Thursday, March 31, 2011

Tendulkar's 136, a masterclass made with a spasming back, took India to the verge of victory against Pakistan in Chennai in 1999, but the tail collapsed after he was dismissed with only 17 to get. "Because he was such a big player and in awesome form at the time, we were all pretty sure that Sachin was going to win the game for them," Moin Khan, Pakistan's wicketkeeper at the time, said years later. "But as soon as we got him out, it became obvious to us that we would win - in those days India's reliance on him was much greater than it is now."