Sachin Tendulkar took the escalator, in the words of his school partner Vinod Kambli, and has never put a foot wrong. But in his consistency and in the records, it is easy to forget the durability.
Time magazine on a well known Indian’s amazing journey.
“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 Khan 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.”
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Does this mean that – All others reached that post OR proved themselves in such a less time and our hero took 21 years to do it ??
Sachin has always been a humble gentleman.
He stands out as a hero for his proposal to Anjali-a doc and 5 years elder, a historical event which anyone dare achieve at 22.
But as happened with Mahatma Gandhi , he should concentrate more on leading and mentoring team else we will have a bunch of unmarried jokers lifting their bats at every provocation ; and also more time to his own family and children.
Criticizing more on Indian team -richest in the world
1. no world cup in sachin’s 20 year run. real shame. real bunch of team losers.
2. except for Rahul Dravid a bit of VVS and himself, nobody has the mette to perform outside India.
He can surely have a personal F1 track after retirement from test cricket at 45.; and after breaking records in F1 at 55, he can retire to playing golf giving tips to Tiger Woods on how to become a gentleman.
As a part timer he can hold PMO and files can be sent to fields itself during drinks break. Any given day he will be a better PM than Rahul Gandhi .
Due to his charisma and integrity no one will dare attack India and we will be a welfare nation.
Our gods have failed us. Now we look up to sports and movie icons to save us. Need better gods.
Did Time say it or some blogger? Couldn’t find this on the Time website
I wonder how old are you. If you are above 40, you’ll know what it is to keep a passion burning at the same level as it did in 20s.
I am sorry may be my comments are misleading ! I actually faced these questions from a lot of people !
I completely understand his achievement.
PS: I am not even 30
Hey buddy could be that you were being a little sarcastic while giving the comments.. But honestly can the other sport legends do the same thing for 21 years. Didn’t you see the old man Sampras losing to Nadal with such a humiliation… may be Sachin is 5.5 but he s standing tall as always…
PS: I am neither a big fan of cricket nor a fan of sachin.
It may be a trifle obnoxious to laud the feat of the little master while comparing with other sporting greats as to what they were when he started his glorious career. However Sachin deserves a 21 gun salute now for his no mean feat, my tribute to him on my blog http://vasantp.blogspot.com/2009/11/tendlya-20-gun-salute.html
Nobody in his 40s can survive at the top in lawn tennis, soccer or F1. These sports demand much more from you than bloody passion. When we will be in 40s and 50s, we will be able to play decent cricket but won’t dare to do 200 km cycling. I don’t like the way writer has demeaned Sampras and Armstrong to earn points for Tendulkar. They have worked extremely hard in their respective sports and are more popular in the world than Tendulkar.
Tendulkar is dear to us Indians. But what other choice we have? It’s been long he has tasted the top position in any form of cricketing rankings. I don’t expect much from him anyway. I am expecting few replies to my post and I have an advice for you.. stop blind fan following.
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Well! Tiger Woods and golf has been skipped in the article! Intentional??