18 October 2010 by Roy Barford

Sachin Tendulkar’s last tour of South Africa?

India’s cricket tour to South Africa, which starts in December and includes 3 Test matches, a T20 and 5 One Day Internationals, could be the last for Sachin Tendulkar, one of the game’s greatest ever batsmen.

Even the mere prospect of seeing the ‘Little Master’ bat is worth whatever money your ticket costs. In 21 years of international cricket, 37-year-old Tendulkar has now scored more than 31 000 international runs and is fast approaching 100 international centuries. It is unlikely that any living batsmen will be able to match his achievements.

The list of records he holds is a thesis in itself. Last year he became the first batsmen ever to score a dhouble-century in a One Day International, when he made 200 not out against South Africa in Gwailor.

The only thing more impressive than the number of runs Tendulkar has scored, is the way he scores them. He is always so well balanced at the crease and almost never looks unsettled.

The only thing more impressive than the number of runs Tendulkar has scored, is the way he scores them. He is always so well balanced at the crease and almost never looks unsettled.

He has arguably been the most popular cricketer in the world for the last 2 decades and cricket fans during this time have been privileged.

India has many other batsmen worth watching, each for different reasons. Virendra Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Dhoni are explosive, exciting batsmen, capable of tearing any bowling attack to pieces, while Rahul Dravid, Gautam Gambhir and VVS Laxman are vintage Test cricketers, boasting superb defence and patience.

The first Test at superSport Park in Pretoria starts on December 16. This will be followed by Tests in Durban (December 26) and Cape Town (January 2).

Keep an eye out for tickets and book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

The above image of Sachin Tendulkar is courtesy of Ali Jackson.

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