Sunday, December 23, 2012

No one can drop Sachin Tendulkar, says Sourav Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly, once part of the formidable opening partnership with Sachin Tendulkar in the limited overs format, today supported the latter's decision to retire from the ODI cricket but thought the senior India batsman would have played the series against Pakistan.

"I felt that he might have played the series against Pakistan. But it is his decision and I think it is the right. There was a doubt on whether he would play ODI cricket or not.

But I am not surprised by his decision. He has done what he thought was right," said Ganguly.

The pair of Tendulkar and Ganguly scored 26 hundred-plus partnerships in ODIs. Of these, 21 century stands were for the opening wicket. Both of these happen to be world records.

He, along with Ganguly, had been involved in 38 hundred-plus partnerships in international cricket (all three forms combined) which is a world record. The 12,400 runs scored by this pair is also a world record.

Ganguly said no one from the national selectors could have asked Tendulkar to retire from the ODI cricket.

"I don't think there was any pressure of selectors on him. It is his own decision. No one can drop him," Ganguly added.

Tendulkar today announced his retirement from ODIs, bringing to an end a glorious 23-year-old career in the format during which he rewrote numerous batting records.

Tendulkar goes out after amassing 18,426 runs in 463 one-dayers at an average of 44.83. The diminutive right-hander has an astonishing 49 hundreds in the format, including a double hundred, the first in this form of the game.

Words are not enough to sing Sachin Tendulkar's praise: Pakistan cricket team

Bangalore:  The Pakistani players on Sunday fell short of words while describing Sachin Tendulkar's impact on world cricket and said the Indian batting legend will be missed sorely in One-day cricket following his retirement.

Tendulkar called it a day on his 23-year-old One-day career on the eve of the series against arch-rivals Pakistan.

Pakistan fast bowler Sohail Tanvir said he enjoyed bowling against Tendulkar because the margin of error was so slim that he could dispatch even good deliveries to the fence.

"In every cricketer's life there comes a day when he decides to hang up his shoes. Words are not enough to describe his achievements for India. He deserves highest of respects in world cricket," he said.

Tanvir wished luck to Sachin and hoped he would smash many more centuries for India in Test matches.

Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez said the players of his country feel sad that Tendulkar will not be seen on the field in ODIs.

"To be honest we (Pakistanis) will miss him and feel really sad that he will not play anymore international ODIs for India. I admire the man for his sheer domineering character. He rattled all kinds of bowlers around the world," Hafeez said.

"Sachin is a great entertainer of cricket and wish him good luck for the future," he added.

Another Pakistan quick bowler Umar Gul said the presence of Tendulkar in the India team has immensely contributed in nurturing young cricketers such as Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina.

"I am suer Virat and Raina have learnt a lot from the maestro," he said.

The young batting sensation Umar Amin said he would have loved to play against Tendulkar in the upcoming series.

"I played against India in 2010 Asia Cup, but unfortunately he wasn't there. I would like to say only one thing that if cricket is the religion then Sachin is God," Amin said.

Sachin Tendulkar wished by cricketers on glorious ODI career

Sachin Tendulkar, who on Sunday announced retirement from One-Day Internationals, was congratulated by many cricketers around the globe for his glorious career that spanned over 23 years.

Tendulkar brought an end to an illustrious career in coloured kits that has spread across two decades.
Various cricketers have come out and praised him and have conveyed their heart-felt messages to the great man on Twitter.

Yuvraj Singh: In my heart and fellow indians! The pride of our country I salute to u for ur contribution to indian cricket. Emotional time ! Letting sachin go from one dayers ! 18 thousand plus runs ur jaw drops when u c those records , master u will always live

Pragyan Ojha: The pride of our country ,I salute you for ur contribution to indian cricket @sachin_rt.

