India v West Indies, 2nd Test, Mumbai

Mumbai curator won't be swayed by Tendulkar emotion

Nagraj Gollapudi in Mumbai

November 11, 2013

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Sachin Tendulkar watches proceedings at Eden Gardens, India v West Indies, 1st Test, Kolkata, 3rd day, November 8, 2013
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Sudhir Naik, the curator at the Wankhede stadium, wants Sachin Tendulkar to score a century in his 200th and final Test, which begins in Mumbai on November 14, but made it clear the batsman would not get any favours as far as the pitch was concerned.

"I will be happy if he gets a hundred because I want that," Naik told ESPNcricinfo as he was busy giving the final touches to the ground. "I also want the century because he is our boy, Bombay boy. He has done so well all his career, so let people remember him forever ki isne last match main bhi sau banaya (because he made a century in his last match).

"He is good enough to do it himself. He does not need my help. This wicket is good enough for batting so that might automatically help him," Naik said. "It will be an emotional one, definitely, because I have seen him right from his first day in first-class cricket till the day he leaves the game. So not seeing him again will be difficult. But we have rules and norms to follow so my emotions will not get in the way of my work."

According to Naik, neither has anyone from the BCCI issued a directive to make a particular kind of surface, nor will he be under duress himself. "I will be under no pressure for any match because my approach is simple," he said. "I have to prepare something which is good for cricket."

Naik is presently in his second stint as curator for the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), where he has served in other roles too. His first term began in 1986 but he left disappointed and angry after the 1996 World Cup, having received no acknowledgement from the MCA managing committee for the hard work he had put into relaying the Wankhede pitch and the outfield, in addition to refurbishing the entire ground as well as raising the floodlights.

However, after the infamous Test between India and Australia in 2004 ended in three days despite most of the first being washed out, the MCA asked Naik to come back. The first match of his second stint was the India-England Test in 2006, when the visitors won on the final day. Naik is proud that his pitches have lasted long and helped both batsmen and bowlers.

"My approach is I always prepare a sporting wicket," he said. "If I am correct, every Test match I have been the curator of has lasted till the fifth day, except the four-day Test against England in December 2012."

Although he has no count of the number of Tests for which he has been head groundsman, Naik is aware that Tendulkar has scored only one century at the Wankhede - against Sri Lanka in 1997. Naik was not the curator at the time. In 10 Tests at this venue, Tendulkar has scored 847 runs at an average of 47.05, and though he has only one hundred, he has made two scores in the 90s.

It is understood the Wankhede pitch will stay firmer than the abrasive surface at Eden Gardens, which Darren Sammy said resembled a fourth-day pitch on the eve of the Test. There was uneven bounce throughout the Kolkata Test and the ball also deviated sharply off the surface. The groundsman had not had enough time to bind the wicket properly because of unseasonal rains in the lead-up to the match.

The Wankhede wicket, however, is expected to offer good bounce to the bowlers as well stay firm and only wear off gradually. Naik is confident it will last the whole five days. He knows that Tendulkar will come and have a quiet word with him about the pitch, as he always does. He complimented Naik and his team after the 2011 World Cup final for preparing a "nice wicket," appropriate for a good ODI contest.

According to Naik, it was harder to prepare the pitch for the World Cup final than it is for Tendulkar's farewell Test. "It was a fresh wicket and people were worried about whether there will be bounce and how it will behave. This match, not many would be bothered, because the focus and attention will be on Sachin."

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by royals1986 on (November 13, 2013, 13:56 GMT)

@ sachin_vvsfan . For your information dravid and ganguly were making a start in to the one day cricket , unlike sachin who took almost 5 yrs to score his 1st odi century 110 v/s Australia (9 Sep 1994). Remember 1999 world cup who was the highest run scorer for India it was Dravid (your so called Slow batsman) Remember the Sahara Cup in Canada, who was the highest run scorer it was ganguly. Remember the Independence Cup 1997 where Saeed Anwar scored 194, this guy dravid gave all his soul to score 107 against Pakistan and restore some dignity to the India innings. The fact that Dravid was written off by all as a ODI batsman and still managed to be amongst the top 5 run scorers in ODI is itself a great thing. And all of us here are only talking about Sachin.

Posted by rosuppiah1981 on (November 13, 2013, 11:16 GMT)

If Tendulkar is GOD , why is it that the statistician Ananth Narayan did NOT include even a single test century in his study of the 100 best - VVS Laxman''s 281 was ranked high but Sachin's name was conspicuous in its absence ?

