It was compiled in a needle game against Pakistan. It was a World Cup semifinal. And yet one is sure that Sachin Tendulkar would not look upon his 85 as one of his better innings in his long and illustrious ODI career. The best knocks are the chanceless or flawless ones and this was neither.
The timing of his strokes was not exactly perfect, he survived some anxious moments including a leg before referral and an extremely close stumping appeal and above all was dropped four times. But then that is not Tendulkar's fault. Like anyone who receives gifts or is subjected to moments of good fortune, the great man took it in his stride with the attitude that said "this is my day, I better make the most of it."
Image: India's Sachin Tendulkar, left, plays a shot off the bowling of Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez during the Cricket World Cup semifinal match between India and Pakistan in Mohali, India, Wednesday, March 30, 2011.
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