February 26, 2010

Tendulkar's glory untouched by fame

Tendulkar has given an adoring nation everything it has asked for and still managed to keep his game and his ambitions pure
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Sachin Tendulkar sugar-coated the recent reality of India and gave its people something to cheer about. It is not easy to possess the mandate to lift the spirits of such a large nation, but he has done that consistently. The comparison with Sir Donald Bradman is not restricted to his batting alone. Like the great man who brought cheer to post-war Australia, Tendulkar allowed India to momentarily forget fires and bombs and inflation and terrorist threats. It was like that with the century he made after England so graciously agreed to tour after the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai. It has been like that for a long time. For better or worse cricket is more than a sport in India; Tendulkar is more than just a cricketer. Where our elected representatives callously fritter away the mandate people give them, Tendulkar has stayed true to it.

And he has never forgotten why he started playing the game in the first place. The best have lofty ambitions when they begin but soon commerce, like a tenacious worm, gnaws into them. Fame surrounds them and prevents the fresh air of reason from breaking through. They acquire sycophants, that great curse of success. Playing the game becomes a means to a seemingly superior, but in reality hollower, end. Tendulkar has kept those demons at bay. He has made more money than anyone else in the game, acquired greater fame than is imaginable, but you could never guess that from the way he plays his cricket. He remains the servant, pursues the game with purity. Through the last decade India have been well-served by like-minded giants.

And he works as hard as anybody has. Lance Armstrong once said that he wins the Tour de France not when he is cycling down the Champs Elysees but when he is out in the mountains facing icy winds while others are cosying in their blankets for an extra hour. Two years ago Tendulkar realised that his future lay in the way his body coped; that eventually his body rather than a bowler would get him. During the first IPL, as he struggled with a groin injury, he admitted that he found continuous rehab very difficult to live with. Once fit, he was like the child again, able to do what he wanted without worrying about whether his body was accomplice or traitor. And so he trained harder and rested well. You could see the effect as he scampered between wickets. Tendulkar's delightful second wind is the result of what you and I have not seen: hours in the gym and in training.

The best have lofty ambitions when they begin but soon commerce, like a tenacious worm, gnaws into them. Fame surrounds them and prevents the fresh air of reason from breaking through. They acquire sycophants, that great curse of success

As a result, Tendulkar's endgame is nowhere in sight. He is peeling off centuries like he did in his prime. The old air of predictability is still around; he is grinding his way through when needed, clobbering the ball when required. In this extraordinary long-distance race he is running, this looks like a mid-race burst rather than the finishing kick his age suggests it should be.

So why has no one else scored a double-century in limited-overs cricket so far? Well, because it is very difficult for a start. Assuming 300 balls, you should expect to get no more than 150, which means you need to bat at a strike-rate of 133. You need to be mentally alert, because one casual shot, one moment of disrespect, could be your undoing. But, let's admit, the combination of pitches, outfields and boundary ropes has rarely tilted the balance so much in the batsman's favour. In Gwalior the groundsman told one half of the class they were not wanted. The bowlers were the extras in a movie, seeking, at best, a talking part. The stage had been prepared for Tendulkar but he still had to deliver an unforgettable performance.

Inevitably the question will be asked: what next? I know there is only one thing he genuinely covets, and that is not in his hands. In 12 months Tendulkar hopes to play his sixth and last World Cup. So far his relationship with the World Cup has been like that of a child who scurries to the rossogulla shop only to find it shut every time. If he was a golfer seeking a Masters win or a tennis player hoping to win another Grand Slam, he could plan for it but he doesn't hold the key to a win in a team sport. It must happen, he cannot make it happen. But what else? Frankly, I don't care.

Tendulkar's journey is about joy and purity and a landmark is merely a comfort stop.

Harsha Bhogle is a commentator, television presenter and writer

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  • POSTED BY Yorker_ToeCrusher on | March 1, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    With out doubt,Sachin is the greatest of all time.His 100 centuries will seal the debate for ever.

  • POSTED BY gr8_sachin_fan on | March 1, 2010, 18:56 GMT

    A Nation gets what it wants badly. Indian fans want personal glory and records, so that is all they get. And australians get 3 World Cup's, coz they want to win. Personal records is a distant thought for Ausies. Imran Khan may not be the name on top in a record list, but his undying will to win got his team the world cup, & and ditto with kapil Dev & Ranatunga. But our greatest hero is so obsessed with self and personal glory/records etc, he had an opposite effect on his team. The reason he failed miserably as a captain is coz the feeling his team-mates got was of a leader playing for self, so none of his team-mates could rise on the occasion. The same team was dramatically different when Saurav became the captain. Guess what, saurav always played to win. We fans are prepared to celeberate even more such records,and that is all we will get. Take this as a fact, "Our hero can never win us a world Cup". We need different kind of heroes for that.

  • POSTED BY vinaykn on | March 1, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    @SatyajitM : One more thing to add, dont confuse again. I dont expect major accomplishments and personal landmark records( like your master sachin 200* ) are not within the same match or tourney.Just, a great player must have these two tags along with all other components. It is my take only.My opinion only,Hope you dont ask what maradana did, pele did,kapil did gavaskar did etc. or dont call them they are nothing, their conditions are different, they did not do have somethingetc. If so everyone lacks something. Again Lead into another debate. Having high expectations of a person to be great is wrong? I dont think so. Anyway it is my personal opinion.Some time I argue if they are making others let down and talk cheaply unnecessarily.It is just countering as a matter argement, not disputing.Hope you understand.If I say 200* in small ground and flat pitch means countering their argument that others are not nothing compared to this. I dont mean to dispute sachin's 200.

  • POSTED BY vinaykn on | March 1, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    @SatyajitM: :) siorry if i confuse you. Confused is better than others let me happy with the 'confused'. I think you are confusing.I told zxaar that for me,means my personal opinion, just for my satisfication,I will think some one great if he had some major accomplishment and with some personal landmark record within the match itself.Basically I am not interested in accumalted stats.My take is that even if have 30000 runs before starting the match,it dont have much relevance to match result.I agree sachin has great stats, many mom.I never disputed.I dont have any problem anybody calling him great.I told out of discussion my opinion that I consider Bradman,Maradona,Pele,KapilDev,Gavaskar,Richard,Kara,waugh, etc.If we are talking about great there must be something great.That is what my take.I dont take some other names whom I like,though I dont consider great.I will get new tag even if I like some one also. Dont worry.I am 38.I am watching enjoying since before Sachin debut.Wrong?

  • POSTED BY SatyajitM on | March 1, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    Dear vinaykn, I am a bit amazed here. You asked zxaar about major accomplishments of Sachin, so I provided you link to a page which has a bunch of them. If match winnings knocks (and MOM) are not accomplisments then what are? Are you asking about fastest fifty, fastest hundred, six sixes, most runs in single innings? Why are those only worthful records? Lara has one with highest test score, Ponting has none. So, is Ponting a bad player? I don't think so. Kallis doesn't even have a double hundred in test but he is the backbone of his team's batting! And having fastest hundred in ODI will make Afridi a great ODI batsman?(having avg in mid twentees). Some of these records happen with flow of a match and if somebody conciously tries to get one of them he will be termed selfish. My friend, you have a very strange understanding of accomplishment. I cann't agree to it. I would surely not call you ISI,paskistani etc; but confused... maybe!

  • POSTED BY vinaykn on | March 1, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    @ SatyajitM:Thanks for the concern.Actually we are in different kind of discussion.I was asking the ODI record(just records) within a match.,howmany of sachin have(like best score in ODI,fastest fifty,fastest hundred,six sixes in over etc.) a match based Records.It is not for disputing your master and not the stats you mention in the blog.Kapil famous for fighting sprit,had a record 175* when eam is 5 wickets for some 10 runs.Gavaskar famous for chasing,had highest scores wihle chasing.No need to mention Lara 400*,500*.Afradi/Jayasuria famous for slog hittig,so they have record.Yuvraj famous for clean hitting, have six sixes,Malinga 4 wickets in four balls,it was a great effort.I just feel he is missing some of these records,he got it one 20 years.I am just asking these,not disputing what he had.Both are different.Please just dont curse,if ask for something and treat me as hater,sane,foolish,ignorant,ISI,paskistani etc. Lol.Really lots of fun here.

  • POSTED BY SatyajitM on | March 1, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    Dear vinaykn, zxaar would have mentioned 200 was one of the match winning knocks as there are too many and they can not be accomodated in a comment. Please go to the link http://sachinandcritics.com/sachin_is_a_match_winner.php which gives you a more clear list of match winning knocks and achievements by Sachin (I wasn't aware of the URL but it took me about 20 secs to pull it up). I am not going to go over all those details here, but one simple question, would somebody give MOM to person without match winning performance? Then why Sachin has 73 MOM in Intl games? The closest I am aware is Kallis with 50. Lara and Ponting have 46 each. All these people are very good players and contributed for their country. I need not tell you who is the best in modern era.

  • POSTED BY Neil247 on | March 1, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    Move over Don Bradman. Sachin Tendulkar is now the Greatest batsman of all time.

  • POSTED BY Rohan1 on | March 1, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    There are 2 possibilities here. 1 that the "emperor has no clothes" and 2 that the ppl making these claims "have no brains". So lets see. Considering the indisputable fact that the emperor has scored runs against all bowlers, all over the world , in all conditions, in all formats for over 20 yrs - and that he has 31000 Int.runs ,93 int 100s -inspite of battling numerous career threatening injuries ,incredible pressure etc and STILL at end of it avg. as good or better than any of his contemporaries inspite of playing much longer and having many many more runs. The original emperor only had other opinions but unfortunately no solid "runs" to back him up for longer than anyone. So, unfortunately - this leaves us with only the 2nd option- the bitter ,tiny minority who cannot comprehend genius then simply "have no brains". Sad.

  • POSTED BY vinaykn on | March 1, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    @zxaar: May be I am dumb and lacks of knowledge. That is why I am asking right? You must be super clever, so giving those answers. I am asking other than 200. You just mention 200 is one MORE. But you didnt tell me others, match winning personal records. I am asking major accomplishments. You didnt give me you are just telling "lot of". Can you please educate me. I really want to know what do you mean by major accomplishments. Please help.

  • POSTED BY Yorker_ToeCrusher on | March 1, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    With out doubt,Sachin is the greatest of all time.His 100 centuries will seal the debate for ever.

  • POSTED BY gr8_sachin_fan on | March 1, 2010, 18:56 GMT

    A Nation gets what it wants badly. Indian fans want personal glory and records, so that is all they get. And australians get 3 World Cup's, coz they want to win. Personal records is a distant thought for Ausies. Imran Khan may not be the name on top in a record list, but his undying will to win got his team the world cup, & and ditto with kapil Dev & Ranatunga. But our greatest hero is so obsessed with self and personal glory/records etc, he had an opposite effect on his team. The reason he failed miserably as a captain is coz the feeling his team-mates got was of a leader playing for self, so none of his team-mates could rise on the occasion. The same team was dramatically different when Saurav became the captain. Guess what, saurav always played to win. We fans are prepared to celeberate even more such records,and that is all we will get. Take this as a fact, "Our hero can never win us a world Cup". We need different kind of heroes for that.

  • POSTED BY vinaykn on | March 1, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    @SatyajitM : One more thing to add, dont confuse again. I dont expect major accomplishments and personal landmark records( like your master sachin 200* ) are not within the same match or tourney.Just, a great player must have these two tags along with all other components. It is my take only.My opinion only,Hope you dont ask what maradana did, pele did,kapil did gavaskar did etc. or dont call them they are nothing, their conditions are different, they did not do have somethingetc. If so everyone lacks something. Again Lead into another debate. Having high expectations of a person to be great is wrong? I dont think so. Anyway it is my personal opinion.Some time I argue if they are making others let down and talk cheaply unnecessarily.It is just countering as a matter argement, not disputing.Hope you understand.If I say 200* in small ground and flat pitch means countering their argument that others are not nothing compared to this. I dont mean to dispute sachin's 200.

  • POSTED BY vinaykn on | March 1, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    @SatyajitM: :) siorry if i confuse you. Confused is better than others let me happy with the 'confused'. I think you are confusing.I told zxaar that for me,means my personal opinion, just for my satisfication,I will think some one great if he had some major accomplishment and with some personal landmark record within the match itself.Basically I am not interested in accumalted stats.My take is that even if have 30000 runs before starting the match,it dont have much relevance to match result.I agree sachin has great stats, many mom.I never disputed.I dont have any problem anybody calling him great.I told out of discussion my opinion that I consider Bradman,Maradona,Pele,KapilDev,Gavaskar,Richard,Kara,waugh, etc.If we are talking about great there must be something great.That is what my take.I dont take some other names whom I like,though I dont consider great.I will get new tag even if I like some one also. Dont worry.I am 38.I am watching enjoying since before Sachin debut.Wrong?

