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Old 11th October 2007, 20:07   #1921
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Cricinfo - What to do with the Big Three?

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Till then, the Indian supporters, who had only a week to savour the Twenty20 glory, were growing increasingly restless. With each defeat, the cry got more shrill: how long can India carry the Big Three?
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Weekend reading: Sachin Tendulkar: The milestone man*-*Features*-*News*-*Indiatimes Cricket

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One of the benefits of having a long, fruitful career is that beyond a certain point, virtually every match you play sees a new record being created. Watching Sachin Tendulkar pile up batting records at a dizzying rate, the questions arise: are there any landmarks he doesnít own? And are the ones he holds unassailable?

A closer look at the stats shows that there are, in fact, some major landmarks that Sachin may never attain. There are others which he can be safely expected to topple within a year. And there are plenty of records that he has held for some time already. Can they be overtaken in the near future? Well, when Sunil Gavaskar retired, many felt his remarkable records of 34 Test tons and 10,122 runs would survive for a very long time. Unfortunately, they didn't.

Given the steep rise in batting averages - thanks to superior equipment, increasingly bowler-unfriendly conditions and greater emphasis on scoring fast - as well as the volume of cricket played now, Sachinís records are unlikely to last for posterity. But the more he plays, the harder it will become for someone else to eventually overtake him. And whoever does will be a very, very tired man.

Sachin in Tests

Making predictions on anything to do with cricket is always hazardous. Still, it seems safe to bet that there will be at least two Test batting records Sachin will never own. The first is a landmark that is virtually cricketís Holy Grail: Sir Donald Bradmanís stunning career average of 99.94, which no one has ever come close to breaching. Among currently active cricketers who have played at least 20 innings, Michael Hussey averages 79.85, but heís only played 16 Tests, and his average will almost certainly dip as he plays more. Ricky Ponting (59.29), Jacques Kallis (56.74), Rahul Dravid (56.70) and Mohammad Yousuf (55.74) all do better than Sachin (54.92). With just four double centuries, Sachin is also a long way away from the Donís record of 12 double tons.

The other landmark that Sachin will find very difficult to reach is that of the highest score in a single innings. Interestingly, the top four scores have all been notched up during Sachinís career. His great rival, Brian Lara, has both the highest and third highest scores: 400 not out and 375, respectively. Matthew Hayden has the second highest score, 380, and Mahela Jayawardene boasts a career-best score of 374. At 248 not out, Sachin's top score isn't even the best by an Indian. That's 309, by Virender Sehwag. Sachin could still come up with the best innings of his life. But with each passing day, it becomes more unlikely.

Thereís one other achievement Sachin hasnít managed so far - most runs in a calendar year. That record is held by Mohammad Yousuf (1,788 runs in 2006), who overtook Sir Vivian Richards (1,710 in 1976). Ricky Ponting has both the third and fourth best years (1,544 in 2005 and 1,503 in 2003). Sachin's best year ever (1,392 runs in 2002), puts him at No. 8 on this list. Could he still have a great year and upstage Yousuf? Itís not impossible. But given his form of late, itís not wildly probable. The same applies to the prospects of his ever hitting six sixes in an over.

Touching Distance: Having played 140 Tests, Sachin should go on to break Steve Waughís record of playing 168 Tests. The only other man to play more Tests than him is Allan Border, who played 156 Tests and scored 11,174 runs, just 24 more than Sachin's tally of 11,150. Sachin should overtake Border, cross Brian Laraís record of 11,953 runs, and become the first man to score 12,000 Test runs. After that? If - and thatís a big if - he can sustain his present average and play about 40 Tests more, 15,000 runs is not out of the questions.

Could that be overtaken? Among his contemporaries, Rahul Dravid has 9,492 runs, Ricky Ponting has 9,368 and Jacques Kallis has 8,795. Dravid is going through a lean patch, but could bounce back. Both Ponting and Kallis have been in great form in the recent past. Ponting is only a year younger than Sachin, Kallis two years. But theyíve suffered less wear and tear than Sachin, whoís played international cricket much longer. So, theyíre likely to play on well after Sachin retires. Could either of them eventually get to 15,000? Itíll be fascinating to watch.

With 45 half-centuries, Sachin is a distant second behind Allan Border (63) for the record of having scored most 50s. However, if you add his centuries to calculate 50-plus scores, the gap narrows - Border has 90, Sachin 82. Interestingly, both Dravid (48) and Kallis (46) have more 50s than Sachin, but less 50-plus scores (72 each), which shows that Sachin has done better at converting half-centuries into centuries. The champion converter, though, is Ponting - 69 scores of 50-plus, of which he converted 33 into tons.

In The Bag: Sachin already has the most Test centuries - 37, ahead of Sunil Gavaskar and Brian Lara (joint second with 34). Unfortunately, Ponting isnít too far behind with 33, and the chances are heíll play for at least a couple of years after Sachin retires. Hayden has 27 and Kallis 26. Hayden is unlikely to play more than another couple of years, but Kallis, at 32, could have four-five years more.

