India v New Zealand, 3rd Test, Nagpur, 3rd day November 22, 2010

'I apologised for getting Sachin out' - Andy McKay

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The Boomtown Rats may have spoken for most when they sang 'Tell Me Why I Don't Like Mondays', but for New Zealand the first day of the week started perfectly. Sachin Tendulkar went to the ninth ball of the morning and by the time the opening hour was up, VVS Laxman and Suresh Raina had joined him back in the pavilion. India's lead was 135 but the situation was salvageable.

Seven hours later, when Brendon McCullum and Gareth Hopkins walked off, the complexion of the match was very different. Rahul Dravid grew in fluency as the day progressed and with MS Dhoni staying true to his attacking instincts en route to 98, New Zealand were pushed into a corner. It will now require a couple of their batsmen to do a Laxman-and-Dravid to get out of this one.

Andy McKay, who took 1 for 120 on debut and looked pretty lively at times, refused to accept that all was lost. "If we can bat in partnerships, play to our strengths and work through tomorrow ... we're obviously looking at it session by session," he said at the end of play. "There's still two days of cricket to go. Our goal is to push deep into the fifth day and see where we go from there. The pitch is pretty flat at the moment, but I'm sure it'll start taking a bit more turn over the next couple of days."

India will still have a pretty hard ball to call on come the fourth morning and McKay suggested that surviving the first session was pivotal to New Zealand's hopes of saving the game. "There's a difference between the new ball and the old ball, particularly the carry through to the keeper," he said. "We're starting to see a little bit more up and down [movement]. Not too much sideways. I feel that the new ball will do a bit more in the morning given that we've had earlier starts. There's a bit more in it for the seam bowlers that first hour. We used those conditions quite well this morning."

McKay was the one to break a few thousand hearts in the day's second over, slanting a quick delivery across Sachin Tendulkar to take the outside edge. "I actually apologised to the crowd at the end of the over," he said with a smile. "I bowled quite well yesterday and I think that warranted me taking the new ball with Chris Martin today. The ball that I got Sachin with, I was looking to bowl pretty quick and put a bit more effort into it. And it paid off. Another couple of wickets would have been great, but to get a player like Sachin Tendulkar as my first wicket is fantastic."

Except for a 71-run hour after lunch when Dravid and Dhoni found the gaps with regularity, New Zealand were seldom sloppy, and the bowlers were again backed up by some exceptional fielding. Dravid said as much later when asked about the rate of scoring. But once the ball went soft and with no recognised second spinner in the New Zealand ranks, India were always in control of the situation.

Though it's his aptitude with the bat that New Zealand need now, McKay insisted that he had enjoyed the tussle with a vaunted batting line-up in alien conditions. "I think I've been lucky with the handful of one-day games I've played," he said. "I've come up against Sehwag and a couple of other big players. I don't think one-day cricket's too far withdrawn from Test cricket, but this is obviously a different grade altogether. To come up against this line-up, while daunting, is also very exciting. I really enjoyed the opportunity today."

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  • vardarajan101 on November 23, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    @ balamoorali

    -Be thankful to god for doing justice to RD -Be thankful to him that RDs innings were not cut short by umpiring blunders - atleast 20 + times sach has faced incorrect decisions post 2000 -Be thankful to god that sachin fans are not like RD fans ... they don't curse rd because of their love for sach ...the same can't be said about RD fans as your post demonstrates .. often i have seen RD fans wishing sach get injured so that rd crosses his total (orkut's wall comm in 2007)

    You know prayers and curses have great strength ... No Australian who is a hayden fan would ever want ponting to fail ..No Pakistani would ever curse inzy to fail because he likes yousuf or younis ... No Srilankan would ever wish for jayawardena's failure because he likes sangakarra -----------but for people like you and most RD fans sach is a bigger enemy than opposition

    RD bats against 11 players in opposite team ,sachin plays against 11 opposition players, 2 umpires & lacs of curses from rd fans

  • vardarajan101 on November 23, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    mr balamooorali is there a concept called as no of innings played or not ? if you want to post stats post it completely not partial ones

    sachin missed many a matches through injuries (including a series against a worst windies in 2006) - u have conveniently dropped these criteria

