GODS OF THE GAME
FAME Cricketers past and present are bowled over by Sachin Tendulkar’s genius
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.
MANDAR DEODHAR, SHIVANGI KULKARNI, DANESH JASSAWALA