February 25, 2010

Like The Don, in a league of his own

Ayaz Memon
The impact a sportsperson has on the consciousness of his era, what he has meant to his country and the world, that's where the twain - Bradman and Tendulkar - meet
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Cricket lovers are obsessed with records and stats - Indian fans notoriously so - which perhaps explains why the entire country went into paroxysms of delight when Sachin Tendulkar became the first batsman to score 200 runs in a 50-over match. The penny seemed to have suddenly dropped. What had been discussed for almost a half a decade in muted tones for fear of blasphemy, had acquired a brazen overtone: Move over Sir Donald Bradman, Tendulkar is now the greatest batsman of all time.

Tendulkar's spectacular run over the past two years has obviously given a fillip to this argument. I suspect that the despair arising out of the 2007 World Cup disaster has something to do with him getting a second wind and batting with the energy, ambition, competitive edge and run hunger that had defined his cricket in the first decade of his career. At 36, in his 21st year in the game, he has been playing with the enthusiasm of a 16-year-old again. I reckon he wanted to prove something to himself, and his performances of the last two years show he has done this mind-bogglingly.

I am chary of statistics leading to outrageous conclusions, but unlike Mark Twain I don't damn them. I find them fascinating and infuriating, but at all times stimulating, and have found profuse use for them in writing on cricket. Stats play a big and useful role because they provide significant tangible value to a player's worth. But they can also be quirky and deceptive, often giving misleading clues about a player's true qualitative worth.

And yet, paradoxically, Bradman's perceived greatness stems almost entirely from statistics, in particular his dazzling Test average of 99.94, which has remained unassailable for more than 60 years. Looked at every which way, it is a numbing, humbling statistic. No batsman, either before Bradman or since, has come remotely close to it. Every effort to rationalise it for contemporary evaluation has come a cropper.

So while it would be fair to say that superior fielding and better opposition would reduce Bradman's prolific run-getting to say 70-odd per innings, if you consider that batsmen today play on covered wickets with all kinds of protective gear, it would climb back into the 90s again and bring the debate back to square one. The assessment, ergo, must use other parameters.

Let's revisit the Gwalior match. Suppose Tendulkar had somehow not got the strike in the last over and remained unbeaten on 199, would he have been a lesser player? Suppose Virender Sehwag had got his third triple-century in Mumbai against Sri Lanka, would he have hurdled over Lara and become a greater batsman than Bradman? These are impossible questions to settle purely in statistical terms.

Like Bradman, Tendulkar has not merely been a cricketer but a symbol of sustained excellence, not just a role model but a metaphor for his country's aspirations, not just a sporting genius but a sociological phenomenon

A large body of work is, of course, essential to eliminate those who flicker very brightly but very briefly. But the more compelling argument according to me is to assess the impact a sportsperson has on the consciousness of his era, how he has shaped the milieu of his times, what he has meant not just to his sport but also his country and the world. That's where the twain - Bradman and Tendulkar - meet, despite the vast statistical difference that will remain when Tendulkar retires.

For, like Bradman, Tendulkar has not merely been a cricketer but a symbol of sustained excellence, not just a role model but a metaphor for his country's aspirations; not just a sporting genius but a sociological phenomenon. The pressure, the burden of expectations they have had to endure throughout their careers, finds no parallel in their sport, or their country's ethos.

It is almost impossible to compare greats from different eras. In my opinion, purely from a sporting point of view Tendulkar today stands on par with Roger Federer, Tiger Woods and Michael Schumacher. If that still doesn't resolve the issue, let me approach it differently.

If Tendulkar were to retire tomorrow, a long queue of the game's greatest batsmen would await him near the dressing room: Hammond, Hobbs, Hutton, the three Ws, Richards, Gavaskar, Dravid, Sehwag, Ponting, Lara, Chappell, Miandad, et al. And at the head of this queue would be Bradman, first to shake his hand and say, "Gosh, you little bonzer, I would have loved to play an innings like that!"

Ayaz Memon has written on cricket for over 20 years, during which time he has covered a number of tours and six World Cups. This piece also appeared in Hindustan Times

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  • Neil247 on March 1, 2010, 8:20 GMT

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

  • Rohan1 on March 1, 2010, 7:59 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.

  • SatyajitM on March 1, 2010, 4:09 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 :-)

  • gr8_sachin_fan on March 1, 2010, 1:46 GMT

    SatyajtM, 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..

  • SatyajitM on February 28, 2010, 19:26 GMT

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

  • Neil247 on February 28, 2010, 16:36 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.

  • pradoshprabha on February 28, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar is better than Ponting,Lara,Gavaskar,Richards and Border,its not fair to compare Tendulkar with Bradman,Sir Don Bradman saw himself in the way Sachin bats,in my opinion Sachin and Bradman are the greatest batsmen ever to play the game of cricket.

  • 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..

  • 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!

  • CricFan24 on February 28, 2010, 8:36 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?)

  • Neil247 on March 1, 2010, 8:20 GMT

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

  • Rohan1 on March 1, 2010, 7:59 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.

  • SatyajitM on March 1, 2010, 4:09 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 :-)

  • gr8_sachin_fan on March 1, 2010, 1:46 GMT

    SatyajtM, 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..

  • SatyajitM on February 28, 2010, 19:26 GMT

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

  • Neil247 on February 28, 2010, 16:36 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.

  • pradoshprabha on February 28, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar is better than Ponting,Lara,Gavaskar,Richards and Border,its not fair to compare Tendulkar with Bradman,Sir Don Bradman saw himself in the way Sachin bats,in my opinion Sachin and Bradman are the greatest batsmen ever to play the game of cricket.

  • 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..

  • 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!

  • CricFan24 on February 28, 2010, 8:36 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?)

  • CricFan24 on February 28, 2010, 8:36 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.

  • lynds on February 28, 2010, 7:03 GMT

    Oh, please. Sachin Tendulker is unarguably the greatest ODI batsman of all time, his feats in that form of cricket setting him as far ahead as Bradman was in Tests. Despite others having higher averages, I think he is the second greatest Test batsman of all time. This is based more on an aesthetic assessment rather than a statistical one, and Bradman's own comments support that view. Like Bradman, he is incapable of playing an ugly shot. He seems to have more time than anyone else to play his shots, he is graceful and seems to always maintain perfect balance. As a tennis commentator said about Roger Federer, the shot he can't play hasn't been invented yet. And yes, if Bradman had played as much cricket as the modern cricketer, no doubt his average would be lower. But in Bradman's case, his average, as well as the number of Tests he played, cannot be ignored. And Sachin himself believes that the Don was the greatest of all time. Enough said.

  • kriskini on February 28, 2010, 2:17 GMT

    I am sure some will will hit more than 200 in ODI. But will it be a chance less? Not even one catch was dropped in Sachin's innings. A chance less 200 against a recognised cricket playing nation will remian for ever.

  • Kaushd on February 27, 2010, 23:11 GMT

    Just one thing to say - when Don himself had acknowledged that SRT is playing like himself, why shold we comper these two Greats! Infact, we shold watch more and more SRT, in order to know how Don must have played in his era. So, in tday's world, SRT is living DON, who is playing agaist all the countries including England! Enjoy the batting of morden DON, nick named as SRT.

  • gr8_sachin_fan on February 27, 2010, 16:57 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..

  • HemantKaliwada on February 27, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    after reading all of the below 165 posts, one thing makes me very happy. That rarely is someone comparing SRT to Ponting. am glad that ppl now agree that ponting is nowhere near to Sachins class.No Doubt Lara is a Legend, but the Legend himself has said on record, that Sachin is the greatest of the all. As for Don Bradman, ICC had recently issued a statement "TALL PEAKS ARE NOT ALWAYS BETTER THAN LONG PLATEAU AS TRUE GREATNESS MUST INCLUDE PROTRACTED EXCELLENCE" Now sachin has proved to be a Tall peak and a long plateau both.

  • CricFan24 on February 27, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    I agree, and disagree... It is difficult to put up anyone with Bradman. However, there is a counter point as depicted in this article : "Only Sachin Tendulkar can equal Don Bradman"-By the esteemed John Woodcock. It is impossible to compare across eras. But if you consider the fact that Tendulkar has some 31000 int. runs, 93 int 100s, over a period of 20yrs, has been through several career threatening injuries which seriously impacted his stats, the incredible pressure he is under etc etc etc- and then STILL at the end of it averages as good or better than anybody- well , by the time he is through-That's as close to Bradmanesque we will have ever got to in the Modern Era.

  • mroak1 on February 27, 2010, 2:11 GMT

    You can not compare cricketers of today with the ones who played in 1920's,30s and 40s when Sir Donald Bradman played.I think Sachin Tendulkar is a great player,and he deserves the highest of praise.But you cannot say he is better than Sir Donald Bradman.A 99.94 batting average,over a 20 year period(5 years missed with WW2) say's a great deal.

  • thrilseeker on February 27, 2010, 0:50 GMT

    lets face it... the man has worked his butt off the last 20 odd years. he deserves every bit of praise he's getting now. after seeing many years of cricket and many great batsmen, only 2 have stood out to me in lara and tendulkar. they are 2 masters who go after a daywork in different fashions. lara in my book was the most talented batsman who has ever lived but tendulkar has proven himself time and time again and to dominate for 20 years..... wow!!!!! congrats sachin. you are the best! may you go down as the greatest batsman who have ever lived.

  • win1win on February 26, 2010, 21:41 GMT

    Bradman's bio from cricinfo - "How did anyone ever get him out? The two bowlers to do it most often, if sometimes at horrendous cost, were both spinners - Clarrie Grimmett, who had ten such coups to his credit with leg-breaks and googlies, and Hedley Verity, who also had ten, eight of them for England." Lucky he never played in India or Srilanka or even against Shane Warne.. With utmost respect to Bradman and all Tendulkar bashers... you should be ashamed giving excuses to accept him as the best.. sorryy.. world recognizes Tendulkar is the best batsman ever ruled the game!!!!!!

  • sabina2009 on February 26, 2010, 21:11 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar should not be compared to anyone. Tendulkar is Tendulkar. There is no one who can be like him. I have grown up watching Tendulkar since 1992 World Cup. I still remember that day in 1994 in New Zealand when Tendulkar was told to open the innings for ODI match against the Kiwis. And I still cherish they way he severely punished the Kiwi bowlers that day. That day was the turning point in Sachin's career. Luckily he discovered that he would do well if he opens the innings.

  • anshumans1 on February 26, 2010, 21:10 GMT

    Whenever Sachin or Ponting play a superlative innings and someone praises it, the question arises as to who is the better player. Now that we have seen this 200, there are comparisons with The Don. I watch cricket because I love it and a great performance does not lead me to make comparisons with other great players. I am a Sachin fan but that does not mean that I do not enjoy a great performance from Ponting (or Lara). All of them are great players and have given us joy over the years. About Sachin being greater than Don? Bradman captured the imagination of cricket watchers in the same way as Sachin has done now (probably more for Indians). While we can, let us relish all of these great performances and hope for more because Sachins and Pontings are a rare breed. We are lucky to have witnessed them on the cricket field. After all we only have heroes because they do things we can't. And let's not talk about averages. It's the joy they give us. Everything else fades in comparison.

  • on February 26, 2010, 20:43 GMT

    Well how many times have we seen this displayed by someone amongst the crowd?"Cricket is my relegion,TENDULKAR is my god".today i feel proud to share the timeline with the little master.and my ultimate dream still remains to meet him and ask him how he feels to be the Sachin Tendulkar,because if i envy anyone's life,its his.There will be many 200s in ODIs, that i'm sure of..but sachin's name for a kick off was a golden touch of sorts. But the eyes that i saw of the master when he achieved this was of a man who wanted it all his life..then did i say to myself..gosh what a life!!i proudly say today..cricket is my religion and sachin is my god..and the one who called me a fool, i'd say had a bad habit of judging a book by its cover. Aacrit

  • Rajesh. on February 26, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    Comparisons are often useless exercises. All they do is make the debates more sour. Sachin Tendulkar is a once-in-a-lifetime player. There are no two ways about it. A champion cricketer like no other.

    And for all those who say "Ah, this has come only in his 21st year in International cricket"..... well, there you go, you yourself have unconsciously said it right. It's precisely why he is so great, being able to play like this for 21 long years.......

  • hogwarts_cricket on February 26, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    @Bone101, mate you really dont know much about cricket, do you? cricket is a team game and i man cannot be expected to single handedly win matches for his side. had sachin played for a team like australia then he would have had an even better average and australia would have been able to win even more matches. lara too was a genius but W.I declined even more when he was in his prime. it really goes to show that you are just prejudiced in you jugdement on sachin.

