Indian Premier League 2011 May 20, 2011

For the love of Sachin

Mumbai's games have been better attended than most in this IPL, thanks to the Tendulkar effect
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It is an understatement to say Jaipur is hot at the end of April. The heat is like a living thing, determined to scorch the earth of all other living things. Yet there the Sawai Mansingh Stadium was three weeks ago, with its uncovered stands, already half-full at 2.30pm, a good 90 minutes before the scheduled IPL game. By the time the umpires walked out to the middle, the place was packed with fans eager with anticipation.

Rajasthan Royals typically draw tremendous home support, but on this day it was clear the fans weren't there just for them. The opposing team were Mumbai Indians, and the fans had come to see Sachin Tendulkar. They cheered when he came out to warm up, cheered when he came out for the toss, and cheered when he came out to bat. Such was the reception for Tendulkar that during Rajasthan's next game against Pune Warriors, Shane Warne was moved to say at the toss that it was "nice to be home. They cheer us well here as long as Sachin's not playing."

The faces in the crowd reflected their dual allegiances, literally. One girl had the Rajasthan logo - the double R - painted on her right cheek. On her left, in the same blue paint, she had "Sachin Tendulkar". Unfortunately for the fans, Ashok Menaria had Tendulkar stumped for 7 in the fifth over. Having missed out on a chance to cheer their hero at the crease, the fans produced the loudest roar of the game when Tendulkar caught Rahul Dravid. No opportunity to celebrate India's most cherished cricketer was going to be missed, whatever the situation.

It has been a similar story at stadiums around the country. What the 2011 IPL has made clear is that Tendulkar transcends team loyalties, especially now in the twilight of his career, when it's hard to know if there will be another chance to see him play. The fans want to get a glimpse of him so they can tell their grandchildren: yes, I saw him bat. India's World Cup triumph has added to his aura, making his career appear complete. It was the final piece in the puzzle, the storybook ending, and what we are seeing now amounts to the standing ovation at the end of play.

"People are making an extra effort to be at the ground," Amrit Mathur, the chief executive of the Delhi Daredevils, told ESPNcricinfo. "It is one more chance to see a legend, to see Tendulkar. Because he is Tendulkar, and if you miss out, you might not see him again."

The numbers back up the existence of a "Tendulkar effect". Television ratings for Mumbai have been consistently higher, and their games have attracted more viewers, than those of the other franchises. It is the same story at the box office. Ashish Hemrajani, the founder and chief executive of BookMyShow.com, which handles ticket sales for four of the 10 franchises, told ESPNcricinfo that all the Mumbai games have been sold out, barring a few early ones. While other teams' sales depend in part on the quality of the opposition and the time of the match, Mumbai, he said, has transcended these factors. "The Mumbai games most certainly sell off quicker."

Neetu Bhatia, who heads Kyazoonga.com, which handles tickets for Pune, said they were selling about 70% of the tickets for each game, with one exception - Mumbai. "It was completely sold out. And not just sold out two days prior but sold out three weeks prior." When it comes to watching Tendulkar, you don't take chances.

"People are making an extra effort to be at the ground. It is one more chance to see a legend, to see Tendulkar. Because he is Tendulkar, and if you miss out, you might not see him again"
Amrit Mathur, Delhi Daredevils CEO

Part of Tendulkar's universal appeal is his consistent excellence, which resonates with fans of all backgrounds. Keshav Joshi, 29, has been watching cricket since he was six years old. In 1996 he went to each of India's games in the World Cup. Having grown up in Pune, he supports the Warriors and the Maharashtra state team, who have had a long, albeit unsuccessful, rivalry with Mumbai in Indian domestic cricket (think of Maharashtra as the Manchester City and Mumbai as the Manchester United of Indian cricket). It is safe to say that Joshi is not a Mumbai fan. But like millions of others, he finds it impossible to set aside his admiration for Tendulkar, the India batsman, in favour of IPL team loyalty.

"I think SRT's fan following is based on his exploits for the Indian team, and although he plays for a different IPL team, deep down I want him to do well even against the Warriors, as long as we win," Joshi said. "The same question could be asked to supporters of the Maharashtra Ranji team. When we play Mumbai, I still want SRT to do well. A lot of it has to do with him showing his mastery irrespective of who he is playing against."

Joshi roots for Tendulkar to score runs against the teams he supports, so he can have "the opportunity of seeing the best batsman on earth play". He even supported Mumbai in the first three IPLs because of Tendulkar and the team's geographical proximity to Pune, but switched loyalties once the Warriors were born. His support for Tendulkar, however, remained intact, as it has for others like him. "A lot of my friends, now that PWI is pretty much out, have begun supporting Mumbai again."

It isn't just the fans who revere Tendulkar either. Mathur, the Delhi chief executive, says it extends to the players who play with and against Tendulkar. "The people in the squads on either side - they consider it a privilege that they are in a game with Tendulkar." Signs of that were evident during the World Cup. R Ashwin, the India offspinner who plays for Chennai Super Kings, said playing with Tendulkar was a moment he had waited for. After his first World Cup game, Ashwin took a stump out of the ground and got Tendulkar to sign it as a memento.

It is an aura that has grown not only with the sheer weight of Tendulkar's achievements but also because of how he has carried himself as a person. "He is one icon who has conducted himself very well," Mathur said. "No taint in his conduct or in his behaviour or in a way he has carried himself, not just as a cricketer but as a personality and as a role model. He has reached a stage I think it will be impossible for anyone [else] to reach."

Mumbai has two games left in the league stage and at least two more playoff games. Two of those games will be played in Mumbai, but wherever Tendulkar plays, it will sound and feel like home.

Tariq Engineer is a senior sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • mitgop11 on May 23, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    atleast two more playoff games for MI ? What were you thinking when you wrote this article ? MI can still win IPL4 and they are capable of doing it. However, lines like these makes me feel that the writers are not completely neutral.