Dravid , Laxman , Sehwag , Gavaskar and Vishy have played more match winning knocks than GOD - Also when the going was tough , specially in the second innings of a test march , Tendulkar faltered- In this regard , Laxman was supreme

Let us put things in perspective , Sachin was a very good batsman but he was NOT GOD - Personally , I would rank Lara , Laxman ,Dravid , Gavaskar above Sachin

Posted by   on (November 13, 2013, 9:50 GMT)

Sachin is a great Bats man i he world, one more great thing he recorded that , Cricket is a team game and Sachin contributes 90% (in some matches 100%) in most of the matches, India loses because the rest 10 players cant contribute even 50%. As an opener his average run rate is just some, and his runs give bowler and fielders to fight.

Posted by popcorn on (November 13, 2013, 8:01 GMT)

Oh, don't I remember that 2004 Test match! Pup got 6 wickets for 9 on a dust bowl of an unplayable pitch and we lost.To add insult to injury,the so -called curator was a former Indian Test batsman, Polly Umrigar, who thought he had prepared a great wicket! Sic.ICC should have declared that match null and void.

Posted by Naresh28 on (November 13, 2013, 6:54 GMT)

@ramakrishnan - the pitch is the same for 21 other players?

Posted by giantz2k7 on (November 13, 2013, 6:30 GMT)

You cannot satisfy everyone!! If Sachin scores 100 in his last match, everyone, especially Sachin haters, is going to start writing comments that Curator prepared the pitch in a way so that Sachin could score hundred. Sachin deserves due respect like other great batsman game of cricket has produced such as Sir Vivian Richards, Sir Gary Sobers, Brian Lara, Sunil Gavaskar, Ricky Ponting, Don Bradman. Congrats Sachin for your 200th Test & Chanderpaul for 150th Test. Thanks Sachin for giving 24 years of life to this game that you have always cherished and loved.

Posted by Johnny_129 on (November 13, 2013, 2:09 GMT)

It is true that SRT should have retired straight after the WC win. However, players sometimes have a desire and live for the game - many have faulted with the timing of their retirement. One can not pick on SRT for that - He is human after all and has been playing for the country since he was 16 yrs of age! Batsmen go through good and bad phases but longevity needs to be taken into account when judging a player - SRT has scored about a third more runs then is nearest rival! Enough said.

Posted by   on (November 13, 2013, 0:44 GMT)

.a batsman should be judjed by how well he plays when the conditions are loaded in fovour of the bowlers. not just by statistics. in this respect no indian batsman come near vishwanath. in terms of sheer class vishy is the best batsman india has produced.

Posted by buda81 on (November 12, 2013, 17:17 GMT)

@ Al_Bundy1: It would be great atleast if you had argued with some facts. As per cricinfo stats the avg for the time-period you mentioned is not 21 but it is 34.6. Name a player in current generation i can tell you the stats where in some phase of his career the player has averaged something similar or less than Sachin for 39 innings. History proves any player who has played for long will face slump in his form at sometime or other. He is considered either best or second best to lara by almost all the bowlers who played the game in his generation. Even Sir Bradman acknowledged that his technique resembles something of his own. I think all these players might not have passed these comments just like that. I am not asking you to become a sachin fan but atleast try to give respect to what he has achieved.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (November 12, 2013, 15:45 GMT)

Curator wouldn't say he prepared a batting paradise. Would he? Just wait and watch.

Posted by IPSY on (November 12, 2013, 15:35 GMT)

Al_Bundy1, It is 3 CONSECUTIVE YEARS (less one month) since Tendulkar has been trying to score a 100. His average since 2nd January, 2011 is 21.55. He has tried in 39 innings - not half a dozen innings; not one score; not one dozen, not 2 scores; not 2 dozens; not 3 scores; not 3 dozens - it is one innings less than 4 score innings he has been trying and failing. But other players such as Chanderpaul, who is also in his 40th year has been scoring 100s at will, once he has partners at the other end, yet I hear the bias pundits trying to rate Tendulkar above Chanderpaul - when the proof is right before their eyes, and not only now - Shiv is the only batsman I know who has never been out of form, while playing for 22 years! On the other hand, Tendulkar's out-of-form stints have been so regular that one must question why he has been allowed to play for so long, and deprive younger players a chance to showcase their talent to the world?

