> Unlike a biased Indian or a biased Aussie, I'll tell what I see. I have
> condemned Pawar's push and have appreciated Hayden's and Hussey's
many people looking at most issues along nationalistc lines.
>> one interesting thing about Mike Hussey is that it has taken him so long
>> to get into the Aussie squad - not because of any fault on his part, just
>> because it's so ***y hard to get a spot, but he has been playing
>> awesomely for Western Australia for many years now.
>Ah yes, that old chestnut.
>There was a time around 2001-2003 when Hussey was scoring a remarkable
>number of runs in county cricket in England, and I wondered why he wasn't in
>the Australia team. Somebody pointed out to me that his figures in the
>Sheffield Shield at that time were rather mediocre, which is indeed the
>case. In four home seasons from 1998/99, he scored one century each season
>and mostly averaged under 40.
After that Hussey's domestic first class form seemed to fall away a
bit. The bit I saw of his batting at that stage he looked a lot looser
outside off stump than he does now.
> > > Tendulkar made his international debut against Pakistan in 1989.
> > > From memory, he had a good tour (not sensational by any
> > > standards); but good for a 16 year old. Unlike Raina, who hardly
> > > played any Ranji Trophy matches, IIRC Tendulkar played almost
> > > a season of Ranji cricket before he was picked for the Pakistan
> > > tour. I do not recall anyone calling Tendulkar *great* in the year
> > > 1990. Even Gavaskar at that time, advised against any
> > > comparisons between Tendulkar and himself.
> > > In his debut series, he played a sensational knock against
> > > Pakistan in an exhibition match, where he took Abdul Qadir
> > > to the cleaners. But in his first one-dayer, Tendulkar scored
> > > a duck. He also didn't have a great run in the Test matches
> > > that followed. IIRC, he copped a few bouncers from Akram
> > > and Younis in the Tests. But I think the idea of the
> > > selectors to *** a young talent in the cauldron-like
> > > atmosphere of India-Pakistan Test matches payed off.
> > > In 1990, I recall that Tendulkar narrowly missed scoring his
> > > first Test hundred on tour against New Zealand. IIRC, he
> > > scored 88 and fell short of the century mark. Had he scored
> > > a century in that innings, he would have been the youngest
> > > ever batsman to score a Test century. He later scored a
> > > century in the same year, against England, at Manchester.
> > > From what I recall, Sachin made steady progress in his
> > > first year of international cricket. The Indian cricket fans
> > > were quite pleased in the cricketing talent that they saw
> > > in this 17 year old lad, but none called him *great* at
> > > that stage, at least. Some fans like yours truly, were
> > > hoping that he would have the potential to take over
> > > from SMG, but knowing what had happened to some
> > > precocious talents like LS, Manninder and Sada; we
> > > couldn't actually bet our house on that.
> > So, basically you are saying Tendulkar was hyped even before he did
> > anything meaningful. Then I don't see any problem with hyping someone
> > who averages 75+ in both forms of the game and is already World #1 in
> > ODI rankings
> I am not saying anything. It is you who is attributing statements to
> me. Tendulkar was not hyped in the year 1990. If you think
> otherwise, then provide quotes from former players at that time
> wherein you claim that Tendulkar was hyped as a *great* player.
> In fact, Vinod Kambli made a truly sensational debut in the 90's
> (compared to Sachin) and around 1992/93 people were saying
> that Kambli was the next great sensation in Indian cricket and
> he would have a great future. Sadiq, Samarth and Uday can
> testify to this.
Besides which, if India is united behind your vision, god help it, and
all of us.