Photo: Chennai 2008

Zen state of mind

Carrying a load without being weighed down
November 19, 2013

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After India chased down 387 to beat England in Chennai in 2008, shortly after the terror attacks in Mumbai, Sachin Tendulkar, who scored an unbeaten 103 in the chase, said: "From my point of view, I look at it as an attack on India, and it should hurt every Indian, not only people from Mumbai. I would like to dedicate this hundred to all those people who have gone through such terrible times. In no way am I trying to say that this will make everyone forget what happened in Mumbai. But I'd like to thank England for coming back to play Test cricket. We've witnessed a wonderful match. People are again enjoying cricket the way it's meant to be."

For a better part of his career, Tendulkar walked out to bat with the hopes of Indian fans on him. The photo, taken on the final day of the Chennai Test, seems to capture the burden he carried, then more so than ever, with a zen-like calm.

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Posted by Dummy4 on (November 23, 2013, 3:16 GMT)

Tendulkar showed the world that an Indian cricketer can be as good as onyone out there and Tendulkar was the first one. I remember in early nineties India was hammered by England and Australia but Sachin stood up against fast bowlers and made them look foolish. Thank You Sachin the Father of modern indian cricket!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (November 22, 2013, 7:35 GMT)

Niba, many a player played and many a player retired..but none came close to Sachin in the way they played the game or the way they were loved or the way they surrendered themselves to the game itself. so, quit your silly comparions! Cheers!! :-)

Posted by gmsj on (November 20, 2013, 16:56 GMT)

No one talks of this on Sachin's retirement. Chennai is the ground of his best knocks - the aesthetic yet brutal dismantling of a leg spinner, the gut wrenching close loss to Pakistan on their return to Indian soil. Quite unfairly the stadium and its frenzied knowledgeable people never got to give a proper send off to Sachin.

Can the BCCI / TNCA arrange some sort of felicitation here to Sachin?

Posted by Shashank on (November 20, 2013, 10:07 GMT)

Niba...if u gt probs wd tht, y do u look at it....its for the fans, and lemme tell u yeah, we love it and we are njoyin it....coz thts only wht we gtta live with in cricket....

Posted by Dummy4 on (November 20, 2013, 9:47 GMT)

Cricinfo. Pls keep the Tendulkar tributes and pics coming ! We LOVE it !!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (November 19, 2013, 14:03 GMT)

much heard about sachin's farewell. now leave it. one player played and received what he deserved from it, so stop this nonsense and let you remind he is not only one to retire of the game. there's are other as well who have quit it.


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Why do we insist on seeing the 'real' Sachin?

Rahul Bose: You can ask as much as you want for a more "human", more "feelable, touchable" Sachin, but he'll probably not change - and that's a good thing

Zaltz Stats

The approximate number of people in India today who had not been born when Sachin Tendulkar made his Test debut in 1989 (calculated from these figures). His batting has been so erotically outstanding that the global population has increased by almost 2 billion during his career, with the biggest increase, understandably, in India itself.

I have played cricket for 24 years, it has been only 24 hours since retirement, and I think I should get at least 24 days to relax before deciding these things.

Sachin Tendulkar doesn't want to think of what lies ahead just yet