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How does Sachin Tendulkar do it?

Soutik Biswas | 13:14 UK time, Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Sachin Tendulkar after his world record innings in Gwalior, IndiaHow does Sachin Tendulkar do it? How does a 36-year-old cricketer stay at the top of the game for 20 years? How does he retain this insatiable hunger for achievement after scoring more than 30,000 runs in the long (Test) and shorter (50 over) versions of the game?

Cricket fans are asking these questions again after Tendulkar created history by firing the first double century in one-day internationals.

It was an unbelievable innings of brutal finesse - he smacked 25 fours and three sixes and batted just 147 balls to score 200. He simply toyed with South Africa's formidable bowlers.

"Take a bow master!", "You little champion!", gasped the commentators as Tendulkar walked back to the pavilion and the crowds went delirious.

"If anybody is deserving of this feat, it is Tendulkar and nobody else," gushed another commentator, and then ran out of words.

You are indeed lost for words trying to explain the genius, elegance and sheer power of one of the greatest cricketers ever born, but more so after his breathtaking display at Gwalior on Wednesday.

I think the best tribute to Tendulkar's genius came from former cricketer and present day guru of cricket writing Peter Roebuck.

"Viv Richards could terrorise an attack with pitiless brutality, Lara could dissect bowlers with surgical and magical strokes, Tendulkar can take an attack apart with towering simplicity. From the start he had an uncanny way of executing his strokes perfectly. Tendulkar was born to bat," he once wrote.

Tendulkar is India's biggest icon and proudest possession - I remember the rising crescendo of noise when he walked up to receive an award in a stadium filled to the brim in Mumbai two years ago. There were other cricket and Bollywood stars being feted that evening. Nobody could match the reception that Tendulkar got.

If you want to know how difficult it has been for Tendulkar to become the greatest cricketer India has ever had, listen to Roebuck again:

"The runs, the majesty, the thrills, do not capture his achievement. Reflect upon his circumstances and then marvel at his feat. Here is a man obliged to put on disguises so that he can move around the streets, a fellow able to drive his cars only in the dead of night for fear of creating a commotion, a father forced to take his family to Iceland on holiday, a person whose entire adult life has been lived in the eye of a storm."

It has been an incredible journey for this magician of cricket. And he is still pulling off new tricks and hitting fresh milestones. How does he do it?

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  • 1. At 2:32pm on 24 Feb 2010, manofthematch wrote:

    Undoubtedly he is THE MASTER OF CRICKET OF ALL TIME. Aussies may challenge this but who cares.
    Well Done Sir Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar.
    Dhoni played a spoilsport today. Easily Tendulkar could have scored 220+ if Dhoni gave him the opportunity.

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  • 2. At 2:37pm on 24 Feb 2010, BakedBeans wrote:

    No better bat to score ODI double than Sachin.

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  • 3. At 2:42pm on 24 Feb 2010, Jack wrote:

    It really is unbelievable that at 36, you can argue that he's now having his best consistent run he's ever had, as well as the astonishing 200 today, he's already on a run of a century per test so far this year, 4 in a row(and he had a century in December to boot, 5 from 6 tests), let's not forget that he's been knocking on the door of this achievement as well in the past year, having already hit two mammoth 150+'s already.

    All in a days work for the GOAT though.

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  • 4. At 2:44pm on 24 Feb 2010, intruder2010 wrote:

    Not only he scored 200 runs, in this game he also hit highest number of 4's which is also a world record. This record will remain unbeaten in this century. I hope Sachin will continue to play for another 10 years. What will we expect from a player, can we expect more than this? I dont think so.

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  • 5. At 2:51pm on 24 Feb 2010, mitty_w wrote:

    I used to complain about Sachin's lack of composure under pressure, he just made me eat my words. I just have to accept that Sachin is Sachin and appreciate his feats. I cannot expect him to be everyone. Like Ponting, Inzamam. Those guys have their points, and Sachin has his own points. Many of them.

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  • 6. At 3:04pm on 24 Feb 2010, King Cobra wrote:

    SACHIEN TENDULKAR IS SIMPLY THE BEST BATSMAN THAT I SAW IN MY LIFETIME GOD BLESS HIM......

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  • 7. At 3:46pm on 24 Feb 2010, reddevil100 wrote:

    for me he is one of the greatest batsmen but not no1,Ricky ponting has achieved more than he has,considering ricky has played less test and ODI's than sachin.take nothing away from him but thats my opinion.

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  • 8. At 4:24pm on 24 Feb 2010, Garth Geyan wrote:

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  • 9. At 4:40pm on 24 Feb 2010, Sm1983 wrote:

    He is simply the Greatest! Is there anything left to prove? I hope that his critics are running for this hills now - beat this!

