Fitness Secrets of the Little Master #ThankYouSachin

14th  of November 2013 and Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar took his final bow and ascend to ‘cricket heaven’ to shine even brighter than he did when he walked amongst mere mortals. The God metaphor perhaps comes closest to describing the ‘Maelstrom’ who bats at No 4. The Nemesis of every fast bowler…the run machine…the master blaster…little master et al. 

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When it comes to sheer stickability nobody can surpass ‘Amcha Sachin’, for truly- over two decades he has been a permanent fixture in the Indian cricket team which in itself is a feat beyond compare. Fellow players may have come and gone, the game may have changed form and gotten more demanding but nothing ever changed about the ever dependable ‘Amcha Sachin’.  

He has applied himself to his life i.e. cricket and enjoyed it in all its forms whether displaying legendary batting prowess & technique to create colossal records, being the master strategist to even playing mentor to a young Indian team. The genius of Tendulkar knows no parallel and I suspect can have none either.

Can his record of 200 tests and 51 Test centuries and others be beaten? Perhaps! Records after all are meant to be broken. Sooner or later someone probably might get lucky enough. However, can that person surpass Sachin’s other achievements? Can he carry off with ease the weight of the aspirations of a billion Indians the way Sachin has done since the tender age of 16? Can he create records in all forms of the game- test, one day and T20?

Can this pretender to the throne actually be the choked feeling in a hundred million throats as he walks in to bat? Can he make millions of mothers & grannies who despite not understanding a thing about cricket pray feverishly for this little giant to do well, to score those centuries and bail India out? Can he disrupt train schedules when batting at 99? If anyone can surpass that then only can he claim to have beaten the God who bats at no 4 and wears the NO.10 Indian Blue! 

One can’t really help wonder as to what it is that makes this little man a giant. What secret diet or exercise regimen does he follow that has seen him through 23 years of grueling cricket? What is that X factor that makes Sachin the maximum run getter and an absolute lightening streak on the field? Pure luck or happenstance, lucky breaks, a good teacher, an early start what? Or could it after all have something to do with the 3Ds of success? DISCIPLINE DETERMINATION AND DEVOTION. Words that are mere words for most but a way of life for the rare few!


It’s not that Sachin hasn’t had his share of injuries after all if you have been playing cricket since your school days and for over two decades facing some of the meanest pace attack plus running about on the field you are bound to take some battering. However Sachin Tendulkar despite a tennis elbow condition, pulled hamstring and countless injuries has still emerged fit and can give any youngster an absolute RUN for the money.

There is even a photo gallery dedicated to Sachin’s injuries. So for a chronological run down on his injuries you can refer to


So what does Sachin eat?

It is quite disappointing to know that there isn’t a Sachin Tendulkar secret diet. Or if it were a secret diet he obviously isn’t telling. A self confessed foodie Sachin loves food especially lobsters and Mangoes. He eats a bit of everything when off the field and during cricketing season he is on his prescribed diet of 40% carbohydrate, 30% fat and 30% protein. Could that be responsible for his quick running between the wickets we wonder. 

Diet during Matches
His diet intake consists of 40% carbohydrate, 30% fat and 30% protein. 

  • Breakfast – Big bowl of porridge + 200ml milk + water with a tsp of sucrose and raisins if desired and 250ml fresh fruit juiceTea/coffee 
  • After workout – 25g whey protein power 
  • Snack – Sandwich with part of grilled fish or low fat soft cheese with fruits 
  • Lunch – 3 chapattis + olive oil based spread with fish or cereal, 100g mixed raisin & nut, freshly prepared salad, 1 bowl Low fat yoghurt 
  • Cricket training – Large amount of water with electrolyte 
  • After training – Protein shake, 100g mixed raisin and nuts, fresh fruits
  • Dinner – Similar to lunch     

Dedication and devotion are simply not possible without concentration and well what one can say about that. Imagine the roar and din of the spectators especially when you are batting on enemy turf. The ability to fade out external noises and simply concentrate on the ball which comes down at you at a speed of 155 Km/h must take some ability. That’s what adds to the mystique of Tendulkar – The ability to concentrate.  Must be something in that ‘walk down the pitch and tap the bat ritual’ which he is seen to do often in between deliveries.   

