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    BCCI bunch of Jokers- By Anand Kumar
    One of my friends recently cracked a joke revealing what BCCI actually meant: Board of Circus and Comedy in India. You may laugh at this revelation but if you have followed the Indian cricket administration even for the last 5-6 months, you would agree on the aptness of the full form of this acronym. Let us try to evaluate this. Do they really control cricket in India? Are they really administrators to qualify for a Board? An honest answer to these two questions will always be NO.
    After every loss of Indian team, every one blames those XI players. They are criticized for their every move on the field and everything they have done seems to fetch a defeat. In this regard you would always hear a famous quote on India's greatest batsman ever, Sachin Tendulkar, that whenever he plays, India loses. How wise is that? Scoring runs would result in a defeat. With every loss, thousands of cricket experts are born and they want to make a point or two. Why the captain did X and why the bowler didn't bowl Y and how he dropped the catch? There would be plenty of reasons for the loss and people would be on look out for those XI players. It is good that for some reasons they are treated as heroes and are not easily available on Indian streets. But is this the problem? India's shameful exit from the 2007 world cup was really embarrassing for Indian cricket fans and more for those who are fanatic fans, but who are to be blamed? The cricketers, yes to some extent they are because they could not execute the plans they had in their mind and they could not deliver under pressure. But let us look a little further, who sent them in the world cup? You got it.

    Why are we blaming cricketers who go their and try their best to win the game? If they are not capable, it is not their mistake. The mistake was made by their bosses who selected them. If some employees turn out to be incompetent in a company, the questions are asked to their bosses as to why they were recruited in the first place? This is a very basic set up in a professional administration. Do we have this basic set up in BCCI? Are the administrators accountable for the losses of Team India? Are they under the same kind of pressure as the players are? Since the selection committee, selects the team, it should be criticized and hammered for the team losses. They should be made accountable for the performance of the team and the way cricketers are dropped or fired, they should also feel the heat. And believe me, everything will automatically fall in place, next time, their selection is always going to be better.

    For every loss, there is a knee jerk reaction from the selectors, drop a few players and bring in a few new ones. Sehwaag was doing okay in the tests and badly in the ODIs, but he is dropped first from the tests and then from the ODIs. Recently, Sehwaag, the opener, is brought back having done nothing in the domestic level after being dropped for 5 months in place of Rahul Dravid who is actually a middle order batsman. Are we trying to equate Mango with Banana? Bring a middle order batsman in place of a middle order batsman and bring a spinner in place of a spinner. It is so simple to understand.

    Now a day, the selection panel sees the performance of a player in a game or two and gives him a chance for the next 2 games. Team is selected on a match by match basis. Imagine about the confidence of the player and just think what kind of plan they would have in mind for the opposition? No wonder some of them play so selfishly, after all everyone wants to have a good career in the chosen area. Inexplicable is the case when youngsters like RP Sharma or S Badrinath are chosen in the team for 2-3 games and they never get a chance to play, and they are subsequently dropped. If you had no place for them, you should have never selected and if you selected them, you should give them a fair amount of chances even to be qualified to be dropped. Do the selectors do not understand this simple thing? Do they understand what would be the morale of those young players when they are dumped like this? In my opinion, this is just a way for the selectors to appease the mass and the media. They select them for some games when those young guns become talk of the media for some reasons and as soon as it pacifies, they are dropped for the same reasons. The chief selector is more in the news and before the cameras than an aspiring model. Perhaps they want to cover up for the missed limelight during their era.

    BCCI does nothing but makes money. Those 15 cricketers are nothing but its money making machines. Schedule tours mindlessly, no plan to give sufficient time in between those tours so that they could prepare themselves mentally for it, all these shows how inept BCCI is as an organization. Cricket is not the number one Agenda of BCCI, this is just the process to achieve what they have number 1 in their Agenda and that is to make money. Add to this the credentials of those who are heading the BCCI. The head of the sport body is an agriculture minister at a time when farmers are reportedly committing suicides on a regular basis. And all he does is to concentrate on seeing a few of those matches, to reprimand the selectors to concentrate on their jobs and to treat seniors well. Why do we expect such an inapt organization to be productive enough to produce good results?

