sachinism, the current religion of the indi-net

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Stuff that struck me while reading about Sachin Tendulkar’s nearly unbelievable* feat, most of which will be repeated everywhere I look over the next few days/weeks:

  • On this day 21 years ago He completed a 664-run partnership with Kambli. Twenty-f*ckin-one.
  • His 200 contained 25 boundaries (the most by a single batsman in an ODI till date) and 3 sixes. The entire RSA team innings (in reply) had 30 boundaries and 3 sixes.
  • He has scored 93 international centuries (combining test and ODI cricket) until today. There was a time when He decimated an Australian team for a whole summer (yes, the great Sharjah innings), which was when I started believing that He would score over a 100 centuries before He retired. That day is nigh.
  • His closest competitors today (in terms of statistics) have to currently make
    • Tests: 1588 runs to catch up His total of 13447, 8 centuries to catch up His total of 47.
    • ODIs: 4170 runs to catch up with 17598, 17 centuries to catch up with 46.
  • He made an impeccable, near-perfect 175 while chasing Australia in Hyderabad last year.. only to have the Indian team let Him down and choke once He was out. I remember defending him when people said that the innings was typical Tendulkar – the century was great, but no use if He never finishes what He starts. I wonder if.. somehow.. RSA had successfully chased 400 (they’ve done it before), how sweet would this 200 be for the ungrateful Indian cricket fan?
  • The fact that He does not make the ICC list of the best players of all-time in either Tests or ODIs has to now rank as one of the biggest egg-on-your-face (or idiotic) statements until date for the ICC. For a man who is redefining every batting record there is every time He takes guard, a man who has surpassed His contemporaries in both longevity and performance… I guess He doesn’t need the ranking to make His mark in cricket history.

I ask you, does He really have to worry about never lifting a World Cup on India’s behalf? Can we quit wondering aloud about His performance every time He doesn’t make a century?

Will we ever get over Him?

Side note: I noticed that the statistically top batsmen who are still playing cricket today are all 34+ (age in brackets): Jayasuriya (40), Ponting (35), Tendulkar (37), Gibbs (36), Kallis (34). This is to be expected, given the amount of cricket these people have played in their lifetime… but it appears the old guard is never going to make way for a new one.

*I say “nearly unbelievable”, because it is Sachin after all. One can believe that He can pull it off.**
**Yes, the capitalization of ‘H’ is intentional. God, after all.

filling the blank space

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its funny when i see my blog. thanks to x365, i manage a post everyday. i’m not quite sure who exactly is reading my 40 words.. but its fun to try and remember defining characteristics of people in my life. amazing how you realise that there’s very little you can say that would truly do justice to them.

try defining yourself. for you. horribly difficult. well, for me anyway.

the point of this post ? nothing much really. i’m doing as the title says. hoping that by randomly typing on this page, the void that is the inspiration today will get magically filled up. yeah, i know. i wish.

lords’. the home of cricket. awesome. another dream fulfilled in a way. rahman live in concert was a dream too. man, i’m good. filled up on a lot of tiny facts that i love to collect. that are absolutely no use to anyone on the planet. like the sparrow that managed to get hit by the bowler when bowling. or the fact that lords is named after its groundsman – who incidentally owned it. that the current ground is the 3rd location. that the slope of the ground is close to 8 feet. that no practice ever happens on the ground itself. that gordon greenridge has his name on both record boards – home and away teams. and so on.

i went to lords’ today. what did you do constructively with your day ?

a must read

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utterly pointless.. but then i love trivia. besides, what can be more shitty than copying
a forward onto your blog ? πŸ˜›

     

  • Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:Spades – King David,Clubs – Alexander the Great,Hearts – Charlemagne,Diamonds – Julius Caesar.
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  • 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321.
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  • Hershey’s Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like its kissing the conveyor belt.
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  • If you put a raisin in a glass of champagne, it will keep floating to the top and sinking to the bottom.
    i’m trying this one tonight.
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  • The fingerprints of Koala Bears are virtually indistinguishable from those of humans, so much so that they could be confused at a crime scene.
    a handy tip. now the plan for my perfect murder is complete.
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  • The number of possible ways of playing the first four moves per side in a game of chess is 318,979,564,000.
    no wonder i can’t play the damned game.
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