November 21, 2013

Indian cricket

'India's most revered hero since Mahatma Gandhi'

Anjali Doshi, writing for Open, notes the lasting impact that Sachin Tendulkar has left on his team-mates, fans and the game of cricket in general.

We all know the runs and records, the stats and scorecards. But as Tendulkar wakes up to make himself tea and contemplate life without cricket in the many mornings to come, it is time to examine his impact on the three generations he played alongside and the ones to follow; time to understand the intangible legacy of India's most celebrated sportsman and its most revered hero since Mahatma Gandhi. Paaji, coaching manual, bhagwan, role model extraordinaire, legend, inspiration and master, Tendulkar has essayed many roles and earned many labels from his teammates--of whom 93 made their Test debut and 121 their limited-overs debut after him.

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