Best gets better
Cricket World Cup 2003 saw the emergence of Sachin Tendulkar as the top batsman ever. The little master became the highest scorer in all World Cups so far, with 1,630 runs to his credit.india Updated: Dec 27, 2003 19:55 IST
Cricket World Cup 2003 saw the emergence of Sachin Tendulkar as the top batsman ever. The little master became the highest scorer in all World Cups so far, with 1,630 runs to his credit.
He left Pakistani great Javed Miandad (1,083) and Sri Lanka’s Aravinda De Silva (1,028) far behind.
Milestones for Tendulkar are a regular affair. Though out of form before the World Cup, Tendulkar lifted his cricket to a new high and emerged as the ‘Player of the World Cup’.
His best came against arch-rivals Pakistan in one of the league matches where he just missed a century and got out on 98. The scintillating knock, however, ensured the team’s victory, which was likened by Indian fans to the lifting of the World Cup itself.
He recorded his top score in World Cup,hitting152 runs, against Namibia in the league stage.
Tendulkar scored his 12,000th run in one-dayers while playing against Pakistan. The record assumes significance considering that no other player has crossed the 10,000-run mark, as yet.
In the recently concluded TVS Cup tri-series, Tendulkar notched up two centuries. He now remains at the top in terms of most centuries in one-dayers, with an impressive total of 36. Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly is a distant second with 22 centuries.
The current tour of Australia, however, is not turning out the way the master blaster would have wished. Struggling with his form, he has just made 38 runs in three matches including a duck in the third Test being played at Melbourne.
But, with faith that his skipper, team mates and the entire nation has reposed in Tendulkar, it remains to be seen if the year ends on a high note for him.
First Published: Dec 27, 2003 18:59 IST