Sachin Tendulkar has been the greatest sports icon for India and he inspired Indians from all walks of life. I am just one among the millions who love, admire and awed by the talent of Sachin Tendulkar on the cricketing field. For long time he was the only sports superstar that we had to boast about. Saying this I am not trying to ignore the accolades of our other sporting stars like Vishwanathan Anand, Vijay Amritraj, Prakash Padukone, Milka singh, PT Usha and others. While they were great none of them achieved anything close to what Sachin has achieved in their respective sports. They were always the brides maid never the bride. We can argue at length that cricket has much more budgets, funds and support than any other sport in India, but the fact remains that we are a cricket crazy nation and that is the only sport where we compete at the highest level. Other than cricket I can not really think of any sport where we would be called a top class team. So why crib?
While there are few skeptics out there who believe that there are other who were better than him; that he only plays for records or he should have retired couple of years back, I choose to ignore them as people who speak without out facts in hand.For those who play the tune that Sachin was never a match winner and played for his centuries, pls check this analysis of his win ratio for those games he hit a century, the links are given below.
Those who are convinced that he plays for the records, I just want to add “he plays and the records follow him”. What i really like about Sachin Tendulkar is his humility. The fact that he has been humble all his live even after what he has acheived is in itself a great achievement as a human being.In the two decades we have not come come across any controversy, loose gossip or incidents that have always been associated with super stars.He is always calm, composed and always speaks with dignity that befitted someone who is not only a great sportstar but a good human too. He is someone who can be a sporting idol for current generation and generations to come.
As his innings comes to a close and and he walks back in to the pavilion one last time, I thought is is just right to compile all that he has achieved on the green circle. Given below are 200 facts about Sachin that you may like to know.
(Compiled from internet)
1. His father named him after the legendary music director Sachin Dev Burman.
2. During his school days, he grew his hair and tied a band around it to copy his idol, tennis legend John McEnroe.
3. While growing up, Sachin would ask his friend Ramesh Pardhe to dip a rubber ball in water and hurl it at him to see the wet marks left on the bat to know whether he had middled the ball!
Rahul Dravid a Legend
For eight months now the Indian cricket fan has waited with breathless anticipation for the ultimate cricket icon, Sachin Tendulkar, to score his 100th international hundred. All this while, one man has stayed under the radar, doing what he has done with quiet efficiency for several years now. In this season of hype and noise, of made-for-TV fasts and high-pitched spectacles, Rahul Dravid has reaffirmed one’s faith in old fashioned values of solidity and integrity. The 38-year-old Bangalorean, in the autumn of a glorious cricketing career, has shown that true class doesn’t need a megaphone for self-promotion but only needs an unswerving commitment to one’s profession. In the process, Dravid has provided an inspiration to the silent majority who prefer their heroes to be performers rather than showmen.
To be in the limelight and yet stay out of it can’t be easy and yet Dravid has handled the highs and lows of life with equanimity and perhaps greater dignity than most of his peers. Remember Dravid’s first test in 1996 was also a debut match for Saurav Ganguly. Comrades in the revival of Indian cricket, their attitude to life and the game could have been scarcely more different.
Ganguly was the ‘Prince of Kolkata’, almost born to rule. Dravid, by contrast, carried a rather more prosaic epithet – ‘The Wall’. Ganguly was emotional and excitable, baring his chest to adoring supporters at Lords in a coming of age cricketing moment. Somehow, one can’t imagine Dravid revealing his biceps in public. When Ganguly was dropped, Kolkata came out on the streets. If Dravid were to be dropped, it is doubtful that the traffic would stop on Bangalore’s MG Road. Perhaps, Ganguly’s ebullience made him the better captain, but clearly Dravid’s dedication has ensured longevity.
Of his contemporaries, only Tendulkar stands ahead of him in terms of runs and centuries. Perhaps playing in the Tendulkar era has meant that we have never quite been able to appreciate the full range of Dravid’s skills. The Bradman age saw the emergence of many great batsmen but such was Sir Don’s influence on the game that all others were overshadowed. The Tendulkar phenomenon has had a similar effect. And yet, if Tendulkar is the artist, Dravid has been the artisan, chiselling away at perfecting his craft to the point where he can actually claim to be in the same exalted space as the Mumbai genius.
