Sachin Tendulkar's 50th Test century December 19, 2010

Tendulkar focussed amid the frenzy

There were whites, there were blacks, there were browns at the grass banks of SuperSport Park, and all they wanted was for Sachin Tendulkar's 50th Test hundred to come in front of them
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He was in a foreign land. At least a land that has stayed the most foreign to India even after their resurgence away from home. They started chanting "Sachin, Sachin" from the time he guided one past short third man to move to 88. There were whites, there were blacks, there were browns at the grass banks of SuperSport Park, and all they wanted was for Sachin Tendulkar's 50th Test hundred to come in front of them.

It was difficult to not let that affect you, but Tendulkar was in a different sphere. He was trying to save a game, trying to kill time, trying to run through the deficit. He took his time to get to 89, and South Africa tried to cut out boundary-scoring areas. A forward short leg came in, Morne Morkel bowled bouncers - around the helmet area, and into the ribs. Tendulkar kept ducking, the lower ones he kept keeping out; if he was nervous, he wasn't showing it. Against Paul Harris, who has somehow managed to be India's nemesis, he hit a straight six to send the crowd into frenzy again.

The chants started again. When at 97, he faced another flurry of bouncers. One of them went for five wides. Ten deliveries he spent on 97. Then came Dale Steyn. He got an inside-edge past midwicket to move to 99. Then he squirted one between cover and extra cover, celebrating as he ran the 100th run. Not extravagantly. The helmet came off, the back arched a bit, and he looked up to the skies.

Tendulkar later spoke of the moment when he reached the milestone. "The first thing obviously I thought of was my father because I wanted to do it for him," he said. "Yesterday was his birthday, and I would like to dedicate this to him."

Tendulkar didn't know what to make of the landmark. Perhaps the match situation - India are on the verge of a defeat despite his and MS Dhoni's effort - had something to do with it. Perhaps it is taking time to sink in. "I don't know. I am okay. It's just another number for me. It's nice. Obviously I can't say I am not happy, I am happy. But I don't know how to express this. It's good that it has come. Hopefully it doesn't stop, it continues."

Tendulkar remembered his first Test that was played against an attack that comprised three greats. He was quick to remind the reporters of Abdul Qadir's presence too, to go with Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Imran Khan. "It was challenging," he said. "I thoroughly enjoyed it. I learned a lot on that tour and whenever I have played them. It's been a fantastic contest."

Tendulkar has had a bumper 2010, this being his seventh Test century to go with the only double-century in the history of ODIs. Of his remarkable form, he said: "Just been batting and enjoying. Sometime you are striking the ball really well and that is when you need to cash in as much as possible. I only try to do that. I felt that the last couple of years I have been moving well. Also the frame of mind. It's a habit, and once you build that habit, it's a good habit to carry on tours and back home in India as well."

Tendulkar also reiterated that records have just happened to come his way while he has been doing what he loves the most. "I am playing for the love of it," he said. "If I was chasing records, I wouldn't have missed those one-day matches in between. I have had to pace myself. I thought I was not in top physical condition, and I needed some break and requested the board for the rest so I stay fresh. If I were chasing records, I wouldn't have done that. Its about producing quality cricket, and that's what I want to do."

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • ravi_musti on December 26, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    @ 007 : As someone so well put it down somewhere in the same thread, if Sachin, or for that matter anyone, thinks that farming strike for a day is feasible then their IQ is lower than that of a club cricketer (I'd say worse but we'll settle for that). So 'trying' to do whatever you want him to do would've been pretty lame. It was better they get used to playing the ball early in the morning when the sun's up than later when the pitch is getting worse. With the likes of Morkel and Steyn bowling it was a matter of when, not if. And also just for the record, I'm summarizing your opinion. You are blaming Sachin (who top scored in both innings of the team) for the loss instead of Dravid, Laxman, Sehwag, Gambhir and Raina who couldn't do scrap. If thats what you've really been trying to communicate so far than sadly, the joke's on you man.

  • Jaggadaaku on December 26, 2010, 0:13 GMT

    @ The_Professor, you said India was down by 8 wickets so there was no hope, but how would you know there was no hope? Does anyone know In 2002, India would make over 600 runs in 2nd innings after getting follow-on in first innings against Australia in Kolkata, and also would win the match? When Harbhajan made 2nd centuries, against NZ India were on 367/9, and the last wicket made 104 runs. In here India were down by only 8 wickets, and SACHIN TENDULKAR, the best batsman of the world in all formats of cricket, on the strike instead on Bhajji, the non-specialize batsman. May be Sachin and last 2 men would have made 200-300 runs, who knows. I am just trying to say that you have to try otherwise you wouldn't know what you are. If you had not tried to walk or run or write when you were infant, you wouldn't even think about to keep the nick-name you are keeping these days as "The_Professor. And just keeping the nick-name - "The_Professor" is not the way to figure it out either.

  • The_Professor on December 25, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    ravi_musti, u've hit the nail on the head. Unfortunately, there will always be critics for various reasons - either people who are suspicious or ppl who will question motives as opposed to looking at facts or ppl who are jealous or ppl simply looking for attention with ridiculous and outrageous comments! To the people who have criticised SRT's 5th day motives, pls cast ur minds back to the end of 4th days play. For the short period that play went on after Bhajji's dismissal, SRT did farm strike (pls note: SRT had already reached his century at this point). It was only on the 5th day that tactics changed - anyone sensible will read btwn lines that it was team tactics, whether correct or not. Once again this confirms the points on my earlier post (December 23 2010, 15:53 PM GMT). Guys, lets stop arguing over SRT's motives - he has done a lot for Team India and broken many records along the way. Let's wish he gets another century and this time our bowlers knock SA over. GO TEAM INDIA.

  • ravi_musti on December 25, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    To play so much cricket and still hold out. What do you think that takes? All this discussions going on and on about his stature as a batsman don't even consider his ODI batting. He is the undisputed king of ODIs and a very near second in tests to the Don, makes him the greatest batsman to grace the planet. And to think that there are people, in his country, who don't recognize his worth. Funny how we don't realize a person's worth until he's gone. The Aussies, the S Africans and the English who don't have this god playing for them know what his worth is. We will only know after he retires. Sad.

  • ravi_musti on December 25, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    @ Girish Kulkarni : And I also notice that no one stays sufficiently in form to play 175 test matches. There is a reason that all the cricket gurus out there are praising the man. Its no mean task playing 20 years of cricket and still going strong. I mean he got his best test cricket year at the age of 37. Show me one other individual who has scored so many runs, so many centuries at that age. And no, even if they end up playing as many matches, I can give in writing that they wouldn't get to 50 centuries because playing at the same level for so many years isn't a piece of cake. You think the likes of Lara, Gavaskar, Waugh and Border don't covet these records? Any human will love to be the most talked about sportsperson of their era. They retired because they couldn't give it their hundred per cent any longer. They just *had* to call it a day. Their body couldn't hould out any longer. This of course is only test cricket. He also played 442 ODI's, so imagine the strain on the body. Cont

  • ravi_musti on December 25, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    @ Pakspin : He plays for his records? He's selfish? Are you from Mars? He chokes in ICC events? I don't even know why I'm honouring this comment with a reply but here I'm. Please, pretty please, don't talk about stuff you know scrap about. Sachin's ODI average in 3-4 team tournament series = 49.04 with 27 centuries. In 5+ team tournament series = 48.48 with 5 centuries in 67 innings. ICC events tend to be one of these two types FYI. World Cup : Avg = 57.93, SR = 88.21, 4 centuries, 13 50's in 35 innings. Asia Cup : Avg = 49.93, SR = 86.65, 1 century, 6 50's in 18 innings. And you call him a choker? You shouldn't comment here. Sachin gets records so he is a "selfish record chaser"?What would you rather him do? Get out so that he doesn't get these records and hence not be blamed as you have very conveniently done? And Sehwag makes Tendu look pedestrian? Comparing Imran with Sachin? Why is the administrator letting these kinds of comments flow, its a disgrace to both Cricinfo and cricket.

  • The_Professor on December 24, 2010, 12:39 GMT

    @JigneshPatel_007 on (December 24) - I don't want to get into an arguement with you, brother BUT pls re-visit my earlier post (on December 23 2010, 15:53 PM GMT) as it gives you more than one possible answer to your question, "Why not Sachin...". Notwithstanding all of Sachin's efforts, the match was a lost cause on the final day. Only way out (rain apart) would have been for the remaining tailenders to contribute 50 or 60 runs and even then it was doubtful. I'm sure the tailenders were well briefed of their role before coming onto the pitch - that is why they have team meetings, don't they? Sachin can only advise tailenders if he spots a technical flaw or if they are drifting away from team plans. However, in this instance the tailenders were out before anyone could even blink!! I would be first to accept if Sachin was at fault BUT I'm sorry Mr Patel, Sachin can't be balmed for lack of trying, in this instance - it does not take a 007 to figure that one out!

  • Jaggadaaku on December 24, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    @ The_Professor, have you watch the match when harbhajan made 2 centuries in 2 tests, especially, the second one? Harbhajan constantly instructed inspired Sreesanth at almost every ball. And when he was getting the strike, always go for the biggie. Harbhajan is not a specialize batsman, moreover; he carries the batting average below 18, and has a less experience. If he could do it, they why not Sachin-the Greatest Batsman in the world who carries almost all batting records in ODIS and Tests, who has exceptional batting averages in both formats-ODIs and Tests????If Harbhajan had done this once we could say he just was lucky, but he had done it twice. And I am sure Sachin would have done it if he had tried. Or may be he wouldn't have done, but at-least try it. Let his fans know he tried his best. We should say like this to Harbhajan but we have to say to the best batsman in the world. That record is also carrying by Sachin.

  • Balamuarli on December 24, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    HI all Sachin Fans,

    we all know india is going to lose , but would have avoided innings defect if sachin batted sensibly on 5th morning . A soilder in battle field will fight till he dies even if he knows his country is losing , if the soilder surrenders himself then he is coward. True soilder is you give fight till end .

    my question is " would sachin give strike to sreesanth or any other tail ender after taking single on first ball of over if he was in 90's on 5th day morning ?"

    some one was mentioning that it might have decided in team meeting to give strike to tailender ,to get a look of pitch .then india does not deserve to top the ICC test rating chart any more .

  • on December 24, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    Why all people blaming sachin.. Have a look at the 2 innings and think y sehwag got out bcoz of silly shot. Y?? He knws wat the status of the game is. Team india was needed him but still he continuous with his irresponsible batting.Cant have some patience..Think abt this.. The greater cricketer is one who adapts and changes his game whn team needed.Dont blame any one. Bcoz this is our TEAM INDIA. Everyone is playing for our GR8 INDIA...

  • ravi_musti on December 26, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    @ 007 : As someone so well put it down somewhere in the same thread, if Sachin, or for that matter anyone, thinks that farming strike for a day is feasible then their IQ is lower than that of a club cricketer (I'd say worse but we'll settle for that). So 'trying' to do whatever you want him to do would've been pretty lame. It was better they get used to playing the ball early in the morning when the sun's up than later when the pitch is getting worse. With the likes of Morkel and Steyn bowling it was a matter of when, not if. And also just for the record, I'm summarizing your opinion. You are blaming Sachin (who top scored in both innings of the team) for the loss instead of Dravid, Laxman, Sehwag, Gambhir and Raina who couldn't do scrap. If thats what you've really been trying to communicate so far than sadly, the joke's on you man.

  • Jaggadaaku on December 26, 2010, 0:13 GMT

    @ The_Professor, you said India was down by 8 wickets so there was no hope, but how would you know there was no hope? Does anyone know In 2002, India would make over 600 runs in 2nd innings after getting follow-on in first innings against Australia in Kolkata, and also would win the match? When Harbhajan made 2nd centuries, against NZ India were on 367/9, and the last wicket made 104 runs. In here India were down by only 8 wickets, and SACHIN TENDULKAR, the best batsman of the world in all formats of cricket, on the strike instead on Bhajji, the non-specialize batsman. May be Sachin and last 2 men would have made 200-300 runs, who knows. I am just trying to say that you have to try otherwise you wouldn't know what you are. If you had not tried to walk or run or write when you were infant, you wouldn't even think about to keep the nick-name you are keeping these days as "The_Professor. And just keeping the nick-name - "The_Professor" is not the way to figure it out either.

  • The_Professor on December 25, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    ravi_musti, u've hit the nail on the head. Unfortunately, there will always be critics for various reasons - either people who are suspicious or ppl who will question motives as opposed to looking at facts or ppl who are jealous or ppl simply looking for attention with ridiculous and outrageous comments! To the people who have criticised SRT's 5th day motives, pls cast ur minds back to the end of 4th days play. For the short period that play went on after Bhajji's dismissal, SRT did farm strike (pls note: SRT had already reached his century at this point). It was only on the 5th day that tactics changed - anyone sensible will read btwn lines that it was team tactics, whether correct or not. Once again this confirms the points on my earlier post (December 23 2010, 15:53 PM GMT). Guys, lets stop arguing over SRT's motives - he has done a lot for Team India and broken many records along the way. Let's wish he gets another century and this time our bowlers knock SA over. GO TEAM INDIA.

