20 years of Tendulkar November 13, 2009

India should play more Tests - Tendulkar

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Sachin Tendulkar has expressed his disappointment at India not playing enough Tests in the near future. Besides the three Tests in the upcoming home series against Sri Lanka, which begins in Ahmedabad on November 16, India play only two more Tests, in Bangladesh in January, in the 2009-10 season. There are no further Test series planned at least till the end of the 2010.

"We should play more Test cricket for sure. It is obviously not great news that we are only playing five Tests this season," Tendulkar said at a media event on Friday to commemorate his completing 20 years in international cricket.

Test cricket, he said, was the true testing ground for any youngster and the best way to fast track his development. "Ideally for any team to progress you need to play more Test cricket as that is where the real cricket is according to me. Test cricket is cricket of the highest level and since it is played across five days at the end of each day it allows you to regroup, re-think, come up with fresh ideas and plan for the next day. Sometimes in Twenty20 and ODIs even before you realise the match is over."

As a 16-year-old Tendulkar cut his teeth in the 1989 Test series against Pakistan and immediately understood it was not going to be easy. In the final Test of that series, Waqar Younis drew blood after striking Tendulkar on the nose. Ajit Tendulkar, his elder brother, the man whom Sachin counts as his biggest influence as a player, was sitting in the stands. Ajit might have winced but his brother didn't: "When I was hit by Waqar that got me more competitive and I decided not to move from the middle and I would continue to fight," Tendulkar animatedly recounted the incident to a 75-odd media contingent.

Though the event was by invitation only for a select group of journalists, a lot of media personnel - aware of the unique opportunity it presented - gatecrashed the event. Tendulkar remained unruffled and for the next five hours remained seated in the middle of the room, answering hundreds of questions, even if most were repeated. Displaying the same proficiency he has shown against various forms of bowling, Tendulkar moved seamlessly from English to Hindi to Marathi in his responses, paying detailed attention to the questioner's every word.

While his zeal for the game continues to amaze, he is not at all surprised by it. He says it is because he is passionate about what he does and is confident and clear about what he wants to do.

It's not his fans alone who wonder how Tendulkar has been strong in various situations and stayed competitive over the last two decades; MS Dhoni, the India captain, recently said he did not rule out Tendulkar being in contention to play the 2015 World Cup.

Tendulkar, though, said he wanted to live in the moment and plan for the near future instead of dwelling on what could happen five years down the line.

"It would be nice if I can go on that that long (till 2015) but I don't want to think that far and concentrate on the next phase," he said. "My focus is on the near future. I've enjoyed every bit so far and I feel there is cricket left in me and everything is going really well."

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • TequillaGuy on November 19, 2009, 15:54 GMT

    Well since all people are pulling up stats, I'll do the same :)

    Since Tendulkar's debut India has played 194 tests. During the same period, Australia has played 242 tests! difference of 48 tests! And by the end of next year, this difference will be close to 60. If Tendulkar had played 60 more tests, he would have scored 6000 more runs. He would have been nearing 20K runs in Tests! BCCI has robbed us of so many Tendulkar innings! Crime that is unforgivable! :)

  • marisi on November 18, 2009, 9:06 GMT

    Looks like a lot of people want bcci to play more tests..but seriously there are only so much you can play against aust/eng/sa? why not organise a couple of tests with bangladesh?

  • Pratik_vodka on November 15, 2009, 6:56 GMT

    Firstly Congratz to Sachin for 20 Amazing years of Cricket, it probably wouldnt have been the same without him. Cricket and us fans owe a lot to Sachin for making cricket what it is now. I dont even want to get into this non sensical debate of Sachin Vs Ricky Vs Kallis.Coz if numbers/ stats matter, Sachins owns them. IF it doesnt matter and if performance in pressure games matter ... Tendulkar plays 20 odd ODI, 5-8 odd Tests on avg a year where each game he is under pressure.(aka a billion fans) Ponting plays 5 Test only in 2 years aka Ashes(some 5 million fans at best), where he is under real pressure or anything close to what Sachin experiences. The number of people who put pressure on Kallis Ponting to perform can be combined and put in any one city of India.I cant really see Sachin being compared to anyone. How Sachin has carried himself in cricket on and off the field all i have to say is if he aint GOD he surely aint no Mortal.