  • POSTED BY SatyajitM on | March 1, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    Dear vinaykn, I am a bit amazed here. You asked zxaar about major accomplishments of Sachin, so I provided you link to a page which has a bunch of them. If match winnings knocks (and MOM) are not accomplisments then what are? Are you asking about fastest fifty, fastest hundred, six sixes, most runs in single innings? Why are those only worthful records? Lara has one with highest test score, Ponting has none. So, is Ponting a bad player? I don't think so. Kallis doesn't even have a double hundred in test but he is the backbone of his team's batting! And having fastest hundred in ODI will make Afridi a great ODI batsman?(having avg in mid twentees). Some of these records happen with flow of a match and if somebody conciously tries to get one of them he will be termed selfish. My friend, you have a very strange understanding of accomplishment. I cann't agree to it. I would surely not call you ISI,paskistani etc; but confused... maybe!

  • POSTED BY vinaykn on | March 1, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    @ SatyajitM:Thanks for the concern.Actually we are in different kind of discussion.I was asking the ODI record(just records) within a match.,howmany of sachin have(like best score in ODI,fastest fifty,fastest hundred,six sixes in over etc.) a match based Records.It is not for disputing your master and not the stats you mention in the blog.Kapil famous for fighting sprit,had a record 175* when eam is 5 wickets for some 10 runs.Gavaskar famous for chasing,had highest scores wihle chasing.No need to mention Lara 400*,500*.Afradi/Jayasuria famous for slog hittig,so they have record.Yuvraj famous for clean hitting, have six sixes,Malinga 4 wickets in four balls,it was a great effort.I just feel he is missing some of these records,he got it one 20 years.I am just asking these,not disputing what he had.Both are different.Please just dont curse,if ask for something and treat me as hater,sane,foolish,ignorant,ISI,paskistani etc. Lol.Really lots of fun here.

  • POSTED BY SatyajitM on | March 1, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    Dear vinaykn, zxaar would have mentioned 200 was one of the match winning knocks as there are too many and they can not be accomodated in a comment. Please go to the link http://sachinandcritics.com/sachin_is_a_match_winner.php which gives you a more clear list of match winning knocks and achievements by Sachin (I wasn't aware of the URL but it took me about 20 secs to pull it up). I am not going to go over all those details here, but one simple question, would somebody give MOM to person without match winning performance? Then why Sachin has 73 MOM in Intl games? The closest I am aware is Kallis with 50. Lara and Ponting have 46 each. All these people are very good players and contributed for their country. I need not tell you who is the best in modern era.

  • POSTED BY Neil247 on | March 1, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    Move over Don Bradman. Sachin Tendulkar is now the Greatest batsman of all time.

  • POSTED BY Rohan1 on | March 1, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    There are 2 possibilities here. 1 that the "emperor has no clothes" and 2 that the ppl making these claims "have no brains". So lets see. Considering the indisputable fact that the emperor has scored runs against all bowlers, all over the world , in all conditions, in all formats for over 20 yrs - and that he has 31000 Int.runs ,93 int 100s -inspite of battling numerous career threatening injuries ,incredible pressure etc and STILL at end of it avg. as good or better than any of his contemporaries inspite of playing much longer and having many many more runs. The original emperor only had other opinions but unfortunately no solid "runs" to back him up for longer than anyone. So, unfortunately - this leaves us with only the 2nd option- the bitter ,tiny minority who cannot comprehend genius then simply "have no brains". Sad.

  • POSTED BY vinaykn on | March 1, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    @zxaar: May be I am dumb and lacks of knowledge. That is why I am asking right? You must be super clever, so giving those answers. I am asking other than 200. You just mention 200 is one MORE. But you didnt tell me others, match winning personal records. I am asking major accomplishments. You didnt give me you are just telling "lot of". Can you please educate me. I really want to know what do you mean by major accomplishments. Please help.

  • POSTED BY vinaykn on | March 1, 2010, 4:40 GMT

    @prashant_goel. Thanks for commenting though you are not required.I never disputed the fact that Sachin scored many runs and contributed many runs and even India could not make 230 when scored.Agree he won the matches. beautiful. Agree he created chances, other didn't complete.No fault of him. Very good. I am looking for the innings kind of Amla played in the last test match while saving or chasing.He remain not out until last minute.Sometimes some out in the last minute.Some players did the winnings,some times happened to lose,sometimes draw.,GavaskarSteve Waugh,Lara,some normal persons did some times.But Sachin is Master,he should have plentiful. I believe we faced this situations manytimes.I am ignorant and badluck that I cannot find from cricinfo.From my memory, I cannot recollect.Can you help me. Dont you think this info make me more happy and educate me. By the way,is it in constitution that we must praise Sachin.But, I didnt say anything wrong to him.I know you are good you help

  • POSTED BY SatyajitM on | March 1, 2010, 4:08 GMT

    @gr8_sachin_fan, good on you to accept yourself as the child. As far as the emperor goes, he is not only appropriately dressed but is down to earth and at peace with himself :-)

  • POSTED BY vinaykn on | March 1, 2010, 4:08 GMT

    @SatyajitM:Lol.Just for not liking Sachin,I am getting the words sane,foolish,stupid,ignoranant,ISI even calling fellow countryman as Pakistani.Let this better standard with them,I am sure I can not achieve that standard.It is not arguement and we are not fighting the case.It is debate.Whatever I mentioned here simple stats only.I never fabricated stats.Interpretations are different.Though I didnt say anything on Sachin double hundred,take it as example.Everybody has to agree he scored 200*.It may be great to some and may not be to some other.What the issue here?So is it just listen whatever prasing Sacchin?I watch cricket.I can tell why I dont like Sachin.Does it make any difference?This discussion started,when somebody just reminding Belinda's knock.He did not dispute and compare with Sachin record.Then so-called fan started Belinda's knock is waste,no need of mentioning.That is rediculous that saying others is waste.Anyway lots of fun here from the 'fans'.I tell "my" reasons if ok?

  • POSTED BY gr8_sachin_fan on | March 1, 2010, 1:48 GMT

    atyajtM, the child is happy naked, it is not selfish and does not have any pretensions to greatness.. A state of mind the emporer cannot reach in his dreams even..

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2010, 21:35 GMT

    I came across a better last line than this one on some blog recently - I loved it to bits. It said:

    If Tendulkar's batting radiated heat in the first half of his career, today it shines light. Either way he remains the Sun.

    Whoever wrote it knows exactly what Tendulkar means to Indian cricket.

  • POSTED BY SatyajitM on | February 28, 2010, 19:31 GMT

    Guys, gr8_sachin_fan is a child as per his own admission (and Sachin the emperor). There is slight twist in the story, while the emperor in this case is magnificently dressed, the child doesn't have any cloth :-)

  • POSTED BY SatyajitM on | February 28, 2010, 19:10 GMT

    @Vinay Kumar Nagubandi, yes you sure have the rights not to like a player. But the reasoning that you give should make sense to others. If you say you don't like his style of play or you don't like his face or just say you don't like without any reason; it's fine. But if you say you don't like him because he doen't contribute to team cause then people are going to get to you. You must have sufficient information to support your claim. You talk about lack of match winning performances. A simple measurement would be MOM awards in Intl games. Sachin has 73 of them. Lara and Ponting have less than 50 and Kallis has exactly 50. Also, seen another meaningess comment saying he doesn't have double tons that's why his contribution is not good enough (though he has eighteen 150+ scores in test). By that logic Kallis hasn't contributed anything to his team batting wise as he doesn't have any double.

  • POSTED BY Gupta.Ankur on | February 28, 2010, 18:39 GMT

    people lets nor react to what some people have to say.Sachin is the greatest batsman to have played the game. People had asked him to retire even in 2005......then 2007........but what does sachin do? he goes on to do better and improve with every game.....thats the mark of a true genius..

  • POSTED BY drcardio1980 on | February 28, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    Tendulkar's contribution to Indian cricket is no more than Kapil Dev & Gavaskar.He lacks charisma or aura of a great player like Lara,Imran Khan,Richards etc.How we can even imagine that he is the greatest player of all times?????.Moreover we should stick to cricket only & refrain from issuing mentally or morally deficient remarks about others having difference of opinion.Thanks.

  • POSTED BY Neil247 on | February 28, 2010, 16:35 GMT

    I don't get it. This article is about the Greatest batsman that ever walked the earth. If some ppl (the tiny minority) don't like Tendulkar for whatever warped private reasons -that's fine - Simply buzz off from here and switch off the TV when he's playing.Simple!...But no- these ppl won't do it- they will watch and keep pouring out their deep psycological problems coz deep down they know they are watching a once in a century player.

  • POSTED BY prashant_goel on | February 28, 2010, 16:26 GMT

    I know that I don't need to comment on Mr. Nagubandi's posts. But looks like he have all the time to shout to everyone how useless was Sachin's 200. Go man do yourself a favour. Cricinfo has beautiful stats database. Think of one great player in world and then find how many matches he won for his team and then do same for Sachin. Easy way of doing this might me counting Man of the matches. (Dont do this I know Sachin had maximum ;). Lets talk about crunch situations there was a time when Indian were not able to chase scores around 230 if Sachin fails. but if he hit a century then it does not look like a crunch match, India got home in 40 overs may be it was his mistake. Ah.. again I typed so much to convince one guy who i know thinks He is the Smartest chap and not able to understand why million of people love Sachin. What it takes to play 20 years at top level.

  • POSTED BY zhaldev on | February 28, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    listening to critics of SRT i find that they really don't have enough knowledge of statistics- let alone cricket,to tell the facts SRT has won more matches for india than ponting and lara for their countries.check the stats.and by the way cricket is played by a team of 11 players not by one player.those who are boasting of lara's 400 and 375 they came when they had already lost the series by 3-0 and the latter they had already won the series.more fact, SRT is not the bunny of any bowler and did not struggled against any bowler like lara(mcgrath,bickel even warne) and ponting(bond,sharma,flintoff to name a few) did.

  • POSTED BY zxaar on | February 28, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    "For me a great player must have some major accomplishment together with match winning personal records within a match,though it is a team game. " - do you even read what you write or just fond of making fool of yourself on international site. Sachin is a player with lot of major accomplishments together with lot of match winning personal records. This 200 happens to be one MORE such record. I am sure you are not only dumb you did not even learn to read. Which is very clear from your lack of knowledge.

  • POSTED BY Kaushd on | February 28, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    anotehr 6 runs have made a vast diffrence........why no one could add them except SRT in last 40 years of ODI. And that's also without any chance and RUNNER>>>>>>>>>>>>>. Your are the great SACHIN.

  • POSTED BY gr8_sachin_fan on | February 28, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    Listening to all the comments of SRT fans, listening to Gavaskar, Shastri and the likes of Nasser Hussein etc, well all are admiring the Emperors Great Clothes.. It will take a child to remark that the emporer is actually NAKED.. If nothing else, Sachin's 200 has atleast made guys like them & harsha bhogle, Ayaz Memon etc lose their credibility by going irrationally overboard..

  • POSTED BY Pramod75 on | February 28, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    Personally, I like when ever Sachin bats the way he did in the past few months, but was never a die hard fan of Sachin. However, this does not and will never mean that he is not a champion. If not for winning enough matches, give the great man his due for playing for 20 years and still running hard for singles and diving to stop balls from reaching boundary. Give it to the great man for keeping his motivation levels extremely high despite being so rich. There are millions of people who would retire after getting so much wealth and adulation in life and at the same time there are millions of people who would crumble under pressure not able to handle the richness and adulation. Yes, these days there are no Fiery West Indian bowlers, there are enough flat tracks, not enough great bowlers (spin or fast) and there enough rules protecting batsmen. But, do not forget that all the other batsmen around the world since 20 years also have the same conditions.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    @Nixe: LOL.I love it.I am sorry if I hurt you.But cannot help I do not like sachin.Tell me if a person is multi-billionire, do you like just because of that?All those names likes Gavaskar,ImranKhan,Lara etc. I do not think it is crime. But I like Cricket. I watch cricket.But I did not feel much for Sachin.Is it wrong?Did I hate Sachin?Not at all.I just dont like him.If some one praise Sachin and say better than Bradman correct.Nobody can compare two in cricket. Right? Every situation is different. Also cricket is a funny game. Today you can 200* and tommorrw zero. It is like other games like 100meters sprit. If you cant clock 9.7, you can do atleast 9.8.For me a great player must have some major accomplishment together with match winning personal records within a match,though it is a team game. Others done it.Pele,Maradona,Bradman,KapilDev,Gavaskar,Lara,Richards,ImranKhan etc.Already doing blesphemy,If I name any you stone me to death:-)Please yourself praising Sachin.I have many other

  • POSTED BY Rohan1 on | February 28, 2010, 8:44 GMT

    Someone rightly said that there is a few nutcases in here who know absolutely nothing about cricket, but seem to be ISI sponsored!! Ha,Ha - how true!

