Mumbai v Rest of India, Irani Cup, Mumbai, 3rd day

Tendulkar ton not enough to secure lead

The Report by Siddhartha Talya in Mumbai

February 8, 2013

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Rest of India 526 and 27 for 1 lead Mumbai 409 (Tendulkar 140*, Rahane 83, Jaffer 80, Harbhajan 3-64) by 144 runs
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Sachin Tendulkar acknowledges the applause for his half-century, India v England, 3rd Test, Kolkata, 1st day, December 5, 2012
File photo: Sachin Tendulkar equalled Sunil Gavaskar's Indian record of 81 first-class centuries © BCCI
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Before India's last major Test series, against England, Sachin Tendulkar had tuned up with a century against Railways in the opening Ranji Trophy fixture. Three months later, two weeks before another important Test series, Tendulkar eased towards another hundred, in front of a crowd several times larger than the ones that had graced the Irani Cup on the first two days. Though he grabbed the limelight, equalling Sunil Gavaskar's Indian record for most first-class centuries, and rescuing Mumbai after a middle-order wobble, Rest of India chipped away at a strong batting line-up to secure a potentially decisive first-innings lead. At stumps, Rest of India led by 144, but had lost opener Shikhar Dhawan in the second innings.

The Rest of India bowlers bowled slightly better than Mumbai had done - but were just as ill-disciplined, if not more, when it came to bowling no-balls that contributed to a poor over-rate - and were helped by a slice of fortune and some sloppy batting.

Two Indian Test hopefuls had reason to be upset today: Ajinkya Rahane, who looked good to get a three-figure score, was given out lbw after he inside-edged an attempted sweep off Harbhajan Singh; and Rohit Sharma threw his wicket away for a duck, top-edging a slog to be caught while trying to break free from a spell of 11 dot balls. Captain Abhishek Nayar fell cheaply, and at 257 for 6, Mumbai having lost 3 for 23, the burden of erasing a huge deficit fell squarely on Tendulkar.

Nightwatchman Shardul Thakur had fallen off the first ball he faced this morning, and his dismissal was greeted with a cheer on his home ground as Tendulkar walked in to replace him. Tendulkar looked comfortable against seamer Ishwar Pandey, but faced a testing first spell from Sreesanth, who ruffled him up with some bouncers, beating him as he tried to play the upper-cut, and even getting one to nip back in to rap him high on the pads. It was a little surprising that his spell stopped at six overs, immediately after he had prompted an error from Tendulkar.

Tendulkar warmed up with a couple of neat off-drives, one off his second delivery from Pandey, and waited to open up until Pragyan Ojha was brought on. He clubbed Ojha for a flat six over long-off, then threaded him through mid-on and midwicket next ball. Tendulkar retained his flow after losing Rahane, with whom he added 73, slog-sweeping Harbhajan over deep midwicket, but Mumbai were wobbling before lunch, by when Harbhajan, on a comeback trail himself, had accounted for Rohit.

Nayar nicked Abhimanyu Mithun to slip in the first over after lunch, but Tendulkar found a solid partner in Ankeet Chavan, who supported him in a century stand. As Chavan batted confidently at one end, dispatching freebies, defending solidly and even scoring off good deliveries, Tendulkar continued to take the Rest of India spinners to task.

Tendulkar was cheeky, scooping Harbhajan, paddle-sweeping Ojha, and then making room to carve the ball over extra cover. Sreesanth bothered him momentarily in a new spell, catching him on his shoulder, but Tendulkar drove him imperiously next ball to reach 99 and completed his 81st first-class ton with a single to square leg. This, on his way to going past 25,000 runs in the first-class format, still behind Gavaskar, who leads the tally for Indians.

Chavan had struck two fours in an over against Mithun, but pushed loosely at a delivery that nipped away, after having left several such deliveries alone during his 49, to be caught behind. Tendulkar kept going, driving superbly on the up against Mithun and Pandey, but was let down by the tail. He showed faith in Dhawal Kulkarni and Javed Khan, taking singles off the first ball of the over, hoping they would be able to negotiate the rest, but both ran out of patience, enticed by flighted deliveries from the spinners with the field brought in, and succumbed. Last man Vishal Dabholkar was lbw first ball, as Tendulkar watched on, stranded at the other end, having achieved a series of milestones but enduring the disappointment of conceding what could be a match-deciding first-innings lead.

Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 0:07 GMT)

This is another pity attempt to re-energized Tendulkar. ROI pulled Sreesanth soon after he forced an error. Pathetic!

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 10:19 GMT)

If he can score 140* against the "rest of India", then I'm sure ha can do it against , say, NZ. So let him keep playing

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (February 9, 2013, 17:01 GMT)

Harbhajan took-off Sreesanth from the attack immediately after Sreesanth ruffled up Statchin? And Statchin went on to score a century, just like other youngsters in the match. One has to question the motive of Harbhajan here for removing Sreesanth from the attack when the bowler is getting better of the batsman. Everybody knows that Statchin saved Harbhajan during the Symonds' episode. Looks like Harbhajan is now returning the favour to a batsman who now struggles woefully against pacers. If anyone remembers, Sreesanth was first selected to our team after he bowled Statchin twice through the gate.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (February 9, 2013, 13:54 GMT)

@ravichakra, miss you immensely on these boards bro. Please come back. Your posts are always a food for thought for people who think any individual is above the game and worse still, the team. I can imagine how you must be feeling with blind fan boys' reprehensible posts like - 1. "Statchin carried the burden of the team all alone for 23 years" when the fact is it was Dravid who scored the highest number of runs since his debut. Throw in VVS, Kumble, Bhajji, Sehwag, Zaheer, Srinath and the mighty Skipper Ganguly, one has to wonder how Statchin carried the burden all alone for even one test match since June 20 1996 (the day of Dravid's debut), let alone for 23 years or posts like I love Statchin and I switch off TV once he is dismissed - this is the heights of apathy towards your country and team. Just as their idol, his fan boys are also more interested in his individual performances than the team's fate. To be honest, I don't expect anything better from Statchin's fan boys.

Posted by sportofpain on (February 9, 2013, 12:05 GMT)

@Ravichakra- When a guy scores a hundred and is unbeaten, it is wrong to criticize him. when it is SRT, with the legacy of over 20 years of astonishing success, it makes these comments churlish. Why do we expect so much from one man? RD and VVS were fine players but Sachin's ability to dominate they did not have. Not even VVS although in the 2001 series he was India's best bat. At the age of 40 he is still out there putting himself to the test against the best in the world. It is he who goes out to bat, not you, not I. He is the superman. But he is not perfect. Why don't we just leave it at that and admire and respect the man and watch him as he winds down his outstanding career. He deserves that at minimum.

Posted by GRAMMY_SACHIN on (February 9, 2013, 12:02 GMT)

As usual stuff from SRT supporters. If he had failed in this match they would have said "What for he is playing. Just retire and don't block youngsters place in the team". Now that he has scored 140 odd, the same set of supporters talks of Bowling Quality (or the lack of it) or not protecting the tail or troubled by Sreesanth, etc.. Great stuff from all. But the best thing about SRT is his committment, Desire, Passion and preserverance towards cricket with which he serves World Cricket for the last 23 years which may not be repeated ever by anybody consistently. His above great supporters just need some reasons (good or bad) to make an issue out of an evenly matched and contested teams. May be SRT sneeezed or did not during his fieding !!. I am really tired of his great great supporters like Dravid_Gravitas. SRT is a simple cricketer who loves the game of cricket mates !! Enjoy till he retires !!

Posted by ravichakra on (February 9, 2013, 11:50 GMT)

@Venkat : It depends on what you like the individual or the game. My point is, if you like the game more than the individual, these very shots are played by the other centurions and high scorers as well, so what is the big deal in him playing those shots. As far as he being the greatest servant of Indian cricket, all along he has hogged the limelight whereas the true servants of Indian cricket never got their dues from the public and the BCCI (being questioned on the first signs of failure). @ Mayank - That is what I call double standards not what Dravid_Gravitas has written.@ Leggie - How many times has Sachin won us a match overseas as compared to his total runs and centuries overseas?

