Sri Lanka v India, 2nd Test, SSC, 4th day July 29, 2010

Tendulkar braves demanding conditions and delivers

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Sachin Tendulkar had just reached his double-century. He was into the ninth hour of his innings. He had been on the field for the whole match, except for perhaps one session. He had had a few visits from the physio. The tea break was approaching. Twice in the next two overs, MS Dhoni hit shots slightly wide of the outfielders. And Tendulkar hared across for the twos, running as though they were his 199th and 200th runs. That was perhaps the most impressive aspect of the 95 runs Tendulkar added today to his overnight 108. If a run was there to be scored, he was there to score it.

After Tendulkar had helped India to relative safety on day three, today ceased being a battle between bat and ball. There was hardly anything to trouble Tendulkar. It had come down to endurance, and the need to bat as long as possible to try and prevent his bowlers from having to bowl in the humidity.

Tendulkar spoke about the physical challenge of batting for 516 minutes after having fielded for more than five sessions. "It's been challenging," he said. "Of course the conditions are tough. Yesterday when I got into the dressing room, I had a long ice bath. I was in the ice tub for a while. Then I did some stretches, had an early dinner, and I was in bed by 8.30.

"I just relaxed as much as possible. Because I went off to sleep early, I was up early morning, sort of relaxed a bit and stretched a bit in the morning. When you are off the field time flies in between. When you are off the field, go back to the hotel and sleep, when you wake in the morning, it's time to go back to the ground again. But that's what Test cricket is all about. For almost all four days, I have been on the field. It's been demanding on the body, but it's held up pretty well."

Another moment that stood out in what was largely an error-free effort was when Suresh Raina brought up his debut hundred. There was as much joy on Tendulkar's face as on Raina's. Like Virender Sehwag said, it was difficult to tell who the debutant was. They then spoke for what seemed a longish period between deliveries.

"I was very happy for him," Tendulkar said of the moments after Raina got his century and before the next ball. "Many guys doubted whether Suresh was a good Test player or not. He has done well, I am very pleased. The way he batted was fantastic. All I told him was, 'Enjoy this moment. You have earned something special. This will always be the highlight of your career. You will have many more hundreds, you will achieve many more things in your life, but this will always be something special.'"

Admittedly this was a flat track - Tendulkar didn't try to suggest otherwise. But he also knew that - until the follow-on was avoided -India were one mistake away from getting into big trouble. He had to curb the temptation of looking for runs, especially because the track and the bowling were ripe with runs.

"It was tough. There were times when you felt you could go over the fielders," Tendulkar said. "But also the Test match was poised critically. It was an important phase, and one mistake would have cost us quite a bit. So I felt it was important to just try and control all those temptations, and play a percentage game."

Those joyful shots came at intervals. His scoring-rate never fell though he eliminated risks. With not much life left in the match, everybody's thoughts turned to the elusive triple-century. This was a good chance: there was enough time left, all he needed was for MS Dhoni to stay with him.

The error from Tendulkar arrived, though. Just after tea, the first ball of Tillakaratne Dislhan's spell turned a bit extra and Prasanna Jayawardene pouched a bat-pad offering. Tendulkar later said that the triple-century was not on his mind.

"I have always gone out and played," he said. "People look at records, not me. I would want to score as many runs as possible. Whenever it comes, it comes. It is never too late. I will keep trying, but that is not the end of the world to me. There are many more things to cricket, and that is where the focus is. It's not on records. If it has to come, it will come."

Whatever milestones he passed during the course of the innings - be it the most 150-plus scores, be it drawing level with Steve Waugh's 168 Test caps, or be it yet another double-century - saving the Test was his top priority. To keep the series alive. And he was a satisfied man at the end of it all. And when he is satisfied, so is the rest of India.

Sidharth Monga is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Meety on | July 31, 2010, 4:52 GMT

    Interesting that now suddenly - the ICC rankings exclude SL from becoming #1. 5 days ago the ICC predictor for rankings showed a 2-0 win would give SL #1. Amazingly sometimes its based on 3 yrs sometimes 4, India will now go up the table in points. Hmm seems a bit 4 legs are better than 2, or was that now 2 legs are better than 4. Orwell could see the future!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY vinaykn on | July 31, 2010, 0:53 GMT

    Why nothing to prove? He should have few major achievements in critical conditions, likeo other great players have. He must have record breaking scores,which wil be broken at least next generation, within a match like other great batsman is have. He should have best personal bests tough opponents and lead to match win. He is a very good batsman having scored 30+ thousands international runs and over 90 international centuries. They are based on bulky and high volume, especially more on subcontinent, he is previleged to play 102 tests on subcontinent, no other player have,all the records accumulated in nature, not within the match. He should have them. If you have lots of money you will become "rich" man, not "great" man. Of course people money/media can make them "Great".

  • POSTED BY bobby1987 on | July 30, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    @john boyd ,bradman had played 52 tests in20 years on an avg of close to 3 tests in a year whereas SRT had played 168 tests along with 400+ odi's on an avg of 8 tests and 20 odis per year.Ihope its very clear to you.

  • POSTED BY pkansabanik on | July 30, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    With the passage of time, Tendulkar has started playing like another great palyer of India, Sunil Gavaskar. Keep on playing Sachin, for the sake of our country.

  • POSTED BY Mithrindir on | July 30, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    About SACHIN nothing can be said. Everyone knows him, loves him, adores him, admires him. This double century is another feather to his hat. Its immaterial which format of game he is playing. But he still has the capacity to initiate a discussion about his score may it be in office, bar, or wherever. He still has the ability to reduce the mobile balances when he scores 200* in ODI. He has the ability to make people stick to the TV even if they have exam next day (his 98 vs PAK in WC 2003). He still has the capacity to make Indian cricket fans smile even if INDIA loses a game (175 against AUS in HYD or 143 vs AUS in SHARJAH). I exactly dont remember which cricketer said this about SACHIN. But what he said matters. what he said is somewhat like this: "No matter which ground he is playing, when he gets out every one in the audience goes into silence. Be it AUstralia, England, West Indies, SouthAfrica, NewZealand or anywhere else." He has the ability to break country barrier. Thats SACHIN.

