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'Sachin acknowledged he misjudged bounce'

November 17, 2013 18:08 IST

'Sachin acknowledged he misjudged bounce'

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He knew it was going to be his last innings, but such has been Sachin Tendulkar's undying passion for the game that he nonetheless dissected and analysed the shot that got him out.

"The ball bounced a little higher than I had expected and (I) could not judge the extra bounce", Sachin was quoted as saying by his brother Ajit during on a Marathi news channel.

Confirming that he had a customary chat with Tendulkar after his dismissal in the just-concluded second and final Test against the West Indies, Ajit said, "I told him that he played splendidly and smoothly true to his style till that edge to the slip (caught by West Indian captain Sammy) which he could have avoided."

During the telephonic talk with his brother after the second day's play, Sachin attributed his fall to a misjudged bounce that deprived millions of his fans of a fairy tale ending with an 101th ton of his illustrious career.


Image: Sachin Tendulkar
Photographs: BCCI

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Tendulkar worshipped cricket

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Meanwhile, former England skipper Andrew Strauss was of the view that Sachin Tendulkar might be considered God but the legendary batsman has always worshipped the game of cricket.

"Cricket made him into a god but, ironically, the game of cricket was what he worshipped," the left-handed opening batsman writes in The Sunday Times.

"Gary Kirsten once described Tendulkar as a 'Professor of Batting'.

"His obsession with the art, his outrageous talent and herculean work ethic have turned him into the most productive cricketer of all time," he adds.


Image: Sachin Tendulkar and Duncan Fletcher
Photographs: BCCI

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Phenomenal ton after Mumbai blasts

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Striking a personal note, the retired Middlesex county cricketer picked out the Chennai Test against England in 2008 as Tendulkar's "fairytale moment".

"In the aftermath of the Mumbai bombings India needed its great hero to deliver. He scored an unbeaten century to win the game. That day, though, he wasn't thinking about rising to his nation's need, he was simply analysing, plotting and executing a method to play Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar on a violently turning wicket," he writes.

Strauss bemoaned the lack of a final century for the batting genius in his final Test against West Indies at Wankhede Stadium: "The game of cricket, though, has a habit of reminding even its greatest proponents that no one is ever completely in control of their destiny.


Image: Sachin Tendulkar
Photographs: Punit Paranjpe/Reuters

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'He loves batting'

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There was no final century for Tendulkar, just as there was no fairytale ending for Don Bradman in his last Test innings.

Still, at least the Indian's 74 compares favourably with Bradman's second-ball duck.

"So Tendulkar heads into retirement, with the circumstances of his final Test standing as the ultimate testament to his contribution to the game.

"He has been able to deal with all the hype, the pressure and time away from home over 25 years because of one undeniable fact. He loves batting."


Image: Sachin Tendulkar


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