    In spite of all these things, if team India wins its 50% of the matches, I think the team is really doing well. The fact is, Indian team wins now and then because of individual brilliance as we really posses' big talents in our team. We should be thankful to them who give us a reason to smile every now and then, in spite of them working under in-competitive bosses. It is tough to be productive when your boss doesn't want to work towards your main goal and it is almost impossible when he is inept, unaware and irresponsible. BCCI administration possesses all these qualities.

    The results from the individuals are as good as the administration that controls them. If the expected results ate not coming our ways, the administration should also get a pie of the blame in the same way it gets most of the pie of the revenue that it generates out of the cricket matches played by those players. But they hardly control cricket in India and they hardly are any administrators to be qualified to be a part of a board. Their comic and mindless reactions and not actions simply qualify them to be a part of Board of Circus and Comedy in India.

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    Out of the 41 hundreds, 11 hundreds have gone in vain.

    1. 137 off 137 balls Vs SriLanka at Delhi in 1996 World Cup.
    India scored 271/3 in 50 overs. The only other 50 score was from Azhar. SL made 272 in 48.4 overs. Manoj Prabhakar had 4-0-47-0. He also opened in the innings with Sachin and scored 7 of 36 balls.

    2. 100 of 111 Balls Vs Pak in Singapore- Apr 96.
    India 226 all out in 47.1 overs, When Sachin was out score was 186/4. Pak had a reduced target of 187 from 33 overs.

    3. 110 of 138 Balls vs Sri Lanka In Colombo - Aug 96.
    Again India 226 for 5 in 50 overs, Only other 50 score from Azhar (58 of 99 balls).Sachin has also bowled 6-0-29-1, the second most economical bowler and the only wicket taker (SL were 230/1 in 44.2) of the match next to Srinath

    4. 143 of 131 Balls Vs Aus at Sharjah, Apr 1998.
    This was chasing under lights. The qualifying match before the final. The whole world knows about this match. Still one interesting point, when Sachin was out India were 242 at 5 at 43 overs. Target was 276 in 46. Still India finished at 250/5 scoring just 8 of the next 3 overs. Great performance by Laxman and Kanithkar indeed.

    5. 101 of 140 Balls against SL at Sharjah in Oct 2000.
    Indian score was 224/8 in 50 overs. (No other 50 score). SL got 225/5 in 43.5, Sachin also bowled 5-0-22-0, better economy rate than everyone except Srinath.

    6. 146 of 153 Balls against Zimbabwe at Jodhpur - December 2000
    India made 283 / 8 in 50 overs. Sachin was the last man to be dismissed, score was 235/8 at 46.3 overs when he was out. Agarkar and Zaheer Khan propelled India to 283 in the last 3.3 overs. When Sachin has scored 146 of 235 in 46.3 overs, you can guess what the other 8 great batsmen were doing against the World class Zimbabwe attack. Second Highest scorer was Zaheer Khan with 32.
    Zim got 284/9 in 49.5 overs. Agarkar bowled the last over. Sachin also got 6-0-35-1

    7. 101 of 129 Balls Vs SA at Johannesburg - Oct 2001
    India got 279/5 in 50, Ganguly made 127 of 126 balls. When Ganguly got out, the score was 193-1 in 35.2 overs. Sachin was the last man to get out at 263. SA got 280 in 48.4 overs. Sachin bowled 9-0-51-0, second best in economy rate next only to Agarkar (10-0-45-1)

    8. 141 of 135 balls Vs Pak at Rawalpindi, March 2004.
    India were chasing 329 and were 317 all out in 48.4 overs, 8 balls to spare. No other batsman made even a 50 (when chasing 300 ) and when Sachin was out, India were 245-4 in 38.4 overs. They needed 85 from 68 balls with 6 wickets in hand.