    Also what can sachin do if same bowlers who get aussies in 60 overs at adelaide can't bowl them out in 2 days . rd's 305 at adelaide won the match whereas sachins 301 went into draw - if kumble and co forget the art of bowling within span of a week what is sachin's fault

    atleast aus is a great team ,same bowlers who won india a match when rd got 200 v/s zim while they could draw against same zim next match where sach got 200

    so + 550 for rd in won matches and -500 for sach as matches were drawn

    RD fans must be thankful to god that he has justice for RD's efforts whereas god loves to play spoilsport when sachin scores a masterpiece - 175 v/s aus in odi ;141 v/s pak in odi ; 136 v/s pak in tests ;

  • Balamuarli on November 23, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    For people who says Sachin better than Dravid look at this stats from 2000-2009 is the period india started to win more frequently abroad look contribution of both sachin & dravid

    Player Runs HS Ave 100 50 R Dravid 8558 270 54.85 22 42 Sachin 7129 248* 53.2 21 31

  • memoriesofthepast on November 23, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    McKay's apology shows the extent to which NZ players feel jealous of Sachin's 49 test hundreds. If a team plays with the intention of denying an opponent batsman from achieving a milestone then that is the team to lose the test. NZ have failed to capitalize on the toss won for this test. All the hard work done by NZ in first two tests has been wasted by them in this test. Sachin is not going to apologise to McKay after India go on to win this series by 1-0 margin or making the debutant McKay see his first test as a loss for NZ. But Sachin's 61 will be one of the contributing factors for NZ losing this test. McKay will have realized that only getting Sachin out is hardly the job done. Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Laxman, Harbhajan, Sreesanth and Dhoni also have to be dismissed-This is a perfect lesson for McKay or any bowler playing his 1st test to learn.

  • mits6 on November 23, 2010, 4:04 GMT

    No doubt New Zealanders are best characters on field

  • on November 23, 2010, 3:49 GMT

    Although I don't understand why we are discussing this but @ Sahil: A captain is only as good as his players plus a bit of brain, strategies nd luck.....As far as strategies nd cricketing brain goes Sachin is just the best that you can find in the country.....If you kindly recollect that Sachin took on the mantle of captaincy just when the whole game was surrounded by controversy and crisis..... We had quality in Harvinder Singh, Debashish Mohanthy as new ball bowlers, Sairaj Bahutule as the No.1 Sppiner and we went to play the mighty Ausises in their own backyard with such a Gr8 Team and obviously lost(although Sach again stood out).... Steve Waugh leading such a side would have struggled to win a match against Zimbabwe......

  • on November 23, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    //while srt was taking his own sweet time in the 190s//

    Sorry

    You are wrong

    At Tea, Sachin 165 Runs in 312 Balls. After that, 22 Runs in 27 Balls. 187* (339b) 4,0,0,1,0,0,0,0,2 194* (348b)

    From 187, it was 7 runs in 9 balls :) After Tea Sachin has scored 29 Runs in 36 Balls [From 165* (312b) to 194* (348b)]

    Please don't spread wrong information that Sachin was slow at that point

    29 Runs in 36 Balls is 5 runs per over (or 4.8) and that is never a slow rate in a test match

  • StatLover on November 23, 2010, 3:39 GMT

    @Noorul : Andy McKay joins the following people who have got Sachin out on their debut

    Waqar Younis (Pak) Neil Williams (Eng) Paul Reiffel (Aus) Ujesh Ranchod(Zim) Ruwan Kalpage (SL) Mark Ealham (Eng) Franklyn Rose (WI) Adam Dale (Aus) Neil Johnson (Zim) Naimur Rahman (Bang) Jermaine Lawson (WI) Jacob Oram(NZ) Nathan Hauritz (Aus) Monty Panesar (Eng) Paul Harris (SA) Dammika Prasad (SL) Cameron White (Aus) Peter Siddle (Aus) Peter George (Aus)

  • on November 23, 2010, 3:38 GMT

    Does someone know for how many debutants sachin is the first wkt..Must have been another record in sachin's kity :)

  • rohanblue on November 23, 2010, 3:03 GMT

    mark taylor declared innings against pak when he was in 334, and because he didnt want to break sir donald bradman's record, few stupid brains creating misconception abt people with their stupid self created stats, cricinfo has every info abt cricket, why dont u people check it before posting comments...

