November 13, 2011

Enough about the wait for the hundredth

It's just another statistic in a career full of them. And worrying about it won't make it come any sooner
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All right, everyone, he's not having fun himself, you know.

It's bloody 2005 all over again. When room service carries in his dinner or housekeeping changes the sheets and towels, they all give him sheepish, respectful smiles and mention just one thing. Hello, sir, wishing you the best, sir, to get "it". Please, sir, soon. Then there's the liftman, the receptionist, the bus driver, the gateman, the dressing-room attendant. Then you, me, the boss, the rookie, mummy, daddy, uncle, auntie, grandparents, gym instructor, chaiwallah, all asking him to deliver the hundred as if it were a pizza that could reach your door in 30 minutes.

Now you know why he wears those giant headphones.

In 2005, it was about the 35th Test century. When it was done, he said he had been "glad and relieved… I could then start enjoying the game again". Until then, the same old room-service-housekeeping-liftman-general-public-entreaty. From No. 34, it took five Tests and seven innings to get to 35.

Only five Tests, you're thinking. Only seven innings. What about this excruciating torture now, which doesn't seems to end? It's been 14 innings, 14 , nine matches - ODIs, Tests, World Cup, England tour, Kotla, the whole fruit basket. Still we wait. And we will begin all over again in Kolkata. Best now to think of Master Shifu and find inner peace.

Waiting for the 35th took a whole year. That is how they stretched out five Tests in the pre-IPL days. So zip it. Be patient. It has only been eight months since No. 99. Be grateful that he can get this in either of two formats. Remember, he was so spent after 35 that it took 17 months, 17 innings and 10 Tests to get to No. 36, which doesn't seem like such a big deal now. It is the longest he's ever been without the reassurance of a century since he started playing for India. Once he got to No. 36, he raced away; between then and now, 15 centuries in Test, seven in ODIs, 7500-plus runs in both forms, the world's first one-day 200, a World Cup finally won.

He knows how this hundred business is done, okay? He's just approaching middle age, you know, when we all begin to creak a little. Everything takes time these days. Now stop fretting, go study, pay attention to office mundanities, spend time with the family. Take the damn hundred off your mind. He's not thinking about you, anyway. Who knows, maybe he's even not thinking about his 90s. Twenty-seven in 743 innings for India, after just five in the first 10 years of his career.

To closely study the effects of the 100th on crowd behaviour, psychologists should have gone out to all the grounds where he has played since March 13. They would have come across classic case studies in these key categories: worshippers, worriers, theoreticians, tall-poppy trimmers, poets, even, sitting next to each other, hearts beating, minds racing.

Please, God, this time, this one. I promise you I won't ever call him God again. Please, please, please.

Suppose he gets out again? Suppose he can't do it? The sun won't rise, I won't able to live.

Cross-bat? On a wicket that kept low? Refusing a single? Farming strike? Clearly the sight of that 100 caused a brain-freeze.

Serves him right, let him stew; obsessing about records. He's old, he should retire. The team comes first.

Ninety nine, no more.
O, Bradman. Incomplete.
Yet rounded off.

Now, as if we control it, like a choice between margherita or quattro formaggi, we think, what would be better - Kolkata or Mumbai?

The 100th isn't just about the score anymore; ideally it must involve a suitable, noble occasion. Which is why the Oval innings made some sweat; as if he would have gone around the ground in a lap of honour. Versus West Indies at the Kotla, it was said he had "missed" another chance - narrowly by 93 runs. The second innings 24-run "miss" had effectively controlled India's third-highest successful chase, before the 100th got in its way. Now, as if we control it, like a choice between margherita or quattro formaggi, we think, what would be better - Kolkata or Mumbai? Kolkata didn't get an India World Cup game; November 15 is the day his first Test began 22 years ago. But surely, Mumbai, his hometown.

To generate real suspense, Hitchcock believed, "you must let the audience have the information". What would he have made of this? The information here is available not only to the audience but to the central character as well. The suspense, all the same, is killing. Eden Gardens begins on Monday.

We'll let you in on a secret. When the moment comes - and it will, it will - everyone will stand up and applaud, dignified, teary, joyful. Including us, undearly unbeloved journalists. We will not, though, be scrambling.

While you were chewing fingernails and hiding behind the sofa, the media, dear reader, was getting ready. Newspapers, magazines, erm, websites, television channels. Reams have already been written about the 100th, pages designed, programme packages prepared, footage edited, voiceovers recorded, even quotes obtained. Like everyone, they are waiting too, pulled in by the allure of the 100th. This is tribute, not deceit.

At the end of the day, what's marvellously monumental about a 100th international hundred, is equally so at 99. Qualitatively the difference of that one more is really, just a number.

Sharda Ugra is senior editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Ganchu on November 16, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    Why dont you add bowlers wickets in both format and give them the credit. Those are the people really should get the prise not these tendulakars and we can give credit to old greats like Gavaskar, Viswanath.

  • Champ2000 on November 16, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    Every Indian fan who says he/she does not care of this 100 is lying, including you sharada.

    We can pretend what we want to but number are important... only the once who made numbers are remembered...

    this will come when it has to, there is no need to scream about it in every inning... but then is it important?? hell yehhh.. of course it is..

  • on November 15, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    Very well written article...I am your fan from now, "undearly unbeloved journalist" ! :-)

  • Precioustar84 on November 15, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    I think some of the fans wants to see Sachin score his 100th 100 only to SHUT UP the media as it always hypes up everything that DOES NOT need so much attention. Most of us fans care about winning the series against WI and more importantly, abroad against Aussies than we care about Sachin's ton. I personally rather have Sachin score it now so for once I can watch him play un-pressured for the remainder of this cricketing career(not much left as we all know). I do feel he is often misunderstood because he does care more about winning the match than his personal record. I don't see Sachin going to the media to talk about his personal records, rather its you Sachin-haters that bring up the subject. Its sad to always see fans downgrade another player's contribution to the game just to upgrade their own favorite players. Even cameo's contribute to a win. Cricinfo please publish.

  • DaisonGarvasis on November 15, 2011, 5:30 GMT

    Really cant understand what you media people want. On one side you guys tell us viewers that keeping in mind the low attendance at the Test matches, the 100th 100 is the be "marketed" and hyped and eagerly awaited for. And when the viewers look for that you guys come back and say, "leave it alone"... Us viewers cant win either way can we? Dont blame us viewers for waiting for the 100th one. Becase if we quit waiting for such milestones, you wont be writing these (sometimes meaningless) articles as there would be nobody reading it. So stop telling us what we should be doing. We will want Sachin to reach the 100th ton and we want it now... You better want it too...

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 15, 2011, 2:46 GMT

    I won't be surprised if Sachin doesn't get that 100th 100 in this series. Sachin isn't concentrating on the match and its proceedings. He is too consumed by a personal milestone. And that's the precise reason why he is playing the same kind of wrong shot more than once. His mind isn't in the match to learn from the mistake that has been committed once in Kotla and twice in the same inning in Kolkatta. Hope he retires soon so that some honest youngster can play for the country.

