India v England, 4th Test, Nagpur, 2nd day December 14, 2012

Tendulkar's nine lives

James Anderson has become the bowler to take Sachin Tendulkar's wicket most times in Tests. Here we plot Anderson's career by looking back at Sachin's nine lives
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One of the great fallacies of cricket is that each wicket is given the same worth in the record books. But while the dismissal of Chris Martin may rate the same as that of Don Bradman at first glance, players will always take more satisfaction in performing well against the best opposition.

James Anderson has now dismissed Sachin Tendulkar, the leading run-scorer in the history of the game, nine times in Test cricket. Nobody has taken his wicket more and India have never won a Test in which Anderson has dismissed Tendulkar. Perhaps Anderson's record is somewhat misleading, as Tendulkar had been a highly successful international player for nearly 20 years before he came up against Anderson and may already have been in decline. He remained a fine player, though, and a prized wicket for any bowler.

"I know I have a decent record getting Sachin out," Anderson says in his recently published autobiography, Jimmy: My Story, "but the funny thing is I really do not like bowling at him."

Here we tell the story of Anderson's career through the wickets of Tendulkar.

Dismissal 1: Mumbai, March 2006
Anderson had the best of the encounter when the two first met in Test cricket. Tendulkar, driving away from his body, edged to Geraint Jones behind the stumps for just 1 in India's first innings and England went on to win the match - their first Test win in India since 1985 - by 212 runs. It was Anderson's first Test in more than a year. While he had made an excellent impression as a 20-year-old in 2003 - he took a five-wicket haul against Zimbabwe on debut and another against South Africa later in the summer - he had lost his way amid efforts by England's bowling coach Troy Cooley to remodel his action. He did not play another Test until November, either, as the attempt to bowl with an action he found unnatural resulted in him being diagnosed with a stress fracture in his back.

Dismissal 2: Lord's, July 2007
The resignation of Duncan Fletcher as England coach in April 2007 left England in the hands of Peter Moores and the captain, Michael Vaughan. Anderson had abandoned attempts to remodel his action and was grooving his old one in county cricket. He returned at Lord's against India and the wicket of Tendulkar, playing slightly across a full, inswinging delivery, was one of five victims in the first innings as he swung the ball both ways at a lively pace. It was quite a comeback - he learned later it was the first time that a bowler had dismissed Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly in the same innings. But it could not help England win the Test, as rain helped India cling on with nine wickets down nearly 100 short of their target,

Dismissals 3 and 4: The Oval, August 2007
Anderson dismissed Tendulkar in both innings, but it was not enough to prevent a drawn game which saw India clinch the series 1-0. In the first innings Tendulkar, batting beautifully on 82, was caught at first slip as he pushed at one outside off stump. In the second innings he was bowled by one that nipped back and took his inside edge on its way on to the stumps. By now Anderson, given greater responsibility by Moores, was given the new ball and choice of ends and was developing into the leader of the England attack. Anderson writes in his autobiography: "Some people claimed that Tendulkar's eyes had gone but that was absolute nonsense."

Dismissal 5: Mohali, December 2008
England's Test series against India was briefly delayed, and almost cancelled after terrorist attacks on Mumbai but it went ahead under heavy security. "On game days we would set off at ridiculous o'clock from our hotel in Chandigarh and during that hour-long trek we would not be able to see ten yards in front of our faces, it was that foggy," Anderson records in his autobiography. In New Zealand at the start of the year, he had been preferred to the likes of Matthew Hoggard and Steve Harmison as Moores made it clear he was the man he saw as the future of England's Test bowling attack. He dismissed Tendulkar, caught at gully, in the drawn Test. But India won the two-match series 1-0, with Tendulkar having produced a vintage century at Chennai to help his side chase down 387 to win. A few days later, the rebellion of Kevin Pietersen, then England's captain, against Moores was household news, leading to both men losing their jobs.

Dismissal 6: Lord's, July 2011
With Anderson having played a key part in England winning the Ashes at home and abroad, he was now established as one of the world's leading swing bowlers. Here he dismissed Tendulkar in the second innings for 12 with another that nipped back and beat a tentative forward prod as part of a five-wicket haul that helped England take a lead in the four-match series they would go on to win 4-0. This dismissal may remain particularly painful to Tendulkar. It was his last innings at Lord's and ended his hopes of ever getting on to the honours board at the ground. Anderson rose to No. 2 on the official ICC rankings of Test bowlers after the game, behind only Dale Steyn. It is Anderson's highest position to date.

Dismissal 7: Trent Bridge, August 2011 Tendulkar, batting with great determination on 56 and holding together the increasingly desperate India innings, was beaten by yet another delivery that nipped back sharply and, leaving the ball, was dismissed lbw. England ended the series as the No. 1-ranked Test side with Anderson gaining increasing recognition for his ability to swing the ball both ways at will, either with conventional swing or with reverse. His ability to hide the ball, learned from watching Zaheer Khan in action in India in 2008, rendered it an even more potent weapon with Tendulkar, now a player in decline, among those to struggle to read which way the ball would swing.

Dismissal 8: December 2012, Kolkata
Anderson produced one of his most accomplished performances in a memorable England win, generating substantial reverse swing and claiming six wickets in the match on a surface offering little. Tendulkar, having battled to 76 - his highest score in 11 months and 10 Test innings - prodded at a good one and was caught at the wicket. 2012 had not been a great year for Anderson. He had suffered far more than his share of dropped catches as England struggled in the slips and had seen his batting colleagues squander excellent bowling performances, in the UAE in particular. Perhaps there were times, at The Oval against South Africa and in Ahmedabad, where Anderson appeared to have lost a little bit of pace, but he never lost his control and remained as consistent and skilful as ever.

