India v West Indies, 3rd Test, Mumbai, 4th day November 25, 2011

'Why did he play that?'

N Hunter joins Mumbai's crowds as they go through ecstasy and agony watching their hero fall six runs short
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Sudhir Gautam is sitting in the first-class compartment of the Churchgate-bound local train. It's 7.30 am, peak traffic hour when thousands shuttle from Mumbai's northern suburbs to the older, more beautiful southern neighbourhoods en route to their offices. Today the trains are even more packed than normal as the office crowd is joined by hundreds travelling to watch Sachin Tendulkar try and score his hundredth international century.

Gautam, famous as Tendulkar's most devoted fan, sits quietly amid the chaos, his pale brown eyes staring ahead. He's dressed in his work clothes: bare torso painted in the Indian tricolour (which is scrubbed off each night with kerosene), shaven head sporting a single lock of hair; around his waist is a sign saying "100 century Tendulkar". His trousers are the unwashed whites worn by Indian cricketers, his sneakers are dirty and the soles are evidence of how much he's travelled.

His fellow commuters recognise him from the innumerable television images - waving the Indian flag, blowing the conch shell, even making it to the Indian dressing room - on Tendulkar's invitation - minutes after the World Cup win on April 2. Gautam doesn't seem to mind the stares; he's focused on getting to the ground before the Indian team so he can blow his conch as they drive through the stadium gates. Then he must start waving the flag before the first ball.

As the train enters Churchgate station (Wankhede is next door) someone finally musters the courage to address him directly. Gautam is asked why he doesn't have a regular job. "Who will do this?" he answers, without even looking at the man who'd asked the question. Will Tendulkar get the century today? "Today he will score. It was his dream to win the World Cup at home. Now that is fulfilled, he should get his hundredth at home, too. He deserves it." His words are strong but there's a note of anxiety in his voice.

The ground is filling up fast. The intensity and fervour of the previous day doubles as soon as Tendulkar comes down the steps from the dressing room. Just before he crosses the ropes, he takes off his gloves and washes his hands. He's ready. The final delivery of the first over, from Ravi Rampaul, is flicked for a four behind square. Fourth over, fourth delivery, facing Fidel Edwards for the first time in the morning, is punched through the offside; Adrian Barath chases it to the long-off boundary but the ball has too much on it.

The noise inside the ground reaches cacophonous proportions when Tendulkar uppercuts Edwards over third man for six. He is now seven short of the century. The next 15 deliveries yield just a single while he and the crowd enjoy watching Virat Kohli tackle Edwards' short-ball barrage expertly.

However, the tension is growing. Being in the 90s is no guarantee of reaching his target; he's already fallen there once this year, when Tim Bresnan reverse-swung a delivery on the final afternoon of The Oval Test in August to trap him plumb on 91.

During that England tour, fans had travelled across continents and paid as much as £250 for a daily ticket to watch the 100th hundred.

Tickets on Friday were cheaper - Rs 100 going for eight times the value - but equally hard to come by; thousands of fans stood for hours a kilometer outside the ground on the Churchgate and Marine Drive sides, hoping the Mumbai Cricket Association would somehow find extra tickets to sell. No such luck; daily tickets for Day 4 had been sold out within minutes of the windows opening on Thursday afternoon.

There are a lucky few like Aniket Bhalekar, a Class XII student at Sathe College in Vile Parle who decided to skip his semester exams to fulfil a dream of watching Tendulkar get a hundred. "I'd convinced my father yesterday to allow me to come to the ground. Today my mother asked me why I was wasting my time - even if Tendulkar gets his century it wouldn't help my future," Bhalekar says. He managed to get a ticket after skipping the last two sessions of Thursday's play and standing in a queue for six hours.

Now he and thousands of others are holding their collective breath as Tendulkar, six short of the landmark. stands calm in the middle, leaning on his heavy bat.

"We want six, we want six," Wankhede shrieks as Rampaul runs in to deliver the final ball of his fourth over. The ball pitches on a length on the off stump and seams in a bit too quickly into Tendulkar's body. But Tendulkar goes for a premeditated steer - and offers a simple catch to Darren Sammy at second slip. The only voices heard now are those of the ecstatic West Indies players.

