Sachin and the Century in the 'great' Lords!

Lord’s, The home of cricket! The Mecca of Cricket! And so goes the esteemed descriptions of the Lord’s Cricket ground. Each run, each wicket, that a player scores here becomes precious and prestigious. They look forward to being listed in the Honours’ Board of the Lord’s.

Critics of Sachin Tendulkar emphasize the fact that despite the many achievements in his career, he never reached a century in the Lord’s – as if the ground posed a great challenge to the batsmen! The laurels and esteem are rather due to the historical significance of the Lord’s than any extraordinary merit of the pitch or the ground. In fact, the pitch hardly poses any special challenge to the batsmen. Further, the ground is also known to have a slope on one side.

Normally, a national team plays a Test or ODI at Lord’s only against Team England – unless of course in the case of World Cup and/or other big ICC tournaments. Moreover, the English bowling line have not put up a good show – at least for the last two decades.

Over a career spanning 24 years, Sachin Tendulkar has played only 3 ODI’s and 5 Test matches at the Lord’s. That he hasn’t scored a century in this legendary ground is a fact highlighted by those who hate or despise the legendary batsman. A few facts against claims like one should have a special knack to crack at the Lord’s, Sachin could never tame the pitch there, and so on.

Sachin has not scored a century at the Lord’s in any international match. But not many know the fact that Sachin had faced perhaps the best ever bowling line up  – at the Princess Diana Memorial Match held  on July 18th. The match was between MCC Eleven and The Rest of the World Eleven. Sachin was awarded The Man of the Match – in a match where he faced a challenging bowling line which included –

1. Glenn McGrath
2. Javagal Sreenath
3. Allan Donald
4. MacMillan
5. Anil Kumble
6. Amir Sohail.

The match was quite interesting with the Rest of the World team batting first. Chander Paul’s century helped them score 261 in all. Chasing the score, MCC’s Sachin Tendulkar scored 125 runs from 114 balls, leading the team to victory. There were 15 boundaries and 4 sixes in the innings that graced the famed Lord’s.

Score card

He very well plundered the balls by Amir Sohail, McGrath and Donald. You may watch the balls continuously fly over the head of the great bowler, McGrath, in the following video clipping.

You may argue that Sachin has not scored a century in any international match against England at Lord’s. But please never claim that the legendary batsman could never tame the legendary ground, the palace and home of Cricket – The Lord’s.

During the lunch time show after Sachin's last Test innings at lords.
Geoffrey Boycott : "Sachin maybe a great batsmen but he has never been on the Lords honours boards!"
Harsha Bhogle : "So whose loss is it more, Sachin's or the honours board's?"

-article by Harikrishnan, Shereen S Hameed

Sachin Tendulkar won bid for Kochi team in Indian Super league Foot ball

Sachin’s both five wicket hauls were in Kochi. There is a Sachin Tendulkar Pavalion in Kochi Stadium. and Now!!! Sachin Tendulkar bought Kochi team in Indian Super League football.

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly bagged Kolkata franchise in ISL. Sachin got the ownership of Kochi team with PVP ventures. On winning the bid for Kochi franchise, Tendulkar said: "I will always remain a sportsman at heart who is keen to positively impact the sporting fabric of the nation. The Indian Super League presents a great opportunity to develop a platform for the youngsters to learn and enhance their talent to develop into outstanding players."

"With the Kochi club, we will strive to 'score our goals' and play a part in developing the game of football across the country," the batting maestro added.

Sources said that the organisers received positive response from more than 30 interested parties to its 'Invitation To Bid' tender notice, which closed on March 27.
It is learnt that around 18 to 20 bidders had put in their money on ISL either through forming a consortium or individually. This is for the first time that a franchise property in sports in India has elicit such a response from the business as well as sports and Bollywood community.

Here is the full list of eight franchises in ISL:
BENGALURU - The Sun Group
DELHI - Sameer Manchanda led Den Network
GOA - Venugopal Dhoot (Videocon), Dattaraj Salgaocar and Shrinivas V. Dempo
GUWAHATI - John Abraham & Shillong Lajong
KOCHI - Sachin Tendulkar & PVP Ventures
KOLKATA - Sourav Ganguly, Harshavardhan Neotia, Atletico Madrid, Sanjeev Goenka, Utsav Parekh
MUMBAI - Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor and Bimal Parekh
PUNE - Salman Khan together with Kapil Wadhawan and Dheeraj Wadhawan of the Wadhawan Group
Courtesy IBNlive

Sachin Tendulkar's 49th century (214) with two sixes! [Video]

Sachin hit 214 during the second innings of the banglore Test. While chasing Australia's first innings score of 478. When Sachin was dismissed, India had a lead of 8 runs. He hit an unbeaten 53 in the fourth innings also to win the Test match for India. He was the man of the match and man of the series for his superb performances throughout the series.

Sachin Tendulkar is the only batsman in cricket history to hit 6 centuries with a SIXER! Reaching his 49th ton (214) with 2 big sixes!

Century 14 of 14; THE TRUTH! Sachin's century and India losing! 100th ton,114 vs Bangladesh

Sachin has scored 49 tons in ODIs and India won in 33 matches. Lost in 14. No result in 2. We will discuss each one of these 16 occasions.

14 of 14;  100th 100 vs Bangladesh, Played at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

Bangladesh won the toss and chose to field.  Sachin hit his 100th 100 in this innings. Sachin was blamed for the loss for his strike rate of 78 in this innings. And those who blame him please note these points...

1. Bangladesh has sucessfully chased a score of 275+ only 3 times in the entire cricket history! including this one!

2. Bangladesh won the toss and chose to field. It was difficult to bat in the middle of the innings. and it was Sachin and Kohli's planned partnership helped Indian innings.

3. Virat kohli  scored 66 at a strike rate of 80 in this match! Virat hit blistering 183 in the very next match after this one and Sachin scored 52 from 47

4. The great Indian bowling line up's performance was like this Irfan Pathan - 61 in 9 overs, Ashok Dinda 38 in 5.2 Overs, Praveen Kumar 56 in 10 overs

Bangladesh was in great form in the series, bowling was their highlight. They were the runners up in the tournament.

Sachin is just 1 among the 11 players playing for the team. His duty is to score runs, and did it well in those 16 occasions, with incredible strike rates in almost all occasions!

Century 13 of 14; THE TRUTH! Sachin's century and India losing! 111 vs South Africa

Sachin destroying Steyn n Co.
Sachin has scored 49 tons in ODIs and India won in 33 matches. Lost in 14. No result in 2. We will discuss each one of these 16 occasions.

13 of 14;  ODI vs South Africa. Played at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur

India won the toss and chose to bat.  Sachin was on fire! Scored a blistering knock of 111 from 101, When Sachin was dismissed the Indian score was 267/2 and in the next 10 overs India were all out for 297runs.

Only Sehwag and Gambhir gave Sachin  support with their half tons. The other scores were, Y Pathan 0, Dhoni 12, Yuvraj 12, Kohli 1, Harbhajan 3, Patel Zaheer and Nehara for ducks!

Only 29 runs in the final 10 overs!!! and some people blame Sachin for the lose!!

It is not the fault of Sachin Tendulkar that India ended up on the losing side even when he got a blistering ton for the side. Sachin is just 1 among the 11 players playing for the team. His duty is to score runs, and did it well in those 16 occasions, with incredible strike rates in almost all occasions!