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  • 10. At 4:45pm on 24 Feb 2010, intruder2010 wrote:

    @ Garth Geyan- You are making yourself silly mate, what has Hindi got to do with sachin scoring 200.

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  • 11. At 5:01pm on 24 Feb 2010, Redmatrix wrote:

    Brain Lara was the better batsmen in my opinion. Most of Tendulkars stats have been made against medicore teams and countless meaningless games against sri lanka.

    yawnnnnnnnn so wonder cricket comes across as such a dull game.

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  • 12. At 5:04pm on 24 Feb 2010, wroglet wrote:

    I think any one has to agree that Tendulkar is by far the best batsman of his generation: unbelievably talented and determined. But to say that he is the best of all time is maybe a little over the top. There was a guy many years ago called Bradman! Let's not forget that his average was fractionally short of 100 - and that he was batting on pitches that the modern cricketer would probably compare to a ploughed field. And he wore no helmet, batting against the ferocious pace of Larwood. Spinners then also turned the ball hugely. Even the bats used in those days were hardly high-tech! So all credit to Tendulkar - and indeed to Lara. But let's not get carried away . . .

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  • 13. At 5:09pm on 24 Feb 2010, RaniV wrote:

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  • 14. At 5:11pm on 24 Feb 2010, Princetonian wrote:

    He must be the genius of Cricket sport, like Joe Montana (of NFL) or Michael Jordan (of NBA). Great work Mr. Sachin.

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  • 15. At 5:14pm on 24 Feb 2010, U14241472 wrote:

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  • 16. At 5:27pm on 24 Feb 2010, thewallofindia wrote:

    The little master scored a magnificent double hundred and it is fitting that he made the first ever double hundred in this form of the game. Congratulations to the demigod of Indian cricket for achieving the land mark having missed it previously in Newzealand where he made 160 and in hyderabad where he made 175 in a loosing cause.

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  • 17. At 6:44pm on 24 Feb 2010, SS11 wrote:

    Sachin has blessed us with greatest innings ever. He;'s the best in world.
    Sachin... Sachin... Sachin Sachin....

    Just chant the mantra and God will please us all :)

    Thank You Sachin!!!

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  • 18. At 7:03pm on 24 Feb 2010, BakedBeans wrote:


    For few India hating posters here

    Tamil People living in Srilanka too enjoy cricket ....

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  • 19. At 7:26pm on 24 Feb 2010, ghostofsichuan wrote:

    It is just a game. Nothing else in the world changed.

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  • 20. At 8:24pm on 24 Feb 2010, ManojUK wrote:

    No doubt the little master is worshipped as the GOD of the religion 'Cricket' in the Indian subcontinent. He is definitely the greatest batsman of the game.

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  • 21. At 9:29pm on 24 Feb 2010, fuzzy1123 wrote:

    If it was any cricketer in the world who deserved this landmark achievement it was Mr. Tendulkar. Not because he is one of the best batsmen in the world but because of the discipline, passion, self-motivation and the fitness he has shown in the last 20 years. This man has kept himself fit , available and has constantly performed. The 'feel good' factor has almost always been around ie the love of his fellow team mates and a billion more cricket crazy Indians. But than to be loved you need to deliver, which is exactly what this guy has done time and again. One can count a number of great cricketers who were and are extremely talented, prolific and charismatic but this guy will be remembered for all of that and much much more 'as the best in the world'.
    Well done Tendulkar

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  • 22. At 9:41pm on 24 Feb 2010, sankalp wrote:

    I find this blog funny and childish.
    Is writer trying to learn how to write or something?
    Copy pasting what others said about him is not blogging buddy.
    And it sounds really hillarious that someone like peter is commenting on lara and sachine , who is this peter?anyone ever heard his name in life?
    I never thought bbc is touching new low everywhere.

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  • 23. At 10:15pm on 24 Feb 2010, manofthematch wrote:

    What Dhoni did was absolutely pathetic. I think he was jealous. I am damn sure that if Sachin had scored more than 220(it was easily possible if Dhoni rotated the strike) it would be impossible to break the recod for ages. SHAME ON YOU DHONI.

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  • 24. At 10:24pm on 24 Feb 2010, the_crunch wrote:

    Congrats to the first MAN to score a one day double hundred, but lets not forget that Belinda Clark did this in 1997 in Mumbai for the World Cup - 229* off 155 balls!

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  • 25. At 10:32pm on 24 Feb 2010, ranvir wrote:

    @redmatrixsat

    All teams look mediocre against the "Great Master". Ponting and Lara dont even come close. Ponting is poor batsman, an overrated captain and a fake cricketer. Brian Lara although great in his own way is a mere shadow of Tendulkar.