    9. 123 of 130 Balls vs Pak at Ahmedabad, April 2005.
    India made 315/6 in 48 overs (48 over match), again no other 50 score. Second highest was Dhoni 47 of 64 balls, (third highest was extras - 39). Pak made 319 in 48 overs. The three quicks (Balaji, Nehra and Khan went for 188 runs from 26 overs between them taking only 2 wickets). Sachin bowled 6-0-36-1. No Harbhajan and no Kumble.

    10. 100 of 113 Balls Vs Pak at Peshawar, Feb-2006.
    India were 328 all out in 49.4 overs. Pathan and Dhoni got 60 each. When Sachin was out when India were 305-5 in 45 overs. Managed only 23 in the last 5 overs.Pak scored 311/7 in 47 overs and won by D/L method. Could have been anybody's game. Sachin did not bowl.

    11. 141* of 148 balls vs WI at Malaysia.
    India made 309 /5 in 50 overs. Sachin was not out. Pathan was the only other 50 scorer. WI made 141/2 in 20 overs and won by D/L method. Again could have been anybody's game.

    In the other 31 instances India has won 30 times and once there was no result.

    Now, please think again when you say sachin's 100s were in the losing cause and that he is not a team player.

    PERFORMANCE OF THE REAL CAMPION
    134 against Australia on 24th April 1998. Coca cola cup final in Sharjha. Ha ....No words to explain this innings. "The performance of a real champion".

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    Quote Originally Posted by jagan
    BCCI bunch of Jokers- By Anand Kumar
    One of my friends recently cracked a joke revealing what BCCI actually meant: Board of Circus and Comedy in India. You may laugh at this revelation but if you have followed the Indian cricket administration even for the last 5-6 months, you would agree on the aptness of the full form of this acronym. Let us try to evaluate this. Do they really control cricket in India? Are they really administrators to qualify for a Board? An honest answer to these two questions will always be NO.
    After every loss of Indian team, every one blames those XI players. They are criticized for their every move on the field and everything they have done seems to fetch a defeat. In this regard you would always hear a famous quote on India's greatest batsman ever, Sachin Tendulkar, that whenever he plays, India loses. How wise is that? Scoring runs would result in a defeat. With every loss, thousands of cricket experts are born and they want to make a point or two. Why the captain did X and why the bowler didn't bowl Y and how he dropped the catch? There would be plenty of reasons for the loss and people would be on look out for those XI players. It is good that for some reasons they are treated as heroes and are not easily available on Indian streets. But is this the problem? India's shameful exit from the 2007 world cup was really embarrassing for Indian cricket fans and more for those who are fanatic fans, but who are to be blamed? The cricketers, yes to some extent they are because they could not execute the plans they had in their mind and they could not deliver under pressure. But let us look a little further, who sent them in the world cup? You got it.

    Why are we blaming cricketers who go their and try their best to win the game? If they are not capable, it is not their mistake. The mistake was made by their bosses who selected them. If some employees turn out to be incompetent in a company, the questions are asked to their bosses as to why they were recruited in the first place? This is a very basic set up in a professional administration. Do we have this basic set up in BCCI? Are the administrators accountable for the losses of Team India? Are they under the same kind of pressure as the players are? Since the selection committee, selects the team, it should be criticized and hammered for the team losses. They should be made accountable for the performance of the team and the way cricketers are dropped or fired, they should also feel the heat. And believe me, everything will automatically fall in place, next time, their selection is always going to be better.

    For every loss, there is a knee jerk reaction from the selectors, drop a few players and bring in a few new ones. Sehwaag was doing okay in the tests and badly in the ODIs, but he is dropped first from the tests and then from the ODIs. Recently, Sehwaag, the opener, is brought back having done nothing in the domestic level after being dropped for 5 months in place of Rahul Dravid who is actually a middle order batsman. Are we trying to equate Mango with Banana? Bring a middle order batsman in place of a middle order batsman and bring a spinner in place of a spinner. It is so simple to understand.

