Tue, 20 Dec 2011 16:08:23 GMT | By Rajesh Viswanathan, India Syndicate
Comparison: 2007 versus 2011

Consistent, classy and commanding (in 2007)

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2007-08: Sachin was in imperious form in 2007-08 series. Although Sehwag returned the best average by an Indian batsman, the Little Master wasn't too far behind in terms of average with almost double the number of runs scored as well. Sachin was consistent, classy and commanding. He never allowed the Aussie bowlers dictate terms to him and scored two centuries and two half centuries in the 8 innings he played. Sachin aggregated 493 runs during the 4-match series.

2011-12: Sachin's poor batting form in Test match cricket in recent times is a cause for major concern for India. He hasn't scored a Test ton since January this year and has been badly impacted by the pressure of the 100th ton. It would be vital that the Little Master gets done with the 100th century as early as possible and free himself from the shackles. Only then, will he be able to dictate terms to the bowler.