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  • 26. At 11:54pm on 24 Feb 2010, Indian Canary wrote:

    manofthematch

    what are u talking about.
    India wanted to reach 400 so he felt that if he scored quickly then they could maintain a decent run rate whilst sachin got to the landmark.

    simple as that.

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  • 27. At 00:22am on 25 Feb 2010, thefrogstar wrote:

    It's always great to read about the achievements of people who are not just talented, but like-able as well.

    The BBC also had story today from India about a German manufacturer of a "luxury pen" that cost $24,000.
    They were having to apologize to an Indian court for putting an image of Gandhi on the pen.

    Perhaps they should have just used Sachin instead.

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  • 28. At 01:34am on 25 Feb 2010, uglynfatgit wrote:

    Quite an interesting blog post Mr. Biswas. I always wonder what drives people like Sachin to keep going even when mere mortals like me think there is nothing else for them to achieve.

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  • 29. At 02:10am on 25 Feb 2010, poker wrote:

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  • 30. At 05:21am on 25 Feb 2010, jamrith wrote:

    I was privileged (courtesy my retired status)to watch this magnificent knock (on TV) in its entirety. But Tendulkar, the complete team man that he is,would never quibble about Dhoni monopolising the strike, that is just the way it happened; Sachin got his 200 while Dhoni ensured that the 400 barrier was crossed.

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  • 31. At 06:10am on 25 Feb 2010, SempreSami wrote:

    Great player, but a flat subcontinental pitch and short boundaries.

    MEH

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  • 32. At 07:40am on 25 Feb 2010, tilermatt wrote:

    You have to consider the amount of pressure on Tendulker from the Indian public every time the the little giant graces the 22 yard track. The great man can't get an hair cut without getting mobbed. You have to ask the question could Ponting deal with that and still score 100 after 100. For me Tendulker is the best batsman ever to play in my lifetime, Shane Warne being the best Bowler. I just wish 1 of them could have been English.

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  • 33. At 08:13am on 25 Feb 2010, mats wrote:

    i agree with sankalp, i too dont knw who is this peter. who is the chap commenting on greats like sachin and lara. is peter the cheif of Peter England shirt.......

    Someboday commented that, he dont put sachin as the no 1 , as sachin looses out to Ponting. My dear Freind, No 1 is includes every aspect. There was a period when sachin use to carry billions of indian hope to be carresed with the BAT. Has pointing gone thru this Real Test. No and will never ever. The pressure to perform on sachin was toooo huge than anyone else had. To this and for his achievement, we can say Sachin is No 1. One more, Conduct. Pointing is the worst behaviour cricketer as per survey. Where is Sachin buddy.... think twice before comaparing greats with low core chaps.

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  • 34. At 09:53am on 25 Feb 2010, Sameer Patro wrote:

    It would be unfair to compare today's cricketer against Sir Bradman's era. Many things have changed with time. Where the grounds have become bigger, the cricket ball has become quicker, the bats have come wider and heavy! Leaving all aside cricket today is a much more professional than what it used to be. Today a batsman and bowler can read a each other's weakness by analysing video and take advantage of the pitch. If there were challenges at Bradman's time, there are no less challenge for today's cricketer. Taking Sachin to Bradman's era or bringing Bardman to play cricket today could have completely different outcome. They both are masters of their own time. And today Sachin is the best and nothing can take his gloss away.

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  • 35. At 10:35am on 25 Feb 2010, bobsy wrote:

    He is simply the Greatest!

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  • 36. At 12:35pm on 25 Feb 2010, Jerry wrote:

    Well said matts

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  • 37. At 1:25pm on 25 Feb 2010, rituchoker wrote:

    sachin you can only do it because you are simply the greatest of all time.

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  • 38. At 1:26pm on 25 Feb 2010, eddy wrote:

    No one can deny the little master's genius in both forms of the game. He is no doubt the greatest allround player ever. Bradman didnt get the chance to play ODI so we will never know on that front. The other two candidates for best batsman ever are Lara and Richards. Richards played his whole career without a helmet and i doubt ANY player today(inc Tendulkar, Lara, Ponting etc) would have the same records they have now without a helmet. Then there is Lara. At the time of his retirement he had more test runs in less matches, less innings and less time than Tendulkar did when he became leading run maker. Lara also broke a major record at 36 years old. The first player (and only) to score 400 in a Test innings. Lara is the only player in history to have held all three major run scoring records at the same time- most runs in test cricket 11953, 1st class high score 501* and test high score 400*.

