Mumbai v Railways, Group A, Ranji Trophy 2012-13

Mumbai cruise on Tendulkar, Rahane tons

The Report by Siddhartha Talya at the Wankhede

November 2, 2012

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Mumbai 344 for 4 (Tendulkar 137, Rahane 104*) v Railways
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Sachin Tendulkar and Ajinkya Rahane during their double-century stand, Mumbai v Railways, Group A, Ranji Trophy 2012-13, Mumbai, November 2, 2012
Sachin Tendulkar and Ajinkya Rahane were involved in a double-century stand © Fotocorp
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  • Sachin Tendulkar scored his sixth century in his last seven matches for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy. However, he has played these seven matches in a period of 12 years.
  • Tendulkar has now scored nine centuries in 25 first-class matches for Mumbai at an average of 80.63.
  • Only Sunil Gavaskar, with 81 centuries, is ahead of Tendulkar (78) on the list of Indian batsmen with the most first-class centuries.
  • The gap of 22 months since the century in Cape Town in January 2011 is the longest interval for Tendulkar between two centuries in his first-class career. Between December 2005 and February 2007, Tendulkar had gone 14 months without a century.

The start of the Ranji Trophy has rarely been under such scrutiny. The return of India's star players to their domestic sides has been the biggest draw for fans, but not too far behind are those players possibly competing for a place in the Test squad during a long home season. At the Wankhede Stadium, Sachin Tendulkar, recovering from a severe stomach bug, batted with comfort, assuredness and ultimately supreme confidence to give a disappointingly small crowd of a few hundred spectators the performance they'd come to watch.

"I'm happy with this knock," Tendulkar told Indian Express. "It was tough in this heat as I had food poisoning and an upset stomach."

At the other end, Ajinkya Rahane quietly continued accumulating runs, reaching another landmark in what has already been a hectic two months for him and boosting his own chances for a place in the Test squad. Together, they put Mumbai in a dominating position against Railways, who had chosen to field, hoping their attack comprising four seam options would derive some help from the covering of grass on the track.

The wicket that brought Tendulkar and Rahane together at 143 for 3 was of another Test hopeful, who was understandably livid after being run out. Rohit Sharma batted 40 minutes in the nets yesterday, also with a wicketkeeper standing up against the spinners. He came in at No.4 - Tendulkar's position - and his preparation appeared to be paying off when he charged out twice to left-arm spinner Murali Kartik to hit him for fours. Unfortunately for Rohit, he was dismissed in a manner he would have least anticipated.

Tendulkar, too, had prepared rigorously for this outing. He began cautiously after being greeted with huge cheers from a sparse crowd, and bowling to him in that initial phase was Hardik Rathod, whose action is similar to Zaheer Khan's. New Zealand's Trent Boult had given Tendulkar a tough time with his left-arm pace in a series in which Tendulkar was bowled thrice, but Rathod lacked the swing or movement to cause similar troubles. Tendulkar played straight, appeared to pick the length well and waited for an opening. When on 12, he had a slice of luck against a ball from Rathod that kept low, inside-edging it past fine leg, but that was a rare moment of unease.

It wasn't until his 31st delivery that he struck a boundary, dispatching a wide delivery from seamer Anureet Singh through point. While initially circumspect against pace, he gained his fluency against spin. Ashish Yadav flighted the ball generously and Tendulkar struck him for back-to-back boundaries past mid-on, Shivakant Yadav was smashed over deep midwicket for six. After tea, Tendulkar would also turn his attention to pace while the ruthlessness against spin continued.

Tendulkar targeted Yadav, cutting and pulling him for fours before clearing long-on and deep extra cover to speed past Rahane. When the pair had put on a century stand, in the 69th over, Tendulkar had scored 61 of those runs and he would be the first among the pair to reach a century - his first in first-class cricket since January 2011. The assault against Yadav had taken him into the nineties and the progress to the landmark - brought up with a nudge behind square - was interrupted briefly by a fan who ran in to shake his hand when on 99.

Rahane faced more anxious moments, was more workmanlike in his approach and grew more determined to bat long. Chasing a fullish delivery from Rathod when on 7, Rahane was dropped by Murali Kartik at second slip and then had a couple of leading edges land safe as he walked across and closed the face. "Catches keep getting dropped, it's a part and parcel," Rahane said. "After that, I showed more determination and I tried to play as much as possible in the 'V'."

