How good is Sachin Tendulkar?

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If Sachin Tendulkar hits exactly 100 and another batsman hits exactly 100, Sachin Tendulkar is top scorer.

When Sachin Tendulkar gets bowled, it is only because he can hear the thoughts of wood and one of the stumps has insulted him. The wood only insults him because it is bitter that Sachin didn’t choose to use it for his bat.

Sachin Tendulkar doesn’t play across the line. He decides what path the ball was taking.

If you stand on top of Everest and look up, you will see Sachin Tendulkar’s left elbow if he is playing a cover drive at that moment.

Sachin Tendulkar doesn’t take guard. He puts his bat down and the stumps just move into line.

The Duckworth-Lewis method takes into account Sachin Tendulkar’s presence at the crease.

Sachin Tendulkar can never be timed out. Everyone is willing to wait.

Sachin Tendulkar doesn’t need to keep his eye on the ball.


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  1. I’ll help you with those hits:

    Sachin Tendulkar is mean to animals and children. He is a cheat who secretly pays the other teams to let him get centuries in exchange for losing the match. In the ODI against South Africa, he paid Jaques Kallis and Dale Steyn to play like rubbish so he could make 200.

    Now we’ll see how many comments you get!

  2. P.S. I feel priviledged to be able to work from home and hence able to have watched this innings. Mr Tendulkar is everything good about the India team – professional, relatively modest, polite. He does not get photographed drinking and on the pull, he does not indulge in ridiculous celebrations (I’m talking about you, Sreesanth and Bhajji!) and most of all, he is a delight to watch – I don’t remember a single chance in this knock. It will be a shame when he has to retire and I fear for the moral fibre of the Indian team, what with all the Lalit Modi razzamatazz and self-servingness. I don’t care about what they do off the field really, I just like all this old-fashioned spirit of cricket stuff and Sachin (mostly) typifies this.

  3. I bet Tendulkar is really a Tiger Woods in sheep’s clothing.

    That’ll add to the hate email , too.

    If they actually get it.

    And it’ ll serve you right, KC

  4. If you stand on top of Everest and look up, you will see Sachin Tendulkar’s left elbow if he is playing a cover drive at that moment.

    That one was particularly close out of all.

  5. I like the way that this article keeps its feet on the ground and doesn’t stray into hyperbole. Not like your earlier article, in which you said that Brett Lee was “quite good”. Ridiculous exaggeration.

    In Tendulkar’s post-match interview, he said several times that the team’s score was the direct result of the batting of Karthik and Dhoni. Not his 200. No, it was all the others’ 201 wot won it. Every time Ravi Shastri tried to heap some praise on him, he passed it on to someone else. It’s why other sports stars are “liked”, but he is “adored.”

  6. Sachin Tendulkar probably doesn’t have any real insecurities about his worth as a cricketer. It’s pretty easy for him to deflect the praise, but all credit to him for doing so anyway.

    In the parlance of our region: he’s a grand lad.

  7. sachin doesnt require a box, because his balls are made of steel…he just looks at his pads and they wrap themselves around his legs…
    anon a mouse is a dickhead…get it!

  8. I totally agree with monster cables second comment above. Sachin represents everything good about the Indian team. When he retires, I am not worried about India finding another great batsman. But I am worried whether they will find another great human being like Sachin.

  9. Sachin Tendulkar is allowed to wear whatever clothing he likes in whatever form of cricket. Each and every time he chooses to wear the same as the rest of his team-mates.

  10. I will jump into the hyperbole as well ..

    Sachin Tendulkar is actually 6′ 4″ tall. He bats standing on his knees.

  11. And you can add this to the end of your piece.

    “Sachin Tendulkar doesn’t need to keep his eye on the ball. The balls moves in line with his eye”.

  12. Sachin Tendulkar doesn’t score boundaries. He reminds the ball that it has duties to attend to amongst the crowd.

    Sachin Tendulkar doesn’t require a “team”. The rest of the side is an extension of his psyche, that we fail to understand and interpret as a cricket team.

    Sachin Tendulkar has no concept of wickets, he believes the stumps are there for decoration.

    Sachin Tendulkar has no concept of opposition, he believes the fielding side is there for decoration.

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