November 20, 2011

Forget the fans, Sachin

Tendulkar seems burdened by the expectations surrounding his latest milestone
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It used to be a pleasure to watch Sachin Tendulkar bat; the shots that flowed as he took the attack to the bowlers, constantly challenging them to maintain line and length under fire. At the moment it's painful to see him prod and poke as he seeks to eke out his 100th century.

Whereas he took the attack to a top-class legspinner, Shane Warne, and won the battle of Chennai in 1998, he fiddled with a trundler like Marlon Samuels and the steady Devendra Bishoo at Eden Gardens, while Rahul Dravid comparatively burned along at the other end.

In his prime those two West Indies spinners wouldn't have been able to contain Tendulkar. He wouldn't have allowed either a minute's peace with his quick footwork, and more importantly, his attitude that said no bowler would shackle him.

It wasn't just Warne; he challenged all the best bowlers. He especially enjoyed antagonising the metronomic magician Glenn McGrath. On occasions he deliberately provoked him into bowling aggressively, a frame of mind from which McGrath derived the least success. So why is Tendulkar suddenly allowing a trundler to tie him down?

It was quite revealing to read the other day that Tendulkar felt he couldn't forego a practice session to rest because the adoring Indian public would blame any failure on indifference. He has always appealed as an attention-to-detail person when it came to batting, but I could never understand his desire to hit so many meaningless balls in the nets. Most of the class players I've seen practised diligently but never excessively.

This was always a major point of difference between the two top batsmen of their time - Brian Lara and Tendulkar. Lara cared about his batting and thought very deeply about the process of making big scores quickly but he wasn't obsessed with practising his skills. He was able to enjoy his life away from the field, whereas Tendulkar, again, probably not wanting to give a demanding public a reason to criticise him for letting them down, has lived the life of a monk.

It's difficult to say how much a demanding and clamouring public has affected Tendulkar's batting over the years. However, there's no doubt that on occasions he has sacrificed personal satisfaction for clinical success.

One of the more incredible aspects of Lara's successful career was the way he batted in the same manner throughout. This is quite remarkable, as even the best batsmen tend to become more conservative as they age. Lara, by living a relaxed lifestyle and employing a strong will, was able to almost defy Father Time.

Despite external and extraneous pressures there's no doubt the hunt for 100 hundreds has contributed to Tendulkar's recent conservative play. This isn't the first time statistics have got the better of him. Watching him bat in England in 2007, where he was dismissed four times as he neared a century, it was obvious the thought of accumulating another three-figure score had brought on a bout of caution. Tendulkar is not at his best when he's playing with extreme caution; his body language betrays him and this acts as a spur to opposition bowlers and captains.

He showed just recently that he could shed the conservative approach and return to being the plunderer of his youth. A blazing 175 against Australia, and scoring even faster to register the first-ever double-century in an ODI, turning back the clock and batting like a youthful Tendulkar. His scintillating strokeplay on those occasions indicates he can still dictate to any attack when the mood strikes him. Unfortunately this frame of mind hasn't surfaced recently in the Test arena.

It's hard to not wonder how much of the conservative approach is Tendulkar's desperation to record the milestone century for his own satisfaction, and what portion is to please his fans. Just for once Tendulkar should try forgetting his fans and play in his preferred style. That's not only his best chance of completing the celebrated century but also the way to please everyone.

Former Australia captain Ian Chappell is now a cricket commentator and columnist

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  • on November 23, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    Not sure about Sachin being desperate about the 100th but Ian certainly seems desperate in this article. Its only 6 test matches and a few ODIs that he has gone without scoring a ton. And we're talking about scoring a 100 not a lean patch! It'd be nice if people put some perspective on things once in a while

  • nav84 on November 23, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    @ kathick raja my last post on dravid srt comparison was not published. dont knw y :/. anyways dravid is not jealous or anything. its just dat wenevr srt scored runs, things were too difficult for lesser mortals to perform and thus india lost. 92 perth, 93 johannesberg, 96 edbaston, 97 capetown, 99 melbourne, 99 wellington, 99 chennai, 2007 adelaide, 2010 durban. most of these were first or second matches of series against tough opponents in tough conditions. while others were still adjusting to conditions srt was scoring tons all alone. after this, in the remaining series wen things got a bit better, came the rest to pile up runs and boost their averages. only once (in recent england tour) dravid went through what srt went throughout his career and his supporters are out of their holes. dont worry, soon they'll be back there. :D

  • praghunathan on November 23, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    Well written article by an astute analyzer Ian Chappell. Those who wish to argue that Sachin is better than Ponting are missing the point. This article is about Sachin, and Sachin getting way more cautious than he needs to be, and not playing his natural game.

    I agree completely with Ian.

  • Wacco on November 23, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    Ian is always right....a great analyst. After Peter R, he has the best analytical mind in cricket.

  • on November 23, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    @nav84. U echoed my thoughts.. Esp on Dravid-SRT comparison.. Thats exactly i was thinking.. Dravid always had support frm either Sachin/Laxman whenever he helped Team India to win.. Bt, he seldom offered support to Sachin.. The reverse happened in recent Eng series and we all knw the result.. And his centuries in losing cause got quadrupled.. Based on this I could say Dravid is too jealous of Sachin, so whenever SRT scores in bulk in saving cause, he "more often than not" never lend a helping hand. Coz, he is very much afraid that SRT will (again) come in limelight.. Well, its high time, we need 2 ignore SRT bashers esp Dravid_G.. He seems to hv gr8 respect towards all cricketers except SRT.. Seems like he has some personal pblm with him.. As I already told(that comment is yet to appear here) these guys r making me to look 4 negatives of Dravid and to my surprise I am getting too many.. I am afraid, I might lose my respect towards Dravid(my another fav cricketer)..

  • jay57870 on November 23, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    (Cont) There's more, Ian! Sachin's 99 tons surpasses the next guy Ricky's 69 by 30. Wait, there's still more: Sachin's 33,197 score outstrips Ricky's 26,243 runs by 6,954. You do the math: These huge gaps between Sachin & Ricky are mind-boggling! Just how dominant is Sachin's performance? Actually, the gaps exceed (29 tons) or almost equal (6,996 runs) what the great Don achieved in his entire Test career! Shock & Awe! Still, Sachin lets his bat do the talking, while Ian blabbers about the "wait"! And takes a shot for living "like a monk" just because Sachin keeps things close to his chest? Don't humility & ethics count for anything? If anything, Tendulkar should be held high as an ideal role model for all cricketers to emulate, especially in today's world of scandals & crooks! Man up, Ian: You're dead wrong again!!

  • nav84 on November 23, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    @ dravid gravitas : my dad's loyal servant ramu kaka is ready to bat nywhere in the batting order, in ny condition against ny attack. he is ready to keep wickets, stand up to tear away fast bowlers, field all five days even in a dead drawn match and is also ready to bowl 20 overs on trot so that the front line bowlers can get enough rest. he is literally ready to run through a wall for his captain and team. that still does not make him a better cricketer than srt. if u dont have nything on skill and talent, then better stay away and dont come up with silly logic. at least not now, when dravid has finally started to score runs after an eternity. at least now u can boast about how good he is in foreign conditions against great attacks. once he gets back to his normal self scoring 15 of 100 balls and then finally poking at a ball way outside off stump to get out, u can get back to selflessness.

    @ cricinfo : y was not the last comment in my srt-dravid comparison series published? :|

  • on November 23, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    The pitch; purrfectly made for Sachin's hundred :))) it would be a shame of he can't get it this ime...

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 23, 2011, 0:16 GMT

    Dear fellow bloggers, Can we stop dragging The Great Wall down into these pathologically obsessed useless topics about sachin? The Great Wall is a class apart. Cut above these mortal records. He is all skill, ability, sacrifice and is a humble workhorse for the team's cause in the face of adversity - will keep wickets (at the age of 38), will open, will come at 3, 5, 6, 7 and whatnot; whereas this man sachin is all about no.4 in tests and opening in ODIs no matter what the team needs are. Anybody remember how Dravid had to open, even after carrying his bat through the inning and how VVS had to come in at no.3 and sachin didn't move from the no.4 position during the recent England tour? Talk of selfishness, look no further than Sachin. I, for one, couldn't care any less if he scores another 100 ducks or another 100 centuries.

  • WhenDWestwas1 on November 22, 2011, 23:52 GMT

    To me bradman could never be the best batsman or cricketer that played the game. Because cricket changes back then you occupy the crease and make runs the game was not technical and strategic now. Where before you tour bowlers know your strengths and weakness. At the beginning of the cricketing era people wanted a hero and bradman was there to be that hero. Never saw bradman play cricket but it will be interesting to see him play ODI and T20 cricket. To be a cricket fan one has to ask there self if i had a chance to see a batsman or bowler play at there prime who will that person be. This person will be the best objectively of course.

  • on November 23, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    Not sure about Sachin being desperate about the 100th but Ian certainly seems desperate in this article. Its only 6 test matches and a few ODIs that he has gone without scoring a ton. And we're talking about scoring a 100 not a lean patch! It'd be nice if people put some perspective on things once in a while

  • nav84 on November 23, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    @ kathick raja my last post on dravid srt comparison was not published. dont knw y :/. anyways dravid is not jealous or anything. its just dat wenevr srt scored runs, things were too difficult for lesser mortals to perform and thus india lost. 92 perth, 93 johannesberg, 96 edbaston, 97 capetown, 99 melbourne, 99 wellington, 99 chennai, 2007 adelaide, 2010 durban. most of these were first or second matches of series against tough opponents in tough conditions. while others were still adjusting to conditions srt was scoring tons all alone. after this, in the remaining series wen things got a bit better, came the rest to pile up runs and boost their averages. only once (in recent england tour) dravid went through what srt went throughout his career and his supporters are out of their holes. dont worry, soon they'll be back there. :D

  • praghunathan on November 23, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    Well written article by an astute analyzer Ian Chappell. Those who wish to argue that Sachin is better than Ponting are missing the point. This article is about Sachin, and Sachin getting way more cautious than he needs to be, and not playing his natural game.

    I agree completely with Ian.

  • Wacco on November 23, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    Ian is always right....a great analyst. After Peter R, he has the best analytical mind in cricket.

  • on November 23, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    @nav84. U echoed my thoughts.. Esp on Dravid-SRT comparison.. Thats exactly i was thinking.. Dravid always had support frm either Sachin/Laxman whenever he helped Team India to win.. Bt, he seldom offered support to Sachin.. The reverse happened in recent Eng series and we all knw the result.. And his centuries in losing cause got quadrupled.. Based on this I could say Dravid is too jealous of Sachin, so whenever SRT scores in bulk in saving cause, he "more often than not" never lend a helping hand. Coz, he is very much afraid that SRT will (again) come in limelight.. Well, its high time, we need 2 ignore SRT bashers esp Dravid_G.. He seems to hv gr8 respect towards all cricketers except SRT.. Seems like he has some personal pblm with him.. As I already told(that comment is yet to appear here) these guys r making me to look 4 negatives of Dravid and to my surprise I am getting too many.. I am afraid, I might lose my respect towards Dravid(my another fav cricketer)..

  • jay57870 on November 23, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    (Cont) There's more, Ian! Sachin's 99 tons surpasses the next guy Ricky's 69 by 30. Wait, there's still more: Sachin's 33,197 score outstrips Ricky's 26,243 runs by 6,954. You do the math: These huge gaps between Sachin & Ricky are mind-boggling! Just how dominant is Sachin's performance? Actually, the gaps exceed (29 tons) or almost equal (6,996 runs) what the great Don achieved in his entire Test career! Shock & Awe! Still, Sachin lets his bat do the talking, while Ian blabbers about the "wait"! And takes a shot for living "like a monk" just because Sachin keeps things close to his chest? Don't humility & ethics count for anything? If anything, Tendulkar should be held high as an ideal role model for all cricketers to emulate, especially in today's world of scandals & crooks! Man up, Ian: You're dead wrong again!!

  • nav84 on November 23, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    @ dravid gravitas : my dad's loyal servant ramu kaka is ready to bat nywhere in the batting order, in ny condition against ny attack. he is ready to keep wickets, stand up to tear away fast bowlers, field all five days even in a dead drawn match and is also ready to bowl 20 overs on trot so that the front line bowlers can get enough rest. he is literally ready to run through a wall for his captain and team. that still does not make him a better cricketer than srt. if u dont have nything on skill and talent, then better stay away and dont come up with silly logic. at least not now, when dravid has finally started to score runs after an eternity. at least now u can boast about how good he is in foreign conditions against great attacks. once he gets back to his normal self scoring 15 of 100 balls and then finally poking at a ball way outside off stump to get out, u can get back to selflessness.

    @ cricinfo : y was not the last comment in my srt-dravid comparison series published? :|

  • on November 23, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    The pitch; purrfectly made for Sachin's hundred :))) it would be a shame of he can't get it this ime...

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 23, 2011, 0:16 GMT

    Dear fellow bloggers, Can we stop dragging The Great Wall down into these pathologically obsessed useless topics about sachin? The Great Wall is a class apart. Cut above these mortal records. He is all skill, ability, sacrifice and is a humble workhorse for the team's cause in the face of adversity - will keep wickets (at the age of 38), will open, will come at 3, 5, 6, 7 and whatnot; whereas this man sachin is all about no.4 in tests and opening in ODIs no matter what the team needs are. Anybody remember how Dravid had to open, even after carrying his bat through the inning and how VVS had to come in at no.3 and sachin didn't move from the no.4 position during the recent England tour? Talk of selfishness, look no further than Sachin. I, for one, couldn't care any less if he scores another 100 ducks or another 100 centuries.

  • WhenDWestwas1 on November 22, 2011, 23:52 GMT

    To me bradman could never be the best batsman or cricketer that played the game. Because cricket changes back then you occupy the crease and make runs the game was not technical and strategic now. Where before you tour bowlers know your strengths and weakness. At the beginning of the cricketing era people wanted a hero and bradman was there to be that hero. Never saw bradman play cricket but it will be interesting to see him play ODI and T20 cricket. To be a cricket fan one has to ask there self if i had a chance to see a batsman or bowler play at there prime who will that person be. This person will be the best objectively of course.

  • jay57870 on November 22, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    (Cont) Note Ian's sibling cronyism in revealing Greg's "wikileaks": Sachin's perceived fear to "forego a practice session to rest ... adoring Indian public would blame any failure on indifference." What fake psychoanalysis! Just ask Malcolm Gladwell, author of the highly-acclaimed "Outliers: The Story of Success." His research of musicians, entrepreneurs, sportsmen (Beatles, Bill Gates, hockey stars) concludes: "the people at the very top don't work just harder or even much harder than everyone else. They work much, much harder"! Meaning Staying Power: ability to handle adversity, injuries, fatigue, failure & pressure. Yes, Sachin may appear nervous, but it's deceiving. With physical endurance, he has this inner mental strength to convert nervous energy into high performance. How else can one humanly achieve what he's done? Recall Virat Kohli's tribute: "Tendulkar has carried the burden of the nation for 21 years. It was time we carried him" after India's WC triumph! That says it all!

