Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Why Sachin is not a Great Cricketer?

I was seeing the World Cup Cricket final between Australia and Sri Lanka with my friends. One of my friends who is a diehard fan of Sachin was praying that Australian opener Mathew Hayden got out fast so that he wont beat Tendulkar’s record of maximum runs in a tournament. When Hayden got out without overtaking Tendulkar’s record he was so relieved. For him Sachin is the greatest cricketer ever to set feet on the cricket field.

My friend is not alone. If you talk to 10 Indians who follow cricket at least six of them will be telling you that Sachin is the greatest and no one comes near him. Many of those people get really annoyed if you present the facts and argue with them that he has long way to go to be a great cricketer.
Is Sachin Tendulkar a great player? I don’t think so. He is a good player but did he do anything extraordinary to become great?
If you are asked to name 2 great soccer players I am sure majority will be answering Maradona or Ronaldo or Pele. Why are they great? Take Maradona for example. Those who watched 1988 World Cup will know how he helped his team to lift the World Cup. If my memory is correct he scored only 5 goals but he created so many scoring opportunities to his teammates that helped Argentina win the World Cup, same with Pele and Ronaldo. Their contributions were immense in their team winning major tournaments around the world.
Coming back to cricket, let us see what Sachin has achieved in his carrier. Apart from few innings (136 vs Pakistan in Chennai, 135 vs Australia at Sharjah) did he ever guide India to victory in an important match? In World Cup 2003 finals when the whole nation expected a big score from him to beat Australia, he got out in the very first over for four. Again in this World Cup match against Sri Lanka he went out for a duck to a bowler who was massacred by Adam Gilchrist in the World Cup finals.
India has won few test series in the Indian sub continent. Other than that did the so-called great Sachin motivate Indian team to win a Test series against a strong opponent in their soil? Can we think of a World Cup or Champions Trophy or a great Test victory, which was achieved because of Sachin? If he were a great player he would have excelled in the toughest conditions and in big stages.
I will consider VVS Laxman to be a greater player than Sachin. What a gem of an innings Laxman played in Calcutta against mighty Australians under pressure to beat them. I can’t remember of an innings of similar class played by Sachin for a long time. Can you?
Compare Sachin’s record to that of Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting. Waugh was part of two World Cup winning squads – one as a captain and other as a player. Just recall the innings he played against South Africa during the 1999 World Cup. That is what is called great innings – showing class when the odds are cast highly unfavorable to you. Also take Ricky Ponting – 3 World Cup victories – 2 as captain and 1 as a player. The innings he played against India during the World Cup final is just sufficient to make him great. The grand stage – World Cup final – and he delivered with unbeaten 140. Waugh and Ponting are great cricketers but not Sachin by any yardsticks.
Some people like my friend will argue that cricket is a team game and Sachin alone can’t lift the Indian cricket team to victory. The other 10 players have equal responsibility. Agreed. Teams play to win and if one player is considered as a great player then he should have the capacity to lift the team at time of crisis and during important matches. Sachin fails to rise during most of the important matches and in my list of great cricketers Sachin’s name won’t be there for sure.
TO DIE HARD INDIAN CRICKET FANS – SACHIN HAS NOT DONE ANYTHING TO BE CONSIDERED A GREAT CRICKET PLAYER.

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Blogger raghu said...

Remember u had mentioned about ricky's 140 in the finals (2003). You must not forget tht sachin was the man of the series in tht tournamen. The only match tht expects such a master to serve is the "final".. but.. u had ppl like srinath..zaheer,.. in the finals who had allowed the undue aussies to go past 350 runs in the 1st innings. One cannot expect the little legend to chase back everytime with such an uncivilized bowling attack:).

May 01, 2007 5:51 AM  
Blogger raghu said...

and..LOL.. the photograph posted has sachin in an awkward position.. which doesn't mean tht he lacks the technique:).

May 01, 2007 5:56 AM  
Blogger Brijesh said...

raghu,
Yes Sachin was the Man of the Series. But what is the use if that Man of the Series dont fetch the World Cup to India. He often fails at the big stage and that is the whole point of my post.
I never dispute the fact that Sachin is a technically correct batsman.

