ICC World Cup 2011 March 13, 2011

The Sachin & Sourav show

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

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.

Sahil Dutta is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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