Mumbai v Kolkata, IPL 2013, Mumbai May 8, 2013

'Aggressive' Tendulkar keeps on sharing and enjoying

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As Mumbai Indians dealt Kolkata Knight Riders' chances of defending their IPL title an almost fatal blow on Tuesday, beating them by a whopping 65 runs, Sachin Tendulkar served up his most impactful showing of the season till now. Even as his opening partner Dwayne Smith struggled to score at a run-a-ball, Tendulkar knocked off 48 off 28 at a strike rate of 171.42 to help set his team on their way to 170.

Till the Knight Riders game, Tendulkar had been striking it at a rather sedate rate (after the game, his season's strike rate stands at 125.13). However, he has looked to be aggressive whenever he has got in, Tendulkar said. "If you look at the whole season, whenever I've batted, I've not been able to spend much time in the middle. But whenever I've batted, I think it has been pretty aggressively," he said after the match. "Every day you can't go out and find the middle of the bat. This [Wankhede pitch] is the kind of surface where there's a bit of help too upfront for the seamers, and so when you're striking the ball well, you should be aggressive and make the most of it.

"Today was one of those days when I was striking the ball well and I thought that if I'm striking the ball well, I should be the one who is more aggressive."

He has been enjoying his time in the IPL, Tendulkar said, and "sharing" with his Mumbai Indians team-mates. "I'm enjoying, I'm in love with this game. The passion for the game is very much there, so whatever time I get on the field I make the most of it.

"It's all about give and take [with team-mates]. It's not about just being one-way traffic, where I just keep saying things and I don't absorb anything from them. I've learnt a lot from many guys in the team and it's about discussing cricket. The more you discuss the better you get, the more you know. It's all about sharing."

Dinesh Karthik, meanwhile, continued his prime form for Mumbai Indians, stringing together 34 not out off 18 in the victory. He and the team have been benefitting a lot from Ricky Ponting's presence, Karthik said. "The other day I had a doubt and I walked up to Ricky. All he said was that if you see the ball and think you can hit it, you hit it," Karthik told the IPL site. "That, I thought was a very positive input and the one I really liked.

"He is the biggest thing to have happened to Mumbai Indians. He has this aura about him and he brings in a lot of positive energy into the team. Some of the things that he says in team meetings and some of the points he brings to the fore are really hair-raising. He is the key reason for us to be so positive and motivated."

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  • on May 8, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    Yesterday's innings by Sachin was perhaps his best in this IPL. I am happy to have seen him batting from his stand in Wankhede Stadium. He was on front foot yesterday and Gavaskar always says that when Tendulkar is on frontfoot, he means business and that's what he meant. Smith took ages to rotate the strike and hence Tendulkar couldn't get to his 50... But nevertheless, its dangerous for other teams that Tendulkar is now coming back to his good form... He batted beautifully last night for those 48 runs...

  • Nandu85 on May 8, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    Let me start by saying I am an ardent Sachin Tendulkar fan and he has been my favorite for a long time. I understand the public rage about aging Tendulkar and his forgotten techniques and styles that he developed, mastered, and mauled the bowlers in the 1990s and early 2000's. To be honest, it hurts me to see Tendulkar not playing with the same ease and versatility that he used to all his years playing cricket. I agree hes not playing at his best and probably will never be at his best again. But thats what age does to you. K.Bryant, Federer, Tiger woods to name a few, champions of their games, also had their peak and probably will never have that ever in their career. But what impresses me is that their dedication, perseverance, hard work to continue: True champions. Tendulkar may not be at the best, but he still is playing at a high level and still scoring at an international level. His averages and numbers still indicate that. Respect what he can do at this age wht somone in 20s cant

  • on May 9, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    @maddy! At 40 Sachin can play his stroke in the Mumbai pitch (ball is moving initially), but at the same time CSK team which consist of core Indian batting failed to score even 100 runs(MSD came at No.8 against MI, because the ball is seaming initially). I think you are mad of criticizing at Sachin. But it is like standing on the floor and shouting at the Mountain. Also think of other players performance against England where India Lost 5-0, before criticizing the God of Cricket.