Parthiv Patel: Words cant describe his greatness...true legend...greatest batsman ever to play cricket...grt grt grt human being..#respect

Harbhajan Singh: Sachin tendulkar a grt batsman.grt human being.a grt frnd.grt man 2 look up 2.proud indian.Real son of india.I salute u nd luv u

RP Singh: The legend's retirement will be a void felt not only in Indian cricket but World cricket. #RetireTheJerseyNo10

Suresh Raina: "The reason for playing cricket. The reason for watching cricket. Sachin Tendulkar..... No words.. Love you Paji"

Rohit Sharma: My mentor my hero my friend and my reason for falling in love with the sport. Truly heartbroken

Rahul Sharma: "Sad that I won't be able to see sachin tendulkar paaji on the field fr an ODI again but a huge salute to him and his craft."

Ravi Bopara: Well done to @sachin_rt on his amazing ODI career. Inspiration to millions if not billions. We will never see another Sachin in our lifetime

Hashim Amla: Conclusion of a sterling ODI career from a wonderful batsman. Congrats Sachin Tendulkar

God of Cricket Sachin Tendulkar: Cricket World Will Miss You Sir

Mumbai: Billions of hearts were left shattered on Sunday when the great Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement from the One Day International Cricket. The wave of shock gripped the Indian sub-continent when the news hit the television screens that Sachin has said bye bye to the ODI cricket with immediate effect. The news was more of an emotional issue in also the sense that reports had on Friday stated that Sachin may be playing in the ODI series against Pakistan beginning from December 25. And his withdrawal from the game has come at the time when Indian squad was about to be announced for the home series against the arch rivals.

His undying passion for the love of the game can never be overshadowed. He is a living legend in true senses. He owns the place of God in the religion of Cricket. He is the greatest ever Cricketer in the history of the gentlemen’s game. He holds most number of world records. He is a player who has played most number of international Cricket matches. He has been the ray of light in tough times for India. He has given his everything to the game. But all this would become history now as the great Sachin Tendulkar has called it off from the One Day International Cricket on Sunday.

After the tough decision, an emotional Sachin Tendulkar said, "The way I have been honoured and supported over the years was immense. I am grateful to all those who have been my strength, to all those who loved me and to those too who stood by me through thick and thins."

"I have been fortunate to have been a part of the team that won the World Cup in 2011. I thank God. I wish that the Indian team should begin the preparations for the 2015 ODI World Cup. I wish them the very best of luck," said Sachin after his retirement.
The intensity of Sachin's fan following can be understood by the fact that people used to turn off their TV sets when Sachin got out. There have been countless stories of Sachin's encounter with his untainted fans.


Sachin has played most number of ODIs in the world limiting the figure to 463 stacking a mountainous total of 18, 426 runs facing 21367 deliveries. He is the first man on the planet earth to reach 200* in a single innings. He did the wonder against the South Africa. With a prolific batting average of 44.83, he has maintained the grinding zeal and the never dying hunger to score runs. He also has 41 not-out innings to his name. Having stroked 49 ODI tons with his bat Sachin has also made 96 half centuries that is most by any batsman in the world. He with his classical straight drives and majestic cover drives, has hit 2016 boundaries throughout his career and also sent the ball gazing the skies for six 195 times.


Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar was born on April 24, 1973 into a Rajapur Saraswat Brahmin family in Mumbai. His father Ramesh Tendulkar was a reputed Marathi novelist and his mother Rajni worked in an insurance industry. Ramesh named Tendulkar after his favourite music director, Sachin Dev Burman. Tendulkar has three elder siblings: two half-brothers Nitin and Ajit, and a half-sister Savita. They were Ramesh's children from his first marriage. He spent his formative years in the Sahitya Sahawas Cooperative Housing Society, Bandra (East), Bombay.

When Tendulkar was young, he was considered to be a bully, and often picked up fights with new children in his school. He also showed an interest in the game of Tennis with his idol being John McEnroe. To help curb his mischievous and bullying tendencies, Ajit introduced him to cricket in 1984. He introduced the young Sachin to Ramakant Achrekar, a famous cricket coach of Bombay and a club cricketer of repute, at Shivaji Park, Dadar, Bombay.

