Virender Sehwag on Sachin Tendulkar November 15, 2009

'Tendulkar controls the game'

What are the things that set the great man apart from mere mortals? The ability to read the game acutely, pick the ball early, dedication, discipline and more
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The first time Virender Sehwag met Sachin Tendulkar was in March 2001, at a practice session ahead of the first ODI of the home series against Australia. For Sehwag, Tendulkar was the man who had inspired him to skip exams in school and allowed him to dream of cricket as a career. Sehwag was shy then, and didn't speak to his hero. He got 58 off 51 balls and picked up three wickets. Tendulkar later walked up to him and said, "You've got talent. Continue playing the same way and I'm sure you will make your name." That ability to motivate youngsters is one of the traits, Sehwag says, that makes Tendulkar special. Here he tells Cricinfo about 10 things that make Tendulkar stand out.

Discipline
He never comes late to any practice session, never comes late to the team bus, never comes late to any meeting - he is always five minutes ahead of time. If you are disciplined, it shows you are organised. And then he is ready for anything on the cricket field.

Mental strength
I've learned a lot of things from him as far as mental strength goes - on how to tacke a situation, how to tackle a ball or bowler. If you are not tough mentally, you can't score the number of runs and centuries he has in the last two decades. He is a very good self-motivator.

He always said to me: whatever the situation or whichever the bowler you face, always believe in yourself. There was this occasion in South Africa, early in my career, when I was not scoring runs fluently, so he suggested I try a few mental techniques that had worked for him. One of the things he said was: Always tell yourself you are better than others. You have some talent and that is why you are playing for India, so believe in yourself.

Picking the ball early
He can pick the ball earlier than other batsmen and that is a mark of a great batsman. He is virtually ready for the ball before it is bowled. Only great players can have two shots for one ball, like Tendulkar does, and a big reason is that he picks the ball very early.

Soft hands
I've never seen him play strokes with hard hands. He always tries to play with soft hands, always tries to meet the ball with the centre of the bat. That is timing. I have never been able to play consistently with soft hands.

Planning
One reason he can convert his fifties into hundreds is planning: which bowler he should go after, which bowler he should respect, in which situation he should play aggressively, in which situation he should defend. It is because he has spent hours thinking about all of it, planning what to do. He knows what a bowler will do in different situations and he is ready for it.

In my debut Test he scored 155 and he knew exactly what to do every ball. We had already lost four wickets (68 for 4) when I walked in, and he warned me about the short ball. He told me that the South African fast bowlers would bowl short-of-length balls regularly, but he knew how to counter that. If they bowled short of a length, he cut them over slips; when they bowled outside off stump, he cut them; and when they tried to bowl short into his body, he pulled with ease. Luckily his advice had its effect on me, and I made my maiden hundred!

Adaptability
This is one area where he is really fast. And that is because he is such a good reader of the game. After playing just one or two overs he can tell you how the pitch will behave, what kind of bounce it has, which length is a good one for the batsman, what shots to play and what not to.

A good example was in the Centurion ODI of the 2006-07 series. India were batting first. Shaun Pollock bowled the first over and fired in a few short-of-length balls, against which I tried to play the back-foot punch. Tendulkar cautioned me immediately and said that shot was not a good option. A couple of overs later I went for it again and was caught behind, against Pollock.

Making bowlers bowl to his strengths
He will leave a lot of balls and give the bowler a false sense of security, but the moment it is pitched up to the stumps or closer to them, Tendulkar will easily score runs.

If the bowler is bowling outside off stump Tendulkar can disturb his line by going across outside off stump and playing to midwicket. He puts doubts in the bowler's mind, so that he begins to wonder if he has bowled the wrong line and tries to bowl a little outside off stump - which Tendulkar can comfortably play through covers.

Only great players can have two shots for one ball, like Tendulkar does, and a big reason is that he picks the ball very early

In Sydney in 2004, in the first innings he didn't play a single cover drive, and remained undefeated on 241. He decided to play the straight drive and flicks, so he made the bowlers pitch to his strengths. It is not easy. In the Test before that, in Melbourne, he had got out trying to flick. After that when we had a chat he said he was getting out playing the cover drive and the next game he would avoid the cover drive. I thought he was joking because nobody cannot not play the cover drive - doesn't matter if you are connecting or not. I realised he was serious in Sydney when he was on about 180-odd and he had missed plenty of opportunities to play a cover drive. I was stunned.

Ability to bat in different gears
This is one aspect of batting I have always discussed with Tendulkar: how he controls his game; the way he can change gears after scoring a half-century. Suddenly he scores 10-12 runs an over, or maybe a quick 30 runs in five overs, and then again slows down and paces his innings.

He has maintained that it all depends on the team's position. If you are in a good position you tend to play faster. He also pointed out that the batsman must always think about what can happen if he gets out and the consequences for the team. The best example is the knock of 175. I was confident he would pull it off for India and he almost did.

Building on an innings
I learned from Tendulkar how to get big hundreds. He told me early on that once you get a hundred you are satisfied for yourself. But it is also the best time to convert that into a bigger score for the team because then the team will be in a good position.

If you look at my centuries they have always been big. A good instance of this was in Multan in 2004, when he told me I had given away a good position in Melbourne (195) the previous year and the team lost, and I needed to keep that in mind against Pakistan. In Multan, in the first hundred of the triple century I had hit a few sixes. He walked up to me after I reached the century and said he would slap me if I hit any further sixes. I said why. He said that if I tried hitting a six and got out the team would lose the control over the game, and I needed to bat through the day. So I didn't hit a single six till I reached 295. By then India were 500-plus and I told him I was going to hit a six!