  • kristee on May 9, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    Perhaps cricket is the worst game for which a player's popularity and utility clash.

  • Rahulbose on May 9, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    If Muhammad Ali had ever played in WWE, if Micheal Jordan had ever played in the D league, that would be similar to what Tendulkar is doing in IPL.

  • maddy20 on May 8, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    @Viswanath Ajikumar One impact performance in 12 games and the Sachin-fan-clan is going gaga! It was a knock against a pathetic team that was already of out of contention! I suggest you watch the highlights of Ind vs Aus test series in India(where he has played one good knock in 8 innings-83 in the first test). He will be a sitting duck in SA, like he was in Aus and England. You will see!

  • on May 8, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    All said and done , it is a fact that Sachin is struggling with his form. It also shows one more thing - that the game has evolved- moved on. Some of the shots that current day players like Ab de Villiers , MSD , Kevin Petiersen play are simply outrageous. Another key thing with aging is that you need to intensify your training in order to compete with younger guys. This is an area which Rahul Dravid has mastered. He is physically much more fitter than the other veterans like Sachin and Ponting. The later two are clearly late on the ball + not bringing the bat down in time and that is one reason why they are getting LBW or bowled. This is more a fitness thing.Let us hope for the tournament's sake that Sachin continues the form that he showed in the last match. But deep inside I feel he will not be able to.

  • Sudhir29 on May 8, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Sachin loves the game and is the games best student. He may be not where he was in the 90's or just before the world cup (2011) but is good enough to be in the team. I feel people who bother about their legacy try and retire in their so called prime. Sachin's love is the game. So go on Sachin !!!

  • concerned_cricketer on May 8, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    This pearl of wisdom being attributed to Ricky Ponting "if you see the ball and think you can hit it, you hit it" - is the author actually taking the mickey? Players say a lot of stuff that means a lot to them in the context they were in. Without giving all of the context if you print statements like this, what's the reader supposed to make of it?

  • on May 8, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    Kindly leave, haters. Even the 2013 , 40+ version of Sachin is owning you. Grow a sense of shame, his 24+ yr career is more of owning you than making records.

  • on May 8, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    Yesterday's innings by Sachin was perhaps his best in this IPL. I am happy to have seen him batting from his stand in Wankhede Stadium. He was on front foot yesterday and Gavaskar always says that when Tendulkar is on frontfoot, he means business and that's what he meant. Smith took ages to rotate the strike and hence Tendulkar couldn't get to his 50... But nevertheless, its dangerous for other teams that Tendulkar is now coming back to his good form... He batted beautifully last night for those 48 runs...

  • Nandu85 on May 8, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    Let me start by saying I am an ardent Sachin Tendulkar fan and he has been my favorite for a long time. I understand the public rage about aging Tendulkar and his forgotten techniques and styles that he developed, mastered, and mauled the bowlers in the 1990s and early 2000's. To be honest, it hurts me to see Tendulkar not playing with the same ease and versatility that he used to all his years playing cricket. I agree hes not playing at his best and probably will never be at his best again. But thats what age does to you. K.Bryant, Federer, Tiger woods to name a few, champions of their games, also had their peak and probably will never have that ever in their career. But what impresses me is that their dedication, perseverance, hard work to continue: True champions. Tendulkar may not be at the best, but he still is playing at a high level and still scoring at an international level. His averages and numbers still indicate that. Respect what he can do at this age wht somone in 20s cant

  • on May 9, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    @maddy! At 40 Sachin can play his stroke in the Mumbai pitch (ball is moving initially), but at the same time CSK team which consist of core Indian batting failed to score even 100 runs(MSD came at No.8 against MI, because the ball is seaming initially). I think you are mad of criticizing at Sachin. But it is like standing on the floor and shouting at the Mountain. Also think of other players performance against England where India Lost 5-0, before criticizing the God of Cricket.

  • kristee on May 9, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    Perhaps cricket is the worst game for which a player's popularity and utility clash.

  • Rahulbose on May 9, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    If Muhammad Ali had ever played in WWE, if Micheal Jordan had ever played in the D league, that would be similar to what Tendulkar is doing in IPL.

