Against Australia and South Africa obviously.
I think its a stretch of india ever being no 1 in tests s africa and australia have highe % wins,india has a higher % of drawn tests thats why they will never be no 1.
One dayers india will probably pass s africa when they play 7 one dayers vs australia,thats unless they stuff up,which is always possible.
15,000 runs comes down to his body,2012 thats a stretch don't see ricky pontong playing to 2012 and he is 2 years younger than sachin.
hate to see sachin's body in 2012 if he keeps playing something like ian healeys fingers.
Altho some indians are ultimate optimists they believe sachin will play forever,but he is only human.
The 2010/11 world cup is a more realistic target and thats with retiring from test cricket in 12 months.
I too really hope Tendulkar goes and achieves the 15k mark. But do I expect him to? No. He has done what 95% of people playing at the top level cannot even dream of. Hats off to the guy to still keep dreaming and get driven by that. Instead of trying to find faults in his each and every word, and thereby act like total morons, I wish people realised the extent of what the guy has done over his career spanning two decades. To retain the same level of drive even after playing so many games, makes him a real master and professional.
I can't imagine the pressure these guys are going to face during the 2011 World Cup. It is all going to depend on whether the younger brigade can handle it.
And in 2011/12 India will most likely face the strongest Australian bowling attack since 99/2000 where he averaged 46 when he was at the peak of his game.
But retiring after a home series against Pakistan would definitely be a good way to go. The BCCI probably already have $$ in their eyes over the prospect.
Last edited by slippyslip; 10-08-2009 at 02:51 AM.
Oh by the way, Tendulkar averages 56 in Australia, including series that he played as a teenager against Merv Hughes & Co. Surely, they are a cakewalk as per your argument is it not?
Also, I'd gladly take that average of 46 against McGrath and Warne combined at their peak, with added burdens of being the only batsman who was performing and also considering he was at the rough end of atleast two dubious dismissals in that tour.
Last edited by Pigeon; 10-08-2009 at 02:59 AM.
I really hopes he will be able to reach the 15.000, would be awesome.
I learnt so much from him when it comes to batting, he deserves it.
Concerning the WC, if India had taken him in the squad 2 months ago, I assume we talk about T20, who knows where they could have ended. But at this stage I prefer a SA vs AUS final.
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What Tendulkar really wants but isn't saying is to get a century of international centuries. He has 85 of them already (42 plus 43). By saying he wants 15000 runs, he is wanting to score just under 2300 more Test runs. By his recent years' performance that should take just over three years in which time he should get about 7-9 odd more Test centuries.During the same period he should expect to score another 4-5 ODI hundreds which will bring him very close to that 100 century mark Of course with a couple more to go he will play long enough to get them.
He said many years ago, when asked if he had any target in mind, that he had but would not like to disclose it. I have always felt that target is a hundred international hundreds. The individual aggregates for tests or for ODI's might get overtaken but to get a hundred centuries is going to take some beating. He doesn't want to say it for it builds un-necessary pressure from the media. Already we have seen how he has become more vulnerable in the nineties in this the last stage of his career than he ever was. Thats his own internal pressure for his dream objective. If the whole world starts talking about it, it will be simply too much and we know the extent to which the Indian media is capable of going to build up hype.
well the 15k runs is pretty much in the bag, im thinking he should go for
a) 55 test centuries
b) 15k+ runs
c) world cup 2011 win
d) 50 odi centuries
and then just retire gracefully, it'll suck though
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