Mumbai v Kochi, IPL 2011, Mumbai

Tendulkar does a Dhoni

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the IPL match between Mumbai Indians and Kochi Tuskers Kerala in Mumbai

Abhishek Purohit

April 15, 2011

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Kieron Pollard nearly pulled off a spectacular catch on the edge of the boundary, Mumbai Indians v Kochi Tuskers Kerala, IPL 2011, Mumbai, April 15, 2011
Kieron Pollard nearly managed to pull off a gravity-defying catch. Nearly © Associated Press

The eager beaver moment - I
Kieron Pollard was pummelled for 43 runs in his three overs, after not getting a chance to bat. He was trying his best to make up for his poor bowling in the field, running down balls with energy in the deep. So when Ravindra Jadeja hit Ali Murtaza straight down the ground in the 19th over, Pollard went charging to his left from long-off and even put in a full-length dive to try to prevent a boundary. But what he did not realise, amid the adrenaline rush, was that it was long-on's ball and the fielder there already had it covered. Not only did Pollard get in long-on's way, he also ended up parrying the ball to the boundary.

The eager beaver moment - II
Pollard almost made up for his error off the next ball, which Jadeja had lofted for what looked like a straight six. Seeing that the ball was flying too high even for his monstrous height, he leaped in the air, got one hand to it and almost contorted his body enough to take the catch. But gravity took over, and Pollard started falling down close to the boundary. Realising that if he held on to the ball he would concede a six, he hurled the ball back in to play, toppled to the ground, and got up quickly enough to keep the batsmen to a single.

Tendulkar does a Dhoni
The innovative batsman that he is, Sachin Tendulkar plays almost every shot in the Twenty20 book, except may be the Dilscoop and the falling-over lap shot that Brendon McCullum plays. During his maiden Twenty20 century, he added the helicopter shot to his repertoire. Twice on Friday, he tried the shot that MS Dhoni has patented, and each time, he got a boundary. In the 16th over, he got underneath a Vinay Kumar delivery that was full on leg stump and hoicked it wide of long-on, swinging the bat in a full circle, and still managing not to look as agricultural as Dhoni does. The next attempt in the 19th over was completely Dhoniesque. Thisara Perera bowled it full and Tendulkar helicoptered the ball with a huge backlift past long-on, ending up with one leg in the air.

The let-off(s) - I
Tendulkar would not have had the opportunity to do a Dhoni, and Vinay Kumar might have ended up with better figures than none for 48, had the DRS system been in place for the IPL. Vinay troubled Tendulkar on numerous occasions with the new ball, and was unlucky to have two close lbw shouts turned down by umpire Paul Reiffel. Having beaten Tendulkar with an outswinger in the second over of the game, Vinay rapped him on the pads next ball, only to see his appeal rejected and the ball go down to fine-leg for four leg byes. With the first ball off his next over, he again beat Tendulkar and trapped him in front of off stump. Replays showed that both deliveries would have hit the stumps. Tendulkar went on to add 89 runs after the reprieves.

The let-off - II
The match might have taken an entirely different course had Rohit Sharma held on to a chance at slip off the first ball of Kochi's chase. Lasith Malinga fired in a yorker right away, Brendon McCullum jabbed at it, and the ball flew low towards Rohit, who took ages in getting down and grassed the sharp take. McCullum was Man of the Match for the 81 runs he made after the reprieve.

Vinay does a Malinga
Even as he was being taken for runs, Vinay still managed to stun Tendulkar with the first ball of his second spell. He stopped midway through his delivery stride like R Ashwin does, and slung in the ball with a side-arm action à la Malinga. Tendulkar was so surprised with Vinay's change of action he just stabbed the ball away. Vinay repeated the action twice in that over, but both attempts ended in wide deliveries outside off.

The last-minute change
Just as the coin was about to be tossed, Kochi coach Geoff Lawson came running out to the middle, pulled Mahela Jayawardene aside and whispered something to him. Apparently, VVS Laxman had pulled his back just before the start and Kedar Jadhav was replacing him. The captains had already exchanged the team sheets and Jayawardene went up to Tendulkar to inform him of the additional change.

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Posted by Quazar on (April 16, 2011, 15:59 GMT)

No worries. Sachin and Mumbai will soon return to their winning ways. Though well played Kochi.