Dismissal 9: December 2012, Nagpur
This may have been the wicket that convinced Tendulkar it was time to retire. The ball, keeping low on the slow, uneven surface, cut back sharply and took Tendulkar's bat on the way into the stumps. It was another fine spell of bowling on a dead pitch offering him little and gave England an excellent chance of sealing a first series win in India since 1984-85. It is surely no coincidence that, since Anderson was elevated to the role of 'attack leader' England have broken long winless spells in Australia, risen - albeit briefly - to No. 1 in the Test rankings and have produced their best performance in a series in India in almost three decades. Anderson has been present throughout and, aged 30, currently has the fitness, the skill and the experience to pose problems to any batsman on any surface.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | December 17, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    If Sachin continues his career like this, even Hilfinaus, Siddle, Tim Southee, Boult, and young fast bowlers can join with Anderson soon.

  • POSTED BY cric_J on | December 15, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    Would not have liked any other bowler to hold that record against Sachin. But Jimmy is my fav bowler so I can excuse him. And I think he is capable and deserving enough to sit at the top of that coveted list. It doesn't take anything away from Sachin's greatness though and even Jimmy accepts that...

  • POSTED BY Avid.Cricket.Watcher on | December 15, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    For some perspective, Anderson (a world class swing bowler in his prime) has dismissed Tendulkar 8 times in 13 Tests between the ages of 34 and 40 (for Tendulkar). Whereas as fine a player as Cook (~28 in age) has already been dismissed 7 times in 8 Tests by Ishant Sharma.

  • POSTED BY on | December 15, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    Every one is of this view in the world of cricket and every one should honour him, that is one thing and , retiring respetfully, is somehting out of the Sachins dictionary, he should do this and there is time now,he may be the Bhagwan for indians as Shoaib Akhtar said but after all he is playing cricket and one day the Form is always ditching the best players but greatness is to accept it,Still we will remember him as the great batsman for the records he swept.

  • POSTED BY mathanprabhu on | December 15, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    I believe sachin will give back the reply to Anderson in ODI

  • POSTED BY El_Toro_Loco on | December 15, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    Great picture, hope to see the 2nd innings picture would be just like this or better, SRT RIP.....

  • POSTED BY on | December 15, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    Sachin is highest run scorer in history of Cricket.. no doubt abt that. but being a stylish batsman whom you love to watch performing even they are playing against your home country.. likes of Lara, Ponting, Dravid, Inzimam, Kallis, Amla, Yousaf, Yuvraj, Kholi, They look more stylish while batting and stoke making then Sachin.

    Sachin had the lognest cricketing career in the history of Cricket..

  • POSTED BY RaviNarla on | December 15, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Anderson would have been daydreaming about Sachin's wicket if it were before 2004. But off late every Tom, Dick and Harry is claiming his wicket. That clearly shows he is lost his touch. It is better for his fame and status if he makes a decision himself before selectors request him to step down.

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | December 15, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    anderson is a very good bowler , but pointing that tendulkar struuggles against him would be an injustice to sachin . you can see from the dismissals that anderson came in cricket when sachin was in his ending phase of his career . you can see that out of 9 dismissials 4 has come in last 2 series . SAME IS THE CASE WITH MONTY PANESAR . WHO ALSO CAME IN LIMELIGHT WHEN SACHIN WAS IN POOR FORM & IN LAST PHASE OF HIS CAREER . when tendulkar was in his prime he dominated the likes of wasim akram , allan donald , shane warne ,waqar younis ,glenn mcrgath , curtly amborse who were much better bowlers than anderson & panesar .

  • POSTED BY manish010 on | December 15, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    Sachin is always overrated..its high time that he should retire...He is an easy wicket candidate for panaser or anderson or swann

  • POSTED BY on | December 17, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    If Sachin continues his career like this, even Hilfinaus, Siddle, Tim Southee, Boult, and young fast bowlers can join with Anderson soon.

  • POSTED BY cric_J on | December 15, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    Would not have liked any other bowler to hold that record against Sachin. But Jimmy is my fav bowler so I can excuse him. And I think he is capable and deserving enough to sit at the top of that coveted list. It doesn't take anything away from Sachin's greatness though and even Jimmy accepts that...

  • POSTED BY Avid.Cricket.Watcher on | December 15, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    For some perspective, Anderson (a world class swing bowler in his prime) has dismissed Tendulkar 8 times in 13 Tests between the ages of 34 and 40 (for Tendulkar). Whereas as fine a player as Cook (~28 in age) has already been dismissed 7 times in 8 Tests by Ishant Sharma.

  • POSTED BY on | December 15, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    Every one is of this view in the world of cricket and every one should honour him, that is one thing and , retiring respetfully, is somehting out of the Sachins dictionary, he should do this and there is time now,he may be the Bhagwan for indians as Shoaib Akhtar said but after all he is playing cricket and one day the Form is always ditching the best players but greatness is to accept it,Still we will remember him as the great batsman for the records he swept.

  • POSTED BY mathanprabhu on | December 15, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    I believe sachin will give back the reply to Anderson in ODI

  • POSTED BY El_Toro_Loco on | December 15, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    Great picture, hope to see the 2nd innings picture would be just like this or better, SRT RIP.....

  • POSTED BY on | December 15, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    Sachin is highest run scorer in history of Cricket.. no doubt abt that. but being a stylish batsman whom you love to watch performing even they are playing against your home country.. likes of Lara, Ponting, Dravid, Inzimam, Kallis, Amla, Yousaf, Yuvraj, Kholi, They look more stylish while batting and stoke making then Sachin.

    Sachin had the lognest cricketing career in the history of Cricket..

  • POSTED BY RaviNarla on | December 15, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Anderson would have been daydreaming about Sachin's wicket if it were before 2004. But off late every Tom, Dick and Harry is claiming his wicket. That clearly shows he is lost his touch. It is better for his fame and status if he makes a decision himself before selectors request him to step down.

