Sachin's 'Nervous' 90 syndrome

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Published: Friday, November 25, 2011, 15:51 [IST]
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Sachin's 'Nervous' 90 syndrome

Mumbai, Nov 25: The wait is not yet over, as Sachin disappointed cricket buffs around the globe by failing to record his 100th ton falling by 6 runs on Day 4 of the third test at Wankhede. This is not the first time, Sachin has got out after reaching 90.

Its quite common with cricketers as they become cautious and experience pressure while on 90, Sachin has the record for being dismissed maximum times after reaching 90 odd runs. Thats also a record and the man possess that too.

Sachin's overall tally of 28 dismissals in 90s includes both the formats of the game. In the limited-overs format, Sachin has been dismissed 18 times after reaching 90s while he has missed out on scoring a century 10 times in Test cricket.

After scoring the 99th century, when people were eagerly waiting for his 100th ton, a historic moment, Sachin has been dismissed twice after scoring 90 odd runs.

While this is not only for Sachin, Rahul Dravid too has faced similar problems as he has been dismissed 10 times in Test Cricket after scoring 90 odd runs while Steve Waugh too jointly holds the record for the same. With the recent dismissal of Sachin, against West Indies, he equals Rahul Dravid and Steve Waugh's record for highest number of dismissals after reaching 90 runs in test cricket.

Meanwhile, Rahul Dravid has recorded the same 14 times including ODIs while Jacques Kallis and Ricky Ponting both are on 13 while Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has recorded 12 dismissals.

With the number of dismissals after scoring 90 odd runs reaching 28, Sachin seems to have some problems while he is on the verge of scoring a century. Probably thats the nervous 90 phenomenon that he has been witnessing for quite sometime now, as he becomes restless, very cautious taking more time to score runs. Changes to defensive mode and takes singles and doubles than scoring boundaries or going for big hits.

Tendency to play safe, amounts to the pressure while his record suggests that as pressure builds, there are chances of throwing away the wicket or getting out for an untimely shot. These are bound to happen whether we take it as a nervous 90 syndrome or consider it as unlucky, the fact is being vulnerable after reaching a particular score.

Here's a list of Sachin's nervous 90s in Tests

  • 94 Vs West Indies, Mumbai (Nov 2011)
  • 91 Vs England, The Oval (August 2011)
  • 98 Vs Australia, Mohali (2010)
  • 97 Vs South Africa, Mumbai (2000)
  • 96 Vs Sri Lanka, Bangalore (1994)
  • 94 Vs Pakistan, Mohali (2005)
  • 92 Vs West Indies, Barbados (1997)
  • 92 Vs England, Trent Bridge (1994)
  • 91 Vs England, Trent Bridge (2007)
  • 90 Vs England, Bangalore (2001)

Nervous 90s in ODIs

  • 90 Vs Australia, Mumbai (Feb 27, 1996)
  • 91 Vs Australia, Brisbane (Mar 4, 2008)
  • 91 Vs England, Sharjah (Dec 11, 1997)
  • 99 Vs England, Brisbane (Aug 24, 2007)
  • 94 Vs England, The Oval (Sep 5, 2007)
  • 95 Vs Pakistan, Dhaka (Jan 14, 1998)
  • 93 Vs Pakistan, Hobart (Jan 21, 2000)
  • 98 Vs Pakistan, Centurion (Mar 1, 2003)
  • 95 Vs Pakistan, Lahore (Feb 13, 2006)
  • 99 Vs Pakistan, Mohlai (Nov 15, 2007)
  • 97 Vs Pakistan, Gwalior (Nov 2007)
  • 93 Vs South Africa, Nagpur (Mar 19, 2000)
  • 99 Vs South Africa, Belfast (Jun 26, 2007)
  • 93 Vs South Africa, Belfast (Jun 29, 2007)
  • 93 Vs Srilanka, Dhaka ( Jun 1, 2000)
  • 97 Vs Srilanka, Johannesburg (Mar 10, 2003)
  • 93 vs Srilanka, Nagpur (Oct 25, 2005)
  • 96 Vs Srilanka, Cuttack (Dec 21, 2009)

With 28 dismissals on reaching 90 odd runs, this happens to be the only weakness that can be spotted in the career spanning 22 years. Sachin with loads of experience, people wonder why the master is struggling to convert such valuable 90s to a fine century. Hope prevails as Sachin will get rid of this nervous 90 phenomenon soon and reach the milestone as early as possible.


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