  • ravi_musti on December 25, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    To play so much cricket and still hold out. What do you think that takes? All this discussions going on and on about his stature as a batsman don't even consider his ODI batting. He is the undisputed king of ODIs and a very near second in tests to the Don, makes him the greatest batsman to grace the planet. And to think that there are people, in his country, who don't recognize his worth. Funny how we don't realize a person's worth until he's gone. The Aussies, the S Africans and the English who don't have this god playing for them know what his worth is. We will only know after he retires. Sad.

  • ravi_musti on December 25, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    @ Girish Kulkarni : And I also notice that no one stays sufficiently in form to play 175 test matches. There is a reason that all the cricket gurus out there are praising the man. Its no mean task playing 20 years of cricket and still going strong. I mean he got his best test cricket year at the age of 37. Show me one other individual who has scored so many runs, so many centuries at that age. And no, even if they end up playing as many matches, I can give in writing that they wouldn't get to 50 centuries because playing at the same level for so many years isn't a piece of cake. You think the likes of Lara, Gavaskar, Waugh and Border don't covet these records? Any human will love to be the most talked about sportsperson of their era. They retired because they couldn't give it their hundred per cent any longer. They just *had* to call it a day. Their body couldn't hould out any longer. This of course is only test cricket. He also played 442 ODI's, so imagine the strain on the body. Cont

  • ravi_musti on December 25, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    @ Pakspin : He plays for his records? He's selfish? Are you from Mars? He chokes in ICC events? I don't even know why I'm honouring this comment with a reply but here I'm. Please, pretty please, don't talk about stuff you know scrap about. Sachin's ODI average in 3-4 team tournament series = 49.04 with 27 centuries. In 5+ team tournament series = 48.48 with 5 centuries in 67 innings. ICC events tend to be one of these two types FYI. World Cup : Avg = 57.93, SR = 88.21, 4 centuries, 13 50's in 35 innings. Asia Cup : Avg = 49.93, SR = 86.65, 1 century, 6 50's in 18 innings. And you call him a choker? You shouldn't comment here. Sachin gets records so he is a "selfish record chaser"?What would you rather him do? Get out so that he doesn't get these records and hence not be blamed as you have very conveniently done? And Sehwag makes Tendu look pedestrian? Comparing Imran with Sachin? Why is the administrator letting these kinds of comments flow, its a disgrace to both Cricinfo and cricket.

  • The_Professor on December 24, 2010, 12:39 GMT

    @JigneshPatel_007 on (December 24) - I don't want to get into an arguement with you, brother BUT pls re-visit my earlier post (on December 23 2010, 15:53 PM GMT) as it gives you more than one possible answer to your question, "Why not Sachin...". Notwithstanding all of Sachin's efforts, the match was a lost cause on the final day. Only way out (rain apart) would have been for the remaining tailenders to contribute 50 or 60 runs and even then it was doubtful. I'm sure the tailenders were well briefed of their role before coming onto the pitch - that is why they have team meetings, don't they? Sachin can only advise tailenders if he spots a technical flaw or if they are drifting away from team plans. However, in this instance the tailenders were out before anyone could even blink!! I would be first to accept if Sachin was at fault BUT I'm sorry Mr Patel, Sachin can't be balmed for lack of trying, in this instance - it does not take a 007 to figure that one out!

  • Jaggadaaku on December 24, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    @ The_Professor, have you watch the match when harbhajan made 2 centuries in 2 tests, especially, the second one? Harbhajan constantly instructed inspired Sreesanth at almost every ball. And when he was getting the strike, always go for the biggie. Harbhajan is not a specialize batsman, moreover; he carries the batting average below 18, and has a less experience. If he could do it, they why not Sachin-the Greatest Batsman in the world who carries almost all batting records in ODIS and Tests, who has exceptional batting averages in both formats-ODIs and Tests????If Harbhajan had done this once we could say he just was lucky, but he had done it twice. And I am sure Sachin would have done it if he had tried. Or may be he wouldn't have done, but at-least try it. Let his fans know he tried his best. We should say like this to Harbhajan but we have to say to the best batsman in the world. That record is also carrying by Sachin.

  • Balamuarli on December 24, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    HI all Sachin Fans,

    we all know india is going to lose , but would have avoided innings defect if sachin batted sensibly on 5th morning . A soilder in battle field will fight till he dies even if he knows his country is losing , if the soilder surrenders himself then he is coward. True soilder is you give fight till end .

    my question is " would sachin give strike to sreesanth or any other tail ender after taking single on first ball of over if he was in 90's on 5th day morning ?"

    some one was mentioning that it might have decided in team meeting to give strike to tailender ,to get a look of pitch .then india does not deserve to top the ICC test rating chart any more .

  • on December 24, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    Why all people blaming sachin.. Have a look at the 2 innings and think y sehwag got out bcoz of silly shot. Y?? He knws wat the status of the game is. Team india was needed him but still he continuous with his irresponsible batting.Cant have some patience..Think abt this.. The greater cricketer is one who adapts and changes his game whn team needed.Dont blame any one. Bcoz this is our TEAM INDIA. Everyone is playing for our GR8 INDIA...

  • MGSCKR on December 23, 2010, 18:06 GMT

    Sachin is simply the greatest batsman in the history of the game

  • riskreddy on December 23, 2010, 16:30 GMT

    Blaming Sachin for losing this game is ridiculous! Why isnt anybody blaming Dravid, Laxman, Dhoni, Sehwag even? I dont blame any of the batsmen for the first inning cuz they were indeed playing on a moist track, where the ball was moving more than usual. Each of the above batsmen got starts in the second inning and none could capitalize on their starts. You are blaming Sachin for not "farming" the innings on day 5 when India were 8 down and a full' day to go? Why dont you blame Dhoni for not carrying on and giving stand for Sachin at the other end after getting 91? Does that' sound ridiculous to you? "Farming" is a term usually used when you have a tailender at the opposite end and there is less than a session to go. Not when there is a whole day left! Sachin wanted to stay not out for his avg/records? What do you want him to do, get out and leave it to Sreesant and Unadkat?

    Given a chance, individuals like Jignesh/Girish/Ravs etc. would even blame Sachin for World War II.

  • The_Professor on December 23, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    After reading some of the critical comments I have come to realise the expectations we bestow upon SRT - this is no surprise but what is surprising is that our expectations of Sachin is greater to that we have of other great players. If Dravid, Lara or Laxman had played this fighting knock then everyone will be singing praises of them.

  • Raj_Darbar on December 23, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    I m big fan of Sachin and disappointed with his effort on 5th day of test. He surly could have done better. I remember one inning played by Nathan Astle (NZ) vs ENG in 2002 were ENG set target of 550 and almost 2days to go. NZ were 301-8 when Astle got his Century. He was knowing that they can't win still he keeps strike with him and keep hitting and scored Fastest Double in Test. He took 39 balls to score another 100 runs. Although they lost the match but he tried his best. I was expecting that kind of try from Sachin.

  • pakspin on December 23, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    This match was a classic example of what many have been saying all along. Sachin plays for his records and not team or country. This has been observed many times over. I have always said, after the hype is over, Indians will realize that their greatest batsman have been by far Sehwag and Dravid..playing for country..Sehwag especially domniates other teams, Tendulker can not..If Sehwag plays as many matches ,he would make Tendulker look pedestrian..if had a choice of who to play vs good bowling attacks of the world, hands down i would pick sehwag and dravid over the selfish record chaser who has choked on all ICC events..WC final vs Aus, Asia cup..India's t20 WC came without him in the picture..their only ICC trophy in two decades and Tendu had nothing to do with and there is a reason for that..Imran khan is rated so highly not just for his bowling and batting averages, but his match winning skills, his ability to come through on big events vs the best when the team is down

  • The_Professor on December 23, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    @JigneshPatel_007; Girish Kulkarni; Ravs1504 - Guys, I understand ur frustration at India losing the test BUT SRT is not to blame! There could be many reasons for SRT not farming strike and we do not know. Possible reasons could be: 1. Team plan - India were so far behind that they could not get out of the mess without a useful contribution from one (or both) of the remaining tailenders. 2. Sachin could have been trying to 'play himself back in' before farming strike - Steyn and Morkel are not a joke. 3. Team India (or SRT) decided to put their trust in the tailenders (Steve Waugh's philosopy). Whatever the reasons, we do not know so we should not criticise SRT. After all. SRT FOUGHT FOR INDIA TO THE END! No other batsman performs as consistently outside of the sub-continent. I can't believe that SRT is being criticised even after he was the top scorer in both innings!? Let's discuss stuff we know (eg. the contributions) rather than what we don't know.

  • Ravs1504 on December 23, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    i completely agree with JigneshPatel_007 comments....i love to watch tendulkar bat.. but sometime i feel he's playing for records.. he might say that its just a number for him..but it was pretty much evident on the 5th day of the test.. why didnt ' he tried to take most of the strike.. if he was in his 90's he surely would have tried to save the tailinder from the strike but since he's finshed his hundred he couldnt' be bothered making that extra effort!!!he's a talented, hardworking, down to earth sportsperson but yes..he play for himself sometimes..

  • Ravs1504 on December 23, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    i have a question for all the tendulkar's Fan. What everyone thinks about his Fifh day batting. He had no intention of farming the strike and just wanted to let the game over be as soon as possible. Do you think he would've batted same if he was in his 90's.... He's a great batsman for sure but i was hugely dissapointed with the way he batted on day 5..

  • god4cric on December 23, 2010, 4:33 GMT

    What do mean match winner, a player who stands till end sees it through?. Tell me in history how many openers are there in this world who can lat 50 overs???. sachin always opens the innings he cant last 50 overs in every match, micheal bevan was a match winner, when does he come to bat,more often than not after 30 overs.

  • on December 23, 2010, 2:37 GMT

    @Jignesh patel000,

    Is this Indian pitch,that you expect harbhajan of making 100.so how many runs harbhajan scored along with great laxman,dravid,raina,sehwag.If you add all their scores that will still be near to what sachin scored.This is SA,and here chalk becomes different from cheese.

    Also if it so easy taking singles every 5th or 6th ball when steyn and morkel were bowling why not any of the flat track bullies survived to help Sachin.

    I salute sachin for his awesome 50th hundred.Under pressure and in SA against world'd best bowling pair.Bravo Sachin.You are greatest.

  • RCMohan on December 22, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    INDIA SHOULD BE PROUD OF THIS MAN. He has given us many things in cricket world to proud. He has so many records, that we cant remeber those ;) I hope that India wins WC 2011, as a gift for this man.

  • abzjafri on December 22, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    It astounds me that people are blaming Tendulkar for India's loss. Are you guys seriously suggesting that even if Tendulkar had Farmed the Strike, Shreesanth and the new guy could have lasted a whole day. BE REALISTIC!! With batsmen like then all you need is a half decent ball and they will drop. I have never been a Tendulkar admirer but have always respected him because HE IS GOOD, VERY VERY GOOD. Without him, India wouldn't be half as powerful a team. Just see how West Indies slipped after Lara, I'm not saying India is in the same boat but the comparison is justified.

  • on December 22, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    I AGREE WITH - spectrumraja and Anil Singh: ------------------------------------------------------------- I repsect him as gr8 player - but he plays for records - for sure - if he is gr8 - he shud QUIT - just like Steve Waugh did when he was still needed - he plays ODI with choice? Why? Why can't he quit ODIs? ---------------------------------------------------------------- Like some1 wrote any decent batsman will come near 50 cent if he plays 175 matches.... (ex- Kallis, Lara, Ponting, Dravid etc etc)

  • Jaggadaaku on December 22, 2010, 3:01 GMT

    Tendulkar's 50th hundred was stupid and selfish. He could have done like Harbhajan has done twice against NZ few weeks ago, when Harbhajan made 2 centuries in 2 tests. Sachin should have get more strikes in every over by taking single run at 5th or 6th ball. On the other hand, he always took single on first ball and let Sreesanth and Unadkat face the rest of the deliveries of every over. If Harbhajan, the bowler could do it twice and rescued the India, I am sure, Sachin, the best batsman in the world should have done it if he had tried. But like I said, he just stayed not-out at last and increased his average. I am asking all cricket fans, does Sachin really need to improve his average this way? I don't think so. The bottom line is-Sachin is very ordinary batsman. Even Harbhajan is better warrior than the World's best batsman-Sachin. Once I said "If Bradman is father of Cricket than Sachin is not less than Step-father of Cricket." Well, I was wrong. Sachin is not even uncle of cricket

  • Alexk400 on December 22, 2010, 1:26 GMT

    Ridicoulous!!!! Virender Sehwag 41.42 Mahela Jayawardene 38.33 Kumar Sangakkara 48.09 SACHIN TENDULKAR THE GREATEST OF THEM ALL 51.54 Mohammad Yousuf 46.90 Thilan Samaraweera 31.50 Javed Miandad 46.38 Younis Khan 40.62 Inzamam-ul-Haq 43.83 Mohammad Azharuddin 33.75

    if sehwag wants to be not out after 319 or 309 or 293 , he could have done it. He is not into average. So do not consider sehwag average as a scale when u judge him.