Dedication
This is the most important aspect of his success. In his life cricket comes first. When he is on tour he is thinking about nothing but cricket, and when he is not on tour he dedicates quality time to his family. That shows his dedication to the game and to his family. He has found the right balance.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • DheerajArcot on November 18, 2009, 15:30 GMT

    Hi All, I have read all the comments above from all the Cricket lovers!! when I look at it from a broader perspective, you all are saying the same thing.. the way you express your feeling is different. We Indians have alwasy been bit emotional and rest of you guys should understand that, just the same way we understand that your agressive in nature. But, best of friends otherwise? So why fight over the same thing... what you call the best we call the god.. what you think is hopeless we call them dead. its just how we see things... Is Sachin God or not, is not for us to comment. I don't even agree when someone says he is best in the world. But, ofcourse I agree is one of the best! cus when we say HE is the best! what about others who are serving their country? aren't they best for their country? I won't say he is God But sure thing He has been blessed by God!! cus his skill set is unique! We all love this sport so why waste time in arguing when we can sit back and enjoy~ Dheeraj

  • CyborgAOE on November 18, 2009, 6:02 GMT

    Guys.. Its good to have critics. It gives u valuable insights into ur own game. But, calling Sachin fails on big stage is wrong. In 2003 world cup, he took THE TEAM TO FINALS. Why do we always see his failures rather than enjoy and celebrate his success. He may not be GOD but he is a good human having pride in playing for his nation. He has inspired the whole nation. He has motivated a new bunch of cricketers. FOR GOD SAKE stop being sadists and enjoy the cricket left in such a great batsman. DONT PENALISE SACHIN IF TEAM FAILS. BE HAPPY FOR ATLEAST ONE MAN IN A TEAM REPRESENTING 1 BILLION STOOD UP AS IN NUMEROUS CASES. He has played his part in winning important matches and please dont expect him to win all matches for us which is not fair on our part. Others too should win important games. He has won Sharjah Cup, Hero Cup, 2003 Pak match, CB series finals, taken us to inumerable victories single handedly. Team India has failed him in crucial matches. Thank GOD for giving him to INDIA.

  • Alexk400 on November 18, 2009, 3:04 GMT

    No one can be GOD. If you want me to use GOD word , then sehwag is GOD like when he scores 300+ runs. Like he was GOD like in chennai against SA when he scored 319. Like western people say "he is in the ZONE".

    He will be GOD like when he breaks Lara's 400 run soon.

    You can only be GOD in your own Reality(illusion). Read here GOD of sehwagology (http://www.cricketwithballs.com/sehwagology/) commandments.

  • G.Ravilla on November 17, 2009, 19:58 GMT

    whenever the topic of conversation is about how great Sachin is there always are some people who go on about how India has not won many games when he has scored runs or that he is selfish or this or that. But if take a look at India cricket we have never been a consistently great side so please do not blame Sachin for that. Sachin is the one of the greatest players to have ever played the game let alone the numbers, that he has lived virtually his whole adult life in the most glaring of public's view and has come out with an untarnished reputation says a lot about the kind of human being he is. 20 years is a long time and I think people still love him the same if not more and that in itself is a paramount achievement. Sachin has been India's proudest asset for many years and I hope he will be for a few more years and wins the WC in 2011.

  • Alexk400 on November 17, 2009, 18:34 GMT

    Stop calling Sachin is GOD. Calling anything or anybody GOD shows that people are throwing words around and not thinking clearly. It is not about winning argument. You all are talking to yourself. So there is no winning with yourself. So stop messing ur own brain GOD this and GOD that.

    Sachin is average indian batsman who can't play well in pressure situation. That is it.

  • pankajkumarsingh on November 17, 2009, 18:23 GMT

    Santa... What is wrong in defending his own team member - if in fact Tendulkar did that? Secondly, wasnt Harbhajan punished anyway??? Tendulkar defended Harbhajan against out-of-all nations, Australia, a nation that is king of sledging... For more info - read this http://www.ambimama.com/2006/01/03/the-greatest-cricket-sledges-of-all-time/

    After reading this, if Tendulkar hadn't defended Harbhajan, I would've been dissapointed.

  • pankajkumarsingh on November 17, 2009, 17:55 GMT

    This is getting funny :) Everytime Grind1NSW1into1dirt and Alexk400 rate Tendulkar, they bring up on blot on his career - The world cup, which I do admit, is the missing link in Tendulkar's career. Both Grind1NSW1into1dirt and Alexk400 also add that Lara was a better batsman than Tendulkar. The irony is - Lara could not carry his team to any of the semi finals. Tendulkar on the other hand carried the team to Semis once and Finals once. Its also funny to compare Ponting to sachin. While Grind1NSW1into1dirt pitches best of Ponting to worst of Tendulkar, he fails to mention that Ponting is the only Aussie captain to lose Ashes twice, he is the only Aussie caption to lose a tri-series. To all those who think Tendulkar is not the greatest - why do you have a problem if we praise him? You should go to "Bash-up Tendulkar" forums instead of "Tendulkar - The Legend" forums... This article is obviously not for you.

  • santa1969 on November 17, 2009, 13:11 GMT

    In response to the comment by narenkash, I am not calling Don Bradman a GOD. He is a human being like the rest of us - just very very very good at the game of cricket, arguably the best ever. If you don't believe me, look up some of his records and statistics, I guarantee you they speak for themselves.

    In response to the comment by amit7701, All I can say is that you have next to no knowledge of the game of cricket at all. Bradman faced bowling just as fast back in his era as players today do. Have you not heard of bowlers such as Harold Larwood ??? In addition, he scored his runs on uncovered wickets etc.

    Universally, Bradman is the best batsmen the game has ever seen. No further discussion need be entered into.

    Tendulkar is also a great batsmen but he is no better than other greats of the game such as Graeme Pollock, George Headley (commonly known as the black Bradman), Herbert Sutcliffe and Jack Hobbs.

    Please stop calling him a GOD, he is not that.

  • santa1969 on November 17, 2009, 12:45 GMT

    garimellaj, the name is santa1969. I am not judging Tendulkar on that comment alone, I have already stated I think he is one of the great cricketers of all time but to call him a god, that's what upsets me. However, the "incident" I referred to earlier does go a long way to showing true character of people in my opinion. I would have had significantly more respect for this great cricketer if he had of said to the BCCI what he heard and then let whatever punishment was deemed appropriate flow through.

    I have no doubt one day when he has retired and writes a book (like all cricketers do) that we will find out the true story.

  • Grind1NSW1into1dirt on November 17, 2009, 9:17 GMT

    Tendulkar is apparently as famous for ODI batting as he is for test batting. One GLARING ommission that Indian bloggers fail to see apart from Alexk400 is that Tendulkar has FAILED when it really counted in WORLD CUPS

    2007 - India is humiliated on world television losing to BANGLADESH in world cup opener. Tendulkar failed with the bat. india OUT IN STRAIGHT SETS. C-YA AUSTRALIA WIN YET AGAIN - CAN YOU BELIEVE IT. ????

    2003 - World Cup Final - stage is set for the big one ! Ponting tears India apart with 140 not out with 8 sixes. Tendulkar c & b McGrath for 4 - FAILED AGAIN in the big stage. 1999 - World Cup - didn't see India make the semi's . AUSTRALIA WIN AGAIN

    1995 - World Cup semi against Sri Lanka - India lucky to make 8-120, Tendulkar foolishly out for 65, not enough to win - FAILED AGAIN just like India did that day. Crowd behaviour appalling - umpires award game rightfully so to Sri Lanka SL too good.