Rahane was comfortable against deliveries that were held back, and scored freely off the back foot, punching through cover, whipping through square leg and picking off singles with ease when Railways employed a deep point.

Once in the groove, Rahane drove well down the ground, past the bowler, mid-off and extra cover, prompting Sanjay Bangar, the Railways captain, to place a silly mid-off and a short extra cover at one stage. His steady approach was overshadowed by Tendulkar's dominance, but Rahane, too, didn't waste too many chances. Kartik almost had him caught at slip with a turning ball, but Rahane cut him through point and then cracked the first delivery with the second new-ball through cover for four - he reached his century the same over.

Tendulkar's aggression after tea - which included three fours in an over against seamer Krishnakant Upadhyaya - ended when he tried to upper cut Anureet but was caught at second slip. This, after a 200-run stand off 249 balls, a barrage of boundaries, and an imposing first-day score to complete a fulfilling day for Mumbai, its two centurions and the few who turned up.

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Posted by TheRisingTeam on (November 5, 2012, 23:37 GMT)

Rahane is an ordinary player probably why India don't select him. Sachin is starting to get in form now which can only be great for fans in general he's entertainment.

Posted by   on (November 5, 2012, 16:42 GMT)

Just let the man be left alone! Stop being so critical of him. He has always put the team first, and above himself throughout his career. He will retire when he feels he cannot serve the team well enough. Until then, just respect him for what he is, for what he has done for India, and let him be!

Posted by shibuvin on (November 5, 2012, 7:12 GMT)

I am just foreseeing the pathetic situation, wherein Sachin is forced to retire from all form of Cricket. He got a wonderful chance after the World Cup win. But now, He is kinda trapped looking for a chance to retire. But It's gonna be Worse than Pathetic!!!

Posted by B.Raghukishore on (November 4, 2012, 17:39 GMT)

Retire & give chance to another player.

Posted by B.Raghukishore on (November 4, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

Give retirement & take rest.

Give chance to young cricketers.

You have not that stamina to play International Cricket.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2012, 8:16 GMT)

i think this gives sachin lot of confidence for the series with england & i think rahane also is in good form so rahane is good option for selectors

Posted by Meety on (November 4, 2012, 3:36 GMT)

Good on Sachin. I don't know if the attack he faced is of the same quality as what England will play - but this is better than a failure by a long way. Confidence can mean the world of difference!

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (November 4, 2012, 0:04 GMT)

10dulkar scored a century against against the fearsome bowlers of Railways! D S Jadhav of Assam scored a double century. That makes Jadhav twice as good as 10dulkar. Irfan Pathan scored a century against a much better attack of Karnataka - this proves my theory that on current form, Irfan Pathan is a better batsman than 10dulkar. Kaif scored a 91 against Delhi, which has a number of current Indian batsmen and bowlers. It's time to drop 10dulkar and give a chance to Mohd. Kaif, Badri, or Rahane, or even D S Jadhav.

Posted by NaveedSajid on (November 3, 2012, 12:37 GMT)

Mohammad Kaif's last eight innings came at an average of almost 55 in 2012 including today's innings of 91 against the star studded Delhi side. On 14 July 2012, Anil Kumble in his interview to ESPN Cricino has strongly backed Kaif for the Tests. Anil is a very keen observer of the talent and at the correct time he tried to point out on a particular player due to several reasons and he seems to be right on his part. Actually Kaif's career was spoiled when he was tagged as an ODI player whereas he has been basically a natural Test Player. Despite 31, Kaif is one of the fittest Players in India. Being myself a cricketer, who strongly support Team India but do not support a particular player but Kaif should have been tried especially India Team has lost the experience players in between a very short span.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2012, 9:52 GMT)

Totally agree with Apoorv Shaligram..So friend i'm copying ur comment.. not becoz i can't put my own words.. in d past two years i defended him.. & will b doing it forever.. Sachin scored 137 at a strike rate of more than 100. Against the same bowling on the same pitch, Rahane scored 100 at a strike rate of 50. And yet people want Sachin to retire and give way to Rahane because the bowling attack was not quality enough??? Why is it that whenever Sachin is concerned, all logic flies out of the window?? If the bowling attack wasn't up to standards, Sachin only showed the difference between him and the rest by scoring that quickly!! In the years 2010-2012, he has been averaging 50 in tests (against world class attacks as opposed to the ones against which the Ranji records are built). Amazing that people who havn't even watched cricket as long as he has played it decide that he isn't good enough any more on basis of 5-7 innings

Posted by   on (November 3, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

Nayar has just got 60 as of now but the headliine of the article says Nayar hits century.. How is that possible ? ? Any typo error ? I was wondering to see Nayar on 60 when i actually thought he had got d third ton for Mumbai this game.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2012, 9:08 GMT)

KAIF is the best to replace the Trio of Draid, Laxman and any next legend retiring from Test Cricket, selectors need to have a look at his contributions given in the past Ranji seasons. he is 31 but a great talent however is still overlooked so far, I hope he will make his mark and point this season.

