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chinaman
January 3, 2004, 11:18 AM
Despite being lauded like a deity by his countrymen, Sachin Tendulkar has always kept his composure remarkably well.

He always respects his opponents and still spends as much time working in the nets as he did when he first broke into the national team as a raw talent in 1989.

That professionalism and dedication allowed him to end a poor run of form in devastating fashion on Saturday.

What was extraordinary about his 220 not out at the SCG, quite apart from it being the most productive in his stellar career, was the patience and self-denial he showed.

Eschewing virtually all attacking shots through the off-side, an area in which he must have identified a weakness, Tendulkar used the trusty on-drive as his principal weapon.

Hardly any of his drives whistled past mid-off or cover, instead they were laced between the bowler and mid-on, or to mid-on's right, and so often he clipped deliveries between square leg and mid-on for four.

It is blissfully ironic that the on-drive, regarded by coaches as the hardest shot to play in cricket, was the staple diet that brought Tendulkar out of his famine.

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BangladeshCricket
January 3, 2004, 01:55 PM
Indeed his talent is unmatchable..extraordinarily played...

Tehsin
January 3, 2004, 06:15 PM
Ustad er maar shesh raat e ... the little master DID it. 650 for 5 for India was unimaginable. This is probably India's best showing in foreign soil. Does this mean that there is more to come ?

(England, SA and the rest beware)

reinausagi
January 4, 2004, 01:04 PM
Chinaman wrote:


It is blissfully ironic that the on-drive, regarded by coaches as the hardest shot to play in cricket, was the staple diet that brought Tendulkar out of his famine.


All I have to say is, Move over Michael Madhshadhan Dutta, there is a new poet in town!:)