  • DheerajArcot on November 18, 2009, 15:30 GMT

    Hi All, I have read all the comments above from all the Cricket lovers!! when I look at it from a broader perspective, you all are saying the same thing.. the way you express your feeling is different. We Indians have alwasy been bit emotional and rest of you guys should understand that, just the same way we understand that your agressive in nature. But, best of friends otherwise? So why fight over the same thing... what you call the best we call the god.. what you think is hopeless we call them dead. its just how we see things... Is Sachin God or not, is not for us to comment. I don't even agree when someone says he is best in the world. But, ofcourse I agree is one of the best! cus when we say HE is the best! what about others who are serving their country? aren't they best for their country? I won't say he is God But sure thing He has been blessed by God!! cus his skill set is unique! We all love this sport so why waste time in arguing when we can sit back and enjoy~ Dheeraj

  • CyborgAOE on November 18, 2009, 6:02 GMT

    Guys.. Its good to have critics. It gives u valuable insights into ur own game. But, calling Sachin fails on big stage is wrong. In 2003 world cup, he took THE TEAM TO FINALS. Why do we always see his failures rather than enjoy and celebrate his success. He may not be GOD but he is a good human having pride in playing for his nation. He has inspired the whole nation. He has motivated a new bunch of cricketers. FOR GOD SAKE stop being sadists and enjoy the cricket left in such a great batsman. DONT PENALISE SACHIN IF TEAM FAILS. BE HAPPY FOR ATLEAST ONE MAN IN A TEAM REPRESENTING 1 BILLION STOOD UP AS IN NUMEROUS CASES. He has played his part in winning important matches and please dont expect him to win all matches for us which is not fair on our part. Others too should win important games. He has won Sharjah Cup, Hero Cup, 2003 Pak match, CB series finals, taken us to inumerable victories single handedly. Team India has failed him in crucial matches. Thank GOD for giving him to INDIA.

  • Alexk400 on November 18, 2009, 3:04 GMT

    No one can be GOD. If you want me to use GOD word , then sehwag is GOD like when he scores 300+ runs. Like he was GOD like in chennai against SA when he scored 319. Like western people say "he is in the ZONE".

    He will be GOD like when he breaks Lara's 400 run soon.

    You can only be GOD in your own Reality(illusion). Read here GOD of sehwagology (http://www.cricketwithballs.com/sehwagology/) commandments.

  • G.Ravilla on November 17, 2009, 19:58 GMT

    whenever the topic of conversation is about how great Sachin is there always are some people who go on about how India has not won many games when he has scored runs or that he is selfish or this or that. But if take a look at India cricket we have never been a consistently great side so please do not blame Sachin for that. Sachin is the one of the greatest players to have ever played the game let alone the numbers, that he has lived virtually his whole adult life in the most glaring of public's view and has come out with an untarnished reputation says a lot about the kind of human being he is. 20 years is a long time and I think people still love him the same if not more and that in itself is a paramount achievement. Sachin has been India's proudest asset for many years and I hope he will be for a few more years and wins the WC in 2011.

  • Alexk400 on November 17, 2009, 18:34 GMT

    Stop calling Sachin is GOD. Calling anything or anybody GOD shows that people are throwing words around and not thinking clearly. It is not about winning argument. You all are talking to yourself. So there is no winning with yourself. So stop messing ur own brain GOD this and GOD that.

    Sachin is average indian batsman who can't play well in pressure situation. That is it.

  • pankajkumarsingh on November 17, 2009, 18:23 GMT

    Santa... What is wrong in defending his own team member - if in fact Tendulkar did that? Secondly, wasnt Harbhajan punished anyway??? Tendulkar defended Harbhajan against out-of-all nations, Australia, a nation that is king of sledging... For more info - read this http://www.ambimama.com/2006/01/03/the-greatest-cricket-sledges-of-all-time/

    After reading this, if Tendulkar hadn't defended Harbhajan, I would've been dissapointed.

  • pankajkumarsingh on November 17, 2009, 17:55 GMT

    This is getting funny :) Everytime Grind1NSW1into1dirt and Alexk400 rate Tendulkar, they bring up on blot on his career - The world cup, which I do admit, is the missing link in Tendulkar's career. Both Grind1NSW1into1dirt and Alexk400 also add that Lara was a better batsman than Tendulkar. The irony is - Lara could not carry his team to any of the semi finals. Tendulkar on the other hand carried the team to Semis once and Finals once. Its also funny to compare Ponting to sachin. While Grind1NSW1into1dirt pitches best of Ponting to worst of Tendulkar, he fails to mention that Ponting is the only Aussie captain to lose Ashes twice, he is the only Aussie caption to lose a tri-series. To all those who think Tendulkar is not the greatest - why do you have a problem if we praise him? You should go to "Bash-up Tendulkar" forums instead of "Tendulkar - The Legend" forums... This article is obviously not for you.

  • santa1969 on November 17, 2009, 13:11 GMT

    In response to the comment by narenkash, I am not calling Don Bradman a GOD. He is a human being like the rest of us - just very very very good at the game of cricket, arguably the best ever. If you don't believe me, look up some of his records and statistics, I guarantee you they speak for themselves.

    In response to the comment by amit7701, All I can say is that you have next to no knowledge of the game of cricket at all. Bradman faced bowling just as fast back in his era as players today do. Have you not heard of bowlers such as Harold Larwood ??? In addition, he scored his runs on uncovered wickets etc.

    Universally, Bradman is the best batsmen the game has ever seen. No further discussion need be entered into.

    Tendulkar is also a great batsmen but he is no better than other greats of the game such as Graeme Pollock, George Headley (commonly known as the black Bradman), Herbert Sutcliffe and Jack Hobbs.

    Please stop calling him a GOD, he is not that.

  • santa1969 on November 17, 2009, 12:45 GMT

    garimellaj, the name is santa1969. I am not judging Tendulkar on that comment alone, I have already stated I think he is one of the great cricketers of all time but to call him a god, that's what upsets me. However, the "incident" I referred to earlier does go a long way to showing true character of people in my opinion. I would have had significantly more respect for this great cricketer if he had of said to the BCCI what he heard and then let whatever punishment was deemed appropriate flow through.

    I have no doubt one day when he has retired and writes a book (like all cricketers do) that we will find out the true story.

