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Tendulkar's retirement from ODIs

A career built on reinvention

In limited-overs cricket Tendulkar represents reinvention - of form, of technique, of order, to some extent of the passage of time

Sharda Ugra

December 23, 2012

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Sachin Tendulkar with the World Cup on the morning after India's triumph, Mumbai, April 3, 2011
Tendulkar's decision to linger on and retire from ODI cricket 20 months after winning the World Cup must be handled like a DRS-free, 50-50 umpiring decision © Associated Press

On the night of April 2, 2011, the Wankhede Stadium was more than a stadium. It was a wall of volume, a tidal wave of noise that began on land and spread towards the Arabian Sea in the west and the train tracks to the east, as India won the World Cup after 28 years.

Then, the figure of Sachin Tendulkar was seen sprinting down from the dressing-room stairs onto the grass and his teammates. From the other end of the field where we stood - my colleague Nagraj Gollapudi and I, at ground level - Tendulkar was a speck in a surging sea of specks.

Yet, driven to an insane joy they will probably never experience again, the crowd spotted the speck, one stand at a time. And the noise began to grow larger, as if it had a tangible, physical size. As if the air had expanded to fit in the sound of 40,000 lungs each calling out to Tendulkar, in a joyful sharing. The stadium, it felt, was about to be lifted off its architecturally solid foundations.

This was the last time Sachin Tendulkar played an ODI in India. It was his best of times in the game's short form. Yet he played ten ODIs after the World Cup final, which gave rise to much hand-wringing and teeth-gnashing and plaintive queries of "Why didn't he quit right then?"

The World Cup was Tendulkar's sixth, and his second final turned out to be successful. That would have been the ideal time to wave goodbye to the one-day game, a movie-script-finish, with thunderous music. But he didn't and maybe he will tell us why he didn't quit the ODI game right then. Or maybe he won't.

For any neutral Tendulkar observer/watcher/analyst, the decision to linger on and retire from ODI cricket 20 months after winning the World Cup must be handled like a DRS-free, 50-50 umpiring decision. Deal with it, buddy. The last 20 months could either be interpreted as Tendulkar's blip or blemish, his private battle against time or his stubborn refusal to surrender one half of his cricketing identity.

With the passing of time, though, the 20 months will pale against the monument created by Tendulkar's ODI career in its studious, raging pursuit. The numbers are formidable - 18,426 runs from 463 matches, 49 centuries, 96 fifties, at an average of 44.83 and a strike rate of 86.23 - and won't be matched. But the reason Tendulkar has become the standard by which batsmen must measure themselves in the limited-overs game requires the imagination to be stretched a little beyond those numbers.

His retirement from the short form, whether brought on by an inner voice or a nudge from the selectors, indicates that Tendulkar wants to give his Test match batsmanship another crack, against the Australians next year

In limited-overs cricket, Tendulkar represents reinvention. Of form, of technique, of order, to some extent of the passage of time. His ODI career was crafted with a riotous method in the first half and scientific consistency in the middle. Towards the end, though, there came unexpected abandon. For everyone who thought they had understood Tendulkar and his approach to one-day batting, around the corner there lay surprise.

If statistics can be turned into symbols, Tendulkar's highest score fits all this perfectly: 200 not out, the first double-century in ODIs, scored in his 442nd one-day match, when he was two months short of his 37th birthday. In a sport growing younger and faster, 200 off 147 balls came from the most experienced man in the game.

Tendulkar's surge in ODI cricket - and in India's imagination - had much to do with his constant request to the team manager Ajit Wadekar to allow him to open the innings in 1994. Over and over again he asked for one chance, "And if I fail I'll never ever come to you again." The chance was given and Tendulkar and limited-overs batting and Indian cricket were forever transformed.

Sachin Tendulkar savours reaching his double century, 2nd ODI, Gwalior, February 24, 2010
In a sport growing younger and faster, 200 off 147 balls came from the most experienced man in the game © Associated Press

The advent of the attacking opener came to public notice at the 1996 World Cup through Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluwitharana. Tendulkar did not have an opening partner to match his pace but by the time the 1996 World Cup began, he had played 32 ODIs as an opener, with four centuries and nine fifties, at a strike rate of 94.

He has often spoken of the impact his ODI batting had on his Test career, in improvisation, widening and making flexible the canvas of his strokeplay in both forms. His peak as an ODI batsman was always carbon-dated to Sharjah 1998, particularly as he chose to play the anchor's role at No. 4 for a while. As a returning opener, Tendulkar accumulated scores with consistency and fluency but without the Sharjah aggro. Yet, once past the cricketing dotage of 35, with injuries set aside, Tendulkar the ODI batsman turned up at the top of the order and smashed the clocks.

He won't play the ODI game anymore. His retirement from the short form, whether brought on by an inner voice or a nudge from the selectors, indicates that Tendulkar wants to give his Test match batsmanship another crack, against the Australians next year. It could be his final shot at reinvention.

Tendulkar, Indian emotion, and in the past couple of years some anguished questions, have always travelled together. As he brings his ODI career to a halt, here though are a few less anguished ones. Why didn't Tendulkar lose his way at the age of 25, having gone crazy with the adulation? Why didn't he turn into a boor or a prima donna? Or give the crowd the finger when they booed or heckled him, which they did? Or give up the hardship of Test cricket and coast, like he could have done, in ODIs? Stats cannot measure drive or ambition. Nor indeed its benefits or hindrances.

For the moment, though, a favourite memory of Tendulkar in ODI cricket. It is not the teenager whose cherubic cheeks bulged from under the helmet visor and who wielded his chunky bat like a razor-blade in a knife- fight. Or the boy who grabbed the ball to bowl the last over of the Hero Cup semi-final against South Africa. Or the "desert storm" of 1998, or the upper cut of Centurion, or even the speck in a sea of specks rushing down the steps at the far end of the Wankhede Stadium.

It lasted all of a few, fleeting minutes, in Jaipur. This was the match before the Gwalior 200 not out, the first of three 2010 ODIs against South Africa, who needed seven to win with two balls left. On the penultimate ball, Charl Langeveldt pulled one that travelled at speed past short fine leg. Tendulkar, on the boundary, ran full tilt towards the ball and flung himself, diving and sliding along the ground like he was 16, to get his hands on the ball. The batsmen had taken three and Tendulkar saved a single. India won that match by one run.

