Rahman of Cricket’s messege to Sachin of Music! -Video

Vanakkam Rahman! Whether I was going to cricket ground, I was preparing myself before a match or after I scored a hundred, celebrating, it was always your music. Your music in different times, like when I was really happy or when I was feeling low, when there was nothing much happening in life, it was my companion, so in a way u have traveled with me. Wherever I have toured, you have traveled with, your music has traveled with me. It has entertained not just me, but all of us. All of us truly enjoy your music and we look forward to your next album. So you have done that for 20-25 years. It is a long time to be at the top. I have no doubts that with your family support... I have met your family, you have a wonderful family. With your family support and good wishes, you will continue to entertain all of us. All the very best!
Bowled over by Sachin's wishes, Rahman said: Its such a surprise! Likewise, Sachin is a great inspiration. I think for the past 20-25 years, he has been inspiring us."


No Sachin Tendulkar makes life easier for Proteas: SA coach Domingo

Rubbing salt into the wounds after inflicting two humiliating defeats, South Africa coach Russell Domingo declared that it will be easier for the home team to plan against India as visitors lack the "claming influence" of Sachin Tendulkar in their dressing room. 

Tendulkar, who retired from international cricket last month was very successful during India's last tour of South Africa in 2010-11 where he scored two centuries in three Test matches. 

"He was a big player for them and was a calming influence in the dressing room. It will be great not having to get Sachin Tendulkar out," Proteas coach Domingo was quoted as saying by the 'City Press'. 

Bharat Ratna for Sachin Tendulkar

Nation's highest civilian award for 
Sachin Tendulkar. The best cricketer ever born!

The recommendations for Bharat Ratna are to be made by the Prime Minister of India to the President of India

The Indian government informed in a press release, "Sachin Tendulkar is undoubtedly an outstanding cricketer - a living legend who has inspired millions across the globe. During the last 24 years, since the young age of 16 years, Shri Tendulkar has played cricket across the world and won laurels for our country. He has been a true ambassador of India in the world of sports."

Youngest to get Bharat Ratna.
First Sportsperson to get BHarat Ratna.

Two more records! ;)

Sachin Tendulkar emotional farewell speech. The full text version.

All my friends. Settle down let me talk, I will get more and more emotional (crowd gets louder and louder as he composes himself). My life, between 22 yards for 24 years, it is hard to believe that that wonderful journey has come to an end, but I would like to take this opportunity to thank people who have played an important role in my life. Also, for the first time in my life I am carrying this list, to remember all the names in case I forget someone. I hope you understand. It's getting a little bit difficult to talk but I will manage.
The most important person in my life, and I have missed him a lot since 1999 when he passed away, my father. Without his guidance, I don't think I would have been standing here in front of you. He gave me freedom at the age of 11, and told me that [I should] chase my dreams, but make sure you do not find short cuts. The path might be difficult, but don't give up, and I have simply followed his instructions. Above all, he told me to be a nice human being, which I will continue to do and try my best. Every time I have done something special [and] showed my bat, it was [for] my father.