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  • 39. At 1:33pm on 25 Feb 2010, Scimk wrote:

    I don't get the 'flat pitch, short boundaries' comments which are being made. One day games are played on any number of similar pitches yet it took until game 2962 for someone to score 200 - it can't be that easy can it!

    It may not have been the best innings ever played and I'm sure that Tendulkar himself will rate others higher but give the man a break and enjoy what he achieved. It was against a good attack in a series which was still live.

    http://crictips.com

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  • 40. At 1:51pm on 25 Feb 2010, Federer=Elegance wrote:

    I consider myself lucky to be a part of this generation where in I got to see most of Sachin's career !!

    And the ignorant posters blaming Dhoni for being selfish....Think abt it-Sachin was tired and cramping-for all we know It was Sachin who told Dhoni to take care of the strike and just let him get a few more singles to reach the milestone...you mugs !

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  • 41. At 2:18pm on 25 Feb 2010, splendidsparrow wrote:

    He's one of the greatest batsmen of all time; but certainly not the greatest, that is a highly subjective view.

    Having said that, Sachin is the greatest active player who seems destined to be the first man in history to hit 50 Test tons. And that is a record that is likely to stand the test of time!

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  • 42. At 3:36pm on 25 Feb 2010, Cricket2000 wrote:

    Congrats Tendulkar. Scoring 200 in ODI is indeed an achievement. But scoring when it matters (like World Cup) is more important. If a team cannot make it to even quarterfinals in World Cup, well...

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  • 43. At 4:59pm on 25 Feb 2010, IndianInAmerica wrote:

    Sachin! What a fantastic achievement. While a debate goes on as to the best player you proved the point by getting there. Wish you many more successes.

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  • 44. At 5:19pm on 25 Feb 2010, WiltsJonesy123 wrote:

    Excellent innings by Tendulkar, but I do not think that its the greatest ODI Innings of all time, that honour still goes to Sir Viv Richards' 189* against England at Old Trafford, considering the lack of support he was shown by his teammates on that day.

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  • 45. At 5:35pm on 25 Feb 2010, Shashi wrote:

    I had played Cricket for India in my dreams but never ever dared to dream a 200 . Thank You God for making me so Lucky to see a legend play live ! Sir Sachin Thank You for all the entertainment !

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  • 46. At 6:03pm on 25 Feb 2010, vijay wrote:

    I am a Sachin fan who is very happy in masterblaster scoring a double ton. I read almost all the articles and blogs on internet. I have to say few things her.
    a. "If Dhoni allowed he would have scored 220+" absolutely wrong comment.He was crawling to 200. No boundary since he kept an eye on 200.He was tired too. If Dhoni gave a lot of strike to Sachin then they would have scored only 370 or so. Captain did excellent job just enough for him to score 200 and India scoring 400.
    b.I read somany articles and blogs about " What else he can achieve?"
    Does he have a 300 in test? does he have a fastest 50 100 or 200, 300, 400, 500 in any format? Does he have a world cup with him? Is hea good finisher of the game? He cannot compain about these things. Whoever played along with (Viru) scored two 300 + scores and one 290 +, Most of them got world cup ( 20-20) with them. How can you justify by not playing 20-20 world cup for india and playing for IPL in full swing?

    What he has to do is concentrate hard and hard and get 300+ scors in test and probably beat Lara for a 400 or 500+. He has to get a lucky break for that. Let him finish the matches till India reaches victory target. Let us hope that he will achive them before he calls it a day.

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  • 47. At 10:19pm on 25 Feb 2010, A3 wrote:

    Soutik,

    You really need to find something better to do, putting together a list of quotes from others does not make an interesting read.

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  • 48. At 11:33pm on 25 Feb 2010, Buds wrote:

    No doubt Sachin has been a fine player. However while so many former players from all around the world have commended him now and before, there is never a good word from him for others....its all about me and my country. Who does not want to do well for his country, but the grace of Sachin can be improved if he can be gracious towards the achievements of others as well.

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  • 49. At 06:06am on 26 Feb 2010, ArunBelur wrote:

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  • 50. At 06:32am on 26 Feb 2010, Hats off to The GOATs of all Sports wrote:

    He is the legend in cricket. Cant find another batsman like him. There is only one record to break. 400 runs in an innings in a test match.

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  • 51. At 09:33am on 26 Feb 2010, 123 wrote:

    Im suprised there are still some people who are reluctant to accept thar Sachin is the greatest of all time. If you look at his stats you will see he has hit centuries against all the cricket playing nations. In the last 2 series he has tooken both autralia ans south africa apart and these are the so called better teams. 46 test centuries and 47 ODI centuries says it all. Also people are saying alot of his runs are aginst lesser teams but even australia and england play these teams so why hasnt peterson got more centuries or Ponting. And playing more games is not an excuse just because Sachin was good enough at the age of 16. He is the greatest cricketer of all times and his records will not be broken!!