  • Mark00 on February 26, 2010, 18:35 GMT

    It took 20 years for Tendulkar to achieve is first scoring record. Let's get a grip on reality.

    This was just a standard Tendulkar century in helpful conditions against tired bowlers. Two other Indian batsmen made substantional scores in this match while scoring faster than Tendulkar.

  • on February 26, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    Bradman, bradman , bradman, bradman!!! who has seen him play here ? none of us. when bradman played he dint hv to worry abt his bowling or batting teammates performance, he did not hv a fitness issues like sachin has to cope up with, as don dint hv an FTP calender like indians. Whereas sachin has led the team for most part of his career single handedly. Always under pressure whether the scores wuld be enuf for his mediocre bowling team mates to win them a game. always under pressure that if he go out india lost the hope. Yes things have changed since yuvi shewu and dhonis arrival. And see how he bats!! Also sachin never used a bat like ponting with a Graphite coating, which was illegal. Bradman lives in all our minds with only one figure 99.94. IF FIGURES ARE THE ONLY THING THEN THE FABLED DON LOSSES IN ALL THE REST DEPARTMENTS.

  • testcricketer on February 26, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    ok my final comments here, to wrap things up, Lara has made runs in a very very weak batting line up, and that takes a lot to do day in and day out, and sachin has made runs in a very very strong batting line up, and that also takes a lot to do day in and day out, because it is very hard to perform when others are performing around u as well, the competition is tough but it can also help ou out when u r out of form, because u know others are pulling their weight and your weight, so makes it easier for u to go through lean periods, and with lara's case well he didn;t have much opportunity to afford himself lean periods, because no one was there to pull anybody's weight, he was pulling the entire teams weight. i rem when west indies went sri lanka the other day, lara singlehandedly made a competition out of it, murali made circles around everybody else but him, he scored like 400 plus runs in the 2 match series, making it a competition instead of walk over. anyways thanks for reading.

  • saqo on February 26, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    Wow i'm amazed at the amount of posts (mostly Indian, i couldn't have guessed it) that support SRT as better than Bradman... Has anyone ever looked at his average in test AND first-class cricket? Even if you take into account al the pluses and minuses of comparing eras, you can't say an average of 100 then is an average of 56 now can you?

  • testcricketer on February 26, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    part 4... now having said that, i have no disrespect for eithe rone of these guys, because i play this game myself, and i know that runs on the board is runs on the board, no matter if u play aussi or zimbabwe, if u don;t put runs on the board u will loose, even if u play against school children same will happen, so i respect both these guys for the show of runs that they have done so over the years, one person commented that lara made 400 so does that mean the highest score makes u the best batsman, no, but it is the fact that the man broke the record twice, the man retired as the world's leading run scorer in Test cricket, having played less years and less matches than Sachin bhai, and he was ahead of sachin, so what sort of non-sense u are talking bout just having high score, the man did not just have high score, the man had consistant scores as well, the man tore apart the best of attacks, including mcgrath and warne, made them look like zimbabwe bowlers, on many occasions...

  • testcricketer on February 26, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    Part 3 con't... Lara on the other hand had players like, wallace, cambell, williams, jimmy "padams", holder,harper, hooper, chanderpaul(underachieving one at the time) and a bunch of other insignificant guys from the islands that I cannot rem all thier names at the moment because they were such star players, right! now lara did have 2 great bowlers at one time, walsh and ambrose, and they helped in a lot of the cases, because not only batsmen u need but good bowlers, but besides these two bowlers, we had nothing else, we had mclean, dillion, powell, perry, and a bunch of other mediocre bowlers, india however has always had a minimum of 2 star bowlers in their lineup, sometimes more than 2 also, but they have had srinath for quite a while, and kumble, in between these guys u had guys like prasad, zaheer and ashish back in the days, then zaheer evolved and came back, also had another all rounder guy, forgot his name now, and the firepower, bhaji, he is a great bowler too, out of space ag

  • testcricketer on February 26, 2010, 16:35 GMT

    ... cont'd from below i may have to write a few times here because i have a lot to say. so as i was saying in the past i used to think lara was slightly ahead of sachin when it came to the best batsman in the world, because sachin was not performing to his ability for a while, esp when this millenium started, however in the last half decade or so, sachin has definitely proven himself to be playing at his full potential, he has found his game all over again, and this i would say has put him on par with Lara, so he is for sure equal to lara, and lara equal to him, u see lara has stopped playing so we cannot compare that sachin is still making runs as opposed to lara because he is not playing. Lara has made runs in a team that has lacked star power for as long as we could remember now, while sachin bai has never played in a team that has no star power, navjot, jadeja, azurudin, dravid, ganguly, vvs, sehwag, dhoni, gambhir, just to name a few in different decades there... out of space agai

  • testcricketer on February 26, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    OK, it seems as though you people don't really know your cricket or you do not take time to study your cricket, I read all the comments and in no particular order I will rebut a few of you, one again I will repeat, LARA, DON, SACHIN all are equal, I am from LARA and SACHIN era, and i know for a fact these two guys are the best batsmen in the world, but having said that I will not allow myself to disrespect someone from another era who i am not familiar with, but from my avid following of cricket, I have learnt that millions in the cricketing world believe Don is the man, and I will also give him that respect and have him as part of the trio as the best batsmen in the world. what we must realise is that none of these batsmen are greater than the other, because it is all in perspective, everything is relative, and when you look at the trios career, there are pros and cons that we can argue about all their career, so in my opinion they are equal to one another, in the past i used to...

  • SatyajitM on February 26, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    Continuing from prev post... Don Bradman did prepare an all time eleven which could be termed little bit biased towards Australia (7 players) and his own era. But one certain Sachin Tendulkar was one of the four non aussies in his team (no Viv, Chappell or Lara). So, it makes me laugh when certain Farce-Follower (quite an appropriate nick name buddy!) suggests "Rischards was feared, and so is Sehwag, but not Sachin". Ask Shane Warne and co if Sachin was feared or not. Till the early part of naughties bowlers knew if they get Sachin, India could be tamed (Indian middle order by then had really improved). Yes, he did slow down a bit for 3/4 years but now he is truly back and we are going to witness some real gem of batsmanship.

  • SatyajitM on February 26, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    Till mid seventees (continued till end of 20th century) world bowling wasn't at it's peak. Fielding standards were in general lax and there was no scientific analysis done for the opposition players to sort them out. On the other hand protective gears were not available. All said and done, it would appear that run making was slightly easier (just check top ten test batting averages, all of them have come before 1975, fair number of high fiftees and early sixtees). Batting have started becoming little easier due quality of grounds in recent times. Without doubt there is more competetion in the sport now as this has become means of livelihood for players. Looking at all this I think there is a chance of 15 to 20% drop in averages if those yesteryear greats had played today. However, even after that you can not explain Don's average, which will remain 80 if 20% is deducted. In my view, Sachin is second all time greatest batsman.

  • on February 26, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    i am an indian fan, i feel sir don was definitely the greatest test batsman of all time,tendulkar is also a great test batsman and thats the reason even the don saw himself in sachin.but in one day cricket sachin and viv rule and are head and shoulders above the rest.i would also like to add that lets not be swayed by nationalism but be governed by pure cricketing reason,i feel the best fast bowler i have seen is wasim akram and de best spinner was undoubtedly shane warne.guys plz dont be biased in ur comments and lets not denigrate any cricketer just beoz he's not from ur nation

  • JAYESH10 on February 26, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    Sachin is great but not the greatest. Don Bradman's record is simply amazing, he played over a period of 20 yrs but a large part of his career was reduced due to the second WW. Only the greats can have extraordinary stats in Intl competitions. When Sachin started his career his game looked far better than many other batsmen who were playing with him then. Nowadays there r batsman who can not just equal but surpass him in stroke making &have just changed the way the game is played & done it much more fearlessly, they have been path breakers unencumbered by the past.

  • Jatan on February 26, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    Indians' are obsessed with stats. Really?? We are just happy that Sachin Tendulkar is the first and only person to acheive the 200 mark. I see stats being thrown by you and all other ppl from other countries comparing and putting down this ONLY Great and Complete master of Cricket. If you don't like him, don't follow our comments. Get lost. For us he's better than anyone till date. Who's the don? Another player who played most of his games with just one another country. Wow great achievement. Clap Clap It's just the same as ever. Whenever Indians make history, none of you can digest it. The difference between Tendulkar and Don is the Tendulkar always thought Don was great and idiolizes him while the Don thought here's a person who plays something like him. Some ego that person had.

  • criconly on February 26, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    Hi haters .. ( i am not really sure what is the basis on what you write articles that contradict the statements of some of the greats who played the game except on hate)

    hate not the player who rules hate yourself for not being the player.

    bradman dint have a 360 degree view of his game available to players to dissect how he plays.

    no one in the world had to face the fanatics who praise him to heaven when he suceeds and burn his image if he fails once.

    no one had to play in a team where he is sole bread winner.

    no one can play for twenty years and still do what he does.

    not one of you haters can write anything about the player who changed the way the game is played.

    same batting beauties a hundred times over many more have played on how come no one go to a double ton accept it u guys are haters just because ur players never made it so big. ponting might be great but not complete . lara might be elegant but not consistent. and the biggest joke is that opponents do not fear him.

  • LakMak on February 26, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    One needs to consider the amount of cricket being played these days, traveling around the glob. It is easy to discredit Sachin's 200 effort by blaming on flat pitch. We have so many pitches around the world similar to Gwalior but one else has achieved this feat. The greatest chase in history of ODI had produced almost 900 runs. All the experts and fans termed that game as one of the classic and the all time great batting display. no one mentioned the pitch was flat and bolwing was sub standard since the game played in SA and team were involved were not from India.

  • LakMak on February 26, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    Well, it's always difficult to compare two talents from two completely different era. some people have argued about the numbers. Well then 99.94 is also just a number. While we consider all the possible permutations and combinations, one can not make any analysis about mind, emotions and expectations of billions. Bradman had played only 50 TEST (international) matches while Sachin has so far played 600 plus. To keep playing at the highest level for so long itself makes him the greatest ever.

  • Rara_Avis on February 26, 2010, 14:32 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.

  • Rara_Avis on February 26, 2010, 14:32 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.

  • sachin_greatest on February 26, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    very disaapointed to read "gr8_sachin_fan" 's comments .... i thk either you are not following cricket regularly or u r nt a true Indian ...just to bring to your info dat India has won only 4-5 Finals in last decade nd sachin has scored hundred in most of them... also dnt forget to see hw many matches India has won wen he scored Hundred... Most of His hundreds r nt in India bt outside the subcontinent...its nt his mistake dat there r flat wickets in India on offer... should he throw away his wicket after seeing a flat wicket.. above article talks abt longevity of sachin ...ur dravids n sauravs came years aftr sachin nd left bt the champion is still dere... nt your dravids or sauravs..if he has to play for his own records he would have left ODI cricket and played Test only at dis age...coz he know nobody can surpass him inODIs nw ... in tests Ponting s there... Finally ...go n ask those ppl whom u r adoring dat whose the Best Cricketer In the world.... I thk u already knw d answer..

  • shaantanu on February 26, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    i might be tempted to say sachin is the greatest.but then it wud be blasphmous to say he is better than bradman.there are arguments for and against the same n the debate will continue n we wont see the end of it......we ddnt see bradman bat lets just enjoy smeone who resembles him.its a previlege to watch sachin play the way he plays.n we wud be able to tell our future generation tht we witnessed almost all the innings that he played......so lets just savour the moment

  • Mark00 on February 26, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    What an embarrassing article.

    Tendulkar scores 200 runs against tired bowling on a flat pitch (he scored less than 50% of total runs) and all of a sudden people are "brazen" about comparing him to Bradman?

    In almost 20 years of cricket, this is Tendulkar's first and, probably, last batting record.

    The only other records in his name are career records such as accumulating the most centuries.

    VVS Laxman said it best. "Now everyone will think that they too can score 200 in an ODI." Guess why?

    Once he plays an innings like Kapil's 175, we can start comparing hm to Federer or Woods.

    Bradman? Keep dreaming.

  • on February 26, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    Oh cm 'on people ! 29 x3 =87 still less than 93 . Lasting for more than 20 years and still going strong in Indian national team where enormous talents lie. Now talking about Bradman ..his average is 56+ only against body line attack .Now every day u have some new technologies which reveals even a minute flaw in batsman technique .So when a simple body line attack can make your avg drop by almost 44 run ..guess what would have happened in today's date. Sachin is simply the best of all time . many accepted rest should accept it now . Cheers !

