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For Sachin Tendulkar the upcoming ODI series means a way to settle some scores in the Emerald Island

Friday, January 23, 2022



Master's mixed bag in SL


Gaurav Saxena

Mumbai: For a legend like him, giving an introduction would be unjustified. The name says it all, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, the man of milestones. As they say, 'no one is perfect', seems to get defied every time this man goes into bat with tri-colour on his helmet.

Fact File: Tendulkar in Sri Lanka

  • Tendulkar has scored 1302 runs in 35 innings @ 43.40 with 4 hundreds and 6 fifties
     
  • Tendulkar has not played ODIs in Sri Lanka since Aug 2006
    Tendulkar has aggregated just 162 runs in 8 bilateral matches v SL @ 23.14 with a highest of 39.
     
  •  Tendulkar has scored 3 hundreds in 15 innings against Sri Lanka in tournaments comprising of three or more teams- aggregated 678 runs @ 52.15
     
  • Tendulkar has not scored a hundred in Sri Lanka since 1999
    Tendulkar has played just 11 innings since his last hundred in Sri Lanka and has aggregated 322 runs @ 46.00 with three fifties with a highest of 82*.
     
  • Tendulkar has missed two ODI series in SL
  • Tendulkar's 19-year career has been marked by both patience and perseverance. His feats and failures were subject to scrutiny. But he never showed any sense of anger or looked back at his critics. His bat did.

    Apart from former coach Greg Chappell, ICC's all-time great list, and a select band of critics, the cricket lovers are still praying for him to stay on for a couple of years. 

    With India scheduled to travel Sri Lanka and play a five-match One-day International series, all eyes will be on Tendulkar who has mixed performances in the Island. 

    He has aggregated just 162 runs in 8 bilateral matches against Sri Lanka at an average of 23.14 with a highest of 39. 

    With his precision in stroke-making and economy of movement, Tendulkar surely knows what it takes to be the 'master blaster'. 

    And when it comes onto a tournament comprising of three or more teams- he aggregates 678 runs at a staggering average of 52.15 in Sri Lanka. He has scored 3 hundreds in 15 innings against Sri Lanka. 

    He doesn't possess a signature-stroke but plays the straight-drive like no other player can. He seems to get expertise on every new pitch he plays on and manages to find gaps on-field, which is no ordinary. So, spectators can expect a treat this time around in the Island nation.

    Is Tendulkar yet to prove himself in Sri Lanka? 

    Among all batsmen who have played at least 10 innings against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka,Tendulkar has the highest aggregate, third highest average. He also is the only batsman to notch up three hundreds against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka. What else does he need to do to prove himself?


    Most successful visiting batsmen in Sri Lanka 

    Batsman
    Mts
    Runs
    Hs
    Avg
    100s
    M Azharuddin
    19
    815
    111*
    54.33
    1
    RT Ponting
    10
    393
    69
    43.67
    0
    SR Tendulkar
    24
    840
    128
    42.00
    3
    SC Ganguly
    22
    781
    113
    39.05
    2
    R Dravid
    22
    648
    82
    38.12
    0

     

     


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