Captain n Vice captain carry Sachin Tendulkar on their Shoulders!
My mother, I don't know how she dealt with such a naughty child like me. I was not easy to manage. She must be extremely patient. For a mother, the most important thing is that her child remains safe and healthy and fit. That was what she was most bothered and worried about. She took care of me for the last 24 years that I have played for India, but even before that she started praying for me the day I started playing cricket. She just prayed and prayed and I think her prayers and blessings have given me the strength to go out and perform, so a big thank you to my mother for all the sacrifices.
In my school days, for four years, I stayed with my uncle and aunt because my school was quite far from my home, and they treated me like their son. My aunt, after having had a hard day's play, I would be half asleep and she would be feeding me food so I could go again and play tomorrow. I can't forget these moments. I am like their son and I am glad it has continued to be the same way.
My eldest brother, Nitin, and his family, have always encouraged me. My eldest brother doesn't like to talk much, but the one thing he always told me is that whatever you do, I know you will always give it 100%, and that I have full faith and confidence in you. His encouragement meant a lot to me. My sister, Savita, and her family, was no different. The first cricket bat of my life was presented to me by my sister. It was a Kashmir willow bat. But that is where the journey began. She is one of those many who still continue to fast when I bat, so thank you very much.
Ajit, my brother, now what do I talk about him? I don't know. We have lived this dream together. He was the one who sacrificed his career for my cricket. He spotted the spark in me. And it all started from the age of 11 when he took me to Archrekar sir, my coach, and from there on my life changed. You will find this hard to believe but even last night he called to discuss my dismissal, knowing that there was a remote chance of batting again, but just the habit we have developed, the rapport we have developed, since my birth, has continued and it will continue. Maybe when I'm not playing cricket we will still be discussing technique.
Various things we agreed upon, my technique, and so many technical things which I didn't agree with him, we have had arguments and disagreements, but when I look back at all these things in my life, I would have been a lesser cricketer.
The most beautiful thing happened to me in 1990 when I met my wife, Anjali. Those were special years and it has continued and will always continue that way. I know Anjali, being a doctor; there was a wonderful career in front of her. When we decided to have a family, Anjali took the initiative to step back and say that 'you continue with your cricket and I will take the responsibility of the family'.
Without that, I don't think I would have been able to play cricket freely and without stress. Thanks for bearing with all my fuss and all my frustrations, and all sorts of rubbish that I have spoken. Thanks for bearing with me and always staying by my side through all the ups and downs. You are the best partnership I've had in my life.
Then, the two precious diamonds of my life, Sara and Arjun. They have already grown up. My daughter is 16, my son is 14. Time has flown by. I wanted to spend so much time with them on special occasions like their birthdays, their annual days, their sports day, going on holidays, whatever. I have missed out on all those things. Thanks for your understanding. Both of you have been so, so special to me you cannot imagine. I promise you [that] for 14 and 16 years I have not spent enough time with both of you, but the next 16 years or even beyond that, everything is for you.
My in-laws, Anand Mehta and Annabelle, both have been so, so supportive [and] loving and caring. I have discussed on various things in life, generally with them, and have taken their advice. You know, it's so important to have a strong family who is always with you and who are guiding you. Before you start clapping, the most important thing they did was allowing me to marry Anjali, so thank you very much.
In the last 24 years that I have played for India I have made new friends, and before that I have had friends from my childhood. They have all had a terrific contribution. As and when I have called them to come and bowl to me at the nets, they have left their work aside to come and help me. Be it joining me on holidays and having discussions with me on cricket, or how I was a little stressed and wanting to find a solution so I can perform better.
All those moments my friends were with me. Even for when I was injured, I would wake up in the morning because I couldn't sleep and thought that my career was over because of injuries, that is when my friends have woken up at 3 o'clock in the morning to drive with me and make me believe that my career was not over. Life would be incomplete without all those friends. Thanks for being there for me.
My cricket career started when I was 11. The turning point of my career was when my brother (Ajit) took me to Achrekar sir. I was extremely delighted to see him up in the stands. Normally he sits in front of the television and he watches all the games that I play. When I was 11/12, those were the days when I used to hop back on his scooter and play a couple of practice matches a day. The first half the innings I would be batting at Shivaji Park, the second half, at some other match in Azad Maidan. He would take me all over Mumbai to make sure I got match practice.
