Tendlya aint no Match Winner

August 28, 2007

sachin

As much as I love Sachin, I have never depended on him to win a match for us. He has consistently failed to play a match-winning innings throughout his eighteen year career. The only one which comes to my mind, is a blistering 143 at Sharjah versus Australia, in the Finals in 1998. Only a couple of days earlier he had blitzed his way to a 134 ensuring India’s ticket to the Finals. Although we had lost the match it was Sachin’s innings that got us through.

“The majesty is missing, the touch is barely there, and after 123 Tests in over 15 years, he is yet to play that defining innings that has won a game for the country.” said Wisden. It was no wonder that when Wisden released Best Innings of the century in 2001, none of Sachin’s knocks figured in them. Brian Lara says “I wish I was as consistent as Sachin is, but I have won more matches for my country than he has.”. Lara, infact, has single-handedly won a lot of matches against stiff oppositions like Australia, with likes of Courtney Walsh standing as his last partner.

The guy’s I’d depend on (from the current team) would be Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik. Yes, not even Dravid.

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