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  • 52. At 12:58pm on 26 Feb 2010, Ali wrote:

    Well done Sachin...Congratulations for your feat..best of luck for future..

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  • 53. At 1:18pm on 26 Feb 2010, karim1981 wrote:

    ahh i just keep watching it over and over again, what a majestic innings..

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  • 54. At 1:34pm on 26 Feb 2010, D wrote:

    Sachin must really be the greatest player to have ever picked up a cricket bat, and there is one reason for that, because Sachin is recognised all over the world as "one of the greatest batsmen" and he's not even white!! if he was white he would be as bigger than jesus! ricky ponting has no class and uses alternate methods to gain wins whether its swearing at someones mum or just being an cheat, but its not cricket!

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  • 55. At 1:37pm on 26 Feb 2010, D wrote:

    Is he better than gavaskar? some say he played against better bowlers and had nobody in support? my dad says gavaskar was better!

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  • 56. At 2:08pm on 26 Feb 2010, Namarkiv wrote:

    Sometimes in history a person is born who will change the course of mankind. Alexander, Newton, Lenin, Gandhi..... Now Sachin Tendulkar. Life becomes richer and more meaningful because of their impact.

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  • 57. At 2:30pm on 26 Feb 2010, Sunil Mishra wrote:

    Sachin is all time best... thats what Sautik may have concurred but I think BBC editor may have moderated his view from Soutiks blog to Peter who... blog....
    Aussies will never agree that Sachin is all time best cricketer putting pathetic excuses. But what is happening is in an attempt to prove they are making whole new generation Cricket fans to have a peek to Bradmans history and that is making us to believe that Bradman scored extraordinarily because there wasnt any class player in whites only cricket field.
    Personal Fact: Few years back I used to regard Bradman as best. Now I think even Ponting is better than Bradman.

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  • 58. At 2:46pm on 26 Feb 2010, rgh1066 wrote:

    Greatest batsman of all time, perhaps. Not sure about cricketer. That would surely be an all-rounder. W. G. Grace's records in bowling and taking catches will probably last forever - not least since he played professionally well into his fifties! Proud to have seen Tendulkar in his pomp, though. Makes up for not having been alive when Bradman was showing everyone how it should be done - and it's telling that Bradman admired Tendulkar above all contemporary batsmen too.

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  • 59. At 4:34pm on 26 Feb 2010, Guru S wrote:

    An unparalled man, an unparalled cricketer, an unparalled global sports icon. And for India, a national hero. Nay, a national treasure. Words fail me in adequately honoring this man of many, many accomplishments. To echo India's billion-plus cricket-mad people: Cricket is our religion. Sachin is our God.

    Sachin pahjee, tussi great ho! (Sachin, you are great!)

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  • 60. At 5:30pm on 26 Feb 2010, Pankaj Patel wrote:

    Sachin,
    You are a Great Batsman in world. New generation will remember SACHIN TENDULKAR like Don Bradman we remember now. He has techinque to play test as well as one day cricket with great patience.

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  • 61. At 5:36pm on 26 Feb 2010, Harminder Dhak wrote:

    Congratulations to Sachin, he deserved another record to his name and i think this innings he played perfectly summed him up.

    To people hating on Dhoni on his innings i'm sorry if this offends but your view is stupid. Tendulkar was obviously feeling from the tiredness and cramp, you could see it when he ran. Dhoni also knew India needed a big score as they had the opportunity to get one. I won't lie at times i did say Dhoni what are you doing when the India innings hit 47 overs, I felt he needed to return the strike.

    Dhoni scored fast and hard and moved India from a very good position to a great position. Dhoni knew Tendulkar had a big chance and I'm sure Tendulkar had a word in his ear to say carry on. Tendulkar wasn't greedy and rightfully so, he got his 200 and let Dhoni get his half century and India romp to a mammoth score.

    It's a team sport, irrelevant if India had a big score Tendulkar i'm sure took a decision which saw the team, himself and Dhoni profit from the partnership.

    Congratulations to in my eyes the purist batsman to ever play the game, he deserved this feat.
    Congratulations to Dhoni for a wonderful innings in which our super captain propelled India and took some pressure away from Sachin.

    Well done to India on creating some ODI home dominance.

