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New look Sachin ready for history

cricket Updated: Mar 23, 2011 11:29 IST

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Sachin Tendulkar was seen in a new look with his curly locks coloured brown during India’s practice session at the Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera in Ahmedabad on Tuesday.

This would be for the first time that the 37-year-old has coloured his hair brown, joining the likes of Zaheer Khan and Lasith Malinga from Sri Lanka.

Tendulkar was seen in the new look during the practice session here ahead of their quarter final match against defending champions Australia.

History beckons
Tendulkar is one century short of completing 100 tons in international cricket and the Motera stadium is being viewed as the ideal place to achieve it — the venue has witnessed two greats of Indian cricket achieve their biggest milestones.

On March 7, 1987, Sunil Gavaskar became the first batsman to reach 10,000 runs in Test cricket. Seven years later, Kapil Dev broke Sir Richard Hadlee’s record to become the highest wicket-taker in Test cricket against Sri Lanka.

Ponting on backfoot
Australian skipper Ricky Ponting suggested on Tuesday that Sachin Tendulkar would not have walked against West Indies if he had seen the umpire giving him not out.

Ponting, under pressure due to poor form, did not walk in the league defeat against Pakistan despite a clear edge until he was ruled out following a review. Tendulkar's gesture in Chennai on Sunday won all-round praise.

“I think Sachin didn’t see the umpire’s decision. Had he seen it, he would not have walked,” he told a TV channel.

Ponting dismissed criticism about his captaincy. “All my on and off field actions are being overplayed. I’ve captained Australia quite well in this World Cup. I’m being criticised because I’m not among runs.”