Posted by samy195samy on (November 3, 2012, 6:47 GMT)

selectors should not neglect kaif, he is the best to replace the oldies

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (November 3, 2012, 4:55 GMT)

MASTER IS BACK WITH A BANG.....TAKE THAT SACHIN HATERS,NO ONE CAN REPLACE SACHIN IN INDIAN TEAM.....NO ONE CAN FORCE HIS RETIREMENT...IF ANYONE NEEDS TO BE DROPPED IT'S SEHWAG AND GAMBHIR NOT SACHIN.....@gerrardLK,YEH THAT'S WHY HE SMASHED CENTURIES IN ALL COUNTRIES AND SOME OF THE GREAT BOWLERS LIKE MCGRATH,WARNE,MURALI WERE HIS BUNNY.....IF SACHIN IS FIT FOR ONLY CLUB CRICKET THEN MOST OF THE PLAYERS SHUDN'T BE PLAYING AT INTERNATIONAL LEVEL....

Posted by zimmby on (November 3, 2012, 4:05 GMT)

Like my fellow Indians, I am too not very sure that this means a return of his form. Indian bowlers aren't that great... even in the national team, forget about a domestic side. But as his well wisher and supporter, I hope he performs well in the coming international matches.

Posted by mohammmad_303 on (November 3, 2012, 3:42 GMT)

yeah tendulkar is back plz drop sehwag and get in rahane . tendulkar wud be a threat to english this winter. hope dat india wins the sries 4-0

Posted by WishIndiaImprove on (November 3, 2012, 3:41 GMT)

Dear Sachin NOW fans... everyone knows cricket is fan of Sachin. No doubt about his records, talent, focus and dedication. He has achieved everything in this sport and now he cannot improve his batting or fielding capabilities. We are not doubting his practice, we are talking about the fact. Mother nature is making him old. He is not ready to give his spot now to youngster because he is afraid of losing his fame. He can still contribute to Indian/World cricket by coaching young kids or coaching India team or be a adviser to India A team. There is lot way to love and improve the cricket off the fields too.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2012, 2:57 GMT)

Sachin scored 137 at a strike rate of more than 100. Against the same bowling on the same pitch, Rahane scored 100 at a strike rate of 50. And yet people want Sachin to retire and give way to Rahane because the bowling attack was not quality enough??? Why is it that whenever Sachin is concerned, all logic flies out of the window??

If the bowling attack wasn't up to standards, Sachin only showed the difference between him and the rest by scoring that quickly!!

If the likes of Rohit, Rahane, Pujara and Tiwary have FC averages of close to 60, consider the fact that Sachin still has a FC average of 58 and it includes 314 test innings (out of 464 FC inn). In the years 2010-2012, he has been averaging 50 in tests (against world class attacks as opposed to the ones against which the Ranji records are built). Amazing that people who havn't even watched cricket as long as he has played it decide that he isn't good enough any more on basis of 5-7 innings!!!

Posted by   on (November 3, 2012, 2:43 GMT)

The article should have discussed the Railway's bowling more, they can't even get Sachin out.

Posted by Green_seamer on (November 3, 2012, 2:33 GMT)

This is not something to be happy about , scoring in a ranji game against a weak bowling attack does not mean that he is back in form. He needs to score against England & the Aussies to prove himself one last time . Hopefully he will score in the next two series & bows out in style after that , he can't play forever no matter how good his form is .........

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (November 3, 2012, 1:58 GMT)

Great batting by 10dulkar. I think he should stick to Ranji Trophy and forget about Test matches and ODI. International bowlers can be mean - they try to clean bowl you for no reason!