    Now a day, the selection panel sees the performance of a player in a game or two and gives him a chance for the next 2 games. Team is selected on a match by match basis. Imagine about the confidence of the player and just think what kind of plan they would have in mind for the opposition? No wonder some of them play so selfishly, after all everyone wants to have a good career in the chosen area. Inexplicable is the case when youngsters like RP Sharma or S Badrinath are chosen in the team for 2-3 games and they never get a chance to play, and they are subsequently dropped. If you had no place for them, you should have never selected and if you selected them, you should give them a fair amount of chances even to be qualified to be dropped. Do the selectors do not understand this simple thing? Do they understand what would be the morale of those young players when they are dumped like this? In my opinion, this is just a way for the selectors to appease the mass and the media. They select them for some games when those young guns become talk of the media for some reasons and as soon as it pacifies, they are dropped for the same reasons. The chief selector is more in the news and before the cameras than an aspiring model. Perhaps they want to cover up for the missed limelight during their era.

    BCCI does nothing but makes money. Those 15 cricketers are nothing but its money making machines. Schedule tours mindlessly, no plan to give sufficient time in between those tours so that they could prepare themselves mentally for it, all these shows how inept BCCI is as an organization. Cricket is not the number one Agenda of BCCI, this is just the process to achieve what they have number 1 in their Agenda and that is to make money. Add to this the credentials of those who are heading the BCCI. The head of the sport body is an agriculture minister at a time when farmers are reportedly committing suicides on a regular basis. And all he does is to concentrate on seeing a few of those matches, to reprimand the selectors to concentrate on their jobs and to treat seniors well. Why do we expect such an inapt organization to be productive enough to produce good results?

    In spite of all these things, if team India wins its 50% of the matches, I think the team is really doing well. The fact is, Indian team wins now and then because of individual brilliance as we really posses' big talents in our team. We should be thankful to them who give us a reason to smile every now and then, in spite of them working under in-competitive bosses. It is tough to be productive when your boss doesn't want to work towards your main goal and it is almost impossible when he is inept, unaware and irresponsible. BCCI administration possesses all these qualities.

    The results from the individuals are as good as the administration that controls them. If the expected results ate not coming our ways, the administration should also get a pie of the blame in the same way it gets most of the pie of the revenue that it generates out of the cricket matches played by those players. But they hardly control cricket in India and they hardly are any administrators to be qualified to be a part of a board. Their comic and mindless reactions and not actions simply qualify them to be a part of Board of Circus and Comedy in India.
    Nice article and a brutal attack
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    sachin vs rcicky ponting
    For the last 10 years or so, there has never been a debate as to who the best ODI batsman is. Such has been the domination of one man, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, that no one has ever questioned his emperor status in ODI cricket. Having amassed 15,000 runs in the game with 41 hundreds, he is well ahead of the rest. It would probably take Ricky Ponting another ODI career to get even close to Tendulkar in ODI cricket as a gap of 18 centuries between the two players illustrates! Unless statistics are twisted, which is often the case when it comes to modern day media, they tend to indicate the truth. Given below are the records of both players in ODI cricket :



    Performance in ODI cricket



    Batsman
    Matches
    Runs
    Batting Average
    Highest Score
    100s
    50s

    S. Tendulkar
    388
    15051
    44.13
    186*
    41
    79

    R. Ponting
    288
    10395
    43.31
    164
    23
    62




    Sachin is the undisputed leader with respect to overall career records. However, all critics always tend to say that Tendulkar doesn't perform well in pressure situations whereas Ponting does. Lets look at the stats for all such games :



    Performance in matches where team won chasing a target (ODI)



    Batsman
    Matches
    Runs
    Batting Average
    Highest Score
    100s
    50s

    S. Tendulkar
    101
    4397
    58.62
    134
    13
    23

    R. Ponting
    77
    2670
    53.40
    124*
    4
    17




    Performance in Quarter Finals (ODI)