  • Sankara on November 15, 2011, 1:53 GMT

    Who, me worried? You too dont worry about it Sharda!!

  • Nampally on November 14, 2011, 21:48 GMT

    Sachin got out to another bad shot in thesecond Test Day 1. After escaping an LBW to Bishoo due to another cross bat shot, he tried again & got caught. This is after his unnecessary attempt to sweep Bishoo in the first test, where he missed the ball & was adjudged LBW. So Sachin is not focussing on the game ahead and getting out. A batsmen after being set does not play such T-20 shots. Bishoo rarely bowls googlies & when he does it does not turn much. He bowls mostly leg breaks & top spinners but accurqtely & within the range of wickets.Sachin has made the same mistake thrice!. Lessons learnt should be implemented.Alegent like Sachin should know this after so many matches. If the pressure is getting on you, get your hundredth century & get it done with. Focus & do not throw away your wicket to rash strokes. You did not get your 99 centuiries playing like this.Tendulkar has got out in his 30's so many times now.

  • on November 14, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    it is very shameful of media that they are exaggerating this topic needlessly.... sachin has scored 99 and 100th will come sooner or later...... i was so amazed to see the media remarks on 1st test v/s west indies when in 1st innings sachin got out for 7 runs and media was showing that SACHIN Misses his century....... a player who has just scored 7 runs and pathetic media is creating irrelevant hype abt it......on the contrary no KUDOS given to DRAVID who has been performing at par with him since 1996...

  • hhillbumper on November 14, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    sachin,sachin,sachin.Get your ton and then retire so we can end this fallacy that you are a good batsman.Most over hyped ever.Dravid is best Indian batsman but not as inflated ego or average.

  • Ganchu on November 16, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    Why dont you add bowlers wickets in both format and give them the credit. Those are the people really should get the prise not these tendulakars and we can give credit to old greats like Gavaskar, Viswanath.

  • Champ2000 on November 16, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    Every Indian fan who says he/she does not care of this 100 is lying, including you sharada.

    We can pretend what we want to but number are important... only the once who made numbers are remembered...

    this will come when it has to, there is no need to scream about it in every inning... but then is it important?? hell yehhh.. of course it is..

  • on November 15, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    Very well written article...I am your fan from now, "undearly unbeloved journalist" ! :-)

  • Precioustar84 on November 15, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    I think some of the fans wants to see Sachin score his 100th 100 only to SHUT UP the media as it always hypes up everything that DOES NOT need so much attention. Most of us fans care about winning the series against WI and more importantly, abroad against Aussies than we care about Sachin's ton. I personally rather have Sachin score it now so for once I can watch him play un-pressured for the remainder of this cricketing career(not much left as we all know). I do feel he is often misunderstood because he does care more about winning the match than his personal record. I don't see Sachin going to the media to talk about his personal records, rather its you Sachin-haters that bring up the subject. Its sad to always see fans downgrade another player's contribution to the game just to upgrade their own favorite players. Even cameo's contribute to a win. Cricinfo please publish.

  • DaisonGarvasis on November 15, 2011, 5:30 GMT

    Really cant understand what you media people want. On one side you guys tell us viewers that keeping in mind the low attendance at the Test matches, the 100th 100 is the be "marketed" and hyped and eagerly awaited for. And when the viewers look for that you guys come back and say, "leave it alone"... Us viewers cant win either way can we? Dont blame us viewers for waiting for the 100th one. Becase if we quit waiting for such milestones, you wont be writing these (sometimes meaningless) articles as there would be nobody reading it. So stop telling us what we should be doing. We will want Sachin to reach the 100th ton and we want it now... You better want it too...

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 15, 2011, 2:46 GMT

    I won't be surprised if Sachin doesn't get that 100th 100 in this series. Sachin isn't concentrating on the match and its proceedings. He is too consumed by a personal milestone. And that's the precise reason why he is playing the same kind of wrong shot more than once. His mind isn't in the match to learn from the mistake that has been committed once in Kotla and twice in the same inning in Kolkatta. Hope he retires soon so that some honest youngster can play for the country.

  • Sankara on November 15, 2011, 1:53 GMT

    Who, me worried? You too dont worry about it Sharda!!

  • Nampally on November 14, 2011, 21:48 GMT

    Sachin got out to another bad shot in thesecond Test Day 1. After escaping an LBW to Bishoo due to another cross bat shot, he tried again & got caught. This is after his unnecessary attempt to sweep Bishoo in the first test, where he missed the ball & was adjudged LBW. So Sachin is not focussing on the game ahead and getting out. A batsmen after being set does not play such T-20 shots. Bishoo rarely bowls googlies & when he does it does not turn much. He bowls mostly leg breaks & top spinners but accurqtely & within the range of wickets.Sachin has made the same mistake thrice!. Lessons learnt should be implemented.Alegent like Sachin should know this after so many matches. If the pressure is getting on you, get your hundredth century & get it done with. Focus & do not throw away your wicket to rash strokes. You did not get your 99 centuiries playing like this.Tendulkar has got out in his 30's so many times now.

  • on November 14, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    it is very shameful of media that they are exaggerating this topic needlessly.... sachin has scored 99 and 100th will come sooner or later...... i was so amazed to see the media remarks on 1st test v/s west indies when in 1st innings sachin got out for 7 runs and media was showing that SACHIN Misses his century....... a player who has just scored 7 runs and pathetic media is creating irrelevant hype abt it......on the contrary no KUDOS given to DRAVID who has been performing at par with him since 1996...

  • hhillbumper on November 14, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    sachin,sachin,sachin.Get your ton and then retire so we can end this fallacy that you are a good batsman.Most over hyped ever.Dravid is best Indian batsman but not as inflated ego or average.

  • Saksham197 on November 14, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    Very well written. Truly commendable. The hype around Sachins milestones have always been bizarre, to say the least. It will come when it has to, and considering the calibre of Sachin, it will definitely come sooner than later. Why do people have to be worried about it so much! Personally, i really want the hundred to come against Australia, which would make it more memorable as compared to getting it against a weak bowling attack in the comfort of familiar subcontinent pitches. And ya, for all those who are praying for his milestone, i salute your faith. And your love for Sachin. But, isnt it better to make Sachin enjoy his cricket and not overburden him with expectations. Trust your hero for scoring the hundred soon.

  • Navin84 on November 14, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    There are lots of records Sachin still have to achive (1) his 100th hundred in International Games (2) 50th hunderd in ODIs (3) 20,000 ODI runs (4) 200 Test matches (5) 450 ODI games (6) 2,000 ODI fours (7) 200 ODI sixes, then probably 16,000+ test runs and for him to do all this he has to play in all of India games until next year end. I also wish for him to play a few more T20I and score a century!

  • switchmitch on November 14, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    Wow! This article is unbelievably boring.