On a lighter note, in the last 29 years, sir has never ever said 'well played' to me because he thought I would get complacent and I would stop working hard. Maybe he can push his luck and wish me now, well done on my career, because there are no more matches, sir, in my life. I will be witnessing cricket, and cricket will always stay in my heart, but you have had an immense contribution in my life, so thank you very much.
My cricket for Mumbai started right here on this ground, the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), which is so dear to me. I remember landing from New Zealand at four o'clock in the morning, and turning up for a game here at eight o'clock just because I wanted to be a part of Mumbai cricket, and not that somebody forced me. That was for the love of Mumbai cricket, and thank you very much. The president is here so thank you very much, along with your team, for taking care of me and looking after my cricket.
The dream was obviously to play for India, and that is where my association with BCCI started. BCCI was fantastic, right from my debut they believed in my ability and selecting me into the squad at the age of 16 was a big step, so thanks to all the selectors for having faith in me and the BCCI for giving me the freedom to express myself out in the middle. Things would have been different if you had not been behind me, and I really appreciate your support. Especially when I was injured, you were right with me and making sure that all the treatments were taken care of, and that I got fit and fine and playing [right] back for India.
The journey has been special, the last 24 years, I have played with many senior cricketers, and even before that there were many senior cricketers with whom I watched on television. They inspired me to play cricket, and to play in the right way. Thanks to all those senior cricketers, and unfortunately I have not been able to play with them, but I have high regards for all their achievements and all their contributions.
We see it on the mega-screen, Rahul, Laxman, Sourav, and Anil, who is not here, and my team-mates right here in front me. You are like my family away from home. I have had some wonderful times with you. It is going to be difficult to not be part of the dressing room, sharing those special moments. All the coaches for their guidance, it has been special for me. I know when MS Dhoni presented me the 200th Test match cap on day one morning. I had a brief message for the team. I would like to repeat that. I just feel that all of us are so, so fortunate and proud to be part of the Indian cricket team and serving the nation.
Knowing all of you guys, I know you will continue to serve the nation in the right spirit and right values. I believe we have been the lucky ones to be chosen by the Almighty to serve this sport. Each generation gets this opportunity to take care of this sport and serve it to the best of our ability. I have full faith in you to continue to serve the nation in the right spirit and to the best of your ability, to bring all the laurels to the country. All the very best.
I would be failing in my duties if I did not thank all the doctors, the physios, the trainers, who have put this difficult body together to go back on the field and be able to play. The amount of injuries that I have had in my career, I don't know how you have managed to keep me fit, but without your special efforts, it would never have happened. The doctors have met me at weird hours. I mean I have called them from Mumbai to Chennai, Mumbai to Delhi, I mean wherever. They have just taken the next flight and left their work and families to be with me, which has allowed me to play. So a big thank you to all three of you for keeping me in good shape.
My dear friend, late Mark Mascarenhas, my first manager. We unfortunately lost him in a car accident in 2001, but he was such a well-wisher of cricket, my cricket, and especially Indian cricket. He was so passionate. He understood what it takes to represent a nation and gave me all the space to go out and express myself, and never pressurized me to do this ad or promotion or whatever the sponsors demanded. He took care of that and today I miss him, so thank you Mark for all your contribution.
My current management team, WSG, for repeating what Mark has done, because when I signed the contract I exactly told them what I want from them, and what it requires to represent me. They have done that and respected that.
Someone who has worked closely with me for 14 years is my manager, Vinod Nayudu. He is more like my family and all the sacrifices, spending time away from his family for my work, has been special, so big thank you to his family as well for giving up so much time for my work with Vinod.
In my school days, when I performed well, the media backed me a lot. They continue to do that till this morning. Thank you so much to the media for supporting and appreciating my performances. It surely had a positive effect on me. Thank you so much to all the photographers as well for those wonderfully captured moments that will stay with me for the rest of my life, so a big thank you to all the photographers.
I know my speech is getting a bit too long (crowd roars), but this is the last thing I want to say. I want to thank all the people here who have flown in from various parts of the world, and have supported me endlessly, whether I scored a 0 or a 100-plus. Your support was so dear to me and meant a lot to me. Whatever you have done for me.
I know I have met so many guys who have fasted for me, prayed for me, done so much for me. Without that life wouldn't have been like this for me. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, and also say that time has flown by rather quickly, but the memories you have left with me will always be with me forever and ever, especially "Sachin, Sachin" which will reverberate in my ears till I stop breathing. Thank you very much. If I have missed out on saying something, I hope you understand. Goodbye.