Achrekar was impressed with Tendulkar's talent and advised him to shift his schooling to Sharadashram Vidyamandir (English) High School, a school at Dadar which had a dominant cricket team and had produced many notable cricketers. Prior to this, Tendulkar had attended the Indian Education Society's New English School in Bandra (East).

He was also coached under the guidance of Achrekar at Shivaji Park in the mornings and evenings. Tendulkar would practice for hours on end in the nets. If he became exhausted, Achrekar would put a one-rupee coin on the top of the stumps, and the bowler who dismissed Tendulkar would get the coin. If Tendulkar passed the whole session without getting dismissed, the coach would give him the coin.

Tendulkar now considers the 13 coins he won then as some of his most prized possessions. He moved in with his aunt and uncle, who lived near Shivaji Park, during this period, due to his hectic schedule.

Meanwhile at school, he developed a reputation as a child prodigy. He had become a common conversation point in Mumbai cricketing circles, where there were suggestions already that he would become one of the greats. Besides school cricket, he also played club cricket, initially representing John Bright Cricket Club in Bombay's premier club cricket tournament, the Kanga League, and later went on to play for the Cricket Club of India. In 1987, at the age of 14, he attended the MRF Pace Foundation in Madras (now Chennai) to train as a fast bowler, but Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee, who took a world record 355 Test wickets, was unimpressed, suggesting that Tendulkar focus on his batting instead.

A couple of months later, former Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar gave him a pair of his own ultra light pads. "It was the greatest source of encouragement for me," Tendulkar had said nearly 20 years later after surpassing Gavaskar's world record of 34 Test centuries. His season in 1988 was extraordinary, with Tendulkar scoring a century in every innings he played. He was involved in an unbroken 664-run partnership in a Lord Harris Shield inter-school game against Anjuman-E-Islam High School in 1988 with his friend and team-mate Vinod Kambli, who would also go on to represent India.

The destructive pair reduced one bowler to tears and made the rest of the opposition unwilling to continue the game. Tendulkar scored 326 (not out) in this innings and scored over a thousand runs in the tournament. This was a record partnership in any form of cricket until 2006, when it was broken by two under-13 batsmen in a match held at Hyderabad in India.

On 24 May 1995, at the age of 22, Tendulkar married Anjali, a paediatrician and daughter of Gujarati industrialist Anand Mehta and British social worker Annabel Mehta. Anjali is six years his senior. They have two children, Sara (born 12 October 1997) and Arjun (born 24 September 1999). Arjun, a left handed batsman, has recently been included in under-14 probables list of Mumbai Cricket Association for off-season training camp.

And Sachin's retirement has left many with moist eyes. He would be remembered till the world exits.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

God of cricket Sachin Tendulkar completes 34,000 runs in international cricket

Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday created yet another record in his illustrious career when he completed 34,000 runs in international cricket, during the first day's play between India and England in the third Test at the Eden Gardens.

Sachin Tendulkar achieved the milestone in his 193rd Test appearance for India in his 23-years long career.

Sachin fought hard against a disciplined English bowling attack on Wednesday at Kolkata, Sachin Tendulkar struggled a bit at the start, but came out looking extremely fluent after Tea, Tendulkar reached his 66th Test fifty, on the first ball after tea.

Sachin Tendulkar scored 76 runs of faced 155 balls with 13 fours, as India reach 230 for five.

Sachin Tendulkar, who has faced recent criticism on his form, got some respite after being willed on by former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly. Ganguly gave his former team mate some words of encouragement, ahead of the third Test between India and England that will be played at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

Addressing a gathering which had all the members of the Indian team, Ganguly said, "Many stories are being written about the match. I wish all the luck to Sachin. I hope he scores a ton at Eden Gardens."