degrade Sachin. I respect Sachin and Dhoni than anybody else in Indian team. But, Kohli is a great competitor. I don't like him, but I appreciate his aggression towards overwhelming power of the enemy... He thinks big about himself, and he thinks anything is possible. That's like Mission Impossible :D Indian brothers, good luck for the tournament... :)

  • jmcilhinney on November 13, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    @Emmanuel Joy on (November 13 2012, 10:57 AM GMT), did you even read the story? Anderson said that Tendulkar is probably the best batsman in the world and has been for a while. Exactly which words are is it that you expect him to eat? I do some people could manage an objective comment now and again instead of just automatically abusing the opposition.

  • RandyOZ on November 13, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    Statchin is a walking wicket these days. He can only score against Bangladesh. How is this battle of the minnows getting so much attention anyway?

  • SyKa on November 13, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    I think even Shoiab aktar also commented similarly against Sachin in 2003 WC and he got the reply through bat while indo-pak match and now Anderson.........

  • on November 13, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Really scary to be Sachin Tendulkar. In every debate poor guy is dragged in.

  • on November 13, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    'Don't respect Tendulkar too much' - Anderson Agree

  • on November 13, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    Anderson will eat his own words..:)

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on November 13, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    Dont respect anderson at all

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  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on November 13, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    Dont respect anderson at all

  • on November 13, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    Anderson will eat his own words..:)

  • on November 13, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    'Don't respect Tendulkar too much' - Anderson Agree

  • on November 13, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Really scary to be Sachin Tendulkar. In every debate poor guy is dragged in.

  • SyKa on November 13, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    I think even Shoiab aktar also commented similarly against Sachin in 2003 WC and he got the reply through bat while indo-pak match and now Anderson.........

  • RandyOZ on November 13, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    Statchin is a walking wicket these days. He can only score against Bangladesh. How is this battle of the minnows getting so much attention anyway?

  • jmcilhinney on November 13, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    @Emmanuel Joy on (November 13 2012, 10:57 AM GMT), did you even read the story? Anderson said that Tendulkar is probably the best batsman in the world and has been for a while. Exactly which words are is it that you expect him to eat? I do some people could manage an objective comment now and again instead of just automatically abusing the opposition.

  • Prabhash1985 on November 13, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    There is someone else that you have to be careful of... heh heh he... Kohli... When Sachin goes big, India loses. But when Kohli goes big, which happens usually in the recent past, India wins... I'm a Sri Lankan, and not saying this to degrade Sachin. I respect Sachin and Dhoni than anybody else in Indian team. But, Kohli is a great competitor. I don't like him, but I appreciate his aggression towards overwhelming power of the enemy... He thinks big about himself, and he thinks anything is possible. That's like Mission Impossible :D Indian brothers, good luck for the tournament... :)

  • Capt.Harry on November 13, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    Randy oz .. what part of the world are you from ?How come you know so much about cricket?

  • on November 13, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    Anderson must beware of Sehwag and not Sachin. Sehwag has not been playing a long innings since his double century in a ODI in 2011. He is due for a big innings. It is Sehwag who is the greatest threat to England. He is the most destructive batsman in World Cricket. Sachin was a great player, almost imperial and a real master blaster but now he is just a mouse, tentative, defensive and very conscious of his century. Unfortunately India lives too much in the past but lives in his glory days. May be, Anderson is playing on Indian sentiments and the national obsession with Sachin. This is a tactical ploy to become popular with Indian Fans. Anderson's record in the sub continent has not been brilliant. Please realise that this is a mind game of a key England bowler who was highly destructive in English conditions.