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Stuart and Ash

SR Tendulkar 200 not out

Yes, it was a first in the game but he could have done better, couldn't he?

Alex Bowden

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Sachin Tendulkar takes over the front pages after scoring the first ever 200 in ODI history, February 25, 2010
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Stuart: Well, I'm quite breathless after that. It was so exciting that my slice of battenburg is still sitting in front of me, untouched. Sachin Tendulkar has become the first batsman to hit 200 in a one-day international. A staggering performance, Ash.

Ash: Very impressive. I mean there's a few things he needs to work on, but today he's come good. On his day, he's a top, top batsman.

Stuart: It's a bit odd to qualify your praise at a time like this, Ash.

Ash: I'm just being honest. He's not the complete batsman and I'm sure he knows that. There's one or two holes in his technique, but if he works on them he could become a real force.

Stuart: You don't think that scoring 200 in a one-day international constitutes being a real force?

Ash: Take nothing away from the lad, it's been a great knock, but his limitations were highlighted by Dhoni's innings at the end there.

Stuart: Okay, I think you'll have to elaborate on that. I'm not quite sure what you're driving at here.

Ash: He's got a flaw in his technique. If he can do something to address that, India can really start to put up some challenging scores.

Stuart: They've scored 400, Ash. The game's as good as theirs.

Ash: It's a stiff total, yeah, but ask yourself whether they could have got more.

Stuart: Not really.

Ash: They could, Stu. The best players in the world, they don't set limitations on what they can achieve. The lad Tendulkar's got to aim a bit higher - figuratively and literally.

Stuart: Oh no, this is the six thing again, isn't it?

Ash: It's such a crucial and undervalued part of the game, Stu. I'm sorry to keep banging on about it, but it matters.

Stuart: I think you're blinkered.

Ash: I think you're the one that's blinkered. Two hundred off 147 balls. Come on, that's nothing to write home about. A few more sixers and that would have been a real innings. Dhoni's been in for 35 balls and he's cleared the ropes four times. The lad Tendulkar's hit three sixers in 147 balls.

Stuart: As soon as we get on to this topic, you lose all perspective.

Ash: I don't. I'm simply pointing out a technical flaw.

Stuart: A technical flaw.

Ash: Yeah, a technical flaw. Look how many fours he's hit. Imagine if they were sixers and then do the maths. All he needs to do is make one technical change and he'd be 50% better than he is right now.

Stuart: Go on then. What's this one technical flaw that's proving so costly?

Ash: Look at the lad Tendulkar when he plays a drive. What do you notice? Foot to the pitch of the ball, threads it to the boundary along the deck.

Stuart: Yes. Excellent batting.

Ash: But technically flawed. Watch the greats of the game and see how they do it.

Stuart: How do they do it, Ash?

Ash: They clear the front leg, Stu. That's what it's all about. That's how they get the elevation.

Stuart: To hit sixes.

Ash: Sixers, Stu. They're called sixers.

Stuart: They're really not.

Ash: If the lad Tendulkar spends a bit of time watching video footage and masters clearing the front leg, I'd say there's no limit to how good he could become. I don't say this lightly, but he could become the next Kieron Pollard.

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Comments: 87 
Posted by AlanHarrison on (December 16, 2011, 12:32 GMT)

@ Vamsi Kris: something tells me you haven't quite got the joke ... Well it was an OK article, but not quite as good as some people are suggesting. If the writer could just deal with some technical limitations, he could really get somewhere, and possibly, and I don't say this lightly, become the next Andrew Hughes. As things stand, in terms of marks out ten, I give him six, sorry, I mean "a sixer", out of ten

Posted by RNikh on (December 16, 2011, 7:21 GMT)

Awesome stuff! I really like this new series of ash and Stuart. Great fun

Posted by India_Crazy on (December 15, 2011, 18:58 GMT)

This is one of your best!!! Keep it up!!!

Posted by talk2kish on (December 14, 2011, 5:23 GMT)

Haha... too good an article. Hilarious!

Posted by tejeswinSNM on (December 14, 2011, 4:43 GMT)

Hillarious! Good job! It was like a satire about cricket XD For a second I actually thought you were criticizing Tendulkar for not hitting sixes and then when it hits you close to the end... I felt so stupid. But more because of how amazing you made this!

Posted by Scorp on (December 14, 2011, 3:37 GMT)

"I don't say this lightly, but he could become the next Kieron Pollard." hahahahaha... this was a mega end... and the best part was, nothing said after it.. great article.. great sarcasm... Sachin fans need to lighten up and understand a bit more abt the game and the tone of the article.. Njoy the Man's career, the articles and views on him with a pinch of salt..

Posted by YaksNad on (December 14, 2011, 3:35 GMT)

Ha. The last line really cracked me up. Have some pity for Pollard though. His innings to almost carry WI home against India was good. Btw we should have similar analysis on one of them VVS innings against Australia. I am sure he has quite a few flaws he needs working on too.

Posted by godatno4 on (December 14, 2011, 3:33 GMT)

Excellent!!! "I don't say this lightly, but he could become the next Kieron Pollard." -- awesome...

Posted by Precioustar84 on (December 14, 2011, 0:56 GMT)

lol Its even more funny when people take Page 2 articles so seriously. Do you people understand what Page 2 is?? Its a joke!!

Posted by majesticmaniac on (December 13, 2011, 23:32 GMT)

Some people realy dont have a sense of humour do they. Terriffic article, terriffic innings.

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