  • POSTED BY CricFan24 on | February 28, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    ...And why are all you ppl even bothering about as a few clowns. As they say it takes talent to recognise genius. So as Lara said so memorably "Sachin is a Genius ,I'm a mere mortal" and "You know genius when you see it ,and let me tell you Sachin is pure genius"....So it is vastly apparent that certain ppl in here don't have the slightest clue about cricket/batting- so why waste your time and energy on them? We are here to celebrate the genius of the greatest batsman of all time- Sachin Tendulkar (if for whatever reason ppl dont like that (most of them are from one particular country)- fine. let them harp on -who cares?)

  • POSTED BY CricFan24 on | February 28, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    The 1st comment in the "numbers game" blog says it all : "Posted by prashant1 on (February 26 2010, 03:49 AM GMT).". Tendulkar had a bust up 2003 (except for the WC the whole of which he played with a broken hand)…and 05/06 when due to seemingly endless injuries he almost retired. It is literally just these 3 yrs when he stumbled and fell and when all and sundry filled their boots- that make a superficial look at "overall" stats "appear" that lara,ponting,dravid and the like are even remotely his equals. They are not- never have been,never will be.

  • POSTED BY CricFan24 on | February 28, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    The Very first comment in the "numbers game blog"says it all : "Posted by prashant1 on (February 26 2010, 03:49 AM GMT)."....And why are all you ppl even bothering about as a few clowns. As they say it takes talent to recognise genius. So as Lara said so memorably "Sachin is a Genius ,I'm a mere mortal" and "You know genius when you see it ,and let me tell you Sachin is pure genius"....So it is vastly apparent that certain ppl in here don't have the slightest clue about cricket/batting- so why waste your time and energy on them? We are here to celebrate the genius of the greatest batsman of all time- Sachin Tendulkar (if for whatever reason ppl dont like that (most of them are from one particular country)- fine. let them harp on -who cares?)

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    @drcardio1980, Wake up Mr. whatever....He has scored a double century in an ODI match. For god's sake show some respect to that man and not cribbing about his captainsy or his test achievements. (of course, if you are not a pakisthani)

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2010, 6:23 GMT

    Harsha is professional writer and has many suger-coated words.He will write like this only, because his cricketing job will not allow to do blesphemy on cricketing God.Like that many has written in years,we are reading.If anybody says anything,see this small forum itself, get stoning to death.I will just state stats on this big occassion of 200 by God in ODIS.Same God has 5 best scores which include four 200s and one 194*.Three of them against Zimbabwe,Bangladesh,NewZealing top criketing nations.There was 241against AU after failing three historical matches,which include the IN Overseas win in AU.There was much publicy for Ganguly/Dravid/Laxman/Sehwag,all of them fared well in three matches.Critisim was there on God,he struggled to play that knock.India needed to declare on the third day morning,finally it proved costly.India lose the chance of historical series win. For 194*, team required to declare forcefully in order to get win.Finally God showd displeasure in media on that declare

  • POSTED BY drcardio1980 on | February 28, 2010, 6:01 GMT

    Tendulkar can'nt take pressures of captaincy & tense situations.I know of his only 2 double centuries in test matches those also against teams like Zambabwe & Bangladesh.Dravid & Sehwag are much more better,one in terms of reliability & other is special.

  • POSTED BY Nixe on | February 28, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    Mr Nagubandi - My hats off to you. I always thought there must be someone who knows better than Don Bradman, Dickie Bird, Sunny Gavaskar, Michael Clerk, Imran Khan and yes Brain Lara too. We have found that person in you. You are welcome to dislike Sachin. Just like Sachin's achievemnts do not matter to you, it does not matter to me as to what you think about him. This is what Larea said 4-5 years back when he was asked if he was the best batsman in the world " We are mortals, he is not" May be I misunderstood it. When Lara said 'he', Lara was probably referring to you. Please do please yourself by hating Sachin. People who understand what batting is or what Cricket it won't care. To set record straight , the so called Vivian Richards did not win the 1979 World Cup. Colis King certainly did. The same Richards certainly managed to lose it for Windies in 1983. Of course Richards did not fail to win it against India in 1983, diffeerent game or double standards? Right? Cheers

  • POSTED BY gr8_sachin_fan on | February 28, 2010, 4:11 GMT

    Listening to all the comments of SRT fans, listening to Gavaskar, Shastri and the likes of Nasser Hussein etc, well all are admiring the Emperors Great Clothes.. It will take a child to remark that the emporer is actually NAKED.. If nothing else, Sachin's 200 has atleast made guys like them & harsha bhogle, Ayaz Memon etc lose their credibility by going irrationally overboard..

  • POSTED BY santhoshkudva on | February 28, 2010, 2:48 GMT

    i still fail to understand why he showed so much respect for paul harris on his test debut, and why we always seek to draw tests simply because it is convenient. tendulkar shall NOT be a great batsman till he shines in a fourth innings chase. dont quote madras test against england, because were it not for sehwag, our great batsmen would have played out a draw.and to those who say that it is a team game, there was a time when i agreed with you guys ........................................................................... ...............................................................................................till one day a lesser known person called Brian Lara came along and made pulling his team out of the woods single handedly a habit.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2010, 0:38 GMT

    @zxaar : I did not say anything wrong and you did not get back to me with facts. Facts are same both toyou, me and everybody.Everybody can have their own feeling, it is matter of personal interpretetion.You can see that 200* as great, I may not see as per current International Standards. Somebody can say watching sachin can be inspirational, for someone it may not be as he keep failing in crunch matches, and so-called fans take the devine words of 'CRICKET IS TEAMGAME',at the same time they glorify and magnify the personal records. If it is a a team game personal records should not be that much importance. It is not everyone's duty to paiais sachin or treat god of cricket. I dont like he showed displeasure on declaring when he is 194*in media,I dont like he showed displeasure for sending down the order in ODI and commented on team decision,i dont like the way he out in crunch.There are many I dont like it. Whats wrong in it.I can understand the standard of fans when we dont like sachin

  • POSTED BY pbs1979 on | February 27, 2010, 23:40 GMT

    @drcardio1980 - Sure..there is something you write from your imagination. Why dont you try and use the statistics feature of Cricinfo? You will soon find out that Sachin was the highest run getters of World Cup Twice out of the five he has played. One played in Subcontinent and the other Outside the subcontinent. He averages 58 when India wins and 33 when India loses...Has scored more then half of his centuries outside India. Flat pitches in India? Lara averages 35 and Ponting averages 39 on flat Indian wickets. Having said that...Lara, Ponting are the finest batsman alongwith Sachin of their generation. I would not just criticise players just for the sake of it!

  • POSTED BY sumithobby on | February 27, 2010, 22:51 GMT

    To any of the Sachin's Critics i would just ask them one thing to do and that is, pick a job you want to do and do it with same consistency and with same energy everytime you go out there to work and than also make all the people so happy around you and than i would see how successful you are and how deserving you are to criticize anyone, and that also a man like Sachin. He has been doing his job with same energy like the way he started it. It shows on his face and in his attitude that how proud he is to play for his country. He should be an idol for not only the cricket lovers but also the other people who dont like cricket at all. Just learn these things from him first. He is a perfect idol for anyone in this whole world for so many reasons and not just because he is the best batsman but of course because he is such a great person. And Sachin does not need to prove this to anybody that he is the best. He was, he is and he will always be the greatest and the best batsman of this time.

  • POSTED BY zxaar on | February 27, 2010, 21:04 GMT

    @Vinay Kumar Nagubandi "

    You can magnify whatever it is from sachin,but if some other said negatively, is it wrong?"

    keep it factual and nothing will be wrong. if facts are against your opinion you are wrong. Being wrong and right is not subjective thing. If you want to say something negative back it up with facts.

  • POSTED BY MaruthuDelft on | February 27, 2010, 20:59 GMT

    Sachin was never the world's best batsman; he is not a champion batsman; surely there is something missing; the champions' arrogance; we had only 3 champion batsman in the last 40 years; Viv Richards, Brian Lara and Barry Richards. Sachin fits in with near Champions; Greg Chappel, Martin Crow but he is certainly betterthan Ponting. Sachin's fame has a lot to do with his entry at 16 and the Indian tendency to blindly idolise.

  • POSTED BY pradeep_dealwis on | February 27, 2010, 18:55 GMT

    i think drcardio u have to be insane to call Tendulkar AVERAGE...likewise Vamsi to say he is better than the DON....the fact is Vamsi that the Don played on unprepared pitches, without protection, with matchsticks fro bats and long before money sustained players...he will remain for a long time the greatest batsman ever... and drcardio Tendular has proved himself on all sorts of pitches, against all sorts of opposition and in unimaginable pressure situation , personally i always thought Richards was the only ODI batsman better than Sachin, now i think Tendulkar is the greatest the short form has seen..or at least equal best. and as for not winning matches...quite the opposite he has carried the team on his back onmany occasion..it is that India fro a long time in1990s didnt have that many players to support him ( game winners anyway)..now of coures it is different with players like Dhoni and Sehwag

  • POSTED BY SatyajitM on | February 27, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    Problem with Sachin Basher's is that they 'think' too much without the knowledge of real happenings. One drcardio1980 thinks Sehwag wins matches when he plays well and when Sachin plays well they lose. So, Sachin has played 33 'useless' ODI centuries in winnings causes out of 46. Only problem is that next highest centurian Ponting has 29 centuries in total. Viru has total of 12 (he hasn't done justice to his talent in the shorter version to be frank). It is common knowledge that a century can set up an ODI (particularly when played with Sachin or Viru's strike rate). There is also the small matter that Sachin has 60 MOM in ODIs for his useless play ;-) In tests Viru does better with 19 centuries total but Sachin has 19 centuries in winning causes (far ahead of second ranked Dravid with 12 among Indian Batsmen). So, while Viru has come out as a good disciple (chela) the Guru remains the guru.

  • POSTED BY knowledge_eater on | February 27, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    See Harsha now do you think you should have allowed one of my the paragraph I wrote on your "Cricket in a Time of Terror" ? People don't realize that how much we need each other, unless they get into trouble. I hope nothing happens though. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8540742.stm Let's not bash each other, you never know when one needs other. Peace

  • POSTED BY vineetphysics2006 on | February 27, 2010, 16:55 GMT

    every time I WATCH TENDULKAR i get inspiration , I'm not a cricketer but only a cricket lover. What I LEARN FROM him most that how to handle the success ,the accolades ,and desire to succeed in your chosen field , it is a miracle that all the wealth and all the success has not gone over his head, I RESPECT HIM FOR HIS CRICKETING DEEDS BUT MORE THAN THAT i respect him as a most humble person , whose off and the on the field behavior have never generated any controversy and who has managed his success in an unbelievable manner...........we need tendulkar type person in every field who strive for excellence.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    What is all this rubbish? If anybody dont like Sachin means is it crime? You can magnify whatever it is from sachin,but if some other said negatively, is it wrong? Somebody may have interest on acculating records, somebody may like match records like fastest 50 fastest 100(jayasruiya,afridi), six sixes in ove(yuvraj)(kapildev)r, big score when team is losing, many wickets in as many balls while losing (malinga 4 wickets in 4 balls), or somebody may like match result only. True that Sachin dont have match records like others. As somebody, said stats dont have emotions, yes true, please see the sachin's continuos four and half years stats and some analysis. They are not so good also. You can prise Sachin but cannot curse on the others who do not like him. As it is your right to praise him, somebody also can tell negatives.What is wrong, we are not judges and not fighting case here. http://mydifferentperception.blogspot.com/2009/04/sachins-consistency.html

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    What is all this rubbish? If anybody dont like Sachin means is it crime? You can magnify whatever it is from sachin,but if some other said negatively, is it wrong? Somebody may have interest on acculating records, somebody may like match records like fastest 50 fastest 100(jayasruiya,afridi), six sixes in ove(yuvraj)(kapildev)r, big score when team is losing, many wickets in as many balls while losing (malinga 4 wickets in 4 balls), or somebody may like match result only. True that Sachin dont have match records like others. As somebody, said stats dont have emotions, yes true, please see the sachin's continuos four and half years stats and some analysis. They are not so good also. You can prise Sachin but cannot curse on the others who do not like him. As it is your right to praise him, somebody also can tell negatives.What is wrong, we are not judges and not fighting case here. http://mydifferentperception.blogspot.com/2009/04/sachins-consistency.html

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    Dont simply put blame on others.Sachin also played a foolish shot when team is so near to win.It will not grant any licence for any player just because he scored 175 runs not to try for wins.Sachin was playing well until Jadeja came and hit few boundaries and his chances of getting double hundred missed.He lost the interest.See the match again,he was not showing interest to single at that time on a misfield, finally he got out for foolish shot.It is fact that he is trying for this records since few month.Against NZ body did not permit, against OZ Jadeja spoiled, finally he got in small ground, flat pitch while batting first in a tenstion free match after his team wins first match of three match series. It is better knock,record breaking.Not so exciting innings in terms of current ODI standards in this twenty20 era.you know this is first match based WORLD RECORD in 20 years.All other records are acculative in nature. Congratulate master of acculator,but dont dispute others dont like him

  • POSTED BY HemantKaliwada on | February 27, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    @drcardio1980 - well yes you can keep thinking thinking thinking thinking and thinking. It wont help much you see, because u have something in your head and u wont budge despite the solid facts. Recently sachin scored a blitz of innings of 175 agnst Aussies, the rest team dint perform well enough to win that match. how is he responsible ? I know now you will start thinking again.Your thinking wont change what Sachin has acheived. But it is only your thinking that can change the way you look at the FACT - Sachin the greatest batsman of all time.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    Pure genious and still such a humility...!!!Well done Sachin hats off to u!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    No one across the Globe could make runs as Sachin did.... Don Bradman played agianst same opponent on same typical pitches, same conditions and only format of game... no disrespect to him This should make clear....

