Reasonable article and I can understand the adulation but still Don>> SRT>= Viv, Chappell, Hobbs, Lara, Hammond etc etc etc.
Cause Slifer said so.........!!!!
To be honest there have been other players who have had one or two years at the level of Sachin in 2010. Ponting had a year (2003?) where he averaged over 100. Neil Harvey was extraordinary for the first year or two of his career. Sobers had an amazing year when he scored that triple hundred. Viv in 1976. And so on. So while Sachin has been amazing it's not unprecedented in the post-war era.
I thought the article was merely building up when it abruptly ended
And forget the Bradman barrier. I would like to see the first batsman break the 60 barrier in terms of career average after the end of a long career (100+tests). No one has done it many have come close in the last decade: Sachin, Ponting, Dravid and Kallis. Ponting has been the closest actually breaking the 60 barrier during the first innings of one of the Ashes 2006 tests but it was almost like a curse and his career average has been moving steadily south since then. Now it's not looking likely that any of the current greats will do it. I suppose the way he is going Sachin has a small chance if he plays for 2-3 more years but I wouldn't bet on it.
Yeah the sheer longevity of Sachin's career is amazing especially given the amount of cricket he has played and the pressure he has faced from such a young age. So yes in that sense Sachin is unique; no one has played so much international cricket, test and ODI, and excelled over such a long period.
Agree with dissector. If these career best ratings are any indication, there are a few whose peak has been superior to Tendulkar's:
Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings
Although currently 891, he has a chance to better his previous best
Last edited by ankitj; 19-10-2010 at 01:16 AM.
Whenever I read an article that tries to put Tendulkar on the same level as The Don I die a little inside.
Don't worry mate your posting in general makes me die a little inside .
If I were clinically dead I couldn't tell you...
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