Photo: Delhi 2008

Eye of the tiger

Mid-match scrutiny
November 15, 2013

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Two of the finest batsmen of their generation, Ricky Ponting and Tendulkar shared many memorable duels. They first played against each other in an ODI in Dunedin (Ponting 62, Tendulkar 47) and went on to face off in 89 international games.

"He's undoubtedly technically the best batsman I've seen, played against, played with," said Ponting about Tendulkar recently. "Technically the best batsman I've seen, and quite easily as well."

In this photo Ponting examines Tendulkar's eye in the Delhi Test of 2008. India racked up 613 for 7 declared in the first innings (Tendulkar 68 and 47) and Australia responded with 577 (Ponting 87) in a drawn encounter. India won the four-match series 2-0.

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Zaltz Stats

550,000,000
The approximate number of people in India today who had not been born when Sachin Tendulkar made his Test debut in 1989 (calculated from these figures). His batting has been so erotically outstanding that the global population has increased by almost 2 billion during his career, with the biggest increase, understandably, in India itself.

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