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | December 15, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    anderson is a very good bowler , but pointing that tendulkar struuggles against him would be an injustice to sachin . you can see from the dismissals that anderson came in cricket when sachin was in his ending phase of his career . you can see that out of 9 dismissials 4 has come in last 2 series . SAME IS THE CASE WITH MONTY PANESAR . WHO ALSO CAME IN LIMELIGHT WHEN SACHIN WAS IN POOR FORM & IN LAST PHASE OF HIS CAREER . when tendulkar was in his prime he dominated the likes of wasim akram , allan donald , shane warne ,waqar younis ,glenn mcrgath , curtly amborse who were much better bowlers than anderson & panesar .

  • POSTED BY manish010 on | December 15, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    Sachin is always overrated..its high time that he should retire...He is an easy wicket candidate for panaser or anderson or swann

  • POSTED BY on | December 15, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    Days Report from Nik's home: Loved the way Virat played and celebrated! Dhoni proved that will power, grid and determination can beat the skills to prove oneself better and earned some respect back! Jadeja proved that Ranaji cricket and India needs better bowlers! Piyush chawala still looks a school boy at international level! Test cricket can't die soon! Thanks Star cricket for taking over from Neo sports channel for match coverage. Enjoyed the day's commentary!

  • POSTED BY on | December 15, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    Tendulkar is continuing to play on because he benefits monetarily and is too greedy to let go. In the process of his sticking on, another younger talented player is losing an opportunity to play for India. Someone like Ajinkya Rahane or Rohit Sharma. The selectors should driop him from the team if he cannot go on his own. Enough is enough. The so-called God of cricket died a long time back.

  • POSTED BY cricmatters on | December 15, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    Time and tide wait for none. Age catches up with everyone no matter whether you are a batting legend or a club cricketer. Your reflexes go down, eye sight deteriorates, foot work suffers, takes a little longer to judge the line and length and reaction time is delayed. Hypothetically if Don Bradman continued to play nearing 40 years of age as Sachin is currently, his average would have come down drastically. I think Indian Selectors should put him out of his misery and not pick him for Australia Series. The writing has been on the wall for past two years for everyone to see. You might as well pick a cricketer from the blind team which won the recent tournament and hope him to do better than Sachin.

  • POSTED BY SamAsh07 on | December 15, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    Sachin will keep getting out for less than 10, he was great in his time but now it's time to leave that slot and let a talent like Ajinkya Rahane come in.

  • POSTED BY on | December 15, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    well indeed sachin is legendary...and a special delivery is required to make him bowled out.....so.....at this moment the credit goes to anderson for his wonderful bowling....

  • POSTED BY on | December 15, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    The legend are alway legend... No matter how bad the life phase is... Luv Sachin Luv cricket.....

  • POSTED BY on | December 15, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    That's One reason Anderson will cherish and remember whole of his life. No one in world is qualify to tell Sachin to retire. #GODofCricket

  • POSTED BY milepost on | December 15, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    Sachin has been a great player but his form is no good for the team at the moment. It's not a criticism of his service to the game, all fans love to watch him when he is at his best but those days are behind him on evidence of recent times. Janoodot, Sachin shouldn't be in the team for another year in this form should he? Who cares about the records? Great players are also respected for knowing when to hang up their boots.

  • POSTED BY on | December 15, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    Tendulkar have to retired now bcoz after time going craze of tendulkar is changing to hating tendulkar

  • POSTED BY Taha_Farrukh on | December 15, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    very soon india will slip at no 10 on ICC ranking then BCCI will invite Zim & BD to play against which help STK and team india to improve their record & ranking hehehe Infact Tendulkar have made most of his record against low ranked teams and he never ever played wining inngs for his team india ..... BABA G (STK) should take rest at home cause he is now losing his popularity even in India ..... no one around the world cricket wants to c him anymore with BAT& BALL....

  • POSTED BY EverybodylovesSachin on | December 15, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    Al_Bundy1 Hashim Amla or Michael Clarke will evernever be like Sachin..I know you are a very hard critic of Sachin but that is the fact...Sachin is the best batsman world has ever seen..period...

  • POSTED BY EverybodylovesSachin on | December 15, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    Any bowler can get out any batsman no big deal Sachin played 190 plus matches and he got out to Anderson 9 times no big deal he scored more than 15000 runs and he is my hero....

  • POSTED BY janoodot on | December 15, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    I think SRT & BCCI is waiting for statics. In test cricket he should be waiting for the following milestones. *to play 200 matches (which he needs 6 more), *score 16,000 test runs (he needs 355 more runs as of now, and if he will play 13 more innings at an average of 27.30 it can be easily achieved. And assuming he will complete that target without being not out in worst case scenario still he will average 53.16 at the end of his test career. In ODIs following miles tones. *to play 500 matches (he needs 37 more), *score 50 centuries (1 more reqd) *score 100 half centuries (4 more reqd) *score 19,000 runs (574 more runs) To accomplish all the milestones, it will take at least 1yr. Hence, he will b keep on playing at least for another year.

  • POSTED BY Sanjiyan on | December 15, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    @Shan156 SA havent lost a series since 2006 even though their home record looks pretty poor. They are more specialists in beating teams in their own backyard. At the moment they are far from what Aus used to be, but they do have the talent and potential to get close even the hardest SA critic cant deny that.

  • POSTED BY on | December 15, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    what's so significant here ,every batsman is supposed to get out in an innings n one of the bowlers had to take wkts,yes anderson was able to produce some good deliveries n he got that,but in this series its quite obvious if he not then it would be swann/panesar/bresnan thats it,importance could have been given if there would have been any special weakness like ponting had initially against harbhazan,more encounters between Teams!!!!! more records between batsmam n bowlers encounter n ind n england have been playing serieses continuosly now twice in a year so it was bound to happen....

