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Ankur Gupta

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#SachinTendulkar

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Sachin - A Match Winner

Sachin - A Match Winner

Look at Lara’s average in finals…far behind…Other 2 are quite behind too…

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abhishek singh

What is the win loss ratio here? We all know Sachin is the highest run getter, but the point is how much has he contributed to India's successes specially in the finals

Ankur Gupta

By the same logic...we can never say that ponting was the greatest captain of all time considering that he used to have bunch of cricket greats in his side, who actually took the team to success all the time...

abhishek singh

I agree he has made cricket really popular in India. But there are hardly any instances other than Sharjah 98 wherein he has single handedly won a match for India. And that is the BIG test of a match winner.

Ankur Gupta

And there has been instances where he contributed the most to take the side home in big matches. Below is the one- "Going into the first final of the CB Series, Tendulkar has not achieved many things: an ODI century in Australia, a century in 37 innings, a chase-winning century since 2001, a century in any chase since March 2004. In a 235-minute masterclass, he washes it all away, scoring 117 off 120 balls and leading India to the 240-run target on a difficult wicket just about solo. He dominates in the initial overs, shepherds the tentative middle order, and stays unbeaten to see the side home."

Ankur Gupta

I have a different point of view here...We can not expect someone to win a match single handedly in a team game. I have hardly seen any such player...there has always been a combination of few players like Laxman, Dravid and harbhajan in 2001 AUS series, Kaif and yuvraaj in netwest final, Gambhir, Kohli & Dhoni in World cup 2011 final etc. There are number of such instances... It has just been he case that when Sachin played, other players did not support him...for example - below are the words from cricinfo: "Tendulkar almost chased 351 on his own but, with the target in sight, he got out and the rest choked, falling short by three runs with two balls still to go. In Chennai in 1998-99, Tendulkar, having played an innings as incredible as this, left the last three wickets 17 to get; tonight he left them 19 off 17."

Ankur Gupta

I think it is a team game and everyone needs to contribute...One can not be expected to win single handed all the times. Average of almost 55 in finals against big teams tells the story itself... Sachin played a decade of cricket against these top class sides in the 90's when the Indian team was extraordinarily mediocre and Sachin used to be the lone fighter. It was only after 2000 that India started regularly winning against these sides. He himself is one of the biggest reasons of cricket's popularity in the country...

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