"Why did he play that? Why?" Bhalekar screams next to me as he stands, sits down again and then covers his face in disbelief. Tendulkar looks up to the heavens immediately, then, walking back, cranes his neck to watch the replay on big screen. He raises his bat slightly, stares at it, almost blaming it for deceiving him. Gautam stands there, stunned.

To their credit the crowd stays on. They are rewarded by R Ashwin, who becomes the third Indian to get a five-for and a century in the same innings of a Test. And when Tendulkar comes on to deliver the final over of the day, they stand and clap with the same enthusiasm. There is even a hint of redemption when Kohli gets a difficult chance off a push from Darren Bravo, but this isn't Tendulkar's day. Stumps drawn, the crowds go home.

And somewhere in Mumbai Tendulkar's biggest fan prepares to scrub off his hero's name until the next match.

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 27, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    @RandyOZ, mate now this is sick! Hussey is a great player. But, you sure Sachin is regarded far below Hussey? The last time I checked, Sachin is included as one of the legends of cricket on Cricinfo. Wonder how Cricinfo would allow your comments to get published! Sachin is perceived as selfish by many including me. But, selfish doesn't mean he is far below Hussey or Lara or Ponting...Get over it! None of my or your all time favourites, including Dravid, Lara, Kallis and Ponting, can ever touch Sachin's records. I know Ponting is the next best thing that has happened to Australia since Bradman. But Ponting is below Sachin, cry as much as you and the two Chappells may want to. Bradman is being considered the Greatest by people, courtesy his numbers, not that he wasn't selfish or not that he didn't play politics. And yeah, Sachin now has the best overall numbers barring average. He has some unique individual records which Dravid, Ponting and Kallis can only dream of. So, live with it.

  • crickfan_1 on November 26, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    Agha Hussain , You are right when u said sachin is a great batsman but were wrong in the other part. Out of his 51 test centuries, sachin has scored 22 in India and remaining in other countries and out of these he has scored 24 centuries in top 6 cricketing nations. Sachin also leads in the average even though he is playing since long time. If you check the records, you can see that all great players' avg decreased with their age but with sachin it is increasing and this shows his commitment to the game. he still works as hard as a junior cricketer at nets and on field. Anyways thans for the comments and these critics will do nothing else than help sachin to take his game to the next level.

  • on November 26, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    "He's scored many of his tons and big runs on easy-to-bat flat pitches in India whereas guys like Kallis, Ponting and co. score heavily even in testing conditions like NZ, ENG and their home venues."...a so-called cricket expert who should think twice before spouting inanities (aka Agha Hussain Akram)

    My dear fellow, Are you aware that Sachin has scored 29 centuries and over 30 fifties outside India and his tally is nearly 9000 runs. He has scored 10 centuries and 11 fifties in 29 tests in Australia at an average of 56. How many players, including Pakistanis, have career statistics of this kind everywhere, including in home conditions? No player comes anywhere close.

    Sorry about the harsh words, but people who aren't fit to tie Sachin's shoe-laces shouldn't be allowed to make such ridiculous assertions.

  • nks1234 on November 26, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    Some people like Randy wake up in the morning and pray to god to get SRT out for anything below 99 so that they can go to certain public domains and criticise him for the sake of criticsm. SRT got out on 94..everyone felt bad..but this guy logs in and says he is selfish..Getting out on 94 is selfish??Did he plan to get himself out??WI could have won a match few years back but someone wanted to regain his lost world record and did not declare (His own teammate said that and everyone watching the match also felt the same way) but that man was not selfish according to Mr. Randy.Someone is badly out of form for the last more than two years but refuses to hang his shoes but he is not lamented as being selfish (Even I dont think he should retire yet coz he is too good). But if it was SRT in his place (As was for one year only during 2006) people started talking rubbish.

