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sachin tendulkar the masterblaster

His detractors said he’s too old for the one-day format of the game, and should retire from that form to give an opportunity to one of the youngsters as India shapes its team for the 2011 World Cup to be held in the sub-continent. The critics were also baying for his blood citing his lack of runs in matches that mattered. But, the man in question, a certain Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, chose to get back at these detractors in the manner he knows best – scoring runs when the team really needed them in the Commonwealth Bank tri-series – the crunch league match against Sri Lanka and the first two matches of the best-of-three finals that helped India defeat Australia and lift the trophy.
Tendulkar amassed 399 runs from the 10 innings that he played in the CB Series at an average of 44.33 and an impressive strike rate of 85.25 with a highest score of 117* to finish second behind only his teammate Gautam Gambhir who scored 440 runs from 10 innings to emerge as the highest run-scorer in the tri-series.
India’s three-month long tour Down Under has given the country potential superstars for the future in the shape of Gambhir, pacer Ishant Sharma, middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma and leg-spinner Piyush Chawla, not to forget the growing stature of Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the country’s T20 and ODI captain. However, the biggest positive and one that is bound to dishearten bowlers around the world is that Tendulkar is showing no signs of letting up!
Yes, Tendulkar was in patchy form during the first half of the CB Series where he often lost his wicket to the new ball and appeared to lose his edge, but all that changed in the 11th match of the tournament when India played Sri Lanka in a must-win game to ensure its place in the finals. Sri Lanka set India a modest target of 180 and Lasith Malinga removed Robin Uthappa early in the Indian run chase. This was the time when Tendulkar decided to take charge of the proceedings and played some breathtaking shots in his attacking knock of 63 off 54 balls to ensure there would be no further hiccups. The sheer arrogance of his shots seemed to deflate the Lankans, and by the time Muttiah Muralitharan managed to dismiss Tendulkar in the 21st over, India were only 60 runs away from victory.

March 9, 2008 at 5:47 pm Leave a comment

Sachin silences the critics [ especially sanjay manjrekar]

Manjrekar resently made few comments on little genius inablity to perform in the second innings and sachin made him to eat his words as he use to do from past 17 years.

He played an awsome innings to guide india home in first final of CB-Series.

Sachin Tendulkar scored his first ODI century in Australia as India won the first final of the CB series by six wickets at the SCG but i missed this innings as i was working on weekend.

Hope India wins the second final and return home triumphant.

All the best…..

March 2, 2008 at 11:23 am 26 comments

Sydney Test: Black Sunday

Brief Story of scripted!! reality show ever happened J
Some interesting facts from this match :-
India played with only 9 players because Jaffer & Yuvi is not at all considerable.
Australia played with 13 players … nooooh  not jaffer & yuvi are with aussie J thr two new debutant bucknor & bensen performed exceptionally well.  
After Sydney match Australian team requesting DP (OSO girl ) to stay there for next two matches also so that …. U can understand J , (condition apply – same smilie should be there as below J (yuvi’s score)).
Fourth umpire is introduced in this great match for some tough decisions J …. Yeah ur right its Mr. Punter (Ponting).
Man of the Match – Bucknor & Bensen
{ joint effort from both of them … hats off to both new Australian players}
7 decisions against INDIA & 1 against Australia
– Who lost INDIA or Cricket?
Here is the updated Scorecard

Australia 463-10 (112.3) Runs Balls 4s 6s SR  
P Jaques c Dhoni b RP Singh 0   9 0 0 0.00  
M Hayden c Tendulkar b RP Singh 13   26 2 0 50.00  
R Ponting  * 1 Life lbw b Harbhajan 55   69 9 0 79.71  
M Hussey c Tendulkar b RP Singh 41   79 3 0 51.90  
M Clarke lbw b Harbhajan 1   4 0 0 25.00  
A Symonds * 3 Life not out 162   226 18 2 71.68  
A Gilchrist c Tendulkar b RP Singh 7   8 1 0 87.50  
B Hogg c Dravid b Kumble 79   102 10 0 77.45  
B Lee lbw b Kumble 59   121 10 0 48.76  
M Johnson c Ganguly b Kumble 28   31 5 0 90.32  
S Clark lbw b Kumble 0   4 0 0 0.00  
Extras: 18 ( b:2 lb:9 nb:3 w:4)
Actual Total: 463-14 (112.3) | Curr. RR: 4.12