Posted by GRVJPR on (November 3, 2012, 1:41 GMT)

Irfan Pathan scored a century against a better attack than sachin. Anyway, Couple of inswingers from anderson and sachin will be either LBW or Bowled, if he survives against monty panesar who always seems to get him out. I don't rate this century and I mean it.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2012, 1:35 GMT)

//Posted by CoreDump @Vijay L Annamalai Ha ha, so if I go to hotel and feel that food is bad, I myself should cook better meals? What a logic sirjee! //

Bro it is how we think..if our fav dish was not prepared well in one of the restaurant that doesnt mean we will never like the dish anymore n do we completely remove it from our fav list??? or will we go to another restaurant order the same dish??? its how we think.. grow up bro.. i dont think u r having such an age equal to his experience atleast.. think before u comment name one player in the entire Cricketing world who has contributed his country for 23 years with such an average n strike rate n the no.of centuries..

Posted by sachinanddravid on (November 3, 2012, 1:12 GMT)

Comeon friends you need to understand onething Ganguly retired 3 or 4 years before BCCI is not able to find a replacement for him at No.6.If Ganguly can not be replaced then Think about the Heroes of Indian Test Cricket Sachin,Dravid and Laxman how they can be replaced in onetime.and the youngsters who is coming up to the indian team they need to have some advices on field.So Sachin has to be there.and I am a big Sachin fan he used to come out with a best perfomance when people talking about him.I am so sure that he will be the Man of the Series against england and australia.and they peoples are talking about him need to understand he is far better than shewag,gauti,dhoni as these are senior players behind Sachin.

Let us stop talking about him as Kholi say after lifting the world cup....

HE TOOK THE INDIAN CRICKET IN HIS SHOULDERS FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS...THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME FOR US TO TAKE HIM ON OUR SHOULDERS....

Posted by   on (November 3, 2012, 1:09 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster. The Ranji trophy is not the best domestic trophy in Asia. Pak and SL have stronger competitions. Ranji trophy probably has the worst fast bowlers, than any other first class tournament in the world. It's a shame there was such a small crowd despite the fact that Sachin was playing. This is the problem with having too much cricket on the international calender. Fans no longer have enough time to follow domestic cricket.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (November 2, 2012, 22:05 GMT)

@GerrardLK: Ahhhhh... here we go again. I am not surprised to find you here given how the rain has been playing havoc in SL. Anyway, it's funny how you feel that our Ranji Trophy is irrelevant. Please remember that the Ranji Trophy is the BEST domestic cricket in Asia. And scoring runs in Ranji cricket MATTERS for even greats like Sachin. Can't you tell the difference between 4 day games and T20s ? Come on friend.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 21:45 GMT)

What a legend... People keep talking about the youngsters - look at their strike-rate and then look at the master's! Even at the end of his career, he is still way better than most of the batsmen around the world. No wonder he has still somehow managed to average 49 over the past 2 years despite undergoing a lean patch!

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 21:09 GMT)

I love hurting sachin fans though I am Indian. I want to make them realise the difference between their heros's selfishness and team spirit.

Posted by BobCo on (November 2, 2012, 20:42 GMT)

Has SRT played more games for county teams than for Mumbai? 25 matches just seems really low for his home team (7 matches in 12 years???!!!).

Posted by groundreality on (November 2, 2012, 20:15 GMT)

@Vijay L Annamalai

Ha ha, so if I go to hotel and feel that food is bad, I myself should cook better meals? What a logic sirjee!

Posted by Triple_A on (November 2, 2012, 19:48 GMT)

I think this is really great news...I did feel he has been out of form since Jan. People have been after his neck more than ever, they wanted the 100th 100 and then wanted him out of the team. Avid cricket fans understand that Sehwag and Rohit have performed significantly worse than him - they are the ones who are actually blocking places in the Indian team. Despite saying this, I hope Sachin does well against the English and Australians and then bows out. (I do feel he has the responsibility of playing against Aus - same like Dravid had last year - to guide a young, developing team. We don't want to loose all 3 stalwarts within a year) Guys, show a little respect, I would think SRT has earned a little patience from his fans, who despite all have always been quite unforgiving.

Posted by xylo on (November 2, 2012, 19:01 GMT)

cool. so the message is clear. drop sachin and pick rahane.

