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His Majesty, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar!

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

A few years back, Adidas, the premier sports brand has kicked off their new campaign – ‘Impossible is Nothing’ to promote their new brand. None other than Sachin Tendulkar was chosen as the brand ambassador alongside other greats in the sports world. Just like Sachin’s other endorsements, his presence paved way for its success in India and Adidas went to become his sponsor ending his long stint with MRF. It was yesterday, that Ad caption really meant for a sportsman, that too for its endorser. Sachin broke the 200 runs barrier in One day Cricket, which most of peers and counterparts failed to achieve. It was one of the most astonishing moments of his illustrious career of 20 years and counting.

As most of us know, the initial few years of his ODI career was not that great. He scored ducks in his first two international matches and took 5 years to score his maiden ton. But it was not as bad as someone imagines. In that period itself, he scored one of the best innings in a test match at the WACA and some fine test centuries in England. Although Sachin didn’t scored any ODI centuries until 1994, He come up with a scintillating knock against Pakistan in the 1992 World Cup to demolish Pakistan. His half-century paved way for India’s first victory against the arch-rivals. The maiden century came up against Australia in Colombo in 1994, which was only a beginning. After 16 years, he tailored an elusive 200, the first time in the history of ODI Cricket, also went on to become the highest individual score in ODI’s. In those 16 years, 46 centuries were made in almost all part of the cricketing world and against all the teams. 9 ODI centuries against Australia itself is a testimonial of his performances.

The long 20 years hasn’t been easy for the ‘Little Master’. Plenty of injuries, surgeries, cramp and hits, but he rise to the top after fighting with all these. He might be the only cricketer in the world, who hasn’t been dropped from the team for lack of form or being charged for on/off field scandals. What makes him so humble or how can a man be so simple after achieving this much in his life? Sunil Gavaskar reckons there is still a 16 year old boy in Sachin, who has the hunger to score runs and the passion to play for India. Whenever we think he has reached the Everest, he would have started his journey to conquer another one. Yes, this it would be the World Cup in 2011. It is played in India and the finals are played at the Wankhade Stadium in Mumbai, where he started his cricketing journey. A World Cup triumph would be the best culmination of a legendary career, which has made the billions of Indians proud.

Tendulkar puts Youngsters to Shame

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

When Sachin Tendulkar bats like he did at the final match of the Compaq Cup, you can only sit back and enjoy it. The few who might have doubts that Tendulkar was beginning to rust would have to look the other way. The master blaster showed yesterday that he has absolutely no rust and no plans of slowing down as well.

During the post match interview yesterday, Tendulkar looked delighted and he had every reason to be. When asked about his body was holding up he replied that the body was holding up pretty well in spite of a few cramps and stuff. He has the payers of millions that his body continues to hold up as he goes on to conquer many many more records.

Ian Bishop’s comment at the end of the tournament really had me thinking. He said Tendulkar has only few demons to battle in his mind. It is very rarely that you would see a player sharing light talk with the opposition team’s players after the match. However Sachin has no qualms about doing chit chat with players from any team. This is an indication of his cool and composed nature. He keeps himself out of controversies which seem to be quite difficult for the likes of Harbhajan, Sreesanth and Symonds.

All in all, words cannot describe Sachin Tendulkar. He truly is a model for young and old alike. I guess we can take pride in the fact that we lived in the same era as him.

Master Proves His Class Yet Again

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Sachin Tendulkar has scored 9 ODI centuries and scored 7 times above 90 in the last 2 years. He is going strong as he gets older like a superior wine and his performance in the crunch matches has been quite exemplary. Sri Lanka didn’t had any clue of how to tame the master blaster when he was playing risk free yet sublime knock.

Sachin has been terrific in the last 3 finals which he played and amassed a mammoth 346 runs including 2 centuries and a fifty. He was accused of not playing to his potential after India lost several finals from 2000 to 2007 although he has played some terrific knock in the 1998 Sharjah cup and several other matches. He has silenced his critics with the help of these innings and the most important thing is that India triumphed in all these 3 finals.