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Posted by Integrity1 on (December 26, 2012, 22:21 GMT)

@Mallesh Gadam: Jacques Kallis was considered to be an ordinary player? Cricket comprises of 3 disciplines; . Batting . Bowling . Fielding

To say someone is the BEST or the GOD of cricket; the player would have to be astute at each aspect of the game. Now compare Tendulkar's test stats to that of Kallis. Tendulkar is ahead of Kallis (for now) in batting. But Bowling and fielding? Kallis trounces Tendulkar. Kallis = TRUE God of cricket, whereas Tendulkar is a false prophet.

Posted by Integrity1 on (December 26, 2012, 21:56 GMT)

I loved the way Sachin re-invented the ball while playing against South Africa. It was called the "Mike Dennis" affair!

Posted by yoohoo on (December 26, 2012, 21:07 GMT)

Guys who cares what @LillianThomson thinks? It doesn't matter. She thinks she represents the opinion of non-indians, but she doesn't. So, let her have her opinion. It is really obvious to the rest of us that it is a seriously biased opinion (and I think we all suspect why it is so biased), so why bother. Sachin, a Top 50 cricketer is just laughable!! :) ... Take a chill pill folks.

Posted by jay57870 on (December 26, 2012, 18:38 GMT)

Earlier this year, the highly respected cricket historian David Frith observed: "It is tempting to mark down Bradman and Tendulkar as the finest two batsmen who ever lived"! He posed the question "So what did the greatest of a former era think of the greatest of our time?" in the context of a personal letter the great Don wrote to Frith wherein "he (Don) felt himself in tune with his (Sachin's) technique and his aggression"! Another reputed writer, the late Peter Roebuck, hailed the then 37-plus Sachin for winning the ICC international cricketer of the year award. Peter was amazed that "any cricketer of his calibre (had) changed so less"! He felt the same did not hold true for other "great players" late in their careers: Richards "became a caricature of himself" & Lara "ever more fitful". Such is the Little Master's extraordinary Staying Power! That's why TIME Magazine proclaims: "Time stands frozen in front of Sachin Tendulkar"!!!

Posted by Witty_Cricketer on (December 26, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

@LillianThomson how do you decide that bowlers who played Viv's era were better than Sachin's, its very subjective isn't it? I would say Donald,Pollock, Mcgrath,Waseem,Waqar,Brett Lee,Saqlain,Muralithan,Warne were as good a bowlers as any in Viv's era. In every era there will be some factors which will help you average more and some factors which will reduce the average. Sachin played in all conditions and against all opponents over a long period and still came out with a fantastic avg & strike rate. It does not matter if you think he is 100th best ever, Sachin is in a league of his own in ODI's and I dont think we can compare him to any one, including Sir Viv.

Posted by SatyajitM on (December 26, 2012, 14:18 GMT)

@LillianThomson, I am not taking back what I have said. Lower 4th innings total in case of weaker chance of win is common (Just mentioned Lara, Ponting who on their own right are great batsman) but doesn't mean this won't have exception (you mentioned Andy). There is another part to it which I could not mention in same comment due to lack of space. Why only 4th innings total important? why not 1st innings? Basically people playing well in 1st innings set up the game for the team. Sachin too liked to do that. Ultimately each run matters in a team win/lose/draw. Andy was a sticky character, not so dominating but persistent in his approach. I admire this but you can't compare him to game's greats like Sachin or Viv. On the whole, how much a batsman has done in one specific innings is not so imp how he has contributed totally is. Regarding Sachin's position in the pantheon of cricketing greats, in my opinion it is definitely in the top 5.

Posted by LillianThomson on (December 26, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

@SatjayitM Do you understand what you've just exposed about Sachin?

You say that players from weaker teams have lower fourth innings averages.

Could you therefore please explain how Andrew Flower of Zimbabwe had a higher Fourth Innings Test average than Tendulkar, and a vastly higher one than Sehwag?

That's why outside Asia most of us think of Tendulkar as being around the 15th to 20th best batsman of all time. If you then add around 15-20 outstanding bowlers, and around ten great all-rounders you have his true place in Cricket's Pantheon: around the fiftieth best player the world has ever seen.

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 13:32 GMT)

Jacques is no where in comparison to Tandulkar. Please don't lower CRT by this type of comparison. Jac is a allrounder and jac started playing better at last part of his carrier. before that he was considered as a ordinary player

Posted by learningthegame on (December 26, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

True that!! the greatest ever to take the field in both the forms of cricket. A true master of his art!! Just one disappointment though. As someone who has left an indelible impression on the history of cricket, I think he shall only be criticized for not taking India over the line on more than a few occasions. But I guess that is the legend he has left for himself and for any cricket lover.

Posted by SatyajitM on (December 26, 2012, 11:23 GMT)

@LillianThomson, bowler skill and pitches impacting avg by 10? It's not that simple my friend. During Richard's time there were others who averaged more than 50 and had slightly better avg (Gavaskar, Greg, Miandad). In fact 80s and 90s were considered equally difficult and Sachin had 57+ avg in 90s). Regarding 4th innings I could see batsmen in stonger team almost always did better compared to batsmen in weaker teams. Also same batsman while in strong team does better in 4th innings but starts failing in relatively weak team (Ponting has about 50.4 in 4th inning career avg which dropped to 33 in his last 6 years!). My theory on this is that players in better teams get a more achievable 4th innings target which they often surpass and remain not out pushing up the avg. Same player when playing for a weaker team start failing.Just to prove this theory has some teeth, look at Lara's 4th inning avg. It's 35! Most people would agree that class wise Lara and Richards are comparable.

Posted by jay57870 on (December 26, 2012, 11:03 GMT)

Sharda - Ask "any neutral Tendulkar observer/watcher/analyst"? Sure! Stats editor S. Rajesh (Dec 23 cricinfo) proclaims Sachin is "Way ahead of the pack"! He's dominated ODIs as no other: as an opener, as "Australia's tormentor", as a "WC superstar", as "the matchwinner" & on & on! Check out the stats. TIME Magazine compared Tendulkar's performance vs his nearest cricket rival Ponting & concluded he led by a "margin wider than the gap between the 2 top scorers in other major sports (US football, hockey, basketball & baseball)"! TIME proclaimed: "his ability to carry it for more than 22 years while utterly dominating his sport makes a good case that Tendulkar is the world's greatest athlete"!! Latest update: Tendulkar is currently a full Bradman (almost) ahead of Ponting! Sachin's 34,071 runs & 100 tons outstrip Ricky's by a staggering 6,989 runs & 29 tons. The great Don scored 6,996 runs & 29 tons in his entire career. Sachin's so far ahead of anyone in international cricket history!!!