Posted by nilesh91 on (November 2, 2012, 18:27 GMT)

@Giri Krishna answer to your question is that he was/is in bad form/patch of his cricketing career as every other cricketers goes through it once or twice and if you are playing cricket for 23 years then may be trice! You can go through the careers of some highly successful cricketers like Dravid, Laxman, Ponting, Murali to check validity of my answer. cheers.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

this are his stats in the last 10 odi and tests. what do you make of it? ODI last 10 innings from April 2011 to date

52 (pak), 114 (BD), 6 (SL), 39 (SL), 14 (Aus), 22 (SL) ,3 (Aus), 15 (SL), 48 (SL), 2 (Aus)

Tests last 10 innings from nov 2011 17,27 (NZ), 19 (NZ), 25,13 (Aus), 15,8 (Aus), 41,80 (Aus), 7, 76 (WI)

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 17:40 GMT)

I find lot of good hearted Critics.... If you people don't critics masters batting... i don't know wheather HE would have attained the status as He was.... So I Thank the Almighty for creating good-hearted people like U....

I LIKE TO ASK THE SO CALLED CRITICS THIS ONE QUESTION.... "If u think yourself so good, y the hell don't u get selected as 1 of the 11s of Team India?" "U all can only speak in Facebook or comment in cricinfo and tweeter", Just enjoy cricket for now>>> :-) :-)

Posted by anita1_cric on (November 2, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

OH SRT .... Instructions given ....bowlers has to feed him ..umpires should not give out ...feilders to drop catches ....YAAAY... SRT scores century

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

Surprised why people are so obsessed with Sachin's retirement. Cricket is his life, his profession, his bread and butter. How would the critics react when someone asks them to retire from their chosen profession. Imagine asking Azim Premji to resign just because you feel he has outlived his tenure. Let Sachin be and let him enjoy his game. If somebody better comes along, he will take his rightful place.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 17:20 GMT)

Why Sachin Son is not in the Mumbai Ranji Team? Can we have that record at national and international level. Any Idea when why where how who whom???

Posted by GerrardLK on (November 2, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

Sachin is only good for club cricket. That too only in India, not against any other country club teams. We witnessed that in CLT20.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 17:08 GMT)

looks like there is a typo. it should have been jan 2011

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 17:03 GMT)

Congrats Sachin on your ton !!! And thanks for putting life into Ranji game :) No one blocks anybody's right. You can't get test cap in charity. You need to earn it. We just had two retirements and their places are still need to be filled. Even Ganguly retired 4 years ago and nobody could able to cement the no. 6 position. So just chill and let sachin play.

Posted by WishIndiaImprove on (November 2, 2012, 16:57 GMT)

What a century!!! He scored against great bowling attack like Finn, KDM, Malinga, Bond, Akram, Anderson, Broad, Swann... Oh my god!! he should be selected for next 10 years ... no questions should be asked

Posted by tvgk on (November 2, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

Hi Gaurav Shay how many young players scroed or permored century today please tell me..

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 16:55 GMT)

Rahane once again proved he is in race for opening slot in Team India.

I hope he gets a chance when he is in form not when Sehwag gives retirement.

At least new selection panel should dare to drop Sehwag who is out of touch.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 16:34 GMT)

very encouraging ton by tendulkar, to a man who has seen him batting in oval to manchester to melbourne to bombay to cape town and finall to hydbad nd bangalore and at last here, very very heart warming( though he should not be bowled over by dis instead treat this one as a big confidence booster) waiting for ur early days master

Posted by shiva89 on (November 2, 2012, 16:31 GMT)

in the smart stats ... its written that tendukar last scored a fc century in jan 2010 and a gap of 22 months.. it was jan 2011. cricinfo pls correct it. ...... i think sachin played best till 2011. he won 2010 icc cricketer of the yr and scored heavily in both forms of the game in 2009-10. 4 test centuries in a row, first 200 of ODI, 175 vs aus in a losing cause while chasing, scored more than 1300 runs in the calender yr 2009-10. he again was the backbone to wc victory in 2011. second highest run getter. but now his body is fatigued... he is 39 yrs old now. he shd take retirement after england series.

