CLARKE CONFIDENCE RUBS OFF

When Michael Clarke first burst onto the Australian cricket scene he was already touted as a future captain.

After making a centaury in his test debut and then repeating the effort in his second appearance, many believed he would be the man to save Australian cricket.

Since that Clarke has been a solid performer for Australia and has shown leadership abilities worthy of an Australian Test Captain. After taking over the vice captaincy from Adam Gilchrist, Clark became the captain of the T20 national team before taking over completely when Ricky Ponting stepped down to focus on his cricket.

It’s only in the last months that Clarke or ‘Pup’ as he is known to his has had his captaincy tested and according to supporters he has passed with flying colours. Clark has shown he is a captain willing to take risks and make tough decisions.

In the West Indies recently he declared one hundred runs behind believing that his bowlers could take enough wickets to keep his team in with a chance of winning. He was right. Australia’s bowlers tore though the West Indies middle order tipping the game in Australia’s favour. Now in the Final test against the Windies Clark has said that he is prepared to lose the game in order to have a chance of winning it.

Despite Australia’s current strong position, rain on day four has made winning a difficult prospect. According to the latest cricket betting news, with a lead of just over 150 runs Clarke is set to declare early in order to give his bowlers a chance to win the game. While the tactic may backfire his courage has been raised by all sectors of the cricketing world.

Sports psychologists say that Clark’s confidence in his team may be a self fulfilling prophecy as players performing better when they know their leader has faith in their abilities.

FOCUS ON TENDULKAR

Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is the greatest cricketer of all times. He has been with Team India since he was 17 years of age. Sachin Tendulkar was born in the year 1973 and is nicknamed Little Master. Along with one day as well as Test cricket he remains to be one of the top most scorer in the cricket arena.

Sachin Tendulkar is the first ever cricketer in Test Cricket to score fifty centuries and the first to score fifty centuries in all international cricket combined. Sachin Tendulkar has surpassed the record of the most famous cricketer Brian Lara by scoring 12,000, 13,000, 14,000 and 15,000 in that form of the game. Sachin Tendulkar also passed 30,000 runs in international cricket in the year 2009 on November 20th. Again on February 20th, 2010, Sachin Tendulkar was the first cricketer ever to score a double century in a match against South Africa in a One Day International. He also holds the record of being the first batsman to score 15000 runs in Test Cricket.

Apart from all the number of records that Sachin Tendulkar holds as a cricketer, he also was honoured by the Padma Vibhusan award which is the second highest civilian award given in India. Also the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, India’s highest sporting award was given to him.

Bangladesh, India and Sril Lanka hosted the 2011 World Cup from February to April and Sachin Tendulkar was India’s lead run score for the tournament. The only batsmen to score more runs thanhim was Tillakaratne. However, India defeated Sril Lanka in the final. Sachin Tendulkar was made the icon player and captain for the home side , the Mumbai Indians during the Indian Premier League Twenty20 in the year 2008. In 2010, Mumbai Indians reached the finals.