    The whole average is a stupid measurement if it is not in a winning cause. I say ignore average in losing test. Lets see how the average is.

  • on December 21, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    Sachin, and selfish? I cannot imagine those two words going in the same sentence together.I agree with Tvradke, if there was no Sachin to bring so much pride for us, all you nay sayers would have been begging for someone like him. Appreciate the man while we still have him!

  • Sach_is_Life on December 21, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    Tendulkar has more number hundreds ( 39 ) in matches won n saved by India than any other batsmen's total number of hundreds ...Tendulkar has more number of hundreds in the 2nd innings of the test matches ... has more number of man of the matches than any other batsmen except Ponting ... Enough said abt his match winning abilities ..!!

  • on December 21, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    hey y sachin is not a match winnig player yar........ its not his fault,,,,,,,,,,,,,, he plays and scores runs for the team...... and y others are not doing it in the team they have to be blamed...... its unnecessary discussion that sachin is match winnig player r not....... why lara hasnt played cricket still ....... sachin u are the god of cricket thats it

  • on December 21, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    to" RundiIndiaRundi".....perhaps you are not aware of the fact that matches are won by team effort .any individual can't do much .....especially in test matches. You must see that sachin tried to spare time on field...waste as much ball as possible to ensure if there is any hope of drawing the match ..it happen........but except dhoni noone supported sahin...yes even i'm not counting sehwag & gambhir.....they needed to play more carefully.....anyway india lost the match & i'm looking forward that india manages to reach home with no furthur damage.....

  • on December 21, 2010, 10:03 GMT

    Sachin's record of 50 Hundreds is like all such records held by Indians. Instead of swimming 50 metres just once in life in an international event in a record time, the Indians swim across the English channel in a ripe age, and many times over. Instead of cycling just a few km just once and win an event like Tour de France, Indians cycle for weeks together. All their records indicate quantity and not quality. Sachin has scored 50 hundreds, but the real record is his 175 Tests and 21 years in Test Cricket. Any Tom, Dick or Harry who plays 175 Tests as a batsman is bound to get close to 50 Hundreds.

  • SachisTHEstory on December 21, 2010, 7:54 GMT

    I think Dhoni weighed his options - he realized that it was improbable to avoid a victory and therefore a good time for the lowers batsman to get their eye in. I don't necessarily agree with the approach, but that would be the main reason why Sachin did not farm the strike.

    And yes, I am glad Smith is making all these pseudo psychological verbal attacks - that approach only makes the Indian team hungrier for a win. The Ausies have realized this over the years.. haha!

  • spectrumraja on December 21, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    I am a big Sachin fan but totally not agreeing that he was not batting to get his 50th ton. In fact he did mention this to a Marathi journalist that the monkey was off his back (quoted by the journalist on TV). I was also stunned by his approach on the last day by exposing the tailenders when 2 wickets were left. I believe that a truly great player would have tried to do as much as possible to cut the deficit and at least make SA bat again, even if it was for a few runs. We have seen this from Sachin a bit too often, unfortunately. No doubt he's the greatest batsman after Sir Don, but he's definitely not the greatest winner, although I wish he was.

  • gpbhat on December 21, 2010, 5:03 GMT

    There is always a controversy about whether he plays for records. The poor guy was hesitant even to enjoy his 50th century a few days back - as the public would construe it as "Sachin only plays for records". So what if he is breaking records time and again - It just indicates how good he is. Not sure why he needs to be apologetic about it or even hide his happiness. He doesn't need to prove anything to anyone.

    The team lost the 1st Test in SA because the team played badly. Sachin was one of the only few who stood up to the task... And we are questioning his integrity ? What should he have done ? Got out for a duck like the rest ?? This is ridiculous !!!

  • on December 21, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    It should be a team effort. Everytime whatever sachin scores will be added to the team total and not only for himself. If all the other members fails to show their talent we should not blame on him because he as always performed well. In his 50 centuries only 5 times he got man of the match which shows all the rest of the centuries went in vain. So Blame on other players and not on sachin.

  • NoCountry_for_OldMan on December 21, 2010, 4:20 GMT

    For a sub continental batsman to be truly seen as great he has to have performed exceptionally outside the sub-continent as well as inside. Batting is much harder outside the sub-content, you have to contend with the moving ball, extra bounce, away umpires and conditions etc. Here is a table showing the best subcontinental batsman. Here are the best batsman with averages only including runs made outside Asia. i.e in England , Australia, South Africa etc.

    Virender Sehwag 41.42

    Mahela Jayawardene 38.33

    Kumar Sangakkara 48.09

    SACHIN TENDULKAR THE GREATEST OF THEM ALL 51.54

    Mohammad Yousuf 46.90

    Thilan Samaraweera 31.50

    Javed Miandad 46.38

    Younis Khan 40.62

    Inzamam-ul-Haq 43.83

    Mohammad Azharuddin 33.75

  • Hema_Adhikari on December 21, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    So called "cricket fans" do not seem to be able to appreciate the fact that Tendulkar has got some 31000 international runs, with 96 international hundreds, spread over 2 decades, vs all opposition, all bowlers , all over the world, in all conditions, and even after a host of career threatening injuries that would have ended the careers of most mortals...STILL at the end of it averages more than his peers. Amazing Sir Sachin Tendulkar.

  • Gulshan_Grover on December 21, 2010, 4:14 GMT

    @Rundia_rand, you have written a spiteful post which shows that you have very limited knowledge of cricket. Out of Sachin's glorious 50 hundreds 29 have won the test and 14 have saved them. He has scored very few centuries in drawn tests.

  • Navin84 on December 21, 2010, 2:54 GMT

    Sachin is a great player of this modern era, waiting to see he score his 100th international century soon. However, I don't like the way he approached the game after he got his century, it looks like all he cared about was the 100 and that's it PERIOD! He could have taken most of the strike on the 5th morning and at least avoid an innings defeat. Having said that, his 50th test century have over shadowed the fact that INDIA lost by an innings from Indians point of views. If he had scored his 49th of 51st test century it would have been different. He is right when he said "it's just another number for me", which he wanted to achieve.

  • on December 21, 2010, 2:53 GMT

    can we stop with the constant calls for Sachin to be our match winner!!! He is the most unselfish cricketer ever. Players like Raina, Kohli, Yuvraj these are guys that need to start converting their talent into meaningfull contributions in the test arena. Sachin has stood as an example of what happens when talent meats hard work, he alone has been part of the movement that has given India the confidence to take that number one spot and beat teams like Aus & Eng in their own back yard. What about the bowling!!!! Lets focus on picking effective attacks, gentlemen of the BCCI, and stop hammering Sachin for not shielding the tailenders from the strike. India was already too far behind in the game because they could not take 20 wickets effectively!!!! Where is RP singh to replace the injured Zaheer? Irfan Pathan as an all-rounder swing bowling option? Seriously wake up idiots and realise that without this man's hard work India would have been a lot worse on many occasions.

  • tvradke on December 21, 2010, 2:03 GMT

    Sachin bashers just need an excuse.. All I have to say.. You never appreciate what you get for free. You have the greatest batsman ever, played a very responsible innings while others crashed out around him. The lesser said about your modern players like Raina the better. Your tail shows no stomach for a fight. But it is all Sachin's fault.. You are a funny bunch of people..

  • on December 21, 2010, 1:55 GMT

    Sachin completes 32000 international runs and 50 hundreds, THATS WHY I AM SAYING HE IS GOD OF CRICKET"

  • dave89 on December 21, 2010, 1:51 GMT

    Tendulkar averages just over 40 against Pakistan & South Africa. And he's never played at first drop unlike Ponting and Lara.

    Yet some of you compare him to Bradman?

  • Amu123 on December 20, 2010, 21:42 GMT

    i have to disagree with these comments about sachin not being a team player... team comprises of 11 players, if (like what happend the other day) sachin is the only one who is scoring runs that tells you something about the rest of the team.. they are not good enough.. at least sachin fought for the team where as the rest couldn't even play the short pitch deliveries; & on the 5th day, common; how long were they going to survive with tailenders??? it was always going to be a SA victory, the only good thing happened for india in the match was the 50th century. if anyone had played any form of cricket would know the difficulty of scoring runs.. scoring 50 test 100's,,, wow... we all should be previlaged that we are fortunate enough to watch him play... i was not able to see the Don play.. i still watch videos of him,, but thank god i am lucky to see sachin play.. people who blame sachin blame the team for struggling to survive with sachin.. it is the team at fault & not the great man!

  • jupiterlaw on December 20, 2010, 21:21 GMT

    Deep in Sachin's heart, the record he would like to have is the batting record , which is held by Brian Lara. The test batting record which is cricket's crown jewel. Sacchin knows that the holder of that record is really the king.

  • ShahzanHaiderBukhari on December 20, 2010, 20:24 GMT

    Well well well!!! Sachin is a great batsman, no wonder. But he is not a match-winning player. He fails to win matches at the time when India need him badly. I think his 50 hundreds are nothing if we compare him with B.C.Lara, Hussey, Inzamam, Laxman, Arvinda de Silva, Shakeeb ul Hassan, Andy Flower, Martin Crowe, Sangakara, Javed Miandad, Dilshan, Viv Richards, Chandarpaul, A.B. devilliars, Nathan Astle, Bevan and even Kapil Dev. Sachin is the master of scoring centuries just to improve his individual records. He always for himself not for India. You won't agree to comments but it is fact. Indian fans are satisfying themselves with Sachin's hundred in the match, they can't face the reality that India has been beaten by the South African team by an innings and 25 runs. Amazing!!!

  • on December 20, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    Well Again & again I would like to say..hats off to this genius...

  • BellCurve on December 20, 2010, 19:43 GMT

    Amazing achievement by a great cricketer. Even more amazing is that Sachin only won man-of-the-match 5 times in a winning cause. So 45 of those centuries came in vain. Good run aggregate and batting average though...

  • KricketWicket on December 20, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    I completely agree with the earlier point made by Balamuarli. Would Sachin have adopted the same strategy on the 5th morning had he been in his 90s. No way. But, because he had nothing to play for, i.e. he had achieved what he wanted from this game and gave a damn about the team, he exposed the tail enders to the fiery pace of steyn and morkel. Such a shame that many in India consider him as a role model. He is at best a good batter, but definitely not a role model. People who play for the country are role models. Wish MS has been around this morning with the tail, we would have at least avoided an innings defeat, and who knows, may be even scored a few psychological points before Durban by taking a couple of SA wickets.

  • K.A.K on December 20, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    The man is simply a legend of the modern days. Too bad it came in a test that India lost with a huge margin. SA were great throughout the game and played with great team spirit.

  • on December 20, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    Sory My dear Sachin. I love your game but you want to be in one man show that does not suit the current Team. @BMayuresh: Beautifull said my friend. He has lots of ego which has covered by few prices. I hate even what Dravid did with Ishanth earlier that leads to his wicket. Sachin name prised by many to get their own name out. I loved Sachin for his wonderful service to Indian and World cricket.

    This team is totally different different from 9ts. I wish to have my country man many records. There is nothing wrong to say, I am happy to achieve this feat. is waste if u r not in team effort.

    I was eager to see the 5th day as I hoped you will give some frustration to SAs. U showed selfish game as not out batsman at the end of the game. You let slip all the prises of 50th test 100.

    Sory Sachin fans (including me). I can not hide things since I am die hard cricket player and fan. He does not need to answer 4 anyone about his cricket skills but he knew how to keep the pulse of Ind as Dhoni.

  • on December 20, 2010, 18:06 GMT

    Indeed a gr8 player and a perfect cricketer who is modest also....loosing the match was the sad part of story..but after all it is a game...we played well in second innings..but SA played good as compare to us ...

  • shah_shaik on December 20, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    good player while batting first!!

  • on December 20, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    Before start blaming on Tendulkar, people should understand why he did that. There is always a team meeting taken place prior match, where the team plans the way one should bat or bowl. I am sure there had been long discussion what Tendulkar's role should be in the final day. It seems Dhoni and party were not interested in saving a match. If Tendulkar was insutructed to take more strikes, he would have definitely done so, becoz' he is the one who always keep himself away of controversy. The players must have been asked to play naturally.