Posted by LillianThomson on (December 26, 2012, 9:06 GMT)

@g.narsimha It was my error: I ran out of letters when I meant to say "ODI average in a winning cause". I apologise for that.

I also apologise to those of you who feel that I'm demeaning their idol. That's not my intention: I recognise Tendulkar as one of the greats, just not one of the greatest greats.

Lastly, you can't just compare volumes of runs or averages between eras. When Richards played, the bowlers were far more skilled and the pitches were more difficult to bat on and so batsmen averaged around 10 runs less per innings in both Tests and ODIs and an almost unbeatable target in a Test was 200 in the Fourth Innings and in an ODI was around 220.

Sadly, that just exposes further Sehwag and Tendulkar's terrible Fourth Innings averages as the catastrophes they are.

Posted by karthik_raja on (December 26, 2012, 8:55 GMT)

@LillianThomson. Hahaha. 85%,65%,30%. wt an analysis. Laughable comment. Wt else to say.?? Lets finish it here. When u say, SA attack was weakest, I clearly understand ur knowledge abt cricket. And, U will never ans the questions posted to u, instead always repeat some blah blah like a broken record. I see the worth of talking to u here. So, bye dear mate. Get well soon. And, Yes. Sir Viv, who averaged 35 in his last 6 years of ODI is wayyyyyy better than SRT who averages 48. Similarly, Viv's average for last 3 years in TEST is 36 which is again wayyyyy better than SRT's 52. I rest my case. Sir Viv is greatest coz, he played Pak's fearsome fast bowlers in his home conditions, bt poor SRT played losing pace Steyn and non-consistent Morkel - both medium pacers in completely non-alien SA conditions. Last time I checked, Steyn is the one of the fastest and ranked #1 and that particular innings won ICC award. Well, that doesnt matter since its SRT who scored those runs. Bubye.!!

Posted by g.narsimha on (December 26, 2012, 7:25 GMT)

LILIANTHOMSOM- IN u r undesirable quest to demean our great from INDIA u have gone to the extent of misrepresenting stats ,after reading u r thrash i checked the stats where did u got the figures that LARAS ODI=AVE is superior to SACHIN -60+ LARAS carier ave IN ODIS IS IN 40s SACHINS ave is superior ,even RICHARDS only had superior in ENG IN TESTS his ave in AUS & other major venues were not superior WHERE AS SACHIN ave-50+ in AUS, ENG, IN 40s in all other places , no disrespect to RICHARDS OR LARA ,only 4th inning stats of RICHARDS was better than him ave-47 vrs 38 , the myth of his non contributing in WIINNG COUSE may blow apart with these stats that he contributed 66 tests in winning, 72 in draws, only 36 TEST LOST i have seen coments talking of great bowling by u r greats in WI in a 87-88 seris no body remember that series people only know that u r team till date could not win a series in WI WHERE WE ACHIEVED THRICE only GAWASKAR is hailed in WI even a calepso was composed

Posted by LillianThomson on (December 26, 2012, 5:53 GMT)

@Karthik_Raja There were no Tendulkar innings in South Africa "recently".

You mean two years ago, the 37 year old Tendulkar who was probably 85% of the player he was at his peak. He had the good fortune to play against a South African attack in transition. Steyn had already lost his express pace and Philander had yet to arrive, as had the speedy De Lange. Pollock and Donald had both retired.

By one year ago, in Australia, Tendulkar retained roughly 65% of his former ability, as his eye and reflexes were in irreversible decline.

By one month ago, against England, it was clear that Tendulkar has now been reduced to around 30% of his former ability.

These percentages are borne out in his series averages.

So yes, he did well against the weakest South African attack since 1965. But that was two years ago, and younger players like Ponting and Strauss have retired since then, while the remains of Tendulkar continue to play Test cricket.

Posted by Integrity1 on (December 26, 2012, 2:49 GMT)

The GREATEST player of our generation... AFTER Jacques Kallis.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (December 25, 2012, 22:04 GMT)

Tendulya was a great batsman, but he was certainly not the best. In fact, he is not even the greatest Indian batsman. That honor belongs to Gavaskar. A hero is someone who wins matches for his team, or at least saves his team from humiliation. I remember Gavaskar carried his bat throughout an innings a number of times to save India from certain defeat. I don't remember Tendulya ever doing that. Tendulya's low 4th inning average demonstrates that he was unable to handle pressure. He could not save India from a 4-0 whitewash against England and Australia last year. In fact he showed his cowardice by scoring a ton at a slow rate against Bangladesh, and in the process prevented India from winning that match.

Posted by SeamingWicket on (December 25, 2012, 16:45 GMT)

LillianThomson, I admire Sachin as a great but i too feel he is being hyped beyond reason.

Posted by karthik_raja on (December 25, 2012, 13:32 GMT)

@LillianThomson on (December 25 2012, 09:56 AM GMT). Missed to mention. U also ignore the point abt SRT's innings in SA recently.

Posted by karthik_raja on (December 25, 2012, 12:55 GMT)

@LillianThomson. U r picking and choosing the parts of comments. I made 2 imp points 1. We are talking abt ODI and u r talking abt a single TEST series. 2. Can u show me a match where a batsman won a TEST match single handed wid zero(or close to 0) contribution frm other 10 members.?? which u choose to ignore conveniently.

Posted by natmastak_so-called on (December 25, 2012, 11:12 GMT)

@ LillianThomson " But in April 1988 viv was greater than any other batsman I have seen in 36 years of watching international cricket " Its your personal opinon, and unnecessarily you are bringing test match stats in this article .this is about Sachin Tendulkar-greatest ODI cricketer ever.we'll talk about tests when time is right

Posted by LillianThomson on (December 25, 2012, 9:56 GMT)

Yes Karthik, you've got it.

In that 1987-88 West Indies series: Imran Khan was 35.5 years old. He took 23 wickets at 18.08 - but then only ever took 28 more Test wickets after.

Abdul Qadir was officially 32.8 years old, but more likely around 37 years old. He took 14 wickets at 38 each - but then only ever took 31 more Test wickets.

So Pakistan did have a superb bowling attack - they dismissed West Indies for 292, 172, 174, 391, 306 and then had them 268-8.

But two of the three bowlers were at the very end of their careers as strike bowlers.

By the time the 16 year old Tendulkar faced Pakistan 18 months later, Waqar was making his Test debut, Wasim Akram was the strike bowler, Imran was a batsman who bowled a little medium pace and Qadir was like Merlin without a wand.

