Excerpts from Sachin Tendulkar's farewell speech:
My mother, I don't know how she managed such a naughty child like me. She took care of me. She started praying for me before I started playing cricket. Her prayers are blessings and a big thank you for all her sacrifices.
I can't forget my uncle and aunt who I stayed with during my school day. My aunt fed me when I was tired after playing so that I could be stronger and play harder the next day. My elder brother Nitin always encouraged me. My sister Savita was the one who gifted me my first cricket bat, it was a Kashmir Willow.
Ajit, my brother, what can I say about him. He sacrificed his career for me to pursue my cricket. He took me to my coach Ramakant Achrekar and that changed my life. Even last night, he called me and we spoke about my dismissal. We still discuss technique. We have argued over it and had it not been for all that, I would have been a lesser cricketer.
My inlaws, Anand and Annabel Mehta the most important think they did was to allow me to marry their daughter. All my friends, during my childhood have helped me a lot, whenever I asked them to bowl to me, they would leave their work. My friends have woken up at 3 o'clock in the morning to drive with me during times of injury when I thought my career was over.
My cricket started at the Wankhede for Mumbai. Thank you very much for taking care of me. BCCI was fantastic, right from my debut, believing in my ability, selecting me at the age of 16, the faith they put in me, thank you. You were with me when I was injured and took good care of me so that I could come back and play.
I'd be failing if I don't thank all the doctors and the physios without whose special efforts on this body. They have come from Chennai and far to tend to me and have kept me in good shape.
Someone who has worked more than 14 years with me, my manager Vinod Naidu. A big thank you to your family as well for giving so much time to me. Thank you so much to all the media for supporting me and my performances. Thank you so much to all the photographers who have captured all the moments. I know my speech is getting too long but this is the last thing I want to say...
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Thank god for the IPL,Sanjay Manjrekar
I believe the IPL should be given a special window in the ICC cricket calendar for just one reason and one reason only: because the players benefit from it greatly.
Some of us today, who in some capacity or the other are connected with the game and are making a living from it, should be grateful to the players who are performing in the sun. "Just imagine if tomorrow, for some reason, the players stopped playing. We will all be out of jobs," a fellow commentator said. It is a remark I will never forget.
It is actually the simple reality of our professions. And it is a reality that we in media, sports management or administration should never forget. By allowing current players to play in the IPL, without having to choose between country and club, the administrators have a great chance to show the players gratitude, which is something they don't get enough of.
A cricketer spends the prime of his life, starting from about age 10, on the cricket field, training to become a top-class player. When he finally becomes one of the rare few to make it to the top, he discovers he has only a short time there to make the most of his acquired skills. Other performing artists are more fortunate than cricketers in this regard, and yes, I don't have to say this, you know it well: a 21-year cricket career is possible only for the chosen ones.
Of course, cricketers who can build around their core cricket skills are able to carve out careers in media, coaching and other related occupations, and thus sustain themselves after their cricket careers are over.
But there are many who are incapable of developing other skills, and feel completely lost in the world outside cricket. It's a horrible feeling when the cricketer starts to realise that the skills he acquired with great effort over the years, the skills he was so proud of and which people paid good money to watch, are slowly beginning to desert him with age. And then that day comes when it dawns on him that the world has no use for him anymore. I guess that is a fact of life that hits everyone at some point of their lives, but cricketers are less prepared for it than most.
For a man who has largely lived an uncommon life, it's not easy to merge into the common world. This situation is frightening, to say the least, and there are numerous cricketers who are trying to make a go of it. I meet such players quite often, and it distresses me to see that many are not doing a great job. The IPL is a boon for such cricketers, who find life after cricket tough. It is one way of making sure we have fewer players like this in future.
I know international cricket makes money for players, but it does not even come close to matching what one IPL season can put in their pockets. Maybe we need to find out why international cricket, the highest level of our sport, is not making the most money for players.
Take the example of Lasith Malinga. He didn't have the fitness to be a regular member of the Sri Lanka Test side - from which he has just announced his retirement - and he perhaps doesn't know how long his international career will last. It's difficult to see him making a career in the media. So should he be grudged if he wants to secure his future with a few IPL seasons? Taking this argument forward, should he be placed in a position where he has to choose between his own future and playing for his country?
