Asia Cup: India v Bangladesh 4th ODI at Mirpur; 16th March 2012
India 289/5; Bangladesh 293/5 (Bangladesh won by 5 wickets)
The scorecard of the match is here.
When this match ended, from the studios of All India Radio emanated a chirpy host’s voice, breathlessly exhorting listeners to designate their Man-of-the-Match. A little bewildered on getting a plethora of calls all at once, he tuned into the first one – where a Bihari gent promptly went on a tirade about Tendulkar’s “eating-up of so many balls” and “causing India’s defeat”. The host instantly switched to the next caller, a Tamil gentleman who politely enquired if the pitch had changed character when Bangladesh batted and why Tendulkar batted so slowly. He was cut short… and on came an excitable North Indian demanding to know why India is celebrating a hundred that cost India the match… he was cut short too – and the show, that normally is scheduled to go on for half-an-hour was literally wound-up in three minutes flat, complete with “thank you for being with us” and an upbeat film-song to mark programme-transition. It was spectacular.
Nowhere in the mainstream media today is there any sign of recognition of the disgrace that ensued when Sachin Tendulkar played the slowest innings of his entire cricket career (lowest
Here is the match through the Impact Index prism.
It is hard for any team to set a target on pitches like these – where bowlers get nothing to play with and batsmen get the benefit of every doubt. But, surely by the time the first dozen overs were complete, it was obvious that this was that kind of a pitch. The most experienced one-day player in cricket history, however, apparently didn’t realise that. Or chose to ignore that fact, and proceeded to very obviously focus on the milestone that had paralysed him from producing his best for a year. Neo Sports ensured Sunil Gavaskar was on-air to sing the hosannas – when actually it is Kapil Dev who should have been invoked… for what was going on was very similar to how Kapil Dev ended his Test career. But at least, the indulgence of allowing him to become the world’s highest wicket-taker had not cost India the game.
Sachin Tendulkar (114 off 147 balls) eventually, despite being by far the highest scorer in the match, was the fourth-highest impact player in this match. A negative
Virat Kohli (66 off 82 balls, IMPACT 2.29), Tendulkar’s partner in crime in the middle today, suffered a negative
At the innings-break, on being queried about his pace, Tendulkar said that both Kohli and he had decided that 270 would be a match-winning score on this pitch and thus played accordingly. Odd that he did not invoke Suresh Raina’s innings (51 off 38 balls,
Interestingly, Bangladeshi opener Tamim Iqbal, who made 44 runs less than Tendulkar at an even slower rate than him, actually had a slightly higher
While Iqbal and Islam absorbed pressure at the start of the innings (highest
For a change, Shakib was actually wrongly given the Man-of-the-Match award (in keeping with the 45% rate of getting this wrong), the honour should have been wholly Mushfiqur Rahim’s today – his
The Indian bowling, barring the still-underrated (bizarrely) Praveen Kumar (3 for 56, IMPACT 3.83), was somewhat middling, though not a complete disaster as is being claimed to deny Tendulkar’s myopic approach. On this pitch, they actually did not have enough runs to play with.
So, a team that has just 3 batsmen with a Career
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