  • POSTED BY josieamy on | July 30, 2010, 7:41 GMT

    not all australian cricket fans are as bias as many contributors here. Sachin is clearly the best. Ponting is great but no where near as good as sachin. sachin averages 60 against au, he averages more away from india than in india (smashing the myth of easier batting wickets in india - ponting ave is 20 in india). sachin ave more in au than ponting. ponting has never had to face mgrath, warne. ponting batted 3rd behind langer, hayden etc... for most of his career, he came in to bat at 1 down for a lot of runs - ie no pressure. 1st ten years of sachins career he came in to bat at 2 down for not very many runs (until sehwag, dravid, gambir came along) - lots of pressure. India rarely had a decent bowler except kapil and harbijan - you need to take 20 wickets to win a test match so you cant compare ponting v sachins win-loss. sachin has saved more tests off his own bat than ponting has won tests off his bat. Sachin also has over 40 test wickets and 150 ODI wickets.

  • POSTED BY TheOnlyEmperor on | July 30, 2010, 7:08 GMT

    If Gavaskar had played during the Sachin era and as many matches, he would have easily broken all of Sachin's records. Frankly, I don't think too much of a batsman if he takes the ball on the helmet or when he decides to pad the ball by hiding the bat behind it. I think, when a guy uses the pad without any attempt to play, then even if the ball is bouncing above the stumps or pitched outside the legstump line, the batsman should be given out! Likewise, when a batsman takes his eye off the ball and takes the ball on his helmet, give him out! That said, SRT's 48 centuries is awesome. It has silenced all the Aussi commentators who think Ponting is the greatest! Comparing Ponting to SRT is like comparing Mika Hakkinen to Schumi! 20 years from now, it will be "Ponting who"?

  • POSTED BY supershashi on | July 30, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    I don't understand why people keep comparing players from different era's... Some one just compared Sir Don's average to Sachin's Average and its been always the case.. Would just like to ask as to how many bowling greats have been known form Sir Don's era? Its only the batsmen that have created all the records from that era. On the other hand Sachin has faced bowlers like Glen Mc Grath, Murali, Shane Warne, Walsh, Ambrose, Cork, Donald, waqar, shoiab, and many more.. These were/are not just great bowlers but also most of the record holders at some point or the other.. Also Sir Don played less than one third of test matches of what Sachin has played plus more than 400 one day matches and the rigorous travel that he has to go through for playing these.. So guys, if you got to compare, pick the players of the same generation and then see who is better...

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    I simply fail to understand the mentality of critics here. Is there a point in making such ludicrous comments by stating where he has or has not made hundreds? To question his performance, his genius and love for the game is at this point sheer stupidity. Now to behold this double century as one his best ever is also plain zealotry having no basis whatsoever. It was most certainly an easier wicket to bat on and the same is evident by the way runs were scored by everyone. Yet a double ton requires patience and so no one can take away the credit for one, be it sanga or sachin.. A small difference may be that sachin had to score while chasing and carrying a burden of ensuring the order does not collapse as had happened in the previous Test which is truly a test of temperament. He himself states that on such pitches its easy to go for your shots but to control ur instinct is the key.. Why criticise such a humble sportsmen whose greatness is indubitable?

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | July 30, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    8. Sachin scores X amount of runs, the team wins but Sachin is selfish since he scored those runs for himself and not for the team. Sachin scores X amount of runs, gets out and then the team loses so Sachin is obviously selfish since he cudnt get the team through and chose to get out once he got his quota of runs. Amazing thinking. Also, I think this theory can be applied to each n every single good or great batsman of any era. Why pick only on Sachin?

    9. No body is praising Sachin unnecessarily here. Tests are not just bout batting on flat tracks. Why did Aus lose to India in their prev tour? the pitches were flat there too and India got big runs when they batted. why cudnt the Aussie batsman reply in kind? Why cudnt Mr. Ponting score a double there? You see, its not just about batting on flat tracks. Tests have got several aspects.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | July 31, 2010, 4:52 GMT

    Interesting that now suddenly - the ICC rankings exclude SL from becoming #1. 5 days ago the ICC predictor for rankings showed a 2-0 win would give SL #1. Amazingly sometimes its based on 3 yrs sometimes 4, India will now go up the table in points. Hmm seems a bit 4 legs are better than 2, or was that now 2 legs are better than 4. Orwell could see the future!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY vinaykn on | July 31, 2010, 0:53 GMT

    Why nothing to prove? He should have few major achievements in critical conditions, likeo other great players have. He must have record breaking scores,which wil be broken at least next generation, within a match like other great batsman is have. He should have best personal bests tough opponents and lead to match win. He is a very good batsman having scored 30+ thousands international runs and over 90 international centuries. They are based on bulky and high volume, especially more on subcontinent, he is previleged to play 102 tests on subcontinent, no other player have,all the records accumulated in nature, not within the match. He should have them. If you have lots of money you will become "rich" man, not "great" man. Of course people money/media can make them "Great".

  • POSTED BY bobby1987 on | July 30, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    @john boyd ,bradman had played 52 tests in20 years on an avg of close to 3 tests in a year whereas SRT had played 168 tests along with 400+ odi's on an avg of 8 tests and 20 odis per year.Ihope its very clear to you.

  • POSTED BY pkansabanik on | July 30, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    With the passage of time, Tendulkar has started playing like another great palyer of India, Sunil Gavaskar. Keep on playing Sachin, for the sake of our country.

  • POSTED BY Mithrindir on | July 30, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    About SACHIN nothing can be said. Everyone knows him, loves him, adores him, admires him. This double century is another feather to his hat. Its immaterial which format of game he is playing. But he still has the capacity to initiate a discussion about his score may it be in office, bar, or wherever. He still has the ability to reduce the mobile balances when he scores 200* in ODI. He has the ability to make people stick to the TV even if they have exam next day (his 98 vs PAK in WC 2003). He still has the capacity to make Indian cricket fans smile even if INDIA loses a game (175 against AUS in HYD or 143 vs AUS in SHARJAH). I exactly dont remember which cricketer said this about SACHIN. But what he said matters. what he said is somewhat like this: "No matter which ground he is playing, when he gets out every one in the audience goes into silence. Be it AUstralia, England, West Indies, SouthAfrica, NewZealand or anywhere else." He has the ability to break country barrier. Thats SACHIN.

