Sachin Tendulkar's comments on being surprised at the timing of the declaration, with him just 6 runs short of a double century, were jarring to hear on such a good day for Indian cricket. Tendulkar needs to understand that the team goals are always more important than individual goals. My understanding of the situation is that the management (presumably Dravid and Wright and perhaps Ganguly) conveyed to Tendulkar and Yuvraj that the declaration would happen around an hour before stumps and if a wicket fell around that time, then it'd be immediately enforced to save as much time as possible and avoid a new batsman walking out and taking time to get set. On a wicket as flat as the one at Multan, the Indian bowling would need as many overs as possible to get Pakistan out twice, in succession, over three days. Past Indian teams have been guilty of being obsessed with individual achievements. For e.g. Ganguly poking around in the 90s during the 1999 World Cup game against South Africa and ultimately not getting his 100, a few occasions in the recent past where Tendulkar has scored quite slowly between 80 and 100 and Tendulkar's persistent public comments on him wanting to open rather than bat in the middle order, even though for nearly a year the Indian team was experimenting with Ganguly and Sehwag opening with Tendulkar in the middle order.Shortly after that game, MTV India featured it as part of a spoof. A Sanjeev Kumar look-alike, in the role of the 'Thakur' character from Sholay, goes to an textile shop to buy trousers. A Sachin Tendulkar look-alike is also found there. Now since 'Thakur' has no hands, he realizes that he can't try out what he plans to buy. 'Tendulkar' guffaws loudly at his discomfiture. 'Sanjeev Kumar' responds with "194 not out! Ha ha ha!". 'Tendulkar' is shown sobbing. Superb!
Contrast this with Dravid coming off after being hit when he was in his 90s in the Sydney test to save time when he could have taken some medication/treatment and gone on to make a century, Ganguly coming in the middle order in onedayers even though he prefers to open, Dravid keeping in onedayers even though he hates it, Ganguly coming in at the fag end of the day's play at Melbourne, ahead of Tendulkar who was having a lean patch. All of Tendulkar's double hundreds have come in drawn games. So it may not be a bad idea to see if the decision turns out to be a good one in the end!
England selectors drop Geraint Jones
Monty Panesar - underdog/hero
#1 and #2 for Murali
Day four or five?
ICC defines various official forms of the game
The Old Trafford Test
Flintoff out of action for three months
Now it's Harsha Bhogle's turn
Dinesh Mongia celebrates recall
Until the blocks are lifted
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