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Tendulkar in Wisden's all-time world XI

A round-up of the news as the Wankhede gears up for Tendulkar's final Test
October 25, 2013

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Wisden's world XI
In any an all-time XI, the No. 3 and 4 positions write themselves in. Celebrating its 150th anniversary, Wisden Cricketers' Almanack named an all-time world XI captained by Don Bradman, batting at No. 3, followed by Sachin Tendulkar, Viv Richards and Garry Sobers. WG Grace and Jack Hobbs open the batting for this formidable line-up, and Wasim Akram, Malcolm Marshall, Shane Warne and Sydney Barnes form the killer bowling attack. Allan Knott was picked to keep to them.

Tickets to Wankhede
If you manage to get a ticket to attend Tendulkar's final Test, at the Wankhede, congratulations may be in order for accomplishing an impossible feat. Mid-Day reports that, apart from the tickets reserved for the local clubs and VIPs, the Mumbai Cricket Association is also giving Tendulkar 500 tickets to distribute to his friends and family. "He [Tendulkar] has not asked for a single ticket," Sharad Pawar, the MCA president said. "The MCA will give him 500 tickets." The tickets will be a collector's item as the association plans to emboss Tendulkar's photo on both sides. "We will try to get Sachin Tendulkar souvenirs, which will be available here for sale," Pawar said.

Hockey to rescue cricket?
There might be a second-best option for those of you who can't be at the Wankhede: the Mumbai Cricket Association is planning to ask the neighbouring Mumbai Hockey Association to accommodate a few thousand fans at the MHA-Mahindra Stadium to watch the match on a giant screen, reports Daily News & Analysis. "Mr Pawar [the MCA president] visited our stadium yesterday [Tuesday]. Even though he did not bring up the matter, I hope we get a proposal from the MCA. We will be happy to help," MHA secretary Ram Singh Rathore told the newspaper. But Rathore said the hockey association will not tolerate any damage to its astroturf. "We will not allow them to place chairs on the playing surface. They may seat the fans in our stands which can hold about 6000 spectators. The giant screen may be placed near the electronic scoreboard."

Posted by Chak-De-India-Deux on (October 29, 2013, 17:31 GMT)

Tendulkar is the BEST. To all the folks here against Tendulkar's inclusion - I will take Sir Don Bradman's and Wisden's word and knowledge about Cricket over any one of you. Enough said!!!

Posted by lsd123 on (October 29, 2013, 11:03 GMT)

My All Time XI 1. Jack Hobbs 2. Sunil Gavaskar 3. Don Bradman, 4. Brian Lara 5. Viv Richards 6.Gary Sobers 7.Kumar Sangakara 8.Wasim Akram 9.Malcom Marshall 10.Denis Lille, 11.Muralidaran

Posted by SlingshotPace on (October 29, 2013, 5:20 GMT)

My All Time XI

1. Greenidge 2. Hayden 3. Ponting 4. Lara 5. Kallis 6. M. Hussey 7. Imran Khan(C) 8. Gilchrist (Wk) 9. Warne 10. McGrath 11. Shoaib Akhtar

Posted by lsd123 on (October 28, 2013, 11:16 GMT)

SRT is a great players. but should not included to best XI. I'm not a West Indian. But Lara is better than SRT because Lara played with the poor batting line up and had to handled the presure. But Sachin played with best batting line up. Lara controlled the game , SRT has many hundredres than Lara but unfortunately india has lost when Sachin hit a century :). Lara had 20% runs out of team runs. (Only Geogerge Headly- "Black Bradman" has more than that percentage). Both are great batsmen of their generation but Lara is better than Sachin. And also both are not good captains. I think Sunil Gavaskar is better than Sachin for test matches and also Dravid also best test batsman over the last 2 decades India has produced. Anyway thank you very much Sachin...........

Posted by   on (October 28, 2013, 9:39 GMT)

Matthew Hayden, Jacques Kallis, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Mahela jayawardene, Kumara Sangakarra, Andrew Flintoff, Shane warne, Wasim Akram, Glenn Mcgrath, Mutthiah Muralitharan

Posted by   on (October 26, 2013, 17:15 GMT)

Warne over Muralidaran?You have got to be joking...........

But I agree on the rest of the team.Farewell,SRT,thank you for the memorable display of batting at it's finest!You have thrashed the entire world,and made it better for that.From Sri Lanka.

Posted by   on (October 26, 2013, 8:13 GMT)

my team would be better than wisden 1.Hayden 2.sangakara(wk) 3. ponting(c) 4. lara 5. injamam ul haq 6. kallis. 7 glen mcgrath 8. waqar younis 9.dennis lillee. 10. muralidharan 11.kumble

Posted by   on (October 26, 2013, 6:35 GMT)

"In any an all-time XI, the No. 3 and 4 positions write themselves in. " Great point. One may argue all they want about the remaining 9 !

Posted by   on (October 26, 2013, 6:27 GMT)

Sachin - The Greatest. Cricket will never be the same again.

Posted by Ram2212 on (October 26, 2013, 5:53 GMT)

I think my team would give a very close fight to Wisden XI -

1. Greenidge 2. Hayden 3. Ponting 4. Lara 5. Kallis 6. Botham 7. Imran Khan (C) 8. Gilchrist 9. Lillee 10. Muralitharan 11. Kumble

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I have played cricket for 24 years, it has been only 24 hours since retirement, and I think I should get at least 24 days to relax before deciding these things.

Sachin Tendulkar doesn't want to think of what lies ahead just yet