  • on December 20, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    Am a great fan of SRT ! ! ! .. Bt unfortunately could tn enjoy his 50th ton .. Greatest achivement at the wrong tym .. Evn saachin knws itz nt teh rite tym 2 celebrate his 50th ton .. Hope atleast his 100th internatinal ton cumz fr a winning cause ! :))

  • on December 20, 2010, 16:20 GMT

    BMayuresh and Balamurali. I accept both of your comments. I always love sachin hitting century. but today i was fedup when sachin rotated strike to tailenders. i thought sachin will take the strike hits some big shots and make india lead by 50/60 runs. today he intended to complete the match as soon as possible. Raina should be out of Test Matches. This guy just to make a confirmation in test birth he played well in his 1st match. BCCI give chance to Irfan Pathan, Robin Uthapa, Dinesh Karthik. Ravindra Jadeja should be out of BCCI contract.

  • Tarzansree on December 20, 2010, 15:39 GMT

    Lord Sachin, you dont have to explain any one that you are not chasing records. Your true fans know that very well. i just wish you never retire. there is a carribean and an english tour next year. Provided your body permits, you should never stop playing international cricket. It would be very difficult for India to replace Dravid, Tendulkar and Laxman. We haven't yet found any one to replace DADA. I think the next two years will see Dravid and Laxman retiring... you are still required to stay.... i know it would be a lot of asking from an older Sachin... And once you retire from tests, you should start opening in the T20Is (in my fantasy atleast).

  • sabirshah on December 20, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    Great, Bravo!, perfect. I don't know if I'd see ever again a batsman of Tendulkar's callibar in my this life! i'm 35 now and 20 years of my life of cricket were dominated by Sir.Tendulkar. Can anyone else do what he has done in cricket in next 20 years???average age of a Pakistan man is around 55...So I'd say THANKS to tendulkar for bringing such class to cricket in my LIFE!

  • on December 20, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    carry on d good wrk sir..

  • BMayuresh on December 20, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    SRT's comment is a mere formality, yet again he proved that he plays for records by exposing the tail to the fiery of Styen and Morkel on Day 5. If SRT had sheilded them and scored those 30 runs that would had been a feast. India was going to lose the match but defeat by innings could surely had been avoided.

  • on December 20, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    this hundred is huge hundred. i enjoy the movement. so we r proud on tendulkar shatko ka baadshah....................................

  • redroy on December 20, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    nice article... except for the first paragraph... why cannot we enjoy someone's achievements without bringing race, religion, etc into it? Does it matter what the colour of the people watching was? what is the relevance? kinda defeats the purpose of sport being a unifier if the commentators cannot help themselves but view everything through the same coloured glasses... what about just saying, great innings from a great champ, etc etc.

  • ibtmubarak on December 20, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    We won most of the matches becoz of sachin.Congrats sachin. No one can tell now who beat his all record.200 in one day match and 50 th hundred in test cricket and etc..........

  • on December 20, 2010, 13:03 GMT

    You are a cricket god. Waiting for 100th International century.

  • MENDIS_Forever on December 20, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    Sachin is indeed the greatest after the DON. I haven't seen bradman playing,but I have seen sachin playing.Some people try to understimate him ,saying he is a FTB. No..He is not.A great player.PONTING ,you cannot take his recoeds.SACHIN IS THE BEST

    (Lakmal Rajawansha,Colombo,SL)

  • Cricket_Commentator on December 20, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    GOD OF CRICKET SACHIN TENDULKAR proves once again why he was called GOD OF CRICKET. Remarkable achievement.He is the best batsman of all time

  • Al_from_OZ on December 20, 2010, 11:26 GMT

    Superb, Awesome, Champion, Humble, Incredible, Nice - SACHIN!!! You truly are a living legend and I feel so proud to have someone like you as a fellow countryman. You have given us great pleasure for twenty years and continue to do so - may it never end.

  • thebrownie on December 20, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    Sachin, you ruined what was another memorable innings the way you played on the 5th day. At worst, you should have tried to avoid an innings defeat by farming strike at worst, get ahead by 50-60 runs and make SA bat again, and take a couple of wickets. Even when playing cricket for fun, and I am losing, I try to make it a respectable loss. For someone who has played for 20 years, you should have known better. and FFS, please drop Raina. He is a walking wicket. Please dont replace him with Vijay. He will be another. Give Pujara an opportunity to fail.

  • Balamuarli on December 20, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    We Indians are only people in the world to see only indiviual performance when india was defected Convincingly by SA.

    well sachin is good player and got 50th century , but india lost .

    today he proved ,he plays only for his own runs . there was a chance for india to avoid innings defect if sachin had kept sreesant and Unadkat away from strike and scored those 30 runs quickly to avoid innings.

    but he took single of first ball and gave strike to tail enders to finish the match as soon as possible , because he had completd his century.

    will he would have taken single in first ball and give strike to sresanth if sachin is in 90's , no way .

    sachin self fish mannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn.

    there are player in same indian team won the matchs from staring defect. no media praised them when they won matchs for us , but today india lost all media going after one man...................

  • arnavred on December 20, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    Best ever was,ever is and ever will be..Thanks nd congats to THE MASTER.proud to be Indian. u r out inspiration ON and OFF the field.BOW TO THE MASTER... continue the good work..God bess u and All the very best..

  • on December 20, 2010, 10:56 GMT

    i am sure ricky pointing will cross Sachin's 50 centures if he plays for more 15 years... and that too against minnows..

  • on December 20, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    Your records might not be broken ever...... u will have to reborn to emulate yourself...Congratulations

  • on December 20, 2010, 10:24 GMT

    MASTER BLASTER-The LEGEND of CRICKET.

  • on December 20, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    no budyy can break his recored in test as well as oneday criecket match. his is the godddddddddddddd in criecket . he was borne for the criecket . his father is god for him becz god always with him . he has spritual in his body

  • on December 20, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    ongratulation" Mr. S. Tendulkar..... As a south Asian you are the only proud for us. God Bless you.. Posted by Rathakrishnan Nithyananthakumar on (December 20 2010, 00:53 AM GMT)

    Congratulations Sachin. your are a living legend

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  • Arrow011 on December 20, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    SACHIN is better than DON, If DON played today he would have been worse than Ponting. Remember DON played mostly in UK & Austrlia he never faced spinners like Murali, Kumble or Harbhajan or Saqlain a master of "doosra". Shoiab's, Lee's pace was never there those days & he was making merry. Today's best 3 players in test are. 1. Sachin & Sehwag. 2. Shakib Al Hassan (he plays big roles in all Bangladesh wins, pls take note) & 3rd Dale Steyn.

    India has never been lucky to have good bowlers & Sachin's efforts go waste due to this. He is the best player to have ever graced Cricket.

  • on December 20, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    hats off to Sachin I vividly remember the day when a local news paper column gives me the first glimpse of Sachin Tendulakar, perhaps the first piece of news featured him, while made that famous partnership with his dear friend Vinod Kambli in school cricket. As a tentative teenager I read the news with obvious envy that a Bombay lad, who is few months younger to me, has already started keeping the statisticians busy. It continues even today, after 21 long, long years. I can't recall when (at which stage of his career) my envy has given way to admiration first and later to the appreciation.

    Now, yet another achievement, perhaps the one which will remain forever, half century in centuries... Statisticians are still busy… will remain so for at least 2-3 years..

    Hats off to you Sir. We can proudly say that we belong to your generation.. Thank you for making us proud and for setting examples everywhere, at professional and personal levels.. All the very best..

    Just waitin

  • on December 20, 2010, 9:19 GMT

    great sachin....we love you dear...you must be in the position of 100 ton's...all the best

  • 0wais on December 20, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    being a pakistani.. I like him not only for his superb batting, but also because he is so humble and soft spoken off the field!!! never ever he sledges or fights with any bowler or player he lets his bat do the talking

  • 0wais on December 20, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    Congrats to the father of all batting legends, When will this man finsh ; we have no idea!! while congratulating him - i would say what is the use of so many centuries if he can't save India loosing in such a humiliating manner..... the only dark spot in his golden career remains, he has never won a major trophy for India like others do!! he has never played a single handed match winning 100 in a final or even a semi final of a world cup or champions trophy ; which people remember forever i hope he can do some magic in 2011 WC.. cheers :)

  • Guruvai on December 20, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    Sachin, being a run machine, was never been and still he isn't a match winner. When comparison between Ponting and Lara arises, this is place where he fails. Congrats anyway.

  • on December 20, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    what a day for a master blaster or should i say for a legend...

  • on December 20, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    Congratulation Sachin. You are god of cricket!

  • on December 20, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    Mr. Sachin should learn how to bat with tail-enders. It was disgusting...taking a single and allow Sresanth and Unadkat to face the music from Styne and Morkel.... I can not beleive how Sachin was taking those single??????

  • on December 20, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    I hope Sachin Tendulkar can get 100 international hundreds. now that is a record that will NEVER be broken, much like murali's 800 test wickets :P

  • on December 20, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    l m happy to say....l WAS THERE....great moment in cricket from a great batsman.....well done dude....

  • on December 20, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    Thats why you are inspiring a whole generation...and perhaps more generations to come..

  • on December 20, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    Congratulations Sachin...... No doubt, you are the greatest BATSMAN ever!!! No Comparison!!!

  • Asif_Iqbal on December 20, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    Marvelous achievement but bad luck for him as his century again on the lossing side.

  • sunil_just_loves_test_cricket on December 20, 2010, 7:22 GMT

    Congrats Sachin ...In the very second innings he showed his class and Steyn and Morkel class. These two bowlers and can only get Sachin in damp bouncy rainy wicket. even they not able to get Sehwag and Gambhir thanks again to damp wicket which provides gambhir wicket to Steyn. As per this match Dhoni was wrong by giving bowling to a fielder named Raina in 7 overs(77runs wow) he gave AB his fastest century great and when comes to bat he gave lollypop catch trying to save his face even when the bowl is going way outside what a complete waste of number 6 position. Please throw him out and bring some quality batsman in. Indian fans dont worry these SA attack is not so good as hyped they cant get INDIA out cheaply except rain helps them as this is proved in second innings. India will counter and bounce back hardly this is for sure....

  • on December 20, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    The best thing about Sachin's form over the last few years and especially this 50th Test century is that, the devil incarnate Greg Chappell can now be told to EAT CROW. Hw had written Sachin off in 2007 and wanted India to move on. And now?

  • on December 20, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    Leave out greatest batsman argument.

    Sachin Tendulkar is the only unifying force among Indians. He only provides sense of satisfaction to millions of indians who are let down by system. His fan following encompasses from Politicians to workers from Street. He has fans from Mizoram to Gujarat and Kanya kumari to Kashmir. He is only Person in India to be liked equally by Rich and Poor.

    Aftermath of his century against England in chennai test during 2007 test series, two aam admi workers came to congratulate Sachin Tendulkar. Without any hesitation he shake hands with them. No other Politician, Cinema Star(arrogant people), Industrialist, So called New Generation will behave like this.

    He is right person to become Prime Minister of India. He has travelled throughout India, met people of all kind, know all cultures and raises his head above all people.

    SACHIN IS ONLY HOPE OF INDIA. HE HOLDS FUTURE OF INDIA. VOTE FOR SACHIN.

  • LongLivePk on December 20, 2010, 7:03 GMT

    Congratulations Sachin. But there is only one very important point According to the stats, Out of these 50 centuries India won only 18 times. Is sachin really a great batsman of all times ?

  • AussieOzieoioi on December 20, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    What a Great little liar Sachin is,Just another number, eh? your team was on the brink of losing and you were celebrating like crazy,weren't you Sachin?Another useless personal milestone for Individual records lover Sachin "RECORD" Tendulkar, he doesn't have what it takes to make a team Win a Test series in Australia ,South Africa or an important tournament like World cup ,or even a CHAMPIONS TROPHY.ITS AMAZING TO SEE HOW MANY SACHIN'S SYCOPHANTS ARE NOT REALIZING THAT THEY SHOULD STOP THESE INDIVIDUAL RECORD WORSHIPPING IF THEY WANT THEIR TEAM TO BE ACCEPTED AS NO.1 IN THE REAL SENSE.RIGHT NOW THEY ARE JUST NUMBER ONE BY DEFAULT ,IF THEY START CARING ABOUT VICTORIES MORE THAN CENTURIES THAN THEIR TEAM MIGHT ACHIEVE SOMETHING BIG IN CRICKET WHICH NO ONE CAN QUESTION, LIKE US AUSSIES HAVE DONE FOR THE PAST 15 YEARS,just going through a relatively Bad phase at this point in time.IF THEY CAN NOT DO THAT THEY WILL JUST REMAIN PRETENDERS IN THE EYES OF ALL KNOWLEDGEABLE FANS.

  • Razor88 on December 20, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    Sai Prasad - Dravid Got Out to a Peach.He was totally lookin set and SA had a feeling that he Might Save it for India.Even in the First Innings Rahul,Sachin and Dhoni Looked Way composed and Better Than any of their mates...Guys lets not take anything away from Dhoni,Lot of Indian Bashers were Commenting on Dhoni But seems to me that he Got over his Clustered Mind and now Back to his Best - One of the best Innings Played By Dhoni too!!!