Why is this so hard to understand? Zaheer Khan was India's strike bowler in South Africa two years ago, but within 12 months was clearly past his best in Australia.

Age catches up with everyone eventually.

Posted by karthik_raja on (December 25, 2012, 9:31 GMT)

@LillianThomson. When Viv pummeled Qadir in '88 he was one of the rampant - LillianThomson on (December 25 2012, 08:23 AM GMT), bt became OLD whn SRT played him in '89 - LillianThomson on (December 24 2012, 08:18 AM GMT). Very familiar double standards seen wid all SRT bashers.

Posted by karthik_raja on (December 25, 2012, 9:24 GMT)

@LillianThomson. I am talking abt ODIs. And.. U r mentioning Test series. Hmm.. BTW, I am a big fan of Viv too. If Viv succeeded in handling Pak in home conditions @ age 32, SRT handled SA much better in SA @ age of 38. Result was very similar. Series drawn. In ODIs, SRT has performed much better than Sir Viv. Stats wont lie. Regarding ur comment on "winning matches single-handed", No batsman can do it. May b a bowler can. Even if u want to save a Test match, u need at least another batsman to stay with u. Can u show me a match where a batsman won a TEST match single handed. Viv has best bowling attack to support him to win TEST matches.

Posted by LillianThomson on (December 25, 2012, 8:23 GMT)

@Karthik_Raja Vivian Richards wasn't in decline for that long.

His last Test was in 1991, and he had been in decline for 3 years.

But at 36, in April 1988, he played the greatest 4 innings of the last fifty years.

Pakistan toured the West Indies with a superb attack, well-led by Imran Khan. Richards missed the First Test of 3 (with piles!) and Pakistan took a 1-0 lead.

Richards and Marshall then returned and Sir Viv scored 49, 123, 67 and 39 in a very low-scoring series to narrowly draw the Second Test and win the Third Test to square the series. Against a rampant Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Abdul Qadir.

I repeat, those were the greatest innings of the last fifty years according to everyone who played in or watched those matches. That was greatness.

Yes, Richards should have retired then. Instead he played on for three more years, and his average fell.

But in April 1988 he was greater than any other batsman I have seen in 36 years of watching international cricket.

Posted by karthik_raja on (December 25, 2012, 8:03 GMT)

@LillianThomson. And.. U chose not to ans me. Expected. Its a fact that, Sir Viv has been a liability for 6 years. 35+ in ODIs for a gr8 batsman. Too much has to b said.

Posted by LillianThomson on (December 25, 2012, 7:54 GMT)

@Pulkit 10 The problem is that those of us who aren't Asian HAVE paid tribute - describing him as a great batsman, in the Top 20 of all time.

But we find ourselves drowned out by fanatics who exaggerate his greatness and even divinity! So the rest of us stick up for the likes of Richards and Sobers who are insulted by this ignorant fanaticism.

@Ranjith Kumar Great batsmen SAVE Test matches single-handedly, even if they can't win them. Sadly, Tendulkar proved incapable of that against full-strength attacks in Australia and South Africa throughout his career.

That's how most of us who aren't Indian determine that while he was a great batsman, he wasn't in the All-Time Top Ten Batsmen, or even close to it.

Bradman, Sobers, Viv Richards, Pollock, Barry Richards, Hammond, Headley, Hutton, Grace, The Three Ws, Hobbs and Sutcliffe are all millions of miles ahead of Tendulkar, Lara and Ponting in the Pantheon of Batting Greats.

That makes 14 better batsmen than Sachin at the minimum.

Posted by CricFan24 on (December 25, 2012, 7:09 GMT)

Sachin = GBAT = Greatest Batsman of all Time....Period.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 7:06 GMT)

@Lillian Thomson : Way to forget that WI had one of the best ever bowling attacks & that a match can never be won by a single individual .

Posted by pulkit10 on (December 25, 2012, 7:04 GMT)

I love how people come out in droves explaining how Tendulkar is terrible, couldn't win games, gave his wicket away, is selfish etc. and then go on and compliment a Ponting or a Lara or a Dravid. What's the point? This is obviously a farewell thread to Tendulkar, why are you even here? If you don't think he is all that great, leave the rest of us alone? Would you have appreciated the same kind of effort being put in by other TROLLS on an article for Ponting?

And face it, no man in international cricket has had to deal with the burden that Tendulkar had. He's carried an entire team on his shoulders, showed a remarkable amount of consistency in his career, constantly adapted his game and played some of his most beautiful knocks after he turned 35. If that doesn't describe a great player then I don't know what will. He's quite easily one of the greatest batsmen to have graced the game - have some respect for him. Wish him luck, just like you would have with the aforementioned.

Posted by LillianThomson on (December 25, 2012, 6:03 GMT)

@SatyajitM I am lost for words at your suggestion that Tendulkar was a better Test batsman than Richards. Flabbergasted.

Richards came back from the adversity of the 5-1 defeat in Australia in 75-76 never to lose a major series ever again. Ever. For 15 years.

He held West Indies batting together in away series on tricky wickets against superb bowling attacks (Lillee et al in Australia, Imran, Wasim and Qadir in Pakistan) and ensured that the hardest three series were all drawn 1-1 away. In addition, other series in Australia and Pakistan were won.

Tendulkar never achieved that - with him India lost EVERY series for 23 years in Australia and South Africa apart from 1 drawn series v Australia's reserve bowlers and 1 drawn series against a South Africa in transition.

Richards saved his team when it mattered most - viz the 2nd and 3rd Tests v Pakistan in 87-88. Tendulkar never did in Tests, in spite of support from Dravid, Laxman and Ganguly.

Posted by SatyajitM on (December 25, 2012, 5:11 GMT)

Soneone has suggested Sachin being third best ODI batsman after Richards and Ponting. While comparison with Richards is fair, that with Ponting is not at all. Ponting being part of an all winning Aus team always got advantage of a strong team, which Sachin got only towards later part of his career. Also, a lot has been made out of his century in 2003 WC final. That was an excellent knock, but surely not among all time great knocks. When Ponting came at 105/1, Aus run rate was 7.5 and Indian bowling was completely demoralized. Aus ended the innings with run rate of 7.2 and it wasn't a one man show(140 out of 360). When comparing the whole career (and even WC matches), ponting was no match for Sachin. Coming to Richards, he was surely as good an ODI bat (but not as good test batsman). Importantly if you compare Richards avg with Greenidge (45) and Haynes (41+) you see he always got a great platform to dominate opposition and WI team as a whole adapted to ODI game better than other teams.

