Monday, December 20, 2010

The operation was successful, but the patient died.

A Cricket Test Match between India and South Africa has just concluded. India’s Sachin Tendulkar has scored a century in this match, his 50th Test century and a world record that will keep on improving until Tendulkar is tired of making centuries or if he ever decides to retire. He is a great cricketer and India and the whole world admire his talent. May he play for India for many more years, concentrate on record making, breaking records, and improving his records.  
The Indian media has covered this historic achievement in all its glory and will continue to do so for the next few weeks, months and forever and as and when a chance arises. The media and the cricket commentators have ensured that this news reaches everyone in India - all great lovers of cricket and admirers of records and statistics. I can see that the whole country is happy with this great achievement.
This Test Match was played at Super Sport Park, Centurion, South Africa from 16th December to today, 20th December. South Africa won the toss and chose to field. Batting first, India scored 136 Runs at the loss of all wickets. In reply South Africa scored 624 Runs for the loss of 4 wickets. In the Second Innings India scored 459 Runs and were all out. Sachin scored 111 runs and remained not out. The gist of the match is, India scored 595 Runs for the loss of 20 wickets and South Africa scored 624 Runs for the loss of 4 wickets with 2 of its players scoring centuries and another a double century! But the ultimate outcome and highlight of the match is Sachin’s “Operation 50th Century”. Congrats Sachin, Congrats Indian Team, what if the patient is dead – India has lost the Match by an Innings.
P.S. We have played 414 Test Matches so far, we have won 93, lost 134 and have drawn 187 matches, that is a winning percentage of 22.5. But our greatness lies more in setting individual best performances and records which sometimes help us in winning matches.

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