Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tendulkar-The run machine!
The first question that comes to my mind would be is this guy still 16 or 36? He recently played that amazing knock of 175 against Australia and now this knock against the Saffers. To score a double hundred in a one-day international is just a stupendous feat.
Today's knock made me remember those amazing knocks he played at Sarjah so many years back and having seen Tendulkar bat many times I would certainly say that he is batting as well as he used to do in the past. I would imagine those critics who wrote him off after the 2007 world cup must have gone underground by now!
Yes, the pitch was a belter and the ground was small but Tendulkar's balance was so good and was picking the length very early which meant that he could just toy with the bowling. I felt like he could play 3 or 4 shots to every ball as so many times he would just open the face off the bat and smash it over the extra cover region, or would just walk across the stumps and flick it through the on side. It looked like the best way to stop him from scoring was to keep him at the non striker's end as he was unstoppable. Actually, I don't think I can describe the knock just in mere words.
I'm just amazed by the man's hunger for more runs as he has played over 400 onedayers and over 150 tests yet, he continues to play knocks like he did today and is so focused. It can truly be said as a work of a genius.
I do hope he gets 100 centuries in international cricket and he deserves it!