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | December 15, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    Some pak fans (BravoBravo, KiwiRocker) have already surfaced to celebrate and started boasting about their teams victories where as the fact is their record isnt great against india in the last decade (and with only 1 victory in WC stages against india)

  • POSTED BY Jahid.bdraj on | December 15, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    India became too much boastful of their performances. They used to think nobody knew cricket except them. But today, it is well proven that they should go to play with the countries like Afghanistan, Canada, Netherlands for further improvement of their cricketing performance. I guess Zimbabwe would be a tough team for India to compete now; let alone Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | December 15, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    What's the big deal?? Sachin Tendulkar is a walking wicket these days. Any bowler can dismiss him multiple times, if given a chance. If he can do the same to Hashim Amla or Michael Clarke - now that would be an achievement.

  • POSTED BY on | December 15, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    Brett lee has got sachin tendulkar out most no. of times in combining both test n ODI's i.e a total of 14 times - 9 times in ODI's n 5 times in tests. But no credits away from james anderson. He has become the master of swing bowling. Love his action.

  • POSTED BY Jagadeesh_Reddy on | December 15, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    Legend of Indian Cricket. Most experienced Player in World Cricket. Slashed almost every record in Test matches/ODIs. Don't comment his commitment, ability and Class. No one comes nearer to him in terms of Passion and affectionate about the game.

  • POSTED BY Achyut_Bal on | December 15, 2012, 3:45 GMT

    Time for India to outsource its cricket team (like England did from SA).

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | December 15, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    @C.A-SA1987, and you don't forget all the mighty thrashings your self-proclaimed great team were handed time and again by a certain Aussie team boasting the likes of Warne, McGrath, Ponting, Gilchrist, Hayden, Langer, and Martyn. Where were your mighty Amla and Smith then? Licking their wounds perhaps? SA deserve their #1 position right now but it won't be with them forever. Considering they have the most arrogant players and fans, their fall will be sooner than later. Saffers don't have one decent spin bowler but they had the gall to call Tahir as the Saffa Warne. Philander had one great season and they hailed him as the Saffa McGrath. And, worst of all, they call Amla as the Saffa Bradman. What else? Smith is the Saffa Hayden, DeVilliers is the Saffa Gilchrist, and Steyn the Saffa Marshall? Pathetic, to say the least. BTW, how come you failed to win a series at home against England, Australia, and India when they last visited you? If you are so great, shouldn't you win all the time.

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | December 15, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    Some of these dismissals of Tendulkar by Anderson stick in the mind. There wer also one or two of Dravid. Re Sachin and Dravid, the scores would suggest that Dravid was the better player in England. he seemed to play very late and couold deal with the moving ball. Re Sachin's retirement or not:Do India have a replacement. They have been fortunate with Ujara slotting in, but with the other youngsters there seems to be a lack of something. Re Anderson this year- he seems tobe back in full swing after his slipups v SA- he really has threatened in India latterly.Can he get Sachin again or will Monty slip in before him- he seems to like Sachin too? I t is too early to say maybe but it seems like Engalnd's victory progress is at least in the pipeline.

  • POSTED BY podichetty on | December 15, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    @kaidranzer - spot on mate ! can't agree with you more

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | December 15, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    @kaidranzer, talk is cheap. Sachin would have/could have done this/that. yeah right. The fact is, Jimmy has been bowling to Sachin since 2003 and has had more success against him than failures. Sachin was not in bad form in 2007 - still Anderson claimed his wicket 3 times - twice comprehensived bowled neck and crop. Everyone would accept Sachin is a great batsman but that doesn't mean he doesn't have a weakness or a bogey bowler. Sachin is Anderson's bunny. Whether you accept it or not is your choice but it doesn't change the fact that Anderson has dismissed Tendulkar 9 times in tests for not too many runs. And, who claims Anderson is great? He is merely a very good bowler. Re: comparison with Hadlee, it is as inane as Indian fans comparing Zaheer Khan to Wasim Akram.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | December 15, 2012, 2:42 GMT

    Some opposition fans may like to talk trash but anyone who knows anything about cricket can see that he's an excellent bowler. His overall stats don't do him justice, mainly because of that period where he tried to remodel his action and both his figures and his body suffered as a result. His more recent stats are very good. He bowled well in UAE and SL and did suffer due to dropped catches against SA. Another excellent performance here in India on unhelpful pitches is just further evidence. That said, some England fans need to get a grip as well. I don't see how anyone can justify the opinion that Anderson is better than Steyn. The numbers, both overall or recent, just don't back that up. Even if Anderson has all the same skills, Steyn's extra pace is always going to make him that much more dangerous. I think Steyn would have to make anyone's World XI but any unbiased selector would have to give Anderson serious consideration too.

  • POSTED BY Last_ride on | December 15, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    I am form South Africa George please do an article like this for Morne Morkel and Andrew Strauss.It would be very interesting. Or maybe Dale Steyn and Jonathan Trott.Would love to read something like that.

  • POSTED BY arvin on | December 15, 2012, 2:30 GMT

    few years back bowlers used to run away unwilling to bowl when sachin arrived... now they run in for a chance to bowl him... how times have changed...

  • POSTED BY Punjami on | December 15, 2012, 2:22 GMT

    SRT it is paining to see you struggle. None of the other cricketers, barring a few, have scaled the mountain as you have done. But all these lesser mortals are vying for your blood with all sorts of comments! Sunny said" I should retire when people ask why and not why not?" But you may not be allowed such a dignity,as your retirment is thetopic on every lip. We leave it to you. But let your willow answer all these "experts" one last time. YOU CAN!!!

  • POSTED BY AvidCricFan on | December 15, 2012, 2:21 GMT

    Stop comparing SRT of 3, 5 or 10 years back. Look at what he is not and what his recent performances are. His record in the last 12 test matches is dismal. At 40, it doesn't get any better. He is selfish to stick around in the team. If he doesn't want to go, the selection committee and BCCI top brass must have balls to ask him to go now. All this talk of his service to Indian cricket for 23 years is rubbish. He has benefited more from cricket than what he has given at this point. He is merely hanging on for his personal gains.