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  • 62. At 9:17pm on 26 Feb 2010, King Cobra wrote:

    PLEASE DON"T COMPARES S.GAVASKAR WITH SACHIN TENDULKAR, IT WIL BE LIKE A LOKOMOTIEF RACING>>>>BEHIND BULLET TRAIN TO>> REACH SAME>>>>> STATION.

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  • 63. At 9:51pm on 26 Feb 2010, srisud wrote:

    I am just giving an idea abt what sachin has done in comparison to Ricky in the past to be the greatest.

    Sachin from the time Ricky has joined cricket i.e from 12/1995-02/2010 has played 128 matches 14 matches less than Ricky’s 146 matches, scored 10964 runs compared to 11859 runs which ricky scored at an average of 56.51 to ricky’s 55.67.sachin made 39 centuries same as ricky (39) in 14 matches less. More over sachin has a better bowling record in the tests. If you take to ODI’s there is absolutely no comparision as sachin scored 42 100’s compared to ricky’s 29 and both played 340 matches . sachin scoring at an average of 47.63 compared to ricky’s 43.30. Final analysis is sachin has scored 81 centuries in 14 matches less compared to Ricky’s 68 centuries. Well it would be better not to add international runs scored by sachin in this colomn as everyone knows who’s better.

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  • 64. At 09:28am on 27 Feb 2010, divakarssathya wrote:

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  • 67. At 09:35am on 27 Feb 2010, divakarssathya wrote:

    Thank you for your attention.

    It has been an 18 year long innings and thanks to the unwillingness of the various leaders of the Indian state to own up to their various delinquencies, I continue to be hounded for my innocence.

    Not cricket.

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  • 68. At 09:43am on 27 Feb 2010, HappyCamper of West Dorset wrote:

    I'm English, but have worked in India and understand the passion the Indian people have for the game.

    I'm surprised therefore that at least few of the contributors have not known who Peter Roebuck is. He was a decent, though never a great, batsman who played for Somerset and captained the likes of Viv Richards, Joel Garner and Ian Botham. He moved into journalism after retiring from the game and is generally respected for his astute judgement and elegant style. He was embrolied in significant controversies when he advised against renewing Viv Richards's contract at Somerset in order to bring in younger cricketers, and when he accused Australia in general, and Ponting in particular, of bad sportsmanship in Melbourne a couple of years ago.

    I think that it's valid for him to discuss the relative merits of Richards, Lara and Tendulkar, all of whom he has watched closely over the years, and that what he says is probably correct. It's difficult to know how Tendulkar compared to Bradman. Yes, the pitches the worse in the old days, yes there was Larwood and Bodyline (without helmets), but it's probably also true to say that fields were generally more attacking and the fielders almost pedestrian compared to today's highly-trained athletes (apart from Inzamam!). Maybe WG Grace was better than either of them? Who can say?

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  • 69. At 12:06pm on 27 Feb 2010, Flattrackbully wrote:

    In an age where mediocre players can average over 50, where tracks are flatter and easier to score on, where there are fewer outstanding bowlers and more injuries, it is brilliant to see that this record has been taken by such an amazing player against a very good side.

    I think it is refreshing to see that even when it is made easier for all; the cream rises to the top. Congratulations Sachin.

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  • 70. At 02:19am on 28 Feb 2010, bigghead wrote:

    Lara is better for the following reasons;
    -he played in a dud team while sachin played with ganguly,dravid,laxman, kumble and sehwag.
    -he played more aggressively than tendulkar although stats cant prove this.
    -he played bigger innings than tendulkar ie-made 9 200's to sachins 4 200's.
    -his average would match or possibly be better than tendulkar's if his not out ratio was to match tendulkars.
    - Lara had to carry the WI 80% of the time, so he was unable to pace himself in most innings.

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  • 71. At 1:47pm on 28 Feb 2010, The Belgian wrote:

    Quite frankly, Tendulkar is the best. To all those who keep ranting that Sir Bradman is better, some facts: Bradman played a majority of his matches against England. The English have never been a team who made the world quiver in fear. He played only 52 test matches. Probably if he played more his average would have just disintegrated. Secondly he did not face the fiery West Indian, Pakistani or South Africain paceman. He never played in hot, humid or dusty conditions. Yes with all due respect to Sir Bradman, he was the best in that period against the test playing nations of England, Australia and probably New Zealand. The rest of the nations were still struggling under the british raj. All those who keep yawning at Tendulkars feats,one more nail in your coffins, he did it at the age of 36, thge age at which the rest of the so called greats have already retired because they could not cope with the pressure or their bodies were not physically prepared. However, it is Tendulkar who scored the double in a 50 over match in 147 balls, and by god he stands tall over the rest. There is Tendulkar and then there are the rest.

