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Perth 1992 – Teen showing the men how its done!

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Wars become eternal because of its warriors. Warriors are immortalized because of their acts. At a time when Perth was not yet another fast paced batting track and was tactically used to shake up oppositions  almost everytime, the Australian pace attack and the cricketing fraternity across the world at large witnessed the unimaginable. From his savage teens arose a manof excellence whose looks deceived his performance and whose performancedefied compartmentalized perfection, against an Australian attack spittingthunderbolts of venom, evoked the awe of every cricket enthusiast – Sachin Tendulkar.  But lo, the rule of one for all and all for one had to be obeyedand India lost the game, unable to sustain the Aussie bludgeon.

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The 5th test match against India and Australia was not any other dead rubberbut a chance for India to take home some pride. Australia had a 3-0 lead over the Indians coming into this game. But it was India which was looking forward to it after a narrow defeat in the previous game at Adelaide andhaving walked away with their collars up at Sydney in which the littlemaster teamed up with Ravi Shastri to put on a near 200 run partnership for the 5th wicket.

The epic test began and India drew first blood taking out the openers early but David Boon had other plans and India soon found itself in familiar territory. The run chase never looked solid until the score became 69/2 on Srikanth’s departure. What happened next had to be etched in history. A 19yr old, stepping out to bat at No.4, on such an unforgiving wicket?

That sounded sweet but not for long for the home team. At such pace, Sachin cut the ball at will and wisely defended the good deliveries. While, wicketskept tumbling at the other end, this young lad showed what he is made of. Bouncers were smashed and a flurry of square cuts sent Merv Hughes and co. on their knees. He reached his century with a magnificent on drive off Whitney and went on till the score was 240/8 when he finally fell for 114. 

This innings rightly established himself as a man for the future of Indian cricket and as David Gower puts it, there was absolutely no disgrace after such a superlative performance although India lost the game, when the batting order collapsed in the 2nd innings chasing a near impossible 442 runs.

This innings has since been widely regarded as the best ever played in Australia. Such was the innings that the quality of it any given instant would seem to better the rest. As a critic, one can strongly say that thisis one feat which cannot be emulated.

PK

A Sachin follower, Sachinist.com is my brainchild, Meeting Sachin is something I always look forward to

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  1. no words to explain that he is master blaster ….. he is always great …. always at the top in cricket ….. that is y known as god of cricket ….

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