India v England, 2nd Test, Mumbai, 3rd day November 25, 2012

Tendulkar's star on the wane

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the third day in Mumbai
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Wicket of the day
Might this have been Sachin Tendulkar's final Test innings in Mumbai? There was an audible gasp of shock as Tendulkar was trapped leg before by a Monty Panesar delivery that did not spin and may well have been a bit quicker. It was the second time in the match that Panesar had claimed his wicket and sustained a grim run of form for the 39-year-old. Tendulkar has now not reached 20 in his last six Test innings and, as he returned to the pavilion, it was hard to avoid the feeling that, after a career in which he has defeated all opponents, he may have finally met a foe he cannot beat: time.

Near miss of the day
Had R Ashwin produced a direct hit, or even a half decent throw, Alastair Cook would have been run out for 90 in just the third over of the morning session. Responding to an optimistic call for a single from Kevin Pietersen, Cook was well short of his ground. As it was, Ashwin threw wide and allowed the England pair to pick-up an overthrow.

Milestone of the day #1
A flowing drive through extra-cover for four off Harbhajan Singh was a suitably classy way for Alastair Cook to reach the 22nd century of his Test career. Not only did that mean he had scored four centuries in four successive Tests as captain - a feat that no-one has previously achieved - but that, aged just 27, he joined Wally Hammond, Geoffrey Boycott and Colin Cowdrey as the record century scorer for England in Test cricket.

Milestone of the day #2
Cook was soon joined on the landmark figure by Kevin Pietersen. Just as Cook had, Pietersen reached his milestone with a suitably characteristic stroke: a reverse sweep off Harbhajan that went for four. Whatever the controversies that marred the end of the South Africa series, Pietersen has now produced three match-shaping Test centuries in his last eight Tests.

Mix-up of the day
Matt Prior one again looked in fine form until, sent back by Stuart Broad, his desperate dive to recover his ground was beaten by a good pick-up and throw from MS Dhoni. There had never been much chance of a run: the ball had only travelled a few yards into the off side as the delivery, from Ashwin, thudded into Prior's pads and the bowler appealed for lbw. It was a key moment, too. Prior's departure precipitated a collapse and, with England losing their last four wickets for just seven runs, India were able to restrict the first innings deficit to 86. It might have been considerably more.

Controversy of the day
Jonny Bairstow was caught at silly point by Gautam Gambhir as he tried to turn one spinning across him into the leg side. But replays showed the ball, while being juggled by Gambhir, had touched the visor of his helmet and should, therefore, have not been declared a fair. Perhaps neither Bairstow nor Gambhir noticed the ball had touched the helmet, or perhaps neither of them were fully aware of the intricacies of the laws, but neither they, nor the umpires, noticed anything untoward. But, with Bairstow's wicket also bringing the lunch* interval, England team director Andy Flower, approached the match referee and the umpires. They replied that, as Bairstow had left the playing area and tea had been called, the only way the decision could be reversed was if the India captain, MS Dhoni, rescinded his appeal. Dhoni subsequently declined to do so.

*19:13GMT, November 25: The article had previously said tea interval. This has been corrected.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on November 26, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    If Tendulkar do not want to retire, the selectors should be bold enough to drive him away. He may be a great playersee, but throughout his carrier, how many times he helped India when the team was in touble. What is his record in the second innings? No body says but Gavaskar as a test player had much better record than Tendulkar. He faced the great and firing first bolowers like Roberts, Holding, Garner, Marshal, Lily, Tomson, Snow and others and without helmet. The time has come when the selectors must say good bye to him, there are lots of young talents are waiting.

  • Hariharanbharadwaj on November 26, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    I Just loved the way our author has put it, "he has defeated all opponents, he may have finally met a foe he cannot beat: time." Just shows the fact that the great has lost the magic he has had in him. I guess its time for him to move on and take up a career with Team India, he still has plenty to offer as a batting coach with his experience and expertise being invaluable. He says he will quit when he feels the passion has been lost. I guess its not him to decide, If his performance is not good enough, he should be shown the door many youngsters are waiting in the wings to jump at the chance and are hungry to prove themselves into the national team. Sachin tendulkar is Depriving these youngsters the chance they deserve. Sandeep Patil Rightfully dropped Raina, but did not have the balls to drop Tendulkar?? Why, its a question he himself has to introspect. Follow the Aussie way if you want Team India to be a winning team.Thanks for the memories sachin, I guess its time you moved on..!!

  • ramji48 on November 26, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    What's wrong if SRT is still playing to earn the multi core endorsments? May be scoring only six 50plus scores in his last 28 innings covering 15 tests at an average of 32.74. When the goal is money it's useless to talk of team or country. As he says he will continue playing till he ENJOYS it(read endorsements). He is just above avery thing that matters in Indian Cricket.