  • POSTED BY Bollo on | December 15, 2012, 2:17 GMT

    @Simoc - I would agree that Anderson is an excellent paceman at the height of his powers. To claim he is certainly England`s greatest is a huge call though - there are 3 English pace bowlers who`ve taken more wickets, all at a significantly better average (Trueman 307 at 21! for instance).

    For his record to end up like McGrath he will need to double his current wicket tally and take those (280 odd wickets) at an average of about 12 - a tall order. McGrath`s away average (21) and Anderson`s (35) also reveal a large gap in overall quality.

  • POSTED BY on | December 15, 2012, 2:05 GMT

    Tendulkar is contemplating a change in name which his astrologers say will change his fortunes. Names suggested to him are Whendulkar, Neverdulkar and Nowdulkar. The last is supposed to be the best.

  • POSTED BY kaidranzer on | December 15, 2012, 1:48 GMT

    tapooori: If it's a No.3 slot, Rahul Dravid. Else, Sachin Tendulkar.

  • POSTED BY tapooori on | December 15, 2012, 0:48 GMT

    Sachin no doubt is the best batsman of modern day cricket and a living legend but it is also true that his accomplishments in test cricket were mostly due to sacrificing nature of Dravid and other players. Even the die hard fans of Sachin are wishing that Dravid was still around for England series. Sachin's selfish behavior became evident when he refused to play as an opener when India was having issues with the opening pair (he started his career as an opener). And who sacrificed? Yes it was Rahul again. Now when Rahul is not around, he as a senior most player should have promoted himself to # 3 position and should have lead the batting. He didn't. For him self pride is more important then the nation's pride.

    Now I throw a question to all cricket loving fans. India is trailing by 2-1 in the series. Only one batting slot is available for Nagpur test and both Rahul and Sachin are available for selection. And you are the selector, whom will you select?

    From USA. Pls Publish.

  • POSTED BY Lmaotsetung on | December 15, 2012, 0:34 GMT

    George got the headline wrong. Should read "County Trundler gets World's Greatest Batsman for the 9th time." Or county trundler who cannot get wickets on unhelpful pitch finally breaks through. Or county trundler who can only get wickets on greentops takes out both openers and god himself on flat track.

  • POSTED BY BravoBravo on | December 15, 2012, 0:12 GMT

    ENG outplayed IND in every department of game. Putting all the blame on Dhoni's shoulder or dropping ZAK is not the remedy. ENG players are simply better. Avid followers of the game unanimously accepting the superiority of ENG cricket team. ENG was whitewashed by PAK recently, but it was different time and PAK is a different team. PAK has been always a better team than IND and NZ. @VivSingh:No country wants to be that blessed. Sorry mate. Dont mean to hurt anyone feelings. Hard liquor always helps in such time of misery and frustration.

  • POSTED BY Drew2 on | December 15, 2012, 0:05 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge - James Anderson aussie destroyer 38 wickets at 38.53 Only 5wi is 5/80. You having a laugh?????

  • POSTED BY Dhanno on | December 14, 2012, 23:59 GMT

    Mr. dobell, How dare you compare the greatest batsman in whole wide world to a cat and his nine lives ? Cats would never stink as much as this batsman's rotting technique/ average/ failures, which have created a stench all over Nagpur and beyond. Please refrain from such further comparisons with the noble animals that are cats. Meow!

  • POSTED BY KiwiRocker- on | December 14, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    Tendulkar always had a poor technique against in-swing bowlers. Abdul Razzaq has nailed him numerous times in ODI matches. George: I am not sure if Chris Matrin will be too thrilled to be implied as the 'cheapest wicket' in cricket. Surely, Chris Martin can correctly claim that if he is not better than Tendulya, then he is no worse either! Tendulya is a batsman who has saved himself playing against the best. In 90's when India/Pak ties cricket ties were cut off, Tendulya was one of the most vocal opponents of resumption of cricket since he knew that he would have to face Waqar Younis ( the best ever exponnent of in-swing bowling) and Wasim Akram ( not good as Waqar but still good enough), so basically all Tendulkar played against these bowler were handul test matches where apart from a fulke and failed innings in Madras, he spectacularly failed and averaged less than 40's.Numers say it all folks.This man was never as good as he was made out to be and now he has become a walking wicket!

  • POSTED BY Simoc on | December 14, 2012, 23:21 GMT

    Anderson is a great fast bowler at the height of his powers. Certainly Englands best ever, and has been for a long time. I'm thinking his record will end up like McGraths though I don't follow stats. They both consistently take early wickets and rarely put in bad spells. Ultimate professionals.

  • POSTED BY knaisha1 on | December 14, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    It is tragic that Tendulkar chose not to retire in dignity when he was on a high plateau. For example, when he scored his 100th century in Bangladesh. It is frustrating that the selectors look at his past contributions and ignore multiple failures in the last year or more. Don't they want the Indian team to get better by bringing in and nurturing young players? Look at Ponting. He could have played few more games if he wanted to. If he was an Indian, he would have probably played 10or20. Why should Sachin be given a choice to decide when he wants to quit? He himself said long ago that he does not take his place for granted. The same yardstick should be applied to all senior players. There was at least once when Dravid was dropped for lack of form. Laxman was shown the door in a very unprofessional manner by the selectors. Is it because he is from Hyderabad and has no godfather? Gavaskar ignoring Sachin's utter lack of form seems to be a case of the age-old regional bias.

  • POSTED BY xylo on | December 14, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    if only Anderson were awake during the series against SA.