In some respects, Dravid actually has the edge over the mighty Tendulkar. For example, if you exclude Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, Dravid’s average in overseas series is marginally better than Sachin’s as is his contribution to India’s overseas wins. Quite remarkably, 32 of his 36 test centuries have come in wins or draws, confirming his stature as a true match winner. Add to nearly 13,000 test runs, the small matter of 10,000 ODI runs and 200 plus test catches, and his place as an all time great is assured.
And yet, more than the runs, it’s the character of the man that has stood out. In a long international career, there is only one controversy that one can associate with Dravid: when as stand-in captain against Pakistan in Multan, he declared the Indian innings with Tendulkar batting at 194 not out. For those who see Sachin as a demi-god, the declaration was seen as the ultimate act of apostasy, designed to prevent a living deity from reaching yet another milestone. For Dravid, it was the result of a philosophy that always put team above individual, a mindset that even led him to become a wicket-keeper for a while in the ultimate interests of Indian cricket.
2011 has perhaps best defined the man’s spirit. Dropped from the One Day side, not considered good enough to play in the World Cup, battling with form, it would have been easy for Dravid to opt out. Amidst a slew of talented young batsmen, Dravid could have been forgiven for feeling like an antique item. This was, we were repeatedly told, the era of 20-20 cricket, of heavy bats and big sixes. Technique was seen as a cricketing romantic’s nostalgic yearning; contemporary cricket was all about speed and power. Dravid’s best shot was his forward defence, head right over the ball, a stroke many believed was best left to practise in a coaching manual, not on the cricket field. And yet, it is that very defensive correctness that has seen Dravid succeed in England this year when the young guns around him struggled.
Indeed, this has been the year when Dravid the batsman re-invented himself, not for the first time. In the late 90s, he wasn’t considered good enough for limited overs cricket. Not one to be easily disheartened, he worked at his game to the point where he was the top scorer in the 1999 world cup. This year, he was picked for his first ever 20-20 international, a seemingly desperate move by an Indian cricket selection system that was running out of options. Dravid responded by stroking three consecutive sixes, his way of reminding the Indian cricket fan that a genius in sport will not be chained by format.
It is possible that having answered every challenge, Dravid will seriously consider retirement soon. There are very few cricketing mountains he has left to climb and there will be no doubt a desire to spend more time with a young family. When he does eventually take the final bow, it’s unlikely to be a dramatic announcement. Somehow, theatrics and Rahul Dravid simply don’t go together. He will wish to fade quietly into the sunset, leaving behind memories of a bagful of runs, plenty of catches, but above all, a resoluteness of purpose. In an age of umpteen page three mini-celebrities, Dravid is a page one star to be treasured.
………..Yuvraj dabs a single to backward point to bring captain Dhoni on strike with four needed. And the skipper smashes a six into the stand over long-on –India has won the ICC 2011 World cup
28 years after that a quiet English summer day, when a garage band changed the destiny of Indian cricket; by snatching victory from a cricketing Goliath of yestereen, a determined band of brothers made tryst with the destiny of 1.2 billion people; by lifting the 2011 ICC world cup on the 2 day day of April, 2011.Unlike the last time, it was not the story of the hare and tortoise, it was more a death match in a gladiator arena, and they fought like champions, with a dream to win and a need to survive, and that they did, and with a bit of style, a six by the captain to end the tournament.
The final six by Dhoni and him watching it cross the fence, will be the most lasting memory that I am going to have, for a long time to come. Watch the video closely and you will see the stone cold determination of a man, with a huge burden and a single goal, to deliver a smile to a billion people. In that split second he sent a country into euphoria and madness, which still prevails 3 days after of the event.
The difference between the 83 world cup win and this. is one of expectation. Last time we were the underdogs, who had nothing to loose and each win was a an achievement in itself, but this time we were the famed Indian team the favorites to win and there were a billion people glued to the TV and every possible media that was broadcasting the match. Waiting for it to happen. It is a pressure that we have never experienced and I pray we never experience for us mortals do not have the strength to withstand it. That explains why we see them cry on the field on the day when entire India was rejoicing.
