India news March 28, 2012

Tendulkar in London to consult specialist

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Sachin Tendulkar missed Rahul Dravid's felicitation on Tuesday evening because he had a prior appointment with a specialist doctor in London, the BCCI has revealed. Ratnakar Shetty, the BCCI's chief-administrative officer, said Tendulkar had informed the board of his unavailability for the function but Shetty did not know what Tendulkar was seeking medical attention for.

Shetty said Tendulkar had been listed as one of the speakers at the board function along with Anil Kumble, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and MS Dhoni, but he could not cancel the doctor's appointment. "He called both the BCCI president and secretary to inform them that he had set up an appointment about two months ago and had to be in London yesterday [Tuesday]," Shetty told ESPNcricinfo.

According to the Hindustan Times, Tendulkar is going to London to have the big toe on his right foot looked at. Last year Tendulkar had been ruled out of the ODI series in England due to an inflammation of the same toe. Tendulkar had consulted a specialist in London and had been advised six weeks' rest, which also ruled him out of Mumbai Indians' Champions League T20 campaign.

Mumbai Indians have released a statement saying Tendulkar will be back from London to join Mumbai Indians' preparatory camp on March 31, and will be available for the whole of the fifth season of the IPL.

Edited by Dustin Silgardo

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • ozwriter on March 30, 2012, 23:39 GMT

    let us not forget that Dravid was the hightest test run scorer in 2011. RSD is greater than SRT.

  • SatyajitM on March 30, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    Ok, so now Sachin visited Yuvraj in London. None of his other team members cared to do so. These people are really insensitive about Yuvi... Well not really. It happened so that Sachin was at London and it made sense that he goes and checks out Yuvi. Sachin had an appointment with a specialized doctor and if he missed that he would have to wait long and play IPL with a potential issue. I think in recent times both Sachin and Rahul have spoken highly about each other and they have healthy ragards about each others contribution. On the other hand two individuals in a team can have some difference of opinion. Viru & Dhoni has much sharper difference of opinion than Sachin and Rahul ever had. The other day Sourav told that Rahul (being a gentleman) didn't have the guts to confront Greg, but in the felicitation he talked about Rahul's contribution eloquently. It was also fine for Rahul to not mention Sachin's name as he was talking in the context of that felicitation.

  • Al_Bundy1 on March 30, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    Agree with @dexternights - Now we get to see the true colors of SRT. He proves once again he's another selfish player in the lines of Gavaskar and Shastri. After attending Ambani's party with Celebs for his own 100th 100, England visit is a lame excuse for next day.

  • vtnarendra on March 30, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    akpy, there is absolutely no disrespect to SRT. it is just a disappointment. would be grateful if you do not make value judgement on those of us who have a point of view. if we are brainless, i am sure the moderator would take care of it.

  • NeeleshZ on March 30, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    Simple equation Tendulkar did not attend Rahuls farewell since he had appointment which he could not cancel. So does that mean he is giving importance to MI and IPL? I don't think so.

    Rahul is also playing IPL. He has not retired from there. So does that mean he is not giving importance to country but want to prolong IPL career? NO.

    Both are professional cricketers. They have played for long time together. We shouldn't mind anything. I am die hard fan of both, especially Rahul.

  • crick_crick on March 30, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    well said akpy.. @all - look at the total number of "Player of the Match" then you would know what you are talking about these greats. All play for the country & some (by god's will) are talented & lucky to go on top...

  • D.Sharma on March 30, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    I have a question. Sachin who?

  • akpy on March 30, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    bobmartin, vtnarendra and others supporting dravid..why cant you stick to supporting him and not lash disrespect on someone else? did you read the news that sachin spoke to dravid before he left for london and dravid clarifying there is no problem between the two..did these great cricketers really had to do this?? agreed, there are sachin fanatics as well who go overboard at times but most of them are forced to by brainless comments in such forums..you all need to get your head examined as even dravid doesnt want such insecure fans for sure..

  • vtnarendra on March 29, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    Would like to remind mr sudhakar86 the following SRTendulkar(SRT) and RSDravid(RSD) have scored 6920 runs. in 143 test innings. RSD/SRT in 98 one day international innings have scored 4117 runs which is third highest for SRT and second highest for RSD Iimagine what would be SRT's fate if RSD had not played with SRT in those 143 test innings and 98 one day international innings . If mr sudhakar feels RSD was useless how could he have scored the second highest runs in tests, over 10,000 runs in one dayers and also the only man to take over 200 catches in tests not to forget the lesser tasks like being a wicket keeper and also a very successful captain.

  • Johnny_129 on March 29, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Guys, plz read carefully, "...he had set up an appointment about two months ago and had to be in London" - in other words the specialist and flights were booked even before Dravid announced his retirement, let alone the confirmation of felicitation date! End of story. SRT has praised Dravid in public recently and on previous occasions. I recall a time not so long ago (only about year and half ago) when Dravid was really struggling for runs and the Indian 'fans' were calling for him to be dropped or retire. SRT came out and said, " DRAVID IS NOT A GOOD BATSMAN, HE IS A GREAT BATSMAN"! Obviously it gave Dravid a great deal of confidence to hear this from the great man and Dravid SCORED A CENTURY IN THE VERY NEXT INNINGS and never looked back!