  • jay57870 on November 22, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    FORGET SACHIN, IAN! Leave the Little Master alone, he can take care of himself. Chappell's up to his old tricks: Shooting from the hip, but he's woefully off the mark as usual. The striking point is not the 100th century: the "wait" talk is Ian's idle mind filled with fantasy stuff. Look at the glaring reality instead: How far ahead Sachin is of any cricketer, past or present, with his 99 tons! Not even close: the nearest are Ponting (69), Kallis (57), Lara (53) & Dravid (48). Similarly, the other glaring reality: Sachin's international total of 33,197 runs outstrips all by a wide margin: Closest is Ponting (26,243), others (below 24,000). By any measure, Sachin's is the most dominant performance of all. It's not the "wait" but the Staying Power that's important, especially in the "timeless" game of cricket. If anybody has defied "Father Time" it's Sachin - not Lara - with his phenomenal Staying Power. And he's done it with humility, integrity & passion. Is that a "monk", Ian? (TBC)

  • TheOnlyEmperor on November 22, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    @JimmyDee: Your argument that Bradman had to travel by ship doesn't cut ice. Those days people also plenty of matches to play before the Tests began and even in between Tests. They also got used to the local diet, climate and the opposition's bowling attack on offer. Bradman did play local cricket to keep his form going didn't he? Besides, you didn't need much to adjust to play against weak teams. If Bradman played in uncovered pitches, then and variable and dual bounce exists now as it did then. Physios and dieticians mean nothing, if you don't have the ability to compete. Guess what? Captains in the days of Bradman would seldom change their field to adapt to a person's style. Scoring wasn't all that tough. There were 2 others who outshone the Don in his last series even though he scored 500+! The Oz here think Ricky is next to Don on greatness. They say Don is great because of 99.94(sic) forgetting that there are 25 people between 99.94 and Ricky's avg today! Chew on that!

  • harshthakor on November 22, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    My greatest batsman in order of merit are Don Bradman,Jack Hobbs,Sachin Tendulkar,Viv Richards,Brian Lara,Gary Sobers,Walter Hammond,George Headley,Sunil Gavaskar,Len Hutton ,Graeme Pollock and Greg Chappell.If test Cricket was the sole criteria Brian Lara and Rahul Dravid would come much closer.Lara infact was rated above Sachin in 2 analysis of Ananth Narayana on cricinfo 2 years ago.However Tendulkar's sensational comeback virtually decided the issue in his favour .Lara was only at his best a better player as a match-winner or in a crisis.Where Lara stood out was that he carried the brunt of the weakest of batting sides more than any batsman since the war.

    For facing sheer pace bowling or tackling the bounciest of surfaces I would rate Viv Richards or even Rohan Kanhai ahead of the likes of Tendulkar and Lara.In the defensive bracket Gavaskar was the greatest as he faced the best bowling attacks.At his best Kanhai would have even surpassed Viv Richards or Sachin.

  • harshthakor on November 22, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    Rahul dravid had the advantage of getting support from other stalwarts like Sehwag and Laxman or even Tendulkar in his match-winning aura in 2002-2006.Tendulkar. literally led a one man crusade in the first part of his career.In the last series in England Dravid scored three centuries in losing causes.It is so unfair to only take that criteteria and in that light Lara is the ultimate champion.It must be said that Lara and Sachin reached their zenith in different periods almost like one king handing the crown to another.However Sachin's overall International run and century tally make him the ultimate king,even if Lara and Viv Richards were better at their best.

    Remember the faster bowler of his era Alan Donald rated Sachin in a class above every contemporay as well as the greatest test match bowler ever Shane Warne.No batsman after Bradman contained every component which comprised the perfect batsman.It is debatable whether Viv would have scored 100 centuries in this era.

  • Aj34 on November 22, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    It will not be unfair to declare that most of India's recent victories are inspite of Tendulkar, and no because of him. Inwould have tended to believe the converse 10 years back. There's a time and a place for everything... Sachin hope you are reading this :)

  • Beazle on November 22, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    I have seen a lot of cricket over the past 50 years. The best batsmen I have seen live are Viv Richards, Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar, Gary Sobers, Greg Chappell, Barry Richards and Graeme Pollock. The best bowlers - Warne, Marshall, Lillee and Akram. The fastest bowler - no doubt was Jeff Thomson.

    But you cannot really compare one era with another other than to not that Bradman averaged 40 runs an innings more than the next (great) person. Frankly, Viv, Brian and Sachin cannot even come close to that !

  • nav84 on November 22, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    @D Sharma : 99 tour downunder. against the likes of mcg and warne, dravid fails to reach an aggregate of 100 in series. srt is mos with 1 100 and 2 50s and 3 dubious decisions against him. later that yr india goes NZ. first test again on a green top srt scores a ton and india loses, dravid fails. next two matches on flat subcontinent like pitches, where both teams score tonnes of runs and both matches result in draw, dravid scored 3 100s thus further strengthening the myth that he is better in away tours. 2002 tour england, dravid scores 600 runs srt scores 400 runs. 2003 oz tour, without warne and mcg, dravid makes hay scoring tonnes of runs again while srt struggles for the first time in australia and the myth further confirms. 2006 tour of SA, ganguly and srt are highest run getters for india and dravid averages 20 odd in series. mind you, this in spite of dravid going through the best patch of his life 02 - 07. tbd..

  • nav84 on November 22, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    @D Sharma : here's another stat for you. in 8 matches srt scored a 100 and india lost.3 against aussies (2 away),3 against SA (all away),1 agianst Pakistan (famous chennai test) and 1 against NZ (on a gree top wellington pitch).in 16 of these innings, dravid scored only 2 50's and only 2 other scores above 30.all i see is that against quality attacks, while tendulkar was fighting a lone battle, dravid was struggling and did not help srt.i m not against dravid at all and i know he is most important part of indian test side after srt but saying he's better than srt is plain ignorance. lets c beyond stats now. 97 series against SA, after the first match debacle at durban, india give some sort of fight to SA courtsey 100's by srt and azhar. no1 else puts a fight. third test, a dead rubber and relatively easier pitch, dravid scores a ton and his "away average" gets a boost thus starting the false impression that he is better than srt on away pitches. tbd..

  • nav84 on November 22, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    @D Sharma : to start with, for me there is nothing like a match winner in cricket. this term holds good in tennis or other individual sports but not in cricket. i would rather determine a player's worth with his consistency and his contribution to team either in wins or losses. so if u really want to check who has contributed more in a team's success then dont compare how many 100's of a certain player has resulted in victories. instead compare how many 100's he has scored in team's victories. so for u, in 50 matches dravid and srt have featured together and india have won. in those 50 matches srt has scored 100 on 16 occasions and dravid has scored 100 on 14 occasions. now since i am considering matches both have played so who debuted first does not matter. neither does the opposition or conditions cos they were same for both batsmen and both had equal opportunities to cash in against weak sides. tbd

  • Naresh28 on November 22, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    119 not out v England, Old Trafford, 1990 , India find themselves in deep water at 127 for 5 with only one recognised batsman left. And he's only 17 years old. Tendulkar battles for nearly four hours.. 114 v Australia, Perth, 1991-92 The fastest pitch in Australia has been...... Tendulkar enters at a relatively comfortable 69 for 2, ......awe-inspiring manner that commentators are asking themselves when they last saw an innings as good. ..169 v South Africa, Cape Town, 1996-97

  • Naresh28 on November 22, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    @Alexk400 .YOU ARE PATHETIC HOW DID INDIA WIN THE ODI WORLD CUP AND TEST NO1 WAS SACHIN NOT THERE. GET A LIFE>WHERE WERE U WHEN SACHIN PLAYED AT 16YEARS OLD. DID YOU SEE ANYTHING. This is an excerpt from Brian Lara's arcticle (Google it up) Lara said, "Sachin started playing (Test cricket) at the age of 16. And at 38 now, we have not seen a better player. Sachin is the best batsman in the world." For someone to have got so many records in a career path they are boind to be wins. Over the years Indian bowlers have not supported great innings by their great batsman

  • Aj34 on November 22, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    It is extremely inappropriate to compare Sachin with Bradman. The latter did not want to play one more match in order to make his average 100!! - All that was needed were a handful of runs to get there. The former does not want to retire and continues to tire the entire country for the sake of his record.... common folks..open your eyes.

    Sachin was a great batsman once upon a time, not anymore. Think of the chances India's youngsters are losing thanks to one man occupying a permanant spot in the batting line-up. When will a star Indian talent like Kholi get his chance to make a test debut?

    Having said that, Sachin now has a golden opportunity to leave behind a mark of selflessness and greatness by retiring @ 99 centuries and then we would have some case to compare it with Sir Don's greatness.

  • on November 22, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    And it is also very funny that people say Lara plays better in under pressure. But here is the interesting thing. If we look at the 4th test match innings, Lara had only just only has one match winning innings (his great 153 not out Vs Australia). His 4th innings stats is: 52 46 5 1440 153* 35.12 2761 52.15 2 7 7 186 14 (Look at cricinfo) http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/52337.html?class=1;template=results;type=batting. now tell me guys in ODI which matches are played under pressure, obviously world cups, tournament finals, right. In 1992 WCLara played reasonably well, 1996 he only played one good innings, in 1999 WC he was totally flopped. in 2003, again one good innings, in 2007 again he was total loser. BTW, his ODI final record is 18 innings, 28 average, 507 runs, and only one century! Now except 2007, Sachin was brilliant in all world cups. His ODI final record is 39 innings, 1850 runs, average 55+, only 6 centuries! Right Lara fans. tell me who plays under pressure

  • on November 22, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    none of Sachin's last 20 test hundreds have come in a dead match. None. You have to go back to 2002 to find a hundred in a dead game. Dead game means either India or the opposition have already won the series right? In 2002 India already had WI beat 2-0 before Sachin made a hundred. He saved that match btw, so it was not entirely useless either.

    5 have come against Australia and 4 against SA. 1 against England (the famous 4th innings chase)

    his test average in 2011 is 41 with a strike-rate above 55, good enough for a 'slump' or when he is supposedly under lots of pressure.

    Also note that this includes the disastrous england tour.

  • on November 22, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    I am not gonna try to bring Lara versus Sachin debate here. I am gonna try to make my argument just pure common sense. Over the years I have watched Lara and Tendulkar as much as anybody could watch. They are my favorite players, but I find it really funny that when people call Lara a match winner and he plays better under pressure situation than Tendulkar. Now when you look at their careers, I find totally opposite. Guys believe me that Lara plays better in under pressure. Most of Lara's test century come when series is already decided. For instance, against Australia, Lara made 9 centuries, most of them come when Australia already wrapped up the series. For instance, his 277 is a good innings but batting friendly pitch where only two and half innings were completed. His 132 against Australia in Perth came when Australia won the series already in 3-1. His 182 against Australia came when Australia had 3-0 lead, his 226 came when Australia has 2-0 lead in three match series. These

  • on November 22, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    Although I always denied that Sachin never chased recoed, after seeing him over the last few years I have concluded that he cared record more than anybody else. Believe me I saw him batting live in television at about 285 innings in odi and,at about 190 innings in tests. I always think that he becomes a different batsman when he closes to a milestone. I love to watch this guy to bat not in coward manner like what he is doing now. Sachin Tendulkar looks beautiful when he bats with attacking mood and thats the way he succedeed in his entire life. He succeeded when he attacked bowler. I love Sachin, and do not like chappell, but I do agree for what he wrote in this column.

  • JimmyDee on November 22, 2011, 5:01 GMT

    @TheOnlyEmpereror. Your comment about Bradman vs. SRT makes about as much sense as...your comment about seeing 100 years into the future! The fact that Bradman played on uncovered pitches, travelled overseas by ship that took weeks not hours, no physio's, dieticians, trainers, coaches, support staff, high grade equipment or facilities, let alone paycheck or endorsements. Let's not forget World War 2 where he didn't play Test cricket for 8 years (1st 2 innings after the war...187 & 234!) Sachin is a great cricketer in his era, and good luck for his 100th century, but Bradman is the greatest in all eras'...all things considered.

  • yoohoo on November 22, 2011, 3:43 GMT

    Frankly, I think it has become fashionable to criticize sachin. Its like what two-face says in that batman movie - "you either die early and become a martyr, or you live long enough to be turned into a villian". But, what most of these guys don't understand is that it is more like what einstein said about gandhi - "Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth". Sachin has hit 9 centuries since Nov 2009, each of them a gem. And those calling sachin not intimidating, have you seen him in the 90s? really? sehwag came into the team by copying sachin!! infact initially he looked so similar, that it was impossible to tell who was batting sehwag or sachin! He has adapted to the needs of the team, not many batsmen can do that!! Just enjoy his last few years, because you will be telling your grandchildren how you watched so and so innings of sachin live (like what probably people who watched bradman bat do now)!

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on November 22, 2011, 3:24 GMT

    Sachin is miles ahead of bradman. Had bradman had to face 'dusra,carrom ball,reverse swing etc' and tour whole year and play ODIS too and play against team others then england too ;) his average would have been in 40s.

  • Centuries2020 on November 22, 2011, 2:51 GMT

    @Alexk400 There are´╗┐ many many great players....but only few are respected by billions....and only one is worshiped as GOD...and that man is Sachin Tendulkar.. He is respected all over the globe..No one can take away that from him...A true legend of game..i rate him above Don Bradman.

  • D.Sharma on November 22, 2011, 2:40 GMT

    @nav84: Look at it from both sides. From the stats you gave there is no doubt that Tendulkar has scored more runs in losses than Dravid. This can be due to Sachin handling conditions (bowlers, weather, pitch, whatever) better than Dravid on that day. This clearly favours Sachin (ignoring the fact that Sachin started playing 7 years earlier and lost more with the team in the early 90s). However, the stats can favour Dravid, so when he does not score big, India lose. Dravid quadrupled his 100s in lost causes after England. Ignoring the unexpected thrashing, you have one 100 in a losing cause. Basically, going with the reason in Dravid's favour, one 100 in a lost cause in 37 matches is pretty good. Keep in mind I'm not trying to say, "If he scores this, this happens 100%, if he scores that, that happens 100%". This obviously does not take into account teammates' contributions.

  • SomeCents on November 22, 2011, 1:07 GMT

    It's fine to point out Sachin's batting has been less flamboyant as he got older, but it's a bit personal to be referencing the man as a "monk" and celebrating the other batting great's approach to life. My guess is IanC blames Tendulkar for his brother tanking as the Indian coach and cannot hide his personal scorn. It's fine to write a constructive criticism Mr. Chappell but try very hard to be professional and non-personal please.

