Tribute November 19, 2013

Goodbye from a 'hater'

Sarath Chandra Jagupilla
If you don't agree with the obsessive Tendulkar fan who believes his idol is God, does that make you a Tendulkar hater?
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If you don't agree with the obsessive Tendulkar fan who believes his idol is God, does that make you a Tendulkar hater? © AFP

I am what Sachin Tendulkar fans love to call a 'hater'. Everybody had their chance to say goodbye to him. Maybe, we haters must have our chance too. For we too followed him as closely as his fans did.

Hater is too strong a word, but we'll go with it. Frankly, most of us are not haters of Tendulkar, but we do hate the hyperbole around him. We acknowledge his greatness, only without the hyperbole. We are haters not of Tendulkar, but of his most rabid fans - the kind that wanted India to collapse immediately after he was out in his final Test innings, and wished for huge scores from Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul. There were several Indian fans that hoped for this course of events just so that Tendulkar might have had another chance to bat, even at the risk of potentially losing the match. In an effort to argue against such attitudes, we end up arguing against the man. We too felt sentimental when he was out for the last time; only for the sentiments to be overtaken by nausea when we saw fans wishing for India's collapse.

Tendulkar is a great batsman; one of the greatest of all time and possibly the greatest of his time. You will be hard-pressed to find a 'hater' who does not hold this opinion. We are haters of those people who hate us for holding this opinion. For us, Tendulkar is not God. He isn't 'undoubtedly the greatest batsman of all time'. This is not the time to talk about why he is only possibly the greatest of his time. For, most people consider this an insult to the man. So let me leave with a sentiment that might warm everybody's hearts.

Tendulkar is the standard against which all batting was measured for as long as he played. If you wanted to say Steve Waugh was the best batsman, you had to measure him up against Tendulkar and prove it. If you wanted to say Brian Lara was the best batsman, you had to measure him up against Tendulkar. Same with Rahul Dravid and Ricky Ponting. Whoever else we liked, we had to keep an eye on Tendulkar. For me, there is no bigger tribute to him than that.

If that is not enough, well you know what to call me.

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  • on November 24, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    @Neeraj - I was paying a tribute to Tendulkar, as somebody who did not think Tendulkar is God or the greatest. I don't think any of Dravid, Lara, Waugh etc are God or the greatest. I like them and felt sad when they left. I felt the same with Tendulkar. I wanted to express that. Given this, the supporting reasons of why Tendulkar is not the greatest do not belong in the article. When I say every other batsman is compared to Tendulkar, it is the effect of Tendulkar being the most popular of all contenders to the "best" title; not that he is the best.

  • on November 24, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    I don't get what Sarath is trying to say here. The articles seems pretty vague in that it doesn't bring out the intended meaning - "why Sachin is not God". Ok, so for you Sachin isn't undoubtedly the best batsmen but what are the supporting reasons? Rather, to say that you hate his fans who wanted India's collapse is kinda divergence from the topic. It doesn't support what you are trying to say. In fact, when you say that every other batsman was compared to Tendulkar, you in a way are saying that Tendulkar's the best. I myself am a huge fan of Dravid, Ganguly, Ponting, Kallis and all. For me, watching Dravid play was like, "Oh, u beauty" but then when I compare Tendulkar's overall performance and records with any of these guys', I have to admit that no one is even close to him. And that's what makes you the best in the game. And he has been a performer in every deptt. of the game - batting, bowling and fielding. To carry on for 24 yrs is an unbelievable feat. He is the best!

  • nareshgb1 on November 24, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    did you rejoice when Sachin was out in the last over in Melbourne for 73? Did you chuckle with glee when he was out for 32 in the next innings ("proving" that only VVS or Dravid "can do it"?)

    if not, then you are not a hater.

  • SriramK0503 on November 23, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    I completely agree with the way the article was presented by Sarath. Nice read, infact. I also dis-agree when people compare and say that he's better than Bradman and others..He is one of the legends of this era, but it doesn't mean he is the best. there are people like Dravid , Ponting , Kallis , Sangakkara who had performed incredibly well when the team needed most out of them. They stood and delivered at crucial situations. Let us put aside the slogan of 'God' and all, and keep loving Cricket and the players who make it shining.

