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'Stats' is not a synonym for 'Career Test Averages'
Originally Posted by Jeffrey Tucker
Wonderful player but gone on a bit too long. 200 tests is a huge moment though and doubt that will be done again. Hard to think my favourite knock of his was 17 years ago and he was already a long way into his career then. Thanks for the memories.
Tendulkar to join the Swans as a free agent.
Tendulkar's retirement has just made India a more dangerous team - truth is he did jack all for the last couple of years blocking the path for talented young batsmen like Rahane, Rohit and Juneja. Interesting times ahead - the curtain is certainly come down on the '281 generation'.
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I just hope he gets atleast a hundred in his last series... Doesn't matter if it's West Indies. Doesn't matter if it's a scratchy edgy no cover drive boring one... Just want one more.
Atleast one good thing came out of his not touring SA. He'll end up with a 40+ average against every nation and in every nation. Pretty awesome stat, that is
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Was fortunate to see his first scg innings and his last. Also saw his 200 there.
A great player. I think maybe the greatest I've seen, I dunno. He belongs in the argument anyway. He stood out like dogs balls here as a subcontinental batsman who dealt really well with the conditions. Others have done it well since but he really was the first.
A lot of people won't realise, because of the amount of touring India does now, that we missed lots of his best years here. India toured here in 91-92 iirc then didn't come back until 99-00. First time I really saw him dominate a series was the 98(?) series in India against Australia, which was shown here on pay TV. I remember him standing tall (comparatively) and hitting the quicks off the back foot back down the ground from about waist height. They are probably the best cricket shots I think I've ever seen.
Remarkable player really. Sustained excellence over a couple of decades barring a couple of lean patches. He deserves a long and happy retirement. Well played him.
Loved the homage you wote just thought I'd slip that proviso in.
CATCHES WIN MATCHES
A TOLL IS A TOLL AND A ROLL IS A ROLL,
AND IF WE DON'T GET NO TOLLS, THEN WE DON'T EAT NO ROLLS
Well, there we go. Fitting time, he wasn't the same player. Wonder what he'll do with his life now.
Hope they give him the Mike Hussey treatment and he gets fired before he can quit.
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