And the Little Master Sachin Tendulkar notched up his 35th century in this form of instant cricket. Of these, 27 times India managed to win the matches, yielding a high ratio of 77%. Thus whenever the master blaster has scored a ton India has managed to win three out of every four games. So who says Tendulkar doesn’t play a match winning innings.
I agree that his contribution is expected and we all love him and love to watch him whacking bowlers for boundaries sometime beyond the lines. But we also admit a fact that he is human and tend to make error at times.
I have elite five people in my all time favorite cricketers list that includes Sachin. The other four are Mark Waugh, Brian Lara, Nasser Hussain, and Stephen Fleming. While the first three are specialist run makers the last two are specialist skippers. If you see England team in the top five in any ranking it is because of the foundation laid by Nasser Hussain. If you see New Zealanders are called as dark horses it is because of the innovative captaincy by Stephen Fleming.
But what is the relation for me talking about this suddenly in an article dedicated to Sachin? The relation is there. All these five men are criticized even for finishing the job perfectly or at least trying to finish it by giving their best of abilities.
We don’t care about the performances and we don’t analyze well enough to rate him or comment him. All we care is for our entertainment. If Sachin or Lara scores a big hundred we are all happy. But the same is not the case when they fail to do so. Won’t this probability apply to these men?
On what was his worst phase over the years, Tendulkar said: “For any player it’s the injury which could be termed as the worst experience. And it was similar with me.”
“When I was 18 then also I had just one goal in mind, that is how to contribute towards the team’s success in a major way and today the goals are the same but age has opened up many ways of achieving them,” added the perfect teamman.