  • on November 23, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    Maybe, there is another way to look at this. Tendulkar did deliver at a known (high) level for 24 years, and amassed longevity records of mind-boggling magnitude. In other words, in the case of Tendulkar you know what you get if given a long rope and other stuff. For other players, it is mostly conjecture on how they would have performed, if afforded similar luxuries by their boards, selectors, and captains. So, in Tendulkar's case you have more data backing his quality than others, and therefore you are more sure about him. Looked at it this way, Tendulkar must be the automatic first pick as a batsman in his generation. Not because he is the best, but because you are more sure that he is among the best than possible alternatives.

  • on November 23, 2013, 3:26 GMT

    Tendulkar is a great cricketer,one of the best ever, but so are Lara, Ponting, Kallis, Shane warne, Muralitharan, Mcgrath, Dravid, Akram, Inzamam, Sangakarra, to name a few players of his generation. Their records are equally amazing and many of them carried the burden of captaincy for years which Tendulkar could never do. Impression is created in media that he was head and shoulders above everyone , which is not right.Things should be put in perspective Only person who deserves God like status in Cricket is Don Bradman.

  • on November 22, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    His fans loved him not just because of his batting. He was pretty more than that. He was an entertainer, he mad people dream, he made people happy and he made people emotion. That is why fans are very emtional about him. I considered myself, Big big, amir khan and many others reasonable people but we all cried when he got out for the last time and wished that india collapased. His prensence had an effect on us which we cannnot describe. he made us feel good about ourself, he made feel secure. He made a common human being look divine.

  • on November 22, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    @pradyuman - I feel most times the logic is reversed in the opposite manner of what you suggested. Most commentators here and elsewhere agree that Tendulkar is a great. When ABC says, "XYZ is one of the best", it is reasonable to assume ABC is paying XYZ a compliment. However, when XYZ is Tendulkar, ABC is branded a hater and/or accused of, as you put it, "pulling him down as a player", when in fact most of these people rate Tendulkar just as high as they rate Dravid, Waugh, Lara etc. When some commentators point out a flaw in Tendulkar's record, it is mostly to counter the argument that he is "the greatest", not "one of the best". @Naeemullah - Farewell parties are a function of star value. Dravid was never even half the star that Tendulkar was.

  • on November 22, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    SACHIN TENDULKUR is no doubt a true legend of cricket , he is not only a cricketer he is a chapter of cricket , its good everyone praising his career but one man who is one of my fvt batsman RAHIL DRAVID , he is the most technically sound batsman i have seen since i started to watch cricket and i think he is more times better than tendulkar , he deserve more respect than tendulkar , then why everyone has left him , i think he deserved this kind of fairwell , but .........................................., i like RAHUL DRAVID very much , if u dnt agree with me then no prblm but dnt think negative abt my feelings toward tendulkar , , miss u THE WALL , U R THE HISTORY OF CRICKET

  • scdkee on November 22, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    @Pradyuman Dubey: can you tell me one tendulkar test inning which "won" india a test match. just go and check the number of man of the match awards that tendulkar won, in matches that india won. u'll get the answer to my question. he was a great great batsman and i respect him even more for his demeanor, both on and off the ground. yes he won india many many ODI's, but u'll really struggle to find any test matches that he won on his own. so does that make him the 'best of his time'?

  • on November 24, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    @Neeraj - I was paying a tribute to Tendulkar, as somebody who did not think Tendulkar is God or the greatest. I don't think any of Dravid, Lara, Waugh etc are God or the greatest. I like them and felt sad when they left. I felt the same with Tendulkar. I wanted to express that. Given this, the supporting reasons of why Tendulkar is not the greatest do not belong in the article. When I say every other batsman is compared to Tendulkar, it is the effect of Tendulkar being the most popular of all contenders to the "best" title; not that he is the best.

