WC 2003 - Sachin within sniffing distance of WC honours

Published: Tuesday, March 18, 2003, 18:22 [IST]
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Durban: Batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar is well on his way to becoming the Man of the 2003 Cricket World Cup as he needs just one more man-of-the-match award in order to stake claims for the coveted honour.Tendulkar has already received three man-of-the-match awards during the tournament so far.Releasing details of those vying for the man-of-the-tournament award, the ICC said in a statement on Tuesday that with only three matches of the tournament remaining, Tendulkar, the leading run scorer in the tournament so far, is four points clear of Sri Lankan opening batsman, Marvan Atapattu and fast bowler Chaminda Vaas. Tendulkar has accumulated 12 points for picking up three man-of-the-match awards, nine points for top-scoring with 81 against Zimbabwe, 152 against Namibia and 98 against Pakistan. He accumulated a further two points for top-scoring with 97 against Sri Lanka and one for his half century against Holland.Tendulkar has already overtaken Javed Miandad to hold the highest aggregate of World Cup runs and has become one of two players along with Mark Waugh to have accumulated four centuries. Besides Atapattu and Vaas, the only other players who can catch Tendulkar are Indian captain Saurav Ganguly and Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuriya, who have seven and six points respectively. But Tendulkar will leave them all behind and gain an unassailable lead in the man-of-the-tournament standings if he wins another man-of-the-match in the semi-final against Kenya on Thursday.The leading Kenyan in the rankings is all-rounder Thomas Odoyo with five points. He shares ninth place in the standings with top Australians Andy Bichel, Brett Lee and Ricky Ponting.Lee, who has been placed second twice and third once, is the highest player in the standings not to have been named man-of-the-match in the tournament to date.The man-of-the-tournament award will be presented by the legendary Sir Garfield Sobers after the final at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on March 23. Man-of-the-tournament standings: Sachin Tendulkar (India)12; Marvan Atapattu (SL) 8; Chaminda Vaas (SL) 8; Saurav Ganguly (India) 7; Wasim Akram (Pakistan) 6; James Anderson (England) 6; John Davison (Canada) 6; Sanath Jayasuriya (SL) 6; Andy Bichel (Australia) 5; Andy Blignaut (Zimbabwe) 5; Vasbert Drakes (WI) 5; Herschelle Gibbs (SA) 5; Lance Klusener (SA) 5; Brett Lee (Australia) 5; Thomas Odoyo (Kenya) 5; Ricky Ponting (Australia) 5; Heath Streak (Zimbabwe) 5. PTI


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