  • ozwriter on March 30, 2012, 23:39 GMT

    let us not forget that Dravid was the hightest test run scorer in 2011. RSD is greater than SRT.

  • SatyajitM on March 30, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    Ok, so now Sachin visited Yuvraj in London. None of his other team members cared to do so. These people are really insensitive about Yuvi... Well not really. It happened so that Sachin was at London and it made sense that he goes and checks out Yuvi. Sachin had an appointment with a specialized doctor and if he missed that he would have to wait long and play IPL with a potential issue. I think in recent times both Sachin and Rahul have spoken highly about each other and they have healthy ragards about each others contribution. On the other hand two individuals in a team can have some difference of opinion. Viru & Dhoni has much sharper difference of opinion than Sachin and Rahul ever had. The other day Sourav told that Rahul (being a gentleman) didn't have the guts to confront Greg, but in the felicitation he talked about Rahul's contribution eloquently. It was also fine for Rahul to not mention Sachin's name as he was talking in the context of that felicitation.

  • Al_Bundy1 on March 30, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    Agree with @dexternights - Now we get to see the true colors of SRT. He proves once again he's another selfish player in the lines of Gavaskar and Shastri. After attending Ambani's party with Celebs for his own 100th 100, England visit is a lame excuse for next day.

  • vtnarendra on March 30, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    akpy, there is absolutely no disrespect to SRT. it is just a disappointment. would be grateful if you do not make value judgement on those of us who have a point of view. if we are brainless, i am sure the moderator would take care of it.

  • NeeleshZ on March 30, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    Simple equation Tendulkar did not attend Rahuls farewell since he had appointment which he could not cancel. So does that mean he is giving importance to MI and IPL? I don't think so.

    Rahul is also playing IPL. He has not retired from there. So does that mean he is not giving importance to country but want to prolong IPL career? NO.

    Both are professional cricketers. They have played for long time together. We shouldn't mind anything. I am die hard fan of both, especially Rahul.

  • crick_crick on March 30, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    well said akpy.. @all - look at the total number of "Player of the Match" then you would know what you are talking about these greats. All play for the country & some (by god's will) are talented & lucky to go on top...

  • D.Sharma on March 30, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    I have a question. Sachin who?

  • akpy on March 30, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    bobmartin, vtnarendra and others supporting dravid..why cant you stick to supporting him and not lash disrespect on someone else? did you read the news that sachin spoke to dravid before he left for london and dravid clarifying there is no problem between the two..did these great cricketers really had to do this?? agreed, there are sachin fanatics as well who go overboard at times but most of them are forced to by brainless comments in such forums..you all need to get your head examined as even dravid doesnt want such insecure fans for sure..

  • vtnarendra on March 29, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    Would like to remind mr sudhakar86 the following SRTendulkar(SRT) and RSDravid(RSD) have scored 6920 runs. in 143 test innings. RSD/SRT in 98 one day international innings have scored 4117 runs which is third highest for SRT and second highest for RSD Iimagine what would be SRT's fate if RSD had not played with SRT in those 143 test innings and 98 one day international innings . If mr sudhakar feels RSD was useless how could he have scored the second highest runs in tests, over 10,000 runs in one dayers and also the only man to take over 200 catches in tests not to forget the lesser tasks like being a wicket keeper and also a very successful captain.

  • Johnny_129 on March 29, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Guys, plz read carefully, "...he had set up an appointment about two months ago and had to be in London" - in other words the specialist and flights were booked even before Dravid announced his retirement, let alone the confirmation of felicitation date! End of story. SRT has praised Dravid in public recently and on previous occasions. I recall a time not so long ago (only about year and half ago) when Dravid was really struggling for runs and the Indian 'fans' were calling for him to be dropped or retire. SRT came out and said, " DRAVID IS NOT A GOOD BATSMAN, HE IS A GREAT BATSMAN"! Obviously it gave Dravid a great deal of confidence to hear this from the great man and Dravid SCORED A CENTURY IN THE VERY NEXT INNINGS and never looked back!

  • Mr.Cricket777 on March 29, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    @Sudhakar86 yes dravid is having serious liking to getting bowled. He got out bowled even in the recent t20 match between mcc and lancashire in the emirates tournament scoring 6 of 9 balls.

  • vtnarendra on March 29, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    Despite all records that SRT has amassed I am deeply saddened by the following: SRT chose to stay away from an official function of the BCCI for RSD. SRT had time to attend a private felicitation function for him organized by Mukesh Bhai and Nita Babhi. SRT shuns criticism as according to him no one should advise him to retire. He chose to seek tax waiver for a car that he was presented with. He had a ball tampering issue against him. The fact that RSD did not mention SRT even once during his reply to the felicitation speaks of how much hurt RSD was undergoing. It was quite churlish of SRT to ignore RSD and I need to see more humaneness on his part. The least he can do is to organize a private felicitation party for RSD.

