February 26, 2010

Tendulkar's irresistible second coming

Over the last three years he has, quite magically, turned back the clock, displaying the intensity, hunger and sheer genius that many thought had been lost forever
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The last 34 months have been quite extraordinary for Sachin Tendulkar. In the couple of years preceding them, there had been serious questions asked about his form, his reflexes, and his appetite for the game. There was the acknowledgement, with more than a tinge of sadness, that Tendulkar's mind and body were inevitably giving in to years of constant wear and tear, and that the kind of innings we witnessed during his glory days would only rarely, if ever, be repeated.

How wrong we were. Quite magically Tendulkar has turned back the clock, displaying the intensity and hunger many thought had been lost forever. The result has been a stunning sequence of scores: 10 centuries in the last 12 months in international cricket, including three of his four highest ODI hundreds, and the first double-century in 2962 one-day internationals. His last eight innings in all international cricket read as follows: 105*, 16, 143, 7, 100, 106, 4, 200*. Among other things, it shows his all-consuming desire to convert his starts - every time he has topped 20, he has gone on to a century.

The table below shows just how incredible his revival has been. In 14 Tests from the beginning of 2005 to the end of 2006, he scored one hundred from 22 innings, and the average had dropped to less than 34. His ODI form was equally disappointing during this period: an average similar to his Test number, and a strike rate of less than 80.

Since the 2007 World Cup, though, the numbers present a far more cheerful picture: in 58 ODIs the average has zoomed past 50, with the strike rate touching 90. His Test form has been equally delightful - an average of almost 60, with 12 centuries from 34 matches.

Tendulkar's slump and his revival
Period Matches Runs Average Strike rate 100s/ 50s
Tests - Jan 2005 to Dec 2006 14 711 33.85 47.14 1/ 4
Tests - May 2007 onwards 31 2779 59.12 56.76 12/ 11
ODIs - Jan 2005 to Dec 2006 32 1040 35.86 77.15 3/ 5
ODIs - May 2007 onwards 58 2751 51.90 89.20 5/ 16

Since the end of the 2007 World Cup, Tendulkar is one of only three batsmen to average more than 50 in ODIs; MS Dhoni and Michael Hussey are the others. Combining the average with a strike rate of 89.20, Tendulkar's ODI batting index (average multiplied by runs per ball) is 46.29, with only Virender Sehwag and Dhoni having a better index.

Best ODI batsmen since April 29, 2007 (Qual: 1500 runs)
Batsman ODIs Runs Average Strike rate Ave x SR/100 100/ 50s
Virender Sehwag 51 2094 42.73 124.71 53.29 4/ 11
MS Dhoni 92 3424 57.06 85.45 48.76 5/ 23
Sachin Tendulkar 58 2751 51.90 89.20 46.29 5/ 16
Chris Gayle 42 1560 45.88 97.07 44.54 4/ 9
Suresh Raina 53 1553 45.67 97.18 44.38 3/ 12
Michael Hussey 63 2112 50.28 86.13 43.31 0/ 18
AB de Villiers 54 1941 46.21 88.63 40.96 4/ 12
Shane Watson 38 1571 46.20 86.93 40.16 4/ 7

Tendulkar's Test average puts him in sixth place in a list dominated by Sri Lankans and Indians. Three Indian batsmen have a higher average than his, which indicates how good the going has been for India during this period. And while plenty has been written about Gambhir, Sehwag and Tendulkar, the performances of VVS Laxman have gone relatively unnoticed, even though he averages a touch higher than Tendulkar.

Best Test batsmen since April 29, 2007 (Qual: 2000 runs)
Batsman Tests Runs Average 100s/ 50s
Mahela Jayawardene 25 2831 72.58 11/ 6
Kumar Sangakkara 24 2485 67.16 9/ 10
Gautam Gambhir 18 2114 66.06 8/ 8
Virender Sehwag 24 2536 61.85 7/ 9
VVS Laxman 30 2258 59.42 5/ 16
Sachin Tendulkar 31 2779 59.12 12/ 11
Hashim Amla 30 2645 58.77 9/ 12
Michael Clarke 31 2604 56.60 9/ 12

Even more than the averages, what's been stunning is the rate at which Tendulkar has been adding to his century tally. Not so long ago, Ricky Ponting was closing in on Tendulkar's mark, especially in Tests. However, Tendulkar has opened up a handy lead once again, scoring six Test centuries in the last year even as Ponting's form has dipped. The gap between their Test hundreds is now eight, while the overall difference is an unbridgeable 25.

Since that 2007 World Cup, Tendulkar has scored a century every 6.53 innings (combining all international cricket). Only Thilan Samaraweera, with six Test centuries in 32 innings and two ODI hundreds in 15, has a better rate. Tendulkar's Test rate of 4.50 innings per hundred has been bettered by just three batsmen during this period (among those with at least six Test hundreds): Mahela Jayawardene (3.82; 11 hundreds in 42 innings), Gambhir (4.25; eight in 34) and Kumar Sangakkara (4.44; nine in 40).

Best innings-per-100 ratios in all international cricket since April 29, 2007 (Qual: 8 centuries in all international matches)
Batsman Innings Hundreds Inngs per 100 Tests - Inngs per 100 ODIs - Inngs per 100
Thilan Samaraweera 47 8 5.88 5.33 7.50
Sachin Tendulkar 111 17 6.53 4.50 11.40
Hashim Amla 74 10 7.40 5.56 22.00
Shivnarine Chanderpaul 82 11 7.45 5.29 7.75
Tillakaratne Dilshan 103 12 8.58 4.57 10.20
Jacques Kallis 97 11 8.82 4.90 40.00
Gautam Gambhir 125 14 8.93 4.25 12.17
Graeme Smith 99 11 9.00 5.44 17.50

So impressive has Tendulkar's run been recently that it's been suggested this is his best streak ever. It isn't, but it's very close to his best. In both ODIs and Tests he has had at least a couple of such passages when he was unstoppable. Between January 1998 and December 1999, he averaged more than 55 at a strike rate of nearly 100; that was the period when he scored those two incredible centuries against Australia in Sharjah, which remain among his best ODI innings. Again, between 2001 and 2003, he had similar stats. Both these passages included the World Cup, in England in 1999 and in South Africa in 2003.

In Tests, the whole period from the beginning of 1997 to the end of 2002 was exceptional. Breaking it up into two passages, so that the number of matches is similar to the current period, it's clear that the 1997 to 1999 phase was his best, with 12 centuries in 27 Tests, bookended by outstanding hundreds in Cape Town and Melbourne. The three years immediately after that were pretty good too, with an average of almost 60, including nine centuries in 32 Tests.

Other golden runs in Tendulkar's career
Period Matches Runs Average Strike rate 100s/ 50s
ODIs - Jan 1998 to Dec 1999 56 2737 55.85 97.57 12/ 8
ODIs - Jan 2001 to Dec 2003 58 2786 59.27 88.64 9/ 14
Tests - Jan 1997 to Dec 1999 27 2735 68.37 57.51 12/ 8
Tests - Jan 2000 to Dec 2002 32 2970 59.40 56.28 9/ 12

Tendulkar's revival isn't dissimilar to Brian Lara's stunning run in his last four years in international cricket. (Though this isn't to suggest Tendulkar will quit international cricket anytime soon.) After 2003, Lara averaged 60 in 41 Tests, with 16 centuries, including hundreds in two of his last three Tests. Clive Lloyd's last 32 Tests were equally productive, fetching him 2342 runs at 61.63, well above his career average of 46.67. Steve Waugh and Graham Thorpe went out with a bang too, but these players have been exceptions. If Tendulkar continues in similar vein over the next few years, he'll join that select group as well. More than that, it'll mean we'll be in for several more special innings of the kind that he has conjured up over the last three years.

Players who shone in their last few Tests
Batsman Tests Runs Average 100s/ 50s
Brian Lara (2003 onwards) 41 4381 60.01 16/ 11
Steve Waugh (Oct 2002 onwards) 20 1327 60.31 5/ 6
Clive Lloyd (1981 onwards) 32 2342 61.63 6/ 16
Graham Thorpe (2004 onwards) 17 1192 62.73 4/ 6

S Rajesh is stats editor of Cricinfo

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  • bharatratna4sachin.com on March 2, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    Sachin deserves to get Bharat Ratna award - vote and support - http://bharatratna4sachin.com - target is to get 1 Lakh votes for Sachin Tendulkar.

  • sabbath86 on March 2, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    @vinaykn

    even if you see the 3rd and 4th innings in lost matches...lara scored 5 centuries and sachin 4 centuries...and lara played 63 innings where as sachin 44...if you could see here,lara has many more innings where he didn't play well "when needed" as you say...

    Greatness is relative my friend.How would you know one is great if not for what others did?

    And i guess it's incomplete to just rate batsmen based on matches won and lost..there is much more to it...

  • sabbath86 on March 2, 2010, 17:56 GMT

    @vinaykn

    let's see the records how some greats fared well in lost matches overall...

    Mat Inns NO RunsDescending HS Ave 100 50 lara - 63 126 0 5316 226 42.19 14 22 sachin - 44 88 1 3192 177 36.68 10 12 Dravid - 39 78 3 2004 118 26.72 1 11 ponting - 23 46 0 1660 242 36.08 4 8

    except for lara and sachin nobody else played well in lost matches...that means sachin and lara were the only ones who stood there when the chips were down...

    i guess you got the cue how team's contribution matters the most in winning matches...

