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Sachin Tendulkar. (Photo Source: Twitter
Sachin Tendulkar. (Photo Source: Twitter

Sachin Tendulkar Regrets For Not Playing With Sunil Gavaskar And Against Sir Vivian Richards

Sachin Tendulkar, who retired from international cricket in 2013 after scoring 15,921 Test runs and 18,426 ODI runs and is still the leading run-scorer in international cricket in Tests and ODIs, added that his first regret was not playing alongside Sunil Gavaskar and the second regret was not being able to play against his childhood hero Sir Vivian Richards.

Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar said he had two regrets in life despite an illustrious career spanning more than two decades where he played 200 Tests and 463 ODI, scoring 51 and 49 centuries, respectively.

Sachin Tendulkar Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images
Sachin Tendulkar. Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images

Sachin Tendulkar Regrets Not Having Played Alongside Sunil Gavaskar

Sachin Tendulkar is the highest run-scorer of all time in international cricket, and the only player to have scored one hundred international centuries, the first batsman to score a double century in a One Day International (ODI), the holder of the record for the most runs in both Test and ODI cricket, and the only player to complete more than 30,000 runs in international cricket.

Sachin Tendulkar was a part of the Indian team that won the 2011 World Cup, his first win in six World Cup appearances for India. He had previously been named “Player of the Tournament” at the 2003 edition of the tournament held in South Africa.

File image of former India captain Sunil Gavaskar | AFP
File image of former India captain Sunil Gavaskar | AFP

“I have two regrets. The first is that I have never played with Sunil Gavaskar. Gavaskar was my batting hero when I grew up and not playing with him as part of a team remains a regret. Gavaskar retired a couple of years before I made my debut,” Sachin Tendulkar told.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen and one of the best opening batsmen in Test cricket history, Sunil Gavaskar set world records during his career for the most Test runs and most Test centuries scored by any batsman.

He held the record of 34 Test centuries for almost two decades before it was broken by Sachin Tendulkar in December 2005. He was the first person to score centuries in both innings of a Test match three times. He was the first Test batsman to score 10,000 Test runs in a career and now stands at number 12 on the group of 13 players with 10,000-plus Test runs.

Sachin Tendulkar’s 2nd Regret Is Not Being Able To Play Against Sir Vivian Richards

Sachin Tendulkar, who retired from international cricket in 2013 and is still the leading run-scorer in international cricket in Tests and ODIs, added that his second regret was not being able to play against his childhood hero Sir Vivian Richards.

“My other regret is not having played against my childhood hero Sir Vivian Richards. I was fortunate to have played against him in county cricket, but I still rue not being able to play against him in an international match.”

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Sir Vivian Richards Getty Images

“Even though Sir Richards retired in 1991 and we have a couple of years overlapping in our careers, we did not get to play against each other,” he added.

Overall, Sir Vivian Richards scored 8,540 runs in 121 Test matches at an average of 50.23, including 24 centuries. As a captain, he won 27 of 50 Test matches and lost only 8. He also scored nearly 7,000 runs in One Day Internationals and more than 36,000 in first-class cricket. Knighted for his contributions to cricket, today Sir Vivian Richards is an occasional cricket commentator and team mentor.


Top 6 Batsmen With Most International Centuries Against India

Century is one of happiest moments for a batsman. The top-class batsmen always try to play big three-digit knocks and this insistence gets higher against the challenging side in challenging conditions.

The Indian national cricket team has evolved as a challenging side with the time progress. Every batsman feels great after scoring a century against India. There are six cricketers who have recorded at least 10 international centuries against the Indian team.

Top six batsmen with most international centuries against India

Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka) – 10 centuries

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Former Sri Lankan cricketer Mahela Jayawardene hit a total of 10 international centuries against India during his career. After playing 110 international matches against India (1997-2014), Jayawardene scored 4563 runs in 117 innings with an average 42.25. Apart from his 10 international centuries against the Indian team, the right-handed batsman also hit 25 half-centuries against this team.

Against India, Jayawardene hit 6 Test centuries and 4 ODI centuries. However, as a captain, the right-handed batsman hit only one Test century against this team. His highest score against the Indian team was 275 runs during Ahmedabad Test in November 2009, which is still the only Test double-century for Sri Lanka in India.