  • Sudhakar86 on March 29, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    @All Those who are talking about Sachin playing in IPL must know the fact that even RD is playing in IPL. If RD is not selfish then why the hell he is playing in IPl? To stop the growth of Rajasthan youngsters??? Get the old man out of RR team and groom youngsters for that team. Getting out 7 times off 8 inns in a similar maner in a series shows his weakness. Sadly it tool 16 years for the bowlers to find RD's weakness. Had they found it 10 years back there would have been no wall only holes be left. Even Indian bowlers could get Dravid out easily now. That itself shows the poor technique he has! Sick to see the duck style of cricket. It is better to lose playing fierce cricket rather than ducking the groung and making players and people sleep. Thank GOD he had retired. We can see some fine young star blazing at no.3 now!

  • LEGEND_KILLAS on March 29, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    no shud b surprised, tendulkar isnt a team player

  • Thyagu5432 on March 29, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    Is something cooking between the two legends? Hmmm! I hope not. Dravid is not somebody who is likely to have issues but the fact that he didn't make any mention of Sachin in his talk is baffling. Agreed, Sachin didn't come. But for somebody who has played his entire career alongside Sachin, he must have spoken about him. As far as Sachin is concerned, if he had no option but to leave for London, he could have at the least sent his wishes or his text of dedication through somebody. He didn't do it means there must be something cooking.

  • Rens on March 29, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    All talk authentic. All know much more than what Sachin and Rahul knows. If you want to kill someone's image get an Indian. He will do it.

  • yezdi70 on March 29, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    @KeenObserWhere. Unable to understand what you are trying to say here. SRT has a job on hand...to get back onto the field. Thats his job. If he misses the apointment then he is risking getting back onto the field. So to miss the doctors appointment is equivalent to missing the visa appointment. For your information, I have spent several years in the UK. To get an MRI appointment I had to wait 6 months. To get results of my blood test I had to wait 1 week. All this happens in 1 day in India. Please try to understand that it is not possible to reschedule doctors appointments so easily in the UK...you may end up having another unnecessary wait. Also UK is not like India where celebrities can jump the queue.

  • on March 29, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    It was about Rahul Dravid's felicitation and here we all are talking about Sachin absence. I hope if some of you have some common sense you need not struggle to understand anymore... The master yet played a master stroke and how the GOD of cricket is still down to earth. If Sachin would have been there it would have been all about Sachin and his 100th ton or MI preparation and the media would have gone bizerk and Dravid felicitation would had been side lined. It was a well thought and well played master stroke yet again which some of the useless minds failed to understand. If still doubting and know a little about cricket in test cricket Sachin bats after Dravid even if Dravid score a century and get out and Sachin is to come next... more people applaud and stand-up for Sachin to enter the arena rather than celebrating the century. Watch carefully next time you see some of the recent test matches you will Sachin delibrately delay his walk from the pavallion to the ground making sure t

  • Naren on March 29, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    Tendulkar just does not want to praise any cricketer. If he really wanted he could have sent a message to be read out in the function or a video message and so on. If Srinivasan can send a message as he was ill, can't Tendulkar do the same???

  • kattja on March 29, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    Hey fellows, Sachin is probably furious with Dravid for retiring in this manner! That event has brought all the focus of retirement back on Sachin and he's pissed at Dravid for bailing out! Sachin is still a great batsman but the undeniable fact is that his reflexes are slowing down! That is Human Biology friends! Even Sachin is unable to escape that! Peace brothers.....

  • Nadeem1976 on March 29, 2012, 1:45 GMT

    Leave the guy alone man. It's not a big deal to miss a function. He has attended thousands of functions in his entire career. Doctor appointment is most important for a cricketer than any thing.

  • on March 28, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    sachin did the right thing....we dont want him to miss any matches cos of injuries..its more important than attending any function...all those sachin haters go get a life for yourself.//there r lot more things to do than hate him./.

  • sparth on March 28, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    i've missed bday parties because of doctors appointments and my doctor appointments were probably about a 40 minute train ride from the party. Sachin has had to travel a 12hour journey for his appointment so just give him a break

  • enthusiastic on March 28, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    David the absolute gentleman of the game, sober, humble and a big heart but sachin I'm sure would be disappointed when he looks back in time and regret missing this moment. Sorry but sachin isn't going thru a bypass surgery to skip an event as important as this to felicate a true hero of the country.

  • KillDevil on March 28, 2012, 21:21 GMT

    @bobmartin for the first time, i totally agree with you. it's a bit lame of him to miss something, that was organised for the great man that is dravid. very dissapointing. someone said, who cares, mumbai are the priority. India are the priority, not mumbai indians. someone else said, wouldn't you miss a friends function to get visa? funniest thing i ever read. would you miss a friends big day, just so you can get a visa? lol

  • on March 28, 2012, 20:58 GMT

    blame him for everything happening in indian cricket./. when he scores century blame him when he gets out in 90's blame him when he decides to miss certain odi series against weak opposition blame him when he play against weak team blame him when he play ipl blame him dont play ipl still blame him... i am sure when he retires people will blame him too for retiring at wrong time coz team required guidance of senior///.