  • on November 24, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    I don't get what Sarath is trying to say here. The articles seems pretty vague in that it doesn't bring out the intended meaning - "why Sachin is not God". Ok, so for you Sachin isn't undoubtedly the best batsmen but what are the supporting reasons? Rather, to say that you hate his fans who wanted India's collapse is kinda divergence from the topic. It doesn't support what you are trying to say. In fact, when you say that every other batsman was compared to Tendulkar, you in a way are saying that Tendulkar's the best. I myself am a huge fan of Dravid, Ganguly, Ponting, Kallis and all. For me, watching Dravid play was like, "Oh, u beauty" but then when I compare Tendulkar's overall performance and records with any of these guys', I have to admit that no one is even close to him. And that's what makes you the best in the game. And he has been a performer in every deptt. of the game - batting, bowling and fielding. To carry on for 24 yrs is an unbelievable feat. He is the best!

  • nareshgb1 on November 24, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    did you rejoice when Sachin was out in the last over in Melbourne for 73? Did you chuckle with glee when he was out for 32 in the next innings ("proving" that only VVS or Dravid "can do it"?)

    if not, then you are not a hater.

  • SriramK0503 on November 23, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    I completely agree with the way the article was presented by Sarath. Nice read, infact. I also dis-agree when people compare and say that he's better than Bradman and others..He is one of the legends of this era, but it doesn't mean he is the best. there are people like Dravid , Ponting , Kallis , Sangakkara who had performed incredibly well when the team needed most out of them. They stood and delivered at crucial situations. Let us put aside the slogan of 'God' and all, and keep loving Cricket and the players who make it shining.

  • on November 23, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    Maybe, there is another way to look at this. Tendulkar did deliver at a known (high) level for 24 years, and amassed longevity records of mind-boggling magnitude. In other words, in the case of Tendulkar you know what you get if given a long rope and other stuff. For other players, it is mostly conjecture on how they would have performed, if afforded similar luxuries by their boards, selectors, and captains. So, in Tendulkar's case you have more data backing his quality than others, and therefore you are more sure about him. Looked at it this way, Tendulkar must be the automatic first pick as a batsman in his generation. Not because he is the best, but because you are more sure that he is among the best than possible alternatives.

  • on November 23, 2013, 3:26 GMT

    Tendulkar is a great cricketer,one of the best ever, but so are Lara, Ponting, Kallis, Shane warne, Muralitharan, Mcgrath, Dravid, Akram, Inzamam, Sangakarra, to name a few players of his generation. Their records are equally amazing and many of them carried the burden of captaincy for years which Tendulkar could never do. Impression is created in media that he was head and shoulders above everyone , which is not right.Things should be put in perspective Only person who deserves God like status in Cricket is Don Bradman.

  • on November 22, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    His fans loved him not just because of his batting. He was pretty more than that. He was an entertainer, he mad people dream, he made people happy and he made people emotion. That is why fans are very emtional about him. I considered myself, Big big, amir khan and many others reasonable people but we all cried when he got out for the last time and wished that india collapased. His prensence had an effect on us which we cannnot describe. he made us feel good about ourself, he made feel secure. He made a common human being look divine.

  • on November 22, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    @pradyuman - I feel most times the logic is reversed in the opposite manner of what you suggested. Most commentators here and elsewhere agree that Tendulkar is a great. When ABC says, "XYZ is one of the best", it is reasonable to assume ABC is paying XYZ a compliment. However, when XYZ is Tendulkar, ABC is branded a hater and/or accused of, as you put it, "pulling him down as a player", when in fact most of these people rate Tendulkar just as high as they rate Dravid, Waugh, Lara etc. When some commentators point out a flaw in Tendulkar's record, it is mostly to counter the argument that he is "the greatest", not "one of the best". @Naeemullah - Farewell parties are a function of star value. Dravid was never even half the star that Tendulkar was.

  • on November 22, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    SACHIN TENDULKUR is no doubt a true legend of cricket , he is not only a cricketer he is a chapter of cricket , its good everyone praising his career but one man who is one of my fvt batsman RAHIL DRAVID , he is the most technically sound batsman i have seen since i started to watch cricket and i think he is more times better than tendulkar , he deserve more respect than tendulkar , then why everyone has left him , i think he deserved this kind of fairwell , but .........................................., i like RAHUL DRAVID very much , if u dnt agree with me then no prblm but dnt think negative abt my feelings toward tendulkar , , miss u THE WALL , U R THE HISTORY OF CRICKET

  • scdkee on November 22, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    @Pradyuman Dubey: can you tell me one tendulkar test inning which "won" india a test match. just go and check the number of man of the match awards that tendulkar won, in matches that india won. u'll get the answer to my question. he was a great great batsman and i respect him even more for his demeanor, both on and off the ground. yes he won india many many ODI's, but u'll really struggle to find any test matches that he won on his own. so does that make him the 'best of his time'?