  • Farce-Follower on November 26, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    @chanakyas : By your logic, none can be criticised. A chef cannot be crticised, as I can't cook. A film director can't be criticised as I can't direct a film. And yes, I do sit on my bum and see a match. Havn't mastered the art of sitting on my head and seeing it.

  • Farce-Follower on November 26, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    @LankaGod : Works both ways. We Indians were appalled at the way Jayasuriya was treated at certain phases. And Jayasuriya was far better and result oriented than Sachin in ODIs. He could walk into any ODI team on the strength of his bowling alone. SRT is plain selfish and preventing a youngster from being groomed in a home series.

  • jaswanthvuyyuru on November 26, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    he will be back to his form in kolkata as DADA said

  • on November 26, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    There is one direct relationship between age and cricket and that i feel is the reaction time. With experience and class you practically know how to play a particular delivery from a bowler, but reaction time ain't the same any more. Bat comes down slower, slow reaction to counter late movements of the ball, and ball finds the gaps b/w bat and pad or becomes a victim of LBW's.. He is my favourite by far since the day i first met and got his autograph back in 92.. Good luck Sachin in answering back your critics before you hang your boots..!!!

  • on November 26, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    sadly, I agree with most people on here - I think its time for one of the game's all-time greats to hang up his pads. Gavaskar is wrong - it is definitely NOT up to Sachin to make the call on his own retirement; but will the selectors be bold enough to make the decision? I hope so. interestingly, Ponting and Federer, 2 other sporting greats are also winding down at the same time. Sachin has been at the top for longer than either of them, but time has finally caught up with him.

  • mannan_ma on November 26, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    I hope Tendulkar see's the writing on the wall for him.It's about time.Time is exactly what that has caught up with him.And by being stubborn he is doing great disservice to the game which has given him so much. He is being an impediment to the careers of young players like Manoj tiwary,Raina and Rohit sharma.The last named is probably the most talented of the lot.Logically it should be Tiwary first then Raina and ofcourse Ajinkya rahane and Unmukt chand. Tendulkar has been a great player,perhaps the greatest after Vivian richards and I am sure it will be while before we see any body like him. Cricket will surely produce someone like him or may be even better. Selectors don't have the guts to ask to Ten to leave.Ten will have to make a call for the sake of cricket.

  • BeatTheChamps on November 26, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    @Si Baker: Agree completely. It's the saddest part. It pains to see people using such harsh words against him when probably they were the ones jumping with joy on countless occasions in the past when the master was at his dominant best. Like many great sportsmen he has failed to judge the perfect time to retire

  • on November 26, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    If Tendulkar do not want to retire, the selectors should be bold enough to drive him away. He may be a great playersee, but throughout his carrier, how many times he helped India when the team was in touble. What is his record in the second innings? No body says but Gavaskar as a test player had much better record than Tendulkar. He faced the great and firing first bolowers like Roberts, Holding, Garner, Marshal, Lily, Tomson, Snow and others and without helmet. The time has come when the selectors must say good bye to him, there are lots of young talents are waiting.

  • Hariharanbharadwaj on November 26, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    I Just loved the way our author has put it, "he has defeated all opponents, he may have finally met a foe he cannot beat: time." Just shows the fact that the great has lost the magic he has had in him. I guess its time for him to move on and take up a career with Team India, he still has plenty to offer as a batting coach with his experience and expertise being invaluable. He says he will quit when he feels the passion has been lost. I guess its not him to decide, If his performance is not good enough, he should be shown the door many youngsters are waiting in the wings to jump at the chance and are hungry to prove themselves into the national team. Sachin tendulkar is Depriving these youngsters the chance they deserve. Sandeep Patil Rightfully dropped Raina, but did not have the balls to drop Tendulkar?? Why, its a question he himself has to introspect. Follow the Aussie way if you want Team India to be a winning team.Thanks for the memories sachin, I guess its time you moved on..!!

  • ramji48 on November 26, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    What's wrong if SRT is still playing to earn the multi core endorsments? May be scoring only six 50plus scores in his last 28 innings covering 15 tests at an average of 32.74. When the goal is money it's useless to talk of team or country. As he says he will continue playing till he ENJOYS it(read endorsements). He is just above avery thing that matters in Indian Cricket.

  • Farce-Follower on November 26, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    @chanakyas : By your logic, none can be criticised. A chef cannot be crticised, as I can't cook. A film director can't be criticised as I can't direct a film. And yes, I do sit on my bum and see a match. Havn't mastered the art of sitting on my head and seeing it.