  • on February 26, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    Right from the day i started watching Cricket, Sachin had been on the Indian side and has always been my motive to watch the match..... For many of the Indians like me, presence of Sachin was the key factor in watching the match.... If he gets out early, or, if he is not present in the side, i am least interested to watch the match.... Recently, Indian batsmen have proved they have a deep batting side, this was not the case years before, He was the only hope, he was someone even being worshiped by many... Think about the pressure..... And, to all those who say Sachin had been playing for personal achievements...., He does his part well, how does it become Sachin's selfishness when others doesn't perform and make India the winning side?

  • ACharmer on February 26, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    For all those Don Bradman fans who possibly only know that he has an average of 99.94..

    Don Bradman - 52 tests - 37 against England @ 89.5 ave, 5 against India @ 178, 5 against SA @ 201, 5 against WI @ 74. Based on these statistics I wouldnt be wrong to call his greatness a MYTH. Yes, I agree uncovered pitches, no protective gears makes it difficult to play but did you know he has played in less than 10 grounds in all and all the 10 were either in England or Australia.

    Compare this to current generation....... adaptability to the number of grounds , the number of opposition teams , the accuracy of bowling, top fielding standards (I cant imaging a player from Don's era making efforts as today to stop boundaries, effect run outs or take catches. Besides I wonder how much of Don's consistency would have been affected if he had to switch between test and one days.

    Crucially Don did not have to face Warne, Murali, McG, Wasim, Waqar, Flintoff, Ambrose, Walsh, Donald, Lee, Steyn et all

  • catalyst213 on February 26, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    Dear Ayaz Memon, i read alot of articles and i comment. Your's was truly different because i felt it was all too Honest yet very Wise.....Bravo, great job.

  • Siva_TN on February 26, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    There is no comparing Tendulkar with Bradman or Bradman with Tendulkar for that matter. In terms of cricketing genius, yes, Sachin is a great great player..and so is Lara..one of the finest players of the century..It would be naive to compare and argue who is best...

    But Sachin's greatness is not restricted to him being just a great batsman..To me, he is one of the greatest sports person of the century..Not may 16 year olds have captured the attention of the media, reached fame when they barely knew what it meant, made money that they cant even count...yet 20 years later, he is just simplicity personified and doing the thing he loves most...score runs for India..be it on the field or off, his discipline is truly an inspiration..

    Sachin is not just a cricketer..his discipline, determination and above all his down to earth humility is an inspiration for not only other sportsperson but also for the billions in India..and for that reason he is a cut above the rest, whoever be it..

  • bivu on February 26, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    its a pity that people here are all so statistics-minded..so much number-oriented both in defaming and worshipping tendulkar..now if two guys are consistently gives u a impression of being super-talented,it does not matter whether one of them averages 6/7 runs more or just by the virtue of playing more matches have a much larger aggregate..what matters is the level of talent..and this is where both lara and Sachin edge comfortably past others...if u go only by stats,then sir hadlee becomes a better bowler than akram...!!!!..eh...??!!

  • anurag23bhide on February 26, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    Legends like sachin tendulkar have the risk of being branded selfish just because their astounding individual achievements make it look that way. for years, and in particular those years between 2005-2007 when sachin was in trouble and playing far from his best, i used to think this way. such thoughts had actually formed in my mind due to roger federer. because tennis is an individual sport and you represent yourself and not your country and win glory only for yourself and not the country. this made me think why a man who has such huge credentials still play and why does he want so much more. the only conclusion i made was that he must be very selfish indeed. this innings from sachin has changed all that. the very essence of sport is to win, so whats the problem with going for as much glory as possible. also it is clear sachins ultimate goal is to win the WC. its not in just his hand though. i dearly hope msd manages to win it for sachin as there is hardly anyone more deserving

  • on February 26, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    @ Geraldine

    "Tendulkar achieved his records only because of the longevity of his career, nothing more." - Haven't heard a more stupid statement than this.

    "f you don't use statistics to back up your claims about batsmen, then your claims are purely subjective and based on your own feelings." - Consider this: A player plays a couple of test matches and scores an unbeaten century. His average is bound to be higher than Don's statistically.

    Frankly, you sound like an Aussie who is jealous that Tendulkar has been hailed greater than Don and ofcourse Ponting who is not even in the that league. You are such a whinger!

  • VishyKnight on February 26, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    Beautiful article Mr.Memon! I liked the last paragraph very much! The only complaint I have is that you have missed out Gary Sobers from the list :) Hope it is a simple oversight and not something more :)

  • Chatla on February 26, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    Tendulkar a man or myth or a gr8 of all time? - By now all the critics (if any) should have gone under a shell. I am sure Cricket can never produce all time gr8 like Tendulkar, who has all with him, and continuing the same throughout the decades, a feat no one could does, by bearing a hell lot of pressure. Never changed the game, he knew when to attack, how maintain strike, build innings, a fine artwork in executing every shot in cricket's dictionary. Don played with just 2-3 countries and as everyone knew, in those days, cricket was a different game all together compare to now (too accurate - there is a lot to explain..bla..bla..). I trust, at least from now onwards there should n't be any comparisons with other players like Don, Sobers, Lara, Richards, hamm.. Whom so ever it may concern! Sorry, Tendulkar is in different League, a demy God, not reachable, un-stoppable, a run-machine, a unique UNO. Next comes the Gr8 Don… And others follow these TWO GREATS.....

  • proteasfan99 on February 26, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    i would like to add a valuable point to the bradman- sachin debate.... what pple dont consider is the technology that has come thru in the tendulkar era... batsmen are able to seat at home nad analyse different bowlers and how to play them... bradman did not have that advantage..i bet!! no doubt technology has workd betta for bowlers than batsman... bradman n tendulkar stand in their own class n tendulkar will neva match bradman in the test arena...but he will be the ultimate king in ODIs and overally...we are blessd in our era to see batsmen such as sachin, ponting, lara, sehwag, dravid, kallis, inzaman n jayasuriya...one man who will stand above all is sachin and only men who can tople him are his good students... sehwag n gambhir

  • jimmy_s on February 26, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    @Bone101,sachin's team is #1, if that's not being successful then what is i dont know...may be a world cup victory i guess. ppl like you can't digest that sachin is the greatest...btw cricket is a team game, you can't win a world cup alone.Lara never won a world cup that doesn't mean he is not a great cricketer.You need a team to win it .These are all lame ass excuses that you ppl give because you don't want to recognize him as greatest ever & that's OK.

  • CricketWorldofSuhas on February 26, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    Please guys stop praising Sachin so much...s, Sachin is a great player like Ponting/ Lara/ Dravid/ Sehwag, etc....but don't compare with Don Bradman...he was the don of cricket and will remain the same...just compare Don's avg. with other of his era...almost double...can u guys tell the same about Sachin...Ponting, Lara, Sehwag, Sachin all have identical averages...so, please...DON Bradman is the real don...and guys stop discussing so much abt a innings and abt cricket...there are other sports in India which need to be taken care also...so, write something which is more meaningful...

  • Bhanu_Prakash_A_S on February 26, 2010, 10:13 GMT

    When the BEST have quoted SACHIN IS THE BEST, why is it all Sachin bashers trying to say he is not the best ? The legends Bradman, Viv, Akram, Warne, Mc grath, Lara, Dennis Lillee, Steve waugh have agreed he is the best. So stop criticizing him, you are no greater than these great players who have appreciated and accepted him. He is the BEST because he smashed the BEST BOWLERS AT THEIR BEST.

  • DhavalVaghasiya on February 26, 2010, 10:06 GMT

    Mr. Bone101 whatever you posted is siming like jelousea of Tendulkar's greatness over Ponting and the other austalian players. One thing is right that Sir Don is greatest batsman of his era and Tendulkar is also same but the era is different this time. But to reply about your comment regurding defending of Harbhajan is that, that he was actually innocent but you australian so much jealous of everthing that you cant see someonce records and greatness. In india there is comment "" Zad Par Angur Khatte Hote He"" means "" If you cant get something dont be jealous of that"", otherwise god will you slap on your BUTT.

    We never said Bradman is less than Tendulkar which is our respect for the opponant. And on the other hand Australian never said that Tendulkar is greatest batsman live on earth( which is true) which is disrespect of the opponant and it shows your culture.

  • laddu009 on February 26, 2010, 10:03 GMT

    hi Boney101(looks like a note from oz cricket fan), let me respond.

    Firstly."If he was one of the 'greatest' of all time, his team would have been more succesful though"...are you suggesting that someone like Ponting would make a team like Bangladesh world beaters ?

    Secondly "Unfortunately for me though (and its one of the most dissapointing sporting moments of all time), is when Sachin lied to cover for Harbarjan after the Sydney test in 2008. Where is the dignity in that?"..oz fan talking about dignity after all the sledging pushed to different players on and off the ground ?just go back to the history of Ponting,he fought at the club, thrown out of the team, claimes bumped catchewhat a dignified character

    Finally.. "Unfortunately cricket is a team game and he never even had the guts to take on the leadership of that team long term", on captaincy..just ask warney how his views on the role of captain and coach..are you saying warne is not a legend because he was never a captain ?

  • BeeArr on February 26, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    where did sachin outmaneavor Mcgrath? Oh in flat tracks , is it? What happened on WC 99? what happened in test matches? how many test matches did Sachin single handedly won against Australia. In dead tracks, is it? In an era of bowlers being shown an ugly door by authorities, good bowlers still always had a hold on Sachin in even half decent pitches. That is the truth. Full stop.

  • Bhanu_Prakash_A_S on February 26, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    Hi Bone101,

    Well let me try to clear the issue about Harbhajan. What Sachin said was truth. I am not denying the fact that Harbhajan did not spelt some bad words, but what he said was in Hindi, not English. And that term would definitely sound like something what the australians and other non-indians thought it is for any body who doesn't know Indian languages. He did say something bad, but NOT RACIAL. I guess every person in india who knows Hindi do very well know what Harbhajan meant.

  • vineetkarthi on February 26, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    The problem with the discussion on whether Don Bradman or Sachin Tendulkan is the best ever batsman is a fundamental one: almost no one writing in has seen the Don batting. And the only thing everyone goes by is the silly statistic of 99.96 batting average. Ayaz Memon's article is grating for the same reason and lacking in perspective. The author will do well to remember that he played 37 of his 52 tests against one team - unless he intends to suggest that that was the best bowling attack of all time as well. Wouldnt it be better if we said that Sachin is the best batsman to have played post 1950 and Don the best pre-1950.

  • BeeArr on February 26, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    this is an article of great disrespect to Mr.Brian Charles Lara. I find Lara, a much better test batsman and it is test cricket that counts... While I accept that Sachin is a true class, I don't understand why cricket writers often do injustice to the greatest willow wielder of my generation, BC Lara. He got 400 and edged past sachin and set the benchmark for no of runs, scored all around the world with all bowling in all conditions. And everybody keeps forgetting that Lara last played a test match in 2006 and it took 3 years after that for Sachin to reach it. That was Lara. More than stats, the most stylish and complete batsman of my era. No writing on greatness is complete without Brian Lara's name stamped on it.

  • albion1 on February 26, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    Tendulkar is a wonderful player and one of the all time greats and probably the second best batsman in the history of the game but comparsions with Bradman are difficult. Bradman played fewer test and mostly against England, however these were on uncovered wickets and against some world class bowlers (despite some comments above cricket was actually more of a mass participation sport in England then - Larwood was a miner). I am sure Tendulkar would have averaged more if he played fewer matches; and that Bradman would have averaged less if he played as much as today. But enough to bridge the gap? It seems unlikely to me.

    Lastly, and I know this is controversial, I don't rate 200 in a ODI on a flat track in a small ground a particularly amazing achievement. Sorry but if all ODIs were at Gwalior I am sure doubles wouldn't be so unusual.

  • Bobby_Talyarkhan on February 26, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    Dear Koushik_Biswas

    Ian Chappell answered your question several months ago

    http://www.cricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/433347.html

  • SudheerPusuluri on February 26, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    One of the best articles i have read.. just becuse of one point - the magic these two legends Sach and Don had weaved on cricket world is incomparable and it should not be seen in mere statistics.

    The last Paragraph is too good..

    Take nothing away from the Lara and pointings, but Sachin and Don are in a different league altogether.

    I was not alive one great was playing I can read it form the people who watched him play .. but I am really lucky to watch live when sachin is playing..

    He can unite the whole country with his magic.. Hats off to the Master..

    Hope to see more from the GOD of Indian Cricket.. even though he does not need to prove anything to the world..

