March 16, 2012

Damn the 100th

Why don't we all just give it a rest and enjoy Tendulkar, and the sport, while we can?
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I don't know how you feel but increasingly I find my love for cricket assaulted from all directions. I feel it has been kidnapped, bundled into the boot of a car and dropped off in an area with no phone signal. We fret, we are obsessed with landmarks, we build conspiracy theories, we get angry, and I wonder: What happened to the simple joy of watching cricket? What happened to the reason we were drawn to this great game?

I've come to the stage where I have told myself, "Damn that 100th". It is a great milestone and no one else is going to get there, but we don't watch a game merely for a milestone. We watch sport for the joy of seeing great performances from elite sportsmen, sometimes riveting ones from those less skilled. We watch it as the greatest display of emotion and skill on a public platform. We want to marvel, rub our eyes in disbelief, occasionally grieve but be aware that tomorrow is still ours. We want to feel blessed for being allowed to sit in on such contests.

And then numbers happen. They are good tools for comparison (though not always), but they are by-products of performance. If we watch sport for numbers, we watch it for the wrong reason. You can count numbers anywhere, generate statistics anywhere - the largest set of people to collectively leave Mumbai's CST station on a Thursday, for example; or the percentage of unemployed every January since 1901. Don't get me wrong, collecting numbers is not bad - as I said, you often get good insights from them - but obsessing over them is a poor reason to watch sport.

This obsession with Tendulkar's 100th isn't affecting only him, it is affecting us even more. Suddenly we have lost all objectivity, become unaware of the presence of other players (thankfully the Dravid retirement got the place it deserved), forgotten that cricket is a contest between 22. And now I'm bored by it all and fed up with the angst over it. If Kohli and Gambhir make fine hundreds, I don't want to see or read of Tendulkar's innings first and theirs as a filler.

Sadly Tendulkar is also a financial instrument. Yes, he makes very serious money out of the game but people make just as much out of him. Ad revenues go up, so do attendances when he plays, but just as important, supplements and special programmes sell. Praising him sells and criticising him does, and so, whether he wants it or not, whether he needs to be or not, Tendulkar must feature in the news, on specials, in features. If there is no Tendulkar story, we must create one.

So I say, damn that 100th. Let us enjoy watching a supreme exponent of the game while we can; let us revel in being part of the journey, let us gasp at the cover drive one more time, for Tendulkar, at 39, is playing his endgame. Let's bring back the little joys for as long as possible. If the 100th happens, we'll celebrate a great achievement but if it doesn't, he won't become a lesser player.

Then there are these debates; endless spewings of venom, factories of anger. If an Australian player mutters something as he passes, or makes a gesture, a half hour is devoted to Indians being wronged. If Greg Chappell says something we don't like, another orgy of temper, trembling voices lamenting an attack on India's pride. We scream of racism. One person called Chappell a "pathological case". (I hope he knew what that means, for I don't.) Anger, anger everywhere. Sport was meant to be uplifting but I wonder if that doesn't sell enough on a daily half-hour slot.

I recently did four Test matches in Australia for ABC Radio and it was like being transported to my childhood. There was laughter and joy, good words to describe good shots. Cricket was the theme of happy conversation and every morning I got up excited about trying to be a friend to all those who couldn't be at the ground. I was back, living with the simple joy of watching cricket. And tell me honestly, isn't that what you really want?

So I say, damn that 100th, turn off the anger, put the conspiracy theories where they belong, and ask yourself why you really watch cricket.

Harsha Bhogle is a commentator, television presenter and writer. His Twitter feed is here

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  • on March 19, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    Hello Harsha, I don't know that my words could find more convincing but spotting to the point, even I do enjoy cricket when a cricketer plays at his best. I do feel SRT's 50 against Pak was better than the mile-stone. As you said, I don't see numbers when the game goes but sometimes forced if a batsman hangs out for 100 after being paced up. SRT does play very slowly in the late 80's and 90's. My point is when a batsman is set, eyes are fixed then why does he go like a tortoise. He's like a cheetah but disappointingly drops off the accelerator. I still believe Sachin is a great player and his records can't be broken, 99.9% faith on him. But sometimes this 0.01% puts Newton's 3rd Law come to effect when he puts the reverse gear. At that moment, I feel he plays for himself. I feel he is selfish for his own runs.Apology for the harsh words but a 'century' is a century doesn't matter if its against Aus or Bangladesh.A hit is a hit doesn't matter if its a Sajid Khan film or V Bharadwaj.

  • jay57870 on March 18, 2012, 23:41 GMT

    Harsha - I stated earlier: "You have only your profession to blame: media-hyped scribes & number-obsessed commentators". BTW, you pretty much inferred the same in your Jan 13 column "The media doesn't play cricket". You were right on. You called out the reporter from The Australian & its "acerbic, contemptuous look at Indian cricket". I wasn't surprised at all. In my response then (which was not posted), I pointed out that The Australian is part of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch's News Corp empire - now trapped in a mega-scandal in Britain. That should tell you a lot. This culturally "very sensitive" Aussie reporter's fessing up to "compulsions of having to project a certain stance for the public" is a sign of desperation & sensationalism. Conjuring up sinister stories to attack the opposition is reckless. This "psychological warfare" is a media disease. Sachin's been at the receiving end. Let's hope his 100th stems this disease. Let's also hope you enjoyed watching cricket today! Cheers!

  • cricket_wins on March 18, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Tendulkar is not above the game or the country. Criticizing him doesn't require knowledge of the game or a track record that is 'worthy' of criticizing him. In a democracy, we have the right to criticize anyone who represents the country. I don't have the right to abuse anyone, but criticism, yes. Especially if that person represent my country. With this context, I say that his pursuit of 'playing cricket because I am still hungry for runs' is a selfish pursuit. Will a valuable slot in the Indian XI be left to satisfy personal hunger of one player? Especially if the player is not available for all matches? He is not god. He is merely a cricket player with good talent and a good track record, so that's that. But all good things have to come to an end. And the selectors have to be firm and strong like Australia to say "Thanks Steve Waugh, you are out". They gotta say "Thanks Sachin, you are a legend, but you're out".

  • rksu on March 18, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    100 in 23 overs is not good strike rate against Bangladesh. He took 36 balls to score 20 runs from 80 to 100 where he should have accelerated selflessly or should have been given the wicket where others could have accelerated. Please do not worship your favourite players. I like Sachin and he is a great player that does not mean what are all he is doing is right at this moment. I do not have any favourite player but I enjoy cricket very much and if India wins I am the happiest person but the loss to Bangladesh is very sad.

  • BaKeDCaKeD on March 18, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    To all Tendulkar critics: It is not Tendulkar's fault that your bowlers can't ball. Tendulkar did his job, but others couldn't. Tendulkar was cautious enough to keep his wicket and score 114 in 147 balls at a strike rate of 77+ which is very good. I doubt if Indian batsmen could stay on pitch till 50 overs had Tendulkar not stayed that long. A big slap on the faces of those who kept on saying Tendulkar finally got 100th 100 after he got a weak country like Bangladesh. See, Bangladesh has got a better bowling lineup than India. And this is the very first time Tendulkar could score an ODI hundred against Bangladesh. I remember India had no time for hosting Bangladesh in India. Now I understand why. Indian cricket board is scared of loosing against Bangladesh. loosers...

  • m_ilind on March 18, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    You're right, Harsha! Damn the 100th. I don't want to see people chasing personal records if it doesn't help the team win! In his rare press conference, did Sachin express his disappointment at the team's loss? or was it all about the pressure he's been under, and the relief etc. I don't want to see anymore records from SRT.

  • VinodGupte on March 18, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    to all those who are saying SRT played slow, consider this - even with the strike rate of 85 (his career strike rate) which will be considered good for any opening batsman in ODIs, he would have scored 125 runs which would be 11 more. do you think bangladesh would not have scored those many runs? pathan, dinda and ashwin would have bowled juicy full tosses, half trackers and no balls to make up for those runs. it was foolish bowling by the likes of ashwin and pathan that lost the game. 290 is a very good score in mirupr. btw, even kohli's strike rate was only 80. finally, BAN is a good ODI side. they may beat Sri Lanka as well.

  • rk_ks on March 18, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    @BillyCC - Bradman has the highest average of course he is the greatest batsman ever. If the 'if' clause can be used, if sachin was in his 20's then he would have made 200 100's. Please dont be jealous on this great man. Also if Sachin has only played against one particular country then also he would have made 300 100's.

  • pandez on March 18, 2012, 0:40 GMT

    Harsha...i always loved your smile. Even if we lost you always had that honest smile. An i was shocked not to see you when i woke up early for the test series vs Australia.Anyway i would like to mention and take peoples attention to our bowling attack, which looks very weak And i want those person to compare todays bowling with the previous attack with Agarkar, Nehra and Khan.Everyone critisized Agarkar for his economy rate....mow compare it with todays bowler..Everyone will now see that it will be hard to beat Agarkar's record...the wicket taking bowler he was...i think time has come when people give respect to Agarkar. I am his biGGGGest fan.N congrats to Tendulkar...we love him...!

  • BillyCC on March 17, 2012, 22:35 GMT

    @harshthakor, you're right, Bradman wouldn't have been able to match Tendulkar's 100 100s; he would have beaten it comprehensively and already has. The 100 100s is not unique in terms of cricket matches, it has been done plenty of times in a Test cricket/first class cricket context. And it's been done by people who have played plenty of matches. Bradman of course did it at an average of 95 and having played far fewer matches.

  • on March 19, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    Hello Harsha, I don't know that my words could find more convincing but spotting to the point, even I do enjoy cricket when a cricketer plays at his best. I do feel SRT's 50 against Pak was better than the mile-stone. As you said, I don't see numbers when the game goes but sometimes forced if a batsman hangs out for 100 after being paced up. SRT does play very slowly in the late 80's and 90's. My point is when a batsman is set, eyes are fixed then why does he go like a tortoise. He's like a cheetah but disappointingly drops off the accelerator. I still believe Sachin is a great player and his records can't be broken, 99.9% faith on him. But sometimes this 0.01% puts Newton's 3rd Law come to effect when he puts the reverse gear. At that moment, I feel he plays for himself. I feel he is selfish for his own runs.Apology for the harsh words but a 'century' is a century doesn't matter if its against Aus or Bangladesh.A hit is a hit doesn't matter if its a Sajid Khan film or V Bharadwaj.

  • jay57870 on March 18, 2012, 23:41 GMT

    Harsha - I stated earlier: "You have only your profession to blame: media-hyped scribes & number-obsessed commentators". BTW, you pretty much inferred the same in your Jan 13 column "The media doesn't play cricket". You were right on. You called out the reporter from The Australian & its "acerbic, contemptuous look at Indian cricket". I wasn't surprised at all. In my response then (which was not posted), I pointed out that The Australian is part of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch's News Corp empire - now trapped in a mega-scandal in Britain. That should tell you a lot. This culturally "very sensitive" Aussie reporter's fessing up to "compulsions of having to project a certain stance for the public" is a sign of desperation & sensationalism. Conjuring up sinister stories to attack the opposition is reckless. This "psychological warfare" is a media disease. Sachin's been at the receiving end. Let's hope his 100th stems this disease. Let's also hope you enjoyed watching cricket today! Cheers!

  • cricket_wins on March 18, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Tendulkar is not above the game or the country. Criticizing him doesn't require knowledge of the game or a track record that is 'worthy' of criticizing him. In a democracy, we have the right to criticize anyone who represents the country. I don't have the right to abuse anyone, but criticism, yes. Especially if that person represent my country. With this context, I say that his pursuit of 'playing cricket because I am still hungry for runs' is a selfish pursuit. Will a valuable slot in the Indian XI be left to satisfy personal hunger of one player? Especially if the player is not available for all matches? He is not god. He is merely a cricket player with good talent and a good track record, so that's that. But all good things have to come to an end. And the selectors have to be firm and strong like Australia to say "Thanks Steve Waugh, you are out". They gotta say "Thanks Sachin, you are a legend, but you're out".

  • rksu on March 18, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    100 in 23 overs is not good strike rate against Bangladesh. He took 36 balls to score 20 runs from 80 to 100 where he should have accelerated selflessly or should have been given the wicket where others could have accelerated. Please do not worship your favourite players. I like Sachin and he is a great player that does not mean what are all he is doing is right at this moment. I do not have any favourite player but I enjoy cricket very much and if India wins I am the happiest person but the loss to Bangladesh is very sad.

  • BaKeDCaKeD on March 18, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    To all Tendulkar critics: It is not Tendulkar's fault that your bowlers can't ball. Tendulkar did his job, but others couldn't. Tendulkar was cautious enough to keep his wicket and score 114 in 147 balls at a strike rate of 77+ which is very good. I doubt if Indian batsmen could stay on pitch till 50 overs had Tendulkar not stayed that long. A big slap on the faces of those who kept on saying Tendulkar finally got 100th 100 after he got a weak country like Bangladesh. See, Bangladesh has got a better bowling lineup than India. And this is the very first time Tendulkar could score an ODI hundred against Bangladesh. I remember India had no time for hosting Bangladesh in India. Now I understand why. Indian cricket board is scared of loosing against Bangladesh. loosers...