  • on November 22, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    The hyperbole must have been embarrassing to the man himself. But i have never understood the logic of pulling him down as a player because of the way his fans treated him! A little lost logic, don't you think? Also, all this talk about him not winning enough matches is bollocks and so is the sentiment that Dravid and Dhoni are bigger match winners. Please name one definitive ODI innings from Dravid which won the match for India from a position of no hope. Comparing Dhoni to him would be an insult but still can someone remind me of the time when Dhoni won a Test for India with his bat except for his double against a weak aussie team recently? Dhoni is a mighty effective limited overs batsman as Dravid was in Tests. The beauty of Tendulkar was that he was equally brilliant across formats.

  • becham100 on November 21, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    I have to agree with the article. Tendulkar was a brilliant bastman, a showman in the earlier days of his career. But to say that he was the best player in the history of the game.....stretching it a bit too much. As for bradman....the guy played when there was no protecting gear, uncovered pitches and no restriction on the bouncers per over. So....it actually is pretty impressive to have an average of 99.94

  • on November 21, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    Did anyone of you know what the other greats like Viv Richards and Brian Lara have said about Tendulkar? Here it is: Viv Richards: Tendulkar is 99.5% perfect. Brian Lara: Tendulkar is the greatest cricketer ever.

  • on November 21, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    As said in the democracy everyone have their own right to believe in whatever they want. If Fans want to see Sachin as a God its their personal choice and no-one can question it and at the same time those who hate him, its their choice, those who criticise him its their choice, those who admire him its their choice, those who respect him its their choice. But for me what stands out is that Sachin has been the most humble cricketer with such challenging records,I have ever watched. He didnt set those records as personal achievements he was playing for the Nation and the records happened in this period. These records can be considered as challenges for forth coming players who keep a desire to excel in their game. Sachin as a cricketer has shown a lot in his game that could be learned. Said that, I equally respect those other players from whom we can learn as well. But the players around the world choose to follow Sachin, learn from him. Wishing Sachin all the Happiness in his life ahead

  • on November 21, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    I agree to a large extent with Niladri Nandi. There will always be doubts over titles such as a greatest ever. Personally, as a pure batsman, I don't think anybody in the last 20-30 years really pulled away from the rest. All contenders have their averages are within 2-3 points of one another and these can be mostly argued against factors such as playing conditions, styles, match impacts, batting positions etc. Having said that, within reasonable doubt, I feel Bradman (batsman), Sobers, Kallis, (batting all-rounders), Muralitharan (bowler), and Adam Gilchrist (Keeper) have significantly stronger cases. And really, "one of the greats" is a very generous compliment for any player. It is not an insult.

  • on November 21, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    To all the Bradman lovers -- get a clue! Yes, he had 99 and change average in Tests. So what? Statistics alone does not make a player the greatest of all time. Who did Mr. Bradman play against? One team (England) and some pathetic excuses for teams, who were basically British Colonies during that time? Yes, I have also seen the footage of Bradman play. And, to me, it looked nothing more than a school cricket of modern generation. Also, he might have said that he felt that Sachin played like him, and the pseudo Sachin fans took it as a compliment. To me, it was an insult. Every time I see Bradman play, it really looks like a school boy batting. Yes, I have the guts to say that. Whether Saching is the greatest or not, who knows! But to say that Bradman is undoubtedly the greatest solely based on his average against basically one team, I disagree. Viv Richards? May be. Sobers? Maybe. Lara? Maybe. Sachin? Maybe. Kalis? Maybe. Bradman? Yes, a "maybe". No one is undoubtedly the greatest.

  • on November 21, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    @Cricket_Lover_2000 bowlers were not skilled in old days so why did only bradman has that kind of average? not anyone else. not even close.

