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Friday, February 24, 2012

There’s no one to replace sachin, says Vengsarkar

Former India skipper Dilip Vengsarkar slammed suggestions in the media and views of another former captain Kapil Dev that Sachin Tendulkar should quit one-day cricket, saying that the master batsman needed no advice on this issue.

“There is no need to advise a legend to hang his
boots when he himself, I am sure, will do so when the time is right for him to do so,” said Vengsarkar. Kapil Dev had said on Wednesday that Sachin should have quit after the World Cup victory.
“In my opinion, he should have quit ODI on a high after India won the World Cup....But it's for him to decide,” Kapil had said.
Vengsarkar, said that even at the age of 39, Tendulkar was as fit as anyone in the Indian team. He also said that Indian team's bench strength was poor, and there is none to fill in the boots when great players like Tendulkar leave the scene.
“I really wonder whether India has a player of Sachin's class in its midst at the moment. Our bench strength is not at all that solid whereby we can hope to fill the void left by some great players in time to come,” he said. “Sachin may be nearing 39 years, but I strongly feel that he is as fit and as charged up, if not more, than any of the players playing for India at present.”

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Gautam Gambhir says Sachin Tendulkar no longer "delivers"

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SACHIN Tendulkar should not be allowed to pursue his dream of scoring his 100th century on this tour, according to outspoken opener Gautam Gambhir
In comments sure to splinter the Indian dressing room, Gambhir said the tourists needed players who could "deliver''.

Tendulkar has not scored a century in his 11 innings on this Australian tour and was rested before Sunday's game against Australia, which the tourists won.

"For me, this was the best playing 11,'' Gambhir said before pointedly adding "it's not about names''.

"You don't want names, you want people who can deliver,'' Ghambir, who was named man-of-the-match after top scoring with 92, said.

"The best XI is if 11 players have the belief they can beat any opposition on the park and this playing XI had the belief that they could beat Australia in Australia and in this ODI. 
"One or two individuals don't make a difference.''

Not content with tearing down a legend, Gambhir also took aim at captain M.S. Dhoni, saying the skipper should have batted with more urgency.

"We should have finished this game in the 48th over,'' Gambhir said. "We shouldn't have taken the game to the 50th over.

"I know it's always easier to talk when you are in the dressing room, and it's always tough in the middle, but ... when you put yourself in that situation, someone has to pick his hand up and say, 'I want to finish this game'.''

Dhoni scored 13 runs off the final over, finishing with 44 from 58 balls.

"I don't know what was going through MS's mind, but maybe he wanted to delay it, maybe he wanted someone else to take that responsibility,'' Gambhir said.

"Cometh the hour, I think the most important shot of the match was made by him. Six balls, 13 runs, with the kind of shot he played, he has done a fantastic job, he has always been a finisher, but that's his game plan. He wants to delay it.

"Someone like me, if I was there, I wouldn't have taken it to the last over, because I always feel that any runs in the last over is far more pressure than finishing one or two overs before.

"Even if you need five or six runs in the last over, the pressure is far more on the batting side.
"We are different human beings, we think differently, we have different game plans.''

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Photos: Exclusive Photos of Sachin Tendulkar's Arjun Tendulkar's 1st Half Century

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A Big Day for father SACHIN TENDULKAR:Tendulkar Jr comes good with the bat in Pune