  • m_ilind on March 18, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    You're right, Harsha! Damn the 100th. I don't want to see people chasing personal records if it doesn't help the team win! In his rare press conference, did Sachin express his disappointment at the team's loss? or was it all about the pressure he's been under, and the relief etc. I don't want to see anymore records from SRT.

  • VinodGupte on March 18, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    to all those who are saying SRT played slow, consider this - even with the strike rate of 85 (his career strike rate) which will be considered good for any opening batsman in ODIs, he would have scored 125 runs which would be 11 more. do you think bangladesh would not have scored those many runs? pathan, dinda and ashwin would have bowled juicy full tosses, half trackers and no balls to make up for those runs. it was foolish bowling by the likes of ashwin and pathan that lost the game. 290 is a very good score in mirupr. btw, even kohli's strike rate was only 80. finally, BAN is a good ODI side. they may beat Sri Lanka as well.

  • rk_ks on March 18, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    @BillyCC - Bradman has the highest average of course he is the greatest batsman ever. If the 'if' clause can be used, if sachin was in his 20's then he would have made 200 100's. Please dont be jealous on this great man. Also if Sachin has only played against one particular country then also he would have made 300 100's.

  • pandez on March 18, 2012, 0:40 GMT

    Harsha...i always loved your smile. Even if we lost you always had that honest smile. An i was shocked not to see you when i woke up early for the test series vs Australia.Anyway i would like to mention and take peoples attention to our bowling attack, which looks very weak And i want those person to compare todays bowling with the previous attack with Agarkar, Nehra and Khan.Everyone critisized Agarkar for his economy rate....mow compare it with todays bowler..Everyone will now see that it will be hard to beat Agarkar's record...the wicket taking bowler he was...i think time has come when people give respect to Agarkar. I am his biGGGGest fan.N congrats to Tendulkar...we love him...!

  • BillyCC on March 17, 2012, 22:35 GMT

    @harshthakor, you're right, Bradman wouldn't have been able to match Tendulkar's 100 100s; he would have beaten it comprehensively and already has. The 100 100s is not unique in terms of cricket matches, it has been done plenty of times in a Test cricket/first class cricket context. And it's been done by people who have played plenty of matches. Bradman of course did it at an average of 95 and having played far fewer matches.

  • on March 17, 2012, 22:08 GMT

    Well done Sachin!!! At least your 100th, century will stop many Harsha Bogles throwing harsh comments on you. This is the day, which cricket world was waiting for and it is now here and lets enjoy and cherish this moment for ever. I have watched Sachin playing cricket for last 22 years but this is the first time that I watched his 100th 100 on three different repeat telecasts because I know that this historical moment will be the greatest moments for any cricket player and I am lucky to be born in same era and same planet and moreover same country as Sachin.

  • chsj on March 17, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    Hi Harsha,

    I also believed if Sachin did or not score the 100th he would not be greater / lesser. But as it turned out, so unfortunately for fans like me, he has become a lesser player in scoring that one. This one innings could not be justified for anything.. I really wish he did not get the 100th with that play. Not that India finally lost the match which is possibly because of bad bowling too, but Sachin did not justify as a batsman that he did what was needed in that situation. At the least he could have matched his career strike rate (around 85 I guess) ...

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on March 17, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    @rk_ks, opener, newball, tough and all of that applies to test cricket and we know very well that Sachin doesn't have the guts to come as an opener in test matches. I was just answering to your question - what was Dravid's fastest hundred. Otherwise I have no intention to barge in. @cjscanada, mate good thoughts from you. But nobody is whining about Dravid here mate. I was merely responding to some question by rk_ks and came up with some stats. Absolutely, cricket is a team game and our cringing obsession to personal milestones is against the fundamental ethos of a teamsport. If one were to watch TV in India, you would think that India won the match against the yesteryear Windies. Sad truth is we lost to the present day Bangladesh. Yes, BD played out of their skins and three cheers to them for that. And yes, our bowlers could have bowled better. And yes Dhoni could have been a better Captain. And, finally, yes India could have posted 320+. Sachin has different ideas though.

  • cjscanada on March 17, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas, Is that so? What do you then make of India dismissing Sri Lanka for 254 whilst with BD our bowlers concede 290? Stop being naive and start admiring the opposition. The same opposition who came close to defeating Pakistan. It is no shame loosing to BD cause they played out of their skin. It is not about a player and stop whining all the time about Dravid. Yes he is a good player and I have deepest regards for him. This is a team game and learn to appreciate each person's game, without the other 10 there is no game. When you are analysing, look at the situation, the condition etc.(impossible is,ni it) In short stop enjoy all the greats. We will never see a combine of Laxman, Dravid, Sachin, Kumble, Sehwag) with an aggressive leader Saurav. Dhoni too is equal to Gangully but he does not have someone like Kumble to create the pressure for Harbhajan to perform. Hence go out for a walk and appreciate the other beauties in life. Living in a cacoon limits your thinking.

  • rk_ks on March 17, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas - You know opener is the guy who faces the new ball and the rest of the team will tune their game after seeing how the pitch is behaving. Openers doesnt have that flexibility. Coming in at number 6, means that game is almost around 42 - 43 overs. 95 strike during death overs is not a big achievement. Is that simple you know.

  • rk_ks on March 17, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas - I am not saying that Dravid is not a greatest batsman. But I dont agree that he is the only greatest batsman. Sachin, Dravid and Ganguly are the legends of Indian cricket. Dravid has only one century at strike rate of 112 and sachin has centuries at the same strike rate. Do you remembder India used to depend on Sachin in 1990s, even after Dravid entered the team in 1995. Everyone used to walk away from tv sets after Sachin got out. Dont argue that Sachin did not contribute to Team india. Its because of the poor bowling that India lost the match. If that is case, tell me 15 matches where Dravid has given victory to India single handedly. Mind your comments before posting. Its very easy commenting, sitting before the tv and making comments like come on why cant he hit this ball for four, where people like doesnt know how to hold a cricket bat. Respect what people have to cricket and stop criticising.

  • rk_ks on March 17, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    @Major_Hammad - He is not in form during the two tours, he got back to his rythm during the match with Bangladesh. There are some cricketers who are going into depression because of the expectations from the fans. But sachin is carrying over 1 billion people expecations , still playing the game with the same expecations from 22 years. Do you think Bangladesh plays cricket like you play gully cricket. It is also an international team which is doing good these days. The so called Asian/subcontinent pitches, even Australia/England are not able to dominate the asian teams, as they used to do in their own subcontient. And the same is true with Asian teams outside subcontient. It is very easy for guys like you to sit at home and comment on the legends.

  • on March 17, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    sachin = God, because human created records can be broken but god created record can't be broken, that means read at

  • cjscanada on March 17, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    Part 2. Dear Harsha,

    Do you know how stable the Aussie's are? No sooner Sri-Lanka did them in, in the first game the Aussie media was talking about getting Ponting back from retirement. I still beleive Ponting has class and grit. He got his Test career going and he still has it in him in ODI's. Look at how many young players the Aussies have retained since class departed. Yes I will educate you regarding pathological, "A person who is compulsive in making wrong statements over and over till the time people beleive in him" then when they realize it is to late. Gregg should have been tested with talent hunting rather than coaching. He spoiled the career of the most lethal swing bowler by trying to make him a better batsman? He did become one though but at what cost? What did he do for Australian cricket? Before and after Greg, why were they successfull? They were better managers of players and changed very few things. You do not need dictator's but confidence builders and strategist!

  • cjscanada on March 17, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    Harsha, whilst I agree and have enjoyed your articles but recently think you are a case of sour grapes. Yes, you are right on the count our media never serves the purpose of reporting dues to the players. It is all governed by business viability. Popularity is money and that is why they are blinded. In the same vein, you have been prejudiced in the recent past to the BCCI and now you suck up to the Aussies. Why cannot people opine on the Chappel brothers? Though Ian has good analysis does not mean he is right always. He was calling for Sachin; retirement since the past 3 years. What a way Sachin responded back. By the way if you look at the way Sachin was playing in Australia, there was'nt anything wrong in his skills. He was sublime though his mental makeup took a beating. It is easy for you to say get on with the game as what would you or me know? Have you ever been tested on the biggest acheivements and do you know it is just one ball that could spell doom? continue...

  • Major_Hammad on March 17, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    Congrates to Tendulkar on personal Milestone/Record but always Remember My 6 Points: 1: Tendulkar scored 100th Hundred after struggle of 1+ year. 2: He scored 100th Hundred after 33 International Innings. 3: His 100th Hundred was his 2nd lowest strike rate in ODI Hundred by him. 4: He finally did it on Asian/subcontinent pitches, after failed to do it in England, Austrailia long tours. 5: He did it against weak team ( Anyhow at End of Day Stronger team than India) Bangladesh. 6: And India Lost the Match due to his slow Batting as he played maiden over (34th over) but at opposite scene Shakib made 18 runs in 37th over.

  • on March 17, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    You are dead wright and on the money as usual Mr Bhogle', Let this be an eye opener to all. specially Modern players. Having said that some comments regarding Sachin are too harsh I feel. Not only India as a Nation But the rest of the Cricket loving public (rest of the world) wanted him to achieve the the landmark and prayed for him to that end, including my self. (I am a Srilankan). Let us treat him with respect, for he is a treasure that belong to the entire Cricketing world. Thank you.

  • on March 17, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    Walsh and Ambrose were the two gentle giants of West Indies bowling department. Once they retired, there are no subtle replacements. Same is going to be the case with Dravid, Tendulkar and Ganguly. All these three having been the stalwarts of the Indian cricket team. While only Sachin is out there, he only knows how many years/months/days he is going to be around... let's just enjoy his exquisite drives, pulls and cuts while he is still out there... We might never get a chance to see this.. and for all those people saying he has been selfish.. ha ha.. sometimes things are so great in themselves that such comments can't change a thing...

  • jimmycoolindian on March 17, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    Hello friends,right we want to see great shorts,catches as well as wickets falling like a script.Sachin made the hundred and i respect him for the achievement but what about my pity country who loves individuals rather than the india.we have amitabh who is bigger than films,we have sachin who is bigger than cricket,we have leaders who shares more screenspaces than our comman man in media.we are poor country but thank god individuals are the richest in the world(ask swiss banks).sorry the point is best batsman is who makes run when needed and everywhere but sachin falied most of the times on this exam but sehwag and dravid have passed that exam.So they are best with ponting,kallis,flintoff,anwar,arvind,gilchrist etc.

  • jay57870 on March 17, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Harsha - You have only your profession to blame: media-hyped scribes & number-obsessed commentators. They've been hell-bent on disrupting the cricketing world with their viral "100th" debate: Rhetorical columns & insensitive commentaries. They're the 1% minority holding 99% of the cricket-loving public hostage. They're the Occupiers; only this time it's Main Street paralysed by the media-incited Bandh. No point in defending your "Chappelli" brothers. Case in point: Ian fueled the fire by calling out "Tendulkar's desperation to record the milestone century for his own satisfaction." Not to mention their insensitive diatribes re: "Indian culture" as the root cause of the team's failures (read Sachin & seniors). Well, Sachin's just silenced them with his 100th! For him it's not about "Chasing the century" at all. It's always: "Chase your dreams"! "Enjoy the Game"! "Dreams do come true. I had to wait for 22 years for India to win the World Cup"! So Harsha, let's "Celebrate the 100th"!!!

  • cnumadhu on March 17, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Its unfortunate that Sachin has played in a team whose bowling attack has never been a strong point. With better bowling attack his innings would have earned more victories to India and better percentage of victories when he scored a century.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on March 17, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    @rk_ks, Dravid's fastest hundred was at a strike-rate of 112. Sachin has only 7 centuries at a strike-rate of more than 112. Next, Dravid slipped under a strike-rate of 80 only once when he scored a century. Whereas Sachin has 5 centuries under a strike-rate of 80, his infamous match costing 100th 100 being the latest in the list. All this when Sachin comes as an opener. Everybody knows that initial field restrictions and power plays help to score quick in ODIs. The same Dravid that scored at a strike-rate of 70 for the most part of his career, has a strike-rate of 95 at no.6 and many to the context innings at 4 and 5 (92 off 63 against England, 74 off 64 against Australia, 75 off 71 against ICC World XI, 50 off 22 against the Kiwis come to my mind immediately). What does that tell you? Dravid is the consummate team-man who plays according to the situation to fulfill the job that was given to him. India now lost to Bangladesh due to Sachin's slow century. It's that simple.

  • Prasadbby on March 17, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    @Ravi S Prasad, seriously??? Do you want to know how many people have scored centuries in more number of balls in the history of cricket? And many are from our own team that you might consider "unselfish". Does that make Sachin selfish? May be in your imagination. Most people who talk rubbish about Sachin are prejudiced against him. I can prove Viv Richards is not a good batsman by selectively using data. I can use the arguement that Bradman played only against majority England a majority of the time to prove he is not a great batsman. Neither arguement holds good in proving what a phenomenal, once in a lifetime batsmen they were. So stop this and please give the man his due. If you don't believe me, ask the people who have played cricket at the highest leverl e.g. Shane Warne, Viv Richards, Ian Chappel, Rahul Dravid, Ganguly, etc.

