GODS OF THE GAME

FAME Crick­eters past and present are bowled over by Sachin Ten­dulkar’s ge­nius

India Today - - COMMEMORATIVE ISSUE -

HALLOF (Top) For­mer crick­eters Waqar You­nis and Jav­a­gal Sri­nath; (Left) Bis­han Singh Bedi and Dilip Vengsarkar catch up dur­ing the event

The stars of the crick­et­ing galaxy de­scended on Mum­bai for the In­dia To­day Group Salaam Sachin Con­clave, a day­long col­lec­tion of un­told sto­ries and anec­dotes cel­e­brat­ing the world’s top bats­man two days be­fore his fi­nal farewell. Among the faith­ful were nine for­mer in­ter­na­tional cap­tains from around the world, which is a tes­ti­mony to Sachin’s great­ness. But it was his fa­mous ri­val, the inim­itable Brian Lara, who pre­dictably stole the thun­der. “If I had a son and I caught him watch­ing me on YouTube, I would tell him to watch Sachin in­stead,” Lara said. He went on to gra­ciously de­scribe Sachin as the “great­est”, per­haps end­ing the de­bate once and for all.

Photographs by

MAN­DAR DEOD­HAR, SHIVANGI KULKARNI, DANESH JASSAWALA

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