The two careers have much in common. Both are global icons who transcend their sport. Within cricket and tennis they are regarded as the most complete players of their generation. At their best, both have touched a kind of serenity that is beyond the imagination, let alone the ability, of even very good players. Both have avoided controversy. They have little left to prove to anyone.
But I suspect the deepest pull of all is love. Love of the peace that comes with total concentration; love of the craft and the discipline of routine and practice; love of defining and controlling events; love of nervous excitement; love of winning; love of mastery; love of the stage.
Posts Tagged 'Sachin Tendulkar'
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Tags: All time India XI, Amar Singh, Bedi, Chandrasekhar, Cricket, Dilip Vengsarkar, Farokh Engineer, Gundappa Viswanath, Harbhajan Singh, India-XI, Javagal Srinath, Kapil Dev, Kiran More, Mohammed Nissar, MS Dhoni, Pataudi, Prasanna, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sports, Sunil Gavaskar, Syed Kirmani, Venkataraghavan, Vijay Hazare, Vijay Merchant, Vinoo Mankad, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman
Cricinfo has been publishing the dream teams for each country one-by-one. Since India is yet to make an appearance, I thought why not I give a shot to the all-time-XI of Indian Cricket Team.
There is no doubt who the two openers would be – Sunil Gavaskar & Virender Sehwag. I am willing to stake my life, that nobody can replace these two.
Number 4 position is secure – no one can budge SRT from it.
To claim stake to the remaining two positions, I can immediately think of many players – Vijay Merchant, Vijay Hazare, Gundappa Viswanath, Pataudi, Dilip Vengsarkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman.
At the end of the day my choice would be Vengsarkar for #3, and Dravid for #5.
I know Kapil Dev is the best allrounder India has ever produced, but I would keep him as a bowler in the team, and would take in Vinoo Mankad as the batting allrounder.
Farokh Engineer or Kiran More or Kirmani or Dhoni? Now this is a tough one – the best batsman among these is without a doubt Dhoni, but the best wicketkeeper would be either Engineer or Kirmani. I would choose Kirmani over Engineer as he had to keep to one of the best bowlers of India – Kapil Dev, after keeping to the spin-quartet flawlessly for many years.
In all Cricinfo articles they have chosen three fast bowlers, and one spinner. I would instead go for the best four bowlers that India produced. Two players are automatically chosen – Kapil Dev and Anil Kumble.
For the other two bowlers I don’t see any clear contenders. If I look at the post-90 era, only two people stand out – Javagal Srinath and Bhajji. The spin-quartet from 70s – Bedi, Prasanna, Chandrasekhar and Venkataraghavan. And India’s fast bowlers from their opening test – Amar Singh and Mohammed Nissar who earned very high praise from English batsmen even 30+ years after having played them.
I would go with B Chandrasekhar as the second spinner (he was the best of the lot), and Amar Singh (the best fast bowler India had before Kapil) as the opening partner for Kapil Dev.
The all-time India XI
So have I done justice to the India-XI or are there some glaring omissions?
Tags: Anil Kumble, Cricket, India T20 Team, Indian Team, IPL 2009, Irfan Pathan, Kamran Khan, L Balaji, MS Dhoni, Munaf Patel, Pragyan Ojha, Rahul Dravid, Rohit Sharma, RP Singh, Sachin Tendulkar, Sports, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan
If we choose India’s World Cup T20 team based on performance [List of top scorers and top wicket takers] till now in IPL 2009, it throws up some major surprises. I am choosing 5 batsman, 1 all-rounder, 1 wk, 4 bowlers. I think this balance should be fine. So the team that comes up is:
Just missed out bowlers: Kamran Khan, A Kumble
No other batsman has scored even 100 runs to be in contention.
If I compare this team with the team that played our last T20, only 4 names are common – Dhoni, Raina, and Pathan brothers. Rest all are different.
Time to change our international T20 team?
I started drafting a post when Sachin crossed Lara, then I read this:
But Tendulkar is more than the sum of his figures. His mere presence is a morale booster, both for his ten colleagues in the team, and the billion supporters outside it. As remarkable as his record is his self-possession. His head hasn’t changed size, his boots haven’t grown smaller. He alone knows what it means to be Tendulkar, with its frustrations, its sacrifices, and the need to be Tendulkar at all times. He is a one-man university that teaches sportsmen how to handle money, fame and pressure.
I cannot say anything better then that article, will add just this commentary bit from Cricinfo:
Johnson to Tendulkar, 2 runs, Hops at the crease to meet a short of a length delivery, he fends it off wide of fine leg and wants the third run, Ganguly refuses it and an irate Tendulkar reacts by saying “Come on yaar”
Still running hard, and I hope I see many more runs from his bat!