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Sachin Tendulkar is still rated by some authorities as the world's best batsman, second ever in the history of the game only to great Sir Donald Bradman. He is the world's highest paid cricket player.india Updated: Feb 07, 2003 00:51 IST
Sachin Tendulkar is still rated by some authorities as the world's best batsman, second ever in the history of the game only to great Sir Donald Bradman. He is the world's highest paid cricket player.
Sachin's record in one-day cricket is second to none and whilst he struggled in New Zealand and had some injury problems, all great players do go through a temporary loss of form. The true test for any player who is going through a lean period is to turn that form around quickly.
Tendulkar is more likely to recover from lost form quicker than any other player. Such is his class and determination to succeed. It is as though he has the whole weight of a nation on his shoulders, so he will realise the importance of getting back to form and make some bowlers suffer with his swift blade.
Tendulkar has the opportunity to become the leading run scorer in World Cup cricket, overhauling Javed Miandad's record. Sachin's World Cup average is 58 and he has three hundreds to his credit.
Small in stature, he has the technique, hand/eye co-ordination, footwork, fast hands and ability to dominate the bowlers. He has scored a world record 33 one-day hundreds. It would be foolish for anyone to underestimate such a quality player even though he has been struggling for form in recent times.
During the 1996 World Cup he was the leading run scorer and it would not surprise me if he were to reproduce that sort of form this time too. The world's stage is the platform for genius to be expressed - Sachin Tendulkar has that rare quality.
However, if I were to pick a player who I feel would emerge as the 'Player of the Tournament', it would be South African all-rounder - Jacques Kallis. (GE Features)
First Published: Feb 07, 2003 00:49 IST