Courtesy: ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Sachin a failure in 2001 Kolkata Test ?!!

Everybody talks about the historic win in 2001 kolkata test where india won the test after following on. and each one of us praised  Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman. for their partnership.

The haters of Sachin used these innings for the last 12 years to tarnish Sachin's image. They came with the memory of these innings whenever Dravid and VVS failed.

Sachin trapping Gilchrist lbw off the first ball.

But has anyone in the world talks or remembers Sachin's contribution in that test match?

It was Sachin Tendulkar along with Harbhajan Singh WON the match for  India which was heading towards a draw!!

It wasnt an easy task to bowl Australian batting lineup which included Heyden, Langer, Steve Waugh, Mark Waugh Ponting etc. and Aus was 24-0 at the lunch of the fifth day!

Sachin dismissed 3 Aus batsmen in the post lunch session on the 5th day of the test match. Including

Mathew Hayden-  The Top scorer of that innings!
Adam Gillchrist - off the first ball he faced.
Shane Warne - for a duck!

Wrong decision against Sachin Tendulkar 199 Kolkata test

Sachin, the player who got out most number of times because of wrong decisions by umpires. even third umpires! and they wont consider that its his last series!

Here is the details of the decision in the 1st innings of Kolkata test. his second last Test match.

It indeed is a longlist! You can see them here

here is the cricinfo comment about the decision.

"He's unlucky to be given after watching replays. The impact was too high, the ball would have gone over the top, but umpire Llong did not think so"

and here are the hawk-eye analysis.

Keeper's view

Slip view

and the blind umpire's view

Third umpire; Sachin OUT! Hussey NOT OUT! WTF is this?

Sachin Tendulkar is perhaps the batsman who got out the maximum numbers of times because of poor / wrong decision by umpires. And people call it 'Human errors' and its a part n parcel of the game! But, then what about the Third umpires? 3rd umpire gets enough time & technology.. .so cannot give excuses!

In the Match between RCB and MI, Sachin was given out by the third umpire... It was very very close call... The famous theory 'Element of doubt should always go in favor of the batsman' does not apply in Sachin's cases?

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It was ruled OUT! The element of doubt did not favor the batsman. It was a very very close call. In the available frame after the bails came off, he had crossed the line.

Now see the pictures of CSK vs Punjab match. Hussey was clearly out! and the  third umpire ruled it NOT OUT!

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Click on the pic to see in big size

There wasn't any 'element of doubt!' His bat was on the line when the bails came off. The commentators, were stunned to see the decision... Stephen fleming, CSK coach, hussey... all were laughing! WTF?

Words of Sunil Gavasker while the decision was pending...

"Yes i think he is just a little bit short... the bails come off bat is up in the air as well...i think M. hussey willl hav to make the walk back to the pavln... the bat hasnt paased the line... it is an easy call for the umpire..."

and the other commentator when the decision came: "YOU ARE KIDDING ME!"

Third umpire errors can not be considered as human errorrs!

This blog post was published weeks before the match fixing controversy! and we don't doubt Hussey or any players, the mentions about Stephen Fleming, CSK coach are not in that way. We know that they laughed because of the surprise!

Sachin's tons and the critics' percentage analysis blunder!

I happened to see a post by A 'legendary mathematician', Vineeth in his blog post!  against one of our status

In that he was trying to contradict our statement, "Sachin has more match winning centuries than Ricky Ponting has in total" – telling that it is the stupidest argument.

Since he is a mathematician, he proved it mathematically and it says win % when Ponting Scores a 100 is 83.33%.

Vineeth mathematically analyzed Saurav Ganguly's winning percentage also... as he is playing in Sachin’s team.

We have seen so many other people saying blah blah... about the century and the percentage!

So we also decided to go mathematically! and u know what? The results seems to be shocking. We have discovered another match winner!! (This is just to show you the authenticity of mathematical explanation, and we did just for 'mathematical' purpose...)

Check out our analysis.... :D

A tail end batsman, say... Prasad tries to score century in 20 matches in whom he got, let’s say over 30 overs to bat, He fails in 19 occasions! And finally he manages  to score 1 ton!  and team wins it.

Let’s take last three matches, and our Sachin also scores  a century in the same match!  Unfortunately, he had scored 2 centuries in the previous 2 matches!  And our ‘great’ bowlers including this tail ender had won  the match for the other team...!!