May 01, 2007 6:56 AM  
Blogger dingan said...

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May 01, 2007 3:48 PM  
Blogger dingan said...

If you had written the same post soon after the WC 2003 final..then I would have admired your courage atleast. But..no...you are just being opportunistic and showing only one side of the picture!

For the same reason I would say that this is the worst blog that you can ever post. You are just making use of this opportune moment when sachin is in his worst form and same goes for Indian team. You mentioned the WC Finals 2003...did you forget that he played well throughout the series to get India into the final? If India lost in that WC Final...its not because Sachin, its the Team! Why should always sachin play for India to win? Look at Australian team, some on or the other will always play well...in this year's final it was Gilchrist who was out of form throughout the WC. So will you say Gilchrist is a greater player than Sachin? Please!!!

In case you don't know... Sachin is still the player with 'Most Man of the Match' awards in ODI's.
http://usa.cricinfo.com/db/STATS/ODIS/INDIVIDUAL/ODI_INDIV_MOST_MOM.html

May 01, 2007 3:50 PM  
Blogger raghu said...

yeah.... i agree tht... winning the 'man of the series' award without the cup is of no use to the team.except tht an individual from the team is honoured. But..jus think tht: wat is the use of one batsman playing, while other 10 freak out...(i mean...the aus 1st inns of 350+ runs..wat is the point is chasing tht..) and how is it tht sachin can be blamed for not chasing tht score.

May 02, 2007 4:13 AM  
Blogger Brijesh said...

Dingan- I have written almost the same thing about Tendulkar about a year back. See this blog post (http://sonyvellayani.blogspot.com/
2006/03/need-for-three-dimensional-
statistics.html). That post was for a different purpose. In that post I have mentioned about how statistics in cricket hides so many facts and I took Sachin as an example.

I agree Sachin is a good classic player and I am sure in the near future I am sure he will come good. But the point I like to make is that he cannot be called a great player as he often forget to perform in most of the matches it really matters. Talking about Gilcrist he has achieved more than Sachin in terms of victories (ultimate goal in any sports) and according to me he is a greater player than Sachin.

Let me clarify. Take the example of Kapil Dev. He was once the leading wicket taker of India. But when any one talk about Kapil what comes first in the discussion? He was the captain of the Indian team that won the world cup. He achieved greatness with 1983 world cup victory. Sachin has nothing of that kind to show to the world. That was my point in the blog.
Raghu
If the opposition can make 350 then in the same pitch great Indian batsman should also score some run. In that innings Sachin scored just 4, remember that.

May 03, 2007 2:54 AM  
Blogger raghu said...

oh..yah...scored only 4.. correct..but obviously he was forced to go after every ball. Not that opposition could play the game and hence we are also capable. It is that our bowlers had given perhaps a 100 runs in excess. So, the mistake was on the bowlers. Surely Srinath and Zaheer were responsible for tht..but sachin was forced to play such a poor knock as runs were required at a faster rate.

May 03, 2007 4:27 AM  
Blogger Brijesh said...

Raghu,
Yes you are correct that India had to chase a big total. that doesnt mean that you have to hit from the very first ball. when SA chased over 400 and won against Australia they played the first few overs cautiously and then only they started hitting.I feel he could have tried to stay in the wicket for long that day.

May 04, 2007 8:57 AM  
Blogger raghu said...

yeah.. i agree to tht as well.. SA were cautious indeed. But, don't u agree tht the indian bowlers were the main responsibility. You give such an atmosphere to a great batsmen, it's difficult to cope esp in a team game!

May 04, 2007 9:07 AM  
Anonymous pranil said...

hey dude.. y the hell r u just sticking to that final of 2003.. which i guess the indians had lost in theier mind even before the toss. If it was not in their mind to win Saurav Ganguly wud not hv bowled first after winning the toss.
Yes the score says Sachin was out on 4 and we lost, but the underlying fact for me is that we had lost at the time of toss, when Ganguly decided to field so that the Indian batting is not exposed to the Australian bowlers.