  • RandyOZ on November 22, 2011, 0:07 GMT

    @Alexk400, could not agree more with all your comments. Dravid is the true star. Another dead rubber innings from Sachin coming up.

  • Alexk400 on November 21, 2011, 22:23 GMT

    i did watch all sachin matches.When you play against javed miandad or even sanga , you know you have to slay that dragon to win the game. They will fight tooth and nail. With sachin , you do not need to do anything. He will choke himself up. it happened so many times , i lost count. His best inning probably in sharjah but that is a meaningles ODI series. If he done that in world cup , i would salute him Unfortunately he never made me regret my words so far. Yes he will make his 100th century even more when no one cared. It is always like this from the beginning from 1989. He is a great player when no care to watch or interested because game is already decided. He is a more like a SIDESHOW. I would be stand in line if you people praise real winner , Sachin is not a winner , it does not matter if he has 200 centuries or 20000 runs. it only show he has endurance and single mindedness for useless stats. My new MVP list 1. Dravid 2. Sehwag 3. Kapil dev 4 Sunil 5. Dhoni 6. VVS laxman ...

  • Beazle on November 21, 2011, 21:30 GMT

    Sachin has always been a great technician and accumulator. However, unlike Lara, Sehwag and Gilchrist, he is not a match winner and is not someone who frightens the opposition. When he is out of form (as he obviously is at the moment) it does not look pretty but I am sure he will come good soon enough.

  • enthusiastic on November 21, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    Sachin is a fantastic player and a treat to watch when on song. However he is not as great as we Indians make him to be. The greatness of a player lies is in the match winning innings one plays when it matters for his country and unfortunately we have seen players who are under rated but have performed well when it matters - Sanath jayasurya, inzamam, steve waugh, lara, gilchrist, sehwag, Dravid etc. Richards was by far the most intimidating batsman i have seen. Lara, Gilchrist and Sehwag cause worries tothe opposition but not of the same dominance as Viv. The best innings sachin has played in his career was in Chennai against Pakistan in a test, which unfortunately we lost but sachin played a fighting innings. He is obsessed with records and gavaskar is also guilty of over rating anything sachin does, even if he misfields gavaskaar comes to his rescue and justifies. I personally dont tihnk sachin is the best batsman in the world, he is only one of the best.

  • bigdhonifan on November 21, 2011, 20:31 GMT

    @Alexk400 No one fear sachin, sachin wont attack??? Ok! U may be started watching cricket after 2004! Sachin played 15 years of cricket before that... He made his arrival by scoring 80 of 40 agains NZ... do u remember back to back 100 agains aussies in Sharjah??? single handedly given the trophy to India... do u remember match agains Pak in 2003 WC? many occassions!!! Now bowlers wont fear him, they RESPECT him!!!! In a team where sehwag, Dhoni, gambhir, Raina, or Kohli there to attack... why sachin need to attack... its game plan!!

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on November 21, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    @sarandeep:jadeja is no-11 ;)

  • arunsmail4u on November 21, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    Mr. Chappel, You should be in his place to know whats going through his mind.. To withhold the expectation of millions of Indians for years, is not that easy.. He will do it eventually, that is what matters the most and he has done it n number of times in the past in similar situations!

  • Santaz on November 21, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    No more Tendulkar,Please. A match needs to be played and India needs to win in an authoritative style. This is a meaningless distraction that has been going on for a long time.Game of cricket is much bigger than an individual.Even if Tendulkar gets a hundred in this match,it is to be remembered that this is against an inferior opponent and after the outcome of the series has been decided. TENDULKAR IS REQUIRED TO DELIVER A DEFINING INNINGS LIKE LAXMAN IN KOLKATA AGAINST THE AUSSIES to be considered a great cricketer.

  • truebleue_cricfan on November 21, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    It is no secret that Tendulkar has always been overburdened by the weight of expectations. I feel it is something he has brought upon himself. As Chappel mentions, that is precisely the difference between Lara and Sachin. Sachin just cannot/is not willing to try out new things with his batting. I am sure we the public would only be too happy give Sachin his off days. Days where he can just go all out trying to blast the opposition bowlers for a quckfire 30 or 40 instead of labouring it out for a painstaking 80 odd. In fact I feel I might be echoing the sentiments of many here when I say we would be more proud of the former effort than the latter.

  • Alexk400 on November 21, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    Greatness of player depends how much opposition fear him , No one fear about sachin. They know he is selfish guy and try to stop his run flow by boxing him. Sachin never come out and attack when under pressure situation. Most teams afraid of sehwag and dravid than sachin. Sachin does have style of less work more reward technique mastered it. In the scheme of winning the game , no one worry about sachin. I am not sure how many ways to tell this clueless sachin fans that sachin is not that good when comes to winning the game. He is not greatest Batsman but merele decent batsman with ove rbloated stats. you all are worshipping wrong GOD , real GOD is Dravid. Hahaha.

  • Kaze on November 21, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    @Ajith Laxman Lol your comment is right up there with the most stupid. What does he play for if not success, then failure ?!

  • Alexk400 on November 21, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    No one can deny sachin made runs against best bowlers when game is already decided. He is very good at it when game is lost or going for a draw. That is the major issue with sachin. he is not a winner. He is a run accumulating machine when things are not important. He can't change what he is. For me he is not even half of dravid. Yes he has useless stats which means nothing for anyone except his clueless fanatic fans. It is unbelievable people talking about this loser in glowing terms. What is world come into. We need to talk about winners not losers. No more sachin. :)

  • tssbala on November 21, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    Hi All,

    Dear Sachin fans,,,

    If Sachin reads this article and gets ian's point and scores a scintillating 175 out of 156 balls in Sydney/Melbourne/Perth...will you cry?

    Thanks, Bala S

  • swarzi on November 21, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    As you can see throughout his career Ian, Sachin has lots of problems when the slightest semblance of pressure is on him to do something special - whether it is to play an innings to get the runs set by the oppositin to win a match for his country, or, as the case in point demands - that he exexcute a special performance to create a special/known resord. If he does not know about any special requirements from fans, etc., he is as good as any of his contemporaries. But as soon as he is called upon for a known big moment, he freaks out and takes plenty doing before he finally does it - remember how long it took him to go from 34 to 35 100s. And this is exactly where the Laras and Pontins are his indisputable superiors. You remember how quickly Lara took to break records that stood for decades; and which we thought could not have been broken; and if anyone breaks them after him, how quickly (relatively speaking) he reestablished them?

  • Naresh28 on November 21, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    PEOPLE HAVE SHORT MEMORIES WHEN ANALYZING SACHIN. HE DOES NOT NEED TO PROVE TO ANYONE HOW GOOD HE IS. HIS RECORDS AND MILESTONES HAVE BEEBN SCORED WHILE PLAYING FOR INDIA. HE HAS BEEN ANOINTED AS GREAT EVEN BY BRIAN LARA AND OTHER GREAT CRICKETERS. IT IS A TEAM SPORT AND HE HAS WON MANY A BATTLE FOR INDIA. THE RECENTLY ENDED WORLD CUP HE SCORED HIGHLY - GO BACK AND CHECK THE PLAYER STATS ON THAT. IN 2003 WORLD CUP IN SOUTH AFRICA HE WAS THE BEST BATSMAN. NOT HOME TURF LIKE SOME OF YOU ARE INSINUATING.

  • on November 21, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    It's almost as if Ian Chappell suffers from this nagging Sachin itch and no ointment has bought him relief so far. It's a testament to Sachin's monk like attitude that he pays no attention to distractors like Chappell. A lesser mortal would probably wake up every morning gleaning through websites about what people have to say about his 100th ton, but again lesser mortals would never be sitting on 99 hundreds in the first place. Also, one thinks Chappell is now so used to eating humble pie, he practically orders it every time he writes about Sachin.

  • sarandeep45876 on November 21, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    @Full-Blooded-Wallop : While you are at it, why not add Ajay Jadeja :)

  • AbAdvani on November 21, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    Dear Mr. Chappell, I think Sachin was ahead of your thinking -he tried to get aggressive in his last knock and got out to Bishoo -yes, he was letting the pressure of 100th hundred get the better of him and was getting out while trying to contain and play -but he quickly realized that he had to change that and start getting aggressive -I think that's what he did in the last innings but he still got out. Let the media spare him from all the hype and hoopla -it is just one more milestone in his career and he will accomplish it soon.

  • on November 21, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    what makes Chapelli think sachin plays only for success? Maybe he enjoys batting it out at the nets! Maybe he enjoys his journey to success.

  • i_witnessed_2011 on November 21, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    every monk enjoy his work or service. He is monk because he enjoy being a monk. Tendulkar loves cricket and for him cricket is everything. When improving skills or practicing more n more brings joy to him personally let him do it. Everyone's enjoyment need not be same. Every individual has his own way of excelling himself. Please learn to respect that. (Not only aussies have their way playing game, Every individual has it) I can say this is yet another 'Bashing' article from Ian. He did it before for tendulkar for suggesting retirement. He is still doing it for Ponting by 'expiry date'. Tendulkar,Dravid,Ponting,Lara all are great batsmen. They have proved again n agin how to build their innings and bounced back from touch posn in their carrear. It is time for Ian chappel look beyond legends. There are many more who may need his advice!!

  • on November 21, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    lara true average 51.5 and nearly all the runs for west indies , tendulkar true average 50.1 bradman true average 80 odd cant be bothered to find a calculator as it is just better

  • harshthakor on November 21, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    @Lillian thomson:Your criticisms on Tendulkar's performances are baseless.He conquered a top Australian attack at Perth in 1992 in an innings described by John Woodcock as the closest he has seen to Bradman.In 1996-97 he superbly executed a knock of 169 runs in the 2nd test v. S.Africa against Alan Donald and co.described as a classic by Mike Procter.He repeated this feat 4 years later scoring a masterly 158 in S.Africa.In the 2003 world Cup he destroyed Waqar,Wasim and Shaoib like mincemeat when scoring 98.In Madras in 1998 he destroyed Shane Warne like an executioner. His last centuries against Dale Steyn in testing conditions are something even great batsman will find tough to beat.Viv Richards had the support of a great pace attack and great batsman like Greenidge.Lloyd,Haynes etc.It is possible that had Sachin been in Viv Richard's shoes he may have even outscored him.Viv was more flamboyant but no batsman ever combined flamboyance with such technical excellence like Sachin.

  • nav84 on November 21, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    only 8 out of lara's 34 100s (23%) resulted in a victory where as 20 out of srt's 51 100s (40%) helped india win bt still for some ppl lara was a bigger match winner. in his defense they wld say his team was not that good. bt the same logic disappears when srt is compared with ponting.

    40 times dravid and srt have played together and india has lost the test match, which means on all those occasions oppositions played far batter and indian team played pathetically. i would feel in all those matches indian team had been under pressure through out the game (dravid fans might not feel that way as for them pressure is only wen dravid performs). out of these 40 times, srt scored 50 or more 21 times with 8 out of them being centuries while dravid scored 13 scores of above 50 with only 4 of them being centuries. bt still for some ppl dravid plays better under pressure.

    seems those some people have decided to analyse cricket in a way only to criticize srt. cricinfo please publish :)

  • ashok16 on November 21, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    Sachin, Sachin fans and Sachin baiters: this record is no record. Never before or now in any other case have added scores from tests and ODIs. If SRT wants a hundred 100s he should play English county - that is where Ramprakash was the last person to reach that milestone. And before him it was Hick.

  • satish619chandar on November 21, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    @Kaze : Who stopped him from playing? He didn't have the desire to continue.. If Joginder Sharma played same amount of tests like McGrath, he would have taken same amount of wickets? Dont leave anything to prediction!!

  • TheOnlyEmperor on November 21, 2011, 5:49 GMT

    Sachin doesn't have an uncluttered mind like Sehwag. Nor does Sachin show the determination of Gavaskar nor can Sachin keep playing the safe shots like a Dravid or Kallis. Sachin doesn't try to be somebody else. He just tries to be the best him...with all the intermix of talent and flaws. Oridnary people see him fight his demons and overcome them, which is the reason they LOVE him. Many a time the DEMONS seem to overcome him, but he keeps fighting them. Sometimes when you least expect, he performs like no mortal can do under those circumstances. He has embraced change remarkably, to go with age and more particularly with circumstance and form. Without goals and milestones, ANY journey is a bore. Goals and milestones help one challenge oneself. Sachin would definitely love to take his Test avg above 60... as would Dravid and Ponting, both of whom have dropped from 57+ and that would hurt. Bradman was good in his era but Sachin is a better cricketer all things considered.

  • TheOnlyEmperor on November 21, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    Sachin is miles ahead of Bradman and anything that the Aussies can throw up in the next 100 years, for one simple reason. The Aussies cannot function when they are the number 3/4 team. They simply break up and fall apart under pressure and that's what happened when they were 21/9 in the 47 all out innings. The Aussies will sledge when the going gets tough and think of ways of upsetting the opposition through the media. The English do that too. It takes a great degree of maturity to play cricket and tide over adverse comments and pressure. Sachin has his flaws especially when he nears a landmark...any landmark... even if it is a 50...His flaw is his nervousness. He also loses interest in batting if he has given a chance. A dropped catch or a plumb lbw not given will see him get out sooner than later. He wants his innings to be chanceless. He is ashamed of his bad shots for he prides in his shot selection... contd.

  • Ontu on November 21, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    @Abhijeet Jagtap: I was thinking of the same article while reading this one. Well said. Critics always have to say someting or other. And for those posters who feel that Sachin has never played any useful innings, please have a look at ALL his innnings scorecards, and then rethink about this. While Ian Chappell is trying to make a point about strike rate (albeit not that a great point), he unnecessarily brings comparison with the other great Lara (as he had done in the 2007 article as well). Sachin, Lara, Ponting are great players and there is no reason to compare them when it is not needed at all. All three failed miserably in many occasions, but still are legends in world cricket of recent times.

  • cric4india on November 21, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    @Kaze: Absolutely, I agree. But would he have played even 100??? Oh wait, I meant 100 apart from ODI's. Don't count them together!

  • zenboomerang on November 21, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    @Vishal_07... "With all due respects, the Chappell brothers should stay out of the Indian cricket."... - they should keep out of Australian cricket as well... lol... btw not many Aussies sports fans would rate them highly for both on & off the field antics...

  • akhilhp on November 21, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    @Alexk400 I am surprised that in response to an article in which author has said how 'It wasn't just Warne; he challenged all the best bowlers', you are saying Tendulkar scored against 'below average bowlers'. I hope you list warne and company as below average. Good You might be agreat bowler yourself then.