  • sabbath86 on March 2, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    @vinaykn

    if you cared enough to look into the stats of other batsmen too,then you'd know that not more than 4 centuries have been scored in 4th innings of tests...

    and this "team let him down" theory holds more to the bowlers than the batsmen in tests...which i guess is very much true going by the record in 90s to a larger extent where our bowling was pathetic and to an extent in 00s...

    well,if you think his first innings score is useless,just like typical sachin-hater then there is nothing to debate with so-called team fans...there was many a time the team let him down(batsmen) in first-innings like his famous 169 vs SA in durban(where azhar was the only contributor) or his perth innings in 92 etc.

  • sabbath86 on March 2, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    @vinaykn

    now this is getting lamer and lamer...since you've got no points to counter you're creating false situations that he ignored taking singles...lol,when did this happen?he did everything to ensure there was every possible run taken...either it's your hatred that is leading to manipulate situations or it's just plain ignorance...

    FYI,he played those "stupid shots" quite a number of times all his career,particularly in his later half of the career...maybe you should take a look again,to see the bounce of the delivery and talk where went wrong...:D

    just as gibbs innings played 3 years ago which makes his innings greater(IYO),sachin's 175 is greater if you consider objectively,the team's contribution...oh!it doesn't matter in your cricket bible right!sorry...

  • sabbath86 on March 2, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    @vinaykn

    well,i guess you wouldn't agree,as i said before,coz of intentional ignorance...isn't that scoring well when the wickets at the other end are falling like pack of cards,against odds?

    now you are contradicting your statements here...you say greatness doesn't depend on "others" but still compare him with others based on MATCHES WON in crunch situations and blah blah,which in every sane cricket follower's opinion is dependent upon the TEAM...if greatness is not "dependent" upon others then stop comparing the number of matches won he was involved in and etc. which is solely dependent upon the team's performance...go by stats that compare the individual effort of each other rather than the variables that involve team effort(like matches won etc.)

  • sabbath86 on March 2, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    @vinaykn

    well,well,well..what a way to twist facts...and you accuse me of twisting words?funny..

    in sachin's 70+ scores team lost 29 times to that of lara's 14 and kallis 16...and how intelligently have you tried to cover the fact that his team let him down by just quoting the percentage which more or less is equal here to all of them but when you see the number of matches lost...sachin has double the number than others...considering the percentage of 70+ scores that would come...this surely means that his team has let him down way more than that for the others...

    even if you see the percentages of lost matches to total matches(in case of 70+) they've played...sachin(6.5%),lara(4.3%) and kallis(5.3%)...even here as sachin has more matches this percentage means a lot more matches lost than others... way to go cricket team fan...:D your argument is as good as someone claiming that a batsman has 100% success rate when all he did is play just 2 matches...lol...

  • vinaykn on March 2, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    LOL: "hell with the stats". great to hear that. My dear friends, i just show those stats only for proving that "NO BODY LET HIM DOWN" while saving/chasing the match.As somebody said he has done heroics but others spoiled it.That happened only once in Chennai test out of 44 innings.I dont mean as these stats are not with him, so he is not great.There are 44 situations but he just behaved normally like any other.That is want I want to tell.These stats are when team lost,means there is crunch situation must perform.I found better stats for Gavaskar who had average of 40+ while losing.He couldnt stop loss,but performed well.Others dont perform also could not control the loss.Everybody will not have all great points.Definitely it is one of the point.On this count Gavaskar have.Definitely your master must have others,I am not denying.Please dont misunderstood,just saying that it is not true that when he did heroics others spoiled it.I am not reiterating I am not hater,but dont insult others

  • Neil247 on March 2, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    What's with this tiny minority of ppl and their rabid envy of Sachin?

  • witty-jack on March 2, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    @ vinaykn- To hell with your stupid stats. compare with ponting and lara in 3rd and 4th innings. Ponting and Sachin have similar records.Do badly in 2 countries. Average close to 43 with sachin having 0.4 more. excluding Zim and Ban. check out Lara. Does not do as badly as sachin or poting in any country but lags by 4. Lara has 9 100s in 3rd and 4th in 121. ponting 5 in 3rd and 4th in 108 matches. Sachin 12 in 137 such matches. stop crapping. check this out! u can always say anything you want and prove them with stats. the thing with stats is it shows their individual contribution. Its team which can succeed or fail.

  • bharatratna4sachin.com on March 2, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    Sachin deserves to get Bharat Ratna award - vote and support - http://bharatratna4sachin.com - target is to get 1 Lakh votes for Sachin Tendulkar.

  • sabbath86 on March 2, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    @vinaykn

    even if you see the 3rd and 4th innings in lost matches...lara scored 5 centuries and sachin 4 centuries...and lara played 63 innings where as sachin 44...if you could see here,lara has many more innings where he didn't play well "when needed" as you say...

    Greatness is relative my friend.How would you know one is great if not for what others did?

    And i guess it's incomplete to just rate batsmen based on matches won and lost..there is much more to it...

  • sabbath86 on March 2, 2010, 17:56 GMT

    @vinaykn

    let's see the records how some greats fared well in lost matches overall...

    Mat Inns NO RunsDescending HS Ave 100 50 lara - 63 126 0 5316 226 42.19 14 22 sachin - 44 88 1 3192 177 36.68 10 12 Dravid - 39 78 3 2004 118 26.72 1 11 ponting - 23 46 0 1660 242 36.08 4 8

    except for lara and sachin nobody else played well in lost matches...that means sachin and lara were the only ones who stood there when the chips were down...

    i guess you got the cue how team's contribution matters the most in winning matches...

  • sabbath86 on March 2, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    @vinaykn

    if you cared enough to look into the stats of other batsmen too,then you'd know that not more than 4 centuries have been scored in 4th innings of tests...

    and this "team let him down" theory holds more to the bowlers than the batsmen in tests...which i guess is very much true going by the record in 90s to a larger extent where our bowling was pathetic and to an extent in 00s...

    well,if you think his first innings score is useless,just like typical sachin-hater then there is nothing to debate with so-called team fans...there was many a time the team let him down(batsmen) in first-innings like his famous 169 vs SA in durban(where azhar was the only contributor) or his perth innings in 92 etc.

  • sabbath86 on March 2, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    @vinaykn

    now this is getting lamer and lamer...since you've got no points to counter you're creating false situations that he ignored taking singles...lol,when did this happen?he did everything to ensure there was every possible run taken...either it's your hatred that is leading to manipulate situations or it's just plain ignorance...

    FYI,he played those "stupid shots" quite a number of times all his career,particularly in his later half of the career...maybe you should take a look again,to see the bounce of the delivery and talk where went wrong...:D

    just as gibbs innings played 3 years ago which makes his innings greater(IYO),sachin's 175 is greater if you consider objectively,the team's contribution...oh!it doesn't matter in your cricket bible right!sorry...

  • sabbath86 on March 2, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    @vinaykn

    well,i guess you wouldn't agree,as i said before,coz of intentional ignorance...isn't that scoring well when the wickets at the other end are falling like pack of cards,against odds?

    now you are contradicting your statements here...you say greatness doesn't depend on "others" but still compare him with others based on MATCHES WON in crunch situations and blah blah,which in every sane cricket follower's opinion is dependent upon the TEAM...if greatness is not "dependent" upon others then stop comparing the number of matches won he was involved in and etc. which is solely dependent upon the team's performance...go by stats that compare the individual effort of each other rather than the variables that involve team effort(like matches won etc.)

  • sabbath86 on March 2, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    @vinaykn

    well,well,well..what a way to twist facts...and you accuse me of twisting words?funny..

    in sachin's 70+ scores team lost 29 times to that of lara's 14 and kallis 16...and how intelligently have you tried to cover the fact that his team let him down by just quoting the percentage which more or less is equal here to all of them but when you see the number of matches lost...sachin has double the number than others...considering the percentage of 70+ scores that would come...this surely means that his team has let him down way more than that for the others...

    even if you see the percentages of lost matches to total matches(in case of 70+) they've played...sachin(6.5%),lara(4.3%) and kallis(5.3%)...even here as sachin has more matches this percentage means a lot more matches lost than others... way to go cricket team fan...:D your argument is as good as someone claiming that a batsman has 100% success rate when all he did is play just 2 matches...lol...

  • vinaykn on March 2, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    LOL: "hell with the stats". great to hear that. My dear friends, i just show those stats only for proving that "NO BODY LET HIM DOWN" while saving/chasing the match.As somebody said he has done heroics but others spoiled it.That happened only once in Chennai test out of 44 innings.I dont mean as these stats are not with him, so he is not great.There are 44 situations but he just behaved normally like any other.That is want I want to tell.These stats are when team lost,means there is crunch situation must perform.I found better stats for Gavaskar who had average of 40+ while losing.He couldnt stop loss,but performed well.Others dont perform also could not control the loss.Everybody will not have all great points.Definitely it is one of the point.On this count Gavaskar have.Definitely your master must have others,I am not denying.Please dont misunderstood,just saying that it is not true that when he did heroics others spoiled it.I am not reiterating I am not hater,but dont insult others

  • Neil247 on March 2, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    What's with this tiny minority of ppl and their rabid envy of Sachin?