  • on May 22, 2011, 23:57 GMT

    some people hate sachin(even though that number may be 1 in a 1000....)just coz they cant digest the amount of attention he gets n coz of his larger than life personality.i can understand their problem and then they put on odd stats and comparisons and make them look foolish.they would have done d same if he was not sach but someone else...

  • Aashish_goyal on May 22, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    @KaunD..yes as Quazar explained Sachin's SR is over 54 in tests..so when i said Dravid's SR in ODIs is close to Tendulkar's test SR..i didnt mean the exact numbers but just the importance of scoring runs @ a decent SR..But here is the fact now..Dravid has faced most number of balls in test cricket 28492 ,even more than Sachin's 27145+(they dont have the record of balls faced for11 runs he scored against Eng in 90,so overall may be he faced 27160)...and in these 28492 balls Dravid scored 18 sixes (even Zaheer and Harbhajan have more facing just 2000 and 3000 balls respectively)and his SR of 42 is least among all the batsmen who have more than 8000 runs in tests .Believe it or not but India drawn so many tests from a winning position because of super slow Dravid..If he won some matches ,He was the cause of lost or drawn maches from the winning ones.Also in ODIs his SR is least among the players who have more than 8000 runs.No wonder he have very few man of the match awards in both form.

  • Quazar on May 22, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    @KaunD... Dravid has been a tremendous asset for Indian cricket, so I'm not gonna diss him the way you diss Tendulkar. But you can't just look at 2-3 years around 2004 and belittle Tendulkar; since you should know that his tennis elbow and other injuries had diminished his performances at that time. Look at the rest of his 21 year career to judge his contribution to Indian cricket. And forget stats, what about inspiring a Sehwag, a Yuvraj, a Dhoni? Virtually every single aggressive batsman India has produced in the last 10 years says that they grew up watching Tendulkar dominate bowlers in the '90s and wanted to emulate him. (Btw, Tendulkar's career SR in Tests is over 55, not 48; and his average in Test wins is close to 70)

  • KaunD on May 22, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    @ahmed unatian: dude. Dravid lost most man of the matches if you think that way just because he was the second best in those wins. Remember sourav's 183. Dravid made 145. Remember sachin's 186. Dravid made 153. remember laxman's 281 Dravid made 180. See it looks like the best is changing but the second best is always the same guy. thank god for the Adelide test or people like you would have been saying Dravid never dontributed to Indian wins. Silly as it might seem it is easy to like tendulkar when he has the highest scores in all formats. But I wonder as to how many people had the support that Tendulkar had when he was not performing well in 2004. I say none. Dravid was removed when he was doing well. Ganguly was removed when he is not doing well. But the logic never came in when tendulkar was not doing well!!

  • KaunD on May 22, 2011, 4:50 GMT

    @Aashish_goyal : Dravid's average in worlds cups happen to be more than Tendulkar's with much lesser scores made by him agianst minnows. Dravid's one day strike is similar to Sachin's test strike?? which world are you from. When did Sachin strike at 72 in tests. I don't remember.His strike is 48 if I remember properly which is 6 more than Dravid. Dravid's average in tests won by India under Ganguly happens to be 100 and he happens to make 23% of the runs during that time where as Sachin's contribution in wins comes down to an average of 32. Weird isn't it. We won test in England , Australia, and West indies mainly due to Dravid's contributions not Tendulkar's. Go back to record books if you doubt me. Comparing Tendulkar to Dravid is like comparing a selfish run machine to a selfless match winner.

  • on May 22, 2011, 3:37 GMT

    Good piece. Can't imagine what the world would be like without him. It's like not having God.

  • on May 22, 2011, 0:06 GMT

    @MaruthuDelft............Gayle has played much better than Gilly. as he has played at a better SR and at a better avg..........also Gayle's ODI avg is 40 and of GIlly is 35................Except for 1 100 Gilly did nothing in IPL.........Gilly has particular weaknesses which any team can exploit .................Surprisingly but it is true that Gilly is very weak on leg stump Half volley of Pacers...........Gilly is too prone to miss out / in swinger on middle stump......Gilly and Gayle both's short selection is too reckless and comes off good against avg bowling ......................Richards yes was a champion as is Sachin his record speaks for him and is at par with Sachin (his rate based stats are slightly better than Sachin) whereas his cummulative stats are too low bcz of too short carrer..longer carrer of sachin means Ind had 1 Richards who retired after 12 yrs and another Richards is playing 12 yrs now which is big adv to team. Sachin Richards & Bradman best batsmen ever...

  • on May 21, 2011, 20:17 GMT

    @MaruthuDelft Gilchrist has flourished against pace, Cant even play spin properly, even Sir Don is far behind Sachin.

  • rahulcricindia on May 21, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    @MaruthuDelft boy there is a word called consistency in cricket ....which is most impotent factor of batsman's game...in which SACHIN is the best there are many shots which SRT can play and no one other even your 'great gilli' cannot play ....thats a fact..u like gilli style of playing fair enough thats yous choice....but many others choice is SRT ....even you know that..

  • mitgop11 on May 23, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    atleast two more playoff games for MI ? What were you thinking when you wrote this article ? MI can still win IPL4 and they are capable of doing it. However, lines like these makes me feel that the writers are not completely neutral.

  • on May 22, 2011, 23:57 GMT

    some people hate sachin(even though that number may be 1 in a 1000....)just coz they cant digest the amount of attention he gets n coz of his larger than life personality.i can understand their problem and then they put on odd stats and comparisons and make them look foolish.they would have done d same if he was not sach but someone else...