As though enough hasn’t been said about Sachin’s qualities another one comes up and that is his pain threshold according to Dr SN Omkar, who was the Indian team’s yoga instructor in the early 2000s. Sachin took to Yoga quite naturally and that helped him in every aspect of the game right from enduring and healing injuries to enhancing his natural stroke play and above all the ability to have phenomenal concentration.  Sachin also undertook training with Yoga Guru BKS Iyengar after he suffered from a pulled hamstring and has over the years attended several yoga sessions to get his battle ravaged body back in shape.

Ultimately there must be some X factor at work that goes beyond all normal human qualities. Some call it the hand of destiny or luck. Imagine how easily one could get swayed by all the fame and adulation that has come Sachin Tendulkar’s way. A lesser mortal could have gone completely berserk by a fraction of the attention that Sachin has today. What keeps him grounded and sensible? Mediation is something Sachin does regularly and according to him that is what keeps him grounded and modest enough to take his ‘God Status’ with ease.  So that’s one more point in the making of a legend – Physical fitness , diet, right exercise, meditation for mental equilibrium and of course the external factors of a supportive and closely knit family .  

So essentially to become Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar one must have all those factors like physical prowess, mental strength & disposition, opportunity and the ability to encash on it , attitude, fighting spirit, determination, devotion, discipline, ability to concentrate and learn, adaptability, self esteem, the blessings and encouragement of family and a teacher who helps bring out the best in you…  ALL THESE …..COINCIDING AT THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME!  To draw a parallel isn’t that just like how life happened on earth? A series of JUST RIGHT factors that came together at the right time to make life possible on earth? Just the way it uncannily makes Gods of cricket possible, that only once in a lifetime phenomenon called SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR, the God, who according to Amul will make India “Retire Hurt” on the 14th of November 2013.

Duncan Fletcher gets one year extension as India coach

Duncan Fletcher‘s contract as India‘s cricket coach was today extended by one more year despite a below-par track record, setting to rest the intense speculation on his future.

The decision to renew the 64-year-old Fletcher’s two-year contract, which was due to end at the end of this month, was taken by the BCCI’s Working Committee which met in Mumbai on Tuesday

“The Board has decided to extend his contract. But we have to discuss the terms. I can’t tell you the deliberations of the Board. All I can tell you is what is the decision. We have decided to extend it,” BCCI president N Srinivasan told reporters after the meeting.

Speculation was rife about Fletcher’s future after India lost 10 Test matches including a home series against England recently apart from ‘whitewashes’ in England and Australia.

A senior BCCI official told PTI that continuing with Fletcher made sense, keeping in mind the Test series in South Africa.

“Since he has been with the team for two years, we don’t want to take a knee-jerk reaction considering the next big Test series is in South Africa. It will be risky and unfair on a new coach to give him charge in South Africa and expect good results from him,” the official said.

Under Fletcher, India had lost 10 out of the 22 Test matches before the ongoing match in Mohali having won only eight. The only away Test win was against West Indies nearly two years back just when Fletcher had taken charge.

In the 44 ODI matches played by India post their World Cup triumph, the ‘Men in Blue‘ have won 25 matches losing 16. Two were tied and one match did not yield any result.

In T20s, India won nine of the 17 matches losing the other eight. India did not qualify for the Asia Cup final and also couldn’t make it to the last four in the ICC World T20.

Legendary opener Sunil Gavaskar questioned Fletcher’s extension but said he should get the backing since he has now been re-appointed.

“I wonder whether an Indian coach would have survived after 10 Test defeats,” Gavaskar quipped.

Incidentally, Fletcher was roped in on recommendations of highly successful former India coach Gary Kirsten. The Indian players have had high regards for him as a person with a great technical acumen but as far as strategy is concerned, he has been more of a backroom character.

