Sachin Tendulkar In A Nutshel , Minus His Spirit.

I read an interesting article on Sachin Tendulkar.

It lists hundred facts about Sachin Tendulkar and it is quite comprehensive.

In fact it is  Sachin Tendulkar in a nutshell, though one can not catch his spirit, which has to be observed to be believed, be it being a Team Man,Patience,Composure,

Calmness,Sobriety,respect for elders, encouraging others,his Humility.

Here is an excerpt.

Tendulkar celebrated on World Cup Win.

1) His full name is Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar

2) He was born on April 24, 1973, in Mumbai

3) He has two brothers and a sister. His elder brother Ajit encouraged him to play cricket

4) He was named after legendary Indian music director Sachin Dev Burman

5) His nicknames are Little Master, Tendlya, The Little Champion, and Master Blaster

6) Sachin stands just 5ft 5ins tall

7) He is a right-handed batsman

8) He is also a right-handed spin bowler

9) But he writes with his left hand

10) He attended the MRF Pace Foundation to get training as a fast bowler, Australian bowling legend Dennis Lillee was unimpressed and recommended he focus on batting

11) He was a ball boy during the 1987 World Cup semi-finals between India and England at Wankhende. England won

12) Growing up, Sachin would ask his friend Ramesh Pradhe to dip a rubber ball in water and hurl it at him. He wanted to see the wet marks left on the bat to know whether he had middled the ball…


22) On his debut he wore a set of cricket pads given to him when he was 16 by his hero Sunil Gavaskar

23) He always puts his left pad on first when kitting himself up for the crease

24) He made his One Day International debut on December 18, 1989 – but Waqar Younis got him out for a duck

25) His chosen shirt number when he played ODIs was 10 or 99…

34) Sachin was the first batsman ever to be given out by the third umpire, when he was run out against South Africa in the first test in Durban in 1992

35) Tendulkar’s immense popularity saw him be an early pioneer in India on cricket business dealings, signing a record sports management deal with Worldtel in 1995 worth $5.7million over five years. In 2001 he signed a new deal for $15.2million, switching to Saatchi and Saatchi’s ICONIX in 2006 for a deal worth $34.2million over three years

36) He did not have a bat sponsorship contract until 1996..

68) Sachin’s talents extend beyond batting. While he is not a regular bowler, he can bowl medium pace, leg spin, and off spin, and is often used as a partnership breaker

69) He has taken 45 Test match wickets and is the 10th highest wicket taker for India in ODIs

70) Tendulkar has scored more than 1,000 runs in a calendar year in ODIs seven times.

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Gavaskar’s Amoral Justification On IPL Match Fixing ‘Slip Is Showing’

Sunil Gavaskar‘s justification of his ‘Silence’ on IPL Corruption,Match Fixing and On N.Srinivasan is bizarre to say the least.

Sunil Manohar Gavskar, Cricketer, India.
Legendary India batsman Sunil Gavaskar. Pic/MiD DAY Archives

His arguments run on two points.

1.His Contract with BCCI is for the ‘Exclusivity’, for his non-appearance in other Channels.

He says he was being paid by the BCCI from the Age of 12, when he started playing for Schools and the difference, he rues, is only the quantum of Money.

Mr.Gavaskar, nobody denied that you have been on contract with BCCI, nor your remuneration.

The issue, in case you chose to forget, I can not believe this for Gavaskar is highly cerebral and loquacious, is precisely that!

That of Conflict of interest.

When you work for someone, you seem to be working from the age of 12 for The BCCI, you can not take another assignment which is in conflict with what you are engaged in.That’s what exactly you have been doing scrupulously.

It is natural for you not to talk about the on-goings in IPL or BCCI.

That’s what is meant by your ‘Silence’, not anything else.

“There are reasons given about why I am ‘silent’, and the main reason is that my ‘silence’ has been bought by the TV contract that the BCCI has with me. Firstly, now that the BCCI has its own production house, it is well within its rights to contract those who they want to, just like other sports channels have contracted some other players to do commentary for them.