  • Jaggadaaku on November 14, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    In order to wait for 100th ton, we all gonna be very old because after-all Sachin is not more than 10 years old who always get nervous so easily. Don't we remember, couple of years ago he had got out in his nervous nineties 10-15 times in one single year. So, please don't wait for his 100th ton. It is going to be longer time than we are expecting. By the way, Dravid is constantly going for the 2nd place of most century hitter list. Last year, he had only 31 centuries and now he has owned 36 today. What a player! @ aarpee2, you are right! The cricket is team game and personal record should not be that important as Indians and medias showing right now.

  • on November 14, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    Most probably the 100 will come in Australia. Tendulkar will be playing his last series in Australia. Also note that he is the only man to have a combined record of the most Hundreds against the top ranked teams Australia, Sri Lanka and South Africa. So its due but will come for sure. He may end up with a 100 and not more. Unless he would want to make the one day total to 50 as well--which is unlikely.

  • on November 14, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    It will come in Bombay and after that u will talk about 16,000 run mark in test...50th ODI ton and 20,000 ODI Runs....

  • atthipatti on November 14, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    Things are impossible until someone does otherwise! The 1st & last 100th 100 will come and live. But who cares, its Sachin whos gonna do it, so no surprises!!!

  • sameer111111 on November 14, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    Not a Sachin fan. But hope he gets his century soon. All this hype is getting on my nerves. By the look of things though, it would need a couple of series with Zimbabwe and his favourite - Bangladesh for him to get there.

  • chishtyirfan on November 14, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    too much hype over sachin's 100th hundred.Why media is hype about it. It is gonna be a personal milestone.

  • Naresh28 on November 14, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    Sachin is not the 16 year old that used to blaze to a hundred in quick time. He is 38 yrs old. Dont expect him to score as fast as a 20 yr old. As I say he will quit soon he is not waiting to get to his 100th 100. An exit plan will be worked out soon after the Austrlian tour. Respect him for what he is achieved.No use comparing VVS, Dravid, Tendulkar, Ganguly, Shewag, Gambhir they have all got their own style and all are great. People forget things like SACHIN led INDIA to the ODI WORLD CUP, he may not have scored in the final , but the lead up was all him.

  • N_Bali on November 14, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    Bradman averaged 99.96, Hutton 197 tons, Hanif Mohd missed 500 by 1 run and so on and on... does it make them any less significant. This obession about statistics has to stop. 30 years from now, when your grandchildren ask you what it was to see tendulkar bat live, you can lie but you will know that you were rather obsessed with stats than enjoy the blissful batting of a once in a lifetime player.

  • aarpee2 on November 14, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    Cricket is a team game yet the media hype enables a no consequence Sachin hundred even more space and chat than an match winning innings from Rahul or a match winning innings from VVS .So to believe that they will not flog his `100th till everyone including the Master tires of it is onlt to be expected-if he had wanted it he would have played England in the ODI's at home and managed more than one-forget just the 100th. Just leave him alone.I for one prefer his contribution is less than a century but enbles a WIN for the team rather than the other way around.

  • Naresh28 on November 14, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    I don't care two HOOTS about wether he gets that 100th 100. To me his contributions of 77 and 38 are enough for the team. He will get it if we don't put pressure on him. All I want to see is India win and get back to the top. I would like to see an overseas series victory in Australlia soon. This will be a fitting farewell to our veterans.Also India and English fans you may have noticed that INDIA HAS CROSSED 300. Like if they did not cross 300 in the ODIs recently.

  • on November 14, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    Stop praying and start accepting him for the great person he is....Not the runs hes scored

  • PiyushD on November 14, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    Its media that is to be blamed for this state of mind, poor man. The lift man, the room service or for the matter you and me will all leave this guy at peace if we stop mentioning it every day in the media.Leave him alone and he will get it much sooner.

  • BigDataIsAHoax on November 14, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    Wooot? Seriously, people are this restless for the 100th? Very funny. Kudos Dravid!!! You are the greatest modern day test batsman!!!

  • on November 14, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    The wait continues. Be genuine Indian cricket fans rather than being Sachin fans. Let Indian Team win this series. It matters only when the landmark contributes to team's victory or else its useless and a simple "Personal" feat by SRT,

  • on November 14, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    Why do u even write the same thing over and over again.. Its quite useless to talk abt something which hasn't happened.. Why don't you write about Dravid's century or his partnership with Lax instead.. Ppl are too bothered about missed milestones.. If ppl say that Dravid scored a century in much batting friendly track, then talk about why Sachin couldn't and not about the "WAIT HAS TO WAIT".. Its ridiculous.. We love Sachin.. Let him play and dont keep writing the same thing after every innings.. There are 22 players playing and not only Sachin..

  • starincricket on November 14, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    Moreover,cricket is a game . winning or lossing does not matter but we lost games without playing good cricket even sachin scored centuries to put team in a good position.

    Always he builds the innings, really well in any format according to the condition/situation. the indian sachin fans knows that very well. Without pillers you cant build apartments, like that without sufficient support his efforts r in vain.

    But,he failed at times tht could be for any player.

    Think about whereever he scored centuries in all formats, if sufficient support team there,then will you talk abt his winning percentage? Know history.Know cricet.

  • on November 14, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    Dravid,the real cricketer not Sachin.Sachin means Record but Dravid means team.

  • on November 14, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    Even the great Don Bradman had to finish at 99.4. He didnt play another match to take his tally to 100 which I bet Sachin will do. But Indian Cricket will be the losers. No doubt Sachin is the greatest player of all times. But time has come for him to hang up his boots. He has to wait for a Bangladesh, Zimbabwe series if he cannot get a 100 even under this WI side. Forget Australian series. Sachin got out at 34 at Eden Gardens with a strike rate far below Rahul Dravid who is known to be a slow run maker. That tells Sachin is desperate to prove himself. He has lost confidence in his reflexes. The score was 305/3 and Sachin's strike rate in the score card is the lowest. Blind fans, please excuse. I have seen Sachin from the day he debuted against Pakistan. Its a fact that he is the greatest batsman of all times in all formats of the game. But time for some bitter truth has come.

  • on November 14, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    just to add on to my earlier comment.. the crowds at the stadium at recent matches show how much people care about cricket these days.

  • on November 14, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    with the non stop cricket thats going on, can't even find it in myself to get worked up for this.. stopped watching live cricket after the india tour of england...if he gets his 100th this time good for him, if not, then better luck next time. there are so many other things to be worried about that would affect our daily lives rather than this..

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 14, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    As Ugra and others await Sachin's (yawn) century, the rarest of rare genius Dravid churns out the 5th century of the year and is closing in on 1000 runs for the year and 13,000 career runs. Yet again, Dravid is setting up a match for us with his latest impeccable century. Take a bow to The Great Wall. My nightout has been well compensated with Dravid's impeccable century and Lachanna's silk smooth drives. Game on. Come on Shiv, the eternal thorn in our flesh, get ready. Please show us Indians your class once more. Hope Shiv gets a century as well.

