75 and counting...

Chanderpaul mentioned yesterday that we all knew what Sachin can do. But he wouldn't really have expected Sachin to do it so well today. In what was a very neatly paced innings, Sachin ended up with 141 off 148 deliveries. After being dropped on 5 behind the wicket, Sachin toyed with the largely innocuous Carribbean bowling, hammering 13 4s and 5 6s in the process. This was his 40th ODI hundred and the 75th time that he has crossed the three figure mark.

The most pleasing aspect of the innings was the ease with which he cleared the short boundaries for sixers. That is something which he hasn't been doing for a while now and I'm sure sure even the sharpest of his critics (Sanjay Manjrekar) would have thoroughly enjoyed it .

Sachin gave a perfect demonstration of what the team really wants him to do these days. Play aggressively during the initial power-plays, rotate the strike in the middle overs and improvise in the later stages - but more importantly, bat through the innings (atleast for 3/4ths of the innings, if not the full 50 overs). From now on till the world cup, Sachin is probably going to be the only one with a fixed position and a fixed role in the Indian batting order.

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