Posted by   on (November 12, 2013, 15:11 GMT)

Friends, why are we getting into these inconsequential discussions. Sachin is the greatest batsman India has produced and probably world has seen. He is a genius and all of us agree. This is his last appearance so lets wholeheartedly give the farewell he richly deserves.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (November 12, 2013, 13:00 GMT)

Tendulkar was a great player in his prime. But during the last 2-3 years, he has been averaging 30 runs. Do you think any team would play a top order batsman who has been averaging 30? I don't think so. SRT was great, but he should have retired after World Cup 2011. By continuing to play, he deprived an entire young generation of batsmen like Badrinath, Manoj Tiwary, Rahane, etc.

Posted by   on (November 12, 2013, 11:06 GMT)

To much of importance to Sachin. He might be a great player ,he should have retired soon after world cup. Now on merits he will not qualify to be a member of the Indian team.

Posted by   on (November 12, 2013, 10:32 GMT)

From the horse's mouth about the Mumbai pitch

Posted by Valavan on (November 12, 2013, 9:34 GMT)

@All, i can just laugh at all you guys keep on saying sachin dominated ambrose, Wasim and Waqar, Sachin played 5 tests against Ambrose and 5 tests alongside Wasim and Waqar. Can you show when did he dominate, you wanted to say 92 at Port of Spain in 1997 or the 136 at Chennai in 1999. I even dont want to include 1989 because that was the series both sachin and waqar began their careers. If you all gonna confuse tests with ODIs, i am sorry, i am speaking merely about TESTS as sachin retires from TESTS now. NO Doubt he is a great batsman.

Posted by   on (November 12, 2013, 9:27 GMT)

As a die hard sachin fan, the most upsetting thing is that no matter what happens, Sachin can win no glory. If Sachin fails, the naysayers will have a field day saying he was past his due date. If he scores well, they will say it was a flat track and a weak attack. He just cannot win. the fact that most of these Sachin haters are Indians makes my heart ache. This man is a national treasure and the disrepect he is shown in these comments is absolutely pathetic.

Posted by Valavan on (November 12, 2013, 9:22 GMT)

@All, take it easy guys, Tendulkar had certain advantages, so does others as well, As per statistics, Tendulkar played more and scored more. Imagine the training facilities in 1930s, 1940s, does anyone think it was outstanding by Bradman to make use of availabe limited resources, Tendulkar never played in uncovered pitches, Tendulkar played all over the world when compared to bradman. Tendulkar played in hectic cricket schedules, there are always advantages and disadvantages playing in different era. As far as i say, Tendulkar stands along side Bradman, Sobers, Lara, Kallis, Ponting, Gavaskar. He does not stand on top of all. This comparison is limited to Test Cricket since there was no ODIs existed during the time of Bradman. Eventhough @throughthelense was harsh on Sachin, but what he said is truth, Tendulkar faced Ambrose only in 1997 series, waqar and wasim in 1989 and 1999. Did he really dominate them when he played, look at stats before posting, cricinfo please publish.

Posted by Rohit... on (November 12, 2013, 9:14 GMT)

@ Al_Bundy1 : We all love Sachin Records more than Sachin.... That guy seems to have all the records present in Cricket... And About Bradman, he has not faced Turning Tracks or any Great Spinner or have played limited over cricket... He only played TUK TUK Cricket on 3/4 Grounds where the conditions remain the same... In My Opinion, Ponting is better than Bradman because he has played in all the formats in all the conditions... When Ponting is considered to be 2nd Best to Sachin, How can Bradman be better than Sachin???? Moreover SACHIN IS NOT JUST ABOUT THE RUNS HE HAS SCORED... HE ROSE ABOVE ALL THE RECORDS... THE RESPECT THAT HE RECEIVES EVEN FROM THE OPPOSITION IS JUST A TINY SALT GRAIN IN THE SEA OF SACHIN GREATNESS.

Posted by Great_Chucker on (November 12, 2013, 8:04 GMT)

@Susmitha Olga Eric ...Bradman played in a era where there was no TV analysis which pointed a batsman weakness...he played mostly in english and Aus condition...its not fair to compare people of different generations & condtions

Posted by   on (November 12, 2013, 6:06 GMT)

@ar.d, Bradman could have played as many matches as Sachin played if the schedule was as crowded then as it is now. Also to mention, Bradman too have faced many good bowlers during his time. I reckon that the bowling units of teams during his era were far stronger when compared to that of today. Also, Tendulkar has a high average, but there are many people close to him in terms of average. Considering them all greats would not be right. Bradman did not have any body even close to him during his time. So, I am pretty sure Bradman is far greater than Tendulkar.