  • POSTED BY kaidranzer on | December 14, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    Seriously, this Anderson hype is getting really annoying now. Anderson vs Tendulkar is not even a contest. Tendulkar in his prime would have ripped him apart on any day, on any surface. Like most bowlers in the world, he wouldn't have known where to bowl to him. The truth is Tendulkar's powers are waning and any decent bowler has a good chance of taking his wicket. However, some people here are comparing Anderson to Richard Hadlee! How naive can one get? Anderson is a decent bowler but not great. It's just that there are hardly any good fast bowlers in the world right now and it's making Anderson look better than he is.

  • POSTED BY Pettel on | December 14, 2012, 22:21 GMT

    Don't remember him being "lethal" last summer v. S.Africa. Wasn't "lethal" in the first 2 Tests. Don't get carried away.

  • POSTED BY InnocentGuy on | December 14, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    No words to explain how frustrating it is to follow this. Comments like "no need to panic yet", and "just a rough patch" make it so much worse. At least shut up, if not admit there is a huge problem. With BCCI grown to the size and power it has, it is impossible to make grass-roots changes in attitude and outlook.

  • POSTED BY Hammond on | December 14, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    Jimmy is clearly looking like the most versatile pace bowler in the world at the moment, and I'm certain he would have bowled better at us than Steyn did in his last tour here. The stats are interesting, he has taken 212 of his 287 test wickets @ 27 only in the last 4 years. That is as good as anyone going around today. He just keeps getting better.

  • POSTED BY InnocentGuy on | December 14, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    If SRT is still persisted with, then I am giving up on following Indian cricket. Enough of this madness already. No more SRT. Just retire and go live in a huge mansion in some fancy island, away from normal people and things.

  • POSTED BY ygkd on | December 14, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    Let's be honest; Sachin is a giant of the game but he's starting to get himself out these days. We should now call him Sach because part of him is missing.

  • POSTED BY on | December 14, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    Tendulkar should gracefully hang up his boot.

    ""Hang your stocking and say your prayer 'cause Santa Claus come tonight"

  • POSTED BY Buggsy on | December 14, 2012, 20:59 GMT

    @front-foot-lunge - so lethal he destroyed South Africa recently. Oh wait....

  • POSTED BY TheBengalTiger on | December 14, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    What a disrespectful article. Typical English journalism. This man has achieved more than any other cricketer could have hoped to. Try learn some respect

  • POSTED BY hannibal_king on | December 14, 2012, 20:42 GMT

    I know Dale Steyn is regarded as the best, but Anderson bends his back more when the wicket isnt doing much, Dale Steyn doesnt seem interested to bowl when he cant find any assistance from the pitch. In the recent Aus SA series the first 2 tests steyn was crap only in the 3rd test when he found some assistance he was unplayable. For that reason I have more respect for Anderson.

  • POSTED BY C.A-SA1987 on | December 14, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    @Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (December 14 2012, 18:20 PM GMT)

    Yourself and Jonesy 2 have provided me with endless amusement over the past few months...

    What can i say about Jimmy Anderson? Well personally, I cant say much but I'm sure that a certain Mighty # Amla will have a word or two.

    If The Mighty # had a word for every run he scored against poor Jimmy, then The Mighty # may as well right a series of novels.

    Go ahead and beat India, defend your Ashes, do whatever you want actually... but never forget that 3 of your captains have been slain at the hands of The Mighty Biff...

    Oh, and congratulations on having a quality player that is born and bred in the UK... those really are a dime a dozen nowadays.

  • POSTED BY rocket123 on | December 14, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    Anderson is a very very good bowler. He has a good control over his conventional and reverse swing. But his average is not that good. It hovers around 31. On the other hand, he has a knack for taking key wickets at crucial moments. Given 2005-06, he has come a long way and by such comparison one may say he is one of the best because his performance has improved in leaps and bounds. The point is that he is yet to be among the greats by bringing down his average equal to or below 25. When one is a specialist bowler and given the number of tests he has played, 30 or more in avg is not acceptable to join the pantheon of greats like Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis who were lethal in reverse swing. But as of now he remains a very very good bowler.

  • POSTED BY vpk23 on | December 14, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    Andy Boy ! One more nail left to hammered into the Coffin!

  • POSTED BY LisaPereira on | December 14, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    Good luck to Anderson, but no one will remember him for this... Sachin is a legend..even at 39..

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | December 14, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    Jimmy is a quality player. At least now, hopefully, Indian fans will acknowledge that. To get Tendulkar out once is lucky, twice is luckier, thrice is luckiest, but 9 times? More than any other bowler. And, at a healthy average? And, both home and away. That indicates Anderson is a very good bowler. No, not in the league of the great fast bowlers of yore but very good still.

    Re: Tendulkar, I am going to disagree with what many Indian fans think - that he should retire. Surely, retirement is the player's prerogative, more so for a legend like Sachin. If he feels that he still has a lot to offer to the team, then you have to trust him considering that he has given more than 23 years or yeoman service to the Indian team. He is still the #1 ranked Indian batsmen according to ICC and top-scored in the first innings in Kolkata. Trust me, England fans would kill to have a batsman like him in our side (of course, not with his current form). It is up to your selectors to decide.

  • POSTED BY US_Indian on | December 14, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    Jimmy you will make it a pefect 10 by the end of this tests do not worry be happy..LOL This only can happen in India where the players are selfish enough (just SRT for now) and they won't call it a day nor the selectors or management have the guts in them to do the inevitable and the media will still try to cover up his declining ROR (rate of returns) and our so called genius commentators like Gavaskar, Bhogle and Shastri will leave no stones unturned to protect him and pass failures after failures as just another thing of irrelevance and lastly there are some fans who cant see the twilight darkness and still caling it is still a bright sunny day as far as it is concerned with SRT where as everyone will come out with daggers drawn out for everyone else. "If at all india needs to be a potent force we have to forget this idol worship giving demi-god status to mortals and living in the past glory and should be prepared to take some harsh out of the box decisions "

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | December 14, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    Anderson is matured and become same level as flintoff in bowling. He gets few "KEY" wickets here and there. It is more than good enough for england needs. England uses their resources very well. Sachin should retire before selectors AXE him. They will do it if he continue this way.

