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What is confidence and dedication?

One incidence is quoted.

India vs Australia [2004] match.

Brad Hogg took sachin’s wicket.

At the end of the match Hogg gave that ball to Sachin for his autograph.

Sachin put his sign with one beautiful sentence,

“IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN.”

Till today Hogg could not take his wicket for the second time.

THATS THE CONFIDENCE & DEDICATION.

HATS OF TO THIS LITTLE MASTER SACHIN.

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New Records…………….
1. Highest Run scorer in the Test Cricket
2. First Cricketer to pass 12000 run in the Test Cricket

Records Held by Sachin Tendulkar
1. Highest Run scorer in the ODI
2. Most number of hundreds in the ODI 41
3. Most number of nineties in the ODI
4. Most number of man of the matches(56) in the ODI’s
5. Most number of man of the series(14) in ODI’s
6. Best average for man of the matches in ODI’s
7. First Cricketer to pass 10000 run in the ODI
8. First Cricketer to pass 15000 run in the ODI
9. He is the highest run scorer in the world cup (1,796 at an average of 59.87 as on 20 March 2007)
10. Most number of the man of the matches in the world cup
11. Most number of runs 1996 world cup 523 runs in the 1996 Cricket World Cup at an average of 87.16
12. Most number of runs in the 2003 world cup 673 runs in 2003 Cricket World Cup, highest by any player in a single Cricket World Cup
13. He was Player of the World Cup Tournament in the 2003 Cricket World Cup.
14. Most number of Fifties in ODI’s 87
15. Appeared in Most Number of ODI’s 407
16. He is the only player to be in top 10 ICC ranking for 10 years.
17. Most number of 100’s in test’s 38
18. He is one of the three batsmen to surpass 11,000 runs in Test cricket, and the first Indian to do so
19. He is thus far the only cricketer to receive the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India’s highest sporting honor
20. In 2003, Wisden rated Tendulkar as d No. 1 and Richards at No. 2 in all time Greatest ODI player
21. In 2002, Wisden rated him as the second greatest Test batsman after Sir Donald Bradman.
22. he was involved in unbroken 664-run partnership in a Harris Shield game in 1988 with friend and team mate Vinod Kambli,
23. Tendulkar is the only player to score a century in all three of his Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy and Irani Trophy debuts
24. In 1992, at the age of 19, Tendulkar became the first overseas born player to represent Yorkshire
25. Tendulkar has been granted the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna Award and Padma Shri by Indian government. He is the only Indian cricketer to get all of them.
26. Tendulkar has scored over 1000 runs in a calendar year in ODI’s 7 times
27. Tendulkar has scored 1894 runs in calendar year in ODI’s most by any batsman
28. He is the highest earning cricketer in the world
29. He has the least percentage of the man of the matches awards won when team looses a match.. Out of his 56 man of the match awards only 5 times India has lost.
30. Tendulkar most number man of match awards(10) against Australia
31. In August of 2003, Sachin Tendulkar was voted as the “Greatest Sportsman” of the country in the sport personalities category in the Best of India poll conducted by Zee News.
32. In November 2006, Time magazine named Tendulkar as one of the Asian Heroes.
33. In December 2006, he was named “Sports person of the Year
34. The current India Poised campaign run by The Times of India has nominated him as the Face of New India next to the likes of Amartya Sen and Mahatma Gandhi among others.
35. Tendulkar was the first batsman in history to score over 50 centuries in international cricket
36. Tendulkar was the first batsman in history to score over 75 centuries in international cricket:79 centuries
37. Has the most overall runs in cricket, (ODIs+Tests+Twenty20s), as of 30 June 2007 he had accumulated almost 26,000 runs overall.
38. Is second on the most number of runs in test cricket just after Brian Lara
39. Sachin Tendulkar with Sourav Ganguly hold the world record for the maximum number of runs scored by the opening partnership. They have put together 6,271 runs in 128 matches
40. The 20 century partnerships for opening pair with Sourav Ganguly is a world record
41. Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid hold the world record for the highest partnership in ODI matches when they scored 331 runs against New Zealand in 1999
42. Sachin Tendulkar has been involved in six 200 run partnerships in ODI matches – a record that he shares with Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid
43. Most Centuries in a calendar year: 9 ODI centuries in 1998
44. Only player to have over 100 innings of 50+ runs (41 Centuries and 87 Fifties)(as of 18th Nov, 2007)
45. the only player ever to cross the 13,000-14,000 and 15,000 run marks IN ODI.
46. Highest individual score among Indian batsmen (186* against New Zealand at Hyderabad in 1999).
47. The score of 186* is listed the fifth highest score recorded in ODI matches
48. Tendulkar has scored over 1000 ODI runs against all major Cricketing nations.
49. Sachin was the fastest to reach 10,000 runs taking 259 innings and has the highest batting average among batsmen with over 10,000 ODI runs
50. Most number of Stadium Appearances: 90 different Grounds
51. Consecutive ODI Appearances: 185
52. On his debut, Sachin Tendulkar was the second youngest debutant in the world
53. When Tendulkar scored his maiden century in 1990, he was the second youngest to score a century
54. Tendulkar’s record of five test centuries before he turned 20 is a current world record
55. Tendulkar holds the current record (217 against NZ in 1999/00 Season) for the highest score in Test cricket by an Indian when captaining the side
56. Tendulkar has scored centuries against all test playing nations.[7] He was the third batman to achieve the distinction after Steve Waugh and Gary Kirsten
57. Tendulkar has 4 seasons in test cricket with 1000 or more runs – 2002 (1392 runs), 1999 (1088 runs), 2001 (1003 runs) and 1997 (1000 runs).[6] Gavaskar is the only other Indian with four seasons of 1000+ runs
58. He is second most number of seasons with over 1000 runs in world.
59. On 3 January 2007 Sachin Tendulkar (5751) edged past Brian Lara’s (5736) world record of runs scored in Tests away from home
60. Tendulkar and Brian Lara are the fastest to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket history. Both of them achieved this in 195 innings
61. Second Indian after Sunil Gavaskar to make over 10,000 runs in Test matches
62. Became the first Indian to surpass the 11,000 Test run mark and the third International player behind Allan Border and Brian Lara.
63. Tendulkar is fourth on the list of players with most Test caps. Steve Waugh (168 Tests), Allan Border (158 Tests), Shane Warne (145 Tests) have appeared in more games than Tendulkar
64. Tendulkar has played the most number of Test Matches(144) for India (Kapil Dev is second with 131 Test appearances).
65. First to 25,000 international runs
66. Tendulkar’s 25,016 runs in international cricket include 14,537 runs in ODI’s, 10,469 Tests runs and 10 runs in the lone Twenty20 that India has played.
67. On December 10, 2005, Tendulkar made his 35th century in Tests at Delhi against Sri Lanka. He surpassed Sunil Gavaskar’s record of 34 centuries to become the man with the most number of hundreds in Test cricket.
68. Tendulkar is the only player who has 150 wkts and more than 15000 runs in ODI
69. Tendulkar is the only player who has 40 wkts and more than 11000 runs in Tests
70. Only batsman to have 100 hundreds in the first class cricket