“The pressure you go through is a lot; we felt it throughout the tournament, If you ask the players, they were not eating well because of anxiety. Not pressure, but anxiety. There would be food in front of you but you wouldn’t feel like eating it
…Dhoni at a press conference after winning the world cup
“The kind of extra responsibility that each and everybody had was enormous. This is what we had wanted to achieve; we had set our eyes on it one-and-a-half years ago.”
I can never experience that and maybe I really do not want to but I wanted to understand how they felt after the match and I found this from a Cricinfo article
“Emotionally, I was confused; I wanted a wicket [stump]”. But he found himself at the center of the pitch with Yuvraj at the other end. “I thought hug-vug we will do later, first take the wicket.” He then ran over to his own end to pull out the stump, after which Yuvraj jumped on him, pulling him into a bear hug. “It was an emotional moment,” Dhoni said. “I was confused, I didn’t know what to do at the time, how to show my emotions.”
Yuvraj told ESPNcricinfo, as he crossed the Wankhede to return to his dressing room, that he had been physically ill several times during the tournament.
“Anxiety, anxiety,” he explained. “This was the World Cup and that anxiety can really be heavy.”
Harbhajan candidly admitted that for the first time in his career he was tense, almost scared, before the match against arch rivals Pakistan.
“Everyone from a doorman to a billionaire, was urging us on. The pressure had begun to get to me”
About the final this is what he said in a Time of India interview
As Dhoni hit that six, we fell into each others arms. We were crying, shouting, laughing. I have no idea what I did. Tears flowed freely. “The unbearable pressure of six weeks was finally off our chest”
Not only did the team carry the burden of expectation of the country it seems they had their own personal agenda, for a peer who had been carrying the burden to win the world cup for the last 20 years, they wanted to win the world cup for the little master Sachin. It was clear from everything that they said and did on that day. Here is a what some of them had to say
“This is unbelievable. The Under-19 World Cup, then the World Twenty20 but this is the most special. For Sachin, for everyone else.”
Yuvraj Singh, the Player of the Tournament, sums it up
“All credit goes to Sachin Tendulkar. We played for him. Beating Australia and Pakistan and now this, its a dream come true.”
Gautam Gambhir, who gave India the upper hand in the final with his 97
“This goes out to all the people of India. This is my first World Cup; I can’t ask for more. Tendulkar has carried the burden of nation for 21 years; It was time we carried him. Chak de India!”
Virat Kohli leads the Tendulkar tributes
While I bask in the glory of my country winning the world cup, and wake up with a smile everyday I wish all these guys the very best in life and the ability to continue playing like champions for many more years to come.
(This is a compilation of comments of the team from the internet, the photographs are public domain images. If someone with a copyright has an objection with these images please revert back I will remove them)
Sachin and his centuries the debate continues…..
This is in continuation of my earlier post, does Sachin’s centuries help India win. I wanted to find out if there was some more conclusive research available on the net regarding the same subject. Well there was a lot of amateur analysis similar to mine but nothing that I can say statistically driven conclusive report. Then there was one report that was just right, which has the statistical depth and analysis which would make dataphile satisfied. While I cannot judge the accuracy of that It looked spooky enough for me to figure out that it was comprehensive enough for us less mortals…
http://tinyurl.com/5wtol5x (if you want an intellectual pursuit go thru this article it is really good work on the subject). The conclusion from all that intellectual gibberish in authors own words is as below
>“…………….leads me to conclude that the number of runs scored by Tendulkar has a significant positive impact on the probability of an Indian victory; specifically, Indian’s probability of victory increases by 18% when Tendulkar scores 120 as opposed to when he scores 10, all other things held constant. We can thus reject the null hypothesis for Model 1 in ODIs since there seems to be clear evidence that Tendulkar’s score has a positive, substantive impact on the probability of an Indian victory.”
Rohit Naimpally (Project Associate at Innovations for Poverty Action)
|SR Tendulkar (India)||33||12||45||73%|
|RT Ponting (Aus)||25||4||29||86%|
|ST Jayasuriya (SL)||24||3||27||89%|
|SC Ganguly (India)||18||4||22||82%|
|BC Lara (WI)||16||3||19||84%|
I was asked by a friend how does it compare with the rest of top players of the word. So here are the five players that I considered to evaluate Below statistic gives data for the games where these five players have made centuries and Sachin conspicuously stands out from the rest of the league. He definitely is lower than the league figures.