  • POSTED BY on | December 14, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    Please quit...Enough....................

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | December 14, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge: WOAH... hold on to your horses. Christmas is still a few days away. Anderson is milking his fortunes. There is nothing to get excited here. Getting out a 40 yr old batsman shouldn't be a cause for celebration by you. And that too associating the word 'greatest' to an average bowler like Anderson is blasphemy. I would take Finn any day over this guy. He may be a half decent bowler, but his attitude leaves a lot to be desired. Thrash talking the batsmen is no way to conduct yourself internationally. I am sure he's already the most hated bowler in the world. With such an attitude, he should have taken up boxing like Flintoff . Heck, Freddie was a better bowler than him.

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | December 14, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    maybe someone on cricinfo could tell us have england ever gone into a test with only one pacebowler in any country

  • POSTED BY on | December 14, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    @N.Sundararajan, couldn't agree with you more. I have been a die-hard Sachin fan for the last 20+ years and now its painfully agonising to see him getting out like this. After having enjoyed his batting for this long, I am simply not able to digest his mode of dismissals now a days. Sachin, you have given us sheer joy, pleasure and happiness through out your batting career and you will always remain in our heart as one of the greatest to have played the game. Having said that, I just can't endure this pain of seeing his poor form and not so good batting(to his standards). May be I am selfish here, but I am sure there are a lot of Sachin fans who share the same feeling. :-(

  • POSTED BY notgburns on | December 14, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    @Abdullah Khan - 3 times in tests, why do you ask?

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/42655.html?class=1;filter=advanced;opposition=6;orderby=dis_batsman;search_player=sachin+tendulkar;template=results;type=bowling;view=batsman_summary

  • POSTED BY on | December 14, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    Hmmmmmm... the picture tells all: no footwork even by the little Master. Sewag has no footwork at all....

  • POSTED BY mikey76 on | December 14, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    Getting bowled repeatedly is a recurring theme with batsmen on their way out. Dravid and Ponting spring to mind. Time for Sachin to exit the stage, after Jimmy makes it an even 10 of course.

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | December 14, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    Tendulkar's decline is protracted and irreversible and painful. I do not think that I have ever seen a Test batsman with such poor body-language as that of SRT today. It was a mercy that Jimmy put him out of his misery quickly. It was obvious that he's never reach 10. Overall, it's sad & not worthy of the man, his great reputation, or those who allow him to go on playing at this level. This humiliation would not be allowed by any other country. Bradman, at much the same age, (about 4 months older than SRT) knew he'd got to the end. There was no lingering for the Don. And his reputation had no time to become tarnished. Times may change, but human behaviour remains the same. Dignity never goes out of fashion, or shouldn't do so. PS: FYI,The Don's last series (v Eng 1948) 138 & 0; 38 & 89; 7 & 30*; 33 & 173*; 0. Av. for series 72.57. That's called a decline only when compared with what had gone before, but great batsman are not judged by the standards of lesser mortals, or shouldn't be.

  • POSTED BY Harlequin. on | December 14, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    Just imagine what heights he could have rise to had Cooley not committed the cardinal sin of remoulding someone's action. Tweaks are all well and good, but a complete overhaul is pointless for someone over the age of 18. Perhaps the Aussie saw his true potential and though it best for Australia if he hampered Jimmy!!

  • POSTED BY VAS4 on | December 14, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    Leave Tendulkar alone. When I say this, I am sad that his carrier is facing a slow and painful death. Let him take the decision. Let us pray and hope it will be soon.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | December 14, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    Tendulkar's wicket WAS MAY BE a price wicket 15 years back and that too only on flat tracks. Anderson is a great bowler, Tendulkar's wickets TODAY really do not add any value to his bowling, IMO. No Indian batsmen wkts as of today would add value for that matter.

  • POSTED BY agamgoyal on | December 14, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    A matter of faith and scattered hope Perhaps, we know but still we rope Thinking that he will be able to cope As he has risen us out of no scope Being worshipped more than the pope A day will come when he will say nope A day will come when we will all mope But I want to still continue to hope We want to forever continue to hope…

    Go on SRT…. I believe…We believe!!!

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | December 14, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge: Well I am a die hard critic of Anderson and NO, I don't think he's even in the top 3 in the international level. Any quick with a half decent pace and attitude can nip out these struggling Indian batsmen, more so Tendulkar. I don't think your praise needs to reach the level of the Empire State building. Once a county trundler, always a county trundler. How about Steve Finn ? the only genuine pace bowler in the whole of England. Broad, Anderson and Bresnan ? Don't even get me started friend.

  • POSTED BY ToTellUTheTruth on | December 14, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    I don't think Amabni likes the idea of Sachin retiring. N.Srinivasan cannot even imagine dropping Dhoni or Ashwin and Malyas will go ape, if Kohli's name is uttered. We don't want to get in bad books of Sharukh khan by suggesting dropping Gauti. Who knows who owns Delhi. So, what is the point of discussing whether any of these should continue?

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | December 14, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    luvcricket_new_gen so the bowlers in the 90s who were in decline,those runs that ST scored against them should not be counted.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | December 14, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    Jimmy Anderson, what can you say - The Ashes hero, the Aussie destroyer whether it is in England or Australia. A bowler lethal on flat wickets as much as green. He just plays with his critics for fun, so jealous are those left that speak ill of him. The greatest swing bowler since Richard Hadlee and Ian Botham, he has skills unequaled by any bowler in the world right now.

  • POSTED BY VivSingh on | December 14, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    This man was a gift from God and if any other country ever has a batsman half as good as him they would consider themselves to be blessed. Don't forget. Jai Hind.