  • Grind1NSW1into1dirt on November 17, 2009, 9:17 GMT

    Tendulkar is apparently as famous for ODI batting as he is for test batting. One GLARING ommission that Indian bloggers fail to see apart from Alexk400 is that Tendulkar has FAILED when it really counted in WORLD CUPS

    2007 - India is humiliated on world television losing to BANGLADESH in world cup opener. Tendulkar failed with the bat. india OUT IN STRAIGHT SETS. C-YA AUSTRALIA WIN YET AGAIN - CAN YOU BELIEVE IT. ????

    2003 - World Cup Final - stage is set for the big one ! Ponting tears India apart with 140 not out with 8 sixes. Tendulkar c & b McGrath for 4 - FAILED AGAIN in the big stage. 1999 - World Cup - didn't see India make the semi's . AUSTRALIA WIN AGAIN

    1995 - World Cup semi against Sri Lanka - India lucky to make 8-120, Tendulkar foolishly out for 65, not enough to win - FAILED AGAIN just like India did that day. Crowd behaviour appalling - umpires award game rightfully so to Sri Lanka SL too good.

  • Neil247 on November 17, 2009, 5:30 GMT

    Thank you SACHIN . I can now tell my grandchildren that i watched the greatest batsman of all time for 20 yrs!!!

  • sabina2009 on November 17, 2009, 4:41 GMT

    Question remains there. Who is no. 1 batsman? Is it Sachin or Lara? Lara is a true class player indeed. He should have scored more if he had a good squad like the 80's Windies. However, the extraordinary achievements that Sachin Tendulkar achieved so far should not be easily forgotten.

  • nikhildevdesai on November 17, 2009, 3:14 GMT

    All of you are nothing. How can you guys make a comment about Tendulkar when most of you can't even play village cricket. All the greats have said that Tendulkar is the greatest. This includes bowlers, batsmen, and captains from almost every country. So you all need to think before you make comments about Sachin and stop comparing him to other players, because as Gavaskar said Tendulkar separates boys from men because he has that rare ability to hit good balls for boundaries. Can you guys name a player who can hit the ball in every direction, Sachin has no weakness. So please think before you post stupid comments about someone like Sachin who has been in the team for not 10 but 20 years. Can you guys even name players who have played for a team for 10 years, I bet your list wouldn't be long.

  • MiddleStump on November 17, 2009, 2:51 GMT

    Having watched cricket for nearly half a century, I have no hesitation in saying that outside of Sobers, Tendulkar is the greatest batsman I have seen by far. What is more amazing are his comebacks from so many injuries and even surgeries. People who have had their careers shortened by injuries even at the first class level can easily understand this monumental achievement. Had he been as fit as Gavaskar, he would have scored 15,000 test runs by now. And even Gavaskar towards the end of his career wanted to bat in the middle order since he needed more rest between innings. When people criticise Tendulkar for not being a finisher in ODI matches, they really mean that he must carry his bat through the innings since he is an opener! In other words, he must never get out! Such demands are only made of gods indeed.

  • Grind1NSW1into1dirt on November 17, 2009, 0:39 GMT

    Before anyone gets carried away and starts burning my effigy, no one can deny that Tendulkar is a very good cricketer and has performed at the elite level for 2 decades. To this we commend him. One last word on the god factor - can we please stop calling him that. It is utter stupidity and is senseless.

    Let's celebrate him as a cricketer and a human being. Anything above that is childish to the EXTREME.

    Now - let's get down to business, If Tendulkar was truly superhuman as many of the writers tend to think he is, where are the double centuries and triple centuries ?

    Bradman made 12 scores of 200 or better, Lara was next best. Tendulkar does have a problem in test cricket of sustaining long innings. He has played 160 Tests and you would think he would have made more big scores. Kallis has the same problem. Ponting is the only player who can make the big scores year in year out against quality opposition on a variety of pitches.

  • Alexk400 on November 16, 2009, 20:14 GMT

    We are in 21'st century. There is no GOD people. Stop worshipping things. Enough already. Why do you want to slave to beliefs?. Be FREE.

    Sachin is not GOD. Not even GOD of cricket. He loses more than winning anything that mattered. He is chokedulkar.

    He is very very good technical batsman. More value out of less energy stroke.

    GOD world should be abolished from dictionary to be keep Humans FREE.

    Only Evil say have faith in me and believe me. :)

    It is astonishing that Indian Media over hyping sachin the loser than kapil dev the real hero who is pushed out.

    Sachin will never won World cup and never will. he is the reason india did not win past world cups. Every team member think sachin will do it , they can slack off.

    Sachin lacks leadership skill and inspire others to give 150%. Sachin is not god. He is just a selfish sneaky little fellow who accumulate runs so that no one beat his record. That is the only reason he continue to play and threatening BCCI.

    Pathetic.

  • Alexk400 on November 16, 2009, 20:07 GMT

    Sachin do not inspire any of his team mates to play well with him and fight to finish. He is in his own shell and thinking how to accumulate more runs when bowler gets tired and what record he can break.

    Sachin is not ruthless , he is just sneaky little batsman who take advantage when bowler gets tired. Sachin and Sneaky goes well.

    On the other hand SEHWAG is the ruthless batsman when he is in flow. He is more moody in that he fail often to see how other batsman score when he gets out. He can bat like Rahul dravid if he wants. Sehwag is true team player but someone has to keep praising him to keep his energy up. He is not playing well nowadays because i think dhoni and sehwag do not like each other and it is affecting his play.

    Sachin is professional and sneaky. Sehwag is not. Sehwag is moody destroyer. Aussies fear sehwag not sachin. They know how to control sachin but sehwag they have no clue. No one knows what goes on sehwag brain.

  • garimellaj on November 16, 2009, 18:40 GMT

    Grind1NSW1into1dirt and Santasomeone...you have managed to stir up a conversation - I will give you that. But talking about one sledging incident and judging one of the great cricketers by that comment? You should know better than that as I am guessing you are an aussie (or an aussie fan), and aussies have taken sledging to a whole new level on a cricket field. They even have a name for it"Mental disintegration technique"! And you feel bad when someone decides to give it back to the inventors of the technique?? Know that world boundaries have narrowed with the introduction of IPL and other global franchises..Let it go...

    Now talking about cricket - Sachin is one of all the time greats to have played this game. His stats and records speak volumes. His composure and dedication is admirable; how else one can be so consistent as him for 2 decades? Any cricketer would dream of such accomplishment!