  • Aashish_goyal on May 22, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    @KaunD..yes as Quazar explained Sachin's SR is over 54 in tests..so when i said Dravid's SR in ODIs is close to Tendulkar's test SR..i didnt mean the exact numbers but just the importance of scoring runs @ a decent SR..But here is the fact now..Dravid has faced most number of balls in test cricket 28492 ,even more than Sachin's 27145+(they dont have the record of balls faced for11 runs he scored against Eng in 90,so overall may be he faced 27160)...and in these 28492 balls Dravid scored 18 sixes (even Zaheer and Harbhajan have more facing just 2000 and 3000 balls respectively)and his SR of 42 is least among all the batsmen who have more than 8000 runs in tests .Believe it or not but India drawn so many tests from a winning position because of super slow Dravid..If he won some matches ,He was the cause of lost or drawn maches from the winning ones.Also in ODIs his SR is least among the players who have more than 8000 runs.No wonder he have very few man of the match awards in both form.

  • Quazar on May 22, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    @KaunD... Dravid has been a tremendous asset for Indian cricket, so I'm not gonna diss him the way you diss Tendulkar. But you can't just look at 2-3 years around 2004 and belittle Tendulkar; since you should know that his tennis elbow and other injuries had diminished his performances at that time. Look at the rest of his 21 year career to judge his contribution to Indian cricket. And forget stats, what about inspiring a Sehwag, a Yuvraj, a Dhoni? Virtually every single aggressive batsman India has produced in the last 10 years says that they grew up watching Tendulkar dominate bowlers in the '90s and wanted to emulate him. (Btw, Tendulkar's career SR in Tests is over 55, not 48; and his average in Test wins is close to 70)

  • KaunD on May 22, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    @ahmed unatian: dude. Dravid lost most man of the matches if you think that way just because he was the second best in those wins. Remember sourav's 183. Dravid made 145. Remember sachin's 186. Dravid made 153. remember laxman's 281 Dravid made 180. See it looks like the best is changing but the second best is always the same guy. thank god for the Adelide test or people like you would have been saying Dravid never dontributed to Indian wins. Silly as it might seem it is easy to like tendulkar when he has the highest scores in all formats. But I wonder as to how many people had the support that Tendulkar had when he was not performing well in 2004. I say none. Dravid was removed when he was doing well. Ganguly was removed when he is not doing well. But the logic never came in when tendulkar was not doing well!!

  • KaunD on May 22, 2011, 4:50 GMT

    @Aashish_goyal : Dravid's average in worlds cups happen to be more than Tendulkar's with much lesser scores made by him agianst minnows. Dravid's one day strike is similar to Sachin's test strike?? which world are you from. When did Sachin strike at 72 in tests. I don't remember.His strike is 48 if I remember properly which is 6 more than Dravid. Dravid's average in tests won by India under Ganguly happens to be 100 and he happens to make 23% of the runs during that time where as Sachin's contribution in wins comes down to an average of 32. Weird isn't it. We won test in England , Australia, and West indies mainly due to Dravid's contributions not Tendulkar's. Go back to record books if you doubt me. Comparing Tendulkar to Dravid is like comparing a selfish run machine to a selfless match winner.

  • on May 22, 2011, 3:37 GMT

    Good piece. Can't imagine what the world would be like without him. It's like not having God.

  • on May 22, 2011, 0:06 GMT

    @MaruthuDelft............Gayle has played much better than Gilly. as he has played at a better SR and at a better avg..........also Gayle's ODI avg is 40 and of GIlly is 35................Except for 1 100 Gilly did nothing in IPL.........Gilly has particular weaknesses which any team can exploit .................Surprisingly but it is true that Gilly is very weak on leg stump Half volley of Pacers...........Gilly is too prone to miss out / in swinger on middle stump......Gilly and Gayle both's short selection is too reckless and comes off good against avg bowling ......................Richards yes was a champion as is Sachin his record speaks for him and is at par with Sachin (his rate based stats are slightly better than Sachin) whereas his cummulative stats are too low bcz of too short carrer..longer carrer of sachin means Ind had 1 Richards who retired after 12 yrs and another Richards is playing 12 yrs now which is big adv to team. Sachin Richards & Bradman best batsmen ever...

  • on May 21, 2011, 20:17 GMT

    @MaruthuDelft Gilchrist has flourished against pace, Cant even play spin properly, even Sir Don is far behind Sachin.

  • rahulcricindia on May 21, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    @MaruthuDelft boy there is a word called consistency in cricket ....which is most impotent factor of batsman's game...in which SACHIN is the best there are many shots which SRT can play and no one other even your 'great gilli' cannot play ....thats a fact..u like gilli style of playing fair enough thats yous choice....but many others choice is SRT ....even you know that..

  • MaruthuDelft on May 21, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    @The_Dynamite_Kid Can't you see batting with your own eyes? See videos; Gilchrist is 10 times beter than Tendulkar.

  • MaruthuDelft on May 21, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    @rahulcricindia, I did watch it but depite many claims as they being vintage performances to me it was not convincing. For a long part of the innings Tendulkar's body was slack not relaxed but slack which is not good. His shots also were not that convincing; he really didn't have the proper thump before lauching. See videos of Gilchrist; Strong Drives, Strong pulls, Strong Cuts.....His batting so wholesome and convincing and good looking.

  • bismoy on May 21, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    Sachin the highest run scorer in international cricket in entire planet....now someone who have not touch a bat will decide he will retire or not?????? hypocrisy at his best.

  • CricFan24 on May 21, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    SACHIN TENDULKAR - The Greatest Batsman that was, is and ever will be....Amen.

  • Quazar on May 21, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    @John Keno... @Warren Smith ... we live in a democracy... you are entitled to your opinions and beliefs, but stop foisting them on others. The man was just adjudged the ICC Cricketer of the Year; Ponting and Hussey, among others, say they are inspired by Sachin's performance in the last 3 years. You are free to under-rate him; while others such as the ICC cricket panel, Cricinfo's All-Time XI panel, Wisden 2011, Shane Warne (in his farewell column for the Telegraph), and cricket fans referenced in this article have their own ratings for him.

