I witnessed his innings. Sachin was positive right from the start, with intent and his first innings lbw dismissal in mind. He took clear outside leg stump guard to put lbw out of question. Whenever he defended the ball in front, after playing he himself returned the ball to close-in fielders so they do not place their foot on the pitch. Laxman has been dismissed by Bishoo several times in West Indies too and though he was getting runs here he looked a little edgy and most likely to get out and Sachin was playing just flawless against Bishoo. So he had right to turn down single. Pitch was such that you could not get 276 with 276 singles and at the same time it was so slow that you could not give an old ball the momentum to reach outside the inner circle, leave alone the boundary, unless you play a forceful shot. And finally the ball which he got out to, was the shortest ball that Bishoo had bowled in the entire innings, so it deserved to be pulled. But it was just ill luck that that very bowl stayed slightly lower and he got clean lbw. If anyone were lazy in their shots then they were Sehwag and Yuvraj in both the innings, very irresponsible. Dravid (even he), Laxman, Sehwag, Yuvraj all were lazy in grounding their bats from time to time in such a crucial chase. But Sachin was flawless at that too. Also we could see how tough it was to get the last single when all the all the fielders were close-in and a part time spinner Brathwaite was bowling.
Sir, BBI must organise 2 Zimbabe tests for Sachin to get 100.Then retire him.We have talent, no honest policy of world class.Like politics all want to bat eternal.In England he was zero.He is aging, lower vision for speeds and has low runs.We have talents.
Sachin, please do not play cricket for your 100th ton. It is high time you better quit. You are the greatest batsman in the world. But you are not a match winner. You like your predecessor's play for your personal records.
Re: It is time to retire
by Another Critic on Nov 10, 2011 07:30 AM
Who scored the highest number of runs in the fourth innings of this test? Oh they did not count the runs scored by Sachin in the chase.
Without being a match winner, they gave him the most number of man of the matches and man of the series in the history of the game? Without being match winner, he was the top scoring Indian batsman in 3 world cups?