Sachin Tendulkar’s son ArjunTendulkar had a significant hand in MIG Cricket Club’s eight-wicket win over PCMC Varroc Vengsarkar CA in the Cadence Trophy (30-over) under-13 tournament at Mundhwa on Wednesday.
The southpaw slammed an unbeaten 65 — a knock studded with 12 boundaries and two sixes off 39 deliveries. His two sixes went way above the compound wall and the umpire had to call for new balls.
Arjun, declared man of the match, was sloppy on the field, dropping a simple catch but the opener compensated with the bat.
Prithvi Shaw and Tendulkar added 107 for the opening wicket. It was Shaw who notched up his half-century off 25 deliveries (9x41x6) while Arjun was on 32.
Soon, junior Tendulkar got going and slammed boundaries in every corner of the ground. He crossed his half-century off 34 deliveries with the help of 10 boundaries and one six. By the time Shaw was dismissed, VengsarkarCA were out of the contest.
MIG attained the required total in just 12.3 overs. Arjun finished the match with a boundary. “He is improving by the day. But he is still a kid and it is too early to say anything about his performance. We have to work on his fielding and bowling skills,” said one of the MIG coaches, who didn’t wish to be named.
Brief scores: Cadence CA 150/5 (Hrishikesh Motkar 55, Atharva Kale 27,Siddesh Wargante 27*; Sammit Pawar 2/19) bt Chandrakant Pandit Cricket Clinic 117/9 (Aakash Panchal 28; Ishant Dubey 2/39, Anmol Arora 2/21,Vaibhav Vibhute 2/14); PCMC Varroc Vengsarkar CA 124 (Om Bhosale 25;Navyasparsh Tiwari 3/19, Atharva Ankolekar 2/16) lost to MIG Cricket Club 128/2 (Arjun Tendulkar 65*, Prithvi Shaw 55; Akshat Sharma 2/20)

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A player like Sachin Tendulkar cannot be rested: Akram

ADELAIDE: Baffled with the rotation policy, former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram said it does not work in the sub-continent and theIndian team management should not have rested a player of Sachin Tendulkar's stature.

"Don't experiment with Sachin Tendulkar," warned Akram. "Rotation policy does not work in our part of the world. A player like Tendulkar cannot be rested. I mean, India did win without Tendulkar in Adelaide, but his presence always plays on the mind of the rival team. That's why he is a Tendulkar. His stature is just too big to ignore," he added.

The former speedster wondered if there were any fitness issues but said Tendulkar must play all matches.

"When you have doubts about Tendulkar's ability and preparedness, then there is something wrong with the team management.

"If you have a Tendulkar in the squad, you cannot afford to have him on the bench. He must play all games," Akram told a website.

The selectors might have given rest to the iconic batsman to ensure that Tendulkar is better prepared to score his 100th international century, but Akram felt the only way to make Tendulkar get to the landmark is to play him.

"If that's the objective then let Tendulkar achieve the milestone...If he gets a century, the whole team profits. And in any case, the rotation policy should be applicable for all 11 positions," he insisted.

Akram said though giving chance to youngsters is a step in the right direction, it raises questions on the future of senior players and Tendulkar also comes in the frame.

"Tendulkar is the greatest Indian player. When and how he wants to leave should be left to him. The BCCI and the selectors should have a chat with him. If he wants to play the 2015 World Cup, then fair enough. But if I was Tendulkar, I would opt out of ODIs and extend my Test career."

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

India vs Australia Adelaide ODI: Sachin Tendulkar may be rested

Indian batting genius Sachuin Tendulkar might be rested against Australia in the fourt ODI of Commonwealth Bank triangular series here at Adelaide on Sunday.
Sachin Tendulkar
As per the rotation policy of Team India to give more chances to Youngsters, it is Tendulkar’s turn to sit out in the crucial match against Australia. Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir have already rested in first two one-dayers against Australia and Sri Lanka respectively.

However, resting Tendulkar might cost heavily to Team India as he is the leading run getter against Australia in ODIs. He also made vital contribution in the last game against Sri Lanka, which India won by four wickets. Tendulkar made 48 runs in the game.

Tendulkar and Vorat Kohli are the only batsmen for India, who have some runs under their belt during this Australia series.

Despite of Team India’s rotation policy, management will not take risk of dropping a inform batsmen for off colour Sehwag and Gambhir. It is expected that Gambhir may miss Sunday’s game again.

After much needed victory against Sri Lanka, Dhoni & Co. will try to keep the momentum going. India must learn the fighting sprit from Sri Lanka’s game against Australia.  

Australia is still unbeaten in this triangular series after defeating India in first ODI and clinching cliffhanger against Sri Lanka by 5 runs.