  • POSTED BY josieamy on | July 30, 2010, 7:41 GMT

    not all australian cricket fans are as bias as many contributors here. Sachin is clearly the best. Ponting is great but no where near as good as sachin. sachin averages 60 against au, he averages more away from india than in india (smashing the myth of easier batting wickets in india - ponting ave is 20 in india). sachin ave more in au than ponting. ponting has never had to face mgrath, warne. ponting batted 3rd behind langer, hayden etc... for most of his career, he came in to bat at 1 down for a lot of runs - ie no pressure. 1st ten years of sachins career he came in to bat at 2 down for not very many runs (until sehwag, dravid, gambir came along) - lots of pressure. India rarely had a decent bowler except kapil and harbijan - you need to take 20 wickets to win a test match so you cant compare ponting v sachins win-loss. sachin has saved more tests off his own bat than ponting has won tests off his bat. Sachin also has over 40 test wickets and 150 ODI wickets.

  • POSTED BY TheOnlyEmperor on | July 30, 2010, 7:08 GMT

    If Gavaskar had played during the Sachin era and as many matches, he would have easily broken all of Sachin's records. Frankly, I don't think too much of a batsman if he takes the ball on the helmet or when he decides to pad the ball by hiding the bat behind it. I think, when a guy uses the pad without any attempt to play, then even if the ball is bouncing above the stumps or pitched outside the legstump line, the batsman should be given out! Likewise, when a batsman takes his eye off the ball and takes the ball on his helmet, give him out! That said, SRT's 48 centuries is awesome. It has silenced all the Aussi commentators who think Ponting is the greatest! Comparing Ponting to SRT is like comparing Mika Hakkinen to Schumi! 20 years from now, it will be "Ponting who"?

  • POSTED BY supershashi on | July 30, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    I don't understand why people keep comparing players from different era's... Some one just compared Sir Don's average to Sachin's Average and its been always the case.. Would just like to ask as to how many bowling greats have been known form Sir Don's era? Its only the batsmen that have created all the records from that era. On the other hand Sachin has faced bowlers like Glen Mc Grath, Murali, Shane Warne, Walsh, Ambrose, Cork, Donald, waqar, shoiab, and many more.. These were/are not just great bowlers but also most of the record holders at some point or the other.. Also Sir Don played less than one third of test matches of what Sachin has played plus more than 400 one day matches and the rigorous travel that he has to go through for playing these.. So guys, if you got to compare, pick the players of the same generation and then see who is better...

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    I simply fail to understand the mentality of critics here. Is there a point in making such ludicrous comments by stating where he has or has not made hundreds? To question his performance, his genius and love for the game is at this point sheer stupidity. Now to behold this double century as one his best ever is also plain zealotry having no basis whatsoever. It was most certainly an easier wicket to bat on and the same is evident by the way runs were scored by everyone. Yet a double ton requires patience and so no one can take away the credit for one, be it sanga or sachin.. A small difference may be that sachin had to score while chasing and carrying a burden of ensuring the order does not collapse as had happened in the previous Test which is truly a test of temperament. He himself states that on such pitches its easy to go for your shots but to control ur instinct is the key.. Why criticise such a humble sportsmen whose greatness is indubitable?

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | July 30, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    8. Sachin scores X amount of runs, the team wins but Sachin is selfish since he scored those runs for himself and not for the team. Sachin scores X amount of runs, gets out and then the team loses so Sachin is obviously selfish since he cudnt get the team through and chose to get out once he got his quota of runs. Amazing thinking. Also, I think this theory can be applied to each n every single good or great batsman of any era. Why pick only on Sachin?

    9. No body is praising Sachin unnecessarily here. Tests are not just bout batting on flat tracks. Why did Aus lose to India in their prev tour? the pitches were flat there too and India got big runs when they batted. why cudnt the Aussie batsman reply in kind? Why cudnt Mr. Ponting score a double there? You see, its not just about batting on flat tracks. Tests have got several aspects.

  • POSTED BY Rohan1 on | July 30, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    @arawana.Pls wake up and smell the roses. Hotspot is a part of UDRS. Not the whole of UDRS which comprises other unproven technology. Sachin is saying that Hot Spot is one of the few things which are relatively accurate. So, use the tech with the least possibility of error. It is ridiculous to use dodgy technology to "corrrect" dodgy umpire decisions. As rgds Sachin....Master,may we have another 20yrs please?

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | July 30, 2010, 6:43 GMT

    5. If by score these many runs Sachin become a selfish player, I wonder why dont we call Sangakkara selfish too?

    6. Someone said that Bradman had an avg of 99.94 and sachin wud have an avg of <60. Well, Bradman does have an astounding records but to have an avg of ~60 after 168 tests is no mean feat too. In any case, just like Sachin is said to score runs only in familiar conditions, I wonder why no body sees that Bradman avgd. 174 201 agnst India and SA at home. That too when Ind and SA were bunnies. Talk of making hay while.....

    7. Sachin may not have a sparkling record in some places but its no way near as bad as Ponting's in India. He is a dead duck against spinners. Which is more contrasting? A dip of a few percents in the avg or a dip of more than 50%?

  • POSTED BY vineetphysics2006 on | July 30, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    LORD INDRA IS THE RAIN GOD............SACHIN IS THE RUN GOD....AS FOR PONTING TURBANTOR IS ENOUGH......,AMER AGE (18) IS ENOUGH, ISHANT(21) IS ENOUGH, LET US ENJOY THE RUN SHOWER FROM OUR RUN-GOD

  • POSTED BY aqualeo on | July 30, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    @John We have to ask the following questions, before we compare Sir Bradman and Sachin. At the time of his career how many teams was Sir Bradman playing against? How many tests has he played? What is the variety of bowlers he has faced? What was the aggression level in the sport of cricket in his era? Agreed that Sir Bradman is one of the greatest, but its pointless to compare players of greatly different cricketing periods.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | July 30, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    Some very stupid point made by Sachin unfans.