  • witty-jack on March 2, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    @ vinaykn- To hell with your stupid stats. compare with ponting and lara in 3rd and 4th innings. Ponting and Sachin have similar records.Do badly in 2 countries. Average close to 43 with sachin having 0.4 more. excluding Zim and Ban. check out Lara. Does not do as badly as sachin or poting in any country but lags by 4. Lara has 9 100s in 3rd and 4th in 121. ponting 5 in 3rd and 4th in 108 matches. Sachin 12 in 137 such matches. stop crapping. check this out! u can always say anything you want and prove them with stats. the thing with stats is it shows their individual contribution. Its team which can succeed or fail.

  • sweetspot on March 2, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    The fact that so many people expect so much more from somebody at the pinnacle of his sport is a testament to how great Sachin is. No matter what yardstick is used to judge any sportsperson, some people will never accept some great champions as such. It is a very common Indian ailment - being able to find fault in anything and anybody. If the rest of India functioned half as well as SRT, we'd have a superpower brimming over with prosperity and no poverty at all. Let's be grateful for the abundance Sachin has given us all and for the way he stands out as a human being amongst so many lesser beings around in his country.

  • CricFan24 on March 2, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    And let's not even bring ODIs into the picture. I'll risk sounding like a troll and say that it's ludicrous to me that anyone would look beyond Sachin as the greatest player in limited overs history. He has 33 hundreds in winning causes, has made runs eveywhere and in real pressure cooker situations (he averages 56 with 6 hundreds in ODI finals v Ponting's 38 or Lara's 28). The closest anyone comes in the ODI greatness stakes is Viv Richards, and Tendulkar has 10,000 more runs (say it out loud - TEN THOUSAND), at a marginally (45 v 47) lower average and marginally lower strike rate. So, please, I beg of you fine folks, end this Sachin v Lara debate once and for all. I'll get an aneurysm if I have to listen any more about Brian Lara winning more matches (all eight of them) or having been a better batsman than Sachin.

  • CricFan24 on March 2, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    I think Brian Lara, bless his heart, was a great batsman. But he is held in such high regard partly because of his swashbuckling style and the fact that his highest notes were higher than anyone else's. The truth is that he was nowhere near as consistently good as Tendulkar has been and still is. Consider this. In 4th innings, Brian averaged 2 runs lower than Sachin, and has 8 hundreds in winning causes vs Sachin's 18. And apart from the 153*, he has done virtually nothing in 4th innings chases. But that innings has always been cited in a "what has sachin done?" argument. Before Sachin buried the idiots at Chennai last year, of course.

  • vinaykn on March 2, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    [cont]one more situation.India lost the match and Sachin played 2nd innings of india,3rd innings of the match(either saving from follow on or need to put respectable score to save the match).There 22 matches scores 24,7,40,0,122,31,113,4,8,20,65,69,15,8,51,32,44,8,14,12,14,100.total 801 and average 36.Six better scores here detials.65(AU out as wicket no.3),69(ZB,out as wicket no.3)51(NZ.out as wicket no.10),122(Eng.out as wicket no.9)113(NZ out as wicket no.5)100(SA out as wicket no.5).Only two times last until end,though could not save. So from previous and this situation,44 matches, 3 better knocks,though match is saved? How 'OTHERS LET HIM DOWN'?secondly he got opportunity 44 matches to save his team (25% of his total matches).We can agree only in 3 innings there is no fault of him.3 are ok.What about 38 matches?Wont these situations wont test a batsmen?DID he not perform or other made him down?!!!!why I am not understanding this.:-)Simple stats.you can check in crickinfo too

  • vinaykn on March 2, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    few more stats on the 'OTHERS LET HIM DOWN' theory.Sachin has played 22 tests for 4th iinnings where India lost.So he might have done well but others did not well.But these are his 22 tests scores (27,17,5,10,2,4,9,4,7,136,9,0,52,86,12,2,16,26,34,0,15,12).Total runs 485 ave is 22.There is 136 in chennai.other than that are 52 and 86 where he is out as a number 4 batsmen,when we are nowhere near the target.In all these cases,match is not saved,there is no evidence he did some thing special and others spoiled,except for chennai innings.Just for one famous innings,do we need to call 'OTHERS LET HIM DOWN'?I dont understand.Dont you think a great batsmen must have handful of 'match saving innings'?Is it not aspect of greatness?Why we need to say 'OTHERS LET HIM DOWN',when there is no proof except for lots coverage for one innings in whole career for this kind of situation?May be I am foolish,stupid,jealous,pessimist,ISI,not his fellow countryman,not understanding this.I may not have brain.

  • vinaykn on March 2, 2010, 7:03 GMT

    One of the argument I hear most is 'Others make him down' while talking about some one great.I dont convince much on this argument.Greatness is by someone on his own,not by linking to others.Imagine some 70+ score in ODI treated as best contribution to the team win.We will see the player's total innings howmany converted as 70+ and howmany are wasted by his team being lost. I have some stats sachin(442,61,29) converted 13%,wasted 32%.Lara(299,34,13)converted 11%,wasted 27%,converted 12% and wasted30%, Kallis(298,37,16), Ganguly(311,39,19)converted12%wasted 30%.Basically all these players having similar number in terms of percentages.I just use cricinfo,anybody can check.otherwise people call me I 'fabricated'. Is there rational in making someone one great to others let him down when it looks it is normal pattern.I dont think so.But still I dont believe all these stats,just for fun,i tried it.Greatness will not be in numbers.Greatness will be real thing.Sorry for the stats.

  • BondCricketer on March 2, 2010, 6:11 GMT

    Defies all charges against Sachin: Worth reading -

    http://negatenegativeforsachin.blogspot.com

  • vinaykn on March 2, 2010, 5:35 GMT

    [cont]@sabbath86 : Secondly we are trying to talk about great.For me,my opinion,may be fools like me,think that greatness is beating the odds.and it never depends on 'others'."I did correct, and you didnt do".Means it is just relative.It may be just like You are better than me,or you are best among us.But great means,you don't depend me on me at all.You will ensure whatever is possible on your own.You take every stepto ensure the result.You dont do repeated mistakes(I believe everytime you use others let him down).It is not good always say others let down him.As per my stats,simple query from cricinfo,shows me that only around 30% of his his 70+ scores ended in loss. It same with all others stars like Lara etc.So others are won the match because team supported,but he lost the match because team is not supported,I did not feel any substance from stats,which you rely lots many times.Any way my personal opinion.My take on greatness is different.I don't use schoolkid,sane to others.:-)

  • vinaykn on March 2, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    @sabbath86: I never said you or anybody should not praise 200 of sachin.This is first 'twsit of words' you are trying to do.I never said so.I just said I didnt too excited,in terms of current ODI.I admitted it is better and majestic knock.If I dont praise,treating like a crime,is correct?I praise for what I feel great.you praise what you feel great.Next thing I didnt blame for sachin making for 175 and team loss.That is your next attempt of 'twisting the words'.I just said he tried foolish shot at that time when we are so near.Also I mentioned he ignored/refused/didnt show interest(whatever you thin) the call from jadeja where every run is crucial.I just blamed his foolish shot thattime,refusing single etc, that too when you talk about others.I didnt just take him and blamed.I am just countering yours.Gibbs is chasing 400+ chasing happened never.That too 3 years before where these are impossible.I can also twist,I can also argue.But No point.That is not my intention.They are objective

  • vinaykn on March 2, 2010, 1:44 GMT

    @amit_mallick: :-) against same story, number of centuries and number of not outs etc. So and so guy ask me to talk concretely,so I just asked few queries. Instead of replying on those, you are talking negative on me. Nevermind. At least you didnt say, sane,stupid,ISI agent, or citizen of some other county etc. I dont think it is polite to repeat that country name,as it is insult for them. You are asking whether I can accept others great players as great? LOL. Do you all allow me??? But one thing I am sure I will not say Sachin is not great, sachin is nothing, sachin's conditions are differet etc.I will sure counter if any one talks about other.I am also watching cricket like you all guys, since much before Sachin debuts. :-)

  • sabbath86 on March 2, 2010, 1:41 GMT

    [CONT]@vinay

    so,who has to blamed for the loss here?had he got some contribution like gibbs has got then we would have won...but sachin had to apply a greater effort to clear the difference...in the end falling short by 3 runs...now how can you blame him for giving 150% performance?not just 100% like gibbs...

    any sane mind would say team has lost the game...coz you don't blame him for felling short of a few runs when coming to that stage itself is incredible..even then if we lose then our team is pathetic and don't deserve to win...

    i thought this is so comprehensible for someone who proclaims himself to be a team fan...how oxymoronic are his statements..lol

  • sabbath86 on March 2, 2010, 1:34 GMT

    @vinay

    ofcourse a school kid can discern that sachin performed exceptionally well in scoring 200*...i think it would be funny if we just say team has done well and not praise sachin...barring few like you,everyone would certainly appreciate such kind of innings...

    so,spare us fools for appreciating something that is worth appreciating...

    let's just compare two innings...175 vs aus by sachin and 174 vs aus by gibbs...in the former one sachin scored half of the team's runs and the second best is just a fifty...but in the innings played by gibbs...graeme smith scored a 90 and there were other good contributions...he didn't have to stay till the end like sachin did...

    so,gibbs innings is really incredible...ofcourse the talk would about his performance as he's the major reason why the team won...yes the team did well but appreciation must go to gibbs...in the case of sachin which was a better innings than gibbs' coz there was no major contribution at all apart from others...[CONT]

  • __PK on March 2, 2010, 0:34 GMT

    If he'd played for any other nation in the world from 2005 - 2006 (TWO WHOLE YEARS of mediocre batting), he'd have been dropped and his worshippers would have had to have found someone else's faults to ignore.

