Tag: Sachin Tendulkar

Match fixing and spot fixing

Pakistani cricketers are in news for match-fixing and spot-fixing. That should not surprise. The way Pakistan had lost some matches was an indication that something was wrong.

Pakistanis have been caught but it is foolish to say only Pakistanis were involved in match-fixing and spot-fixing. Many matches involving different countries raise questions and sometimes the role of umpires needs to be probed. What is passed off as umpiring error could be match-fixing. It could have been going on since the last millennium.

When Sachin Tendulkar was to lead the Indian team to Australia one BCCI official predicted that India would lose the Test series 0-3 and that series witnessed many umpiring errors and India lost the series 0-3.

When Anil Kumble was captain and India toured Sri Lanka there was decision review system. The decisions went in favour of Sri Lankans though TV replays showed that Sri Lankan batsmen who were correctly ruled out by field umpires were ruled not out by the umpire on decision review system. After that series India did not want decision review system. Recently in an ODI Dharmasena’s three decisions were against India. Some felt India should have opted for decision review system. They were naive. All three decisions after review would have been against India.

There is talk of Indian bookies being involved in match-fixing and spot-fixing. That would not be surprising considering the amount involved in betting in India though betting is illegal in India. Some have doubts about IPL matches.

One can assume match-fixing began when betting began. Bookies wanted profits and they tried to fix matches. Betting is business. Profit is the motive.

After Pakistan’s loss to Australia some Pakistani cricketers were banned for match-fixing but they were soon back in the team. It seems PCB is unwilling to act against fixers.

Some say Pakistanis began match-fixing in 1979. Asif Iqbal declaring Pakistan’s Innings 40 runs short of India’s score was the reason to say the Test was fixed.

In 1981 Australia’s Dennis Lillee and Rodney Marsh were involved in betting. Australia had enforced follow on and England has lost seven wickets. At that time Lillee and Marsh bet that England would win.

There are various suggestions for punishing players for match-fixing. One suggestion is to confiscate property of the players involved match-fixing. Another suggestion is to expunge the records of bowers. Suitable punishment for players who fix matches to lose would be to try them for treason and get them maximum punishment.

Donald George Bradman is the greatest batsman

After Sachin Tendulkar broke Brian Lara’s record of 11,953 Test runs some have said he is the greatest batsman.  They put him higher than Donald Bradman and Brian Lara.  I suppose it has to do with nationality than facts.

 Donald Bradman scored 6,996 runs in 80 Innings, remained not out 10 times, of 52 Tests with an average of 99.94.  No batsman is closer to him in average.  Donald Bradman hit 29 centuries with two of them being triple centuries.  Besides these two triple centuries he hit 10 double centuries with one of them being 299 not out. 

Brian Lara took 21 Tests less than Sachin Tendulkar to score 11,953 Test runs.  He broke the record of highest runs in a Test Innings twice.  He broke the record of 365 not out of Garfield Sobers and hit 375.  Matthew Hayden broke Brian Lara’s record and scored 380. Brian Lara broke that record and scored 400 not out.

 Sachin Tendulkar has not hit any triple century.  Virender Sehwag has hit two triple centuries.

 Sachin Tendulkar played in World Cups from 1992 to 2007.  India did not win any of them.  In 1996 Sachin Tendulkar played well and it was not his fault.  In other World Cups his performance was average. 

If people say popularity of a batsman has to be criterion of greatness than there were many batsmen who were popular but did not do as well as Sachin Tendulkar.  Gundappa Vishwanath can be said to be greater than Sachin Tendulkar. 

Batsmen are for scoring runs.  They have to be judged by the runs they score. Donald George Bradman is the greatest batsman.