  • RoarofTiger on May 21, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    I feel laughing at all these Sachin Haters....just a simple question for them, can you please ask a question to your respective beloved Team selectors(whichever team you support).....Will they prefer a 38 yrs old Sachin over those so called future of their team youngsters, @Spelele Overrated Sachin comment was most hilarious and for facts about 2003 and 2011 WC finals, can you check India would not have been to finals if Sachin would have not contributed with his runs in those WCs. and overseas Sachin haters(definitely we can gues the reasons for that ) can you please check your so called GREATS stats and compare them with our so called OVERRATED player. Cricket is our Religion and SACHIN is our GOD :)

  • The_Dynamite_Kid on May 21, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    @John Keno: The cricket stadiums are not filled with people like you who want him to retire. 99.9% of them are filled with hardcore fans of him who wants him to keep playing. Even if you and other like minded people like you refuse to attend the stadium during matches, it will be filled with rest of the hardcore fans who wants to see him in action. Make no mistake, people like you who dislike him or want him to retire are in the minority. For every fan like you, there are thousands of fans like me.

  • rahulcricindia on May 21, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    @MaruthuDelft i think you have a shallow knowledge of cricket ....just rewind the time when 11 oz players were fighting against one great man i.e. SRT in sharjhan for 2 consecutive matches ...and he get the hell out of the ozs both times, provided rest of indian team was very weak..there are many others.....

  • The_Dynamite_Kid on May 21, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    @MaruthuDelft: I wonder why none of the players that you named except Warne and Akram, didn't find a place anywhere in ESPN's list of the top 25 greatest cricketers of all time titled "ESPN Legends of Cricket"? Warne is the only one who was rated ahead of Tendulkar at #4 and Akram was rated at #21. Tendulkar was rated at #7. I wonder why not a single one of the players you mentioned found a place in Bradman's World XI, while Tendulkar did? I wonder why apart from Warne and Gilchrist (simply because he was a keeper/batsman) found a place in Richie Benaud's World XI and Cricinfo's World XI? I wonder why none of the players you mentioned apart from Warne was rated higher than Tendulkar in Christopher Martin Jenkin's list of the 'Top 100 Test Cricketers of All Time'? Warne was rated at #4, and Tendulkar at #9. It's so sad the entire cricketing fraternity disagrees with you.

  • rahulcricindia on May 21, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    @ John Keno i am not saying one is not allowed to give his advice and do not be decisive on others matter whether he should play or not especially someone as great as SRT..got it

  • MaruthuDelft on May 21, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    @Warren Smith, You are aboslutely right. A great player has to be insane! he must believe what 6 billion others don't believe and go for it like Viv Rivhards trying to smack every ball even if the bowler is Dennis Lilleelike or Wasim Akram trying to swing it 20 degrees. Tendulkar is just a clever serious cricketer just like Kallis and Ponting but he is better than them. In his haydays Tendulkar was great because he took it to a great Australian side but that period is too brief. For almost 13 years now he is just a good batsman not a great batsman.

  • on May 21, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    @rahulcricindia We are the one whom Sachin plays for. Cricket exists cos people watches it, so if we dont say it, then who the hell will ? If Sachin wanna play in an empty stadium and noone knows about him, then he is very much welcome and then noone will have anything to say.

  • on May 21, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    Sachin is the most overrated batsman in history. Hes one of the greats - not the greatest. Get over him people.

  • on May 21, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    You can crib all u want...but the people of not only india but the world knows the truth...thts y they turn up in numbers wen sachin is playin...highest MOMs(61) of which india lost only 6, highest runs, highest centuries, highest number of centuries in winning causes, his avg in tournament finals is 55.54, WC avg is 57.93, and forget all the numbers...remember the murder at motera, sandstorm of sharjah and many more...also the pressure that he has handled for these many years, expectation of over 1 billion people and to keep the decorum tht he does..he is GOD of Cricket :)

  • MaruthuDelft on May 21, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    @The_Dynamite_Kid, I have been watching Zaheer since his English tour in 2007. The number of times he brought back India into tests, test series and ODI's is amazing; he keeps on doing it. Remember what he did in the second test against SA last year? Indian bowling was so bad in the first; people expected him to turn it around in the second; he did it. MS Dhoni also has made India World Champions. To be honest India still is not a world class team but MS and Zaheer have made them world number one. As for Gilchrist if you watch closely the way he bats you would realise he is probably better than even Viv. The others I mentioned are all far more accomplished and had more impact than Sachin if you consider context. Sachin never had adequate impact on the fortunes of India. Also he doesn't possess the 'anything is possible' mind. He is practicle, clever and works on his game. Since he is from India and his entry was at 16 he gets all the adoration. You are shallow.

  • The_Dynamite_Kid on May 21, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    @MaruthuDelft: Gilchrist is the best batsman since Viv Richards? LOL. I wonder why neither one of Lara, McGrath, Steyn, Ambrose and Kumble made it to Cricinfo's World XI ahead of Tendulkar despite being better than him. Zaheer and Dhoni can become better than Tendulkar provided they perform well in 2 of the upcoming Test series? Like the great Mark Twain once famously said, " It's better to keep your mouth shut and let others assume you to be a fool, rather than opening it and removing all doubts".

  • MaruthuDelft on May 21, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    The question is not if Sachin is great or not but does he deserve this much admiration. The answer is No because there are so many other better players who don't get enough. The following are better than Sachin; Gilchrist(best batsman since Viv Richards), Brian Lara, Shane Warne, Glenn Mcgrath, Curtley Ambrose, Wasim Akram, Dale Steyn and Anil Kumble. Zaheer Khan amd MS Dhoni could end up better than Sachin if they do well in the coming tours to England and Australia.

