THE USELESS COLUMN: If you have a shocker, beware…we'll be watching and branding men and women in sport Useless! Today it's the iconic Sachin Tendulkar
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Your striker fluffs a sitter, your keeper drops a clanger or
your team's opening batsman has been out for a pair… all together now: 'Useless!' Here, in Sportsmail's new 'Useless' column, we
highlight sportsmen and women who flop and deserve a panning from our man who delivers it best… Today the dubious honour goes to the greatest batsman still playing the game Sachin Tendulkar…
Before we get started: Yes, he's the Little Master. Yes, he's a living legend. Yes, he's one of the greatest batsman ever to have played the game…
But Sachin Tendulkar's current run of form is USELESS! He's Jimmy Anderson's bunny and England no longer fear him when he walks to the crease.
The 39-year-old maestro has not scored a Test hundred for almost two years – he made 146 against South Africa at Cape Town in the 2011 new year Test – his scores in 2012 read two, 76, eight, 13, 17, 19, 25, 15 and 41. Plenty of starts but no 'Daddy Hundreds' as Graham Gooch might say.
Time to wave goodbye, Sachin Indian great Sachin Tendulkar fell to England's Jimmy Anderson again today (FILE IMAGE)
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His form belies his status as one of the greats – if not THE greatest. Tendulkar has over 15,000 Test runs to his name at an average well above 50.
Those stats are sensational, but his record against England's Anderson are shocking.
The dismissal of Tendulkar today for the ninth time in Tests, means Anderson has broken Muttiah Muralitharan's record total (see panel below).
It's a landmark achievement for the England paceman, but another failure for Tendulkar has left some commentators to wonder if it's time for him to hang up his bat.
We're sorry to say it, Sachin, but for a great, great player this run of form is…
USELESS! Click to hear the verdict….
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JIMMY'S TENDULKAR HOODOO…
March 19, 2006, Mumbai
A rare false shot from Tendulkar gifted Anderson (right) his wicket for the
first time. Having made only one, the batsman drove loosely outside off
stump and the ball took the toe of his bat and went through to
wicketkeeper Geraint Jones.
July 20, 2007, Lord's
Umpire Steve Bucknor adjudged Anderson's full inswinger, which hit
Tendulkar on the pad as he looked to drive through the leg side, would
have clipped leg stump and sent him on his way lbw for 37.
August 10 & 12, 2007, The Oval
Anderson established his dominance over Tendulkar by taking his wicket
in each innings, first via a regulation edge to Andrew Strauss at slip
when on 82 and then bowled off the inside edge for one second time
December 22, 2008, Mohali
Another loose edge saw Tendulkar depart for five, with Graeme Swann at gully the catcher on this occasion.
July 25, 2011, Lord's
Tendulkar's likely last innings at Lord's brought him just 12 runs
before Anderson nipped one past his inside edge to dismiss him lbw.
July 29, 2011, Trent Bridge
In the second Test of the same series, Tendulkar managed 56 in a forlorn
fourth-innings chase before shouldering arms to a big inswinger which
trapped him leg before once again.
December 5, 2012, Kolkata
Tendulkar made 76 before an excellent outswinger from Anderson caught
his outside edge and was held by a tumbling Matt Prior behind the
December 14, 2012 Nagpur
Tendulkar made just two before Anderson got one to nip back off the
seam, deflect off a thin inside edge and on to middle stump.