  • kichu17980 on November 14, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    I request people to please focus on Aishwarya's baby and let Sachin mplease get to his 100th ton.Till 11.11.11 all focus was on her baby and once that date has passed without much happening again the pressure is back on Sachin.

  • SpinMeOut on November 14, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    Tendulkar's current 51 Test centuries is outstanding. If he scores another Test century, to me that will be 52 Test centuries, which is even more outstanding. I fail to see the significance of international hundreds. I had never heard of that statistic prior to the hype about Tendulkar's 100 hundreds. ODI hundreds are not such a great indicator of ODI greatness. Tendulkar had 0 ODI hundreds in his first 78 innings. It took him 10 innings after becoming an opener for him to get his first ODI hundred. According to the ICC ODI ratings for batsmen, Tendulkar has been rated the number 1 ODI batsman for less than 5% of his career. Cricket is a team sport and this fact seems to get lost in this current Tendulkar crazed climate.

  • on November 14, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    Honestly, I dont give a damn whether the 100th comes now, tomorrow or nexy year. What is irritating is the constant prattle about it - on TV, in restaturants, offices etc. Without doubt, it will be a fantastic acheivement when it does happen - till then, please spare us.

  • Kashi0127 on November 14, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    These days what I hear are Sachin's 100th 100 and Aishvarya Rai/ Abishek Bachan child - both of similar importance - academic value

  • cricketpurist on November 14, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    Read the article after GOD got out, this read is the perfect soothing balm for all the dissapointment, i shrugged it off...over to lax & dravid....

  • on November 14, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    its the media n the columnists, who are waiting, not the entire country. ppl r hardly bothered about it.

  • on November 14, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    What's this wallah business? When did 'chaiwalla' start ending with an 'h'?

  • Kashi0127 on November 14, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    I am sick and tired of this tendulkar hype. I say selectors drop him so that no one will play for just records

  • on November 14, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    sachine please make century for us, we r waiting for ur 100 century from long time.

  • atuljain1969 on November 14, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    Getting 100 of 100 is not the end in itself. Pls. for god sake let him play his own game, records will come and go. Sachin doesn't need 100 of 100 to prove to anybody of his genius.

  • indianzen on November 14, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    A team is of 11 people, one player may shine in a day, but the team cant win without all 11. too much hype comes from people like Sunil Gavaskar. 10 for a winning cause is 1000 times better than 100 for a loosing cause.

  • sarandeep45876 on November 14, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    Completely agree with sameer111111. Most of the so called match winning centuries have come under no pressure. To all the Sachin fans, just ask yourself, if 50 runs are remaining with two wicket in hand, would you like to see your idol at on the pitch or would you rather see a Laxman or Lara? Just forget for one sec that you are a Sachin fan and answer honestly.

  • aseemsharma on November 14, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    @sameer111111:Some people are COMPARING SACHIN with YUSUF PATHAN, and the argument put forward just reveals the lack of cricketing knowledge among the people of most cricket obsessed nation.This is a common anti-SRT syndrome, although!

    @DrArunPras:That leg bye single had nothing to do with TEAM INDIA!They were eventually going to win.And why should he had not tried for his 100?Tell me a single cricketer who doesn't want to make runs and doesn;t want to take wickets.

  • vikkkkkky on November 14, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    Most of his centuries comes in 1st innings of Indian batting or India batting first and him as an opener in ODI...in his 20 years of cricket, there is only one innings which he has won single handedly. It is a very poor ratio. He hardly has a partnership with a non striker of 10th or 11th position ands scores big like VVS or Dravid always does. I can recollect many innings from VVS, Dravid, Dada, Kapil, Shewag, Gambir and a few bowlers(who has won the match batting) as well. When it comes to Sachin..i can only hear the records nothing else...that too...first batsman to reach this...reach there. Except the crazy fans of him...others dont even bother those things...we are bothered about records like 6's sixes in a n over kind which contributes to a win. Im sure he may not even in top 15 of all time criceters Impact ratio.

  • on November 14, 2011, 3:55 GMT

    Sharda Ugra!!

    Sachin Tendulkar could not have found a better person than you to express his feelings. You hit the nail on its head.

  • talk2kish on November 14, 2011, 3:39 GMT

    As usual, a wonderful article to say the least :)

    Loved it!

  • dr.jha on November 14, 2011, 3:28 GMT

    excellen article.... respect...

  • iphone1 on November 14, 2011, 3:21 GMT

    Well said 'karn'. Your post is as good as the original article.

  • skepticaloptimist on November 14, 2011, 2:30 GMT

    Sharda has wonderfully articulated the idea: don't stress too much about SRT's hundred, because it will come sooner or later. The conversational tone and syntactical precision makes this one of the best articles I've read by Sharda. Regarding Sachin's hundredth, it's a notable milestone, but people are overdoing it. Again, the reason for that is his fans' ardency--nothing too wrong with that, I'd say. People who speak out against Sachin's match-winning abilities should scrutinize his records. For example, his performances in the World Cup were essential to the triumph: notable fifties in both the quarter- and semi-finals. I find it appalling that people who know nothing or very little--at most--comment on one of the greatest players of all times. Again, no one can escape criticism, but the majority of it on this website is absolutely baseless and hokum. I don't mind SRT--anyone for that fact--criticized, but at least make it meaningful, people. Hope India and SRT do well and win!

  • ptnair on November 14, 2011, 2:21 GMT

    @sameer111111: I got the following status from Wiki about Sachins centuries.

    ODIs: scored 48 centuries in ODIs. India had won 33 of those matches, lost 13, one tie and one with no results.

    Tests: Scored 51 centuries in tests. India won 20 of those matches, draw 20 and lost 11.

    I donot have the stats of his half centuries. Does any one have that to help Sameer?

  • satish619chandar on November 14, 2011, 2:21 GMT

    It is the media which gives the hype.. Normal Indian cricket fans(Apart from hardcore Sachin fanatics) look to the team result only.. We do want Sachin to get the 100th century... But not over concerned abt it.. We all know he is going to get it surely..

  • on November 14, 2011, 2:15 GMT

    Also worth mentioning(which somehow all authors have forgotten) his last 5 centuries havnt resulted in his side winning......so maybe its a good thing

  • on November 13, 2011, 23:30 GMT

    A whole year for his 35th hundred... and now 14 innings and counting for his 100th.. one thing is certain Tendulkar is definitely thinking about his records..

  • bv81 on November 13, 2011, 21:39 GMT

    @sameer111111, Try using statsguru to see if can back your comments about tendulkar's match winning innings, try comparing the averages of him vs dravid, lara and ponting in the matches WON and you'll get your answer. Just because your memory is short or vague and can't remember his match winning innings does not mean they don't exist.