    Batsman
    Matches
    Runs
    Batting Average
    Highest Score
    100s
    50s

    S. Tendulkar
    3
    210
    70.0
    141
    1
    0

    R. Ponting
    3
    118
    39.33
    46
    0
    0




    Performance in Semi Finals (ODI)



    Batsman
    Matches
    Runs
    Batting Average
    Highest Score
    100s
    50s

    S. Tendulkar
    7
    232
    33.14
    83
    0
    2

    R. Ponting
    5
    71
    14.20
    37
    0
    0




    Performance in Finals (ODI)



    Batsman
    Matches
    Runs
    Batting Average
    Highest Score
    100s
    50s

    S. Tendulkar
    36
    1487
    47.96
    134
    4
    9

    R. Ponting
    33
    1217
    45.07
    140*
    2
    6




    Performance in Series Won (ODI)



    Batsman
    Matches
    Runs
    Batting Average
    Highest Score
    100s
    50s

    S. Tendulkar
    127
    5548
    51.37
    186*
    19
    26

    R. Ponting
    177
    7245
    47.98
    145
    18
    45




    Some might say that Tendulkar has played for a very long time so his records are bound to be phenomenal. If that's the case, then why isn't Inzamam Ul Haq's record anywhere close to Tendulkar's? Inzamam has been playing since 1991 and has played 378 matches and is still more than 3000 runs behind the little master. The stats above just illustrate the complete dominance of ODI batting by Tendulkar and I'm sure with the nullification of the argument of him not performing in pressure situations, the critics wouldn't have much to say.



    The real debate, however, in the last few years has been about Test Cricket. Everyone has been going gaga about Ponting's performances in the test arena and they are not wrong in doing so as he has scored 10 hundreds in the last one year or so. So is he a better test batsman than Tendulkar? On current form Ponting might have the edge. But overall, the scales definitely tilt towards Sachin. Here are some very interesting stats to back up my assertion.



    Performance in India (Tests)



    Batsman
    Matches
    Runs
    Batting Average
    Highest Score
    100s
    50s

    S. Tendulkar
    60
    4917
    55.24
    217
    16
    19

    R. Ponting
    8
    172
    12.28
    60
    0
    1




    Performance in Australia (Tests)



    Batsman
    Matches
    Runs
    Batting Average
    Highest Score
    100s
    50s

    S. Tendulkar
    12
    1029
    54.15
    241*
    4
    3

    R. Ponting
    62
    5483
    64.50
    257
    18
    24




    In their respective home countries, both batsman are prolific scorers averaging over 55 runs per innings. However, Tendulkar averages 54 even in Australia which is a feat in itself for any batsman in the world. The shocking bit is, and all Ponting supporters should brace themselves because this one is going to sting, Ponting averages 12.28 in India in test cricket! He has never even scored a century on Indian soil whereas Tendulkar scored two hundreds on his very first tour to Australia. The best spinner of all time - Shane Warne himself conceded that he had nightmares of Sachin smashing him into the stands. Muralitharan has been one of the premier spinners in the game for some time now and in all tests played against Sri Lanka in their backyard, Ponting averages a brilliant 54.45. Tendulkar, on the other hand averages a mind blowing 111.66. It is, therefore, safe to say that Tendulkar is by far the better player of spin bowling between the two.

    Performance in Sri Lanka (Tests)



    Batsman
    Matches
    Runs
    Batting Average
    Highest Score
    100s
    50s

    S. Tendulkar
    6
    670
    111.66
    143
    4
    2

    R. Ponting
    7
    599
    54.45
    141
    2
    3


    Having already looked at Australia, let us now also consider the performances of the two players in England - the home of swing bowling. Here too Tendulkar leads the race by a big margin.



    Performance in England (Tests)



    Batsman
    Matches
    Runs
    Batting Average
    Highest Score
    100s
    50s

    S. Tendulkar
    10
    1074
    71.60
    193
    4
    4

    R. Ponting
    13
    938
    42.63
    156
    3
    3




    Finally the best yardstick for a batsman is his performances in away matches. In that regard too, Sachin is one up on Ponting as the table below indicates.