Posted by ravichakra on (February 9, 2013, 11:43 GMT)

@Mayank Kumar: What has SRT done so far - accumulated personal milestones. That was proven the moment RD & VVS retired (forced to retire), Test cricket in India has reached an abyss. If SRT is the force people reckon, it should have not mattered with the retirement of two loyals. The difference is there for all to see. He was always hogging the limelight (as in this match as well) where as the credit for playing for the nation and team cause should be given to RD & VVS. What is measured is how many runs were scored overall, but not in what situation. Significance of innings should be the measure and not merely run count. SRT does not even feature in the list (highest significant innings) of first 20 whereas RD or VVS have featured in that list. India needed him to fill the vacuum created by the retirement of the two, but as has been the case in the last 23 years, he was found wanting and struggling. One more time - all he can do is accumulate personal milestones!

Posted by   on (February 9, 2013, 11:34 GMT)

Some people are upset with the sun even if it gives us light!!!!There has not been a greater servant of Indian cricket than SRT. I saw the match yday and found that even though Sachin was troubled by Sreesanth for a max of two when he was struck on the pad and another when he took the ball on the ball was bombasted to the midoff fence....he was head and shoulders ahead of anyone else..Let us enjoy his performances as he will soon be walking into the sunset....people might be upset that he is continuing even at 39-40 but he is still delivering more than most others

Posted by ravichakra on (February 9, 2013, 11:02 GMT)

I had stopped following cricket and these blogs on the retirement of two great servants of Indian cricket - RD & VVS. But was itching to have a go after seeing SRT fans going ga ga over his century in domestic cricket. This article shows that he scored a century against lowly Railways and failed miserably against England, his pet boys now arrive where he can prove once again on flat batting wickets what a great player (accumulator of personal milestones)he is. If Sree who has been in wilderness can trouble him (surprisingly taken off), not sure what the international bowlers can do.@ Dravid_Gravitas - You are spot on that he has never batted well with the tail and bailed India out of difficult situations, instead has sheepishly surrendered after achieving his personal milestone as in last SA tour. And for the Sachin fans raving about his century, there are 3 other centurions in this match as well plus 80+ scores by others, so what is the big deal - just proving to be a flat track bully

Posted by Scheduler on (February 9, 2013, 10:30 GMT)

No point tiwary ,rayuddu hitting Big runs Indian Selectors are too lazy to take note of such evenings forget the highest run getters or wicket takers. They just keep saying there are no alternates to the bunch of useless opening and middle order bats in the current Indian Team.

Posted by JohnnyRook on (February 9, 2013, 9:54 GMT)

@ Dravid_Gravitas. VVS and Steve Waugh used to do exactly the same. Why were they considered one of the best batmsan with tail. Why this double standard when it comes to Sachin. Could it be because you are seeing things with colored glasses.

Posted by moscowman on (February 9, 2013, 7:31 GMT)

Except for the flash in the pan of 83 in one match,Rohit has done nothing. I do not know what pull he has gor to continue to be in the reckoning. Better men than him,especilly from Tamil Nadu have been deserted inspite of their performance being far better than Rohits!!!!! Something SMELLS!

Posted by   on (February 9, 2013, 6:12 GMT)

congrats Sachin. Well played. Hope you carry this form to the Aussies series. But one small suspicion, Sreesanth was testing him early in his innings, why was he taken off by Harbajhan ? Mumbai Indian it? point to ponder.

Posted by dadasupporterNO.1 on (February 9, 2013, 6:04 GMT)

unlucky dhaval kulkarni he 's better than likes pf sree,mithun,pandey etc. mumbai fielders just dont support him much they drpped many catches of his bowling even in ranji trophy.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2013, 5:30 GMT)

He had also scored a century before the England series and we all know how well he fared against England. The International bowling attack is different than the pedestrian domestic attack bowling at 130ks. In the last 2 years sachin's average is a poor 31.76 from 17 Test matches with no centuries whereas even R.Ashwin is averaging 45.84 with 1 century . Its time Tendulkar understands that he has got old for international cricket and gracefully step down rather than make a spectacle of himself.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (February 9, 2013, 5:13 GMT)

This isn't the first time Statchin took singles of the first ball with tailenders as his partners to remain not out. And he hoped that they would negotiate the rest of the over? Nothing surprising there. Shame!

