'In a trance of utter brilliance, Sachin batted like God'

Published: Friday, February 28, 2003, 2:13 [IST]
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London: While it was Ashish Nehra who ultimately stole the Britishers' thunder in Wednesday's World Cup game, the blazing 50 by Sachin Tendulkar did not escape anybody's attention in England.

"Tendulkar batted like God. In a trance of utter brilliance, he reached 50 as if it was just a station on his way, and then, just as the journos reached wearily for the thesaurus, bewilderingly he steered the ball straight to Paul Collingwood," the 'Times' wrote on Thursday.

"That, perhaps, is the trouble with instant brilliance: it is not supposed to last for ever," it said. Tendulkar hit eight boundaries and a huge six that sent the ball out of the park in the match in Durban on Wednesday which India won by 82 runs.

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