  • on November 21, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    Individually talent wise..Sachin was really good. 100 centuries. Awesome records. But there have been times when u feel he hasn't taken the team through..This is where Kallis, Ponting, Dravid even Dhoni stands out. They r there till the end and take no chance whatsoever. Great talent isn't always the greatest player. Cricket is a team sport and everything else shld be considered as well

  • SwapnilKulkarni on November 21, 2013, 2:07 GMT

    i personally dont find him been the greatest player ever, yeah it's a truth thought that he was one of the greatest of his time, but mind you one of the greatest was he. I have admired his batting and really felt sad after his dismissal in the last test, but to be frank as said "Tendulkar is the standard against which all batting was measured for as long as he played"

  • Cricket_Lover_2000 on November 21, 2013, 1:06 GMT

    Yes, I read the Article and many comments. My opinion is Sachin Tendulkar is best ever who played cricket on this planet. Better than Don Bradman. Don Bradman has 99 on Test Average. Can he play ODI? Can he play T20? The bowlers were not that skilled during the old days. Do you think 100 centuries at International level better than 99 average on Test century.During 1928 till 48, International teams were not that competitive. Their bowling, fielding were weak compared to today's game.

    So my final verdict is Sachin Tendulkar who is the best ever played cricket. Full stop. No further discussion. It is over. He withstand 24 years of career. He is the top scorer in World cup. If you find any one who can beat that record, Kindly mention it. Then we can compare. ==========================

  • on November 20, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    I have slightly different take on this issue, he was undoubtedly great batsman wont go into, if he was the best ever or best for his generation. Was he the best sportsman or best match winner ? I loved to see him bat, but I never felt he could take India home on a crucial day. I would rank Dhoni, Rahul and Kapil way higher than him.

  • on November 20, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    @SachinWillWin - I did not find Tendulkar the greatest batsman. Even if I did, I don't think he would be above criticism. As for the support from the stands...the best batsman debate is not a popularity contest. I won't get into a debate out of respect for the occasion. My true view on Tendulkar is captured by Anthony Purcell's last 6 sentences, "One of the greats? Sure. Greatest of this generation? I don't think so. Greatest ever? Even less so."@njr1330 - I believe Tendulkar's crushing weight of expectations is more than off set by his unique security in batting position and team place since he became a superstar.

  • njr1330 on November 20, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    Is Sachin a great batsman? Yes. Is Sachin a great man? Yes. Is he the best batsman ever? No; statistically, Bradman is simply on a different planet to everyone else. Is he the best batsman of the age? Probably; I personally prefer Brian Lara; but Lara did not have the crushing weight of expectation that Sachin had - nor did he keep going for as long. As I'm an Englishman I have no bias for or against the 3 players mentioned above.

  • on November 20, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    Rahul Dravid was the best Indian test bastman of the last decade. Personally, I was never excited by the idea of watching Tendulkar bat. He was a fine batsman and a good person. One of the greats? Sure. Greatest of this generation? I don't think so. Greatest ever? Even less so.

  • on November 20, 2013, 3:13 GMT

    @Talha Malik,

    outside pakistan inzi is just considered very good or good not TRUE great. check his record in australia and south africa and you will know..

  • SachinWillWin on November 19, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    WOW, turnaround from the "haters"! Like Mahatma Gandhi, Sachin too had his share of Nathurams around the World who found the excuse of "fans calling him God" as a reason to bash Sachin. The writer claims "In an effort to argue against such attitudes, we end up arguing against the man.", if one finds someone greatest batsman, how can they argue against him for any reason? To me this looks like a failed attempt to make-up after several years of jealousy, now that out pour of support was evident in the stands, on social media, and elsewhere!!!

  • on November 19, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    According to an interesting article on BBC, he is the 29th best batsmen of all time. Interesting to note that all tributes are coming from the Indian writers. I keep repeating that outside India Sachin is looked in the same light as Waugh, Inzi and Ponting and a touch below Bradman, Sobers, Viv Richards and Lara. Those articles by his worshipers surely wont help his cause any further. He will be what he is. One of the top 10 batsmen to play the game. Nothing more. Nothing less..

  • xylo on November 19, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    When it came to tests, I don't think Tendulkar was the benchmark for Indian cricket. It was definitely Rahul Dravid.