  • POSTED BY drcardio1980 on | February 27, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    I still think Sewag is much better than Tendulakar.At least India wins whenever he scores.Sachen is most of the times is useless for the team cause.One does not become great by making heaps of runs on bowler friendly home grounds.

  • POSTED BY siddham2007 on | February 27, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    We owe it to Sachin... The selection, training process, team mates, dedication.. please focus COMPLETELY and spare nothing in winning 2011!!

    Selectors, please judge all probables ON MERIT ALONE. Ideally you should never indulge in favouritism, politics, parochialism but we are all 'human' - but PLEASE SET THAT ASIDE FOR THE WORLD CUP. Please get that drive that Team India had in the run up to 2003!!

    It's the least you can do for this Burj Khalifa of cricket

  • POSTED BY bluntlysaid on | February 27, 2010, 12:37 GMT

    @drcardio1980. Yes there is no place for emotions specially where statistics are concerned. And where statistics are concerned dont go on heresay. The fact is that Tendulkar averages 58.53 runs in 16 tests in Australia with 6 centuries as against an average of 53.30 in 13 tests in India with 4 centuries. So he has performed better against Australia in Australia. The same is the case against England; average of 62 in 13 matches with 4 centuries in UK against average of 60 in 11 matches with 3 hundreds in India. And for your information he was the highest run scorer in 2003 world cup in South Africa, where India reached the finals. Check yr stats and your bias mate before commenting

  • POSTED BY HemantKaliwada on | February 27, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    @drcardio1980 to highlight it for you ( Glenn McGrath v Brian Lara - 15 dismissals in 24 Tests ) ( Harbhajan Singh v Ricky Ponting - 10 dismissals in 12 Tests ) does this make both the batsmen lara and ponting less of legends ??? hahaha nope it doesnt. IT is very important to see at what rate did this bowlers get wicket. What is the POINT if macgrath took wickets only after conceding 50+ runs for each wicket ? So you theory doesnt work.Find a new Theory :)

  • POSTED BY HemantKaliwada on | February 27, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    @ drcardio1980 stop speculating on cooked up stories. heres the latest cricinfo article in all time great bunnies, SHOW ME SACHIN's name on that list ? hahaha http://www.cricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/449888.html even if u use the cricinfo statistic engine and list the greatest bunny records you wont find sachin in the top 50. So ur comment is nothing but rubbish, and yes it has to do with ur nationality. Sachin has scored 3000+ runs against the aussies with a formidable average, scored run against the best bowling attack of pakistan in all world cups. No player alone is responsible in a team sport, it has to be a team effort. India never had good bowlers and hence it always affected the team results.

  • POSTED BY drcardio1980 on | February 27, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    @GK16 mate my comments do'nt have to do anything with my nationality.It is a game of cricket.One should not go far to be a emmotional fool for it.The fact of the matter is that Tendulkar is an average player overseas & in crunch important games like in world cups.Figures prove it.There is no comparison with likes of Lara,Richards,Sobers,Bradman etc.He was a bunny for some good bowlers like Magrath,Wasim Akram.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    frankly i dont care...its just pleasure watching God - Harsha - simply great.

  • POSTED BY East_West on | February 27, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    KiwiRocker; drcardio1980 et al. your statements on sachin sugget that folks like you can't stand what he has achieved compared to players from your favored nations! Guess what! reading on Sachin and commenting on him or on india often, in general tells that you folks are very insecure! Keep up the good work!

  • POSTED BY shanewarne63 on | February 27, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    great player....legend however i must disagree with those saying he is The Best....he is certainly second in my book both technically and through achivement! sachin, u r a champ

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2010, 7:01 GMT

    That was an interesting article . I liked the bit where you say that winning the World cup is not in his hands alone . This is something that most people don't realise . It is one of the limitations of team sport . Harsha , you have never failed in your assessment of The Man over the last twenty years . Am glad you made some pertinent points yet again which people tend to miss often . Great Job

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2010, 6:33 GMT

    Followed the match live on TV as well on the net as wanted to also read the expert and not so expert comments. After the match started browsing through news channels to get all puffed up with pride at our Sachin finally and truly was getting his pride of place despite of all the naysayers. Mind you even many of the business channels had no hesitation in jumping on the bandwagon. Later devoured every article and comments that appeared on even obscure newspapers, websites et all. Can't seem to have my fill and why is Sachin not playing the last match. Surely he deserves his rest after a job well done. But for us diehards its just no sachin no fun and lastly no qualms anymore in switching off once he is out. How about carrying the bat through in every innings Sachin. That way even the channels and advertisers too can laugh their way to the bank. Some additional royalties for the much deserving man. What say...........

  • POSTED BY IPL_is_Thrash on | February 27, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    The Greatness of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble and VVS Laxman is that they came clean or their name never appeared in Match-Fixing scandal which put Team in turmoil in 2000. Their contribution to Team and Test Cricket is inexplicable in words.

  • POSTED BY soumya_kanti_ganguly on | February 27, 2010, 4:47 GMT

    Dear Harsha,

    what an article..really we all are only looking into glory not to the hidden sweats. One thing is very much noticeable....from my school days , in the early part of Sachin..after every 100 and odd sachin was affected by cramps...but first i noticed in the innings of 175 against Australia..he was bubbling with energy...now this record braking long innings..he was without a runner...mind it he also need to run for his partners also...amazing..only possible through the rigorous physical training at 37...he is the master ...master of self motivation..love and inspiration for country personified....Shansha Tujhe salam....

  • POSTED BY drivecricket on | February 27, 2010, 3:53 GMT

    After seeing what he has done for this sport I think they should not only name the pavillion or a ground or anything else...I think they should start the new award for every match saying not the "Man of the Match" but something like "Sachin of the Match" award...come on for gods sake, he has done it all...in all aspects of the game...he has played the most international cricket amongst all the players alive or dead and still he is capable of producing such innings..!

  • POSTED BY prank.on.voyage on | February 27, 2010, 3:43 GMT

    Brilliant article and word of true appreciation from Harsha(avid follower of Cricket). Truely Sachin treats himself as the servant, pursues the Cricket with purity of heart. Hats off Little Master.

  • POSTED BY mayurnadgouda9981 on | February 27, 2010, 3:16 GMT

    There was an article in Sunday Times recently written by Anil Dharker. He wrote about the plight of Sania Mirza and such players who get adulation at a very early age, get carried away and fail to live up to the expectations. There are very few people who lived on, not blinded by the media glare for like twenty years, still managing to excel at their game - very few people like Sachin, Dravid, Kumble. I think you need a head on your shoulders to accept the adulation as well as the brickbats coming your way.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2010, 1:50 GMT

    Tendulkar is a bond that unites and heals India. For the past 2 decades, we cheered with Sachin, cryed with Sachin and won with Sachin and till 2 years ago most of us would switch off their TVs once Sachin gets out. Think of the 143 desert storm knock when we actually lost but none of us dwelt on the loss. Think of the 1998 test series against Aussies when Warne was clobbered all over. Think of the duel with Aktar in 2003 World cup. Think of the CB series finals in 2008. And so many moments like the 171 against Aussies & the Chennai test against Pakistan the rest of the team looked merely like spectators and so outclassed. There is nobody like Sachin - neither was nor will be.

  • POSTED BY gsmsundaram on | February 27, 2010, 1:25 GMT

    Tendulkar's journey is about joy and purity and a landmark is merely a comfort stop. Perfect comment Harsha. Cricket and Tendulkar are made for each other. What more I can say. I try to put what all Harsha say in my comments about Tendulkar but he wins by his mind blowing style of writing. Well done Harsha!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Rockstargames on | February 27, 2010, 0:22 GMT

    Great Knock and descent comment. Tendulkar wanted country to recognise him as an Indian and he is serving the country. He do not encourage any mad things like god of cricket and his comparisons with other players.

    But some people like Mr. Manjarekar, can not digest others success and goodness. I pity on such people.

  • POSTED BY drivecricket on | February 26, 2010, 21:54 GMT

    he is the god of cricket for me...!! may be he is the god not only for cricket....!!

  • POSTED BY _kinabalu on | February 26, 2010, 21:26 GMT

    A great innings by Tendulkar, but not as Umair Ahmad Alvi suggests against the best team in the world. That is Australia, and South Africa are only rated third - see http://www.cricinfo.com/rankings/content/current/page/211271.html

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2010, 21:10 GMT

    Ahh..that backfoot cover drive of the master is much like a glass of snicker shake for a chocofreak..on the 24th i had mixed emotions..one of content that the one who deserves the most was the first one to achieve it..the other was envy..yes sachin's is the only life that i envy..and for people who still have doubts in who the best cricketer of all times is..you have to be a non indian who has never been to india..because had you been here..you would have noticed that only sachin can uniformly increase the beats of a billion hearts together..and being a science student,i must tell you..that requires a hell lot of energy..and if anyone was close in class as sachin,it was bradman..but as i heard,cover point was the only position in front of the wicket most of the time those days..sachin gives me hopes,happiness,pleasure,mood swings and above all that touch of beatskip to my heart that no one else can..

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2010, 21:10 GMT

    Every player has good times and bad times. And Tendulkar recovered from his bad phase. Now he is more devastating than ever before. If this performance of his continues for some more years then I can predict that Indian team will be too much difficult to beat.

  • POSTED BY mansman on | February 26, 2010, 20:36 GMT

    "Frankly, I dont care." Well said Harsha. Indeed, "Tendulkar's journey is about joy and purity - and the harmony in the art of batting that he displays (one might add)" and not about runs and hundreds. Having said that, I, for one, keenly look forward to Umar Akmals' journey. He seems to be the next in line - the next Sachin perhaps!

  • POSTED BY ZA77 on | February 26, 2010, 20:26 GMT

    Now he is legend of cricket and we should respect him as a Sir. I think he is better than others in many aspects, he has comparison with legend Bradman also. He scored 30,000 runs in same period as compare to his 6996 runs in limited circle with almost 80% innings against England. How we can compare cricket on pure statistic basis. I think it is unfair to compare players on this basis only. Sachin took pressure of international cricket 10 times more than Bradman. Beside these facts, he never face quality leg spinners nor fast bowlers. If we are comparing then we should take all aspects and then decide who is best. If someone says that he scored 12 double hundreds then I will again ask him against which attack is also important. As Coventry scored 194 and equal the record of Saeed but he scored it against very weak team as compare to Saeed against India. Although both have scored same runs in one inning.

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2010, 20:24 GMT

    Superb article. A thoughtful discussion of the great man! Other great sportspeople can also learn from the way he conducts his life. This is as remarkable as his cricket.

  • POSTED BY ashutoshatre on | February 26, 2010, 20:06 GMT

    Harsha, you need to put a recent picture on cricinfo. The picture they have there looks like from the 90s.

  • POSTED BY Rajesh. on | February 26, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    And frankly, I don't care too......... for anything, as long as Sachin Tendulkar plays this game !!

  • POSTED BY tridibdutta on | February 26, 2010, 19:20 GMT

    Ever since Sachin score the double i have been scouring the net for evry bit of praise and salutations uttered by greats themselves to even tom dick and harri's. I guess I am just not tired of listening to the plaudits about this extra ordinary cricketer. I thank my stars that on the eventful day as per my schedule I was to travel. SOME instinct in me kept telling me I have to watch the 2nd odi and then leave. Thank God I did that otherwise I would have been bereft of watching live the innings that took Sachin a notch above just being great. Sachin in iteself is an enigma. He is the classic case of you can love him or loathe him but you just can't ignore him.Above all to me his teen spirit that he maintains for the game since he first walked on a cricket ground till today is what keeps him up and running.Just look at him when an Indian bowler takes a wicket the same joy, the same smile, the high fives since 1989 till today. I just hope that for his sake Team India gets the WC 2011.