    Performance in Away Matches (Tests)



    Batsman
    Matches
    Runs
    Batting Average
    Highest Score
    100s
    50s

    S. Tendulkar
    77
    6005
    55.60
    248*
    21
    24

    R. Ponting
    45
    3543
    51.34
    206
    13
    12






    The stats obviously prove who the best is and it's the Indian champ, who as always, is on top yet again. Putting the stats aside for a moment however, lets think objectively - Tendulkar faced the likes of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Allan Donald, Curtly Ambrose, Courtney Walsh and Shane Warne when they were at the peak of their careers and scored big runs against them. These are the finest bowlers of all time and include the best spinner (Warne) and the best left arm fast bowler (Akram) that the world has ever seen. He also faced Imran Khan, Craig Mcdermott, Devon Malcom, Glenn Mcgrath and Brett Lee. Ponting has had very little exposure to these guys. He has struggled against Vaas and Harbhajan and judging by that it is safe to say that he wouldn't have prospered against Wasim and Warne. Ponting undoubtedly is an exceptional player and probably one of the best players of the pull shot who has ever played the game but he is no Tendulkar!



    It's a classic case of Indians not acknowledging that we have the best batsman in the world playing for us in Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar and we'll probably only realise his worth once his magic has disappeared forever after his retirement just like the way we realised the worth of the Kohinoor only after it had been snatched away from us!

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    Quotes on Sach


    Abdul Qadir:
    I was fielding in the covers when Tendulkar came out to bat in his debut Test at Karachi. I still remember Waqar Younis was at his peak form at that time. Tendulkar tried to drive Waqar through the covers off his very first ball in Test cricket but was beaten all ends up. But I walked to captain Imran Khan and told him 'this kid looks very good' and Imran agreed with me.

    Then came the one-day international at Peshawar, which was reduced due to rain. When Tendulkar came at the crease I told him that not to get bogged down against me and he should try and hit me at all parts of the Arbab Niaz Stadium. It was not that I bowled badly but it was due to his ability that he hit me for I think 24 odd runs in one over.

    Then it became a routine for me to chat with young Tendulkar whenever we met in the nets or in the hotel. I used to give him tips how to play spinners and I must admit he was a good listener and always tried to learn. After the home series we went to Sharjah and although Tendulkar didn't score that many runs against my bowling I gave him tips off the field whenever we had time.






    Allan Donald:
    His shot selection is superb, he just lines you up and can make you look very silly. Everything is right in his technique and judgement. There isn't a fault there. He is also a lovely guy, and over the years I've enjoyed some interesting chats with him… Sachin is in a different class to Lara as a professional cricketer. He is a model cricketer, and despite the intolerable pressures he faces back home, he remains a really nice guy… Sachin is also the best batsman in the world, pulling away from Brain Lara every year…

    We'd heard all about him modelling himself on Sunil Gavaskar, and he had the same neatness, the same time to spare, the same calmness - and a very heavy bat.








    Anil Kumble:
    I am very privileged to have played with him and seen most of the runs that he has scored. I am also extremely happy to have shared the same dressing room... He is a very reserved person and generally keeps to himself. He is very determined, committed and doesn't show too many emotions. He just goes about doing his job.



    Barry Richards:
    First and foremost, Tendulkar is an entertainer and that for me is as important factor as any fact or figure. Too often boring players have been pushed forward as great by figures alone. For sheer entertainment, he will keep cricket alive.


    Bishen Singh Bedi:
    The thing I admire most about this man is his poise. The way he moves, elegantly without ever looking out of place in any condition or company, suggests his pedigree. I remember he had once come to New Delhi in the 1990s to collect his Arjuna Award (India's highest award to its top sportspersons) and he asked me if I would attend the function. He is a very sensitive human being….