  • on November 26, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    Too many sadist commenting here (his critics for sure). Randy Oz, u need to brush up ur knowledge on Sachin, no one ever compared Lara or Ponting with Bradman, but Bradman himself grabs the opportunity and praised Sachin. I think you belong to Chappel's category and not Bradman, Waugh or Warne or Lee or Hayden or Gilchrist or Healy or Benaud or (u wanna more Australians who praised Tendulkar and put him on the top bracket??)

  • on November 26, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    Every time I read an article about this issue making me realize that where Mr. Sachin set himself up!! A player scored 94 an innings & still he is in argument. And knowing the difference between him & other players hundreds & missing hundreds make me more delightful. Rampaul also says that last dismissal was planned, what a terrible dialogue after 94 runs. For the haters: If u argue more it will take him upper, no doubt about that. :)

  • on November 26, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    Sachin is a great batsman, but not even close to being the best there ever was. He's scored many of his tons and big runs on easy-to-bat flat pitches in India whereas guys like Kallis, Ponting and co. score heavily even in testing conditions like NZ, ENG and their home venues.

  • on November 26, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    Get a life. He played a fine innings. He doesn't have anything to prove. 22 years later he is still playing well. He just needs to enjoy the game and let statisticians take care of records.

  • Pathiyal on November 26, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    i also felt bad while he got out, but i was surprised to see that the crowd did not even appreciate him on a well made 94! thumps down mumbai crowd. once again, congrats sachin. all the very best for your 100th 100. i dont mind waiting for that.

  • may_MRT on November 26, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    get over sachin? its like asking people to stop living :) 100th ton....not that big deal? how many cricketers have done it till today? and how many are even close to that feat?

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 27, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    @RandyOZ, mate now this is sick! Hussey is a great player. But, you sure Sachin is regarded far below Hussey? The last time I checked, Sachin is included as one of the legends of cricket on Cricinfo. Wonder how Cricinfo would allow your comments to get published! Sachin is perceived as selfish by many including me. But, selfish doesn't mean he is far below Hussey or Lara or Ponting...Get over it! None of my or your all time favourites, including Dravid, Lara, Kallis and Ponting, can ever touch Sachin's records. I know Ponting is the next best thing that has happened to Australia since Bradman. But Ponting is below Sachin, cry as much as you and the two Chappells may want to. Bradman is being considered the Greatest by people, courtesy his numbers, not that he wasn't selfish or not that he didn't play politics. And yeah, Sachin now has the best overall numbers barring average. He has some unique individual records which Dravid, Ponting and Kallis can only dream of. So, live with it.

  • crickfan_1 on November 26, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    Agha Hussain , You are right when u said sachin is a great batsman but were wrong in the other part. Out of his 51 test centuries, sachin has scored 22 in India and remaining in other countries and out of these he has scored 24 centuries in top 6 cricketing nations. Sachin also leads in the average even though he is playing since long time. If you check the records, you can see that all great players' avg decreased with their age but with sachin it is increasing and this shows his commitment to the game. he still works as hard as a junior cricketer at nets and on field. Anyways thans for the comments and these critics will do nothing else than help sachin to take his game to the next level.

  • on November 26, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    "He's scored many of his tons and big runs on easy-to-bat flat pitches in India whereas guys like Kallis, Ponting and co. score heavily even in testing conditions like NZ, ENG and their home venues."...a so-called cricket expert who should think twice before spouting inanities (aka Agha Hussain Akram)

    My dear fellow, Are you aware that Sachin has scored 29 centuries and over 30 fifties outside India and his tally is nearly 9000 runs. He has scored 10 centuries and 11 fifties in 29 tests in Australia at an average of 56. How many players, including Pakistanis, have career statistics of this kind everywhere, including in home conditions? No player comes anywhere close.

    Sorry about the harsh words, but people who aren't fit to tie Sachin's shoe-laces shouldn't be allowed to make such ridiculous assertions.

