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Sachin's hardly been consistent

india Updated: Jan 31, 2007 17:01 IST
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Is Hershelle Gibbs supposed to be compared to Sachin? And Strauss? How much experience does he have under his belt to compare and especially given England's losing record of the last two years?

Are guys like Dhoni, Yuvraj and Karthick (all of a paltry four games the whole year) opening in ODIs where run scoring chances are the most compared to middle order? Have Lara, Ponting, Hussey and Kallis all opened the one-day batting like Sachin? Have they been as bad as Sachin was in SA despite all his experience as a one-day great?

Have the above gentlemen also been as inconsistent and poor in Tests simultaneously for sometime now? In fact Lara, Hussy, Kallis, Punter etc. have been real backbones of their teams in Tests of late. Dravid has really had his first major slump after a long time so he shouldn't be dragged into this yet.

Would you like to compare how people batting at numbers 3-5 are contributing more than a spent legend batting at number one place all this time with during this period and still struggling to come with a single match winning innings?

An occasional 50-odd followed by 2-3 single digit scores is a regular feature of Sachin’s batting of late. Let's not merely go by stats since they will not reveal the true extent of the picture. It does not take into account the above player's Test performances as well. It's not a complete analysis, but myopic, in selectively highlighting certain averages without taking into factors the other factors I just mentioned.

The above stats are like comparing chalk and cheese in terms of batting positions and match situations. Fact that since Multan 2004, barring the Bangladesh run feast, Sachin’s Test batting has really just one “100” and five “50s” at an average of 36. His performances in Tests at home against the depleted England side at home, against SA in over five Tests and against Pakistan in the two Tests that mattered the most is also a lot inglorious.

He lacked consistency even in the Tests against Lanka, where except that hyped 35th Test 100, the rest was sheer poop in the remaining two Tests. His performances against two great one-day sides like SA and Australia in the last two years is worthy of a tail-ender. Just that one “50” in the last SA one dayer, scratchy and ugly as it was.

Let’s not add the current Windies slogathon in the analysis.

Under any case, Sachin been a failure outside flat wickets of India and Pakistan for a year and a half now against good bowling on good pitches.