  • Rahulbose on November 13, 2011, 21:27 GMT

    I don't know how many people remember this, but your article reminded me of the 35th Centiury. It was probably the second test and Sangakara was keeping wickets every time Sachin walked into bat you could hear him taunting " come on boys! Mr 35 is here" and so on. It was great that he completed the milestone against them in that series.

  • CricketFreud on November 13, 2011, 20:40 GMT

    why is she trying so hard to write ????

  • Rajesh. on November 13, 2011, 20:00 GMT

    At the end of the day, what's marvellously monumental about a 100th international hundred, is equally so at 99. Qualitatively the difference of that one more is really, just a number --- Very well said, celebrate the 99 hundreds and the 100th will automatically come...........

  • jjk1493 on November 13, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    That's what fans DO ugra. They cheer you on, even at times, heckle, you until you achieve your goal..Its not like they're bashing or berating Sachin for not getting the 100th ton faster, they just merely want to see him cross the line. This support separates sachin from the rest of them...so cheer him on sheesh...

  • Akki12 on November 13, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    These people (Writers) houses are running on such stories.....dont know why they talk so much...its just a 100 and it will come in this match or in coming matches...the most important thing is "India win"...no one in this world knows better how to score a century than Sachin..... I hope he will score his 100 tom soon……

  • on November 13, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    Hi Sharda, excuse all those who really don't understand English properly...Those who take your writing literally....They don't know better.

    I think that this IS a brailliantly written article!!!

    Don't need to post this. But would like to communicate with you for I have some ideas that I can pass on to you - Don't have the time to wirte them myself...

    Professor Ravi Sharma.

    I am not flaunting my title to show-off but just so that you can take me seriously.

  • Vishal_07 on November 13, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    As a player who has contributed so much to the Indian cricket, SRT deserves better from his fans. There is no question in my mind that even as glorious as his career has been it would have been even better if we fans would have put less pressure on him by having just a little bit of less expectations!

  • on November 13, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    Is it worth pointing out that the Master himself retired on 197 first-class centuries, everyone thought that he would play on and get that 200th ton, but age defeated him in the end.

    Celebrate the fact that he has 51 test hundreds and 48 ODI tons, those stats of themselves mean a great deal.

    BTW he needs 22 more first-class hundreds to become the second Asian batsman to join the hundred hundred clubs, so perhaps he'll play for that long?

  • on November 13, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    REALLY NICE ARTICLE

    V all must have a bit of patience

  • Romenevans on November 13, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    Sharda is the most pathetic cricinfo writer...she is so negative! God! Get a break please!

  • bismoy on November 13, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    India done well in cricket WC 3 times only in last 20 year,,,,and the highest run scorer in all 3 time for india was Sachin"the real match winner".

    This is the fact, no sachin hater can take away from sachin..that why in india only sachin matter not dravid/laxman/shewag.

    when india won wc 2011..every indian player dedicated the win to sachin...not to some dravid or laxman.. Hence,There seems to be jealousy among dravid or laxman fans.

    To " sachin hater" no matter what you say sun will remain the sun,rest don't matter.

  • m_ilind on November 13, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    His 100th ton is going to happen in the current WI series, after which he will tour Aus, which will be his last tour. He is going to retire after that tour in winning style!

  • on November 13, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    sameer111111 : its not 99 runs dude ... it 99 100 s .... just the hundreds he scored tallys more than 10k ... i cant even see anybody coming even close ...and the fact that he played so long is also not to criticized ... he's been there cos of his performance .... leave yousuf jus compare stats with lara & ponting [ arguably among his best contemporaries] ... stats for tests & odi's combined Inngs centuries sachin 742 99 ponting 625 69 lara 521 53

    do u still stand by yousuf scoring more hundreds if he plays the same ???? then u must be insane

  • on November 13, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    Really? Are we really going down the "100 is only 1 more than 99" so this hundred doesn't really matter. Saim93 is right

  • on November 13, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    Well said respected mem Shardaji I am cent percent infact >100% agrees with your view. Let's hope he doesn't retire without getting that damned 100th 100 for heaven's sake & I sincerely pray for this to happen to our Lord Almighty. regards, r neil rashan.

  • on November 13, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    I remember the 35th. He was not in as good form then as he is now. He was very jittery in the 90s and looked like getting out every ball. The srilankan players were in single saving positions and he was finding it difficult to score. He should have got his 100th in the WC SF. He got a bad umpiring decision at Oval. He is trying to be unnaturally aggressive when close to 100. He should play his normal game, treat the ball on merit and maybe try Gavaskar's approach of not looking at the score board... I hope Dravid also crosses the 40th in test soon to become the 2nd ....

  • Nampally on November 13, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    I think Sachin should just go in the middle and play naturally without thinking of the number 100. It is easily said than done - Fans, supporters, Relatives, all service men & above all the Media are glaring at him.In India there is competitive spirit led by the parents - a sense of shall we say"pride/ boasting"!. My son has got a first class whilst yours got only upper second in an important qualifying exam is a cry, i can recall from my own pre-University life.This happens everyday & every where in India- part of Indian culture. So I am not surprised how much pressure Sachin is under. After losing the #1 spot in the Tests India wants at least to announce to the world that we have Sachin - the first cricketer ever to get 100 centuries!. He came twice close to it.In Kotla he had the best chance until he lost his concentration by hitting right across Bishoo-trapped LBW.VVS had done a great job by taking singles when ever he was the striker. Just Focus & get it done Sachin! Good Luck.

  • Jeptic on November 13, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    Brilliantly written!!!

    DrARunPras, as the mname suggest, you are probably a Doctor...And hence as I always tell my engineering students, "Dr" title does not prove intelligence!!! Thank you for making me correct AGAIN...

    The game was ALREADY WON when he refused the single. Is it so bad that SRT play for a century after he ALREADY SET UP THE WIN?

    AND HE IS a team player. THe last time I checked, all the runs scored by a batsman goes to HIS team NOT the OPPOSITION...Can you name me ONE ONLY ONE batsman who doesn't go out there to make a run??????

  • on November 13, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    Dear Media please stop putting pressure on him. and the difference between 99 and 100 isn't just a normal number for Sachin and India it is a big number. We love you

  • on November 13, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    Waiting......fr d 100th ton

  • SpartaArmy on November 13, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    It is media Sharda aunty, not people who are more worried; check the viewers count at stadiums where matches are going on now, you will know how much worried they are about the team performance and individual milestones. SRT knows how not to get disturb with all this fuss, you dont have to worry.

  • AnotherCricketFan on November 13, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    Can we stop idolizing this player? There are other greats, far superior athletes, far greater icons. He is "just another" good player, okay another great player who had the benefit of an accommodating administration to let him play for such a loooong (and to some extent boring) time. He is the Joe Praterno of Indian cricket - won't leave until he is kicked out?

