Photo: Headingley 2002


October 26, 2013

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The 2002 Headingley Test is best remembered for Rahul Dravid's battling 148 and India's famous innings win, their first overseas since soundly beating a Packer-weakened Australia in 1977-78. While Dravid was the star, his innings set the stage for a breathtaking performance by Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly, who added 249 for the fourth wicket. In the final session on day two, seemingly untroubled by the dark skies, the two raced to 96 in the first 11 overs with the new ball. The pace was Twenty20-like - they added 47 from three overs - but the strokes weren't. Tendulkar drove straight and pulled imperiously. In this photo, he whips Alex Tudor to midwicket, looking not unlike Viv Richards.

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Posted by Dummy4 on (October 30, 2013, 6:26 GMT)

this was one of the innings of Tendulkar which you love to watch time and again!!respect..

Posted by Sudhakar on (October 29, 2013, 14:03 GMT)

I distinctly remember this phase of this innings, and it should actually be a tribute to Saurav Ganguly for the frantic pace of scoring. He was the one who should have been a little cautious - having just missed a century in the previous test or innings.. Instead, he showed the intent to score quickly, and goaded Sachin to up the ante. The cuts/pulls/hooks/drives were majestic. It was a Test innings that I have never seen before. It was one of Sachin's "Vishwaroopams" :-)

Posted by Dummy4 on (October 28, 2013, 16:53 GMT)

another majestic masterpice from the little master!! wow i am so going to miss the pristine beauty of watching him bat..


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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.

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