If I Have, I apologise. Shane Warne made me chuckle; saying Tendulkar was the best, then daylight, then Lara 3rd lol !
Australias best batsman Bradman and best spinner Warne both absolutely love him and rated him as the best (after Bradman lol)...Then again, he did score more 100s against a unbelievable formidable Australian attack over the years than any other team.
Good that he's finally decided he's had enough, although should've retired around the time laxman did and therefore I reckon he will have played 10 tests too many in hope of finishing on a high.
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Nah, that's a myth IMO. He wasn't great in Enland and Australia, but he was better then than he was playing both those nations at home, after the 100th ton.
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if he had got his 100th ton out of the way when he was still in great nick then you would've expected him to do better in Eng, Aus, etc (he may have converted more of his 50s perhaps). But since he didn't, the pressure mounted and he went out of form and never recovered... And I feel the 2nd biggest mistake he made was to skip the WI tour after the WC.
This was pretty obvious from a mile away. Even during the India-Australia test series, there were whispers of India slotting in a two test series before the SA tour. (Wait a sec...that would be Tendy's 200th!). He was on his last legs in the previous two home series. It was ok to keep him for the Australia series because everyone else stunk too and Sachin is entitled to a longer rope than most. After an ordinary Aus series, it was crystal clear that he was done. He didn't deserve to tour SA and I'm glad he's not.
I'm not fond of record-chasing and I find stats like # of centuries or # of match-winning centuries to be meaningless. But if there's a stat to chase, 200 tests is pretty cool. Can't see anyone ever coming close to it.
Would I have been happier if Sachin called it a day earlier? Yes. Do I think it's atrocious that he only retired now, on this manufactured farewell series? Not really. I was really worried about him and India being embarrassed in South Africa. I'm less worried about that now. Rohit Sharma or Ajinkya Rahane should acquit themselves well and even if they don't, it'll be a great learning experience for either of them.
I started to follow cricket really closely in 1999 during the World Cup. There are only three guys who remain from that tournament now: Kallis, Chanders, Mahela. Wow.
Was fine until Sydney, after that he looked about the same as the rest of them
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Loling at those looking for Rohit Sharma to replace Tendulkar in any meaningful sense in tests.
Agreed. Rohit would be a fine replacement. But so would Rahane. I wouldn't like to be the one making the choice.
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