Who says ‘master blaster’ Sachin Tendulkar is finished? No he is not. Neither he is willing to give up cricket, not looks tired. Even at 37, he is pretty good and willing to give 100 per cent once he steps into the ground. He is becoming younger and younger as he is growing old and willing competes with today’s youngsters for a place in Indian team. This fact was duly acknowledged by none other than Indian’s first skipper Kapil Dev Nikhanj, who helped win a the most coveted ICC World Cup in 1983. “He (Sachin) looks good and strong to prolong his cricket career,” says Kapil.
Like Kapil many Indian cricket fans accept this fact after seeing him in the recently concluded 2011 World Cup as well in today’s Indian Premier League’s (IPL) opener against Delhi Daredevils. With his classic 48, Sachin led the team’s fight back to surpass Delhi Daredevils’s meager 95. in style.
Electing to bat, Daredevils were shot out for a paltry 95 in 17.4 overs. The collapse was a combination of hostile bowling from the Lankan speedster, helped by some poor shot selection by the home team batsmen at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground here.
Mumbai Indians never looked in any sort of hurry as they cruised to the target in 16.5 overs with skipper Sachin Tendulkar scoring an unbeaten 46 (50 balls, 3×4, 1×6). While Rohit Sharma’s contribution in the 68-run third wicket partnership was an unbeaten 27 (30 balls, 3×4). The match was supposed to be a fight between Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag but it was the Sri Lankan slinger who emerged as the hero in the end.
Malinga’s figures read a stunning 3.4-1-13-5 with four of them being cleaned up unplayable yorkers. It is the third best figure in the IPL after Sohail Tanveer (6/14 for Rajasthan Royals) and Anil Kumble’s (5/5) efforts.
For the capacity crowd at the Kotla, it turned out to be utterly disappointing as five of the Delhi Daredevils batsmen went without troubling the scorers.