India takes on England for the 1st test match tomorrow (15th Nov) at Ahmedabad. Indian fans will surely cheer for team India. But there is something extra which keeps this series exciting, there is a fear that this series might be master blaster’s last Test series. Will this series mark an end to the 23 yr long illustrious test career of Tendulkar?
Tendulkar is the biggest cricket icon. The way he has sustained himself for 23 long years, speaks volumes of his commitment. Since the day of his test debut against Pakistan in November 1989, he has been up on his toes; living his dream and serving his country with full passion. Tendulkar has played 190 test matches till date including 51 centuries at an astounding average of 55.08
But as they say nothing in this world is permanent, the little master is aging with time. In a recent interview, Tendulkar mentioned that there is very less of cricket left in him and that he will take a decision on his career after the England series. Pakistan is touring India this December this year for a quick series, three ODI’s and two T20’s, will that be Sachin’s last ODI series?
Earlier this year in August when NZ toured India, Sachin was not at his best and scored just 124 runs in the 3 test matches at an average of 31. There were allegations that master’s reflexes were slowing down after he was bowled out 3 times in the series. The following graph shows a snapshot of Sachin’s performances in the test matches played at home in the last 3 yrs.
As you can see in the graph, the performances are somewhat diminishing recently.If we look at the tests played by Tendulkar in the last 1 yr, he has scored 568 runs from 9 tests at an average of 35.50, the following graph summarizes his performances:
As we can see in the graph Tendulkar’s performances are declining recently. But the little master is more than capable to bounce back anytime. And even if he wants to end his test career, he will surely do it in style. So only time will tell whether we are lucky enough to see the champion in action for some more time. Wishing the little master all the very best.
Mid-series Update: The series is tied at 1-1. England mauled India by 10 wickets in the 2nd match at Wankhede after India had defeated England by 9 wickets in the first encounter. Tendulkar has failed to live up to his expectations managing scores of 13, 8 and 8 in the 3 innings he has played so far in the series. He has fallen to Panesar twice and once to Swann. Panesar also bowled Tendulkar once!! The double failure at Wankhede must have bothered Tendulkar. Will the master shrug this rough patch and let his bat do the talking? Or there are subtle indications that the master is going to hang his boots soon. Only time will tell…..