  • UglyIndian on November 13, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    Aahh..the 100th Hun...zzzz... So if he scores it, all of India's miseries will be eradicated. There will be no more corruption, crime, poverty and hunger? The GDP will make double digit growth every quarter and the percentage of population below poverty line will become 0 automatically. 60% of the population of big cities will stop living in slums, farmers will stop committing suicides, women and children will be safer, all the politicians will become honest and everyone will live happily ever after? Yep, lets fool ourselves..it's so much fun :)

  • STRAIGHT_TALK on November 13, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    It should not matter Sharda, when this talented and focussed man gets his next 100. He has been getting them all, 99 to be exact and the 100th will surely come. This obsession with his personal milestone actually overshadows many of his failures, notably his 4th innings debacles and inability to carry the tail along with him. This craziness of the 'fans' also does not give due credit to Rahul Dravid who has lived all along his career under the shadows of SRT. There are some great players and there are good players who are consistent. I have no hesitation in grouping these folks - Steve Waugh, Lara, Dravid, Sehwag in the 'great' category, while Tendulkar, Ponting, Mahela (flat track bullies) are extraordinarily good players. Statistics show that when these 3 players score, there are also others who have scored well in the same match, while that may not always be the case with the other four. AND PLEASE, my dear cricket fans, dont mix up the ODI and T20 performances with Tests.

  • truebleue_cricfan on November 13, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    Who says we are waiting impatiently? What makes you think so? We couldnt care less.

  • Farce-Follower on November 13, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    Just fed up with this God and 100th 100 thing...just when will there be a proper perspective to events in India? What will BCCI do if he does get it? Build a temple at the Wankhede to the God?

  • snehansh on November 13, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    The fact is, this is what being Sachin Tendulkar is like. Maybe its just a number, but it will speak volumes about the sacrifice, the dedication, the consistency, the hard work. True that 99 the number, also does the same. But, its like the difference between the 1st and the 2nd in an olympic. It matters. And so, we can't help but put pressure on him, not with a bad intention, but coz we respect him as the God. We know he can deliver, and he will, and though we make it harder for him, that same struggle through these expectations and ultimate glory is what defines Sachin Tendulkar. His numbers are probably just better than others of his generation, by a little margin, but what makes him stand out is his performance under the weight of these hopes, which is a form of great resistance, probably more important a factor than english seaming conditions, bad pitch, strength of opposition bowling.

  • on November 13, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    what's with her? why does she care? it's first and the only time a batsman will reach 100 centries! so what's wrong with the madia? nothng!

  • sameer111111 on November 13, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    For such a talented batsman with so many runs in all formats and the sheer number of centuries,what is really astonishing is the lack of match winning centuries. Its true he has scored many centuries batting first as ODI opener on flat tracks and helped India score 300+ and win, but innings under pressure in difficult pitches with wickets falling all around are really rare. For someone playing for 20 years, I can't recollect even one innings that stand out. Maybe 2 or 3 but even they cant compare to some of the brilliant innings by Dravid, Laxman, Sehwag or even Gambhir. Forget Laxman, Dravid, had even an average player like Yusuf Pathan played so many matches he would have more match winning innings.

  • on November 13, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    Aren't we just talking about the hundredth century right now??? Sharda aims to inform people not to talk about it while she is doing so herself right now! lol :D \BoOm book Afridi/

  • adith_thegod on November 13, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    If it is "just a number", then why so many preparations by the media, which SURELY INCLUDES YOUR OWN CRICINFO? And just like the hype won't make it come sooner, your article on "how to wait" doesn't prevent us from waiting with an expectaton.

  • Saim93 on November 13, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    A very show off article if there was one, attempting to look like you are the wiser person but its impossible to not think about it everytime SRT comes to bat because thats human nature!

  • sachin54 on November 13, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    A media person telling the fans not to obsess about the 100th hundred is pretty rich isn't it ?. It is not the statistic we are obsessed about it's the entire Sachin persona as you can see from my username.

  • nav84 on November 13, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    the title of the article clearly suggests that it is about sachin's 100th ton. still some people cared enough to read it, and then post a comment about how much they don't care about his 100th ton and have better things to do.

  • on November 13, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    Lot of Indian writers dont use their minds, but she does because she follows mind-power blog

  • pkhunter on November 13, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    Great piece, Sharda. Beginning to love and look forward to your writing.

    @Shubham. Get over it. Sports are about passion and escapism. A big part of the escapism is these little moments that enrapture the collective imagination. You're welcome to focus on the gazillion other headlines that litter the dailies.

    @Spence1324, you miss the point. A team is comprised of solid performers, and when they come like Sachin, they merit it. Ask yourself why statues are created for individuals and not committees or teams.

  • KannanSR on November 13, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    Its high time that the Master Blaster is allowed to play Cricket rather than playing to the tunes of the Receptionist,Chaiwallah,Bellboys,media and the Fans on the whole.A Player of his calibre does not need reminders or the timing of the 100th. Too much of a hype,let us give Sachin the peacefulness and concentration that he deserves.Great article from Sharda supported by an apt image of the MAN with Headphones.It is time that we do not allow Him to walk out with Helmet and such other invisibility.

  • on November 13, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    With due respect to the LITTLE MASTER, the Indian media should stop the hype they create on each day with regard to his 100th ton, pls leave him alone, stop putting pressure on him... he will surely get there...

  • Rakim on November 13, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    It will be horrific, imagine Sachin never gets that 100th 100. fff

  • JKCRICKET on November 13, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    Ms. Sharda Ugra, its not us guys - India Cricket and Sachin supporters - in that extact order- who are obsessed with the 100th ; its media persons like you who keep talking about it and blame us for worrying about it too much. You have written a whole article on the topic to preach us "enough of that". I say enough of the media's obsession .There are better things to worry about like a strong performance from the Indian team to better prepare for the Australian tour

  • cricfan800 on November 13, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    Highest Runs getters in all formats.

    SRT Tendulkar 33,169 Retired from T20s RT Pointing 26,582 Retired from T20s J Kallis 23,833 R Dravid 23,780 Retired from ODIs BC Lara 22,358 Retired S Jayasuriya 21,032 Retired M Jayawardene 20,844 Inzaman 20,580 Retired

    Qual:20,000

    So i think Kallis can pass SR Tendulkar in Test Centuries and RT Pointing in Runs in ODIs!

  • wambling_future on November 13, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    I think one has to understand the importance of this Landmark... over 100 years of cricketing history and it is the first time somebody has come so close of getting 100 International centuries... It is once in a life time event and One should be glad that it is happening during our time so that few years down the line I can say "I was there when a player scored 100 Intl 100th".... it's not going to happen for next couple of decades at least... so be grateful... that you are going to be a part of history and if you want to be critical of everything... better analyse your life first before pointing at others....

  • cricfan800 on November 13, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    He's a great player but he really play for his career if you ask me.

  • bigdhonifan on November 13, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    I born in 1983... I started watching cricket during 1992 WC and this man Sachin playing then. I started playing for School, District, Club, College ,University..... now in 2011... I am still watching cricket with out playing it, but he is still playing... I cant imagine Cricket with out Sachin... Sachin is cricket, cricket is Sachin!!!