IPL Teams, Owners, Captians & Coaches

Bangalore Royal Challengers

IPL Team Owner: United Breweries Group – Vijay MallayaCaptain: Anil KumbleCoach: Ray Jennings (SA)

Jacques Kallis, Manish Pandey, Srivats Goswami, Vinay Kumar, Bhuvanesh Kumar, K P Appanna, Eoin Morgan, Akhil Balachandra, A Mithun, Steven Smith, Virat Kohli, Praveen Kumar, Robin Uthappa, Mark Boucher, Dale Steyn, Dillon Du Preez, Cameron White, Ross Taylor, Kevin Pietersen, Roelof van der Merwe, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble

Kolkata Knight Riders

IPL Team Owner: Shah Rukh Khan, Juhi ChawlaCaptain: Sourav GangulyCoach: John Buchanan (AUS)

Cheteshwar Pujara, Owais Shah, Chris Gayle, Manoj Tiwary, Charl Langeveldt, Harshad Khadiwale, Chirag Pathak, Varun Aaron, Eklakh Ahmed, Ganapathi Vignesh,Iqbal Abdulla, Murali Kartik, Ishant Sharma, Brendon McCullum, Brad Hodge, Angelo Mathews, Ajantha Mendis, Sourav Ganguly, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Wriddhiman Saha, Ashoke Dinda, Ajit Agarkar, Rohan Gavaskar

Kings Eleven Punjab

Team Owner: Preity Zinta, Ness Wadia, Mohit BurmaCaptain: Kumar SangakkaraCoach: Tom Moody (AUS)