  • Meety on November 21, 2011, 4:50 GMT

    @SomeCents - Lara "..He hid from pace.." - clearly my friend, you know nothing about cricket! Poor. == == == The reason why Sachin has kept on choogin for all these years is because he is so self contained. He had to be otherwise he would of left the game ten years ago as a burnt out wreck. The weight of expectation is everywhere but very rarely does it seep in between the real estate between Sachin's ears. He got older - susceptable outside off stump, he tinkered with his game & made good adjustments (less risk), he got injured - he hung in there until things started to come good again. He is a legend. The SLIGHT problem is that because he is self-contained, (IMO - Kallis is too somewhat) - he can look like he is searching for personal milestones in a team game. IMO - I don't think it matters whether he is trying extra hard to get the 100 x 100s. I would imagine SRTs main purpose is to get the 100 x 100 out of the way so he can fulfil his desire to win a test series in Oz!

  • Scorp on November 21, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    Interesting article.. and interesting mention of the only other Genius of these times Lara... the stark contrast in the attitude with which the 2 have achieved remarkable heights in Cricket.. although I agree Sachin should a times enjoy his cricket more than worrying about what the fans want, its easier said than done.. from the age of 16 to date, the man has been assigned Demi-God status in the country holding its breath everytime he walks out.. the country's mood swings with his form.. and he (unfortunately) is well aware of these facts.. Call it being grateful to their support... call it being a monk who sacrifices his pleasures.. or call it being hungry for Records.. Sachin has always played to please India.. mostly succeeded... at times failed.. but he may never find it easy to play any other way.. He will be a totally different player once the No. 100 is notched up.. Cheers to the man!!

  • zico123 on November 21, 2011, 3:45 GMT

    Sachin all the best, we have no problem waiting for no. 100, you just relax and bat, then you will destroy Australia down under

  • on November 21, 2011, 3:37 GMT

    Here is the old ian Chappell article on scahin after 2007 WC...

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/287961.html

  • harshthakor on November 21, 2011, 3:31 GMT

    Alex,I wish to remind you that no great batsmen has faced the pressure of Sachin Tendulkar and he played some of his greatest knocks on the most difficult tracks against the best of attacks,facing the likes of Akram,Mcgrath,Warne ,Donald and in recent times Steyn.I doubt any great batsman could have tackled Steyn beter than Sachin in his last series in S.Africa.Sachin never had support in his peak and had he played in the teams Viv Richards played for he may have been a great match-winner.Sachin's weakness was that he faltered at the finish and did not posess the absolute match-winning killer instinct.Comparing Dravid to Sachin is like comparing chalk to Cheese.I agree Dravid had better grammar and was more effective in a crisis but Sachin was a far more innovative batsman who could turn the complexion of a game to a greater extent.

    His greatest rivals for the 2nd best to Bradman are Jack Hobbs,Viv Richards,Brian Lara and Gary Sobers in that order.

  • Vishal_07 on November 21, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    With all due respects, the Chappell brothers should stay out of the Indian cricket.

  • caught_knott_bowled_old on November 21, 2011, 2:42 GMT

    The regularity with which these articles on "Sachin's milestone" get published is classic example of media hype. Last week Sharda Ugra felt compelled to write about it. Now Ian Chappell feels compelled to offer advice. Can ESPNCricinfo focus on some real cricket stories please.

  • on November 21, 2011, 2:09 GMT

    Why Australia? May be Mumbai beckons him. What bigger embellishment to the landmark than attaining it on home turf and in front of his very own people. The only dilemma is how to forget them.

    I wish him all the best and hope he has the instinctive ability to take on board the good advice offered by Ian.

  • CricFan78 on November 21, 2011, 1:29 GMT

    Why do some fans of England and Australia come here and embarrass themselves with their anti-Sachin comments all the time. For God's sake he is going to score 100th 100 not his 1st

  • Markus971 on November 21, 2011, 1:25 GMT

    "Well said", NevadaSmith! Perhaps Mr.I.Chappell you may see the merits of another persons lifestyle choices/calm persona. Also for criticism to be constructive .... well, I'll let "You work it out",(hopefully one day). @ Lilian Thomson, some advice, .."do your research unbiasedly!!"

  • Alexk400 on November 21, 2011, 1:24 GMT

    We are not debating sachin skill level. He is a perfect Batsman of all time because he has offense and defense 50/50. Sehwag is 80:20 , draid 30/70 , vvs 40/60. Because sachin is 50/50 he can score runs in any condition except pressure situation. every one plays a role in a team. Sachin role was like shaquille oneal , franchise player who scores more points but don't do anything in playoff. Sachin reminds exactly shaq. Borth are mentally fragile. At present sachin is more worried about collecting stat trophies for himself than winning. He laid big EGG in england. Greatest batsman against decent england bowlers. I an agree on one thing , he is great batsman against below average bowlers. if you make sachin face new ball , he fails most of the time. No one can deny sachin is a decent batsman with better bloated stats. He has no aura. Opposition more scared of sehwag and dravid than sachin. He lacks leadership. Teannates see him as a selfish guy with bloated stats. They won't admit it.

  • SomeCents on November 21, 2011, 1:11 GMT

    "One of the more incredible aspects of Lara'. successful career was the way he batted in the same manner throughout..." That is nonsense. He hid from pace and took quite a while to get going. Was almost Chanderpaul-like in ODI's. However, he would resort to his old self against trundlers.

  • Kaze on November 21, 2011, 1:00 GMT

    Lol had Bradman been playing his 184th test he would most likely have been on 102 test hundreds. Probably more given the likes of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.

  • bigdhonifan on November 21, 2011, 0:51 GMT

    He did it 99 times, he will do it one more time. Just wait and watch!!!

  • PACERONE on November 20, 2011, 23:45 GMT

    Sachin is not the only batsman that is batting timidly.Swann gets most of his wickets because batsmen go into a shell then play stupid strokes to get out.Captains are more prone to spread the field quickly if the batsman is attacking the bowling.Batsmen in the class of Sachin can then pick up easy runs without taking chances. I hope that he gets the 100- 100.Some fans get carried away with international 100s and test 100..A test match hundred is made in a 5 day game.

  • on November 20, 2011, 23:20 GMT

    I am his fan. I did not appreciate that he skipped West Indies and decided to spend 'valuable time with his family' instead of preparing for the English bowlers whom he vastly underestimated. I also did not like that he went to England a month in advance and took his son to the nets every day and asked Monty to bowl at him (and Flower was foolish enough to ask Monty to stop because if Monty had continued, Sachin could have fared worse). Sachin is very good but has his pretensions. He talks about an uncluttered mind many a time, but he is thinking about his personal contribution to the win, that's why he is a little edgy in the 90's or when he has to finish off the game and often gets out with 30 runs to go. Gavaskar and Rahul Dravid are mentally more tough. Steve Waugh is a class apart as well. I know that Sachin gets hurt by the 'not a finisher' label, but that is for him to overcome; learn how to be 'really calm'.

  • sachin_vvsfan on November 20, 2011, 22:46 GMT

    @RandyOZ Who asked you to watch if it is so painful? @Alex Sehwag ahead of sachin? we have seen how good sehwag was in SA. We will see it in AUS too.

  • Final_Session on November 20, 2011, 22:45 GMT

    @Lord_Trickster, did YOU read nks1234's post properly?? he never said 100 TEST centuries... he merely said 100 INTERNATIONAL centuries !! may be in your time only test matches were the international ones, but nowadays we have tests, 50-50s and 20-20s as international matches (Sachin doesn't play international 20-20s)...your first post made me think you as a non-cricket-watching casual follower who jumps on a band wagon every now and then... but your second comment....???? seriously !!??.... mate, read (and think if possible) before you write - for the sake of being taken seriously...!! and oh yes, by the way, Sachin IS the greatest batsman in post-Bradman era (I do have some reservations about Don being the all-time greatest mostly for the fact that he only ever had to play in 2 countries and for 52 times only, but that's a different discussion and after all, Don was the greatest batsman in pre-Sachin era..... may be independently, they both are THE greatest ever to bless cricket ! )

  • LillianThomson on November 20, 2011, 22:45 GMT

    I have lost count of how many attacks got the better of India when Tendulkar was in his supposed prime. I remember problems against Allan Donald in 92-93 (Tendulkar averaged 33), by Wasim Akram in 1999 in the Asian Test Championship and in 95-96 - at home - he averaged 29 against the might of Chris Cairns and Dion Nash.

    There are currently 25 batsmen who have scored 100 First Class centuries - and Tendulkar is still 22 short, despite playing for 23 years. He is 35 centuries behind Mark Ramprakash. ODI centuries are a pretty meaningless statistic when SRT has played over 400 of them - it is just a tribute to his endurance. He is a very good batsman, in my opinion ranking somewhere between 10th and 20th best of all-time.

  • on November 20, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    The shot Tendulkar played when India had 30 runs to win and he needed about 20 to get to his hundred said it all. He always says there is nothing like seeing India win even if he scores little; I doubt if that's really true.

  • on November 20, 2011, 22:31 GMT

    The constant awareness of the personal milestone tends to degrade Tendulkar into an ordinary player. There is no way he can logically forget it but his outward actions stemming from and conditioned by the desire to quickly get across the line can be avoided.

    For instance when he closes on the century mark his natural game and instinct vanish. He becomes too keen to deliver. At Kotla he had worked extremely hard in the team interest . He was at the cusp and seeing the way he was playing one felt he had the best chance that day at Delhi.

    Just as he was closing in on the landmark, team interest became secondary to self interest. Otherwise no batsman of his caliber would refuse that easiest of singles that the team interest absolutely demanded.

    In fact he was so adversely affected by his flagrant liberty with the team's needs over his personal requirement that he felt constrained to explain his action to the astounded Laxman.

    To attain the landmark, Sachin simply must rise above it.

  • Jarr30 on November 20, 2011, 22:18 GMT

    It's just unbeliveable that Little Master has taken sooooo much pressure from 1 Billions Indian fans and worldwide and sooo many yrs. Being an nuetral fan, I feel he will get his century in Australia. Good Luck.

  • pk_brisbane on November 20, 2011, 22:03 GMT

    chapelli has always sat on the sidelines just waiting to justify his points, and those of his brother. "It was quite revealing to read the other day that Tendulkar felt he couldn't forego a practice session to rest because the adoring Indian public would blame any failure on indifference" he says, a quote by his brother greg. lets looks at the facts, after an outstanding 2010, he started 2011 with a ton, then had a great WC, then failed in eng. one could say he failed here against windies, but a forth innings 75 chasing suggests otherwise. he got out playing an aggresive shot on 36 in kolkatta. yes the 100th ton is weighing on him, but for chapelli to drift into other facets like lifestyle, which sachin has overcome for 22 years, is just him justifying him own past observations. i do agree with his point though that if he attacks the bowling, sooner rather than later the ton will come. maybe mumbai, maybe boxing day.

  • gestapo on November 20, 2011, 21:52 GMT

    dont think the 100th ton is tying him down,,,but sachin as you rightly said is never at his best when he mixes caution, with his batting,,once he gets into a shell,part time bowlers ,debutants are made to appear like giants,,classic examples being paul harris in the cape town test in 2006, bangalore test against pak in 2005,, against england in mumbai 2006,,,sachin should always be the dashing batsman that he truly is,, taking the charge to the camp like his knock against pak in 2003 WC,, a heartening thing is ,after 2007 WC, he has displayed his scorching style of play on many occasions than before which is what we all love to see,,,,he should instill the fear in bowlers like viv richards.

  • Number1CricketFan on November 20, 2011, 21:51 GMT

    Sachin is about twenty million times better than Lara.

  • on November 20, 2011, 21:47 GMT

    Tendulkar is not going to get 100 hundreds ever because he is nervous. He has always been nervous on the big occassions.

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on November 20, 2011, 21:23 GMT

    Comparisions between ponting and sachin is atrocious.Sachin has survived 22 years with more or less same batting form. Ponting hasn't even completed 15 years and is already in a great slump. Moreover ponting is technically flawed, he is always found struggling infront. I bet even yusuf pathan could score 12000 runs if he bats on no-3 and play 156 matches, because he has aggression. Viv Richards? No doubt he was great, but he scored only 8000 runs. There IS a difference between 15k and 8k folks. Period. And I am quite surprised how blindly people consider Don Bradman as the greatest ever. 99.94 is GREAT, but he played almost all his matches against England(having a pathetic bowling attack then) and could play only 80 innings.He never had these hectic schedules and enormous pressure. My ranking for top 10 batsmen for all time :1)Sachin 2) Dravid 3) Gavaskar 4)Lara 5) Bradman 6)Sehwag 7)Viv Richards 8) Laxman 9)Kallis 10) Sobers

  • AK_25 on November 20, 2011, 21:20 GMT

    1stofall....i want to admit dat...those who were started follow cricket in 90's...only they can feel why sachin is so much great or so much admirable.......and those who started follow cricket post 2000 era...they cant understand what sachin gives to indian cricket...why he is so much important to cricket...nw a dayspeople says dat he is nt a match winner....ponting or lara is much great thn him...bt one thng they didnt notice...dat lara and ponting didnt feel the pressure of millions of peoples expectation....or their burden of expectation.....for one man dats too much...sachin is the only one for whom cricket is so much popular in india..and at that time if sachin out early means india already lost ...and u people forget the other team mantra...get sachin get india....hav u ever heard dat one team so much depends on one man....nt everyone or other country people can understand his importance.....one thng i wnt to say...people still love to watch him.....dats y he is still around..

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on November 20, 2011, 21:15 GMT

    Comparisions between ponting and sachin is atrocious.Sachin has survived 22 years with more or less same batting form. Ponting hasn't even completed 15 years and is already in a great slump. Moreover ponting is technically flawed, he is always found struggling infront. I bet even yusuf pathan could score 12000 runs if he bats on no-3 and play 156 matches, because he has aggression. Viv Richards? No doubt he he was great, but he scored only 8000 runs. There IS a difference between 15k and 8k folks. Period. And I am quite surprised how blindly people consider Don Bradman as the greatest ever. 99.94 is GREAT, but he played almost all his matches against England(having a pathetic bowling attack then) and could play only 80 innings.He never had these hectic schedules and enormous pressure. My ranking for top 10 batsmen for all time :1)Sachin 2) Dravid 3) Gavaskar 4)Lara 5) Bradman 6)Sehwag 7)Viv Richards 8) Laxman 9)Kallis 10) Sobers

  • on November 20, 2011, 21:00 GMT

    I actually agree with Ian. Buddy you make for sense than your brother.

