Sachin Tendulkar’s stumps being uprooted by James Anderson in the Nagpur Test signified his last international innings of the year. It was also symbolic of the way 2012 has gone for the batting great.
Sachin made a paltry 2 runs off 25 balls in a pitch where it was difficult to get a batsman out if he went into defensive mode. Sachin watched helplessly as his side was beaten in a Test series at home for the first time in 8 years.
Ironically, it was in Nagpur in 2004 that saw Australia take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in that series. That time too Sachin was helpless as he scored 2 and 8 runs in both innings of the Test.
2012 has been the batting great’s worst year ever in international cricket. There is no doubt about it anymore. This was an absolute “annus horribilis” and he had very little to cheer about in terms of pure performance and contribution to Team India’s victories.
Image: Sachin Tendulkar is dismissed for the ninth time in Tests by James Anderson in the final Test at Nagpur