  • AnotherCricketFan on November 14, 2009, 23:40 GMT

    You nailed it Naren. It is really sad to see so many excuses - like it-is-not-about-winning - come out from Sachin worshippers. I have a bad feeling that he is aiming to put some distance between him and Ponting on the records. He has raced away in the ODI but Ponting has a long [and Kallis too] way to go and soon he will conquer the highest run-getter [with a better average] in the Tests. Especially this game is more about stats than win-loss ratios. It is bad for Sachin as he is not going to get that many opportunities from BCCI - as ODIs/T20 rakes in more money.

  • peter56 on November 14, 2009, 23:34 GMT

    Imgine the fury at the negligence of theBCCI if Ponting was to overhaul Sachin and become the first player to get 50 test tons as it is he is 4 behind but in the next 11 months he has 13 tests arranged for him by the ACB and Sachin has only 5 arranged by the BCCI in all probability they will be dead level this time next year in number of tons scored and ricky will probably have reduced the lead Sachin has over him in most runs in tests by another 500 runs This would mean that Ponting will end up scoring more test runs and test centuries than Sachin as he is nearly 2 years younger and much less prone to injury The BCCI must be pressurised into arranging at least 2 more test series that are currently scheduled in the next 10 months if they do I am sure Sachin will then ( injuries permitting)be too far ahead for Punter to catch him If they do nothing then they wil have to answer to the Indian Public who do not seem to be aware of the seriousness of the situation

  • cricmaniac11 on November 14, 2009, 22:42 GMT

    @naren.i am a big fan of Sachin and likes dhoni also.. but comparing dhoni with sachin is like comparing "Nadal with Sampras". that day in his 175 runs knock against australia he alone scrd half the runs needed and the 10 plyrs cant even score the rest half. when he got out india needed only 19 of 3 overs and with 3 wicets left which was a very easy target.. i just think its sachins bad luck only whenever he played rest of the team fails, u can remember the test match against pakistan in chennai, Sachin was in real pain at that moment but he continued to play and tried to take india to the victry and he almost did. when he got out he made everyone relxd that india is going to win bt again the lowe order failed and all his effort was lost in vain..

  • CiMP on November 14, 2009, 17:30 GMT

    The BCCI sees nothing but money in cricket. Tests dont pay in India s they do in Australia or South Africa. While BCCI will give all awards prizes and money purses to Sachin and put him on a pedestal, it will NOT listen to his plea for a more evenly distributed Test schedule - like 5 in 12 months and 20 in 18 months.

    We the fans are also to be blamed because we dont go to the grounds not watch Tests as avidly as we do ODIs and the new fangled ugly thing T20.

    It is a sad fact but Sachin can shout as loud as he can but BCCI will not change its ways. Its priorities are T20, ODI and, just to meet the ICC schedule, Tests.

  • thisgameislife on November 14, 2009, 15:37 GMT

    @naren - sachin does not play those 'standing-among-ruins' knocks to save his wicket and get a reporter to write how he is a lone-ranger - he hurts visibly when we lose. i fail to understand why is sachin a match-loser if he gets out after having carried the other 10 players for 90% of india's innings. this is not statistically proven, but i am sure the other teams are able to win those matches because they are all sure that it is only the ONE wicket they have to take. hence they are all on the hunt even at a stage where they would give up if it was against SA/Aus/SL. if hayden/smith play an innings of 114/169/136/175/etc the other teams would have accepted defeat. i remember akram's words after the chennai match - "aaj yeh match leke gaya" - just before saqlain got him out. hell! we hurt when sachin loses a match because of the other losers. and, my fellow sachin-worshippers, pleaes do not rubbish dhoni to prove that sachin is better. dhoni is a good player, match-winner too.