  • on November 20, 2011, 20:41 GMT

    @Alexk400 That is too harsh on sachin!!!! ofcourse he might not be the best in tests... but he is no.1 in ODI.... your rating shd be different... 1.Dravid 2. kapildev 3. sehwag 4. Sachin 5. Laxman 6. Kumble 7.Gavaskar

  • BigINDFan on November 20, 2011, 20:06 GMT

    This is tiring - analyzing and cross examining one of the greatest players India has ever produced, period! He may have failed in crunch situations but so did the other 10 players in team. But he has been successful when others have failed in situations. He is human and he is a player, an athlete. His statistics speak about his performance. He has contributed significantly to Ind reaching 2 WC finals and yes he failed at the final hurdle but he got us there. Someone should say thank you and take it from there. MSD did and that's why Sachin called him the best captain he has played under. Let us enjoy that Sachin plays for Ind and he plays cricket and not compare contrast him. Chappell is not toying with Ind fans but just saying that Sachin stop carrying the burden and just play the darn game and enjoy it!

  • on November 20, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    The comparisons should be stopped. Why to reduce these great players to mere comparison. See the point chappel has given. Sachin is more interested in run accumulating than dominating like he used to. He must break free and enjoy his last few years of cricket with the same dominating batting as in the 90s. People will love him even more if he is vintage sachin. There is no doubt that aggresive batting will lead to a few failures and people(fans and ian chappel) will start talking of his retirement. But sachin has to come out of the 'monks life' and enjoy his dominating skills rather than worry about failures. Good luck sachin.

  • ptnair on November 20, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    @Alexk400 - you shouldn't have listed Sachin in the "Most valued Player for india " list of yours, if you truely stand with your view :)

  • on November 20, 2011, 19:38 GMT

    @Alexk400 where were you in the 90's??? not born i think?? check every overseas ton he got from 1991 to 2001, 90% were when the team was collapsing (includes Dravid lol, who was just a good player then, Ganguly actually was better than Dravid from 96-00). You really have to WAKE UP to these facts,PLEASE. btw,Tendulkar was already a great when Sehwag debuted.

  • on November 20, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    Forget Chappelli's Sachin. They are proved wrong so often by you, I wonder how they can continue to be involved in this sport.

  • on November 20, 2011, 19:26 GMT

    its only been a test series in england n this where he didnt perform..n all are cutting his head.. give it a break.. world knows tendulkar.. he will do it.. dont force it... all these ppl are in a way forcing him or making him desperate(even though he doesnt fall for these) to get that hundre by saying dont listen to that n this.. let him do it.. lets cherish the moment when he does it... i dont think that day is too far....

  • on November 20, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    INTERESTING! THE REAL DON OF CRICKET DECIDED TO CALL IT QUITS AT THE MAGIC BATTING AVERAGE OF 99. THE OTHER LITTLE MAN IS NOW STRUGGLING AT THAT NUMBER DIFFERENTLY. SHOULD HE FINALLY LET IT GO, OR STILL GOOD ENOUGH TO CARRY HIS BAT EVEN WITHOUT IT?

  • on November 20, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    @hhillbumper...1. Sachin is one of the greatest of all time, this is scarcely an opinion, it is a fact. Every sensible follower and expert of the game knows it. 2. That attack wasn't mediocre, it is the best in the world today, and is super-effective in its own conditions.

  • insightfulcricketer on November 20, 2011, 18:12 GMT

    It is the fallibility of Sachin which endears him to his fans. We live and die with him.That relationship was never built with any other Indian batsman no matter how great they have been on their own right. I think it is time we give credit to Sachin that he is one of the best all round batsman ever. People swear by viv well we have no anecdotal evidence that Richards played a great knock on a raging turner. Or when faced with adversity shepherded his side to victory in a fourth innings.Mark adversity.If his fans find one please put it on.I can give you a book on Sachin's similar knocks on greent tops,raging turners,against elite attack of his time (well different eras late 80s,90s,00s ). But instead of knocking off greats lets rejoice that we are able to enjoy Sachin in his prime. Look out for a flood of centuires once Sachin gets his inevitable 100/100s .He will get it in 3rd test or the ODIs following it.That will setup him nicely for Australian tour. Should be a great spectacle.

  • Alexk400 on November 20, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    I am indian , i 100% agree with sachin is having bloated average and play to be not out so his average can be improved even against team goals. we all seen that many times. He is not perfect. Sachin do not play well in pressure situation. Sachin does collect runs when game going towards meandering draw. Sachin does obsess with stats more than team goals. Viv Richards always the King of all batsman because he had AURA!. Lara is more of tough batsman to get out when his team needs him. Currently sanga is doing that very well. Ponting put his team in winning position more often than not. Sachin never did anything for the team. It is all about sachin. Most selfish cricketer , not just cricket , any game ever seen. India needed a hero in athletics as indians suck in sports in general. He is as close to champion india got. So indian media overhype this selfish cricketer. For me Most valued Player for india is . 1. Dravid 2. Sehwag 3. Kapildev 4. gavaskar 5. VVS laxman 6. Sachin.

  • Vinodha19 on November 20, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    @people (comparing sachin and dravid) As there is any article of sachin and dravid people start comparing them. please stop this.They are great in their own way. None is greater than other.They are the two wheels of the indian team who are carrying the burden of indian batting for over 15 yrs EQUALLY. SACHIN=TALENT DRAVID=SKILL

  • hhillbumper on November 20, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    sachin=flat track bully.Over rated in the extreme and we saw how he did when faced with a mediocre bowling line up this summer.

  • Alexk400 on November 20, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    For me Lara is number 1 player because he had bad team Ponting second even if he had great team of bowlers but he wa their main go to guy he delivered 99% of time. Sachin does have great batsman around him. With sehwag blasting away , it is easier for everybody to score runs.Indian middle order is run hungry and exceptional if ball gets old. India is not really depends on sachin past 10 years once arrival of sehwag. Sachin gained more from sehwag blitzkrieg than sehwag. Great batting line up gives sehwag to go blast away for sure , but if he fails he will be forgotten. Sachin is always greatest run accumulator ever lived better than bradman but is he greatest batsman? NO WAY. For me greatest batsman is who delivers in crunch situation. Even though i am sehwagologist , i don't consider sehwag great batsman , more greatest entertainer in cricket. Great batsman also adjust to different situation and play for team goals. I never seen Sachin play for indian team goals. NEVER!.

  • on November 20, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    Tendulkar, is born talent..

  • on November 20, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    Ian u are saddened to see sachin prod n poke..So how about your own ex-captain Mr.Ponting..And by proding and poking if he still avgs 45 in 2011( a lean year, but people would have been proud of such an avg even at their rossy times). By the way this avg he has by proding and poking this year is above your carrer avg. 4 years back in 2007 the mirror comment and now it took 4 years to come back with a swipe at the master. You will get your next turn in 2015(may be..good luck). SACHIN TENDULKAR AVGs 67 RUNS in matches india has won in test match cricket and that is the best an indian batsman has contributed. One last comment, how is your brother greig, i guess peru is looking for a coach, he can try his luck there. Good Luck Chappels!!!

  • Vishal_07 on November 20, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    @Lillian Thompson, have you even seen cricket when Richards was around. Did you forget that there was Greenidge, Haynes, Lloyd, Richardson around Viv Richards. You are the first one who has said that Richards had no batting talend around him. Saying Tendulkar is better than Richards is wrong and saying Richards having no other batsman for support is even more foolish.

  • RARD on November 20, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    All Ian Chappell does these days days is play with the emotions of obsessed Indian fans by purposefully making disingeneous comments.He often says that he does not 'suffer fools gladly',and all of us have to suffer his nonsense on a regular basis.I have followed the game for more than 40 years,and I can most categorically say that there is an unnecessary hype about him.I still remeber he had once called Derrick Murray,the W.I. wicketkeeper a great player and had also hyped Pataudi based on 2 innings in Melbourne a world class player. He was considered a so called situational player,but even in that category players like Kaalicharan,Vishwanath.Asif Iqbal,Lloyd were vastly superior to him. Get a life Ian.

  • Alexk400 on November 20, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    Sachin is the reason india failed in England. Indian media hype sachin more than winner , even if you work hard and make put your team in winning position , sachin go score 20runs , india media praise sachin to hiimalayan heights. May be it is to sell news papers for one thing but there is also propaganda going on to obscene promotion. I don't mind promoting winners or player who play under pressure and put their team in winning position just like ponting doing now. When your team needs you must show up. I never seen sachin show up when india needs him in big stage. People say he is burdened by expectation. That is not exactly true. He thinks a lot and build up internal pressure , he does well when no one seems interested. Sachin and lara had same skill level , ponting little bit less. Ponting tower over these two when your team needs you. Lara is also stronger mentally with lots of self belief. Sachin has skill and talent but he does well only situations favor him.

  • AjaySridharan on November 20, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    Tendulkar vs Lara is fair comparison only if we are talking about the Sachin of ten years ago. Sachin's flair has gone and he is more a mechanical run machine right now...which is good for the team, but kills the entertainment value of the game a bit. Lara was a class act. The air of arrogance, the touch of genius, the this is only a sport not war awareness, the stamp of authority...he was a delight to watch. I won't forget his retirement words to the spectators - "Did I entertain you"? - that sums up his entire approach to the game and how he made it better. Sachin is a genius in his own right, arguably one of the very best, has carried the weight of an entire nation's expectations on his shoulders for a long time, and unfortunately the emotional importance that Indians give to Cricket hasn't allowed him to play the game with the same attitude that Lara had. But then, it is only an excuse. By comparison, Sehwag has a terrific attitude!

  • on November 20, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    @Lillian : Wearing or not wearing helmets doesn't make a batsman great. Let me remind you , If SRT hasn't done what VIV has then no player including DON has taken the burden of 1 million fans . This is the primary reason why Chapel in his articles says "Forget the fans".SRT has successfully faced all the best bowlers of his generation. Scored heavily on all the bouncy and turning tracks . Somebody has already replied his role as a match winner. About him playing with a stronger side , Until 1996, Indian Team was hopeless. Till 1996, the side for which Lara played was good. VIV has played with legends like LLYOD, GREENIDGE,HAYNES. SRT cannot rewind time and play the likes DENNIS LILEE , THOMSON .So please don't give unreasonable premise.

  • on November 20, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    @Lillian.. you have given absolutely bizarre reasons to downgrade Sachin's achievements.. And I'll have to come down to your level to make it clear that Viv Richards hardly faced such good bowlers in his era.. bcoz all the good bowlers were with Windies then.. So stop finding reasons and start appreciating the geinus

  • gopzz on November 20, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    hey Ian..why do you think your opinion counts?and why do you wait for a slump in Tendulkar's form to voice them?honestly..try to get a life NOT criticizing others for a change..Tendulkar as a batsman, as a cricketer even, has gone beyond any "human" observations/opinions on his form/skill a long time ago...i think your remarkable powers of observation are very much needed to rescue your own home team at this very moment...or do you know it for a fact (for a change) that its better not to mention them in public anymore?

  • ElPhenomeno on November 20, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    I am not the biggest SRT fan but its appalling how many posters, including some writers, take cheap shots at a great batsman and person. If cricket is a game of stats, like many esteemed writers here like to point out, then his stats speak for themselves. I would admit indian fans sometimes exaggerate his accomplishments big time, but if SRT was english or aussie, we would never hear the end of how he was better than sliced bread, nuclear energy and batman combined. Some of my english friends still think flintoff is the greatest alrounder in last 30 years. You get the drift.

    For my money, barring bradman, Lara and SRT are head and shoulders above any other in history. I would probably pick Lara ahead of Tendulkar but its a bit like splitting hairs. You can't go wrong with either.

  • pitch_curator on November 20, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    @ Lillian Thomson -- You might as well say that VB Chandrasekahr is a better batsman than Sachin while you are at it... Barry Richards and Graeme Pollock??? How many matches did they play? I mean combined...Same with 3 Ws. On one hand you say team result should be put above individual records and then you say Lara is better than Tendulkar. Talk about hypocricy...Gary sobers has an average of 15 in NZ..Walcott has an average of 14 in Australia. Hobbs played in an era where there were only 2 other cricket playing countries, so he never played in the sub-continent. Bradman is definitely the best by sheer weight of his numbers and next it is Sachin/Richards. Ponting does not come anywhere close as his record in India is simplay pathetic. @ Randy Oz -- thanks for the advice. Try telling the same to Ponting. Sachin and VVS should have retired ??lol...Obviously you have not seen cricket in the last 5 years.

  • FoollyFedUp on November 20, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    It is apparent that many fans here don't care if SRT gets his century by plodding along and taking the team nowhere...Good for Pat Cummins and gang. They can feast on a wholly statistically obsessed India when India visits OZ.

  • Vkarthik on November 20, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    Tendulkar will eventually get there. Fact that he is still able to bat just as well he did 22 years back is a testimony to his greatness. Too bad he didn't play that many tests in the 90s when he was at his absolute best. Averaging 50s in the 90s was no mean task. He and Lara were the only one averaged over 50s in the 1990s. Lara 52. Tendulkar 58. Sadly India arranged more ODIs than Tests in the 90s. His records are unparalleled. He will eventually get there.It is natural for a batsman to feel the pressure. I think this is the pressure that keeps his love for the game growing. He still feel nervous just like when he made his debut. Lot of batsmen take their game for granted hence early retirement. Tendulkar is not one.

  • on November 20, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    Ian Chappell - stop reading between the lines (so much). and you seem to write the same sort of critical stuff about Sachin for past 5 years. I'm glad that at least the praises differ.

  • LillianThomson on November 20, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    I'm flabbergasted at the bizarre suggestion that Tendulkar is better than Viv Richards "because Richards was part of a better batting order." Tendulkar has bloated his average in a period with helmets, flat pitches, average bowlers and balls with flat seams. And he has done so alongside Dravid, Laxman, Ganguly, Sehwag and Dhoni, while most of Viv Richards' career was alongside mediocrities like Larry Gomes and then Gus Logie. Tendulkar's career mimics India's recent record. Not number one for most of his career, then taking over the number 1 slot when the number one batsman of his generation (Lara) retired at the same time as the top bowlers - McGrath, Donald, Wasim, Waqar, Ambrose, Walsh and Warne.

  • cricinfo_lover on November 20, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    Lets face the truth. It is very easy for commentators, journalists and ex-players to criticise Sachin for thinking too much about the 100th hundred. But who wont?. He is after all a human being. Can Mr. Chappell touch his heart and say he never thought about hundred when he was in 80s and 90s or when reaching a milestone. If he says yes then he would be lying. No one can undergo what Sachin is undergoing because no one even came close to what he is about to achieve. It is quite natural for him to think about it each time he walks into bat. Generally it is the ever-demanding Indian public who keeps pressurising him to achieve milestones, but on this particular one the whole cricketing world is talking about it. So I request people like Mr.Chappell to stop pretending they never thought of their milestones and allow Sachin to do things at his own pace.

  • on November 20, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    Apart from the last England series, Sachin has been batting better than at any time in his career. He carried India into the WC final in 2010, failing just in the final.