  • nks1234 on November 26, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    Some people like Randy wake up in the morning and pray to god to get SRT out for anything below 99 so that they can go to certain public domains and criticise him for the sake of criticsm. SRT got out on 94..everyone felt bad..but this guy logs in and says he is selfish..Getting out on 94 is selfish??Did he plan to get himself out??WI could have won a match few years back but someone wanted to regain his lost world record and did not declare (His own teammate said that and everyone watching the match also felt the same way) but that man was not selfish according to Mr. Randy.Someone is badly out of form for the last more than two years but refuses to hang his shoes but he is not lamented as being selfish (Even I dont think he should retire yet coz he is too good). But if it was SRT in his place (As was for one year only during 2006) people started talking rubbish.

  • on November 26, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    Too many sadist commenting here (his critics for sure). Randy Oz, u need to brush up ur knowledge on Sachin, no one ever compared Lara or Ponting with Bradman, but Bradman himself grabs the opportunity and praised Sachin. I think you belong to Chappel's category and not Bradman, Waugh or Warne or Lee or Hayden or Gilchrist or Healy or Benaud or (u wanna more Australians who praised Tendulkar and put him on the top bracket??)

  • on November 26, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    Every time I read an article about this issue making me realize that where Mr. Sachin set himself up!! A player scored 94 an innings & still he is in argument. And knowing the difference between him & other players hundreds & missing hundreds make me more delightful. Rampaul also says that last dismissal was planned, what a terrible dialogue after 94 runs. For the haters: If u argue more it will take him upper, no doubt about that. :)

  • on November 26, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    Sachin is a great batsman, but not even close to being the best there ever was. He's scored many of his tons and big runs on easy-to-bat flat pitches in India whereas guys like Kallis, Ponting and co. score heavily even in testing conditions like NZ, ENG and their home venues.

  • on November 26, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    Get a life. He played a fine innings. He doesn't have anything to prove. 22 years later he is still playing well. He just needs to enjoy the game and let statisticians take care of records.

  • Pathiyal on November 26, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    i also felt bad while he got out, but i was surprised to see that the crowd did not even appreciate him on a well made 94! thumps down mumbai crowd. once again, congrats sachin. all the very best for your 100th 100. i dont mind waiting for that.

  • may_MRT on November 26, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    get over sachin? its like asking people to stop living :) 100th ton....not that big deal? how many cricketers have done it till today? and how many are even close to that feat?

  • smartguy786 on November 26, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    Even the pitch specially made for him could not guarantee his 100, What a shame Lol!

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on November 26, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    Sachin the god. People say he doesn't perform even when he score 94runs!! Ashwin got a great century. More headache for Aussies.they need someone like Ashwin in their batting lineup to post a three figure total. At present all are below ashwin.Punter in his prime was avergae,but now way below pathetic.clarke,hussey,khwaja,hughes all are club level.Watto is Australian joginder sharma.

  • AtticusFinch on November 26, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    He doesnt have a chance of scoring a century in Australia. So what happens after that? He waits for the next series and the next and the next. Gosh, am sure he will play till he is 50 years old just to get this elusive personal milestone.

  • SJS1950 on November 26, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    To say that he is human, that he was tense and it is understandable for fans to say so. Its surprising, however, that those paid millions to spread the "mannah" of their punditry too are not prepared to delve into what happened. Ravi Shastri told us it was ravi Rampaul of course. "Give credit where it is due" pontificated the man with the loudest voice in the expert's box.

    So Sachin had nothing to do with it. No fault of it was it.

    Okay let me be the one to commit blasphemy.

    Sachin should have left the ball and he did not do so not because of being human (which he is) or being tense (which he might have been but had shown no signso of that that morning) but because of a defect that has crept into his bating in recent times. He does not move his right leg back towards the stumps. He stays rooted on the crease. That draws you to play !!

    He needs to correct that habit. Yes he is human and THAT is why he can have defects which will creep in but who is going to tell him !!

  • aseemsharma on November 26, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    @RandyOZ: With appropriate arguments and examples, kindly prove that Sachin is a selfish batsman. And who regards him below Punter, Hussey, Lara...???