Tendulkar’s Aussie moment of reckoning

Sachin Tendulkar’s desire to play and the hunger to compete have not diminished, but it is the other intangibles — of sinews grappling with age, of rival bowlers sensing a tentativeness and a dressing room that is increasingly featuring an entirely new generation — that he has to shrug off, writes K.C. Vijaya Kumar. 


The legend of Sachin Tendulkar had its finest first exposition on a Perth pitch, always known to be the strongest ally of pace and bounce. During that February in 1992, Tendulkar’s 114 in a losing cause, proved that he had the skill to conquer all odds at an individual level though the rest of the team, hamstrung by its own drawbacks at that juncture, may not have rallied around his genius.

Most importantly, Tendulkar had truly arrived at that moment though a few cricket historians may look at his famous assault on Abdul Qadir in Pakistan in 1989, as the first steps to his becoming the ‘forever dispenser of hopes’ to the Indian Diaspora. It is an image that has lasted nearly 24 years and it looks as though the maestro’s cricketing life has come a full circle with Australia setting foot in Chennai as a prelude to a four-match Test series.

This surely would be the Lord of Batting Numbers’ final tilt against Australia, often his rousing opponent in a chequered career. He would turn 40 this April and there is only so much his body can endure. If the 1991-92 tour was all about Tendulkar proving that he was indeed the numero-uno of Indian batting then despite the presence of Dilip Vengsarkar, Mohammad Azharuddin and Sanjay Manjrekar, the current joust against Michael Clarke’s men is all about proving that his skill-sets have not dimmed.

Sachin Tendulkar with a gen-next player, Ajinkya Rahane. As one gets on in years one should guard from going out of ear-shot.

 The first flowering was relatively easy as he had age on his side while this final act would draw every physical and mental resource in his body. A familiar foe might well provide him the needed impetus, a trait that he has amply revealed over two decades. Be it countering Shane Warne’s leg-breaks with a blistering attack in India, be it the ‘Desert Storm’ knocks in Sharjah, be it eschewing the cover-drive while compiling a double-century in Sydney in 2004 or be it the ungainly sight of him sledging Glenn McGrath in an ODI, Tendulkar has revealed his multiple layers while squaring up against Australia.

Past masters like Sunil Gavaskar, G. R. Viswanath and Vengsarkar were largely judged by their runs against the West Indies but when Tendulkar reigned, it was runs against Australia that defined a batsman’s pedigree though he did script knocks of pathos (Chennai 1999) and panache (Centurion, 2003 World Cup) against Pakistan.

Yet, for a man often spoken of in the same breath as Sir Don Bradman — the latter having also referred to the Mumbaikar as the closest to his batting style — it is often Australia that has provided a peg for Tendulkar to hang his coat of greatness. More than ever, in the aftermath of Rahul Dravid and V. V. S. Laxman’s retirements, India needs Tendulkar to wear that coat again and do battle against his old rival.


The extreme dependence on him to provide stability to a weak middle-order despite the promise of Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara and his own travails against diminishing reflexes will test Tendulkar.

In the lead-up to this series, Tendulkar has scored a 108 in the Ranji Trophy and an unbeaten 140 in the Irani Cup. It is a good augury and yet his back-story in Tests has revealed a despondent streak broken by a few incandescent outings.

Tendulkar’s last Test hundred (146) came against South Africa in Cape Town in January 2011. After that brilliant knock, he has played in 30 innings without reaching the three-figure mark. The runs have not matched up to the stratospheric standards that he himself has set. His last 10 innings read: 13, 19, 17, 27, 13, 8, 8, 76, 5 and 2. It is not that only Tendulkar struggled and the rest have prospered because with the exception of Dravid in England and the few outings of Kohli and Pujara, the others too are equally guilty of a run-drought.

It is imperative for India that Tendulkar gets back into the groove soon, for, his insight will be invaluable on the tour of South Africa later this year.

 The master’s desire to play and the hunger to compete have not diminished, but it is the other intangibles — of sinews grappling with age, of rival bowlers sensing a tentativeness and a dressing room that is increasingly featuring an entirely new generation — that he has to shrug off. A man can feel weary when most of his mates have walked into the sunset. However, playing for India is his biggest high and that coupled with the itch to make up for the losses against Australia during the last tour, will drive Tendulkar.