  • maddy20 on May 8, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    @Viswanath Ajikumar One impact performance in 12 games and the Sachin-fan-clan is going gaga! It was a knock against a pathetic team that was already of out of contention! I suggest you watch the highlights of Ind vs Aus test series in India(where he has played one good knock in 8 innings-83 in the first test). He will be a sitting duck in SA, like he was in Aus and England. You will see!

  • on May 8, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    All said and done , it is a fact that Sachin is struggling with his form. It also shows one more thing - that the game has evolved- moved on. Some of the shots that current day players like Ab de Villiers , MSD , Kevin Petiersen play are simply outrageous. Another key thing with aging is that you need to intensify your training in order to compete with younger guys. This is an area which Rahul Dravid has mastered. He is physically much more fitter than the other veterans like Sachin and Ponting. The later two are clearly late on the ball + not bringing the bat down in time and that is one reason why they are getting LBW or bowled. This is more a fitness thing.Let us hope for the tournament's sake that Sachin continues the form that he showed in the last match. But deep inside I feel he will not be able to.

  • Sudhir29 on May 8, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Sachin loves the game and is the games best student. He may be not where he was in the 90's or just before the world cup (2011) but is good enough to be in the team. I feel people who bother about their legacy try and retire in their so called prime. Sachin's love is the game. So go on Sachin !!!

  • concerned_cricketer on May 8, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    This pearl of wisdom being attributed to Ricky Ponting "if you see the ball and think you can hit it, you hit it" - is the author actually taking the mickey? Players say a lot of stuff that means a lot to them in the context they were in. Without giving all of the context if you print statements like this, what's the reader supposed to make of it?

  • on May 8, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    Kindly leave, haters. Even the 2013 , 40+ version of Sachin is owning you. Grow a sense of shame, his 24+ yr career is more of owning you than making records.

  • on May 8, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    Let's be a little honest here. Sachin would never be dropped by MI. Half the crowd turns up just to watch him bat. Half the advertisers advertise because of Sachin. Sachin is a marketing machine now. Even if he didn't want to bat, he would still be asked to.

    The same happened with Adam Gilchrist in KXIP, according to some reports. He is the only big, recognizable name in their line-up. Without him, KXIP just becomes a little less attractive to advertisers and the audience. Gilchrist, from what I've heard, had to fight to sit out of the matches..the management just wouldn't let him.

  • TheScot on May 8, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    After looking at the attitudes, or rather bad attitudes, of cricketers like - Virat, Rohit, Gambhir, Ambati, I would say - we need Sachin much more than before. May be not as the swashbuckling batsman he was but as a statesman, a senior spokesman, a brand ambassador of Indian cricket, or Indian sports in general. More so after the retirements of Dravid and Laxman recently. I believe sports and sportsmen are not just limited to competing and winning, they serve a lot bigger purpose than those. They, many times, help a nation identify itself and give direction, and guide its youth. When I was growing up, Sachin, Kapil, Kumble, Vishy Anand, and Paes were my guidelines among the sportsmen. Very successful in their careers, impeccable in their conduct, and respectful in their attitude. I cringe everytime I see the cricketers mentioned in the first line, giving eye balls to each other. Thats not what I would have liked to become - and did not, thanks to Sachin and Co.

  • Playfair on May 8, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    I still think SRT is India's best batsman and in the current IPL he has got starts but hasn't gone on to score ... Dinesh Karthik has expresses his talent really well along with Rohit Sharma. The unsung hero for me is Ambati Rayudu who I feel must bat ahead of Pollard, the lad is very able and talented and should playing at the highest level ..