  • Farce-Follower on November 26, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    @LankaGod : Works both ways. We Indians were appalled at the way Jayasuriya was treated at certain phases. And Jayasuriya was far better and result oriented than Sachin in ODIs. He could walk into any ODI team on the strength of his bowling alone. SRT is plain selfish and preventing a youngster from being groomed in a home series.

  • jaswanthvuyyuru on November 26, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    he will be back to his form in kolkata as DADA said

  • on November 26, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    There is one direct relationship between age and cricket and that i feel is the reaction time. With experience and class you practically know how to play a particular delivery from a bowler, but reaction time ain't the same any more. Bat comes down slower, slow reaction to counter late movements of the ball, and ball finds the gaps b/w bat and pad or becomes a victim of LBW's.. He is my favourite by far since the day i first met and got his autograph back in 92.. Good luck Sachin in answering back your critics before you hang your boots..!!!

  • on November 26, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    sadly, I agree with most people on here - I think its time for one of the game's all-time greats to hang up his pads. Gavaskar is wrong - it is definitely NOT up to Sachin to make the call on his own retirement; but will the selectors be bold enough to make the decision? I hope so. interestingly, Ponting and Federer, 2 other sporting greats are also winding down at the same time. Sachin has been at the top for longer than either of them, but time has finally caught up with him.

  • mannan_ma on November 26, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    I hope Tendulkar see's the writing on the wall for him.It's about time.Time is exactly what that has caught up with him.And by being stubborn he is doing great disservice to the game which has given him so much. He is being an impediment to the careers of young players like Manoj tiwary,Raina and Rohit sharma.The last named is probably the most talented of the lot.Logically it should be Tiwary first then Raina and ofcourse Ajinkya rahane and Unmukt chand. Tendulkar has been a great player,perhaps the greatest after Vivian richards and I am sure it will be while before we see any body like him. Cricket will surely produce someone like him or may be even better. Selectors don't have the guts to ask to Ten to leave.Ten will have to make a call for the sake of cricket.

  • BeatTheChamps on November 26, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    @Si Baker: Agree completely. It's the saddest part. It pains to see people using such harsh words against him when probably they were the ones jumping with joy on countless occasions in the past when the master was at his dominant best. Like many great sportsmen he has failed to judge the perfect time to retire

  • LankaGod on November 26, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    Sachin has been my favourite cricketer outside my home team for the past 15 years! Funny to see how the Indian fans turn against their own heroes when they are going through a rough patch maybe a career ending rough patch.. That's one thing you do not see with the SL fans!

  • on November 26, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    As a fan, I can only say that time has come for the great man to move on and enjoy life... we will enjoy the memories.

  • Akshita29 on November 26, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    @chetanAsher I am not a big fan of Sachin and I also think his time is up and should retire gracefully and he is probably now looking at an record of 200 tests . But I don't feel money is the factor behind him still playing . World cup 2011 final would have been a great moment to retire having achieved everything he ever wanted . Anyways one have to feel for the likes of Tiwary and Rahane and even the poor fellow Badrinath etc .Anyways I am looking for a certain fan VXT-TEMP for his analysis on Sachin's great performance so far in the test series ..

  • MrCricket2 on November 26, 2012, 2:37 GMT

    Like all good things ,it looks like Sachin's time at International level is limited. Worring thing for India as nobody in the middle order look solid , Long time to find the replacement for legends..........!

  • kunderanengineer on November 26, 2012, 2:36 GMT

    Could it be that Sachin has now decided that he will continue playing test cricket until he scores 20 runs in an inning?

  • raghvender on November 26, 2012, 2:29 GMT

    Come on guys...He is our hero since we are children,,, give him some time iam sure in next test match he will definelty score 100, pls respect him as he still carrying whole indian hopes on his shoulders.

  • GRVJPR on November 26, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    Very Sad to See such a great Player has given chance to people to criticize him. Not Good, Retire with dignity which you deserve. Don Bradman didn't waited for one more innings to see if he can reach average of 100. We have allowed sachin that luxury of scoring hundredth ton. Now Retire!

  • chanakyas on November 26, 2012, 1:47 GMT

    There they go again!! the great PUNDITS who sit on their bums and do nothing but just talk as if they have done it all in the middle!! Has anyone lifted a bat and even played for your school team, let alone a county or a nation??? you guys are a fantastic joke! :-) and you make our day,any day!! keep it going guys..you make a good read!! ;-)

  • on November 26, 2012, 1:38 GMT

    Come on! it is time for Sachin to call it QUITS. He will always be the best batsman that ever played the game of cricket, but give someone-else a chance (Rahane) etc...