    1. Easy to score a double in the first innings when fresh OR Easy to score a double in the 2nd with a huge trail and being out there almost all the time?

    2. Someone said that he is a prof. athelete and is only 37 and so its no big deal. Well, how many 37 yr olds do u see out there in other games? Pls dont count chess n snooker. Federer is 28 IMO and ppl r already saying he has grown old. Ponting is younger than Sachin and much fitter and a better athlete too but he's been feeling his age since 2007.

    3. Ponting's got 6 100's since 2007? Sachin's got 5 this year already.

    4. Someone tell me how does one prove if a player plays for records or not. If Sachin plays for records since he's got so many of them, well then the most selfless players wud be a bowler who doesnt take wickets and a batsman who scores a duck each time. Point is, its Sachin's job to score runs when he plays for India. If he plays for long, he will get the records.

  • POSTED BY ravithecricbuff on | July 30, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    @Hoggy_1989 Get ur grand mother on buddy...lol..why guys like u make comments like these...if your grand mother can score on this pitch what about Dravid, Dilshan and so many other players who played this test...how many scored a double?Just 2....Shut up u envious fellows..as for the Test itself, its seriously a pity that ICC is not doing anything about such poor pitches...but nothing can subdue the great composure Sachin had shown..Making centuries is not easy on even flattest of tracks, and making doubles is that much more difficult..understood?

  • POSTED BY Fan84 on | July 30, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    Hi sachin, iam also an INDIAN and sorry ,, iam not your fan, i am a big big big fan of Ricky ponting,, but i respect you as the best batsman, but i like Ponting,, he has sensational qualities like GREAT FIELDER, RANOUT many many batsman, is just close to you to becoem the great batsman alltime,

  • POSTED BY veeru... on | July 30, 2010, 6:05 GMT

    Sachin teaches not only cricket to the youngsters...but also teaches some morals to them..Sachin has a great character which we always learn from it..........

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2010, 5:42 GMT

    One of the mst Modest sportsmen on earth... Some1 who has alwayz played 2 help India win, and the recrds have jst come across... As he once said, "Stones were thrown at me but i converted them into milestones."... PS: The lst line said it all...

  • POSTED BY whyowhy on | July 30, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    Tendulkar must have got sun stroke because he said yesterday that he prefers Hot spot to UDRS, omigosh hot spot is part of UDRS so he must have been in distress when answering the press

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    Its a shame for test cricket that we are playing on such ordinary pitches which are so one sided. Ahh what an eye sore!!!

  • POSTED BY kapilesh23 on | July 30, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    there is nothing to prove ,nothing to talk about his greatness ,i just enjoyed every shot every stance of sachin as i always do .

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2010, 4:46 GMT

    It is rightly said abt the lil master ,"There r two types of batsmen, 1st SACHIN and 2nd type is rest of them."

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2010, 4:42 GMT

    @Ruchir Shukla, at the end of his career Bradman averaged 99.94. At the end of his career Tendulkar will average <60. I hope its very clear to All.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2010, 4:40 GMT

    @ jayray999, because it is clear it was going to be a draw lol...

  • POSTED BY topgun5781 on | July 30, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    greatness to the hilt!! salute you Mr. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar-you are the ONE! i only pray for you that your dream of lifting the world cup comes true!!...& something in me says...IT WILL COME!!

  • POSTED BY vamos_rafa on | July 30, 2010, 4:33 GMT

    i ws scrolling dwn to c some unusual comments...till no. 23 wr as expctd but mr vipin choudhary came up with a brilliant point :-P....wel so Mr Vipul to get ur facts clear...he might not have had a 200 in the countries u mentioned but just chk out his highes scores and avgs...eng highest score--> 193. africa-->169. new zealand-->163. as for windies his highest score is 129 but nyways who cares abt windies they dnt have bouncy tracks...and in aus highest scroe is 241*.....and to reiterate ur pt just chk out his records/avgs in all these 4 countries...the only place whr he avgs 40 is africa..and tht had largely to do of the last tor in 2006 which ws a low scoring one...but still he has 4 100's thr. smtimes i wnder ppl just cnt praise ny1 in this wrld...or maybe coz he's such a godly figure so ppl,in the pursuit of seeming different say futile things. Hats off Sach..Cricket would cry the day you retire...

  • POSTED BY kool_Indian on | July 30, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    Sachin The God - We Love You...We Salute You - You are the biggest inspiration, biggest idol for us...

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | July 30, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    I have not seen Bradman but i have seen Sachin and that is enough for me. To me Sachin is the best batsman i have ever seen and may the the world has ever seen. Bradman was greatest but he never had the burden of 1.25 billion people . I think as a responsible player Sachin is the greatest of all time in terms of taking the pressure of huge crowds.

    Sachin pagi, is too good to describe in words. We need to write new cricketing langauge to describe the genius of sachin tendulkar.

    I wish sachin keep on playing for next ten years and keep on giving has real way to bat. Keep on going sachin pagi.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    SACHIN ATLEAST U HAV TO PLAY ANOTHER 3-4 YRS OF TEST CRICKET... TARGET 125 INTERNATIONAL CENTURIES OVERALL TEST AND ODI.

  • POSTED BY David47 on | July 30, 2010, 4:05 GMT

    Well, you Indian fans are nothing if not parochial. There you were just two days ago after Sanga's double hundred saying "ahh - no big deal, easy wicket, not much opposition in the bowling attack". But now of course it's the great Tendulkar - suddenly it's the geatest thing since sliced bread - whoa hoo. I suppose it's to be expected, but do you guys ever bother to look at the stats?? For example, how many doubles, who they were scored against and where, who was in the bowling attack etc?? Another example, Shukla - if you look at the stats I think you'll find that Ricky Ponting HAS made a century since the end of 2007 (5 or 6 in fact - the last one being 209 in January this year). So Shukla - yes "it is very clear to all" (about your credability as a true cricket officionardo that is). Look guys, as an Aussie cricket lover I'm somewhat biased too from time to time - but you guys have made it an art-form.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2010, 4:05 GMT

    SIMPLY U R GREAT SACHIN.............