  • Ilin on November 14, 2009, 14:45 GMT

    comparing any player with sachin is like compare god with any human.dhoni is nothing and nothing but a mere dust molecule before sachin.

  • ambarish on November 14, 2009, 13:07 GMT

    @naren whatever you do please dont compare dhoni and sachin senselessly ... sachin is a opening batmen ... he played for 47 overs that day .. dhoni comes at 4 5 6 most of the times half the job is done whn he comes .. carryin on frm thr and winning the match is not a big deal.. only dhoni innings i remem was the 183 in ind against sri lanka and one with pakistan .. he has gone into his shell rite now .. we don need the dhoni as an anchor in the team .. he is supposed to be an pich hitter which he isn doin now a days !! dhoni is jus a lucky captain he has a good team and he wins.. now see he jus cant boost the teams morale whn they are loosing ... sachin is a legend he is GOD please dont deter his class by talkin nonsense... comparing him with dhoni would be a sin

  • TequillaGuy on November 19, 2009, 15:54 GMT

    Well since all people are pulling up stats, I'll do the same :)

    Since Tendulkar's debut India has played 194 tests. During the same period, Australia has played 242 tests! difference of 48 tests! And by the end of next year, this difference will be close to 60. If Tendulkar had played 60 more tests, he would have scored 6000 more runs. He would have been nearing 20K runs in Tests! BCCI has robbed us of so many Tendulkar innings! Crime that is unforgivable! :)

  • marisi on November 18, 2009, 9:06 GMT

    Looks like a lot of people want bcci to play more tests..but seriously there are only so much you can play against aust/eng/sa? why not organise a couple of tests with bangladesh?

  • Pratik_vodka on November 15, 2009, 6:56 GMT

    Firstly Congratz to Sachin for 20 Amazing years of Cricket, it probably wouldnt have been the same without him. Cricket and us fans owe a lot to Sachin for making cricket what it is now. I dont even want to get into this non sensical debate of Sachin Vs Ricky Vs Kallis.Coz if numbers/ stats matter, Sachins owns them. IF it doesnt matter and if performance in pressure games matter ... Tendulkar plays 20 odd ODI, 5-8 odd Tests on avg a year where each game he is under pressure.(aka a billion fans) Ponting plays 5 Test only in 2 years aka Ashes(some 5 million fans at best), where he is under real pressure or anything close to what Sachin experiences. The number of people who put pressure on Kallis Ponting to perform can be combined and put in any one city of India.I cant really see Sachin being compared to anyone. How Sachin has carried himself in cricket on and off the field all i have to say is if he aint GOD he surely aint no Mortal.

  • AnotherCricketFan on November 14, 2009, 23:40 GMT

    You nailed it Naren. It is really sad to see so many excuses - like it-is-not-about-winning - come out from Sachin worshippers. I have a bad feeling that he is aiming to put some distance between him and Ponting on the records. He has raced away in the ODI but Ponting has a long [and Kallis too] way to go and soon he will conquer the highest run-getter [with a better average] in the Tests. Especially this game is more about stats than win-loss ratios. It is bad for Sachin as he is not going to get that many opportunities from BCCI - as ODIs/T20 rakes in more money.

  • peter56 on November 14, 2009, 23:34 GMT

    Imgine the fury at the negligence of theBCCI if Ponting was to overhaul Sachin and become the first player to get 50 test tons as it is he is 4 behind but in the next 11 months he has 13 tests arranged for him by the ACB and Sachin has only 5 arranged by the BCCI in all probability they will be dead level this time next year in number of tons scored and ricky will probably have reduced the lead Sachin has over him in most runs in tests by another 500 runs This would mean that Ponting will end up scoring more test runs and test centuries than Sachin as he is nearly 2 years younger and much less prone to injury The BCCI must be pressurised into arranging at least 2 more test series that are currently scheduled in the next 10 months if they do I am sure Sachin will then ( injuries permitting)be too far ahead for Punter to catch him If they do nothing then they wil have to answer to the Indian Public who do not seem to be aware of the seriousness of the situation