  • amit_mallick on March 1, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    so sad mr. vinay.......its quite unfortunate for sachin as he could not satisfy u by his batting... probably some of the highest expectations which actually cannot be fulfilled by anyone from the earth though being the highest centurian in finals (actually u dont count those as most of those r scored only against the australian !!! ) getting the second highest no. of centuries in fourth innings ( 3 in no.), and his other performance i need not to mention as everyone is well aware of his records. so i will request people ..hey come on ..who is VINAY?? all other great cricketers in the world gladly accepted sachin as the greatest among the greats. (though i m not sure whether mr. VINAY counts the other greats as greats or not) so we need not to look wht some jealous negative minded people thinks abt....we just need to concentrate on wht sachin is going to do nxt. i think n hope a lot from sachin is waiting for us. thank u.

  • fan-of-cricket on March 1, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    i dont get it why ppl have to bring these points about saeed anvar is great , ponting is great. who said they r not? they are definately in the league of greatest batsmen ever.... Tendulkar scored 200 n he is the best just accept it. about ponting, he cant score in subcontient. if pitches are flat then why does he always fail. and indian bowling is never as good as other teams. That means tendulkar has to play against good bowling and gets practice against relatively weak bowling in india. anwar and ponting are in the team which are having very good bowlers so they never have to face their team mates. he scored 200 ppl are happy n celebrating saying he is greatest. when somebody else will score more than him ppl will again celebrate. and dont forget about the bad decision given against him. he is victim for max times in world.

  • IPL_is_Thrash on March 1, 2010, 15:37 GMT

    It is next to impossible to evaluate Sachin by number of runs scored or number of centuries or average or strike rate or number of matches played or number of years played etc. Not even Don Bradman or Vivian Richards or Gary Sobers or anyone can come close to him. All these years he has been hope for Cricket Fans thats what makes him so great in our eyes. It is next to impossible to imagine a person who could carry as much expectation as Sachin and remain so modest.

  • vinaykn on March 1, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    Lol. New tag 'pessimist'. For what? For asking "dont insult others for making some one great"? or For asking "dont talk negatively others records, when you are praising someone's records".For saying "dont say one individual is great,when team has done well and it is a team game, when team does not do well"? Somebody said jealous also. What is rationale of using these words.Mind blowing yaar. I am improving my vocabulary and using differently.But somehow I am not getting some stats. :(. No worries.

  • ravipidi on March 1, 2010, 11:39 GMT

    Vinay kumar is the greatest pessimist I have ever seen. Sachin is truly the greatest player ever!!

  • vinaykn on March 1, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    @vimalan:I have gone through the blog and many comments below.Certain parameters not included, and they mentioned "Since this is a pure batsman-based analysis, exclude the non-batting factors".Even Author is saying that they are numbers and deciding the statistically best batsmen.Best and Great are different words.(good,better,best)and(great,greater,greatest).That article is related to best batsmen.I am not hater.I am not sure why you asked me to go through,I have no doubt that sachin is statically best batsmen.he has sound technique also.I just dont like him as I am missing some number.Can you give me some concrete numbers.1)How many times india needed to save or chasing in second innings while sachin batting with minimum of 90 overs to bat.2) What is the result of the match 3)When he falls,what is his wicket number4)howmany overs/wickets left5)howmany wickets falls after his wicket 6)what is his score.We will talk about ODIs later.I think you are asking something to discuss concretel

  • Neil247 on March 1, 2010, 8:19 GMT

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

  • Rohan1 on March 1, 2010, 7:58 GMT

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

  • vinaykn on March 1, 2010, 7:17 GMT

    @I am not hater of sachin.Calling me hater etc,it is just personal vendetta.I am not spitting the venom.I am just replying to someone.They are spitting the venom on the others for the sake of sachin.If you want praise someone as great,praise,but dont say others let him down.It is insult.A word 'Great' cannot be used with the help of 'others'.Second thing they simply can take anyname and say he is greater than Other.Others conditions are nothing,he only performed excellent.Talking about others conditions which are different,is venom.See my friend, zxaar post, do you find any rationale here.Amla knock is not under pressure?-"That is difference between Amla Innings and Sachin Innings.Which you rate best?"-sachin's innings because it was under pressure of saving match. Second he did not get out trying something stupid, he was unlucky to get out that way.But then you do not have enough brains to understand this. LOL.I dont have brain to understand?Only two,others let down or unlucky.GREAT

  • vimalan on March 1, 2010, 1:36 GMT

    @vinay and other Sachin haters, if you have time other than spitting venom in this forum, read the article http://blogs.cricinfo.com/itfigures/archives/2010/01/_sachin_tendulkar_on_top.php , a statistical analysis done by cricinfo recently. If you have any doubts, comment here after reading this article with proper facts/stats. then we'll talk. else bye bye. its boring to keep hearing the same old story of Sachin does not score in crunch situation, Sachin cannot do that, Sachin does not that..etc..For a change, why don't you guys come up with something concrete and also tell which other player is better than him in that regard.

  • on March 1, 2010, 1:35 GMT

    @Vinay. Sure Dude!! . We should only opine wen we are not already biased in favour of. But it works d odr way round too, of a bias against an individual(in yours and many cases--a personal vendetta). No dissecting your issues. Go with them to your Graves.

    Sachin's Inning of 175 was to complete at 175 (and please spare him the defeat, You were a team-man, I supposed), because he did a mistake. And same for Gibbs 175 and Anwars 194. But this time Sachin did not do one. And It should be appreciated as a gud gesture. It was Brilliantly paced, wid none of no such gaga shots(except one against Steyn). He sent a message across the world that wid pure batting Technique , Rotating the strikes, Playing Everywhere : You can Still score a double. You need not Play T20 style.

  • amit_mallick on February 28, 2010, 21:26 GMT

    mr. vinay.....i m from bangladesh.......u know wht was happening when sachin was making his double? the common room of the hostel (as i m a student of bangladesh uni. of engineering and tech) was on a roar ....to see sachin does it for the first time. all the people were gone into mad .....thts why he is the best. no other cricketer has 10 percent of impact over people in the history of cricket.....forget ur nonsense stupid analysis which merely see the blank half of the glass rather than the filled half. its not just built in one day or one yrs......it took long 20 yrs to make people so unanimous with there decisions.

  • drcardio1980 on February 28, 2010, 19:26 GMT

    People should be civilised & matured enough to take the criticism against so called legend of cricket.Some people also should mind their languages & talk only about cricket.Thanks.

  • SatyajitM on February 28, 2010, 19:15 GMT

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

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

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

  • sabbath86 on February 28, 2010, 17:31 GMT

    @vinay

    wouldn't be surprised if one day you'd call his cover drive a bad shot just coz he got out...lol...

    Ofcourse others let him down many a time...look at his records...be it the semifinal of 96 or the final of '03...or say his 136 against pakistan at chennai...

    it's not any philosophy like yours(wierd ones)..it's called common sense...if you'd watched cricket you'd know that others let him down...latest being his 175 against Aus...i don't expect you to understand anyway...

  • Neil247 on February 28, 2010, 16:34 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.

  • yash25 on February 28, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    I think, after 5 years, people will compare other batsmen, who are in good form at that time with Sachin. Pointing may have retired, but Sachin will be still piling runs and centuries. I hope till that time Sachin critics will also have retired after having lots of slaps like one in Gwalior.

  • zxaar on February 28, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    "That is difference between Amla Innings and Sachin Innings.Which you rate best?" - sachin's innings because it was under pressure of saving match. Second he did not get out trying something stupid, he was unlucky to get out that way. But then you do not have enough brains to understand this.

  • 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, 8:37 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, 8:37 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.

  • CricFan24 on February 28, 2010, 8:29 GMT

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

  • sabbath86 on February 28, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    @vinay

    anybody who watches cricket would say that a batsman who scored 93 tons is consistent and made huge contribution to his team rather than someone who scored a "single match based world record"...coz this "single match based record" occasions happen as seldom as dravid scoring a fastest fifty...

    trust me,when you remove your anti-sachin glasses and atleast wear a team-india cricket fan(as you proclaim yourself to be) glasses you'd know that sachin is way ahead of others in team contribution...have a nice day...

  • sabbath86 on February 28, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    @vinay no sane mind would refrain from disputing if you are comparing women's cricket record with men's...thank you...

  • sabbath86 on February 28, 2010, 8:15 GMT

    @vinay kumar

    I don't even understand what is your point here...so,according to you a batsman who scored 175 and made impossible possible should be levied equal blame for loss of the match as his other teammates?this is even more ludicrous...

    you blame the genius for the mediocrity of others?:D

    what do you mean by 'will it give guarantee'?players don't get out or score runs in the view of "guarantees"...their job is just to score...and i guess sachin is the best in the world in that regard...team winning is dependent on the team not on individual...

    This "accumulation" as you are pointing out is known as Consistency my friend...