  • Shafaet on February 26, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    ///////Sachin playing here only to collect few more crores from advertisements////////// Ohh you spilled the coffee out of my cup. thanks for a nice joke

  • mrgupta on February 26, 2010, 8:40 GMT

    @Bone01, Now this is not acceptable. Why do you think Sachin "lied" and was not speaking the truth. Just because Symonds said so? So u believe that Symonds was telling the truth? I believe Sachin was telling the truth. Nobody heard the comment correctly, there was no actual proof, everyone was going on player's words. Without having any proof u cannot say Sachin lied. I can say that Ponting purposely ruled out Ganguly in that infamous Sydney test even though he knew that catch was not taken cleanly. If you believe Aussie player's truthfulness, i believe in what Indian players say. There is no concrete evidence so please mind ur words before putting false acquisitions.

  • Him69 on February 26, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    This 200 was coming. I was sure. More sure when I watched his desparate dive, which saved one run that was the winning margin in the previous game. That dive had clearly indicated that something extraordinary was on the way. And it happened!

  • Pragathe on February 26, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    When comparing Don and Sachin, people are unaware of the fact that Don never played Tests outside Australia and England. Don had not played in bouncy pitches of WI and SA. Don had not played in spinning pitches of India and Pakistan. Don had not played in windy chilly NZ. Sachin has played everywhere. Sachin is certainly better than Don

  • Animesh180486 on February 26, 2010, 7:41 GMT

    I have seen some asking 'FAN' about Sachin lying in MONKEY GATE. I am amazed who the hell was there to testify him.. the monkey himself and none other than the cheater PUNTER??

  • Charizard on February 26, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    @ Bone101 Dignity, the same question was asked to Pointing in a press conference wt was his reply. he was appealing for catch which was compeltely ground.. where was DIgnity den. If u talk abt Dignity den only Bret Lee Stands out, If based on Dignity u wil decide d greatest den none of Australian, england for using jelly beans and mint on ball for reverse swing will ever show up.

    @nick_japan_2007 Wat was the fastest ball Bradman faced, wt was the quality of attack, imagine Sachin Batting in Bradman's Era, he wld Avg more than Bradman Anytime n Imagine Bradman Battin in dis era I bet dis avg wil nt be more than 30. During bodyline series Bradman avg jst 56.

    Its nt jst abt Avg guys.. its abt 20 long yrs d man has managed to survive.. no not survive bt excel everytime...Such a busy schedule.. Different Bowlers..Different COnditions everytime... Did Bradman go through all these tests.NOOOOO

  • AJ_Tiger86 on February 26, 2010, 7:09 GMT

    Sir Don the greatest ever cricketer, followed by Hammond, Hobbs and Sobers. Tendulkar-- the greatest one-day batsman of all time-- doesn't come close to them in overall comparison.

  • Sumeet.Gupta on February 26, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    Nothing against sir Don, but didn't he play ONLY in 2 countries - Australia and England? Now, what MIGHT have happened if Sir Don played on the turning tracks of the sub-continent? So, ifs and buts will always be there in the game. The reason i raise this point is that Sachin has played well in each and every country, under each and every playing condition and all formats of the game. His longevity of 20 years gives testimony of his greatness, as does his performance under pressure. Again, i may add, this is not a point to belittle Don, but to put things into perspective. A champion of one era will always be a champion in another era. So let's not talk about uncovered pitches and averages. Things were much different then as they are different now. Enjoy the game, and leave the comparisons to people forming camps. Because cricket is, and will always be, bigger than the Don or the Sachin

  • shaantanu on February 26, 2010, 6:57 GMT

    i might be inclined to say sachin is the greatest(being an indian).but it wud be blasphemous to say he is better than bradman.there are number of arguments for and against the same.the debate will continue n we will never see the end of it.....all i have to say is we havnt seen bradman play.let us just enjoy someone who plays like him.its a privilege to watch him play the way he plays.we can proudly tell our future generation that we had witnessed almost every innings that the great sachin had played.......lets not spoil the moment by comparing greats from different era.

  • BellCurve on February 26, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    Tendulkar's 200 was certainly one of the best and most memorable ODI batting performances of all time. However, from a pure, in-depth statistical perspective, his innings ranks marginally below Afridi's 102, Boucher's 147*, Gibbs'175 and McCullum's 80*. The historical fact that Tendulkar became the first man to cross the 200 run barrier has almost no statistical relevance. In fact, given his style of play, his role in the team, the nature of the pitches in his home country, and the number of opportunities he has been given, it is somewhat puzzling it has not happened earlier.

  • maktheking on February 26, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    Firstly.... any one of u guys commenting... ve u seen sir Don Play....? think none of you.... Please for goads sake stop drawing conclusions with ifs and buts..... just enjoy wat u c...... a true sportsman never compares r comments about true greats..........

  • rohan024 on February 26, 2010, 6:42 GMT

    Such comparisons are for nerds...Primarily, because there is no objective way to arrive at any kind of conclusion..cricket at the end of the day is a team game and so many factors influence performance and not least being the performance of your teammates...for me the best of my generation are - sachin & lara in no particular order..hail the masters

  • Rara_Avis on February 26, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    Well, what about First Class Innings of Hick.. Test innings of Steve Waugh's 50s, Azharuddin's 100s, Astle's 200, Sehwah's 300 and Lara's 400 and in LOI Jayasurya's 50s, Afridi's 100, Coventry's 194* of Zim. and McCullum's 150+ in T20..Gibb's 6 sixes etc..And all of them talking about Sachin. Poor fellows.

  • gonik on February 26, 2010, 6:28 GMT

    @Bone101...Buddy, I think you need to be aware that it was never proven from point one that whatever happened on that unfateful day at the Sydney test was true-untrue. There were allegations made by both parties, India-Australia, but there were no conclusive evidence of anything being said to the effect of what Symonds claimed. If you know what kind of person Sachin is, he would have been the last person to support Bhaji on the issue, had he even possessed an iota of a doubt as to what was the case. The only people who can make the statement that you are presenting are the ones present on the ground at that day. Me and you will never know, what happened. So the dignity is very much intact my dear friend. In the law of the land, it was never proven and thats that.

  • RoshanF on February 26, 2010, 6:24 GMT

    Saturday, 20 February, circa 2.00 pm Indian Time, Sachin Tendulkar is ONE of the all time greats. Barely four hours later he is the greatest of all time. Why? Because he scored 06 runs more than the ODI record score and got to 200. That's great thinking!! That's how biased things are these days in cricket. The world revolves around India. That's not necassarily bad except when logic goes out of the window. These days you are not 'in' with the Indian fraternity and IPL and $$$ if you don't blow the trumpet for India. And now there are plenty of non-Indian commentators and 'experts' who are more biased towards India than the Indians themselves. And of course they know putting Tendulkar on top will be good for their prospects as well. Sachin Tendulkar is the biggest run 'accumulator' alright but he is behind Sir Viv Richards and Brian Lara in the all time list. Er, Bradman doesn't need to be mentioned here as you don't compare emperors with kings. Ah, for the days of Arlott n Johnson.

  • basshred on February 26, 2010, 6:24 GMT

    For the Tendulkar vs Bradman, infinite arguments and counter arguments can be given. If you say the batsman these days have more protection compared to Bradman's era, I'd say the batsmen then had tons more time to recover from any injury they may have sustained. The amount of cricket played in Bradman's times is incomparable to today. I can bet my bottom dollar that had cricket schedules in recent times been as relaxed as when Bradman played, someone would have gotten real close to Bradman's average. Would it be Sachin? May be.

  • anku6 on February 26, 2010, 6:23 GMT

    I fully agree that statistics is not that important as the impact of that player on his society and on other cricketers of his time and beyond. Sachin tops this. He has influenced more than a billion people. I noticed during his 200, four Top trends on Twitter were on him. At times more than 5000 twits were flooding in per minute. This is the influence this great cricketer has. No Bradman, no Lara. No one comes close. Period.

  • RoshanF on February 26, 2010, 5:48 GMT

    Saturday, 20th February circa 2.00 p.m. Indian Time and Sachin Tendulkar is ONE of the all time greats. A few hours later he is THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME. Just because he scored 06 more runs than the existing ODI record and got 200. Great thinking!! STOP BEING TOTALLY BIASED. Tendulkar is the greatest run accumulator and all time great bat, but behind Sir Viv Richards and Brian Lara. Er, Bradman doesn't even need to be mentioned here because you don't compare emperors with kings. And there was only ONE emperor. And don't bring God into the picture. Many Indian biased non-Indian commentators and 'experts' like to put Indians and especially Tendulkar on top because they simply want to warm up to Indians and IPL and $$$$. Objective commentary has gone out of the window. If anybody says anything bad about an Indian star they most likely will get the boot. This is the status of world cricket today. Ah, for those days of Arlott, Johnston and company. Where indeed have all the flowers gone.

  • QTS_ on February 26, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    Bradman, by definition, is insuperable in Test cricket. But who is second best? Does Tendulkar fall in the same class as Hammond, Hobbs, Hutton, Headley, Weekes, WG, Sobers and Trumper? Or is he a class below with Richards, Ponting, Lara, Compton, Ponsford, S Waugh, et al? One thing ought to be noted - all the above names played for long periods, sometimes spanning two decades. Just like most things, consistency over a prolonged period is an important indicator of permanent class.

  • vamsi316 on February 26, 2010, 5:26 GMT

    I consider myself truly fortunate to have been born in a generation that is witness to this demi-God. Anyone who has played cricket at any level will appreciate the true ridiculousness of this feat, whether it be talent, stamina or the discipline it takes to achieve it. He has the most demanding fan base in the history of Sport with 1.5 billion and counting and he has managed to keep their adulation for him intact for 20 years, ever since he stepped out as a 16-year old prodigy. Words fail to describe his genius on the field, I'm one of countless people who are trying their best to put this achievement in context and are failing miserably. His demeanor and respect for the game only increase his aura. In our times of prima donnas and showboating, his humility toward the game shows that even he does not consider himself above it. With all due respect to Sir Don Bradman, please move over, Sachin Tendulkar is The Best of all time. He makes India proud whether he's on the field or off it.

  • mac9ue on February 26, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    Given the range and scope of Sachin's achievements, his utter domination of the sport he plays and the kind of expectations that he needs to live up to, you really have to step beyond the world of cricket to find a parallel to the phenomenon that is Sachin Tendulkar. I think reasonable comparisons for Sachin are contemporary sportsmen like Roger Federer, Tiger Woods and Michael Schumacher, not other cricketers like Ponting or Lara.

    Just put Sachin's Test and ODI record together and you will see why the Pontings and the Laras don't even compare (remember, every modern cricketer plays both forms of the game equally).

  • roo123 on February 26, 2010, 5:14 GMT

    insightfulcricketer.... great comment, but one thing - sachin never got the better of mcgrath. No batsman did.

  • HemantKaliwada on February 26, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    Bradman, bradman , bradman, bradman!!! who has seen him play here ? none of us. when bradman played he dint hv to worry abt his bowling or batting teammates performance, he did not hv a fitness issues like sachin has to cope up with, as don dint hv an FTP calender like indians. Whereas sachin has led the team for most part of his career single handedly. Always under pressure whether the scores wuld be enuf for his mediocre bowling team mates to win them a game. always under pressure that if he go out india lost the hope. Yes things have changed since yuvi shewu and dhonis arrival. And see how he bats!! Also sachin never used a bat like ponting with a Graphite coating, which was illegal. Bradman lives in all our minds with only one figure 99.94. IF FIGURES ARE THE ONLY THING THEN THE FABLED DON LOSSES IN ALL THE REST DEPARTMENTS.

  • on February 26, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    how come ponting is coming in comparision to sachin... he stands no where near sachin... read ponting stats clearly and read between the lines... he is good no doubt.. but he is good player of fast but not of spin... he hit 1 century every 3.6 inning while sachin has hit it in 3.4 innings.. morover, sachin has injury prone 3 years in 2004 to 2007, in which his avg dipped, but still higher than ponting now.... and stats don tell whole truth... see playing sachin and ponting together and u will see... who is what...

  • gr8_sachin_fan on February 26, 2010, 5:01 GMT

    Very disappointed to read ur article Mr Ayaz Memon.. 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..

