Great Sachin Shots
LEGENDS' QUOTES ON SACHIN
wrote on an aussie t-shirt
he autographed specially for Sachin. " To Sachin, the man we all want to
Both of us have come
a long away and it is a great honour that Tendulkar thinks I come close
to resembling him as a batsman. It is a great honour, like a dream come
true. If I die tomorrow I'll be the happiest man because I played this
game because of Tendulkar, and Tendulkar himself saying that I resemble
him - there is no bigger compliment than that.
I have seen GOD , he
bats at no.4 for india in Tests.
He is someone sent from
up there to play cricket and go back.
We did not lose to a
team called india...we lost to a man called Sachin.
Sachin is a genius ,
i am a mere mortal!
Sachin is crickets GOD
The shot played on this
ball is only possible for the GOD of cricket.
If someoom the highest
peak of the world.
What we [zimbabwe] need
is 10 tendulkars.
There is no shame losing
to such a great player(sachin).
I would go to bed having
nightmares of sachin dancing down the ground and hitting me for sixes.
His life seems to be
a stillness in a frantic world... [When he goes out to bat], it is beyond
chaos - it is a frantic appeal by a nation to one man. The people see him
as a God...
He is 99.5% Perfect..
I'll pay to watch him play.
If I had to bowl to Sachin
I would bowl with a halmet on. He hits the ball so hard.
After being defeated
in the Coca-Cola Cup finals in Sharjah) "It was one of the greatest innings
I have ever seen. There is no shame being beaten by such a great player,
Sachin is perhaps only next to the Don''
Sir Don Bradman:
I saw him playing on
television and was struck by his technique, so I asked my wife to come
look at him. Now I never saw myself play, but I feel that this player is
playing much the same as I used to play, and she looked at him on Television
and said yes, there is a similarity between the two...hi compactness, technique,
stroke production... it all seemed to gel! in reference to Sachin Tendulkar.
Don't bowl him bad balls,
he hits the good ones for fours."
I'll be going to bed
having nightmares of Sachin just running down the wicket and belting me
back over the head for six. He was unstoppable. I don't think anyone, apart
from Don Bradman, is in the same class as Sachin Tendulkar. He is just
an amazing player."
Today, he showed the
world why he is considered the best batsman around. Some of the shots he
played were simply amazing. Earlier, opposing teams used to feel that Sachin's
dismissal meant they could win the game. Today, I feel that the Indian
players, too, feel this way.
Wasim Akram, after game
at Hobart, CUB series, 1999
You might pitch a ball
on the off stump and think you have bowled a good ball and he walks across
and hits it for two behind midwicket. His bat looks so heavy but he just
waves it around like it's a toothpick. Brett Lee, on Sachin Tendulkar's
I think he is marvellous.
I think he will fit in whatever category of Cricket that has been played
or will be played, from the first ball that has ever been bowled to the
last ball that's going to be. He can play in any era and at any level.
Consensus is that Sir
Donald Bradman was the best batsman ever to play Cricket. Sir Don did not
play One-Day Cricket but if he did, he could easily be Sachin Tendulkar.
Beneath the helmet, under
that unruly curly hair, inside the cranium, there is something we don't
know, something beyond scientific measure. Something that allows him to
soar, to roam a territory of sport that, forget us, even those who are
gifted enough to play alongside him cannot even fathom. When he goes out
to bat, people switch on their television sets and switch off their lives.
"I dont know what to
bowl at him. i bowled an inswinger n he drove me thr covers of d front
foot. then i bld an outswinger n he again punched thr covers of d backfoot(for
tamil fans-dai avan eppadi pottalum adikaranda). he is d toughest batsmen
i 've bowled to. he shold live long n score lots of runs, but not against
pakistan(smiling) "--LEGENDARY WASIM AKRAM on our own SACHIN on 24th april
2004 on espn Sachin's 30th B day program.(i think) on his knock in 2003
India's fortune will
depend on how many runs the little champion scores. There is no doubt Tendulkar
is the real thing.
He has defined cricket
in his fabulous, impeccable manner. He is to batting what Shane Warne is
Technically, you can't
fault Sachin. Seam or spin, fast or slow nothing is a problem.
He is Sachin Tendulkar.
I hope he stays Sachin Tendulkar. We need a new player, a player in his
own way. He has a technique which is the hallmark of a great player. Everything
indicates that he will be a great player and I am sure he will prove me
right. Reminds me of Barry Richards.
He is a perfectly balanced
batsman and knows perfectly well when to attack and when to play defensive
cricket. He has developed the ability to treat bowlers all over the world
with contempt and can destroy any attack with utmost ease.
I Was fielding in the
covers Tendulkar came out to bat in his debut Test at Karachi. I still
remember Waqar Younis was at his peak form at that time. Tendulkar tried
to drive Waqar through the covers off his very first ball in Test cricket
but was beaten all ends up. But I walked to captain Imran Khan and told
him 'this kid looks very good' and Imran agree with me.