“As long as I believe that I can contribute to the team, I will play,” he had said last year. In the same breath, he added: “I take it series by series.” Ideally India needs Tendulkar’s guidance when the team sets foot in South Africa in November, later this year but it remains to be seen if he would will himself for another joust against Dale Steyn.

The series against Australia will throw pointers to the Tendulkar story. As ever, India needs him. Now.


Michael Vaughn lauds MS Dhoni on double-century

Former England captain Michael Vaughn lauded Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday for his performance against Australia on the third day of the first cricket Test match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

Dhoni scored an unbeaten 206 to take India to 515/8, to give the hosts a lead of 135 runs with two days left in the match. During his innings, which included 22 boundaries and five massive sixes, he scored at a strike rate of 84.77.

“The coolest man in world cricket MS Dhoni delivers when it most matters… Incredible innings against the Aussies… #Dhoni,” tweeted Vaughan.

In the process, Dhoni also crossed the 4,000-run mark in Test cricket. He also has the highest individual score by an Indian wicketkeeper-batsman when he surpassed Budhi Kunderan‘s 192.

Legendary spinner Shane Warne was also impressed by Dhoni’s knock.

WOW, MS Dhoni is going off here in Chennai, amazing batting,” tweeted Warne.

Busy Mahendra Singh Dhoni fails to appear for B.Com Exam


A busy cricketing schedule has led to Indian team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni failing to even appear in the first semester examination of B Com degree after enrolling himself for the course five years ago at a city college.

Dhoni, who enrolled in B. Com in 2008 at St Xavier’s College here, could not clear even one of his six semesters, “absenting” from examinations due to busy cricketing schedule, and his results in the first semester had been marked as absent.

“Yes, he (Dhoni) would have been among the students who got the degrees,” Principal Nicholas Tete said, after giving away degrees to 1,790 students of his St Xavier’s College on the occasion of the fourth Graduation Ceremony here yesterday.

“Dhoni registered for the three-year course in 2008, which is effective for five years. And he can renew afresh, (if he wants to complete the course),” Tete told PTI here today.

“We had prepared study material for his first semester and sent them to him. (But) he did not respond,” he said.

Dhoni, who has Office Administration and Secretarial Practice as his subjects in B. Com, had completed Plus-II in 1999.

“A teacher feels good giving away degrees to successful students, and the students feel happy after completing a course successfully,” Dean Jayant Sinha, one of the teachers in the college, said, adding happiness would have been doubled had Dhoni completed the course and got the degree.

“However, he can complete the course in future. Education is a continuing process,” Sinha said.

The degrees were given to the batch of 2008-11, when Dhoni had registered for the course, he added.

First things first: Get Tendulkar off Dhoni’s back

India’s decline in Test cricket began in England last year, and it has touched its nadir against the same team here at home now. This 18-month period is also when Sachin Tendulkar’s batting has gone from bad to worse. The two are connected because he occupies the No 4 slot in the batting line-up, normally reserved for the best batsman in the side. His failure in match after match, with a solitary fifty in the last 13 innings from eight Tests, and not a single triple-figure knock in 17 Tests, has put huge pressure on the Indian captain.


Others have failed too, notably the experienced opening pair of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, but not as badly as Tendulkar — they average around 35 this series compared to the former master’s 18. Besides, it’s far easier to bat at No 4 once the ball has lost its zing. Sehwag would love to change places with Tendulkar. Dhoni could also have been better served in the middle order by an Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma or Manoj Tiwary, who have been piling on runs in domestic cricket. After all, the only bright spots in India’s batting over the past couple of years have been newcomers Virat Kohli, who got centuries against Australia and New Zealand, and Cheteshwar Pujara, who got a double hundred and a century in this series.

It’s our administrators and selectors who are primarily responsible for our Test cricket having hit rock-bottom. They have been too slow to groom new talent in place of ageing stars. In Australia, the talented Rohit Sharma, picked for the series when he was in peak form, saw a regular procession of batting failures without getting to make a single appearance. Ajinkya Rahane, who came into the reckoning with 1,000-plus runs in a season, has been warming the benches for three series now while his more illustrious fellow Mumbaikar is allowed to carry on with impunity despite his flops.