  • on March 17, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    Long live Sachin... Shine even more brightly in the darkness of your haters...

  • on March 17, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    Do we forget that Sachin's career has lasted over 20 years and has played quite a many matches to get to that record ?? .... If someone say he is the best player to walk onto the pitch during his era then that is still wrong. J. Kallis should be given that honor.

  • bluemagik on March 17, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    Couldn't agree more with this article...damn that 100th indeed....in the context of the game it did not mean much....infact I feel India posted a sub par total because everybody was so preoccupied with the 100th including the players....there was practically a collapse once Tendulkar reached the landmark. Not taking credit away from Bangladesh for their fighting spirit and aggression but it almost seemed like the indian team just relaxed after the century and were going thro the motions....and Bangladesh jumped in and capitalized on that....now that it's been done can we all just sit back and watch some cricket and enjoy what is probably the home stretch of Tendulkars amazing career.

  • on March 17, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    Why does everyone have to analyze this thing to death? The guy got 100 100s. Its downright bloody amazing. I for one am stoked for him. Enjoy it, and let him enjoy it.

  • anilkini on March 17, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    There is always question asked how many times Sachin has made a century and India has won? And the person asking himself would jump to a conclusion "not many" So I thought lets work it out for the ignorant statisticians

    Sachin has made 48 ODI centuries and to peoples amazement India has won 33 times that's 69% win, Tie/NR = 2 time, and lost 13 times (27%)…. People will say 27% is still a high number, then it reminds me of matches like the recent World Cup against England where India made 338 with Sachin making 120 Strauss made his best 150 odd to tie the match, where is he at fault…… and the great match against Australia in Sharjah where India had to make some specific runs in specific time to reach the final , he made a century but lost the match.

    OK lets look at Test: Centuries = 51 Won = 20 Draw= 20 Lost=11

    So 39% has helped India win, and since it's a test, including the draw 61% of the time has helped India prevent a loss, and that takes me back to Chennai against Pakistan

  • Smithie on March 17, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    SRT Test ave 56, Bradman Test Ave 99 - does that make the latter 76% better than the former? 100 100th scored at the Gabba would hold more awe than at Mirpur. Now SRT has the monkey of his back he can give the nod to Srinivasan to get on with DRS! Still a great achievement that deserves cricket's accolades.

  • Viswanath91 on March 17, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    Thanks Harsha for waking me up from an objectiveless battle of words and opinions about sachin and his records rather than enjoying the game. Every once in a while, someone has to convey the bigger picture, a reality from a different angle.

  • valvolux on March 17, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    Fitting that it was against bangladesh...on a flat wicket...in a loss for india...and that it was sachins somewhat selfish slow batting that lost them the match. he is all class for sure, but his achievements in the game will never match a steve waugh or ricky ponting.

  • on March 17, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    A sensible article by Harsha Bhogle...well done !!

  • cnaidu on March 17, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Now that the media made monkey is off the nation's back let's allow cricket to breath free again.The 20-odd runs we missed making against Bangladesh for slowdown in Sachin's innings cost us the match. Yet it is better than having to wait for Papua New Guinea's arrival in test cricket for the 100th ton to be reached.

  • Dhushan on March 17, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    Funny how only Indian fans like Harsha's commentary & articles. Wish I could say the same

  • Captain_Crick on March 17, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    If Man of the match is a good indicator of one's winning contribution to the team, then Sachin ranks 3rd (Behind Viv Richards and Greenidge) in ODI's and ranks 20th in the tests (Calculated from period 1979/80). Sachin has won MOM awards in 13.4% of the ODI's he's played and 7.75% of the tests he's played. A good achievement particularly in ODI's.

  • on March 17, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    He could only do it against the lowest ranged team and on a flat wicket. He could'nt do it against Auatralia where the bowling was much superior. Any way, its still a milestone and well done. A good time for him to retire!.

  • crick_sucks on March 17, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    47 out of 100 centuries have not resulted in a Positive Result for India v Australia 9 v Bangladesh 2 v England 6 v Kenya v Namibia v New Zealand 3 v West Indies 3 v Zimbabwe 2 v Pakistan 5 v South Africa 8 v Sri Lanka 9

    53 v Australia 11 v Bangladesh 4 v England 3 v Kenya 4 v Namibia 1 v New Zealand 6 v West Indies 4 v Zimbabwe 6 v Pakistan 2 v South Africa 4 v Sri Lanka 8 Only 13 meaningful tons against good/decent opposition in Test cricket 24 out of 53 in win causes have been against lesser nations

  • on March 17, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    Well Said Sir!!! Can i ask something...No doubt Sachin is one of the great batsman....Isnt he a selfish one tooo??? I mean just look at his this century.... he consumed 145 odd deliveries to score 117 against Bangladesh... This shows he was so desperate for the century and he was not even bothering abt the score tht India will finally accumulate.....Just few days back an Extraordinary Man ( Great Wall of Cricket Rahul Dravid) told the world..he cant play a match for any record or something...whenever he plays he plays for the team n for the country...not for himself.....Can we say the same with the Little Maestro????

  • on March 17, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    Every words r 100% wright at this moment.Y we cant do this.LET HIM PLAY FREELY............

  • on March 17, 2012, 3:29 GMT

    i have a ans for all the people who posted this comment ... if any one played this longer they can achieve easily... i can count dravid s better test player of all time , bcz he rarely make a mistake , he s so perfection and so good temper ... but i didnt compare dravid with tendulkar bcz bth r different kind ... we can compare tendulkar with afridi ... like both r playing more than 300 odd game afridi has 100 stricket and why tendulkar has 80 odd striker rate .. its very foolish to compare ... second tendulkar century is more valuable to his team ... but i never said after 2002 tendulkar alone win many matches for india ... no one can win a team by single hand at all time ... some time extra ordinary happen ... like Tendulkar in sharjah .. i remember this game only i put this is last best performance made by sachin ... next may be world cup 2002 like that , dravid and luxman combined in kolkatta , dravid in england hedingly ... dravid in SA... and few more , apart from that nothing ..

  • Manuu on March 17, 2012, 2:13 GMT

    My simple joy of watching cricket has been hijacked by the endless parade of commercials at every given opportunity by the channels. Vested interests wont complain about it either.

  • on March 17, 2012, 2:04 GMT

    Yes, no doubt sachin is the greatest among all batsman due to his records. But What actually we remembered him for? For his records or for his achievements to get success for india? I think success are more important than records. I think sachin's hundreds not been lucky for india most of the time.

  • on March 16, 2012, 23:41 GMT

    Well written article. I find it paradoxical that, during the whole year Indian were obsessed with Sachin's hundred while Team India were thrashed all over the world. I always thought Cricket is a team-game.

  • JoseBautista on March 16, 2012, 23:13 GMT

    i hate how you guys are fighting saying sachin is better than dravid and all that! they both were legends and we may never see this type of combo ever again in cricket....respect them both, sachin wouldn't have been this great if dravid wasn't there, and same thing maybe applied to dravid. I love dravid and i do think he is underrated compared to sachin, but both are class legends and should be respected.

    Cheers!

  • Kreacher_Rocks on March 16, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    Now that the 100 is done, I hope normalcy will return. Tendulkar's 50th test century was slammed by bashers because it came during an innings defeat against SA. But it is his 51st century (146) against Steyn, Morkel and co that people cherish. In the grander scheme of things people will forget the 100th international 100 and probably celebrate his 50th ODI 100 (on 49 now) or a future ODI 100 with more gusto if it is better made. Even today paeans are sung about his 175 against Oz or 200* against SA. Harsha's statement about SRT's worth as a player with a glorious career is spot on - when and how one gets to a landmark is pretty irrelevant when you look at the big picture.

  • on March 16, 2012, 20:59 GMT

    yes... damn the 100 :P

  • ian_ghose on March 16, 2012, 20:59 GMT

    Someone explain to me please....why is everyone congratulating Tendulkar on losing a match to Bangladesh?? Is this weird or what?

  • on March 16, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    He is great player. but u lose buddy... so when you remember his 100 of100 u remember that pain. because I just appreciate YUVRAJ'S Match winning 50 more den this 100.

  • on March 16, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    a player like sachin shouldnt have taken so much deliveries to score hundred. India should have scored 50 more runs. now i am sure that Pakistan will defeat India easily.

  • KingOwl on March 16, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    With all due respect, I think nobody outside India cared about this record. And that is not to belittle the great man. But this particular record was such a superficial thing. I think it was only the Indian media which made such a huge deal out of it. And to think that India lost today because of this slow century! How ironic.

  • on March 16, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    To all that say..Oohhh when Tendulkar scores a 100, India Lose: Pure Statistics for you: Total matched Test + ODI = 100 where he scored 100 Total Matches won - 53 Total matches Lost - 26 Total Draws - 20 N/R - 1

  • ht.shajib on March 16, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    '"There was laughter and joy, good words to describe good shots. Cricket was the theme of happy conversation.............And tell me honestly, isn't that what you really want?" Yes I do. Congrats great Tendulkar for his 100th century & congrats Bangladesh for their win against the over obsessed India.

  • navi1 on March 16, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    He played almost 500ish ODI's to achieve this goal and today every one will remember for ever on how he achieved :-)

    Shoaib Akhtar was right by saying these guys play for own records not for Country; please let him play for more 500 ODI's & if team doesn't win so what at least people can be happy with his centuries!!!LOL

  • on March 16, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    @K.A.K., what a grousing bum! "Against Bangladesh"! We are the weaker side, but tonight is not your night to complain about that :).

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on March 16, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    This article has become ironically poetice. Many Indian fans are damning the 100 as we speak.

  • on March 16, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    @Bollo ... No offense meant.. but Bradman played in a different era..where he played with lesser no of opponents, lesser no of grounds and more importantly lesser no of people to analyze for. So just saying, "Unquestionably the greatest batsman in the game, arguably the greatest cricketer ever," does not make him so. To me, Bradman could not have achieved what Sachin has done in terms of longevity, stardom, no of centuries, and what not. So hail the GREATEST BATSMAN OF ALL TIME .. SACHIN TENDULKAR..

  • Stark62 on March 16, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    He finally did it but I think it may have cost Ind the match!!!!

  • GRAMMY_SACHIN on March 16, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    Hey Harsha. You got 181 comments and this is 182nd comment. That's Sachin Tendulkar BRAND for you

  • on March 16, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    we should not blame tendulker for india's defeat... he had done his job (not only today but also for over 20 years)... we should only enjoy the game...

  • on March 16, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    we enjoy as he does.

  • on March 16, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    India has lost many a times after Sachin had made a Ton. We still wanted him to score a Ton next time he walks in. Sachin gets it, we enjoy as he does. If he doesn't get a ton too we win, we enjoy as he does. Cricket followers have forgotten that cricket is a game, team, real test against them by effort and not by chance. Neither Sachin is pre-programmed nor blessed to be the ONE. Sachin's love to the game are the adjectives to Cricket. Cricket is not the fight between good and bad. No if's and but's. In cricket every performer very soon returns to be in audience. Not many would stop following cricket if sachin hangs is boots. Sachin would follow the game, be it in or out of the pitch. Follow the GAME.

  • Cricblogger on March 16, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    @rk-ks You have seen what happens when sachin plays for records. Instead of increasing the run rate, he was more interested in his century. Thus leaving India with less than 300 runs.

  • harshthakor on March 16, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    Tendulkar today proves he is the greatest cricketer of our era and the equivalent of a prophet to the game,like a Jesus Christ.It is like God sent him to play cricket.This feat of 100 international centuries will never be equaled and above all he has demonstrated great humilty throughout his career.I doubt even the likes of Jack Hobbs or Viv Richards would have equalled this or even the great Don Bradman.

  • on March 16, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    although sachin is not a match winner but he is a "LEGEND" and there is no one like him in the whole world . and everyone can be a match winner but every one cannot be a legend. Love you sachin

  • JBIndia on March 16, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    I give a Damn to sachin's 100th 100, but if it comes at the cost of loss of India that too against Bangladesh it hurts! I mean why did he slowed down after reaching 80 and wasted the important batting powerplay. It shows that how eager he was to reach this personal milestone even if makes India lose a match.

  • mishim on March 16, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    Anti-climax! Nobody cares no more!

  • nair_ottappalam on March 16, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    What ha sIndia achieved by his 100th ton? A defeat against Bangladesh even failing to defend a huge total of 289? In one of the TV channel he was saying that" I never play for milestones."The what was he doing ever since India won the world cup in 2011? Not even a single century for the past one year! So many huge failures worldwide. Played 8 test matches against quality sides in between and 2 vs West Indies (in india). What was he doing? He was part of the CB series team. What was his contribution to the team? Payed against Sri Lanka in the Asian Cup. Scored just 6. Taking into consideration his past records and retaining him in the side is the biggest blunder the selectors did. It is really disheartening achievenment in the end

  • waheed1233 on March 16, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    Had sachin not been able to get the century today, india badly would have needed a series against Zimbabwe or Kenya to make it happen...