  • rosh_roy on February 28, 2010, 8:15 GMT

    @ vinay n all those who have a habit of criticizing jus coz of ur jealousy .. its not at all astonishing at all to see someone criticizing sachin for a yet wonderful innings. We have a habit of disliking, disrespecting, criticizing all over again n again. What makes a player great?? just a good stats?? certainly not.. bt y shud v criticize someone if he holds a gud record?? When he was not clicking for a few consecutive months, guys like you used to say 'he can't score now, hez old..'' criticism again.. The whole world respects HIM.. be it Lara, Ponting, Warne, Murli, Jayasurya..... he has proved himself. hez been listening 2 ppl lyk u n hitting centuries aftr centuries as slaps on ur faces. Those who r gr8 in ur view are followers of SACHIN. 20 years have passed.. hez been proving himself..bt u guys!! come on.. its time to respect him.. He used to be the ONE opponents need for lyk a decade..still u r not convinced. what u r doing is jus anothr example of jealousy.. cheers!

  • on February 28, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    Everybody should learn appreciating Sachin and say others are not good enough, he can do many things single handedly, but in case of failures, others let him down. Great philosophy. I am talking about winning. I am not talking that scoring century is bad, out for a foolish shot after scoring a century. Twisting words will not help.Hamish Amla's knock is best within that match. No body can deny that. His knock last for 66 overs remain notout and threaten opponents until last minute. Just a match before, Sachin scored century in exactly similar situation. He last 179 balls with healthy strike rate withinthe match, and out immediately after getting 100, that too quite risky shot to a spinner in that kind of situation. where team is trying to save.Everyother in the team stayed long,even debutant saha almost 20 over just for few runs. If sachin batted some time, we could have got some lead may fight more. That is difference between Amla Innings and Sachin Innings.Which you rate best?

  • on February 28, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    @ Vinay Kumar Nagubandi, Keep your philosophy to you mate. you just don't know how to appreciate good players right? is there anyone else like Sachin? even closer to him? And to remind you again, if a player scores a century and that team loses, doesn't mean that it was his fault for scoring only 100 runs..!!! In the last test, Hashim Amla lasted all along by himself but his team still lost. that doesn't mean that he didn't play good enough. Sometimes things don't fall into place as a team but that doesn't mean you still blame the ones who performed well. At the age of 36, played almost more matches than anyone else, average and strike rate is still one of the best and has given more than 20 years to cricket, thats more than enogh to praise THE SACHIN TENDULKAR. So may be you should keep that hate factor to yourself and start appreciating good performances. thanks.

  • pinhead9810 on February 28, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    To this Vinod Kumar whatever your name is......first of all, you're talking like India wins because the all team has played some part. Lets not forget the past and obviously the present.....there has been many times when Sachin has tried his best and others have let him down and that's the same with Sachin.....I am not saying India wins because of one man, or two but the FACT is, many occasions a player has rescued India because many players were just bad......Now India does play like a team but many times Sehwag, Tendulkar, Dravid, Gambhir, Laxman, Yuvraj Singh or Dhoni has to bat through because the others didn't do much......India aren't the best and I honestly can say that the future doesn't look bright when Sachin, Dravid and Laxman depart. Cricket is a TEAM sport but sometimes one or two players has to rescue India.....

  • drcardio1980 on February 28, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    @hamantkaliwada, Mr.Tendulkar is no more than a naturally talented batsman.He cannot take pressues of captainency or pressure match situations.Look how many triple centuries or double centuries he has made in test cricket.Dravid & Sehwag are much more better than him.One in terms of reliability & other is some one special.One should not bring politics in a game of cricket.

  • on February 28, 2010, 3:17 GMT

    continue : If Team is losing means it is because of all including Sachin. If he scores 175 and out for foolish shot when win is near means, he is also part of it. No need of giving privilege If team loses it is TEAM GAME. If wins, it is because of him, ridiculous. Praise whatever you want, but dont have any right to dispute if somebody dont like. No Need of devaluing others record. No need of comparing, every record have its own value. Impact of the match record is within the match itself, it dont carry to next match. I can also argue, nowadays there are somany scores in ODS as per current standards. Teams are easily scoring 350+,400+ also chasing big totals also. This 200 also as per current standard. Small ground and flat pitch. Definitely it could have better it could have done 5 years ago.

  • on February 28, 2010, 3:07 GMT

    @ sabath86: What you are saying -- " i find it ludicrous that you find 93 tons were just accumulated over time and weren't important for the team..." What so rediculous about this. If 93 tons means, does it mean anything to team? Will it give guarantee to team for win. These are only stats and for fans. Not for the team. Secondly I didnt dispute the sachin's knock. Someone disputing other's records. why should they do. You can praise whatever you want. But dont comment on others. I only watch cricket for Team India, I dont see the tags of the players. If I need to see tags, I will see every one's, not just sachin's. May be Afridi's Yuvraj's one match tag. But it was good enough for that match. Accumalations dont carry anything to the team. If so we should have win all the matches sachin played as no body dont have that many accumulative records. But it is not true. Team is winning only because there Sehwag,Dravid,Yuvraj,Dhoni,Harbhajan and every 11 players including sachin.

  • on February 28, 2010, 1:03 GMT

    @zxaar: I didnt say smaller records should count. It should be hight rated only. I have said why other records should be devalued for the sake of Sachin Records. A record should be high rated,match winning most of the time within the match itself. Records of accumulative nature dont have any impact on the match result, so I am not interested. When I am commenting on Sachin, why you are asking about my IQ. LOL. You and me dont have any rivalry. Right? LOL. There is no bounding duty only to praise sachin here. Right? Just talk about Sachin. It may be better standard. Whoever not liking Saching, asking thier IQ, saying stupid, crap, fool etc. is not good standard.It may be sickness. Anyway, I dont know that. By the way show me high rated single match-based world records of Sachin other than double ton in ODIS. I really dont know know,if you tell me, I will educate myself. Nothing wrong in it. :-).If you sayin I dont have IQ or I am stupid or crap, I can not know the sachin great ness

  • David_1946 on February 28, 2010, 0:51 GMT

    Tendulkar may be the first to score 200 in an ODI, but he's reached 200 only 4 times in 271 Test innings (and two of these were against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe). I'm surprised that nobody's pointed that out.

  • sumithobby on February 27, 2010, 23:19 GMT

    @SatyajitM...this is an awesome analysis which you have come up with....i hope ppl like MB81 and drcardio1980 should keep a record of this with them...lol...i think these ppl are sick and dey dont know anything about game...these kind of ppl can just speak wat dey feel but dont have their numbers with them to back em up....i knw wat else dese ppl will say dat numbers dont matter but i believe numbers only matter as dese numbers only represent wat have u done in ur whole carrier...every player wants to improve his numbers...Ricky ponting once said that key to his consistency is that he looks ahead to Sachin and always keeps him as a target :)

  • sabbath86 on February 27, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    @vinay kumar

    seriously,this is getting bland and boring.This "i want to know how sachin fared well in crunch situations" has been discussed gazillion times.It's time you people stop finding faults coz it makes you look ridiculous.

    go to statsguru and see it for yourself if you didn't know or if it's intentional ignorance then nobody can help it...

  • sabbath86 on February 27, 2010, 19:54 GMT

    @vinay kumar

    what spectacular majestic world record are you talking about?yuvraj scored fastest 50...so does that make him better than sachin? i find it ludicrous that you find 93 tons were just accumulated over time and weren't important for the team...so,if afridi scored fastest 100 it only helped in that match...did he make a record every now and then?no...he didn't even do anything great in other matches...but sachin scored consistently in all the matches which means he made a far great impact on the team than just making a record once in a decade...

    Fastest hundred and fifty only happens once in long while...but scoring a needy hundred every now and then without making or breaking any record is far more worthy...

  • HemantKaliwada on February 27, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    @Talha.Asif.. good one bro, just wat i was thinking abt all this while. i have always admired and loved pakistani bowling wasim, abdul qadir, imaran & waqar, just the way you like indian batsman. And i always wonder what wuld happen if these two countries were one single nation. We wuld have an invincible team.

  • SatyajitM on February 27, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    @cam.skirv and others, guys you can not compare between two different streams. Going by this logic Serena Williams (25 grand slam) is so much better than Roger Federer (16 grand slams) if you overlook the fact that Roger plays in mens tennis which is considered more competitive and the fact that Serena's titles are mix of singles (12) and doubles. Fact is that Women's tennnis is lot more developed and followed compared to women's cricket. So, while Belinda's record is good on her and we are happy about that, it can not be compared to Sachin's. That would be comparing apples with oranges. For a humorous take on this read Patrick Kidd's article (http://timesonline.typepad.com/line_and_length/2010/02/tendulkar-not-as-good-as-bopara.html) who has comically claimed that Ravi Bopara is better than Sachin as he has scored 201 in a list A ODI match :-)

  • on February 27, 2010, 19:26 GMT

    It is extremley intresting to note the slump in his form (and Team India's) coincide exactly with Greg Chappel's tenure..Intresting...very intresting..

  • SatyajitM on February 27, 2010, 19:13 GMT

    @MB81, pretty interesting calculation, subtract 10 from Sachin's avg as he has played in lifeless pitches of the subcontinent (which Ponting really struggled to master with an avg of 20). Only small matter is that Sachin average 58.5 in Aus and 62 in Eng. Probably those were tailor made for Sachin so that he can score. @drcardio1980 thinks Sachin is average player and played well only in his backyeard. That's why he has 21 Intl centuries against quality opposition (removing Ban and Zim) in those countries. Also, Sachin avg almost identical home and away whereas among his contemporaries, both Ponting (avg 49 overseas) and Lara (avg 48 overseas) have done better at home. About crunch games, Sachin avg 56 in ODI finals and 58 in WC games. Corresponding averages for Ponting (38 and 48) and Lara (28 and 42). While Ponting. Lara et all are good players, Sachin is surely ahead of them.