  • challagalla on November 26, 2012, 1:01 GMT

    Gavaskar made an interesting comment on NDTV news last night that Sachin is the best judge of when to call it a day. My point being, is it not the job of the selectors to pick the best possible side? I think they should have a quiet word with Sachin and ask him to announce his retirement at the end of this series. I will give him the next 2 tests. The same call i am sure will go to Ponting, a bit more bluntly to be sure and we even may have seen the last of that grest player. Sehwag should bat lower down with Rahane coming in and Tiwari fitting in some where. These 2 guys deserve a fair chance to come good and this series would have been ideal to test them.

  • on November 26, 2012, 0:52 GMT

    Sachin is a great cricketer, but he is definitely out form and Heaven will not fall if he is dropped from the team.He has contributed immensely and for the last two years he is struggling to find his touch.His batting has become tentative from dominance.We feel sorry for him.

  • on November 26, 2012, 0:35 GMT

    You had mentioned two milestones of the day. But there are some Millstones too. Around the neck of Indian cricket -- some old fogies, well past their prime, still hanging on based on archival performance! That had been the 'play of the day' for quite some time. No one seems to have the guts to call a spade a spade, since he was not one for nearly a quarter century. Sentimental foolery.

  • gestapo on November 26, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    time for both ponting and sachin to go,,,great players of a generation,,but time tells a different story.

  • on November 26, 2012, 0:16 GMT

    What's even sadder than watching the final, tortuous death throes of a great sportsman's career is witnessing the fact that, due to his inability to choose the apposite time for his departure, Sachin has managed a feat none of us ever imagined he'd accomplish: to turn the adoring Indian public squarely against him. Had he retired after India's World Cup triumph, his memory would've remained untarnished forever. Sadly, that will not be the case now.

  • on November 26, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    Gambhir, Sehwag, sachin. Dhoni, Zaheer, Harbhajan and Yuvi should be dropped from test team

  • on November 25, 2012, 22:45 GMT

    I don't think that Tendulkar is on a lean patch. Critics need to shut up and let Tendulkar play. Pressure free. He will be REAL TENDULKAR!

  • Puffin on November 25, 2012, 22:22 GMT

    Tendulkar and Ponting are in that difficult phase of a career of trying to end on a high, and in doing so struggling on and looking a little bit uncomfortable in the search for one last achievement. It's just that unfortunately not everyone can have this golden end to their career, regardless of all other previous glories.

    Someone's going to have to bring an end to these two awkward situations.

  • NonStriker on November 25, 2012, 22:19 GMT

    Law 32 3(e): " it is not a fair catch if the ball has previously touched a protective helmet worn by a fielder."

    That said I'm a bit tired of this fadf for fielding captains to recall batsmen. I'd say let the batsman review any dismissal and then just suck it up if you are given out.

    Oh... of course... you can't review in India... something to do with SRT truying to extend his carreer isn't it?

  • on November 25, 2012, 21:21 GMT

    I guess only kallis is getting better and better day by day....both his contemporaries have waned beyond recovery. Tendulkar's keeping out the likes of tiwary and rehane, ponting's keeping out khawaja. It isn't fair to shove these legends out of the international game, but when the situation is dire, one sadly has to.

  • peter56 on November 25, 2012, 21:19 GMT

    Michael Thomas, want to get his facts right, Tendulkar averages 54 in tests away from India, and 54 at home. also he is the only player to average over 40 in all test playing countries, and over 40 against all other 9 test playing countries Bradman said tendulkar was the greatest right hander he had seen.I think he knew a thing or 2 more than you do

  • UAETigers on November 25, 2012, 21:09 GMT

    This is for Indian and Sachin fans...I am sure he will come good in the third test and then will retire with pride!!! You people take him as GOD and now 2 false innings now you want a new GOD!!! Pathetic and shameless for the MAN who has given Indian cricket the real height..I am sure one great inning and he will retire himself...just wait and watch.

  • Jaggadaaku on November 25, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    Well, during the first innings of India in same match, Zaheer Khan was also given out by umpire Aleem Dar. However, the replay clearly shows that the bat was about half foot away from the ball, and the ball only hit the foot and caught by Bairstow at short leg and he given out. Why match referee and umpires didn't ask England captain to withdraw their appeal/decision? Indian captains always proved they are very generous to English batsmen. Once upon a time G.R. Vishwanath recalled the English batsman-Bob Taylor after finding the decision was wrong. Last year, Indian captain Dhoni recalled the English batsman-Bell and let him play again. Now tell me just one incident where English captain has done something similar to Indians? I am sure, you wouldn't find it.

