Tendulkar to retire
January 2nd 1996. I was visiting the Kruger national park with my family. I would often be guilty of ruining a classic family moment with switching the melodies on 94.7 to Radio 2000. I, a brand new Proteas fan was dying to find out if AD and Polly got the world’s greatest batsman out. Eventually the Proteas got the little master out… 169 runs later.
That was arguably one of the finest innings Sachin Tendulkar has ever played in what was a dismal tour for India. After watching the highlights of that innings on SABC 3, I came to realise that Mr Tendulkar was not a push over. He was already the greatest batsman 17 years ago, eclipsing stalwart efforts from other greats such as Brian Lara, Inzamam ul Haq, Rahul Dravid and Allan Border. In the last decade, the little master had the likes of Jacque Kallis and Michael Clarke to contend against. No matter how good the opposition was (e.g. the Aussie squad 1999 – 2007), the one constant was that Tendulkar was always going to come out on top. One of Tendulkar’s most memorable innings was his 200 against SA in India back in 2010.
Batting and fielding averages
Think of any possible milestone, Tendulkar has done it. The most notable exception is of course Brian Lara’s 400 in which he made against England in 2004. Apart from Lara’s milestone, Tendulkar has played every single inning’s with heart and with intent in disparaging the impending bowling attack. Tendulkar will be playing his final 2 tests against the Windies in an effort to retire on 200 test caps. This is yet another marvel in the anomaly that is the career of Sachin Tendulkar.
For many South Africans, Tendulkar has graced our country with many astonishing performances. I was grateful to witness the little master and Jacque Kallis go head to head in Newlands. In the space of 3 days, Kallis and Tendulkar knocked 3 tons and kept the Newlands faithful entertained. Sachin Tendulkar will retire the greatest batsmen of all time. In my opinion, Tendulkar is the epitome of the classic cricketer with whom shows his passion for the game without publicity or controversy which is atypical of the cricketer’s of today. He shows his passion for the game of cricket with results.
One what will be a sad day, Tendulkar’s second last test will be on November 6th, 2013. Sachin, on behalf of the SA cricket blog team as well as our many fans, we salute you!