Friday, January 25, 2008

Sachin Tendulkar- Todays' Don Bradman? and a cricketing God!

39 Test centuries, what a fantastic achievement for one of the most legendary and revered cricketers in world cricket history. Sachin Tendulkar has been around for many years now on the international scene and has proved he is indeed a cricketing God. He has got 2 consecutive Test centuries against the worlds top Test nation, Australia, and the second one he belted all over the pitch was greatly helped by Australia's left-arm Leg Spinner (left arm wrist spinners are called "chinamen") Brad Hogg. I feel privileged to have witnessed a career of the greatest batsman in cricketing modern times and I'm sure Australia will miss him as it has been said that this will be his Australian swan-song in Test cricket, surely he would have caused numerous headaches on the various bowling attacks and partnerships Australia has thrown at him during his illustrious Test career but they would have learn't a lot form his style of play and the ability to fight back and come back from injury (e.g his problems with tennis elbow) and admired it also. Of course Australia wasn't the only country to be unlucky to have their bowling attacks and partnerships plundered all over the park, very few bowlers have been able to contain him or restrict his shot making abilities. I hope he comes to New Zealand some time soon as I would like to meet with him in person and even spend some time in the cricket nets with him. It has been a dream of mine to do that, not only with the great Tendulkar, but with my favourite cricketers (Chris Cairns, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Shane Warne, Shahid Afridi, and Muttiah Muralithuran). Even if I don't get to achieve that dream I will still be greatful to have witnessed such an illustrious legendary career.

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