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  • 72. At 4:37pm on 28 Feb 2010, Joe Black wrote:

    Big deal. He is just a little bloke who can swing a piece of wood. He hasnt saved anyones life, cured cancer, eradicated poverty or hunger. Tendulkar couldnt even pretend to be the batsman of the class of Viv Richards or Lara.

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  • 73. At 6:17pm on 28 Feb 2010, Shahrukh_Khan wrote:

    I am a Pakistani. I love cricket. I've seen 10-dulkar's 10x20 innings twice already. He played very very well indeed. I am really happy Saeed's long standing record was not broken by someone mediocre, especially one from England or Australia! Sachin deserved what he got 'coz his stats match his achievements!

    Why start a debate about who is the best?

    To the Sachin criticisers (mostly not from India or Pakistan) : Why cant a guy from the Sub-continent be the best?

    These comments remind me of the time when the most lethal new-ball duo Wasim (king of swing) and Waqar (king of reverse) were at their unplayable best. Against England (In England), they were the nightmare for the English batsmen. We all know what the English media said: "applause?" Haah! No sir!! They labeled the duo as 'cheats'! Within 3 months those criticisers were able to get the secret out, their bowlers learnt it, and then "Hey, thats actually an art!".

    Nothing (R) NOTHING succeeds like success!!

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  • 74. At 11:48am on 01 Mar 2010, vanhelsing wrote:

    I must agree with Shahrukh_Khan. Why argue over who is the better batsman? Just celebrate what they ALL are - amazing cricketers. They (Bradman,Richards,Lara,Ponting,Tendulkar,Sutcliffe - yes Sutcliffe - let's not forget the great English opener had a better average than everyone except The Don)have ALL cemented their places in the history of the game and made it all the more enjoyable by their presence. Well done to The Little Master for what is undoubtedly a truly amazing performance. Well done to ALL of them for what they achieved.

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  • 75. At 12:00pm on 01 Mar 2010, 1Babangida wrote:

    @ Joe Black

    What did you expect coming on to read a post about a CRICKETER?! Of course he hasn't cured cancer you muppet, I wouldn't want him to try either, you know him not having a medical degree and all....

    I just want him to do WHAT HE DOES BEST and that is play cricket for India.
    Go read a science magazine mate. Oh and Viv who???

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  • 76. At 6:57pm on 01 Mar 2010, Syed wrote:

    Tendulkar is the best player of the world. His the god of cricket.

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  • 77. At 11:28pm on 01 Mar 2010, vijay wrote:

    I have read Max Shortte’s comment (no.70) and feel that they are very silly comments.


    "-he played in a dud team while sachin played with ganguly,dravid,laxman, kumble and sehwag."

    Since when Sachin has been playing with a big team?
    Initial period he was considered as the lone gladiator( who loses the game). In fact he was instrumental in inspiring the team and cricketers in India and building the glorious team India has now. Lara was busy making controversies. Is it not right?

    "-he played more aggressively than tendulkar although stats cant prove this"

    Stats cannot prove. Then how do you say Lara plays aggressively ? By scoring more fours? That is not the correct way of doing. Sachin has proved it many times that by playing according to the situation is more productive that big hitting fours and sixes.

    "-he played bigger innings than tendulkar ie-made 9 200's to sachins 4 200's"

    I accept this point. Lara Scores over Tendulkar here. Let me ask you one thing? What is the need of a player comes 2 down score more than 248 runs? If the Pitch is not good he normally cannot play that long without getting out. If the pitch is good he gets in at say 100 for 2 and he scores 250 runs then the teams score will be 600 +. Then whats your duty and the main pllayer of the team? Accelerate the scoring as maximum as possible. If any player goes for wild acceleration it is 20-80 chance. And Lara succeeded in that and Sachin didn’t. I am not defending Sachin here. Sachin lacks endurance.

    "-his average would match or possibly be better than tendulkar's if his not out ratio was to match tendulkars."

    Fooloish statement. It is like me saying Sachin’s average would be high if the partner has not made him run out. Or his average would have been infinity if he has not got out in any innings.

    "- Lara had to carry the WI 80% of the time, so he was unable to pace himself in most innings."

    The same thing was true for the first phase of Sachin's career. The thing was that he was doing great and getting very close to winning matches and get out at crucial moment made him bad finisher.


    I respect Lara for his way of doing things; Lara also is my favorite player way ahead of Ponting. Lara's one tour of Srilanka is enough for any person to accept his greatness. He scored 400, 500 which makes him separate from the crowd and join Sachin and Sir Viv.