  • tkb1 on March 16, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    Dhoni please make some effort to win matches when Tendulkar scores Century. Here is an oppurtunity coming up on the March 18, Sachin going for his 50th Ton in ODI. Pls make all attempts to win and not do your best to loose like what you have achieved today on his 100th Ton!

  • StatisticsRocks on March 16, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    @Jack_of_al...WELL SAID. No point in arguing with people who claim he scores only agnst minnows or scores only in a losing cause blah blah....For such people try playing cricket for 20+ years at the international level and more importantly carrying 1.2+ billion hopes every time he goes to bat. Even at the age of ~ 40 we Indians still expect him to play like he did in his 20's or early 30's. Walk in his shoes once to understand how gr8 this man is and how blessed we Indians are that he played for India in our lifetime. Sachin Thank you for the wonderful memories and for being such a humble Human being. May God Bless u. Obviously I am not going to argue who is gr8 Sir Don or SRT as I never was fortunate enough to watch the gr8 Sir Don and it seems like comparing Apples and Oranges as these two played in two differenet eras of World Cricket. Why we humans always have to compare one with other beats me. Sometimes it is good to not have any frame of reference.

  • test_cricket_lover on March 16, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    "Why don't we all just give it a rest and enjoy Tendulkar, and the sport, while we can?" The same question I ask you back harsha, Why don't Sachin just give it all a rest and enjoy batting? If you can't answer that please try to answer this: what is the reason for taking 138 balls for a hundred against Bangladesh? I adore Sachin for his skills and I totally agree with Viv Richards that he is 99.5% technically perfect. But somewhere things are going wrong for Sachin. After watching Sachin all these years I really don't want to criticize him. Then again, why 138 balls? In spite of all this, I hope India wins the match the next time Sachin scores century.

  • on March 16, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    so the most awaited and meaningless and pathetic milestone has been achieved, now all focus should shift to 50th ODI century........hundred no 98 and 99 were also in vain like the 100 no 100,

  • vijay.drs on March 16, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    the word is pressure! His career strike rate is close to 87, he got so bogged down by the expectations, be it his own or the millions', he score at 77 against a meagre bowling attack. had he been himself, the team would have benefitted an extra 15 runs. what difference that would make? think hard or look at the scoreboard!

  • CivilGaurav on March 16, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    Bradman was a freak!Lets not compare him with any other batsmen. None of the others have an average of over 61. Average of almost 100 seems like he played all his matches against teams like Bangladesh!

  • SHAN16_JERK on March 16, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    As Nasir Hossain aptly said - Bradman is great! But, SACHIN IS THE GREATEST EVER TO PLAY THIS GAME OF CRICKET. Most of the so called Sachin haters probably never held a bat in their hand so they will never know the tense feeling one has when one walks to bat. To do that better than anybody in the history of the game while facing some of the world's best bowlers both pace and spin, on every kind of pitch - seaming, greentops, dustbowls, and flat track, against every opponent team in both format of the game , in every cricketing country in both formats, and do that consistently for 22 years and counting with poise and dignity, and still remain the model of humbleness, humanity, and perfect gentleman has to be SUPERMAN effort if not godly effort. This milestone of 100 international centuries will never be broken. The great Einstein once said about Gandhiji that the future generation will not believe that such man walked on earth. Same can be said about Sachin.

  • on March 16, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL WHAT A SHAME :D :D

  • apu_m1989 on March 16, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    IT is a good victorious play of bangladesh. Bad luck for sachin & INDIA.

  • on March 16, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Well done Sir................

  • on March 16, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    Sports is for entertainment. Sachin's 100 has entertained me more than India's victory over Bangladesh would have. Good Luck Harsha.

  • on March 16, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    And Sachin's century once again proved for his own good. Most of his centuries were not for the team. Big player, but never proved to be a match winner.

  • rk_ks on March 16, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    @lsd123 - What do you mean by not playing for the team. Can you tell me what is the fastest hundred made by Dravid. You mean to say that the runs scored by Sachin didnt help team India. Out of the 49 hundreds team India won 33 times and the remaining 16 times India lost because of other batsmans failure.

  • rk_ks on March 16, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    @Cricblogger - Please see the records before making any comment on Sachin. Link provided by cricinfo - http://www.espncricinfo.com/asia-cup-2012/content/current/story/557551.html. You cannot expect the batsman to score 100 in 25 balls in every match.

  • Bollo on March 16, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    @Srinath jagannathan, re.`Bradman was not any lesser a batsman for not scoring a 100 *international* hundreds` Indeed, even for The Don, scoring 100 international hundreds in 80 innings would have been some ask, although his 117 first-class hundreds in 338 innings suggest he was probably up to the task.

    Yes, there`s more to a batsman than averages, doubles and triples, but can you really compare someone who averages 55 or slightly more (Hutton, Hammond, Kallis, Hobbs, Tendulkar, Headley) to someone who averages 100?

    I`ll leave it to cricinfo`s bio shall I?...`Unquestionably the greatest batsman in the game, arguably the greatest cricketer ever, and one of the finest sportsmen of all time, Don Bradman was so far ahead of the competition as to render comparisons meaningless.`

    Congrats to Sachin on the ton btw.

  • on March 16, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    I agree with harsha, the beauty of cricket is test cricket and the fact that it is a gentleman's game with lots of dignity. Sachin's 100 comes against Bangladesh. Great! he got his 100 centuries. But who really remembers Hayden breaking lara's highest test score against a weak bowling attack of Zimbabwe. Personally, I believe that in a team sport, personal glory should take a backseat. Everyone have their right to their opinion. I wish Sachin retired and he gave a chance to youngsters to shine and win our affection. We want everyone to do us proud - the greats and the novices. With Dravid gone, i already feel that it spells doom for test cricket in India - the real cricket!

  • K.A.K on March 16, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    I am happy for Sachin, but not happy enough. This 100th 100 came in subcontinent conditions, and against Bangladesh. It would have been so much more fun to see this happen in Melbourne.

  • Angry_Bowler on March 16, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    Extraordinary achievement needs extraordinary effort. Fools never understand it.

  • on March 16, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    i agree with harsha! for him this sort of article will be the last as the master has scored his hundredth century by scoring 100 for the first time against bangladesh. three cheers!

  • RKB21 on March 16, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    Harsha, you are doing the same thing as everyone else in the game by invoking Sachin's name in your articles so you can have more clicks to your writings. Let's accept the fact that Sachin is one of those very few athletes that generates this much passion in his/her sport. In my lifetime, only Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods come any closer along with a couple of soccer (football) players.

  • gyan_crick on March 16, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    Very POOR piece of article I like you articles a lot but this one miserable.. Started off with a very nice topic but went haywire I guess. Why the "ANGER" word uncountable number of times? Where is anger here? Who is angry..we all love him so much that little disappointment is inevitable..there is difference between being angry and being disappointed....And regarding the Greg Chapel thing, so Harsha thinks they can utter any thing and move on and we should happily listen to eat and clap for it? DO we know something called healthy argument? Or we do not have rights to show our dissent? or only Chappell holds both? What Greg knows about our culture ( when I say culture then I am talking about the word Culture here, not the metamorphosed form of it..I am talking about the great Indian culture, the Santana culture which Greg would not have any idea even remotely ). I just loathed the Greg Chappell part of your article..sounds so damn undemocratic.

  • on March 16, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    Atlast this article becomes void!! we can move on now

  • gwd80 on March 16, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    Hah - this article got old quickly!!

  • Crikt.Afg on March 16, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    Any way CONGRATS SACHIN for all the big big big records you have got for India ... Keep playing as much as you want and we keep watching TV as long as it shows you.....Congratulationsssss

  • on March 16, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    Well... I am in The USA, and was up the whole night with my friends (one of them is from Bangladesh) from 4AM-7AM, JUST to watch Sachin score a century.

    Right after he scored that ton. we all screamed and celebrated and just went to our morning college lectures after that without caring at all of what was happening now in the match.

    I wont be wrong, if I say that my Bangladeshi friend wanted Sachin to get that ton more than he wanted Bangladesh to win that match.

  • drdatla on March 16, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    100 in136balls.i want to know if its his slowest ton in 1dayers

  • on March 16, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    Sorry Harsha, but for once I don't agree with you! It was never about the 100th hundred. It was never about a milestone that will never again be achieved. It was also not about the huffs and puffs done to reach the milestone. Once again, as always, it signified hope. Hope that propelled even CEOs to shed their inhibition and stand with ordinary staffs to cherish the moment. No Harsha, it never was and is about hundreds! Its about Sachin, my Sachin. We can't damn the hundred.

  • Cricblogger on March 16, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    In my opinion, it should not be about records but about playing for the team. If you slow down the run rate trying to achieve a century, your century is no good to the team. Most of his centuries have not won the game for India. http://cricblogger.wordpress.com/

  • Yolk_Eater on March 16, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    I am so glad that finally today Sachin spoke his mind. He accepted that he was under a lot of pressure because of this 100th 100 nonsense the media had created, and he felt like he lost 50 kgs after he completed it. There you have it, he has honestly confessed it, it was not selfishness that he played so slowly. It was pressure and desperation because of the media that led to him playing so slowly. I know there will be many lambasting his innings today, but you have to understand the reason beind it. He is a man after all not a god

  • on March 16, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Some people make Headlines... While SACHIN makes HISTORY

  • on March 16, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Harsha, the 100th hundred was predicted well in advance to be against Bangladesh in Bangladesh, so that's very much on schedule. History has been created and this landmark will NEVER EVER be matched. Wonder will there ever be another crickter who has played with such consistency for 22 years, against the world's best bowlers and given so much joy to all Indians & cricket lovers.This is more than even landing on the Moon or scaling Mount Everest, as those acts were repeated...THIS WON'T BE... God Bless & Luv you SRT..

  • nilb on March 16, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    It's a great achievement, no one will ever do it. But, the reason for India loosing the recent matches and series is this obsession with numbers, 100s, all individual performances. Cricket is a team sport. Normal cricket lovers should watch the games for their competitiveness. People who watch a match for someones milestone should check their heads. Well said Mr Bhogle your a true cricket lover.

  • on March 16, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    Mr Bhogle, as simple as that, fans don't watch a match just for a hundred, notwithstanding that we do desperately want a hundred from him. Love for cricket for a fan like me can never end, and the hype is all from media and not fans

  • on March 16, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    While still enjoying the sport, we sachin fans would expect him to make 100s consistantly till his 50. If you don't like that, we don't care.

  • cloudmess on March 16, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    I think Bhogle was referring to the over-heated opinions regularly expressed in these comments pages.

  • on March 16, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    Damn Harsha's article ..........for today :)

  • Alakshyendra on March 16, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    One moment you guys (the media) are waving stats at our face to prove how Sachin is the greatest batsman, and now you're asking us to forget the 100th ton and just enjoy his batting. What do you take us for? Do you really think the cricket fan is obsessed about numbers? Yes, we like our team to win, yes we like our batsmen to make runs and reach milestones. But that is not the be all and end all of our love for the sport. We appreciate good cricket, whoever plays it. That is more than can be said for you, who've sold your prose and verse for money.

  • on March 16, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    Is it just me or has the 'curse of the commentator' never, ever been better? Thank you for writing this, Mr. Bhogle!

  • on March 16, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    Oyye English guru, don't write for sake of writing! We completely disagree what you say " but we don't watch a game merely for a milestone." The fact is all indians were watching the India bangladesh match merely for sachin's tonn. Harsha, you are writing this article just because you are equally curious and eagerly waiting for Sachin's 100 ton. In our company no body was watching the india bangladesh game initially but the moment sachin was reaching near 100, there was no space in canteen to keep the foot. and the as he completed 100, all were back to there work in next 2mins. This itself speaks all :)

  • butterBum on March 16, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    "Harsha in wonderland" r wat, Mr.Harsha wake up .....India was humiliated down under and Indian fans poor buggers where made to look like cheap wine when ausie fans had the pleasure of watching their new comers toy n trash our so called experienced batting line up . Ah SACHIN has got his hundredth hundred their you go...Mr Harsha its time to come up with more exxcentric n convincing one.

  • on March 16, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    just coz of humiliation he got and his selfishness just makes no indian proud of this ton..specially me..

  • trip_trap on March 16, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    @vishnu1503: Bang on! Couldn't agree more with you.

  • on March 16, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    The hunger is still on. he will still score plenty more. Just keep witnessing guys!!! No other audience is lucky enough to have such an extended session of entertainment. His entertainment has been across the generation and transnational and transcontinental. LOng live goodness!!!

  • on March 16, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    100th 100 Mr. Bhogale. Now Kapil Dev should stop saying bad words againts Scahin

  • amex31 on March 16, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Well written as you always do!!

  • on March 16, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    He's done it, Harsha. Now we'll enjoy the game more. He's immortal now.