  • vardarajan101 on November 23, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    @ balamoorali

    -Be thankful to god for doing justice to RD -Be thankful to him that RDs innings were not cut short by umpiring blunders - atleast 20 + times sach has faced incorrect decisions post 2000 -Be thankful to god that sachin fans are not like RD fans ... they don't curse rd because of their love for sach ...the same can't be said about RD fans as your post demonstrates .. often i have seen RD fans wishing sach get injured so that rd crosses his total (orkut's wall comm in 2007)

    You know prayers and curses have great strength ... No Australian who is a hayden fan would ever want ponting to fail ..No Pakistani would ever curse inzy to fail because he likes yousuf or younis ... No Srilankan would ever wish for jayawardena's failure because he likes sangakarra -----------but for people like you and most RD fans sach is a bigger enemy than opposition

    RD bats against 11 players in opposite team ,sachin plays against 11 opposition players, 2 umpires & lacs of curses from rd fans

  • vardarajan101 on November 23, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    mr balamooorali is there a concept called as no of innings played or not ? if you want to post stats post it completely not partial ones

    sachin missed many a matches through injuries (including a series against a worst windies in 2006) - u have conveniently dropped these criteria

    Also what can sachin do if same bowlers who get aussies in 60 overs at adelaide can't bowl them out in 2 days . rd's 305 at adelaide won the match whereas sachins 301 went into draw - if kumble and co forget the art of bowling within span of a week what is sachin's fault

    atleast aus is a great team ,same bowlers who won india a match when rd got 200 v/s zim while they could draw against same zim next match where sach got 200

    so + 550 for rd in won matches and -500 for sach as matches were drawn

    RD fans must be thankful to god that he has justice for RD's efforts whereas god loves to play spoilsport when sachin scores a masterpiece - 175 v/s aus in odi ;141 v/s pak in odi ; 136 v/s pak in tests ;

  • Balamuarli on November 23, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    For people who says Sachin better than Dravid look at this stats from 2000-2009 is the period india started to win more frequently abroad look contribution of both sachin & dravid

    Player Runs HS Ave 100 50 R Dravid 8558 270 54.85 22 42 Sachin 7129 248* 53.2 21 31

  • memoriesofthepast on November 23, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    McKay's apology shows the extent to which NZ players feel jealous of Sachin's 49 test hundreds. If a team plays with the intention of denying an opponent batsman from achieving a milestone then that is the team to lose the test. NZ have failed to capitalize on the toss won for this test. All the hard work done by NZ in first two tests has been wasted by them in this test. Sachin is not going to apologise to McKay after India go on to win this series by 1-0 margin or making the debutant McKay see his first test as a loss for NZ. But Sachin's 61 will be one of the contributing factors for NZ losing this test. McKay will have realized that only getting Sachin out is hardly the job done. Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Laxman, Harbhajan, Sreesanth and Dhoni also have to be dismissed-This is a perfect lesson for McKay or any bowler playing his 1st test to learn.

  • mits6 on November 23, 2010, 4:04 GMT

    No doubt New Zealanders are best characters on field

  • on November 23, 2010, 3:49 GMT

    Although I don't understand why we are discussing this but @ Sahil: A captain is only as good as his players plus a bit of brain, strategies nd luck.....As far as strategies nd cricketing brain goes Sachin is just the best that you can find in the country.....If you kindly recollect that Sachin took on the mantle of captaincy just when the whole game was surrounded by controversy and crisis..... We had quality in Harvinder Singh, Debashish Mohanthy as new ball bowlers, Sairaj Bahutule as the No.1 Sppiner and we went to play the mighty Ausises in their own backyard with such a Gr8 Team and obviously lost(although Sach again stood out).... Steve Waugh leading such a side would have struggled to win a match against Zimbabwe......