I am a great fan of Sachin and come what may will never say that he is "NOT" a great cricketer. The fact that India reached the finals in 2003 was to a major extent Sachin. the way he played against Pakistan scoring 98 was awesome.
I will not talk about his centuries and the no of runs scored by him, they records talk for themselves.
I will just talk about a some of series.

May 11, 2007 9:26 PM  
Anonymous pranil said...

the 98 Australia series was almost single handedly won by Sachin ultimately giving nightmares to Shane Warne.
He was instrumental in India winning the 94 Hero Cup.
His Century against Kenya(although minnows) after attending his Fathers funeral is something to remind us of his mental strength.
the sandstorm which took place in sharjah in 98 - the aussies cud not survive that - sachin was on a rampage then.
His unbeaten 194 against Pakistan helped India their first series win in our neighbours land since ages.
Well.. I can go on and on.. but will hv to stop at some place though.
This is the guy whom the bowlers used to fear bowling to, he is the one who used to take the game away single-handedly, sent the fielding captains clueless abt how to set the field .. and u say he is not great?
there was a time in Indian cricket, when after Sachin was out.. that was end of the match.. and this trend followed for years..
I know he has not been able to win us a World Cup and not too many Test series overseas, but the fact is to win at such level u need all 11 performing.
India won the 83 world not solely bcoz of Kapil Dev(I truly admire him), but bcoz we had a bunch of talented cricketers like Amarnath, Vishwanath,Binny, Yashpal Sharma to name a few.

I suggest that u keep ur theory of "Sachin is not a Great Cricketer" coz 9 of 10 cricket fans(I say cricket not just Indian cricket) will not agree with u :)

May 11, 2007 9:45 PM  
Blogger Brijesh said...

Pranil,
I am so sorry that I didn’t reply to your comments. Some how I missed your comments.

“The fact that India reached the finals in 2003 was to a major extent Sachin.”
Then what about 3 centuries by Ganguly and great bowling performance by Indian bowlers?

Sachin for sure is a best of the “technically perfect” batsman in the world and it may take many more years to find another player as technically perfect as Sachin. Since he is technically perfect he was able to own so many records. I am not questioning any of that.

I believe if one has to be called “great” he has to be great in all sense. I don’t think Sachin has that mental strength to keep his cool and win matches for India. You have given few examples of Sachin when he played great cricket. If you look at most of the international players who have played for a reasonable number of years you can pick an handful of innings like that. Ganguly (Toronto against Pakistan and also against Australia in Adelaide Test when India toured) Dravid (many instances)Yuvraj Singh and kaif (Lordes) and the list goes on and on. My point is Sachin has not done anything extra ordinary to take a place above all of them.

“India won the 83 world not solely bcoz of Kapil Dev(I truly admire him),”

Remember the match against Zimbabwe when he scored 175*. That was greatness. There is no point in arguing that “fact is to win at such level u need all 11 performing”. If Kapil has believed in that Indian could have never won a world cup.

Once again sorry for not replying earlier.

May 17, 2007 8:20 PM  
Anonymous Pranil said...

Thanks for the reply.

There are two basic problems with cricket(read Sachin) crazy fans like us
1. We always overlook Sachins good innings - it is always taken for granted that he is gonna score a 100 when he walks out, so whenever he walks back early in the innings, its considered a failure.
2. "If you look at most of the international players who have played for a reasonable number of years you can pick an handful of innings like that"

You have given instances of Ganguly,Dravid,Yuvraj and Kaif - all of them are top class players when in form.
However I don't think we can compare them with Sachin, only because of the time he has spent his time on the field as compared to others.
Sachin debuted in 89, while Dravid and Ganguly in 96, Yuvraj and Kaif -2000. So that makes him far more experienced(and hence more wear and tear) as compared to these players

Just google "sachin tendulkar" and u can find 100s of articles about his achievements and the matches he won for India, and when I say matches won for India, its not only by batting but also by bowling. Here are some interesting links.