Posted by ar.d. on (November 11, 2013, 22:42 GMT)

Another big one is when comparing his with other greats, somehow his longevity is been viewed as a negative for sheer otherworldly stats of his been just called 'byproduct' of that. As far as I have seen, him bat against Wasims and Waqars, Murlis and Warnes, Ambroses and Donalds, Walshes and Mcgraths, just to name a few, over and over, and everywhere. Suddenly that longevity looks more like the most remarkable thing he has had, and dare I say, no one else has ever had it. Can one naysayer put this question the right way, Why only Sachin has lasted this long with such consistent performances. Just compare greats from his era with honest and you will find the answer. Sachin is the greatest of this era, period. And one can never compare him with Bradman, just because sheer difference of times when they played the game.

Posted by bappcric on (November 11, 2013, 21:49 GMT)

It is always difficult to compare batsmen from different eras - just by looking at their stats. A batsman is only as good as the bowling ALLOWS him to be - we all know. Having said that, Bradman's record was so much better than the next person in his era ( with sizeable number of test caps ) that we HAVE to leave him beyond any comparison or doubts. As for the rest with average between 50 and 60 AND a good strike rate, they are ALL very close. Some have pitches or easier bowlers going for them, some had good fellow batsmen/team going for them, some have low crowd expectations working in their favor. It is easy to dominate the bowling or show no nerves when you are always 150/1 and you have 2,3,4 tear away fast bowlers ready to pounce.

Posted by Santhosh.R on (November 11, 2013, 20:37 GMT)

The way he carried the burden will not get erased from our memories at any time. Now people are comparing virath kholi with him. People has to think the amount of pressure that he had between 1996 to 2009, it was really high. People always need him to score 100 whenever he enters into the ground. He also faced lot of quality bowlers like Mcgrath,Walsh,Ambrose,Murali,warne,donald,pollack etc.. Now a days there is no such bowlers across the team, so scoring 100 will not be the matter.

Please give respect to our GOD.

Posted by   on (November 11, 2013, 20:13 GMT)

Well said vish2020. Just wanted to add to the list Alan Donald, Shaun Pollack, Shoaib, the inventor of doosra Sqlain, Steyn, Merv Huge etc and most of them debut in front of him and most of them have retired and Sachin still playing and made 200 in ODI just 2-3 years ago and a little before that he had made 175 while chasing against Australia. 100 centuries ( and about 25 missed in the scores of 90s and many because of poor decisions) and 50000 run are made by him. Even if some losers think that he plays for himself still these runs and hundreds are made while playing for India a the highest level and not in his backyard. I don't remember any of them was slow because of which we lost, yes we lost on many occasions but it is a team game. And for losers I must tell that Sachin still holds the record of 17 ODI centuries while chasing. Kohli will beat that eventually but as of now Sachin has it.

Posted by vish2020 on (November 11, 2013, 19:33 GMT)

@Al_Bundy1.. Bradman can only be as good as Sachin if he plays against wasim, waqar, McGrath, warne, murli, embrose etc. so till then, take your overrated creation and sleep well

Posted by kalyanbk on (November 11, 2013, 19:24 GMT)

@throughthelense - One can understand that you may not be a fan of sachin but the fact that you spend time to make so many posts showcase how much that person has entered people's minds. You say that world records should be like a highest score. Tendulkar was the first man to reach 200 in an ODI which was then the highest score. I believe he also had a record for runs scored before being dismissed in the last test match against Australia and the Pakistan series that followed in 2003/4. Sure some celebration maybe over the top but there is a reason why a billion people stood still when he batted and turned the TV off when Sachin got out. That is something greater than all records.

Posted by Unmesh_cric on (November 11, 2013, 19:22 GMT)

@Tvaranitra, very well said!

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (November 11, 2013, 18:59 GMT)

I want Tendulkar to score a duck in his last inning. That way all his worshippers can claim that he was as good as Bradman. After all, who loves personal records more than Tendulkar himself ??

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (November 11, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

A pitch that is good for batting AND bowling is one with a true bounce and some grass on the surface. When you have that, the batsmen can play their shots and the bowlers will find pace and bounce to induce edges to the slips and keeper. This is what Mr. Naik meant. Some people here have ZERO knowledge on pitches and cricket in general. Yet, they waltz in and comment nonsense. The Mumbai pitch has ALWAYS been a sportive one. It provides good matches in first class cricket and has also been the venue for some real humdingers in tests. Fans of test cricket will enjoy what this match will bring. It will bring in all the players into contention.

Posted by Frayninho21 on (November 11, 2013, 17:34 GMT)

The pitch might last 5 days but I'm not so sure the Windies will...