Sir Garfield Sobers:
I have watched a lot
of Tendulkar and we have spoken to each other a lot. He has it in him to
be among the very best.
Sometime back I had written
a piece that said that Sachin's the master and Lara a genius with his head
high up somewhere. That's it!
Sachin is an attacker.
He has much more power than Sunny. He wants to be the one to set the pace.
He has to be on top. That's the buzz about him.
Tendulkar is the most
comouncy pitch with Hughes, McDermott and Whitney gunning for him he only
had 60-odd when No 11 came in. I've seen him against Warne too.
Sachin's the best. I've
had this view since I saw him score that hundred in Sydney in 1992. He's
the most composed batsman I've ever seen.
Nothing bad can happen
to us if we're on a plane in India with Sachin Tendulkar on it. Hashim
Amla, the South African batsman, reassures himself as he boards a flight.
"Sachin Tendulkar is,
in my time, the best player without doubt - daylight second, Brian Lara
Shane Warne delights
the Indian press with his views on batting greats of this era
"Maybe the country doesn't
pray for me like they do for Sachin Tendulkar, but I know I'm on a good
wicket as well. "
"Sachin was so focused.
He never looked like getting out. He was batting with single-minded devotion.
It was truly remarkable. It was a lesson."
Tennis legend joins the
Sachin Tendulkar fan club after watching him bat at Sydney.
After loosing to India
in the Coca Cola Cup final at Sharjah in November '98
"He has everything a
top batsman needs. Tendulkar is a classic example of a player being so
good that his age is an irrelevance"
"Technically he stands
out as the best because of his ability to increase the pace at will"
Cricket Historian Vasant
"I have always felt C.
K. Nayadu was the best. I now think sachin has the honour of being the
most outstanding batsman of all time."
"You take Don Bradman
away and he is next up I reckon."
"In an over I can bowl
six different balls. But then Sachin looks at me with a sort of gentle
arrogance down the pitch as if to say 'Can you bowl me another one?'"
He is cool, has magnificent
temperament, and is so mature you tend to forget his age. I can't think
of any other example of a player who has so dominated the world before
the age of 25.
Allan Border: (after India
won the Coca-Cola cup )
"Hell, if he stayed, even
at 11 an over he would have got it."
"I can't dream of an
innings like that. He exists where we can't."
"In the last session
in Nagpur, when the Indian chase was still on, Tendulkar hit a reverse
sweep, an orthodox sweep and a lofted cover drive to (Ian) Blackwell. They
were all exquisite cricket shots. To play those shots deliberately in such
quick succession, off almost similar deliveries, was genius. That was a
little jewel, just those 3-4 minutes.
"It reminds you how very
few people are special. It was a case of great thinking and good technique."
Gavaskar..back in 1988
to tom alter
I sat in the office of
Sportsweek magazine with that same Sunil Gavaskar. Ayaz Memon and I were
listening to Gavaskar in one of his rare, priceless moods. The ?Little
Master? was delving deep into his own experience, his own genius, and bringing
forth pearls of wisdom as sudden, and as effective, as his straight- drives
back past the bowler. Then Gavaskar came up with the following statement
(remember, this was in 1988, when Dilip Vengsarkar was about to become
captain of India): "The two best batsmen in Bombay today are Vengsarkar
and Sachin Tendulkar." Full stop. End of statement. The ball crosses the
boundary-line underneath the sight- screen.
In terms of technique
and compactness, Tendulkar is the best: Desmond Haynes.
He's a phenomenon. We
have to be switched on when he plays allow him no boundries, for then he
"Cricketers like Sachin
come once in a lifetime and I am privileged he played in my time,"
"Tuzhe pata hai tune kiska
catch chhoda hai?" Wasim Akram to Abdul Razzaq when the latter dropped
His shot selection is
superb, he just lines you up and can make you look very silly. Everything
is right in his technique and judgement. There isn't a fault there. He
is also a lovely guy, and over the years I've enjoyed some interesting
chats with him… Sachin is in a different class to Lara as a professional
cricketer. He is a model cricketer, and despite the intolerable pressures
he faces back home, he remains a really nice guy… Sachin is also the best
batsman in the world, pulling away from Brain Lara every year…
Anil Kumble -he's shy
I am very privileged
to have played with him and seen most of the runs that he has scored. I
am also extremely happy to have shared the same dressing room... He is
a very reserved person and generally keeps to himself. He is very determined,
committed and doesn't show too many emotions. He just goes about doing
The thing I admire most
about this man is his poise. The way he moves, elegantly without ever looking
out of place in any condition or company, suggests his pedigree. I remember
he had once come to New Delhi in the 1990s to collect his Arjuna Award
(India's highest award to its top sportspersons) and he asked me if I would
attend the function. He is a very sensitive human being….
Sometimes you feel he
really hasn't felt the kind of competition in the world his talent deserves.
I would have loved to see him perform against top quality cricketers of
the previous generation. It would really have brought out the best in him.