Format Number of centuries against India
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Virat Kohli. Image Credit: Getty Images

Virat Kohli Turned To Lalchand Rajput For Help After Disastrous 2014 England Tour: Greg Chappell

Virat Kohli often acknowledged that 2014 tour of England was the toughest phase of his career as the run machine struggled to cope with England’s veteran pacer James Anderson and often fell victim to his swing and control which also saw his self-confidence to be hit. Still, he bounced back after working hard on his game plan.

In his recent column on Sydney Morning Herald, former Australian captain Greg Chappell, who also worked as India’s head coach, revealed how the run machine Indian skipper Virat Kohli received advice from former Indian cricketers Lalchand Rajput and Sachin Tendulkar which helped him regain his confidence.

Virat Kohli, James Anderson
Virat Kohli, James Anderson (Credits: Twitter)

Virat Kohli Disappointed In England Tour In 2014 After Suffering From James Anderson’s Pace, Swing And Bounce

Virat Kohli scored only 39 runs in 5 tests and 10 innings averaging a pathetic 13.4 his lowest average in a 5 match test series. He had registered average of 9.2 in Australia’s tour of India in 2017 and more recently averaged 9.5 in New Zealand tour in 2020. But those were 3 and 2 test match series respectively. But his average is a high 53—63 in tests.

“From a cricketing point of view, the turning point for Virat was his disappointing tour of England in 2014. English conditions and bowlers – Anderson in particular – had made batting seem more difficult than solving Fermat’s last theorem,” Chappell wrote.

Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli
Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli-Photo Credit: Getty Images.

In 2018, in next England tour, he continued his form by scoring two tons and averaging 59.3 in 5 Tests.

Virat Kohli Turned To Lalchand Rajput And Sachin Tendulkar For Help After Poor Outing In England Tour

After taking advice from veteran Lalchand Rajput and legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar, he bounced back scoring as many as 4 tons and averaging a staggering 86.5 in 4 Tests against Australia in Australia immediately after the disastrous England tour amassing 692 runs-his highest in a single series.

“On his return to India, Kohli turned to Rajput for help. They spent 14 days together, working on getting into better positions to deal with the best deliveries. Tendulkar also offered some cogent inputs on batting against top bowlers.”

“During one of these sessions, Rajput told Kohli that he could be a similar player to Viv Richards. Kohli wasn’t convinced. ‘No sir,’ he said, ‘he is too great for me.’ It is now looking like a prescient statement. Sir Vivian would be proud to have played some of the innings that Kohli has played in the intervening years.”

Virat Kohli and Sir Vivian Richards
Virat Kohli and Sir Vivian Richards (Image Credit: Google)

“The ensuing tour of Australia was a watershed in which he set his career on a solid footing and won over the demanding crowds. This country holds a special place in his heart because “respect has to be earned; it is not given easily,” Chappell signed off.

In the disastrous tour in 2018 to England, Virat Kohli fell to pacer James Anderson 4 times and registered 6 times single-digit scores. Interestingly, Viv Richards average of 50.24 is less than Virat Kohli in Tests. In ODIs too, Virat Kohli averages nearly 60 while Viv Richards averages 47.

Sachin Tendulkar, Waqar Younis
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Sachin Tendulkar Had 2 Heroes In His Youth

Sachin Tendulkar, the legendary Indian batsman idolized former Indian opening batsman Sunil Gavaskar and West Indian big-hitter Sir Vivian Richards in his early days. He also looked up to several cricketers but the two were his idols.

Sachin Tendulkar has many records to his name and is the leading run-scorer in both Tests and ODIs and is the only batsman to have scored a century of international hundreds. He was the first batsman to score a double century in ODI cricket. He has 15921 Test runs in 200 matches and 18426 ODI runs in 463 matches.

Sir Viv Richards
Sir Viv Richards (Image Credit: Google)

Sachin Tendulkar Had Two Batting Heroes In His Youth

Sir Viv Richards was an aggressive batsman who was a part of World Cup-winning West Indies squad in 1975 and 1979. He scored a century in the final of 1979 World Cup. He was also a captain in 50 Tests between 1984 and 1991 and under him, West Indies did not lose a Test series. He scored more than 6000 runs in both Tests and ODIs averaging above 45 and had a strike rate of over 85 in both the formats.