  • cricmaniac11 on November 14, 2009, 22:42 GMT

    @naren.i am a big fan of Sachin and likes dhoni also.. but comparing dhoni with sachin is like comparing "Nadal with Sampras". that day in his 175 runs knock against australia he alone scrd half the runs needed and the 10 plyrs cant even score the rest half. when he got out india needed only 19 of 3 overs and with 3 wicets left which was a very easy target.. i just think its sachins bad luck only whenever he played rest of the team fails, u can remember the test match against pakistan in chennai, Sachin was in real pain at that moment but he continued to play and tried to take india to the victry and he almost did. when he got out he made everyone relxd that india is going to win bt again the lowe order failed and all his effort was lost in vain..

  • CiMP on November 14, 2009, 17:30 GMT

    The BCCI sees nothing but money in cricket. Tests dont pay in India s they do in Australia or South Africa. While BCCI will give all awards prizes and money purses to Sachin and put him on a pedestal, it will NOT listen to his plea for a more evenly distributed Test schedule - like 5 in 12 months and 20 in 18 months.

    We the fans are also to be blamed because we dont go to the grounds not watch Tests as avidly as we do ODIs and the new fangled ugly thing T20.

    It is a sad fact but Sachin can shout as loud as he can but BCCI will not change its ways. Its priorities are T20, ODI and, just to meet the ICC schedule, Tests.

  • thisgameislife on November 14, 2009, 15:37 GMT

    @naren - sachin does not play those 'standing-among-ruins' knocks to save his wicket and get a reporter to write how he is a lone-ranger - he hurts visibly when we lose. i fail to understand why is sachin a match-loser if he gets out after having carried the other 10 players for 90% of india's innings. this is not statistically proven, but i am sure the other teams are able to win those matches because they are all sure that it is only the ONE wicket they have to take. hence they are all on the hunt even at a stage where they would give up if it was against SA/Aus/SL. if hayden/smith play an innings of 114/169/136/175/etc the other teams would have accepted defeat. i remember akram's words after the chennai match - "aaj yeh match leke gaya" - just before saqlain got him out. hell! we hurt when sachin loses a match because of the other losers. and, my fellow sachin-worshippers, pleaes do not rubbish dhoni to prove that sachin is better. dhoni is a good player, match-winner too.

  • Ilin on November 14, 2009, 14:45 GMT

    comparing any player with sachin is like compare god with any human.dhoni is nothing and nothing but a mere dust molecule before sachin.

  • ambarish on November 14, 2009, 13:07 GMT

    @naren whatever you do please dont compare dhoni and sachin senselessly ... sachin is a opening batmen ... he played for 47 overs that day .. dhoni comes at 4 5 6 most of the times half the job is done whn he comes .. carryin on frm thr and winning the match is not a big deal.. only dhoni innings i remem was the 183 in ind against sri lanka and one with pakistan .. he has gone into his shell rite now .. we don need the dhoni as an anchor in the team .. he is supposed to be an pich hitter which he isn doin now a days !! dhoni is jus a lucky captain he has a good team and he wins.. now see he jus cant boost the teams morale whn they are loosing ... sachin is a legend he is GOD please dont deter his class by talkin nonsense... comparing him with dhoni would be a sin

  • SatyajitM on November 14, 2009, 13:02 GMT

    @ satish-india, No, it's a very bad idea to build a statue of a living person. I too am a big admirer of Sachin but making a statue is not the right way of honouring an alive person (though it's a practice followed by some overzelous people in India).

    @Naren, while Ponting is committed to his team, so is Sachin (probably more). I guess you didn't see the post match presentation after Hyd match. Sachin looked sad and was struggling to control his emotion. Just a small example of how committed Sachin has always been read a 21 year old article (http://www.cricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/434247.html) by Harsha. About his world record breaking innings during school days he said "I could bat very freely then because my partner Vinod Kambli was batting so well that I knew that even if I failed, he would get enough runs for the side." I guess you would agree that a 15 year old Sachin would not make up things so that his future critics cann't talk about his commitment!