Posted by mrwolverine on (November 2, 2012, 16:30 GMT)

I think the fans are reading too much into this. Sachin is great and will be always remembered as a legend. But this bowling attack is not close to the same quality as an England attack consisting of Broad, Anderson, Finn, Onions, Monty and Swann. Frankly I have not heard of the most of the bowlers and Sanjay Bangar is 40 years old. Murali Karthik is probably their best bowler and he bowled decently considering the pitch. And I doubt the pace of the fast bowlers are close to their England counterparts. Btw, Anderson has got him out several times with an inswinging delivery and monty has gotten several times before. This is just match pratice for Sachin. He spent good time in the middle and got runs. But it will only matter when he plays England. And 9/10 times he will score a hundred in at least one of the matches. I'm not hating on Sachin....just trying to be objective.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 16:05 GMT)

@ sachinisawesome good comments , atleast SRT is making an effort to get back to form by palying a century is a century good /bad bowling attacks, pitches ,notwithstanding you need good concentration /technique to get it even at club level , hope he gets some practise in next innings also

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

great batsman with great anticipation, he show his class and dedication. other side dhoni avoid to play ranaji match sachin play for mumbai to find his form hats off,well done ajinya

Posted by Porky_PigTheToon on (November 2, 2012, 16:00 GMT)

SACHIN should retire or not is a different issue but what amazes me is that such a Senior player, who takes rest / plays for team whenver he wants and even BCCI (The Boss of World Cricket) respects it, is still feeling that he has some issues with his technique and is willing to fix it by playing in Ranji, is simply unbelievable. Hats off master. It shows how much he loves Cricket. In other words, he live Cricket. It seems there is a kid inside him who still wants to play Cricket for years and years but at the the back of his mind he knows that your body can't be Fully-Fit forever. I'm not posting it because he scored a 100. Even if he had got out on zero, my feelings for him would have been the same. Cheers !

Posted by 402_Navata_Complex on (November 2, 2012, 16:00 GMT)

@Sachinisawesome: True, Sachin has scored a century - But that is against an attack rated very low as compared to international standards.. I am not being derogative, but the fact of the matter is such. And, the Indian team without Sachin is not at all thin. Especially because he had not been performing at the highest level. In a way, the team is BETTER without him.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 15:55 GMT)

Great to see master back in business...ominous signs for ENG..

Posted by Nampally on (November 2, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

This century would boost Sachin's confidence for the Tests against England. It was a fine innings with a S/R of 100 - more Sehwag like S/R. I think Sachin needed that confidence that he can still score centuries. He proved it. Rahane's century was also a great boost to him. However it is tough to break into the Test team right now as the Selectors are unlikely to drop either Gambhir, Sehwag or Tendulkar. Rest of the middle order is taken up by Pujara, Kohli, Yuvraj & possibly Tiwary. It is also good to see the Mumbai team resembing those teams from 60's - batting powerhouse!. Now can ZAK show his bowling form?

Posted by criclover19 on (November 2, 2012, 15:50 GMT)

The master knows what is best for him and his team, hitting a century in the ranji will certainly boost his confidence level. With the retirement of two legends at such short interval it is very important for him to perform yet his mere presence will boost the team's morale and will help youngsters like pujara and kohli for the future prospects.

Posted by Criketanand on (November 2, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

answer to first question 1. it took 22 months as he got out in 80's and sometimes scoring 50's or less, as is usual in cricket. ask dhoni/dravid/vvs laxman/sehwag/gambhir and cricketers from other countries. question 2 , he is getting clean bowled more often as he is playing cricket and that is one of the modes of dismissal, if u play u will get out some way or other, if he stops playing then he will never get out, again ask any cricketers lol :)

Posted by ProdigyA on (November 2, 2012, 15:42 GMT)

Not a huge thing to celebrate but still very crucial to boost Sachin's confidence coming into the tests against Eng. Specially after the aweful series against NZ and the CL too. For Rahane, what more can the poor lad do?

Posted by Indian_Cricket_Fanatic on (November 2, 2012, 15:40 GMT)

my team for england test... Rahaner,Pujara,kohli,Sachin,Tiwary,Yuvraj,Dhoni,ojha,ashwin,yadav,zaheer... ... I don't want raina in test team.....pathan(wish his bolwing gets going again in tests too), bisht, mukund deserve a look at...sehwag-gambhir's time's over....either opener can play alongside rahane droping tiwary...or drop rahane and play both along with tiwary...NO RAINAS in tests.....players like rohit,vijay,chand....needs to do more to get a look for tests....

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (November 2, 2012, 15:38 GMT)

Sachin's critics always find faults in Sachin. No matter what Sachin do..They want everything perfect when they talk about Sachin..Just enjoy his batting while it lasts. You won't see a Cricket ICON like this one in many many years to come in world cricket.

