Archive for April, 2009

IPL Ad – Season 2

April 6, 2009

The second season of IPL is upon us. And I came across these ads from Sony Max, the broadcaster of IPL in India. Good stuff.

Tendulkar vs Ponting (Part II)

April 6, 2009

My first post about these two batting greats was three years ago to the month, and it still continues to attract an audience. So, I decided it was time for an update.

Here are the current career stats for both:

Mat Inns Runs Avg 100s
Sachin Tendulkar 159 260 12773 54.58 42
Ricky Ponting 131 221 10960 56.20 37

And here are their stats since April 2006 (ie, since the last post).

Matches Runs Batting Avg. Centuries
Sachin Tendulkar 27 2304 51.20 7
Ricky Ponting 26 2168 49.27 6

Nearly identical stats. Both Tendulkar and Ponting struggled with injuries but are now back. There was talk 3 years ago that Tendulkar would fade away and Ponting would take over the world record for the most number of Test centuries. Neither has happened. Ponting was playing tremendously around 2005/06, but since has returned to more earthly form, allowing Tendulkar to keep pace (and even pull ever so slightly ahead).

Ponting is slightly younger than Tendulkar and hence people have been conjecturing that Ponting will be ahead when both men put their bats away. However, both might still end up playing for about the same amount of time. Tendulkar has not mentioned anything about retiring and it feels like he wants to just carry on as long as he can. Given that he is ahead at the moment, I would say that he’ll most likely be ahead when they both retire.

We’ll have to wait a few more years to get the answer. Until then let’s enjoy the last few years of both these batsmen.