  • BlueNation on November 16, 2009, 18:36 GMT

    Well said Pankajkumarsingh, now a days ever one has become a critic & forgot to appreciate the good. Few people are saying that he was not able to win the game for India(last one 175), the chase was 351 runs and India was loosing the wickets on the other end, still Sachin was maintaining the run rate and tried his level best to win the game for India till the end, still some people criticize him it's upto them what they want to say. Who ever played cricket will know the pain and how much difficult to score when chasing such a massive score & at other end loosing wickets. People use to say India lost when ever Sachin scored century. When facts were shown to them then every one shut their mouth. There are some people who are not satisfied with anything & we should not waste energy & time on their comments. It's time for world cricket to celebrate Sachins achievements who dedicated his 20yrs of international cricket. Many young cricketers around the world are inspired by Sachin....

  • pankajkumarsingh on November 16, 2009, 17:31 GMT

    I do not know if Sachin is God. What I can say is - if God had a son born on earth and he wanted his son to be a cricketer - he would advise him to look at Sachin videos - not Laras or Pontings or Jayasuryas... I have barely seen Bradman videos so I cannot comment on his cover drive. But if you look at tendulkar's cover drive - he brings his front foot in line of the ball, slightly angles his bad with a beautiful back-lift, swings his bat virtically down and punches the ball almost off his toe. And the genius does that with his head straight, looking down on the ball... The ball? It never leaves the ground,kissing the grass a million times before it hits the fence. Alas ! The kiss lasts only a second or two even in Melbourne...

  • sabina2009 on November 16, 2009, 16:24 GMT

    I consider myself extremely lucky to live in a time where I have got the golden opportunity to see Sachin's ruthless and marvelous batting. We have just heard about the caliber of Sir Don Bradman but most of today's people have not seen his performances. It is true also for Sachin Tendulkar that one day he is gong to have to retire from the game and the people of next generation and even the next generation after will just talk about Sachin's caliber. They will see Sachin's videos. But I am glad to see many of his performances live on TV. His retirement from the game will be just irreplaceable. India will have tough times. Anyways, Sachin still has many days to go because he is perfectly fit.

  • pankajkumarsingh on November 16, 2009, 16:00 GMT

    To say that Tendulkar never played when it mattered is plain stupid. It amazes me people sitting on their couch saying "He was not one of the best". Why dont we go back to the best bowlers of our times - the McGraths, the Warnes, the Akhtars, the Allan Donalds of our time and ask them - who was the best batsman they bowled to... Mr. Grind1NSW1into1dirt and Alex - Any guesses??

  • mvashwinn on November 16, 2009, 16:00 GMT

    Dear All Sachin supporters leave those people who are all passing wrong comments about our Cricketing God Sachin Tendulkar. A great cricketer from Australia Mr Mathew Hayden says that he sees God playing at No 4 for India. I want to say only one thing do you people expect a opener to stay till the end of the innings. Could you please tell any opener who win matches on their own. Sorry Boss we call him God no one can stop that because he is. Thanks Mr Viru for your comments on our Boss.

  • SamRoy on November 16, 2009, 15:59 GMT

    First of all calling Tendulkar GOD is a bit over the top. Secondly, I would love India and Australia play a test series in England with duke balls to settle the issue of Who's the Boss? I know the result but I guess Grind1NSW1into1dirt doesn't know it. I will give him a quick review of that result, India pummel Oz 3-1. The only match won is at Lords. Let's face it. The Aussies don't play swing bowling properly(I am taking of swing and not seam movement) and Indians are the best swing bowlers in the world. The last Aussie batsman who played swing bowling well was Steve Waugh. Current generation plays swing bowling with hard hands. Very evident in the 2nd and 3rd tests in England this summer. Whereas 2 summmers ago; Indian pace bowlers who bowl atleast 10 mph slower than their Aussie counterparts completely bamboozled the Englishmen. Many of the England batsman then didn't have the faintest idea which way the ball was gonna move.

  • Amit_4_Sachin on November 16, 2009, 15:42 GMT

    lol @ 'classic Bradman cover drives'. Who has seen him driving? And driving amateur bowlers bowling at 60 mph is as easy as eating a pie. No offense meant, maybe he was as great as stats depict, I've never seen him bat. Better keep him out of debates.

    Sachin is the God of cricket, not because he is the best ever, but because he is the biggest icon in the cricketing world, and is quite likely to remain. He has been able to perform under the pressure of 1 billion+ crazy fans and that's not a small achievement. He didn't have the luxury of playing for the best team in the world, unlike Ponting, who had no pressure on him whatsoever.

    The humble person he is, the inspiration he is, it's near impossible for an ordinary mortal to completely emulate him. Success gets over head of people, but this doesn't apply to him.

  • pankajkumarsingh on November 16, 2009, 15:28 GMT

    Well, to call him a God was Sehwag's perspective. No one has the right to take away from Sehwag what he feels about Tendulkar. I personally dont think he is a god but Sehwag does. Tendulkar obviously has inspired him enough. Totally fair in what Sehwag thinks. What amazes me is the comments like "He has never played when it mattered". Mr. Alexk400 - You abviously havent been reading the statistics. For starters, India won the last 3 One Day finals (1 in SL, 2 in Aus tri-series final) when Tendulkar made a 90, and two hundreds. Lets put it this way - I do not remember a final that India won and Sachin failed. True he is not a God - an innings of 175 could not win the game for him. Having said that, where were the other 10 mortals on that day???

  • BlueNation on November 16, 2009, 15:01 GMT

    I see some people commenting on Sachin's ability as finisher. People always remember unfinished task or goal and forget the achievements. This is true every one's life. In our daily life we have achieved a lot in the same time we miss some of them, we remember only the unfinished and forget the achievement. Same with Sachin, people expect more from Sachin if he is not able to perform at that expectations we remember it. There are many great innings in Sachin's career, where he played in pressure situations and normal situations in those India won many games and lost few games. You can go through his career and see his performance and not from your memory.

