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    Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar - Simply genius

    BBC special on Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar

    To many followers of international cricket he is simply the best there is.

    India's master batsman Sachin Tendulkar has illuminated the sport since he burst onto the Test scene at the age of 16 in 1989.

    With more than 5,000 Test runs to his name and an average in the mid-50s, he is well set to become the most prolific player of all time.

    And in the one-day game he is just as powerful, despite recently being knocked off the top of the world rankings by Australia's Michael Bevan.

    But with the Cricket World Cup seemingly at his mercy, Tendulkar's billing as one of the stars of the tournament is no longer as assured as it once was.

    Back problem

    Indeed, the 26-year-old's participation in the World Cup was itself in doubt just weeks before the start of the competition.

    Tendulkar's awesome shot selection has put strain on his back
    A serious back complaint had threatened to sideline Tendulkar while his team-mates headed for England.

    Thankfully for his millions of fans, he has been passed fit to play - but questions remain over his physical condition.

    Tendulkar first suffered the back spasms in the opening match of the historic Asian Test championship against Pakistan.

    Even when the problem recurred against Sri Lanka he was still able to compile a century.

    But the worrying fact for India is that this free-scoring assassin had to take care to keep his spine straight as much as possible and avoid shots that might aggravate his injury.

    Transcontinental treatment

    So serious had the problem become that he travelled to London in March to consult renowned specialist Dr Ken Kennedy, who has treated Ian and Greg Chappell and Rodney Marsh in the past.

    The expert's verdict was that one side of his back muscles was more developed than the other.

    Child prodigy: Tendulkar tours England with India in 1990

    Tendulkar is reported to have rejected suggestions that he should switch from his preferred heavyweight bat to a lighter model.

    But Dr Kennedy's primary theory was that the problem was being exacerbated by the hectic schedule in international cricket.

    "The human body can only take a certain amount of physical stress," he said.

    However, there seems little prospect of India resting their best player for the biggest event in international cricket.

    Tendulkar simply means too much to his team's cause.

    As his captain Mohammad Azharuddin enthuses: "He is Viv Richards, Mark Waugh and Brian Lara all rolled into one.

    "Tendulkar is a virtual one-man army. He'll score a century, give him the ball and he'll take wickets, and he is one of the finest fielders in the team.

    "We are lucky he belongs to India."

    Low-key approach

    His performances in the last World Cup, when he smashed a tournament record 523 runs in seven matches on the Indian Sub-Continent, have created a mouthwatering sense of expectation.

    In 1996 he averaged an astonishing 87.17, with two centuries, plus further scores of 70, 90 and 65.

    His 523 runs made him one of the genuine stars of the World Cup
    This time around he will be aiming to do even better - although Tendulkar, a thoroughly modest man, is approaching the event in typically low-key fashion.

    "I have my goals for the World Cup, but they are very personal," he said.

    "The important thing is that India must win."

    Lara, Waugh, Aravinda de Silva, Jonty Rhodes, even England's Graeme Hick - this World Cup is full of crowd-pleasing batsmen.

    But none of them has quite the intoxicating mix of awesome power and sublime touch that Tendulkar displays.

    India - and all of cricket - will have their fingers crossed that his back can hold up under the rigours of World Cup '99 and that he can take his place on centre stage.

    Let us see him outside subcontinent and Sharjah, against moving ball and seaming ball.

    My guess is that Dravid will be more useful that SRT in England.

    But if he gets in right touch, there is none stopping him.

    My guess is that ballers will dominate the WC and not batsman.


      Bohat sun lyah, ab kuch kar kai bhi dikhaye England main!

      I wonder what would India do if somehow he gets injured and is out of the game for a while. It seems that Indian cricket has only one player, Tendulkar. If he plays they have a chance to win, otherwise they are pathetic losers!



        Pathetic losers ! ... so much for ur animosity for the indians hamid.

        No i dunn think Sachin will play as badly as some people here think . Though he wont be consistent too cuz the pressure from the bowling would be great this time!

        As for ur comment on Dravid , i beleive he would be the backbone of the indians in this seaming WC



          yeah a real test for him in england actually hummud i don't wonder whats gona happend to indian team if ST isn't there we already saw what happend to them in sharja and pepsi cup



            The Indian team rises and falls with Tendulkar. Simple as that. As far as Tendulkar is concerned, there's no doubting the fact that he's a great player. However, I'd like to see him get his runs in places like Australia, where the ball bounces a lot more, against Shoaib Akhter and Wasim Akram. Hopefully, we'll see that later this year when Australia Pakistan and India will be competing for the World Series in Australia.
            Also, he needs to score runs in England, where the ball will be seaming a lot more and on occasions, will stop on the batsman. Tendulkar did not get any runs in the West Indies last year, when India were touring, mainly because he was all at sea against the moving ball. Similarly, he was in all sorts of trouble against Donald and Co. during India's trip to South Africa. So, it'll be interesting to see how he goes in England. He's a good player. But he's DEFINATELY not as good as the Indian media keep building him up to be!

   far as India's chances in the world cup are concerned...With or Without Tendulkar...there's no way that they`re going back with the Trophy. Im willing to bet on that!