  • Rara_Avis on February 26, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    Hi, Thanks for your comments. Steffi Graph, Pete Sampras, Michael Schumacher, Muhammad Ali, Jessi Owens, Sebassi, Peas, Bhupathi, Pankal Roy, P T Usha, Muralidharan, Carl Lewis, Bolt, Sergi Bubka, Senna, Dhyan Chand .. a long list were sports person of all time participated for for their country and they are the best in the business. Where is Tendulkar ? Indian team had many talented players than Tendulakar, but they are outplayed by the chances got by Sachin. One day LOI cricket will be like test. And Sachin will retire; and what will you people will say ? Just look at the Test scores made by Azharuddin's 100, Nathan Astle's fastest 200, Sehwag's 300, Lara's 400 and in LOIs Afridi's 100, Jayasurya's 100s; even Coventry- a player from Zim's 194*, just 6 runs away, only 6 runs. Above all soon more than 10 players going to get 200 in LOIs. That is about records, Think about Hayden - Lara test world record score chase. Above all Bredan McCullam scored more than 150 runs in 20-20 cricket.

  • MadeInIndia on February 26, 2010, 4:46 GMT

    #### To all the people talking about DON'S STATS! ####

    His stats are the most dubious numbers I've ever seen. He played just 50 test matches and that too mainly against one opposition England. There are seasons when Gambhir averaged 100 plus, Sehwag averaged 100 plus and even Dhoni averaged 100 plus. That dont make them BETTER BATSMEN than a true talent like Sachin. Same applies to DON, who doesnt have the "longevity" to be compared to Sachin

  • CricFan24 on February 26, 2010, 4:39 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!!!

  • Farce-Follower on February 26, 2010, 4:27 GMT

    Terrible article, Mr. Memon. In fact, you have destroyed any credibility you may have had as a writer. Bradman did not have to play against Zimbabwe or Bangladesh and with a helmet and sports medicine. Sachin is great, but definitely not the greatest. Rischards was feared, and so is Sehwag, but not Sachin. A collection of statistics does not transform a cricketer. Come on, Indians, it is time to be objective and not just get carried away by meaningless stats.

  • on February 26, 2010, 4:26 GMT

    Hey Bone101.. I bet you are an aussie.. Are you telling me that Symonds is a saint and that Pointing can be called a gentleman!!!! Come on.. the little master has far too much dignity than the entire australian team put together!!!! I'm not criticizing the aussies.. they are a good side and a good unit but don't say sachin did a job that compromised his dignity..

  • uglyhunK on February 26, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    All the Lara fans argue that he score 400 twice and hence is the greatest. Can anyone enlighten me if highest is the yardstick to measure the greatness of the player?? If you apply this twisted logic then Coventry should be the greatest one-day player till couple of days ago. One more fact, Sachin will never score 400 in a tests. Not that he can't but because Indian batting lineup is heavily stacked against a middle order player scoring 400 runs. Lara acheived that coz they had a hopeless batting lineup and they still have. Lara's individual score is always more than 65% of the team's core. And pleassssseee.....Lara is great but too inconsistent to say that he is better than Tendulkar. And he score 400+ score against England's hopeless bowling (YES) and on a dead track.

    Cheers

  • san00 on February 26, 2010, 4:07 GMT

    @Bone101- you are talking about bhajji/symmo incident as if you were present on the ground when it happened... you are siding a sportsman who has been chucked out of the game by his own countrymen and commenting about a player who has been acknowledged as greatest ever by almost every sane mind in the world. Blabbering baseless stuff is called stupidity ... mate.

  • Bollo on February 26, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    Sachin stands, and continues to reinforce his position, as possibly the greatest batsman of the modern era, although some argue with good reason for Lara or Richards or others. For 2 decades and more he has scored runs all over the world and remained a dignified and deified figure. Before WWII, many considered Walter Hammond at the head of a comparable bunch of greats, including Hobbs, Hutton and George Headley. Comparisons between these men can be made. As Wisden notes however, there has only been one man in the history of cricket who`s place is beyond discussion, or bias, or preference. ` Sir Donald Bradman of Australia was, beyond any argument, the greatest batsman who ever lived and the greatest cricketer of the 20th century. (He was) so far ahead of everyone else that comparisons became pointless...the greatest phenomenon in the history of cricket, indeed in the history of all ball games.` (Wisden)

  • on February 26, 2010, 3:24 GMT

    I don't know why everyone is wasting so much energy arguing about this article. Nowhere did Ayaz Memon say that Sachin was greater than Don Bradman. In fact he highlights the futility of comparing anyone to Bradman on the basis of statistics, he's that far ahead. Sachin's greatness (and the area where he can be compared to the Don) lies in the manner in which he has conducted himself over the last two decades, playing under such extreme pressure to always succeed. A billion eyes are on him whenever he walks out to bat and a billion people expect him to score a hundred each of those times. This is where Bradman and Tendulkar are equal; in the manner they've handled that pressure and still managed to accomplish great feats. Tendulkar himself will concede that Bradman is the greatest batsman of all time. But in temperament and attitude they are at par with each other.

  • TMS8137 on February 26, 2010, 3:13 GMT

    Recently another article here pointed out that Sehwag was a more destructive batsman than Richards and all hell broke loose. That may find a lot of criticism but there is no doubting the fact that Tendulkar is the second greatest batsman in the history of the game bar none. He was no doubt better than richards, sobers, hammond, hobbs et al. In the Eras of all the players i have mentioned the bowlers looked to get batsman out. Bowling it up to the batsman and looking to get them out, this presented them with scoring opportunities. In the modern Era the focus is on containment rather than to take wickets. Take warne , he used to bowl 3 feet outside the leg stump to stop him from scoring runs. Has anybody ever heard of an instance where any bowler had done that to a great batsman. That single act was warne waving the white flag and acknowledging superiority. Besides as somebody said Tendulkar would never have played the shot richards did when the 83 cup was in control?

  • testcricketer on February 26, 2010, 2:48 GMT

    Look, with all due respect to Mr. Ayaz, I object to this article, because when you are talking about the best of the best, there are three of them, Don, Lara and Sachin, and the fact that you left Brian Lara out of the similar class with sachin and bradman, I am very dissapointed that you guys call yourself cricket writers. let me tell you, ponting, sehwag, dravid, they are in a class by themself, but that class is below the class of lara, sachin, and bradman, sehwag has potential to join these three great men, however at the time of me writing now, he is not in that category of greats yet. Sachin has achieved this greatness in ODI, Lara has done the same thing in Test match, Lara has not only broken the record once, hayden broke it 10 yrs after, and lara came back againts one of the best english attack too, and took back his record, breaking it for second time and went on to be the first man to score 400 just like sachin and 200 in ODI. This is an article of disrespect to Brian Lara.

  • Bone101 on February 26, 2010, 2:34 GMT

    SRT is a pretty good player, no doubt. If he was one of the 'greatest' of all time, his team would have been more succesful though. Unfortunately cricket is a team game and he never even had the guts to take on the leadership of that team long term. Unfortunately for me though (and its one of the most dissapointing sporting moments of all time), is when Sachin lied to cover for Harbarjan after the Sydney test in 2008. Where is the dignity in that?

  • ashutoshatre on February 26, 2010, 2:33 GMT

    It is not fair to compare Don Bradman with Sachin. Sachin started his career at a time where the quality of world cricket was at its best. In Bradman's time, cricket was not so technical nor competitive nor was the equipment anything compared to today's. Bradman was clearly a leader in his days but if you look at his videos, you do not see the technique or finese which Sachin has amply demonstrated. In fact if you look at videos of Bradman's time, cricket seems so primitive and funny to watch. It is like comparing Roger Federer's game with Bjorn Borg's. Sachin is definitely a gifted player and his passion for the game has made him so successful. No matter what excuses people find to criticize Sachin, he has already written history and that cannot be changed. Cricket is a team sport and one player cannot be expected to win matches single handedly everytime. We have seen so many matches where Sachin has stood up alone but no support from team mates and got blamed.That is unfair to him.

  • QTS_ on February 26, 2010, 2:15 GMT

    If ODI's become obsolete soon, Tendulkar may hold the equivalent of Sir Jack Hobbs in first-class cricket: unattainable levels of centuries and runs. So, before comparing Bradman to Tendulkar, let us compare Bradman to Hobbs. Hobbs played for about 24 years when English county cricket was the next best challenge after Australia, and he dominated the arena too. Quite like Tendulkar is turning out to be, Hobbs played his most prolific seasons in his later years, in the 1920's. However, nobody puts Hobbs ahead of Bradman (although Herbert Sutcliffe rated him as the best on all types of wickets and Bradman as the best on good wickets). Nonetheless, both Hobbs and Bradman were Wisden's five cricketers of the century. Maybe Tendulkar will be among the next five cricketers of this century.

  • maddy20 on February 26, 2010, 2:13 GMT

    Hi fellas. Sir.Bradman himself has acknowledged that Tendulkar does play like him. Here's a nice article for your reference http://www.cricinfo.com/india/content/story/96323.html

  • LukeTheDuke on February 26, 2010, 2:01 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar is now undoubtedly, the greatest ODI batsman ever. He has made the great Viv seem like a mere prelude to the real thing.

  • insightfulcricketer on February 26, 2010, 1:48 GMT

    Sachin is a great player and in a special run of form right now. I am an Indian cricket fan and cannot see any way Sachin surprasses Don Bradman. Sachin himself will be appalled to see some of the dis-respectful words being used for Sir Don. When at age 90 Sir Don summoned Sachin he dropped everything for an opportunity to speak with the grand man. What I do agree is Sachin and Sir Don are in a very special group of cricketers who will be emulated for ages. In his 200not out that one stroke of a flick from outside off to mid-wicket of a full length Steyn yorker as if he was expecting was so special that Steyn who was giving a mouthful till then actually started smiling. That is Sachin's genius! Steyn had just joined august company of Warne,Akram,Mcgrath who had the same feeling when Sachin had outmaneavored them. That is what Sir Don saw in Sachin. You beauty!

  • nick_japan_2007 on February 26, 2010, 1:46 GMT

    Can someone please tell me how someone, who on uncovered pitches, with heavy bats & little protective gear averaged 99.96... is now somehow worse than someone on manicured pitches, using light & thick bats, averaging no more than half a dozen other players in the world playing now.

    Sachin is an all-time great. He stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Ponting, Lara and Kallis, and deep in the shadows of Bradman.

  • cmgv01 on February 26, 2010, 1:35 GMT

    There is no one compare to Tendulkar period. Simple is that, if anyone likes to compares just look at what he done against most top team in recent years. And, if he can perform best against best cricketing nations, then he deserve to be best of the best. He is an icon of world cricket not only to India.He inspire each and everyone who grew watching him and in coming years for next who knows how many generation. If Basketball has Michael Jordan, golf has Tiger Wood and Tennis has Rofer, cricketing world has Tendulkar and he is better than rest. No doubt about that. Hail to Tendulkar. JAI Ho!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Final_Session on February 26, 2010, 0:48 GMT

    Re: @Shine Kr: Sachin playing here only to collect few more crores from advertisements ....The most selfish player in the history of the game..... (wow... i dont know should i laugh at this guy or pitty him??)

    can this guy be taken to court for disreputing one's public image withouht any substential evidence/data to prove it?.... anyone from legal background?? (just kidding... who'd bother wasting any time on this guy??)

    Oh Cricketing Gods, please forgive him and have mercy on his soul for he does not know what he is talking !! (still cant stop laughing..... !!!! )

  • on February 26, 2010, 0:22 GMT

    i mean when Sir Don played yes he played on uncovered pitches with no protection and all that BUT he neva played against the best talented bowlers in the country! if u look at the history of the game during when Don played only rich people used to play cricket and they picked the best from them! + Don only played 52 matches and more than half of them were against poor England! on the other hand Sachin had to play against the best talent in every country ( all the county, clubs systems are betta now days). some people say sachin scored his runs on dead tracks! look at all his stats and records! he has scored runs all over the world AGAINST THE BEST BOWLING ATTACKS AT THAT TIME! + ITS NOT THAT EASY PLAYING ON INDIAN TRACKS! then how come players from other countries go to india and fail! only the odd QUALITY batsmen who can play good spin and reverse swing will be able to play in India and do good! WITH ALL THIS I THINK SACHIN IS THE GREATEST BATSMEN OF ALL TIME !!!!!!!!!!!!! END OFF!

  • on February 26, 2010, 0:14 GMT

    I personally, would still consider it blasphemy to consider sachin ahead of Sir.Bradman. With all due considerations to different eras, different sets of circumstances, the very thought of a batsman(in his time) being almost invincible (which sachin is but not quite there unlike bradman) makes me still believe Bradman the greatest batsman of all time..But then again.. Sachin is modern God!! ..I should have kept my mouth shut and fingers still (without typing this stuff) and just have enjoyed the greatness of these two fellas...but alas..I am a mere mortal unlike them!!

