Sachin Tendulkar. 254 runs. 127 avg. 2 centuries.
Yes, its against a weak bowling attack and its on batting surfaces but its still the highest in his team.
But over at Cricinfo, Sidhartha Monga combines with Stats editor S Rajesh to ask this. Whither Tendulkar ?
Maybe its because there’s a lot of cricket being played these days, and I try and play with words on my headlines as well, so they were just trying to get our attention. But thats not it. I read the article. Good enough probably for a debutant they say. Its going to be a worry against England, they say. Why ? He was too slow, they say.
Sorry again ?
Was he holding someone up ? Three other guys got 100s. And another got a 50 and we declared at 610 for 3 in 153 overs. In the hour after tea on Day 2. That gave us 16 overs to bowl at the opposition. And 3 more days. With 5 bowlers. On the basis of that bit, I’d say that most guys, batsman no 4 included, did pretty well. No ?
But he was the slowest of the lot they say. So ? He’s also got the most of the lot in the series . How does that add up to “Whither” ?
There were two young openers that were running hard and retired ill from the heat. And the weather may have been different but Sachin Tendulkar, hung in there and chose to guide the side through to whatever was the target they had in mind with whatever time frame they had in mind. And deliveries bowled 2 feet above his head or well outside leg from round the wicket still count as deliveries received.
Seriously. Whither ? What are you guys on ?