  • POSTED BY meetkamals on | July 30, 2010, 4:03 GMT

    your words are soft and crisp which inspires the young players. hats off to you.. our real legend of cricket...! we r blessed to see you play..!

  • POSTED BY vinaykn on | July 30, 2010, 4:00 GMT

    Not surprising. No complains too. Everybody is in good mood. Somebody already counted, what were Ponting centuries earlier and before etc. Records. Just Records. Individual Achivements. Nothing else for Cricket? Some times I wonder what standard you set for your "Master","Boss" etc. This particular match, 1311 in 4 days at the cost of just 13 wickets. Almost 6 batsman scored centuries, 5 almost doduble century partnersips, 3 batsman cross 170, 3 others almost scored easy century...Even 9th down batsman scored easily 41 after Master out...Why Sachin cannot perform here? It is just tailor made him. Must admire of him, he never miss any chance of this.... A very good batting performance :)

  • POSTED BY knowledge_eater on | July 30, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    What if he didn't score any runs and got out at 0 ? Would that 0 be more important or his 202 ? You see stats don't tell you whole story, but unless you don't have stats, there is no story. This guy doesn't have to prove anything for anybody thats why he is calling himself Proud Indian. Respect is the word.

  • POSTED BY chokkashokka on | July 30, 2010, 3:35 GMT

    Why are test matches played in god-forsaken venue? what a waste of time and space and money. This is a 2 inning game - hello! Sanga knows this graveyard that the Lankan batsman grow up on - so why bat for 2 whole days. What a waste - 8 centuries in a game - how can you expect a result. I hope India doesn't play Lanka in a long time. Play real teams in real venues - enough of this.

  • POSTED BY Rogue777 on | July 30, 2010, 3:04 GMT

    Another double hundred in a flat wicket.

    Where were all the Indians who were complaining about the flat track when Sanga got the double hundred! It seems they are all praising Sachin for his great innings! You got to love how the biased Indian mind works!

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2010, 2:58 GMT

    This innings brings double hundred in both formats of the game in the same year.. I'm sure Tendulkar will be the only one to achieve this feat ever...

  • POSTED BY manojquiet on | July 30, 2010, 2:27 GMT

    You Rock Sachin.It is so sad that you dont play for ever......I wish you play atleast for another 3-4 years........Good Luck master

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | July 30, 2010, 2:03 GMT

    It was easily the most valuable innings of Sachin's career which saved India from being forced to follow on. He held one end up for 9 hours in very difficult and taxing weather conditions. Even a person would have found it challenging. Dravid & Laxman need to question themselves about their contributions when the occasion demanded it. Sehwag & Tendulkar have been the only 2 batsmen delivering and rising to the occasion. It was heartening to see contributions from Vijay, Dhoni and Raina. I only wished India played till Lunch on the 5 th day because they have been put under great stress after losing toss. Dhoni has a big job in winning the toss in the next match and batting for 2 days to see how SL respond batting second. India also need to reinforce their bowlers by including some recognized bowlers like M.Karthick, Kumble and Ashwin. Harbhajan & Ojha do not deserve another chance. Hopefully India will fare better in bowling on the last day of this test.

  • POSTED BY Koushik_Biswas on | July 30, 2010, 1:54 GMT

    Vipin, Africa? Are you serious? No wonder nobody cared to reply you. Let me out you of your misery, as all you crave is attention. New Zealand, for all practical purposes, is same as Australia as venue, where he has 241 not out, 6 centuries, and a staggering average touching 60. Do you understand what these numbers mean? I won't blame you if you don't, not everybody can. In England, his highest is 193. Yes, that is not a double century. You want to count 7 runs and argue he is a lesser batsman because of that? You are welcome to do so, but an average of 62 will laugh back at you. Your logic holds water only in case of West Indies, where his highest is 117, his only century in 10 matches. His average also dips below 50 in West Indies. Again, arguing that the West Indies case proves he is any lesser a batsman in bouncy pitches does not hold much water, as his record in other bouncy pitches is impeccable. Hang on, he will set the WI record straight too. And if he does not, bless him!

  • POSTED BY rtmohanlal on | July 30, 2010, 1:37 GMT

    India in dire straits at 178 for 3 and again at 241 for 4 chasing 642 for "4" with all experienced bats back to the pavilion.That too trailing by 0-1 in the series...And the master rise to the occassion again.Where are the doubting Thomasses !!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2010, 1:14 GMT

    What a player, true gentlemen of this cricketing era. I wonder if cricket will be a religion in India when the god of cricket stop playing.@ Ruchir.. the world doesn't need comparison ..its only Aussies who always try to compare Ponting with Sachin.

  • POSTED BY KayyJayy on | July 30, 2010, 1:06 GMT

    I think Tendulkar is easily the best batsmen in the world and have the utmost respect for him but in regards to all these comments its funny how when Tendulkar scores a double on this pitch he is praised for 'braving these demanding conditions' but when sangakkara scores a double everyone belittles his performance by stating the pitch is soo placid and that its been set up only for records to be broken etc etc. I understand tendulkar is getting old etc and for him to score a double is a great thing even after all this time on the international scene but i sense double standards in play. A double hundred is tough on any pitch and i agree this one's wayy too batsmen friendly but give ppl like sangakkara the praise he deserves. After all, he has a better batting avg than the majority of the top batsmen in the world right now after 90 tests amongst all the other great accomplishments and attributes he has.

  • POSTED BY deepgupta on | July 30, 2010, 1:04 GMT

    After reading so many posts.... I dont know what to write.. i feel every thought of mine has been written... but on the day he hit the century i mean day3. I felt so good. I was down and out coz of my work... but i felt so relaxed and happy wen he hit the ton and then double ton... this is what sachin means to us.... i think almost 50% of india will stop watching after he retires.. I already dont want the watch the match wen he doesnt play...