  • zxaar on February 27, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    "I am not just asking why he took 20 years for double century" - this brings us to questioning your IQ, you are asking as if every now and then someone hits 200 in ODIs. Second it was you who suggested smaller records should count and i gave you example of such small record that should not count.

  • Talha.Asif on February 27, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    I just have one wish. I don't think it would happen anytime soon. But i really want to see a team formed from Pakistan and Indian players. Ideally, they should take the whole batting line up of India and the whole bowling lineup of Pakistan to form a team that takes on Australia in a five-match test and one day series. Pakistan's achilles heel is its batting lineup while India's bowling in my opinion is mediocre. If you combine the strengths of the two teams, i think it would form a formidable unit that could easily take down the likes of Australia and South Africa in all formats of the game!

  • Hamdi on February 27, 2010, 18:04 GMT

    guyz one thing u all r forgetting is that........saeed anwar made the record long back when the cricket was very slow but sachin made this when cricket is very fast.....so it doesnt matters alot.....when cricket was slow he made 194 and when that also against india.....n now when the cricket is fast he is making just 6 runs more......i think saeed anwar deserve more than sachin...he doesnt have many records with pak....because he is nervous with them....but saeed anwar was a real legend he plays like a real player....

  • Talha.Asif on February 27, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    I am a Pakistani and i wanna tell all the Indians out there that they are one lucky nation to have batsmen like Tendulkar, Sehwag, Yuvraj, Dhoni and Dravid in their team. Tendulkar is without a shadow of a doubt the GREATEST batsmen in the modern era! I'm not surprised that he has broken Saeed Anwar's record, who i still think is one of the most stylish left handers the world has ever seen. As for Tendulkar, i think no one else plays the straight drive, the cover drive and the on-side flick better than him! I have NEVER seen him miss a boundary with these shots, it's just so amazing! The faster you bowl to him, the quicker it goes to the boundary.

  • on February 27, 2010, 17:33 GMT

    @MB81 Why not u just substract 55 frm it....which would lead to zero.....u guys cant respect someone who had dominated world batting for a long time with all batting records....and u first check pointing record against spinner in india....u get to know who is better sachin in aus or ponting in india.......... sachin is the greartest legend in world cricket now and second to only don becoz he was the first........people will always say just for saying but cant respect someone who is greatest ever....if he make 400 + tomorrow then also people say that he is not the best.....head on man what else u want do u want him to make 300 in odi........remember he has hitted 200* against SA with world no 1 bowler in the line up......PLZ post

  • sabbath86 on February 27, 2010, 17:30 GMT

    @vinay kumar

    what makes you think gibbs' 175,anwar's 194 and dilshan's 160 are better when they had come off flat-pitches too?it's only laughable that you have compared women's cricket to men's(no disrespect to them but...)

    it's not about appraisal about sachin's 200 and not that he has become "the greatest batsman" ever all of a sudden with this knock...but it is his consistency which he has shown in scoring 160s and 170s which he did thrice in the last one year when he is in the twilight of his career...all those weren't slam-bam innings' that you get to see from other youngsters these days but pure application of his cricketing genius scoring runs intelligently with a healthy strike rate...

    the naysayers wouldn't stop to brag about anyway but tell me one batsman who can do what sachin did in scoring 175 vs australia...he made impossible possible...i think you first should start respecting cricket records(wonder how individual records aren't cricket)

  • waspsting on February 27, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    @MB81 - he averages higher abroad than at home - look it up. Lara's home WI pitches have been the flattest around - look up the normal batsmens scoring records on them. and he averages very well in Australia, where Ponting plays most of his innings - again, LOOK IT UP.

    @ZA77 -of the 9 bowlers you mentioned, Tendulkar never faced 4, and has faced 2 others only a very little. Players can hardly be faulted for not scoring runs or taking wickets when there are no games to be played to do that in.

    This is the last time I reply to the ludicrous comments. half the people here don't know what they're talking about - but insist on talking and talking and talking. Tendulkar is undoubtedly a great batsmen, ONE of the greatest batsmen ever. He is not GOD, and he is not crap - as the seeming majority of commenters seem to want to suggest.

  • sabbath86 on February 27, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    @mb81

    FYI,if have followed cricket,which i seriously doubt,ponting and lara scored heavily after 2002 when pitches became flatter all over the world.So,actually it was sachin who played well in fast,seamy pitches in 90s and averaged a fantastic 59 while lara averaged only 49...that clears who is the flat-track bully now...

  • sabbath86 on February 27, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    @MB81

    wonder how much should be deducted from ponting's average for his pathetic average of 20 in the so-called indian "sub-continent pitch".

    care to look at lara's record too mister...he never scored a century against the likes of mcgrath,waqar,donald and wasim. Talking about away record...ponting and lara average very low compared to sachin...check the records

    it would be good if you could see it through a cricket fan's eyes and keep aside the national differences...

  • on February 27, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    @ Foolish Critics: Tendulkar didn't score runs on easy pitches. You could say he has scored them on "Indian" pitches. And they rn't easy. And well, if you consider them as placid pitches, why hasn't Pointing succeded in the sub-continent then. After all, its "easy nd placid" wicket.And guess you haven't seen him play at Perth or the Windies, are they "easy". He's proved himself everywhere. There's no point in comparision with Sir Don Bradman, he's a legend nd we have never seen him played. As for taking 20years, same question, why hasn't anyone else played 20yrz nd scored that many. An average of nearly 50 in 20years among which I assume he lost abt 2 years due to his "Tennis Elbow" issue. SACHIN IS GOD. He might not be the only one, but we love to pray him nd will always do so...

  • on February 27, 2010, 16:19 GMT

    @zxaar: LOL. Stupid and crap?? Why so? I didnt say anything to your 203. I just commented on Sachin. Just like you may like his innings, I may not. Whats wrong in it? I did not dispute on his first double hundred record. I am not just asking why he took 20 years for double century. I am just askingwhy he is not having a spectacular, majestic, mesmerizing WORLD RECORD which is a match based within a single match so far, if his primary skill is great legendery batting. The all other records he holding is accumulative in nature. I think it is not that much stupidity to think that accumulative records hold any value in a match result. For example, now the even Sachin played sometimes we losing the match, by the time he is already holding 40+ centuries to his tally. I admit he is master of accumalating runs and records.What to do everytime, I will see at this legend how he is faring in crunch matches. If situation arises, he should do something write. Oh! forget CRICKET IS TEAMGAM

  • ZA77 on February 27, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    I think Tendulkar is legend now. Better than every one and in many aspects than Lara. He is ahead of others including Sir Bradman.

    In legend Bradman case there was no Marshall, Garner, Ambrose, Walsh and Holding. There was no Hadlee, Imran, Lillee and McGrath. There was neither Wasim Akram nor Waqar and then there was no Warne or Muralitharan or Kumble to face so how can we measure his runs as compare to Tendulkar. He scored 30000 runs and Don only 6996 in 20 years. For leading 50 wicket takers he faced only Bedser, after world war II.

    I have the most deepest respects for what legend Bradman achieved but we cannot compare those runs scored against amateurs from 1928 to 1948 to Tendulkar scored runs against real bowling.

    The fastest bowler he faced is Larwood grabbing 78 wickets in his entire career. If those days not too many cricket then how Hammond played 85 test matches from 1927 to 1947. Even Sobers played 93 test in 20 years and Imran Khan 88 in same period and Gooch 118.

  • MB81 on February 27, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    He scores most of his runs on flat Indian pitches with no pace and bounce. So let's compare him to someone like Ponting,Richards,Lara who play on fast bouncy pitches with pace and bounce. Away from home he's average and has always struggled against the great fast bowlers messrs Mcgrath,Akram,Ambrose,Walsh,etc. So if we look at his Test and ODI records and deducted 10 runs from his average for playing on flat lifeless pitches we're left with A TEST AVERAGE OF:45 ODI AVERAGE OF:35

  • HemantKaliwada on February 27, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    @drcardio1980 - i guess you are hired by ISI to malign sachins achievements. hahaha no wonder you commenting same rubbish on every article. Wake up buddy ;) I was expecting a better infact more mature reply from u on the other article. And am sure you cannot because nobody can change facts. http://www.cricinfo.com/magazine/content/current/story/449959.html

  • zxaar on February 27, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    "So you do not like records in easier conditions. "

    i hit 203 in one day against my local team in year 1989. (less than 50 over match). Does it mean that i am the record holder or someone else before me (who hit same at home). Or you mean to say that mine record had similar value as sachin. Sorry but you sound stupid.

  • cbalan1958 on February 27, 2010, 11:50 GMT

    Hello,When Sachin makes news the swords are out dangling.Hats off to Belinda Clarke for the double ton.But do we often compare mens cricket with womens.It would be interesting to know how many keep an eye on womens cricket.When somebody in mens cricket scores the first double ton in 2700 innings it is indeed remarkable.And when it is Sachin it is doubly remarkable.It is very easy to target Sachin for no fault of his "as It seems every time he goes out to bat he decides the fate of his innings".Why dont we try to give him his due instead of looking into his contributions to our OWN whims and fancies.He has indeed been thrilling us with his majestic cricket for a long time.Arent we wasting our time comparing him to Bradman,Richards,Ponting,Sehwag,and others.Whatever we all try to write of him SACHIN is SACHIN. Sachin is batting well and let us all be happy for him, instead of denigrating his efforts with our cricket wisdom. Thinking Cricketer

  • drcardio1980 on February 27, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    There is no comparison between likes of Lara,Richards,Sobers,Bradman etc. & Tendulkar.He is very average player overseas & in crunch games.More than 70% of his centuries are made on placid wickets of subcontinents.He was a bunny for likes of G. Magrath & Wasim Akram.Sehwag is far better,whenever he fires India wins.As with Tendulkar it is the opposite.No use of these useless records.