  • on November 25, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    We can feel the void of Laxman and Dravid

  • Aristotle01 on November 25, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    @chetan Asher; your comments are an absolute disgrace and it reeks of manic mindlessness. Yo have no control over your words or your emotions. Your comments are ridiculous and shameful. Please cricinfo, publish this.

  • on November 25, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    England should embrace India.

    The English players and English press are full of negativities about India. They abuse Indian hospitality

  • Rahul_is_king on November 25, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    Sachin will come back!! he is the master after all!!

  • A_Vacant_Slip on November 25, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    @Nampally. You are worthy - but surely even you can see that India batting collapse was totally expected. This pitch is a minefield even India cannot deal with it. As for Tendulkar he had no clue against Panesar and he looked likely to get out aginst him at any time. Time for SRT to SRT - Swiftly Retire Tendulkar.

  • avmd on November 25, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    I hope Tendulkar wont be dropped before Pakistan series next month. I'm a Pak team supporter and would like to have Tendulkar palying for India insead of a new batting talent. Who knows India unearth another Pujara, that migh be a real headache. Keep Tendulkar for the time being please. Please listen to Kapil Dev, the great Indian allrounder, who wants Tendulkar to keep playing till he finished his 30 years in international cricket, another 7 years, makes sense, doesn't it ?

  • on November 25, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar will comeback and shut down the critics very hard.

  • jackiethepen on November 25, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    Bumble said the laws stated that the ball is dead if it lodges in the grille. I don't know myself but it is worth checking. Lodge means stay there by the way, not touching or hitting.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 25, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    Just drop Statchin, I say. If the ball that he got dismissed in the first inning would have got any other young Indian batsmen, then what's the difference between 'god' and others. If he is just as good as other young Indian batsmen despite his vast experience, then just get rid-off him. He just destroyed India's chances in the second inning when he could have tried and gave Gambhir some company. Shame!

  • stormy16 on November 25, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    Asked this same question of Ponting - what is it they are attempting to achieve by continuing to play. If its runs - they are both struggling to make any let alone match winning runs. Sachin will be 40 soon and there is a long line of younger Indian batters waiting in the wings. I dont have a problem with Sachin continuing but not for the sake of continuing. He must make runs and big runs and I am afraid as it is for Ponting, the writing is on the wall.

  • on November 25, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    George - Sachin's achievements of late - Won the Asia cup semi-final for Bangladesh by batting India out of the match (consuming balls & selfishly looking for his 100th 100). Refusing to retire in spite of having forced India to 8-0 defeat, protecting England & Australian bowlers from someone who might perform AND now, 2 sub-20 Innings when India needs runs from its batsmen, keeping Manoj tiwari, Suresh Raina & Ajinkya Rahane warming the benches. His only failures of late that I can think of - New Zealand / WI could not beat India, England could not beat India at Ahmedabad. Sachin can't bat, can't bowl is banished into the deep as a fielder so he is of no use as an adviser to Dhoni either. WHY IS HE ON THE FIELD ? What made you think he was the Wicket of the Day for an English Bowler ?

  • on November 25, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    When India has booked a permanent slot at No. 4 for a non noncontributing VIP these things happen. It is about time SRT retires giving an opportunity for a young batsman to come up. Already many are asking the question "When is he retiring?".

  • BnH1985Fan on November 25, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    Agree - SRT's time's up. And he may just hang it up after the match ends. His statistics over the last 3 years are telling. If you look at last 3 years compared to his entire career, the numbers are up there in terms of both batting average and centuries. Over last 2 years he is averaging 39 runs per inning, while in the last year he is averaging 27 runs. A specialist batsman cannot justify inclusion on an average of 27; doing so is disservice to others vying for a chance, and to India fans.

  • on November 25, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    I have decided - no Boost / Toshiba for anyone in my family. I have started advising my friends also to stay away from these 2 companies' products. Their crime - they insist on paying a Selfish, Greedy, non-performing Sachin Tendulkar. These companies' products are obviously over-priced. Else, where do they find money to pay a non-performing brand ambassador ? Also - their money is becoming a problem for my India - though Sachin knows he is well past his best AND he is a visible liability for my India, SACHIN REFUSES TO RETIRE to ensure that he can keep collecting money from these sponsors. Effectively, their money is handicapping my India - India is fielding 10 performing players against 11 performing opponents. 10 Indians are required to carry the 11th, Sachin Tendulkar ! SACHIN - RETIRE BEFOR WE INDIANS START WISHING THAT YOU MEET WITH AN ACCIDENT, JUST TO GET YOUR SHAMELESS NAME OUT OF TEAM INDIA.

