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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  • dummy4fb 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!

  • dummy4fb 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?

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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.