  • avinash200j on November 20, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    Dravid is no where near to sachin...Dravid has had a modest average of 45 with a strike rate of 43 since 2007 and sachin has an average of 59 with a strike rate of 54...Dravid has been doing well only since the England tour and sachin has been failing only since the England tour..why the hell do people forget the previous 4 years and mention only the past 2 months

    Coming to viv richards and ponting....they had all time great teams to support them...look at ponting with mcgrath,warne,hayden,langer in the team and out of the team....viv had the same setup.....Playing with a weak team is tremendously difficult when compared to playing with a strong team

    Coming to Grame pollock and Barry..how many years did they play cricket at it's highest level...may be 1 or 2...would they have continued the same top form for a period of 10-20 years

    I haven't seen bradman play but his stats are unimaginable...I would place BRADMAN,SACHIN and LARA at the same level as the best 3 batsmen of all time.

  • Lord_Trickster on November 20, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    nks1234: Gee not only do you not read posts properly, you allow your bias to completely carry you away. 100 TEST centuries????? For the sake of being taken seriously get your facts correct!!

  • on November 20, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    Please someone tell that to Afridi. In his own words, he comes to bat with a plan, and as soon as he hears boom boom, he forgets everything and tries to hit every ball out of the ground.

  • Leggie on November 20, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    @LillianThomson: I don't think you follow Indian cricket closely. Tendulkar scored over 1500 runs in 2010, over a 1000 runs in 2008, an average of over 67 in 2009 and now in 2011 a relatively poor average of 46 playing in South Africa and England - an average that any great would take for a lean period. You are completely off the mark when you comment that Tendulkar has not contributed to Indian victories. Check out Cricinfo statistics mate. In 18 victories that India has had since 2008, Tendulkar averages a whooping 72 plus - which clearly shows the contribution he has made for Indian cricket and Indian victories.

  • Naresh28 on November 20, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    Yes Sachin does play better under less pressure. His 100 100th will come in an ODI game where there is less scrutiny. In England he seemed to have trouble with his eyesight/Sightscreen. His reflexes are now on decline. I feel India need to concetrate on new talent.

  • harshthakor on November 20, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    In comparison with Brian lara,I feel at their best Lara was marginally ahead.No batsmen posessed the creative genius of Lara and had he played for a great team he would have been the best West Indian batsman of all time.Lara could score mammoth scores,compile centuries at a superior strike rate to Tendulkar and at his best could turn the complexion of match more than Sachin.However,overall Tendulkar noses out Lara, as he was more consistent,had better technique,coped better on bad wickets and played great pace bowling better.In the end Sachin's stats speak for themselves and he is arguably the best candidate for the best batsmen ever combinining one day and test.His Muhhamad Ali style comback in 2010-2011 virtually verified this.

  • harshthakor on November 20, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    I wish Tendulkar all the luck to achieve this historic milestone.He is arguably the most complete batsman in the history of the game and I doubt anyone will ever equal his feat when he acheives it.Tendulkar posessed all the componenents of a perfect batsman be it technique,temperament, ability to save and win matches, able to master all types of attacks and wickets and innovative stroke-making ability.He may not have posessed the flair and match-winning ability of Viv Richards or Brian Lara but in termsof consistency he overshadowed both of them.No great batsmen ever faced as much presssure in Cricket.In his peak days he literally had no support from anyone which explained why he was not able to win so many matches.If not an executioner,he could have been an architect of many more famous wins in a powerful team.

    However,I would like to remember Sachin more for his brilliant batting style than for his records resembling Bradman more than anyone ever.

  • nks1234 on November 20, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    A certain Boycott??Are we discussing First Class cricket or internation cricket here??In First Class cricket is to be consdered then some nonsense will also come out with a view that Ajay Sharma and Vikram Rathore were better than the great BC Lara..which is not the case. International cricket is a different level all together....Sachin is on the verge of 100th in international..It matters..He never asked Ian and others to write about his 100 hundred..Did he??Still they write coz it really matters..Has anyonedone that before..Simple answer is a big NO.Many people have conquered the Everest in recent past still we remember the names of only those who did it first.Many people landed on moon in the last 20 years..Still we remember the name of first person. So it matters.Many people dont even have what it requires to play 100 matches..Getting to 100 internation 100s is something extraordinary.If u count number of matches then please ask the others why they could not last that long.

  • on November 20, 2011, 11:59 GMT

    lol... As if we aren't obsessive about records! And scoring the 100th century - something that has never been done before and is highly unlikely to ever be done in the future - could put anyone into immense pressure!

  • on November 20, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    Don't want to defend Sach.

    But how does a man who has only 14 test centuries speak about someone on the verge of getting his 100th?

    Enough Said !!

  • LillianThomson on November 20, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    Tendulkar has been an excellent player for a long time, but has the burden that his compatriots think that he is better than he actually is, and as his reflexes deteriorate the burden is becoming worse.

    In the last three decades he is probably only behind Viv Richards, Brian Lara and Ricky Ponting. But it's a team game and in that respect Rahul Dravid is arguably greater than Tendulkar, because he has converted defeats into draws and draws into victories in a way in which Tendulkar has rarely been able to.

    But at the end of the day you can't realistically put Tendulkar in the top ten batsmen of all time, even if his compatriots would like to imagine he is. (Bradman, V Richards, B Richards, G Pollock, the 3 Ws, Hobbs, Headley and Sobers would all rank far above Tendulkar or Lara or Ponting).

    What Chappelli is too polite to say is that Tendulkar should have retired five years ago so that his reputation would not be tarnished by this public decline.

  • on November 20, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    @hhillbumper Dravid failed in all 2nd innings in England. nobody noticed that? lol. he was terrible in 00-01(tests), 2007-2008 and 2010.that is 5 yrs. never threatened South Africa except 3rd test in 97 there. Dravid cannot touch Tendulkar of the 90's who had more pressure with a poor line-up which collapsed every overseas test.

  • on November 20, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    Mr Ritesh Chandra, you have a point in saying that Lara played for the world test record score of 400. But, what you failed to understand is that Brian wasn't in the best form in that series because initially he didn't handle Harmison well, due to the fact that he didn't see much of Harmison. Facing a 4-0 demolition, the only way to bring respectability to West Indies cricket at that point was the world record knock. Winning would have been sweeter, but our bowlers were unable to take twenty wickets. Additionally, Sanjay Manjrekar, in analysis of the world record knock said that Sachin, on the threshold of a milestone would never look to hit a boundary, which suggested that Lara had retained the Caribbean flambouyant style of batting. The difference between a test hundred from Lara to that of Tendulkar is that with Lara, you get a more even distribution of runs on both sides of the wicket, and he tends to maximize on the hundred by adding 50 runs more, or a hundred runs more, etc.

  • on November 20, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    @people who say dravid is better than sachin: Where were you when India last toured South Africa earlier this year?

  • Lord_Trickster on November 20, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    Bharat Jayaprakash - you might want to look further than India, mate. A certain Geoffrey Boycott scored his 100th Century in an Ashes Test match against Australia in 1977. Probably before you were born so your ignorance of fact could be excused . . .

  • rahulcricket007 on November 20, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    DON'T WORRY IAN , SACHIN WIL SCORE HIS 100TH HUNDRED IN SYDNEY ( HIS FAVOURITE PLACE ) IN THE SECOND TEST . AND AFTER THEN WE ALL KNOWS WHAT SACHIN CAN DO WHEN HE IS PRESSURE FREE .

  • hhillbumper on November 20, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    Dravid is still the better player because of how he performs under pressure.I accept Tendulkar is good but Dravid is better and can play in all circumstances

  • on November 20, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    @ Ian: seriously !!!

    For once don't go by the stats and actually watch the matches.

    Now I must say on the outset that I am a huge fan of tendulkar and I am definitely not a fan of either of Chappel brothers, with that out of the basket I think tendulkar has been playing as well as he has played over the years. Its just 12 innings since his last hundered, and few batsmen in history have a century every 12 innings.

    More-ever he has played some fantastic innings in recent past(after his 99'th hundred) and even if they aren't converted into a century it matters little. As for adapting oneself according to age and time, it's called wisdom, unless you are learning and adapting yourself continuously, you aren't giving it your best shot...

  • KhalidAli on November 20, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    We are very lucky to have opportunity watching Sachin play. you never know some time down the line he might be lookin at 125th 100.

  • kantipur on November 20, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    I am sick of hearing that sachin has the pressure of billion Fans. Why do you forget if he has pressure of billion fans than he also has the support of billions fans who wants him to succeed. Other players never enjoyed such support like sachin has .

  • mrhash11 on November 20, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    For once I thought I would read an article from Ian Chappell that would not be about how great Australians are. It is surprising that despite the article being about Sachin he has managed to squeeze in words such as "metronomic magician Glenn McGrath" and "a top-class legspinner, Shane Warne", as if between 1989 and 2011 these were the only two top class bowlers who have bowled to Sachin (No doubt these two are one of the greatest of all time). It seems after Ponting's slump since 2009, the entire focus has now shifted to downgrading Sachin albeit in a subtle way. (Similar unsuccessful attempt was made about 3-4 years ago asking Sachin to retire). Its like if you can't compete, pull the competitor down It's okay to be nationalistic, but he crosses the line really when it comes to anything non-australian, more so in his journalistic endeavours. Dean jones should have probably learned a lesson or two from him

  • on November 20, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    That's brutally right, Ian. If he plays his natural game, several dozens of centuries are yet to come. When he is cautious, he is in a shell. He is there now. He need to brake those shackles and display his mesmerizing stroke play.Com'n Sachin......

  • on November 20, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    its easy said than done mr chappel and i thin k he won wc in mumbai so maybe destiny has the 100 also in mumbai but ya destiny has had the 100 in many places wc sf wc final lords etc etc but it will be better for the team becouse if he gets the 100 he would be totaly diffrent in australia

  • skumar8494 on November 20, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    Keep Test match in Chepak Chennai, sure he will hit 100th 100. It is sachin's Favorite ground in India.

  • dr.jha on November 20, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    for one season i'd like to see him bat like he did in 1998...i'd prefer if its in australia...

  • on November 20, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    There is something wrong about these chappell brothers.The moment they need some attention they come up with random articles or books against tendulkar.

  • Rahul_78 on November 20, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    I have a massive respect for you Mr.Chappell and love your thoughts and articles. But I don't agree with this piece of writing. If I am not wrong you hated Don Bradmen all your life cause he made some comments regarding your personnel life. I don't see any point in you comparing Sachins preference of living his life not like Lara or him facing zillion deliveries in the nets. There is vast difference in Windies and Indian culture. Today Gayle and Dhoni are almost like cricketing rock stars, should Dhoni try to emulate Gayles life style to become more explosive? You may never be able to understand the pressure it puts on a human being when 1 billion people call and idolize you like GOD. In fact it is phenomenal on Sachins part to achieve 99 centuries with all the pressure he had to endure since his international debut. I can not even imagine how Lara would have coped if he was borne in India with his penchant for relaxing life style and flamboyance on and off the field.

  • manisacumen on November 20, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    Having watched Tendulkar carefully from his debut, I can say, he starts usually with a bang and when he nears the hundred usually for unusual reasons stops and starts to prod. He plays with a lot of self doubt. And this is not only when he is nearing his hundred. This happens even at other times; he stops his pace all of a sudden and allows the bowler the leeway to get at him; eventually he gets out.

    Having said that, let me tell you it is not the 100th hundred that is putting pressure on him. Definitely not. It is just his usual wont to drop shutters just when he seems to be going great guns. And also he has a brief period where his runs don't flow and he gives scope for his detractors to get at him. But eventually he has the last laugh. He scores tons of runs to show there is no full stop for him; only a semi colon for a pause. Sooner than later, the 100th ton will come.

    But for me, I am in no hurry to see the 100th hundred. I don't mind if it comes against the aussies.

  • AdityaMookerjee on November 20, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    I just love and admire the writings and commentating of Mr Ian Chappell. I would like him to become a writer like Mr Haigh, and Mr Piesse are. I want him to write a history of Australian Cricket for Wisden. I did not unfortunately, watch Tendulkar bat, anytime during the two Tests. I trust the eye of Mr Chappell completely, when he says that Tendulkar was circumspect. Chances are, that a Tsunami may hit West Bengal, rather than Tendulkar going so long without a century. I was disappointed with Cricket, when I saw the empty stands of the Eden Gardens at Kolkata. I cannot blame the Kolkata Cricket lover when he does not miss work for Cricket, at the Eden, but I can certainly blame Cricket.

  • getsetgopk on November 20, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    its doubly difficult for a man who only plays for stats and this final one may never come and that probably scares him the most thats where proding and poking comes into play not a pretty sight for a man who has scored so many in more than two decades of playing cricket.

  • sameer111111 on November 20, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    How about forgetting about one's personal glory and playing for the team for once?

  • india_cup on November 20, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    feels like mr. chappell jus penned down the feelings of my heart!! i hav been feeling exactly the same for the past couple of months.. however i also feel that we shud just let the man be himself. He has reached a level that is beyond genius mortals to even think of. Its very easy to sit back & analyse but it is equally difficult to take centre-stage & perform day in, day out for 22 years!!!! Jus think abt it ppl, & ul stop complaining.

  • on November 20, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    scoring a century is a yardstick for every player's performance in the game and TENDULKAR proved that his performance is the best among all batsmen... To prove once again (100th time), he will score another century... I recollect Tendulkar's comments once, it doesn't matter for me whether i score a century or a single all that matters is whether it contributed for the teams win. Hat's Off to the Legend of Cricket.

  • moBlue on November 20, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    may i also point out that the same ian chappell was strongly recommending to both sachin and dravid that they retire - from test cricket, mind you! - about a couple of years ago, and make way for the "youth brigade"? i am glad that two of the most awesome batsmen india has *ever* produced never bothered to listen to such tripe! ...as their test batting over the last 2 years has proved time and time again! ...and the youth brigade that was supposed to have replaced them if the indian selectors had listened to the "advice" of this clueless dude [as they had once before when they hired a charlatan, his brother, to "coach" indian cricket, dictator-style, right into the gutter]? the youth brigade can't yet hold a candle to the likes of sachin, dravid, laxman or sehwag! [maybe with the exception of pujara, on present evidence]. so we should assume chappell's advice for players from any country - other than AUS- is worthless. i don't know about his advice for AUS or ponting who is in trouble!

  • sharidas on November 20, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    Hey ! 99 looks better than a hundred, especially when we are talking about 99 hundreds. Take it easy Sachin !

  • Muazzam1 on November 20, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    Just give him this 100 and get on with the game..........its getting boooring

  • sweetspot on November 20, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    All of it is true, but we can easily forgive Sachin for this little blemish. For most part, even Gods are allowed a little few mistakes! Watch him flow after he gets that next hundred! Sachin, we know you will bring back the FUN! Whenever, Sir, whenever!