Posted by   on (February 9, 2013, 5:02 GMT)

krishna kumar k .... i felt the same way .. but i think sachin started to struggle after he crossed 130 .. he's bending back ..this side that side ..maybe bit tired ... and finally gave strike to D.Kulkarni .. but untill that time sachin faced pace (most of time ) and D.K faced spin .... sachin needs to maintain fitness first for upcoming Aus test series .. and good that he got back into form

Posted by akpy on (February 9, 2013, 4:56 GMT)

Classic from pr3m, who obviously knows how to bat better than Sachin

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (February 8, 2013, 22:10 GMT)

Al_Bundy1 -- All high scores in all cricket, Test, ODI, Ranji, County etc are scored on batting friendly conditions. That is the nature and physics of the cricket game. But when Sachin scores it is pure class of orthodox and improvised stroke play and that is why he is the best ever batsman world has ever seen.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2013, 22:04 GMT)

Agree with everyone who says that the quality of bowling was poor. It is nice to see Sachin getting a hundred. However, what he repeats time and again is exposing tailenders to the strike. Is this a deliberate ploy to remain not out and improve his average? Or just the satisfaction of remaining not out? Whatever the case may be, this is one thing he cannot be proud of. I'd have rather seen him getting out as last man after going for quick runs after getting 160/170 instead of remaining not out on 140 odd, but exposing the tailenders to the strike.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (February 8, 2013, 20:58 GMT)

This is the problem with Ranji Trophy and Irani Trophy matches. They are played on batting paradises, where even the likes of Raina and Tendulkar can score centuries. On top of that you have club level bowlers - Mithun, Bhajji, and Ojha. You won't get such ineffective bowlers or such a flat pitch in a Test match.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2013, 19:06 GMT)

thing is the new bunch of players like rohit sharma and all play international matches so loosly but the gr8 SRT palys the domestic cricket very seriously .. thats seperates a player form a great player.

Posted by SevereCritic on (February 8, 2013, 18:45 GMT)

Even at 40, he is the best among his peers. His compactness, balance is amazing. For kids learning how to bat, watch his balance, how still his head always is, his impeccable footwork. Yes, there are chinks in his old armor - age makes even the best humble, the most divine a mere mortal. Here's a man who has performed with equal consistency on any surface in the world, against spin or pace. Only Lara matches his genius. I am proud to have been part of a generation that has seen Sachin and Lara at their glorious best.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2013, 17:43 GMT)

Sachin is great. ROI can beat mumbai but not Sachin

Posted by   on (February 8, 2013, 17:26 GMT)

i watched whole innings by master blaster it was very nice to see him scoring freely i hope he will continue this against aussies and win the series 4 us. keep it up

Posted by   on (February 8, 2013, 16:19 GMT)

What completely negated the effect of watching another Sachin Ton was the std of commentary. I mean the ton was good but have to be seen in perspective against the kind of bowling attack. But the way Sidhu was going on it was like Sachin was facing an All Time Best XI..and why Sachin can't shield the tailenders, its ohk sometime to give them 2-3 balls to face per over but what was the point he was trying to make by taking singles off the 1st ball of the over??The match had the potenital to be a cracker but the kind of pitch and the quality of bowling attack on both the sides has made it a complete diaster

Posted by Unmesh_cric on (February 8, 2013, 15:45 GMT)

Just when I was thinking Rohit Sharma has a good chance of making it to the Test team, he gets out for a duck. Damn! Hope he does well in the second innings.

Posted by pr3m on (February 8, 2013, 15:42 GMT)

Sachin was never an expert at batting with the tail, was he?

Posted by   on (February 8, 2013, 15:35 GMT)

@Kesav Koundiniya ..what you want Sachin to Do just retire for the sake of giving chance to Rohit and co..or you are the next big thing in Indian are the reason people like us get bored and SRT is the reason for billions to smile..who do you think cares about you?? One piece of advise please stop writing biased comment..

Posted by   on (February 8, 2013, 15:21 GMT)

I am not telling anything about the capability of Little Master but what he faced from Srishant was a demo of what awaits Indian famed batting lineup from Australian quicks. Mind you, it was only a demo, for Sri was not any way near his fastest. Even then that is the aggression you will see at international level. Disappointed to see the lack of aggression from other bowlers. Ishwar was good but intend was not there.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2013, 14:53 GMT)

ohhh tired of seeing domestic centuries from SRT. I am sure he will not to taken seriously by AUS, As they know how to stop him. Dhoni should not bank on SRT.may be last series and the end of an era kesav koundinya

Posted by   on (February 8, 2013, 14:48 GMT)

@ Albert_cambell : Dude who you call club level bowlers are the current best in the country thats why they are playing for Rest of India...Sachin went through a lean patch at the international and he's allowed that for all he's done for India. I am sure he'll come out with flying colours after Australia and South Africa series.