Posted by Mohit_KS on (November 2, 2012, 15:19 GMT)

Wowwwwww.....its so pleasing to see the genius in gr8 form...hope this form continues now...Osum master osum...!!!! Beware england ! Master is back !

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

for all those cricket pundits who posted against sachin here: show us one person who can replace him. if scoring a century in ranji is a mediocre thing, you are stating that all the bowlers in india are good for nothing. remember how much did sehwag, kohli, gambhir and unmukt chand scored in the other match happening today. further, if sachins century is against a mediocre bowling, then i dont think rahane should be nominated to indian team for getting a tensed century against the same bowling attack. all you dhoni lovers, if sachin want to call it a day, he can do it against any team. remember that your captain cool will stand with a trembling feet even against bangladesh.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

PLEASE MAKE A HUNDRED AGAINST ENGLAND AND LET STOP ALL CRITICS...I KNOW UR GREAT AND U WILL DO IT ...BEST OF LUCK...

Posted by warneneverchuck on (November 2, 2012, 15:02 GMT)

Bad sign for England. The greatest batsman is ready for the challenge yet again

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

@shaik-Dont worry,just wait and watch when he will kick{black and blue}your team's club level bowlers like gul,ajmal kasab,tanveer etc...in december....

Posted by sachinisawesome on (November 2, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

If he scores he is going for records and he is selfish. If he doesn't then he doesn't have any cricket left in him. please give the great man a break. And people who are saying he is blocking someone else's place in the team. It doesn't make sense. If Rahane will play in place of Sachin then Rahane will also be blocking unmukt chand's place. As long as Sachin is performing he should play. Team widout him is very thin.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

to all tendulkar fans bragging about his ton .... this is ranji trophy even IRFAN PATHAN slammed a ton ... and is still batting

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 14:36 GMT)

The great sachin tendulkar has again shown his class. By the ways kudos to ajinkya Rahne too

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 14:29 GMT)

nice 2 see u back master...... cm back in test match against england wid century all d best......

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 14:28 GMT)

SRT scores a Ton....Again his fans will go on posting here all the superlatives .....But can anyone of them answer two simple questions? Ques.No.1 " why it took him 22 months to score a First class century?" Ques.No.2 " Why is he getting Clean Bowled again n again?"

Posted by Raj12345 on (November 2, 2012, 14:18 GMT)

He should retire now and simply blocking other young cricketer chance. Everyone knows he is master of cricket. He no need to prove to anyone still with simple hundred. 10 years back we specifically search Tendulkar in field and will be happy by seeing him, and now I don't think, those days gone.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 14:16 GMT)

Expected and no surprise..!! Always answers with bat. Critics mind that " YOU CAN NOT QUESTION GOD"

Posted by sandeepgla on (November 2, 2012, 14:14 GMT)

@collosalcricketer oh really!!!!!!!!!!! now his palace is secure in Indian Team for the next two years. :)!!.

Posted by BHARATLIFE on (November 2, 2012, 14:13 GMT)

OMG what a great bowling attack!!!!!!!

Posted by JayGoswami on (November 2, 2012, 14:10 GMT)

I think so we should admire Ajinkya Rahane for his effort. He had completed a 3 day tour match yesterday and now he scored a century. And also those who think Sachin scored century against a mediocre bowling then he scored the hundred at a strike rate of 100 so he can score it against a quality opposition at a lesser rate...!!!

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 14:06 GMT)

Let us see how he fares against English Bowlers in the upcoming Test Series..I am a cricket lover and admire the sports and not an individual..It's true that he has given a lot to Indian cricket but fans should realise that it's time now for him to hang his boots and allow youngsters to get into the squad..Atleast he should retire after the England series..although I really doubt because he will again fail and the he will go on like this until he doesn't get decent run to make his farewell memorable which is highly unlikely considering his age and deteriorating reflexes...I think India should plan a farewell series for the God of cricket with Bangladesh or Zimbabwe so that this man can score a century and calls it a day..

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

After a long time, Sachin played against his present standard and the result is showing. He should retire from internationals and continue the good work so that some one like Ajinkya in his prime could get his rightful spot in Indian team.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

the top 3 performance on day 1 Ranji trophy 1. Tendulkar slammed 137 from 134 balls

2.Umesh Yadav 5/18 crushed haryana

3.Pathan smashed 100* from 131 balls (221 unbeaten stand for Baroda ) India's best batsman , best bowler & best (only) All-rounder !

