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MUMBAI: A common feature of near-death experiences is that the contents of an entire lifetime flash before the eyes. Did Sachin Tendulkar go through something similar on his last, long walk back to the pavilion? In the 100-odd yards that he traversed after being dismissed for 74 by Narsingh Deonarine, did he travel several years in his head? Did Tendulkar's mind make an involuntary journey back to Karachi and Manchester, to the dust bowl that was once Sharjah, to the heartbreak and salvation that was Chepauk, to the innumerable grounds that he had made his own over the last two-and-a-half decades?
Having frozen time the previous evening, Tendulkar on the second morning of the second Test reversed it, all the way back to the days when batting gave him more joy than anything else. There were drives off the middle of the bat, audaciously attempted upper cuts, authoritative sweeps; the freedom with which Tendulkar approached what was possibly his ultimate Test innings was the most
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MUMBAI: At precisely 3.35 pm on Wednesday afternoon the march of time as we perceive it was arrested, possibly on one last occasion, as Sachin Tendulkar strode out to bat in his 200th and ultimate Test match. The little master emerged from the pavilion to a guard of honour presented by the entire West Indies team and the on-field umpires, almost 24 years to the day since he had debuted as a wispy-lipped teenager against Imran Khan’s mighty Pakistan in 1989.
The score at the Wankhede was 77/2. India had just lost both their openers in the same over. Tendulkar’s first concern, one that has remained unchanged through almost a quarter-of-a-century of international cricket, was to ensure a safe passage for India.
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But it was not going to be easy. Even by the usually uproarious Indian standards of noise, there was unprecedented clamor in the stands, and only one name being chanted. Tendulkar had been out cheaply to off-spinner Shane Shillingford in the
One-off Twenty20: The Indian team cruised to a massive 93-run win over a wayward West Indies 'A' at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.By Kunal Diwan | Yahoo Cricket – Sat 21 Sep, 2013 4:00 PM IST
Bangalore: It was one-way traffic at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Saturday as India ‘A’, before an expectant weekend crowd, outclassed West Indies ‘A’ by 93 runs in a one-off Twenty20 game. The margin of victory made for a poor match. But there was much on offer that the masses had come looking for: big hits, dropped catches, a bizarre over and, eventually, an Indian win.Read More »from Yuvraj, Sharma star as India 'A' thrash West Indies ‘A’
Batting first, the home team posted a piddle-inducing 214/7 in 20 overs as Yuvraj Singh (52), Unmukt Chand (47) and Kedhar Jadhav (42) left the bowling side punch-drunk and battered.
The West Indian chase caved in under the weight of runs. Only opener Andre Fletcher (32) kept them in reckoning for the first five overs, before the pressure of a tough pursuit manifested as total collapse. The visitors folded for 121 in 16.2 overs, leg-spinner Rahul Sharma cashing in with five wickets, not all the product of good bowling.
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The 19-year-old made 78 against the West Indies 'A' while most of his colleagues flopped in the series decider.By Kunal Diwan | Yahoo Cricket – Thu 19 Sep, 2013 6:25 PM ISTBaba Aparajith
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BANGALORE: The faint quaver in his voice ill behoved him, but for the most part young Baba Aparajith handled the rites of a post-match dissection – make that a post-loss dissection – with the same assuredness that he showed at the crease.
And why should he have not.
The son of the Indian cricket team’s media manager, the 19-year-old top-scored with a patient 78 as the ‘A’ side went down in the third and decisive ‘ODI’ to their West Indian adversaries on Thursday, and said later that he was out here to be his own man.
“I just wanted to be myself,” he described his 96-ball knock.
“Each time I bat I follow a process, a routine, that helps me to relax and express myself better at the crease.”
If means of expression was what he was seeking, he need have looked no further than at the other end, where Yuvraj Singh was holding a masterclass in conveying the message to the bowler.
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2ND UNOFFICIAL ODI: West Indies 'A' draw level with 55-run win.By Kunal Diwan | Yahoo Cricket – Tue 17 Sep, 2013 6:00 PM IST
BANGALORE: No.4 batsman Jonathan Carter scored a maiden List A hundred and fast-bowler Miguel Cummins claimed four wickets, as West Indies ‘A’ pummelled their Indian counterparts by 55 runs, equalizing the three-match unofficial ODI series at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here, on Tuesday.Read More »from India 'A' bow to Carter's big-hitting
The visitors, outplayed in the first game on Sunday, pulled themselves up in dramatic fashion to put it across the hosts. Carter, 25, was dropped when he had scored 6 and received a run-out reprieve on 66. He went on to smash a 132-ball 133 that took his side to a challenging 279/6, after Yuvraj Singh sent them in.
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The pursuit was never quite on for the Indians. Robin Uthappa (10) and Mandeep Singh (3) were out with just 19 on the board, and Unmukt Chand, who seemed to have overcome his early uneasiness at the crease, only flattered to deceive when he was third out – holing out to long-on for 38.