  • MarkBobbyChandy on November 13, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    Loved this article. Fantastic. Please people give the great man a break. Let him take his time

  • akpy on November 13, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    As a hardcore sachin fan, who also understands and knows cricket (unlike many other fanatics), i feel really sorry for sachin...no fault of his..he just goes out everytime to perform to his best for india and has ended up with all these runs, centuries, records...but everyone in media and the fanatical fans who dont understand cricket and his critics who dont understand sachin, have all contributed to making these headline stories about him over the last many years...he never covets it, nor is interested...pity the great man that his greatness is actually being made into a sin, again not his fault...

  • cricmatters on November 13, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    Why 20-20 hundred is not counted in reaching this magic milestone? surely it takes more skills to get a hundred in 20 overs. In my opinion he has already reached this milestone if you count all his hundreds (including 20-20 format) but media always loves to create this big headlines and put more pressure on players. I wonder what will be next topic after Sachin scores one more ton?

  • on November 13, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    after the wc, sachin hasnt played much... he only had a visible oppurtuniy in england tets, was not there for ODIs. missed the entire carribean tour earlier. not even last months england-india ODIs ... its just that he had a long wait time wise... arnd 8 months. after wc he has not played any ODI and has played only 5 tests. stop questionning abt his credibility and pressure handling tactics... and of course leave the age factor.

  • yuio3456 on November 13, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    randyoz your ignorant astonishs me. just admit that sachin is a better batsmen than tendulkar, im an australian and i admit that

  • Sachinist_by_Nature on November 13, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    @Ponting's fan .. he showed his true class at Newlands last week :) .. I wish there are more such displays from him and his fellows in the near future ;) .. and Kallis, Dravid, Chanders, Smith, Lara, the Waughs .. all of them are/were better than/ at par with Ponting .. SRT is head and shoulders above all of them.

  • on November 13, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    @Schuster Goveas : ppl like u always say Sachin's centuries were meaningless and pontings were in the winning cause..but if u let your brain wander a little bit u will realize he had the best bowlers to win him those matches..warne,Mcgrath,lee,Gillespie were fierce and only because of them ponting has won those matches..so its a team that wins u matches..a batsman can just play well and score runs which Sachin has always done..

  • bigdhonifan on November 13, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    I born in 1983... I started watching cricket during 1992 WC and this man Sachin playing then. I started playing for School, District, Club, College ,University..... now in 2011... I am still watching cricket with out playing it, but he is still playing... I cant imagine Cricket with out Sachin... Sachin is cricket, cricket is Sachin!!!

  • on November 13, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    Its a pity that Sharda is not younger than me. Such freshness to cricket-writing. Just loved the humor she brings to the genre.

  • spence1324 on November 13, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    No player is bigger than the team,however in india it appears the opposite is true......

  • SamAlex2 on November 13, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    @Mazharul yes, Sachin is not a brave player. Says someone who probably has never played even club cricket. Take your blind hatred elsewhere.

  • bismoy on November 13, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    This is not just a hundred but much much more... in 1980, india was still a developing country desperate for a mass hero, who will change the image of the country forever.A person who will bring smile to million and millions of indians .finally the d-day arrived, the year of 89,media got there hero who alone can sky rocket there trp,people got the hero who can bring smile to there face and most importantly country got the champion sportsperson who will change the image of sportsperson in the country. 22 year and still going strong the man is now the richest sportperson and the most powerful sport person in the country.We all grown up listening and seeing his century from his school days..now is the most ultimate century that is needed to done to complete the dream that indian are dreaming from last 22 year.Don't wake us without this last one.

  • on November 13, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    i hold no grudge against the great man...but d sheer hype surrounding his hundredth international ton has left me amazed..i mean there are other important issues for the media to focus on.reckon there is more pressure on the media then on sachin for d ton..

  • on November 13, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    Sharda, I love you so much but dear.. Psychology is nonsense for a man who tries to look for logic in everything. When it comes to Sachin Tendulkar, we don't use our brains, our hearts instruct our hands and mouths to anticipate for a victory of his which we think is ours. And when he gets there, it is the same heart which celebrates more by sporting an arrogant grin to the brain. So, it all about hearts dear.

  • on November 13, 2011, 6:50 GMT

    Most unimportant topic to write about. We are all waiting, but don't think we need any philosophic guidance on how to wait, please.

  • Mazharul on November 13, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    Actually Sachin (you may not agree with me) is not a brave player. he is so much nervous. Look at his career analysis, u will find. In Test, His first innings average 75+, but 4th innings less than 40. Have u ever seen sachin batting with tail enders? that is, some early wicket loss and sachin played heroic century. look at this link http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/537811.html

    So it's natural he must have to wait much time for 100th century. before that we will see some nervous 90s from him.

  • Precioustar84 on November 13, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    @DrArunPas - And if he had ran that single, what would've happened? Who's to tell that Laxman wouldn't have gotten out the very next ball? I can bet 100% that people like you would've blamed Sachin for running that single if that had happened. Personally, I don't blame Sachin for trying to get his 100th out of the way. There's just too much concentration, importance, and pressure given to Sachin for it. Even he must feel that 'let me get this 100 out of the way so people would focus on what really matters in Indian cricket'. I truly believe he just wants to get it out of the way so people would leave him alone!! Not to gain 1 more personal record!! Didn't you hear after his 35th record? "Let me enjoy the game!!". You can't enjoy or even concentrate when there's so much peer (fan) pressure ...cricinfo please kindly publish.

  • Precioustar84 on November 13, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    @DrArunPas - And if he had ran that single, what would've happened? Who's to tell that Laxman wouldn't have gotten out the very next ball? I can bet 100% that people like you would've blamed Sachin for running that single if that had happened. Personally, I don't blame Sachin for trying to get his 100th out of the way. There's just too much concentration, importance, and pressure given to Sachin for it. Even he must feel that 'let me get this 100 out of the way so people would focus on what really matters in Indian cricket'. I truly believe he just wants to get it out of the way so people would leave him alone!! Not to gain 1 more personal record!! Didn't you hear after his 35th record? "Let me enjoy the game!!". You can't enjoy or even concentrate when there's so much peer (fan) pressure ...cricinfo please kindly publish.

  • kabe_ag7 on November 13, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    Don't worry Sharda. I think it's partly media and a vocal minority of fans found on this site and elsewhere on internet which frets over personal statistics. All I care about is if he can win the next match for us, and not whether he can score another hundred.

  • on November 13, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    I would rather speak highly of Pontings test 100 victories than 100 (mostly meaningless) centuries

  • Gupta.Ankur on November 13, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    I think the media is to be blamed for all this.......i really want him get done and over it before he goes to australia......so that we can see him play his natural game without any "additional" pressure...