  • POSTED BY Hoggy_1989 on | July 30, 2010, 0:49 GMT

    Its Test matches like these that really boil my blood. Yeah, sure Tendulkar scores a double century (really, congrats to him for that)...but I'm pretty sure my grandmother could score runs on this pitch! Why bother playing Test cricket on such a lifeless pitch when all thats going to happen is: 600 plays 600, and the Test ends in yet another pathetic draw. The Sri Lankan cricket board ought to hang their heads in shame for allowing such a rubbish pitch to be produced at Test level.

  • POSTED BY RogerC on | July 30, 2010, 0:05 GMT

    "when he is satisfied, so is the rest of India", GOLDEN WORDS. I wish someone makes a poster of Sachin along with these words.

  • POSTED BY Stevo_ on | July 29, 2010, 23:39 GMT

    @Ruchir Shukla. For starters Ponting has 39 hundreds not 37. Secondly Pointing has scored 6 centuries since 2007 so not sure where you got your numbers but if your going to quote stats at least make sure they are accurate.

  • POSTED BY cricsavvy on | July 29, 2010, 22:57 GMT

    We are mere mortals. SACHIN IS ABOVE ALL OF US. When arrogance and money dominate the World sport, Sachin shows them all how to be MODEST. SACHIN PLEASE DO NOT RETIRE - atleast for another few years. I live in Sydney and had the privilege of watching you bat for the whole day on couple of occassions. PLEASE, PLEASE give me anoher chance during your next tour of Australia. Can't wait.

  • POSTED BY _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on | July 29, 2010, 22:17 GMT

    @Ruchur, Ponting is on 39, if u r going to unnecessarily start this endless debate, at least do it properly.

  • POSTED BY _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on | July 29, 2010, 22:14 GMT

    @Demayala, u sound like a stalker lol. He's great but remember, no 1 player is bigger than the game, once there is cricket there will be greats to watch.

  • POSTED BY _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on | July 29, 2010, 22:11 GMT

    @vipin. He has no control over where he plays, just like I said for Sanga, I will say for him, 200 on anything is a great knock. Thats all.

  • POSTED BY Sach_is_Life on | July 29, 2010, 22:06 GMT

    All of a sudden the match situation becomes irrelevant and Australian tracks become flat tracks and Australians become minnows for Vipin.chaudhary2325 just bcaz Tendulkar has double hundred in Aus..lol..as if everyone else scores 200s on deadly tracks..Keep 'em, coming bros..As SRT himself said " If it has to come, it will come." So who knows wats gonna happen in SA this yr or in Eng next yr...and BTW,he has 193 in Eng(4 - 100s),160 in NZ(2 - 100s) and 169(remeber this match?) in SA(3 - 100s)..and i know all of them on flat tracks..lol

  • POSTED BY kool_Indian on | July 29, 2010, 21:51 GMT

    I know Sachin doesnt like this - but cant help it - Sachin is ''THE GOD''... Love You Sachin...We will always pray for you - thank you thank you thank you...!!!

  • POSTED BY linxbahrain on | July 29, 2010, 21:43 GMT

    Sachin, you are the brilliant, again you proved that you are best cricketer in the world, no one can beat your records... Great Performance Sachin !!!! India is the best !!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2010, 21:36 GMT

    Sachin is a great cricketer!!! again he proved that he is the best cricketer in the world with his brilliant performance today.... India is the best !!!

  • POSTED BY siddham2007 on | July 29, 2010, 21:20 GMT

    His routine between end of the day and the start of the next - keep it simple, focus on resting and being fully alert for what you are there for. Some lessons to be learnt there?

  • POSTED BY sysubrceq0 on | July 29, 2010, 21:12 GMT

    @vipiv.chaudary: --- no cricketer will plan to score 200 on any kind of wicket.. In ENG, NZ, WI, SA he scored many 150+ scores... once he was out at 193 in England in 2002, to accelerate the score rate sachin and ganguly didn't opt for bad light.. so dont jump on always for comment sake on sachin...

  • POSTED BY nathan2010 on | July 29, 2010, 21:10 GMT

    This is to take nothing away from Sachin everyone knows he is one of the greatest batsman of all time, but if you want to make test cricket interesting in the subcontinent you have to create better pitches. As a fan you want to see a battle between bat and ball, watching this match is like watching paint dry. A batsman literary has to give his wicket away to get out. I really hope for the sake of test cricket the ICC starts forcing cricket boards to come up with fair pitches where there is at least contest between batsman and bowler.

  • POSTED BY ShaheerHamza on | July 29, 2010, 20:50 GMT

    Great commitment from the GREAT MASTER!!!!!!!!!!! HE IS THE BOSS!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    A true role model in the fullest sense of the word - Sachin!

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    what a player , truly deserving cricketer after bradman

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2010, 20:14 GMT

    A true role model in the fullest sense of the word - Sachin!

  • POSTED BY mroak1 on | July 29, 2010, 19:46 GMT

    At 37 and can still bat like that,it is a credit to him.Tendulker is by far the best batsman of all time.I hope there is another 3 years left inside of him,so he can reach his 100th century in tests and ODIs.Once his has finish from the game you will never see likes of him again.Well done to you Sachin.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    salute u little master!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY aavi242 on | July 29, 2010, 19:21 GMT

    all HAIL the GOD....with his every innings I utter more and more venom for Chappal Brothers, The Khans from Pak, Manjrekar duffer and other idiot from electronic media and all those reckless persons who turned Tendulkar down and suggested him to retire...

  • POSTED BY opinions on | July 29, 2010, 19:20 GMT

    I liked the last line.."...when he is satisfied, so is the rest of India." You can't say the same thing about any cricketer .. may be Dravid at most.

  • POSTED BY klobania on | July 29, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    dear tendulkar we all know u r such a great player of dead pitches now plz take a decision of retirement n allow some other youngsters to play for india n score some centuries in dead pitches n against inexperienced bowlers like u did mostly in ur entire career plz do ur country's youngster a favour

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2010, 18:48 GMT

    at the end of 2007 Ponting was on 37 and Sachin was on 41, now after 2.5 years Sachin is on 48 and Ponring is on 37....................... I hope its very clear to All.