Hope remained so long as Yuvraj (40) was in the middle. But the home
After a thumping hundred on Sunday for India ‘A’, Yuvraj says he’s just happy to score some runs.By Kunal Diwan | Yahoo Cricket – Sun 15 Sep, 2013 7:41 PM IST
BANGALORE: That he was back to his best – in his first competitive game in almost four months - was frankly obvious in the manner that Yuvraj Singh constructed his scorching hundred: a watchful crawl to begin with, then a slight opening of the shoulders, and finally the unapologetic arrogance that has been the hallmark of this once-burly murderer of bowlers.
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“Just five years,” he quipped when complimented on having regained his youthful looks, “most people say I look at least ten years younger.”
“It has taken a lot of time for my body to heal, but it's getting better and better. Tim (Exeter) has done wonders for Zak (Zaheer Khan) and me. I shed weight, worked on my diet and lung capacity…I just wanted to get sharper on the field. I’m feeling stronger now and also quicker…those are the aspects we worked on. I also thank the National Cricket Academy who have played big part in my comeback.”
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How would you like to remember Sachin Tendulkar?By Kunal Diwan | Yahoo Cricket – Tue 3 Sep, 2013 3:17 PM IST
At a friend’s place, on the mantelpiece, sits a photograph of his deceased father. The picture is a strange one. The grimace, the forced smile conveying an undercurrent of despair behind what is – the taking of a photograph – usually a happy moment. My friend later told me that the picture was clicked during the terminal stage of an excruciating illness; the object, once a vital and forceful building contractor, reduced to a mere shadow of the man he was in his prime.
Which reminded me of Sachin Tendulkar's fast approaching final day of international cricket. For, is that not like the impending death of a loved one ravaged by cancer? At least that is what Tendulkar, and his irrefutable, fathomless affinity for game have turned it into.
For almost three years now Tendulkar the cricketer has been in the grip of a festering malaise. While his contemporaries have all heeded the call of their wearying bones – none more exemplarily than Rahul Dravid - Tendulkar has rationed out his graceRead More »from Frozen in memory
Tendulkar, Dravid and Ganguly voice their views on Twenty20.By Kunal Diwan | Yahoo Cricket – Sun 18 Aug, 2013 2:23 AM IST
BANGALORE: ‘You just come in and swing your bat,’ said Sachin Tendulkar, making short work of his approach to Twenty20 cricket.
The batting legend was speaking at a platinum jubilee bonanza organized on Saturday night by the Karnataka State Cricket Association, during which he shared the stage with three other greats – GR Vishwanath, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly – in a moderated and agonizingly short session that covered but a minor arc of their combined experience.
“The basics are important for Tests, even for ODIs…but in Twenty20, it doesn’t matter. This is the only format in which in three or four deliveries you can become a hero," Tendulkar added.
Ganguly was easier on the often-maligned pajama variety.
‘You see more shots played these days, more results in Tests. Twenty20 has brought innovations into the game,’ said the former India captain.
Speaking of innovations, Tendulkar revealed how marveled he had been at seeing a laptop in the Indian dressing room in 2003.
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The 2015 Cricket World Cup will see the inclusion of at least four 'weak' sides, swelling the total number of contestants to 14.By Kunal Diwan | Yahoo Cricket – Tue 6 Aug, 2013 12:17 PM IST
People measure out life in landmarks. Birthdays. Bust-ups. Bars of soap. Even World Cups.
It is only with time that we realise the value of World Cups. How they come to evoke a rush of emotions that are at once completely public and deeply personal.
Like how watching replays of Vinod Kambli crying a river at Eden Gardens makes me squirm in my worn-out seat. Not the least because I was a heartbroken fan or a blind loyalist to the cause of the country and its bottle-pelting masses.
Kambli's Moment causes mild anguish because it coincided with what I can now laugh off as an embarrassing personal phase. Even if Kambli, who was later recompensed several-fold on a private front through an inexplicable benefaction of fortune, had won us that Cup, his name would have still conjured up cringe in my mind, along with a pretty picture it would be foolish to mention here.
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A defeat in the third Test will have Australia equal their worst run in history.By Kunal Diwan | Yahoo Cricket – Tue 30 Jul, 2013 2:49 PM ISTTALKING SHOP: Clarke and Haddin at a practice session ahead of the third Test.
Australia should wear lipstick. At least they’ll look good while getting hammered, a fate that looks inescapable for Michael Clarke’s side heading into the third Test with a deficit of two. Far from the inspired deeds that this folkloric series was expected to fire his men to, Clarke now faces the singular humiliation of being in charge during Australia’s most disastrous phase of Test cricket.
They are presently on a sorry run of six defeats (four to India and two to England). Another at Manchester will have them equal the seven consecutive losses suffered in the late 1880s. If that indeed comes about it will be truly a dubious landmark, a deplorable turn of events that even the teary Kim Hughes escaped in his tumultuous term in the early 1980s.
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