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Accolades for Sachin Tendulkar

While the arch rival Lara says, Tendulkar’s technique is the best in the world, the former Indian captain adorns him as Tendulkar is a messenger of God. The ever cherished Opening Batsman, legendary Sunil Gavaskar has already appraised him for the right mix of aggression n typical classical batting. He has gone even one step ahead in the Salaam Sachin function of India Today group on Mumbai on November 13. It is also reported that tickets of Sachin’s 200th Test sold out in 15 hours. Niranjan Shah has already invited Sachin to BCCI to play another innings as administrator. However, the most practical statement has come from the leaps of Sunny, who is highly agonized as Sachin may feel the paramount pressure in his final test at Mumbai that can affect his normal batting rhythm. We can not forget that Sunil Gavaskar had to come back with a duck in his last innings, so as Sourav...

Amazing harmony between Sachin and the cricket record book

Even cricketing statisticians have envisaged the need to plug in a lot more pages to the cricket record book to put up the classical milestones of Sachin Tendulkar. His achievement is much beyond the milieu of statistics. Sourav Ganguly has acclaimed his credentials by his noble statement; Sachin has changed the face of Indian cricket. We want to go one step ahead by saying that Sachin has actually elevated the status of various forms of cricket with his mind boggling performances. Perhaps Sunil Gavaskar has rightly appraised that Sachin is the mix of classical techniques and raw aggression. Let us try to explore some of his accomplishments. The record book shows that he has played the most number of tests and ODIs. He has played 198 tests as yet and 463 ODIs. It is obvious that he has played the most number of innings in test cricket and ODIs also, which stand at 327 and 452 respectively as yet. Keeping the record book aside, the battle between the Australian pace battery including the famous leg spinner Warne or his battle against the South Africans on African soil has created myths. Sachin has received the accolade of best player over the last two decades from his arch rival Warne. Sachin has started his career long back and even the modern Indian youths could not break his dazzling teenage record of 1522 runs in test version of the game. His five exemplary centuries during that period still remain a fairy tale. It was his first century in Manchester, England that flagged off an unbelievable trail. Sachin has also scored the highest number of centuries in the both versions of cricket. His marvels include 51 hundreds in Test cricket and 49 in ODIs. His caliber has been proved beyond any doubt when the record book unfolds that he has scored 29 centuries in Test cricket in away matches. The youngsters can reiterate the old proverb; failure is the pillar of success. He has got the record of most ODI nineties. In fact, he had got out at 99 thrice in the limited over version. Both these instances have found a place in the record book. Had all these been converted in to hundreds, the record book had to be rewritten once more. Such scores of nineties could not create any deficit in his appetite. Rather, they had supplied him the surplus energy to fight even better. This is to be noted that Sachin on debut had played a unique innings against Pakistan,...

Sachin’s retirement – is it under compulsion?

The reliable sources unravel that Sachin Tendulkar, the legendary batsman, did not take the decision of retirement after the 200th test out of his own accord. Rather, he has been compelled to do so by the top notch officials of Indian Cricket Board. Though, BCCI chief Srinivasan claims to be an ardent follower of Sachin Tendulkar, the truth seems otherwise. It is not a far cry, when Sachin Tendulkar commented on a cricket forum that he had been preparing to play against Dale Steyn on Steyn’s home soil, which means that he tried to treat the South African tour as a bird’s eye view. The West Indies tour was suddenly included and the BCCI, fully empowered by Srinivasan and his group, do not want to offer any further chance to Sachin. It is indeed true that Sachin Tendulkar failed to exhibit his exemplary traits for last couple of years and the Why Sachin slogan has been raised from different nooks and corners. His complete failure in the away series in Australia and England had come under the microscopic lenses of many sports enthusiasts. The decay in batting form started continuing even on home soil in the subsequent test series. He had to announce his retirement from One Day cricket much earlier. The fans and supporters of Sachin had started believing that even the days of his test career are numbered. Even the shabby performances of the batting legend continued in Champion’s League. People started exhibiting their resilience against Sachin Tendulkar. It must be noted that India has got an exemplary batting line up at this point of time and most of the youngsters have been able to prove their traits. Sachin, being the dark horse, has been struggling for his forms just to ensure his berth in the squad. Such desperation had become heart breaking to the billions of fans of Sachin across the globe. Undoubtedly, Sachin’s classical style has taken him to the zenith of his popularity, but he has failed miserably to gauge the accurate time to bid adieu to his cricket. Had he been able to accurately time the bouncer of retirement, he could have walked out with elegance. Sunil Gavaskar and Sourav Ganguly had paved the way by bidding good bye to the international cricket while remaining in their peak forms. Alas! Had people learnt from the predecessors and emulated. That’s why Sachin’s exit does not remain logically equal to his dramatic entry into the cricketing domain. However, Sachin Tendulkar has created cricketing history and...