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    this one i really liked.........................................luv u sachin.....!!!!!!11

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    Great article Harsha, emphatically Tendaulker is even from a English perspective the greatest player ever!

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2010, 18:48 GMT

    This innings was perfect, but everyone knows that public expect a double ton from Sachin every time he crosses his century :P

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2010, 18:42 GMT

    well said.!! Hoping to see him pass through the 100 100's landmark .

  • POSTED BY Doctor-Googly on | February 26, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    New rug, same old Harsha! Well done, nice article.

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2010, 18:06 GMT

    When someone was already awared the Sainthood, MBE, Bharat Ratna, Medal of Freedom, Légion d'honneur, Cross of Valour, Oscar, Emmy, J.E Sullivan awards, what else can he look forward to? I don't care either!!

  • POSTED BY saspath on | February 26, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    Harsha is the best to describe Sachin, but what ever verbs you use Harsha they are still not enough for SRT.

  • POSTED BY PraveenK on | February 26, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    Sachin gave lot of entertainment to the cricket world (especially for Indians), we all owe one world cup for him. I think, if we would have won the WC in 2003 Sachin would have retired by now, that's why GOD denied the cup and I bet on his final attempt, he gets it. Frankly , I don't care...he is still Sachin for us.

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2010, 17:44 GMT

    Fantastic Piece. The best about Sachin ever read

  • POSTED BY Rahulbose on | February 26, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    Great analysis as usual Mr Bhogle. Sachin's new found form last few years is the result of his improved fitness, the same can be said about Sehwag and Zaheer. These last few innings are made even more memorable because his retirement is drawing ever close and the dreadful thought of cricket without Sachin is looming in the back of my head. As a fan of Tendulkar I pray for seeing the next milestone in sight which is 100 international centuries. Another feat that he deserves more than anyone else. A test Triple hundred and the world cup are probably the only challenges left to conquer for this great champion, as he himself has said Agar kismet me likha hoga to milega.

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    Harsha no wonder why u have such a fan following.

  • POSTED BY viku13a13a on | February 26, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    Well said Harsha, I love NBA as much as cricket and that is the worst part about team sport one can be the best in world and try and give everything he has got but if rest of the team do not play their part it makes it all go down the drain. I think there are few players who really sees this world cup as their last (in their minds) Sehwag, Zaheer and SRT so i am sure they will try their level best to make sure all 11 members of the team makes a effort to grab it. But we will find out in time. As far as me SRT has world cup win to his name or not i really don't care becasue i think i and the cricket world has seen this man has made his mark to show that he is a world champion, 200* is not less than winning a world cup. SA has one of the best bowling crew right now and they are good side. starting from ball N0 1. to ball No. 300 it is not a easy at age almost 37. So SRT weather you have world cup under your belt or not you will always be the best.

  • POSTED BY srisrin on | February 26, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    Where our elected representatives callously fritter away the mandate people give them, Tendulkar has stayed true to it.

    -- Very well put!!!

  • POSTED BY nvngupta on | February 26, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    i fully agree with Anuj_panchal. it is big and tight slap on face of certain mr.manjreakar and one mr. ian chapple. manjrekar had even dared called sachin a big elephant in the dressing room. i also think manjrekar is jelous of sachin, becuse he himself was a very good player , a very straight bat, but he failed. his average is abou 37 only in test cricket. now he says " no body deserves it more then sachin" it is classic case of Khisyani billi khamba noche"

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2010, 16:26 GMT

    I would like someone (AR Rehman probably) to compose a song on him, just like Trinidad Calypso singer Lord Relator (Willard Harris) on Sunil Gavaskar.

    That would be the ultimate tribute to the Master.

  • POSTED BY freefly010 on | February 26, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    Asking world cup to sachin ? yeah right !!! what else he has to do ? bowl at 100 kmph and take 5 wickets every match??? and scroe 150 plus in every world cup match ??? That man brought India single handed to the semi finals and one failure in any of those games, India would never reach the semi's even. No one played with such consistancy in a single tournament. He is not superman, an ordinary humble man. No one has the right to point finger at him for any reason. There were zillion games played on flat wickets no one complained till he get to 200. HE DONT HAVE TO PROVE ANY THING TO ANYONE. HE HAS DONE MORE THAN ENOUGH TO EVERY INDIAN TO BE PROUD OF!!! nobody deserver to comment on him, let him alone do that, shut up and listen if you all like. may be you guys should let him play 11 times in an innings to cover up for the other 10 brainless in the team. I dont who made that manjarekar a cricket expert, he was dump as hell when he played for India. LET SACHIN PLAY HIS GAME. HE IS THE MAN

  • POSTED BY ram5160 on | February 26, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    Good one though i ve always thought that Harsha is very irritating on TV.

  • POSTED BY madhura9 on | February 26, 2010, 15:59 GMT

    One of your best articles in recent times. Bravo!

  • POSTED BY Anupam_India on | February 26, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    This is dedicated to people like minded MR/Mrs drcardio1980. Your main concern is that Sachin never bats on good pitches! So I can say you cannot stand in TEST cricket if you cannot bat on good pitches and for 20 + years, nobody batted whom you mentioned. I am pretty sure you do not see those matches which are played on good pitches and Sachin had performed. I would help you out. Please make a list of all those good pitches and all those good batsmen whom you consider better, then take the help of Statsguru and you would get the answer. Let me answer your second point: People like you feel he never bats when India needed him, so I can say the time he played, India was in a position that the team didn't needed him and when he didn't performed, India needed him only, that's the testimony of his Batsmanship! To prove your worth to fanatic like you, you do not need to first put your team in trouble and then get him out of that!

  • POSTED BY henchart on | February 26, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    Generations will come and go but they will also recall with pride,awe that one such cricketer by the name Sachin Tendulkar graced this game.I have ran out of words of praise for this man.Bradman and Sachin have been the greatest influence on the game of cricket.As for the greatest cricketer to have ever played it is GARFIELD SOBERS.

  • POSTED BY SG21 on | February 26, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    Harsha, I totally agree with your statement that this landmark is a comfort stop. I feel previliged to be part of this generation to watch the Great Sachin deliver time and again and pray that his bat continues to write history. THE PLEASURE SACHIN HAS GIVEN OUR NATION & WORLD OVER IS JUST INCEDIBLE. THANK YOU SIR SACHIN TENDULKAR.

  • POSTED BY patroclus on | February 26, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    Yes, i am SURE he is not desperate for a test 300, if it comes, its for the team. He only wants the World Cup. The other 10 players in the team OWE the world cup to Sachin, he can score ducks in all the matches in the WC, still the team owes him the World Cup. I will never understand why he gets so many criticism for being a selfish player and ppl saying he only plays for records. Sachin is the ultimate team man, may not put him on par with Rahul in that, but all he does is FOR the team ONLY. He knew he was tired and he was happy to give the strike to MS knowing he might miss it. Salute the master and I pray he gets past Lara's 400.He deserves it!!

  • POSTED BY Salutethebond on | February 26, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    Now all those insignificant people out there like "drcardio1980" who criticize tendulkar of not winning a world up/important matches for India, go get a life. A match is won by the collective contribution of each and every member of the team. India has never ever produced a quality fast bowler since Kapil Dev. As some other insignificant person mentioned, Gilly won 2 world cups for aurtralia, go look at their bowling attack. It's not enuf if a batsman goes out there and scores runs, they gotta have a lethal bowling attack to back them up. India was very unfortunate not to produce a genuine fast/swing bowwler to support Tendulkar. As a result, people have criticized the master for not doing enough. There's no way you can compare the performance of batsmen based on the performances of the team. Winning a world cup needs a complete team, which unfortunately India can never be unless they produce atleast a couple of quality fast bowlers. Kudos to the great man!

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    It was a great innings from the little Master.I wish him to score 400 runs in test match, waiting for it to happen soon..

  • POSTED BY Rara_Avis on | February 26, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    Cricket is a team game. No individual record is important. By saying that Sachin is greater than any other player means all are in fool's paradise. Cricketers come and move. Only their contribution to the entire scenario remains. India lost the matches to front-line teams in the world than any other countries when Sachin was playing. He scored runs, but it is just like me have crores of rupees and my family died because of hunger.I know Sachin Tendulkar from the moment he bats for India. And he once told to the Sportsstar that his ambition is to score much centuries as possible. And so he is doing his job very well. The statistics were mere numbers and a players contribution to the team means nothing but he has to involve in every moment of the game. Sachin is so selfish, if he is not then never there will be a second opinion. Think of a King who is nude, one day a child said that the 'King is Nude'. Thats what me doing and after all remains up to you people.

  • POSTED BY arup_g on | February 26, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    If anyone deserved the ODI record it would be Sachin and only Sachin! He now holds 5 out of 6 batting records in tests and ODIs - Most test runs, most test hundreds, most odi runs, most odi hundreds and highest odi score. The only record Sachin has not come close to is Lara's 400. Sachin has not yet passed 300 which is possibly his only major feat he has struggled to come close to. But anyone who can hold 5 out of 6 of the batting records is a masterly feat in itself! We love you Sachin and we hope you carry on scoring runs in the way you have been in the past year!

  • POSTED BY ravi1609 on | February 26, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    As always a brilliant article! I liked the comment "Playing the game becomes a means to a seemingly superior, but in reality hollower, end. Tendulkar has kept those demons at bay". Very true and thoughtful observation that. Hats off to you both!!

  • POSTED BY Cocoa on | February 26, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    He needs to score 300 in tests!!

  • POSTED BY NKSUDHIR on | February 26, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    Well done Harsha!!! I was waiting for your article. Sachin is simply a genius who is an inspiration to many youngsters around the globe. Sachin's humble and down to earth nature and his character should teach a lesson to many professional players who forget their humanity when money goes in their bank accounts. Money is not everything.Self Respect and respect for your country that always matters. Sachin is a true India who loves his country and his game and he makes us proud NRIs living abroad and skip work or school to watch him play. I feel so lucky to be born in this era to see World's Greatest Cricket player, playing in front of me!!!

  • POSTED BY zit777 on | February 26, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    Last??? Harsha, how you r so confident?Would desperately like to see post-22nd-Chappel Face,and yours too in 15!!

  • POSTED BY DrRajesh on | February 26, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    To all those who comment that Sachin dint win India a world cup , do u ppl really know that cricket is a TEAM game. individual performance can win u a match , not a tournament. if he scores a century , u say he plays for records and runs ; if he doesnt u say he cannot win a game for INDIA.dats the problem with those sitting in a cubicle and commenting on THE MASTER . but we in india know , only the tree with fruits gets hit by stones... 20 yrs of international cricket is itself a gr8 thing in modern cricket and sachin has served india with such dignity , we salute our master blaster ... congrats sachin... u r a hero and u dont need us to tell u abt ur greatness...

  • POSTED BY kingkarthik on | February 26, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    The LORD of CRICKET For as my friend said, even atheists worship Sachin. Be greatful for what we are witnessing, as only a privlaged class was around to see the Don in action we are a few to pass on the story of Sachin's greatness to future generations. Don has an average of give or take 100. Soon Sachin will have a 100 centuries. I have supported Sachin since the day he first started opening in ODIs, I was all but 7 years old. The same excitement & passion I got then, I am getting right now, not a hint of dimishment. I am glad to say that I have stood by him for 18 years, I know who he is, he has no clue that I even exist, it does not matter one cent to me. Sachin, thanx for the autograph you gave to me when you toured Sri Lanka in 1999. The greatest piece of treasure I own. Through him I relive my youth. Thank you, my friend. As for those who love to critise Sachin, ask yourself, when did you love something in your life for so long with so much of passion & asked nothing.:)

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    Only Harsha could come up with that last line and make it sound convincing !!!

  • POSTED BY KiwiRocker- on | February 26, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    Along with overdose of praising Sachin Tendulkar, I would like to high light factual numerical figures which can show sachin a very average batsman when he played out of India. First be informed that his current batting average in 442 matches is 45.12 runs. His average in Australia against Australia is 34.12 with only 1 century & 2 fifties out of 22 matches. His average against South Africa in South Africa is 26.10 runs with only 1 century & No fifty out of 20 matches.His average against Pakistan in Paki is also 36 runs. In 13 matches he played…Means three top teams has made him looked very average batsman at their grounds!! normally, in ODI below 35 runs average is normal average for any normal batsman!40 plus considered above average batsman!More sensational revelation. Out of his 46 centuries in ODI, he has scored 35 centuries within India - at home pitches.Out of 442 matches he has played 140 matches out side India & scored only 11 centuries. BEST ODI INNING IS 189 BY KING RICHARD!

  • POSTED BY rajanshammi on | February 26, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    Harsha's articles are insipid. He tends to go off beat, maybe trying to assert his knowledge on other subjects other than cricket. Give me Ian Chappel, Tony Greig or Sanjay Manjrekar anytime.