  • Dhushan on March 16, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Harsha please don't think that everyone in the world is looking forward to this personal milestone of Sachin's. The rest of the world watches cricket as a team sport & to support their country, not to shout from the stands when 1 man fields the ball or scores a boundary. We support the team. Plus, the only reason Sachin was allowed to play this series by BCCI was so that he can finally score that 100 on a slow surface after being thumped around in England & Australia. No doubt that his record already is fantastic but I think this article should have been printed in an Indian newspaper or journal & not on cricinfo. But wait, cricinfo is 90% Indian. Tsk tsk. What a shame

  • on March 16, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    Shuttup Bhogle, you're loving it now!

  • on March 16, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    Now you can shut up harsha about bhogle, and soon everyone will once again change their opinion on Sachin and will say he should play on. Sachin once again silenced his critics.

  • athem79 on March 16, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    Harsha . . your article was superb. Unfortunately he has scored 100th 100 . . . hope he does not wait for your article to make his retirement announcement. :)

  • on March 16, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    Today sure was the day :D

  • saughmraat on March 16, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    Now lets shout about the 50th ODI hundred

  • on March 16, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Wish u had written this article an year earlier ... may be we wud have got the century from sachin much earlier ... Coincidental that .. u wrote this article today ... and on the same day he scores 100th 100 :)

  • Siva_Surapaneni on March 16, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    Obsessing over numbers is also a poor reason to play a sport.

  • ground-boy on March 16, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    4+6=10dulkar approaching the magical milestone ....congrats. Will he retire after that giving Bohgle a sound night sleep and paving the way to youngsters which is the need of the hour in subcontinent?. At the moment he is 87 off 117 against Bangladesh 13 less than 100 which is considered unlucky, down under but not Indians and Bhogle; who wish little master's early success. Great Bradman fall fraction short of 100% scoring rate possesses the highest century rate if i am not mistaken.

  • on March 16, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    And in Dhaka, one record -inevitable yet over hyped one, seems to be arriving which I don't think many would like to arrive. Huge irony it's as the thing most awaited and anticipated by team India and SRT's fans all over is more likely to take place in few minutes from now and yet it, I think/suppose, wouldn't be welcomed wholeheartedly by the same. 100th (I don't know what makes it 100th century, probably out of my understanding capacity probably) ton is coming after so much of hype, awaiting and fuss but not with a bang. It's coming, well not sure though, against the 'minnow' and I don't know how much of satisfaction it's going to provide to SRT and the rest but to me it's totally an 'ANTI-CLIMAX.' U talked about it coming whole long year; against Eng and Aus and even SL in down under and it's destined to come against Bangladesh! Anyway, a hundred is a hundred and SRT is SRT. Over to u guys.

  • Meety on March 16, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    Just watched Sachin play out a maiden over (34th) - with the score on 1/164. Sorry Sachin, but that is poor cricket mate, you should be swinging the bat & not bothering about a stat!!!!

  • stormy16 on March 16, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    Didnt the Indians invent the zero? little wonder the obsession with numbers and dont really find anything wrong with that but I agree the game is bigger than just numbers. About the angry fan, think its due to being 'fanatical' as opposed to followers/fans. Anyone seen the soccer fanatics in Europe!! Fanatics will always be over the top, highly critical, highly protective and often miss the point as is commonly the case with some folks on cricinfo. However, there are lots of 'normal' fans who love and enjoy the game and who have better things to do than get in to twisted on-line debates with a fanatic. It would be difficult to not get excited about Sachin's 100 even if your a normal cricket fan who is not Indian - its a Bradmana like achievenement.

  • Nutcutlet on March 16, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    Well, Harsha, you are, of course, absolutely right. If people want to watch individual sports then they can follow tennis or golf. Watching a team game identifies you with a group of players, united in their common purpose, playing for the team, relying on and offering mutual support to & from team members. That's the nature of the activity - and I much prefer it to the individual making her/his lonely way to fame and fortune - if s/he is lucky. A genuine team player is an asset in all fields of human activity; it still allows room for individual initiative and execellence, but even that is exercised for the good of the team. Without the victory, the century is devalued. As to the devotees of SRT, I wonder how many of them are really concerned with Indian international side as a whole? Stadiums empty when he fails. Everyone who leaves at that point & for that reason is not a genuine cricket-lover. They are not following cricket - and cricket is much the stronger for their leaving!

  • srini.spotlightonline on March 16, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    Theres no dispute of Sachin's greatness at all,. The records and achievements are there for everyone to see.Cricket is a religion in India,TV Commentators / Cricket analysts like Ravi Shatri , Harsha Bhogle are household names and Sachin is revered no less than God himself. Whatever Indian Cricketers do or dont matters to the fanatics here. Sachin's 100th hundred is nothing but just a statistical highlight in Sachin's already very inspiring, remarkable and fascinating career. Its very obvious that Sachin is not in the best of form off late resulting in poor scores, hence theres a natural anxiety among the fans. You can damn the 100th Hundred, but how can we enjoy a off form Sachin ? Sachin's fans, would have been better off, if he was given a break to regain his form, than wait for him to get that landmark hundred against B'desh. It has come to that now. Lets hope all this will change against B'desh today and Sachin puts this 100th hundred behind him goes on to achieve more.

  • on March 16, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    LOL, Harsha put out this article, so that when Sachy the master hobbit gets his century against the Banglas, he can take some indirect credit. Really Harsha? Really?

  • Herath-UK on March 16, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    Is today the DDay! Ranil Herath -Kent

  • Herath-UK on March 16, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    Don't worry chaps,poor Bangladesh waiting eargerly round the corner to offer the honour to celebrate in great style. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • vishnu1503 on March 16, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    haha this is probably the 100th article I have read in the media recently on why we need to cool off on the ton of tons and let Sachin play cricket. Harsha, clearly we need to face the fact that the ton of tons is a media invented and media driven statistic to which we have all fallen prey. No other player has had their test and odi records combined to invent a new record for them to hold. Unfortunately you writing this article clearly increases the hype and interest around this record rather than reducing it. The media has lived off the ton of tons hype for so long and today you have benefitted from it as well.

  • rnarayan on March 16, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    I think you need to differentiate between different types of cricket lover, Harsha. To the true lover of the game, who understands,it, has probably played at some level, and would enjoy watching Lara as much as Laxman, Tendulkar's 100th ton is no more than an interesting add-on. It's the cricket we go to watch. Then you have the other kind of fan, to whom cricket is a form of enjoyment akin to watching a movie, to whom Tendulkar's ton and India winning is what makes the plot interesting. And they are the ones who get all het up about his not getting a a hundred. And, I might add, are the ones the press cater to with their endless articles about will he, wont he, when!

  • Charindra on March 16, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    I see where Harsha is coming from, but I wonder why he's only blaming the people for focusing on the "great achievement" which is forever coming, and not writing about the fact that this milestone is not really a milestone at all. I mean, a 100 international hundreds??? How lame is that! Getting the 100th 100 or falling short won't make Sachin a greater or a lesser player. However, the fact that the man himself has been consumed by all this hoopla about a made up milestone certainly takes some of the the shine off a largely magnificent and remarkably successful career. Mental toughness is a part of greatness too u know.....

  • gauravbanodha on March 16, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    i am more interested to know when sachin retires from odis than when he gets his 100th 100. to me there is no shortage of entertainment whether sachin stays on crease or not. those days are gone when people would switch their tv off when sachin got out. india's future in test matches looks shabby without sachin but in odis its fine. selectors should know that the team needs a move on and sachin should know he is an obstruction.

  • spacemonkeygaz on March 16, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    @Xolile - I fear you have entirely missed the point of this article...

  • AJ100 on March 16, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    Damn the 100....!!! Well, I feel sorry that Tendulkar's 100 100s has affected you. To be honest except for some fanatics and parochials rest of the world isn't too bothered and are here to enjoy pure cricket.

    Don't get me wrong, I, along others from all parts of the world would be really happy if he gets the hundred as he deserves it. But to latch on to the team in ODIs just to get his milestone is making me wonder if Tendulkar is actually playing the game for the real reason?! Is he the same person who chose which ODI tournaments he would like to play and discard the inconsequential ones that disrupted stability at the top? I can see no other reason than the 100 that he is playing in this tournament.

  • on March 16, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    Harsha, We want u as a commentator of every matches played between competitve coutries & u were missed a lot by us recently. I was rather shocked not to see u in CB Test & One day series(traingular) because it was broadcasted at ESPNSTAR sports & u share great relationship with them. Please try to give us more of you in near future, Sooner or later sachin will score his 100th 100 hundred...

  • on March 16, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    Ve not expected such thoughts. Is it necessary that Tendulkar should hit 100 to consider as good performance? haven't he played any good inning after last century? I bate if he hits a century, u ll b the first to give standing ovation and writing about his greatness. Even if india has top class individual cricketers, india had struggled and still struggling to become no 1 team because we are good at criticizing the good. Financial Instrument ?? Every1 knws who even earns more than Tendulkar and still plays in the team. Moreover, when cricket is made a circus in IPL, why cant we listen such nice thoughts of cricketing fan?

  • on March 16, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    Harsha, you dont know how badly people in India miss you. I was hoping and eagerly waiting to see/hear you during England India series, but was surprised someone else was in your place. I am sure you are njoying your association with ABC raido's please come back to Start Sports and ESPN . We are eagerly waiting to hear you.

    Nice article, and I wish to be very positive towards the game as you had described but its not that easy. Waiting to see a great innings from Mr.Sachin..Hope the wait wont be long.

  • on March 16, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    Perhaps this 100th hundred is to be like achieving a test average of 100... something that a once in a million player may possibly achieve but ultimately the game of cricket has the final say.

  • SaneVoice on March 16, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    To all those who would stop watching cricket once Sachin retires are most welcome to do so. Cricket would never miss the current Sachin and such fans of him won't be missed either. Sachin will be remembered as one of the greatest batsman ever but also as the most selfish ever. He will have to live with this tag forever. Infact, each of the big four will have to - Selfish Sachin, Slow Dravid, Laxman not good for ODIs and Ganguly can't play fast bowling.

  • on March 16, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    Harsha...Its silly to point out the 'age' of a sports person and its more silly to comment on retirement of a sports person on the basis of the age only. A team needs the best bunch of players and Sachine is still the best in the team. Replacement of any sport person in any team game comes naturally with a more competent sports person. Forget about when Sachin comes to the arena, how much he had played, how much he can play and for how many years...the questins is ..is any body there to replace him automatically with his won tallent ?..Yes ! Off course if you put the age as the sole criterion to chose a player to play for the team, you have 100 players..but till now, if you go find out a player to replace Sachin you will have none. The players those who have natural abilities and tallents to play for India, they are in the team !

  • prince464 on March 16, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    why rahul dravid given retirement from test cricket ... for the future resources of team he did that... from the last one year rahul drivid played far better innings than sachin....sachin must think about his retirement for strong youngster team india...

  • Bollo on March 16, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    @HyderabadiFlick, re.`When whole of the Indian cricket team was struggling for most part of Sachin's 23 years career and he was performing consistently then no one uttered a single word`. The idea/myth that Tendulkar has played a lone-hand during his career is another blight on the Indian game - not to mention very disrespectful to the other greats he has played with.

    Tendulkar has been part of easily the most successful period in Indian cricketing history. No fewer than 5 other members of the ESPN India all-time XI (Dravid, Srinath, Kumble, Dhoni and Sehwag) played/have played their entire career with him. Kapil Dev was also there for the first 5 years, not to mention Azha, Laxman, Harbajhan et al.

    Why the need to exaggerate his impotance by denigrating others?

  • on March 16, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    @Bollo: I'm glad you agree that it's reasonable and practical to compare batsmen across eras! A kindred soul, at last :) Naturally, you choose to use different measures. If Sachin is a better batsman than Bradman, that doesn't desecrate Bradman's greatness in any way (precisely as you suggest that Sachin's brilliance is not dimnished by most people claiming Bradman/Sobers/Richards/Kallis/Ponting/Lara to be better than Sachin). Averages, double hundreds and triple hundreds are virtually the only batting measures in which Bradman surpasses Sachin. But there's more to being a batsman than just these three measures (case in point, Bradman was not any lesser a batsman for not scoring a 100 *international* hundreds, against a dozen different teams in a dozen different continents, across 2 distinct formats, over a 2 decade *continguous* career). Perhaps in another 50 years "most" people may be more willing to admit that Sachin has indeed been a better batsman than Bradman. I already do :)

  • getsetgopk on March 16, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    A Pak fan here, this is my honest opinion about this whole issue, you say damn the 100th just because india fans waited for way too long for it, its because he failed to deliver when needed most, it did hurt the indian teams overall shape up for the future and still is hurting india, tendulkar is there because of cricket not the other way around,he should have retired after the Oz tour like dravid, that would have been more adorable deed than a hundred against a team like Bangladesh, Tendulkar is not what he used to be, people get old, no shame in that, you gota go when you gota go.