  • meet_ssr on December 20, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    Congrats Sachin! You are the only awesome guy I admire most

    Srini

  • gigo1234 on December 20, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    To all Sachin Bashers

    a) If Sachin scores and India wins, even against quality teams, u say "there is nothing special, thats what he is supposed to do as a batsman" b) If Sachin scores and India loses, u say "he could not save the match.He is no good" c) If Sachin scores and the match ends in a draw, u say "he plays only for his records" d) If Sachin does not score and if India loses, u say "he cannot play under pressure" e) If Sachin does not score and India wins, u say "u did notcontribute towards the win" f) If Sachin does not score and match ends in a draw, I dont know what you guys would say

    According to you guys, can Sachin do anything right? Do ou expect him to bowl and take 10 wickets, hold 10 catches and score 100 on behalf of all the batsmen? Please write to ICC, they might consider changing rules :).

  • rdx155 on December 20, 2010, 6:23 GMT

    @Chunati - Sachin hasn't finished yet, Kallis can't even come near to SACHIN's record, he is way behind Sachin. Kallis is a world class batsman but hey he can never be a GOD by records or personality. The way Sachin is playing at the end of his career, i won't be surprised if Sachin hits another 8 to 10 hundreds.

  • sili on December 20, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    Sachin you are just simply great,... there are no words to express when you scored the 50th century, thats the only thing happened good in this match...also i cant imagine to miss you in the cricket world... but all these moments would keep you in the cricket forever..looking to see you play oneday in WC... and pray you to fill the one last for India to get WC while you there..

  • stormy16 on December 20, 2010, 6:21 GMT

    This is not just another number or just another statistic. This is an achievement of biblical proportions - the next guys are 10 centuries away. I recall feeling Bradmans 29 as a pie in the sky number which is what Sachins 50 is today. There will never be another Sachin (lets hope there is) and what a real star this guys is and most of all what a gentleman. Humble is how Ravi Shastri described him and for a guy who has achieved so much to be able to be humble is an equal if not bigger achievement that the 50 centuries - just look at some of the other stars (in any sport) around the world and you know what I mean. I saw him make a hundred in Perth as a teenager when the WACA was in its heyday with pace and bounce and everyone know we were watching a star and what a star he has been. Sachin we salute you and wish you the best for more and keep those centuries rolling in and dont even talk about retirement!

  • SKNath on December 20, 2010, 6:21 GMT

    congratz...the best of the bests

  • AnkitSizzles on December 20, 2010, 6:21 GMT

    thanks a lot sachin for making my 30th birthday memorable with your 50th test century!!! Now your next target should be 100 international hundreds.....

  • zxaar on December 20, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    There are some people still complaining here about how tendulkar can not win matches and plays for himself??? How do you win matches if you do not score and can you bat for other people??? How is sachin tendulkar's fault if laxman raina etc contribute nothing?? So all these complainers we can understand that you are frustrated because the guy you hate is so successful in his life. And congrates tendulkar for making us proud.

  • omsiva on December 20, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    Nandakumar.R

    Bow to the little gen! God of Cricket!

  • rdx155 on December 20, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    This achievement is a slap or a powerful punch on the faces of those people who don't think sachin is a GOD of Cricket. They are jealous people who don't respect cricket at all. Sachin doesn't need to prove anything anymore, he replies crictics by his performance. I am more happy because he achieved his 50th Test hundred against SA team who are arrogant & jealous. Sachin has all types of cricket shots in his book. He has smashed every bowler great bowler of last 2 decades. Dale Styn & Morne Morkel are kids as compared to Abdul Kadeer, Shane Warne, Murli, McGrath, Wasim akram, waqar younis, Alan Donald, Pollock, Vaas, akhtar, lee, kasprovicz, Tom.. They all suffered when they didn't respect the master. Take a bow to the GODFATHER of Cricket - SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR.

  • out_hit_wicket on December 20, 2010, 6:06 GMT

    @ysp145. I totally agree. I'd love to know how many hundreds Sachin has hit on the winning side vs. the percentage of wins India has in total. Maybe it's more than I think, but not many spring to mind off the top of my head. He never seems to lead his team to victory, but it's probably not surprising given the lack of quality fast bowlers than india produces to back him up. Both England and Australia recently beat South Africa in South Africa, and India take a hiding. Seems the much vaunted batting line up isn't so great once you put them on a pitch which isn't an Indian road.

  • on December 20, 2010, 6:04 GMT

    What can I say? All these comments about records and the debate about the best batsman. What was the one thing that we expected from an Ind-SA series? A great fight! I am ok with whatever the result may be. I can be proud and gracious in defeat. SA deserves credit for the great game they showed during the first 3 days and if it means they win this game then so be it. For me, hoping for rain just to draw a game like this (Excellent 1st inning Morkel bowling, 1st 200 by Kallis, Belligerent 100 by AB and not the mention the glorious fightback from SRT and MSD) is unfair to both the teams. I just wanted to see that this Indian team has the guts and mental strength that it needs to be a world beater. In times like this, when all seems lost and defeat seems certain .... what can you do? All you can do is fight! Fight till the last man, fight till the last ball. This team will not go down without a fight and that sends a message! Whatever the outcome may be, I know I am proud of these guys!

  • Gully_Fielder on December 20, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    Another lost cause century!!! what a pity!

  • Riderstorm on December 20, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    @Mannix16 with respect to muralitharan i shall make a point. Did you ever consider that there is over a billion population crazy about sachin. The number of articles on cricinfo are very meagre considering the fan following he has. so, rest assure that if you think tendulkar is overhyped please correct yourself as that is not the case. Man, he played for 21 years with the same passion and responsibility of hopes of a billion people. Nothing can be compared to that. Comparing two great sportsman is completely wrong.

  • on December 20, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    Congratulations Sachin.....i am totally agreed with Kriss Kross......as Imran Khan write in TOI if india had some good pace bowlers to back up is own excellence, many of his overseas centuries would have become match-winning ones.

  • on December 20, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    Congrats Sachin.....Keep doing what u r good at and that is playing excellent game and setting exapmles to the newer generation on not how to play cricket but how to be an excellent ambassador. Keep rockinnnn

  • on December 20, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    sad to see sachin's 50th wasted for a loosing cause. neways we have something to cheer. looking forward to some reply from s.r.t. to dale stein's bouncers in the 5th day morning before its all over.

  • mraam on December 20, 2010, 5:38 GMT

    sachins interview after hitting 50 test centuries was good,he is liking cricket more than anything. he is playing cricket for so long because of his love to cricket

  • RajeshMys on December 20, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    No words to describe you, Sachin. Your cricketing achievements speak for themselves. carry on for ever, sir. Make another 15 centuries each in both forms of cricket. more importantly, take India to many more Victories. please ensure that India registers atleast one series win each in South Africa, Australia, West Indies, England & Newzealand. please win the world cup for India. You can do it. Make India the most feared team in the world before you retire. What more to expect from Sachin ? Will he overtake lara's 400 & become the highest scorer in a Test Innings? That's perhaps the only world record that has eluded him so far. Will the Government of India announce Bharat Ratna for both Sachin & Big B ? Will the Knight Hood be bestowed on Sachin ? Will sachin become the highest Double Century maker in Test History ? Will he make 250 in an ODI & help India become the first ever team to make 500 in a 50 over ODI ? Time alone will answer all these queries.

  • on December 20, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    Sachin is legacy for Indian cricket!!!

  • vpk23 on December 20, 2010, 5:31 GMT

    CONGRATS SACHIN!!.......WE SHALL THINK OF ACCEPTING YOUR RETIREMENT ONLY WHEN YOU START TO LOOK LIKE A MAN.. MANY MILES MORE TO GO WITH YOUR BOYISH LOOKS?....CHEERS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sumeet.Gupta on December 20, 2010, 5:26 GMT

    To all those who say he's not a match winner, well, it's supposed to be a team game, isn't it? If he could have got support from at either of Dravid or Laxman, India could have saved the test. Unfortunately, Dravid got a ripper and Laxman had an off day, mind you a rare off day. And to all my fellow Sachin fans - do we really need tor reply to these anti-Sachin rants? Do you think the distractors will ever be satisfied with him? The answer is no, so let them do whatever they want and we'll do whatever we want - worship Sachin!! I know he'll retire from ODIs after 2011 WC but i hope and i wish he plays test matches till 2015. Cricket will never be the same once he retires

  • mravikiran on December 20, 2010, 5:20 GMT

    Many repouted batsmen struggled to reach a score of 5000 in their whole careers, and Sachin? Did it in just 50 innings. I think Sachin has the highest aggregate of top 50 scores, and the next I guess, would be Brian Lara or Ricky Ponting.

  • SKNath on December 20, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    congratz...my dear friend. You are not only a legendary cricketer.....you are the true ambassador of cricket. You are the icon of not only for all young cricketers,but also for all sportsmen of all game. I really admire your sportsmanship, your humbleness, your greatness...... everything. May god bless you and enable you to bring such more happy moments for sportslover in the coming days..

    those so called cricket commentators....please ask apology for your earlier comments made on his career...you are going to forego his double ton in ODI and this 50th test ton....so bullshit you are....

    He should be the ultimate judge for his career.

  • on December 20, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    What About Rahul Dravid's 12,000 Test Runs??All Of Them Useless No one is Looking at His that Achievement .

  • on December 20, 2010, 4:52 GMT

    God of the Ciricket in India

  • dave89 on December 20, 2010, 4:40 GMT

    He's a great player

    But the truly great batsmen - of all time - made their runs at 3. A position Tendulkar has shirked by NEVER playing in.

  • on December 20, 2010, 4:37 GMT

    Congratulations Sachin!!! Time and again Sachin has proved. I don't think anyone questions him or his game. But what is dis-heartening is the way this childish and stupid "Indian Media" is trumpetting this. When India is in the situation of losing the Test match, I don't understand what the "Indian Media", those umpteen pseudo Sports Editors (Oops!!, Sorry, Chief Editors!!!) are instigating the common people with. Utter non-sense, just to rake in the moolah from the moment. All for TRP's. Yes, everyone of us are happy for Sachin. But doesn't India come first? This is where countries like Australia, NZ, South Africa are different. Team winning is the highest priority than an Individuals Glory!! For sure, I guess, Sachin wouldn't be happy with this Test Ton, if India Lose the Test match. As Sachin himself mentioned, it is just another number and of course he is happy with his performance and so are all of us. But don't we be more happy and cherish the moment more, if India Wins!!!

  • rush2rajiv on December 20, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    "GOD OF CRICKET" i am an india.. I am proved to be an india.. Thanks a lot Mr.God of cricket(Sachin). I are really happy bcz ur also an india..

  • on December 20, 2010, 4:34 GMT

    Hi Sachin. wow 50th ton for your name in test matches, i hope u can save this match for India. you are the only person can reach 100 tons in international career. Congratulations my dear god of cricket.

  • tanzim.shamsuddin on December 20, 2010, 4:19 GMT

    Congrats to Shchin Tendulkar :)

  • on December 20, 2010, 4:02 GMT

    well done little master..........

  • on December 20, 2010, 4:01 GMT

    Tendulkar.....................tujhe salam...........

    on hardfeelings if we loose this test thanks sachin for giving us the most awaited ultimate gift

  • on December 20, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    i do really feel he should be knighted now. SIR SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR.

  • on December 20, 2010, 3:41 GMT

    my best wish to sachin great ambassder of cricket achive more milestone in future.... and make big record..............

  • sandesh_veerapur on December 20, 2010, 3:37 GMT

    congrats sachin....hope u countinue ur gud work fr years 2 cum and hope ur inns saves match fr india

  • shri619 on December 20, 2010, 3:36 GMT

    well done master we proud of you...! recently a whisky brand want to sign sachin with RS20 core of big amount but he said no he will not endorse such a things.he is our role model working for society as well RS20 core is a big amount any other cricketer will take that offer but sachin refuses it. so all the critics he is NOT PLAYING for MONEY and RECORDS....

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on December 20, 2010, 3:31 GMT

    hopefully god,weather,luck will be with sachin and india on day 5 don't want to spoil this landmark with a defeat please god

  • shri619 on December 20, 2010, 3:21 GMT

    wining and losing is the part of the game but as individual he has done lot ...he has not got partners like styen,morkel,warne,lee,murli if those guys were his partners the critics will also agree tendulkar is a match wining player.the mediacore bowlers of india let him down every time... but salutte to the master.....1

  • on December 20, 2010, 3:16 GMT

    50 Centuries, 20 WINs, 19 Draws, 10 Losses, 1 is due today. A Gr8 Achievement.

  • Rushikey on December 20, 2010, 2:55 GMT

    Hi ysp145, Did you know how many times we have seen Sachin scoring hundred and India ending up on the wining side.. Remember, Cricket is a 11 mans team game, To win the matches everyone should perform... Don't blame single player.. If tomorrow, India is going to loose the match not because of Sachin didn't performed. He is still there. India is loosing because balling department and middle order failed to impress.. Grow Up..