  • on November 20, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    I have to agree with a lot of comments here, why isn't Ponting being analyzed like this when his form has been on the decline for such a long time? Wasn't it just an year ago when we thought the battle of the top centurions was a three-way battle between Sachin, Ponting and Kallis? Sachin has score 8 centuries in the last 2 years. Ponting has scored 1. This article ironically puts more emphasis on a rather pointless milestone. Instead why don't we focus on how Sachin's insatiable hunger for runs never seem to be going down? You do realize that he completed 15000 test runs last week.

  • on November 20, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    i don't agree with most points in this article. Yes, he must be eager to get to 100 centuries, but with no man ever been there in the past, its hard to pen the feelings Sachin is going through. Let's give him enough space. Leave him alone

  • on November 20, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    sachin's brilliant and i'm a huge fan, but i think it's time every third article on cricinfo was about him. i understand ian's point, but seriously, by writing this article ian has only added the pressure on sachin.

  • on November 20, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    well said Ian...god shud nt c his fan dis tym..he shud b focus on his cricket..but we kn dis is not under his..bcoz indian loves him so much..media r creating so much prob..thy shud also forget all dat news abut sachin nd let him play his game..plz

  • on November 20, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    He loves hundred,thats true.but to acheive what u love 99 times is not a matter of joke. On the other hand he plays for record,thats true,but not the record of ducks,most runout,low average or so,its the record of runs,hundreds,s,partneships...which u play game for.he plays for individual records,thats ture nad if all eleven member of team play for it,nation want mind cricket wont lose.he is tendulkar so ian's articles are being read,try to write abt someone playing ranji or aus domestic u will find the difference.

  • RoshanDgreat on November 20, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    No one in this universe knows apart from Sachin Tendulkar that what it takes to reach 99 international hundred so no one knows how difficult it is to play under the pressure of reaching the 100th 100. So everyone please stop analyzing him. He will achieve the landmark very soon....... finger crossed....go ahead you master...

  • on November 20, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    In a day and age, considering how most AFL players treat the Australian public an sportsmen is treating the viewers of the game with respect...a hint of professionalism. How mediocre! How un-sportsman like!

    Well Ian, please meet a cricketer. Your obsession with sports superstars like Warne and clouded your brain.

  • on November 20, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    Mr Ian Chappel....how the hell do u know so much? why the hell you have to talk on every time on everything on earth? and who the hell you think you are? sometimes keeping your mouth shut works...arent u the one who said Tendulkar is finished a couple of years ago...how can some one like you can comment on someone like Sachin take a rest and if you have to blabber out some thing talk about the mighty Aussies and their rapid downfall....

  • spence1324 on November 20, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    Im starting to get sick and tired of this sachin 100 100s thing at the Oval it was about sachin this and sachin that,not the fact england were about to go to number 1 in the test rankings. I guess as soon as he gets it you will see a 1000 articles dedicated to him,Deep joy........

  • moBlue on November 20, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    i am sorry... but what exactly does ian chappell know either about sachin tendulkar or about brian lara? this article speculates way too much - without making it clear that it is speculation - about what is going on in sachin's mind and even hazards guesses about sachin's practice habits! sachin is sachin - and not an eminently forgettable also-ran in the annals of cricket like an ian chappell - because he knows his game and knows what makes him tick and he knows what his goals are and how to get there better than anyone else over the last couple of decades - with the exception of the redoubtable jacques kallis who is probably the best cricketer around during most of the same time period. sachin's scores haven't flagged - despite ian chappell's emphasis in this article on "style" and manner of accumulation of runs. i'd rather see sachin "struggling" in the 80s or 90s [to which he always gets quite fluently, even nowadays, compared to most other cricketers] than self-destruct in the 20s

  • anush_rr on November 20, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    Mr. Ian, Sachin never asked for ur advise. He's been in this situation for the last 22 yrs and he's the only person to know how to handle in this entire world. U need not assume a hypothetical situation and provide consultation to him on how to handle and play. Funny n ironical to c the way ur column ends. lol

  • on November 20, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    Like Always,Ian concentrates more on petty things and totally ignores the main point here. Tendulkar has been there before when it comes to Milestones, and Its stupid to tell that He has succumb to fan pressure this time around. Its really sad that Some Cricket Experts are so biased and deluded in their opinions about Tendulkar that They don actually see or appreciate the achievement itself rather than process of getting there.I expected this only from Ian and First line itself turned me off.It used be?As far as I remember, 1st test, Tendulkar got out playing offensive shot to Bishoo and before that He consolidated and just started attacking him. The Article is nothing but cheap attempt to defame Tendulkar Celebration party,As if we care, The best batsman ever to have played the game is an Indian and His name is Sachin Tendulkar.

  • on November 20, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    I am a great admirer of Ian Chappell and his knowledge on cricket. But i think he has got it wrong this time around..Ian is comparing Sachin's mindset in ODI and test cricket. So what if Sachin is playing for his own satisfaction. The sooner he gets the 100, the sooner the monkey is off the back. And sachin has reached a stage in his career taht, we fans, cricket commentators and writers have to understand that "Sachin knows best", because time and again we are proven wrong.

  • kabe_ag7 on November 20, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    Ian has taken a most unsympathetic view here(like always). You could also point out that while he looks like a robot while dealing with pressure from fans, he also deals with it with equanimity. Regarding his conservative approach in tests, you could also say that he has managed to adapt with his age. Would Ian advise Ponting to keep playing those pull shots he keeps getting out to or keep plonking the front foot across which gets him LBW so much these days? Being able to adapt is a virtue I thought. The bias becomes apparent when Ian takes an opposite and sympathetic view that "Ponting is actually in good form, only he keeps getting out". BTW I bring Ponting here only to point out Ian's inconsistency. "Lara batted throughout his career in the same manner." But surely it's Sachin who has been more consistent? What matters more in the end? He also seems to be suggesting that 175 and 200 were aberrations to his usual conservative approach which he has taken only to achieve milestones.

  • somabanam on November 20, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    The pseudo intelligent analysis in this article by Ian, a man with interesting perspectives most of the times, is absurd at best.To pick up a line from his brothers book and combine with the methodical approach of Sachin and conclude Sachin is not able to control his urge for statistics and is living inside the expectations of his fans is RUDE. Not the gentleman of Ian to say this. Just for the sake of the argument, why did not Ian consider Sachins interview recently where he mentioned its just a number and he is not worried about it. Your comparisons between the ODI of 175 and the test match now sucks. The Chennai Test game demanded Sachin to go aggressive so warne is put on the back foot, where he isnt at his best of taking wickets. Sachin has great respect for the advice of elders. Greg failed and regretted that and now you dont tread the same path, its not because Sachin respects you, it is because we do.!!

  • SriramNatarajan on November 20, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    I can't believe Ian Chappell has wasted his time to bring out this article on Sachin who does not have a century for only 6 tests and less than an year. Instead he could have written about Ponting who doesn't have a century from January 2010.

  • SanjivAwesome on November 20, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    I am afraid now everyone is over-deep-seriously-super-analysing Sachin. Give the guy a break.

  • Dilly81 on November 20, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    I am not sure whats Chappel's problem...Earlier he wanted Tendulkar to quit cricket as he was going through a rough patch, according to him. Then when he came back to his all time best this guy became silent. Now again hes trying to do the same in the name of his century. Why the hell is he not speaking about Ricky Ponting ????

  • nishant1809 on November 20, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    The major difference in the careers of Sachin and Lara has been the huge amount of expectations that the little master has to carry with him, no matter where he plays. With the milestone he is about to reach, the expectations just get bigger and bigger. The fans and the media are talking about his century more with each passing game, rather than about the test victories against the West Indies (after a forgettable tour of England). The fans and the media just need to talk about the milestone a little less. Sachin, will surely cross the milestone, if not in this series, than in the next .

  • on November 20, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    I don't understand why sachin always has 2 prove about his credibility!!!!!!!!!!!how many times will he have to prove that he is born to play cricket.its just a matter of a number.Why is so much of pandemonium around for his 100th ton. He will get it sooner or later. all hail sachin ramesh tendulkar

  • Gupta.Ankur on November 20, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    I think Ian has got his analysis wrong here........Sachin has not been batting aggressively is not because of him wanting 100th 100, but simply because he is coming out of an injury...

    Even in england recently, although he failed.......he was aggressive in whatever he scored...

    And after watching him for most of his 22 years, i don't think "what fans will say" dominates the way he scores...

  • kurups on November 20, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    Very valuable article Ian..as always. Its pathetic to see Tendulkar play like this - 90% of the time playing ugly defensive cricket with very occassional flashes of exquisite drives. I wish Tendulkar for once, forgets these fanatic fans and goes about playing in his natural style..100 may or may not come or you may get a duck but who cares. Everyone knows your talent and you will allways be one of the greatest ever!!

  • NavalPatel on November 20, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    Absolutely correct, Ian. When Tendulkar bats in his recent ultra cautious mode he is frequently not even successful at survival. At his stage of career he should just blaze away, perhaps take instruction from Sehwag about attitude !

  • donda on November 20, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    Ian, you are australian, you will never understand the mentality of sub continent players and fans. It's whole different world. When a whole team can play to win a whole WC for only tendulkar than why not tendulkar care for that team, nation and fans. No body has ever won a world cup for any other person in the world but only that happened this year in India when players openly said that they won it for Sachin.

    So Sachin is a big titan hero and loving person, who believes that his game makes fans happy and that is a responsibility of a great man to fullfill that.

    You know the greatest batsman of all time is still remember for his 99.94 average because he missed 4 runs. And tendulkar is worried that after 22 years, he will be remember as a player with 99 hundreds. If i was that player, i would be worry too. Because Sachin should not be known for 99 but for his humbleness and genius of the game.

  • BillyCC on November 20, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    Not sure if I agree with any of the analysis here. Tendulkar has just batted poorly in recent times and is in some bad form; nothing to worry about in the long run. In England, he succumbed to the pressure of the match situation, the pressure applied by the good English bowling and the pressure of the batting collapses he was involved in. Against the West Indies, he has not batted at his fluent best because of his form, not because of the stats and the pressure of this 100th 100.

  • GreenGoat on November 20, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    weight of expectations is high, very high, on sachin... best luck to sachin in the last test so he may score his 100th 100 in his home ground!! if he doesnt, well that makes the australia series all the more interesting - we in Sri Lanka wish the gentleman cricketer all the best!!

  • on November 20, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    Not sure, whats the point in saying that somebody should bat the same over the years. that means no improvement at all? lara batted same way and his statistics shows that. Players should improve with the experience and thats what everybody is doing and how can be bat like he batted 18 years back? he has reduced his risky shots. imp thing here is that his run rate has increased, not decreased. so when you talk about Change in style now, some another factors are there to be considered. one thing i agree totally. he is most vulnerable when he plays cautious. You can see this any day when the match is on last session. He cant play for keeping wickets and he gets out whereas in the first three sessions he will be flowing.

  • iluvsrt on November 20, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    For once chappel wrote something sensible...(except dragging lara into this, there is a hell lot of difference between the two, and one word can summarize, "Discipline"). One day he will regret the 'mirror' episode. Inside his heart he already knew that after that 175 & 200 (as he only mentioned)! and the 100th... its only another number, but a precious one! If it comes in Mumbai its good, otherwise it will come in OZ down under where test cricket is enjoyed the most!!!

  • sabee66 on November 20, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    I respect him as a great player "For Record purpose" Cricket will remember him for making records but for Indian team i cant remember his match winning things the way his records will be remember but still He is a great great human and a cricketer

  • ankit123123 on November 20, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    Garbage from Chappell. Hitting "meaningless balls" is what separates him from the other class batsmen Chappell talks about. He has forgotten - even though Sachin has not hit a 100 in 6-7 matches, Sachin has still maintained a decent average and helped his team out. But then again, Chappell is known to write negatively about India and Sachin (and he conveniently stayed quiet during the Sachin's purple patch). Ian, surely you are better than just a bitter old man? Surely.

    But I guess you've proven again to everybody, that you're not.

  • OutCast on November 20, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    I don't like Sachin- that doesn't mean I have no respect or admiration for him. The three Indian players I respect the most (in my time) Sachin, Srinath & Dhoni. We can call Sachin "prime time" coz I never seen him struggling to move to double digits. Yes, he played aggressive games, but after 1.3B Indians put the burden on him he thought for the pride of the country than the three-digit numbers. He is a man of class, humble and respectful. He doesn't choose the path of "sledging" when he can't beat his opponents or write utter nonsense articles about other cricketers when Sachin is one of the few who has earned the right to criticize others. Curtley talk to no man while Sachin make others talk to his bat while Australians let their sledging talk. BTW, is Ian Chappel trying to motivate Sachin to achieve one more mile stone- beat Aus in Aus?

  • RandyOZ on November 20, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    This guy should've stopped chasing records 5 years ago and retired. It is seriously painful to watch. Of the big 3 only Dravid deserves to be there.

  • bvgiri on November 20, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    Why blame the fans? I think Sachin is as interested in reaching the milestone as the fans.

  • pranavcrazyguy on November 20, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    @Schuster Goveas

    Strange. What I saw was a firm swat to long off, probably intended for extra cover but not quite timed well enough. :)

  • StopSmoking on November 20, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    ... but aren't the fans his driving force? Find me number of players, where people cheer when previous batsman have gotten out but still they cheer because next batsman is Sachin Tendulkar. This is his driving force. Let's look at the point you want to make that Sachin shouldn't slowed down or should take apart bowlers just like he used to. First of all he is not 28, he is 38. Second of all, have you watched his innings? Let's just look at the stats, if you haven't. His SR is still very healthy compare to current test standards. Compare the same his SR with almost every young batsmen around the globe with exception of one or two, believe it or not it's same or even better. If you in fact, analyse the situation of the match you can see for most of the occurrence, he supposed to bat carefully for team's sake. And whenever he felt like clutching the gear he has in fact done that. His SR for last 5 years = 54. And overall = 54. In odis it's even better 88. Interesting right?

  • nvpar on November 20, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    Here comes another Ian Chappell article on Tendulkar. It must be a good time for Tendulkar then.

  • here2rock on November 20, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    Ian Chappell is one of my favourite writer. He is always spot on. Tendulkar needs to free his mind entertain his fans. He is too tied up in his mind at the moment.

  • Hurricane08 on November 20, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    Over the years, Sachin has played for himself. Sometimes, in the process, he has helped his team - but rarely has the team been his focus. And most of the time, he gets overawed when he nears a milestone. Forget about a century, I have often see him waste several overs to score a single run to get to a major milestone like say 15,000 runs. The comparison with Lara is very accurate - Lara was rarely overawed by his milestones. That's why he was able to get 300s and 400s with relative ease. India has had to rely upon Virender Sehwag to get a 300 - isn't that enough evidence?