Now the question is did India lose those matches because of Sachin? Well the idea does not seem to have the logic. What more do you ask a batsman than a century in an ODI. So let’s look at Sachin’s performances in these matches. He has an average of 138 runs in the matches that we have lost at strike rateof 95%. Well compared to the whooping averageof 207.7 at a strike rate of 103 in the matches that he hit a century and won a 138 seems to be a little faded out but I would give absolve him of the count that he has played slow or was playing for his hundred.
If we look at those matches individually we will be able to conclude further.
So here are the stats from the matches that Sachin made a century but the team lost the match. There are 12 of these oddities and here is the date from those matches. Of the 12 matches 7 matches were situations where India made scores more than 275, which is a generally considered a winning score in a typical ODI, but India lost the games. Either the opposition played extremely well or our bowlers just did not raise to the level. Interestingly in all the matches that we lost after Sachin made a century, his contribution to the net total of the game is around 45%, it all gives us an insight into how the rest of the batsman played the game.
|Match||Sachin Score||Balls Faced||team score||Sachins contribution|
1. 137 off 137 balls with 8 fours & 5 sixes.
- India v Sri Lanka.
- Wills World Cup – 24th match, Group A.
- ODI no. 1070 | 1995/96 season.
- Played at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi.
- 2 March 1996 (50-over match).
- Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets (with 8 balls remaining).
India finished the 50 overs for 271/3. Only other dependable score was from Mohd. Azharuddin(72 off 80 balls). Mr Manoj Prabhakar had brilliant bowling figures of 4-0-47-0. He opened he bowling for India, he also opened batting innings and scored 7 off 36 balls.
2. 100 off 111 balls with 9 fours & 1 six.
- India v Pakistan
- Singer Cup – 3rd match
- ODI no. 1091 | 1995/96 season
- Played at The Padang, Singapore (neutral venue)
- 5 April 1996 (50-over match)
- Pakistan won by 8 wickets (with 30 balls remaining) (revised target)
India was all out for 226 in 47.1 overs. Sachin Tendulkar was stumped out at India’s score of 186/4. Five of the Indian batsmen did not cross the single digit score barrier. And only two others managed to score more than 20 runs. Pakistan had a reduced target due to rains.
3. 110 off 138 balls with 5 fours & 1 six.
- Sri Lanka v India
- Singer World Series – 2nd match
- ODI no. 1106 | 1996 season
- Played at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
- 28 August 1996 – day/night (50-over match)
- Sri Lanka won by 9 wickets (with 34 balls remaining)
Again the Indian score was 226 but for 5 wickets in 50 overs. Out of seven batsmen who came to crease, only Azharuddin managed to get past 20 runs score. Sachin performed with balls too with figures of 6-0-29-1, the second most economical bowler of the innings. Azhar deployed seven bowlers, out of which two had bowled with economy rate of more than 7 per over.
4. 143 off 131 balls with 9 fours & 5 sixes.
- Australia v India
- Coca-Cola Cup – 6th match
- ODI no. 1325 | 1997/98 season
- Played at Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium (neutral venue)
- 22 April 1998 – day/night (50-over match)
- Australia won by 26 runs (revised target)
India, chasing under the milky flood lights of Sharjah, had to over past New Zealand’s Net Run Rate to qualify for the finals. The complete world stood still to witness Sachin’s this innings. When Sachin’s innings ended India was 242/5 in 43 overs. Target was 276 to win or 237 to qualify for finals in 46 overs. India with the help of wonderful innings from VVS Laxman & Kanitkar made a massive score 8 runs in the final 3 overs.
5. 101 off 140 balls with 3 fours & 1 six.
- India v Sri Lanka
- Coca-Cola Champions Trophy – 1st match
- ODI no. 1640 | 2000/01 season
- Played at Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium (neutral venue)
- 20 October 2000 – day/night (50-over match)
- Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets (with 37 balls remaining)
India scored 224/8 in 50 overs with 4 single digit scorers and 4 scorers with double digits but less than 20 runs. SL got 225/in 43.5, Sachin also bowled 5-0-22-0, better economy rate than 4 other Indian bowlers of the inning.
