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    September 14, 2006

    Deja vu all over again

    Sachin Tendulkar, returning from a shoulder injury, scored his 40th one-day international century (and 75th international hundred, factoring in 35 test hundreds) in India's first match of the DLF Cup against West Indies. Actually, come to think of it, 100(119) isn't exactly special, is it?

    Except for a few differences, such as the number 40, the venue, the openers etc., this could easily have been mistaken for what transpired at Nagpur 11 months ago. Dravid wins toss, elects to bat. Pathan sent in at #3 and is a success. Sehwag not making an impact.

    Of course, matching 350 is tough, given India are 4 down for 226 in the 41st over right now. But 300 should be on.

    What will add to the similarities is if Tendulkar continues this season as he did last time. After he made 93 and 67*, he made 2, 11, 19, 39, 2, 2, 2 and 30 in his next 8 games before scoring 100 against Pakistan.

    Previous deja vu: Karachi, India v Pakistan, Day one.

    Update: India ended with 309/5. Tendulkar was unbeaten on 141(148). There has only been one previous occasion he's batted through the entire 50 overs: 186* v NZ. Honourable mention for 122* in 48.1 overs v Zimbabwe.


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    "Actually, come to think of it, 100(119) isn't exactly special, is it?"

    Now now...if only Sachin said that..I would agree. For all else, including (especially) the *is* special each time he does it.

    By Blogger worma (14-Sep-2006, 4:14:00 PM)  

    worma: I don't quite agree. The pitch had nothing scary about it, except some uneven bounce. The bowling wasn't a big deal either. I'll take 100(119) against Australia, but not _this_ WI bowling attack. The score didn't do justice to the bowling.

    By Blogger Jagadish (14-Sep-2006, 4:50:00 PM)  

    The West Indian bastman certainly didn't think much of the pitch or the bowling they faced. This series is setting itself up quite nicely, even if it is just a warm-up.

    By Anonymous Geoff (14-Sep-2006, 8:19:00 PM)  

    India's bowling was utter crap. We really need to bring back Srinath and Prabhakar :) I predict a 3 way tie after the end of the two rounds. I'm voting for WI winning the tournament.

    By Blogger Jagadish (15-Sep-2006, 5:51:00 PM)  

    think of it..a batsmen scored more than the opposition's teams score and still ended up losing.. It sure hurts

    By Anonymous Anonymous (15-Sep-2006, 7:28:00 PM)  

    Well for starters, he didn't score more than WI (both made 141). Second, what matters more is that the bowlers were conceding runs at a rate only one Indian batsman matched (Raina with 34 in 29).

    By Blogger Jagadish (15-Sep-2006, 8:28:00 PM)  

    Mebbe, U did not read the reports well Jagadish !!! This shows it all " The pitch had nothing scary about it, except some uneven bounce " Dravid, Sehwag & Dhoni were all out because of the uneveness in the pitch. Is n't this more to reveal the nature of the pitch. 141* is definitely a great feat, does n't matter who scores it & when Sachin does that, during his comeback game, that is SPECIAL. I am sure you would have a drafted a HUGE post, if Dravid would have a scored a similar century.

    By Blogger Sesh (15-Sep-2006, 11:32:00 PM)  

    sesh: Not quite. I _did_ watch parts of the game, live on television. Like I said, there was uneven bounce which accounted for three wickets. I didn't see those wickets live. When I watched, Tendulkar and Pathan were batting with great ease. That's why I believed [and still do] that 100(119) wasn't exactly a big deal. Yes, he did make it 141(148). The inside out shots were awesome. But I feel that his century ought to have been faster. That said, the one heartening thing was he didn't waste time in the 80s and 90s like he's done so often in the past!

    By Anonymous Anonymous (15-Sep-2006, 11:50:00 PM)  

    And as for Dravid making that sort of score in a comeback game, I'd be the only one talking about it unlike the sickening comments in the media which are effectively saying "So what if India lost, Tendulkar is back!". I'm fairly sure his knock would have got overshadowed by someone else ;)

    By Blogger Jagadish (15-Sep-2006, 11:52:00 PM)  

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