  • Kurapati on November 16, 2009, 14:43 GMT

    I don't know what to say about Grind1NSW1into1dirt comments. It looks like he has got no knowledge about world cricket. He was saying Indians were lucky to escape with a 2-4 loss!!How senseless sentence that was. Hey you, did you ever watch a full cricket match or you just see only first 15 and last 5 overs. 350 is always a big chase and there will be lot of pressure on the batsmen to keep the wicket and score the runs and that is what Tendulkar did in his innings. On the other hand wickets were falling and he kept runrate flew. thats the difference b/w Ponting/Huseey and Tendulkar. Every cricketer knows in the world how Australians behave in ground and they are just not sportive thats it...no comments on that issue. you should appreciate tendulkar since he did not comeup with what exactly Symmonds spoke on the ground. If he would have done that Ponting/Symmonds wouldn't have face to show to the world. Grow Up kids, Cricket is not a racial game...Enjoy the game rather making urself wrg

  • narenkash on November 16, 2009, 12:45 GMT

    Hi All Grind1NSW1into1dirt, Alexk400, santa1969 - First Mr. Grind Check the records and then comment what sachin has done is recent past in all the final's that he played, I don't say Sachin is god but we appreciate him as a god and if someone like anyone you just can't ask them not to. He has been playing for 20yrs no one can match same level of consistency not hussy, nor Ponting and we all know that this guys r not facing best bowler also. And Mr Alex check Srikant strik rate dear and how many sehwags won it for India. And boss Sachin is opener so don't except him to be there till last it always has to be middle order batsman or god knows if an 11 no batsman remain not out u might say he the best finisher and best batsman learn ur cricket boss then comment coz frm ur comment u jst don't knw cricket or understand. And Mr Santa1969 good to know that you have seen playing Don Bradman but i guess Don made fun of u saying Sachin plays similar to him now i know whom you are calling god.

  • ashilles on November 16, 2009, 11:38 GMT

    Sachin may not be god.....He is a good human being...Everyone have their off days and there will be many examples to say that Sachin could have done this, done that and so on...End of the day the fact is he has been playing for 20 years and over that period of time he has a spotless record...and to those who say he lied at Sydneygate...that event is over...give it a break...fact of the matter is, Sachin is a once in a generation player...appreciate him for the passion with which he plays the game, but to call him selfish, sneaky run accumulator is just not right...give the guy some space man...every time he goes out to bat, he carries the hopes of a billion people...with all that, to achieve what he has...let us take a step back and acknowledge that He is truly fantastic cricketer.

  • Sumeet.Gupta on November 16, 2009, 11:07 GMT

    @SyedArbabAhmed. It doesn't matter if people like you cannot understand the simple fact that Sachin cannot and should not be around to finish off matches. There's something known as the "middle order". As an opener, he gave India the best possible start and almost won it single handedly. Rather than appreciating the majestic knock, critics like you are saying, "Yah it was good...but he didn't finish the game". What were others doing mate?

  • DesPlatt on November 16, 2009, 10:55 GMT

    A great player but all this talk as though Tendulkar and Bradman are the olny two phenomonal cricketers ever is getting tedious. Never saw Bradman but Gary Sobers would be the first name on my team sheet both for entertainment value and greatness (though not as a captain).

  • Grind1NSW1into1dirt on November 16, 2009, 9:51 GMT

    I agree with Santa 1969, to call Tendulkar a GOD is just plain stupid. Grow up people !!! He is a cricketer, thats all. Do not tell the world he is something other than he is.

    Sachin Tendulkar is an Indian cricketer who had a significant part to play in the Harbajan Singh - Andrew Symonds incident. A rather dubious part indeed. Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden know what was said and so does Tendulkar. I wish someday Tendulkar can tell the truth and come clean about what he heard and what he said to the BCCI. As far as his appeal in India, I reckon he is the only thing keeping the team together. The question is what happens when he retires ? Indian cricket will struggle big time. Australia will continue its dominance, probably increasing its dominance. 2-4 losses at home will something tio aspire to when he retires. It will be more like 0-6 or 0-7, weather permitting of course.

  • Kilat on November 16, 2009, 9:16 GMT

    Grind1NSW1into1dirt asks how Sachin Tendulkar can be considered a matchwinner if his team fails to chase 350 when he makes 175. The answer is very simple: the other ten men (and extras) could not make 175 between them.

  • santa1969 on November 16, 2009, 6:18 GMT

    In reply to comment by MBAAZ, if god was to play cricket, surely he would simply keep playing classic Don Bradman cover drives.

  • santa1969 on November 16, 2009, 6:13 GMT

    I do not dispute that this man is a great cricket player but to call him a "God" or the "best there will ever be" is quite frankly a complete load of rubbish.

    Everyone who is praising this man do not forget, he lied at the ICC hearing into the "Harbhajan Singh/Andrew Symonds racial slur" incident claiming he did not hear anytyhing when in actual fact he went up to Ricky Ponting immediately after the incident and said "leave it it me, I'll sort this out".

    What did he need to sort out if he did not hear anything ???

    A great cricket player - yes but to call him a "god" or start giving him awards, that defies belief.

  • mbaaz on November 16, 2009, 5:43 GMT

    I would not know much about how GOD operates, but I am sure, if He had ever to play any cricket shot (barring the flick - trademarked by Azhar & the Windies slogs), He would play them like Sachin.

    Like the world, I have been inspired by his genius and have spent innumerable moments with my friends 'trying' to copy his straight drive or the late cut or the paddle sweep n still am amazed at how effortlessly he executes these shots and more.

    I am completely blessed to have witnessed his genius in action - on the ground or on TV and wish - just wish to see another such genius spring up in my lifetime after he retires.

  • SyedArbabAhmed on November 16, 2009, 5:33 GMT

    Tendulkar is one of the greatest but still he does not FINISHES the game till the very end, most recent example is India's 350 chase against Australia.

  • Grind1NSW1into1dirt on November 16, 2009, 4:30 GMT

    Tendulkar is a good player but way past his best. He is not the matchwinner he ued to be and the recent series in India against the World Champions - Australia just proved the difference between Indian and Australian cricket. A 4-2 scoreline which should have been 5-1, Indians lucky to escape with a 2-4 loss. Tendulkar makes 175 and they LOSE ?? How does anyone explain that ??

    Time to give the game away old man, let Ponting and Hussey show the world what correct strokemaking is all about. Wristy sub-continent flashes are not really text book cricket are they ? India will be in real trouble when he finally comes to his sense and reitres.

    Tendulkar is holding down a spot in the batting order when the selectors could give that spot to a younger player with potential. Indian selectors are making a grave mistake here.

  • madjag on November 16, 2009, 1:44 GMT

    March 19, 2006 Home crowd turns hostile Struggles for 1 run in 33 minutes against England in Mumbai, and after he is dismissed, he is booed off the ground by his home crowd.

    I got that from his timeline posted on the cricinfo site.. Its sad to see how unappreciative Indian cricket fans can get..

  • Alexk400 on November 15, 2009, 23:44 GMT

    Sehwag tells the truth. Except one issue. Sachin is not GOD. Sachin never won any game that mattered. Indians are emotional extremes. Either they call sachin is GOD , another extreme call him chokedulkar. I am opposite extreme. hahaha.

