February 25, 2010 in Uncategorized
I’ve just read the article of the Indian media hailing the little master for his brilliant 200* yesterday against my poor proteas & ofcoz the question rose again: Who really is the greatest batsman ever, Sir Donald Bradman or Sachin Tendulkar?? For me,& I’ll say it again, FOR ME it’s a no brainer: It’s the little master, the great Sachin Tendulkar!! & my reasons are simple: He’s scored more runs than any other batsman.. EVER!! He’s done it for an unbelievably long period & he did it in my time..
Now before the aussies bite my head off, averaging 99 in 52 test matches is unbelievable, unheard of in this day & age & I hate to say this but I don’t think anyone will come even close to that ever again!! But these days sports is not just about numbers.. It’s about making these sportstars gods among men, its about making money, its about getting bigger, stronger, faster!! I follow the NBA basketball in America vigorously & if you ask the average sportsguy to the most fanatic NBA fans who the greatest basketball was to ever play the game, 60 – 80 % percent of them will tell you it’s Michael Jordan & they’ll probably be right. But here’s some quick stats for you about this all time great.
- His highest score in a game: 69 All time is 100 by Wilt Chamberlain
- Career average: 30.81 All time is 30.85 by Wilt Chamberlain
- Championships won: 6 All time is 11 by Bill Russell
- Career points: 32 292 All time is 38 387 by Kareem Adbul Jabbarr
But you see it wasn’t just all about the stats, because MJ almost single handedly put the NBA on a global scale in the early 90’s with how the NBA marketing themselves around him.
It’s really a pity that Chamberlain, Russell & Jabbarr didn’t play in Jordan’s era just like it’s a pity that Bradman didn’t play in Tendulkar’s era. But they didn’t and I guess that’s what it comes down to. Who played in your era.. The Master played in mine & that’s why for me, and I’ll say it again, FOR ME he’s the all time greatest batsman ever!!
Ps: Interesting fact: Cricinfo listed the 58 all time highest scoring ODI’s yesterday., Tendulkar leads the pack, featuring on the list 5 times & in 4 of those he scored 160 plus.