“I would say that when I was playing cricket or when I was of your age (young), I wanted to become a cricketer and going ahead wanted to play for my country,” Tendulkar said while speaking during the virtual ‘Gift of Life’ ceremony after 1,000 children underwent free heart surgeries performed by the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital since the pandemic began in the country.

“I had two heroes – one is our own Sunil Gavaskar, who played for India for several years and performed well, he was my batting hero. Along with him, it was Viv Richards of the West Indies. These were my batting heroes when I played cricket.”

Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar. Image Credits: Twitter

Sunil Gavaskar, who does commentary role these days, was the first batsman to cross 10,000 Test runs. He averages 51.12 in Tests scoring 10122 runs in 125 Tests and 214 innings. He also had 34 Test centuries to his name which was a record that stood for several years until it was broken by Sachin Tendulkar.

Sachin Tendulkar: Father Ramesh Tendulkar Was Hero In Life

Sachin Tendulkar’s father Ramesh Tendulkar was a well known Marathi novelist. He died in 1999 when Sachin Tendulkar was playing 1999 World Cup in England.

Outside of cricket, Tendulkar said his biggest inspiration was father Ramesh Tendulkar. “But generally, in life, then I would say that my hero was my father (Ramesh Tendulkar). So much time I spent with him and he was mild, calm and composed, he was a man with good nature. So, it is my dream that I become like him. I will say that my father was my hero in my life,” Tendulkar said.

Sachin Tendulkar with Father
Sachin Tendulkar with Father (Source: Sachin Tendulkar’s Instagram)

Tendulkar also lauded the work done by the hospital and said children are our treasure. “I would say by doing this noble work, you are not just giving our children the opportunity to lead a healthy life, you are also giving them an opportunity to dream big and chase their dreams,” he added.

“You are also giving them a chance to create a positive impact, not just on their lives, but also on the people around them.”

The 47-year-old Sachin Tendulkar debuted in international cricket way back in 1989 and retired from international cricket in 2013 after playing his record 200th Test. He also played 463 ODIs and a solitary T20I. He played for 24 years and was a part of India’s squad in 2011 World Cup win.

5 Cricketers Who Were Dismissed In The 290s
5 Cricketers Who Were Dismissed In The 290s

Top 5 Batsmen Who Got Out In 290s

Top 5 Batsmen Who Got Out In 290s. Getting out in the 90’s itself is heartbreaking, but falling in 290s is just an agonising pain for a batsman. For his teammates, he did the job by laying down a solid foundation and putting them in a commanding position but what about not reaching a personal milestone after being so close makes it harder to digest.

Here are 5 players who would not be too happy to find their names on this list.

Top 5 Batsmen Who Got Out In 290s

Ramnaresh Sarwan(291)

Ramnaresh Sarwan
Ramnaresh Sarwan (Photo Credit: Getty Images)


During the 2008-09 England vs West Indies series, Sarwan was enjoying the form of his life while scoring 106, 94 and 107 in the first three tests. Coming into the fourth test, West Indies were already 1-0 up and England had to respond which they did stunningly by scoring 600 in their first innings. They started off pretty well with the ball too, removing Gayle cheaply but little did they know about what was waiting for them, what followed after that was a majestic inning from Sarwan.

He forged partnerships with Chanderpaul(70) and Ramdin(166) during his 291 run innings and brought his team’s score close to 600, but heartbreak soon followed when he was bowled by Sidebottom on 291.

Foreign Cricketers And Their Indian spouses

Foreign Cricketers And Their Indian Spouses

India is a prominent name in the world for its culture, heritage and sports, and sportsmen who visit the country for their sports schedule often come back to explore more of it. These players, not only got bowled over by the scenic locations of India, were swept off their feet by the Indian beauties as well.

Foreign Cricketers and their Indian spouses

1) Shaun Tait and Mashoom Singha:

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Shaun Tait Mashoom Singha, Foreign Cricketers and their Indian spouses
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The ‘Wild thing’ of world cricket met his love of life Mashoom Singha while playing for Rajasthan Royals in the year 2010. 3 years later he proposed this Mumbai-based beauty in Paris. Fast as his deliveries are, they tied the knot within a year in Mumbai dressed up in Indian traditional outfits.

Mashoom Singha, a model and wine entrepreneur herself, is heard to settle down with her speedster Australian husband in South Australia.