Brett Lee, Mohd. Kaif, Adrian Barath, Love Ablish, Vikramjeet Malik, Amanpreet Singh, Bipul Sharma, James Hopes, Manvinder Bisla, Reetinder Singh Sodhi, Yusuf Abdulla, Yash Gandhi, Karan Goel, Shaun Marsh, Kumar Sangakkara, M Jayawardene, Ravi Bopara, Yuvraj Singh, Irfan Pathan,S Sreesanth,Ramesh Powar,Piyush Chawla,Shalabh Srivastava

Chennai Super Kings

IPL Team Owner: India CementsIPL Team Captain: MS DhoniIPL Team Coach: Stephen Fleming (NZ)

M Muralidaran, M Vijay, Manpreet Gony, Sudeep Tyagi, Shadab Jakati, R Ashwin, K B Arun Karthik, Justin Kemp, Thisara Perera, Hemang Badani, L Balaji, S Badrinath, Suresh Raina, Matthew Hayden, Michael Hussey, Albie Morkel, Makhaya Ntini, Jacob Oram, Thilan Thushara, George Bailey, M S Dhoni, Parthiv Patel, Ganapathy Chandrasekhar

Delhi Daredevils

IPL Team Owner: GMR HoldingsIPL Team Captain: Gautam GambhirIPL Team Coach: Greg Shipperd (AUS)

AB de Villiers, Pradeep Sangwan, Umesh Yadav, Amit Mishra, Kedar Jadhav, Moises Henriques, Wayne Parnell, Sarandeep Singh, Shashi Ranjan, Sarabjeet Ladda, Ashish Nehra, Aavishkar Salvi, Mithun Manhas, David Warner, Andrew McDonald, Dirk Nannes, Farveez Maharoof, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Dinesh Karthik, Rajat Bhatia

Rajasthan Royals

IPL Team Owner: Emerging Media, Lachlan MurdhochCaptain: Shane WarneCoach: Shane Warne (AUS)

Shane Warne, Johan Botha, Damien Martyn, Michael Lumb, Abhishek Jhunjhunwala, Shrikant Wagh, Abhishek Raut, Sumit Narwal, Faiz Fazal, Syed Ahmed Quadri, Amit Paunikar, Kamran Khan, Amit Singh, Graeme Smith, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Morne Morkel, Shaun Tait, Munaf Patel, Yusuf Pathan, Sidharth Trivedi, Swapnil Asnodkar, Mahesh Rawat, Naman Ojha, Amit Paunikar

Mumbai Indians

IPL Team Owner: Reliance Industries, Mukesh AmbaniCaptain: Sachin TendulkarCoach: Shaun Pollock(SA)

Lasith Malinga, Saurabh Tiwary, Kieron Pollard, R Sathish, Ambati Rayudu, Aditya Tare, Chandan Madan, Ishan Malhotra, K Syed Sahabuddin, Rahul Shukla, Dhawal Kulkarni, Abhishek Nayar, Shikhar Dhawan, Jean Paul Duminy, Graham Napier, Ryan McLaren, Dilhara Fernando, Sanath Jayasuriya, Dwayne Bravo,Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh, Ali Murtaza

Deccan Chargers

IPL Team Owner: Deccan Chronicle HoldingsCaptain: Adam GilchristCoach: Darren Lehman (AUS)
Adam Gilchirst, Arjun Yadav, Harmeet Singh, Azhar Bilakhia, Kemar Roach, Mitchell Marsh, Anirudh Singh, A Ashish Reddy, Rahul Sharma, Bodapati Sumanth, T Suman, Dwaraka Ravi Teja, Venugopal Rao, Herschelle Gibbs, Andrew Symonds, Ryan Harris, Dwyane Smith, Chaminda Vaas, VVS Laxman, Rohit Sharma, RP Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Mohnish Mishra

Twenty20 cricket has been dubbed as the batsmen’s game. Bowlers hardly have a chance as the batsmen go all out to get the maximum runs in the short span of 20 overs.

But in conditions where the ball is doing a bit, the bowlers can still turn out to be match-winners, believes Yuvraj Singh .

Kings XI Punjab captain Yuvraj said the fast bowlers will play a big role in this year’s Indian Premier League since the Twenty20 tournament would be played on the fast pitches in South Africa .

“This time all the teams are balanced but the conditions in South Africa will be different. The wickets will be faster and fast bowling will be very important for the teams. I think the bowlers will play a big role in this IPL,” Yuvraj said in Mumbai on Saturday at a promotional event to announce sponsors for his IPL team.