  • POSTED BY Sach_is_Life on | July 29, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    Last 2,3 yrs are like dream comes true for any SRT fan..Its a dream run for SRT..better than his 98 run..Wat a man..Wat a batsmen..Even though i knew he'll score 100s at will..i used 2 feel nervous through out his whole innings..and i always used to tell myself..common man..he wont get out..he's the best..jus enjoy his batting..But i cant resist myself from praying 2 God for his hundred every time he comes 2 bat(well b4 every ball to be more precise)..But not anymore..Now a days ..he eliminated all those risky shots but still scoring at a sr.rt of 60..Its almost like a poetry how he accumulate his runs..without any risk..and all the time I'm almost certain that he'll score BIG...Still I'm praying but not before every ball..NOT ANYMORE..SACHIN..Thanks for all the entertainment u've given 2 us..U the best ...Keep scoring..those BIG 100s..hope u'll score that 300 this yr itself..All the best..!

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2010, 18:37 GMT

    Sachin! The great! I am proud to be an Indian and salute this great Indian Sachin for his commitment and contributions to Indian cricket.Undoubtly the greatest batsman of all time in test & oneday format and no one is even in the vicinity to compare with Sachin's achievements. All the very best to achieve many more records and bring more victories to Indian cricket in the days to come.

  • POSTED BY ShaheerHamza on | July 29, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    Sachin, long live sachin, we need to see more and more from you!!!! we will not be satisfied as you, we need more and more runs from you!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    Words loses its meaning if we have to describe Sachin...You are the best Sachin!!

  • POSTED BY Ellis on | July 29, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    A century from Tendulkar was always on the cards on this track. Not only is he a great batsman, he is a credit to India, and to Cricket. His joy at Raina's achievement also tells of his qualities as a human being. Tendulkar's continued success is something for all cricket lovers to relish. Even though there may not be many years left for us to enjoy his skills, let us realise that he embodies the true touch of greatness.

  • POSTED BY ravithecricbuff on | July 29, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    A true genius. I don't understand a bit when someone criticizes this great great gentleman, a GOD of a batsman and a true team man...He is undoubtedly the greatest ever player cricket has and will witness.No one can even touch this SUPER Human..Not even Sir DON (with great respect).Sachin is an Indian and I am so lucky to share my country with the greatest cricket player ever, but HE is more importantly a cricket player...cricket would have been so poor without this man...he is as much English,as much Australian, as much Pakistani, as much South African, as much West Indian as he is an Indian, because The God is worshiped all over with same passion.Everyone wants to see him score and may he keep scoring for as long as the World has cricket fans...May we never have to see cricket without the GOD...oh how dearly I pray for my words to be true...A great great person..Salute to the GOD...Salute to SACHIN!!

  • POSTED BY abu316 on | July 29, 2010, 18:12 GMT

    great last line mr monga..."Whwn he is satisfied..INDIA is satisfied!!!!!!"...so true...

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2010, 18:10 GMT

    no comments about sachin. bcz he is the great all of the players.

  • POSTED BY RANAROYALS on | July 29, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    Sachin always says like that only.he says that he will never play for records while actually he is playing for them only.i think the most unselfish batsman in modern day cricket is kevin pietersen.he never played for records.he has just given away his captaincy and never bothered about that.now a days Sachin's batting is becoming boring. Inspite of his current dip in form kevin pietersen is the most complete batsman not only now but i consider him the best batsman ever with which no one can argue

  • POSTED BY jayray999 on | July 29, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    Tendulkar single handedly compensated for the shortcomings of a toothless bowling attack and the batting failures of Dravid and Laxman. How is this match saving performance, I ask you, any less valuable than a match winning one?

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    Hail Tendulkar....The greatest..The GOD...Every time I am down and out..i remember u and get going....ill stop watching cricket from the day u retire....dont retire Sachin..Never do..for us..

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2010, 17:56 GMT

    We are just lucky to have seen this great man playing thru the years. Hope he continues this rich vein of form for another couple of years at least. BTW - is Mithun the new Pathan now? Looks like both can bowl and bat decently.

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | July 29, 2010, 17:55 GMT

    Triple century from Tendulkar was not a realistic expectation. He had been feilding for two days and then playing for two days. To expect more is just too much. For Tendulkar to score triple century, India should bat first. All credit goes to India for batting so well on 3rd and 4th day. India is showing that it can be no.1 team on its batting skills alone. That is very amazing.

  • POSTED BY Andigumps on | July 29, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    Again the Master did wat he u do best, he said that he don't have to prove nothing to no one. I am fr the west indies and Sachin is my favourite criketer no other cricketer to me like Him. all the critic talk about his performance but let them double check and take away his stats fr Ban & Zim and he still among the list of greats. When the master leave the game thats it for i'll just tone in to my clip of him and continue to watch wat i think was true cricket. ponting is struggling how far can he goes and he wants the record so bad, Sachin performance inside Asia and outside stands out more than any. how many people can u say perform well inside Asia also outside, Ponting and others struggle Sachin will only be stronger y can't pple just accept that

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2010, 17:48 GMT

    Ohh Sachin, what a humen bieng you are! I selute you sachin!I hope Raina will never forget ur support & what u said to him. Love you Sachin!! God bless you!!!

  • POSTED BY Gupta.Ankur on | July 29, 2010, 17:31 GMT

    Tendulkar is epitome of Batting excellence.No other batsmen comes close to his skill,perfection,dedication,determination and discipline...

    Watching him has been a lesson in achieving excellence and to maintain it.

  • POSTED BY undertakerjohncena on | July 29, 2010, 17:31 GMT

    Waiting for some one to comment on his extra ordinary performance once again...since guys dont have any words to say about his special talent...As people says he had just read the script...