Five Cricketers Who Were Knighted

British king or queen honour a man for his achievements or service to his country with the title of knighthood. Being awarded this prestigious title is every person’s dream but few get the chance every year to get an appreciation for their outstanding work. After being knighted, the person can put ‘Sir’ in front of his name instead of ‘Mr.’

There is a large list of British and non-British cricketers who have been recognised for their incredible services to the game and were adjudged simultaneously with knighthood title.

Here, we have named five famous cricketers who have been knighted for their outstanding contribution.

Sir Vivian Richards:

Five Cricketers Who Were Knighted
Sir Vivian Richards. Mandatory Credit: Adrian Murrell/Allsport UK

There is no doubt about the legendary batsman’s distinguished contribution to the game of cricket. Sir Vivian Richards took the West Indies cricket to new heights with his bat. He sometimes served as the one-man army, taking the team out from losing the situation and getting them across the line. 

Overall, Richards scored 8,540 runs in 121 Test matches at an average of 50.23, including 24 centuries. As a captain, he won 27 of 50 Test matches and lost only 8. He also scored nearly 7,000 runs in One Day Internationals and more than 36,000 in first-class cricket. Knighted for his contributions to cricket, today Richards is an occasional cricket commentator and team mentor.

Cricketers Who Dated Bollywood Divas But Didn't Marry Them

5 Cricketers Who Dated Bollywood Divas But Never Married Them

Cricket and Bollywood are the two industries that get the most attention of the Indian public. These are the two trendsetters and any controversies related to them become a big show in Indian media and among people. So, when cricket and Bollywood come together it’s no less than havoc in the market.

When a cricketer starts dating an actress, they are constantly followed. Everyone wants to know the latest update about their relationship. They are under continuous scanner. Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma are the latest cricket-Bollywood Jodi that hogs everyone’s eyeball. But there are some cricketers dated the Bollywood divas but eventually married someone else.

Here, are five cricketers who dated Bollywood divas, but never married with them:

Vivian Richards and Neena Gupta:

5 Cricketers Who Dated Bollywood Divas but Never Married Them
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The West Indies legend Sir Vivian Richards is the greatest cricketer of all the time. He was the destructive player and showed no mercy to bowlers, irrespective of any opposition. He represented West Indies in 121 Tests and 187 ODIs and scored over 15,000 international runs.

Richard, who was already married, was involved in an infamous and brief relationship with the known Bollywood actress Neena Gupta, who has recently given several hits like Badhai Ho. However, they never married but she has a daughter – Masaba Gupta – with Vivian. Neena is currently married to Vivek Mehra, a Delhi-based chartered accountant. 

1983 World Cup, India
Kapil Dev. Image Credits: Getty Images

On This Day In 1983: Team India Lifted Its First-Ever World Cup Trophy

There have been quite a few historic pictures in the Indian cricket fraternity that narrate the story of India’s uprise in world cricket. The first of which will always be Kapil Dev lifting the world cup trophy at the Lord’s Cricket Ground and the pillars of Indian cricket cherishing team India’s arrival in the cricketing circuit as the world watched in amazement.

It was in 1983  that the Indian team announced that they will be the future of world cricket in the years to follow. Going into the tournament, nobody expected the Men in Blue to lift the trophy on the final day. West Indies were a force to reckon with as they were the favourites when the tournament began and also throughout its course.

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Indian Cricket Team. Image Credits: Twitter

Interestingly, the underdogs and the favourites collided in the final and when the teams headed into the dressing room at half-time, the West Indian giants still looked the favourites to clear the finishing line. But what unfolded in the second half was nothing short of a miracle from team India.

Indian Batsmen Could Not Face The Heat Of The West Indian Bowlers

To the dismay of the Men in Blue, West Indies won the toss in the final. They elected to field first and back then it was a 60-over game. Windies knew that their strength lay in their fast bowling attack and their tall and robust pacers could easily dominate the comparatively short and frightened Indian batsmen.

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Cricket World Cup 1983 Final at Lord’s Mohinder Amarnath. Photograph by Patrick Eagar.

What actually took place was what the Indian team feared the most. Their experienced opener, Sunil Gavaskar, departed only when the team’s score was 2 runs. The other incoming batsmen followed Gavaskar’s path as wickets kept on falling at regular intervals for the Indian team and they were bowled out only for 183 runs in the first innings.

