And then there was Sachin

When Brian Lara took over the thirty something year old record from Sobers, it seemed fitting. Here was a man with all the flair, grace and a thing for the big occasion, not a legend as yet but who has everything to become one taking over the record from another legend. It doesn't hurt if such a prestigious record changing hands from a legend to another, or one destined to be one. However, when ten or so years later when a certain Hayden decided he should beat the hell out of a hapless Zimbabwe side, breaking the record along the way, it didn't seem right. The whole cricketing world, or at least the most of it, silently prayed that someone who's worthy of such a honor will come forth and set things right. Lara duly obliged six months later, and the whole cricketing world breathed a sigh of relief.

But we weren't so fortunate in the one dayers. When Saeed Anwar, with a runner to assist him, beat the hell out of Indians and took it from the great Viv, again, it wasn't right. With all due respect to Anwar who was a very good cricketer, he wasn't in the same caliber as Viv, Lara, Sanath or Sachin. For thirteen long years since, we hoped everyday that someone will again set the things right, and we saw two of the greats of the game, Sanath and Sachin come agonizingly close to it more than once only to see a simple mistake ruining the day. But it wasn't to be so this time - the great little master ensured that the natural order of things is restored again, and we breathed a sigh of relief.

Thank you Sachin, thank you for that!

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Hilal's picture
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Nice post Sach! Well played Sachin.

Sach's picture
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Thanks bro!

Anonymous's picture

Well played sachin

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Anwar was not in the caliber of the greats?? You haven't seen Anwar then.

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Cmon dude, Anwar was probably the best batsmen to come out of Pakistan for the last 20 years? And he was a true great. Anwars cover drive was so easy it was wrong.

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Let me start by saying big congratulations to Sachin.

But ppl (especially Indians) do want to humiliate Anwar because sachin went pass 194. Starting from commentators "Ravi shasthri" was saying Sachin didn’t use a runner but Anwar did, but hold on sachin had 20 overs of powerplay where Anwar had only 15. Anwar didn’t have free-hits but sachin did.

Sachin did not had to run tons of singles because himself, yusuf patan and dhoni scored lot of boundaries on that great placid pitch where the ground size is just as a children’s play ground.
I watched Anwar’s 194 and Sanath 's 189. On both of those innings situation was both Anwar and Sanath had to turn up the run rate because the non sticker wasn t scoring that much. Can you remember the way sanath got out after scoring 189 ? (He got stumped trying to clear the ball over mid off) But since sachin was on 180 + he was taking singles and twos and giving the strike back to dhoni because dhoni was smashing the ball all over the park. And I am not blaming him, because he had the chance of reaching 200. So just because anwar fell short of 6 runs he does not deserved to be humiliated.

So pls ppl respect others where we as non-Indians respect Sachin.

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Damith and Gayan
It wasn't my intention to humiliate Anwar. As I said, he was such a good batsman and probably the best Pakistani batsmen after Inzi. Even better, perhaps.

But 'great' is a word I don't like to associate with every good player even they have achieved great things at one point or another in their career. As I see it, he was one of the best but was just a little less than being a 'great' player. And there's no shame in that I believe.

Gayan, yes I've watched both those innings. And to this day I believe it was silly of Sanath to get out the way he did - it would have been for the best interest of both his and team's had he stayed the remaining two or so overs. Records like this don't come along everyday, so you gotta take them when they come. Sachin was wise.

Again, this was not meant to insult Anwar who was a fine player. It was just to emphasis what a brilliant player Sachin is.

Anonymous's picture

Yes!!! I heard that idiot Shastri say the same thing on the mic. Plus look at the small ground Sachin played in? Anwar played in a massive ground.

Ashwin's picture

Well played sachin bhai!!!!

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Hello,
thanks for replying and making points. But acording to you Sachin was wise because he had the chance and he grabbed it and sanath didn 't.... yes because you know why ?
Because sanath was thinking reaching SL score to 300 + and the non striker wasn’t scoring runs he was giving the strike back to sanath.

If sachin was wise acording to you he would have reached 200 b 4 this day and it should have against aussie where he scored 175 last year.

But he wasn't thinking about records he was thinking about winning the match. And that's y he played that paddle sweep which lobbed up in the air.

But this time dhoni was scoring massively that's what helped him to reach 200. And he deserves it. I am not taking nothing away from sachin, just that I can 't blv y ppl compare his innings to anwar and saying anwar was using a runner but sachin didn’t. but think about the ground size, think about extra 5 overs of powerplay he played. He should have using a runner if ICC didn’t declare the rule for runners ( no runners for cramps) I remember he even didn’t take the strike after scoring the 200 because he was cramping at that time.

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