Tendulkar is the best
in the world at the moment. Why I've always liked him is that batsmen tend
to be negative at times and I think batting is not about not getting out
- it is to play positively. I think you got to take it to the bowlers and
Sachin is one such player. When you do so, you change the game, you change
bowlers because they suddenly start bowling badly because they are under
Whenever I see Sachin
play I am reminded of the Graeme Pollock quote of Cricket being a 'see
the ball, hit the ball game.' He hits the ball as if it's there to be hit.
"We always knew that
Sachin Tendulkar is a great cricketer, but after the Coca-Cola Cup here,
we have seen the birth of a legend. I can't think of anybody who has batted
more authoritatively in one day cricket for India, or even in the world
except for Vivian Richards."
"His mind is like a computer.
He stores data on bowlers and knows where they are going to pitch the ball."
"We did not lose to a
team called India...we lost to a man called Sachin" - Mark Taylor, during
the test match in Chennai (1997)
Playing in the same team
as Sachin is a huge honour. His balance of mind, shrewd judgement, modesty
and, above all, his technical brilliance make him my all-time hero... You
can't get a more complete cricketer than Sachin. He has everything that
a cricketer needs to have.
As a batsman, he has the
technique, the hunger and the desire for runs. He always contributes with
the bat as well as on the field. He also is a good fielder and bowls when
needs. You really can't ask for a better cricketer than Sachin... He is
a terrific person and has handled pressure brilliantly. He has handled
his success very well and doesn't have any airs about him. He is a great
guy and very good team man. In his heart of hearts, he is a very simple
and down to earth person.
The more I see him, the
more I want to see him.
India's fortune will
depend on how many runs the little champion scores. There is no doubt Tendulkar
is the real thing
if sachin plays well..india
The thing I like most
about Sachin is his intensity. After being in the game for so long, he
still has the same desire to do well for India in any international match.I
tell you what, this man is a legend.
"He is the only match-winning
batsman we have"
"You get him out and
half the battle is won"
There are 2 kind of batsmen
in the world. One Sachin Tendulkar. Two all the others.
A flighted full toss
on Leg stump by spinner. any other will play this shot on leg side by pull
shot or glance or flick. but sachin made a space and played a perfect cover
drive for four runs.
Martin Crowe (New Zealand's
ever best bats man) said " the shot played on this ball is only possible
for GOD Of CRICKET "
You have to decide for
yourself whether you're bowling well or not. He's going to hit you for
fours and sixes anyway. Kasprowicz has a superior story. During the Bangalore
Test, frustrated, he went to Dennis Lillee and asked, "Mate, do you see
any weaknesses?" Lillee replied, "No Michael, as long as you walk off with
your pride that's all you can do".
"I never get tired during
umpiring whenever sachin is on crease"
This was after a wonderful
century by sachin(in england i guess in a test match..not sure)
Sunny: The other day
i was just trying to think of a bowler who can go through sachin's defenses
when sachin is in total defense. I am sorry but i could not think of even
one name who could do that. If sachin decides he doesnt want to give away
his wicket, he wont. be it any bowler in the world.
Cheers to Sachin...
Ponting make comparisons
btn sachin,Lara& jayasuriya.
Sachin is the best ever
batsman in the world. He is brilliant in his technique. He is always hungry
for runs.Sachin is better than Lara in his techniques & thats why he
is No.1 among others.On his day,Lara wiil be more destructive. He is the
only man 2 fight for west indies. Jayasuriya also played gr8 knocks 4 his
team. But compared 2 them Sachin is the BEST
Pradeep Mandhani ..a Photographer
“Barely two hours after
landing in Johannesburg on the 1992-93 tour to South Africa, the team was
to visit Tolstoy Farm, Mahatma Gandhi's first Satyagrahi Commune founded
in 1910. It was situated 35 kms from Jo'burg and most of the Indian players
showed little interest, longing to rest in the hotel after the long flight.
But Tendulkar, still a teenager, looked keen and hungry to learn more about
Gandhi. His volley of questions to the guide reflected his national pride.”
NKP Salve, former Union
This was when he was
accused of ball tempering
“Sachin cannot cheat.
He is to cricket what (Mahatma) Gandhiji was to politics. It's clear discrimination.”
"In my several years
of international cricket, Tendulkar remains the best batsman I have ever
bowled to. It's been a pleasure to bowl at the master batsman even though
one hasn't always emerged with credit from the engagements."
"During our team meetings,
we often speak about the importance of the first 12 balls to Tendulkar.
If you get him then you can thank your stars, otherwise it could mean that
tough times lie ahead."
SACHIN MADE 9 CENTURIES
IN ONE YEAR BUT MANY CRICKETER DIDNOT MAKE 9 CENTURIES IN THEIR WHOLE CARRIER.
“Sachin is the most complete
batsman I have seen. His technique is so good and he has played well in
all conditions. To have 41 one-day international tons shows what an appetite
he has for scoring runs.”
There's no better sight
on the cricket field than watch Tendulkar bat.
Rev David Shepherd.
"Sachin Tendulkar! If
he isn't the best player in the world, I want to see the best player in