March 13, 2011

ICC World Cup 2011

The Sachin & Sourav show

Sahil Dutta

Tim Peach on the BBC website witnesses some serious hero worship in Nagpur in the countdown to Sachin Tendulkar's century of centuries.

There was a banner at the VCA Stadium in Nagpur on Saturday night saying 'countdown to God's 100 hundreds'. The 'God' in question is India's Sachin Tendulkar, a man whose cricket genius has elevated him to a stratospheric level of fame on home soil.

On a similar theme Dileep Premachandran in the Sunday Guardian questions the impact Asia's cricket-crazed fans have on their beloved teams.

Some would have found it insensitive, but Michael Atherton certainly struck a nerve with the first question he asked Shakib al Hasan after Bangladesh's epic last-gasp victory against England. "Last week, they were stoning your house," he said. "This week, do you think they'll build you a new one?" Shakib answered with a smile, but the question shed light on both Bangladesh's topsy-turvy performances and the schizophrenic nature of the support.

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