Sir Andy Roberts was the pick of the bowlers for West Indies as he scalped 3 crucial wickets in the final. For the Men in Blue, Kris Srikkanth was the lone wolf as he scored 38 runs with the bat and saw the team struggle in front of the West Indians. All hopes seemed to fade away for the Indian players and fans due to dismal batting performance.

The West Indies Strength Surrendered In Front Of The Indian Spirit

Heading out for the second innings, the underdogs looked determined to take it to wire and leave no room for error as they faced the mighty Windies. They were first elated when the West Indies lost a couple of wickets in the first 50 runs and the Indian team could visualize a ray of hope when Desmond Heynes returned to the pavilion and West Indies were 50-2.

Indian Team
The Indian Team. Image Credits: Twitter

However, the biggest threat for the Men in Blue was Sir Vivian Richards, the greatest batsman of his generation and one of the greatest-ever to grace the field of cricket. He was flamboyant in his approach ever since West Indies resumed action in the second half and had smashed 33 runs off 28 balls. The underdogs knew that it will take a special effort for them to get rid of Sir Viv Richards.

Then stepped up the skipper, Kapil Dev, and portrayed what leading from the front actually means. Sir Viv Richards pulled a ball over to the deep mid-wicket off Madan Lal and Kapil Dev saw it as an opportunity to catch not only the ball but the trophy as well. Running backwards, Kapil Dev pulled off a blinder as the Men in Blue sprung to rejoice and could see them winning their first-ever world cup title. The Windies batsmen succumbed to the pressure and were eventually bowled out for 140 runs.

The miracle had happened. The underdogs had become champions. The world was witnessing something that they never imagined would happen in a lifetime.

The Men in Blue had won the world cup and Mohinder Amarnath was awarded as the Man of the Match for his all-round contribution. Then came the iconic picture of Kapil Dev lifting the World Cup trophy at Lord’s and telling the world that a new team is coming to dominate world cricket in the years to follow. And the rest, as they say, is history.

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Virat Kohli Bats Exactly Like Sir Viv Richards: Sunil Gavaskar Reveals The Reason Behind Indian Skipper’s Greatness

Former Indian legend, Sunil Gavaskar, has compared the likes of Virat Kohli to former West Indian legend, Sir Viv Richards and said that the Indian captain bats like him. Virat Kohli is arguably the best batsman in world cricket at the moment. He is racking up records for fun, and he is likely to reach the summit in this list in coming times.

The flamboyant Indian skipper has already smashed 70 international centuries so far and just seems to get better with days going by. Kohli is now eighth on the list of the most runs scored by a batsman in international cricket. The Delhi-based star has a very long career ahead and the kind of form that he has been in, it seems a considerable possibility that Virat Kohli will lead this chart too.

Virat Kohli, R Sridhar
Virat Kohli. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Now, Indian batting legend, Sunil Gavaskar, has illustrated the reason behind Virat’s greatness and compared him to the legendary West Indian, Sir Viv Richards.

Sunil Gavaskar Compares Virat Kohli To Sir Viv Richards

“It was very difficult to keep Viv Richards quiet when he was at the crease. Similarly, if you look at Virat Kohli’s batting today, in the same ball and same line, he will use his top hand and score a boundary towards the extra cover region and will use the bottom hand and score a boundary towards the mid-on and mid-wicket region,” Gavaskar said on Star Sports’ show ‘Winning the Cup – 1983’.

Sunil Gavaskar
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“That’s why Virat Kohli is considered as the No. 1 player because he bats exactly like Viv Richards. Earlier, Gundappa Vishwanath, VVS Laxman used to bat like this.”

Virat Kohli Has A Plethora Of Accolades To His Name

Kohli has grabbed a whole lot of national and international honours during his stint as an international cricketer. He bagged the Arjuna Award in 2013. He was honoured with the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian award, in 2017. Apart from it, he has featured in a lot of ICC teams over the years across all formats and won the best cricketer award multiple times.

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Virat Kohli. Image Credit: Getty Images.

He has successfully ascended the throne of the Indian captain. Although Team India still hunts for an ICC trophy under him, there are no doubts that Virat Kohli is the most suitable candidate for Indian cricket in contemporary times.

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