http://icf.cricketnetwork.co.uk/main/s119/st62164.htm
http://www.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1997-98/OD_TOURNEYS/PTC/IND_AUS_PTC_ODI1_01APR1998.html
http://www.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1991-92/OD_TOURNEYS/WLSTPY/WI_IND_WLSTPY_ODI5_22OCT1991.html
http://members.tripod.com/~kkv/st.htm

(I did find a lot, but just pasting only a few here)

Yes, I remember the 175 from Kapil and admire it very much, and I know that if India had lost then, then it was end of the tournament for them. And that is exactly the point I was making in my original comment, that all the 11 contributed. If u need, check scorecards of the whole tournament at
http://www.cricketfundas.com/worldcup1983.html

If u observe, in all matches, each and every player has played his part in winning the World Cup. That is what India lacked in 2003 when they reached the finals.

May 18, 2007 3:18 PM  
Blogger Brijesh said...

pranil,
expectations are very high each time Tendulkar goes out to bat. I agree. He was able to score so many runs shows that he is a classic cricketer. But I am still not convinced that he can handle pressure.

Sorry to talk about last world cup finals. If Sachin has scored around 50-60, I felt India had a good chance to chase Aussies total. Remember Sehwag scored around 80 runs. If these 2 have added about 120 runs in 90 balls we might have even won the match. It was the same ground South Africa chased 434. Again in the match against Srilanka in the just concluded World Cup he failed. I feel these were the 2 big occasions for Tendulkar to show his class.

May 20, 2007 5:30 PM  
Anonymous pranil said...

somehow I still dont agree. :)

People have been talking about that final and will talk forever, since that was the only second time India had reached the finals of the world cup and had a very good chance of winning it.However, I have already given reasons for India's failure for the same. India had lost it due to all the anxiety and excitement of the occasion.

Also its a fact that Sachin failed in these two matches(the one uv mentioned), but that doesnt mean that he cannot handle pressure.
There are chinks in everybodys armour. Even Don Bradman never remained not out, so is the same with Sachin.

I have given plenty of references which talks on how he has handled pressure to help India win matches, however some times he has failed, simply coz hes human.

P.S. - Probably, I think we will not stop arguing over this.. its an endless topic. But I m firm with my opinion and do not intend to change anybody elses way of thinking due to it.

May 21, 2007 9:36 PM  
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July 03, 2007 6:43 PM  
Blogger C S Narayanamurthy said...

Sachin Tendulkar definitely not a great cricketer. His all centuries in one day matches and Test matches are not equal to 38 Runs of K Srikkanth against the greatest ever bowling attack of the world cricket till today. He scored against likes of Marshal, Holding, Garner and Andy Roberts and that too as an opener at Lord's in toughest conditions. Also, Kapil's knock of 182 (N/O) when we were 25/5 in that World Cup plus Mohinder Amarnath's all round performance. Mohinder and Srikkanth were treated very badly by selectors but Sachin Tendulkar who played 5 world cups against except most mediocre bowling during last 2 decades. He can not bat against likes of Marshal & Co when he can not score against Bangaldesh bowlers during last world cups. Whenever opposition has crossed 250 in any one day matches Sachin Tendulkar has failed to accelerate/bat heriocally. In fact he is most selfish and Gavaskar is better than him. Where as Mohinder, Kapli and Srikkanth played for country against strongest Teams. Now except Australia all teams are on par. If Scahin can not score/win world cups 5 times against such mediocre bowlers he can never be great. Kapil said correctly. Sachin is good player like any one but not great. Greatness comes when India wins World Cup with his contribution like that of Kapil's innings 0f 182 when India were 25 for 5. That is why WISDEN put Kapil As Greates ever Indian cricketer.

Indian Sports media is worst and biased. They make money by prasing Sachin Tendulkar as he is the richest ever sports man of our Country without contributing anything to our World cup.

Worldcup win or Olympics medal only can glorify any country in sports and other cricket matches are for Sachin Tendulkar to make money.

Hindus have proverb Saraswathy(Talent/Knowledge) and Lakshmi(money) will not stay in one place.

So Sachin Can never be a great cricketer.

Viva India,

C S Narayanamurthy

January 04, 2008 6:30 AM  
Blogger ???????????????? said...

