Sachin wins peoples hearts again

Written by: Rajesh Krishna
Published: Monday, March 9, 2009, 9:54 [IST]
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Tendulkar adds to his resume

Are you a cricket enthusiast? Well if you are one, you could be a broken hearted man if you had missed Tendulkar's majestic knock against New Zealand on Sunday.

Master blaster had never scored a hundred on Kiwis soil and when he did, it came in style. He enthralled millions of cricket fans on sunday as he hammered hapless Kiwi bowlers into submission that they could only watch in amazement. The AMI Stadium in Christchurch witnessed a rain of sixes as Tendulkar pounded the bowlers into submission. Sachin smashed 15 fours and five sixes before his injury prematurely curtailed his for the record ODI score of 194.

Tendulkar reached 50 off 59 balls, a century off 101 balls and 150 off 127 balls.

"Towards the end I was hopeful I would be able to get it (200) if I stayed there to the 50th over, it was in the vicinity," Tendulkar said. "I got hit in my abs off (Iain) O'Brien (in the previous match) and the muscle was quite sore. I knew with every big hit I was damaging it there came a stage where I just knew I couldn't go on."

Sachin also praised the Indian batting line-up and said it was the best he had been a part of. "We got almost five or six guys who can clear the ropes at will," said Sachin. "If you have a good four or five overs in a row, we could end up scoring 50 plus runs. At the back of mind we know that with such an explosive line-up no target is impossible.

Asked if he had changed his approach to the game, Tendulkar said "it depends on the momentum". "When (Virender) Sehwag is batting, obviously one guy is taking more chances than the other. So it is sensible to hang back a bit and let him play the big shots and rotate the strike," he said.

"Attacking the ball being his strength, we have worked out a strategy which has worked so far. When I am striking the ball well, I will be playing my shots. It is not that I am looking to block. If I get a loose ball in the initial part of the innings, I will put it away," he explained.


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