6. 146 off 153 balls with 15 fours & 2 sixes.
- India v Zimbabwe
- Zimbabwe in India ODI Series – 3rd ODI
- ODI no. 1658 | 2000/01 season
- Played at Barkatullah Khan Stadium, Jodhpur
- 8 December 2000 (50-over match)
- Zimbabwe won by 1 wicket (with 1 ball remaining)
India finished with 283/8 in 50 overs. Sachin ended his marathon as the 8th wicket down for India at 235/8 in 46.3 overs. Ajit Agarkar and Zaheer Khan together rocketed innings with 48 runs in last 3.3 overs. If you do some elementary maths, you will figure out that 89 was the total score which rest of the eight great top order batsmen scored against the World class Zimbabwean bowling attack. Second Highest scorer was Zaheer Khan with 32. Sachin also got 6-0-35-1.
7. 101 off 129 balls with 9 fours.
- South Africa v India
- Standard Bank Triangular Tournament – 1st match
- ODI no. 1752 | 2001/02 season
- Played at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
- 5 October 2001 – day/night (50-over match)
- South Africa won by 6 wickets (with 10 balls remaining)
India managed 279/5 in 50 overs with Saurav Ganguly’s 127 off 126 balls and Sachin Tendulkar’s efforts. No other Indian batsmen crossed 20 runs mark, highlighting 1 run knocks from Rahul Dravid. Extras conceded by the South African team were the third highest contributor in Indian score.
8. 141 off 135 balls with 17 fours & 1 six.
- Pakistan v India
- India in Pakistan ODI Series – 2nd ODI
- ODI no. 2114 | 2003/04 season
- Played at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium
- 16 March 2004 – day/night (50-over match)
- Pakistan won by 12 runs
While on the chase of 329 runs, India was 317 all out in 48.4 overs. Except Sachin, Indian innings starred 2 ducks, 2 single digit scores and 4 double-digit but less than 20 scores. Second highest contributor to Indian score was the Extras by Pakistani team.
9. 123 off 130 with 12 fours & 2 sixes.
- India v Pakistan
- Pakistan in India ODI Series – 4th ODI
- ODI no. 2238 | 2004/05 season
- Played at Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad
- 12 April 2005 (50-over match)
- Pakistan won by 3 wickets (with 0 balls remaining)
India finished at 315/6 in 48 overs. Except Dhoni(47 off 64 balls) no other significant score. Extras were again the third highest contributor. Top 3 Indian bowlers, Balaji, Nehra & Zahir, together facilitated 188 runs in their spell of 26 overs. Sachin bowled 6-0-36-1.
10. 100 off 113 with 10 fours & 1 six.
- Pakistan v India
- India in Pakistan ODI Series – 1st ODI
- ODI no. 2324 | 2005/06 season
- Played at Arbab Niaz Stadium, Peshawar
- 6 February 2006 (50-over match)
- Pakistan won by 7 runs (D/L method)
Indian innings completed at 328 all out in 49.4 overs. Irfan Pathan & MS Dhoni scored 65 & 68 runs respectively. Sachin was LBWed at 305/5 in 45 overs. India managed only 23 runs in last 5 overs costing 5 more wickets. Sreesanth conceded 75 runs from his 10 overs. Pakistan won by D/L method.
11. 141 not out off 148 with 13 fours & 5 sixes.
- India v West Indies
- DLF Cup – 2nd match
- ODI no. 2414 | 2006/07 season
- Played at Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur (neutral venue)
- 14 September 2006 – day/night (50-over match)
- West Indies won by 29 runs (D/L method)
India amassed 309/5 in 50 overs. Sachin Tendulkar was not out and Pathan was the only other batsman to score more than 50.
12. 175 off 141 balls with 19 fours & 4 sixes.
- India v Australia
- Australia in India ODI Series – 5th ODI
- ODI no. 2923 | 2009/10 season
- Played at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad
- 5 November 2009 – day/night (50-over match)
- Australia won by 3 runs
India was chasing a huge target of 351 in 50 overs which was set by Australia. Indian pace attack conceded 220 runs in just 28 overs while bowling first. India began the chase in style with Sachin & Sehwag. And in the end India fall short of just 3 runs getting all out on 347 in 49.4 overs. Except Sachin Tendulkar, it was just Suresh Raina who scored past 50. Seven of the Indian batsmen returned to pavilion with single digit score.