  • waspsting on February 26, 2010, 0:01 GMT

    Tendulkar is the best batsman I've seen - and this innings represents one of his greatest performances. But i'd much rather celebrate it without bringing Don Bradman into the equation. Tendulkar has many statistical equals in his own era - Ponting, Kallis, Dravid, Sangakarra, Lara etc. So does Viv Richards - Miandad, Greg Chappell, Border, Gavaskar. Bradman had none! Of his own time or any other either.

    IMO, the hoopla surrounding this AMAZING achievement demonstrates Indian fans tendancy to go overboard. Did people bring the INCOMPARABLE Don Bradman into the praises that naturally flowed in following the great Brian Lara's 500 in first class career or 400 in test cricket? No. they praised him for a great job, and moved on.

    a lot of what i'm reading right now says more about the people saying it then it does about Tendulkar!

  • ithink on February 25, 2010, 23:55 GMT

    Why do we have to compare sachin with Bradman all the time. it is well justified,both are from different eras,played under different condition.why dont we undestand one man cannot create all the milestones or break all the records,but sachin has reached/broken many.

  • wicketman on February 25, 2010, 23:45 GMT

    Thank you Sachin for 21 years of memories: good and bad and sometimes frustrating (poor umpiring). I have been watching this beautiful game for more than 25 years and for me; you are the most COMPLETE BATSMAN of your era. Equally adept in all formats of the game and most importantly equally adept against any type of bowling; just ask Akram, Warne, and Donald to name a few. Watching you bat these days, it seems as if you are deciding what you want to achieve on the day and it's the bowlers who are thinking..."Will he let me get him out" He is in the twlight of his illustrious career for all cricketing fans everywhere just stand back and acknowledge the man for what he has achieved. When he retires, I know for sure I will shed a few tears....

  • QTS_ on February 25, 2010, 23:43 GMT

    Instead of Bradman, let us focus on a more relevant batting genius - Sir Viv Richards. In ODI's, he scored at a greater average and a greater strike rate than Tendulkar, at a time when ODI's were less batting friendly. Also, he played a substantial number of ODI's (187). Many of Cricinfo visitors have seen both of them bat.

    So, who is the greatest ODI batsman?

  • on February 25, 2010, 23:40 GMT

    Sachin is probably the greatest modern player. We can't compare him to Bradman or Sobers or Gavaskar or Richards. My opinion is that Bradman is the greatest batsman in Test cricket. The argument that he played lesser bowlers is stupid. There were other fine players during bradman's time but none came to within 30 runs of the average that Bradman achieved. There are lot of other factors like better bats and better protective gear these days. Sachin is one of the greatest in tests surely.

    In ODI's Sachin and Richards are two of the best. Flat pitches or otherwise, sachin is a true master class. The best thing about Richards was that there were no nerves. He was very much like Sehwag is.

    For Sachin bashers - Its unfair to say he was 'selfish'. He has single handedly won matches for India. I still remember the day when he received the player of the series award in 2003 world cup, his visage became dull because India lost the World cup though he was the best batsman by a distance.

  • rajaipur on February 25, 2010, 23:34 GMT

    The article simply says it is futile to compare two batsmen from different eras, which makes sense. As far as Ian Chappell is concerned, he was not great in his era and he needs to write something to make money, so his whole shpeel about career and retirement is so ironic. I believe that both the Chappel brothers should retire from cricket as they bring no value to the cricketing world and they are australians (so jealous of course), thet are not objective people and have not done any good for India. Sachin is great not only in terms of statistics, but also has maintained his poise and integrity in the face of criticism, adversity, and success. Kept his ego in check, at least publicly and showed the proper amount of humility. Don has the highest average and Sachin has the highest centuries and runs, so let it go. Another batsman like a Ponting may break Sachin's record but will never come close to Sachin. he is a rat and right now eating Sachin's dust

  • naudurivsm on February 25, 2010, 23:32 GMT

    Well, 50-50 reaction it seems ...You surely seem to acknowledge the general public feeling world over. but something in your mind is preventing it. Are you an Aussie by the way? Coming to your point, I do respect Sir Bradman and with all his statistics, is there comparison between him and Sachin Tendulkar, when it comes a cricketing career lasting over two decades? More over Sachin is maintaining this in both forms of the game with the same consistency and flair. What is Sir Bradman's record in ODIs anyway? the Show me one name in the entire universe in any sport for that matter who is capable of doing this and maintaining the same consistency and confidence as Sachin is showing today. Then I will take that Sachin is not that great. Until l then, I think Sachin is the greatest cricketer/ sportsperson ever, I repeat ever to hold a cricket bat and yes he is still surviving.. so watch out the tome to come and what he does further. I am sorry you have to live with this fact

  • NEUTRAL_FAN on February 25, 2010, 23:21 GMT

    Sachin is an all time great BUT to say he's better than Don is a bit much n I'm not an Aussie by the way. I say that simply due to the MASSIVE GAP between Don and his closest rival. Don once scored 300 runs in a day in an era where teams rarely scored 300 in a day. If you were to select a panel of 50, with no Aussies in it and ask them every yr during Don's career who was the batsman of the yr, he would be voted #1 almost every yr. Keep in mind Sachin hasn't been ranked #1 or voted test player of the yr for a # of yrs now. Yes, he's resurgent, yes he's played longer than any1, yes he has a great personality BUT all that is secondary to the fact that he is not that much better than his closest rivals. Ponting who is a close rival even out-scored him in the past 10 yrs. I think his fabulous knock of 200 is being used as an excuse by his admirers to say he's better than Don. What if Anwar had hit a 6 or Viv faced 1 more over in his 189* would they be saying he's better than Don now?

  • Manuu on February 25, 2010, 23:14 GMT

    I feel it is futile but tempting to compare greats from different eras. Bradman played fewer tests mostly against England and on a limited number of pitches. However I am sure there are myriad ways of looking at these things.

  • narenvs on February 25, 2010, 23:10 GMT

    This innings ,and Tendulkar's performances over the last two years, clearly make him the best batsman of the past 40 years. Tendulkar's greater than Viv Richards, although the latter had more big innings and match-winning innings, as he played at the highest level for many more years (ST - 1996-2003, 2008-10, IVAR - 1976-81), and dominated the best bowler of his time (Warne), while Lillee probably got the better of Richards in many of their encounters. But, he's neither the greatest ever batsman nor the greatest ever Test cricketer. Bradman averaged too much more. Sobers was at least as good a batsman as he played many more long, match-winning and match-saving innings, even if he was at the top for fewer years (perhaps 1960-7). And then, Sobers was a good bowler too. But, Tendulkar is among those who should be ranked after the top 2, probably after Hobbs and Warne, and perhaps also Lillee, Barnes and Marshall.

  • bommber on February 25, 2010, 23:06 GMT

    tendulkar does not come close to don.did the pitch swing or move isuspect notfor a start referring to his 200.ponting is a better batsmen then tendulkar anyway so ponting is the greatest of all time if tendulkar might be better then the don.

  • neilyb on February 25, 2010, 23:01 GMT

    In reply to all. Great innings and fantastic longevity, but as is typical and popular, only aussies and indians seem to count. BC Lara faced a lot of pressure himself. His performances should be looked at not only from sheer cricketing brilliance, but against the background of infighting and a destructive and falling superpower. It helps if you are revered by your fans, Lara was despised by some of his own, yet he consistantly defied the best attacks to produce match turning and match winning innings. I get the impression, that because as a charater he is not a 'popular' as Tendulkar, his massive acheivements seem to be forgotten. Despite the fact that Tendulkar started his career before Lara, it wasn't until after Lara retired that Tendulkar passed his test runs total. It seems know that the cricketing world revolves around India and Australia, but please people try to get some true unbiased perspective.

  • MinusZero on February 25, 2010, 22:55 GMT

    While Sachin's impressive stats may not be up with Bradman, he is a legend in his own right. To have a whole country salivate over his every performance is something to behold. No player has had such an impact on people before and struck fear into almost every bowler. With Ricky Ponting's career seemingly on a decline, i dont think he can match Tendulkar and even if he did, he would not be held in such high esteem. Tendulkar is one of a kind. India have had a few, Sehwag is also one of a kind and at only 31, could very well end up at the top of the run scoring list before he retires along with Graeme Smith from South Africa who is still only 29.

  • shaurya on February 25, 2010, 22:55 GMT

    without a doubt sachin is the greatest

  • czar2008 on February 25, 2010, 22:54 GMT

    http://blogs.cricinfo.com/cricinfoselect/archives/2007/03/look_into_that_mirror_sachin.php In reply to this particular post ... the chappels of the world will continue to bark and criticize others, but the tendulkars of the world will continue ignoring them, yet moving ahead and shining... congrats on being the best , tendulia.... am proud to have lived in your era.....

  • on February 25, 2010, 22:50 GMT

    don played 59 test match in 20 years amounting to 3 test per year. neither heavy on body nor on mind. maintaining fitness has been easy. no proclaimed wrong decision. no analysis by bowlers of his any possible weakness. no much variation in pitch and attack(only fast and rare spin). playing in era of murali,kumble and warne in spinning pitches. would have been something. far better fielder where fielder are vultures. no superb catches. no stats of kind of ground. so guys.. can we ever compare... can we.... no.... and sachin is unarguabley the elitest bastman... please keep in rest who is better... non can know.... and if u talk of influence... he made cricket in india what it is... if BCCI has all money... it started with sachin... and most of us will stop watching cricket once sachin retires... WC expectation.... let team start playing.. we will see... for me.. sachin is god... or say almighty of cricket... don may be great.. or legend... but sachin is beyond doubt... THE ALMIGHTY..

  • Geraldine on February 25, 2010, 22:19 GMT

    Tendulkar achieved his records only because of the longevity of his career, nothing more. He has more ODI's to his name and thus has a a greater chance of scoring this feat than anyone else. If Tendulkar had been Australia, his international career would have started a few years later. If you want to praise him for maintaining his batting skills for so many years, go ahead and do so. But don't fool yourself into thinking that he is far better a batsman than Lara or Ponting or that he is within a country mile of Bradman. He isn't.

    If you don't use statistics to back up your claims about batsmen, then your claims are purely subjective and based on your own feelings. The only objective method we have of assessing players is by comparing their statistics. An on that criteria, besides for the sheer quantity of the number of runs for the aforementioned reason, he doesn't stand out, at all.

  • FallsDown on February 25, 2010, 22:17 GMT

    Good article. But, as usual Indian cricket fans can't help but go overboard with deification. Comparing Bradman with Tendulkar in terms of cricketing skill is a joke. Stats don't always tell the true story but when one player is almost twice as good as the other one, statistically, I think we can safely conclude who the better player is. So according to one poster, Harold Larwood and Alec Bedser bowled at 110 kmph, did they? Given the kind of pitches and protective equipment back then, even 110 doesn't seem that easy to face up to! Nevermind that Larwood was regarded by many who played against/with him to be the fastest bowler they ever saw, even after watching years of cricket post-retirement. Bradman's WORST series average is higher than Tendulkar's career average.

    Tendulkar is a great batsman- according to me, the greatest of the era post Viv Richards - but when we compare him to Bradman everytime he does well, we're only belittling his achievements.

  • MrDynamic on February 25, 2010, 22:16 GMT

    There is no criteria to compare era to era but like one of the users posted here Sir Don didn't face a variety of fielders and bowlers. That means there is every chance that He was lucky enough not to have any nemesis or somebody who could take him out as there was not much testing. There was no video analysis etc. It only takes 4,5 low scores to get the average down to 50s with the number of games Sir Bradman (52) played. I am sure if Sachin was born in Australia or England, he would have been made the BEST EVER by them long ago. If you read the articles of Ian Chappel (biased A.H.) and Boycs, they always indirectly downgrade Sachin. No disrespect to Sir Bradman for any of my above statements. I would say both are the BEST ever. :)

  • on February 25, 2010, 22:11 GMT

    It's a shame that we Indians fail to applaud the achievements and laurels Sachin has brought to our nation. Calling Sachin a selfish, this itself shows the degraded and mean thoughts people have, such a rustic comment... We are emotional, nonetheless, but hey, ain't you proud that an Indian did it. It's not about personal milestone, it's about us as Indians. Looks like we don't even appreciate our own very countrymen... Let's be vocal and not create a negativity in others' joyous mind. It's surprising and shocking that being an Indian, we are looking down upon someone who has scaled great heights. Look at yourself, what have you done for your country apart from writing such saddistic blogs and comments... God Bless You...