  • weekend_dream on March 28, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    I honestly think people are over reacting to the attendance to a great fairwell and taking the limelight of the show. Anyone criticising Tendulkar: Would you be happy if you heard him say, I can't attend Ambani's party (that occurred few days ago) because I cant attend Dravid's fairwell ? Those two were on two different dates and if BCCI really felt SRT is that important then they would have changed the dates for Dravid's farewell. Without knowing what exactly happened and what these two feels about each other, we can sit here and judge and speculate but that does not change a thing between those two great cricketers. I think someone said this and I tend to agree that SRT many not want to face the question about his retirement. We cant blame one and call him selfish for being good for a long time and by doing that blocking another person filling that spot. Who is to say a young guy who would take his place will be even half successful as SRT. Peace out :)

  • on March 28, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    Guys, lay off your own Sachin. From experience, its very difficult to see a specilaist and he would have booked it months in advance because it was the only appointment available. He would have to wait more time to see his specialist. So, would you rather have Sachin waiting more time risking his health or going at the right time? Or maybe to hell with it, he should retire???

  • bobmartin on March 28, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    This thread should be about the whys and wherefores of Tendulkar not being present at Dravid's felicitation. What on earth has Tendulkars batting average, number of centuries, strike rate, and all the other inconsequential data that people are trotting out got to do with it.. Absolutely nothing.. It just more proof, if any proof were needed, of the blind obsession that some people have with this man. Stick to the point..

  • StatisticsRocks on March 28, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    @KeenObserWhere: Well said.

  • on March 28, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    I am an ardent fan of sachin.. For the first time in my whole life, I felt sachin has let down Dravid.. The whole function lost it gloss with the master.. He cud have re-scheduled his appointment..

  • KeenObserWhere on March 28, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    @yezdi70: You might not for a friend but wouldn't you if it is a co-worker who worked with you for 40 years (16 years equivalent say). BTW, please compare apples to apples. The scenario you have given is not the same as the case in question. Nice job!!!

  • yezdi70 on March 28, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    Why should SRT reschedule his appointment ? He is a professioinal after all. How many of you would try to reschedule a visa appointment booked by your employers to send you overseas for work just so you can attend a friend's function ??? Can anyone answer this ?

  • yezdi70 on March 28, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    The most irritating thing I hear is when people say SRTs centuries are not useful because they result in losses. This is just an incredibly stupid thing to say. If a person scores a century and the team loses it just goes to show how useless the rest of the team is and how great the person who scores the century is. I welcome a debate on this.

  • bobmartin on March 28, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    With his fortune he could book a specialist appointment at a moments notice... so to say that he HAD to be in London that day was poppycock. One also wonders why London.. I can't believe there isn't a doctor with the specific specialist knowledge in India. Even if being in London was unavoidable, it wasn't unforeseen, so as someone has already mentioned a video could have been pre-recorded or indeed, a live video link could have been set up. If Tendulkar had really wanted to be there, so revered is he in India, that the world and his dog would have moved heaven and earth to make sure that he was. So I agree... there's certainly a lot of evidence that points to some hidden agenda.. But at least the Mumbai Indians can rest easy, wonderboy will be back in time for the IPL.

  • Ducard on March 28, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    Oh, come on!!! 2 days ago he attended ambani's party for 100th ton!!! The next day he must be in London... Not even idiots would believe that SRT can't postpone an appointment! It's just that he doesn't want delay the consultation with doctor which could may interrupt his preparation for IPL! Who cares about Dravid's felicitation?? Mumbai Indians is the 1st priority for SRT!

  • dexternights on March 28, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    No excuses whatsoever, Sachin proves once again hes another selfish player in the lines of Sunil and Ravi Shashtri. After attending Ambani's party with Celebs for his own 100th 100 , England visit is a lame excuse for next day.

  • on March 28, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    he is selfish and outdated.......plz forget about him............

  • StatisticsRocks on March 28, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    @Salil-Mishra: Spot on w.r.t your comments on improving our bowling. Yes lets groom talents in fast bowling department by producing some fast juicy pitches which will also help the Kohli's, Raina's, Rohit's and many other young players whose technique is still a suspect against quality swing and genuine pace attack. @YorkshirePudding: thanks for the clarification but I still think he could have rescheduled his appointment even it meant for him to miss couple of IPL games. We all dont retire everyday and it is indeed a special occassion as these internationalpplayers spend more time with each other than with their families. My 2 cents worth and I agree with many here why r we even discussing Sachins absense when it is about DRAVID.

  • vglant on March 28, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    My pleasure :) We should sincerely wish that Sachin finds a need to rest for few months or years. So that team India comes back as a top ranker in ICC ranking.

  • Salil-Mishra on March 28, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    Asia Cup and Tendulkar's 100: batsmen scoring 50 or more runs- -Hafeez scored 89 off 126 balls @ 70.63, Jamshed, 54 of 64 @ 84.37, Kohli, 66 off 82 @ 80.48, Tendulkar, 114 off 147 @ 77.55, Raina, 51 off 48 @ 106.25 and Kapugedera, 62 off 92 @ 67.39.

    The above data shows - 1) there was only one century scored off the Bangla attack, 2) no one excepting Raina had a strike rate of more than 100, 3) much fancied batsmen's scores read like this: a) Younis Khan: 1 off 6 and 12 off 15 balls, b) Misbah: 13 off 23 and 8 off 13, c) Afridi: 32 off 22 and 0 off 1, d) Dilshan: 19 off 22, e) Mahela: 5 off 12, f) Sangakkara: 6 off 14, g) among other notables; i) Sarfraj: 46 off 52 which includes 19 runs in the last over, ii) Hafeez: 40 off 87 in the 1st match at 45.97. Judge yourself: who is the best and stop blaming the master as selfish. Moral of the story: Improve Indian bowling attack.