  • Abhishek.2626 on May 8, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    And coming to Sachin holding up places for Youngsters... In tests.. we have still not found replacements for Dravid n Laxman.. say if there were 2-3 dravids waiting in the wings.. even if u ppl criticise sach.. it makes sense.. but cmon. there is noone. n in the IPL.. 9 teams. 7 indians per team is 63. minus sachin=1 . so you mean to say there are 62 brilliant players who can "ALL" enter the Indian team any time. and Sachin is blocking the future of that one.. 63rd super talented cricketer who is not able to find a place in the IPL? If thats wat u think... nobody can argue

  • Abhishek.2626 on May 8, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    All those Sachin Critics out there... I dont get it how you ppl expect him to still play like he did in his twenties! .. there has been a dip in form.. but still. on current form.. he deserves a place in the MI team. n everybody says.. PAST records r past.. but CMON.. in his case.. they are gigantic. not just the stats. but his contribution to Indian sport or crick in general is enormous.. a sach averaging 20 in IPL brings in 100 times more crowd than a Mandeep Singh or Rayudu averaging 30

  • on May 8, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    @Anish Swaminath - Who's path is blocked by Sachin? IPL T20 is a Franchise Concept. He was bought by MI and its completely up to the Franchise to push him out of the team. Sachin is not playing to T20 Internationals and ODI International either. He's only part of the Test Team and I am sure quite sure he will retire from that as well in the near future. IPL is pure timepass and performances bad or good should not become a benchmark for including players in ODI or tests. If Vivian Richards would be fit enough to play any form of cricket I am sure he can still be brought back. The point is you cannot suggest a player to retire from playing bcoz he is 40. I won't retire from playing if I still have the passion to play the game be it cricket or anything else. I am sure Sachin is professional enough to understand his fitness levels and is sensibly balancing by playing limited number of games.

  • on May 8, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    Sachin is a shadow of his own self. He is so self obsessed that he cant see whats obvious to everyone else. He must retire from T20 after this IPL. I Expect him to struggle big time in Test cricket during SA series.

  • SpeedCricketThrills on May 8, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    It was nice to see Sachin play well, fluently and score runs that made a difference to the result. However, it is time for Sachin to follow in the footsteps of Dravid - retire from all formats except IPL and enjoy IPL. As one can see in this IPL, Sachin has scored just over 200 runs with an average SR of 125 from 12 matches at an average below 20. It is not the Sachin we saw in the past - in contrast, we are seeing the same Dravid we have seen for many years. Sachin should delight his fans and this can happen only if his success percentage improves.

  • on May 8, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    I still don't understand what people want ? Most of you guys have been crying for Sachin to step down and make way for the new talents. He gave up 20-20 a long time ago, and recently he gave up ODI's as well. what else do people want ? If tomorrow sachin is seen walking on the road you people would still cry for him to not to be on the road as in a way or the other he would be blocking someone's path. He is good and suitable for Test Cricket, so let him do that. Even in IPL what other local talent do we have in MI team that can replace Sachin ? Name One good player who can take his place ? I don't see anyone as of now in the current list who could possibly be a better replacement. So, please stop crying guys.

  • on May 8, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    retire gracefully little master. The 2013 version of you is embarrassing

  • on May 8, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    oops...my bad...i meant high quality bowlers when i included warnie in it...and add murali to the list as well...

  • PTtheAxis on May 8, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    oh so ponting has been brought over all the way from oz for however many zeros of dollars to say ' if you see the ball and you think you can hit it, hit it'. thanks to karthik for clearing this up as pontings role in MI setup was highly unclear. on the same not maxwell must have some great things to say too behind the scenes for his million dollar fee.

  • on May 8, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    @sandy_bangalore: bro you've got it all wrong. there is now way you can say that sachin made a career out of flat pitches. That would be like saying Asha Bhosle made a career out of item songs alone. Yes, he has scored runs in flat pitches, but he has been one of our best batsmen overseas as well, scoring some amazing hundreds in venomous pitches and against high quality pace bowlers like Mcgrath, Donald, Warne, Ambrose, Walsh, Steyn etc at their prime. That's not something you'd say about a guy who made his career on flat pitches...is it?

    Sachin is an all time great...but now it's time to move on...time waits for none...not even for Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar !

  • on May 8, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    Guys I'm sick and tired of listening about Sachin's innings in rawalpindi and perth and Sharjah. Sachin WAS the best player we had in that decade when pure batting beauty and talents is concerned. Better than Dravid, better than Sourav, better than most in the world for that matter. What I don't understand is the reluctance of Sachin fans (and the man himself) to acknowledge the fact that he is past his prime now and is blocking the way for someone who might end up being even half as good as Sachin of old, which would do wonders for the team.