  • Geeks on March 16, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    I Agree Harsha. We always know how many centuries SRT missed due to bad decisions. So, for me, he past his 100th 100 long long ago. And for those who still think 100th 100 is premier, just stop and see where Bradman left 99.96.

  • on March 16, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Problem is: of late any this less than a century by Sachin is considered a failure.

  • BustIPL on March 16, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    Tendulkar was common hero but Indian board was sarcastic in wake of being the biggest market for cricket and trying to dictate terms at ICC about DRS, future test programs bla bla. This created an opnion against indian board and that spilled on the tendulkar. Cricket fans (non indians) celebarate when he fails to get the hundred everytime. It is boring for fans to be just locked into statistics as they they like IPL brand of really volatile power cricket. Hopefully, he will get it against Bangladesh finally or against Pakistan which most Indian fans will dream of. Anyway for such a great player who drew comparision with the legendary Don not long ago is begging for a 100 and now even bangladesh can deny it. I dont understand how he will feel if he does not get it even against bangladesh.

  • on March 16, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    There are many people criticizing Sachin just because he could not complete his 100 ton, Most of those people are forgetting the fact that he already made 99 of them.This is like pointing blackdot on white board ehich is not even at the centre of the board but at the end of the board.I also want to remind that 99 number is not so good one for sachin as he got out many times at that score

  • lsd123 on March 16, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    Tendulkar is always playing for records and not for the team. But take Dravid he's always playing for the team. THat's why I rated Dravid ahead of Tendulakar as a test batsman. Sachin,.....Pls retire. Give a chance to a new guy.

  • smalishah84 on March 16, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    A sane voice at last. Would anyone think any less of Tendulkar if he had 99 centuries instead of 100?

  • kaushaljajoo on March 16, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    hey harsha..pretty amazing article..completely d other side of wat has been happening..something very fresh n alarming to ponder upon..thanks

  • vasuki1957 on March 16, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    Cant agree more to this. Was reading some comments on Greg Chappell's and felt we are stressing the issue over the fence. Sachin might or might not touch the 100th but he has only 1 to do it so. Let not this 1 over rule the 99 which he has already touched. Thankfully this was not over clouded with the Dravid;s retirement. The legend got the salutation he deserved....

  • on March 16, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    Fantastic representation of the mindset of an above average Indian cricket loving fan. What is all this drama going around individual milestones without any serious debate and steps to be taken on the sorry state, we are in now. Barring Sachin, Rahul and VVS numbers, the tons of runs scored by all others are viewed with some laughter by pundits of the game. If I say, it's sad to see some zeros outside sub-continent pitches are scoring again in Asia cup. What is all this about. Where is the humility associated so that each one knows where he stands and puts in effort to improve rather than covering for the technical weakness? I am seeing cricket from 1969 and nothing is done by BCCI at grassroots levels to improve the technique against swing, bounce and fast bowling and I can say a Sunil GR, Chetan, Sachin, Rahul and VVS have come inspite of all this and from now onwards our wins outside sub-continent pitches also will be in that proportion only

  • on March 16, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    I am happy you enjoyed covering the India Australia series on radio with ABC. But why couldn't u have done that through Star Cricket ? We missed u dearly, Harsha.

  • BellCurve on March 16, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    370 days ago Tendulkar scored an International century. Since then he has batted 33 times. He got into the 90s a couple of time, but he has not reached the 100 mark in any of those attempts. He will be 39 next month. He is currently the oldest player in Test cricket. But. He is playing against Bagladesh on a nice flat wicket in Mirpur today. Who knows? Even a past-his-best Tendulkar may be able to get a 100 today. But that would be an anticlimax of note. You want to reach a milestone on a big stage. And playing Bangladesh in Mirpur in a meaningless tournament is certainly not a big stage.

  • on March 16, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    Seriously Harsha, I think most people including the man himself aren't that concerned about it. Just give it a break. Articles such as these are nothing but making fuss about it. Let it go in to the oblivion till the man looks up at the skies!

  • SouthPaw on March 16, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    Harsha, the "Supreme Exponent of the Game" has to retire in style and with dignity, like other supreme exponents of the game such as Sobers, Bradman, Trumper, Ranji, Col Naidu, SMG and most recently, Dravid did. Because, 100th century or not, there is no taking away the title of one of the "Supreme Exponent of the Game"

  • alchemist_sandeep on March 16, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    just relax and wait for sachin's magic batting...as we all know he is god of cricket...kabhi kabhi god bhi script nahin likhta hai magar nature likhta hai...he will surely make it...best of luck sachin..may be againest pak in asia cup final..

  • IamDan on March 16, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    Great article, it seems not just Tendulkar, but Indians worldwide, and not just the Indians now, have become obsessed, with the smallest point, 1 innings of numbers, and forgotten the greatness of the man himself. More importantly, people seem to have lost all objectivity, over 100, 100`s, why, Tendulkar will be a legend whether he scores 99, or 102 international Tons. We watch Cricket for the simple beauty of the game, the enjoyment, this, the greatest game in the World brings so many, yet when statistics become the objective, we lose all sanity.

  • kantipur on March 16, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    He has scored loads of hundred because he got chance at the age of 16. Tendulkar has easily forgot that. He also needs to hand the baton to youngsters. He is blocking their way. World's most selfish cricketer.

  • murthydn16 on March 16, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    Wonderful article Harsha. People fail to enjoy the game and the master while he is playing the game. Once he retires, every one will priase him for his contribution, hunger and for everything he did for the game. People and media should enjoy the game and let Sachin to enjoy the game.

  • chin-music on March 16, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    Thanx, Harsha ! your article mirrors may sentiments - ".. but increasingly I find my love for cricket assaulted from all directions." For example - as an Indian, I would like to count myself as an India fan --- but when you read the mindless Tendulkar-worship or the rabid jingoism & semi -literate poison that comes out whenever somebody like Greg Chappell speaks a few inconvenient home-truths, I think I am better off having nothing in common with what passes off as an India cricket fan.

  • on March 16, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    This is one of the very pleasing articles in recent times. People need to realize the reality. Not before 10 matches, he was in superb touch during the world cup quarter final match against Australia and laid a fantastic foundation for the chase and then, played a composing innings against Pakistan in the semi final (some might argue that he had carried luck in that match, but please remember that dropped catches are part and parcel of the game) and then was in great form for initial few innings in the test series against Australia. In most of the innings in CB series, he has got a very good start but due to bad time, not able to carry on. I am sure that he is going to get that Damn 100th 100 today or in next couple of days and so as most of the India is thinking. But, meanwhile, some extremities are uttering lot of loose talks and please understand the stature and dedication of a person before pinpointing. This articles proves the stature and dignity of Harsha as well :-)

  • on March 16, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    Hey Harsha, did not you made the story out of nothing..your own article is being read because it had tendulkar story..everyone try and sell what is selling Harsha..

    any ways whether he score 1 or not how it matters :)

  • on March 16, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    I don't understand the column, to enjoy Sachin I dont want to see the current Sachin or at least the Sachin in ODIs, it erases the image of the great player he was. I rather buy DVDs and watch hsi career before 2010.

  • Bollo on March 16, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    Sachin has averaged about what the greats have been averaging for the last 100 years (somewhere between 50 and 60 runs per innings in tests) - he currently lies 15th on the all-time table (conincidentally exactly his position on the ODI table).

    His exceptional longevity, coupled with his precocity have meant that he has been able to break many aggregate run scoring records, and of course left him on the brink of 100 international centuries - an astonishing feat.

    The aggressive pursuit of `greatest batsman of all-time` recognition by many of his supporters is more than annoying to many however, and I would also suggest, to Sachin himself. I`m sure he would echo Harsha`s thoughts `Damn the 100th ` - with the proviso of course that he scores one soon.

  • Sivaaditya on March 16, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    Watching Sachin question the decisions of Umpires these days, even if genuine, show the desperation of not getting runs. And it is not a pretty picture.

    I do not want to talk of his retirement, but somehow, i do not find his batting enticing enough to sit and watch. Again, not a great thing.

    Yes, atleast to the viewer it looks as if he is craving to get their soon. somehow he has this tendency to stall at some record and once he gets it he goes back to his original fluent self.

  • kempy21 on March 16, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    Great article Harsha! You're always welcome here in Australia to come and call matches. There are two international broadcasters (to Australia) that I love listening to and that's you and Jonathan Agnew from the BBC. You both have the knack of encapsulating our wonderful game into poetry.

    Oh, and the Naga chillies of course :P

  • on March 16, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    dear Harsha, by writing this article you are doing exactly what you are professing not to do(stop discussing the hundredth). Good read nevertheless.:)

  • on March 16, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    I guess its not the common fan who is so consumed by Sachins 100...People in general have assuaged themselves with the fact that if it happens it happens...But one definitely cannot rule out the fact that its on Sachins mind all the while, much as cricket analysts, stalwarts of cricket say that leave him in his own space, he is doing fine etc...The 100th is on his minds and he is consumed by wanting to get there...He had a golden opportunity to get it done right after world cup in India when WI came to India...He missed the bus and today much of the England and Aussie series is in ashes due to this "consumed 100th"...Much as you guys claim that its not so...its there to see...India's cause was more important and i feel that was sacrificed by a few....

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on March 16, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    Yes , thank you harsha for this gr8 article ,hope our 'god' worshipers gets some sense after reading something like this , all genuine cricket lovers are sick of this 'sachin is god' , 'sachin wiill get 100th 100' , 'cricket dies if sachin retires' , 'sachin can do whatever he wants' , 'sachin's son scored a 50 in some school match with kids'... more than the gr8 man its his fans and media that are to be blamed

  • on March 16, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    I would say thanks Harsha, Its a very nice article, and Loved this!.. All the 10dulkar fans are waiting for 100th, not because its a milestone, but because after that we would again see the tendulkar we love.

    Everyone knows, how fast he has got his past 20 centuries, Its because he was playing freely. A good 50/60 by sachin is even pleasing... That makes the day... I hope he continues to play till he wants.

  • Sivaaditya on March 16, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    Watching Sachin question the decisions of Umpires these days, even if genuine, show the desperation of not getting runs. And it is not a pretty picture.

    I do not want to talk of his retirement, but somehow, i do not find his batting enticing enough to sit and watch. Again, not a great thing.

    Yes, atleast to the viewer it looks as if he is craving to get their soon. somehow he has this tendency to stall at some record and once he gets it he goes back to his original fluent self.

  • Mahi233 on March 16, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    @hyderabadiFick: u nd ur frnds shud strt away stop watching cricket..because Indian cricket is neither ur's or sachin's paternal property that he shud be allowed to play as long as he wish...learn somethng from Aus..they removed ponting(3 time world champion nd many more glories to his name)..beacuse they felt that his time was up..nd harsha was absolutely right in saying that Kohli's and Gambhir's centuries should not be fillers...Sachin shud retire rit now..learn something from the great Dravid..nd ppl will still watch cricket

  • Bollo on March 16, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    @Srinath Jagannathan. The obsession with landmarks is one thing. What Harsha calls the `venom`, `anger` , `orgy of temper, trembling voices lamenting an attack on India's pride... scream(s) of racism` and your request for people to `state unequivocally that he is the pre-eminent batsman of all time`are quite another.

    Most people would rate Bradman as clearly the greatest test batsman of all-time. Many would have Sobers as No.2 and Sir Viv Richards remains probably the greatest ODI batsman. Contemporaries of Sachin, such as Lara and Ponting have both for long periods been regarded as the best current player, while another, Jacques Kallis, averages more than Sachin in both tests and ODIs.

    Sachin`s place as one of the greats in both forms of the game is assured. His consistent brilliance over 2 decades and more has been remarkable. However claims such as yours that `In every which way, he is a superior bat` to Bradman` are laughable. Why the need for the whole world to call him No.1?

  • on March 16, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    really dont know why there are so many compliments for this article.....take this sentence.."Tendulkar still enjoys the game. We ought to relax and learn to do the same" Oh God..cant disagree more...may be Sachin is enjoying his ODI game but viewers and the TEAM do not.he has no business to play ODIs and especially this Asia Cup.in Tests he needs to be around for at the most 15 months so that a new batting line up can be groomed.period.will anyone tell this to selectors...and oh.. between.. if he gets another 100 or lots of 100s in the process well and good..for him and the TEAM...peace.

  • on March 16, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    Half of the people are talking about 100th hundred and the remaining half are asking to shut up the talk. LOl what a hypocrisy? Harsha - do your bit mate and dont talk the talk !

  • Sreerang on March 16, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    Now you understand after a year of bombarding the 100th. WONDER WHEN THE OTHER JOURNOS WILL UNDERSTAND. And as for all those hankering after Sachin to retire, enjoy his batting while you can. Just knowing that one will never get to watch Rahul bat again makes me feel sad. So lets enjoy the little master as long as he is playing.

  • Prem_Chin on March 16, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    Haha!! I think life has come full circle for Harsha! I remember him emphasizing on 100th century during the Lunch Break of Lord's Test 2011 when it was the turn of India's 1st Innings. I wondered then why a person of his stature was doing that. Appreciate that you have now realized that cricketer's calibre is not a measure of stats but rather his impact (or impact performances) on the game. At last on that note.. TOUCHE! HARSHA!