Posted by throughthelense on (November 11, 2013, 16:44 GMT)

Friends, I feel that nature also conspired in Sachin attaining the height. Had he not been the darling of the corporate world, he would have faced the axe many a times. Vested interest ensured his longevity, besides, of course talent. But Indian media, and partisan fans made him what he is. Foreign players, and commentators knew which side of the bread to butter. Don't we all know how a former Englishmen walked away with an advertisement assignment by singing paeans of average Indian players and making them world class. Which of Sachin's world records is really a world record? Highest number of runs come when you play the highest number of matches. The actual world record are highest score, highest wickets, consecutive hundreds, etc. Here a player who gets a chance to play even 1 or 5 test match can try his luck. Sachin's record are more a result of statistics-obsessed Indians and Indian media. Period

Posted by Tvaranitra on (November 11, 2013, 16:26 GMT)

No one is greater than the game. Giving a farewell is good but should not go overboard. I am a great fan of Tendlya but everyone will have their own their heroes, for me it is always Viv & Azhar (for his wristy style) and the way they make batting look so easy

Gavaskar and Gundappa are way beyond class acts, they have faced one of the best of the best bowling attacks (not discounting Tendlya). The great west Indian quartet was the most fearsome and not less to mention the Lillies and Thomsons.

On Kapil , not just for sixes but he showed that India can win on big stage and I truly believe he's a catalyst in making people take the game and after the 83 world cup Cricket craze has taken over the nation.

Sachin is a legend and will be a legend forever and so are other unsung Indian heroes like Dravid,Laxman,Solkar. The game Cricket is way bigger than individuals and I think Sachin also feels the same and salute to the little master for all he has given to us & Cricket.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (November 11, 2013, 16:24 GMT)

@Clint Nelson "Then Ganguly came in 1992, and became India's premier batsman in ODIs- always making runs"

That just tells that your comments cannot be taken seriously let alone evaluating the stats that you made up(which were proved to be inaccurate by some other fans). Ganguly(and Dravid) established themselves in 1996 in England and were vieewd as Test batsmen(Its only in early 2000 Ganguly established himself as top odi batsmen and Dravid still as slow batsmen)

I have been following Indian cricket regularly since 1996 and none of the batsman you mentioned gave as much joy as Sachin. When it comes to ODI cricket it was one man army Sachin mid 90s to early 2k. Azhar was a spent force in the later part of 90s and Sidhu scripted his own downfall. Other players do not warrant a comparision.

And how about watching that 17 year old boys century in England? You do know that it gives more joy to watch that than the Ganguly/Dravids debut century in Eng)

Posted by   on (November 11, 2013, 15:50 GMT)

When Sachin was at his peak in terms of age and form, India wasn't winning that much. In most tournaments in which Sachin starred, he would help India reach semi final or final and then, that's it from him. He wouldn't last that long in semis or finals. I always thought, India would have had a better success rate in winning tournaments if we had benched Sachin in the final rounds of a tournament. That all changed in the Dhoni era, were players are willing to take different roles according to different situations/stages of a game. But no blame to Sachin. There were some mentors including Gavaskar, lobbied for Sachin to bat up in the order not only to avoid pressure situations but also to build up individual statistics. I don't think Sachin faced that much pressure like many people comment, including foreign players. He is a very gifted batsman, but not built for tough situations.

Posted by Sandeep.Kothapalli on (November 11, 2013, 15:46 GMT)

@Clint Nelson : Please don't give wrong stats to prove your point. From 1989-1994,in his first five years according to cricinfo statsguru he scored 8 100's with 52.71 average in tests and 3 centuries and 35.94 average in ODI's. Agarkar had the fastest 50 wickets record till 2009 and that does not make him a better bowler than McGrath or Dale Steyn. Also Warne himself said he had nightmares when Sachin played in sharjah and you seem to know more than the bowler about who destroyed him.

Posted by   on (November 11, 2013, 15:34 GMT)

@Clint Nelson....Really!!! Your are grossly wrong yourself and telling someone else the same. You said Sachin was a flop in the first 5 years and did not score a hundred in first 5 years. Well his First was 119 not out in second innings of 2nd Test against England in England Mancheter. He main 68 in first innings and 199 no in second and was Man of the Match...hows that and mark it it was only his second series and 6th test out of which 2 were rained out in Pakistan. It was his 3rd fifty and first fifty when he was 16-17 years old. Secondly Ganguli arrived in 1992 to play 1 One day game and then was dropped for 4 years until 1996. Don't say that players like Ganguli arrived in 1992. By the time Ganguli really arrived with test Debut in 1996. Sachin had 10 hundereds and 15 fifties in tests (6 100s and 9 50s in first 5 yrs) and 10 hundreds and 31 fifties in One days. . Some of the things I remember but more can be dug out of Archives in ESPNCricinfo.com and help yourself.