    And to all those fanboys who keep on going about how sachin is still the best due to his performances in perth and sharjah and what now. Lets do one thing. Let's bring Sir Viv back out of retirement and make him play for West Indies. I mean, look at all those innings he played to demoralize his opponents. That hundred in 1979 final, that swagger, those sixes. What if he is old now? Age doesn't matter for you guys isnt it? Good idea? I think NOT!

  • on May 8, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    @Hayden Shephard : I dont agree with your point that Smith is playing better than Sachin. Smith has been picked to HIT in the initial overs and Sachin has been given the role of anchoring the batting. If you look how many balls Smith is playing to get his scores you would realize that the strike rate is pretty ordinary, just 108! He has scored total of 260 from 242 balls since Ponting has dropped himself. There is a strategic failure on part of MI, he is playing the role of an anchor and Sachin is playing the role of hitter which both are not. Also if you have closely observed Smith struggles to middle the ball till 6-8 overs and then he is able to hit it, this brings in a lot of pressure on all his team mates including the players who have to come in. As an option I would want to see Maxwell being tried for the opening pair or Rohit/DK/Rayudu taking the opening spot with Sachin and Maxwell to replace Smith as a hitter batting somewhere in the middle of the order if not opening.

  • Edassery on May 8, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    Finally Tendulkar realizes that he has a batting role to play in IPL!

    Though he mae two good scores in this edition of IPL, he and the likes of Gillchrist etc have been burden for their respective teams in this particular format. They are just too old to play the fast game - Look at the manner in which these two were getting out match after match!

  • on May 8, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    Tendulkar is a great yes but has struggled in ipl 2013 fullstop........one innings of substance and everyone goes crazy..........Dwayne Smith continues to perform and even out perform him at the top of the order.......even so to his more illustrious and considerably lucky caribbean counterpart Kieron Pollard........great going Smitty 246..........

  • Nitintnd on May 8, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    Don't be harsh for SRT. The man has done enough for Indian cricket. Dont forget that he has bridged the senior generation with present team which is world cup winner. He has helped to change cricket from game to gamut. I dont think Sachin needs to prove himself after serving nation for more than 20 years. . . .

  • Nandu85 on May 8, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    About this article being hyped up and biased: I don't think there is any other cricketer dead or alive who has a fan base of Tendulkar. Media knows that very well and they are going to exploit their final chances as much as they can. But Im glad that they are doing this because I still would love to read about the master blaster just like other numerous fans.

  • Nandu85 on May 8, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    But I wouldn't say inclusion of Tendulkar in the team is only justified just because he has experience, wisdom, and knowledge that he could easily help the team with. His inclusion in the team is justified due to the fact that he can still perfom at the level of an average batsman and still works hard, is dedicated, and tries to do the best he can every time hes on the field. Besides he has earned the right to decide his own exit as he knows himself and the game of cricket much better than us the spectators and critics, most of whom have never even played in competitive level. This man had a huge impact in the game of cricket. Just give him some respect that he deserve. He has already left the one day side. He could have been selfish and stayed to complete his 50'th century if he was playing for milestones, but he didn't. Since he understands himself best and the game of cricket, I have no doubt he will do what he thinks is the best for the country. Just give him time.

  • tony122 on May 8, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    @sandy_bangalore- It seems by some fate of luck you are always sleeping when Tendulkar scores runs on not so flat piches. or maybe in those days by some chance power in your locality is cut and by an equally impressive chance event your newspaper does not arrive next day. Tendulkar has numerous Test centuries in places like Australia,SA and Eng. And it's not just about runs but more the manner in which he got them that left everyone who watched them- biased or neutral or a fan boy mesmerized. Go and learn some cricket. Tendulkar won us the CB series in Aus in 2008. He was highest run getter for any side in 2003 WC. Watch his videos of 1992 WC in Aus and see the kind of stroke play he produced and the way experienced Austrlaian commentators were reduced to novice fan boys of a 18 year old. Tendulkar is simply along with Viv Richards the finest Test batsman to grace the bgame post Bradman.

