Mumbai Indians v Kochi Tuskers Kerala, IPL 2011, Mumbai

Tendulkar docked for slow over rate

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April 16, 2011

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Mumbai's fielders wilt under the pressure of Kochi's sparkling chase, Mumbai Indians v Kochi Tuskers Kerala, IPL 2011, Mumbai, April 15, 2011
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In addition to seeing his night spoiled by a loss to Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Sachin Tendulkar has been fined US $20,000 for Mumbai Indians' slow over rate on Friday.

"At the end of the match, Mumbai Indians were assessed to be one over behind the required rate after allowances were taken into consideration," said an IPL statement. "Since it was Mumbai Indians' first offence of the season, under the IPL's Code of Conduct relating to minimum over-rate offences, the captain, Sachin Tendulkar, was fined $20,000."

Tendulkar made his first century in Twenty20s to power Mumbai to 182 for 2 but that wasn't enough to prevent Kochi from securing their first win in the IPL.

He had been penalised twice in the 2010 season for maintaining a shoddy over rate, losing a total of $60,000. A third offence will lead to the team captain facing a one-match ban.

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Posted by MeraBharatMahaan on (April 19, 2011, 19:17 GMT)

@ravi9000, Incidentally, both the hayden innings were in that ODI series in 2001. The point was he never slowed down or did anything silly when nearing a century to change the team momentum. I don't know, if you know about this not: Hayden never counted his runs, so he never knew his score when he was batting :-) (May be that's why he could play such audacious strokes).

Posted by MeraBharatMahaan on (April 19, 2011, 19:10 GMT)

@ravi9000: There is no doubt he's a great talent. But I felt he behaved in a lot more selfish manner considering all the great players (especially in the latter half of the career) and probably that's why he didn't do very well in pressure situtation in the later half of his career. Incidentally, he wasn't like that in the first 12 years of his career. But, the few selfish innings and the few off-field incidents I mentioned earlier has changed my opinion. Anyway, conclusions/opinions can differs, but the facts can't. I just wanted to state some facts (many of which are also unknown to few people), you can draw your own conclusions. I am ending the argument. Lets get back to work. Good luck.

Posted by MeraBharatMahaan on (April 19, 2011, 18:27 GMT)

@Wismay, When did I say yuvi didn't do anything? Please let me know where I said that, if you feel so. You seem to be an expert in deriving bogus conclusions. I just gave an example of Dhoni, it doesn't mean he was the only contributor. Of course, Yuvi was the star performer and right, he was adjudged the MoS. And you have rightly said, "path to the finals matter". Now, if you analyze WC and points table closely, you should realize Sachin's main scorings were against SA and Eng. Even if he would have made a 0 in both matches, India would have only lost 1 point and would have surely gone to the quarter finals (very likely with the same position as well). So Sachin's contribution to the league stage was almost zero. He did ok in quarter final and played pathetic innings in semi-final and final. This clearly implies he scored the most runs, but they were almost useless. If you clearly analyze, you can easily see Yuvi, Gambhir, Sehwag, Raina, Dhobi etc contributed more than Sachin :-).

Posted by ravi9000 on (April 19, 2011, 16:10 GMT)

@merabharatmahan lara scored 660 runs alone against a tour to srilanka..and ended up losing 3-0...so..accrding to u..he was playing for himself??for making 400,he played for a long tym and his team ended in drawing d match which could have been won... hayden was man of the series in dat historic 2001 tour to india but his side lost dat series...so he was selfish too??? 1st go through the 100s which sachin scored when his team lost...143 in sharjah was a selfish knock or 175???or was it 111 against sa in dis wc??? lara has scored 16 centuries in odi while sachin has scored 48..dere is a huge difference...search for lara's centuries for a losing cause in tests and u will get an answer... even sachin's 111 against sa for a losing cause worked as a kickass for d entire team...look at d team's performance after dat and u will find its effect....every match after dat dey played as a team and won by d team's entire effort rather than by individual performances....