    Sometimes you feel he really hasn't felt the kind of competition in the world his talent deserves. I would have loved to see him perform against top quality cricketers of the previous generation. It would really have brought out the best in him.





    Brett Lee:
    You might pitch a ball on the off stump and think you have bowled a good ball and he walks across and hits it for two behind mid wicket. His bat looks so heavy but he just waves it around like it's a toothpick.







    Brian Lara:
    Sachin is a genius. I'm a mere mortal.



    Clive Lloyd:
    He is a tremendous cricketer. He is young and has got a lot of ability. He's got his own style. He has got the temperament for big cricket and I hope that he goes from strength to strength.


    David Gower:
    For Sachin the balance is there. He is quick to complete his shot. He covers the crease much better than mere mortals.


    Dennis Lillee:
    If I'm to bowl to Sachin, I will bowl with my helmet on. He hits the ball so hard.




    Erapalli Prassana:
    In the early years, especially around the mid 90s, I had this feeling you could play around on his ego and get him out. He believed he could attack bowlers at any time and anyone who could bowl maidens to him stood a good chance. Things are of course different now


    Graeme Pollock:
    Tendulkar is the best in the world at the moment. Why I've always liked him is that batsmen tend to be negative at times and I think batting is not about not getting out - it is to play positively. I think you got to take it to the bowlers and Sachin is one such player. When you do so, you change the game, you change bowlers because they suddenly start bowling badly because they are under pressure.


    Greg Chappel:
    I'd like to see him go out one day and bat with a stump. I tell you he'd do OK…. I just get the feeling because of his mental strength that Sachin will be definitely the best player of his era and probably the best 2-3 of all time.


    Ian Chappel:
    Whenever I see Sachin play I am reminded of the Graeme Pollock quote of Cricket being a 'see the ball, hit the ball game.' He hits the ball as if it's there to be hit.


    Shane Warne:
    I'll be going to bed having nightmares of Sachin just running down the wicket and belting me back over the head for six... I don't think anyone, apart from Don Bradman, is in the same class as Sachin Tendulkar. He is just an amazing player.


    Steve Waugh:
    You take Don Bradman away and he is next up, I reckon.


    Wasim Akram:
    Eleven years ago when he first played against us in Pakistan, I remember (Imran) telling us this youngster (Tendulkar) is destined for big things. Imran took an immense liking to the determined youngster and I think he (Tendulkar) has not really disappointed in fulfilling his potential. I would have loved to bowl to him in my prime say six years ago.

    I could not do that because of the tense cricket relations between Pakistan and India. It is one of the biggest regrets of my cricket career. But the last time I bowled to him in a Test

    Viv Richards:
    I think he's marvellous. I think he will fit in whatever category of cricket that's been played or will be played, from the first ball that's ever been bowled to the last ball that's going to be. He can play in any era and at any level... What he looks to do first is to attack.

    If it's not there in the groove he waits for the line and defends. Most of the time batsmen, just because it could be a fearsome fast bowler they are facing, tend to defend. But Sachin's always ready. He's always in a position to take advantage of loose balls... He has something special. He's blessed. I would say he's 99.5 per cent perfect... Even if he retires tomorrow and doesn't achieve anything more he is right there.

    I have never seen Bradman but heard people talk about him. But I tell you what, if Bradman could bat like this man does then he was dynamite. Players like Sachin deserve to be preserved in cotton wool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by double chankan
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    sachin....
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    Tests ODIs FC LA
    Matches 142 407 239 480
    Runs scored 11289 15962 19894 18977
    Batting average 55.06 44.33 59.38 45.29
    100s/50s 37/47 41/87 63/91 52/101
    Top score 248* 186* 248* 186*

    Balls bowled 3742 7895 7077 10035
    Wickets 42 154 67 199
    Bowling average 51.02 43.71 60.05 41.57
    5 wickets in innings 0 2 0 2
    10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
    Best bowling 3/10 5/32 3/10 5/32
    Catches/stumpings 93/– 116/– 160/– 151/–

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