I don't think that's fair Ankit. All through school cricket I made a niche out of bowling complete **** to far superior batsmen and getting them out.
Sometimes the most innocuous bowlers can be the most difficult to face.
Tendulkar did say McGrath and someone else were the best he faced in the article, it's just Cronje made the better headline.
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For instance, at the end of the recent test series against Aus, when he was asked by Ravi something about a landmark moment (might have been the 14000 runs, can't remember exactly) he said something along the lines of "I don't like to count, I just make as many runs as possible". But just from observation, I think it clear he is very aware of any records etc. and is really keen on being the no. 1 run scorer (which is natural, why wouldn't you care about these things?). Yet he always seems to brush these things aside, as if they are of no importance to him.
That being said though, on the whole he genuinely seems a very modest, humble person.
And yes I know exactly which match Sachin is talking about in that interview. I remember how much he got out for, remember that Dravid also hit a six off Donald in the same game and remember India lost the match after being in a very good situation. I remember that whole tour actually and I can say Donald was his bigger nemesis.
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Nothing too wrong in being fond of records but I wish he played more ODIs. He notched up three 150+ scores within 12 months (compared to only two in 19+ years before that). Given he is in such peerless form, he should have played more ODIs and perhaps sacrificed IPL and Champion's league.
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"It was a big moment," Tendulkar says, "but I was most aware of the match situation." He had arrived at the wicket with India 38 for two in answer to Australia's first innings of 478. He and Murali Vijay added 64: "And then it flashed on the big screen that I needed eight runs to reach 14,000. Every run I scored was cheered. But when I needed two I hit a boundary. I was happy but I thought, 'right, now we can get back to focusing on cricket', because everyone had become too worried about those eight runs. It had taken away my focus."
I dare say that's a sensible way to look at things. Not false modesty.
"I am very happy and it will allow me to have lot more rice."
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Tendu's decision to not play ODIs for the time being is spot on.Why should he play meaningess ODIs instead of trying to prolong his test career?Most great players retire from ODIs first to lengthen their test careers.The only thing that is stopping him from retiring from the format now is the lack of a WC win.
Ps:Cronje has got out Tendu out as many times as Donald.
Also,in an interview a few years back he named Marshall,Imran Khan,Murali,Warne,McGrath among the most difficult he has faced.Some of you are reading too much into it.
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There was another similiar moment I recall as well, when he was interviewed (by BBC I think) about his general career, and the interviewer raised the issue of his alleged ball tampering. His somewhat nervous/dismissive response seemed to suggest the allegations were true, but rather than discussing it and admitting he was at fault, he was adamant the issue was skipped. That to me seems to show, once again, his attempts to preserve his image.
Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but that was the initial impression I got anyhow.
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