  • POSTED BY Rajdev on | December 14, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    Tendulkar apologists are now making irrelevant comments. When asked about his dismissal yesterda (b. Anderson), Sunny Gavaskar (in the Times of India) retorted by drawing attention to Sehwag's dissmissal yesterday. But that is irrelevant. Deflecting questions about Tendulkar's continued failures, by pointing out the failures of other players, is to be in a state of denial. For how long can this comedy go on? Rajan

  • POSTED BY Gloryof96 on | December 14, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    Soon to be 10 lives ...... lol

  • POSTED BY durhamd on | December 14, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    Seeing Jimmy swinging it both ways at 140km/h yesterday was just a joy to behold. Opening batsmen everywhere must be thanking their lucky stars that they'll never have to face Steyn and Jimmy first up.

  • POSTED BY on | December 14, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    How many times Shoaib Akhtar has dismissed Sachin in International cricket?

  • POSTED BY Rahulbose on | December 14, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    Tendulkar has always struggled against right hand seamer bowling an inswinger on offstump line. Mcgrath did him a few times with that line, even Dion Nash had some success.

  • POSTED BY GokulGoks on | December 14, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    James may get # 10 as well in the 2nd innings unless Tendulkar falls to Monty.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | December 14, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    With Steyn, the greatest fast bowler of he last ten years. Where are all his critics now? So funny to see them hiding.

  • POSTED BY mikey76 on | December 14, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    Years ago when Anderson was struggling, the 06/07 ashes springs to mind. I still thought he was the best bowler in England if only he was given the chance to prove himself. Big praise must go to the selectors and to Anderson himself to abandon that idiot Cooley's approach and go back to doing what he does best. Always excellent in english conditions, over the last 3 winter tours he has proven to be an all wicket bowler. He must be thankful he now has New Zealand on the horizon for 5 tests. With all this experience on dead sub-continental wickets he could well take 25-30 wickets this ashes. The aussie top order is ripe for the picking.

  • POSTED BY N.Sundararajan on | December 14, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    N. Sundararajan from Chennai George Dobell appears to have decided for Tendulkar, that this would be his last Test. It is not for Dobell to decide ! However, though I have been a great fan of Tendulkar for 15 + years, I am even a greater fan of Indian cricket ! I truly wish Sachin Tnedulkar announces his retirement before the second innings, and gets the honour and the satisfaction of a propor farewell from the Indian fans at a stadium ! If he continues to be greedy and selfish, then the BCCI should have the guts and courage to announce that they would not select him for any future Tests ! Let us see, is it George Dobell, Sachin or BCCI ? But whoever it is, the retirement is already overdue and should come up in days, not months !

  • POSTED BY luvcricket_new_gen on | December 14, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    It was a different ball game in ODIs where Anderson looked nervous bowling to Sachin. Yes, in tests Anderson has had better off Sachin but would have been different had he bowled to him when Sachin was at his peak. For Sachin a player who dominated the leading 90s bowlers, Anderson was not really a threat except that he was in a decline when he faced Anderson.

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  • POSTED BY luvcricket_new_gen on | December 14, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    It was a different ball game in ODIs where Anderson looked nervous bowling to Sachin. Yes, in tests Anderson has had better off Sachin but would have been different had he bowled to him when Sachin was at his peak. For Sachin a player who dominated the leading 90s bowlers, Anderson was not really a threat except that he was in a decline when he faced Anderson.

  • POSTED BY N.Sundararajan on | December 14, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    N. Sundararajan from Chennai George Dobell appears to have decided for Tendulkar, that this would be his last Test. It is not for Dobell to decide ! However, though I have been a great fan of Tendulkar for 15 + years, I am even a greater fan of Indian cricket ! I truly wish Sachin Tnedulkar announces his retirement before the second innings, and gets the honour and the satisfaction of a propor farewell from the Indian fans at a stadium ! If he continues to be greedy and selfish, then the BCCI should have the guts and courage to announce that they would not select him for any future Tests ! Let us see, is it George Dobell, Sachin or BCCI ? But whoever it is, the retirement is already overdue and should come up in days, not months !

  • POSTED BY mikey76 on | December 14, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    Years ago when Anderson was struggling, the 06/07 ashes springs to mind. I still thought he was the best bowler in England if only he was given the chance to prove himself. Big praise must go to the selectors and to Anderson himself to abandon that idiot Cooley's approach and go back to doing what he does best. Always excellent in english conditions, over the last 3 winter tours he has proven to be an all wicket bowler. He must be thankful he now has New Zealand on the horizon for 5 tests. With all this experience on dead sub-continental wickets he could well take 25-30 wickets this ashes. The aussie top order is ripe for the picking.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | December 14, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    With Steyn, the greatest fast bowler of he last ten years. Where are all his critics now? So funny to see them hiding.

  • POSTED BY GokulGoks on | December 14, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    James may get # 10 as well in the 2nd innings unless Tendulkar falls to Monty.

  • POSTED BY Rahulbose on | December 14, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    Tendulkar has always struggled against right hand seamer bowling an inswinger on offstump line. Mcgrath did him a few times with that line, even Dion Nash had some success.

  • POSTED BY on | December 14, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    How many times Shoaib Akhtar has dismissed Sachin in International cricket?

  • POSTED BY durhamd on | December 14, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    Seeing Jimmy swinging it both ways at 140km/h yesterday was just a joy to behold. Opening batsmen everywhere must be thanking their lucky stars that they'll never have to face Steyn and Jimmy first up.

  • POSTED BY Gloryof96 on | December 14, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    Soon to be 10 lives ...... lol

  • POSTED BY Rajdev on | December 14, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    Tendulkar apologists are now making irrelevant comments. When asked about his dismissal yesterda (b. Anderson), Sunny Gavaskar (in the Times of India) retorted by drawing attention to Sehwag's dissmissal yesterday. But that is irrelevant. Deflecting questions about Tendulkar's continued failures, by pointing out the failures of other players, is to be in a state of denial. For how long can this comedy go on? Rajan