  • StatisticsRocks on March 28, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    @Mr. Cricket: I agree that SRT has scored more centuries but in ODI when he scores century India have won ~68% of the times and when Dravid scores a 100 in ODI we won ~72% of the times. Just dont look at numbers but % are more usefl. SRT has opened innings in ODI hence > chance to score a 100. Dravid has an upper hand in test matches as well when they score a 100. These number below reflect only test cricket SRT has scored 51 test 100's (29 AWAY 22 @ HOME) , RD has 36 100's (21 AWAY 15 @ HOME). Clearly demostrates that these two have scored more centuries away contrary to the belief that they are flat track bullies. @HOME: ~50% of SRT centuries have resulted in WIN vs. Dravid's 60%, 13.6 % of SRT's centuries resulted in a loss vs. Dravids 0%, and 36% of SRT's centuries resulted in a draw vs. DRAVIDS 40% AWAY: ~31% of SRTs centuries resulted in WIN vs. Dravids ~33% ~27.6% of SRTS centuries resulted in Loss vs. Dravids ~19% and ~41% of SRTS centuries resulted in DRAW vs. Dravids ~47%

  • on March 28, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    mr. cricket777 you are comparing sachin's strike rate with that of middle order batsmen(except ganguly). but you should not forget those days when sachin was asked to bat in the middle order. when he didnt have the advantage of powerplays. his average dips to 36 at 4 and 27 at no.5. i wish i could tell you the strike rate which i dont hink would be above 70 but unfortunately its not available on internet. having said that i agree that a strike rate of 86 is fantastic. i accept that. i just questioned his slowing down for mysterious reasons when in eighties.

  • on March 28, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    I agree with Mr.Cricket777

  • class9ryan on March 28, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    Dravid and Tendulkar both being legends dont matter what u all say. Tendulkar and Dravid respect each other and thats d reason behind progress of Indian Cricket. Dravid at no.3 made batting easier for Tendulkar who in turn has won India many matches. So why dont v respect both of them who have contributed 2 d Golden Era of Indian Cricket.

  • YorkshirePudding on March 28, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    @IndnCrktfan, if its a harley street appointment then it probably will take 2 months, especially with the Asia cup only finishing last week, and the IPL starting at the end of this week, especially if it is just a follow up appointment, lets face it hes not had much chance to see a doctor since the australian series.

  • Ontu on March 28, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    How many important functions and events have we missed because of prior commitments and unavoidable circumstances? MANY. People miss their close family events, weddings and many other important events every day. So what is the big deal of Mr. Tendulkar missing an event? Does that belittle Mr. Dravid or Mr. Tendulkar? NO! These are great cricketers in their own right. Let us just stick to cricket. And instead of commenting on Mr. Tendulkar's absence, we should just enjoy the moment of Mr. Dravid's felicitation ceremony.

  • on March 28, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    A recorded message of Tendulkar would have served better. Tendulkar probably still grudges Dravid for declaring the innings and not letting him complete his double hundred a few years back.

  • on March 28, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    Ritesh Parimoo : I was aware of that fact before posting my opinion. it has happened on more than 100 occasions that a batsman has completed 100 by hitting a six. but that is an indicative of batsman's confidence and ability and not necessarily selflessness. sachin during his early days in cricket was innocent and won hearts of many(including me). he has grown selfish with time.

  • GlobalCricketLover on March 28, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    Dont worry, Sachin will certainly attend IPL inauguration. He never misses what's important "to him".

  • Ali_Chaudhary on March 28, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Yes yes Dravid is the greatest batter india has ever produced with a batting average of 39 against Australia and 33 vs south Africa (Two best bowling attacks of his time) Well done sir.Most overrated player ever.

  • Mr.Cricket777 on March 28, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    To all those who say sachin hundreds dont win matches , sachin has scored 33 odi hundreds in which india has won ,which is more than the no. of total hundreds scored by any other batsman. As for sachin being selfish , he has a career srike rate of 86.23 which is more than dravid (71.24), ganguly(73.70), lara(79.51), ponting (80.39) , kallis (72.97). If this sugests that sachin is selfish , then i will happily agree.

  • Nampally on March 28, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    A recorded video message from Tendulkar on Dravid's retirement party would have been an appropriate thing to do. This would have been an ideal tribute from one Legend to other. Sachin, I am sorry to say - you dropped the ball!!