With those individual match statistics I more than convinced that there is no co-relation between Sachin centuries and India losses. But it brings out the irrefutable fact of any team sport; one man cannot save a game if the rest of the team fails. End of it cricket is a team sport a game played by 11 to win a game and one man cannot influence the result of the game. He might be able to single-handedly save some games but not all the games.
By the way I did not know that Sachin averages a 207 in the games that he made a century and India has won….i don’t think anyone has that average in the history of the game. That is another record that will take a long time to break…..
“Once I was on a night train winding down from Simla to Kalka that stopped halfway for refreshments at a station lit by flaming torches. On a small television screen wreathed in cigarette smoke in the corner of the dining room Tendulkar was batting in a match in Mumbai. No one moved or spoke or looked away. The train was delayed by 20 minutes. Not until Tendulkar was out could the world resume its normal timetables and rhythms”
(The above quote is by Greg Baum is a writer with the Melbourne Age)
I wonder if there is any game, that evokes passion, more or similar than cricket in India. The game crosses all barriers embedded in the Indian society, and for a brief span of 6 hrs we see a unified India. I realized that, over the period,Cricket has become an inherent part of Indian culture, etched in to the indian way of life and is an important part of everyday life like the curries, the saffron, the tikka and gol guppas. it evokes same passions as religions and socio-economic conditions do in different parts of the world. It brings in emotions that even local politics or politicians can compete with, that is cricket in india. I Love the game…but this is not what I want to discuss.
The world cup match between England and India ended in a draw after Indians and the English did a trapeze show on the field each going up then falling down at speeds that would awe anyone in a circus. While it was by sheer luck that both teams managed a draw it was anyone’s game. Both played well and both goofed up real bad, but it in middle of all this excitement was a small Facebook entry from a very dear friend “Another Sachin century, another match India couldn’t win…” and that made me think is there any merit in that ….. This is find out if there is any
So I went on to the stats guru of cricinfo and got the basic data on Sachin:
Sachin seem to have won 50% of the matches that he has played and about 51% of the innings that he has actually played. Well that does not seem to be great. We can compare it overall Indian team for the period India has played 598 matches and won 303 matches during the same period so that is about 50% win percentage. But the interesting snippet is out of the 598 matches that India played in the last 20 years Sachin has played in 75% of the matches. That itself is no mean feat.
Sachin remains not out about 1/10 games. But considering that he opens the game it is special ask of any batsman. But the interesting fact is if we ignore the games that were drawn or abandoned if a Sachin remains not out then there is a 95% chance that India will win the game.
61% of his runs came from the matches that India has won. His average in the matches that India has won is a whopping 57.7 and the total runs that he has made in the games that we have won are more than 10,000 runs. The closest next is Ganguly whose contribution in matches that we have won is around 6800 runs with an average of 55
Let’s look at this stat
|Match Status||Inns Played||Runs||Balls Faced||Ball faced per inning||Avg. no of overs played per inning||batting average||Run rate|
70% of Sachin’s centuries came in the games that India has won. He would hit a century every six matches that India won and one in every 12 matches that India lost. So I guess Sachin centuries contributed to wins more than it contributed to losses if we compare with his general average of 50% wins in his career.
While this is no conclusive research and can be debated by pure statisticians regarding my methodology or the tools that I have used or not used, it would not make any major difference. He is no god and cricket is no religion but If Ian Botham can be seen as the Errol Flynn of cricket, or Viv Richards as the Martin Luther King, or Shane Warne as the Marilyn Monroe, or Muttiah Muralitharan as the hobbit, Tendulkar is surely the game’s secular saint. For twenty years he has been delivering what he has destined to do. Right from the beginning, he appeared to be touched by divinity. He came among us as a boy-god, unannounced. He was 16 and was hit on the head in his first appearance, but neither flinched nor retreated a step. Nothing thenceforth could harm him, temporal or otherwise. Numbers speak for while he remain quiet and number do not take sides…..
Data source : Cricinfo.com,
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