Monday, April 6, 2009

….And the legacy continues

In what is widely believed as his last tour to the Antipodes, Indian batting maestro Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, once again live up to the expectation, plundering over 300 runs in the recently concluded three match test series between India and New Zealand.
Tendulkar carried on with his brilliant form which he orchestrated against the Aussies and England in 2008.
Tendulkar’s dominating 160 (his 42nd) against New Zealand in the first test match in Hamilton not only put the Indians in a strong position in the opening test but also laid the foundation for the first series win in the country in as many as 41 years.
India last won a test series in New Zealand back in 1968 under the captaincy of Nawab Pataudi.
Going more into the stats, prior to this tour, Tendulkar had traveled to New Zealand in four occasions and had never been a part of a test winning team, let alone series win.
As the master will now reach his 36th birthday in this April, he might have also felt that it is unlikely for him to come back to New Zealand after four years when he will have turned 40, yes 40!
However, the Master left no stones unturned in this tour, captivating his fans with his amazing stroke play and shrewdness.
His 160 in Hamilton was an epic knock, playing shots of the back foot, front foot, punch over cover, his late trademark shot, and an upper cut, which the slip cordon can do nothing but see the ball sail past them and kiss the boundary rope.
Tendulkar fully entertained his fans and supporters, which I am, with class, which very little cricketers have achieved.
His knocks of 49 and 64 in the second test might seem little in comparison to another epic knock of 137 that spanned some 11 hours at the crease by fellow opener Gautam Gambhir (Gauti, what is teammates call him), but the importance of the innings cannot be undermined.
His first inning partnership with Dravid, the wall, was crucial in that Indians at least reached 300 chasing a mammoth 600 odd runs.
Following on in the second innings, Tendulkar’s second inning 64 on the fourth day along with the all-important partnership with Gauti rescued India from a probable defeat.
On the last day, it was all Gauti and elegant Laxman, saving the match from the brink of defeat, more importantly preserving their 1-0 lead in the series.
And again, in the first innings of the last test match, Tendulkar played a brief little inning of 62 from 82 balls rescuing India from the early exit of Sehwag and Gautam.
That was it, Tendulkar, one last time entertained his fans with a barrage of strokes and proved that he still is a Kohinoor Diamond in India, may be across the world as well.
And the legacy continues…


Rojina said...


This is Kumar Sharma, cprresponding from Nepal

Thank u

(Kasto lagyo)

Kumar said...

makumarisDami cha tara i yearn for cricketing comments, any way keep droping comments.

Amol said...

You will play your best cricket from 35 onwards.

Rojina said...

k garne ma ta cricket bujhchu ni but cricket le malai kaile bujhena... hope u understand (hehe)

Kumar said...

Yah it seems that the Master is playing his best cricket after 35......
But his dominating Sehwag like style was essentially in 90's, he is mustering runs but not plunndering.....
But i still luv Tendulkar manoeuvring the balls rather than going after the bowlers, yah the Master has transformed, his game has transformed.... for a better future....But in test cricket he has the same attacking instincts, thats more pleasing.

Rojina said...

k bhancha....JPT

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