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    I dont remember much of 1992 WC but from 1996, I remember each and every innings he has played in WC. I have even memorised scores. I dont care what people feel but for me the innings he played against Kenya in 1999 WC was one of the BEST and not this 200!! he was not playing against Kenya or any other team. He was playing for his country, his father but yet again his team mates failed him in that tournamnet. 1996 WC, was a when this master showed what he could do with his wand, which many call a cricket bat. But again, just like his 90 against australia(1996 Wc) and his chennai innings against Pak proved, he was a single man army of Indian cricket. WC2003, bowlers in finals, left him down and 2007WC, I cried with him. 2011 WC. if his team mates dont support him, it would be a great injustice to this man. I request indian team to pull up their socks and support him in lifting a WC which has been elusive to this great human being.

  • POSTED BY Cafire on | February 26, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    Dear fans here i wanna remember u one thing...... Just think the cricket life of Our little master at the time of before and after 07 world cup...... All d cricket reporters, and the whole indian media was opposite to him.... At tat time he was so disappointed so oly our gr8 little master mention (in d Post match show in gwalior) tat he submit his 200 to those who have been standing behind him for d past 20yrs as his fans..... At tat time of his bad performance in cricket i had cried so many Nites for him.... When d moment he said all credits goes to his fans then i started crying once again..... I'm proud of writing this.....

  • POSTED BY Gk16 on | February 26, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    @drcardio1980: I know what country u are from... it makes me so happy that u guys are burning in jealousy... rock on tendlya...

  • POSTED BY cric4india on | February 26, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    Many comment on different issues Harsha. None like yours on Cricket though! Makes it all the more special when it's on HIM! "Frankly I don't care" - was a clinch!

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    @drcardio1980 and others who have tried saying that Sachin Tendulkar is a selfish player. These are the same people who would love a Kapil or a Sehwag because they are never afraid to throw caution to the winds and play a shot, irrespective of what the situation demands. If it connects it's a six, else you go back to the pavillion. Without taking away anything from their reputation of greatness, it must be said that these are the finest examples of selfishness where a player cannot give up his own natural game for the sake of the team.

    Sachin puts a high price on his wicket, and he knows his value in the team - so he wants to get to that 100, or that 150 - because if he stays on till the end, he knows that India's odds of winning are much better.

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    Fantastic piece Harsha. Brought a lump to my throat!

  • POSTED BY SACCHHUUFAN on | February 26, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    MARK MY WORDS GUYS...NEXT WORLD CUP WILL BE OURS (INDIA)....SACHIN WILL NOT BE MAN OF THE SERIES..FOR A CHANGE...BUT WE WILL STILL WIN THE WORD CUP....THE REST OF THE TEAM OWE IT TO SACHIN....REMEMBER MY WORDS....HE WILL ONLY PLAY MATCH WINNING INNINGS IN THE FINAL....

  • POSTED BY Samszammy on | February 26, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    Harsha, I think you are saying a bit too soon, that this is going to be his last world cup......Expect the unexpected from this man.....Who knows probably 5 years from now he will be scoring runs in the same manner.........

  • POSTED BY anuj_panchal on | February 26, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    and just because of sachin's inning even saeed anwar has become hot search on cricinfo!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2010, 10:50 GMT

    truly it was a magnificent innings and that too against the best side in the world.

  • POSTED BY anuj_panchal on | February 26, 2010, 10:49 GMT

    good one harsha...........but wat i am waiting for is mr sanjay manjrekar writin an article abt the little master....i think he is the only indian writer who speaks negative abt sachin...........may be becs they started playin at the same time.......manjrekar was regarded technically the best and still he fell behind sachin nd that too within an year or two..........and he is still gettin negative vibes for sachin......wat say mr manjrekar, am i right??

  • POSTED BY Indiangirl on | February 26, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    I love Sachin, very well written article and, P.S. My whole family loves you Harsha!

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    Blogs of Bhogle do Brings Better (B)readings a (B)cricket (B)lover (B)ever (B)dreams (B)of..

  • POSTED BY PadmarajSaptasagar on | February 26, 2010, 10:20 GMT

    IT is Indeed a insight to what makes a TENDULKAR being a TENDULAKR after all these expectations.

    A BIG THANK YOU TO SACHIN for making our lives more lively.

  • POSTED BY scotvik on | February 26, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    Nice write up,cannot be put better in words, world cup and a 400 in tests is all what the master needs. 400 in 2010 is it possible?? hell yes all he needs is 300 deliveries!! world cup is something sachin really deserves hope the team realises that and delivers it to him rather than the fans. what more can someone do he has taken India single handedly into a semifinal and a final of two world cups yet the team has failed him when it mattered the most.I think we lost both the matches because of captaincy blunders especially in the toss if i am not wrong, azhar won the toss and elected to field!! and ganguly won the toss and elected to field!! especially having sachin in the team we need to bat first in big matches especially in finals..let us not dwell in the past.. hope we meet pakistan in the finals of the nxt world cup we score 320 sachin scores 150 and the rest will be history.I think we all forget the first Odi so quickly hope we also remember sachin's dive to save 4 runs.

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2010, 10:06 GMT

    Sachin has always been a great player. We want him to take India to another WC victory.

  • POSTED BY drcardio1980 on | February 26, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    As I said before that Tendulkar can make centuries on placid wickets & does not have the guts to win important matches for the team.He is more of a individual player.No comparison can be made with likes of Lara,Richards,Sobers,Bradman.Great players win matches for their teams.No use of these heaps of runs.

  • POSTED BY dash2207 on | February 26, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    Brilliant write up Mr Bhogle . You have penned what most of us loyal and enthusiastic fans of Mr cricket ( Sachin Tendulkar ) have always had in mind :) .Dont you feel its about time Sachin is conferred a Doctorate or Sir next to his name .

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    You are right Harsha. This moment has come because of the hard work the great man puts in behind the scenes, that none of us see. All i can say is, Thank You Sachin for all the hard work you do for us, for it brings us joy like nothing else. I know i am being selfish, but could you please continue to work hard and play for many more years. I am not yet satisfied seeing your batting and i am sure there are many more who feel the same.

  • POSTED BY drcardio1980 on | February 26, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    I think Tendulkar cannot bat well in important matches & good pitches.He never wins matches for team especially important ones.He is a selfish player.

  • POSTED BY ajay_2170 on | February 26, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    The truth is... Indian Team owe this to Tendulkar.. they all have to perform and bring the world cup home. Tat will be the true farewell for the Living Legend. Sachin has given everything Indian cricket could have ever wished for, now it's their turn to return the favor.

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    Finally ...The "Bhog"meister writes a decent article!

  • POSTED BY SachinHarishSachin on | February 26, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    Thank You Sachin. You make Harsha write article on You. I wait for 2 things in general - A Great Sachin knock followed by Harsha's article. Thanks Harsha for a wonderful article.

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    Harsha, great article as always. Have been waiting to read your article once GOD had reached the Double. What more can we ask from him? Just hope and pray that we win the World Cup 2011, the only feather missing in the Little Master's Cap. But really that wouldn't matter coz he has given us so many wonderful MOMENTS. Well Said ... "What else? Frankly, I don't care" SURE me too Wishing the GOD of Cricket many more RUNS, CENTURIES, to come. JAI HO !!!

  • POSTED BY ww113 on | February 26, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    He certainly seems a down to earth person.

  • POSTED BY mandy1968 on | February 26, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    harsha, very aptly writtenly article as usual, all australian attempts to retire him from cricket have failed( read chapell brothers), sachin has proved that he is the greatest.

  • POSTED BY JogeshPanda on | February 26, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    Harsha, was expecting a as silken article from you as Sachin's innings was. Truely it was batsmanship at its best. The world has seen him bat for last 20 years but it was something when he himself say "in the zone". "What else? Frankly I don't care", it sums up everything. It is left to Sachin, who himself is setting higher benchmark for himself. We can put the plethora of records aside and just relish the fact that he has one person whose success brings happiness to each countrymen, whatever may be personal state of mind. For Sachin peak is just a mid way mark.

  • POSTED BY sabina2009 on | February 26, 2010, 8:15 GMT

    Very nice article by Mr. Harsha. To be honest, I truly believe that the way Sachin Tendulkar massacred the South African bowlers and scored an unbeaten 200 runs, it clearly gives us the impression how genuinely world class Batsman Tendulkar really is. I am 100% sure that this record of scoring 200 runs will be extremely difficult for anyone to break. People often say that records are meant to be broken but we also have to admit that there are some records that can never be broken and I think this 200 runs by Tendulkar is one such record. He is truly amazing and I am perplexed to see his superb performance even at this age of 36.

    @ Ramkumar: Cricket is a team sport so winning against any nation depends on how the entire team performs. It cannot be relied on one person so even Tendulkar is fit and strong like now, he still needs team support in order to win Test matches against South Africa and Australia.

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    Most disappointment with Tendulkar he made his own records only , he could n't give india a single world Cup with his bat .......look at Adam Gilchrist of Aus he got two some people play for own benefit like sachin and some people play for nation like gilly

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2010, 8:12 GMT

    Amazing article! i was just waiting for this since the landmark was crossed.

  • POSTED BY ashutoshatre on | February 26, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    Who cares what other records Sachin needs to accomplish. Just watching him play is a treat enough for us and may god give him enough strength to play few more years of ODIs. His batting technique is undoubtedly unique and I have not seen a better improvisor in the past 30 years. He has revolutionized cricket the same way Roger Federer has revolutionized tennis. There are tons of players who are hard working but it is only gifted player like Sachin who has been able to keep his feet on the ground and still looking better than any ODI youngster. Harsha, wonderful article as always. I think Cricinfo should do us all a favor, they should tabulate a career comparison chart of Sachin, Lara, Viv Richards, Sobers, Don Brdman and include runs scored in ODIs, Test Matches, years of service, Man of the Match awards, wickets taken, catches taken, centuries scored, countries played against and guess who will emerge as the leader?

  • POSTED BY siddharthh on | February 26, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    Flags in India should be flown at half-mast when Sachin decides to hang his boots.

  • POSTED BY suyanids on | February 26, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    Harsha , Excellent article well done.Why every one is becoming so greedy, he has given the most to the game and the country for past 2 decades .let him enjoy his cricket without any pressure of breaking records. The precision of his strokes still brings goose pumps as it did 20 years ago. Sachin we cricket lovers wish you all the best for future and thanks for giving us reasons to sstick to the game.

  • POSTED BY Gupta.Ankur on | February 26, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    I am really happy for Tendulkar.....Back in 2005 when he was really struggling for form.....everyone had started to ask for his retirement and i was extremely sad as his fan as the Sachin which had made me love cricket was fast in....

    However,i had faith,i knew there had to be some thing there in him as he had refused to retire back then...........and thank god he didn't....

    Many congrats to him as watching him bat like this gives me the ultimate pleasure...

  • POSTED BY Murlax on | February 26, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    Like so many people have already mentioned, this is probably one of the few things that Sachin had yet to achieve. He had already made up his mind a few years ago to change his style of batting and start focussing on long, effective innings instead of the flamboyant, destructive ways of his younger times. And in 2009-10 we saw the greatest year for Sachin, which is no menial task considering 1998-99's demolition at Sharjah, the great knock in Chennai and his first Test double hundred. But in 2009-10, he found more achievements to gather - a century in the fourth innings, consistent string of centuries in tests and one days and of course, a double hundred, this time in ODIs. The fact that 2 of his greatest seasons is separated by a decade and that they were both achieved in such contrasting fashion just shows that Sachin would have been a great cricketer in any era...

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    I like the way Harsha Bhogle said "Frankly, I dont care". I think these expectations will be there with him till he plays the game whether Test matches of One dayers, as soon as he breaks one people will expect more. But For me, I think he has done more than enough to realise most of the Indians expectations from him. I dont expect anything from him now just want to enjoy watching him bat, the way he wants to bat. He understands the game more than anybody and would take a final call as long as he stops enjoying. Kudos Sachin!!! Let us all leave him away from any expectations, there will be new records and we will cherish those as and when they happen

  • POSTED BY amit_mangal30 on | February 26, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    Frankly, with the double century, I feel like I have achieved something in my life. That's the effect he has on us billion fans. And as Harsha said, 'What else, frankly I don't care too...' :) P.S. Waiting for this, thanks for the article Harsha.

  • POSTED BY patra11 on | February 26, 2010, 7:08 GMT

    Just keep playing..............Sachin.............Cricket wont be the same without you

  • POSTED BY jpmishra2003 on | February 26, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    Mr. ramkumarganesan's comment is a perfect example of the pressure of unbound expectations that this man has been facing since the last 20 years. No matter whatever he achieves, we are a benevolent lot and find something or the other for him to still achieve. I wonder - if his records are broken 10-15 years after his retirement, we may have people demanding him to make a comeback to get his name back on the record books again.

