All over the Facebook, the status messages convey praises to Ponting for his timely decision for retirement and cursing Sachin for not doing the same. I thought let me look at the numbers and hit it back at people who are bashing Sachin for not retiring.
For almost 5 years, where ever Sachin plays, people have been giving a standing ovation thinking that would be his last game there. He has proven everyone wrong and is continuing his love for cricket.
I took the last 6 years of performances between Sachin and Ponting to see how well each has performed.
Tests Played between 2007 and 2012
RP: M-4; I-6; R-192; A-38.4
ST: M-9; I-16; R-776; A-55.42
RP: M-14; I-25; R-1182; A-47.28
ST: M-13; I-25; R-1063; A-48.31
RP: M-13; I-23; R-853; A-38.77
ST: M-6; I-9; R-541; A-67.62
RP: M-12; I-23; R-813; A-36.95
ST: M-14; I-23; R-1562; A-78.10
RP: M-7; I-13; R-415; A-31.92
ST: M-9; I-17; R-756; A-47.25
RP: M-8; I-13; R-588; A-49
ST: M-7; I-12; R-274; A-22.83
RP: M-58; I-103; R-4043; A-40.83
ST: M-58; I-102; R-4972; A-54.04
In tests, apart from 2012 every other year Sachin has dominated over Ricky Ponting. The overall figures during this time says it all. If we consider anything less than 45 average is a bad year, then Sachin had just one while Ponting has 4 years. Australia and Australians has supported their greatest player of modern era during the bad patch in his career. Sachin being the greatest player of all time for India, Indians are losing their patience with just one year of failure in performances. Poor chap, he has set his standards so high that people cannot see him perform like other 95% of players in world cricket now.
ODIs Played between 2007 and 2012
RP: M-27; I-24; R-1424; A-79.11
ST: M-33; I-32; R-1425; A-47.5
RP: M-13; I-13; R-278; A-21.38
ST: M-12; I-12; R-460; A-41.81
RP: M-29; I-29; R-1198; A-42.78
ST: M-21; I-20; R-972; A-54
RP: M-22; I-22; R-771; A-36.71
ST: M-2; I-2; R-204; A-204
RP: R-18; I-17; R-604; A-40.26
ST: M-11; I-11; R-513; A-46.63
RP: M-5; I-5; R-18; A-3.6
ST: M-10; I-10; R-315; A-31.5
RP: M-114; I-110; R-4293; A-42.93
ST: M-89; I-87; R-3899; A-48.01
Sachin is the greatest ODI player of all time. He has proved that in his performances in last 6 years also. There was only one year where Ponting has beaten Sachin with his average. During the same time, he has become the first player to hit a double century in ODIs.
I further compared Sachin with rest of the world in last 6 years. In tests Sachin is in the Top 4 run getters while Ponting is in the 14th position. Also only 5 people have bettered his average in the Top 14.
|AN Cook (Eng)||72||126||5899||49.99||18||26|
|KP Pietersen (Eng)||68||112||5264||49.66||16||18|
|MJ Clarke (Aus)||59||101||5123||55.68||17||17|
|SR Tendulkar (India)||58||102||4972||54.04||16||23|
|JH Kallis (SA)||54||92||4869||60.86||20||16|
|KC Sangakkara (SL)||49||85||4829||62.71||18||17|
|HM Amla (SA)||55||95||4734||55.04||16||22|
|GC Smith (SA)||54||95||4500||51.13||15||19|
|MEK Hussey (Aus)||60||105||4405||44.94||13||21|
|V Sehwag (India)||49||89||4376||50.88||11||20|
|DPMD Jayawardene (SL)||50||86||4351||53.06||15||14|
|AJ Strauss (Eng)||65||112||4246||39.31||11||19|
|R Dravid (India)||58||106||4190||43.64||13||17|
|RT Ponting (Aus)||58||103||4043||40.83||8||26|
In ODIs, with very minimal games being played in 4 of the last 6 years Sachin is still in the Top 10 run getters while Ponting is in the 8th position playing 25 innings more than Sachin. But if you look at the average at which Sachin has scored his runs would keep him in 3rd position in the top 10 run getters.
AT THE END, WITH JUST ONE YEAR OF FAILURES, I FEEL THAT SACHIN SHOULD BE GIVEN SOME MORE TIME TO DECIDE FOR HIS RETIREMENT.