  • Precioustar84 on November 26, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    Its so sad that people always like to look at glass half empty over glass half full. If Sachin had scored past 100, I can bet million bucks I would've heard even more excuses and criticism. Its ok for Dhoni to get out on 8, Sehwag thrice to Sammy, Laxman on first ball he faces after overnight 32 is all forgotten but God forbid Sachin should ever FEEL the pressure in the 90s. Sachin contributed 94 to get closer to draw or minor possibility of win but hardly people think its good enough from him and this is the guy that needs to retire? Anything above 50 and less than 100 isn't good enough to people these days and NEVER helps the team. Right! Cricinfo please publish!

  • Percy_Fender on November 26, 2011, 4:32 GMT

    For the many people who think that this West Indies side is not upto scratch, I can tell you that this side has it in it to go right to the top. And very soon too. They can handle any kind of bowling and has the bowling attack that can test even very good batsman. On a green top, Edwards Rampaul and Roach can destroy any team. None other than Ricky Ponting, one of the greatest batsmen of all time has vouched for what a well led West Indies team can do. And what is more, they have a most enviable bench strength. There are oohs and aahs about Bishoo. But there is one Sunil Narine who could be brilliant as well. Darren Bravo,Kirk Edwards and Kieran Powell make,a combination almost like Greenidge,and Richards and Kallicharan were in 1974. I feel this West Indies deserves much respect if not awe yet. In Sammy, they almost have a poor man's Frank Worrell.He is not given his due because he is smiling all the time. We generally respect the serious minded types ! Congratulations to Sammy's WI.

  • on November 26, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    sachin is atleast scoring runs.... rest r nt even doing that :-D

  • on November 26, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    I wish WI should get all out before lunch. There is a fair chance of chasing 260+, Sachin can still make a century.....

  • pranavcrazyguy on November 26, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    @Randy02

    Who regards him below Ponting, Lara and Hussey? (Hussey!) Let alone "far below"? Have you and I followed cricket on different planets in the last 20 years? Perhaps only you think he is "far below" these players. Everyone is below Bradman.

  • on November 26, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    oops he missed out yet another chance to claim it against a weak opposition, what will happen to him in Aus against Aus n real cricketing wickets haha

  • AKG0479 on November 26, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    I always told.. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar can only be out of Centuries or out of Form !

  • nlambda on November 26, 2011, 3:52 GMT

    @RandyOz: SRT is regarded below Hussey, Punter, and Lara? Really? Why not add Michael Clarke to the list as well :-)

  • aryan_ab on November 26, 2011, 3:50 GMT

    RandyOZ : We dont need your inputs to decide who is the better batsman among the players whose name you took !!

  • orangtan on November 26, 2011, 3:25 GMT

    Agree the whole thing is hyped up a great deal, so what if he scores 100 centuries , he has played more than anyone else. And look at his Test average, it's now lower than those of Kallis and Sangakkara. If he can continue to contribute the 70s and 90s, we should be thankful for that. It will certainly be needed Down Under, where I would take 6 knocks averaging 60-70 rather than one century and a string of low scores. But why does RandyOZ call him a " selfish batsman", that is uncalled for and hitting below the belt, down under as it were !!

  • on November 26, 2011, 3:12 GMT

    Oops one more miss, that too short of only 6 runs!!!! come on sachin waiting for that 100th ton.

  • on November 26, 2011, 3:05 GMT

    Test matches involving India in coming days will be filled with this expectaction until that moment arrives and it will reach a crescendo when Tendulkar is at the crease with his willow.

  • on November 26, 2011, 3:04 GMT

    Excellent article Hunter. You captured the emotional state of the mind of the faceless fans (which includes me) of Sachin Ten(hundred)dulkar...Let the great man get his 100 at his own pace. I recall the remark by Gautam Gambhir, "More than Sachin getting his hunded, the team winning is important". Lets keep things simple in cricket, silly.

  • on November 26, 2011, 2:27 GMT

    On a side note, we still have a chance to watch Sachin's 100th century.

  • on November 26, 2011, 2:08 GMT

    Hey the above comments are right - he is meant to have it in Australia - with all the hype in India (and the logical unemotional fact of 10 times on him not making it - 4 times overnight is the other reason he did not get it today)

  • on November 26, 2011, 2:02 GMT

    well done guys, keep the fire burning.