  • Lord_Dravid on March 28, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    cancelling appointments abroad is not easy..besides there will be plenty of gap to rest between the IPL and when india next play a test/ODI series..for all you who're criticising tendulkar are doing so not bcoz he didnt attend dravids ceremony but bcoz im guessing you cant stand the success of tendulkar lol... im sure tendulkar has spoken to dravid and co and he'll throw a party in honour of dravid when he gets back! :D

  • cricfanraj on March 28, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    Really puzzled with few reactions even after reading the reason why he is not present. It shows just attitude of throwing mud under whatever may be the case. Anyway why we are concentrating on these small things when we are looking at one of the Indian greats retirement function. Sachin had appointment. He informed BCCI in advance and BCCI want to move on with the function. So where is the issue. If you cannot make to any function and inform in advance is what is expected out of anyone then where is the issue? I expected little bit more maturity at least in this website

  • Shajii on March 28, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    Hi All take this as well, India should have been in ASIA CUP final if SRT scored few more runs than he did :) compared to the number of balls he wasted!!!!

  • Srik_Ravi on March 28, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    Not sure why people make fuss about small things. Doctors appointment is a timely thing and should be met. He cannot compromise on his health.. right? So, let him do whatever he likes. What difference does it make to you guys(people commenting on this article) whether he attends or not attends Rahuls function?

  • on March 28, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    Regardless of anything Sachin should have attended the Dravid felicitation ceremony. This is once in a life event.

  • on March 28, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    discussion point should not be tendlkar's absence.. i would still say... the felicitation ceremony should have been fixed at the time when not just SRT or else...but Most of Indian cricketers would have been present..either on the eve of IPL beginning or at the finale of IPL... i think that would have been a sounding farewell to the best Technician of the game..

  • Sudhakar86 on March 28, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    @All

    Had SRT attended the event then everyone's focus would have been on SRT rather than Dravid. SRT was the first to spoke about RD's retirement even before RD announced it. Cricketers have their own privacy. Everyone must respect it. SRT knows well how to respect others. RD performed well (max 5-10times) when SRT failed and people hail him as a hero. That is appreciable but SRT single handedly carried the burden of the outcome of the match whenever he goes into bat. The whole Indian team always had the excuse saying "Sachin missed to deliver and so we lost the game: like that". What excuse SRT had these 23 years? Keep scoring! Keep running! Keep winning! etc. What was RD doing at CAPETOWN,Bloemfontein,Sydney,Perth,Colombo,Old Trafford,Bristol,UAE,Chennai etc.? Success and failures are part of the game. RD got his address only in 1999 wheras SRT has his own heritage at 1996.

  • StatisticsRocks on March 28, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    @Rivka: As much as I agree with you, do u think he is going to turn away from that money inspite of being a billionaire.

    He says the appointment was taken 2 months ago, but there was no mention of toe inflammation during Asia Cup and he seemed fine when scoring his 100th 100. Hmmmmmmmmm.....

  • Pakistanvictorious on March 28, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    Why is he consulting a speciallist in London? is he injured? I think he should have attended that function. It shows how much he cares about others who played more for India then for themselves. Dravid is the greatest batsmen India has ever produced, he deserves respect and acclaim. I dont know why people are obsessed with SRT records, if records were important Bradman would have played more to get his batting average over 100 like Tendulkar's 100. India needs people like Ganguly, Dhoni and Dravid who changed the pace of Indian cricket not people like Tendulkar who care more about records then country.

  • couchpundit on March 28, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    @vijujack - Well said... It has been always about him...the point is sachin supporters might say he was not because he didnt want to take the lime light away from Dravid.... even then it exposes his self centered thought that some how his 100th ton would have taken precedence over Dravid's Ceremony.

    and i will have to point out that Dravid declared once preventing him form scoring a double century since he took entire first session and post lunch session to score it. Needless to stay mumbaikars and rest of sachin followers were not happy about it. As they dont know the value of Team effort. After world cup he said it took India 20 years to win a world cup, as if India never won a worldcup before that(which was in 1983...30 years) obviously 20 years came out because he has been playing for 20 years.

    Worst part they/he didn't invite ganguly after winning the cup who was near the pavillion but invited Kumble from commentary box and sachins ardent fan who was in the crowd. speaks volume

  • nair_ottappalam on March 28, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    @Rivka, are you going to pay for his loss for not playing in IPL? He is least interested in Indian cricket, which was shown clearly by his absentism from the Rahul Dravid's fecilitation ceremonly

  • gpindian on March 28, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    Sachin took an appointment prior to the IPL and nothing wrong with that. Rescheduling doctor appointments abroad is not easy, especially when considering that it needs to fit the cricketing calendar. We cannot be judgmental and should rather put ourselves in his shoes before commenting on why IPL is important to Sachin, why he couldn't attend Rahul's felicitation etc. And we cannot assume that he didn't call up Rahul as well. Leave the job of cooking up stories to the media. :))

  • vxttemp on March 28, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    sachin is great not becoz of tons. Sachin is great becoz if needed he can play like gilchrisht, dravid, sehwag, kallis or ponting. I know the caliber of indian bowlers(even kapil dev slowed down when sachin debuted) and batting(with the exception of dravid and sourav). He carried that baggage for so many years.

  • on March 28, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    If he postponed his appointment, he would be late for the all important Mumbai Indian's preparatory camp for the farce called IPL :-) Just shows where Tendulkar's priorities are. Tendulkar knows Cricket - batting, bowling, fielding and that's pretty much it! Even some of his interviews sound somewhat immature and not well thought out. I have a feeling he will be like a fish out of water once his playing days are over.