Posted by Nutts on (April 16, 2011, 12:22 GMT)

I disagree with the helicopter shot assessment. Sachin has played this shot, successfully 4 years before Dhoni made his debut. It was in england, against england in 2002. The video can still be found at Youtube. Here is the link:

Posted by rj79 on (April 16, 2011, 10:25 GMT)

In order to win the team should be greater than the sum of its parts... For all the plaudits being given to Dhoni, didn't CSK lose against KXIIP a couple of days back defending 184? MI bowling yesterday was pathetic and thats that. The fact that Sachin got a century and hence MI were hit by a jinx is a fallacy which people should get out of.

Posted by hm007 on (April 16, 2011, 9:22 GMT)

Vinay was amazing with his variations. He should have has Sachin twice and with that his figures would have been completely different. Hope he gets his due sooner than later.

Posted by SamMistry on (April 16, 2011, 8:57 GMT)

People who think like WISESHAH are people who dont understand the game. For someone who had played cricket and understand the game will never make such statemnts and for those who still want to argue should get there stats right before making any statements. And remeber cricket is a team sport. No individual is above the other, some have good days and some have exceptional days, not to mention of bad days.

Posted by riverlime on (April 16, 2011, 8:45 GMT)

Tendulkar was responsible for the loss, for two reasons. One , he played deliberately for a century, by accelerating too late and also playing the last ball for a single instead of a boundary as any other player would have done. Two, his captaincy in bowling sucked. why give Pollard another over when his bowling was being targetted by the in-form batsmen? Their best bowler, Munaf Patel, 3 overs for 15 runs, still had another over to bowl!!

Posted by redboi on (April 16, 2011, 7:55 GMT)

For the masterful innings it was, is anybody going to call the glaring self interest of the final ball, where Tendulkar put his century above the team, which may have cost them the game? Chance to score a boundary or six and he delicately bunts a length ball to long off for an easy single and bask in glory. Understandable... for a mere human he confirmed himself to be.

Posted by rj79 on (April 16, 2011, 7:50 GMT)

It is amazing to see all the vitriol directed at Sachin for scoring a century and ending up on the losing side. What does one expect him to do? Scoring 100 off 66 balls and people still keep commenting that his not getting out led to big hitters not getting a chance. Wow! Would these so called big hitters do any better than scoring 100 of 66 balls?

Also, sridh2010's comments appear to be nothing but spite as is apparent from:

"Now the trend is after sachin score 100 other player also score in that pitch easily."

Dear Srid2010 ... can you please explain if this is so the case for every century, why no other player has an equivalent number of centuries as Sachin.

Its not good to castigate a player for playing exceptionally and then end up on the losing side. MI lost yesterday both because KTK played well and about 8 players from MI simply did not put in their shift. Probably these players thought they just by turning up for the match, it was already won ... Reality check boys!

Posted by   on (April 16, 2011, 7:47 GMT)

Isn't it a crime if a team wins after Sachin scores his maiden IPL century??

Posted by mils2211 on (April 16, 2011, 7:29 GMT)

Helicopter shots were brilliant. I was like DAMN this is unreal.

Next I want the Marillier scoop (Dilscoop for some), switch hit, Eoin Morgon's reverse reverse sweep

Posted by Quazar on (April 16, 2011, 7:19 GMT)

Paul Reiffel got the 1st lbw wrong, but his 2nd lbw decision was spot on... that ball hit Sachin just outside the off stump line (while playing a shot). Well played Sachin and Ambati... but credit to Kochi's opening bowlers for containing Jacobs to just 12 from 21 balls... that proved the difference in the 2 innings.

Posted by Quazar on (April 16, 2011, 7:14 GMT)

34 hundreds in limited overs wins, and yet 2 ignoramuses are saying that Sachin's 100s end in losses! The DIFFERENCE in the match was Davy Jacobs made 12 in 21 balls, while Jadeja+Hodge made 36 runs in 18 balls. Rohit Sharma may need to open with Sachin going forward.

Posted by mils2211 on (April 16, 2011, 7:02 GMT)

Last ball was NOT a casual single, he took a few steps and looked to hit it to boundary but didn't connect well, it was in the air for some time.

Posted by sridh2010 on (April 16, 2011, 6:53 GMT)

Please report fully else don't report. Sachin got two life (even clean out also turned done) from umpire and two droped catches also. Then Mculliam catch not carried to Rohit first. Then Mumbai indian bowling without Malinga nothing. Malinga got banged by both openers then Ravindra Jadeja played well. If Sachin was given out by Umbire then not think of much score to MI. Now the trend is after sachin score 100 other player also score in that pitch easily. His One more hunderd one more last to his credit. Only You people with indian media write even if he make in dead pitch 100 or fifty with so many life all prize to him. In the same pitch some other player also making and winning the match mean. u people write droped his catch else Match other way. Stop this kind of reporting. Please write nutral when anaylising the match. Kochi deserved for their win yesterday. His captian and Mculiiam with Jadeja played superb

Posted by mils2211 on (April 16, 2011, 6:29 GMT)

Tendulkar's job is basically to give a good start as an opener and build a platform for big hitters like Rayna, Dhoni. THough Tendulkar himself can clear the field more often, but still it costs India extra 20 runs for Tendulkar survives too long for being brilliant batsman

IT is not Tendulkar's fault.