  • Rushikey on December 20, 2010, 2:32 GMT

    Eventhough, Its certain that India is going to loose this Test, but I am still going to watch Day 5 batting until Sachin won't finish his memorable innings...

  • Nampally on December 20, 2010, 2:00 GMT

    At last the little Master has done it in his calm and humble manner. Sachin truly embodies what a great sportsman should be. He showed Morkel & Steyn that their intimidating tactics do not bother him. Amidst doom & gloom and poor batting by Indian #5 & #6, he found a worthy partner in Dhonu and almost carried India out of trouble but for the late dismissal of Dhoni. Sachin gave a measure of respectability to the Indian batting and if he had good partners at the other end he would certainly have saved the match for India.Sachin's 50 Test centuries is a current World record and will likely remain so for several decades until the next genius emerges. Sachin, the Cricket fans all over the world salute you as the true hero and an example of humility.Congratulations on your great achievement. May your Genius shine like a load star only matched by the great Don Bradman before you.

  • on December 20, 2010, 1:52 GMT

    Congrats Sachin :)

    I hope you can Save this match for India ...

  • Chunati on December 20, 2010, 1:52 GMT

    Wow 50 100s. Tendulkar is really the bastman that one can only dream off. Not only is he a prolific scorer, he has maintained his fitness and love for the game. Above all, he is such a modest human-being. This last attribute is the greatest of all, considering he achieved so much. His record can only be broken by Kallis, but who knows! Keep it going Tendulkar, India needs you, more importantly, the world of cricket needs you.

  • bloom2286 on December 20, 2010, 1:43 GMT

    Congrates Sachin,...... wel don't,.... hope u can carry on to save da match

  • Balumekka on December 20, 2010, 1:31 GMT

    I'm a Sri Lankan, who witnessed Tendulkar from the very beginning of his career. I have not seen Sobers and Bradman playing and saw Viv Richards in few matches. TENDULKAR IS THE BEST BATSMAN ALL TIME. there's no doubt about it!!!!

  • on December 20, 2010, 1:20 GMT

    take a bow little master suchin pakistan loves u. suchin VS kallis

  • yspal on December 20, 2010, 1:14 GMT

    How many times we have seen Sachin scoring hundred and India ending up on the losing side .

  • on December 20, 2010, 1:00 GMT

    No more any words ,just a single line ,"Congratulation" Mr. S. Tendulkar..... As a south Asian you are the only proud for us. God Bless you..

  • on December 20, 2010, 0:53 GMT

    Congratulations Sachin. your are a living legend

  • on December 20, 2010, 0:47 GMT

    My life is blessed as I am living in the same era of Sachin. Truly, I love Indian cricket only due to Sachin. When sachin will stop playing, I will stop watching Indian cricket. Sachin, you are the start of Bharath. U should get Bharath Ratna. Salute u!!

  • on December 20, 2010, 0:45 GMT

    sachin we salute uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu. plzzzzzzzzz save test rain will also help u

  • Runster1 on December 20, 2010, 0:43 GMT

    wonderful landmark in sachin's already spectacular cricket career. But mate, plz draw the test for us. Cmon sachin and sreesanth: lets do the laxman-sharma partnership all over again.

  • seaboy on December 20, 2010, 0:16 GMT

    Congratulations Sachin!!!! You make us proud. You deserve every bit of this.

  • on December 20, 2010, 0:15 GMT

    I love india... even though they the no 1 test team will lose this match by an innings they still saluting the players.. thats the spirit.

  • Abidbukhari on December 20, 2010, 0:03 GMT

    I am British Pakistani. In my opinion, Tandulkar is the best player. He is king of cricket. His maturity, humbleness, and God given features make him different from other players. I congratulate him on this achievement. I am his biggest fan.

  • on December 19, 2010, 23:44 GMT

    awesome sachin tendulkar!! a sports legend of his time that is loved by everyone

  • gayan1990 on December 19, 2010, 23:43 GMT

    Sachin only play for his record he is not match wining guy.

  • MasterClass on December 19, 2010, 23:40 GMT

    Bradman sends this note from heaven congratulating Sachin on this momentous achievement and his tremendous career: "I'm changing my name to Tendulkar because I cannot bear giving up the title of 'The Greatest Batsman' which I have held for so many years". He immediately follows that by saying he's only joking and that couldn't thinking of anyone more deserving of the title than the 'Little Master'. Sir Don, we couldn't agree more!

  • on December 19, 2010, 23:32 GMT

    Congrats to u master blaster best player there is was and ever will be The word Tendulkar should be given a place in the oxford dictionary to describe something amazing inspirational and awe inspiring

    HATS OF TO U MAY U PROSPER EVER MORE AND CONTINUE PLAYING LIKE THIS AS LONG AS U PLAY

  • EverybodylovesSachin on December 19, 2010, 23:15 GMT

    You made my day so beautiful and happy today...so positive like you and enjoyed the whole day....Thanks

  • on December 19, 2010, 23:15 GMT

    Congrats Sachin......Well done.....

  • EverybodylovesSachin on December 19, 2010, 23:07 GMT

    You know why whole cricekt loving people loves you..Becasue your are precious..Jewel.. in the history of Cricket

  • on December 19, 2010, 22:41 GMT

    India dont have the Bowlers to take 20 SA wickets in a span of a Test Match ...............so I am afraid we will end up losing the series 1-0. Unless There is a Talent hunt organized for genuine Fast Bowlers (Not so-called Medium pacers) By the BCCI before the next test & the winner is included in the Playing 11 for the Boxing day test !!!

    Guys--------------1.5 Billion of us Cricket is our religion !! Not even a single pacer who can bowl consistently above 145 Kph - 150Kph. Something is seriously wrong which honestly Is Beyond me...!!

  • cricsavvy on December 19, 2010, 22:01 GMT

    Little Master, I salute you. You are the greatest ever!!! Please keep going, we will never be tired of watching you.

    One last note to all Tendulkar bashers - PLEASE SHOW SOME RESPECT and DECENCY from now on. He has showed his class once again.

  • Mannix16 on December 19, 2010, 21:51 GMT

    Congratulations to Tendulkar. He is one of the best batsman to play Test Cricket and THE best in the ODI version. However, there is way too much hype over him. Yes, I know 50 100's is a huge thing, but I mean come on, the man has played 175 matches... When Murali got 800 wickets by claiming 8 Wickets in his last match, there wasn't even half the number of articles that there are now. Lot of hype over Tendulkar

  • on December 19, 2010, 21:27 GMT

    1000 of salute to Sachin......! no words ......just hats off.......

  • willmot on December 19, 2010, 21:23 GMT

    Fantastic player but based primarily on longevity & consistency and this is what separates him from other greats such as Richards, Lara, Ponting e.t.c all of whom had miles more talent and consequently dominated the bowling to a much greater extent, fielding captains have never had the same fear of Tendulkar, from this Indian team I'd rather have Sehwag in my team anyday. Hence most of Tendulkars big efforts have been in vain where his team have lost and for that reason he will never be a true great.

  • on December 19, 2010, 21:02 GMT

    i m feeling proud and lucky one to watch Tendulkar century by not sleeping in night. hope he ll continue to take much strike and hold SA's win . who knows some miracle happens and india save the test.

  • pakistanitiger786 on December 19, 2010, 20:58 GMT

    I have many idians friends and i always argue with them that no doubt he's one of the finest players india has ever produced but all his records have not contributed much in india's success.or you can say he has not been a match winning player..but i like his attitude of playing cricket..he looks mature now humble and down to earth.and unfortunately i want someone in asia to rule a decade in world cricket but india has left a big question mark on their no.1 status after coming to south africa and getting out for less than 150.

  • on December 19, 2010, 20:55 GMT

    It must be said that Sachin can indeed bat....and that other guy, Michelangelo, could paint ceilings.

  • Truemans_Ghost on December 19, 2010, 20:50 GMT

    I wonder if he'll get his new BMX now.

  • on December 19, 2010, 20:43 GMT

    I dont think any other batsman in past , present and future can come close to this Legend. Many congratulations to Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar ( If Cricket is a Religion , Tendulkar is the God)

  • on December 19, 2010, 20:43 GMT

    its a fact .....many of the matches in which sachin performs well are lost !! haha funny tho but true !!

  • papadum_man01 on December 19, 2010, 20:35 GMT

    Well done Sachin!!!! no batsman can compare to ur great skill and love of the game!!!! U truly r the little matser, maybe now the master of masters!!!!

  • on December 19, 2010, 20:28 GMT

    Another day, another record. Keep shining on !

  • cricketlover58 on December 19, 2010, 20:26 GMT

    Congratulations Sachin. you are the greatest batsmen that walked on this earth.You have carried the hopes and aspiration of half a billon people for more than two decades and brought them to realisation with humility unsurpassed by any other sportsmen.you have the respect of cricket lovers all over the world. Sachin has scored his runs against the best, Wasim and Waqar McGrath and Warne etc. at times in a batting line up with very little support from others,his achievements are beyond compare. i know the 'anoraks' and the stats gurus will come up with figures for other batsmen past and present but for those who have played cricket and followed cricket know in their heart of hearts that a trully great has walked amongest us for the last 20years. Thank u Rameshbhai for bestowing upon our generation the talent that is Sachin Rameshbhai Tendulkar. The next time he gets a hundred and looks upto heaven please accept our gratitude too.Yeh Sachin 'its just numbers' but its how you got them

  • BillyCC on December 19, 2010, 20:22 GMT

    Congratulations to Tendulkar. He has gotten even better with age, however, don't be surprised if he announces his retirement soon.

  • nlambda on December 19, 2010, 20:11 GMT

    SRT's most centuries have come in defeats because India has always had at least 4-5 soft players in their XI. In the 1990s it seemed as if SRT was the only quality person and all the other 10 were soft. I do not blame him for India losing most of the time. Even today our bowling is so pathetic that India are not likely to bowl SA out for < 300 in both innings which is the minimum effort you need to win. Gambhir, Dravid, Raina all are doubtful quality batsmen under these pacy SA conditions and as for our bowling sans Zaheer... two words: 125 KMPH

  • on December 19, 2010, 20:11 GMT

    Simply Lovely and awsome....despite being a pak fan just wish him to carry on....forever :) .... such a treat to watch.....

  • havocsat on December 19, 2010, 20:02 GMT

    genius... simply... a gift to cricket touched by the Almighty... born to bat... happens in every era... generations later they will talk of him as we talked of Bradman... we r blessed to see him...

  • Hema_Adhikari on December 19, 2010, 19:48 GMT

    He is the greatest batsman since 1950's for sure. What a player, what a man!!

  • on December 19, 2010, 19:32 GMT

    Seriously... He Is The GOD Of Cricket.... Hats Off To The Man "SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR". A "50th test hundred" many more to come... Massive... Extraordinary... Love U Sachin... U made us proud...

  • ravig on December 19, 2010, 19:24 GMT

    Thank you Sachin. We are so proud to be Indians. You have re-defined Indians. Thank you god for sending Sachin to India as your messenger, a messenger of humility, greatness, kindness and godliness. There is only one Sachin Tendulkar and will ever be. Cricket = Sachin Tendulkar.

  • on December 19, 2010, 19:24 GMT

    Congratulations to the God! Mr. Sambit Pal, we are waiting for an article from you!!!

  • on December 19, 2010, 19:16 GMT

    Those who think SRT scores only in Asian conditions should rethink....Those who think SRT is weak against great bowlers, pace & bounce & on fast tracks should rethink too, coz in todays cricket Morkal gets max bounce whereas Stein is the fastest and the best bowler..Those who think Tendulkar cannot play in 2nd inn must also rethink..Those who think Tendulkar's 100s are selfish - well they might be right coz Tendulkar alone cannot fight against 11 men from opposition. In 1st inn he was top scorrer. in 2nd inn he was top scorrer... In 80 % of India's tournament finals victories he has been man of the match. in WC 96 & in 2003 he was top scorrer...It is not his fault that SA lost only 4 wickets in the whole test match on a bowler friendly conditions. It wasn't his fault that India were slammed for 360 runs in WC 2003 final & it wasn't his fault that despite him scorring 60 runs (max by Indian batsman that day) India couldn't chase even 200 runs against SL's ordinary bowling in WC96 semi

  • on December 19, 2010, 19:15 GMT

    The description of his reaction is as inaccurate as it gets. He raised both his arms in the air even before the single was completed. Punched air with both his fists and only then did the helmet come off. This was followed by his regular century gestures. The reaction was much more than a regular SRT response after scoring a century, and fittingly so!

  • Finn92 on December 19, 2010, 19:12 GMT

    The critics can say what they like but I personally don't care one bit just keep it to themselves. He is the greatest, I don't believe Bradman faced the bowlers SRT has although Viv isn't far behind. I don't believe any will break his records especially if all the Twenty20 enthusiasts get their way.