Posted by LillianThomson on (December 25, 2012, 0:46 GMT)

@hhillbumper That's not fair.

Tendulkar was a really good batsman - top 50 of all time probably - who didn't have the brains to recognise his irreversible decline and quit before the rest of the world saw him exposed as a has-been.

And the fanatical posts on this thread really emphasise a) why his perspective was so poor and b) how much pressure he was under from a hysterical fan-base which apparently loved him more than cricket or their country.

It's extraordinary that many South Asians are farewelling him as an infallible "God" whereas the rest of the world is saying goodbye to a player we don't really distinguish in batting quality from Dravid or Ponting.

But Indians (and many Pakistanis too) also ascribe some sort of magical personality to Tendulkar. Whereas we tend to think that Dravid and Ponting had the class and grace to quit when they could see their powers had waned, whereas Tendulkar continues to clutch at Test cricket with his fingernails.

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (December 25, 2012, 0:14 GMT)

ArunRang: Comments without research can make anyone look like a fool and you just did. I am not sure where are you getting your facts from but Tendulkar's combined average in test matches against Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Donald and McGarth was a miserable 33 runs. He played 8 test matches against Wasim And Waqar and his most notable contribution was a 136 on a placid Chennai pitch. Thanks to him, India lost that match again. It was the same match where Shahid Afridi scored a scintilating 141. McGath along with James Anderson had Tendulkar knocked off more times than any other bowler. While, I can understand that you are a passionate follower of Tendulya however, you should not disrespect great fast bowlers and Sir Viv Richards. You are welcome to check on You tube. Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram, McGath, Murali..They all rate Viv Richards or Lara as the best batsmen they bowled to. Title of this article should be career built on deception and hiding under the radar when it matters!

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 23:47 GMT)

@yohoo I am not biased.Infact, I regard Tendulkar as the 2nd best Batsman of his era - behind Brian Lara.And please don't open record books.I have my own arguments in favor of Brian Lara.As far as your question why did Tendulkar retire right now?Read Gavaskar's complete statement at the Tendulkar's retirement and you will know the answer.The reason is very obvious; there has been growing criticism on Tendulkar about his cumulative performance(both tests and one days) after 2011 WC.He failed miserably in 8 conseutive tests in Eng and Aus and scored one century in 10 ODIs and that too against Bangladesh.He wanted to score 50 centuries and 20K runs but his recent failure against Eng has led to his suddent retirement!Moreover, he may have been conveyed message by BCCI for thinking about retiring.In this way, he can lengthen his test career by one more year and play his 200th test.

Posted by hhillbumper on (December 24, 2012, 19:56 GMT)

Indeed he has reinvented himself. For the last few years any time the bowling was any good he reinvented himself as a walking wicket.

Posted by pitch_curator on (December 24, 2012, 17:40 GMT)

@ Lillian thomson -- you are the greatest ever. Sachin and other so called great players are nothing before you. Other great players calling Tendulkar the greatest in ODIs is all a conspiracy theory to demean you. I am with you. I know how you have smashed all records in cricket ( cricket).

Posted by yoohoo on (December 24, 2012, 14:54 GMT)

@Abdul Maalik - So then why did he retire now? Because if he wanted he could have played. He made a 50+ in his last ODI, and a century in the ODI before that. In the 20 ODIs before that he has a 200+, 4 100+ scores with one 175, and 5 50+ scores. Obviously that is not worthy of being dropped!! So, why did Sachin retire on 49 ODI centuries??

Is it just possible that he does not really care about records, and plays because he enjoys playing and likes winning??? Or are you so biased that you would rather believe your own theories than facts??

Posted by karthik_raja on (December 24, 2012, 14:27 GMT)

@LillianThomson. Wow.. So, u accept that he prolonged his career inspite of failures.. Now.. Hw abt this?? His last 6 years in ODI cricket @ an average of 35. i.e., since 1986. Whats ur say.??

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

No body here commented on the very first question that the writer has posed - why didn't Tendulkar retire from ODI cricket at the highest point of his career i-e after winning world cup 2011? My answer is that he wanted to make 50 hundreds in ODIs and he had 48 at the end of WC 2011. Sunil Gavasker said after his retirement that he should have been given chance to make his 50th ODI hundred.But then, there was a milestone of playing 500 ODIs or making 20 thousand ODI runs and the list goes on and on.

Posted by LillianThomson on (December 24, 2012, 11:48 GMT)

@Karthik_Raja Pleased to oblige.

Richards, like Tendulkar, played on too long, and his stats suffered. But he offset that be being the captain and leader.

@ArunRang, 220 was not a "modest" score when ODIs were played with red balls on worn wickets. ODIs were designed to be like Day 5 of a Test, where 220-230 was a winning total.

Posted by ats78 on (December 24, 2012, 11:31 GMT)

Guys, for once stop comparing tendulkar to anyone else, what this article is, is about his longitivity his perseverence at the time when Indian ODI team needed a boost, to make 18000 odd runs and to play 23 plus years is no joke, if you are comparing him to viv or ponting let me just tell you, viv no doubt was a great player and he handled quality attacks, but he came 2 or 3 down when the likes of haynes and greenidge had already massacred the bowling, if you look at ponting he came when gilchrist and hayden tamed the bowlers, Sachin tendulkar use to open the innings, after scoring almost 50 hundreds india won 33 times, rest if your 10 other players down the line cannot do anything he still takes the blame, I salute this man and as a neutral audience or readers you guys also should atleast stop cribbing and writing negative things about this person, please i request yall to post some sincere and meaningful comments.

Posted by ArunRang on (December 24, 2012, 11:07 GMT)

@LillianThomson - I saw Richards bat and I always felt that too much was made of his swagger and chewing gum. He had a fabulous team to back him up and his record /attitude has to be seen in that regard. Go and check on statsguru how often he helped WI chase totals (even modest ones of 220+) and you will be surprised to find that he failed most of the time. Batting first is a lot easier and he always knew that with the famed pace quartet, most totals would be good enough. SRT is far and away the best ODI player ever.

You speak of the bowlers Viv faced. Sachin tonked McGrath, Warne, Akram, Waqar Younis, Dale Steyn and Allan Donald. Most of them would compare favourably to the ones you have mentioned. Also please remember - Viv never faced the WI bowling. When he faced Lillee/Thomson at their best in 1975-76, he needed psychiatric help.

Viv is one of the all-time greats but people are too quick to place him above Sachin when the facts don't bear it out.