Hey !! You are blaming the God....

Ask any batsman in the world and they would name Sachin as their idol...Ask any bowler in the world to get him out and i bet you would never get a answer....If he is not great then no cricketer is even avarage.....

Well.....Read these out.....

In terms of technique and compactness, Tendulkar is the best: Desmond Haynes.

» I have watched a lot of Tendulkar and we have spoken to each other a lot. He has it in him to be among the very best: Sir Garfield Sobers.

» He is 99.5 per cent perfect. I'd pay to see him: Viv Richards.

» I saw him playing on television and was struck by his technique, so I asked my wife to come look at him. Now I never saw myself play, but I feel that this player is playing much the same as I used to play, and she looked at him on Television and said yes, there is a similarity between the two... his compactness, technique, stroke production... it all seemed to gel: Sir Donald Bradman.

» Technically he stands out as the best because of his ability to increase the pace at will: David Boon.

» There is no shame being beaten by such a great player, Sachin is perhaps only next to the Don: Steve Waugh.

» Sachin is cricket's God: Barry Richards.

» India's fortune will depend on how many runs the little champion scores. There is no doubt Tendulkar is the real thing: Sunil Gavaskar.

» A complete batsman — he's the best in the business: Mohinder Amarnath.

» Sachin is an attacker. He has much more power than Sunny. He wants to be the one to set the pace. He has to be on top. That's the buzz about him: Jeff Thompson.

» If I've to bowl to Sachin, I'll bowl with my helmet on. He hits the ball so hard: Dennis Lillee.

» You take Don Bradman away and he is next up I reckon: Steve Waugh.

» I'll be going to bed having nightmares of Sachin just running down the wicket and belting me back over the head for six. He was unstoppable. I don't think anyone, apart from Don Bradman, is in the same class as Sachin Tendulkar. He is just an amazing player: Shane Warne.

» When it comes to judging the best among these fabulous band of batsmen, my vote goes to Tendulkar. He has an uncanny ability to come out on top under different circumstances and under different conditions, whether it is Test cricket or one-day internationals. And more importantly, he has done this so young: Shane Warne.

» Don't bowl him bad balls, he hits the good ones for fours: Michael Kasprowicz.

» Hell, if he had stayed, even at 11 an over he would have got it: Allan Border (after India won the Coca-Cola cup in Sharjah).

» He is a perfectly balanced batsman and knows perfectly well when to attack and when to play defensive cricket. He has developed the ability to treat bowlers all over the world with contempt and can destroy any attack with utmost ease: Greg Chappell.

» It's scary, where the hell do we bowl to him: Allan Border.

» Yeah mate, but that's with all great players: Ian Chappell.

» Imagine what he'll be like when he's 28: Allan Border.

» I'd like to see him go out and bat one day with a stump. I tell you he'd do okay: Greg Chappell.

November 07, 2009 8:08 PM  
Blogger ???????????????? said...

And also read these.....

» Sachin's better; Lara is more risky outside the off stump: Mark Waugh.

» You have to decide for yourself whether you're bowling well or not. He's going to hit you for fours and sixes anyway. Kasprowicz has a superior story. During the Bangalore Test, frustrated, he went to Dennis Lillee and asked, "Mate, do you see any weaknesses?" Lillee replied, "No Michael, as long as you walk off with your pride that's all you can do: Shane Warne.

» He's a phenomenon. We have to be switched on when he plays allow him no boundries, for then he doesn't stop: Mark Taylor.

» Tendulkar is the most complete batsman I have stood behind. I saw the hundred in Perth on a bouncy pitch with Hughes, McDermott and Whitney gunning for him — he only had 60-odd when No 11 came in. I've seen him against Warne too: Ian Healy.

» Harder he works, the luckier he gets: Ian Chappell.

» He has defined cricket in his fabulous, impeccable manner. He is to batting what Shane Warne is to bowling: Richie Benaud.

» Sachin's the best. I've had this view since I saw him score that hundred in Sydney in 1992. He's the most composed batsman I've ever seen: Mike Coward.