  • on December 19, 2010, 19:09 GMT

    I really wish that i suppose to be there,because this is great time in any human life,only once happend,watching a legend sachin having his 50th great century landmark, as saeed anwer told us he is legend,he is hero,all abovethem, he is wonderful person,

  • on December 19, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    WIN OR LOSS FIFTY CENTURIES IN TEST CRICKET NOT A MATTER OF JOKE

  • pavank12 on December 19, 2010, 19:05 GMT

    Its a real privilege to see a batting legend reaching a mile stone.His milestones r truly remarkable.He is the only first person to reach that mile stone on the planet.Sachin is the instutional of cricket!!!!Kudos to little champion!!

  • shovwar on December 19, 2010, 19:03 GMT

    Great....Simply the best batsman ever....Don believe in the God thing...God is God n Human being cannot be God...And 1 of the best cricketer of all time....Kallis the best all rounder ever, Sachin the best batsman ever and Murali the best bowler ever...we r lucky to have these 3 equally best cricketers at the same time.....

  • Cricket_Commentator on December 19, 2010, 19:01 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar is the greatest cricketer .

  • on December 19, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    The words like Exemplary, Ecstatic, Profound, Elohim (human God As per greek language) can redefine themselves to SACHIN TENDULKAR

  • on December 19, 2010, 18:50 GMT

    Warney was right when he said Sachin is Number 1 & daylight is 2nd! Congratulations to the Greatest..........& heres to 100 interntaional hundreds.

  • on December 19, 2010, 18:39 GMT

    SACHIN....simply great, he is beyond words, congrats to him...

  • on December 19, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    congrats to the GOD ..... Sachin Tendulkar ...... u r best among the all..... u even made the MOUNT EVEREST tiny n the deepest ATLANTIC not that deep so that what u have achieved over the years ....we r proud that u PLAY for INDIA n we r INDIANS.......

  • on December 19, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    Cricketer of the era- Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. Congrats Sachin.

  • Cricket_Commentator on December 19, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    The GOD of Cricket proved once why he was considered as a GOD of circket. Hat's upon you Sachin Tendulkar it was a tremendous achievement.

  • on December 19, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    RECORDS -- Silver lining in what may be a lost Test Match: This is India's highest 2nd innings total; second ever highest 4th innings in Test cricketl could be the highest ever 4th innings by a losing side.....and of course the 50th Test century by the Greatest Batsman, ever.

  • Nadeem1976 on December 19, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    Sad...very sad that 50th test hundred comes in a lost match. Great very great that he is first man to reach that milestone and he deserves that along with 200 run in odi. Master batsman and genius from day one. I have the honor to see him live in Sialkot,Pakistan in 1989 in his first test and he was so young really 16 years old, he was most famous and hyped player of that series, i cannot believe that sachin is able play for 21 years and still going. Never seen a player like that in my life. Real master real class and so humble.

    Every cricket fan is proud of sachin.

  • havocsat on December 19, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    We are blessed to be born in this era to see a once in a century genius at work... Gods gift to cricket... born to bat... adjectives exhaust themselves...

  • ElPhenomeno on December 19, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    1 bad day cost India this game and denied us a competitive match. Their batting has arrived although this game is good as gone barring some serious rain on the final day. The great man is still there but I don't think even he can avoid what's inevitable. I though if dhoni and him were still there at the end of day today, there might be a slim hope but now ...

    In any case, landmark for a legend. Hats off from a south african ...

  • on December 19, 2010, 18:20 GMT

    Hats off! to the Centurion at Centurion (for his 50th Century)

  • on December 19, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    Ha ha..........once again India will loose the test (though I am wanting whole heartedly that we escape)..and people will say Sachin can't save a match........sometimes I wonder has Sachin scored his 17000 runs without pressure??I don't know when his critics will shut their mouths or perhaps they don't bother about the stats..whatever Sachin........ur best fan can't communicate with u now..but one day he surely will........for now take my heartiest regards through cricinfo.......

  • on December 19, 2010, 18:12 GMT

    Sachin is a a true legend...I still remember his 100 against Pakistan in chennai...how dissapointed he was when he got out making 136 runs....he is one of the finest cricketer Indians have produced =)

  • on December 19, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    Sachin is in a league of his own...He truly is the master...

  • on December 19, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    Thus y sachin is the god of the cricket... what an great innings he played today...

  • on December 19, 2010, 18:06 GMT

    How about this???? Sachin is just 4 centuries away from scoring 100 centuries in International Cricket( ODI +Tests). Akkizzzzzzzz Sixth sense tells that he will score his 100th Ton in the World Cup Final in INDIA next year :-) to be precise in Mumbai i.e. God's Own City:-)

  • on December 19, 2010, 18:05 GMT

    wow .. will be great if this test match gone to be draw .. !

  • on December 19, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    Thala Rocks!!!! GOD of Cricket

  • PremZtalks on December 19, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    Congrats sachin! May god bless you with Long and always Match fit life!!! Thanks to sachin- for saving Indian cricket, for making Indians feel happy. I was terribly down with laxman dismissal and more so for Raina's shot. And then Selectors 30 probables(Filling Junk for blank spaces). But cometh the morning and I saw sachin's 100 - I could forgive everything and be relaxed & happy. All that i could see in papers and website were congrats sachin and very less said abt the poor performance of team, BCCI's schedule and selection...

  • on December 19, 2010, 17:55 GMT

    India watching Cricket ONLY because of SACHIN TENDULKAR. For me, he is the next valuable person to Mahathma Gandh in this countryi. I won't watch Cricket if Tendulkar retires. Love you..

  • ibisbyrne on December 19, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    @ocean 565,please note that prior to this ton among his 49 tons only 10 matches india lost,18 were draws and 21 wins.before commenting please go through the figures ,and facts.Also among his last 25tons only 3 matches india lost.And everyone knows this period he got support from sewag,rahul,laxman,gambi r etc.during his first 13 to 15 years the whole indian batting was revolved around him.

  • Veera86 on December 19, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    Well done master....U made us proud... And now we have shown why we are number 1... I dont think any other team in the world could have recovered from such a a bad position... Wow what a fight back... Now it is very clear why we were not able to score on the first day... PITCH PITCH PITCH... Nothing else... The story would have been entirely diff had SA batted on first day... Now it is very clear that INDIA WILL COME HARD ON SA FOR THE REST OF THE GAMES!!! Waiting to see... Patience... Patience...Our time will come...

  • on December 19, 2010, 17:47 GMT

    congratulations little master!love u a lot.I am feeling proud to be an indian and to watch ur feet.you really deserve it and its not a matter of one day.once again congratulations

  • on December 19, 2010, 17:45 GMT

    There has been a counter attack, there has been a fight back, there is still some hope,because there is still a Tendulkar !

  • on December 19, 2010, 17:44 GMT

    The greatest batsman to ever take the field. He's one batsman in the world that won't be forgetten and will remain on people's mind and heart for the rest of their lifes. People virtually saw everyone of his innings on the television, Sir DOn Brardman never had that privilege and we can hardly find his footage on youtube or any form of other recordings. He's a modern day batsman who dominated the game single handedly. He has the largest follower, he's a living legend and an icon in India. People follow every small significance of his life in his home country. When he took the field at the age of 16, many knew from that very moment that they were watching someone special. His stroke plays are from the text book and he harldy makes them look difficult, that's one thing I love about his batting, he makes them look so easy and elegant. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, is virtually one of the living legends in cricket, he's blessed with great temprament to make full use of his talent.

  • on December 19, 2010, 17:44 GMT

    Cricket's god Sachin has made the entire sport Proud!!!!

  • on December 19, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    Congrats Sachin for an unmatchable feat. Sachin is truly the God of Cricket. But this achievement will become memorable if he helps India save this Test. Will Sachin score a Triple Hundred , will Sreeshanth make 60 or 70 plus, & will they help India save this test tomorrow? God, please make this happen. In the meantime, no other batsman can even dream of reaching anywhere near Sachin's record. Neither Ponting nor Kallis. Sorry folks, but it is a fact. Because Sachin is God,Kallis,Ponting,Mahela & the others are mere mortals. Carry on Sachin, go on for many more years. Make 60 Hundreds in both forms of cricket. Win the World Cup for India. Play even the 2015 World cup. You can do it. Meanwhile, Raina should be dropped from the Test team & his Place should go to either Pujara or Kohli. What do you say, folks?

  • on December 19, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    The greatest Century maker in the history of cricket completed his half of century of Test Centuries at Centurion.

  • on December 19, 2010, 17:31 GMT

    as usual let us not celebarate it, he's got lt more to to prove. Hers is our indian ikon..Proud of u Sir.

  • on December 19, 2010, 17:30 GMT

    @Ocean565 He will remember this as follows. The scoreline was in tatters. 136 all out and the chips were down. It required something special for India to avoid a humiliating innings defeat. Tendulkar and Dhoni tried their best to save the match when the other two of the fab 3(Dravid and Laxman) have let India down big time! Even if India lose here they can take heart from the fact that they have atleast put up a fight and carry some confidence going into the next game which I think they are gonna win, as Durban is known to be a relatively spinner friendly venue. Well done Sachin. You have given us hope. But I do not know if hope is enough to ensure victory!

  • on December 19, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    50 not out 100. Great !!!!!!!!!!

  • marxist-masum on December 19, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    Congrats to little master for his outstanding achievement.It is a pleasure to watch his century every time.

  • on December 19, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    the g8 batsman in cricket history

  • vvs_ on December 19, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    great man ...take a bow. but india is still going to lose the match ...hopefully it rains for whole day tommorow @Ramyaranjan Rout.... as for as raina is concerned he should be backed,for his type of player is hard to find ,a left handed match winner( perhaps a dinesh mongia (was lost one)) pujara is still just domestic talent doesnt know international pressure or faced bowlers with international quality ..i still remember his first delivery he was beaten for pace by jhonson and played all around it ...exopsing him in bouncy tracks to steyn's pace is asking for trouble ,,he will get his chance but he has to be eased in ..the last thing you need is to dent his confidence ...which perhaps emphasize how weak indias domestic structure is,, need more quality bowlers pacy tracks cos its bowlers who will win you games , batsmen just guides a match ...

  • Honda4808 on December 19, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    Congratulations to Sachin (SRT) for achieving another milestone in cricket - 50 test hundreds! This was made against very difficult circumstances, despite an lbw chance at 55. Sorry Harbajan failed as a batsman, his new role. I wondered why Pujara was left out in previous test matches. He is such a fine batsman; he does not need any more time to gain experience; you cannot gain experience in the pavilion. Agree with Mr Ramrayanjan Rout to replace Raina, the dashing limited overs batsman. So let us see Pujara in the next test. Kallis (double centurion) and Amla should also be complimented for their magnificent centuries. It would be nice if India can save the test with Sachin still standing tall.

  • EverybodylovesSachin on December 19, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    Congratulations Sir Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar...Keep Going...Thanks............

  • on December 19, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    Only he can do it ........

  • on December 19, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    NOW WE WILL LOOK FORWARD TO CENTURY OF INTERNATIONAL HUNDREDS.

  • sbcanada on December 19, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    The truth of the matter is India lost the test first day itself.The only academic interest left in the game to me was-Whether Sachin will be able o score 5oth ton & he did.Secondly, had Laxman & Raina contributed something,India could have saved this test match. As on today,Raina is not a material fot the test matches. Pujara is much better stuff compared to Raina.

  • on December 19, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    GREAT! GREAT! GREAT! He is a gift of GOD to cricket.

  • on December 19, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    God is there..definitely god is there..we all watching him and luckily living with him...S his name is SACHIN TENDULKAR and the god saved us from great humiliation...bow down to the master.....:) :) :)lets axe raina who looks no more interested in playing tests and bring PUJARA to the squad..with zaheer returning in next match definitely we can pull up our socks and can give a befitting reply to smith & co...come on guys..learn from sachin and play like world NO.1...

  • on December 19, 2010, 16:55 GMT

    2mrw ll be raining whole day..so match z draw.

  • on December 19, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    i feel proud to be a cricket fan..................

  • on December 19, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    Sachin brought smiles to atleast 1.4 billion people across te globe...

  • on December 19, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    Salute the genius 'SRT' ... you are truely the greatest of the game ... hats off .. mind blowing and extraordinary

  • Anugrahaa on December 19, 2010, 16:41 GMT

    Oh GOD thank you for being such generous enough to put us in this era, otherwise we would have missed the great legend called SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR. If WG Grace improvised modern cricket, Sachin is the one who rewrites it time & time again. We've never seen DON bat, but never mind we have this little master who is more than a REPLICA of the DON himself, the fact even the Don has acknowledged.

  • on December 19, 2010, 16:41 GMT

    Excellent fightback by India. For me that is match winning performance and I am very very satisfied as a cricket fan. After 136 all out..they have taught a lesson to SArican bowlers..and made them toil hard for 2 days...really satisfied..IF dhoni can win the toss in next match I think indian bowlers will also join the party. Best of luck to the no 1 team in test cricket.

