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Sunday, December 12, 2004

Cricket: Congrats Sachin and Anil Kumble

Category: Misc Cricket

India v. Bangladesh 1st Test in Bangladesh

This is one record breaking test match in progress.

On the 1st Day - 10th Dec.
Anil Kumble breaking Kapil Dev's record of 434 wickets to be India's highest wicket taker in Test cricket. Congratulations, Anil Kumble.

On the 2nd Day - 11th Dec.
Sachin Tendulkar equalling Sunil Gavaskar's record of 34 test centuries. Well played, Sachin.

(A separate post on my favourite test innings of Sachin).

1. A few that immediately come to mind are that 119 not out, his first test century in 1990 versus England at Old Trafford, where he hit Devon Malcolm off the back foot, straight down the ground to a good length ball pitched on the off, to reach his first test century.

2. That magical knock of 114 runs on a fast, bouncy Perth wicket in Feb. 1992 where Mike Whitney shattered our batting with Sachin scoring 114 out of 200 odd runs. Those cover drives of the front foot to deliveries on the middle and off, of the bowling of Craig McDermott and Mike Whitney. That knock was in a class of its own.

3. The hundred he reached at Edgbaston, on the 1996 tour of England, with a straight six of Min Patel.

4. The century versus West Indies at Nagpur in 1994, hitting Walsh for a six over deep square leg to score his century.

5. That fanatastic knock of 136 versus Pakistan at Chennai during the 1999 tour of Pakistan in India. Getting out for a duck in the first innings, playing patiently, negotiating Saqlain, and then going after him. Hitting him for three consecutive boundaries and turning the match in India's favour, Saqlain v. Sachin was an intriguing battle to watch, and then India crumbling with 16 runs to get and 4 odd wickets in hand, and ultimately losing by four runs.

6. The innings that mesmerized Shane Warne during the 1998 tour, once again at Chennai. Scoring 155 in the heat of Chennai, hitting Shane Warne out of the ground. Taking a stance outside the leg stump and hitting the ball against the spin straight over mid wicket. How can one forget that!

PS: Thanks for the feedback, Rahul.

Sachin's batting makes everything else irrelevant.

An interview with Sachin (October 2004)
Cricinfo's Stats Guru - the Cricket statistics search engine.
When Sachin plays... cricket is life, the rest is mere details.