  • POSTED BY rattlesnake28 on | February 26, 2010, 7:01 GMT

    i have this gut feeling, that the way he is batting at the moment and with world cup just a year away, he is so desperate to win the grand slam for India, which i think he will consider that his service to his nation will be completed and more importantly will add more feathers to his career. Hail SACHIN TENDULKAR. I thank god that he is an "INDIAN". :)

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    A Great Feat By Sachin Tendulkar - An Opportunity of Indo-Pak Peace Through Cricket

    Many congratulations to Sachin Tendulkar for creating a unique world record, of scoring a double century in an innings in an ODI. It is a well-deserved honour earned by a batsman adored by the followers of the game, transcending the geographical boundaries of their nations. Without doubt, the feats of Sachin are a testimony to the fact, that he is the greatest player, ever produced, by the glorious game of cricket.

    In fact, cricket is truly a game of peace. It is the only game where player of one team, ties the shoe laces of the opponent member of the team.

    Under the circumstances, millions of cricket lovers of Pakistan and India have been denied, for more than sufficient gap of time, the pleasure of witnessing high class cricket duels between one of the finest cricketers, the game has ever produced.

    We the cricket lovers, demand from both the governments and their respe

  • POSTED BY Gizza on | February 26, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    In my opinion Tendulkar would have three things in his sight before he retires 1. Help India win the ODI World Cup 2. Help India win its first Test Series in Australia 3. And in South Africa

    None of these are personal achievements so the other 10 players in the team need to contribute for Sachin Tendulkar to have the perfect career ending, much like Shane Warne had.

  • POSTED BY askyandy on | February 26, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    well did every one notice SANJANY MANJREKAR turnaround, He should be ashamed. He was earlier gunning for removal of tendulkar. This is a shot to his reputation.

  • POSTED BY sidharth_madhav on | February 26, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    I must admit I had tears of joy rolling off my cheeks when I saw the Master break the barrier. It was incredible, sublime, ethereal, noble and just. It had to be done by the greatest ever, no one else deserves to stand at the pinnacle. This article, Harsha, is brilliant and touches on the true reason for his genius. As concluded by you, I dont care if he stops playing tomorrow, he is forever a role model and a hero for me and for the entire nation.

  • POSTED BY borninthetimeofSRT on | February 26, 2010, 6:38 GMT

    I can't say that I like this article, because I like the other ones just as much as yours.Sachin has given the likes of you to showcase your own respective talents in writing, if not more.A day like 2.24 is here to stay, not because a batsman made 200 runs - but because that achievement was surrendering to the greatest ever craftsman of that department,like the dragon bird in James Cameron's Avatar.194,194,189,175 are mathematically not far off and can catch up in the possibility of 3-4 deliveries in today's slam bang cricket, Charles Coventry did what he did, Saeed Anwar used a runner, blah blah. Pause and savor this moment, not because we saw 200 being made, but so because it was a tryst in which a work of excellence was taking to its craftsman, and all it said was- From me to you,with love! We witnessed something like a diamond ring eclipse, and to see it while it was being created is a great gift.And those who didn't see it will see it in edited frames, alas! It is already made.

  • POSTED BY don_quixote on | February 26, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    A secret which no one knows - Sachin Tendulkar actually dedicated his 200 against South Africa in the Gwalior ODI to me.... read on if you want to know why at http://ajitmahadevan.blogspot.com/

  • POSTED BY knowledge_eater on | February 26, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    True .. i don't care either anymore, i have stopped asking from him. I am overwhelmed now. I thank you who all made Sachin to Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. ie. his father, mother, brother,his coaches, especially his wife and list goes on and on, who stood by him all the time. Sometimes, its curse to be born in certain country, but i think by being born in india, he is very lucky. (i am sure many would disagree but i know Sachin would agree) Peace

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2010, 6:13 GMT

    Perhaps, one of the best written articles on Sachin post his double ton at Gwalior!! I think the best part about great players like Sachin is that they always do things differently. I am sure, the next task cut out for him is to win the World cup which is also his last World cup.

  • POSTED BY Thendral58 on | February 26, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    Most of his previous records can be attributes to his longetivity combined with his exuberant performances (like the number of centuries, number off man of the matches, number of runs in Test and ODIs and so on... That list is endless.....

    But this... this has come out of nowhere and shows the sheer strength (Physical, Emotional, Intellectual) of a great human called SACHIN TENDULKAR. This is wow, great. I am wordless. Loved it.....

    Am I immensely proud to be his contemporary. Long live his Genius!!!

  • POSTED BY msankar on | February 26, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    Where is Sanjay Manjrekar?

    If you ask Sanjay Manjrekar about sachin's 200, his answer will be like....

    "Sachin played for 200, he didn't try to increase the team score in the slag overs. We need young blood in our team"

  • POSTED BY Sumant_Kshirsagar on | February 26, 2010, 5:53 GMT

    A masterpiece comment on masterful innings of a master by a master commentrator!!!

  • POSTED BY Gautsmack on | February 26, 2010, 5:44 GMT

    Harsha its a humble request. Whenever Sachin retires, please be the one to write the book on sachin. Remember, only after his retirement. Include everything, everything about this great man. And when the book will be written by you about Sachin, it will be a bestseller for sure.

    I will be the first one to buy that book. Do write it. I will be waiting....

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    Wonderful article! As much as I have enjoyed Sachin's innings over the years, I have loved to hear and read about him. The experience of enjoying Sachin does not seem complete unless I read these delicious articles written about him or hear the words spoken in his praise. It almost feel as if I am being praised. He is a National Possession. Thank You Sachin all who write so well abt him - Harsha - you are one of the best. Just one disagreement - if the pitch was so benign how come the South Africans got folded so easily?

  • POSTED BY TruthPrevails on | February 26, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    It is one thing that envious western journalists bring up fast outfield, short boundaries factor to dilute this great milestone but all the more annoying when Indian journalists do the same. Let me ask you this, did the ground become bigger and outfield slower for AB De Villiers and Gibbs when they came out to bat? Didn't Gibbs score 175 against Australia? Problem with Indians is that they are just ashamed/uncomfortable to feel proud about India's achievements.

  • POSTED BY bejoyk on | February 26, 2010, 5:35 GMT

    I'd luv for India & Sachin to hold the 2011 World Cup aloft. Sachin wont be a lesser mortal 'cos he didn't have a world cup win under his belt. For me Sachin has provided me with an abundance of wow moments as a cricket fan which I'd cherish for a long time. Kudos to the little master.

  • POSTED BY arya_underfoot on | February 26, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    in terms of batting milestones, the big ones sachin needs to get are a triple hundred and 50 test and odi centuries. people will say "what about highest test score?" but i dont see that as such a big deal...

    however, in terms of team milestones, there is heaps still left to do. the wc is the big one obviously, particularly since the one trophy we did win was without sachin. however, sachin still needs to win test series in australia and south africa, and preferably hit some matchwinning runs in both series wins. i think that is the biggest defeciency in sachin's profile. one that i'm sure he's desperate to correct.

    so hopefully, we will see lots more of sachin. personally, i dont feel he's anywhere near the end. ideally, i'd like to see him win the wc, scoring his 50th ton in the process, then retire from odi's and play test matches till india wins in both south africa and australia. maybe even 60 test centuries!!!

  • POSTED BY Wisecrack on | February 26, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    "Momentarily forget fires and bombs and inflation and terrorist threats" for god's sake grow up. I know my comments will not be shown. But in a country of 1.2 billion people and the kind of neighbours we have you expect such issues. You could have said a country starved of any records in sports rather an venting frustration on telengana or maoist. TENDULKAR WAS A BLESSING IN THE NINETIES WHEN WE WERE STARVED OF STROKE PLAYERS AND WITH THIS INNINGS HE HAS BROUGHT BACK THOSE MEMORIES.

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    Good going Harsha..and what a way to finishing touch to an article..

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    i m biggest fan of sachin i m not in india since 7 yaer i m in usa ,stiil i alweys wacth cricket just for sachin is plying i witing for this 200 in oneday becuse i know no one can do beside sachin he is best he is best

  • POSTED BY TheOnlyEmperor on | February 26, 2010, 5:07 GMT

    What next? Sachin must play unfettered as there's enough world class batting talent in the team. He must work at scoring more centuries per innings and show India and Indians, that there is no ceiling to accomplishment. His records are not his own, they belong to India and every Indian. In moving up into performance domain where nobody has gone before, he becomes a true inspirer and path setter for a billion Indians in all other spheres of life to excel. There are many milestomes he could work at. For eg. Taking his batting avg in tests and ODIs beyond 65 and 60 respectively; improving his strike rate in ODIs and Tests; showing the importance of classical stroke play in today's power cricket; scoring more centuries off opposition like WI and England; improving his 4th innings performance; becoming more physically fit and dive on the field showing the way to the many paunch bellied Indian players, etc! There are many a milestone that he needs to set... the journey has just begun!

  • POSTED BY macmac10 on | February 26, 2010, 5:05 GMT

    Tendulkar for 'The President Of India'... No one deserves it more than him.....

  • POSTED BY sunil.see4u on | February 26, 2010, 5:01 GMT

    Definitely One of the best articles of harsha. i like two sentences at most in this article "In this extraordinary long-distance race he is running, this looks like a mid-race burst rather than the finishing kick his age suggests it should be." "what else? Frankly, I don't care." india have seen many great personalities like jagdeesh chandrabose, abdul kalam, sreenivas ramanujan, amarthya sen. but their effect on people of india is limited. SACHIN IS HEARTBEAT TO MANY INDIANS LIKE ME. we want to see him as many years as possible. we can't imagine cricket without him. thnx harsha for such a great article much appreciated.

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    Harsha made my day... my wait for his article ended... :D

  • POSTED BY gr8_sachin_fan on | February 26, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    Very disappointed to read ur article Mr Bhogle.. No doubt the man is talented but for what is the talent used, personal milestones.. Is that what serving the nation means.. When all Indian fans are going irrationaly gung-ho, dont they realise that SRT has not saved or won a match on a detoriating pitch.. He has just used a batting beauty to garner another personal milestone..Sadly, he has always employed his immense talent only for personal glory.. The Dravids, Kumbles, Saurav etc have much served the nation with the talent they have.. Its an insult to them to praise SRT so much for his selfish records on sleeping beauties..

  • POSTED BY Farce-Follower on | February 26, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    Nice article, Harsha. But please don't place the bogey of team sport on India being unable to win the World Cup (and thereby absolving Sachin). You can't have the cake and eat it too. The fact of the matter is India, even with Sachin in the team is simply not the # 1 ODI team that we scream about. Our fielding is lousy, bowling is one dimensional and selection politics is crazy. Only a truly professional outfit needs to # 1. That's why India and Pakistan with oodles of so-called talent, but lousy commitment on and off the field, cannot be # 1 in ODIs.

  • POSTED BY gr8_sachin_fan on | February 26, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    An extraordinary talent who sadly employed the talent only to create personal records and milestones.. A flat track bully who puts his hand up with sparkling brilliance on batting beauties, but is consistently found missing when the team needs to salvage a tough situation.. If the mindset was to play and win matches for the team rather than personal milestones, India would have won more matches than it lost in the last 20 years.. For all the 13,000+ test runs & 18,000+ ODI runs, there were very few for the team.. A sad waste of talent..

  • POSTED BY sonofchennai on | February 26, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    There have been many many cricketers who have brought joy and cheer watching them..But this is one man who has brought tears to me...How many many times, he has suffered the ignominy of being let down by his team....Hail the genius...We tend to say he has not won matches for India, which is absurdly untrue, because th mindset of an average indian cricket fan is Tendlya got to score a century every single time he steps onto a the field...Above all records, he richly deserves a WC medal...Pls Dhoni and team, do it jus one time, do it for Sachin...

  • POSTED BY TheOnlyEmperor on | February 26, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    SRT brought life and hope raising the spirit of a billion Indians and more for 20 years. He made Indians proud and raised their belief that they could be the best in the world every time he scored a century. He was a hero because he behaved like an ordinary mortal overcoming the biggest of odds...that's the reason for many he is God! SRT is not merely about number of centuries and runs scored. He is the greatest because he's able to carry the weight of a billion plus people's emotion charged expectations on his shoulders! Nobody in any era, cricket or otherwise come remotely close! He is not perfection personified and is human. As he bats, every Indian lives through his mental framework as he struggles to break to free balancing situational risk, present form, physique, mental exhaustion, will power and desire, desire to excel, team performance and glory for India. People see themselves in his performance and gain energy to rise up to the top. He inspires a nation! He's priceless!

  • POSTED BY asita on | February 26, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    Why not 2015 world cup too ?? The kind of form & fitness Tendulkar is in, I can bet he would select himself to the playing eleven. Knowing the committment level of Tendulkar, it's very much possible that he will keep himself fit to play for India which he loves the most & takes pride ...