  • vxttemp on March 28, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    sehwag doesn't slows down in 90's becoz he knows that the chances of getting out by slowing down is difficult for him. Every one has their own style of reducing their pressure and they work accordingly. There is nothing selfishness in there.

  • vxttemp on March 28, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    Sachin slowing down in 90's becoz he is capable. Dravid, kallis and co are slow from the start. :-)

  • on March 28, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    For whatever reason it may be.. Tendulkar should have attended the ceremony..

    these are the few reasons why people say he's not the best cricketer... eventhough he has a superior record with him...

  • on March 28, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    @ Gaurav Banodha : You do not know exactly what happened in Multan. It was not Dravid's decision to declare the innings. Rather it was SG's decision. Now the point that I am making is Rahul Dravid is a people's captain. The relationship between SG and RD in that match and the following match was like [Sonia gandhi and Manmohan singh]. Dravid was indeed happy to wait for SRT to get to his 200 and then declare. SRT was not at all wrong on that occasion. Just 6 runs away from scoring a 200.

  • on March 28, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    He should have post poned his appointment since his condition is not an emergency.

  • on March 28, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    sacgin has scored most number os test hundreds with a six ,6 tons,any other bastman who has scored centuries with a six is sehwag with 2 of them,so do not write non sense here by saying sachin slows down when century is approaching,btw 99;99% players slow down when approaching a ton

  • SagirParkar on March 28, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    @Gaurav >> i totally agree with you.. Tendulkar scores very quickly almost every game, but when he nears a hundred, he slows down despite being in good form. Sehwag on the other hand, doesnt care for records and even if u implore him to slow down, get that triple etc, he jst doesnt care.. he goes all guns blazing anyway !

    @Rahul >> Dravid couldnt mention Tendulkar's name cos he was not present at the ceremony unlike the other four, who also spoke about Dravid, and that is why Dravid thanked them personally.

  • vijujack on March 28, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    As if the appointment could not be re-scheduled!!! It was always about him and only him, and even for a person no less than Dravid's felicitation did he make the attempt to be there. He called the BCCI officials who do not know what treatment he went for, but he did not have the courtesy to call Dravid and do what is deserved. Dravid rightly did not mention Tendulkar in his speech.

  • on March 28, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    Dravid may have been good for a year more and its Sachin who considering his continuous battle with fitness should have retired earlier than Dravid.

  • deep2sha on March 28, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    @runaball i am not going to agree with you....dravid making a way for sachin..........u must be joking.....laxman performance was as bad as anyone and i thought he will be retiring after aus tour but some how dravid chosse to.......sachin and dravid showed great freindship during there time while playing for india...its just sachin went to london the same days people have started stories....dont write nonsense and degrade a legend like sachin.......

  • Rivka on March 28, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar should not waste his time and ability on the IPL. He may have another 2 years left to play, so let him concentrate on tests and ODIs.

  • on March 28, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    Dravid has all ways been a team player and never played for records. He is a selfless soldier who always put the country before his needs. He is a much better player than Sachin and his overseas records proves that. We will miss you Dravid!

  • gauravbanodha on March 28, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    it will be very unfair on players like kallis , ponting, lara and dravid etc to say that sachin is better than them because he got more hundreds for two reasons- first, sachin played hell lot of matches more than they did. second, they never slowed their innings down when in nineties to get to hundred, whereas sachin almost always slowed down his innings when in eighties. you compare people who try to achieve the same thing. sachin always tried to score as many 100s as possible while others were worried more about the cause of the team than anything else.

  • kantipur on March 28, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    I think sachin didn't attend the ceremony because of embarrassment becuase he might have felt everybody will ask after Dravid when will he retire?

  • kantipur on March 28, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    Everybody knew this ceremony was going to take place a week before. Why sachin decided to go to london I don't know. Sachin could have easily changed appointment for a day. Sachin is fast losing his admirers.

  • chandug on March 28, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    Tendulkar could have postponed whatever engagement he had by a day to attend Dravid's felicitation. After all he is TENDULKAR.

  • SouthPaw on March 28, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    @Gaurav Banodha: Let me draw your attention to Dravid's 91 not out when India declared to close the declaration & victory.

  • Naren on March 28, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    In the 21st century, how difficult it is to give a recorded video to be played in the felicitation? Give me a break... if he can attend his 100th 100 celebration with the Ambanis why can't he make it to this?

  • FatBoysCanBat on March 28, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    @RunABall: I doubt that is what has happened here. If there was pressure to take a senior out, it would have been Laxman. Don't forget that Tendulkar was India's best batsman after Kohli in the Tests vs Australia averaging 35...Dravid Averaged 24 and Laxman 19.

  • RunABall on March 28, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    I don't know about you guys but I knew it from the very beginning; Dravid had to make way for Tendulkar to stay in the team. There was too much pressure to take a senior out. That's exactly what happened. Add to that Tendulkar missing from the ceremony and Dravid barely mentioning his name; affirms my fears.

  • on March 28, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    sachin never played for records?? remember the innings when sachin was on 196 and dravid declared the innings?? nobody in cricketing world had any sympathy for sachin on missing out on double ton. in fact almost everybody admired dravid for his brave decision. and haw frustrated sachin was after the match(as was evident in the press conference). there also he didnt accept his mistake that he was playing for his 200 when he should have been looking to score quickly for the team. he has always slowed down for his 100 irrespective of what situation team was in. dravid was a better batsman b'coz he always played for team.