Posted by Hamzaad on (December 24, 2012, 11:02 GMT)

COme on guys, it is not fair to go for comparisons at this point. Sachin is a legend, there is no doubt about it.

Posted by karthik_raja on (December 24, 2012, 11:01 GMT)

@LillianThomson. I am enlightened with your thoughts. Thanks a lot. U r such a genius. On the same note, Could you please explain why the gr8 Sir Viv averaged less than 30 in his last 4 years of ODI cricket(nearly last 50 ODIs) and low 40s in the same period of Test cricket(30 Test matches). Eagerly waiting for ur most insightful thoughts. Others please help me get the answer from him. That will make my day.

Posted by yoohoo on (December 24, 2012, 10:11 GMT)

@LillianThomson - And Sachin did play against many great bowlers like Akram, Waqar, McGrath, Warne, Murali, Donald, Steyn, Saqlain, Mushtaq, Ambrose and Walsh and also some pretty good ones like Bond, Cairns, Gillespie, Vaas etc. Do you think these bowlers are not greats? tendulkar has done quite well against most of these greats, most of the time! Every generation has greats, they did not stop being born after 1990. And BTW, I HAVE watched Viv Play but only on Live TV.

Posted by csudeepta on (December 24, 2012, 8:48 GMT)

@LillianThomson, I agree that Viv was a great, but please lets not compare players of different era. Personally having seen both of them I would rate (for what it counts) Viv and SRT equally high up. Both are #1.

@moBlue, lets not bring in Ponting, he won't stand a chance!

Posted by vishwa_a on (December 24, 2012, 8:44 GMT)

@LillianThomson: Your argument that "Vivian Richards played against far better bowlers than Tendulkar ever did" doesn't make sense to me. Vivian Richards played in an era where fielding was substandard and batsmen were never analyzed frame-by-frame using video technology. Amount of analysis Sachin went through, Vivian Richards might have gone though not even 0.1%. So, please thing before you compare players of different era!

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 8:44 GMT)

@ LillianThomson, cant you cut some slack and let the people revel in his tremendous career spanning 23 years ? I agree he may not have been the best the strode into the cricket field, but can't we celebrate moments of his career , without weighing him against other stalwarts ? You need to be a quintessential Indian cricket follower during the nineties to understand the emotions he invoked. I wonder how cricket followers from other countries would have liked to remember him if he retired before the Sydney Gate and his monumental struggle to garner 100 centureis

Posted by eng_mdkhan on (December 24, 2012, 8:40 GMT)

@ Lillan Thompson, I do not like comparison of greats in different be honest though having seen how gifted, talented and hardworking Sachin is I am sure he would have done well if not better even in those times to be counted as one of the best of all times, I rest my case.

Posted by LillianThomson on (December 24, 2012, 8:18 GMT)

@Yoohoo and @ColossalCricketer, I'm assuming that you never actually saw Vivian Richards.

He played against far better bowlers than Tendulkar ever did.

He played against Lillee, Thomson, Lawson, Alderman et al from Australia.

Imran Khan and Wasim Akram and Abdul Qadir (before Tendulkar tonked him in his old age).

Hadlee from New Zealand.

Kapil Dev, Bedi, Venkat and Chandrasekhar from India.

Botham and Underwood and Willis from England.

Almost all of the above plus Procter in World Series Cricket, which everyone agrees was the hardest cricket of all time.

And you compare these legends with the likes of Anderson, Lee and Harmison who average around 30 runs per wicket? Really?

Posted by colossalcricketer on (December 24, 2012, 8:11 GMT)

moBlue U lack sense!Statistics never lie!Ponting was embarrassingly behind Tendulkar in runmaking and Richards was just not in the same league!He's far behind Tendulkar!Ofcourse Tendulkars the best! 18426 runs 49 centuries 96 fifties!Tendulkar was the the most consistent batsman !

Posted by moBlue on (December 24, 2012, 7:50 GMT)

as the incident recounted by ugra reveals, IND has never had a cricketer who hated to lose more than did sachin!!! all you ingrates, so-called IND "fans" who've been bad-mouthing sachin over the past couple of years, conveniently didn't bother to remember that sachin was routinely the one and only obstacle who made the difference between winning and losing for many teams throughout the 90s!!! ...and what a formidable obstacle he was, even if he was all alone!!! his hatred of losing was evident very early on when he played an unofficial ODI against PAK in peshawar in 1989 - he was 16, and came in to bat when IND were in a hopeless position. srikkanth going through a nighmarish tour was at the other end and had given up on winning. but not sachin!!! how he fought even when he was that young and inexperienced!!! PAK were shell-shocked as he brought IND within 9 runs or so at the end from a hopeless position! along the way, he also hit 5 sixes and 1 four in 6 balls vs. qadir and mushtaq!!

Posted by moBlue on (December 24, 2012, 7:40 GMT)

easily IND's best batter ever and ODI cricket's third-best batter ever probably, with viv and ponting being #1 and 2, the former undisputedly so, and the latter by dint of the fact that he won a few more world cups and fought IND in IND like a tiger in 2011! my favorite tendulkar moment was the first time - ever! - that he forced the world to stand up and gape and take notice that a special batter was being bred in international cricket! yes, that recovery to cut waqar to the ropes on another bouncer one ball after waqar had bloodied his nose with a sharp bouncer in a test was special, but did you watch live as sachin ripped into the formidable abdul qadir and mushtaq ahmed in a futile but determined attempt to win the unofficial ODI from a hopeless situation for IND in peshawar, PAK? his loathing of losing was evident early on in that game - he was 16 and IND came within 9 runs or so of winning against a shell-shocked PAK as he hit qadir/ahmed for 5 sixes and 1 four in 6 balls!!

Posted by Sameer_Tatake on (December 24, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

@ Rocket123: Nobody stopped Lara or Ponting from playing so many ODIs buddy. Grow up buddy Also remember, Neither ROME nor the Egyptian pyraminds were built in a day

Posted by prasanth.kongati on (December 24, 2012, 7:16 GMT)

Tears in my eyes...the whole career reminds me of all my life of 23 years back side up...Sachin tendulkar ...more than the moments you have had on have left many moments to millions which can be cherished.......there is only sentence that defies all..."Is sachin still batting"???

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 6:43 GMT)

Lillian, that was a nice joke. Let us walkthrough each of your points. Viv Richards took 1013 from 21 inn and Sachin_rt took 2278 from 44 inn. Do the math. Please check ur ODI batting avg source. Laras' is 40.48. Sachins' 44.83. A Player whose ODI Career prolonged 452 innings (18426 runs ) with 49 centuries (including the first double century in an ODI) and 96 half centuries according to your words "narrowly squeezes into the list of the Top Ten ODI players of the last forty years." Know the game, before talking about the masters. My request to other guyz is that ignore this "lillans" post. He doesnt worth any one's time.