  • on November 23, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    //while srt was taking his own sweet time in the 190s//

    Sorry

    You are wrong

    At Tea, Sachin 165 Runs in 312 Balls. After that, 22 Runs in 27 Balls. 187* (339b) 4,0,0,1,0,0,0,0,2 194* (348b)

    From 187, it was 7 runs in 9 balls :) After Tea Sachin has scored 29 Runs in 36 Balls [From 165* (312b) to 194* (348b)]

    Please don't spread wrong information that Sachin was slow at that point

    29 Runs in 36 Balls is 5 runs per over (or 4.8) and that is never a slow rate in a test match

  • StatLover on November 23, 2010, 3:39 GMT

    @Noorul : Andy McKay joins the following people who have got Sachin out on their debut

    Waqar Younis (Pak) Neil Williams (Eng) Paul Reiffel (Aus) Ujesh Ranchod(Zim) Ruwan Kalpage (SL) Mark Ealham (Eng) Franklyn Rose (WI) Adam Dale (Aus) Neil Johnson (Zim) Naimur Rahman (Bang) Jermaine Lawson (WI) Jacob Oram(NZ) Nathan Hauritz (Aus) Monty Panesar (Eng) Paul Harris (SA) Dammika Prasad (SL) Cameron White (Aus) Peter Siddle (Aus) Peter George (Aus)

  • on November 23, 2010, 3:38 GMT

    Does someone know for how many debutants sachin is the first wkt..Must have been another record in sachin's kity :)

  • rohanblue on November 23, 2010, 3:03 GMT

    mark taylor declared innings against pak when he was in 334, and because he didnt want to break sir donald bradman's record, few stupid brains creating misconception abt people with their stupid self created stats, cricinfo has every info abt cricket, why dont u people check it before posting comments...

  • on November 23, 2010, 2:40 GMT

    The great Sachin retains the reputation of debutants greatest delight :)))

  • on November 23, 2010, 2:29 GMT

    Let us not flog a dead horse on that Sachin declaration. Both Sachin and Dravid are great players. Let us appreciate for what these men have done. Dravid was that Indian batsman responsible for India to start winning abroad consistently. Let us applaud the man for that. No words for Sachin. Any more words praising Sachin is equivalent to suspecting his talent and commitment. People should stop praising Sachin and enjoy whatever entertainment he continues to provide.

  • on November 23, 2010, 2:12 GMT

    Its all a plot. They could have cleared the air now. But NO.

    Lets write an autobio a decade later and sensationalize it through this incident. That way u have great book sales! :D :P lol

    So guys, chill out. be a sport and enjoy the sport :)

  • on November 22, 2010, 23:27 GMT

    For all those who were saying that Dhoni doesn't need a rest now you can stay quiet. The man shows that he can rally to the cause when the need arises. If the weather holds and the Indians play well Dhoni may have another series win under his belt. He will need more than a rest after the celebrations!

  • on November 22, 2010, 22:34 GMT

    I am appalled by so many pro-tendulakars claiming dravid as the culprit...

    read this news article...

    http://www.rediff.com/cricket/2004/mar/29tendulkar.htm

  • spin_king4 on November 22, 2010, 21:47 GMT

    @Gautam Shenoy if you remember under dravid's captiancy india won its first series in england and west indies for over 20 years. it also won its first test in south africa. he was not the worst tactical captian that was sachin (great player he is no better but one of the worst captians i have seen)

  • Deenesh on November 22, 2010, 21:46 GMT

    Cmon guys stop fighting over bad declarations. How many of u kno that despite India wining this match and the series they will styll concede one point? Worst case scenario: India drop to number 2 postion before christmas. Munch on tht.

  • Amar_bw on November 22, 2010, 21:39 GMT

    @mohsin9975 - Actually SRT was not slow when he scored 194*. If you check the facts from that match, SRT was scoring at a quite well strike rate and especially few overs before India declared. It is still a mystery why Dravid declared as it was just a matter of 1 or 2 more overs.

  • on November 22, 2010, 21:10 GMT

    @mohsin9975 and others I think all of you can't stop taking needless potshots at Tendulkar,can you?Give us a break.

  • on November 22, 2010, 20:21 GMT

    Dravid was a good captain. The only reason why you tend to view him as a 'bad' one is cause of the fact that we crashed out in round 1 of 2007 WC. The worst Indian captain till date has been Sachin Tendulkar. Dravid was way better than this guy.

  • mohsin9975 on November 22, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    Yes i remember that game in which sachin was left stranded on 194 due to dravids declaration.How infuriated he was.In that game india had to push for a result on a pitch which was as flat as indian national highways.India needed quick runs,while srt was taking his own sweet time in the 190s.He was told to hurry up bt sachin failed to accelerate as he invariably does when he nears a milestone.Team management thought indian bowlers would need as much time as possible to secure a win.Luckily pak batsmen showed little resistance nd india won with kumble among wickets.Dravid had mistaken srt to b a team man.Bt thats the moment when he must hav realised how record hungry srt is.