  • Sach_is_Life on November 14, 2009, 12:03 GMT

    @Naren..If you dont see Sachin's interviews after we lost a match..then thats not his fault..If you really want to know..How Sachin feels when we loose a match even if he hits 200 runs..just search for his Interview after his recent 175 runs knock against Aus in Youtube..abd then talk....and abt his avg against SA,PAK...I feel that its pure bad luck for Sachin because India didn't played too many matches against Pak that too when he was at his best...and his 1st tour to PAK was at 16 yrs of age ..If the things are normal..I feel that his avg vs Pak would have been much better than wat it is now..and he didn't do well agnst SA for sure.But..that happens with everyone..Lara avgs 34 agnst India and 41agnst NZ where as Punter avgs 20 in India and 44 in Eng..

  • UNON on November 14, 2009, 11:47 GMT

    @Naren I disagree with you. he is definitely a match winner. 33 out of 45 centuries have been match winning ones. And regarding Ricky Pontings contribution to winning australian side... whenever he had set a platform for the australian chase, the rest have responded positively. His big scores have not gone in vain, because his team mates had supported him each and every time. but in sachin's case, it is not the same. If the 175 that he scored and the situation that was then, was for a team like australia, they would definitely have won with 19 off 17 with 3 wickets in hand. Whenever people like you critisize sachin of not staying until the end of the chase, you should think that he is an opener. He starts batting at over 1. Dhoni has stayed until the end of the chase many times and has won the match for india, but he comes to bat at 20+ overs most of the times, and it is his job at his batting position to reinforce the innings of the batsmen around him until the end.

    Long live Sachin

  • Realhotshady on November 14, 2009, 11:39 GMT

    Sachin is truly a master. He knows this game more than anyone does. I hope he'll soon reach 50 centuries in both test and ODIs. I think Sachin will bring the next worldcup to India. He is a genuine player and is not after publicity or show off...

  • SakthiPrabhuGs on November 14, 2009, 11:08 GMT

    i want sachin to score more 100's in test match.So, that ricky pointin cant even touch his record in MOST TEST CENTURY ..I hope sachin will do that... don think about sacihin retird date..just go n play sachin.. U rule d cricket...

  • satish-india on November 14, 2009, 11:02 GMT

    im a big fan of sachin... And he is the god for cricket...we r proud to have a such a player in india...but onthing is still troubling my heart... we ahve statue for lot of people but y government hasn't had any idea for building a statue for such a player...do anybody agree with me?

  • Mcroos on November 14, 2009, 10:57 GMT

    spot on sachin thats the way to think weldone and all the best for the future.

  • bainsy on November 14, 2009, 10:35 GMT

    india are hosting south africa in feb/march but only for a one day series! and also touring zimbabwae for a one day series, depending clearence from the bcci! it is a shame how india are playing few test matches, but the money is in the one day game! although india are set to play 20 test matches in a 18 month period starting november next year, with tours to south africa, west indies, england and australia!

  • srogers on November 14, 2009, 10:32 GMT

    philipss Zimbabwe are no longer a test playing nation.

  • MananWad on November 14, 2009, 10:31 GMT

    Reply to Naren.... It is not always about winning and losing. I agree winning is something that everybody wants to achieve but the fact is in every match there is only one winner..... I think cricket or any game exist in world because people like playing and watching the game... It more important for ponting to be like sachin and enjoy the game whether he wins or loses the game.

  • philipss on November 14, 2009, 9:03 GMT

    After India visits Bangaladesh in Jan 2010, South Africa visiting India for a 3 test series in Feb -March 2010. Is it correct ? After the IPL and World T20 there is a scheduled visit of India to Zimbawe for a two test also ?

  • Rajit on November 14, 2009, 8:45 GMT

    Sachin is an unmatched master of his trade...and there cannot be another Sachin Tendulkar....wish him all the luck in his life!!