Posted by colossalcricketer on (December 24, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

rocket123 If I had chosen cricket as a career option I would have averaged 150 and i would have made 100,000 runs! Don't live in the figment of your imagination, Come to the real world!

Posted by colossalcricketer on (December 24, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

Vivian Richards was just around for 187 ODIs just 187 ODIs thats it! Tondulkar for 463! They can't even be compared!Tendulkar was far far better!I guess ball swings more in the starting and reverse swing is not as dangerous as the lethal outswingers!That is why openers have relatively lower average!This guy Lillian Thomson is a noob! Don't compare Richards to Tendulkar!You just can't justify!There were more quality bowlers in Tendulkars era than in Richards era!Warne, Murli, Lee, Mcgrath, Anderson, Akram , Waquar, Harmision, Vas and the list goes on and he thrashed every single bowler!

Posted by yoohoo on (December 24, 2012, 6:28 GMT)

@rocket123 - Don't make us laugh. Have you forgotten the 98 he made against Akram and Akhtar in the 2003 WC? or the century on a minefield in Chennai? or how he finished Abdul Qadir's Career? Here's his record against Pak in World Cups - 54* not out, 31, 45, 98 and 85. India won all those matches, and that is pretty good performance in a Ind vs Pak WC matches. The mental pressure does not get greater than that!

Posted by Chickenwire on (December 24, 2012, 6:12 GMT)

Hi all, Tendulkar is a genuine hero of the game and, as a Yorkshireman he's always been someone I've had a huge amount of time for, being as he is, one of our own as well! One question for Indian fans; bearing in mind how adored Sachin is, and how he is wont to be copied and held as a paragon in India could I ask why we hear so much about how Test cricket is declining there, and T20/ limited overs is so popular in its place?

Surely his dedication, application and sheer bloody-minded determination, coupled with God-given skill is at its very best in the Test arena. Why do we see so much of the Yuvraj Singh/ MS Dhoni ilk where they're utterly amazing in limited over cricket, but somewhat lacking in the Dravid-like, Tendulkar-like ability to concentrate and focus their skills for rather more than the bish-bash of a limited over competition? Are there more Pujaras and Kohli of Nagpur vintage out there? People who really do want to be like Sachu?

Posted by yoohoo on (December 24, 2012, 6:09 GMT)

@LillianThomson - You forget one thing though, Viv Rivhards did not have to face the best bowling of his era (the WI team). What do you think his avg might have been if he had had to face the WI bowling of marshall, garner, holding, etc on a regular basis? The same argument holds true for both Ponting and Gilchrist.

Regarding Lara, Nobody disputes that Lara was atleast as good or better than sachin and vice-versa, but Lara had a few years of extreme high and a lot of low performance afterwards. Tendulkar was more consistent in his performance through-out his career.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 6:04 GMT)

@lillianthomson. buddy u shudnt talk abt cricket. what have u done in ur life to compare champions. they r gr8 in their own way. live ur life and try to achiive sumthin first.

Posted by criclogics on (December 24, 2012, 5:59 GMT)

Pity the poor souls whose only joy and achievement in life is putting down somebody else. When the worlds premier cricketers like Donald, Warne, McGrath, Akram, Nasser, Lara et al say that he was the best of his generation these guys still have to show their little minds in denigrating a great man.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 5:40 GMT)

Neither Richards, nor Lara or anyone else had the Pressure of expectations like Sachin did, and to score 49 Centuries and 18k+ runs... proves that he is the Greatest. He aged better than anybody can ever.... First man to score 200 Runs The innings of 175 vs Australia.... A Selfless Cricketer... A real Icon. To be really honest Sachin is beyond Stats and is incomparable.

Posted by SatyajitM on (December 24, 2012, 5:22 GMT)

Nicely summed up by Sharada. I see lot of people are unable to understand the last line. It is not about saving one run, it is about the commitment Sachin had for his team and the game. I believe the commitment still remains. Why he didn't leave the longer format? It would have been quite safe for him to do that. Because he is not happy with the state of team in the longer version and it hurts him. Team is doing relatively ok in the shorter format. He has been an awesome sportsperson and above all an awesome human being. Will he be able to redeem himself one last time in the test format? Only time can tell us that.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 5:03 GMT)

Yup . agree with you

Posted by LillianThomson on (December 24, 2012, 4:39 GMT)


The key seems to have been opening the batting, allowing him to compile bigger scores and to avoid the reverse-swinging final overs, in which quick runs mean taking risks and compromising your average.

He was a superb batsman, but his World Cup average of 56.95 compared with Viv Richards' 63.31 against better bowlers really highlights that Tendulkar delivered more quantity, but substantially less quality than Richards.

His overall ODI average is also 56.63 compared with 61.82 for Brian Lara, which again highlights that Tendulkar was very much second-best in his own era.

ODIs only took off in the 1970s, however, and Tendulkar should take great pride in being the third best batsman in the forty year history of ODIs.

If you then accept that Gilchrist was the outstanding keeper-batsman, and Marshall, Ambrose, Wasim and Waqar the outstanding bowlers, it's quite clear that Tendulkar narrowly squeezes into the list of the Top Ten ODI players of the last forty years.

Posted by CricFan24 on (December 24, 2012, 4:09 GMT)

Greatest batsman of all time

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (December 24, 2012, 3:12 GMT)

Tendulkar was a great batsman in his prime, but for the past one year he has been batting like a tailender. Whether you admit it or not, in 2012 Tendulkar has been nothing more than a free wicket for the opposition.

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (December 24, 2012, 1:36 GMT)

The best world has ever seen. So many memories 98, 200, 175,186, 143,131 etc etc..Thanks Sachin for the entertainment..truly a cricket world legend..

Posted by rocket123 on (December 24, 2012, 1:27 GMT)

He was good but not as great as Lara, Ponting and Inzamam. His most recent semi final innings against Pakistan was so ordinary and has most of the time, he remained ordinary against Pakistan under mental pressure. Overall, a good career but would be inapt to say a great career. Had Lara or Ponting played so many matches they would have scored more or less same number of runs.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 0:51 GMT)

imagine - a country that's not really known for its sporting achievements produced one of the greatest sportsmen ever, one who kept competing at the highest level for over 20 years! hopefully his achievements will change the way people in India think about sports so we have more champions in all fields of sports. well played Sachin paaji!

