• Sachin Tendulkar has reached where no other man may reach again. At 7.36 pm Indian time, he pushed Dale Steyn through a heavily manned cover for four, bringing up his 50th Test hundred.

    While it is a milestone to be celebrated, it is a job only half done in the Centurion Test, where India are hanging by a thread.

    Tendulkar, playing his 175th Test, is on his fifth Test tour of South Africa and India have won just one match here, in 2006.

    He has 11 hundreds against Australia, nine against Sri Lanka, seven against England, six against South Africa, five against Bangladesh, four against New Zealand, three each against West Indies and Zimbabwe and two against Pakistan.

    Here's a list of batsmen with 20 Test hundreds or more.

    Here's a list of all Indian batsmen who've scored hundreds in Tests.

    Highlighted rows indicate active First Class cricketers.

    Read More »from A small step to save Centurion, and a giant leap for Test cricket
  • i) India’s final frontier? Surely you joke. The last time this expression was used, Australia were in India in 2004, having won everything that mattered, home and away. India have not won a series in Sri Lanka in 17 years. They’ve not won a Test series in Australia and South Africa, ever. To call South Africa the final frontier would be to thoughtlessly hype this series.

    ii) Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar may not return to South Africa to play Tests after this tour. They have below-par records in that country. Will they set it right for good? That partly depends on what well South Africa’s bowlers perform. Just how good are they? Former captain Clive Rice commented that India have better bowlers than the home team.

    iii) There’s been plenty of talk of a fast, bouncy wicket in Centurion. In Dale Steyn, South Africa have a lethal leader of the attack. In Morne Morkel he has a good partner. But Morkel has a less than threatening record against India — six matches, 15 wickets

    Read More »from 10 Thoughts Before the South Africa Series
  • Lalit Modi has given an exclusive interview to London-based journalist Mihir Bose on YouTube. Here, below, is the full transcript:

    Mihir Bose

    Lalit, is this strange you’re in London and you face some very serious charges in India?  Allegations about your conduct as IPL Commissioner?  India’s just celebrated Diwali, what are you doing here?

    Lalit Modi

    Well I’m in London, I’m hoping that the enquiry that is going on in India will come to an end, we are answering all the questions that are required to be answered, we are doing some teleconferencing and we’re providing the documentation that is needed to be provided to the authorities and to the different agencies that are conducting the investigation.  And my security agencies have advised me that it’s not appropriate time currently to go back till the security situation smoothens out.  And the Indian police have continuously told me yes, that the threat perception continues to be there and as and when I feel comfortable with that factor

    Read More »from Lalit Modi Unplugged


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