  • moBlue on May 8, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    @sandy_bangalore: "tendulkar has made a career of accumulating runs in flat pitches..." ?!?!?!

    are you talking about sachin tendulkar, dude?!? if you are, i strongly recommend watching another sport like billiards or table tennis, and irritating fans in those sports with your incandescence and sparing those of us who are cricket fans!!!

    so... was i watching cricket in a parallel universe in 1989 when a young and raw sachin at 16 in PAK was attacked - pun intended - by the quick waqar younis and had his nose bloodied and cut the next ball - inevitably another merciless bouncer - to the deep point boundary? what about his first test hundred at perth or his phenomenal test hundred in bloomfontein in 2002 in sehwag's debut test? were those "flat tracks" too?

    what a ridiculous insult to a mindBlowing once-in-a-lifetime cricketer with limitless passion for batting and a never-say-die attitude who single-handedly fought for IND all over the world on all kinds of tracks through the 90's!!!

  • on May 8, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    @Posted by sandy_bangalore on (May 8, 2013, 6:33 GMT) whoaaa thanks for the enlightenment."Tendulkar has made a career of accumulating runs on flat pitches(in sharjah esp, when Aus was with a second string attack in 1998)." Shane Warne,Damien Flemming,Michael Kasprowicz I never knew they were Australia's second string bowling attack,you must surely be living in a parallel universe mate.Or were you born just last month.Take a bow mate.

  • Nandu85 on May 8, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    @ sandy_banglore. Tendulkar has not merely just been a flat track bully as you make him to be. Please go and check his averages in India and abroad. He has been very consistent with average of over 40 in India and abroad in all formats of the game (20/20 aside). I would post links here, but its rather easy to use STATSGURU in cricinfo to see the above notion. Besides, I would partially agree that Tendulkar has been "blocking" chances for youngsters only because of his recent slump. Yet, he still scores runs like any other average International batsmen. His current stats are still comparable to Dhoni, Karthik, Rohit Sharma, S. Raina etc. at international level (not 20/20) All The above mentioned batsmen might get dropped if they under-perform with the exception of Dhoni. Dhoni has established himself as a formidable captain and justifies his inclusion in the Team. Likewise, Tendulkar has experience, wisdom, knowledge, and talent which is also equally important. Continued.....

  • CricketMaan on May 8, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    What a bias! expect much more from you Cricinfo! if Ricky had got same amount of games, tell you what he too at some stage would have scored an 'Aggressive' 25 ball 40. Look at Dravid, quitely he has lead his team with no fanfare towards playoff. He is leading from front. I still respect for what SRT has done to World cricket, but enough of such unnecessary hype. IPL has enough dram to keep the hype going, so dont need such a bias!

  • on May 8, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    Tendulkar only needs to score couple of centuries and couple of fifties. He is not giving his place to another 16 year old ever! He was one, once. As sandy_bangalore said, its non-crucial as well. He has scored 40000 runs or more. But, very few times he has done a Lakshman or Heyden or Ponting. Its all about his stars.

  • SachinIsTheGreatest on May 8, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    @sandy_Bangalore one can list out Tendulkar's test match 100s away from home especially in SA, Eng and Aus but since you already have strong preset notions about him I doubt it would matter a great deal.

  • on May 8, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    Well played Sachin! Mumbai Indians could have added another 20-25 runs had Smith scored at a better rate.

  • naz139 on May 8, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    Ponting is the best superfan in the IPL lol

  • Naresh28 on May 8, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    @sandy_bangalore - unfair to say Sachin has only scored on flat tracks. 200 century's and many more 50's are in all parts of the world - surely. You cant tell me he has only played on the sub-continent. He was the top batsman in 2003 WC in SOUTH AFRICA.