Sachin Tendulkar has announced his retirement

Perhaps the India Australia T 20 match of today has been brushed aside by the announcement of Sachin Tendulkar, where he has expressed his desire to retire from the Cricket after the 200th test. This is to be noted that he has already played 198 test matches and is destined to play his 200th Test in home soil. Tendulkar, the batting legend, has been playing in all formats of cricket and shown his traits that have made him credible. The retirement announcement will certainly dismay his ardent enthusiasts and followers. Indian cricket without Sachin Tendulkar may sound impossible now, but no one can defy the time and age. Rather, Sachin Tendulkar has raised eyebrows of many as he has been continuing his career with a shabby performance. The shabby performance cannot be treated as an understatement as the glitters, which we are used to watch in his batting, has almost reached the fag end. The very prospect and memories of many cricketers always remain scary. We can recall that Kapil Dev had tried to pull his career whereby he could receive only criticism. The legendary Indian captain Sourav Ganguly had been battered from various corners due to his relentless efforts of continuing IPL. It is inevitable that Sachin’s retirement will remain the headliners in tomorrow’s dailies. The TV Channels have already started showing it as breaking news. There will be so many discussions about the timing of his retirement decision. A lot of people will try to populate the idea that he should have continued even more. We beg to defer. The esteem batting height that he has set for the successors seem to be quiet unachievable, where the asking rates are seemingly steep. That’s why we do not want Sachin Tendulkar should also retire like the cricket lord, the classical image, which he has only...

Sachin Tendulkar from being indispensable to stagnant

Nothing sells like success. It is this inevitable truth that has started to show its effect even on a living legend like Sachin Tendulkar the legendary Indian cricketer. The smiling face of the diminutive ace batsman sells many brands as he pockets crores of rupees from them. His retirement will however reduce his saleability as an active Indian icon to be considered a hot cake to inspire Indians into buying products endorsed by him. Having brought down the curtains upon his one-day international career after a lot of mudslinging on his rather unstained career graph, Sachin is to face this onslaught from the media that has adorned him with bouquets for most part of his 23-year old career. Hence will ensue a leaner phase in Sachin’s new post retirement life cycle in being one of India’s most iconic celebrity brands. After having taken almost a year to get to his 100th Test century after his 99th ton wagging tongues had started to espouse his retirement. His continuous lack of form and aging reflexes has caused reputable brands to exercise options greatly reducing the telecast of a number of advertisements featuring him. Sachin Tendulkar featured in about 17 brand advertisements and many of them will conclude in about a year. Canon and Jyothi Laboratories did not even renew their contracts with him clearly indicating the wane in his prime time. However the status of Tendulkar who is still the cricketer to have scored the highest runs in Test matches is referred to as more of a reputable Indian with whom any particular brand can associate to. Sachin’s retirement from ODIs was inevitable and it should have been better timed rather than being seen as a relief for the selectors and team of India. Sachin’s mainstay has always been his consistency to perform at the highest level accompanied by a phenomenal dedication that added glitter to his God gifted merit. It only remains to be seen whether Sachin proves to be a personality whom the brands choose for advertisement even after he crosses over to the sideline from the spotlight. As of now the trend shows...

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