  • ravichakra on November 25, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    It is time to drop him not for him to retire. He will never retire on his own. The two who should have continued with lots of cricket left in them, were forced to retire while the guy who should have retired in 2008 continues with mediocre performances. Mediocre performances in his 4th consecutive series and yet he finds himself in the team whereas just one bad series for Dravid and Laxman ended their careers. Not surprising in India rules are different for different players. SRT continuing despite years of failures (2005 to 2008 was another similar patch), Dhoni continues as captain despite his uninspiring captaincy, Yuvraj & Harbhajan return to the test squad despite no signiificant match performance, Zaheer is selected over others despite years of non-performance and last but not the least Gambhir continues despite his failures. While Dravid and Laxman face the heat with one series failure. Sehwag will be the next sacrificial lamb.

  • on November 25, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    So Dhoni rescinds his appeal for Ian Bell, but not his replacement........ Hmmmm

  • Nampally on November 25, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Yes,Tendulkar must call it a Day to avoid further humiliation to his illustrious career. He looks a shadow of the great batsmen he once was- Time & Tide wait for None!. Tiwary is a fine batsman waiting in the wings. India's golden chance of getting back into the game was squandered by Ashwin's wild throw from hardly 20 yards. If only he had thrown it to Dhoni, Cook would have been out by feet. That was the turning point in the match. As for Bairstow's catch, how catch of a fielder's boot or batsman's glove is legally acceptable, while one off the visor of the helmet is NOT. Batting glove or boots are as much a part of protective gear as the Helmet. I personally think that the Rule is inconsistent & needs revision. Admittedly under present rules, Bairstow was Not out!. Prior's run out was fortunate for India to restrict England total. However the worst play of the day was Indian batting collapse- totally unexpected after Cook & KP made the pitch look like a batting paradise!

  • on November 25, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    You cannot expect the batsman to interpret the rules. That is the duty of the umpires. If they made a mistake, then it is for them to call the batsman back, not the opposing captain.

  • on November 25, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    Sachin looked as if he had the weight of whole world on his shoulders. Along with the waning of skills, his struggle to cope with the extreme scrutiny has pulled him down. I was wondering if he should come out clear of all that baggage for the rest of this season and enjoy his last days as a test batsman.

  • docsankalp on November 25, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    England were wrong as always in asking Dhoni to withdraw appeal.

  • AdsDad on November 25, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    How could Dhoni withdraw an appeal he hadn't made? Bairstow thought he was caught and walked. Tough, but his own fault for not knowing the laws.

  • on November 25, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    Sachin has to retire now .... he is now an ordinary batsman ,,, if he cat play spin with these old legs than how could he play fast bowling with these old legs?

  • alikhan224 on November 25, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    Well i just wonder after this performance,what will the curator prepare for the eden gardens test.grassy pitch will excite the english bowlers and a spin track will spin indian batsmen in a spot of bother..so england well on course to prove my prediction of 2-1 test series win correct...believe me i have to rethink it after such a dismal performance of ind batsmen against spin,of which they are supposed to be better plyrs..shall i put my money on 3-1 to england?really need suggestions.

  • on November 25, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    cannot understand this, zaheer khan given our even if ball misses the bat and english appeal. But if Bairstow gets out then it becomes a controversy

  • on November 25, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    10 other players .. One Captain who never wants to learn from his mistakes .. One legendary spinner who is now a ordinary bowler .... one seamer who is now past his use by date... one coach who is never questioned and yet ONLY one man attracts headlines for faliure ... Sachin Tendulkar. A bit unfair I think.

    Ponting and SRT getting a raw deal. Both have said their career is coming to an end and yet both are crucified for their faliures. So sad to see.

  • vipravara on November 25, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    With all due respect to his legendary achievements, contributions to Indian cricket, the sad part is he is past his prime quite sometime ago. It is up to him as nobody can tell him to retire for his stature established. However, the more the time he takes to do it on his own, the greater the humiliation for himself and his fans. Hope the sensibility prevails to keep up the decency.

  • on November 25, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    Indian media him into a world class player, when in reality, he was only good for playing against club sides. Ordinary at best.

  • on November 25, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Now it is time for Tendulkar to retire with honor. He cannot do anything for India, neither score runs or SAVE A MATCH or play MATCH WINNING INNINGS. He should understand this on his own. Selectors you should realize/understand, talk to Tendulkar and convince him or force him to retire. If he is eager to play, let him play Ranji trophy matches until he turns 70.

  • on November 25, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    Tandu is shame of Cricket. Only good for playing on dead, flat pitches against minnows.