» He's better than Ben Hur: Paul Wilson.

» The pressure on me is nothing as compared to Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin, like God, must never fail. The crowd always expects him to succeed and it is too much pressure on him: Mark Waugh.

» I still think Tendulkar is the best batsmen in the world ahead of Steve Waugh and Lara: Glenn McGrath.

» He is currently the best batsman in the world: Sir Gary Sobers.

» There's no doubt about it. He is the best: Tony Grieg.

» Technically, you can't fault Sachin. Seam or spin, fast or slow — nothing is a problem: Geoffrey Boycott.

» Sometime back I had written a piece that said that Sachin's the master and Lara a genius with his head high up somewhere. That's it: Peter Roebuck.

» A little genius. Reminds me of Sunny Gavaskar: Kieth Fletcher.

» He is Sachin Tendulkar. I hope he stays Sachin Tendulkar. We need a new player, a player in his own way. He has a technique which is the hallmark of a great player. Everything indicates that he will be a great player and I am sure he will prove me right. Reminds me of Barry Richards: Eddie Barlow.

November 07, 2009 8:09 PM  
Blogger Abhijeet said...

Mr.Author , You Say "If my memory is correct he scored only 5 goals but he created so many scoring opportunities to his teammates that helped Argentina win the World Cup, same with Pele and Ronaldo."

Well same with Sachin he may not have scored centuries in every match but he definetly has set the platform for the rest of the match!!!

You say he has never won matches for India !!! He scored 17,594(Highest , I Can't think of ANY person breaking this record)runs in ODI alone !!! For whom has he scored these runs? for the Opposition? No body has scored these many runs for their country ever !!!
Remember , How people would Switch off the TV once Sachin was out , Losing the hopes that India will win !!! Were these million people fools who Thought Only Sachin can win the match for India !!!( Which he used to do)
"did he ever guide India to victory in an important match?"
Who guided India to play those Impotant matches ( Finals) ,if u say team effort , then how come sachin has all the records !!!
"In World Cup 2003 finals when the whole nation expected a big score from him to beat Australia, he got out in the very first over for four."
I Don't think THE WHOLE NATION is such fool to expect a big score from a 'Not-so-great' Batsmen !
Why didn't they except big score from rest of the team !!!

Tendulkar was the highest run scorer of the 2003 Cricket World Cup and 1996 Cricket World Cup.
if Team still couldn't win the cup, how can it be his fault ,What more can he do for the nation.
If i 'm not wrong he has the highest Man Of The Match awards(Which is given to the player who was responsible for thier team to win), which shows no body ever has won the matches for their country as much as Sachin has done !And still you say he has not won matches for the country !!!
"Again in this World Cup match against Sri Lanka he went out for a duck to a bowler who was massacred by Adam Gilchrist in the World Cup finals"
How could you take one incident and judge a player ? just because u trip once or twicw in ur lifetime doesn't mean u can't walk !!!Tell me One great player who has never been out for a duck !!!???

Just because one player plays one good innings, u cast him the great player, just because sachin fails in one innigs u say he is not great player !!! just because Laxman played one good series doesn't mean he is greater than Sachin( i Agree he is a Classs) Sachin has highest " Man Of Series " Awards !!!! What more do u Want ?

you mention one innigs of each player and say they are great!You mention Two great innings about Sachin(136 vs Pakistan in Chennai, 135 vs Australia at Sharjah)and still say he is not great !!!( though there are many great innings
that u don't knw !!!


I am sorry but this is the most silly post i have ever read !!! With no Convincing Facts !!! Type 'Why Bradman is not great' in google and you will find post which have convincing points rather than these single incidents !!!!

April 04, 2010 7:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what you are publishing is bull shit. You are challenging a god like person. You couldnt say these things if you were bowling against Sachin. Who the hell are you saying this nonsense.

April 23, 2010 7:51 PM  
Anonymous DINESH said...

