From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.35 :: NO.13 :: Mar. 29, 2012
We are too close to Tendulkar to be able to say, as we should, that he is the greatest batsman in the history of the game, greater than Bradman, greater than Hobbs, greater than anybody. This is the tyranny of proximity. By Suresh Menon.
Ever since Australia's Charles Bannerman scored Test cricket's first century against England in Melbourne in March 1877, the three-figure mark has defined a batsman's aura. It is the yardstick that secures or tears reputations and none can ever get bigger than Tendulkar at 100 international centuries. Over to K.C. Vijaya Kumar.
The greatest of them all?
From his tip-toed square cut to his imperious hooks and pulls as well as his deft legside pushes and his cover drive, Sachin has been the complete batsman. By Ted Corbett.
Resilience is his middle name
Sachin Tendulkar has fought back from injuries, many of them serious in nature. The back problem that surfaced during his epic hundred in a losing cause against Pakistan in Chennai in 1999 tested his resolve, but he came back stronger. By S. Dinakar.
Exceptional and human
Sachin Tendulkar's contribution to the game is monumental. His longevity is a tribute to his fitness and his commitment a glowing testimony to his passion for the game. By Vijay Lokapally.
Never a dull moment when he is around
Like a most masterful actor, Sachin has slipped in and out of multiple roles with delightful ease. From vanquisher to protector, crafty constructor to lone ranger, messiah of the masses to tragic romantic, he has played it all. By Arun Venugopal.
ASIA CUP DIARY
The Delhi effect
Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli score centuries and despite Jayawardene's hyper-kinetic energy at the top, Sri Lanka slump to a 50-run defeat against India. The Delhi duo's exploits ensure that M. S. Dhoni's men start their defence of the Asia Cup with a facile triumph. It is still early days and more needs to be done especially when a shocking surprise was in store against the host, in a few days' time. By K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
God's gift to the game
Much has been written and said about Rahul Dravid's single-minded devotion to his batting, his indefatigable urge to pursue excellence for the team's cause and also his mind-boggling statistics — both at home and away. We cannot help but salute the man's imperious virtuosity in keeping alive the basic character of cricket, writes the legendary spinner and former India captain, Bishan Singh Bedi.
ECB is partly to blame
The tiny matches — T20 games, 40 and 50-over English league and knock-out games — have resulted in betting scams, bribery and fixing in inverse proportion to their importance. Millions of pounds are being won and lost. By Ted Corbett.
Pele at the top
The legend from Brazil, in fact, could from his teenaged years do pretty well everything and anything; head goals, shoot goals, make them for other people, perform at times the most extraordinary acrobatics.
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