English Summer: Tendulkar on a roll

Updated: 08 September 2007 08:23 IST

A report on a cricket website on Wednesday claimed that Sachin Tendulkar might actually be thinking of giving up the shorter version of the game.

English Summer: Tendulkar on a roll

London:

A report on a cricket website on Wednesday claimed that Sachin Tendulkar might actually be thinking of giving up the shorter version of the game in order to extend his playing career.

But after the Bombay Bomber earned his 55th Man of the Match Award in India's two wicket win over England at The Oval, it seems that Tendulkar's days as the best limited overs batsman in the world are far from over.

It's well and truly been an English summer for the master blaster. For the fourth time in nine matches, going back to the Future Cup in Ireland, Tendulkar could have added to his 41 one day 100's. He made 94 runs and spearheaded the Indian win.

But for a man who seems to have made a habit of breaking records all throughout his career, falling in the 90's again wasn't such a big loss after all.

"Well I think if I can score 90 in most of the games and the team wins I will be very happy. It's not all about scoring 100's although I would like too but if I can get 90 and the team wins I will be very happy," said Tendulkar.

On Wednesday, it was like the Tendulkar of the old, batting like a man reborn, looking to answer his critics time and time again. Every shot of his took thousands of fans gathered inside the Brit Oval down memory lane. No wonder then that it's been a series full of runs.

The holy trinity (Saurav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh and the master blaster) of the Indian cricket have well and truly let their bats do all the talking. So far in the limited overs version of the game, Sachin tops the list with a strike rate of 88 and an average of 57.

Surprisingly three of these four batsman will be missing when India's campaign at the Twenty20 World Cup gets underway in South Africa next week.

A 100 overs on Saturday is all that stands between India clinching the series against England. Tendulkar had missed out on the three figure mark in the Tests and it's been a case of close since then.

But no cigar in the one dayers on what could be his final match on English soil - not many would bet against him getting to the three-figure mark.

Topics : Cricket Bob Willis
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