Photos of Sachin Tendulkar’s 155 for Lashings

Terrific day today. I went down to Cambridge, Fenners to be precise, to see the university host a Lashings World XI side. Some bloke called Sachin Tendulkar was batting, and what a joy it was to see him “live,” so to speak. I’ve only seen him bat in the flesh once or twice, and never in a charity match. I’ve also long wanted to see Lashings, the side fit to bursting with former international players, and on the basis of today it’s a rollicking good day out.

Sachin was quite magnificent. Yes it was against students, on a good track, but he nevertheless batted so correctly, with so much time too. It’s no wonder he is adored by millions in India (and by any cricket fan around the world). His balance is just perfect – he is never wrong-footed or beaten in the flight. While Lara has more shots, and a greater audacity to his strokeplay, Sachin is ridiculously correct and manicured. Like a privet hedge. Each flick raced away for four. He cut with monstrous power. And he’s so small too. It’s just not normal, and it was a bloody honour to watch him bat in a charity game in which there was no pressure whatsoever. He batted as though he was 16 again.

One shot in particular, off a medium-pacer, had the crowd gasping in delight and horror. The slips had been taken out, so it was pretty safe, and the third-man was slightly wide. What did he do? Just chipped it / edged it past the wicketkeeper, past third-man for four. Third-man only had a few yards to move to his left, and he had no chance. He eventually fell for 155 from (I’m guessing) no more than 120 balls.

Madness. Greg Blewett played well too, and I’m still amazed he faded into oblivion. Wonderful batsman. So here are some photos below. More at Cricinfo, and a brief colour piece.

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Sachin at Fenner’s

Sorry for the lack of updates. Simply no time at the moment. The Oval was utterly depressing yesterday, so I’m taking solace in Cambridge to watch the University play Lashings. Among their side is one Sachin Tendulkar, who is playing five or so games for them in a bid to regain fitness. It’s quite a coup, so I’m hopefully going to grab a whole pile of photos for Cricinfo.

Show me the money!!!

Saatchi and Saatchi have signed a three year marketing deal with Sachin Tendulkar that is worth $US 40 million.

That is $A 50 million, 1.8 billion rupees, or about £20 million. Lots of dosh, anyway

India v England, 2nd Test, Mohali, Day Three

Sachin’s gone! Rock on

Thoughts of day three at Nagpur

(Day three chat and comments)

England’s day? Just about, but India will be over the moon at the wonderful hundred partnership between Anil Kumble and Mohammad Kaif. Were it not for that pair, India would have been bowled out for a really paltry total. Indeed, that would have been all the more probable 12-18 months ago, but this Indian side are tougher than they used to be. Tougher they might be, but they remain vulnerable to the swinging delivery and were brilliantly exposed by Matthew Hoggard who, at one stage, had figures of 4 for 6. This Test is alive and kicking and intriguingly poised.

The late strikes by England has put them in charge. The lead of 71 doesn’t sound significant – it’s not a huge lead by any means – but come the fourth innings, it could prove invaluable. India’s number eleven, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, has a batting average of 5.66 and ought not to make more than that. India need every run they can muster.

After the disasterous pre-series preparations afflicting England’s squad, they seem to be gelling as a team – led by Andrew Flintoff. But the big story of the day has been Monty Panesar. I know I effed and blinded about his over-the-wicket nonsense, but it’s a valid point. As soon as he reverted to bowling around the wicket, he grabbed a wicket – and the key one of Kaif who, until then, had batted sensibly if a little too obdurately. And what a pearler of a wicket it was. His first in Test cricket happened earlier in the day – none other than Sachin R Tendulkar! – but this second, late wicket was all the better. My Editor sums it up better than I can:

Perfectly flighted to drag the batsman forward, late dip to leave him stranded, and turn and bounce to detonate the middle and off stumps, the first Turbanation of the series had just been witnessed. Remarkably, however, it was England’s players who were doing the celebrations.

Well bowled, Monty. And well batted Kumbles.

Cricinfo’s servers are cactus.

India are playing Pakistan, as I noted.. and I can’t access cricinfo at all just now. I saw that they were selling radio streaming, so I guess that must have been more successful then they thought.

Buy more servers, you guys!

India made 328, with Sachin Tendulkar making 100.

This is very annoying for me as I was about to write a post about South Africa’s match against Sri Lanka tomorrow with some interesting facts that I found on Statsguru!