  • on May 8, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    yes, he can knock more better innings in future... becoz he is yet a legend in this pariticualar fieldd

  • sandy_bangalore on May 8, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    Its amazing how 1 innings of 40 odd in a non-crucial tie has ensured that Tendulkar gets a writeup and plenty of plaudits. Havent we seen innumerable 40s and 50s already, by talented young Indian batsmen? Tendulkar has been blocking the place of a youngster for the last few years in all the teams that he has played,either India or MI, since no one can drop him. As IPL has shown we have no shortage of talent, with youngsters like Mayank, stuart binny, mandeep,unmukt,samson etc all showing wonderful promise(with their 40s and 50s).even against bowlers like Ishant, steyn,morkel etc Why isnt much written about them? Why is it that any good inings by these youngsters always have a "lets see how they fare in international cricket" attached. Tendulkar has made a career of accumulating runs in flat pitches(in sharjah esp, when Aus was with a second string attack in 1998). So when young Indian batters are called flat track kings, why dosent the same yardstik apply to tendulkar?

  • h_kap on May 8, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    Well played and said Sachin! And nice to hear about Punters positive impact in MI camp. Thank you Karthik for sharing.

  • on May 8, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    Aggressively! well he is best player there. But he is trying to protect his legacy in wrong ways. Apart from yesterday knock he hardly played long inning. His overall strike rate says, he has been not good. It is getting funny Mr. Tendulkar. Mumbai is there at top because of sharma, karthik and bowlers. They are hiding tendulkar failure.

  • Naresh28 on May 8, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    Sachin scoring a quick 30-40 in a T20 at a good strike rate is better than just spending time at the crease using up balls. In that match we saw what this master is capable of - no sixes just fours.

  • Naresh28 on May 8, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    Sachin scoring a quick 30-40 in a T20 at a good strike rate is better than just spending time at the crease using up balls. In that match we saw what this master is capable of - no sixes just fours.

  • on May 8, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    Aggressively! well he is best player there. But he is trying to protect his legacy in wrong ways. Apart from yesterday knock he hardly played long inning. His overall strike rate says, he has been not good. It is getting funny Mr. Tendulkar. Mumbai is there at top because of sharma, karthik and bowlers. They are hiding tendulkar failure.

  • h_kap on May 8, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    Well played and said Sachin! And nice to hear about Punters positive impact in MI camp. Thank you Karthik for sharing.

  • sandy_bangalore on May 8, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    Its amazing how 1 innings of 40 odd in a non-crucial tie has ensured that Tendulkar gets a writeup and plenty of plaudits. Havent we seen innumerable 40s and 50s already, by talented young Indian batsmen? Tendulkar has been blocking the place of a youngster for the last few years in all the teams that he has played,either India or MI, since no one can drop him. As IPL has shown we have no shortage of talent, with youngsters like Mayank, stuart binny, mandeep,unmukt,samson etc all showing wonderful promise(with their 40s and 50s).even against bowlers like Ishant, steyn,morkel etc Why isnt much written about them? Why is it that any good inings by these youngsters always have a "lets see how they fare in international cricket" attached. Tendulkar has made a career of accumulating runs in flat pitches(in sharjah esp, when Aus was with a second string attack in 1998). So when young Indian batters are called flat track kings, why dosent the same yardstik apply to tendulkar?

  • on May 8, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    yes, he can knock more better innings in future... becoz he is yet a legend in this pariticualar fieldd

  • Naresh28 on May 8, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    @sandy_bangalore - unfair to say Sachin has only scored on flat tracks. 200 century's and many more 50's are in all parts of the world - surely. You cant tell me he has only played on the sub-continent. He was the top batsman in 2003 WC in SOUTH AFRICA.

  • naz139 on May 8, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    Ponting is the best superfan in the IPL lol

  • on May 8, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    Well played Sachin! Mumbai Indians could have added another 20-25 runs had Smith scored at a better rate.

  • SachinIsTheGreatest on May 8, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    @sandy_Bangalore one can list out Tendulkar's test match 100s away from home especially in SA, Eng and Aus but since you already have strong preset notions about him I doubt it would matter a great deal.

  • on May 8, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    Tendulkar only needs to score couple of centuries and couple of fifties. He is not giving his place to another 16 year old ever! He was one, once. As sandy_bangalore said, its non-crucial as well. He has scored 40000 runs or more. But, very few times he has done a Lakshman or Heyden or Ponting. Its all about his stars.