Team India is in the race for the World No: 1 spot along with Australia and South Africa. If India wants to reach there and sustain it, Sachin will have a great role to play; playing solidly at the top and mentoring the youngsters to perform well when it matters. All the mentioned tasks are executed perfectly by Sachin and the performance of the team is a testimony of that.

In Pursuit Of the Numero Uno

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

When Ricky Ponting outdid Alan Border to become the highest run getter for Australia and the 3rd highest run-getter in the history of cricket, another debate triggered for the best contemporary batsman in the world. Currently it is between the legendary Sachin Tendulkar and the Australian Captain Ricky Ponting. Let’s go into the statistics of the two batting maestros to find the best among them.

Away matches

Overseas matches are the best to judge the mettle of a cricket player. The alien conditions in the away matches are the ultimate test and lets compare the overseas performances of Ponting and Tendulkar.. Sachin Tendulkar piled up 7165 runs in 146 innings out of the 90 overseas test matches with a hefty average of 54.28 and has scored 24 centuries out of the 42 centuries he scored in total. On the other hand, Ponting scored 4575 in 101 innings out of his 58 overseas tests at an average of 49.19, which includes 16 hundreds. As far as overseas test matches are concerned, Tendulkar holds the edge due to his stability in performance against all teams. Tendulkar has an average of more than 40 against all teams; however Ricky Ponting has been struggling terribly against India. He could manage only a century against India in 21 innings and could score only 438 runs at a measly average of 20.85.

2nd Innings chases in overseas

A key batsman’s performance is pivotal when his team chases a target in the backyard of the opposition. Tendulkar has had dismal performances in the 2nd innings chases in overseas matches. He could manage only a single century in the 34 test matches and scored only 542 runs at an average of 27.10. Ponting has been slightly more successful as he scored 3 centuries in the run chases for Australia with 673 runs at a brilliant average of 56.08.  Ponting’s success can be attributed to his ‘invincible’ team which had geniuses like McGrath and Warne and a strong batting order that helped ease the pressure on Ponting. Tendulkar has been quite unlucky with this, as he had to shoulder the complete responsibility of the Indian team before the arrival of Dravid, Laxman and Ganguly. Apparently, that pressure had taken the toll on him and his performances reflect that.

India Vs Australia

Ricky Ponting has scored 1787 runs in 23 matches against India, thanks to his wonderful performance in the home soil. He averages 70 at home, however in India, his average went down to 20.85, which clearly shows his powerlessness against quality spinners. Harbhajan Singh has been a real menace to Ricky Ponting as the off-spinner dismissed him 10 times in 12 test matches. Tendulkar has had real success in his 29 matches against Australia; he amassed 2748 runs with an average of 56.08 that includes 10 blistering centuries. During his first Australian tour, at the age of just 17, Tendulkar scored a captivating 114 runs at the WACA, which is considered as one of fastest and bounciest wickets in the world, against a quality fast bowling unit with the likes of Merv Hughes and Craig McDermott. This is considered as one of the best batting performances ever and it proclaimed the beginning of a true legend, who eventually got a place in the heart of every Indian.

Above all these statistical analyses, Sachin Tendulkar is couple of steps ahead of Ricky Ponting mainly due to his consistency over 20 years and the kind of discipline and passion he has shown. Ricky Ponting has never been idolized in Australia, mainly due to his wayward character. He has been into several controversies, which questioned the spirit and integrity of his game.

A true legend sets the benchmark and stands as an example for the younger generation. According to MS Dhoni, Virender Sehwag and several other youngsters, Tendulkar has shown them the way to cricket with his feats and his hunger to play cricket without any boredom. There is no doubt that Sachin Tendulkar is a model for the young and old alike.

Surprise birthday party for Sachin Tendulkar

Friday, April 24th, 2009

sachin-birthday

Sachin Tendulkar celebrates his 36th birthday in Durban with friends and teammates on 24 April 2009.


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