The Indian left-hander also seemed unfazed by the fact that a few of his key Australian players like Shaun Marsh , James Hopes and Brett Lee might have to miss the first half of the tournament. The Australian team is scheduled to play Pakistan in five ODIs and a Twenty20 International in the UAE from April 22 to May 7.

“We have made it clear that international commitments come first for every player, so if anyone is called to play for their country we will not stop them. Many of our players are also coming back from injury so I can’t say anything now about the make up of our team, but only when I will meet up with the rest of the squad,” he said.

Yuvraj also revealed that the IPL would be a good practice for all the international stars before the all-important Twenty20 World Cup to be held in England in June.

“I think the IPL is a very important tournament looking forward to the Twenty20 World Cup. It has come at the right time before the World Cup.

All the teams will play 14 games each before the semi-finals so all the players will get a lot of practice,” he said.

The left-hander said he has spoken to the Sri Lankan duo in his team, Kumar Sangakkkara and Mahela Jayawardene , who were attacked in Lahore by gunmen during their Test series in Pakistan. Yuvraj said the duo has recovered from that shocking incident and looking forward to playing for the Kings XI Punjab.

“I spoke to Sangakkara and Jayawardene recently and they are fine now. The incident was very shocking when I heard about it. I was batting with Dhoni in Napier when someone told me that Sangakkara was shot and my hands started shivering immediately and I just could not bat after that. I was later relieved to know that no one suffered serious injuries and thank God they are all fine now.”

Zaheer Khan claimed four wickets to give India the upperhand against New Zealand on day two of the third and final Test in Wellington, on Saturday.

Zaheer ran through the Kiwi top order to claim four for 46 as New Zealand were reduced to 140 for seven in reply to India’s first innings score of 379.

Ross Taylor was the only batsman to offer some resistance with a solid 42 before he was unluckily ruled out caught down the leg side off Harbhajan Singh , who claimed two for 23 in 16 overs.

At tea on the second day, Brendon McCullum [Images] was not out on 7 and Tim Southee on 1, with the hosts needing another 40 runs to avoid the follow-on.

Morning session: (68 runs, 25.1 overs, 3 wickets)

Resuming on 375 for nine, India’s first innings lasted for just 10 minutes before Ishant Sharma was caught behind by wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum off Chris Martin for 18.

The visitors added just four runs on the second day and lasted 13 deliveries before being bowled out for 379 as Munaf Patel was left stranded on 15.

India must thank their lower order for taking them to this score after they were reeling at 283 for seven at one stage. The last three wickets added 106 runs between them as the tailenders proved their worth with the bat after the top order batsmen failed to carry on after getting starts.

Martin finished as the most successful bowler, claiming four for 98 in 25.1 overs, while Tim Southee and Ian O’Brien took 2-94 and 2-89 respectively.

(New Zealand innings)

Both Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma started off well and stuck to a good line and length making the batsman play as much as possible. With not much help from the pitch, the two pacers were looking to use of the windy conditions at the Basin Reserve.

Zaheer had a huge leg before shout turned down against Tim McIntosh in the fifth over of the innings as the batsman was struck in line with the stumps but having the bat close to the pads saved him.

Martin Guptill looked comfortable right from the outset and brought up his first boundary in the sixth over when he lashed Ishant through point.

Zaheer toiled patiently and was rewarded when he went round the wicket and forced Guptill to chop a short delivery onto his stumps for 17.

McIntosh broke the shackles somewhat with consecutive boundaries off Ishant in the eighth over to move to 12.

Zaheer then put New Zealand in some early trouble when he claimed the wicket of Daniel Flynn for 2. The left-hander tried to defend one that pitched just outside the off-stump and swung out, taking the edge straight to wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Ishant didn’t seem to find his rhythm bowling into the wind and was replaced by Munaf Patel after a spell of four overs. While Zaheer was using the wind to his advantage, Munaf was concentrating on just keeping it tight and bowling a tight line and length.

Munaf bowled a probing spell of five overs, giving away just eight runs, before he was replaced by Harbhajan Singh.

While McIntosh seemed to content defending everything that came his way, Ross Taylor came out with a positive frame of mind but soon found himself also tied down by the Indian bowlers.

At the lunch interval, New Zealand reached 64 for two in 23 overs with McIntosh on 24 (62 deliveries, 4 boundaries) and Taylor on 17 (45 deliveries, 3 boundaries).

Zaheer used the windy conditions to his advantage as he claimed two for 18 in eight overs, while the rest of the bowlers kept a tight line and length.

Post lunch session: (76 runs, 27 overs, 5 wickets)

It was Zaheer who did the trick for India after the lunch break.

