Last Saturday, India lost a World cup match against the Proteas (so called chokers). Moment the match was over, I am sure many of your facebook pages were full of frustrated Indian fans, including you and I. The popular comments were centered around Dhoni's decision to bowl Nehra in the final over, Nehra's final over, Munaf Patel and his sub-standard bowling. There was one more comment that was slowing gathering momentum. And it was the "fact" that India lost again when Sachin scored a century..
Slowly, but surely, it's getting registered in our sub-conscious mind and even the die-hard Sachin fans have started doubting (an iota of doubt, nevertheless) the living legend.
I decided to check if this is a fact, or a belief that we like to follow whenever Sachin scores a century and India loses..
I got Sachin's century listing from Wikipedia, which in turn, came from Cricinfo. Here is the summary of what I found..
India has lost (only) 13 matches when Sachin has scored a century. Thats just 27%. We have won more than 68% of the matches!! Even in Test matches, we have lost less than 22% of all the matches when Sachin scored a century. Realistically, you don't expect India to win everytime when Sachin scores a century, do you? Emotionally, yes...Realistically, nopes.
I am sure critics will still not be convinced by this statistic. And sure enough, they have a valid point. Since 2005, Sachin has scored 11 centuries in ODI of which we won 5 and lost 5, one was a tied game against England in the 2011 World Cup. But, guess what, thats still 45% of the times we lost, when the little master added one more to his unbeatable record.
I am not debating whether Sachin is a match winner, simply because cricket is a team sport. All 11 players will have to contribute. And, in a way, if Sachin was a match winner, then the remaining 10 Indian players are just fillers, thereby degrading the others.
Sachin has been India's warrior (sometimes, a lone one at that) for over 2 decades now. He has been India's favorite son, someone we will look up to when India plays their next match. He, along with India's expectation in the world cup, has been creatively described by my buddy, Aditya Ambekar, in his blog.
Here's one request.. The next time when Sachin scores a century and India loses, let's not dig deep as to why Sachin can't win matches for India.