India 532-10 (138.2) Runs Balls 4s 6s SR  
W Jaffer b Lee  (NO BALL) 3   25 0 0 12.00  
R Dravid c Hayden b Johnson 53   160 9 0 33.12  
VVS Laxman c Hussey b Hogg 109   142 18 0 76.76  
S Tendulkar * 1 Life not out 154   243 14 1 63.37  
S Ganguly c Hussey b Hogg 67   78 7 1 85.90  
Yuvraj Singh lbw b B Lee 12   24 2 0 50.00  
MS Dhoni c Gilchrist b Lee 2   13 0 0 15.38  
*A Kumble c Gilchrist b Lee 2   5 0 0 40.00  
Harbhajan Singh c Hussey b Johnson 63   92 8 0 68.48  
RP Singh c Gilchrist b Clark 13   22 2 0 59.09  
Ishant Sharma c and b Lee 23   34 5 0 67.65  
Extras: 31 ( b:4 lb:13 nb:8 w:6)
Total: 532-10 (138.2) | Curr. RR: 3.85


Australia 401-7 Dec (107) Runs Balls 4s 6s SR  
P Jaques c Yuvraj b Kumble 42   82 5 0 51.22  
M Hayden c Jaffer b Kumble 123   196 12 0 62.76  
*R Ponting c Laxman b Harbhajan 1   4 0 0 25.00  
M Hussey * 1 Life not out 145   259 16 0 55.98  
M Clarke c Dravid b Kumble 0   1 0 0 0.00  
A Symonds c Dhoni b RP Singh 61   100 7 0 61.00  
A Gilchrist c Yuvraj b Kumble 1   4 0 0 25.00  
B Hogg c Dravid b Harbhajan 1   2 0 0 50.00  
B Lee not out 4   3 0 0 133.33  
M Johnson              
S Clark              
Extras: 23 ( b:3 lb:8 nb:9 w:3)
Total: 401-7 Dec (107) | Curr. RR: 3.75


India 210-10 (70.5) Runs Balls 4s 6s SR  
R Dravid c & b  Bucknor
38   103 6 0 36.89  
W Jaffer c Clarke b Lee 0   4 0 0 0.00  
VVS Laxman lbw b Clark 20   34 3 0 58.82  
S Tendulkar b Clark 12   16 3 0 75.00  
S Ganguly c & b Bensen 51   56 9 0 91.07  
Yuvraj Singh b Shanti Priya (OSO girl)   J   3 0 0 0.00  
M Dhoni lbw b Symonds 35   82 6 0 42.68  
*A Kumble not out 45   111 7 0 40.54  
Harbhajan Singh c Hussey b Clarke 7   14 1 0 50.00  
RP Singh lbw b Clarke 0   1 0 0 0.00  
Ishant Sharma c Hussey b Clarke 0   3 0 0 0.00  
Extras: 2 ( b:0 lb:0 nb:2 w:0)
Total: 210-10 (70.5) | Curr. RR: 2.96


Australia O M R W Nb Wd RPO  
B Lee 13 3 34 2 1 0 2.62  
Steve Bucknor 0.1 0 0 1 O 0 0.00  
Mark Bensen 0.1 0 0 1 O 0 0.00  
Shanti Priya 0.1 0 0 1 O 0 0.00  
A Symonds 19 5 51 3 0 0 2.68  
M Clarke 1.5 0 5 3 0 0 2.73  

to be continued… ( for remaining matches J)  

January 9, 2008 at 3:31 am 2 comments

Sydney Test: Joke

Ponting and Co

Procter:Did you call Symonds as Monkey?

Bhajji: No,I called a monkey as Symonds.

Procter:So you did

Bhajji : (Silence)

Procter : How dare,you insulted a monkey.You are banned for 3 matches.

Bhajji : Sad

Ponting& Co : !!???

