As the Cricket Galaxy comes to terms with Sachin Tendulkar’s decision to bring the curtains down on his illustrious 24 year career, here is my pick for the most defining knocks from that willow of his, which has been compared to the Excalibur. These knocks are defining, for not only Tendulkar’s career but also for my own life. Here are my picks:
The Vivian Richards of India
This is my 1st impression of Tendulkar. The match was abandoned and India and Pakistan played a “friendly” match – like they could every play a “friendly”. Pakistan put a lot of runs on the board in 20 Overs and I think Ravi Shastri or WV Raman, like they often used to, made it look even more. Enter Tendulkar and he scored 50 something runs in 18 balls and tore into Abdul Qadir. The knock was so mesmerizing that we forgot the match we were playing in our galli [Lane/street in hindi] and kept talking about this 16 year old who showed Indians can bat like Vivian Richards too!
Magic in Australia
I have mentioned this in my previous post “The Indian in Mumbai Indians”. I know all of you are thinking about the 114* in Perth Test match, but unfortunately I did not watch it live. This performance of Tendulkar, though I remember very clearly and will remain one of my fondest memories of his. My next memory of Sachin is from the World Cup in 1992 – The 1st World Cup in coloured clothing, it was great to see Sachin’s exploits during this tournament. The defining moment has to be his Man of the Match performance against arch-rivals and brothers across the border, Pakistan. I remember Sachin smoking Aaqib Javed for a boundary over long on and his dismissal of Sohail at a very critical moment when Pakistan were threatening to take control of the match. Krishnamacharya Srikanth took that catch!
Please let us know your favorite INDulkar knock in our poll here.
To be Continued……