And the status read like this:

Venkatesh Prasad is d greatest match winner! Because of the  % of winning when he scores a ton is 100%

Wow! All hail Prasad!!!

Yea... because...

Sachin’s percentage!   3 tons and the team won in 1 is just 33%
Prasad’s percentage! 1 ton and the team won in 1 is 100%

I’m not a mathematician to analyze like Vineeth did!! all hail Vineeth! :)

Let me say to hell with youur percentage blunder... critics... :-|

Remember Vineeth, if Sachin had not scored those 16 tons in lost games, he would have had 100% winning percentage now! He helped our team to keep its head high in those matches! Also please keep in mind that we didn’t have legends like Warne, Mc Grath...!

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! It wasn't his duty to take wickets and win the match! Even though he has did it many times... :)

Kumar Sangakkara: India have not lost so many matches becoz of Tendulkar; they have lost because of poor team performances.

Pics- Sachin greatest! still down to earth!!

We have heard so many quotes on Sachin Tendulkar, about his down to earth behavior.
Now just see it in real... :) just see his attitude towards the grounds men...

Sachin with the ground staff after winning the 2008 Chennai Test with a superb 4th innings ton! Just see the smile on their face! 

with ground staff in the practice sessions... 

"What makes Sachin remarkable is that he remains unaffected by fame and glitter. Despite what he has achieved, he is still a student not a sage, a player not a pundit. The master never throws his weight around, never pulls rank."

See also: Website for Sachin's critics. sachinandcritics.com

Part time bowler Sachin vs Batting wizard Lara! - stumps flying!

Cool video of Sachin Tendulkar's superb bowls to West Indian batting wizard Brian Lara.

India's part time bowler Sachin Tendulkar has dismissed Brian Lara 4 times in International cricket!

Wrong decision against Sachin off Lyon in 4th inngs 4th test vs Aus

Sachin Tendulkar is perhaps the batsman who got out the maximum numbers of times bcoz of poor / wrong decision by umpires...

It indeed is a longlist! You can see some of them here in this page You can simply say, its a part of the game! But why always against Sachin?

The last one was in today's innings. The fourth innings of the test match! Sachin was batting on 1

Nathan Lyon's ball pitched outside off stump! and it turned sharply and the ball missed the leg stump! Here is the Hawk eye of the ball from keeper's view! Clearly missing the leg stump!

Here is the Hawk eye of the ball from Slip view! Pitched outside off turning down to leg!

Here is the Hawk eye of the ball from Umpire's view! Clearly pitching outside off and turning sharply to leg!

The impact position- umpire's n bowler's view! Umpire ruled it OUT!

The element of doubt should always go in favor of the batsman!

And one more added to THIS LONG LIST!  :-|

See also: sachinandcritics.com for answering Sachin's critics

Inzamam's nightmare bowler- Sachin Tendulkar!

Inzamam ul haq! One of the greatest batsmen of modern era! But always struggled against one bowler... Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar!Here s a video of  his 7 dismissals by Sachin in  International cricket!  Perhaps Sachin's most favorite bunny- Inzamam!

Sachin's brilliant performance in 2001 series vs Aus!

2001 series vs Aus In the series... In the series... 

Sachin was the 3rd highest rung getter in the tournament!

Sachin was there in the top 10 wicket takers in the tournament!

Sachin's 139 was the highest individual score in the tournament!

Sachin's 3-35 in 10 overs was the second best bowling figure in the series!

Sachin's 165 strike rate for scoring 62 in 38 balls was the innings with highest strike rate in the entire series!

And the man of the series was Mathew Heyden. Because he was the highest run getter. Yea, he had scored 23 more runs than Sachin in the entire series!!

This is a cool video of Mcgrath's 1 over to Sachin Tendulkar.

First 4 balls goes like this 6 4 0 4

It was the first match in the series. He scored only 35 in that match. in 26 balls with a strike rate of 135. In the third match Sachin scored his 28th One Day international hundred. a superb match winning hundred 139 in 125 balls. in the fourth match he scored 62 in 38 with a strike rate of 165!

Heres the Mcgrath over...