Posted by chapathishot on (November 11, 2013, 15:34 GMT)

@ Clint Nelson: Yes I agree with you that Azhar and Sidhu were consistent early in their careers but Sidhu was not dropped but was not selected for disciplinary reasons and casualness caused the downfall of Azhar .Same can be said for Sanjay and Vinod Kambli and others you mentioned as they were good initially but gradually degenrated.Ganguly came in 92 but got his spot only in 96.Sachin batted after or just before Kapil in his initial years and has to hit out all the time or save the innings .so the lower average or not having a century then was due to circumstances.Once he started opening he was consistent ,Any body who got below average marks in initial semesters will know how much more you have to score in the later semesters to get the average.So he scored more than 50 in his later years to make the career average high.Sachin is a great batsman no doubt but has an obsession with the numbers.And I am not a sachin fan

Posted by   on (November 11, 2013, 15:33 GMT)

To those guys who are working for someone else. Don't take leave for 5 days. 3 days may perhaps suffice; but to be on the safer side, take 4 days!

Posted by throughthelense on (November 11, 2013, 15:29 GMT)

Navneet, please check how many times Sachin faced Akram and Waqar in a single test match and the runs scored. He hardly faced Ambrose because India played very few test matches against WI. In one series, Ambrose did not come to India. Mohsin, you are talking of clean image. Ferrari custom duty, chartered accountant fee, 'Monkey Gate' and his role, DRS and his role. Carlos, his average against Australia is because of the not outs. Look at the number of failures he has against the same team.

Posted by   on (November 11, 2013, 14:55 GMT)

mohsin9975 You're grossly incorrect! When SRT made team India, M. Azharuddin was India's premier batsman in every sense of the word in both forms of the game. He was quite consistent (check his record). India also had Sidu, who too was very consistent - they were the guys who really destroyed Warne in India. Then Ganguly came in 1992, and became India's premier batsman in ODIs- always making runs. So they had Sidu, Manjreaker, A Jadeja, Kambli all making runs. All these guys with the exception of Azharuddin, Sidu and Manjreaker made the ODI team after Sachin, but they were more consistent than him - proof is that they all scored their first 1000, 2000, 3000 faster than him. And by the time the older guys retired, in came Dravid and Sehwag - their input is well documented. In fact, SRT failed in his first 5 years; didn't score a 100; averaged in the low 30s, but was never dropped, while the more consistent guys were dropped for far less failures - the reason for SRT's volume of matches

Posted by wolf777 on (November 11, 2013, 14:31 GMT)

Last time it was Tendulkar's 100th Century…same opposition…same ground…same Sudhir Naik…and he created a dead track…

Posted by   on (November 11, 2013, 14:09 GMT)

.....and I had less space too mention Murali and above all Warne...in my previous post.

Posted by   on (November 11, 2013, 14:08 GMT)

I think Tendulkar, Kallis, Ponting, Lara, and Dravid are the greatest batsman of this generation (Not in any particular order) with Sangakarra just missing out. I just Checked Tendulkars record and found that he averages more against Australia away from home and has scored 5 out of his 7 centuries against SA in SA. I don't get why people are in his back for scoring enough runs away from home or scoring match winning knocks. I can understand India's infatuation with him, and other people being aggravated by it but people need to give credit where credit is due. With Lara, Dravid. Ponting gone, now Tendulkar is retiring, and Kallis will soon follow, I think the baton has been handed to a new generation of batsmen.

Posted by Valavan on (November 11, 2013, 14:08 GMT)

@Navneet Datta, good analysis, if you know Gavaskar faced the most dangerous fast bowlers at their peak. Jeff Thompson, Lillee, Willies, famous quartet of Glorified Windies. Dont you think Gavaskar played in an era of redballs and no field restrictions. I can just say Tendulkar is a great batsmen in 90s and 2000s, but Gavaskar was a great batsmen produced between 70s and 80s and in NOWAY Tendulkar > Gavaskar. Thats why i said Cricket is bigger than any individual, in 1980s, it was believed nobody will reach 10000 other than gavaskar, now 1 billion fans say nobody can get close to tendulkar, who knows mate in 2025, some few individuals took over all records that are currently intact. cricinfo please publish