The reason why such contracts are done is to obtain exclusivity from the contracted entity so that he/ she does not appear on a rival channel and that is why good money is paid to the former players. That is also why I have not appeared on another TV channel excepting the news channel that has a contract with me.

Contract issue
If all those who are reporting on the episodes for their papers or TV channels cannot write for a rival paper or appear on another TV channel, then how can I appear on a news channel other than the one I’m contracted to? And since I don’t appear on the other channels, does it mean I am being silent?

Just like every player, I have been directly or indirectly contracted to BCCI since the age of 12, when I first played for Mumbai schools. I was then given one rupee per day if I remember correctly by the Mumbai Cricket Association. So throughout my playing career, I was under contract with the BCCI either directly or through its affiliate, the Mumbai Cricket Association. It is just that the quantum of the fees has changed from the 1 rupee that I first got when I played for Mumbai schools and that is thought as being the reason for my so called silence.

During the time that I played, I did speak up for the playing fraternity to ensure that their rights were looked after. I could have been dropped, but I did speak out for what I felt was right for my playing fraternity, and, believe me, playing for India was more important than any monetary inducement and yet I did not shy away from speaking my mind.”

When and what was the issue you spoke about that could have forced the BCCI drop you?

Exactly what happened between you and Bishen Singh Bedi, you and Kapil Dev are known to people who follow  not only your game but your  Game!

2.”It’s up to Srini
So whether Mr Srinivasan should stay or step aside while the probe committee does its job is a moral issue, and it is for him to take a call on that. That has been my stand, and since it is not one that resonates with most TV channels and the print media, I am accused of being silent.

It is for the BCCI and Mr Srinivasan to take a call on the issue facing Indian cricket today because it is a moral issue. It is not for me to advise them what to do as everybody else seems to be doing, and if that is taken as being bought then good luck to democracy in our country.’

By the same token, let the batsmen or bowler do what they do.

Why do you comment?

Because it is your job as a commentator.

Similarly is it not your responsibility as a Legendary Batsman of India, who is regarded as an Icon by Cricketers and people of this Country, to speak out against Corruption and Moral turpitude?

What exactly did you do in Lalith Modi’s case?

“The police agencies are doing their job so the criminality or otherwise will be established by them. As for the morality part, it is a free world and to each his own. What maybe immoral to one may not be immoral to another, and as long as it is within the framework of the laws that govern our country, nobody should be forced to say or do anything against their will is what I believe in.’

Yes, it is a Free country, every one has their opinions,

But the point is people show themselves when a Moral issue is involved.

Mr.Gavaskar,your slip is showing.


How To Become A Cricket Commentator

It has been intriguing to me as to how one becomes a Cricket Commentator in India on par with,

Trevor Bailey,

Richie Benaud,

Ian Chappell,

Greg Chappell,

Tony Cosier,

John Arlott,

Mike Atherton,

Geoffrey Boycott,

Sunil Gavaskar,

Ravi Shastri,

Harsha Bhogle,

Jack Fingleton,

Robin Jackman  and the likes?

Well , you should have played Nine International Matches.

You have the capacity to advise Sachin Tendulkar,Rahul Dravid,Brian Lara, Ricky Ponting on Batting, Anil Kumble,Shane Warne,Muttiah Muraidharan,Allan Donald in Bowling,Suresh raina, Yuvraj Singh and the likes in Fielding.

And you should know how to speak Queens English Like ‘He got to have it, He ought to have hit’

More importantly,

Laxman Sivaramakrishnan
Laxman Sivaramakrishnan

Your  Cricket Career should read as,

Laxman Sivaramakrishnan
Personal information
Batting style Right-hand bat (RHB)
Bowling style Right-arm leg break and googly
International information
National side Indian
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 9 76
Runs scored 130 1,802
Batting average 16.25 25.02
100s/50s 0/0 5/3
Top score 25 130
Balls bowled 2,367 10,436
Wickets 26 154
Bowling average 44.03 38.49
5 wickets in innings 3 6
10 wickets in match 1 1
Best bowling 6/64 7/28
Catches/stumpings 9 60
Source: [1],

And you must have the modesty to reply to Sunil Gavaskar when he,

When are they going to name a Stand in your Honour at Chepauk Grounds, Chennai,

‘Possibly in a couple of years!