  • SnowSnake on February 25, 2010, 22:04 GMT

    What makes someone great is to set up a level that no one can cross for ever. This is what Don Bradman has done. Although times were different during his time (timeless tests, rest day during test cricket, no third umpires referrals, no neutral umpiring etc.). The 200 score barrier will be broken during Sachin's lifetime, may be by Shewag. Sachin should strive for century of century and that is something that will be very difficult for anyone to break. He is just 7 short, which I think he can easily acheive.

  • stalefresh on February 25, 2010, 22:03 GMT

    Excellent article. Tendulkar is about the joy, happiness, sense of indianess - he is not just about who is the best batsmen. Sure there may have been better in the past or will be better in the future - however, Tendulkar is about reference in time. It's like remember when were in that college hostel room and Tendulkar cracked 98 against Pakistan in the world cup and then we had this all night party? We use his innings to define the moments in our lives. He is simply amazing!

  • knowledge_eater on February 25, 2010, 21:49 GMT

    Another metaphorical story: Has anyone seen horse racing ? You know how they expect their horse to win every single time. Well, among them there are few who doesn't care about horse they just want to win. You know what they do, they keep hitting the horse by thinking hey my horsey will win the race because I hit him so hard on his back. And they kept hitting kept hitting. Horsey will win few races and few not. Then, rider will get angry. "Why didn't win the way I wanted ! You know what I am going to punish you, I will not feed you, I will go to press. I will demoralize you." Then, horse kipper will say see did you see that horse he is running faster than you. Then poor horsey will try its level best to win him few races even though he is hurt bleeding crying but still smiling on his face, by replying. See, I made you win despite all pressure around me. Don't you people think its time for us give back to Horse. This is the story most of the sportsmen from India. Peace

  • on February 25, 2010, 21:49 GMT

    I liked the last paragraph very much!!!

  • mailvips on February 25, 2010, 21:47 GMT

    I think we should NOT compare Sachin with Bradman. They played in different eras with so many differences that cant be reduced to stats. But he is the most REVERED sportsperson of the WORLD!!! I think Don will agree to that! Yes @shankarpnsn, we should make Ian Chappell and many others EAT his words. I amongst others have always been skeptical of Sachin's greatness as a batsman because of his 2nd innings/chasing performances but he is slowly winning me over and if he continues in this vain for 2 more years then he will be untouchable in my eyes. I hope that he exorcises all the doubters by bringing home 2011 WC and also help India to No. 1 team in both formats that he plays.... I am very sure if that happens there will be a shrine built in his name! Hail Tendulkar!!!, Go Tendulkar!!

  • guru_legend on February 25, 2010, 21:43 GMT

    Stop the crap, read the article properly, he says there shouldn't be any comparisions as they have played in different eras. He has not tried to single out anyone being better than other. So please keep your disgustful thoughts aside, use your intellect and admire the people who have achieved something for thier country atleast they aren't sitting like us writing unintellectual comments on a blog.

  • sri1ram on February 25, 2010, 21:39 GMT

    Well said, Shankarpnsn, If you look at the comments on the Ian Chappal article, we can easily gauge how fickle and hot blooded most people in the subcontinent are. http://blogs.cricinfo.com/cricinfoselect/archives/2007/03/look_into_that_mirror_sachin.php Sachin did get ample opportunities and he has grabbed most of them - I think it is fitting that he tries in one more world cup for India and retires after making sure that there are no more chances.

  • the_blue_android on February 25, 2010, 21:38 GMT

    Why do we have to bring Bradman into every discussion? If we have to talk about Bradman, we might as well include Jesus as they both played cricket around the same time.

  • on February 25, 2010, 21:35 GMT

    Shine Kr, do you actually understand Cricket? Here is a guy who's a shining example of an ultimate sportsman for a billion people and for a few minority like he is damned if does, damned if he doesn't. What more do your ilk want him to do man?

  • knowledge_eater on February 25, 2010, 21:17 GMT

    You know what i am tired of the comments(from non-cricketing amateurs) coming from people who never played cricket in their life, or coming from people who never had international cricket experience. Let me tell you whats the problem, here how criticizing begins: A player makes to debut: people say his technique is good but he needs to improve, then he scores few centuries, then ppl ask he didn't hit centuries against good bowlers, then he scores centuries, then ppl ask but he didn't hit highest runs, then he hits highest # of runs over all, then ppl ask but he didn't perform in wc, then he makes highest runs in wc twice, then people ask but he didn't break 194 record, then he makes 200 then ppl ask but he didn't give me wc, let me ask you how many times SA won with all greats ? then ppl ask But but he doesn't have Don average? yeh yeh yeh answer answer. You know what i will answer Go home and suck lollipop that your family didn't give it to you when you were child. Peace.

  • kiraj777 on February 25, 2010, 21:11 GMT

    Tendulkar on par with schumacher federer and of all ppl tiger woods. Dude, r u smoking pot? Tendulkar's acheivements far superseed what any of these fellows have done. Coz none of these guys in their wildest dreams would have played under the kind of pressure Tendulkar has played throughout his career and anyways I hold team sport at a much higher pedestel than individual sports like tennis, racing and golf. So please do not compare. Yes you can compare Him with guys like Pele and Maradona for those countries are as passionate about football as Indians are about cricket, if not more. But for me Tendulkar is numero uno across all sports and spanning all era's. It is not just how much he scores but it is the persons character and determination that makes him stand apart. A kind of Godliness that mere mortals cannot hope to attain. NO FURTHER DEBATE PLZ!!

  • AliK. on February 25, 2010, 21:09 GMT

    I am from Pakistan. I say it aloud that Sachin is the ALL TIME GREAT cricketer. He is the ideal AMBASSODER of the world of cricket. While the players from different eras cannot really be compared but Don played just 52 tests, practiclally all against England. Sachin played against all the cricketing countries and faced a full range of varieties (the two Ws at their peak, WI fearsome four at their peak, Australia's all time great bowling attach and recently SA's recently most fearsome fast bowlers, Murli, suqlain ......) and still he was able to keep doing it over a long period of 21 years! With his recent performance, he has shown that he is still not done. And he did all that with dignity and grace. Wow! is he human?!

  • viku13a13a on February 25, 2010, 21:04 GMT

    See people will have their openion about the people who bated with SRT on that day, but i think Dhoni is a very selfish man that is the reason Ganguly is out of the team otherwise last two years he was scoring good. If you read what Viru said about SRT he wanted SRT to get 200 on 2 other occasion but it never happen. In answer to that SRT him self said if it is in my luck to do it, it will happen but for now this what was for me. Having said that this 200 not out was for him and everyone in Indian or SA team can do what ever they want SRT would have achived this at any stage. I think he is telented, hard working and more than anything else he love to play for India. He did not started playing to brake records it just happened along the way. So if Dhoni or anyone else jelous about SRT bang your head against the wall but history has been written SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR is the first to score double hundred in ODI. 200* Thank you Sachin wish you play for many more years to come.

  • on February 25, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    I do think what shankarpnsn has said is worth a second mention. I remember reading that article and was thinking "would Lara been able to concentrate the way Tendulkar did at Sydney with that kind of form?" The answer would have probably been "No". Guess Chappell must be seriously suffering from a case of foot-in-mouth right about now. Pity. On another note, statistically speaking, Tendulkar is nowhere near Bradman...but Bradman, unlike Tendulkar, was answerable to only around a few million Australians...

  • aji4udear on February 25, 2010, 20:57 GMT

    @ Shine .. I never read such a foolish post from anyone in my life time . A person can score around 100 centuries in both era of cricket only if he plays lots of games .Its just a common sense dear. And India is ICC rank 1 team in test and 2 in ODI for your kind knowledge . Cricket is a team game ..all of us know ... If individual records are not important why are they maintaining all details ..lol

    Sorry to bother sir .. Were are you from :)

  • QTS_ on February 25, 2010, 20:53 GMT

    Just an instance of public fickleness, portrayed by Shakespeare in Julius Caesar and continued throughout history so as to be considered as an innate human trait. To judge ourselves, let us go back five years and check the newspaper headlines - 'Endulkar'. In the next fixture, he scores a century and even then a Kolkata daily compares it to an oxygen cylinder for a dying patient. Like most other media, that same newspaper is probably a participant of his apotheosis now. The readers tend to act on impulse with disregard for his aggregate contribution to his country. Just as a double century, in a series of ten centuries in thirty four matches, does not elevate him above Bradman, a string of human batting failures does not consign him to the dumps. It would help society in general if we sustain a less volatile memory to understand who deserves what in the long run.

    Hopefully, it would also prevent articles like the one above to reap money and popularity off immediate public sentiments.

  • gifty_cricket on February 25, 2010, 20:46 GMT

    you did'see Don play, I did'nt see Don play. But we have seen Tendulkar play, buck stops there.

  • SanthoshSivajothi on February 25, 2010, 20:32 GMT

    This article is well written and provides a fitting tribute to a great sportsman. Please give credit where credit is due. People talk as if playing 400 matches is some kind of fault. The very fact that he has been able to play for such a long time speaks volumes of his ability, performance, consistency and determination. He has been with team India for so long because he is one of its central pillars.

    It is not possible to compare champions of different eras, especially in a sport which has undergone tremendous change. This has been pointed out in the article. Don, Sachin, Lara and other greats each have their own place in cricket history. Sachin has been and is still an icon in cricket, not just Indian cricket. A man who can move a billion people with his work, not an attribute many can lay claim to. One cannot convey the hope, thrill and sheer joy he brings to people watching him. People love him because he has given them so much. Sachin will always be Indian Cricket's Golden Son.

  • Go_F.Alonso on February 25, 2010, 20:32 GMT

    @klulkuxklan, not sure if you intended your logon to be the same as the 'Ku Klux Klan' the racial hate groups but you certainly sound like one. Why do you care how many women TIGER WOODS slept with as long as it was all consentual? What he does beyond closed doors doesn't take anything away from him as one of the greatest players on the planet! I'm not approving his behavior but these things are meant to be private .. everybody is a hero until they are kept so. Who knows what we'll hear in the future that might change your opinions once again?

    SACHIN was magnificient in Gwalior but like many here I want him to play more match-winning innings and go all out for the World Cup. I also want to mention that had SMITH played yesterday maybe he would've resticted some free scoring and would've been useful with the bat as well. BOSMAN should have played as well. DROP DUMINY NOW so that he can come back much much STRONGER.

  • on February 25, 2010, 20:31 GMT

    Sorry, but no one can touch the Don, even as much of a legend Sachin is. To say "the more compelling argument according to me is to assess the impact a sportsperson has on the consciousness of his era" is a bit ridiculous really. Would that make Freddie England's best player of all-time? Yet we know he is very far from that.

  • Ra_Thore on February 25, 2010, 20:25 GMT

    Comparison between 10dulkar and Bradman is irrelevant. During Bradman times, bowlers bowled at avg speed of 110 kph-120 compared to 10dulkar facing 130-140 kph today.. Also, Tiger Woods should be kept out of picture as he would belong to league of whores. Here is my listing of greatest sportsmen. Cricket..Tendulkar Tennis..Federer Basketball...MJ Soccer..Pele

  • Rara_Avis on February 25, 2010, 20:23 GMT

    Vikash Kumar -758 minutes ago how can u call him selfish?? what r the other 10 players doing in the team??are they nt stacking in money 4m advertisements?? were the other 10 players doing nothing when India played the world cup?? Is he only meant to take india to a win?? was he responsible for conceding 359 runs in 2003 final??

  • HemantKaliwada on February 25, 2010, 20:19 GMT

    @shankar.........good fine dude! http://blogs.cricinfo.com/cricinfoselect/archives/2007/03/look_into_that_mirror_sachin.php

    yeah i guess its time the aussie whiners doubting sachin shuld correct themselves and stop living under illusions that its only abt the australians.i am proud of sachin being an indian he is second to none and am also proud to hv witnessed greats like wasim, waqar, murli & jaya.

    cricket is played here in subcontinent with passion but it is not the ego which makes them play but the love of the game. AUSSIES r nothin but huge Egoists.

  • SanthoshSivajothi on February 25, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    Huh Mr.Shine Kr, what in heaven's name are you talking about? Sachin has single handedly carried the Indian team on more occasions than one can remember. It is only recently that India have a very good unit. Like how Lara stood and fought alone for West Indies when no one else could, so did Sachin. When you blame Sachin for not winning a game single-handedly for India, where does talk of you other teammates disappear to? And believe me, he has had enough such accusations. He has been one of , if not THE main contributor to Indian cricket for 2 decades. He just achieved something that has never been done in the history of the game. What more does the man have to do to hush baseless critics like yourself? What do you mean India is nowhere? They are No.1 in tests and No.2 in ODI's. If that is nowhere, I don't know what your definition of achievement is. Cricket as a game is a collection of each individual's contribution, and Sachin has brought the largest amount of goods to the table.