MS Dhoni may well be a misfit as a Test captain, like a former selector said this week, but shouldn’t he first be allowed to lead a side without handicaps? It’s strange that Mohinder Amarnath says the selectors wanted a change of captaincy after the whitewash in Australia, but when it comes to Sachin Tendulkar they just want the great man to think whether it’s time for him to go. What if he is reluctant to let go of all the sponsorships that come his way by virtue of his place in the team?

Besides, it smacks of double standards. If Tendulkar can’t be dropped because of his past records, how can Dhoni be replaced? He has two World Cups under his belt, and a fabulous Test match record until 2011 when the Indian batting went into terminal decline in England. Amarnath may be quite right to be peeved at the board president interfering in selection and preventing him from sacking Dhoni. But the “bunch of jokers”, as Amarnath once described the selectors, have no locus standi to talk about Dhoni’s performance if they are going to continue to shy away from their responsibility to get the monkey off the Indian captain’s back.

Dhoni must lead his side back to top

MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli have proved India have inner strength, but even if they win this match and level the series, they still have to be honest with the state of their Test team.


To draw a series 2-2 against England would be a failure for an Indian side playing at home. There are fundamental changes that have to be made to the culture and mentality of the Test set up.

Dhoni will be remembered as the man who delivered the World Cup with one of cricket’s most iconic sixes. But his legacy as Test captain has to be to manage the transition of the team. He needs to produce a new Indian side playing with pure passion, commitment and energy. In other words, exactly how they play in Twenty20 and one-day cricket.

He has a great coach alongside him in Duncan Fletcher but he needs more power to shape the direction of Indian cricket. He must be tearing out what hair he has left when he sees the mentality of this Indian Test side.

There have been times during this series when they have simply looked uninterested. When they are on top they are arrogant and buzzing. But as soon as England took control in Mumbai, seven or eight of them went missing.

Selfish and weak players do not want to put in the hard work for the team. Test matches are won by doing all the boring stuff, the hard yards that can make a difference. In the field Indian batsmen wander around disengaged, and uninterested. But that is when you need to help the bowlers. Run around and make sure you are backing up so the bowlers don’t have to do too much work in the field in such hot conditions.

“Hunt in packs” was one of Duncan’s favourite catchphrases when he worked with England and you can bet he’ll be using it again with India, but he must be frustrated as it falls on deaf ears.

What will add to the frustration is that these players are so skillful. Duncan loves working with young cricketers which is why he will want to be around to manage the transition from the Tendulkar era. He will want to build a team around guys like Kohli or Ravindra Jadeja, a kid who bowls left-arm spin, can score hundreds and is good in the field.


He will love working with them in the nets because he knows they have immense talent. I’m sure they pick things up quickly so teaching them batting will be a real pleasure. For India to move forward in the Test arena they need to give someone from the outside, like Duncan, proper power. Don’t just make him coach and in charge of the first team.

Listen to what he has to say about all the players and how to move forward. If they don’t they will end up falling further behind and that is a worry for Test cricket.

He will also use Dhoni’s innings as an example to the rest. He arrived at the crease at 87 for four knowing that if he failed, India would lose the Test series 3-1. For him to play the way he did on a wicket he would not have enjoyed batting on is a tremendous performance. To control his emotions and play well, to drag the team back in the match under such immense pressure was down to pure mental strength.

I look at Dhoni and he reminds me of Kevin Pietersen. Both are at their best when they have copped some flak. In one-day cricket the buzz of the crowds and the atmosphere is enough to stoke his fire but in Test cricket Dhoni needs the pressure of having to perform to bring out his best. You don’t produce the innings he has played in one-day cricket without being a cool customer.

I know there has been pressure on him in India but he showed yesterday he cares about Test cricket and why he should stay on as captain. He all but survived an entire day of Test cricket made tough mainly because England have James Anderson bowling at his peak.