  • jorock on May 21, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    I am not an sachin hater but i think he is not a captain material. Just c MI they are one of the best teams in the IPL but struggling to get into the playoffs and it was the case in all the seasons.I think MI is lacking only in 1 thing that is captaincy. Sachin doesn't have firpower to inspire and bring the best out of the players .Feel sorry to little master but this is a Fact we have to accept it. rayudu,rohit sharma,satish,suman, symo,polard,malinga,price,munaf,harbajan,sachin ohhhh what a team but can't deliver feel sorry MI and sachin.One other area where MI is holding back is spin department.harbajan is now a waste there is no spin for him which make them woeful during the mid periods of the match without taking the wickets,. I think they have 2 bring in Ray price to bolster that department .

  • on May 21, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    Well said @ Valavan & Girish Kulkarni Go plz look at Cricinfo Statsguru before commenting.......Dravid's rate of getting MOM in ODI is every 24 matches and on avg MOM is 2 times more in favour of wining team than losing (there r countless examples I give 1: Tendulkar got MOM for scratchy 85 against Pak-Wahab Riaz deserved it more,--Tendulkar destroyed Stein against SA but Stein got MOM ----bcz SRT was on wining side against Pak and losing side against SA simple ).......If LARA's or SRT get MOM then (rate of their team wining is same) ..Hating popular tendulkar and loving cool Dravid sounds cool- I know but you cannot deny facts......You want to form opinion based on few sample points that is OK for you, but all over the world all successful decision makers form opinion always on the basis of rate based stats and if rate based stats show 2 compared entities nearly equal cumulative stats are given slight consideration too. As Ind got rid of slow Dravid Ind began winning imp tournaments

  • Hraig on May 21, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    Having played 177 test matches and 453 one day matches, can any of the sachin haters provide exact data of failures of sachin and also please successes. And also compare with their favorites like Brian Lara, Ricky Ponting, etc. Those who write these hatered lines for sachin they don`t know anything about cricket.

  • Quazar on May 21, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    There is very little objectivity among Tendulkar haters too. Tendulkar is and has been as much of a student and servant of the game as RD or Kumble. The guy works as hard as ever, plays with dignity, respects umpires and fellow players, helps younger players (like Badri... read that Cricinfo article) to relax and feel part of the team. No wonder from teammates like Kumble to opposition players like Warne and Steve Waugh... they all respect the man. (And why should the ICC Player of the Year retire when other senior players like Dravid, VVS, Ponting, Hussey, etc. still want to play on... and the Don himself played into his 40s)

  • bismoy on May 21, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    Shewag Scored a golden duck in wc final ,but no one remember that.

    but everyone remembers sachin 18 in WC final and criticize him...as if other player were picked as spectators.

    India Won WC because of sachin significanct contrubution is WC quarterfinal 54 and Semis ,85 runs in a difficult pich.Sachin is drop 5 time, its not sachin mistake.

  • bismoy on May 21, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    Sachin was 2nd hisghest scorer when indian won wc and top run scorer when india reach wc final and semis.....when he didn't perform india failed to reach semis .

    Like to know what dravid,ganguly,shewag,laxman contrubution in WC????

    Fact is whenever india reach semis(96,2003 or 2011) always beacuse of sachin ,rest batting never done anything ....

  • on May 21, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    Mumbai is the ManU of IPL? I don't know what game the writer has been watching

  • rahulcricindia on May 21, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    @John Keno who are u to tell if SACHIN should retire or not your job is to watch him play and admire....its only the greatman's will when he should retire..

  • rachits on May 21, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    @John Keno: dude, 3 things. 1) sachin is not a true champions?? its champion...coz he is but one man...seems like a god and equivalent of 20, but actually only one! LOL 2) most players retire post world cup wins? wow...ponting shud hv retired 3 times by now!! players retire wen they r either too old to carry on playing effectively or not playing well over a long period of time. i think even you wud agree tendu is neither of the two 3) now there's that selfish runs vs team runs that ppl like u keep saying. i might not have the same mental ability as u, hence shall ask politely. can you pls tell me where sachin's 32000 plus runs go? i mean, since he is selfish and those runs dnt go towards the team, he must hv a vault or something, where he stores them, right?

  • Farce-Follower on May 21, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    There is little objectivity from many of SRT's supporters. We constantly hear idolatry stuff like 'God' etc. Give me a servant of the game like RD or VVS or Anil Kumble...I will gladly give the Gods a go by.

  • DjforU on May 21, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    @rizwan : lol

    think b4 saying when it abt cricket then sachin is GOD ... remembr that ...

  • on May 21, 2011, 4:44 GMT

    @ Aashish_goyal...........Comaparing Tendulkar and Dravid is like comparing Gilchrist and Boucher.....If your comparing strikerates...then Yusuf Pathan, Pollard, Albie Morkel....all have a better strike rate than the master Sachin....SO know abt the achievements of the legends before commenting on it.....

  • cricketizgood on May 21, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    For people who say Sachin is selfish and needs to retire after world cup... He was the top run scorer of the world cup and 2nd run scorer overall. His fielding in IPL shows that he is in nice fitness. Moreover he is also in the chase of yellow cap in IPL. This all facts states that there is no reason for him to retire. I would love to see SACHIN in the next world cup too.

  • marathayoddha on May 21, 2011, 4:33 GMT

    some sachin haters r here. i dont know wht they expect from Sachin ? even after scoring 90+ hundreds.memorial innings of Sharjah, Centurion, Against Eng and S.Africa in WC11, against Pakistan in karachi of 141 against Aussi 175 . against Eng 100* in 2008 test. No controversy in whole life. the way he turned draw match against Aussi, India winning 2001 Ind Vs Aussi test match. the way he bowled Moin Khan in Pakistan. the way he show commitment in fielding. always respect umpires. the ways he does charity. no one in world can be complete. Still Sachin is very much Complete.

  • prashant1 on May 21, 2011, 3:59 GMT

    @John Keno- 100th Century? Ha Ha...Tendulkar is going to play for at least 3 years more and score 130 Centuries!! So...eat your heart out!