Update- Wow, Pakistan won!

Must have been an interesting game. They are showing highlights on television tomorrow in Australia and I will make a note to see it. Sachin Tendulkar went past 14,000 ODI runs in his innings, the game itself was decided by the Duckworth Lewis method when the light got too bad, and Inzamam was given out obstructing the field!

Pakistan vs India, 1st ODI open thread

Pakistan won the toss, and invited India to bat.

Shoaib Akhtar is not playing, but Pakistan have struck early and India are 1 for 21 in the sixth over.

Update – Sachin Tendulkar hit 100 exactly and India have motored to 328. Yikes!

Athers: “Offspinners were crap in my day!”

If it’s Sunday, it must be time to see what Mike Atherton is writing in the Sunday Telegraph.

Mike, if you read this, I pick on you because your good. I don’t do this to Roebuck or any of the other hacks out there.

This week, our hero is writing about England’s dire spinning options heading to India. No doubts there. But not to worry, no English spinner was ever going to bowl out Dravid, Tendulkar and co. England’s strength is in their pace bowlers. If England are going to win in India, it will be Simon Jones and Andrew Flintoff that are the men to do the job

But Athers goes into his own memory to make a point:

The best off-spinner that I played against, Tim May, didn’t bowl a ‘doosra’ but he did grasp the need to vary his pace and his flight, change his angle on the crease and give the ball such an almighty rip that a huge, bleeding gash was routinely opened on his spinning finger each time he started a spell.

TIM MAY????

*scott falls on the floor laffing*

Truly, your kidding, right? Actually, “Mayhem” was a pretty decent offspinner, who never took himself very seriously at all. It’s one of the funny things in life that Tim May, who was a affable joker of a player has transformed into the uber-serious head of FICA, the cricketer’s union.

The first Test I ever actually went to was Australia vs West Indies, 1992-93 (yes THAT one, where we lost by one run.) I had to catch my train back to the country town I was living in, so I had to leave the ground with an hour of play to go. As I regretfully walked out the Victor Richardson Gates at the Adelaide Oval, May was just coming on to bowl. He took 5 for 9 in that hour, routing the West Indies, and causing the rest of Adelaide to lose the plot. And I missed it! And Tim scored 42 not out to nearly take Australia to the Frank Worrell Trophy. There was real steel under that goofy grin, and real talent, too.

But I still want to know how much Mayhem paid Athers to write that. All of Tim May’s friends, family and fans want to know!

Cricket Relief: face an over from Shane Warne at Lords

A great incentive for anyone with a spare 50 grand, this. The Tsunami relief game (MCC v World XI) this Tuesday, June 14, is offering the chance for someone to face an over against Shane Warne. Not only that, but also to receive tips from his good buddy Sachin Tendulkar (who should’ve been playing, but is injured).

The auction is on eBay, and is already at £50,000 (as of 3pm). Amazing what people will do to humilate themselves :) The winning bid comprises the following:

1. Fifteen minutes of one-to-one coaching from Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar

2. The walk out to the middle at Lord’s in front of the crowd during the interval between the innings*

3. An over bowled by the world’s leading Test wicket-taker, Shane Warne

4. Continued support from Sachin Tendulkar, who will remain at the non-striker’s end to offer advice

5. Live broadcast of the over, by Sky Sports, to a worldwide TV audience

6. A commemorative photograph, commissioned by MCC as a permanent reminder of the experience

7. Two tickets to the match

Great idea, and should be a fun day out for all (including me – keeping an eye on the weather, though)

McGrath versus New Zealand

Similar to England’s unattractive use of Giles versus Tendulkar in 2002, it seems New Zealand has used similar nullifying tactics against the Might of McGrath. Amazingly, he averages only 32 against the Kiwis.

Ian Smith just made a fascinating comment about McGrath and Warne. In the 2001 Ashes series, the gruesome twosome took over 60 wickets between them. 60! Yet in the following year (or was it the same? Probably was), against NZ, they only took 11! England’s mental weakness and previous torture at their hands the cause? Or did NZ just do their homework? Probably a combination of both, but I do bloody hope Vaughan invites Fleming over for a long chat about how he nullified McGrath…

It’s looking like a hot day at The Gabba, NZ 11/0. McGrath’s running in like a 20 year old…