His skill levels are so high and his control so good now that it is fascinating watching him out-think the batsman. He also bowls with a cockiness that earns him wickets. With one withering look he tells a batsman he is not very good. One stare can kill the confidence of a player. It reminds me of Glen McGrath. It’s not arrogance on Jimmy’s part. In fact he probably doesn’t even know he is doing it. It is just a strut that great bowlers have. He is in a different league to when he played under me. He is now the perfect bowler. He has he perfect pace. He doesn’t take too much out of himself when he bowls which means he can stay on for long periods. I hope he plays for as long as he can because he can break all records.


Tribute: Ricky Ponting’s illustrious career

A rundown of former Australia captain Ricky Ponting‘s international career after he said on Thursday he will retire from test cricket after this week’s third match against South Africa.

* Born: Dec 19, 1974 at Launceton, Tasmania In tests:

* Matches: 167 (won 48 out of 77 tests as captain)

* Debut: Against Sri Lanka at Perth on Dec. 8, 1995

* Total runs: 13366 – Second highest scorer in the world behind India‘s Sachin Tendulkar (15562)

* Centuries: 41- Third highest number of centuries behind Tendulkar (51) and South Africa’s Jacques Kallis (44).

* Double centuries: 6

* Batting average: 52.21

* Highest score: 257

* Wickets: 5

* Catches: 196

In ODIs:

* Matches: 375 (won 165 of 230 as captain)

* Debut: Against South Africa at Wellington on Feb. 15, 1995

* Total runs in ODIs: 13,704 * Second highest scorer behind India’s Tendulkar (18426)

* Centuries: 30 – Second highest number of centuries behind Tendulkar (49)

* Batting average: 42.03

* Highest score: 164

As Australian legend Ricky Ponting announced his retirement from international game, the cricketing world congratulated the former captain for his brilliant 17-year-old career.

Ponting, who turns 38 on December 19, scored 13,366 runs at an average of 52.21 in 167 Tests. His highest score was 257. He also scored 41 centuries and 62 half-centuries. He played 375 One-Day Internationals, scoring 13,704 runs at an average of 42.03, including 30 centuries and a highest score of 164.

Glenn McGrath
Well done Punter on an incredible career. It would be great to see you finish with a ton. It was an honour to play alongside of you. legend

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Matthew Hayden
Punter, congratulations on a fantastic career. Your departure will be a massive hole in the Australian Cricket team.

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Shane Warne
Congrats to Ricky Ponting on an amazing career, well done Punter… Enjoy your last match in Perth buddy, was a pleasure playing with you!!!

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Kevin Pietersen
Ricky Ponting RETIRES…. ONE OF THE GREATS! I always got excited playing AUS, so I could watch him bat up close. Well done Punter!

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Courtney Walsh
Well played Ricky Ponting on a great career. Hope you end it on a very high mate. Good luck, as there is plenty life after cricket

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Herschelle Gibbs
What a player, entertainer of note and an all-time great Ricky Ponting! Always loved his approach to batting.

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Michael Vaughan
The best batsman I had the privilege to play against … Australia cricket will not be the same without him. Ricky was a very underestimated bowler as well… Quicker than he looks!

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Virat Kohli
Ricky ponting what an absolute legend. I am glad I had the honour of playing against him. Take a bow…

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Ajinkya Rahane
A legend announced retirement. The cricket world will miss Ricky Ponting on the field.

Sanjay Manjrekar
A a great driver and a great puller! That’s one thing that really stood out for me. Enriched the game by his feats. From this moment on, there will be only nice things said about Ponting :) Ponting came out of that very typical Australian mould of batsmen. He was the quintessential Aussie batsman in style and approach

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Murali Kartik
A very sad day for world cricket, Ricky-1 of the Greatest modern day bats, a former teammate and the consummate professional. Go well mate. Cherish the greats till they are playing, watching international cricket will never be the same without these champions.


England bowler Stuart Broad via twitter: “Huge respect for how Ponting played the game. Tough competitor Aussies will miss him. 100 at Perth to finish?”