  • on November 22, 2010, 20:01 GMT

    it was ganguly who told dravid to declare innings when SACHIN was on 194. everyone was raising issues so dravid came up with this reason. we know dravid was leader only for a match because ganguly was injured i think...

  • on November 22, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    when dravid declared innings when SACHIN was on 194...so media were after dravid and everyone was raising questions that why dravid did that! then dravid came up with a reason that he was captain but he did what ganguly said to him he was in dressing room. he did behalf of ganguly..thats what he said on the news..anyway sachin is the best...

  • on November 22, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    Yet another master's wicket as the first wicket. I wonder how many times a debutant would get Sachin's wicket. Any idea how many times guys?

  • vaidyar on November 22, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    @RichitK, it is a big issue only if its SRT :) And NOT because of him, but the media and fans. He did react after the 194 but later said clearly the matter was closed, but the media and fans still keep harping on it. Such declarations have happened for other players too. Rahul Dravid was on 92 in Sydney'04 when Ganguly declared. All he said was that such declarations are necessary to win matches, can't always look for centuries. And for the record, Sehwag's 100 being denied was cheap on Randiv's part.

  • on November 22, 2010, 18:55 GMT

    @Ruchit: It was Dravid, not Ganguly, who declared with Sachin on 192. Dravid was strategically one of the worst captains we've had. He once refused to enforce a follow on against England even with a lead of nearly 350 and the ball moving a lot.. The lesser said about Dravid's captaincy, the better.

  • cric4india on November 22, 2010, 18:48 GMT

    @ruchit: Ganguly never declared with Sachin on 192. Check your stats. Dravid though did it once when Sachin was 194* in Multan, 2004

  • SFGoldenGate on November 22, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    @ Ruchit K, FYI, Mark Taylor once scored 334* against PAK. His second highest score is 219. So, there is no incident of Mark Taylor declaring on 294*. Check, Mark Taylor's innings by innings analysis here , http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/7924.html?class=1;template=results;type=batting;view=innings. What Mark Taylor did was to touch 334* of Bradman (the highest AUS score at that time) and humbly declared there to remain in level with Don forever. Actually, there is no incident in history of cricket to declare when someone is 290+ not out. Once Sir Don Bradman left stranded on 299* when AUS was all-out against SA. The nearest declaration I remember is Javed Miandad 280* when Imran declared and your example of AB at 278* in the current PAK-SA test. But your point is valid. I can not imagine what SRT worshipers will do if Indian captain declares while SRT is on 290* . It happened once when SRT was on 194* and Dravid declared.

  • on November 22, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    McKay u broke my heart as well...

  • Kreacher_Rocks on November 22, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    @Ruchit - not sure of the point you are trying to make in the context of this article, but your post has major factual inaccuracies. Ganguly didn't declare with Tendulkar on 192* - Dravid declared with him at 194*. Also, Mark Taylor didn't declare with himself at 294*, he declared when he was at 334*, because according to him he didn't want to beat the score that Don Bradman had set. Check out Taylor's stats - his second highest score ever was 219.

  • on November 22, 2010, 18:06 GMT

    Thank God, Muhammad Yousaf's Record is safe now... Hurraah

  • Trishcric on November 22, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    @Ruchit K: 1) Suraj Randiv bowled a no ball "deliberately"! 2) There is NO issue about Tendulkar not being able to get to 100 today. So far, I have not seen any issues raised by anyone in India. I think you're completely mistaken. 3) One instance: In the Multan test against Pakistan some years ago, when Sehwag was out for 309, India declared the innings leaving Tendulkar on 194* and there was no issue...

  • on November 22, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    @ruchit: I m not sure the point u r driving.. but u hv got ur facts wrong: 1) It was dravid who declared when sachin was 194* against pakistan 2) 294* Mark Taylor?? when was tht?? 3) AB DeVilliers wasnt left at 278, was rather given a chance to become the highest scorer for SA, as he overtook greame smith's highest score of 277.. once he overtook that score, the innings was declared.

