All eyes on Sachin Tendulkar

Published: Friday, October 17, 2008, 11:10 [IST]
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Mohali: As India electded to bat first in the Mohali all eyes are on Sachin Tendulkar who is on the verge of breaking Lara's world record.Tendulkar needs just 15 runs to overtake West Indian Brian Lara's Test match tally of 11,953 runs and establish a fourth world record in his illustrious career.

The 35-year-old is already the world's top-scorer in one-day internationals (16,361) and has the most centuries in Test matches (39) and one-dayers (42).

The master batsman came close to surpassing Lara's milestone in the second innings of the drawn first Test in Bangalore where his gritty 49 helped steer the hosts to a draw. The countdown had started in July when India went to Sri Lanka with the little legend needing 172 to add to his world-record list of Test centuries, ODI centuries and ODI runs.

As it so happened, Tendulkar came back with 95 runs from six innings. After tallying 62 in the two innings in Bangalore in the first Test, he has set pulses racing and people are expecting him to cross the milestone here. The PCA, however, is showing no signs of getting impatient.

The Punjab Cricket Association can't be blamed for hoping that nothing like that happens here over the next five days. The officials might just have to look for a place to fix another photograph of the man whose giant image adorns the stadium's wall with Gavaskar and Kapil.


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