West Indies batting great Brian Lara via twitter: “Ricky u will go down as one of the greats! “I batted with Ricky once at the MCG, what a great experience that was, 4 such a great cause Tsunami victims.

South Africa captain Graeme Smith: “I’ve played a lot against Ricky and he’s certainly the most competitive man I’ve played against. “I think the way he played the game and intensity with which he played the game is a credit to him. I think he’s always represented Australia with a lot of dignity and a lot of skill.”

Tendulkar to review cricket future in November

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Sachin Tendulkar has for the first time admitted that at 39 he may not have much cricket left in him and will reassess his cricketing future next month.

Tendulkar’s retirement has been a topic of debate for quite some time now and the batting great said though he does not have any immediate plans, the thought of retirement has been on his mind.

He said that taking a decision on retirement after playing the game for close to 23 years will be a “hard one” and he will go by what his heart says.

“The moment of retirement is going to be hard because I haven’t experienced anything close to what I might go through when I retire. It depends on what my heart tells me then. I need not take a call right now. When I play in November, I will reassess things,” he said.

“I am 39 and I don’t think I have plenty of cricket left in me. But it depends on my frame of mind and my physical ability to deliver. When I feel that I am not delivering what is needed, and then I will re-look at the scheme of things. I am already 39 and no one expects me to go on playing forever,” Tendulkar told ‘Times NOW’.

India play a four-match home Test series against England starting on November 15 in Ahmedabad.

Tendulkar, who holds almost all the records in world cricket after playing 190 Tests and 463 ODIs, said that it would be a tough call for him to hang his bat and he will go by what his heart says.

“I don’t know. It is going to be hard because I haven’t experienced anything close to what I might go through when I retire. I cannot relate this moment with any other moment in my life. It will be a tough call. I will go with what my heart says,” said Tendulkar, who has scored 15,533 in Tests and 18,426 runs in ODIs.

The Little Master’s cricketing exit is a touchy issue. It took three deliveries and the cricketing world was buzzing with news and views on Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement. Click further to read what cricketing legends have said about the ‘retirement’ issue.

The Curious Case of Sachin and the Century

The relationship between Sachin Tendulkar and his international centuries is very strange. His century has won matches for India but they have also been scored in lost and drawn/tied encounters. That proves that Sachin may be the greatest batsman to play cricket, but he is a mere human being, not God as envisioned by his followers. In fact, he himself told the media after the loss against Bangladesh that he doesn’t think of himself as a God! He may have scored his 100th century at Mirpur but it ended in a losing battle, where Bangladesh emerged victorious due to three half centuries, and a couple of quick-scored 40s.

  But before we move ahead, lets talk about the breakup of his centuries. Out of his 100 100s, Tendulkar has scored 20 against Australia, with 11 coming in Tests and 9 in one-dayers. Sri Lanka has been his second favourite opponent since he has scored 9 tests and 8 one day centuries against them, taking the tally to 17. Kiwis have faced Sachin’s wrath (read century) on 9 occasions (4 in tests, 5 in ODIs) while he has scored 2 tests and 5 ODI centuries against arch-rivals Pakistan. 12 times he has scored tons against South Africa, 7 in tests and 5 in limited overs while 7 out of his 100 centuries have come against the West Indies (3 in Tests, 4 in ODIs). 9 times he has raised his bat after scoring a century against England (7 Tests, 2 ODIs) while Bangladesh have had to bear the brunt of his excessive scoring on 6 occasions, 5 times in Tests and once in one dayers, that too last Friday. 8 times he has stroked his way past 100 against Zimbabwe (3 in Tests, 5 in one dayers), 4 times against Kenya and once against Namibia.

 In all, he has scored 51 centuries in Tests and 49 in one dayers. Out of those 51 Test centuries, 20 have seen India win the match, 11 have gone down in a lost cause where 20 have safely drawn the match for Team India. Out of his 49 ODI tons, 33 have seen India emerge victorious, 14 have seen India lose whereas 1 each ended in a drawn (due to rain) and tied encounter. On the whole, this proves that a century is no longer the guarantor of success, but everyone would give a guarantee that Sachin’s hunger for runs has made him a gem of a cricketer!

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