Two days after I write something on Tendulkar and 20 years at the top, he reiterates one of my points about the true definition of greatness – how you perform against the very best. You can read it here.
Steve, unless you want to nitpick, the very best means the best team in the world, which means Australia. And before anyone jumps in and says South Africa or India, don’t make me laugh. The best team wins the trophies that matter.
It’s the best the Aussies could get out on the pitch for that game, considering that MJ has been bowling like a drain.
I think bringing in new bowlers is all to the good in some ways as both Siddle and MJ must be completely whacked, emotionally and physically. They have been playing ‘important’ series in one form or another for about 5 months.
Superb stuff from SRT. He really did look about 10 years younger. He looked flexible and fleet-footed at the crease.
The way he chucked the ball down in anger after catching White showed that he had real fire in his belly after the Oz innings. I don’t see him as a spit the dummy character at all so he must have been incredibly worked up.
Twas a joke, I meant no offense. I liked the article, you always read something new in these Sachin tributes. Speaking of child prodigies, whats happened to Hasan Raza?
I don’t think anybody doubts that the Australian team from ’99 (some might take that back to ’95) to ’07 was easily the best in the world. But it was inevitable that they would eventually slip when the greats retired, and even though they’re still pretty bloody good, in my book they’re not the best in the world today. The CT’s format can make virtually any side a winner if they pull of a string of good performances during that week, which is why Aus didn’t win it as often as they would have when they really were the best my a country mile.
Aus’s ODI record in 2009 was awful (20 games, 11 loses and 8 wins) before they played England, arguably the worst ODI side among the test playing nations (Bangladesh included!). That they have bounced back so well (18 matches, 14 wins and 3 losses) with a depleted side is a tribute to their competitiveness, fighting spirit and the ability of the seasoned pros to step up to the task. Nobody’s taking that away from them.
Was Hasan Raza ever a child prodigy? Really?
Agree about Australia, but till someone can match their consistency in the big events, they remain the No.1 for me. Even this series. Logically, it should have been around 5-2 to India. Even if Aus lose the next two, I’d say they over achieved with the squad they have.
Speaking of prodigies, I’ll be keeping an eye on Rayudu this season. So many people who know their cricket had such high hopes for him once. I still think it’s not too late.
The best side in the world is the side that can still win despite not having the best players in the world. EVeryone used to say that Australia only won because they had fantastic players and that anyone could win with Gilchrists and MCgrath’s.
so much for that theory. It never did work for India.
Australia has the best team mentality. They have the mentality of champions. They are team player-focused, not self-promotional celebrities. Look at Hauritz – derided by the cricket world 6 months ago, instead of being crushed and taking up accounting, his captain and team-mates support has meant that he has confidence and skill way beyond his natural talent (and looks!).
Like Hauritz, despite the Ashes loss, (which was hardly a white-wash), Australia just keep re-grouping.
Dileep, my comment about the Aussie riff-raff as best in the world, was tongue-in-cheek; my surprise, also tongue-in-cheek, was that an Indian should recognize it.
Despite all those claims of him being thrust too early into the national squad, when you’re (allegedly, but even the worst claims don’t make him more than a year older) not over 15 years of age and bat along side the likes of Saeed Anwar, Aamir Sohail, Saleem Malik in a batting line-up that had Akram at 6 and didn’t have Inzi (was he injured or dropped? his innings list shows he played in Aug and then Nov and batted well in that epic win against Eng, so maybe an injury then) and the likes of Basit Ali (who played in ODIs just a few month prior), in the l33t Test, I think its fair to say he could have been considered a child prodigy. I mean we have to assume he deserved his call-up (going down the other route turns ugly too quickly), and if he did at 14 and 8 months, he should fit this category. I thought it was a good example of burn outs, but I could be wrong.
Yeah, India should have won this series at the very least 5-2 considering how good a record they’ve had with these 7 ODI match series recently (save the 4-2 loss to Aus), as much as Aus have played well its also about India letting themselves down, which again you didn’t see from Aus, so they do deserve all the credit they get.
Off all the players who joined the ICL, I think Rayadu disappointed people the most, not just because he had such talent but because it seemed to strengthen the view that he wasn’t able to focus on the bigger picture and that all his prior outbursts weren’t one-offs and that he might be a difficult person to get along with. Imo, a lot of people had given him that push that very, very few cricketers in India get (something Kohli is benefiting from now) and he let them down. For me, its going to be very hard for him to break into the team if the likes of Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina are able to knuckle down in Test cricket.
I don’t think Rayadu has the game for top level cricket anymore. I remember him hitting a massive century here in England at age group cricket but since then never really achieved anything. Agree that others are up the pecking order now for India and he would need a blinder of a season to get back into the reckoning. Perhaps not a prodigy but who I think will be successful at International level is Alex Hales of Notts (and he actually is English)
I am a fan of Sachin’s and when I read that article my heart sort of welled up! This guy makes me emotional. There is every reason for him to perform so well for so many years. He is not an ordinary sportsperson. He has the mental stamina to last a long time. He is not going to disappear, not ever.