Mas­ter Blaster Quits

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Fi­nally, the liv­ing leg­end of the crick­et­ing world has an­nounced his re­tire­ment (“Salaam Sachin”, Oc­to­ber 21). Since 1989, when he made his de­but against Pak­istan at the age of 16, Sachin Ten­dulkar has re­mained In­dia’s bat­ting main­stay and the dar­ling of the me­dia and the fans, world­wide. De­spite his stu­pen­dous suc­cess and pop­u­lar­ity, he has al­ways been grounded and hum­ble. Hats off to this in­cred­i­ble sports­man of the mil­len­nium. KE­SHAV P., Nagchala Mandi, HP Sachin Ten­dulkar leaves a rich legacy be­hind where he, along with some other great crick­eters, have raised the stan­dard of In­dian cricket in the world. Such a crick­eter comes rarely in a life­time and it was a priv­i­lege to have seen him play for over two decades. If Don­ald Brad­man’s Test av­er­age is dif­fi­cult to con­quer, many of Ten­dulkar’s lu­mi­nous records will be a dream for any crick­eter to achieve. One as­sumes he will main­tain close ties with the game in a mean­ing­ful man­ner af­ter re­tire­ment. The great­est trib­ute to him would be to en­sure that In­dia main­tains its crick­et­ing stan­dards in the post-Ten­dulkar era. SAN­JIV GUPTA, Perth, Aus­tralia Of course, Ten­dulkar is one of the great­est crick­eters in the world but the amount of recog­ni­tion he got is phe­nom­e­nal and of­ten, un­prece­dented. Many other great In­dian crick­eters did not get the recog­ni­tion they de­served as they were over­shad­owed by Ten­dulkar’s over­whelm­ing pop­u­lar­ity. In fact, even other sport­ing greats such as Vish­wanathan Anand and Leader Paes were not given as much of at­ten­tion as Ten­dulkar. It is also sur­pris­ing how, over the years, some ex­perts and jour­nal­ists have ques­tioned the right of se­lec­tors to drop him from the team, de­spite his lean patches. So while Ten­dulkar’s tal­ent can’t be ques­tioned, it can be safely said that he has been the

luck­i­est sports­man of this na­tion who got spe­cial treat­ment even when his per­for­mance didn’t merit it. V. S. GANE­SHAN, Ban­ga­lore

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