  • on November 19, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    I strongly agree with the author of this article, especially the last paragraph, Tendulkar started his career in 1989, and till date he is a benchmark for comparison when anyone says that x, y, z is the best batsmen. That is testimony of his legacy that he has left behind after playing the game for 24 long years. People might say Lara was better since he never changed his style, however not sure if he always catered to the need of his team. In case of Sachin, he was flexible and kept dawning different hats based on the need of the team. Sachin is still a human, he has committed mistakes like all of us, but unlike many of us he has ensured that he learns from each of his mistake and grow each time. He never allowed his ego to come between his game and country's needs. His humbleness and humility is his greatest strength.

  • on November 19, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    Good words. It worked the other way too. If you wanted to say Tendulkar was best you had to compare him to Lara. I can only happy to have seen them both at their best :)

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  • on November 19, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    Good words. It worked the other way too. If you wanted to say Tendulkar was best you had to compare him to Lara. I can only happy to have seen them both at their best :)

  • on November 19, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    I strongly agree with the author of this article, especially the last paragraph, Tendulkar started his career in 1989, and till date he is a benchmark for comparison when anyone says that x, y, z is the best batsmen. That is testimony of his legacy that he has left behind after playing the game for 24 long years. People might say Lara was better since he never changed his style, however not sure if he always catered to the need of his team. In case of Sachin, he was flexible and kept dawning different hats based on the need of the team. Sachin is still a human, he has committed mistakes like all of us, but unlike many of us he has ensured that he learns from each of his mistake and grow each time. He never allowed his ego to come between his game and country's needs. His humbleness and humility is his greatest strength.

  • xylo on November 19, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    When it came to tests, I don't think Tendulkar was the benchmark for Indian cricket. It was definitely Rahul Dravid.

  • on November 19, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    According to an interesting article on BBC, he is the 29th best batsmen of all time. Interesting to note that all tributes are coming from the Indian writers. I keep repeating that outside India Sachin is looked in the same light as Waugh, Inzi and Ponting and a touch below Bradman, Sobers, Viv Richards and Lara. Those articles by his worshipers surely wont help his cause any further. He will be what he is. One of the top 10 batsmen to play the game. Nothing more. Nothing less..

  • SachinWillWin on November 19, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    WOW, turnaround from the "haters"! Like Mahatma Gandhi, Sachin too had his share of Nathurams around the World who found the excuse of "fans calling him God" as a reason to bash Sachin. The writer claims "In an effort to argue against such attitudes, we end up arguing against the man.", if one finds someone greatest batsman, how can they argue against him for any reason? To me this looks like a failed attempt to make-up after several years of jealousy, now that out pour of support was evident in the stands, on social media, and elsewhere!!!

  • on November 20, 2013, 3:13 GMT

    @Talha Malik,

    outside pakistan inzi is just considered very good or good not TRUE great. check his record in australia and south africa and you will know..

  • on November 20, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    Rahul Dravid was the best Indian test bastman of the last decade. Personally, I was never excited by the idea of watching Tendulkar bat. He was a fine batsman and a good person. One of the greats? Sure. Greatest of this generation? I don't think so. Greatest ever? Even less so.

  • njr1330 on November 20, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    Is Sachin a great batsman? Yes. Is Sachin a great man? Yes. Is he the best batsman ever? No; statistically, Bradman is simply on a different planet to everyone else. Is he the best batsman of the age? Probably; I personally prefer Brian Lara; but Lara did not have the crushing weight of expectation that Sachin had - nor did he keep going for as long. As I'm an Englishman I have no bias for or against the 3 players mentioned above.

  • on November 20, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    @SachinWillWin - I did not find Tendulkar the greatest batsman. Even if I did, I don't think he would be above criticism. As for the support from the stands...the best batsman debate is not a popularity contest. I won't get into a debate out of respect for the occasion. My true view on Tendulkar is captured by Anthony Purcell's last 6 sentences, "One of the greats? Sure. Greatest of this generation? I don't think so. Greatest ever? Even less so."@njr1330 - I believe Tendulkar's crushing weight of expectations is more than off set by his unique security in batting position and team place since he became a superstar.

  • on November 20, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    I have slightly different take on this issue, he was undoubtedly great batsman wont go into, if he was the best ever or best for his generation. Was he the best sportsman or best match winner ? I loved to see him bat, but I never felt he could take India home on a crucial day. I would rank Dhoni, Rahul and Kapil way higher than him.