Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, the demi-god in this part of world, is back in business scoring a bucketful of runs this calendar year after a stop-start season last year. He was out of action for over four months last year due to tennis elbow and made a return in the latter half of the year for Lankan tri-series.
Tendlya failed to deliver in Lankan series and the subsequent ICC Champions Trophy spurring a nation-wide debate--has age finally caught up with him. And his below par performance in South African Safari and ODI home series against Windies and Lanka plus the Carib World Cup early this year added fuel to the debate.
And despite his new super-hero status--during these woeful days, Virgin Comics announced a tie-up with Tendulkar to create new super-hero, called Master Blaster, for comics, animation and games - his powers are very much on the wane.
This halla bol in cricketing world, media and in nook end cranny of the cricket-mad India spurred Tendlya on. In the India's triple tour to England, Eire and Scotland in mid 2007 he regained his self. He decimated the attacks on whim. However he was hit with 'nineties bug'. The jinxed 42nd ODI century has eluded him for most of 2007 in which he has missed it on 7 occassions till now - taking his dismissals on 90s to total 23 in both forms of the game.
When Rameez asked him about this bug in a post match presentation ceremony, pat came the reply: "I guess I got into this wrong habit of getting out in the 90's. But for me, what matters and counts most is that India won."
This calendar year he surpassed 15,000 runs in ODI cricket. Also became the second highest run-getter in Tests when he moved from 18 to 22 during his unbeaten 32 in India"s second innings. The batting maestro, who has scored 11,835 runs at 56.81 in 228 innings of 141 Tests with 37 centuries and 45 fifties, took the second spot behind Brian Lara and pushed Australian Allan Border to third in the all-time Test run-scoring chart.