Related .

I’ve said before — again and again, in fact — that I don’t like Siva.

My animus boils down to one big thing: Siva comes across as a person impersonating a commentator, rather than an actual commentator. He knows the textbook things to say, and he dutifully says it, but that doesn’t necessarily make for good television. Ravi Shastri, for instance, understands the dynamics of drama — “Now this should be interesting!” — and he knows how to manipulate his voice and tone appropriately.

Indian Cricket Team For Test 2012

The Indian Cricket team battered and bruised by the recent defeats needs a policy change.

To help the selectors I have chosen the present team for the Nagpur Test between India and England.

I am sure this would deliver!

Indian Cricket Team 1971.
The 1971 Indian touring squad. Back row, L to R, RP Mehra (manager); EAS Prasanna; D Govindraj; BS Bedi; BS Chandrasekhar; AV Mankad; P Krishnamurthy; K Jayantilal; S Abid Ali; Col. HR Adhikari (team manager); Front row, L to R, SMH Kirmani; GR Viswanath; DN Sardesai; Abbas Ali Baig; AL Wadekar (cpt), S Venkataraghavan; FM Engineer (wicketkeeper); SM Gavaskar; ED Solkar;; The Oval, August 1971

Sunil Gavaskar.

Virender Sehwag.

Cheteswar Pujara.

Sachin Tendulkar,

Rahul Dravid.

VVS Laxman.

MS Dhoni.(c&wkt)


Javagal Srinath.

Bishen Singh Bedi.

EAS Prasanna.

Erapalii Prasanna
EAS Prasanna

Sunil Joshi.

12 Man S.Venkat Raghavan


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Sachin on Retirement,Negative Comments Excerpts. 1/3

The interview of Sachin Tendulkar on 5 October 2012 in TimesNow by Arnab Goswami was interesting.

For a change Arnab was less abrasive and keen on Sachin opening up .

Sachin Tendulkar.

On Retirement’-  He said he would retire when his heart tells him so and not to oblige anyone.

‘The idea of retirement crossed my mind, I would be lying if  I say It did not’

On persistently asked on retirement Sachin said “‘Yes, I am thirty Nine plus,No body expects me to be like 19-year-old…

The talk is on because  I failed to score in New Zealand Series…

The same happened in 2002..even then thee talks of my retirement .I believe I was a better player after that …

Had I been 19 or 25 no body would be questioning me  for  a few  low scores..

now I am 39, people are bound to talk , they are right and it is their opinion…

growing old is natural..and I am a normal man…yes, my reflexes are slower than what they were and it is natural because I have aged..

No I don’t think I will play the next World Cup.

I had  a Talk with the Don(Don Bradman)-he told me a Batsman changes after 30, yes, I have changed….

I will play till my heart says so and I feel on top of the game…

Sachin Tendulkar with Don Bradman.

On Miandad and Imran Khan‘s comment Sachin should retire when he is at his peak , the Master had a fresh, different perspective

‘Why should I retire when I am at my peak?if iam performing well I should contribute more to my Nation’

I will retire when I feel I can not take it any longer.

On the comment by Sunil Gavaskar( On New Zealand Series) that the gap between the Bat and Pad is a cause for concern for a top batsman, Sachin replied.

“He said 100 good things about me ?

Why take some thing a single comment and get worked up?’

‘I was advised by my brother not to read or bother what others say about me, but to concentrate on my game..

That’s what I am doing”

On his reaction to being bowled in the Zealand Match…

If you observe I would have reacted  in 20 different ways on Twenty occasions…

If one conveniently takes one instance and makes a comment, well …..

Yes,  I am hurt when I get out..Does not make a difference how you get out,,out is out..the damage is done…my job is to focus and fix problems ,get better…

On the charge that he was playing for Commercial endorsement..

” If some on has an Agenda and decide to write some thing …what I can do.. irresponsible journalism”

Sachin came out in the interview for what he was,Honest,Straight Forward and Matured.

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