From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.36 :: NO.49 :: Dec. 07, 2013
Star Poster: SACHIN TENDULKAR
We identify so closely with someone like Sachin Tendulkar because he does things we cannot aspire to, or even want to given the amount of sacrifice involved, yet his centuries and aggregates and averages retain our faith in ourselves as a race. We can play a straight drive because Tendulkar plays it to perfection; we don’t have to chase perfection because he is doing it for us, writes Suresh Menon.
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A great batsman, a greater person
He reserved his best for the last and to me that epitomised the true nature of a boy wonder who went on to become the greatest batsman.
Indian ears are forever aching to hear that our very own SRT is a greater batsman than one Sir Donald Bradman! I’ll abstain from any comparison simply because comparisons are odious. Period. However, aren’t similarities a better way of putting across our Indian sense of pride and privilege? By Bishan Singh Bedi.
The Sachin package was such a joy!
I was impressed with his high elbow, still head and front foot batting. It made him aggressive, always looking to dominate. By Rameez Raja.
There was so much natural ability in him
I was his first Test captain and saw him from close quarters as a 16-year-old cricketing prodigy in Pakistan, 1989. I also saw him play his last Test, a memorable affair in Mumbai 24 years later. By K. Srikkanth.
Sachin is the greatest
Tendulkar is like the banyan tree in the world of cricket, and the records he holds are its branches. He possesses almost every record in the game. By Sourav Ganguly.
I was fortunate that our careers coincided
He was the first of us (to make a debut) and the last of us (to retire) and that tells the tale of his longevity and class. By Anil Kumble.
Boy with the Morrant pads
“He called me to say he was retiring and it was a great gesture on his part. I cherish the bond and affection we have,” says V. V. S. Laxman.
I can’t imagine cricket without Sachin
We must treat Sachin differently because of the impact he has made on cricket. We still need him. I would love to see him play in domestic cricket because it will mean so much to the opponents. By Ajay Jadeja.
What a role model!
“Barring captaincy every other responsibility made him better,” says Navjot Singh Sidhu.
He has been a great ambassador
A passionate heart and an alert mind were the secrets behind his cricketing longevity. By Javagal Srinath.
Team-man to the core
It was sheer joy to see him enjoy a team-mate’s success. Cricket is a team sport and Sachin always put the team before him. By Ajit Agarkar.
‘He made it look ridiculously simple’
“In the era I have played and bowled to, Sachin Tendulkar is obviously up there with Brian Lara," says Murali Kartik.
A natural talent
Once he got his first Test century in England and then watching his performance in Australia, I was convinced that I was watching a great player in the making. By Kapil Dev.
He’s much more than his runs and records
Sachin Tendulkar was not just a revered elder to doting youngsters, he also inspired accomplished men to give their best, writes K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
Well-versed in the grammar of batting
Sachin Tendulkar’s batsmanship was rooted in strong fundamentals. His technical purity provided him a platform to exhibit his strokes, both in offence and defence. By S. Dinakar.
A great advertisement for the sport
Sachin Tendulkar’s fervour remained undiminished to the end. He respected his opponents as much as his own team-mates, writes Vijay Lokapally.
Anand for Carlsen
The 12-game match ended prematurely with two games to spare. Statistically, Carlsen matched the projected figure, scoring 65% to Anand’s 35%, and turned the much-anticipated contest into a mismatch. By Rakesh Rao.
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