  • Rahulbose on November 20, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    A few years ago Chappell had called out that maybe Sachin should quit. It was premature then. But today I feel he has missed a great oppurtunity to bow out with glory. The WC final in Mubai was the best chance to hang his boots. Now I am not sure what he is playing on for? Is it just for stats? Surely a player like him doesn't care for numbers. I hope India have a successful tour of Aus and all the seniors (Dravid, Laxman and Tendulkar) retire after it.

  • BlindThirdEye on November 20, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    It is amazing how most people ,who have accomplished very little in their lives including Ian Chappell, want to advise greats or people who have accomplished much more on how to go about accomplishing. It is like a candle telling a SUN on how to shine bright. Ian Chappell has written equally nonsensical stuff in the past asking Sachin/Ponting to retire and both have made him look silly & stupid by performing at their peaks later. It is about time, Ian and the likes of him shut their PIE holes and leave Tendulkar/Ponting and the rest to play & entertain the fans.

  • on November 20, 2011, 5:32 GMT

    Tentativeness and Forced Aggression in the last 3 innings of Sachin clearly indicates that he is under tremendous pressure. I believe no one in this world is subjected to this kind of Huge expectations from over a Billion Fans other than Tendulkar. I agree with Ian that Sachin is not & can't be at his Best when he is in this kind of pressure. But, Tendulkar being Tendulkar, will pass this Barrier too...

  • on November 20, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    Dear Mr.Ian Chappell - you and your brother Greg are good cricketers, good commentators and smart tacticians. You guys do anything to win. You guys discussed, commented and talked of many players and forced them into premature retirement. The same thing is happening to Ponting and will happen. Now you guys started laying your aeyes on Sachin. You had your eyes on Dravid too. But luckily for him, he sorted out the lean patch and is going along nicely. LEAVE SACHIN ALONE. ITS BEEN 22 YEARS AND HE KNOWS HOW TO DEAL WITH INDIAN PUBLIC.

  • CricFan78 on November 20, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    Why are Chappell brothers so interested in talking about Sachin? Cant they earn money talking about Ponting and co. ?

  • on November 20, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    And related to Sachin's way of batting in England tour, Sachin did play a little slow by his standards in test series but he actually murdered English bowing in ODI's. Also he played two magical knocks (99 & 97) against Pakistan that year and we all know how Sach performed in Down Under tour !

    Lara's flamboyance is a myth, because he played for his 400, played for his record, forgetting about his Team's interest! Sure he was a terrific player, but if you check his records, most of the time he played brilliant cricket in when the series had no meaning (except a few one)

  • on November 20, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    Chappell has made such observations in the past, and sorry to say he was always wrong! This time it's 100 hundreds, next time it will be 50 ODI centuries and so on... no matter how much Sachin tries statistics invariable catch up with him and again becomes the focal point of articles like these. The same Sachin in the last two years has scored 8 test hundreds and now suddenly he is prodding and tentative! give him a break..

  • Percy_Fender on November 20, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    Sachin's family background is probably why he is so disciplined and balanced in everything that he does. This includes playing cricket. He is not the kind of man who will party into the small hours of the morning if he has a Test match ahead of him. That is something he can never do. Brian Lara on the other hand, belongs to the West Indies. Their life has much to do with rum, coca cola and calypso music. So you cannot exxpect Brian to have a quiet dinner and go to bed early before a game the following morning. Gary Sobers once scored a brilliant 100 after getting back from a party at around 5 am. That is the difference which Ian Chappell has failed to understand. The core of different cultures and traditions. I wish he would study more about people before he embarks upon such a topic.Sachin will get his 100 very soon. Maybe in the 3rd Test match against West Indies. Good luck to him.

  • RogerC on November 20, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    Superstardom is a curse in India. Some people crumble under pressure, but Sachin has met expectations so far. The more resilient he is, the more pressure he will get from fans. Its a never ending process. I feel sorry for him to be in this position.

  • on November 20, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    Ponting's duck at the Wanderers was the seventh time in the past 13 innings that he has failed to reach double figures. His last half-century came in the opening Test of the Ashes, nearly a year ago. He last scored a Test hundred 22 months ago. He cannot risk becoming a burden on a developing side.

    And Mr Chappel is worried about Tendulkar's form, class, 100th 100 and burden of his fan Rofl !

  • jaytirth on November 20, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    Nice article. Sachin cares about his fans, that is what distinguishes him from other cricketers. I have never seen him sledge. He does not endorse liquor. Rarely hits back at critics recent example being his dignified silence to Akhtar's book. I think he gains energy from his fan following and that is his primary source of motivation at this age. An inspiring figure on and off the field.

  • RohanBhalerao on November 20, 2011, 5:01 GMT

    (continued form my last comment) We are the sort of fans who will leave all our work when Sachin comes out to bat next time and pray for his century and then if he doesn't score his century, we will talk amongst ourselves about what Sachin should have done. which shot he shoud have played, get upset big time for the moment, then go back, sulk a bit and comtinue with our work. But again, when the next time he comes out to bat, we will again leave our work and with the same ENTHUSIASM, we will pray for his century.. This circle cannot be broken.. So it doesn't matter how SACHIN gets his century....by pushing and prodding or by going all out attacking... WE SERIOUSLY DON'T CARE..! So how and when, we don't care! What matters is watching THAT BAT GOING UP and soaking in the emotion when HE achieves the landmark..!

  • on November 20, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    wel said ian ................ we want sachin to play attacking, we would love to see his attacking 50s and 100s than the defensive and boring 100s

  • RandyOZ on November 20, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    Brilliant article Ian. I would've gone one step further and declared Dravid the far more important and valuable player in Indian Cricket History.

  • Eejalab on November 20, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    Neat article Mr. Chappel... But Indian cricket and its fan following doesn't work that way... May be if he plays a classical test match innings., then he can get it........

  • Raman.UV on November 20, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    Is this the Same Ian Chappell who said sachin should retire from cricket in 2007... Of course any player who is close to any milestone or a century will be nervous and unedr a bit of pressure, its just a matter of time and few innings, also he had good starts in all the innings he played other than a couple of innings in England . Players like sehwag are very rare who wont think of there centuries while batting but almost all players who knows the value of century or a long innings will definitely think of this, cos at the end of the stats matters. soon sehwag will also be seen doing so when he wont get 100 on few matches its natural instinct for human beings. well Sachin had the consistency which i dont think any player had. in last 30 years or so that too in both the format of the game and never let any to point out his drawbacks.Hope he will do it soon in mumbai or in Aussie.

  • on November 20, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    Why ain't Mr Chappel showing his famous mirror to Ponting? Why ain't he's writing on him? Why is he so much worried about Sach? :D

  • RohanBhalerao on November 20, 2011, 4:55 GMT

    Only recently, my thoughts about Manjrekar mellowed down a bit as i got to know hi point of view better. But this guy..! Oh Mr Ian Chappell..! I don't know I can understand him. If there is one person I have serious PREJUDICE about, it's Ian Chappell and i know if there's one person Mr Chappell has prejudice about, it's Sachin. So, the best way out is please stop writing about Sachin, Mr Chappell. Whatever you write, u do not seem to be honest about it. And We Sachin fans, we JUST SIMPLY HATE you..! And trust me, hate is a very strong word for a person like me. Even if Sachin prods and pushes and collects every single run of his hundredth century with SINGLES to deep square leg, WE HAVE NO BLOODY PROBLEM..! And most importantly, we want him to score his hundredth fast, but EVEN IF HE TAKES TEN MATCHES MORE, WE HAVE no BLOODY PROBLEM with it..!!!

  • sameer997 on November 20, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    very true good article hope he does it quickly

  • simonviller on November 20, 2011, 4:19 GMT

    This most humble gentleman[ Satchin Tandulka] deserves the support of the fans ,not the undue pressure put upon him . I wish you the best going forward ; between yourself and the great Sir Garfield Sobers ,you have done more for the game of cricket ,on and off the field , than any other todate . That's my opinion and I'm sticking with it .

  • on November 20, 2011, 4:12 GMT

    Without a doubt many of my Indian fraternity will blast Chappell to write like this. But I don't think whatever he has written can be termed as derogatory. I hope he gets his century here, so that he can be relieved man when he tours the Aussies Land

  • on November 20, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    Well, Sachin has most of fan followers and they expect lot from him. It's not necessary to deliver 100 all time every time he comes to bat, but the energy that he carries with him is speaks lot. As far as practice is concerned, Sachin is most tentative in practicing nets for long times before every match. So, he makes his areas clear to all round while going live. Lara was not much serious about his practice, so he was about live match itself. Definitely, there is menses pressure on this great man for 100th ton, but that not reflects his mind and body game at all. Hope the GOD will get his 100 at Mumbai.

  • niraj13 on November 20, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    I can only say one thing: It's hard to be Tendulkar. He is probably the hardest working cricketer. People just see his records and his runs and centuries, but very few people see the hard work that goes behind it. In this era, to be on top of your game for 22 years is really phenomenal. But, unfortunately, Mr. Chappell thinks that Sachin works a little too hard. Are you kidding me-if Sachin had taken the happy-go-lucky approach, he would have easily retired 4-5 years ago and lived a happy and comfortable life. But, his love for the game is immense. He still has the fire to give great performances. Unfortunately, some people manage to view this negatively and think that he is chasing records and playing for his own interests. Like I said, its hard to be Tendulkar!!!

  • AncientAstronaut on November 20, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    I'm a big fan of Tendulkar, but I wish he didn't care so much about records. But then he is the legend he is today because he cared, and he helped India win plenty of games in the process. Hope that 100th century comes soon.

  • on November 20, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    The Straight Defencesive push to get a 100 of the last ball of a T20 inning (which MI lost) shows how much he loves scoring 100's.

  • on November 20, 2011, 3:37 GMT

    The most important thing that Ian is ignoring is the cultural difference between West Indies and India. Although Lara was able to sustain the magic of batting though out his career its very unseasonable to compare him to Tendulkar. If we are at it why not compare the longevity? Tendulkar has been performing for over 22 years now with same amount of passion and energy with that careful attention to detail yes but it's the nature to care for the fans of the game that made him a person that he is. I personally wouldnot agree with the poking and proding comment. The thought of 100th century may be effecting him but like the man himself says the moment he doesnot enjoy his batting he will call it quits untill then the 100 is just a number and everyone that talks about it and criticizes him and his methods are mere mortals.

  • on November 20, 2011, 3:34 GMT

    Funny because the more you obsess about results, the less likely you are to achieve them.

  • N.Sundararajan on November 20, 2011, 3:32 GMT

    Sundararajan from Chennai

    Ian, you have hit thenail on the head ! Abhsolutely brilliantly analysed !

    Sachin needs to be himself---not what his fans want him to be. And his statements about the 100th hundred being just a number is a deliberate attempt to convince himself that way---it clearly shows that he is too concerned about it. Otherwise, he would speak about his batting and form, and not about the hundred ! Of course, the fans and the media should leave him alone---easier said than done !

  • on November 20, 2011, 3:24 GMT

    He will get their sooner or later. He has got more than any one else could and perhaps any one else can in future .It's is just a matter of one knock !

  • on November 20, 2011, 3:21 GMT

    the thing is his strike rate has never been above 60 or 65 in any of his major innings.. i wonder why ppl want him to score quickly..

  • DrArunPras on November 20, 2011, 3:19 GMT

    The perpetual underperformer when the team's under pressure.. enough to write about him...Let him perform when the team needs him.. then talk blah blah...

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  • DrArunPras on November 20, 2011, 3:19 GMT

    The perpetual underperformer when the team's under pressure.. enough to write about him...Let him perform when the team needs him.. then talk blah blah...

  • on November 20, 2011, 3:21 GMT

    the thing is his strike rate has never been above 60 or 65 in any of his major innings.. i wonder why ppl want him to score quickly..

  • on November 20, 2011, 3:24 GMT

    He will get their sooner or later. He has got more than any one else could and perhaps any one else can in future .It's is just a matter of one knock !

  • N.Sundararajan on November 20, 2011, 3:32 GMT

    Sundararajan from Chennai

    Ian, you have hit thenail on the head ! Abhsolutely brilliantly analysed !

    Sachin needs to be himself---not what his fans want him to be. And his statements about the 100th hundred being just a number is a deliberate attempt to convince himself that way---it clearly shows that he is too concerned about it. Otherwise, he would speak about his batting and form, and not about the hundred ! Of course, the fans and the media should leave him alone---easier said than done !

  • on November 20, 2011, 3:34 GMT

    Funny because the more you obsess about results, the less likely you are to achieve them.

  • on November 20, 2011, 3:37 GMT

    The most important thing that Ian is ignoring is the cultural difference between West Indies and India. Although Lara was able to sustain the magic of batting though out his career its very unseasonable to compare him to Tendulkar. If we are at it why not compare the longevity? Tendulkar has been performing for over 22 years now with same amount of passion and energy with that careful attention to detail yes but it's the nature to care for the fans of the game that made him a person that he is. I personally wouldnot agree with the poking and proding comment. The thought of 100th century may be effecting him but like the man himself says the moment he doesnot enjoy his batting he will call it quits untill then the 100 is just a number and everyone that talks about it and criticizes him and his methods are mere mortals.

  • on November 20, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    The Straight Defencesive push to get a 100 of the last ball of a T20 inning (which MI lost) shows how much he loves scoring 100's.

  • AncientAstronaut on November 20, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    I'm a big fan of Tendulkar, but I wish he didn't care so much about records. But then he is the legend he is today because he cared, and he helped India win plenty of games in the process. Hope that 100th century comes soon.

  • niraj13 on November 20, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    I can only say one thing: It's hard to be Tendulkar. He is probably the hardest working cricketer. People just see his records and his runs and centuries, but very few people see the hard work that goes behind it. In this era, to be on top of your game for 22 years is really phenomenal. But, unfortunately, Mr. Chappell thinks that Sachin works a little too hard. Are you kidding me-if Sachin had taken the happy-go-lucky approach, he would have easily retired 4-5 years ago and lived a happy and comfortable life. But, his love for the game is immense. He still has the fire to give great performances. Unfortunately, some people manage to view this negatively and think that he is chasing records and playing for his own interests. Like I said, its hard to be Tendulkar!!!

  • on November 20, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    Well, Sachin has most of fan followers and they expect lot from him. It's not necessary to deliver 100 all time every time he comes to bat, but the energy that he carries with him is speaks lot. As far as practice is concerned, Sachin is most tentative in practicing nets for long times before every match. So, he makes his areas clear to all round while going live. Lara was not much serious about his practice, so he was about live match itself. Definitely, there is menses pressure on this great man for 100th ton, but that not reflects his mind and body game at all. Hope the GOD will get his 100 at Mumbai.