  • Naren on November 14, 2009, 7:17 GMT

    I definitely agree is one of the greatest. But it is a sad reality that he is not a match-winner on a consistent basis. His record against the aussies has been great. That is why he is highlighted so much. He averages 35 against South Africa and 42 against Pakistan. Is that good enough?? Dhoni has won more matches for India than Sachin in the last few years. He hit 175, but still did not finish the job off. It might sound too harsh, but there have been several unfulfilled innings. Lot of people think he is god and cannot even be criticized. Have you seen interviews of Ricky Ponting when he hits lot of runs but Australia loses? He would not even talk about his innings, he would say it is immaterial. That shows his competitive spirit. There is a lot for even people like Sachin to learn.

    But still he is truly a great batsman.

  • Farce-Follower on November 14, 2009, 7:15 GMT

    Sachin has a great point there. If more Tests are not played, India may be on its way to becoming just an average Test side, but may remain a ODI and T-20 powerhouse. But the irony is that Sachin's popularity is primarily because of ODIs. Sachin's word counts for a lot, and it is great that he is evangelising Tests. BTW, isn't India playing a 3 Test series against SA in Feb-March?

  • mathematica on November 14, 2009, 6:51 GMT

    I am happy to agreeing tendulkar's suggestion.indians always expect good runs from his side.but there is no constant playing ability in him as like ricky ponting.in future we are expecting he play for victory of indian team.Indian team selectors is take an interest to solid the indian middle batting line up.any way tendulkar put a lot of effort for serving india as a cricketer.sachin had lower batting avg in chasing.inadian team always depends on sachin.wish you happy sachin

  • atuljain1969 on November 14, 2009, 6:45 GMT

    I still remember that day when sachin made his debut in Pakistan. Everybody was looking forward to him in anticipation and he has carried the hope of nation from then onwards. From Sunil to Kapil to Sachin, they are the icons every young Indian has looked upto. Sachin with time has shown that he is a class apart. Though Lara,Ponting,Inzmam, Kallis have been accomplished contemporary, yet it is only sachin without doubt who has single handedly carried the baton for so long,so gracefully. we do not need any approval from any foreigner on this, this is pure and cannot be equated with anybody else, not even with Don Bradman.

  • SPJADHAV on November 14, 2009, 6:20 GMT

    when comments like this coming from such a great player like SRT India sholud play more tests. i dnt understand bcci policy why only 5 test for whole season bcci should arrange more test matches in future.........SRT all the best wishes for 2015

  • SatyajitM on November 14, 2009, 4:19 GMT

    While 2015 could be little ambitious I think he can play for 4 more years if he maintains current form and fitness. In recent times Gooch has played Intl cricket till he was 42. In ODI Sachin is already beyond any other player. If he plays test cricket for 4 more years he will make sure that Punter cann't touch him :-) As an Indian I would always love an Indian owning most test runs/centuries record. Now the administrators should wake up and help Sachin (and Cricket) and get some more test matches. I will also be good for Indian cricket if Sachin (and possibly Laxman) remain in test scene for 3/4 years more as the new crop doesn't appear to be very promising.

  • Toro_Dee on November 14, 2009, 3:36 GMT

    admired him as a person but not that much as a player but boy after that 175 knock, he sure provd me wrng...!!! showed us all he is still a single man team.... hope he goes till '15 world cup.... keep rockin' master!!!

  • edward_smythe on November 13, 2009, 21:44 GMT

    Whadddaplayaaaa! This seems to be in such stark contrast to the 'Gen Y' Indian team, or the narcissistic and tawdry media love-in that Freddie pulled in Manchester during the Ashes. It seems that cricket is going the way of cheap throaway reality show 'celebrities', but we are glad that there are still players like Tendulkar and Punter and Huss and Kallis to show us what true class is about.

