The Last Walk ?

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India won’t be playing their next test match until end of the year when they tour South Africa. India’s next test match at home won’t be until 18 months from now. Have we seen the great Sachin Tendulkar’s last test innings at home ? Perhaps even his last test innings ever ? Only time will tell. If indeed this is Sachin’s last tets innings ever, he has ended in Bradmansque way. Sir Don Bradman scored a duck in his last innings; Sachin did one better — he scored just one run !


Thank you Sachin Tendulkar : part 1

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The Mayans were right about something coming to an end. Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement from one day international (ODI) cricket. Thank you Sachin, for countless memorable ODI innings and victories. Memories are still fresh, be it the 49 ball 82 in your first innings as a opener, Operation Desert Storm in Sharjah in 1998 when your single handedly mauled the Aussies, the 2003 World Cup, The CB Series finals in Australia, the first double century in ODI cricket, and all the way down to the victory in the 2011 World Cup. My entire generation grew up as Sachin progressed through his career. No other person in India perhaps bought so much joy or smiles on people’s face  as Sachin did. Time Magazine rightly said, “We have had champions, we have had legends, but we have never had another Sachin Tendulkar and we never will.”

I wish Sachin Tendulkar gets a chance to sign off on a high when he decides to hang up his boots in Test Cricket as well. Thats when part 2 will come. Hoping he regains his form and there is still some time before we bid him the big adieu from cricket.

Tendulkar’s 14000

Sachin Tendulkar achieved yet another milestone when he completed 14,000 runs in test cricket. The live commentary on Cricinfo pretty much sums it up !

26.4 – Hauritz to Tendulkar, FOUR, 51.5 mph, Drum rolls…! The crowd have gone mad in joy. Tendulkar backs away to play a crunchy cut shot through cover point. The team-mates stand up in the pavilion. Ricky Ponting applauds him. Tendulkar raises his bat in the air. The crowd keep cheering him on. A nice moment for this little big man. 14,000 Test runs. He stands alone in that zone. Gavakar is on air and he can’t hide his joy. I remember SMG’s 10,000th run. he had got it with a lovely late cut and he took his floppy hat off when he set for that run. Nostalgia. Back to the present moment- Tendulkar has brought his special landmark with a cut shot

And now only a World Cup Victory remains …

Sachin Tendulkar attached yet another record to his name, when he became the 1st to score 200 runs in  an ODI.

Now only a World Cup Victory remains for Sachin …

A century in the 2011 World Cup final in his home city and victory for India would be a nice way to end his career 🙂

Bradman’s Brilliance

In 1937, Australians Donald Bradman and Jack Fingleton shared a then record 346 runs stand against England at Melbourne. When Mahela Jayawardene and Prasanna Jayawardene shared a 351 runs stand against India in the recently concluded the test match, they erased the last test partnership record from before World War II. The 346 run Bradman – Fingleton stand was indeed a special one.

Bradman and Fingleton came in low down the order because, with the match in the balance, Australia sent in its specialist bowlers first. Batting was impossible on a wet wicket drying under the Melbourne sun. Bradman, as captain, reckoned the bowlers were as likely to survive as the specialist batsmen, with the time they took at the crease allowing the pitch to dry and become easier.

It worked brilliantly. Australia lost five wickets for 97 runs before Bradman, who usually batted at number three, came in at number seven to join Fingleton, usually an opener. Their stand of 346 runs turned not only the match, but a series and possibly Bradman’s career.

Australia had been two down in a five-match series. It ended by winning the series, 3-2, the only team ever to have won from two down. Bradman, in his first series as captain, had been under fire. His position was never again in serious question before his retirement, as Sir Donald, in 1948.

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