The Bitter 90s Haunt Sachin

Posted: November 16, 2007 in Sports
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The masterful 97 takes India to The Indian Oil Championship, but this bitter 90s follows Sachin likehttps://i2.wp.com/www.sachin-tendulkar.biz.ly/images/test_match_sachin.jpg a devil. The jinx that saw him being dismissed in the 90s, counted for the seventh(6 ODIs and 1 Test) time this year and the second time in the series. Sachin the record maker even makes the glory in the fall. He has the highest number of 90s in ODI being dismissed in 16 matches, well ahead of Nathan Astle, Aravinda de Silva and Grant Flower with 9 each.

A blessing in disguise, these 90s put him on the top of highest number of 50s. He has the most ODI 50s (86), ahead of Inzamam-ul-Haq (83) and Rahul Dravid (81). When he played his 404 ODI (the highest ODI ever played), it was marked by yet another bitter 90. Umar Gul sent him back at 99.

Well, 90s are nervous and tensed. It was sixth time in his last 19 outings that he fell in the 90’s and on three occasions, he remained short of just one run. He is haunted. They call it the Nervous Nineties Syndrome. Alex Bannerman the Australian striker was the first man to be dismissed in the 90s. He was out for 94 against England at the Sydney Cricket Ground. He seemed to lose his nerve when in sight of his hundred. It’s quite normal and pretty similar to a final exam. Sachin falls at this pressure. For a batsman a hundred is a land mark, and the most coveted individual achievement. The heart can beat faster then ever. Most the captains makes use this situation. They make some immediate changes in the field and defend the attacks from the possible shots. They get a bowler who the batsman fears a bit.

I call them bitter 90s. Because, they have lost at the prime time. 90 runs stands lesser important than the 10 runs yet to come. And when the batman fall in between, it leaves a bitter feeling. The batsman is more disappointed. They are the bitter 90s

Sachin at 90s

Score Series Against Season
90 World Cup Aus 1995/96
91 Akai-Singer Trophy Eng 1997/98
93 Carlton & United Series Pak 1999/00
93 SA in Ind ODI Series SA 1999/00
93 Asia Cup SL 2000
93 SL in Ind ODI Series SL 2005/06
93 Future Cup SA 2007
94 Natwest Eng 2007
95 Silver Jubilee Independence Cup Pak 1997/98
95 Ind in Pak ODI Series Pak 2005/06
97 World Cup SA 2002/03
97 Indian Oil Cup Pak 2007/08
98 World Cup Pak 2002/03
99 Future Cup SA 2007
99 Natwest Eng 2007
99 Indian Oil Cup Pak 2007/08

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Comments
  1. Amal says:

    Nice Article.🙂
    Sachin is a great batsman. But his mental stress tolerance is not that great. I believe that’s the reason why he is not able to play a match winning innings in tests when the team is under extreme pressure.

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