  • POSTED BY STanmay on | February 26, 2010, 4:46 GMT

    Well said, Harsha. The pleasure of watching him play is worth more than any record he could attain. Those who have watched him play from his early years; prayed for him to perform *every time* for close to a decade; despaired when he gets dismissed; and, most importantly, stood by him even when others were calling for him to retire, those of us are happy because he has finally put the matter beyond doubt for all concerned: he is the best, most complete ODI batsman ever.

    But even if he hadn't achieved this, even if he hadn't had a second coming, descriptions of him would still end up elevating him to the divine, because for us he is not just a batsman, not even a symbol of national pride, but a true artist. To love Sachin is to experience the joy of watching him bat.

  • POSTED BY CricFan24 on | February 26, 2010, 4:37 GMT

    When Tendulkar retires (shudder at the very thought) the cricketing world will realise that there were two periods in cricket- BT and AT… BEFORE TENDULAKR & AFTER TENDULKAR!!!

  • POSTED BY prashant1 on | February 26, 2010, 4:33 GMT

    Frankly. I don't care either! Just want to watch him bat. Imagine when he goes - we will be stuck with the sehwag,dilshan,afidi,dhoni,ponting type of bangers. And we will pine for one, just one Tendulkar straight drive, Flick, On drive, back foot punch, square cut.......Ah.

  • POSTED BY firey1 on | February 26, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    Meh............................That's all.

  • POSTED BY kriskini on | February 26, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    Whats next? Possiblilities before Sachin retires. 1. Century of centuries in international cricket. 2. 50 Centuries in tests and ODI saperately 3. Oldest person to hit a century in ODI 4. Man of the world cup 2011 5. First ever series win in Australia and Sachin man of the series. 6. First ever series win in SA and Sachin man of the series. 6. Part of the team to top ODI rank 7. Maintain the test top ranking for a long time I think this is enough.

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    Harsha Bhogle has gone one step ahead of cricket (just like Tendulkar is always one step ahead of the best) and has intergrated the more encompassing aspects. Very emotional and thought filled article. Congrtas to Harsha Bhogle (and of course to Sachin Tendulkar, who is the essence of all this).

  • POSTED BY Spurzy11 on | February 26, 2010, 4:25 GMT

    The only present the Indian Cricket Team can give to the Greatest Gist of Cricket is they can win the coming World Cup for him that would be really specially as it would be then presented in his homeland and the homeground.

  • POSTED BY sameer997 on | February 26, 2010, 4:25 GMT

    Gr8 article again.Sachin really deserves to get this honour.He has been a gr8 batsman of all time and the Indians would want him to continue this form he is in till the world cup at least.

  • POSTED BY roo123 on | February 26, 2010, 4:21 GMT

    You know what's better than this innings?

    Ponting's 164 in the world cup final, or Gilchrist's in the recent one..scored at the same pace.

    To a lesser extent De Silva's in 96, although he did it against a better attack.

    When SRT does this in the final let's all write many many tributes

  • POSTED BY sanjkb24 on | February 26, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    Good,balanced, well written article as usual. How do you do it? I loved your commenting and now I enjoy reading your articles.

    As for Sachin, it would be sad if he does not have a world cup win in his CV. I already feel sorry for Dravid , as I believe he also deserved one.

  • POSTED BY spuddy on | February 26, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    A fitting tribute to an extraordinary player! I am an Indo West Indian living in Trinidad who has idolized Tendulkar ever since he first began playing. Even now, with our time zone meaning matches start at midnight, I cannot sleep when Sachin is batting. My wife cannot understand why I would wake all night long to see someone bat, but every shot and every innings is worth losing sleep over. Despite Lara being a Trinidadian like myself, in my humble opinion Sachin is simply the best. May he continue to make me lose sleep, but ultimately make me smile gleefully as he passes milestone after milestone. May he also continue to play as long as the body allows, for I fear when he retires from cricket... so will I.

  • POSTED BY viralpatel15 on | February 26, 2010, 3:56 GMT

    Significant Records in ODI Tendulkar has not achieved yet: 1) Most Runs in a Series. (Greg Chappel) 2) Most Runs off one Over (H. Gibbs) 3) Highest Career Batting Average 4) Highest Career Batting Strike Rate P.S.: Dhoni and Richards has better Average and Strike Rate than Tendulkar in ODI's. 5) Most Hundred's in a Series. (D.Haynes, Ganguly etc) 6) Most Hundred's in a consecutive innings(Zaheer Abbas, Anwar,Gibbs) 7) Fastest Hundred.(Afridi, Lara, Azhar etc)

  • POSTED BY viralpatel15 on | February 26, 2010, 3:55 GMT

    Significant Records in Test Tendulkar has not achieved yet: 12) Most Double Hundred in a Series(Bradman, Sangakkara, Richards, Ponting) 13) Most Hundred in a Series(Bradman, Kallis, Gavaskar) 14) Most Hundred in a Calendar Year(Mohd. Yousuf, Ponting, Richards, Gavaskar) 15) Hundred in a consecutive Innings(Dravid, Bradman, Gavaskar) 16) Hundred in a Consecutive Matches(Bradman,Kallis, Mohd. Yusuf, Gambhir) 17) Fasted Hundred (Richards,Kapil Dev,Azhar)

  • POSTED BY viralpatel15 on | February 26, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    Significant Records in Test Tendulkar has not achieved yet: 1) Most Runs in an Inning (Lara) 2) Most Runs in a Match(Gooch) 3) Most Runs in a Series(Bradman, Richards, Gavaskar, Dravid, Lara etc are ahead of him) 4) Most Runs in a Calendar Year(Mohd. Yousuf, Richards, Smith, Ponting, Sehwag, Gavaskar ahead of him) 5) Most Runs off a Single Over (Lara) 6) Most Runs in a Day(Bradman, V.Segwag, Lara) 7) Highest Career Batting Average (Bradman, Sobers, Ponting) 8) Most Double Hundred in a Career(Bradman, Lara, Sehwag, Dravid, Ponting) 9) Most Triple Hundred in a Career(Bradman, Sehwag, Lara) 10) Double Hundred and Hundred in a Match (Gavaskar, Lara) 11) Hundred in each inning of a match(Bradman, Sobers, Chappel, Gavaskar, Lara, Dravid, Ponting)

  • POSTED BY Sidhanta-Patnaik on | February 26, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    This is what I had been waiting for since the MOMENT happened. Harsha's article on Sachin

  • POSTED BY Raki_sachin on | February 26, 2010, 3:42 GMT

    I take the pride to say i am greatest fan of sachin tendulkar, people or fellow cricketers may call him God ,but he is the true solider of india playing for his country. He loves the game and even at this age he practices more than any other cricketer in net. His hard work , commitment ...what not ...made him to stand in this position day. We Shouldn't forget his down to earth nature also.

    Only last thing we should expect from him is wining world cup . My life ambition is to meet this man at least once in my life, i would treat as a noble prize or million dollar win.

  • POSTED BY manasvi_lingam on | February 26, 2010, 3:40 GMT

    Harsha, a very well written article. But this isn't the only flat pitch around in the World. There have been small pitches suitable for batsman everywhere which is why many people have crossed the 170 barrier in recent times. Playing against minnows also helps. Look at the likes of Coventry who scored his runs against a weaker attack or James Marshall who despite an average of 25.00 has a HS of 161 against another weak team. The fact is, despite a batting beauty he was up against a good attack, at 36, in the twilight of his career and made his 200.

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2010, 3:33 GMT

    A triple hundred maybe? A hundred first class 100s? Honestly I don't care either. So long as I get to watch him bat some more. But a world cup win would be great. A fitting farewell to a true genius.

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    Good Article Harsha.., I started watching sports for the commentary your are the best...

    for me if my GOD didn't won the world cup then i will be surely crying but he has won our hearts with his performance in field for long time Long live sachin I order god to give world cup to him :)

  • POSTED BY crickifan on | February 26, 2010, 3:26 GMT

    Excellent article and the last sentence is just brilliant :-)

  • POSTED BY chandrashaekar_us on | February 26, 2010, 3:20 GMT

    The last two sentences of second last paragraph said it all. "What else? Frankly, I don't care". Very well said. I don't care either. In my opinion, he has done more than enough and more than anyone could have asked for when he started 20+ years ago. The precision of his strokes still brings goose pumps as it did 20 years ago.

  • POSTED BY ramkumarganesan on | February 26, 2010, 3:17 GMT

    Harsha,

    Excellent article as always. Before he retires (apart from the World Cup),there are a few other boxes to tick- Winning a test series in South Africa and Australia. Also Sachin was injured when we won in the West Indies in 2006. So, one tour of each country looks very likely he would have a shot at it.

    Also, he would have opportunities to win another ICC Champions trophy(in 2002, we shared it with SL).

    regards Ramkumar

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  • POSTED BY ramkumarganesan on | February 26, 2010, 3:17 GMT

    Harsha,

    Excellent article as always. Before he retires (apart from the World Cup),there are a few other boxes to tick- Winning a test series in South Africa and Australia. Also Sachin was injured when we won in the West Indies in 2006. So, one tour of each country looks very likely he would have a shot at it.

    Also, he would have opportunities to win another ICC Champions trophy(in 2002, we shared it with SL).

    regards Ramkumar

  • POSTED BY chandrashaekar_us on | February 26, 2010, 3:20 GMT

    The last two sentences of second last paragraph said it all. "What else? Frankly, I don't care". Very well said. I don't care either. In my opinion, he has done more than enough and more than anyone could have asked for when he started 20+ years ago. The precision of his strokes still brings goose pumps as it did 20 years ago.

  • POSTED BY crickifan on | February 26, 2010, 3:26 GMT

    Excellent article and the last sentence is just brilliant :-)

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    Good Article Harsha.., I started watching sports for the commentary your are the best...

    for me if my GOD didn't won the world cup then i will be surely crying but he has won our hearts with his performance in field for long time Long live sachin I order god to give world cup to him :)

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2010, 3:33 GMT

    A triple hundred maybe? A hundred first class 100s? Honestly I don't care either. So long as I get to watch him bat some more. But a world cup win would be great. A fitting farewell to a true genius.

  • POSTED BY manasvi_lingam on | February 26, 2010, 3:40 GMT

    Harsha, a very well written article. But this isn't the only flat pitch around in the World. There have been small pitches suitable for batsman everywhere which is why many people have crossed the 170 barrier in recent times. Playing against minnows also helps. Look at the likes of Coventry who scored his runs against a weaker attack or James Marshall who despite an average of 25.00 has a HS of 161 against another weak team. The fact is, despite a batting beauty he was up against a good attack, at 36, in the twilight of his career and made his 200.

  • POSTED BY Raki_sachin on | February 26, 2010, 3:42 GMT

    I take the pride to say i am greatest fan of sachin tendulkar, people or fellow cricketers may call him God ,but he is the true solider of india playing for his country. He loves the game and even at this age he practices more than any other cricketer in net. His hard work , commitment ...what not ...made him to stand in this position day. We Shouldn't forget his down to earth nature also.

    Only last thing we should expect from him is wining world cup . My life ambition is to meet this man at least once in my life, i would treat as a noble prize or million dollar win.

  • POSTED BY Sidhanta-Patnaik on | February 26, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    This is what I had been waiting for since the MOMENT happened. Harsha's article on Sachin

  • POSTED BY viralpatel15 on | February 26, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    Significant Records in Test Tendulkar has not achieved yet: 1) Most Runs in an Inning (Lara) 2) Most Runs in a Match(Gooch) 3) Most Runs in a Series(Bradman, Richards, Gavaskar, Dravid, Lara etc are ahead of him) 4) Most Runs in a Calendar Year(Mohd. Yousuf, Richards, Smith, Ponting, Sehwag, Gavaskar ahead of him) 5) Most Runs off a Single Over (Lara) 6) Most Runs in a Day(Bradman, V.Segwag, Lara) 7) Highest Career Batting Average (Bradman, Sobers, Ponting) 8) Most Double Hundred in a Career(Bradman, Lara, Sehwag, Dravid, Ponting) 9) Most Triple Hundred in a Career(Bradman, Sehwag, Lara) 10) Double Hundred and Hundred in a Match (Gavaskar, Lara) 11) Hundred in each inning of a match(Bradman, Sobers, Chappel, Gavaskar, Lara, Dravid, Ponting)

  • POSTED BY viralpatel15 on | February 26, 2010, 3:55 GMT

    Significant Records in Test Tendulkar has not achieved yet: 12) Most Double Hundred in a Series(Bradman, Sangakkara, Richards, Ponting) 13) Most Hundred in a Series(Bradman, Kallis, Gavaskar) 14) Most Hundred in a Calendar Year(Mohd. Yousuf, Ponting, Richards, Gavaskar) 15) Hundred in a consecutive Innings(Dravid, Bradman, Gavaskar) 16) Hundred in a Consecutive Matches(Bradman,Kallis, Mohd. Yusuf, Gambhir) 17) Fasted Hundred (Richards,Kapil Dev,Azhar)