Another one-day defeat.. *SIGH*.. All the hoopla surrounding this Indian team is turning out to be nothing.. The only thing of note today was Saurav Ganguly's fifty (though off over 100 balls), which propelled him into the 10,000 run club.
Our Sunny Gavaskar was the first to get there in 1987. The following list gives the members (in both formats of cricket):
1) Sunil Gavaskar (Ind) - 1987 (Tests)
2) Allan Border (Aus) - 1993 (Tests)
3) Sachin Tendulkar (Ind) - 2001 (ODI)
4) Steve Waugh (Aus) - 2003 (Tests)
5) Brian Lara (WI) - 2004 (Tests)
6) Inzamam-ul-Haq (Pak) - 2004 (ODI)
7) Sachin Tendulkar (Ind) - 2004 (Tests)
7) Saurav Ganguly (Ind) - 2005 (ODI)
Sanath Jayasuriya is only 33 runs short of the milestone, which he would surely cross this year (atleast 9 more ODI's are scheduled for Srilanka in 2005). So, he would be the ninth.. The others who are in the fringe are:
a) Brian Lara - 646 runs short (ODI). With the tussle between WI cricket board and players unlikely to be resolved soon, he would probably reach 10 K runs in 2006.
b) Ricky Ponting - 1710 runs (ODI). (Quite a distance..) Likely to reach 10K in 2007.
c) Rahul Dravid - 1760 runs (ODI). Likely to reach 10K in 2007.
d) Rahul Dravid - 2304 runs (Tests). In the current form, he would be just there when 2007 ends.
e) Jack Kallis - 2325 runs (ODI). With injuries permitting, he might be there in 2007.
f) Inzamam-ul-Haq: 2380 runs (tests). Without injuries and in current form, might make it in 2007.
So, there are 7 guys waiting to join the club in the next two years.. 5 of them in 2007. With more and more cricket, and with rules inclined more towards batsmen, this is the result. A century of cricket saw only one (Sunny) make it.. Twenty years since then, there would be 14 more..