Posted by   on (November 11, 2013, 14:02 GMT)

Despite being a great Sachin fan I must say that Tendulkar had only 2 weaknesses throughout his carreer (Must mention all other batsmen had lot more) 1. He couldn't bat on moving & uneven bouncing wicket. 2) He got nervous in 90s and while finishing a chase like he succumbed chasing 350 against aus scoring 170, He succumbed against Pak in test in 1999 scoring 135, He scored only 1 100 & 8 nervous 90s in 2007 & scored 1 100 & 7 nervous 90 from March 201 till date

Posted by   on (November 11, 2013, 13:48 GMT)

@Valavan or whoever it matters. Yes, Sport is always above the individuals. But I remember watching Cricket very lightly from 1977-1982. A shot for four by Gavaskar was a thing of joy for us, sixers were rare until a hurricane came in 1983 Haryana Hurricane Kapil Dev. We went crazy about his bowling and he rightly deserved every ovation for making us feel that yes we can win. Still until late 80s it was mostly Gavaskar in tests that other teams wanted to get out and then win the match. As soon as Gavaskar retired in 1987 there was a vacuum in the batting. And then arrived 16 yr old Sachin. He not only had the charismatic batting but had the courage to face anyone anywhere around the world. The Kind of bowling Sachin has faced successfully I don't think anybody has faced in the world as successfully as Sachin, and that too in their peak Akram, Waqar, Ambrose, Mcgrath, Bishop, Sqlain, Pollack, Donald, Shoaib too name a few and then all these world records. Isn't that exceptional.

Posted by mohsin9975 on (November 11, 2013, 13:06 GMT)

@Valavan Yes, cricket is a team game and it will produce more players like SRT. But it was rarity to find world class sportsmen & heroes from India when SRT came and dominated d cricketing world. It was a 1st for an Indian to become No.1 batsmen in the world. He not only inspired budding indian cricketers but also indian athletes from other sports to aim for No.1. Adding to that, his clean public image made few to believe that he is GOD & is bigger than the game. He was bound to recieve a grand farewell bt BCCI went overboard & organised a special series with WI & cutting short an all important SA series. This is exactly opposite to what SRT has been striving all these years - a World Cup win & series victory in ENG, SA and AUS. The last 2 still remain unfulfilled. The manner in which BCCI has been manipulating other nations is shambolic & I am surprised that SRT has never objected to this sham. BCCI behaviour in last few years has been shameful to say the least.

Posted by anupkeni on (November 11, 2013, 12:54 GMT)

Preparing a rank turner pitch in Mumbai may backfire on team India as it did last year against England. Hope this pitch is a lot better for batting than what it was against England last year.

Posted by   on (November 11, 2013, 12:46 GMT)

@Valavan... There is a huge difference between FACT and OPINION. Not all Sachin's centuries resulted in wins because it's a team sport - this is FACT. Sachin being considered a legend by billion fans (and GOD by a lot many millions) is purely an OPINION and an emotion that Indians carry. Don't mix up things mate.

Posted by   on (November 11, 2013, 11:39 GMT)

Just give him a warm send off n not pressurize him to sign off with a century, if it happens then its gr8, nevertheless, he deserves a standing ovation from the entire nation for having served the country for more than 20 years

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (November 11, 2013, 11:34 GMT)

@Valavan How many Kallis scored in Aus and how many helped them win the games? Or How many Ponting got in India and how many did he win. Please answer.

Posted by Valavan on (November 11, 2013, 11:31 GMT)

@cricdew, yes you agree cricket is a team game. then why one person is considered more than the game itself. Cricket can produce more SRT, BCL, GDM or MM in the future. No need hypes, Tendulkar became famous because of cricket but not the otherway round. cricinfo please publish.

Posted by   on (November 11, 2013, 11:20 GMT)

Tendulkar is one of the fewest Indian Batsmen who has done well irrespective of the country and type of pitch he is playing on. I really wish he finishes it in style(century :P) Keep up the good work Naik.

Posted by mohsin9975 on (November 11, 2013, 11:16 GMT)

@Cricdew Rightly said. Cricket is a team game. It is not his fault that the other batsmen and bowlers could never contribute enough for a win. SRT has always laid a winning template but unfortunately had no support from the other end. Had he debuted after 2000, maybe most of his hundreds would be in a winning cause becoz india had dravid, ganguly, sehwag, VVS and zaheer to take india to the finish line.

Posted by S.Jagernath on (November 11, 2013, 10:52 GMT)

@Tariq Shah.Yes,Sachin Tendulkar has as good a record in South Africa as he does at The Wankhede.So it doesn't make much of a difference.He actually has more centuries at Newlands than at his home ground.

