Sachin haters always point out a few baseless accusations when they decide to bash Sachin. One of them is that Lara/Ponting/Dravid is greater than him. We’ve all been hearing this for a long time, but if people correctly remember, this comparison stopped* during a particular period. It was during what I call Sachin’s rebirth, or his second golden era – 2007 to 2011. During this period Sachin was going great guns and no critic dared to open his mouth. Why didn’t I hear any criticism during that time? Because it was obvious that Sachin was greater. People would have laughed at such criticism during that time –
- The time when Sachin scored four centuries in four Test matches
- The time when Sachin scored a ton to lead us to victory in the final match against Australia IN Australia (CB series).
- The time when Sachin scored two centuries and two half centuries in four Test matches in Australia (60s, 153, 70s, 154*) when the rest of the team barring Dravid and Laxman failed (I am talking about you Dhoni, and Yuvraj. Dhoni didn’t score a single fifty in 8 innings. Yuvraj was dropped in the middle of the series, but Dhoni continued to play as we didn’t have a reserve wicket keeper- India played under Kumble’s captaincy, not Dhoni’s).
- The time when he scored a magnificent 175 chasing Australia’s 350 (again when the rest failed)
- The time when Daniel Vettori said that it’s difficult to stop Sachin these day’s as he’s scoring a century at an average of 1 in 3 Test matches.
- The time when he was the highest run scorer for India and second-highest in the whole series – World Cup 2011.
Where did Lara and Ponting go during this time?
But now both are back because Sachin hasn’t played well during the past two years. So what happened to all the stuff that Sachin did? Gone? Critics love to forget and hide things. Example – They say: ‘Sachin hasn’t scored a Test century since India’s tour of South Africa in 2011’. But the real question is, how many Test matches did India play after that tour and didn’t Sachin score anything at all after that 2011 tour? He did. He scored a lot of half centuries and missed a century on 3 occasions. But why talk about it, just make it sound like he’s been getting out on single digits. Also, how did the rest of the Indian batsmen fare compared to him? Nope. No answers to these questions, but just bluntly criticize him.
If you weren’t able to compare Sachin and Lara during 2007-2011, how are you able to do it now? Lara is not playing now, is he? Then how now?
As I stated above, critics love to hide facts when they criticize Sachin. That was a great example. Let me give you another one. Sachin’s tons in Test matches have resulted in victories only in 20 occasions. This is actually something which I read in a leading Newspaper’s website. I read the entire article and it was clear that the article was written to only bash Sachin without stating the real facts. Facts such as –
- There is another kind of a result in Test cricket called ‘Draw’. Sachin has saved so many matches by drawing them, but no mention of such matches. See, now do you understand what I mean? They conveniently don’t mention Drawn results and make it sound like India lost when he scored the remainder of those tons. And why did those matches were drawn? Because our bowlers didn’t do enough to get the opposition out.
- The India Cricket team has been playing Test cricket from the 1930s. In all the matches played, the number of matches that we have Drawn and Lost are greater than the matches that we have Won. This is true even in the last 30 years. So how do you expect a single man’s record book to hold more number of victories than Drawn and Lost matches? Isn’t he part of the same Indian team? In Test cricket, it is imperative to have a good bowling attack to win, and India historically always had/has a mediocre bowling unit. In T20 and One day you can manage with mediocre bowlers, but not in Test matches.
- Ricky Ponting has more match winning Tons – oh yeah? That’s only because he was part of a very strong team with a very powerful bowling line-up.
*I look for the name “Sachin” in the sports column of all leading Newspapers everyday, so I am aware of everything that has been said about Sachin.
If you have any more doubts as to who the greater batsman is, read this Times of India article below –
Statistics prove Ponting wrong, suggest Tendulkar bigger match-winner than Lara
In former Australia captain Ricky Ponting’s view West Indian legend Brian Lara was a bigger match-winner than India’s Sachin Tendulkarbut contrary to his belief, statistics of the two batting greats tell a totally different story.
“Sachin and Lara were two stand-out batsmen for me. Lara won more games for his team than Sachin probably has. I’d lose more sleep as captain knowing Lara was coming into bat next day than I would with Sachin,” Ponting told a newspaper recently.
Tendulkar, who has played 198 Tests, is far ahead of his once contemporary West Indian (131) when statistics of the two are compared.
The statistics of Tests show that West Indies, in Lara’s presence, have won 24.42 per cent matches while with Tendulkar in the side, India have tasted victory in 35.35 per cent of their games.
If the performance in these matches is considered, Lara’s contribution to his side’s victories have been 24.50 per cent of his total Test runs (11953) while Tendulkar’s 37.01 per cent career runs (15837) have benefited India.
Out of the hundred tons Tendulkar has scored in his international career so far, 53 of them have come in matches that India won. 20 of his 51 Test centuries have helped India triumph, which comes to 39.01 per cent.
In Lara’s case, only eight of his 34 Test hundreds (23.52 per cent) have guided West Indies to victory.
It is argued that Lara’s effort was often not complimented by his teammates, which resulted in his side’s defeat in 63 Tests (48.01 per cent) out of the 131 matches he played. Lara’s contribution in these matches were 44.47 per cent of his total runs. Interestingly, 14 hundreds from the Caribbean southpaw have come in losing cause.
When compared to Tendulkar, India have faced defeat in 56 Tests which is just 28.28 per cent of his total matches. Tendulkar has made 4088 runs, including 11 hundreds, in these encounters.
In the 72 matches that have ended in a draw for India in Tendulkar’s presence, the little master has scored 5887 runs with 20 centuries to his credit, while West Indies drew 36 matches with Lara getting 3708 runs including 12 scores of hundred and above.
Lara scored 751 runs with three hundreds in the eight matches won by West Indies against Australia in his presence. Against England, his team won nine games with just a hundred to his name while playing India he featured in four wins, two each versus South Africa and Sri Lanka, but all without centuries.
In Tendulkar’s case, India have witnessed 16 wins over Australia accumulating 1407 runs with four centuries. Tendulkar has scored three centuries each in the 11 and nine victories against Sri Lanka and England respectively. Tendulkar has scored a century against every country on a winning occasion.
Both Tendulkar and Lara haven’t contributed much in their team’s success Down Under.
West Indies have won four matches in Australia with the left-hander making 211 runs at an average of 35.16, while in Tendulkar’s presence India have emerged victorious in two matches, with the right-hander contributing just 122 runs.
In One-day International cricket, however, Lara’s hundreds have contributed more to his team’s success. He has 19 centuries against his name of which West Indies have tasted victories in 16 matches.
On the other hand, out of 49 ODIs in which Tendulkar has scored a century, India won 33 clashes.
In Lara’s presence, West Indies won 46.48 per cent of their matches while in Tendulkar’s case the figure goes up to 50.53 per cent.
Out of Tendulkar’s whopping 18426 runs in 463 ODIs, 11157 (60.55 per cent) of them have helped India register victories while Lara is little ahead with 62.97 per cent (6553) of his runs getting his side home. Lara made 10405 in 299 ODIs he played in the West Indian colour.
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Another great article that proves Sachin’s greatness – The Myth about Sachin Tendulkar and Victory