  • Rahul_78 on November 13, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    We all can write as much as we want and shout from our roof tops to tell people to get off the back of Sachin. But the reality and truth of the matter is that he has been carrying the burden of 1 billion expectations right from the first delivery he faced on his international cricketer debut. And he has to endure it again and again till he decides to quit. There are millions who think there are zillion other batsmen who are better then Sachin but his shear temperament and child like innocence and love for the game is unparalleled in world cricket that has helped him to carry on for 20 years with the burden of billion hopes day in day out. Bradmen, Sobers, Richards or Lara didn't had to endure it. It doesn't matter even if he doesn't score his 100th ton. He deserves every accolade and applause that comes his way for the 99 tons he has already scored.

  • Maui3 on November 13, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    He's not close to a 100, until he gets to 90 and he's done that only once at Oval. Scoring 76 us not close to a century. Also, it's been only 5 test since his last 100 in tests and only 3 ODI since his last ton - which is not too far off from his average matrches to score and 100. His shot selection during his last innings did show desperation to get past the milestone, which unfortunately was his undoing. It'll be good to see him get past the milestone, though I have this bad feeling he might never get there.

  • on November 13, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    i want to see him 100 100's in each formats......:)

  • on November 13, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    who cares? it'll come when it comes. even if he didn't achieve it wouldn't change the fact that he's the best since bradman. it just a cherry top - the cake is marvellous regardless.

  • SachinHarishSachin on November 13, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    Very nice article. But still, i am one of them who supports and part of the hype around Sachin's 100th ton. We are living in the era of hype, few examples being - Ra.One, Big Boss etc. Compared to these mediocre subjects, Sachin's upcoming ton of tons is as legendary as that of Bradman's 99.94 avg. If you look at the hype closely, its not just hype but its the Love for Sachin. I am proud to be part of this massive love. C'mon, Sachin!

  • on November 13, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    Brilliant piece Sharda. The problem with SRT is for the first time he is thinking of future when for 22 years he was all the time in present. Now he is proving that he isn't God but a human. If top players like Viv Richards and Greg Chappell could get timely tips from Dr. Rudy Webster and succeed, why can't SRT talk to him.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 13, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    Wow, Ugra! I, for one, am least bothered about that useless century. Let us not talk about how much the fans are worried. Sachin himself is preoccupied with that hundred. See, how he refused that single and almost caused a runout of the Very Very Special Lachanna. He doesn't even hesitate to hurt the team for the sake of a personal milestone. Can or will Sachin ever play a winning inning like how VVS does with such ease almost everytime India is in need? 100th century? Oh please! Yawn....

  • on November 13, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    @Sanju He is called God. because whenever team needs him, we Indians pray him like we do to God. He has mastered his skills in such a way that nobody can ever surpass him.. He is a jewel . HE is a GOD, GOD of CRICKET. HE is pure... He is himself.. And we love him ...

  • RandyOZ on November 13, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    100 hundreds is impressive but it's no where near Punter or Bradman.

  • on November 13, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    I think the press is more "obsessed" with the 100 that the common fan, we folks no it will come in time, and does not matter if it doesnt..focus shud be on india getting back to #1 in tests and successfully transitioning post the big 3

  • on November 13, 2011, 4:43 GMT

    This article makes sense. But who's thinking when it comes to God? We just use our hearts!!!

  • shilsen on November 13, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    Nice article. Personally, I couldn't care less about the 100th century. I think Sachin's brilliant, of course, though the "God" stuff and some of the crazy fanboy/girl comments one finds, especially of the jingoistic kind, including on this site, does grate. But, as Sharda notes, it's just a number. And a fairly meaningless one at that.

  • on November 13, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    eloquently written and brilliantly summed up...

  • on November 13, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    i dont understand why my fellow Indians are so darn crazy about Sachin and his 100th international cricket century. People call him god and all that. He is just another human as he himself says but unlike most of us, he has great capabilities as a cricketer which he so hard worked upon and built through all these years. So please stop all this fanaticism and enjoy his cricket for once! I would like to have an autograph from him but wouldnt consider him god and I think he himself wouldnt mind that at all.

  • DrArunPras on November 13, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    I think sachin himself is obsessed with the 100th 100... It was evident in last match..he declined a legbye single in which laxman almost ran out...Obviously sachin was thinking about his 100 rather than Team india....If it was for the team he would have ran that single...

  • indianpunter on November 13, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    The interminable wait ! Please deliver us from this... of course, the man himself is tied in knots about this. I wonder if his 99 hundreds would end up being a trivia like Bradman's 99.94., though i would be very disappointed if that happened.

  • RahulWise on November 13, 2011, 3:52 GMT

    Please, for cricket lovers sake, do not talk about the 100th ton again. Yes, Sachin is great, but there are many other important things in Indian cricket.

    Why don't news channels, web sites talk about youngsters in Indian cricket, how important it is for them to become future of Indian cricket,why not about other important things...

    Please.....

  • on November 13, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    This hundredth hundred will come in due course.

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  • on November 13, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    This hundredth hundred will come in due course.

  • RahulWise on November 13, 2011, 3:52 GMT

    Please, for cricket lovers sake, do not talk about the 100th ton again. Yes, Sachin is great, but there are many other important things in Indian cricket.

    Why don't news channels, web sites talk about youngsters in Indian cricket, how important it is for them to become future of Indian cricket,why not about other important things...

    Please.....

  • indianpunter on November 13, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    The interminable wait ! Please deliver us from this... of course, the man himself is tied in knots about this. I wonder if his 99 hundreds would end up being a trivia like Bradman's 99.94., though i would be very disappointed if that happened.

  • DrArunPras on November 13, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    I think sachin himself is obsessed with the 100th 100... It was evident in last match..he declined a legbye single in which laxman almost ran out...Obviously sachin was thinking about his 100 rather than Team india....If it was for the team he would have ran that single...

  • on November 13, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    i dont understand why my fellow Indians are so darn crazy about Sachin and his 100th international cricket century. People call him god and all that. He is just another human as he himself says but unlike most of us, he has great capabilities as a cricketer which he so hard worked upon and built through all these years. So please stop all this fanaticism and enjoy his cricket for once! I would like to have an autograph from him but wouldnt consider him god and I think he himself wouldnt mind that at all.

  • on November 13, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    eloquently written and brilliantly summed up...

  • shilsen on November 13, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    Nice article. Personally, I couldn't care less about the 100th century. I think Sachin's brilliant, of course, though the "God" stuff and some of the crazy fanboy/girl comments one finds, especially of the jingoistic kind, including on this site, does grate. But, as Sharda notes, it's just a number. And a fairly meaningless one at that.

  • on November 13, 2011, 4:43 GMT

    This article makes sense. But who's thinking when it comes to God? We just use our hearts!!!

  • on November 13, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    I think the press is more "obsessed" with the 100 that the common fan, we folks no it will come in time, and does not matter if it doesnt..focus shud be on india getting back to #1 in tests and successfully transitioning post the big 3

  • RandyOZ on November 13, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    100 hundreds is impressive but it's no where near Punter or Bradman.