  • SPA001 on November 25, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Nothing should be taken away from his wonderful 23-year international career but surely this is the end. I can go back as as 2007, when Tendulkar was dismissed cheaply against BD in a World Cup match in the WI, that one thought his days days were numbered. In the last five years all his 'special' knocks have been either in meaningless contests or poor opposition. For him to carry on and make a mockery of himself is a clear indication that SRT's career - unlike the true ruthless types, i.e. Vivian Richards, Imran Khan, Ricky Ponting, Steve Waugh and Clive Lloyd - is being managed by someone else. Money, greed, corporate brand names have taken over his career. The age-old Indian obsession with cricket stats has driven SRT in a fantasy world. Heavily padded up and helmeted he no longer commands the aura that was so unique among the Indian batsmen. As a Pakistan supporter I salute SRT's achievements and above all his grand sportsmanship.

  • on November 25, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Most overrated player in history of world cricket. Never performed when it mattered or did well on fast, bouncy pitches against world class bowlers. Only good for playing on flat wickets in India. Indians put almost everyone on high pedestal, this guy is no different.

  • Arrow011 on November 25, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    SACHIN WILL SCORE IN CALCUTTA, EVEN IF HE CANNOT HE WILL RETIRE ONLY AFTER KALLIS & PONTING TO KEEP HIS HIGHEST TEST RUNS SCORER, AFTER ALL HE IS A SERVING M.P. & THE ONLY SERVING PARLIAMENTARIAN TO BE PLAYING CRICKET.

  • KUL on November 25, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    So Called God of Cricket-Pls Retire otherwise people will loose faith in God.This is high time now Sachin should end his carrer.How long he will keep other deserving youngster waiting for their to dream to debut in Indian Cricket.Very Talented guys waiting in the wing...he has already ruined career of Amol Muzumdar,Shikar Dhawan,any Many now at least make way for new exciting cricketers.How will test crciket get famous if you are not having young cricketers.Please save cricket nobody in Indian Selection team has guts to expel Sachin from Indian Squad.So it's a request to so called God to please retire you do not deserve this after so many failures in test cricket and that too your home ground-Mumbai.

  • on November 25, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    SRT is finished, sadly Indians being an inherently sensitive lot are unable to see the inevitable. Quite why he did not retire after the winning the WC 2011 remains a mystery to me. SRT has brought this upon himself and really ought to be told so in no uncertain terms. Whether there is a replacement waiting in the wings is a moot point. It is really not just SRT's star that is on the wane, but also that of Sehwag's and MSD's, not to mention Bhajji's. Sadly the likes of Ashwin are frankly too mediocre and pedestrian at the test level. Swann and Monty have shown the Indian paper tigers up. As a proud Brit Indian, I am delighted that BCCI's hubris is being destroyed even at home now. Under MSD and the Madras Mafia, India's cricketing pride has been decimated and they truly deserve it.

  • itsthewayuplay on November 25, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    Might this have been Sachin Tendulkar's final Test innings in Mumbai? Surely George there cannot be any possibility that he will be available for India's next test at this ground. The question should be 'Might this have been Sachin Tendulkar's final Test innings?' Single figues in each innings at his home ground is not the ideal way to go but no question that it is time to go. Sachin has always talked about playing for the team and now he has to think about not playing, for the team. These 2 tests were the ideal opportunity for another batsmen to gain experience. Let's not waste the next 2.

  • TheRisingTeam on November 25, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    Instead of going after more records 200th test match give the young guys a chance.

  • rajsin3 on November 25, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Looking at both test it seems dat England deserve the better side than India.we were preparing pitch to benefit home side but we paid the price as its not worked for us.so this is clear dat the best team wont mind the pitch,condition and atmosphere what india always talking about while playing overseas . Great team always perform and work hard except any condition.Great performance by England.Team India plz leave this critics and accept that you cant play well against any quality bowling attack either it is fast or spin.We dont have gud bowling attack since retirement of kumble,but our batting also goes worst now days.The current team is not able to win series..also our batting needs to take class from cook and pieterson.

  • srikanths on November 25, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    Painful watching the batting great struggle.From a clinical murderer of any type of bowling he has become a walking wicket

    Greatest batsman in the last 30-40 years, but the slide has been very rapid in the last one year

    Whne he batted beautifully in Melbourne and again in Sydney, one thought , may be he is back. It is a clear no. The last 6 months have been a freefall

    Just want him to get out with . Just can't stand the sight of him struggling. Like a lot of selfish people, would like to retain the memory of a dominant sachin intact and not the struggling one. Test or ODI, he was far and away the best.

  • on November 25, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Final test innings in Mumbai? The selectors should make it Sachin's final test innings, period, & final international innings, ODIs included. Enough is enough.

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  • on November 25, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Final test innings in Mumbai? The selectors should make it Sachin's final test innings, period, & final international innings, ODIs included. Enough is enough.

