Sep 19, 2012 Sports Comments Off on Cricket Records Magazine highlights Tendulkar, Bravo, Pollard and T20 World Cup stats
…plus updated records and stats of Champions League
The Cricket Records 2012 Magazine has a wealth of important cricket information and updated statistics for all cricket lovers.
The annual full Colour glossy publication compiled and edited by Brij Parasnath is out and contains insightful and statically-laden articles on the legendary Indian megastar Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, Guyanese, Trinidad and Tobago and West Indian rising stars Darren Bravo, power-hitter Kieron Pollard and new double-world record holder Ravi Rampaul plus West Indies indomitable and resilient Shivnarine Chanderpaul as well as Australia captain Michael Clarke among others featured in the latest edition.
Parasnath regarded as one of Caribbean’s leading commentator/analyst; highlights Tendulkar influence on the international game and described his cricketing career as one of the game’s greatest adventures in modern sporting history.
He says that: “Sachin’s extraordinary life story is one of the game’s greatest adventures in modern sporting history. His granite-like will power and unwavering commitment to the pursuit of excellence saw him amass a series of World International records including highest aggregate runs and centuries in Tests and ODIs.”
“He has proven that he a fearless fighter willing to sacrifice everything for his team’s success against all opponents, regardless of the composition of his own team. He is all heart and fighting spirit plus guts and fierce determination to battle the most fearsome bowling attacks pitted against him.”
“It is important to note that he excelled against the powerful and mighty Australians who reigned supreme and was hailed as the most formidable team during his distinguished career. In 106 matches (35 Tests, 71 ODIs) against the Aussies; Tendulkar accumulated record tallies and centuries totalling 6,515 international runs (3438 Tests runs; 3077 ODIs runs) including a WR 20 centuries (11 Tests ton, 9 ODIs).”
Parasnath stressed that: “While some people have been peddling false information about his achievements and that he prospered against the weaker nations, it significant to know that he also scored seventeen centuries (9 Tests, 8 ODIs) against Sri Lanka; twelve against South Africa (7 Tests, 5 ODIs); nine versus England (7 Tests, 2 ODIs); nine versus New Zealand (4 Tests, 5 ODIs); seven versus Pakistan (2 Tests, 5 ODIs); seven versus West Indies (3 Tests, 4 ODIs); six versus Bangladesh (5 Tests, 1 ODIs); eight versus Zimbabwe (3 Tests, 5 ODIs); four versus Kenya (ODIs) and one versus Namibia (ODIs).
Of the 100 International centuries, seventy five percent were either in victories (53), drawn (20), tied (1) and no result (1) matches, while only 25 were in losing causes.
The editor of Cricket Records points out that from his first Test century to his 100th: “Tendulkar took a grand total of 7891 days (21 years, 7 months, 8 days) to achieve the impossible magical figure and lay down the most amazing unprecedented benchmark for future generations to attempt to emulate and even surpass.”
He said Tendulkar has become a living legend and has created an inspiring legacy “Tendulkar has evolved as the supreme performer and ultimate fighter to overcome all hurdles to achieve those extraordinary goals. His batting artistry and supremely confident manner in which he of tackled and demolished some of the world’s and game’s greatest exponents of pace and spin and all the other varieties in between during his astonishing career make him a living legend.”
“His magnetic and humble disposition and engaging personality makes him the most adorable cricketer of his generation. With his precocious talent coupled with his passionate zeal to be counted among the best and also to inspire and elevate his teammate’s mindset to achieve their full potential are some of the greatest lessons to be learnt from his inspiring legacy that will eternally remain an iridescent light of hope and inspiration for the game’s ardent practitioners.”
“Tendulkar mounted and conquered unchartered territory in the global cricketing landscape and during his stupendous battles for mastery over the different formats, he also motivated players like Rahul Dravid, Saurav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh, Anil Kumble and Zaheer Khan carves their own unique greatness among their contemporaries. Their combined mastery and exploits heralded India’s “Golden Era of World Supremacy”.
“That is the hallmark of a truly great ambassador of the game. And those mentioned have thrilled with their special brand of high quality batsmanship and bowling prowess respectively, there is another group of talented budding stars who are already showing signs of maturity while Tendulkar remains the guiding and inspirational force and an integral member of the Indian team.”
Parasnath emphasised Tendulkar great influence in India’s cricket evolution and said: “The evolution of Indian cricket over the last three decades have seen so many greats make their mark on the international stage but none has matched the stirring deeds of Tendulkar who could be described not only as a perfectionist but also as the game’s greatest student as he continually sought after and practiced new methods and techniques to overcome and dominate opposing teams.”
“Although he stands at the pinnacle with his World Record 100th international centuries and a World Cup gold medal, his willingness to nurture his younger compatriots and his mission to charter a new course for India to regain the number one Test ranking must be admired and applauded. Unquestionably, the affable Tendulkar has sustained a compelling brilliance throughout two decades featured with spectacular accomplishments.”
He feels strongly that Chanderpaul should not be discarded but kept in the West Indies team and suggests that he is West Indies greatest asset in the rebuilding process. “Chanderpaul’s granite-like determination in the face of the greatest challenges makes him one of the most formidable exponents with the willow. Once he experiences no physical injuries and maintains a high level of fitness against the current crop of lesser penetrative bowlers in the international arena, Chanderpaul, not only remains West Indies most experienced player but also the team’s greatest asset in the new rebuilding phase.”
“Chanderpaul’s remarkable powers of concentration and decisive stroke selection will be the special qualities his younger counterparts should seek to emulate as they strive to carve their own niche and secure a permanent place in the West Indies team and in the annals of the game’s rich history.”
Parasnath described Pollard as “Mr Power” for his electrifying batting displays while he outlines Bravo’s Test feats which match those of his idol and compatriot Brian Charles Lara who was inducted into the First Citizens Sports Hall of Fame.
Highlights of Lara’s induction form part of the publication.
The editor made a very strong case for Rampaul whose world record feats against India and his outstanding performances in all three formats of the game should have earned him the West Indies Player of the Year award and T&T’s Top Sports Personality of the Year for 2011.
Cricket fans will be able to track all the Records of all three editions of the ICC Twenty20 World Cup as well all three editions of the Champions League competitions with synopsis of Trinidad and Tobago players’ performances in the 2011 CL edition held in India.
The Magazine can be obtained at the Austin Bookstores in Guyana plus all RIK Bookstores, Charran Bookstores, Ishmael Khan and Sons, Nigel Khan Bookstore, Metropolitan Book Suppliers branches nationwide plus Piarco Newsstand, Sports Pavilion (QP Oval) in T&T and other Caribbean countries.
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