  • satish619chandar on March 28, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    Thanks for the article.. I was a bit puzzled not to see Sachin in Rahul felicitation as Sachin and Rahul had a great rapport both on field as well as in dressing room.. And more importantly, it would end the speculation created by some people that Sachin missed due to IPL commitments..

  • on March 28, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    But why dravid didn't mentioned sachin's name in his speech yesterday when he thanked kumble , dhoni, ganguly , laxman . I don't think that dravid can ever forget the name of the person with whom he played some of the best innings of his carrer.

    Is there any dispute going on between the two legends.??

  • deep2sha on March 28, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    so many comments regarding sachin abscence from yesterday function..now the truth is out so no body should say anything.....i dont know why people are so desperate for him to retire from cricket...the day he will leave,cricket will come to standstill in this country...and anyway sachin is not too old ....rather than debating on his retirement we all should debate how to improve indian bowling and how to find a players like a caliber of sachin dravid n ganguly...i have a feeling that sachin will retire at the end of march 2013 when australia finishes tour of india..so till the time we all should enjoy his batting .........keep going sachin........

  • Sudhakar86 on March 28, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    SRT please don't play in IPL. We need you for tests in Srilanka

  • on March 28, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    This is one of the obstacles that RSD had to go through with a Miles of Similes in his face.We wish SRT a speedy recovery. Definately when SRT retires & he being felicitation RSD will definately be the 1st person to give a talk. Hats to the Four Musketers RSD,SCG,VVS & SRT in the batting department. When we talk about the bowling department the yester years BSB,EAS,BSC & SV.In the fielding departmen RS,VK,SR & Yuvi. In Wk deparment of yester years Engineer.We cannot compare the situation of the past, present & the future.Take things as it comes.We wish Indian team all the best.

  • on March 28, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    he ll be back....after all India's next odi o test begins in oct/nov..so he ll be okay till then...

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  • on March 28, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    he ll be back....after all India's next odi o test begins in oct/nov..so he ll be okay till then...

  • on March 28, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    This is one of the obstacles that RSD had to go through with a Miles of Similes in his face.We wish SRT a speedy recovery. Definately when SRT retires & he being felicitation RSD will definately be the 1st person to give a talk. Hats to the Four Musketers RSD,SCG,VVS & SRT in the batting department. When we talk about the bowling department the yester years BSB,EAS,BSC & SV.In the fielding departmen RS,VK,SR & Yuvi. In Wk deparment of yester years Engineer.We cannot compare the situation of the past, present & the future.Take things as it comes.We wish Indian team all the best.

  • Sudhakar86 on March 28, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    SRT please don't play in IPL. We need you for tests in Srilanka

  • deep2sha on March 28, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    so many comments regarding sachin abscence from yesterday function..now the truth is out so no body should say anything.....i dont know why people are so desperate for him to retire from cricket...the day he will leave,cricket will come to standstill in this country...and anyway sachin is not too old ....rather than debating on his retirement we all should debate how to improve indian bowling and how to find a players like a caliber of sachin dravid n ganguly...i have a feeling that sachin will retire at the end of march 2013 when australia finishes tour of india..so till the time we all should enjoy his batting .........keep going sachin........

  • on March 28, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    But why dravid didn't mentioned sachin's name in his speech yesterday when he thanked kumble , dhoni, ganguly , laxman . I don't think that dravid can ever forget the name of the person with whom he played some of the best innings of his carrer.

    Is there any dispute going on between the two legends.??

  • satish619chandar on March 28, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    Thanks for the article.. I was a bit puzzled not to see Sachin in Rahul felicitation as Sachin and Rahul had a great rapport both on field as well as in dressing room.. And more importantly, it would end the speculation created by some people that Sachin missed due to IPL commitments..

  • on March 28, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    sachin never played for records?? remember the innings when sachin was on 196 and dravid declared the innings?? nobody in cricketing world had any sympathy for sachin on missing out on double ton. in fact almost everybody admired dravid for his brave decision. and haw frustrated sachin was after the match(as was evident in the press conference). there also he didnt accept his mistake that he was playing for his 200 when he should have been looking to score quickly for the team. he has always slowed down for his 100 irrespective of what situation team was in. dravid was a better batsman b'coz he always played for team.

  • RunABall on March 28, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    I don't know about you guys but I knew it from the very beginning; Dravid had to make way for Tendulkar to stay in the team. There was too much pressure to take a senior out. That's exactly what happened. Add to that Tendulkar missing from the ceremony and Dravid barely mentioning his name; affirms my fears.

  • FatBoysCanBat on March 28, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    @RunABall: I doubt that is what has happened here. If there was pressure to take a senior out, it would have been Laxman. Don't forget that Tendulkar was India's best batsman after Kohli in the Tests vs Australia averaging 35...Dravid Averaged 24 and Laxman 19.

  • Naren on March 28, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    In the 21st century, how difficult it is to give a recorded video to be played in the felicitation? Give me a break... if he can attend his 100th 100 celebration with the Ambanis why can't he make it to this?