  • on March 16, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    Why Damn the Hundred when the person in question has all his life played for personal stats??????

  • Sukumar_Kantri on March 16, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    Really SRT fans is making a lot of Real Indian Cricket fans to feel ashamed and start hating SRT fans whenever they say Sachin's 100th ton is most important than India winning any game. Its really disgusting and annoying and no one is really enjoying the game bcoz of this 100th ton!!!!! Be a true Indian cricket fan and not for SRT alone. Enjoy the game and India's wins. I believe this is making all the playing XI feel pressure and not only SRT. Media played a major role in this. Really a heart touching artile from Harsha. In last match, no one spoke about Virat & Gauti's tons or India's win as much as they spoke about SRT missing 100th Ton.

  • krik8crazy on March 16, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    100 is just a milestone and not reaching it doesn't in any way diminish the 99 that Sachin has already scored. However, it is clear that the stress of getting to 100 has taken it's toll and Sachin is struggling big time. I wish he gets to the 100th quickly so that we can then get a chance to enjoy his uninhibited, uncluttered batting for a while longer.

  • Sukumar_Kantri on March 16, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    First and foremost thing is India winning matches and not SRT scoring hundereds. Personal records should come next to team's win. For the past 1 year, all so called SRT fans started getting frustrated when he gets out and they keep blabbering on his 100th ton even if India wins. For them, India's win is not even 1/1000000th of the value of SRT's 100th ton. Where is the spirt of the game, love for the nation's team. Most of Indian cricket fans are still under the thinking of Indian cricket team as SRT + 10 other players and not as SRT is one of the playing XI. This really makes me feel ashamed for being an Indian cricket fan. I agree SRT is a Master of the game, Legend , and a lot more. But that doesnt mean SRT's 100 deserves more than India's win at any point of time.

  • yorkerguru on March 16, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    There were lot of acheivements and accomplishments which The Little master has conquered! This is one small but an unbeleivable record which he'll acheive in the very near future... might be even today... There are a few people who won't wigh his ton if he scores it against Bangladesh... But a Hundred is a hundred... when you know cricket... you'll never understand how abeautiful otswinger misses the edge and a rank bad short ball gets the bowler a cricket.. enjoy that perspective of cricket... It's not Sachin's hundred.. it's his cover drive and flicks which we love to see and cherish... he has a very little amount of Test and ODI cricket to offer... forget the 100 th 100 and cherish the... don't hail anyone but Cricket!!! Tahnk you harsha for reminding those fans who forgot cricket but remembered controversies through the article that it is CRICKET more important than individual acheivements...

  • on March 16, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    Watching the game to enjoy is always on viewers mind. I think viewers/fans care only for India/any country they belong too but the media and commentators make a big deal out of it. the 100th ton has hurt us more than anything else we lost 4-0 in england and repeat in australia. Until & unless Sachin retires or hits this ton we will keep losing as this is not only affecting him but the whole damn team. We dont care who scores as long as the team gives 110%.

  • jammyisgreat on March 16, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    Harsha,

    We fans also wants to enjoy cricket. But what is the reason Sachin is still playing ODIs . After scoring a century in the last ODI he played Manoj Tiwary is still sitting out. Isnt Sachin blocking a youngster to prove himself. Sachin is great and he need not prove anything to anyone. Let him continue playing tests i dont care. But its high time He retires from ODIs

  • on March 16, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    Retire Mate!!!!! Unfortunately it is crystal clear that the guy plays for personal glory and that comes first....very unfortunate

  • Positive_Critic on March 16, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    Harsha, for a change I do not agree to your point of view... 'Damn the 100'- The title still seems correct but i gotta say should it also not apply to Tendulkar... I am sure he is enjoying the game.. And I am sure he still has it in him to contribute... But is he making the same contributions that he used to make 5-7 years down the line... I am still wondering what is he trying to achieve here... I understand he enjoys the game and we are no1 to ask him to retire... but is this not blocking a position that can be used to groom a youngster.. What is the point playing against Bangladesh... The least he can do is retire from ODI's and can continue playing tests, even though I feel its time he just retires from all forms of the game....

  • johnathonjosephs on March 16, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    Only Indians are even thinking of the so called, media blown, "100th ton" from Tendulkar. Only India will celebrate when he gets it. The rest of the cricketing world, however, will celebrate when he gets his 50th Test Ton. Who cares about combined centuries? Its ridiculous to even think it

  • aurovasudev on March 16, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    Well put Harsha! Particularly the bit about - "I recently did four Test matches in Australia for ABC Radio and it was like being transported to my childhood.". I couldn't hear that but the very idea sent me back to my boyhood where we were growing with radio commentaries from the great. Well, at least now we have cricinfo to read commentary, while keeping the TV mute. Yes, many of us keep TV mute and read commentary which take us back to our old days when frienbds sat before radio and exchanged serious and not-serious information!

  • on March 16, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    Harsha Thanks for hitting the bulls eye. I am thoroughly fed up ( and there are scores of others with same feelings ) of the "100th 100. I am sure Sachin must be inwardly sick of this being mentioned. Let's get on with the gane of cricket and simply enjoy the great game.

  • on March 16, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    what rubbish.... viewers dont watch for the wrong reason. its players that sometimes play for the wrong reason. if sachin cant get his 100th 100, it is his problem. viewers have nothing to do with it. whatever his plans for odis may be, they are in conflict with the plans of the team. and it is ridiculous that the team is having to compromise. sachin needs to be dropped so that team can move on.

  • on March 16, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    If the media can build players up to be demi-gods, then I feel it's only fair that questions are asked when performances haven't been good enough. Ignore that 100th century for the moment and ask yourself, if a batsman in the top four playing in the two longer formats can retain his place not scoring a century for a year or so? Tendulkar is not immune, and this proliferation of articles from the Indian side playing the 'victim' card is most reprehensible. Get over yourself because the only country talking about Tendulkar's milestone is your own media and the great man himself must be thoroughly bored of it all.

  • on March 16, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    We're a privileged generation because we grew up watching Tendulkar and others showcase their skills on a cricket field. Having said that, we also know that life needs to move on. And so does Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. All good things need to come to an end. So Sachin please bow out now like Rahul. Dont make a fool of yourself.

  • Ramfromlanka on March 16, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    Harsha, other than himself, media and as you have rightly mentioned about people who make money on his name,I feel rest everybody gives a damn....All the cricket fans want to watch good cricket....

  • on March 16, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    Really nice...,its all because of the medias.., they always look to put the wrong first.Leave Sachin let him play. How could the critics see the clock moving when it's being very curiously watched.

  • CanTHeeRava on March 16, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    I am not reading this article Harsha...but I completely agree with the title. Let us all say it together again 'DAMN THE 100TH". Let the man play. Oh! it is bliss.

  • on March 16, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    It is the tragedy of Indian media- getting obsessed with sad, controversial, and unwanted things.

    We, Sachin and Indian cricket's true fans, are patiently waiting for the 100th ton and enjoying the game in the mean while, watching future Indian stars like Kohli establish themselves.

  • dunger.bob on March 16, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    Well said. There is way too much angst in India-Oz matches. This is something that is likely to continue among the players because there are usually enough ego's on both sides to guarantee the occasional flare up. There is no reason for the fans and journalists to carry on about it. It's a part of International sport that isn't that attractive but these guys are busting their boilers out there and we shouldn't be surprised or shocked when they show a bit of emotion. .. here's some totally unqualified pop psychology for you. .. the Aussies use aggression to hide their insecurity whereas India use their passiveness as an aggressive weapon. I guess the first should be clear enough but the second needs explaining. .. India uses the "poor us, we are gentlemen in a world full of Neanderthals" ploy to elicit public support, galvanise their own actions and, dare I say it, have a ready made excuse if things go badly in the actual game. .. at least thats how it looks to a Neanderthal like me.

  • on March 16, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    And by the act of writing this article, aren't you Harsha doing the same thing which you are condemning.

  • on March 16, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    Finally, you said the truth Harsha... Why can't people understand and leave the little master peacefully do his job... He is enjoying cricket and is worth more than 100- 100s. There may be several masters, but only one 'little master' remembered for ever in the game of cricket.

  • TheRealRockNRolla on March 16, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    Harsha...I cannot seem to fathom if this COMBINED so called record will actually mean anything even if it was accomplished....I mean...then players will say I have combined 50 ODI 100s or combined half century of half centuries.... what kind of a record is that ...lets just leave the tallies to the format...but since it is tendularkar and india something has to be made out out of nothing...does sachin have 100 test hundreds -- NO! thats the end of that.

  • on March 16, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    i think the media is more obsessed with the 100th 100 than the cricket fan.they are building this up since its a "headline" moment for them. I think Sachin and cricket lovers are enjoying the game as always( well when you are losing both parties are enjoying it a little less.).its a trumped up milestone as it is. murli will be known for 800 test wickets and not for having 1000 internationl wkts. similarly Sachin will be known for his indivual records in tests and ODIs respectively.

  • Alexk400 on March 16, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    Nothing to enjoy. he should retire. He is wasting youngster spot just for that damn 100. he is sole reason for 8-0 TEST loss. He took awat team goals from winning to people satisfied with sachin's 100. Pathetic.

  • raja9787 on March 16, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    Great article as usual, Harsha.. I am so annoyed with ppl being so obsessed with this landmark.. media generates so much hype and in every press meet with opposition players, the first question they ask is whether they think sachin will score his hundred in the upcoming game. for god sake, at least leave the opposition team alone.. i shout, DAMN THE 100TH...

  • DreamGame on March 16, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    Well said, Harsha. Just wish all these people wud just leave him alone & let him enjoy his cricket....it wont be long before he decides to call it a day. I guess only o THEN will these very people who constantly criticize him, realize how much be is missed. whether he makes 10 runs or 100, just watching his stroke play is a treat by itself. He is a treasure, an irreplaceable treasure, I say, Let him play, let him enjoy the game, to hell with that 100th 100........

  • on March 16, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    100th 100 or no 100th 100, just please let me watch him play in peace! I have had enough of Indian media chasing that 100.

  • jasif on March 16, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    thank GOD u realize it harsha..........its never too late though for a good deed :)....give ur piece of mind to other media personnel also plz

  • on March 16, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    Loved this article. Thanks a ton for this. Not just about Sachin's 100th hundred reason but what people are becoming with these unnecessary debates everyday.

  • fattypatty_Poorna on March 16, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    Perfect for all the novices and brilliant example of a true fan

  • on March 16, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    I am waiting for the 100th not because it is a great achievement. I want to see Tendulkar bat freely again. Whatever happened to poetry in motion. The master batsman. God I wish we could see him bat one more time like the Sachin Tendulkar that we know. The paddle sweep... the glorious cover drive... cut... over the bowlers head. Keep going man. One more time... turn the clock backwards... If you can just enjoy cricket and play freely....

  • on March 16, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    It's painful to see him struggle like this. Please just retire. Now.

  • Agnihothra on March 16, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    To be fair, Harsha, I tuned in to ABC GrandStand just to listen to you and Skull.

  • on March 16, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    A perfect article at the perfect time.

  • on March 16, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    Very good article...Let him enjoy the game and we also enjoy the game without becoming to subjective.

  • akshay1994 on March 16, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    While I agree with this article, it is hard to ignore the irony that you say that a story needs to be made out of Tendulkar when there is none, and that is exactly what you have done. I do agree though that people sometimes forget that watching sport is supposed to be joyful in the end.

  • HyderabadiFlick on March 16, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    When whole of the Indian cricket team was struggling for most part of Sachin's 23 years career and he was performing consistently then no one uttered a single word. Be practical he played only 9 ODIs after almost a span of 1 year after the world cup.Dhoni has been struggling God knows from when in test cricket and Dhoni does not make any big statement when a test series is in progress.All of a sudden he will start speaking when playing lesser grade ODI cricket.Sachin should remain in the team as long as he wants to be. Many of my friends are already speaking of not watching cricket after Sachin, Laxman & (Rahul) retires.They held Indian batting for so many years together and India lost so many matches because others did not perform and now it is time to return the favour to them by waiting.Funny quote against him.India loses when Sachin scores a century.I know many wonot agree with me but think.There are few people who are like diamonds, they shine even in dark & Sachin is one.Jai Hind

  • ROLAYH on March 16, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    Nice article Harsha, like always... but haven't you also raised the issue even more by apparently criticizing it... you are right... we need Sachin stories, if there is none we create one... :-)

  • Webba84 on March 16, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    Harsha, I dont live in Australia anymore but I have to say I was very lucky to be back there over the summer and able to listen to the ABC commentary that you were part of. The honest love of cricket and the genuine good feeling and friendship there were so obvious that it was a real joy to feel part of it. Thank you for being part of the game and reminding us all frequently why we love it so much.

