Anyway, Warne, Lara, Waugh, Bevan, Dravid, Border, Lillee, Gilchrist, Imran Khan...these kind of players excelled as the situation got more tense and difficult for their team to win or even draw.
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Steve Waugh is really overrated when it comes to handling pressure. He has a terrible fourth-innings record which is when the pressure is often at its maximum.
Though he has some ways to go in his test career, Ashwell Prince strikes me as someone who is excellent under pressure. Also Jacques Kallis. The two of them did something unprecedented AFAIK in test history in their recent home series against India and Pakistan. Both those series went right down to the last innings and in both innings Prince and Kallis got together with the game evenly balanced and took their team to close to victory. I don't know if any two players have every done that in consecutive series.
There are different kinds of pressure. Tendulkar has faced the most intense public scrutiny pretty much since he was a kid. I doubt any cricketer in the history of the game has faced that kind of pressure and it's quite remarkable that he has survived for so long.
Even in the conventional cricketing sense Tendulkar has played some great pressure innings even though like Steve Waugh he doesn't have a good fourth innings record. His two match-winning hundreds against Australia in Madras were of the highest quality and were under huge pressure. He has delivered with the ball in pressure situations on several occasions too.
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The 96 not out that Gavaskar played in his final test innings against Pakistan on a wicket turning square and which many considered the finest of his illustrious career was not played under any pressure whatsoever.
How could it be under pressure ? India lost the match
If India win it was fabulous innings played under great pressure.
And if Yuvraj and company crumble in the run chase after such a fabulous start, it will mean Sachin was not batting under pressure.
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