Ponting : hey,Symonds.What he said?

Symonds : What ever,he is banned.You can bat well next game.

Ponting : No,Anil is also there,ask him whether he can ban him also.

Symonds : We’ll see in next match,if he takes your wicket,we’ll complain.

Ponting; Then ok. Come 

January 8, 2008 at 2:39 am Leave a comment

Sydney Test:2008 AWARDS

Best Umpire:                 Ricky Ponting
Best Australian Players:   Steve Bucknor, Mark Benson

Honest Team:                Australia

Best Actor:                    Michael Clarke

Honest Player:               Symonds

January 8, 2008 at 2:38 am 1 comment

Sydney Test: When Cheaters turned Teachers

After watching the test match,  some rules have to be incorporated by ICC to give the other teams a perfect clarification
   Ricky Ponting – (THE TRULY GENUINE CRICKETER OF THE CRICKET ERA AND WHOSE INTEGRITY SHOULD NOT BE DOUBTED) should be considered as the FOURTH UMPIRE. As per the new rules, FOURTH UMPIRE decision is final and will over ride any decisions taken by any other umpires. ON-FIELD umpires can seek the assistance of RICKY PONTING even if he is not on the field. This rule is to be made, so that every team should understand the importance of the FOURTH UMPIRE.
   While AUSTRALIAN TEAM is bowling, If the ball flies anywhere close to the AUSTRALIAN FIELDER(WITHIN 5 metre distance), the batsman is to be considered OUT irrelevant of whether the catch was taken cleanly or grassed. Any decision for further clarification should be seeked from the FOURTH UMPIRE. This is made to ensure that the cricket is played with SPORTIVE SPIRIT by all the teams.
   While BATTING, AUSTRALIAN players will wait for the ON-FIELD UMPIRE decisions only (even if the catch goes to the FIFTH SLIP as the ball might not have touched the bat). Each AUSTRALIAN batsman has to be out FOUR TIMES (minimum) before he can return to the pavilion. In case of THE CRICKETER WITH INTEGRITY, this can be higher.
   UMPIRES should consider a huge bonus if an AUSTRALIAN player scores a century. Any wrong decisions can be ignored as they will be paid huge bonus and will receive the backing of the AUSTRALIAN team and board.
   All AUSTRALIAN players are eligible to keep commenting about all players on the field and the OPPONENT TEAM should never comment as they will be spoiling the spirit of the AUSTRALIAN team. Any comments made in any other language are to be considered as RACISM only.
   MATCH REFREE decisions will be taken purely on the AUSTRALIAN TEAM advice only. Player views from the other teams decisions will not be considered for hearing. MATCH REFREES are to be given huge bonus if this rule is implemented.
   NO VISITING TEAM should plan to win in AUSTRALIA. This is to ensure that the sportive spirit of CRICKET is maintained.
   THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE: If any bowler gets RICKY PONTING – “THE UNDISPUTED CRICKETER WITH INTEGTIRY IN THE GAME OF CRICKET” more than twice in a series, he will be banned for the REST OF THE SERIES. This is to ensure that the best batsman/Captain will be played to break records and create history in the game of CRICKET.
These rules will clarify better to the all the teams VISITING AUSTRALIA.

January 7, 2008 at 9:10 am 1 comment

sachin tendulkar the little genius

When many people say how many of Sachin’s hundreds have come for awinning cause,Here is analysis of each of those centuries he scored

when INDIA lost and reason why it went in vain.

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

1. 137 off 137 (Strike rate 100) 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 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

(We cant blame because next 3 are match fixtures) . Pak had a reduced

target of 187 from 33 overs.

3. 110 of 138 Balls (Slower but…) 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. 7 bowlers were used by Azhar.

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 (Game

of Dougla Mariliar)

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. Kumble 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 was chasing 329 and was 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. It is a fact that for the

entire 90’s India played International cricket with 1 PLAYER and 10


P.S: Forward this to all those people for the great man’s commitment,

his centuries are not in losing cause and ENLIGHTEN them!!!

Respect the genius…

November 16, 2007 at 1:25 pm 4 comments

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