            Believe In Angels.



              Well, SRT was not bad against Pak. In Chennai he brought india 17 runs near victory with 4 wkts in hand on a pitch that was not easy, and in Cal. he got out to a collision with Shoaib.


                Sachin Tendulkar, who has become the first Indian sporting personality to adorn the cover of Time magazine in its latest issue,
                is shown essaying a cover drive. - PTI

                First by any Indian sportsperson

                Sachin makes cover of 'Time'

                NEW DELHI, May 11 (PTI)

                Sachin Tendulkar today became the first Indian sportsperson to adorn the cover of the American newsweekly Time which says the ''Bombay bomber`s,`` batting performances have earned him comparisions with soccer great Diego Maradona.

                Although cricket is hardly known in the United States, the latest issue of the prestigious magazine carries a write up on this week`s World Cup in England with the Indian batting maestro shown in the follow through of a cover drive.

                Speaking about the comparison between Tendulkar and Maradona, Time noted that both were short, stocky and curly-haired.

                ''But unlike the Argentine ace, Tendulkar is a level-headed, even bland professional who does all his hell-raising at the wicket.

                ''He wields the heaviest bat in the game, both literally and figuratively, and is a quick reader of bowlers and wicket conditions,`` it said.

                The magazine said, ''it`s difficult to single out a standout Tendulkar performance, as there are so many - and so many to come.

                ''He already owns the record for the most one-day international centuries, and he has atleast ten playing years ahead of him. Gulp!``
                The four-page cover story which celebrates the top batsmen in the shortened version of the game - who lift the game to dizzy heights as entertainers - and captures cricket`s phenomenal growth in the Indian sub-continent thanks to India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka cornering glory in three of the last four editions.

                ''Over the past decade, cricket has reaped an economic bonanza in Asia, fuelled by the on- field success of the World Cup holders (Sri Lanka) as well as victories by the more established cricket countries Pakistan and India.``

                The magazine says, ''traditional cricket powers like Australia, England and the West Indies have been forced to alter their tactics to keep up with the teams from the sub-continent.

                Says Bill Sinrich, who runs the London sports management firm Trans World International, ''the centre of gravity of the game has moved to the sub-continent.``

                ''Overall England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) expects that in Britain the World Cup will generate revenues of 70 million. In India, businesses are predicted to spend that much during the tournament in TV advertising alone.``

                The magazine quotes Wisden cricket almanack`s Editor Matthew Angel to reiterate the point. Says Engel: ''There`s so much money in cricket in South Asia, it gives them tremendous power to influence the game.``

                ''But there is a potentially catastrophic downside to South Asia`s World Cup mania. ''The economic implications of hundreds of thousands of people taking sick leave to watch cricket are enormous,`` says Sanjoy Bhattacharya, a Mumbai financial analyst. ''Nobody has done the math, but it`s a safe bet that the damage to the combined economies of South Asia will run into billions of dollars.``


                  Sachin Tendulkar who!?


                    (Taken from a Bangladeshi newspaper)

                    Tendulkars everywhere!

                    LONDON, May 7 (PTI): Even before a ball has been bowled in the coming World Cup, India's star batsman Sachin Tendulkar is fast turning into an icon in the carnival of cricket.

                    The little master from Mumbai towers like a colossus on the cricket scene. He is the hot favourite of punters, bookmakers, writers, quiz and competition runners alike, fetching top billing on everyone's charts.

                    From mainline British newspapers, tabloids to exclusive multipage colour World Cup special pull-outs, all sports Tendulkar with one or the other classic batting pose in full-page colour blew-ups, screaming at the readers.

                    The Daily Telegraph in the first World Cup pull out labels to the readers - six of the best - has Tendulkar heading the list with comments will excel with the bat.

                    The Sun's guide to the big guns, who will light up the World Cup - six hitters - has again Tendulkar leading.

                    There may be other stars on the 1999 World Cup horizon, like the West Indies run machine Brian Lara, electric Tasmanian Ricky Ponting, speedmerchants like Wasim Akram, Glann McGrath, Shaun Pollock, fielding giant Jonty Rhodes. But it is Tendulkar who is the World Cup icon.

                    The Times, running for the first time a fantasy cricket league.... for the cup asking its readers to pick up a dream world cricket team, also portrays a giant-size blow-up of Tendulkar attempting a classic off drive.

                    The mania is not confined to print, it has also spread to the electronic media, with BBC and Sky Sports getting ready to run massive campaign for 'The catch of the event', with most of the publicity blitz having Tendulkar in it.

                    The punters and bookmakers are not to be left behind. Here also Tendulkar dominates with bets of 12-1 to emerge as the top batsman of the competition.

                    However, the Indian coach Anshuman Gaekwad said even though Tendulkar was aware of the build up, he was confident that his star performer would not be affected by all the hype and hoopla surrounding him.