One-Day Internationals

In ODIs too, Sachin hasnít got either the highest career average or highest score. Among players whoíve played more than 20 innings, the top three career averages belong to Hussey (58.90), Michael Bevan (53.58) and Kevin Pietersen (50.23). Sachin trails way behind at 44.22. He doesnít have the highest score either - a record held by Saeed Anwar (194), but at least he comes in at No. 5 (186 not out, also the highest by any Indian). Itís unlikely Sachinís average will improve dramatically enough to take him into 50-plus territory, but itís dangerous to write off his chances of topping his ODI career-best score.

In The Bag: Sachin has several ODI records, and his lead over his rivals is staggering. He holds the record for scoring the most ODI runs in a calendar year (1,894 in 1998). With over 15,600 runs in ODIs, he has over 3,000 runs more than his closest active rival, Sanath Jayasuriya (12,181). Sourav Ganguly (11,188), Dravid (10,578), Ponting (10,449) and Kallis (9,144) are the other active players with over 9,000 runs. With 41 tons, Sachin is also way ahead of Jayasuriya (25 centuries, 402 ODIs), the only man to play more matches than him - a record Sachin should overtake.

With 84 half-centuries, Sachin is barely ahead of Dravid (81). But throw in his 41 tons and he gets a total of 125 scores of 50-plus - a different class altogether from the likes of Dravid (93), Ganguly (also 93), Jayasuriya (89) and Ponting (85). If Sachin plays ODIs for a couple of years more, he could set records that would be very hard to overtake. That should be enough motivation for him to keep playing ODIs despite the battering his body is undoubtedly taking.
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Pakistan require another 235 runs with 8 wickets remaining in minimum of 46 overs (276 deliveries).
Tremendous fight back by the veterans in the Pakistan team.

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Sorry SA has already declared the innings and the target for Pak is 459........Only a couple of times in the histroy of test cricket the above total has been has been chased.
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The Fab 3 and our current captain have been rested from the Challenger Trophy which starts from the 25th of October.

Read about the teams - here
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Knowing Pak, they will bring out some excitement in the last couple of hours, I bet

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Too bad, they aren't playing Akash Chopra. The one test match where he got going against SA A last month, he scored a 240+ not out. Apparently, Dravid (the then Captain of ODI team) wanted the selectors to check him out and thus he was selected (for Ind A). Against the Mumbai team, playing for Rest of India, he faltered though. But, not having him in any of these 3 teams is injustice.
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Knowing Pak, they will bring out some excitement in the last couple of hours, I bet
90.1Harris to Inzamam-ul-Haq, OUT, OMG! he is gone. What a tame anticlimactic end to a great career. He charged out, aiming to hit Harris out of the ground but was beaten in the flight. He never reached the pitch of the ball but still went through with the shot. The ball spun past the bat and Boucher did the last rites. Gone. Javed Miandad' record stays intact. Inzamam-ul-Haq st Boucher b Harris 3 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 150.00


Required run rate is climbing over 6 per over. Another couple of wickets could lead pakistan to disaster
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The Hindu News Update Service

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Hailing Sachin Tendulkar's class and ability, Australian skipper Ricky Ponting said the highest run-getter in one-day internationals could go on to play 500 ODIs
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On whether Tendulkar will be able to play 500 ODIs, Ponting said, "I have read somewhere he's going to play the next World Cup in 2011. In that case, I am sure he will go past that mark."

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The Tasmanian, however, thought that his chances of playing in 400 ODIs looked remote at the moment.
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Australia have managed to post 317 in the 6th ODI.
Unless our chaps perform a miracle, I guess it's going to be another series loss for India.
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What miracle are you expecting? Unless B2 gives us the good start, its not going to happen.

OT: Its sunday and we have to enjoy without cricket.Leave aside cricket atleast today......
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OT: Its sunday and we have to enjoy without cricket.Leave aside cricket atleast today......
What better way to spend a sunday .... A game of cricket + some chilled beer

And if you don't like it ...DON'T WATCH It !!!

As for the game ... Symonds dropped on 2 by Sreesanth cost us a lot of runs !! Now lets hope we get of to a good start without losing wickets and we could ahve a great run chase on
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1) I cannot understand our strategy here. We select 5 specialist bowlers and still 6 overs are bowled by part timers ! Why not get a 7th specialist batsman in ? And the wicket is a batting paradise.

2) Another baffling decision was that of dropping RP. And I cannot think of any justification for this.

3) Dravid still looks sidelined in this team. He is not batting well nor fielding well. Needs to be rested asap.

Lets wait for the Saurav-Sachin combo. And remember it's a big chase and lets watch whether the little master can do something atleast.
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0.5 Lee to Ganguly, 1 run, Free Hit: Ganguly gives himself room and swings across the line. Her gets a big top-edge and the ball goes flying towards fine leg. Three fielders converge and they run two. The umpire signals a short run and that becomes a single
I am speechless.
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@ khaadu: I'am not watiching today's game. I'am only getting updates. I'am enjoying my work in office.......
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Yuvraj gone. Guess it's all over now. Dravid again flops till now at least farming the strike and not scoring too many. The skipper is in - it requires something special from him.
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Dravid gone.....It appears that we will loose this also and series too.......but some hope is there with Dhoni & Uthappa batting.....run rate is mounting.....
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