Photo: Chennai 2008
Zen state of mind
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.