  • newsathish on February 25, 2010, 20:13 GMT

    @ Oliver Wilson : YOU are saying that Dhoni gave time to relax to Tendulkar and not people OK. . I have all the due respect to the great master SR Tendulkar and I do salute to his greatest innings. As you think it wasn´t intentional at all, look at Dhoni´s strokes.., the ball was coming so nicely and so well was he hitting. If you think like that "selfish Dhoni" would have not given a chance at all. Let people like you think whatever they wanted..., What would have happened if Tendulkar hit 200 and still India lost coz that had 15-20 runs less? Did you think in this angle than your envious thinking ? South Africa has already chased the ever biggest score set and they had all the potential repeat it again against our weak bowling in that dead pitch. Please don´t adulterate cricket fans mind again and again. I request you kindly.

  • vaidyar on February 25, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    @ shankarpnsn, When you said error that needs to be corrected and gave a link, I kind of suspected the author might be Ian Chappell. It was. He has been crying for his retirement since 2005 itself. Let's face it. 2003-2007(after the WC 2003) weren't Tendulkar's best years. Even his 248 in Sydney was an effort in determination rather than a vintage Tendulkar innings. It was also the time he faced the brunt of injuries the most(remember the tennis elbow?)! Given that, he has really come into his own post WC-2007. Like the author here has said maybe the despair of crashing out of it has done this and he's out to prove something out to himself. All we can do is sit back and enjoy the ride. :)

  • on February 25, 2010, 19:52 GMT

    @shine kr:: you r like one of the blind person who dont want to see recordes made by great master.hi is great player with tremendious talent thats why he is in the team at the age of 36. he is having hunger,passion for cricket thats why he is there

  • sonofchennai on February 25, 2010, 19:48 GMT

    Lets get this straightened...With due respect to Don, Sachin stands above him jus for the sheer amount of cricket he has played...guys we are talkin about a man who has played close to 4 yrs of cricket all his life so far....Which proves his sustained excellence, work ethic, fitness and above all passion and motivation...4 years of ur life playinf cricket, gosh....this takes some beating...So either put Sachin above Don or dont even bring Don to comparison if his avg of 99.94 is making all feel so supreme

  • gr8_sachin_fan on February 25, 2010, 19:46 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..

  • Koushik_Biswas on February 25, 2010, 19:27 GMT

    Dear Ian Chappell, do you still think that this is relevant:

    http://www.cricinfo.com/ci/content/current/story/287961.html

  • Pankajkasana on February 25, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    Ohh Mr. 'Shine Kr'...Why dont you go and rest your a** somewhere else? This website is meant for those who know something about cricket, not for those who come here just to vent out their frustration over innocuous players. Your disagreement with the article might be understandable, but your cricketing (or rather sports') knowledge..well, get a life boss!!!

  • pastense on February 25, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    well writen article infact..

  • on February 25, 2010, 19:17 GMT

    Sachin is the greatest cricketer of all and the reasons are1.playing for india for more than 20 yrs and still coping with pressure.2.he had to score runs facing the greatest bowlers like mcgrath,warne,wasim akram,murali,shan pollock and etc.3.his consistency 4.above all, his attitude towards the game.

  • nagadev on February 25, 2010, 19:16 GMT

    Very few sporting achievements made me cry. I last cried when Goran Ivanesivic won Wimbledon. Yesterday tears trickled down my face as sachin got to 200. I am glad I named my son after the great man.

  • Test-Over-T20 on February 25, 2010, 19:15 GMT

    Jeez Oliver Wilson, thats quite frankly ridiculous, what a stupid comment,of course Dhoni wanted him to get 200, he'd lose nothing from it but gain a sense of pride that his friend and player for his team achieved such a feat, nobody would willingly stop someone achieving this ..

  • shankarpnsn on February 25, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    Indeed it's been a great innings by a great man. But it's been a inexplicable surprise to me that there's none who remember articles that had come out not very long ago about the very same person who is being applauded. Don't we have the moral responsibility to correct the errors that we commit? For instance, why isn't there anyone who would mention this at least as an aside? http://www.cricinfo.com/ci/content/current/story/287961.html

  • on February 25, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    Poeple says, Dhoni gave enough time to relax Tendulker for getting his 200!! It is totally wrong theory!! It was clear and obvoius Dhoni does not have any kind of thinking towards Tendulkar's 200!! If you observe, he took strike in the whole 49th over and then continued 50th, Tendulkar got strike only because poor Amla fielded well on the second ball of 50th.. Just imagin if he could not fielded that ball!!.. do you think Dhoni can garanty to give him strike and get his 200 while remaining just 3 balls!!.. Defenitely it will add up pressure on Tendulkar when 3 balls remaining even if he get back strike... If at all Dhoni wanted to give him strike, then he should not have taken the single on 49th over last ball. Quite obvious like Karthik, he never wanted Tendulkar to get that 200!!.. This is the truth and fact ... Ask Dhoni otherwise.. But fortunately for Tendulkar or Unfortunately for Dhony it was Tendulkar's day..

  • Prakash.R on February 25, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    I'm left confused after reading the story..so whats the conclusion of the story?

  • klulkuxklan on February 25, 2010, 18:39 GMT

    While I agree with u on this article, I think there is a correction due that you need to fix. You cant include Tiger woods in that list - I hope I dont have to explain why. Tendulkar is great not only cos of the way he goes about his game but also because of his excellent behavior off the field and that is why ppl love him. Just like there were a lot of rulers before shivaji who fought the Mughals and are respected but not revered as Shivaji is, why? Character. So Mr Memon, put the tiger in the woods, not in the company of the civilized human crop!

  • KishoreSharma on February 25, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    Well, Bradman also never had to contend with constantly shifting his style of play between one-day and test cricket. Neither did he have such an intensive schedule of tests and one-dayers. Both these factors would have brought his average down further. I would speculate that if, like Bradman, Tendulkar had played only test cricket, his average would have been around 70 - which would have set him well-apart from other batsmen in the post-Bradman era.

  • Mayan005 on February 25, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    Excellent,Ayaz. It's no shame to say that Sachin is the next best after the Don. The Don remains untouchable. And I am sure that Sachin would agree whole heartedly.

  • on February 25, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    ayaz, you've gone over board. no one can surpass the Don as the greatest. infact The Don was voted as the Greatest sports person of all time only behind Muhammad Ali, that should seal the debate of whoz greater for you i guess?

  • on February 25, 2010, 17:17 GMT

    Sachin playing here only to collect few more crores from advertisements ....The most selfish player in the history of the game. For sachin fans "if sachin is everything for india...Why the hell indian team has 11 members."Sachin is the 1st player to make 10000 runs in LOI's if u look that way then the player who made the first odi run was also as gr8 .....He has done that because he's the 1st one to play for such long 400 matches and still india is no where. If sachin is one woman army...let him play golf....That would suit him. India will never win the world cup till he's in the team. Cricket is a team game. No individual record is important.

  • on February 25, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    yeah sachin is one of the greatest ayaz, but putting him above the Don is a gross over statement.why suddenly this?because he has scored a 200????brain lara scored 375,501 with in weeks, so why don't you put him ahead? we indians tend to go over board with our emotions. with all due repect to sachin, he's only comes after Don.no one can ever surpass The Don.

  • Smoody54 on February 25, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar is the greatest ODI batsmen of all-time and the SECOND greatest Test batsmen of all time. In the test arena, Sir Don will never be conquered. Sorry all you Indian fans, it's true. ike mentioned, Sir Don had to play on uncovered wickets and very much less prepared wickets. Sachin has spent the majority of his cricket on flat indian pitches. By no means do am I trying to belittle his achievements. The gap between him and the rest is monumental. Before 3 years ago I was always in the Brian Lara corner, but over these years I have turned and Sachin has far exceeded Lara, In my opinion. Sachin is a truly great man and a truly great cricketer. The humility in his celebration showed his character for all to see. Even after 20 years of sheer domination he hasn't got an ounce of shauvinism in him. The absolute gentleman. No wonder Bradman saw himself in Sachin. Sachin is the greatest ALL ROUND batsmen across the formats. As an English fan he is my favourite cricketer.

  • nebulae on February 25, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    Great Article. Hail Hail Tendulkar!!

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  • nebulae on February 25, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    Great Article. Hail Hail Tendulkar!!

  • Smoody54 on February 25, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar is the greatest ODI batsmen of all-time and the SECOND greatest Test batsmen of all time. In the test arena, Sir Don will never be conquered. Sorry all you Indian fans, it's true. ike mentioned, Sir Don had to play on uncovered wickets and very much less prepared wickets. Sachin has spent the majority of his cricket on flat indian pitches. By no means do am I trying to belittle his achievements. The gap between him and the rest is monumental. Before 3 years ago I was always in the Brian Lara corner, but over these years I have turned and Sachin has far exceeded Lara, In my opinion. Sachin is a truly great man and a truly great cricketer. The humility in his celebration showed his character for all to see. Even after 20 years of sheer domination he hasn't got an ounce of shauvinism in him. The absolute gentleman. No wonder Bradman saw himself in Sachin. Sachin is the greatest ALL ROUND batsmen across the formats. As an English fan he is my favourite cricketer.

  • on February 25, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    yeah sachin is one of the greatest ayaz, but putting him above the Don is a gross over statement.why suddenly this?because he has scored a 200????brain lara scored 375,501 with in weeks, so why don't you put him ahead? we indians tend to go over board with our emotions. with all due repect to sachin, he's only comes after Don.no one can ever surpass The Don.

  • on February 25, 2010, 17:17 GMT

    Sachin playing here only to collect few more crores from advertisements ....The most selfish player in the history of the game. For sachin fans "if sachin is everything for india...Why the hell indian team has 11 members."Sachin is the 1st player to make 10000 runs in LOI's if u look that way then the player who made the first odi run was also as gr8 .....He has done that because he's the 1st one to play for such long 400 matches and still india is no where. If sachin is one woman army...let him play golf....That would suit him. India will never win the world cup till he's in the team. Cricket is a team game. No individual record is important.

  • on February 25, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    ayaz, you've gone over board. no one can surpass the Don as the greatest. infact The Don was voted as the Greatest sports person of all time only behind Muhammad Ali, that should seal the debate of whoz greater for you i guess?

  • Mayan005 on February 25, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    Excellent,Ayaz. It's no shame to say that Sachin is the next best after the Don. The Don remains untouchable. And I am sure that Sachin would agree whole heartedly.

  • KishoreSharma on February 25, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    Well, Bradman also never had to contend with constantly shifting his style of play between one-day and test cricket. Neither did he have such an intensive schedule of tests and one-dayers. Both these factors would have brought his average down further. I would speculate that if, like Bradman, Tendulkar had played only test cricket, his average would have been around 70 - which would have set him well-apart from other batsmen in the post-Bradman era.

  • klulkuxklan on February 25, 2010, 18:39 GMT

    While I agree with u on this article, I think there is a correction due that you need to fix. You cant include Tiger woods in that list - I hope I dont have to explain why. Tendulkar is great not only cos of the way he goes about his game but also because of his excellent behavior off the field and that is why ppl love him. Just like there were a lot of rulers before shivaji who fought the Mughals and are respected but not revered as Shivaji is, why? Character. So Mr Memon, put the tiger in the woods, not in the company of the civilized human crop!

  • Prakash.R on February 25, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    I'm left confused after reading the story..so whats the conclusion of the story?

  • on February 25, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    Poeple says, Dhoni gave enough time to relax Tendulker for getting his 200!! It is totally wrong theory!! It was clear and obvoius Dhoni does not have any kind of thinking towards Tendulkar's 200!! If you observe, he took strike in the whole 49th over and then continued 50th, Tendulkar got strike only because poor Amla fielded well on the second ball of 50th.. Just imagin if he could not fielded that ball!!.. do you think Dhoni can garanty to give him strike and get his 200 while remaining just 3 balls!!.. Defenitely it will add up pressure on Tendulkar when 3 balls remaining even if he get back strike... If at all Dhoni wanted to give him strike, then he should not have taken the single on 49th over last ball. Quite obvious like Karthik, he never wanted Tendulkar to get that 200!!.. This is the truth and fact ... Ask Dhoni otherwise.. But fortunately for Tendulkar or Unfortunately for Dhony it was Tendulkar's day..