    I am more fan of srikkanth and sehwag. Once they get out i switch off the TV. I am tired of watching one guy accumulating run for selfish reasons on losing causes.

    Sachin is very good model batsman. Perfect. His mental strength is where he is weak when there is pressure.

    He has uncanny methodology in how to accumulate runs and when bowlers get tired and milk runs. if you ask me sachin is a sneaky fellow. Nothing more. Not great , not worst. Just a decent Indian batsman who chokes under pressure.

    There are only 3 guys i liked in Indian cricketers. kapildev, srikkanth and sehwag. I like people who take to opposition and show who is the da boss.

    sachin is more of sneaky run getter than boss of pressure situation.

  • ckhadi on November 15, 2009, 16:33 GMT

    gr8 put Viru . u just said all what the whole of india had to say. undoubtedly there is no greater cricket player in india or the world. 20 yrs of excellence and not even one gossip bout him . truly amazing . he rulez cricket. he is the god of cricket.

  • Rajasub on November 15, 2009, 16:20 GMT

    Tendulkar should be the youngest awardee of the Bharat Ratna. ONe, he has played the game as well as one possibly could and two he has done it for love of country and flag. Please cease unnecessary conversations and honour him with the topmost civilian award that a civilian soldier of India can be awarded. Additionally, the Nobel Peace prize should also be his as Why do the Pakistan greats revere him? Is it not for his stature as a player and as a man. He transcends national boundaries and deserves every humanitarian award.

  • deadlydevil42 on November 15, 2009, 15:57 GMT

    There are cricketers and then there is Mr.S.R.Tendulkar. GOD OF THE GAME, a true icon, an inspiration & an idol for millions at home & abroad. Discilpine & Attitude for the game he carries is the gist of his success over last 20 yrs. Sachin I salute you.

  • Sendhill on November 15, 2009, 15:27 GMT

    beloved fans...

    - many of us stil do not get up from our seats, not drink water, not pee etc etc when this guy bats - many of us switch off or leave da plac when he gets out.....(habit which v hav cultivated for the last 15+ years) - normally happens with video games...u think act and feel lik da protagonist...i mean when he bats, clobbers, scores a century or wins a game for us....we indeed feel dat we have done it...... - one player who da opponent fears and at da sam tim glorifies or adores...... - boringly humble, down to earth, courteous, etc...and mor dan anything one player or person who has not embroiled himself in any controversy........

    give the above clues to any indian who can hold a ball & he will come out with one name we all know - SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR......coz there isnt no other player in the world of SPORTS (not just cricket...i mean) who comes close to the above........

    i can go on & on & add more but cricinfo doesnt allow more than 1000 words err...

  • Jayanth on November 15, 2009, 12:32 GMT

    Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is not just any cricketer. In fact, it is so much so that, it is more than a phenomenon, which happens once or twice in a century. During the last century, two such phenomenons are Don Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar, but the latest phenomenon holds more stead because I don't think during the days of Don Bradman, there were around a billion people in the world, waiting for him to fire. In case of Sachin, even the opponents stand up and salute him - no matter which ground, no matter where, the fact that Sachin is batting, is enough to keep them rooted to their seats. We all are blessed to watch him bat, and Viru is luckier as he has opened with him. So Viru.... valuble lessons to you & ensure you pass it on to your younger lot.

  • sumantsp on November 15, 2009, 12:03 GMT

    My heart feels with pride and every run scored by sachin gives a sense achievement for myself. I am sure that is the way lots of Indians think of sachin tendulkar. His very presence on the ground make us all Indian feel united and connected with a similar emotional bonding with this little great man. His dedication, sincerity and ethics towards the game of cricket is what makes him so loved and respected across the boundries of nations and religion. Sachin the master of all deserves BHARATRATNA as he makes every indian proud and makes them believe in themselves. May god bless you with all the strength and good health so that we greedy people can still have some more of you as whatever you give us we always want more from you dear Sachin. I wish I would never see an Indian team without SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR at the top of the line up and on ground with a lovely cheeky smile of yours . ALL THE VERY BEST and CONGRATULATIONS to the LORD of THE CRICKET.

  • Zahidsaltin on November 15, 2009, 10:44 GMT

    Sachin is one of the greats for sure, a very humble and nice personality. But the greatest batsman ever born in subcontinental region is Gavasker. Tandulkar played in an era when there are at least 20 players at a time on international scene with 50+ batting averages, wickets are tailor made for batsmen, more than one bouncer is not allowed, protective gears are better and bowling attacks were not like the ones in gavaskers time. I can easily tell that if todays batsmen played in Gavaskers days, non of Srilankan, Pakistani, Wi and many of other batsmen like shwag and kallis ever enjoy 50 test average. Tandulkar is no doubt the greatest batsman in his time and one must admire him for staying in the field for 20 long years.

  • Holkunde on November 15, 2009, 10:22 GMT

    ANYONE CAN HOLD THE HELMWHEN THE SEA IS CALM, BUT TO POSSES A PERSONALITY TO MAKE EVEN THE WIND AND SEA YOU WHILE IN STORM IS NOT ACQUIRED BY BIRTH".i.e The gr8 SIR, LEGEND,MASTER SACHIN TENDULKAR .

  • Saifalikahan on November 15, 2009, 10:21 GMT

    Sachin Tendulker...one of the most Powerful player in the world. We all spectators love to watch his big inings. I would not forget his wonderful 98 Aginst Pakistan in world cup 2003, as in the presence of world best bowlers in Pakistan line. He smashed huge boundries aginst them lead to have the match on thier name. He is very much expert in playing cricket. We love to see him for more 10 years if he play. Seeing his fabulous shots make the cricket more and more fantastic. He is a huge source and wealth of Indian cricket. Up with Tendulker.

  • Ravint on November 15, 2009, 9:57 GMT

    Good to read such a wealth of praise about his master from Shewag another super man. We could sit and talk about Sachin and his achievements for years. Indians have to stand up now to push the governement to respect this "Invaluable assest of India" with the highest award of India. "Bharath Ratna ". Sachin deserves this award from Indian Govt. All indians have to show their support now. God bless you "Sachin"

  • mynameisajit on November 15, 2009, 9:46 GMT

    he is master master blaster no1 can beat him a great man

  • ranarpf on November 15, 2009, 9:40 GMT

    Truly genius.To bear such a huge pressure for 20 years is a really praiseworthy.Definitely Sir Don has statical advantage over the rest.But it is also should be taken in mind when we are judging the two greats that the competetion of two different eras.