  • zxaar on February 27, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    "Why he took 20 years.That too not that much in current ODI standards"

    really. How many 200s being scored in history of man's ODIs.

    I think your post was full of c r a p does not even worth commenting on.

  • on February 27, 2010, 10:56 GMT

    @Danny : I know some one sure ask this question. Forget about Danish women. So you dont like the records in easier conditions. Go and check Sachin's scores in easier conditions and hard conditions, how he really fare.There is always dot on his face by the criticism by experts that he didnt perform in real testing conditions.Even this knock also in a small ground and flat pitch.No batsment struggled at all of them except Sehwag has healthier strike rate than Sachin within his team. It is better, but not so excited knock like Kapil's 175*,Richards 189*,Anwar's 194, Gibbs 175, Dilshan 160 etc. Dont forget the record of Belinda is in 1997. Now it is 2010 era of Twenty20. Within current standards, it is not too exciting. If you want to respect records.respect Cricket Records, not Individuals Records.Is Sachin not played against babies like Ireland,Scotland,Holland,Bermuda,Old Bangladesh etc, did he score doublecentury there? Why you need devalue the Belinda's Record for the sake of Sachin

  • on February 27, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    Hi Danny. I know some one would definitely ask this questionh. OK. We will forget about Danish women. So you do not like records in easier conditions. Go and check Sachin Scores. How he fared in easier conditions and hard conditions. Even this record also in smaller ground, flat pitch. It is better knock, not so exicited in mens cricket standards,it is not like Kapil 175* Richards 189* Gibbs 175 and Dilshan 160 etc. If you like to respect to only better ones, dont give that much credit to this. If want to see it as a record, must value Belinda's also. Dont forget it is in 1997. Did not Sachin played against weeker teams like Ireland,Holland,BD etc, did he score there? Respect Cricket records, not Individual records, if you really want to respect the records. Why you need devalue Belinda's Record.

  • DannyBoyx on February 27, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    Come on cam.scirv! You're talking about someone who scored a double hundred against DENMARK WOMEN..... Not against a team vying for the top spot in mens' cricket. In a game when Aussie women scored over 400 for the loss of only 3 wickets against only 49 all out for the Danish team - a huge indication of the Danes' strength.

    I'm sorry but I'd have to fancy myself getting a big score against them.

    Why waste your time and our time writing stuff that doesn't stand up to even the slightest scrutiny?

  • on February 27, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    A similar kind of article is here, what Rajesh did here, may not have beatutiful tables. It is just some personal blog. If you are interested please go through it.

    http://mydifferentperception.blogspot.com/2009/04/sachins-consistency.html

  • on February 27, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    I dont mean anything devalue Sachin's Great innings.It is excellent and majestic knock. But we being cricket followers and fans, should be cricket fans, not narrow minded based on single person. See how we are ignorant of Belinda's knock. If we are not good, media cannot be good. We should be rational enough. Also Dont forget about his recent 175 against Australia and make his team loss due to foolish shot and out when it is almost winning. It happened only when he looses interest when he cannot achive 200 in that match after Jadeja hit some boundaries made team near to win. Even he was refusing some single when it was available. It is fact that he is seriously trying for this record for the last few months. And now he got it. It is great to have, but what about other? It is not good to try for some record, some one should try for win. Records should come automatically. I canot compare with others as his records of different nature.Almost all of them accumulative in nature.

  • spinkingKK on February 27, 2010, 7:56 GMT

    Future generation will be debating who is the greatest batsman of all time - Is it Bradman or Tendulkar? I will leave that to the future generation for the time being. But, I appreciate cam.skirv in pointing out that Belinda Clarke was the first person to score a double hundred in ODI's and nobody cares to mention it.

  • cam.skirv on February 27, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    I don't mean to downgrade Sachin's wonderful performance. But I would like to point out that this is not the first time a cricketer as made a double hundred in one day cricket. It was in fact a woman who made the first double century in one day cricket- Australia's Belinda Clarke. All the media reports on Tendulker's innings is the first in the history of one day cricket and not one of them mention Belinda Clarke. How quickly everyone has forgotten. Belinda was one of the greatest players ever and the fact that there is no recognition for her doing this.

    When players like Gilchrist, Ponting, Jayasuria, and Kaluwiterana and othere were in their prime, we were all wondering who will make a double hundred, these guys were known for the quick run scoring. But who achieved it first? Belinda Clarke. Remarkable and worthy of recognition

    There is no doubt in my mind, having said all that, that Tendulker is second to Bradman in the men's game and he is the only man to achieve this feat

  • on February 27, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    Guys..really interesting. Do you love Inda's Cricket? Sachin's Cricket? Because whenever Sachin not contributing much for the victory, you all guys say the devine words of 'Cricket is Team Game, he cannot help'. If he did something praise overly with Sachin centric. Is it not hypocracy? Do you THIS IS HIS FIRST RECORD in 20 years in a single match. All other records accumlatiave in nature, like many matches, many runs, many centuries etc. No reminding Sharja win, chasing in chennai, hitting six of Akthar, they are not records. I am taking records like Bradman 300 in a day, Gavaskar 200+ in chasing 400, kapils 175*, yuvraj six sixes, Jayasurya and Afridi fastest century in ODI, Richard fastest century in tests etc.Cricket is funny game, today's 200 nothing to do with tomorrows zero or something else. Match performance for that particular match only count for match result.Those records are benchmarks of primary skill. Why he took 20 years.That too not that much in current ODI standards

  • cricket2Monkey on February 27, 2010, 5:38 GMT

    IMHO Tendulkar's second coming has to do with the rise of Dhoni, Yuvraj, Gambhir and Sehwag. We don't switch off our television sets anymore when the little master gets out.

  • aspurohit on February 27, 2010, 4:33 GMT

    Why demand for only knighthood from the Queen?? Should'nt he be the youngest "Bharat Ratna" This man has been entertaining the nation for the past 20 years. All futile barriers like caste, creed , region, state fall apart when 110 crore hearts beat together while the Maestro is batting. Will the Indian Government lend an ear to this plea??

  • venkatuhegde on February 27, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    dear rajesh, we all know, now, that the gwalior innings of sachin was VVS by many ways, one o them is he batted all through the innings remaining not out. can you provide us some stats of the similar feats in ODI's (tsets also, if any), while separating batting first and chasing. i would look forward to see those stats. thanks

  • cricktah on February 27, 2010, 3:15 GMT

    To ensure that match venues have not played a part in this revival of form, can you please research what proportion of Sachin's matches in the last 34 months have been played in the subcontinent? I sincerely wish that there is no subcontinental bias to the match venues in the last 34 months and that Sachin's recent form is proved to be a true purple patch.

  • on February 27, 2010, 1:16 GMT

    Tendulkar's revival "isn't dissimilar" to Brian Lara's stunning run in his last four years in international cricket. ??? so in other (simpler) words, it's similar?

  • on February 26, 2010, 22:52 GMT

    When he hits 100 international tons, the magnitude of his achievement will really sink in. He'll probably end his acreer with over 35000 runs. A good 25-30 centuries and 8000 to 10000 runs more than the next best ever. Bradman's greatness is defined by how far ahead he was compared to the next best and so would Tendulkars. Either Bradman's Average or Tendulkars centuries record are likely be challanged ever.

  • Rajesh. on February 26, 2010, 21:13 GMT

    A most fitting reply, if ever there was one !!

  • sjissac on February 26, 2010, 19:20 GMT

    One of the reason for better performances by batsmen could be lack of quality bowling attack. 2007 worldcup was an end of era. Warne, Mcgrath, Gillespie,Akthar, Pollock,Vaas,...

  • on February 26, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    No doubt Tendulkar's records are going to conquer the world cricket for years. India feel proud of cricket because of him. Indian cricket has got its fame and popularity more of less because of him only.

  • tigers_eye on February 26, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    Dear Rajesh, How come you are including stats against Bangladesh here? Do you want me to dig up in how many previous articles you purposely excluded the stats against Bangladesh?

    That 200 was "the innings" though.

    Please post this negative feedback. Thank you.

  • saqo on February 26, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    Haha lol, last 34 months or last 36 years?

  • JAYESH10 on February 26, 2010, 15:46 GMT

    Yes ur article just reflects what I have been feeling for some time now. Divide Tendulkar's career betn 1st 10 yrs & the next 10 yrs, remove his stats against minnows & then compare with the rest of the best. His ODI record has improved after he completed his nearly 8-9 yrs of Intl career. It is the present star packed team members which have contributed in a large measure to his improving game.

