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31 Jan 2007


Posted by Oblivion in General | 8:20pm

100 off 76 balls. Another gem of an innings from the master bastman. 41st one-day hundred, 30th in a winning cause.

For all those who've been dismissing him and asking questions about his form, this should be an eye-opener: Leave Tendulkar Alone. 

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3 Comments | "Masterstroke" »

  1. By Life Lover

    12 Feb 2007, 7:09am [ Reply ]

    Vijju, agree with you!! Tendulkar rocks and he will always be the BEST :) I'll joining the 'Leave Tendulkar Alone' club right away

  2. By Vj

    3 Feb 2007, 11:30am [ Reply ]

    @Portuguese Man-Of-War: That Tendulkar is playing more cautiously these days is undeniable. There's indeed a dip in his strike rate and average as well, but this is more apparent in test matches than one-dayers. In test matches, he is certainly not doing good, but in one-dayers he hasn't been doing as bad as people have made it out to be. Average and strike rate are factors that are dependent on how strong the team is, for one tends to play more aggressively if he has adequate support from the other end. Australians have this advantage, so their confidence level is higher. However, Tendulkar's strike rate is much better than that of Ponting, Lara and Kallis. Strike rate isn't the only factor, consolidation is as important and Tendulkar is brilliant at it.

    As regards considering the statistics without that innings of 141 not out - well, if we are selective about data, we can prove Agarkar is a better batsman than Tendulkar :-)

  3. By Portuguese Man-Of-War

    3 Feb 2007, 11:08am [ Reply ]

    That article takes the last 14 innings. If it took the last 13 innings instead - the earliest innings was a 141 not out - the story would be pretty different. The average would plummet to about 26.

    Next, the deal in ODIs is not just about averages - it's about strike rates too. If all the others who are compared to Tendulkar in those tables batted at his strike rate, they would have great averages too. Imagine comparing Gilchrist and Ponting to Tendulkar. They bat at a 50% higher strike rate, and so get out faster.

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