  • Aashish_goyal on May 21, 2011, 2:50 GMT

    @rizwan1981..you are funny.,,,laxman,dravid standout performers..joke of the day..Comparing Sachin Tendulkar with Dravid is like comparing Gilchrist and T.Taibu..Dravid's strike rate in ODIs is almost similar to Tendulkar's test strike rate..99 international hundreds,avg 45 +in odis and 57 in tests,more than 2200 runs in world cup matches @ 60 and strike rate90+..TAKE THAT.

  • on May 21, 2011, 2:27 GMT

    @Indiaforever

    Its true Sachin had many records, but he is not a true champions. The difference between a champion and a winner is one who takes his team to victory and one who plays for himself. Most world cup captains or player retired after world cup win, but not Tendulker, cos he still waiting for his 100 Century and then will retire. It would have been a great way to end his career, but no, he wants to retire after selflessly playing for his 100 century and in the middle of some stupid series.

    As a player, i admire him, his st drive and off drive one of the best. I have no issue against him, except that most Sachin fans failed to see how he fails to play for his team but for himself and getting out in crunch situations.

    To me Dhoni is a champion for playing a crucial winning knock in the final when it mattered or Gilchrist,Warne, De Silva, Akram ,Kapil,Lloydin their WC final.

  • Indiaforever on May 20, 2011, 20:20 GMT

    I agree that Sachin has failed in the two world cup finals that he has played in, but no-one can ever doubt that he is the best. No-one has or will be as good as Sachin has been for India. He has so many records and these are not records that are easy to get or that will be easy to take away. The best thing bout Sachin is that he understands everyone in India and doesn't do anything stupid and he is the nicest guy. Someone like Ricky Ponting would not be able to take the pressure Sachin has match after match and still be so humble. Everyone in world cricket knows that he is the best and everyone wishes to play with him or against him. I think he will retire after the Australia series in December along with VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid. The India team will miss these guys so much.

  • on May 20, 2011, 19:18 GMT

    @rizwan1981...umm, in both those world cups, he was the highest and second highest runscorer, respectively. He is one of the main reasons India even got to the finals on both occasions. Sachin has played so many times under pressure and succeeded, it would take only ignorance to be blinded by this. Bangalore 2010 vs Australia, in which he score 214 is a recent example of countless others. You are free to criticize, but at the end of the day, even greats such as Dravid and Laxman will tell you that SRT is the greatest of all time.

  • on May 20, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    I can't believe people debate Tendulkar's greatness, it's kind of sad really. He is among the greatest of the great batsmen of all time, if not the best ever!

  • az8566 on May 20, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    agree with rizwan.... media in india overhypes everything...Look at the title " For the love of sachin", its ridiculous. Indian crowds shd take a leaf from US fans... they stand by the home team no matter who the star is... And calling him the GOD is rubbish..he is just a STAR

  • on May 20, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    @ Valavan - well said! :-)

  • Valavan on May 20, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    @ahmed utein, look how many mom sachin won despite india loosing. but whenever lara takes it he wins it, 1998/99 Barbados test is one such example and he has more such. it matters when u win it for team, not such. then Dravid has won more mom, when india won. look back all test series vs Aussie, look who won it. or who enginr indiaeered victories fo

  • on May 20, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    @Spelele your HAHAHA itself speak that your point is weak and Valavan .....................Tendulkar has records for consistent brillience and the ones that oppositions fear .....................not of just occasional fluke................(these records of consistent brillience and fearful record are the ones that really count)........LARA's 400 couldn't win WI that match but Tendulkar's 200 did defeat then best ODI team. international cricket is the most superior form of game and Lara's 501 is not in the top form of game .............Tendulkar's 37 100s are in Match winning causes which is still 10 more than Ponting's 27. Sachin is the biggest match winner after Richard as Sachin's rate of getting MOM is every 7.2 matches, Ponting's & Lara's is MOM every 10 matches..Richards got MOMevery 6 matches.

  • dpkr on May 20, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    @ spelele...If only one person has to bat everytime , he walks out...why other 10 players are even playing. Just becos playing @ the very big final does not mean , he is a match winner. Why cant India defend the total of 300 , when he scored centuries in the wc 2011 agianst Eng and SA. This person was never in any controversys , media attention , no match statements , no opposing comments for criiticizers , no flirting or gossips , no party nighouts , not slediging and yet talks with his bat @ the age of 38. If you had achieved half of what sachin has acheived , your head and feet would not be in the ground I am sure.

  • on May 20, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    Truly Awesome Read... Saaaaaaaaaaaaachin Saaaaaaaaaaaaachin :D

  • on May 20, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    @Spelele your HAHAHA itself speak that your point is weak and Valavan .....................Tendulkar has records for consistent brillience and the ones that oppositions fear .....................not of just occasional fluke................(these records of consistent brillience and fearful record are the ones that really count)........LARA's 400 couldn't win WI that match but Tendulkar's 200 did defeat then best ODI team. international cricket is the most superior form of game and Lara's 501 is not in the top form of game .............Tendulkar's 37 100s are in Match winning causes which is still 10 more than Ponting's 27. Sachin is the biggest match winner after Richard as Sachin's rate of getting MOM is every 7.2 matches, Ponting's & Lara's is MOM every 10 matches..Richards got MOMevery 6 matches.

  • on May 20, 2011, 16:34 GMT

    @ valavan: there are records which sachin could not break or dd not break(someone else might).but there are records which sachin has set and no one can break them unless god comes down on earth and decides to break them himself..oops isnt he already here in the form of SRT

  • nlambda on May 20, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    @Spelele : if you have to post SRT criticism, at least do that sensibly. Flying in space actually started in the 60s (read about Yuri Gagarin) before SRT was born. And the "does he help win" has been done to death. 33 of his ODI 100s resulted in wins. And I will never ever forget *that* match in Centurion. To me and many others that game was bigger than the final itself. He pretty much ended Wasim and Waqar's careers right there.

