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There's Sachin and there's the rest: Flower

March 11, 2003 17:03 IST

According to Andy Flower, there are two categories of batsmen: Sachin Tendulkar, and the rest.

"He is the best in the world," Flower said of the Indian player. "The rest of us, who are more human, make mistakes sometimes.

"But people watch him bat and they think all of us should play as well as he does. It doesn't quite work like that."

Flower had been asked why he, as one of the game's premier batsmen, had not cashed in against the weaker teams in the World Cup.

Flower scored 39 against Namibia and 71 against the Netherlands. Zimbabwe will have their last opportunity against a minor side when they play Kenya in Bloemfontein on Wednesday.

Shouldn't Flower be looking to score a century against his African cousins?

"I agree. All of our batsmen should aim to score hundreds against them," Flower said.

Flower's World Cup career record could also do with the boost of a century on Wednesday.

In 28 matches he has scored just one hundred.

In 211 one-day internationals, he has converted only four of his 54 half-centuries into three figures.

However, Flower's total of 6,685 runs remains the highest individual aggregate by a Zimbabwean.

"I'm playing well at the moment,," Flower said.

Wednesday's match may present Flower with the ideal opportunity to improve his statistics, but Zimbabwe also need to win it, as well as beating Sri Lanka in East London on Saturday, to stay alive in the race for the semi-finals.

Tendulkar, the world's leading batsman, has scored a record 571 runs at the 2003 tournament.

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Sub: Good & Bad of Tendulakar

No doubt Sachin showed to the rest of the world that no body is greater than him. He might feeling joy for his performance and ...


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U can admire Sachin as Vishwamitra admired Apsara, he can break any ones deep work meditation with his play. He is really superb


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The worst part is he takes so long to get to the 90's from 80's he ends up wasting a lot of balls.... sachin is ...


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Apsara??? It was Rambha. Get your facts right before posting on net.


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Andy Flower is echoing the sentiments of millions of ardent Sachin fans. Time and again he has proved his mastery of the game by his ...


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