Posted by AjaySridharan on (December 23, 2012, 22:12 GMT)

Monumental career poorly summarized by tent of an article. Sharda Ugra...please! of all that he has done on the field the one that stands out to you is that one run saved?!?

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (December 23, 2012, 20:12 GMT)

Two batsmen at their peak in ODI . Tendulkar of 98 and Richards of 80's. No body can match that kind of form in ODI ever. Only some batsmen are able to impress me in ODI cricket and Tendulkar is at the top because he is genius. he was better than viv, bevan, dean jones, klusner , lara , dhoni at their prime. In the end Tendulkar was no doubt greatest ODI cricketer of all time. I will miss his straight drive for whole life.

Posted by on (December 23, 2012, 19:35 GMT)

cant agree with that favorite moment , then what about the fielding efforts and energy of guys like ricky ponting and hussey ?? 38 year old ponting was one of the finest fielders , but i don't see anyone giving him extra credit for that , but when sachin dives or runs everyone goes gaga..

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 18:53 GMT)

Some of the wicked persons who never faced an international Ball want him to retire................ Now all of them will regret........ Whole World will miss you in ODIs.......... You are the Heart, Rhythm, Feel, Fight, Happiness, Entertainment of this Nation................ We enjoy each and every seconds of you in the Cricket Field....... All the very Best for your Test career........ We love you & eager to see ' The Maestro ' :-)

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 18:51 GMT)

It was the worst day in my life !!! I was speechless all through this day, would be sleepless in night as well… Certainly "MY ONLY REASON TO WATCH CRICKET IS NO MORE IN ODI..." :( but respects his decision… will miss dat precious moments f watching his batting which always gave me d pleasure f my life… Thank u Sachin… Thank u for all the stunning memories f past 23 years - from my childhood to till date…

Posted by Plz_Dont_Get_Whitewashed on (December 23, 2012, 18:45 GMT)

His 134 & 143 vs Aus in Sharjah in 1998 to win the Semi-final & Final were l-e-g-e-n-d-a-r-y the moment they happened !!! UNFORGETTABLE !!! \m/

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 18:15 GMT)

Role model of passion....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

Sharda - well written article...the last para was a treat! Sachin gave us so much to cheer over the years - my fav memory was when he kept getting dropped in the world cup semi-final - the buzz in that stadium was like we all escaped a tragedy 4 times in a few minutes!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

Last two paras of a beautifully written piece.. For the moment, though, a favourite memory of Tendulkar in ODI cricket. It is not the teenager whose cherubic cheeks bulged from under the helmet visor and who wielded his chunky bat like a razor-blade in a knife- fight. Or the "desert storm" of 1998, or the upper cut of Centurion, or even the speck in a sea of specks rushing down the steps at the far end of the Wankhede Stadium.

It is more recent and lasted all of a few, fleeting minutes, in Jaipur. This was the match before the Gwalior 200 not out, the first of three ODIs against South Africa, who needed seven to win with two balls left. On the penultimate ball, Charl Langeveldt pulled one that travelled at speed past short fine leg. Tendulkar, on the boundary, ran full tilt towards the ball and flung himself, diving and sliding along the ground like he was 16, to get his hands on the ball. The batsmen had taken three and Tendulkar saved a single. India won that match by one run.

Posted by kabe_ag7 on (December 23, 2012, 16:57 GMT)

I remember that save by Tendulkar on the boundary which India won by 1 run in the next over. I remember thinking that except a Raina/Kohli, only Sachin could have pulled off that amazing save. Tendulkar was not a Ponting in the field, but it was down to his physique and not the desire or commitment. He has consistently remained a very sharp outfielder throught out his career.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 16:36 GMT)

he will be missed by many, thank you sachin for the great moments

Posted by 10dulkaRulezz on (December 23, 2012, 16:27 GMT)

After the world cup victory, everyone wanted Sachin Tendulkar to retire. He said, "Its selfish to retire, when you are on top." That's the reason! I hope no one asks it again and again.

And now that the ODI team is safe even without him, he moved away silently. His job in Tests to complete the transition to the younger generation is not yet done. He knows it.

A True Selfless Hero, doing it for the team!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 16:23 GMT)

Beautifully written. I do not have any one particular favourite moment - his whole career is a collage of special knocks. One particularly favourite moment - him being chaired by his team-mates after the 2011 WC triumph - and Virat Kohli (to whom he symbolically I would say passes the baton, very appropriately) saying "he has been carrying the hopes of our nation for 21 years, it is time we carried him" ... that moment will stay with me for long.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

India vs West Indies, 2011 World Cup.

The first ball was pitched on middle and leg, just where Tendulkar liked it, and with a flick of the wrists deflected it to fine leg to complete two runs. The second ball was steered to point and the third ball was a short one which Sachin had no problems in fending off. He could do no wrong today! And then came the snorter! The last ball of the over was a bit short of good length and then it rose! Rose and straightened and had Tendulkar in discomfort. He stabbed at it and the ball found the edge of his bat on the way to the keeper. Rampaul and the keeper went up straight away but the umpire Simon Davis shook his head and said not out much to the disbelief of the duo. But Sachin was already on his way back to the pavilion. He had decided to walk! The TV seemed to have muted automatically as the crowd went numb and silent!!

"The God had a chance to prove to the World that he was human. But he chose to walk instead!"

Posted by vish2020 on (December 23, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

Truly the best the bastman to ever play the game! argue at your own expense because you will only prove more to the world your stupidity!!

Posted by vish2020 on (December 23, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

Truly the best the bastman to ever the play game! argue at your own expense because you will only prove more to the world your stupidity!!

Posted by Dhanno on (December 23, 2012, 16:09 GMT)

Salute to tendulkar, you did it finally, after 1.5 year delay - That is my humble reaction to Sachin's retirement.

On side note, I just wasted 20 secs of my life reading Harbhajan and RP's "reactions" to SRT's retirement in a related article. I also came to know RP Singh is aware of invention called Twitter. Sad sad day in my life.


Posted by OnSachinsRetirement on (December 23, 2012, 16:07 GMT)

All these writers and commentators and analysts are baseless. They dont know what actually is going on in a genius head and that's why they are doing a lesser job of analyzing the genius. Please keep mum and savor the moment rather than saying he "prolonged" his decision,he made "quick" decisions blah,blah...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 15:30 GMT)

I love your "favourite moment"... Vastly different from the ones others (including myself) would have chosen as our favourite SRT moment...

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