It will be a major relief for India that inform batsman Mike Hussey has been rested for Adelaide ODI. Mitchelle Marsh has replaced Hussey in the side.

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    Sachin Tendulkar going through a bad patch: Sunil Gavaskar

    Sachin Tendulkar going through a bad patch: Sunil Gavaskar
    It has been 11 months and 27 innings that the Sachin Tendulkar has gone without a century © Getty Images
    Sachin Tendulkar’s 100th ton is fast becoming a millstone around his neck, but legend Sunil Gavaskar feels the Master Blaster is going through a bit of a bad patch.

    It has been 11 months and 27 innings that the batting maestro has gone without a century.

    Tendulkar came agonisingly close to reaching the landmark twice - 94 against West Indies in the Mumbai Test and 91 versus England in the Oval Test.

    “I think he is just going through one of those periods,” Gavaskar was quoted saying by Sport 360°.

    “If he was getting out for scores of one, two or three, then we could say bowlers were on top. But if you see every time he has got off to 30s, 40s, 70s and 80s. When that happens, you have to say that the player is going through a bit of a bad patch, because you are batting well but still you are not reaching the mark.”

    Gavaskar felt the problem could have been sorted out had Tendulkar taken a shorter break.

    “He should have played in the West Indies, but immediately after the Indian Premier League (IPL) he wanted to be with his family. Not playing the one-dayers was fine as then he would have got three weeks of rest, but he could have played the Test matches,” the legend said.

    “What happens is that after the age of 35 and 36 you should not miss out on competitive cricket.

    “I can tell from my experience that I did not really miss out for a long time as we did not have much cricket, though sometimes we used to have a big gap between April and September.

    “If your mind is relaxed your body also relaxes. At the age of 35, 37 and 38, even if your mind comes back, the body’s elasticity to come back is not there. That is why it is important to keep playing, whether it is tennis, badminton or whatever sport. As you get older, the more you play, the more you are going to stay at the competitive level.”

    Tendulkar’s lacklusture form along with opener Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman’s poor performance Down Under has raised questions about India’s Test future.

    “I think the selectors have to be very clever,” feels Gavaskar, while dwelling on the remedial measures.

    “They have got to mix and match so that the youngsters, they feel are going to take over, are also blooded in along with a couple of seniors. The experience of the seniors in the dressing room, during practice and their approach to preparation for the big game is something that the younger players can learn from.

    “You can’t have all of them out of the team because then it becomes very difficult as there would be zero experience in the dressing room. It would be like learning from scratch. So it is important to have some experience, whether it is batting or bowling.”

    Batsmen from sub-continent have been criticised for their vulnerability to pace but Gavaskar puts the record straight.

    “Frankly, it takes lot more skill to play spin than pace. In pace there are just two movements either forward or back but for spin the skill levels are higher because you have to go down the pitch to get to the pitch of the ball to try and smother the spin, whether in offence or defence. Therefore a lot more footwork is needed to play spin while not so much footwork is needed to play pace.

    “I have always believed to play spin requires lot more skill while to play pace, you may require a little more courage. At the end of the day, it is a game of skill. Good players are those who play spin bowling well.

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    Saturday, February 4, 2012

    Video: Making of Kolaveri Di version on Sachin

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    Photos:Sachin Tendulkar's Rare memorable unseen images

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    We can turn things around, says Raina

    Suresh Raina can be a game-changer in the shorter formats of cricket. He brings with him inventiveness and dynamism.
    The left-hander believes the Indians would put up a good fight in the ODI triangular series beginning at the MCG here on Sunday. The side’s morale, he says, has been lifted by the victory in the second twenty20 international.

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    Dhanush makes Kolaveri Di version on Sachin

    Kolaveri Di'-fame Tamil actor-singer, Dhanush, has now come up with another version of the song which salutes cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar.

    It's a music video for an energy drink.

    "I have always been a cricket fanatic and a Sachin fan. I have always looked up to him for his dedication to the game and it is amazing to see how it has kept him going," Dhanush said in a statement.

    The video, shot at various locations in Hyderabad, is expected to go on air soon.

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