In my earlier post, I hoped that Sachin with his bat will give us few more moments to cherish in his final outing as a batsman. And he did that with a brisk 74. It wasn't a century, nor was I expecting one till he actually arrived on crease and started batting really well. Even if it isn't; it doesn't matter- I am more than satisfied with this because his final knock tells us why he is so special- it isn't just about how much he scores but also about how he gets them; the knock had every shot in the book (Except the pull/hook)-the on-drive, the straight drive, the cover drive, the square cut and the many variations of sweep shots; all came quite quick showing his intent to dominate the bowling more often than not. It's about the many possibilities that are on offer with a bat on his hand which makes Sachin's batsmanship so special; the possibilities seem to be innumerable especially when he can play half-a-dozen different kind of shots to a similar delivery bowled to him.
Announcing his arrival as a technically correct and focused player with an intent to play his strokes more freely and dominate the bowling with his brutal hitting; he batted like this till the 2003 World Cup. With injuries taking the toll on his body and the scores dipping, he resorted to being more defensive during 2005-2007-England Series, even though his One day batting continued to be fantastic during the same period. However, the 56 and 82 he struck against Pakistan in 2007 Home Tests seemed to have improved his confidence and he began to adapt his style to score quickly despite lacking the brutal strokeplay power of his earlier days; resulting in great success in Australia and from then onwards in many more matches till 2010-11.
While the last 2 years have been quite difficult for him; in his Final Test though, he delivered what his fans expect from him. Sachin in his final knock, did no harm to his reputation of being the most compact and complete strokeplayer of his era.