    I believe that you are from West Indies. I respect Lara and Richards from West Indies for their greatness. One thing you have to keep in mind. If Steve Bucknor was not an umpire then Sachin's average would have been very very high and he would have got much more centuries. (I remember the incedent Sachin was given out by Steve unnecessarily when he was on 99)

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  • 78. At 03:47am on 02 Mar 2010, woodybat wrote:

    Yes, Tendulkar is one of the greatest, but I think Lara has the edge over him, simply because Lara has played his team out of bad positions under pressure more often.

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  • 79. At 11:38am on 03 Mar 2010, Deep-heat wrote:

    I think Shane Warne summed it up best when asked who were the best batsmen he faced. His answer was along the lines of "First Tendulkar, then daylight, then Lara."

    That said, I don't think it helps anyone to get bogged down in the 'who is the greatest?' debate. It is far too subjective an issue and the cricketers concerned have played under such variable conditions that it could never be resolved.

    Lets just acknowledge that Sachin truly is a great and his most recent achievement serves only to underline this. Stunning.

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  • 80. At 12:37pm on 03 Mar 2010, TipTop wrote:

    I think he has acheieved more than anyone else in the game which is a great testament. To me he will always be a bit of a slogger but the numbers are nonetheless impressive.

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  • 81. At 2:33pm on 04 Mar 2010, divakarssathya wrote:

    I am saddened and disappointed that my exhaustive and factual comments about my nearly two decade long personal experience in dealing with brazen abuse of power issues - in effect administrative or professional dysfunctionality or incompetence - appear to have been held back since days by moderators on this site.

    This appeasement by the bbc of an atrocious conspiracy of silence is barbaric.

    However if the bbc's heart is in the right place, you may want to visit and participate at sathyagraha.blogspot.com

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  • 82. At 6:52pm on 04 Mar 2010, Max wrote:

    great feat.. but i dont think this record will last long, cuz many teams are scoring 350+ regularly in ODI.. so many ODI players like sehwag/mccullum/gayle/dilshan can break this.. even dhoni if he gets into bat early..
    beating his ODI 100s record is gonna be very difficult.. Test 100s - ponting is the lone challenger
    Great players are never satisfied with their achievement.. they want more all the time. the one elusive achievement for him is Worldcup - lets see if aussies can be dethroned next world cup

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  • 83. At 10:32am on 06 Mar 2010, Mera Bharat Mahan wrote:

    To all the Aussies and Ponting fans,
    Yes, I know that Ponting got his runs faster and in less matches but he is no match for Tendulkar. Remember some thing, it is lot more harder to live and play in Asia than in Australia. To my knowledge, Ponting did not have any significant medical problems, aka Sachin. Ponting can never make equal Schin. I am not taking anything away from Punter but......

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  • 84. At 08:27am on 07 Mar 2010, DrCajetanCoelho wrote:

    Our Sachin Tendulkar has been the pillar of our team for over two decades. The young man looks good for many more productive years on the cricket field. Bowlers, fielders and spectators marvel at his run-making feats.

    Motivating and empowering young school going kids to aim high and his campaigns for providing opportunities for the differently-abled and less privileged are very much appreciated by many. Hats off to the double centurion. May he go on and on bringing joy and happiness to his admirers and lovers of the Gentleman’s Game worldwide.

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  • 85. At 10:05am on 11 Mar 2010, Samriddh Aanad wrote:

    It is very simple:
    "When NATURE has work to be done, she creates a GENIOUS to do it"
    Ralph W Emerson

    But in case of Cricket It(Nature) send THE GOD ('THE' Sachin Tendulkar)
    on Earth.

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  • 86. At 10:14am on 11 Mar 2010, Samriddh Aanad wrote:

    It is very simple

    "When Nature has work to be done, She creates a genius to do it"
    by Ralph W Emerson;
    but in case of Cricket She(Nature) sent The God of Cricket to The Earth --'THE' Sachin Tendulkar.

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  • 87. At 2:18pm on 11 Mar 2010, arunmehta wrote:

    Not to belittle his great performance,one must remember he had his bad patches in his career to and even booed on his home ground for poor performances.His double ton at Gwalior was performed on one of the shortest broundry line grounds in the world.Still he timed it well to reach the milestone.

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  • 88. At 01:46am on 20 Mar 2010, sandip wrote:

    Tell me how many world cups India has won bcoz of Tendulkar??? I know its team game...but if u see Steve Waughs performance in 1999 u can realise wht i wanted to say..

    He jus goin on making runs...wht is output??

    I m big fan of him...hv sticked 5 pics of him in my home...but he has not given the expected output in world cups..thats the indeed truth which hurts me a lot...embarrased a lot....so pls do not over value him...

    Cheers,

    Sandy.

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