  • on May 20, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    see the aussies and south africans would always say something against but the fact is MI is getting highest TRP for which the sole reason is tendulkar he is the god of cricket and he is not selfish at all he plays always for is india then anything else cant imagine wat would have happen when he reitires but indian cricket is in good hands

  • rizwan1981 on May 20, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    Sachin FAILED in the two world cup finals he played. If Dhoni and to a lesser extent Gambhir had not scored the 90s India would have lost to Sri Lanka.

    When Sachin is under pressure , he does not perform.In this regard, V.S.S.Laxman and Dravid are stand out performers

  • PradeepR on May 20, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    Saaaaaaaaaaaaaachin Saaaaaachin. lol

  • Valavan on May 20, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    @Arif,do you mean what you say? None to break sachin's record?? is there anyone to break murali's bowling record?? or did sachin score 10 double hundreds or more. Does he have a single 300 or did he make 400. else he scored 501? he has certain records and records are meant to be broken. Sachin is one of the greatest batsman. At the current situation, he is the best and thats simpe.

  • on May 20, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    He is "GOD OF CRICKET" .Only reason i follow IPL is Sachin

  • Ainglepack on May 20, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    If Sachin was playing for Lahore Badshahs in ICL then I would be watching ICL and supporting Lahore Badshahs.

  • Gunnar on May 20, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    Wonder when people will start saying he played well all those years only so that people will respect him more than they did Ganguly or Dravid!

  • bigwonder on May 20, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    I too grew up watching this great batsmen. I am afraid that we will see few Sachin-hatters to post negative things.

  • on May 20, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    When i was a kid, i didn't know much about cricket but knew the man SACHIN. I started to watch and love the game simply bcz of SRT. I will cheer for him irrespective of which team he is playing.if sachin would have played from any other country like AUS or even PAK, i would have still supported him in same way as i supports him now and i will stop seeing cricket on the day he retires. I do anything to watch him play. Can't imagine the day when he will retire. Want to see him play all my life. I would love that India will prepare his clone and that will play the game for us die hard fans of SRT.

  • Spelele on May 20, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    Ha! Ha! Ha! Some of the comments are really puzzling. But the best is the one that said "cricket would not be commercially successful if there was no Tendulkar"! lol, why?. The next thing we're going to hear is that flying to space would not be possible without Tendulkar. Real nonsense! This Tendulkar is overrated. He folds in big matches (eg, 2003 and 2011 WC final). Even domestically, he always lets Mumbai down. Where was he when MI folded for 80 odd against Rajastan. Not to mention how he left MI cut & dry when they again failed to chase an ordinary score against Chenai. The way he deliberately scored slowly in order to improve his own IPL record was really disgusting 4 a hyped guy. By the time he retires, he'll have his records without ever having won anything for India and Mumbai. That does not define a great. Players like VVS, Kallis, Ponting, Lara etc who never cared about records and have always won matches for their countries (as per matchwinning rates) will always be better.

  • KAIRAVA on May 20, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    I am from Kolkata and I root for Sachin Tendulkar more than even Sourabh Ganguly. Way to go Little Master Blaster.

  • ram_sachin on May 20, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    for the first time in my life .. when i walked into stadium.. i heard a sweet sound of ball hitting the bat.. and to my fortune.. it was GOD who was practicing in the nets.. Awed at the sight !!!!

  • imbrue on May 20, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    "Alien vs Human" comment was spot on. I would do exactly the same if it happens :)

  • imbrue on May 20, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    I am from Kerala... I might not a big follower of IPL... but i have not missed a single innings from Sachin... Whatver happens i will be infront of TV when he bats and thats the power of Sachin... The most excited thing for me is to watch Sachin batting in a Test. It doesn't matter whether he scores or not... I love him!!!

  • macmac10 on May 20, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    @ Prathamesh Ghodke: I agree with you, most of the world will stop watching cricket once he retires. He is called GOD for a reason. No one can match him.

  • shaan_write2me on May 20, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    As ravi shastri rightly said..." God has sent SACHIN into this world ONLY to play CRICKET and go back..." but i say GOD himself was so interested watching him BAT... blessing him to go on and on............. LOVE YOU SACHIN....

  • lordpyro89 on May 20, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    Transcending all parochial boundaries time and again..

  • on May 20, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    None other than the 'God Of Cricket'

  • Winners-2011 on May 20, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    Yes, we love Sachin. I am basically from Andhra, but settled in Chennai now for quite some time. While both of my sons are ardent fans of CSK, for me Mumbai is my first team ahead of CSK, just because it is Sachin's team.

  • premkumar330 on May 20, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    love u sachin..... His life seems to be a stillness in a frantic world... [When he goes out to bat], it is beyond chaos - it is a frantic appeal by a nation to one man. The people see him as a God...

  • on May 20, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    there is no one and there will be no one to break sachin record in all format of cricket..........SALUTE to sachin......

  • on May 20, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    \m/ Sachin Sachin!!!

    I am watching IPL only cos of Tendulkar!!! Love you master!!!!

  • on May 20, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    He is a great Person...........!! I like him so much. God blease U "Sachin".

  • on May 20, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    if sachin would have played from any other country i would still supported him in same way as i supports him now and i will stop seeing cricket on the day he retires.

  • sammonkey on May 20, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    I am frm chennai, but i support mumbai indians becoz of sachin..wen he comes to play my heart beats fast...sometimes even if india lose,but if he played well iam happy..I know some ppl here feel country should b first bla bla bla..I love him some much and even sometimes i feel i can die for him...wenever i see anythin written in cricinfo abt sachin iam emotional...

  • Jhanav on May 20, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    actually the way u see tendulkar his home ground is india not mumbai becoz where ever u go u find the chant from the crowd TENDULKAR

  • omey_parit on May 20, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    i fall short off words to decribe his greatness..... can only say he is a true masterpiece which god had created just to play cricket..... "I wish to see god when I die, but for today I will settle on Sachin...."

