If Cricket is a Religion, Sachin is God

23 May

Sachin Tendulkar (Wikipedia)

In India, cricket is indeed a religion. It unites a billion people with diverse traditions, languages, food, occupation, and social status.

A 16-year old boy had made his debut in 1986. In the last 25 years, he broke numerous records, carried the expectations of a nation on his shoulders, made a ton of money, and won an incredibly fanatic fan following.

The Time magazine, in its current Asian edition, featured a cover story aptly titled – The God of Cricket.

From a Time magazine 2010 article
When Sachin Tendulkar travelled to Pakistan to face one of the finest bowling attacks ever assembled in cricket, Michael Schumacher was yet to race a F1 car, Lance Armstrong had never been to the Tour de France, Diego Maradona was still the captain of a world champion Argentina team, Pete Sampras had never won a Grand Slam.

When Tendulkar embarked on a glorious career taming Imran and company, Roger Federer was a name unheard of; Lionel Messi was in his nappies, Usain Bolt was an unknown kid in the Jamaican backwaters. The Berlin Wall was still intact, USSR was one big, big country, Dr Manmohan Singh was yet to “open” the Nehruvian economy.

It seems while Time was having his toll on every individual on the face of this planet, he excused one man. Time stands frozen in front of Sachin Tendulkar. We have had champions, we have had legends, but we have never had another Sachin Tendulkar and we never will.

Suggested readings
Quotes on Sachin Tendulkar
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One Response to “If Cricket is a Religion, Sachin is God”

  1. Cricket June 7, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    Barely a year after winning the ODI Cricket World Cup, Team India finds itself in a soup. Two humiliating series white-washes against England and Australia followed by a disappointing defeat at the hands of minnows Bangladesh in the Asia Cup are not exactly the results a World cup winning team would like to put on its resume.

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