McIntosh was beaten by the extra bounce from the left-armer, which he could only edge it straight to first slip. The left-hander never looked at home during his knock of 32 from 74 deliveries before being undone by Zaheer.

A few quiet overs followed before Taylor broke the shackles with a cracking boundary through the covers to move to 33.

New Zealand’s hero of the series Jesse Ryder then disappointed when a rather careless shot caused his downfall for 3. The left-hander tried to slash a short delivery from Zaheer over the slips but got a fine edge which was taken by wicketkeeper Dhoni.

James Franklin walked in at number six but right from the outset he looked all at sea. Things suddenly came to a standstill for New Zealand as the Indian bowlers dried up the runs with hosts reaching 120 for four in 41 overs.

Harbhajan then compounded New Zealand’s woes by claiming the key wicket of Taylor for 42. Harbhajan pitched one around the leg stump which Taylor tried to play fine down the leg side but could only edge it behind which was neatly taken by Dhoni. However, closer look at the replays indicated that the ball had missed the bat and hit the thigh pad instead.

Franklin ran out of patience before sweeping Harbhajan straight to Sehwag at square leg. The left-hander made 15 from 42 deliveries but never looked comfortable in the middle as New Zealand slipped to 125 for six.

Daniel Vettori showed his intent immediately as he took on Ishant’s short deliveries and smashed a boundary and six through the third man region in the 45th over.

However, Ishant extracted revenge in his next over. The pacer beat Vettori with another short delivery but this time it was much close to the batsman who could only edge it behind for 11.

Dhoni immediately realised that the best chance of bundling out New Zealand before the follow-on target of 180 was to keep Brendon McCullum in check. The Indian captain immediately spread his field around when McCullum came on strike, but once Tim Southee took strike everyone surrounded him.

At the tea break on day two, New Zealand reached 140 for seven in 50 overs, still trailing India’s first innings score by 239 runs.

It was Zaheer, who single-handedly turned the match in India’s favour, with two-wicket bursts on either side of the lunch interval for impressive figures of four for 46 in 14 overs. Harbhajan came up with another impressive performance bowling 14 consecutive overs in the second session for figures of two for 23 in 16 overs.

It is now only McCullum who represents New Zealand’s best chance of avoiding the follow-on, but one is pretty sure that even if they don’t manage it, India will choose to bat again.

India posted their best score on the first day of a Test as they aggregated 375 for 9 in the third and final Test against New Zealand in Wellington on Friday.

India’s previous best score on the opening day of a Test was 372 for seven against South Africa at Bloemfontein in 2001-02.

It was India’s overall third best score on a single day of a Test, their highest being 386 for one against South Africa in Chennai in 2007-08 followed by 378 versus England at Oval in 1936.

The total is the highest by any nation on the first day of a Test match at the Basin Reserve venue.

Australia’s 372 for four in 1973-74 was the previous best at this venue.

India have also surpassed their previous highest at Basin Reserve, Wellington, bettering the 356 in their second innings in 1998-99.

India’s top-5 scores on the opening day of a Test:

375-9 New Zealand Wellington 2009 To be seen
372-7 South Africa Bloemfontein 2001-02 Lost
365-5 Pakistan Bangalore 2007-08 Drawn
361-4 West Indies Gros Islet 2006 Drawn
356-2 Pakistan Multan 2003-04 Won

It used to be said of India, a touch uncharitably no doubt, that its batsmen did better in the second innings, so they may as well play the second innings first.

India has moved on of course from those days of self-depreciating humour, but on the fourth day of the second Test here at McLean Park, the touring batsmen were forced into batting more resolutely than they had in the first innings.

Following on, after being dismissed for 305 in response to New Zealand’s 619 for nine declared, India batted the day losing just a wicket to finish on 252 for two from 107 overs.

Gautam Gambhir, who had taken India to stumps on Saturday 47 for one, ground out a determined, hard-fought, unbeaten century (102 batting), his fifth in Test cricket. The 27-year-old has had a remarkable year and a bit in international cricket, but Sunday’s effort was his most significant.gambir1

Rahul Dravid (62) stayed with him for four hours, keeping New Zealand at bay, before Sachin Tendulkar (58 batting) leavened matters with a brilliant, breezy innings that wasn’t devoid of gravity.

The weather on Sunday morning was set fair, not a cloud in the sky, as the holiday crowd brought with them foldable chairs and cushions for accommodation on the grassy knolls and thermos flasks for sustenance through the day.


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