Tendulkar's frustration, Kohli's Midas touch

Sachin Tendulkar looked back at his stumps and appeared to check himself in the act of throwing his bat in frustration. It was a rare moment of McEnroe-esque angst.

updated: September 04, 2012 13:49 IST
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When he was growing up, one of Sachin Tendulkar's idols was not a man who scored runs with bats, but one who used a tennis racket - sometimes to create magic on court, and equally to use as an instrument to vent his frustrations on the umpires, his opponent and perhaps the audience too. So much so, that John McEnroe titled his autobiography, "You cannot be serious" after the line he made famous by repeated utterances to the tennis chair umpires.

While Tendulkar exhibited equal artistry with his chosen implement - the cricket bat - one never got to see him rant at the world with a bat thrown in anger. If he ever flung a bat, it was in the dressing room.

Which made his gesture on the fourth, and what turned out to be final, day of the second Test against New Zealand, more striking. Batting on 27, after first having got his eye in and then hitting some pleasing boundaries, Tendulkar played across the line to Tim Southee, and was bowled. Apart from the fact that the bowler was Tim Southee, there was little difference in the dismissal to how Tendulkar had been out in the first innings to Doug Bracewell.

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