  • indian.devotee on December 19, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    I never bother abt the outcome of this test. But our men proved that it is no more difficult to bat on a SA pitch. Sachin, no words to describe him. @ocean565 - I agree wid u. But one thing, It doesn't mean one guy in da team makes a century means the team shud win. the result depends on da team work. Despite having Sachin, still India is losing matches means.one can understand where the problem is. may be ppl like to comment on sachin, so tat they can get attention from the remaining. good idea...

  • on December 19, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    our bowlers should analyse this test and should bowl as per the pitch conditions even though we don't have steyn class bowlers. We should use our brain before delivering each and every ball to the batsmen of SA. If sree cannot judge, try to get the tip from SRT, RD...etc

  • Sajeesh.M.S on December 19, 2010, 16:36 GMT

    Sachin is not God. He is human with a DIVINE talent...Salutes to the master..

  • on December 19, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    The GOD of cricket!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on December 19, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    he s th best player of the test and odi cricket

  • Nodatheel on December 19, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    As Tony says, whaddaplaya, but more than that whadda wonderful person, no controversies, no pride, but plain humility, you are the onle reason why I like cricket

  • mathewsphy1 on December 19, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    Sachin is good human being and very best batsman and personalty . Cricket is a gentlemen game and Sachin truly the Mr.Cricket. 99.99% are fans or more of Tendulkar. Cricket will be demolished after Tendulkar in India

  • on December 19, 2010, 16:30 GMT

    The day Sachin Tendulkar stops playing cricket will be the Anno domini for all cricket fans.

  • on December 19, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    long live sachin god of cricket..........

  • NeoTheSaviour on December 19, 2010, 16:28 GMT

    Well, I watch cricket because of Sachin. When Sachin retires bye bye Cricket for me...

  • on December 19, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    Gr8 milestone achieved while playing under pressure! This has been a match of getting the monkey off your back. Kallis did it, now Sachin. There are two more monkeys to get rid off. 1) Can Sachin play with the tail the way VVS has been doing for sometime now? Can he go ahead and save the match or even win it - a la Kolkatta 2001? 2) Can India get rid off the monkey of not winning in SA?

  • on December 19, 2010, 16:20 GMT

    we salute to the cricket GOD sachin jai ho sachin

  • on December 19, 2010, 16:20 GMT

    Congrats!!! All Time Cricket Legend!!!

  • on December 19, 2010, 16:19 GMT

    Just one request: PLEASE!! don't ever retire!! You are GOD

  • Ykesh on December 19, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    I read Smith say that he would love to see SRT score 50th century but may be in next series. Well he finds it... series just got started...and had't it been for bad initial conditions or had they got a practice match...Everyone knows next!! :)

  • on December 19, 2010, 16:16 GMT

    once again he has to prove he is playing for India not for him by saving the test match by playing 2moro... let us hope he ll do this india

  • on December 19, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    Hats off LITTLE MASTER.. You have made us proud once again

  • Htc-Baseball on December 19, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    The best in the game gets one of his bests...go on sachin atleast help in tuning sreeshnath to be batsman if not a seamer

  • SurlyCynic on December 19, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    Legend. Really glad to have seen him get his 50th, despite supporting SA in this test. This record (which will prob never be broken) couldn't belong to a better person.

  • on December 19, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    You are the reason why I love cricket!

  • on December 19, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    One n only cricketing GOD

  • on December 19, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    now SRT have proved 2 d world what he is made of.no words to describe simply india loves u.but we should play pujara instead of raina as raina does not match in class with pujara.raina only for t20 and odi if u want to make him play in tests do that in flat sub continent pitches.come on dhoni donot cover raina he is usless in good bouncy pitches.it seemed he was not intrested and detrmind enough.my x1(batting ordeR) 1.viru 2.gauti 3 rahul 4.srt 5 pujara 6 VVS 7 msd 8bhaji 9 zak 10 isant 11 sree we will rock 12th man raina as sub fielder sorry raina pujara is much better than u u nvr can bcome that good how hard u may try gary still u r d best coach ever thanks a lot for ur srvices good contest between kallis dravid and rickybut now a days 1oo r easly scored dvalued.............................

  • on December 19, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar's 50th Test century

  • The_Professor on December 19, 2010, 15:55 GMT

    SRT is the best bat ever. His record cannot be faltered. This game is lost. But SRT has reached half way to his destination - 100 test match centuries! His getting better with age - should get to 100 test centuries before he reaches 45 yrs of age? The day SRT retires is the day I will stop watching test cricket.

  • on December 19, 2010, 15:55 GMT

    Truly a cricketing GOD. Hats off to this man. Irrespective of the match result this ton is extra special. Amazing display of pressure handling capability shown by the legend.

  • on December 19, 2010, 15:55 GMT

    congratulation S A C H I N Ramesh TENDULKAR

  • Sachin-all_time_hero on December 19, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    It'll be fitting if other partners(including rain) help Sachin to save this test so that it won't be a bitter century for Sachin & others..

  • on December 19, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    Let us all congrat Sachin and pray that he save this match for us.

  • on December 19, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    There were whites, there were blacks, there were browns at the grass banks of SuperSport Park, and all they wanted was for Sachin Tendulkar's 50th Test hundred to come in front of them

  • on December 19, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    great century at the right time .. second innings century , that too when Team was in dire stairs.. incredible .. God is Great :) .. i like Ravi shastri who wanted to be in commentary box when he gets that landmark :)

  • Kamalakantameher on December 19, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    What an innings?He proved that he is always no.1.A century that would be remembered for a long time.In such pressure,this type of innings is remarkable.This innings came against a good attack.

  • singhskhalsa on December 19, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    Only God on Earth!!!! SRT...

  • on December 19, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    indians are proud to have a cricketer like sachin in india.really man ,he can not be defined in words.sachin the great!!!!!!

  • Vishnu27 on December 19, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    A man of small stature, but an absolute giant of the game! A feat highly unlikely to ever be repeated. SRT is one out of the box. A true legend who continues to confound all the ageist theories of the game. Roll on Sachin, from an ardent Aussie & true cricket lover

  • on December 19, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    MASTER IS MASTER......UN EXPRESSED FEELINGS

  • on December 19, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    The little master shows the world who is the real boss.....cheers to every indian...

  • ibisbyrne on December 19, 2010, 15:39 GMT

    critics please start your word war........over defensive,batting pitch,not quality bowling blabla......only reply from sachin is through his bat.legend of cricket will continue his performance..hats of to great sachin

  • 2.14istherunrate on December 19, 2010, 15:37 GMT

    Tendulkar has always looked that little bit too good, as though he really needed another grade to step up to where he might be slightly challenged. That's greatness. The way he has bounced back since he looked vulnerable almost 3 years ago has been staggering. 50 centuries is way past normal achievement especially as India have not always played a lot of Tests. and he looks like he has a few more games in him. Congrats to the Little Master!!

  • mutgi123 on December 19, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    Congratulations dear Sachin. You are the greatest cricketer.

    prakash mutgi

    bengaluru

  • on December 19, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    The rush of emotions on Sachin's face tells you how much it mattered to him. Also, I am sure many people got a look at the weathered willow that helped him to attain the feat! Seemed like he was keeping it for the sake of completing the milestone with it!

  • ocean565 on December 19, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    This man is a run machine. but I dont understand why he cant make his team win!!!!! All those records in his showcase will not give satisfaction if u cant win. Question: HOw will Sachin remember this test match??? India bowled out in 38 overs and loosing the test match by an innings or Hey..I scored my 50th century??? :))

    Answer: I think he will remember it by the second option....bcoz records is what matters to him. Cant win anything for his team.

  • on December 19, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    may be the defeat lingers around the corner..the maestro's 50 th century is certainly a gr8 moment for any indian to cherish..hail the king

  • on December 19, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    's Is it suitable to write and mention the color of people's skin in this article, this not appropriate for a person at this level to write this. I know its nothing racist,but it encourages others to write racist and promote racist comments/.

  • on December 19, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    Take a bow Master.... I am lucky to be born in an era when God himself batted at No. 4 in Tests for a team called INDIA...

  • Gocool87 on December 19, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    Congrats Sachin you rock.

  • on December 19, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    God of Cricket ... Enjoying his stay in Earth :-)

  • on December 19, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    Sachin's focus on the job at hand has had him save and help win several Test matches for India - the by-product being his centuries. His dedication, sacrifices, practice, playing for the team - are what has made this possible. The entire nation as one, nay - the cricketing world, celebrates him.

  • on December 19, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    the king of good times is in form ..

    n the wc is real soon :P .. so jolly WC this ones gonna be ..

    long live tendlya :P

  • on December 19, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    to all those who claim Indians are flat track bullies...this is the 28th century Sachin has scored outside India, only 22 have come at home.....

    As for this game, the SAs were only lucky with the toss and nothing more. They didnt look too great yesterday and today. Even with a mountain of runs and attacking fields they have not bowled India after over 100 overs!!

  • Aeolian on December 19, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    only he could do it, and no one will be for next 50 years.. i guess :)

  • on December 19, 2010, 15:18 GMT

    There are so many things that Sachin Tendulkar is to so many people, that it is sometimes forgotten that he is first and foremost a batsman of unparalleled ability, dedication and mind. If he had taken to some other sport in early childhood, his persona would have been invented -- by coaches who want to teach their wards the virtues a tight technique that allows attacking shots, by film-makers who want to create celluloid fantasy by depicting the perfect batsman and superstar, by marketing men who want to appeal to the broadest strata of public imaginable and by cricket fanatics who want to see batting perfection embodied in one person.

  • on December 19, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    Commit all your sins while Sachin is batting as god will will be busy watching him bat.

  • on December 19, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    Well unless it rains heavily india will not be able to save this match..but after being thrashed by south africa for three days,it was a welcome day for indian fans..and whats better thn tendulkar getting the 50th ton..This guy has made cricket a better game..!!

  • Jaggu_Mubbi on December 19, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    In explicable feeling this. Just goes to show the amount of hard work he has put in over the years. To stay focussed when you are being called as GOD OF CRICKET at the age of 23 takes SOME effort. as they say NEVER BEFORE AND (NO probably here) NEVER AGAIN. A draw in the match would be fitting finish. KUDOS....to you Sachin feeling proud to be an Indian.

  • cricology on December 19, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    SALUTE MR. SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR !!! no words to say...only other batsmen have supported you...the test might have been saved...though it's not over yet thanks to some RAIN and not RAINA...hahaha LOL ;)

  • K.A.K on December 19, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    A half century of centuries! SRT, tussi great ho!

  • on December 19, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    Hats off to Little Master. India may not win this match.. But we Indians won the match bcoz of you.. Congrats for scoring half century of centuries.

  • on December 19, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    Sachin has prooved yet again dat he is "GOD" of cricket

    In one of the interview :

    Dhoni : God has sent me to teach others how to play cricket

    Sachin : i havnt sent any one.

  • Amar_bw on December 19, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    What a great player... A great sportsman and a great human...Very rare combination.

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  • Amar_bw on December 19, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    What a great player... A great sportsman and a great human...Very rare combination.

  • on December 19, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    Sachin has prooved yet again dat he is "GOD" of cricket

    In one of the interview :

    Dhoni : God has sent me to teach others how to play cricket

    Sachin : i havnt sent any one.

  • on December 19, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    Hats off to Little Master. India may not win this match.. But we Indians won the match bcoz of you.. Congrats for scoring half century of centuries.

  • K.A.K on December 19, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    A half century of centuries! SRT, tussi great ho!

  • cricology on December 19, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    SALUTE MR. SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR !!! no words to say...only other batsmen have supported you...the test might have been saved...though it's not over yet thanks to some RAIN and not RAINA...hahaha LOL ;)

  • Jaggu_Mubbi on December 19, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    In explicable feeling this. Just goes to show the amount of hard work he has put in over the years. To stay focussed when you are being called as GOD OF CRICKET at the age of 23 takes SOME effort. as they say NEVER BEFORE AND (NO probably here) NEVER AGAIN. A draw in the match would be fitting finish. KUDOS....to you Sachin feeling proud to be an Indian.

  • on December 19, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    Well unless it rains heavily india will not be able to save this match..but after being thrashed by south africa for three days,it was a welcome day for indian fans..and whats better thn tendulkar getting the 50th ton..This guy has made cricket a better game..!!

  • on December 19, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    Commit all your sins while Sachin is batting as god will will be busy watching him bat.

  • on December 19, 2010, 15:18 GMT

    There are so many things that Sachin Tendulkar is to so many people, that it is sometimes forgotten that he is first and foremost a batsman of unparalleled ability, dedication and mind. If he had taken to some other sport in early childhood, his persona would have been invented -- by coaches who want to teach their wards the virtues a tight technique that allows attacking shots, by film-makers who want to create celluloid fantasy by depicting the perfect batsman and superstar, by marketing men who want to appeal to the broadest strata of public imaginable and by cricket fanatics who want to see batting perfection embodied in one person.

  • Aeolian on December 19, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    only he could do it, and no one will be for next 50 years.. i guess :)