  • jacob_Canada on February 26, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    Hussey, Dhoni and Sachin all 3 have ODI average of 50+. That doesn't mean that Dhoni and Hussey are of same class as Sachin. Keep in mind that average largely depends on number of times any batsman remains not out. Since 29 April 2007 Hussey remained not out on 14out of 56 innings (25%) in 63 ODIs, Dhoni 21 out of 81 innings (26%) in 92 ODIs, where as Sachin remained not out only 4 times out of 57 innings (7%) during that period in 58 ODIs. Reason is Hussey and Dhoni both have batted most of the times in middle order (4th to 7th position), whereas Sachin has opened almost in every ODI. For an opener to remain not out can happen eitherchasing a low score or he has to bat through 50 overs (which of course, is very rare). In the middle order most of the times platform is set by the top order and you have to bat in the second half of innings where chances are much higher to remain unbeaten.

  • srirajagopal on February 26, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    Guys, everybody is forgetting Aplya Tendlya's run of around 8-10 scores of 90s in 2008 or 2009 I believe :)

    If he would have converted all those 90s scores in ODI, he would have reached 50 ODI hundreds last yr itself, rite? Ramesh neds to consider them too when he is deciding sachins credibility

  • Deb_Rockstars on February 26, 2010, 12:09 GMT

    There was a time...in around 2007 when Sachin's 100 Hundreds/ 50 Test-ODI hundreds seemed distant...which had been distinct possibility for him since early 2000s. What this streak has done is to bring those possibilities back on track. Fair to say now that he WILL get them...and post 100s tallies which would be gargantuan for any body. Punter still has a shot on the Test tallies...both total runs & 100s...because A. he is 16 months younger than SRT & B. Aus have plenty of tests planned till 2013 Ashes - a series punter has stated as a target. SRT will probably quit ODIs after 2011 WC irrespective of outcome - he needs to continue longer to ensure the test crowns stay. That could mean scaling 16K test runs & 55+ Test tons.Test His ODI tallies are unassailable - None of the present lot will play that much ODIs with that much consistency & hunger.

  • anuj_panchal on February 26, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    watchin the maestro sachin play for past 15 years there wasnt a moment when i felt anyone who is greater than him....talent ,dedication,technique,attack ,defence or even patriotism.....any thing left? and the 200* inning was the final shot that puts an end to this debate of his comparisn with ponting,bradman.........ponting was trying to cement his place in the team when sachin was winning matches and hearts single handedly.......the best to have played cricket ......knighthood for tendulkar.........

  • wicricfan on February 26, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    Lara and Tendulkar have almost been equal in the way they score runs, be it their attacking style or scoring runs. Lara though suffered from his teams losses more than sachin did, but these two are the greatest batsmen of cricket in all times. When Sachin retires, I wish there would be match where these two Legends bat in the same team, thats the most thrilling thing to watch.

  • HundredPercentBarcelonista on February 26, 2010, 8:29 GMT

    Hussey has a 50+ average in ODIs alongwith Dhoni and Tendulkar.

  • joey81 on February 26, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    when one compare with stats, include injury list also. Tennis elbow, back pain, toe surgery, and so on..... He played many matches with injury's so the resultant dip in scores. Form is temporary, class is permanent....He is always class apart

  • sabina2009 on February 26, 2010, 8:21 GMT

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

  • saikou on February 26, 2010, 8:12 GMT

    In my opinion, Average*squareroot(StrikeRate) is a much better metric than the one used in this article. Shouldn't 30 runs from 10 balls merit less statistical weight than a run a ball 90?

  • on February 26, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    Cheers to what Prashant said...

  • Gupta.Ankur on February 26, 2010, 7:56 GMT

    There was mass call of retirement post 2007 WC and even before that during 2006 when he was going through a lean patch...

    I am thankful to god that he didn't and we have seen once again the old sachin...

  • malad_west on February 26, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    Good for you S Rajesh. You finally acknowledged SRT.

    I was waiting for an "stats" article that talked about some vague statistic like "SRT avg, chasing, on a wicket producing average scores between xx and yy, during second second new moon and 5th full moon of the year, when he got up on the left side of the bed" is quite pedestrian, so basically we are all getting carried away with this worthless 200. But I have to say you did acknowledge SRT here.

  • knowledge_eater on February 26, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    It looks like he has reset or stop the age factor. Ok so on a joke note (as people do commentary when new bats man comes on to crease they should go like this) : "Tendulkar is 25 years old who was recently coming into Indian team, he is promising to be good cricketer for India." People are talking he has turned the clock, i will say he had broke the clock hahaha (yes, people can steal this line) Also, not him Lax, D-wall (Dravid) and Dada (still carrying IPL burden on his shoulder) Great fit cricketers. I heard someone doesn't want Cricket to be in Olympics. I say it should be why not after seeing this amazing athleticism around the world cricketers. Look at that Ponting guy still throw him self when ball flying past him, and he jumps like spiderman. I am thrilled by these athleticism. Peace

  • on February 26, 2010, 6:53 GMT

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

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

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

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

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

  • on February 26, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    i proud to say that i have never even once doubted his abilities after his injury streak. I mean u can't forget to play cricket overnight. Why people dont fully recognize his greatness is that India doesn't win enough b'cause of a complacent attack. Had he been in a team like ponting, then no one could have questioned him. Although im much younger to sachin, i've seen him grow up since he was in his early 20's and i was in 2nd grade. I've played some decent cricket and have learnt alot from each of his innings and i measure my game on every 24th april, the day i consider to be christmas of cricket...I reckon he should be knighted ..Hallelujah Sir Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar

  • Mayan005 on February 26, 2010, 6:21 GMT

    Thanks Rajesh.

    Can you guys add some more filtering to the above stats to specifically look at crunch games which Ind have played during this period? He has been the key in all the big ODI tournament triumphs(the CB series in Aus, the triseries in SL, series deciders against Pak, SA in Ireland etc). Plus, he has scored big in every single test match that India have won outside home(except for the one series in SL) and in almost all tests that Ind have won in general(both home & away).

    It would be a great read.

  • on February 26, 2010, 5:48 GMT

    @prashant1....dude it was a right comment @ right time, @right place and on top of all for truly right right person (SRT)

  • itsali on February 26, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    Lara was the best- skill and temperament wise. The guy was THE ONLY big player in a team that almost always disappointed him, yet he was able to make all those huge scores consistently. No doubt Tendulkar is 'one' of the best, but certainly not 'the' best.

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

    in those 111 innings sachin scored 9 90-99 scores. 8 90+ scores in only ODI s. If we consider innings per 90 the ratio will be even more impressive. in 58 innings he scored 13 90+ scores the innings per 90 ratio in ODIs will be 4.461. which is very very impressive

  • on February 26, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    This Man is just a machine!!!

  • on February 26, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    excellent stats work

  • rshn on February 26, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    whoa! awesome...... Sachin has been marveling us so very consistently, when you look at the period of 20 years. Its incredible that he could get on top of bowlers for so long.

    He was initially compared to Boon, then Brian lara, Inzamam, Arvinda De silva, Saeed Anwar, Mark Waugh, Steve Waugh and now Ricky Ponting.. He has sailed across them so fluently.

    PS: There is no mention of Ricky Ponting in this list. Just goes to show he was all show and no go.

  • CricFan24 on February 26, 2010, 4:38 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!!!

  • prashant1 on February 26, 2010, 3:49 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.

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  • prashant1 on February 26, 2010, 3:49 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.

  • CricFan24 on February 26, 2010, 4:38 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!!!

  • rshn on February 26, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    whoa! awesome...... Sachin has been marveling us so very consistently, when you look at the period of 20 years. Its incredible that he could get on top of bowlers for so long.

    He was initially compared to Boon, then Brian lara, Inzamam, Arvinda De silva, Saeed Anwar, Mark Waugh, Steve Waugh and now Ricky Ponting.. He has sailed across them so fluently.

    PS: There is no mention of Ricky Ponting in this list. Just goes to show he was all show and no go.

  • on February 26, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    excellent stats work

  • on February 26, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    This Man is just a machine!!!

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

    in those 111 innings sachin scored 9 90-99 scores. 8 90+ scores in only ODI s. If we consider innings per 90 the ratio will be even more impressive. in 58 innings he scored 13 90+ scores the innings per 90 ratio in ODIs will be 4.461. which is very very impressive

  • itsali on February 26, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    Lara was the best- skill and temperament wise. The guy was THE ONLY big player in a team that almost always disappointed him, yet he was able to make all those huge scores consistently. No doubt Tendulkar is 'one' of the best, but certainly not 'the' best.

  • on February 26, 2010, 5:48 GMT

    @prashant1....dude it was a right comment @ right time, @right place and on top of all for truly right right person (SRT)

  • Mayan005 on February 26, 2010, 6:21 GMT

    Thanks Rajesh.

    Can you guys add some more filtering to the above stats to specifically look at crunch games which Ind have played during this period? He has been the key in all the big ODI tournament triumphs(the CB series in Aus, the triseries in SL, series deciders against Pak, SA in Ireland etc). Plus, he has scored big in every single test match that India have won outside home(except for the one series in SL) and in almost all tests that Ind have won in general(both home & away).

    It would be a great read.

  • on February 26, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    i proud to say that i have never even once doubted his abilities after his injury streak. I mean u can't forget to play cricket overnight. Why people dont fully recognize his greatness is that India doesn't win enough b'cause of a complacent attack. Had he been in a team like ponting, then no one could have questioned him. Although im much younger to sachin, i've seen him grow up since he was in his early 20's and i was in 2nd grade. I've played some decent cricket and have learnt alot from each of his innings and i measure my game on every 24th april, the day i consider to be christmas of cricket...I reckon he should be knighted ..Hallelujah Sir Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar