Written on December 4th, 2013 by Richard Smith Cricket Comments
By Richard Smith: Tensions are high as Australia and England lock horns in Adelaide for the second Test of what is already proving to be an eventful Ashes Series. The Aussies are brimming with confidence following their 381 run trouncing of England in Brisbane in the opening test of the series and the hosts will now be looking to take a 2-0 lead at the Adelaide Oval this week. Meanwhile, England will be gunning to put that miserable start to their defence of the urn firmly behind them by bouncing back and drawing level, otherwise they will face an extremely uphill task for the final three tests.
Since the opening Test came to a close, the subject of sledging has dominated the headlines. The Aussies certainly won the verbal exchanges in Brisbane and they will no doubt be looking to utilise their gift of the gab to unsettle England once again in Adelaide. Buoyed by their first win (in the five day format) since last January, the hosts now head to South Australia as the 7/4 favourites to make it 2-0.
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Written on November 20th, 2013 by Staff Cricket Comments
By Navaneeth Reddy: Sachin Tendulkar as a batsman and as a person inspired me the most till date. I have been seeing him since the time of my earliest memories of cricket, when I was just 3 or 4 years old, up till present day, where he is playing his last Test match. I could never have imagined a person who can be so calm, down to earth and without any attitude whatsoever, even after 24 years of successful international cricket.
When I scored good marks in one subject, I used to show a lot of attitude towards all my friends but how can a person be without attitude after playing at that level for this long. If anyone comments about me, I give everyone a nice hearing without even knowing what exactly the truth was but in his 24 years of International Cricket, Sachin never said a word about all his critics he just let his bat answer all the questions. These are the two important points which influenced me the most about Sachin.
In the game of Cricket there have been a lot of performers that stood out but Sachin was special and different for various reasons. At an age of 16 years he started playing International cricket which was exceptional and he was facing one of the best attacks of pace bowling against Pakistan with the likes of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis.
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Written on November 18th, 2013 by Staff Cricket Comments
By Shreesh Lele: For over two decades, Sachin Tendulkar had represented not just sporting excellence, but also the aspirations of a billion Indians. Hats off to this great legend that brought India together like no other sportsman before him.
WHEN HE WALKS OUT TO THE MIDDLE
Every Sachin Tendulkar innings is a mini Ganeshotsav, imbued with a sense of occasion, teeming with expectation and possibility.
FIRST YOU must close your eyes. Then you must exercise your memory and, from among the whirgig of blurry thoughts, images and sequences, you must pick a day of a Test match that Sachin Tendulkar was part of. Maybe it was a game in Melbourne or Port of Spain or Harare. Maybe it was a sweltering morning in Chennai or maybe, the evening clouds threatened to vanquish the ground at Headingley.
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Written on November 10th, 2013 by Praveen Nvs Cricket Comments
By Praveen Nvs: Just before the moment which millions of cricket lovers across the world never wanted to see, arrives. Sachin Tendulkar, the ‘Kohinoor of the Indian cricket’, will play his last test in his hometown Mumbai and bid adieu to cricket leaving the cricket fans in a world of sorrow. It brings to a glorious career to a sudden conclusion, but not without leaving many everlasting memories.
It is extremely sad to hear that the name that sent shivers down the spine of many legendary bowlers like Shane Warne and Wasim Akram will no longer feature in the Indian scorecards. The batting colossus, that sent the careers of many bowlers to their graveyards, will torment the bowlers no more !! For all his contribution to cricket, Tendulkar’s name will remain in golden letters in the annals of world cricket forever.
When incredible talent meets with an undiminished hunger for excellence and an unquenchable thirst for greatness, it creates wonders of the greatest magnitude. Tendulkar’s glittering career is a perfect example of that.