Posted by EddieBhai on (November 2, 2012, 14:01 GMT)

"he has played these seven matches in a period of 12 years." Hmm... any guess why he is suddenly playing Ranjis? getting back to form and all that discussion aside, it is for "personal gain" yet again ;-) He didn't want anybody else's (Sunny) on the record but his... so the "master blaster" is chasing another record to stamp his name. This is a selfish motive (who cares about the team!?) ;-)

The comments are now open for your flames... Amen!

Posted by GRVJPR on (November 2, 2012, 13:52 GMT)

At one end these people say that quality of bowling is worst in Indian domestic cricket, and on the other hand they rate centuries against such attacks.

Posted by sachislife2310 on (November 2, 2012, 13:50 GMT)

I wanted him to take the fast bowlers. dont know how much fluently he scored against them :( because from past few tests only fast bowlers troubled him!! Anybody know how well played against fast bowlers?? straight drives, square cuts, cover drives???

Posted by Naresh28 on (November 2, 2012, 13:47 GMT)

We dont hate Sachin. We know what a great cricketer he is and what he has achieved. All we are saying is time he relinquishes the burden on someone younger. There is definitely plenty of batting talent in India - RAHANE, MUKUND, BIST, DHAWAN, TIWARY, CHAND - You can then add already established players like - YUVI, PATHAN, PUJARA, KHOLI, DINESH KARTHIK - then you have the older lot like - SACHIN,SHEWAG,GAMBHIR.BADRINATH, DHONI We had players like MENARIA, MANDEEP RAYUDU who starred on an A tour to NZ recently. With few slots in the team we need to look at the future. team the future should be looked at

Posted by rehan61360 on (November 2, 2012, 13:44 GMT)

wow nice 2 hear tht tendulkar made a hundred

Posted by Nagpur-nationalist on (November 2, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

Please do not say 'disappointingly small crowd'. I went there to buy tickets for a good stand but was told that no tickets are sold, you have to buy 2 days before! They would not have allowed me in but luckily I had a student ID card to get in only 2 gates. Most of d stands did not have a single spectator as tickets had to be bought 2 days ago and no tickets were sold at d stadium. Many people who came to watch d game, had to turn back as tickets were not sold and they were not students. Yes there were not a large number of people but why not CONDEMN this policy of selling tickets only 2 days before and more importantly selling tickets at all and not having free entry?

Posted by timtom on (November 2, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

All rats hiding now......

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 13:33 GMT)

oh great Tendulkar. What a century against the world class bowling attack. This is enough for playing against England.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 13:18 GMT)

Love U sachin, Thanks for making our lives and Indian cricket alive with your bat again.Now its time to say 'HELL'O to English bowlers.

Posted by Yash_Mumbai_Indian on (November 2, 2012, 13:14 GMT)

What people should also understand is that he is making extra effort to play for Mumbai and prepare well for the England series. This is a dangerous sign for England. When Tendulkar scores well in a domestic game prior to a big test series, he scores HUGE in the test series. Ask Australia. Great Going !! Hoping to see a couple of centuries at least against England and a big Indian Series win !!

Posted by Johnny_129 on (November 2, 2012, 13:11 GMT)

Excellent prep for the Test matches for Tendulkar. Just had the look at the full scorecard - Tendulkar's strike rate was 100 when everyone else scored at around 50 or below. Goes to show that even in the twilight of his career Tendulkar is streets ahead! Will be a VERY SAD DAY for cricket fans when Tendulkar quits the game.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 13:02 GMT)

Jiyo Sir,It is heartening to see that after a gap u scored runs at ur birth-land only n playing with Mumbai team-mates..All d best for England series..Seems we will again see d Tendilya in form

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 12:55 GMT)

again the critics would talk about the quality of the opponent against whom sachin scored the century... oh Man come on!!! ... Yu 'll soon understand "Man proposes God disposes".... eagerly waiting for the ENG series....

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 12:55 GMT)

maste blaster sachin rocks again....

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

good to see master in business again indian team need this confidence to beat england in style..

Posted by colossalcricketer on (November 2, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

In your face Sachin haters!!

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 12:47 GMT)

I had this feeling that he was going to score a century. I was right. Way to go the god of cricket. Prove all these people who have been asking you retire that you still can score heavily.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 12:27 GMT)

Anyone claiming that Tendulkar has no cricket left in him?

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