  • sunil.see4u on November 15, 2009, 9:09 GMT

    These are the great words from a good player about a legendary player. it shows the respect he maintains from past 20yrs from his teammates, opposition teammates and from the veterans. i think he is the only player in any sport who don't have any remark in his entire life who played for more than 10yrs.he never disrespected any player or any umpire even though they done some mistakes towards him. HIS PATIENCE IS INFINITE. HIS DEDICATION IS MOUNT EVEREST. HIS GAME IS PURE.PEOPLE LOVE HIM, PEOPLE PRAY FOR HIM, PEOPLE DIE FOR HIS GAME. HE IS the GOD for us.....!

  • sachintendulker on November 15, 2009, 8:18 GMT

    Surely Sachin is god of cricket. The best there was, the best there is and the best there will be ever.

  • Pathiyal on November 15, 2009, 7:22 GMT

    Sachin shows us the difference between the best and the greatest. It is his attitude towards the game, his life and his nation which sets him apart from all of them. The more you know about him, the more you respect him. If you have half his qualities you can be successful in any field. Probably the below sentence is synonymus to this genius:

    "This is a person of surpassing integrity; a man of the utmost sincerity; somewhat larger than life" (Joyce Carol Oates).

    He is the real icon of India and to the world of cricket.

  • bouncer3459 on November 15, 2009, 6:26 GMT

    Surely Tendulkar is one of the great Players in this Era. Overall the time that Gavaskar was in was the time of one of the greatest Bowling attacks (including the fearsome Westindies attack) and that makes a huge difference in comparison of the bowling attacks of the teams world over in the last two decades, alongwith the Slow & batsman tailored wickets and one bouncer per over. He though does deserve a lot of credit for his longevity in international cricket as 20 years is long time. The one thing that I credit him most for, is his Gentleness and Humility which above all is a rare thing to find in succesful modern day Indian Cricketer(just look at Harbhajan, Yuvraj and Sreesanth and some of their kind). He surely is a thorough gentleman and a role model for youngsters.

    S Riaz

  • SuryaPrakashDama on November 15, 2009, 5:39 GMT

    Nice interview ..aggressive player's regressive analysis on the master blaster.."He always tries to play with soft hands". That makes sachin class apart. He makes any shot look so simple with his soft hands be it a cover drive,leg glance,cut shot,sweep shot etc..And the fact that he has done it all for twenty years is just unbelievable.He is now the oldest young man of the team. Way to go little champ!!

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  • SuryaPrakashDama on November 15, 2009, 5:39 GMT

    Nice interview ..aggressive player's regressive analysis on the master blaster.."He always tries to play with soft hands". That makes sachin class apart. He makes any shot look so simple with his soft hands be it a cover drive,leg glance,cut shot,sweep shot etc..And the fact that he has done it all for twenty years is just unbelievable.He is now the oldest young man of the team. Way to go little champ!!

  • bouncer3459 on November 15, 2009, 6:26 GMT

    Surely Tendulkar is one of the great Players in this Era. Overall the time that Gavaskar was in was the time of one of the greatest Bowling attacks (including the fearsome Westindies attack) and that makes a huge difference in comparison of the bowling attacks of the teams world over in the last two decades, alongwith the Slow & batsman tailored wickets and one bouncer per over. He though does deserve a lot of credit for his longevity in international cricket as 20 years is long time. The one thing that I credit him most for, is his Gentleness and Humility which above all is a rare thing to find in succesful modern day Indian Cricketer(just look at Harbhajan, Yuvraj and Sreesanth and some of their kind). He surely is a thorough gentleman and a role model for youngsters.

    S Riaz

  • Pathiyal on November 15, 2009, 7:22 GMT

    Sachin shows us the difference between the best and the greatest. It is his attitude towards the game, his life and his nation which sets him apart from all of them. The more you know about him, the more you respect him. If you have half his qualities you can be successful in any field. Probably the below sentence is synonymus to this genius:

    "This is a person of surpassing integrity; a man of the utmost sincerity; somewhat larger than life" (Joyce Carol Oates).

    He is the real icon of India and to the world of cricket.

  • sachintendulker on November 15, 2009, 8:18 GMT

    Surely Sachin is god of cricket. The best there was, the best there is and the best there will be ever.

  • sunil.see4u on November 15, 2009, 9:09 GMT

    These are the great words from a good player about a legendary player. it shows the respect he maintains from past 20yrs from his teammates, opposition teammates and from the veterans. i think he is the only player in any sport who don't have any remark in his entire life who played for more than 10yrs.he never disrespected any player or any umpire even though they done some mistakes towards him. HIS PATIENCE IS INFINITE. HIS DEDICATION IS MOUNT EVEREST. HIS GAME IS PURE.PEOPLE LOVE HIM, PEOPLE PRAY FOR HIM, PEOPLE DIE FOR HIS GAME. HE IS the GOD for us.....!

  • ranarpf on November 15, 2009, 9:40 GMT

    Truly genius.To bear such a huge pressure for 20 years is a really praiseworthy.Definitely Sir Don has statical advantage over the rest.But it is also should be taken in mind when we are judging the two greats that the competetion of two different eras.

  • mynameisajit on November 15, 2009, 9:46 GMT

    he is master master blaster no1 can beat him a great man

  • Ravint on November 15, 2009, 9:57 GMT

    Good to read such a wealth of praise about his master from Shewag another super man. We could sit and talk about Sachin and his achievements for years. Indians have to stand up now to push the governement to respect this "Invaluable assest of India" with the highest award of India. "Bharath Ratna ". Sachin deserves this award from Indian Govt. All indians have to show their support now. God bless you "Sachin"

  • Saifalikahan on November 15, 2009, 10:21 GMT

    Sachin Tendulker...one of the most Powerful player in the world. We all spectators love to watch his big inings. I would not forget his wonderful 98 Aginst Pakistan in world cup 2003, as in the presence of world best bowlers in Pakistan line. He smashed huge boundries aginst them lead to have the match on thier name. He is very much expert in playing cricket. We love to see him for more 10 years if he play. Seeing his fabulous shots make the cricket more and more fantastic. He is a huge source and wealth of Indian cricket. Up with Tendulker.

  • Holkunde on November 15, 2009, 10:22 GMT

    ANYONE CAN HOLD THE HELMWHEN THE SEA IS CALM, BUT TO POSSES A PERSONALITY TO MAKE EVEN THE WIND AND SEA YOU WHILE IN STORM IS NOT ACQUIRED BY BIRTH".i.e The gr8 SIR, LEGEND,MASTER SACHIN TENDULKAR .