  • on November 22, 2010, 17:36 GMT

    it wa not ganguly who declared the innings...dravid was the captain that time and the series was against pakistan

  • SzlyAr on November 22, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    All is good I guess. Still thought Indians gave the New Zealand bowlers way too much respect. But that's nice to see, they will grow in confidence!

  • on November 22, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    @ Ruchit : Well who makes it a issue!! Is it Sachin or any member of the team???.. Its is people like you and the media... And finally you put the blame on the individual!

  • on November 22, 2010, 17:03 GMT

    There is nothing wrong in giving priority to personal milestones, if it is not going to affect the result in some way..If Sachin would have scored that double hundrerd(against PAK), consuming even 7-8 more overs by the team, it wouldn't have changed the course of the match. As a cricket fan i don't see setting such examples as Mark Taylor with 294* or deVilliers 278*..encourages team mates or cricketers to play for the team...instead achieving some milestones will be an inspiration for others.

  • JatinMehta on November 22, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    Every indians thinks about God in cricket so much because every india love god and god never talks about himself

  • on November 22, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    Why this happens for Indian Cricketers only?

    There was an issue when Randiv bowled a No Ball and Sehwag could not reach 100.

    There was an issue when Gangully declared leaving Sachin on 192*.

    There have been several incidents when captains and players have given priorities to the team goals rather than personal milestones, I can remember Mark Taylor declaring when he was fresh and fit at 294*.

    There are several incidents but the most recent one was tomorrow only, leaving AB develliers on 278*, SA declared against PAK... Would have been a very big issue if that was SRT or any other Indian player.

  • on November 22, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    why evry indians thinks about God in cricket so much when sachin himself is n0t talked about it.

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  • on November 22, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    why evry indians thinks about God in cricket so much when sachin himself is n0t talked about it.

  • on November 22, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    Why this happens for Indian Cricketers only?

    There was an issue when Randiv bowled a No Ball and Sehwag could not reach 100.

    There was an issue when Gangully declared leaving Sachin on 192*.

    There have been several incidents when captains and players have given priorities to the team goals rather than personal milestones, I can remember Mark Taylor declaring when he was fresh and fit at 294*.

    There are several incidents but the most recent one was tomorrow only, leaving AB develliers on 278*, SA declared against PAK... Would have been a very big issue if that was SRT or any other Indian player.

  • JatinMehta on November 22, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    Every indians thinks about God in cricket so much because every india love god and god never talks about himself

  • on November 22, 2010, 17:03 GMT

    There is nothing wrong in giving priority to personal milestones, if it is not going to affect the result in some way..If Sachin would have scored that double hundrerd(against PAK), consuming even 7-8 more overs by the team, it wouldn't have changed the course of the match. As a cricket fan i don't see setting such examples as Mark Taylor with 294* or deVilliers 278*..encourages team mates or cricketers to play for the team...instead achieving some milestones will be an inspiration for others.

  • on November 22, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    @ Ruchit : Well who makes it a issue!! Is it Sachin or any member of the team???.. Its is people like you and the media... And finally you put the blame on the individual!

  • SzlyAr on November 22, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    All is good I guess. Still thought Indians gave the New Zealand bowlers way too much respect. But that's nice to see, they will grow in confidence!

  • on November 22, 2010, 17:36 GMT

    it wa not ganguly who declared the innings...dravid was the captain that time and the series was against pakistan

  • on November 22, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    @ruchit: I m not sure the point u r driving.. but u hv got ur facts wrong: 1) It was dravid who declared when sachin was 194* against pakistan 2) 294* Mark Taylor?? when was tht?? 3) AB DeVilliers wasnt left at 278, was rather given a chance to become the highest scorer for SA, as he overtook greame smith's highest score of 277.. once he overtook that score, the innings was declared.

  • Trishcric on November 22, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    @Ruchit K: 1) Suraj Randiv bowled a no ball "deliberately"! 2) There is NO issue about Tendulkar not being able to get to 100 today. So far, I have not seen any issues raised by anyone in India. I think you're completely mistaken. 3) One instance: In the Multan test against Pakistan some years ago, when Sehwag was out for 309, India declared the innings leaving Tendulkar on 194* and there was no issue...

  • on November 22, 2010, 18:06 GMT

    Thank God, Muhammad Yousaf's Record is safe now... Hurraah