Is Sachin Tendulkar waiting for Test No. 200?

Updated: Thursday, December 13, 2012, 15:35 [IST]
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India's cricket crazy fans and former players are divided over the current raging debate whether iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar should stop playing the game or not.

Though nobody seems to be winning the argument over Tendulkar's future cricket life, the man himself, as he has been over the last 23 years in international cricket, remains silent.

Is Sachin waiting for Test No. 200?

While some former players want Tendulkar to call it a day with immediate effect, other set of Master Blaster's supporters want to him to be given the respect and left alone.

Another theory doing the rounds in the country is Tendulkar wanting to complete an unprecedented 200-Test milestone.

No batsman in the history of the game has ever played 200 matches in the longest version. The record stays with the Mumbai man himself with 192 while the next best is 168 of retired former Australia captain Steve Waugh. The next highest is another Australian Ricky Ponting (167).

But, nobody knows what is going through Tendulkar's mind. Time and again, he has openly stated that he doesn't play for individual records and he is always a team-man.

Whether Tendulkar will be able to scale 200-Test summit or not is still a long way away. With two more Tests in the current England series and four more when Australia visit India early next year, will take Tendulkar to 198.

If Tendulkar has to play Test number 200, he will have to wait at least till December, 2013. That is almost more than a year.

India is scheduled to tour South Africa next year end where they will play three Tests. His 200th will be in South Africa. If he crosses double century of Tests, like most of his records, might remain untouched.

The way Tendulkar is struggling in recent times (no Test hundred since January 2011), him making the squad to South Africa looks a remote possibility. However, with Tendulkar, you never know. If he rediscovers his form in the next two weeks in Kolkata and Nagpur against England, his critics will have to shut up.

Tendulkar's illustrious career could end after 200 Tests in 2013 or early 2014 or might be finished on the brink of 200.

200, is the latest magic number for Tendulkar's fans. Whether it is the same with the batsman himself, is not known.

It is another wait for a milestone in Tendulkar's decorated career.


Story first published:  Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 16:34 [IST]
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