Shaun Tait February 3, 2013

'The worst thing I have ever done is sledge Tendulkar'

Speed demon Shaun Tait learnt a valuable lesson when the people of Mumbai turned unfriendly

First time I clocked 100mph
It was a one-day game in 2006-07 when I clocked 160kph, also a game against Pakistan. I think I also did it in Melbourne against Pakistan in a T20 game two years ago. I did it against England at Lord's in 2010.

It was goal of mine to clock 160kph - only four guys have done it. It was at the back of my mind, but it's a difficult thing to do. It hurts a lot. I did feel it was a 100mph ball.

First time I broke a stump
In an Under-14 inter-league match. It was a no-ball but I broke the stump. It was a good feeling.

First time I hit a batsman
When I was younger I hit a few guys. At an U-16 game I hit a guy on the back of the head. He turned around and it knocked him out. He was carried off the field. I don't remember his name and I don't want to mention him. He might read it.

First time I got nervous
It was in my first Test match, at Trent Bridge in 2005. It was just the big stage, and I think when you play a Test match for your country, your life changes. Before the game, a couple of guys from the team said your life is going to change. I think just thinking about all that and the attention you receive, I was nervous about all that.

First sledge I remember
In my U-16s, I used to sledge people all the time. The worst thing I have ever done is sledge Sachin Tendulkar. When I went back to Bombay for a few weeks, every time I went outside, someone had a go at me on the street. That was the last time I sledged him. It was a big mistake.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Al on February 4, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    Exactly my point. Tendulya was a top batsman in late 90s and up to 2010. He hasn't done anything in the past 2-3 years. Why didn't he save India from whitewash in England and Australia. I know nobody can save all matches, but couldn't he save a couple of matches with his legendary batting?? Why didn't he save India from defeat at home against England recently?? Surely if he is a legend, he should be able to save his country at least once in a series, if not all the time. These days even Ashwin can bat better than Tendulya.

  • Kapil on February 4, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    @ PadMarley: its Lance Klusener

  • Sherjil on February 4, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    @ Al_Bundy1 and @ coolindianfan: I would like to add two three more innings where he nearly won india the match. 136 vs Pak in chennai, 1999.India lost by 12 runs as last three Indian wickets couldn't score 17 runs. 175 against Australia in 2009-10 Gwalior, Ravinder Jadeja and remaining Indian bats could not score the remaining 50 odd runs at around run-a -ball chasing 350.India lost by 2 runs. 140 odd against Pak at Rawalpindi 2004, India lost by runs after Sachin got out.There are many more such innings,but the point is, if the kind of support Indian team now posses in the form of Dhoni/Raina/Yuvraj/Kohli in ODIs and Dhoni/Kohli in tests until 2012, in our current Indian team, more of his innings could have resulted in winning causes. I don't want to say anything else, as my friend coolindian has elaborated them well.

  • KISH on February 4, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    Which batsman made you think that you don't belong in tests? Answer:VVS.Laxman.

  • kunal on February 4, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    @ Al_Bundy1 continued 119 vs england saved almost a lost test match...

    114 at perth.. no? other player scored 50 known as one the great knock

    111 vs SA in sa in 1992 no player even able to cross 25 in this... show me has dravid ever such kind of knock...

    122 vs eng in eng no other player even able to cross 18 next highest was 18 by manjerekar has dravid ever played such kind of knock in his dream... thats called realibility .. 155* vs aus in 1997 in 3rd inngs... 169 vs SA 59-5 dravid laxman gangully all back to pavilion acc. to donald this is best inngs on SA soil by any batsman... 116 vs aus in 1999 no other able to cross 30+ matchwinning right he has 20 hundred innwinning cause and 20 in match saving if that still dosent solve ur biased attitude against sachin then may god bless you. after all u dont get rated along with bradman for being over rated( if u have problems with that that is coming from warne and in a way by bradman)

  • kunal on February 4, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    @Al_Bundy1ate u're probably sulking at the fact that sachin's acheivemnts are as follows: Bradman 11 memeber, espn cricinfo 11, benauds 11 member, Sharjah classics ,world up 1996, 2003 , 2011, a test match record of batting average 54 in austarlia and england, 46 in sa, singlehandedly winning finals of Cb series 2008, Sydney 1992, perth-the best ever inns played in aus-still standing- 1992 as a 17 year old , old trafford matchsaving century 1990 as a 17 year old, chennai match winning ton where he decimated SKW-1998 v aus, headingly 2002 v eng-148 matchwinning again, capetown 2011 v steyn and morkel where he saved a test series for India almost winning it for them with an inns of 146, 175 v australia in 2009, a beligerent double century in an odi against steyn and morkel,126 against warne and co in 2001 series that to decider, 241 against aus at sydney 2004 against lee and co, matchsaving marathaon 163 against NZ in a test match 2009 to win india the series, And innumerable other

  • Suresh on February 4, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    @creekeetman, then it means you dont understand cricket at all :) Sachin is one of the greatest player ever to grace the field period.

  • Bilal on February 4, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    @KiwiRocker you mean mohammad zahid right ?

  • Yaseen on February 4, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    @Jamal Khan: Show a better innings than this from a 16 year old in tests which ultimately saved the test match, one could just dream of playing not the one played by this master... against attack that was equal to Steyn, Philander and Morkel at present if not better! and yeah your batsmen are crumbling like bread against Steyn, Morkel and Philander at present!

  • Milroy on February 4, 2013, 4:22 GMT

    People may think that Tendulkar is selfish, but he need the support from the other end to win games for India. When the whole batting order collapses, Tendulkar plays a one man show and end up being the highest scorer for India...this doesn't mean that he is selfish..Sachin Tendulkar is the most perfect batsman ever born..IN MY OPINION better than Don Bradman...If he is fit and willing to continue test cricket, he should do it. If Tendulkar could make few more centuries he could set a big target for our future generation to challenge him...this is good for the game of cricket and moreover test cricket. I don't see anything wrong in him continuing playing test cricket.

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