  • on May 20, 2011, 7:22 GMT

    Just one reason to support Mumbai Indians for most of the fans around India. SRT

  • mitgop11 on May 20, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    "Mumbai has two games left in the league stage and at least two more playoff games" ?? Mumbai hasnt qualified for the playoffs yet. I appreciate all the talks about "Tendulkar effect", but it aint over until the fat lady sings (Or it aint over until the fat man spins... in the MI Vs RR game today)

  • rahulcricindia on May 20, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    i read an article which says SACHIN has almost 1000 more runs than any other of his teammate in ipl in mumbai indians but thats not the weakness of team that is the greatness of man ....even in the mighty INDIAN team where everyone is top player SACHIN is 5000-8000 runs ahead of any player.....that shows the greatness of THE MAN ..THE GREAT SACHIN TENDULKAR ..THE PLAYING LEGEND.

  • Procter on May 20, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    Sachin's salary at MI is not $1.8 mil. That amount is notional amount deducted from the total purse of a franchise if they retained one player. If they retained 4 players, as MI did with SRT, Malinga, Pollard and Bhajji, then $4.5 mil deducted from $9.0 available for a franchise to buy players. What Sachin has got paid only the Ambanis and him know. My guess is much higher than $1.8 mil p.a.

  • on May 20, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    we love sachin.... thats y we pray for MI to win

  • on May 20, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    we love sachin.... thats y we pray for MI to win

  • Acha12155 on May 20, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    I'm a Chennaiite support CSK whole heartedly because of the regional bond. I have been supporting RCB as I moved to Bangalore and I support RCB only for Anil Kumble. Nevertheless, Sachin's team should win this IPL...go MIs.

    Glad to see Shah Rukh's team performing this season!!!

  • on May 20, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    If there is a cricket match between Aliens and Human( whoever wins gets our planet) and if Sachin plays for Aliens.... i will support Aliens...

  • on May 20, 2011, 6:38 GMT

    i am priviledged to watch master batsman like SRT since his debutand to me cricket means SRT and he is god to cricket and ma idol i dont think any one of his calibere can emerge he is Superman ,Superstar, Maestro and above all god of cricket indeed salute to maestro love u Sachin

  • Quazar on May 20, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    No need for an article, everyone has been well aware of the "Tendulkar effect" for 2 decades. Even here on Cricinfo... somehow or the other almost every comments section turns into a Tendulkar debate! But today's match is EXTRA-SPECIAL... call it the "Tendulkar-Warne effect"... makes me a little sad that it's the last time. And I sincerely hope all Indians at the ground will give Sachin's friend Warnie a really warm, and vociferous, farewell!

  • on May 20, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    where ever there is god there will be a devotee. Love ya Sachin....

  • Quazar on May 20, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    No need for an article, everyone has been well aware of the "Tendulkar effect" for 2 decades. Even here on Cricinfo... somehow or the other almost every comments section turns into a Tendulkar debate! But today's match is EXTRA-SPECIAL... call it the "Tendulkar-Warne effect"... makes me a little sad that it's the last time. And I sincerely hope all Indians at the ground will give Sachin's friend Warnie a really warm, and vociferous, farewell!

  • on May 20, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    $1.8 million is official amount to keep any player, but un-officially it is much higher than that........

  • on May 20, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    I toured India last year from Sydney just to experience the IPL. I did not miss any opportunity to watch Mumbai play and watch Tendulkar bat. What great memories despite going down in the final but that too was against Dhoni so all in good harmony.

  • on May 20, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    I AM A RESIDENT OF PUNE....BUT MY HOME TEAM IS MUMBAI INDIANS.....SACHIN.....SACHIN....

  • on May 20, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    @ abhi_cricinfo : 1.8 million $ per season

  • on May 20, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    I am a Mumbai supporter.. Cause Sachin is playing for Mumbai..

  • on May 20, 2011, 3:22 GMT

    Sachin is a great factor for Mumbai Indians

  • abhi_cricinfo on May 20, 2011, 3:19 GMT

    Can somebody tell me what is SRT's salary in IPL ?

  • bismoy on May 20, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    Sachin is the World greatest cricketer,Infact if sachin was not there world cricket would not have been commercially successful....Such has been impact of sachin that goes beyond batting.Long Live the Legend.

  • Hindh on May 20, 2011, 2:37 GMT

    We love u SACHIN........ Mumbai to win IPL....

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  • Hindh on May 20, 2011, 2:37 GMT

    We love u SACHIN........ Mumbai to win IPL....

  • bismoy on May 20, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    Sachin is the World greatest cricketer,Infact if sachin was not there world cricket would not have been commercially successful....Such has been impact of sachin that goes beyond batting.Long Live the Legend.

  • abhi_cricinfo on May 20, 2011, 3:19 GMT

    Can somebody tell me what is SRT's salary in IPL ?

  • on May 20, 2011, 3:22 GMT

    Sachin is a great factor for Mumbai Indians

  • on May 20, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    I am a Mumbai supporter.. Cause Sachin is playing for Mumbai..

  • on May 20, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    @ abhi_cricinfo : 1.8 million $ per season

  • on May 20, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    I AM A RESIDENT OF PUNE....BUT MY HOME TEAM IS MUMBAI INDIANS.....SACHIN.....SACHIN....

  • on May 20, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    I toured India last year from Sydney just to experience the IPL. I did not miss any opportunity to watch Mumbai play and watch Tendulkar bat. What great memories despite going down in the final but that too was against Dhoni so all in good harmony.

  • on May 20, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    $1.8 million is official amount to keep any player, but un-officially it is much higher than that........

  • Quazar on May 20, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    No need for an article, everyone has been well aware of the "Tendulkar effect" for 2 decades. Even here on Cricinfo... somehow or the other almost every comments section turns into a Tendulkar debate! But today's match is EXTRA-SPECIAL... call it the "Tendulkar-Warne effect"... makes me a little sad that it's the last time. And I sincerely hope all Indians at the ground will give Sachin's friend Warnie a really warm, and vociferous, farewell!