Posted by S.Jagernath on (November 11, 2013, 10:50 GMT)

It should be a brilliant surface,it always is at Mumbai & it can be a very difficult place to score runs.Sachin Tendulkar does not have to get a century,but some time in the middle for us just to admire his genius one last time would be enough.A few wrist whips in the innings he plays would be good too.

Posted by Cricdew on (November 11, 2013, 10:01 GMT)

@Valavan...........Do you know cricket is a team sport???.........11 players are there.and out off 11,at least 8-9 should have to contribute it properly.......Now if you have look on Australians(1995-2008).....They all have simulataneously played well in all department ..thats why they have much more winning percentage........If Ricky,or Martyn,or Hayden,or Gilly made hundereds then Warne,Mcgrath,Gillespie were there to complement them........So dont ask these funny things ...if you know cricket....you don't have right to point a fingure on legend OK...Please publish

Posted by Sandt on (November 11, 2013, 9:31 GMT)

Tariq Shah@ what should sachin prove now.He had done enough in his career to show the world why he is legend.He had scored runs all over the world against all the modern bowlers in his Era.So nothing to prove for him.Now he is old and definitely his scoring ability and reflexes has come down.But proving to some one is not needed for him

Posted by   on (November 11, 2013, 9:16 GMT)

Watching Sachin since almost 1992 and being his fan, I don't want him to retire, everyone expected this after SA tour, but I am still not shocked or even surprised about his announcement. Its little early and good to see BCCI has given him an option to chose where to play his last match. Really not feeling anything as I have seen Sachin struggling for runs since the last world cup and he is not able to reach/match the 50% of the standards set by himself at this level. There is no need for someone like Sachin's capability to stay further even when he is struggling. Quiet happy to see he is retiring after an year of Dravid's and Laxman's. Hope the youngsters made use of this time with Sachin in test cricket. Everyone inclduding opposition knows what is Sachin. Expect to see someone else take over his place, looks like Rohit is the one for that No.4 or 5 with kohli being the another option. I feel the WI team is very lucky to play in Sachin's last match atleast as an opposition team.

Posted by Dashgar on (November 11, 2013, 9:08 GMT)

Providing a pitch that is so flat it wouldn't be fair to bowlers would be the ultimate insult to Tendulkar. He's a superstar of the game. He's made 51 test centuries. He probably won't get a century as he's way out of form but that doesn't matter. He's the first to 200 tests, such a feat is achievement enough.

Posted by Valavan on (November 11, 2013, 9:06 GMT)

@Gaurav Kapoor, he made 5 centuries in SA, How many of them helped them in winning cause??

Posted by   on (November 11, 2013, 9:05 GMT)

Mr Shah As a fellow groundsman, I can tell you are wrong. It is possible to have a pitch ( not wicket that is the stumps!) that is good for batting AND bowling. That us what the groundsman meant.

Posted by Naresh28 on (November 11, 2013, 9:04 GMT)

Obviously lots of people will misread this and say the pitch is being prepared for him only. That is not the case as in the last test match and in a team game, different people contributed. He may not even bat if the openers lay in with Pujara. This is the reality of the situation. Or maybe India bowl really well - then what? Lets face it Sachin would prefer to leave the game with a series victory!!!

Posted by Kaka13 on (November 11, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

Pitch should be result oriented and Sachin did not anything to prove. Game is above anybody. Let us not get too emotional and look for positive result for India and that will be best farewell to Great Man, yes if he scores runs will be icing on cake.

Posted by dibuCricketCrazy on (November 11, 2013, 8:58 GMT)

Mumbai Pitch always been a sporting one. Helping both Bowlers and batsmen . Hope we will see a good match between bat and bowl .Waiting for one last Sachin batting display in his home ground. :)

Posted by   on (November 11, 2013, 8:51 GMT)

@Tariq: Sachin has 5 centuries in SA... he has proved his class against Donlad, Pollock, Ntini and Steyn. Nothing more left.

Posted by Socratis on (November 11, 2013, 8:34 GMT)

@Tariq read the article properly

Posted by ramli on (November 11, 2013, 8:31 GMT)

SRT has made enough runs in SA ... what is there to prove? Let him retire in Mumbai with peace

Posted by   on (November 11, 2013, 8:10 GMT)

lol. saying that pitch is good for batting and then pitch will not favour batsmen shows all the reality. I think they should choose south Africa for him to show the real class. !!!

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