Posted by Paras.Rishi on (February 8, 2013, 14:40 GMT)

It was such a treat to watch him bat today, some elegant strokes right from the textbook, so much to learn for young batsmen. A top class innings in tough circumstances!

Posted by Albert_cambell on (February 8, 2013, 14:25 GMT)

He is going to be a wicket anyways. He can thrash all these club level bowlers in the domestic circuit. But at international matches he is a walking wicket now adays. I hope he finds some form in the test series against Aus. Otherwise india will be in SA by our steyn, morkel and Philander. I hope they dont make history by scoring the lowest total in a test innings.

Posted by agarkarno1 on (February 8, 2013, 13:48 GMT)

Without Agarkar, Mumbai cannot win this. He would not have let the 150 run partnership between Raina and Mithun to build, would have provided partnership with Sachin at the lower order. He is a true match winner for Mumbai and wish to say for India as well

Posted by   on (February 8, 2013, 13:46 GMT)

Tendulkar can bat but these runs IN INDIAN DOMESTIC CRICKET mean nothing if there are doubts in his mind about his ability at the highest level. If those doubts are there he's going to fail again in the upcoming tests. As good as he is he's not a player who handles personal cricketing pressure well as seen by his slumber to 35 test tons, and the 100 hundreds fiasco. I however wish him well but again if his demons relate to test cricket it is there that he has to get runs.

Posted by bobbi_143 on (February 8, 2013, 13:16 GMT)

Every sports person is bound to have a lean patch in his/her career and even Sachin had some. But remember he's come out with flying colors and huge scores after every such slump. I am sure he might have worked hard on whatever technical flaws that made him look silly earlier and beware Australians.. the GOD is at work..Sachin U R the god.. My gut feeling says Australia will suffer this time around and again it will be at the hands of their old foe SRT.

Posted by Haleos on (February 8, 2013, 13:12 GMT)

@ InsideHedge - Guess who will make a comeback? Not Jaffer. It is going to be the best opening batsman in India The tall and proud, invincible MR VIJAYI.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2013, 13:12 GMT)

A certain persistent anti-Dhoni fan was pushing and praising Ishwar Pandey as next big thing in Indian seam bowling. He was balmming Dhoni for not selecting Ishwar in the Indian team. I was curious to watch Ishwar's performance against Mumbai which had 2-3 Indian test players. I am seriously disappointed with his performance in this match. he got 2 wickets at 76. These two wickets were off a wicket keeper Tare who was made to open and another of a bowler who was asked to be a night watchman. And the fan was suggesting to drop current seamers to include Ishwar Pandey. Lets see what can he do in second Innings.

Posted by Haleos on (February 8, 2013, 13:11 GMT)

"He showed faith in Dhawal Kulkarni and Javed Khan, taking singles off the first ball of the over, hoping they would be able to negotiate the rest, but both ran out of patience" - Sachin did a VVS then? He is the main batsman. There is nothing as showing faith. He needs to take maximum strike and shield the tail. Who know Mumbai would have taken lead.

Posted by Haleos on (February 8, 2013, 13:09 GMT)

Why cant mumbai players stay at the crease and support SRT. And what to say about these useless umpires. It seems there are a lot of them even at the international level as evident from the SA-PAK match,

Posted by InsideHedge on (February 8, 2013, 13:03 GMT)

Congrats Sach. Mumbai still not completely out of it, they have a history of fighting back from these positions but their bowling is seriously weak. If I'm not mistaken, the entire attack has less than50 first class wickets amongst them. I see it as an opportunity for some of their bowlers to make a mark. Also hoping that Mumbai get a 2nd dig and Jaffer gets an opportunity to further knock on the selector's doors.

Posted by Leggie on (February 8, 2013, 13:02 GMT)

Let the Sachin bashing commence. The critics are there now to say that every time Sachin scores a century, the opponents win. Sadly, these are also followers of cricket, and for a prejudiced mind - no amount of logic can realign their thoughts.

Posted by sumit627 on (February 8, 2013, 12:49 GMT)

Another landmark by real superman sachin.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2013, 12:43 GMT)

well done sachin but his team once again make feel him unhappy

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