  • on March 16, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    Harsha, you know that's just going to come across as preachy :) Sachin's critics either want him to get to the landmark and quit the game, or they want him to quit the game using the landmark as evidence that Sachin plays for records. I am a die-hard Sachin fan, and yet, I've always seen him only as a sportsman (which is how 99.99% of us know him). As a sportsman he clearly belongs in the team. The concept of a 100th 100 would not even exist if not for the 99 that Sachin scored first. It's obvious to me that people who demand his retirement, and people who "pray" for his 100th 100 don't really follow the sport. But, when are you going to come out and state unequivocally that he is the pre-eminent batsman of all time?! I'm tired of the same harping over Bradman. In every which way, Sachin is a superior bat and I really wish people wouldn't wait until his retirement to state the obvious. Why is blunt "truth" the exclusive reserve of the Chappel brothers?

  • Swadeshgauravsingh on March 16, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    :), Finally...someone came up with this !!!!, Whether Sachin Makes his 100th Ton or not, he will still be the GOD in Cricket. Even Sir Bradman's 99.94 is a Legend, What's the Harm in Sachins 99 !!!!, Common Guy's, lets Enjoy his game in his Last streach of Career !!! :D

  • on March 16, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    Good sir, we also get massive joy from those who have regularly entertained, make records that will be their hallmark for ages to come. It is human to anticipate and be dejected of our favorite son's failure, but that doesn't mean we don't enjoy the game, or his time on the field.

    There is nothing wrong in wanting the 100. And when it does happen.

    That. Will be that. And the whole world will rejoice. You included.

  • anoopshameed on March 16, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    Well Harsha you just created a Tendulkar story yourself :)

  • ram_sachin on March 16, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    True .. Every word of it is True.. We've lost the focus and the purpose of cricket. There will be that 100th hundred, but whats the point in fussing over it for a year !! Imagine.. Every time sachin walks out to bat,we expect the 100th ton, but not those exquisite on drives and cover drives he plays. We've lost the focus totally and hope sooner the media realizes it the better it is for the Cricket and for the fans,

  • on March 16, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    Harsha, you are the best! I always believe in what you have said. All we want is good cricket. Regarding Tendulkar, I make a point to watch all his innings these days. Frankly speaking, the 'joy' I get when I watch a Tendulkar trademark straight drive or cover drive is beyond comparison. I just want to enjoy his batting. DAMN THE 100TH !!

  • on March 16, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    Harsha...it's fine to speak of "someone else's obsession" with the 100th ton, but I think you're missing the point that the hoopla is being driven by your colleagues in the media. The common man has not put his life on hold for this 100th ton (IMHO, it's a stupid idea to club hundreds across diff formats as if they required the same skills, application, etc!). Your very act of griping about this so-called obsession is nothing but another attempt to draw attention to this never-coming ton! Secondly, yes, we too watch cricket for the "joy of seeing great performances from elite sportsmen". So, I don't see anything wrong with yearning for a Tendulkar special. Tendulkar is among the top reasons people of my generation follow cricket with such passion; so, rooting for his success can hardly be criticized. We rooted for a Tendulkar ton in Sharjah '98 just as much as we do today; if anything, all the more because he's closer to the end of his career! I'm sorry...I fail to see your pt!

  • on March 16, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    There was a time when Somebody's supreme performance would hide under Sachin's performances. Today , sadly , the same thing gets hidden in his low performances. WHY NOT SEE A PRINCE RISING RATHER THE KING RESTING IN HIS GOLDEN CASTLE !! Its indeed nice to see some youngters coming up nicely , soecially Kohli. The cricket fans should look a them rather than the old guns who have already fired. 100th 100 is not just Destined , it would be the product out of DETERMINATION.DETERMINED would justify the great man's credibility, Destined would not! So lets be patient and enjoy the game as you said SIR.

  • sachin30127 on March 16, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    ...I live in USA but I am an Indian by heart. Sachin is a phenomenon to many in India ...He is just not a player any more. We want to see him score more centuries ....This is because I feel his achievement as a batsman would fulfill millions of fans especially in India. You can go on ranting about his forms but what distinguishes him from everyone is his skillset which is yet to be duplicated.......

  • on March 16, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    Good article Harsha.But the moment Tendulkar enters the 70s everyone including you would start thinking about the 100th 100.i.e human nature.People will keep on thinking about the 100th 100 untill he gets it or retires.Although the anticipation and excitement would reduce heavily but it will never go out of anyone's mind

  • on March 16, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    Well Said Harsha! Enjoy the Sport!

  • on March 16, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    Terrific writing Harsha..!!!!

  • vinodkumargb on March 16, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    Good words Harsha! Now that's the way we should see. We should see cricket, not just a cricketer! Hope the hype of 100th ton brings better out of Sachin. He has always come back strong. Hoping he can do it again.. but lets all give the great man some breathing space. Let the GOD BE IN PEACE!

  • vinjoy on March 16, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    Harsha, when you say *we*, it means fans, lesser-fans, media, experts, columnists, and everybody. Right? I recall how the build-up for Lords test was always aligned with SRT's milestone, and then the Press Box in Australia. In a way, I am happy that this has happened; may be a lesson to be learnt to take the sport the way it should be taken. Beyond numbers.

  • on March 16, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    Must read for a True Cricket LOVER!!!

  • Rooroo on March 16, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    Excellent article Harsha! Yes you are absolutely right in your observation of a sport is not just about numbers but about emotions I have got a different view. I feel its these emotions thats helped us follow the sport. Yes it should not go beyond a limit but a bit of sledging is not going to hurt anyone and also distinguishes the game from 11 mere robots playing it.

  • on March 16, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    Well said Harsha. People are making too much out of the great man. He is enjoying the game and as long as he does that, the records would taken care by automatically. Let us all enjoy his game for as long as we can.

  • sagar2980 on March 16, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    Nicely put Harsha. We need to remember Cricket for the sheer joy we used to get few years back. We used to enjoy good strokeplay, a nice bowling spell, athleticism in the field even from our opponents and give due respect & appreciation. Thatswhy you could have Sachin & lara as fav. batsmen, warne & Akram as fav. bowlers and Jonty & Azhar As fav. fielders. And a big question of "when will 100th will happen ?" From my point of view, it's just a media hype, What is international hundred ? There was no such term few months back. This was started when we wanted to give sachin another challenge, another landmark to achieve. Just leave the great man alone he has given us enormous joy with presence on & off the cricket field for last couple of decades. Let him continue that. He knows very well when to quit. Till then enjoy the master at work, even though the end is near, it will be "End of an Epic". So show due respect. All the very best to SACHIN for Asia Cup & many more years ahead.

  • on March 16, 2012, 4:30 GMT

    it will be soon in this month don't you be serious on this.

  • Sohaib_ on March 16, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    Ask yourself this Mr. Bhogle, by writing this piece of editorial on the 100th 100 you are essentially highlighting it..so your article really defeats its own premise..best way to give the guy some break is to well..give it a break and not talk about it

  • on March 16, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    If its damn then why he is in playing eleven.Sachin Tendulkar was not even able to go past 50 in the CB series, and averages 18.62 in eight ODIs this year.Sachin Tendulkar is plays only for records,in his 450+ innings how many were winning innings , i think less than 10%.Its really about 100 as he gets i m not the only 1 who think he will definitely retires for all form of cricket.......

  • on March 16, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    I watch cricket just for sachin.. So damn you, I want his 100..

  • on March 16, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    on papers agree with u harsha but it is unlikely to happen in these days cricket is altogether a different game now, it is completely commercial and even this 100th ton issue is 1 yr older now so all of sudden u cnt put mud on it and enjoy the sport,,even sachin has to agree that he is affected by that having one of the worst run of his career,, some times it looks so he is only playing for 100th hundred, i am not only the fan of sachin but i do worship him,,but now after long year of these discussions we just cnt forget hundredth 100.this shouldnt happen with sachin Oh God let the god(Sachin) make the 100th one so that he may retire with pride love you sachin

  • roversgate on March 16, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    Nicely written article, I definitely agree. My favourite line has got to be: "If Kohli and Gambhir make fine hundreds, I don't want to see or read of Tendulkar's innings first and theirs as a filler".

    This is so true, people need to stop putting Tendulkar first when he hasn't been the star of a particular match, which judging by present form he shouldn't even be in the news in the last 2 weeks. Yet for some inexplicable reason everything is all about him! Leave him alone, let him get his hundredth ton, play to his heart's content and retire and finally the media will realize this isn't Tendulkar and his band of 10 jolly man but an Indian team consisting of 11 players on equal grounds.

  • raghav249 on March 16, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    IF THERE IS ANYTHING TRUTH IN THIS WORLD... THEN THIS IS IT.. THANKS HARSHA FOR THE ENLIGHTENMENT!

  • noKamran on March 16, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    Somehow this article shows your frustration and desperation of Tendulkar not getting to the landmark.

  • yoogi on March 16, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    Frankly, if he performs to a level that is expected of a international batsman, then no one worries about a hundred. Like Gambhir, for example, if he keeps scoring the odd fifty no body gives a damn about when that 100th 100 comes.

  • on March 16, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    Lovely article! Harsha at his vintage best..

  • on March 16, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    Thank you, very well put, unfortunately the traffic for whatever reason, generated by a Tendulkar article is immense, people with good or bad taste are stretching it a bit too far, Tendulkar can still play the game as well as anyone, he knows what he is doing, so lets not judge him from an arm chair, let him do his act, for we have been wishing do it for him for 20 years, he deserves better and we ought to give it to him to decide when and where he makes that call, till then let us rejoice the time he is playing, for I'm sure there never will be another Sachin Tendulkar.

  • on March 16, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    Yup, totally agree....

  • nlambda on March 16, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    Agreed to the point where he said to not get angry at Chappell :-).

  • raja9787 on March 16, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    Great article as usual, Harsha.. I am so annoyed with ppl being so obsessed with this landmark.. media generates so much hype and in every press meet with opposition players, the first question they ask is whether they think sachin will score his hundred in the upcoming game. for god sake, at least leave the opposition team alone.. i shout, DAMN THE 100TH...

  • on March 16, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    A statement for Sachin from the above article "So I say, damn that 100th, turn off the despiration, put the conspiracy theories where they belong, and ask yourself why you really play cricket."

  • on March 16, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    if u really want to leave it harsha then plz stop writing articles on his 100th ton

  • Karthik301 on March 16, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    Wonderful article Harsha!! I havent been your fan without reason! :)

  • on March 16, 2012, 3:57 GMT

    Well written Harsha. As if he will be a lesser player with 99 hundreds!

  • on March 16, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    "Why don't we?" How many times do you think in Indian history have we asked such obvious questions under circumstances when the rightful choice to take is beyond any discussion but yet the masses follow the other way. It is the media that needs to change, and people of your cadre probably can bring about such changes. Every match Tendulkar has played in last one year, has had a television reporter in almost all the news channels reciting to the public in the "sensational-thriller" tone that how the master has failed the Indian fans again by not reaching the 100th. Public's knowledge and its line of thought is more affected by what they read in papers and see on TV than by anything else. A thanks for such an article. You made a sincere attempt, but I am not hopeful about people thinking of his class and his exquisite straight drive and not the 3-digit mark when he comes out to bat next time.

  • on March 16, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    This piece echoes what I've been feeling for a long time. Good job once again Mr Bhogle (I wish I had a penny for every time I said these words!).

  • on March 16, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    Excellent Article Harsha !

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  • on March 16, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    Excellent Article Harsha !

  • on March 16, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    This piece echoes what I've been feeling for a long time. Good job once again Mr Bhogle (I wish I had a penny for every time I said these words!).

  • on March 16, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    "Why don't we?" How many times do you think in Indian history have we asked such obvious questions under circumstances when the rightful choice to take is beyond any discussion but yet the masses follow the other way. It is the media that needs to change, and people of your cadre probably can bring about such changes. Every match Tendulkar has played in last one year, has had a television reporter in almost all the news channels reciting to the public in the "sensational-thriller" tone that how the master has failed the Indian fans again by not reaching the 100th. Public's knowledge and its line of thought is more affected by what they read in papers and see on TV than by anything else. A thanks for such an article. You made a sincere attempt, but I am not hopeful about people thinking of his class and his exquisite straight drive and not the 3-digit mark when he comes out to bat next time.

  • on March 16, 2012, 3:57 GMT

    Well written Harsha. As if he will be a lesser player with 99 hundreds!

  • Karthik301 on March 16, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    Wonderful article Harsha!! I havent been your fan without reason! :)

  • on March 16, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    if u really want to leave it harsha then plz stop writing articles on his 100th ton

  • on March 16, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    A statement for Sachin from the above article "So I say, damn that 100th, turn off the despiration, put the conspiracy theories where they belong, and ask yourself why you really play cricket."

  • raja9787 on March 16, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    Great article as usual, Harsha.. I am so annoyed with ppl being so obsessed with this landmark.. media generates so much hype and in every press meet with opposition players, the first question they ask is whether they think sachin will score his hundred in the upcoming game. for god sake, at least leave the opposition team alone.. i shout, DAMN THE 100TH...

  • nlambda on March 16, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    Agreed to the point where he said to not get angry at Chappell :-).

  • on March 16, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    Yup, totally agree....