Posted by Wismay on (April 19, 2011, 7:30 GMT)

@MeraBharatMahaan Why are you getting so excited dude? Cool down! You wanted Sachin to swing the bat wildly at the last ball of the innings? If he had got out doing so you would be saying he was trying to score century by hitting a six! and not bothered about team. If you want to find fault you can do it anyway no matter what. And why are you bringing Dhoni? Dhoni clicked in the final and you talking as if it was a daring etc. He just needed to play well or else what was his batting till the final in world cup? Why do you forget the path you need to travel and concentrate only on finals etc? Sachin and others played in the matches that lead to the final. And dhoni played in final and Gambhir too. If Yuvi didn't click in the league matches Dhoni had to returen before reaching semifinals. So buckle up you thoughts and try to think objectively rather than trying to belittle others by your subjective and biased thinking. Good luck!

Posted by Wolfpax on (April 18, 2011, 22:38 GMT)

Cricket -first and foremost is a team sport - not an individual sport. So in order for the team to end up on the winning side - each player has to play his part as a team member. Agree that SRT slows down when he nears a century and who would not, a 100 is not there to be scored in every game. But even then he ends up at a strike rate of above 85 which shows that he has played his part. (though there are situations where he could've finished the games). But as I said it's a team sport and it is equal responsibility of other individuals to do their part. If they don't contribute and instead add woes to the team then team is bound to lose. B Lara won so many matches because he gave WI bowlers the total they would fancy to get the opponents out (bowling being their strength). We never had bowlers like that to defend a moderate total. Also we didnt had good finishers until Y Singh and S Raina appeared on the scene. Any batsman who scores a 100 or good score for his team has done his part.

Posted by MeraBharatMahaan on (April 18, 2011, 18:43 GMT)

You can easily draw a sharp contrast between Sachin's attitude and Dhoni's attitude. Dhoni made several risky decisions during the world cup (and many of them I didn't like and thought they were bound to fail). But, he backed them and took the risjy approach even though he knew he will be crucified, if his decisions backfires and India fails to win WC. But, he was not selfish like Sachin about his personal records and just did what India needed to win. I thought the most audacious and unselfish step from Dhoni was coming ahead of yuvi in the final and he would have been literally crucified, if India would have failed then. But, fitting he played a very good, possibly a great innings to win the WC while Sachin is yet to play a very good innings in any WC knock out matches even after playing in 6 WCs. I personally think this is what makes someone great, not just scoring buckets of runs for personal record.

Posted by MeraBharatMahaan on (April 18, 2011, 18:42 GMT)

Of course, Sachin has won many matches for India. But, the high rate with which he fails to win when making a century just points to his selfish approach while nearing a century just killing any momentum team has, which is very important for winning. In fact the last shot he played in the last IPL match was the most disgraceful and selfish shot I have ever seen. What I've observed is, if he stays for a longer time after century he recovers the momentum and normally team wins. But, if gets out soon after 100, he just kills the team momentum and loses the match. Tragically, I've not seen any player who fails so regularly to win matches even after hitting a century. Comparison with Ponting will be quite inappropriate since he played for a great team.

Posted by MeraBharatMahaan on (April 18, 2011, 18:41 GMT)

I don't understand why the Sachin fans start abusing the critics of sachin, even though they don't know them at all. This just derails a good argument. The point is pretty simple. When Lara made a century, he could win most of the matches and lost only two against strong teams even though most of the time he was batting for a third rate team. But, Sachin couldn't win 12 matches against strong teams when he made a century even though he played for a much stronger team. The question is why is it so? And the answer is probably not obvious. But, I can always see some kind of selfishness in his approach for personal records which always affects teams winning chance. I've always seen him slowing down near his century, critically affecting the team's momentum. Of course, others not performing is one of the important reasons for defeat. But, how Lara can win matches without any major contribution from others while Sachin fails in many such cases even though he is considered a great player.

Posted by MeraBharatMahaan on (April 18, 2011, 18:40 GMT)

I don't understand why the Sachin fans start abusing the critics of sachin, even though they don't know them at all. This just derails a good argument. The point is pretty simple. When Lara made a century, he could win most of the matches and lost only two against strong teams even though most of the time he was batting for a third rate team. But, Sachin couldn't win 12 matches against strong teams when he made a century even though he played for a much stronger team. The question is why is it so? And the answer is probably not obvious. But, I can always see some kind of selfishness in his approach for personal records which always affects teams winning chance. I've always seen him slowing down near his century, critically affecting the team's momentum. Of course, others not performing is one of the important reasons for defeat. But, how Lara can win matches without any major contribution from others while Sachin fails in many such cases even though he is considered a great player.

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