Posted by   on (April 16, 2011, 6:24 GMT)

Well . Mahela and Mccullum did really well. poor bowling by MI. lot depends on Malinga. Once the Srilankan players go out of ipl it'll be trouble for MI. Sachin . You capitalised on the reprive pretty well. But the casual single off the last ball of the innings was too much. Played for the century ?

Posted by   on (April 16, 2011, 5:55 GMT)

@ Praveen Krishna Puvadi Thanks for sharing that link, that was a good find. which means Cricket God had created that shot for normal people to use.

Posted by   on (April 16, 2011, 4:21 GMT)

@ chennakesava Kadapa ...if dhoni is master in captaincy what happned in T20 world cup 2009 india v/s england match

Posted by psychicsaint on (April 16, 2011, 4:16 GMT)

this is really comparing apples and oranges!! why do such comparisons? why compare a doctorate with high school graduate? when it comes to batting dhoni himself hails sachin as the god and as far as captaincy is concerned sachin himsellf admits msd is the best captain he's played under... so why waste time arguing over things that they both seem to understand well...

Posted by wiseshah on (April 16, 2011, 4:11 GMT)

if tendulkar scores century, that team will lose for sure. tendulkar was never a match winner

Posted by Naren on (April 16, 2011, 3:50 GMT)

Sachin gets away with lot of LBWs, Umpires generally tend to give not out when the ball hits above the knee rolls and being short it is an advantage for Sachin. Almost his whole pad is below the stumps or atleast the knee roll is well below. That is why India is opposed to DRS maybe. When so much money is on the cards like IPL, they should implement DRS.

Posted by   on (April 16, 2011, 3:25 GMT)

@chennakesava Yes Dhoni is master in captaincy, unearthed by Guru Sachin before first t20 world cup!!

Posted by kbharath on (April 16, 2011, 3:22 GMT)

@ Praveen Krishna Puvadi ....i checked it out....definitely looked like dhoni improvised from!!

Posted by saurab2 on (April 16, 2011, 3:17 GMT)

Haha.. First of all To Praveen Kirshna Puvadi... well searched mate... good work.. master is still the master.. well no doubt dhoni has made the helicopter shot famous... but sachin still has shown that at this age also anything is possible.. for people like Teddy Suraj.. please note cricket is a team game and many of the 11 has to perform to win the game. Whats the fault of the genius when the bowler were beaten all ends up or other batsmen performed equally well on the given day... his centuries has won many games for india and will continue to win.. Be positive..

Posted by   on (April 16, 2011, 2:51 GMT)

@Praveen Krishna Puvadi, hats off to you!

Posted by   on (April 16, 2011, 2:39 GMT)

@ Praveen: What a fine observation... yes, it was definitely a 'helicopter' shot

Posted by Sach_is_Life on (April 16, 2011, 2:33 GMT)

@ Chennakesava Kadapa ..who compares Sachin's captaincy wth Dhoni? And if Sachin loses IPL 3 final .. Dhoni lost IPL 1 final and If MI can't defend 183 on a dew effected night ..CSK can't defend 193. Going by ur logic ... Dhoni isn't that great @ Teddy Suraj .. dont worry dude ..all izz well ..njoy master's batting !!

Posted by   on (April 16, 2011, 0:59 GMT)

Everyone says Sachin did a Dhoni by playing the helicopter shot. I think Sachin played this shot way back in 2002 even before Dhoni debuted.. It may not be similar to what Dhoni plays but nevertheless.. For reference look at this video Watch from 21:00 onwards to see the shot

Posted by   on (April 16, 2011, 0:07 GMT)

Please never compare Sachin with Dhoni when it comes to captaincy. Dhoni is a master in captaincy and Sachin is a student who never passes in test of captaincy. examples, IPL3 final, this match. :). Dhoni tries almost all of his options, Sachin didnot even let Symo or Rohit, who saved DC in the last 2 seasons, bowl a single over. Dhoni pulled off many wins with some ordinary bowlers.

Posted by   on (April 15, 2011, 21:48 GMT)

quite like it is its a jinx now if tendulkar scores a century then the team doesnt win am afraid:(

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