Increasingly players from countries like
The other advantage of the IPL is that you don't have to be a truly extraordinary player to make the big bucks. If you have decent Twenty20 skills, and the franchisee feels you are well-behaved and not going to give them too much trouble, your life is made.
I wonder if you have noticed a dramatic change on the Indian cricket stage recently. At the World Cup final, for instance, apart from the hundreds of screaming fans in the stands, who were the people the cameras constantly panned to? They were mostly politicians, Bollywood celebrities, rich businessmen and cricket officials. The couple or so cricketers you may have seen during the coverage were former players who are now involved in administration and thus were able to get prime seats.
Where were the other former
Whether we like it or not, we have come to accept that fame, power and money open most doors in the world. The IPLs may, if not anything else, ensure that the average retired cricketer has at least the last of those three attributes to find a VIP seat at a World Cup final.
The IPL has its flaws, but no other cricket event in history has created so much wealth for such a large number of players. As a former
Back with a bang after a dismal start to the season, the Delhi Daredevils would look to carry on with their newly-gained confidence when they take on Deccan Chargers on home turf on Tuesday.
The Virender Sehwag-led outfit, which was completely off-colour in its first two outings against Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals, silenced critics on MOnday night in Mumbai by chasing down an imposing target of 188 for a three-wicket victory. David Warner (46), Sehwag (37) Venugopal Rao (31) and Aaron Finch (25) finally shone with the bat to power
Going into the game against Deccan Chargers on Tuesday at the Ferozshah Kotla ground,
Apart from the openers, the
They would also require expensive buy Irfan Pathan, back to cricket after injury, to fire with both the bat and ball.
In the bowling department, however,
Other than Morne Morkel, no one else seemed to have troubled the opponents so far in the tournament and if the injured South African speedster fails to make it to the playing XI tomorrow, the team would be desperately looking at Ashok Dinda, Shahbaz Nadeem and Pathan to prove their worth.
Delhi would also be keen to make a strong comeback in front of their home crowd here, having suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Mumbai Indians by eight wickets in their inaugural game when they got bundled out of a mere 95.
Besides their 33-run victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore, Deccan Chargers have been far from impressive in this edition of the IPL so far. However, they are aware of their potential and hence, would be desperate to get into the rhythm at the earliest.
The batting that boasts of players such as Sangakkara, Duminy, Daniel Christian, Shikhar Dhawan, Ishank Jaggi and Chipli just need to click as a unit and peak at the right time.
As far as their bowling is concerned, the team would be hoping that South African pacer Dale Steyn and Manpreet Gony, who claimed three wickets each against Royal Challengers, would chip in with some useful contributions tomorrow as well, while Ishant Sharma, Christian and Amit Mishra will also get into the rhythm.
Deccan Chargers: 50 runs in 7 overs
Deccan Chargers: 100 runs in 13.1 overs
Deccan Chargers: 150 runs in 17.4 overs
Deccan Chargers – 175/5 in 20.0 overs
Highest Scorer – B Chipli: 61 off 35balls (5 x 4, 3 x 6)
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 100 runs in 15.3 overs
Highest Scorer – Virat Kohli 71 runs off 51 balls (5 x 4, 3 x 6)
Australia led by Mike Hussey's first ODI century in four years posted 361 for 8 after opting to bat first.
But Bangladesh provided Australia a scare by reaching 152 for 1 in 25 overs.
Imrul Kayes (93 off 95 balls) led the charge for th hosts with the experienced Shahriar Nafees (60).
Debutant paceman James Pattinson turned the match in Australia's favour in which he claimed the wicket of Kayes. Later Mitchell Johnson, who had gone for 36 runs off his first four overs, replaced Pattinson and claimed Nafees.
All-rounder Shane Watson then scalped two victims in the 39th over. The hosts slipped to 223 for 5 needing almost 13 runs an over. In the end the hosts ended at 295 for 6.
Earlier, Australia was well served by Hussey (108 off 91 balls), Watson (72 off 40 balls), Ricky Ponting (47 off 50 balls), Clarke (47 off 62 balls) and Johnson (41 off 24 balls).