  • shaurya on November 13, 2009, 20:57 GMT

    If he puts his mind to it..I am sure he would play till 2015. God bless u sachin..the greatest

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  • shaurya on November 13, 2009, 20:57 GMT

    If he puts his mind to it..I am sure he would play till 2015. God bless u sachin..the greatest

  • edward_smythe on November 13, 2009, 21:44 GMT

    Whadddaplayaaaa! This seems to be in such stark contrast to the 'Gen Y' Indian team, or the narcissistic and tawdry media love-in that Freddie pulled in Manchester during the Ashes. It seems that cricket is going the way of cheap throaway reality show 'celebrities', but we are glad that there are still players like Tendulkar and Punter and Huss and Kallis to show us what true class is about.

  • Toro_Dee on November 14, 2009, 3:36 GMT

    admired him as a person but not that much as a player but boy after that 175 knock, he sure provd me wrng...!!! showed us all he is still a single man team.... hope he goes till '15 world cup.... keep rockin' master!!!

  • SatyajitM on November 14, 2009, 4:19 GMT

    While 2015 could be little ambitious I think he can play for 4 more years if he maintains current form and fitness. In recent times Gooch has played Intl cricket till he was 42. In ODI Sachin is already beyond any other player. If he plays test cricket for 4 more years he will make sure that Punter cann't touch him :-) As an Indian I would always love an Indian owning most test runs/centuries record. Now the administrators should wake up and help Sachin (and Cricket) and get some more test matches. I will also be good for Indian cricket if Sachin (and possibly Laxman) remain in test scene for 3/4 years more as the new crop doesn't appear to be very promising.

  • SPJADHAV on November 14, 2009, 6:20 GMT

    when comments like this coming from such a great player like SRT India sholud play more tests. i dnt understand bcci policy why only 5 test for whole season bcci should arrange more test matches in future.........SRT all the best wishes for 2015

  • atuljain1969 on November 14, 2009, 6:45 GMT

    I still remember that day when sachin made his debut in Pakistan. Everybody was looking forward to him in anticipation and he has carried the hope of nation from then onwards. From Sunil to Kapil to Sachin, they are the icons every young Indian has looked upto. Sachin with time has shown that he is a class apart. Though Lara,Ponting,Inzmam, Kallis have been accomplished contemporary, yet it is only sachin without doubt who has single handedly carried the baton for so long,so gracefully. we do not need any approval from any foreigner on this, this is pure and cannot be equated with anybody else, not even with Don Bradman.

  • mathematica on November 14, 2009, 6:51 GMT

    I am happy to agreeing tendulkar's suggestion.indians always expect good runs from his side.but there is no constant playing ability in him as like ricky ponting.in future we are expecting he play for victory of indian team.Indian team selectors is take an interest to solid the indian middle batting line up.any way tendulkar put a lot of effort for serving india as a cricketer.sachin had lower batting avg in chasing.inadian team always depends on sachin.wish you happy sachin

  • Farce-Follower on November 14, 2009, 7:15 GMT

    Sachin has a great point there. If more Tests are not played, India may be on its way to becoming just an average Test side, but may remain a ODI and T-20 powerhouse. But the irony is that Sachin's popularity is primarily because of ODIs. Sachin's word counts for a lot, and it is great that he is evangelising Tests. BTW, isn't India playing a 3 Test series against SA in Feb-March?

  • Naren on November 14, 2009, 7:17 GMT

    I definitely agree is one of the greatest. But it is a sad reality that he is not a match-winner on a consistent basis. His record against the aussies has been great. That is why he is highlighted so much. He averages 35 against South Africa and 42 against Pakistan. Is that good enough?? Dhoni has won more matches for India than Sachin in the last few years. He hit 175, but still did not finish the job off. It might sound too harsh, but there have been several unfulfilled innings. Lot of people think he is god and cannot even be criticized. Have you seen interviews of Ricky Ponting when he hits lot of runs but Australia loses? He would not even talk about his innings, he would say it is immaterial. That shows his competitive spirit. There is a lot for even people like Sachin to learn.

    But still he is truly a great batsman.

  • Rajit on November 14, 2009, 8:45 GMT

    Sachin is an unmatched master of his trade...and there cannot be another Sachin Tendulkar....wish him all the luck in his life!!