  • srikanths on November 25, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    Painful watching the batting great struggle.From a clinical murderer of any type of bowling he has become a walking wicket

    Greatest batsman in the last 30-40 years, but the slide has been very rapid in the last one year

    Whne he batted beautifully in Melbourne and again in Sydney, one thought , may be he is back. It is a clear no. The last 6 months have been a freefall

    Just want him to get out with . Just can't stand the sight of him struggling. Like a lot of selfish people, would like to retain the memory of a dominant sachin intact and not the struggling one. Test or ODI, he was far and away the best.

  • rajsin3 on November 25, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Looking at both test it seems dat England deserve the better side than India.we were preparing pitch to benefit home side but we paid the price as its not worked for us.so this is clear dat the best team wont mind the pitch,condition and atmosphere what india always talking about while playing overseas . Great team always perform and work hard except any condition.Great performance by England.Team India plz leave this critics and accept that you cant play well against any quality bowling attack either it is fast or spin.We dont have gud bowling attack since retirement of kumble,but our batting also goes worst now days.The current team is not able to win series..also our batting needs to take class from cook and pieterson.

  • TheRisingTeam on November 25, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    Instead of going after more records 200th test match give the young guys a chance.

  • itsthewayuplay on November 25, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    Might this have been Sachin Tendulkar's final Test innings in Mumbai? Surely George there cannot be any possibility that he will be available for India's next test at this ground. The question should be 'Might this have been Sachin Tendulkar's final Test innings?' Single figues in each innings at his home ground is not the ideal way to go but no question that it is time to go. Sachin has always talked about playing for the team and now he has to think about not playing, for the team. These 2 tests were the ideal opportunity for another batsmen to gain experience. Let's not waste the next 2.

  • on November 25, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    SRT is finished, sadly Indians being an inherently sensitive lot are unable to see the inevitable. Quite why he did not retire after the winning the WC 2011 remains a mystery to me. SRT has brought this upon himself and really ought to be told so in no uncertain terms. Whether there is a replacement waiting in the wings is a moot point. It is really not just SRT's star that is on the wane, but also that of Sehwag's and MSD's, not to mention Bhajji's. Sadly the likes of Ashwin are frankly too mediocre and pedestrian at the test level. Swann and Monty have shown the Indian paper tigers up. As a proud Brit Indian, I am delighted that BCCI's hubris is being destroyed even at home now. Under MSD and the Madras Mafia, India's cricketing pride has been decimated and they truly deserve it.

  • KUL on November 25, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    So Called God of Cricket-Pls Retire otherwise people will loose faith in God.This is high time now Sachin should end his carrer.How long he will keep other deserving youngster waiting for their to dream to debut in Indian Cricket.Very Talented guys waiting in the wing...he has already ruined career of Amol Muzumdar,Shikar Dhawan,any Many now at least make way for new exciting cricketers.How will test crciket get famous if you are not having young cricketers.Please save cricket nobody in Indian Selection team has guts to expel Sachin from Indian Squad.So it's a request to so called God to please retire you do not deserve this after so many failures in test cricket and that too your home ground-Mumbai.

  • Arrow011 on November 25, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    SACHIN WILL SCORE IN CALCUTTA, EVEN IF HE CANNOT HE WILL RETIRE ONLY AFTER KALLIS & PONTING TO KEEP HIS HIGHEST TEST RUNS SCORER, AFTER ALL HE IS A SERVING M.P. & THE ONLY SERVING PARLIAMENTARIAN TO BE PLAYING CRICKET.

  • on November 25, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Most overrated player in history of world cricket. Never performed when it mattered or did well on fast, bouncy pitches against world class bowlers. Only good for playing on flat wickets in India. Indians put almost everyone on high pedestal, this guy is no different.

  • SPA001 on November 25, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Nothing should be taken away from his wonderful 23-year international career but surely this is the end. I can go back as as 2007, when Tendulkar was dismissed cheaply against BD in a World Cup match in the WI, that one thought his days days were numbered. In the last five years all his 'special' knocks have been either in meaningless contests or poor opposition. For him to carry on and make a mockery of himself is a clear indication that SRT's career - unlike the true ruthless types, i.e. Vivian Richards, Imran Khan, Ricky Ponting, Steve Waugh and Clive Lloyd - is being managed by someone else. Money, greed, corporate brand names have taken over his career. The age-old Indian obsession with cricket stats has driven SRT in a fantasy world. Heavily padded up and helmeted he no longer commands the aura that was so unique among the Indian batsmen. As a Pakistan supporter I salute SRT's achievements and above all his grand sportsmanship.