  • RandyOZ on November 26, 2011, 2:01 GMT

    Selfish batsman Tendulkar. THis is why he is regarded far below the likes of Bradman, Punter, Hussey, Lara, etc.

  • BillyBlue on November 26, 2011, 0:47 GMT

    Thank God he did not get the century here. Australia is a much better opposition & will offer better venues than the flat lifeless pitches here, to do justice to the occasion & the man. Plus a motivated Sachin against Aus is a plus for Ind :)

  • inefekt on November 26, 2011, 0:33 GMT

    He's just another human being. You people need some perspective.

  • on November 26, 2011, 0:30 GMT

    i was in my meeting, msg came from my colleague...six...t'kar 93, first day i was really smiling in that meeting....5 minutes later..again a msg....very happy to open that to c 100 hundred....but sadly it was t'kar out...but i can keep my enthusiasm for him always

  • here2rock on November 25, 2011, 23:25 GMT

    He is too worried about it. Just free your mind and have fund then you will get it.

  • on November 25, 2011, 23:04 GMT

    If he can't manage to score it against the West Indies I wonder what will happen against the Australians ha.

  • on November 25, 2011, 21:13 GMT

    i am an indian, but seriously get over sachin. its not that big a deal if he gets his 100th 100 or watever

  • on November 25, 2011, 20:31 GMT

    What a discriptin of the day.....hats off to you man,this is one article which I would save it in my PC for lifetime....

  • zico123 on November 25, 2011, 20:30 GMT

    no worries Sachin you will get it in the ODI series against WI

  • on November 25, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    I am from Pakistan. A batsmen after crossing 90 is always under some pressure but the hype that has been created by the fans and the media about that 100th hundred is putting Sachin under a lot of unnecessary pressure. I am a big fan of Sachin and also desperate to see him achieve that astounding landmark. But why he twice got close to achieving that feat and just fell short recently is because he is under intense pressure. I request all his fans and media to stay cool and indifferent and let him play his natural game. I hope he achieves that feat before finally he calls it a day.

  • Nampally on November 25, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    Tendulkar after his elbow surgery was getting out on the "Cut" shot. When he realised this, he eliminated that shot against Australia & got a double century. He should have eliminated that shot again at least till he got his century knowing his fallibility to this shot. This is the third time that he missed his chance & second one against WI. I think Sachin's concentration & focus is not as good as of past. He needs to play straight bat shots once he gets into 80's if he wants his 100th century at all. Otherwise he will be falling short. Rampal & Gibson knew about this and tried to bowl accordingly.It was most unfortunate because the crowd came to see this landmark event but went home disappointed.Many Fans in North America & Canada were also watching this game on PC late at night, incl. myself, & were disappointed. Well we will have to wait till the Australian tour since Sachin is not in the ODI squad. Bad Luck Sachin. I am sure you are more disappointed than any of your fans.

  • on November 25, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    Disappointment all over the world for those fans who put their work apart and sat before the match......

  • on November 25, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    hahahaha....better luck next time !!!!

  • Hurricane08 on November 25, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    It was good to see the crowd go behind Ashwin once Tendulkar missed out on his ton. But there was a strange irony to all this - the Indian fan seems more interested in individual milestones than a team victory. Is it because historically victories eluded India and individual milestones of a Vinoo Mankad or Sunil Gavaskar were the few things an Indian fan could be proud about? Even if that were true, the fact is that we are now in a new era - with enough talent in the team to demand more victories. Tendulkar himself seems to have played the game with the same mindset - target a century irrespective of what the team is facing. Ashwin's fluent century should itself be a lesson to Tendulkar on how to steer a team without having a milestone at the back of your head.

  • Beazle on November 25, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    The Indian obsession with statistical individual glory is something the rest of the world finds extremely puzzling. For the rest of us-the team comes first. It is not insignificant that in his first 232 innings, SRT had 24 not out innings whereas Lara had only 6.

  • on November 25, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    it would be far more memorable if he scores it in australia........blessing in disguise maybe....wonderful innings anyway.