  • POSTED BY Aussasinator on | July 29, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    A champion , the likes of whom the world has never seen nor is likely to see. As we run out of superlatives, let's just salute the maestro.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    Hats off to master blaster.. Truly speaking from my heart I saw one of gods incarnation battingg.. May you play for many more years...

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2010, 17:17 GMT

    One of the most modest and gentleman in the game of cricket or any other games....yet people questions his credibility which surprises me.

    HATS OFF TO U TENDLYA!!!! I would stop watching cricket once u hang your boots.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    sachin is an absolute legend. people like yuvraj should learn a great deal from him, like going to bed early to stay fresh for an important day coming up. Thats all that makes him a legend. The way he gathers his runs and the way he respects people around him.

  • POSTED BY Kalyan29883 on | July 29, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    LOVE YOU SACHIN !!! Every time you raise your bat, you make a billion cricket maniacs forget all the sorrows of life.... Just hope you go on for ever and ever.... GOD BLESS !!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2010, 17:03 GMT

    Mr. Monga you surely look poised to be the next big thing to Harsha Bhogle... Best luck in your endeavours...

  • POSTED BY george204 on | July 29, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    Demanding conditions? Oh give it a rest! Tendulkar has cashed in on yet ANOTHER Asian featherbed, just as Jayawardene & Sangakara did earlier.

    650 plays 650 in a bore draw is bad for cricket. Modern players are massively inflating their averages on these wretched pitches. Yes it was hot, and he's been on the field a lot, but he's a professional athlete & he's only 37!

  • POSTED BY kssrikanth on | July 29, 2010, 16:43 GMT

    Hats Off to the Little Master we want to see hundred hundreds in the coming days.

  • POSTED BY PremZtalks on | July 29, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    Dear Sachin bhai, No Indian can ask more from you my beloved sachin bhai. But I still like to make one humble request to you - Please go for the 400 run barrier in a test match. And you can create a better chance to reach that by opening in a test - Please try opening in atleast 1 or 2 tests.We pray to god to give you all our strength for you to reach any milestone that you wanna achieve in your life.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    Salute to Sachin. The lord of all forms of crictet. May hm achieve everymilestone he desires

  • POSTED BY MadeInIndia on | July 29, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    Ponting, now keep DREAMING.

    It is a FACT that you are not even close to Sachin & Lara. The ONLY thing you have is ARROGANCE where you definitely surpass not just sachin & lara but everyone in the world.

  • POSTED BY manasvi_lingam on | July 29, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    Another efficient innings from Tendulkar. I hope that he goes on to score a century in the next Test as well. It is good for Raina that he had such an experienced bat at the other end who could guide him through the nervous 90s. Raina himself has been impressive and this probably means no place for the likes of Yuvraj, Badri and Pujara at No. 6 (until the Big 3 retire)

  • POSTED BY shekhar_rk on | July 29, 2010, 16:17 GMT

    wen one rub an ice cube over the wound its really soothes...thats what Indian maestro and debutant hero Suresh done,wen India got under the clutches of srilanka after losing Three quick wickets in 30 minutes! Sachin double ton proved vital to stay back this test series back on track but not this test.Sachin's gr8 efforts earns him records and this is a common scenario since good olden days. Now,Sachin can take a gr8 sigh of relief...and just look for the next match!

  • POSTED BY vipin.chaudhary2325 on | July 29, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    another wonderful innings on flat wicket.... wonder why didn't he get double centuries in England, Africa, West Indies, Newzealand

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  • POSTED BY vipin.chaudhary2325 on | July 29, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    another wonderful innings on flat wicket.... wonder why didn't he get double centuries in England, Africa, West Indies, Newzealand

  • POSTED BY shekhar_rk on | July 29, 2010, 16:17 GMT

    wen one rub an ice cube over the wound its really soothes...thats what Indian maestro and debutant hero Suresh done,wen India got under the clutches of srilanka after losing Three quick wickets in 30 minutes! Sachin double ton proved vital to stay back this test series back on track but not this test.Sachin's gr8 efforts earns him records and this is a common scenario since good olden days. Now,Sachin can take a gr8 sigh of relief...and just look for the next match!

  • POSTED BY manasvi_lingam on | July 29, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    Another efficient innings from Tendulkar. I hope that he goes on to score a century in the next Test as well. It is good for Raina that he had such an experienced bat at the other end who could guide him through the nervous 90s. Raina himself has been impressive and this probably means no place for the likes of Yuvraj, Badri and Pujara at No. 6 (until the Big 3 retire)

  • POSTED BY MadeInIndia on | July 29, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    Ponting, now keep DREAMING.

    It is a FACT that you are not even close to Sachin & Lara. The ONLY thing you have is ARROGANCE where you definitely surpass not just sachin & lara but everyone in the world.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    Salute to Sachin. The lord of all forms of crictet. May hm achieve everymilestone he desires

  • POSTED BY PremZtalks on | July 29, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    Dear Sachin bhai, No Indian can ask more from you my beloved sachin bhai. But I still like to make one humble request to you - Please go for the 400 run barrier in a test match. And you can create a better chance to reach that by opening in a test - Please try opening in atleast 1 or 2 tests.We pray to god to give you all our strength for you to reach any milestone that you wanna achieve in your life.

  • POSTED BY kssrikanth on | July 29, 2010, 16:43 GMT

    Hats Off to the Little Master we want to see hundred hundreds in the coming days.

  • POSTED BY george204 on | July 29, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    Demanding conditions? Oh give it a rest! Tendulkar has cashed in on yet ANOTHER Asian featherbed, just as Jayawardene & Sangakara did earlier.

    650 plays 650 in a bore draw is bad for cricket. Modern players are massively inflating their averages on these wretched pitches. Yes it was hot, and he's been on the field a lot, but he's a professional athlete & he's only 37!

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2010, 17:03 GMT

    Mr. Monga you surely look poised to be the next big thing to Harsha Bhogle... Best luck in your endeavours...

  • POSTED BY Kalyan29883 on | July 29, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    LOVE YOU SACHIN !!! Every time you raise your bat, you make a billion cricket maniacs forget all the sorrows of life.... Just hope you go on for ever and ever.... GOD BLESS !!!