Sachin Tendulkar, often known as God in this part of the world, could not score a century in the Mecca of Cricket. A dream that could never come true!
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SR Tendulkar lbw b
Anderson 12 84 68 1 0 17.64
And with that dismissal, Lord's, the
home of cricket, has been deprived of something it really deserved.
Sachin Tendulkar, the greatest batsman of the modern era, and
arguably, the best of all time, would possibly go down in history
with 1 dream unaccomplished, scoring a 100 at Lord's. A man who is
known to fulfill his dreams ever since the age of 4, a man who has
accomplished more than any sportsman would dream of, a man who still
dreams which is what keeps him going and his hunger for runs alive,
will have to live with the fact that he coudn't conquer ONE fort.
Nearly every possible Test and ODI
Cricket record under his belt, 37 runs is what his highest score at
the Lord's stands at. Yes, India lost the test match to England but
there are 3 more to go in the series. And many such series' in the
future, but its almost certain that the maestro won't be playing by
the time we play England again in their backyard.
Some dreams are special. You may be the
best footballer in the world but playing for Real Madrid is what
every footballer dreams of! With 99 international centuries under his
belt, there couldn't have been a better venue than the Mecca of
Cricket itself to score a 100th ton. Alas, that wasn't to
be. The manner in which thirty thousand cricket fans, Indian or not,
welcomed him on to the field as he walked in to bat in the first
innings, just showed the amount of respect the little master earns.
Everyone hoped for something unforgettable only to go home in the
hope that he still has a 2nd innings to bat. Believe it or
not, people in India actually wanted India to face a follow-on in
order to see Sachin bat another time at Lord's. Even though India
batted a 2nd time, surprisingly he didn't walk in to bat
at his regular No.4 position, unfortunately, he fell ill. Trying to
save the match for India, he scored just 12 runs from 84 minutes at
the crease at a strike rate which many won't believe was Sachin's.
With his departure, his records at
Lord's of 195 runs in nine innings, spanning five Tests, at an
average of 21.66 with a best of 37 made four years ago, doesn't do
justice to his stature. For the records, yes, he has scored a 100
once and that too a blistering 125 that won the match for his side
(Rest of the World) but that was an unofficial match played in memory
of W.G.Grace and Princess Diana. For people who love comparisons, can
be happy to know that even Ricky Ponting and Brain Lara haven't been
able to conquer this fort!
Unless Sachin stays in international
cricket for another 4 years, we all hope he does, but if he doesn't
then the Mecca of Cricket would have to satisfy itself with not
getting the master's autograph.