  • on November 25, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    very emotional article.Sachin is going to get his 100th ton in boxing day at MCG in front of thousands.

  • Rakim on November 25, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    It's ok Indian fans. A 100 against Aussies will be more impressive and important; and it might be a hundred which actually help India win a test match.

  • BMayuresh on November 25, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    'Why did he play that?'.... the answer is simple, he too wants the long awaited century to come against the attack he enjoys to slaughter : THE AUSSIE's.

  • on November 25, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    one of the best articles i hv come across about sachin.. Read it to believe hw fanatic sachin's fans can be..

  • on November 25, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    ' Today my mother asked me why I was wasting my time - even if Tendulkar gets his century it wouldn't help my future' - brought a smile to my face ...exactly what my dear mother used to tell me when I used to watch cricket around exam time. Despite being a die-hard cricket follower, I fortunately listened to her, and have reaped the benefits of that very sound piece of advice.

  • m_ilind on November 25, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    How many times has he been out in the 90's? A few years ago, he had a string of scores in the 90's before getting a 100. What will Indian cricket be without Sachin? he adds the drama and excitement to the fans.

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on November 25, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    So the media will continue to hype it every innings he couldn't?A really sad sad thing.

  • on November 25, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    Doesnt matter one bit..!!!!those 94 runs are valuable as well...!!What was heartening was the fact that the Wankhede gave him a standing ovation and not booed him like they did back in 2006...and stayed on to watch a brilliant hundred from Ashwin!!

  • Gupta.Ankur on November 25, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    Tendulkar is truly a great ambassador of the game and operates in the most saint like manner....

    Tendulkar is the best the world has seen on the field and off the field carrying expectation of an entire nation.....in such a dignified manner......

    Great people have critics, but only because criticizing him makes them relevant.....

  • cricchic on November 25, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    Hard Luck SRT...Next time..don't worry your self..Can't wait for him to get this 100..100 so we can move on with cricket as normal...

  • loung_singh on November 25, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    i think bcci shud try india 2 play bangladesh or zimbabwe so dat sachin gets his century..

  • here2rock on November 25, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    Sachin could end up like Bradman, instead of average of 99.00. with 99 hundreds!

  • on November 25, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    just get over fellas. its not gonna solve world economic crisis

  • on November 25, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    Agony followed by stunned silence at the Wankhade. Nothing in Cricket is more heart breaking than seeing Sachin get out. It feels like punching a screwdriver in my Heart.

  • chesumsne on November 25, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    Awww..... what a sad tale....

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  • chesumsne on November 25, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    Awww..... what a sad tale....

  • on November 25, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    Agony followed by stunned silence at the Wankhade. Nothing in Cricket is more heart breaking than seeing Sachin get out. It feels like punching a screwdriver in my Heart.

  • on November 25, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    just get over fellas. its not gonna solve world economic crisis

  • here2rock on November 25, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    Sachin could end up like Bradman, instead of average of 99.00. with 99 hundreds!

  • loung_singh on November 25, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    i think bcci shud try india 2 play bangladesh or zimbabwe so dat sachin gets his century..

  • cricchic on November 25, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    Hard Luck SRT...Next time..don't worry your self..Can't wait for him to get this 100..100 so we can move on with cricket as normal...

  • Gupta.Ankur on November 25, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    Tendulkar is truly a great ambassador of the game and operates in the most saint like manner....

    Tendulkar is the best the world has seen on the field and off the field carrying expectation of an entire nation.....in such a dignified manner......

    Great people have critics, but only because criticizing him makes them relevant.....

  • on November 25, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    Doesnt matter one bit..!!!!those 94 runs are valuable as well...!!What was heartening was the fact that the Wankhede gave him a standing ovation and not booed him like they did back in 2006...and stayed on to watch a brilliant hundred from Ashwin!!

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on November 25, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    So the media will continue to hype it every innings he couldn't?A really sad sad thing.

  • m_ilind on November 25, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    How many times has he been out in the 90's? A few years ago, he had a string of scores in the 90's before getting a 100. What will Indian cricket be without Sachin? he adds the drama and excitement to the fans.