Hi Guys!This is my first time making a comment on a blog post and it was the debate between Mr. Pranil and Mr. Brijesh that made me write my opinion here.
First of all,let me make it clear that I am a big fan of Sachin Tendulkar and completely disagree with Brijesh about his thoughts about Sachin Tendulkar.
In these posts I just found that people who consider that Sachin is not a great player are using his early dismissal in world cup 2003 final as a reason to support their point.But as other guys supporting Sachin have said `Who in the first place guided India to Final?`.The answer is `Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar`.U guys remember the final but why don`t you mention the match against Pakistan when he single handedly won the match for India even when he was out in the 26th over.You guys are giving lame hypothesis like India would have won the match had Sachin scored around 50-60 in the final.How about you go back to the 1996 Semifinal against Srilanka when chasing a score of less than 275, Sachin carried India to 90 for 1.And now I think u remember that once he got out,the players still freaked out and the rest was a black day in History for Indian cricket.Let me give you another example,how about you remember the Chennai test against Pakistan.After losing 5 wickets for 75 runs,it was Sachin who carried India all the way to 15 runs needed for victory.Now are u gonna blame him for that defeat as well when the next 3 players(even if they were tail-enders)could not score those 15 runs between them?
But still I know what the result is gonna be.U will again come up with some reason to blame Sachin for all wrong things that happened to Indian cricket and people like Pranil and others like him(me included) will defend him once more.Neither of us can change the other`s perception irrespective of how much we try...
So God bless u and God bless me just like he has bestowed his blessings on Sachin.
Regards
Dinesh

June 11, 2010 6:43 PM  
Anonymous vinod said...

i think the person who wrote this is still alive!!!!! if he/ she is then i will name him/ her as the greatest 'contemporary joker'!!!!!

October 30, 2010 8:37 AM  
Blogger Nehemiah said...

To my knowledge Sachin is an irresponsible player. He always plays for himself.

All his achivements never yeilded any oppurtunities for Indian winning.

He always targets for self records for survival, He should have been fired long before,

February 23, 2011 9:36 PM  
Blogger srikanth said...

I think whatever that is said by author is 200% valid.
sachin definitely one of the greatest but NOT THE GREATEST IN CRICKET.
he cant be compared to MARADONA OR PELE OR KING OF POP:)

April 04, 2011 12:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

true , Sachin is a grt player technically and under less pressure but not the greatest. He does buckle under pressure in knock-out matches and crunch situations.

April 06, 2011 12:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a stupid blog this mr brijesh do u even know abc of cricket or did u start watching cricket only after 1999 or u only seen inngs where sachin failed...

June 03, 2011 5:53 PM  
Blogger Mrityunjay said...

@C S Narayanamurthy. I have gone through the whole thread. Honestly for me, you are the MAN OF THE BLOG in this blog. Few instances I would like to list:
1. Kapil Dev never scored 182*
2. You are comparing God's 99 centuries with Srikanth's 38 runs.
3. To be counted amongst greatest of games, one needs to score runs against Marshal, Holding, Garner and Andy Roberts??

I am clueless here, the whole logic is going above my head. I would like to add few innings which could have been historical ones, but the fact is- Sachin is not lucky enough to have them. he was the man who has destroyed the Aussie bowlers' psyche. I'm sure you must have seen zillion replays of the SIX of fast and furious SHOAIB AKHTAR(Fastest bowled bowl ever in history). Have almost tored the attacks of fearsome trio of AKRAM-WAQAR-IMRAN.
1. The 155 not out v Australia, Chennai, 1997-98 when the Aussiess were invincible team.
2. Scoring 141 and 4 for 38 v Australia, Dhaka, 1997-98.
3. 117 not out v Australia,CB Series FINAL, 2008.
4. 175 v Australia, Hyderabad, 2009-10 which India lost due to hard luck.
5. If you can remember, 1996 Semi, as soon as Sachin got out the pitch turned into unplayable. Interesting, isn't it?

He has seen India growing from MINNOWS to WORLD CHAMPION in every respect and the greatness of this man is, he is still going GREAT. Never indulged in any controversy, being ideal for ages. This is GREATNESS in true sense. It took 22 years to achieve this kind of greatness.

I am surprised people here comparing Sachin with Kaif???

January 23, 2012 10:24 AM  

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