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  • 1. One day at a time...
  • 2. Table of contents Just the Tests remain...From ODIs, a god named Sachin Tendulkar, retires 04Sachin Tendulkar and the polarised world 06The Sachin Tendulkar moments that got us hooked. 08Sachin Tendulkar: The Milestone Man 11Sorry Sachin haters, but this time its personal 16The 2015 World Cup and the message Tendulkars sending 18Arise Sachin Tendulkar. The cricketer and the man 21 The retirement debateLets hope Sachin wins our hearts again 24Sachin Tendulkar and the big question 26Go, Sachin, go? But what did we do to deserve a Sachin? 28Dons black and white farewell. How will Sachin walk away? 30 Sachin magic and then some...Sachins 100 was a nudge, not a blow 33Bharat Ratna for Sachin? Greatness needs no sarkari certificate 35At Eden, Sachin Tendulkar abandoned his pride 37If Sachin Tendulkar batted like Virender Sehwag. 39Cricket isnt a religion, Sachinism is 41Everything you wanted to ask Tendulkar but could not 43 Copyright 2012 Firstpost
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  • 4. From ODIs, a god namedSachin Tendulkar, retires Tendulkar is the highest run-getter and most-capped in this format of the game. Tariq Engineer, Dec 23, 2012S achin Tendulkar, arguably the best one- feel blessed to have fulfilled the dream of being day batsman ever, has retired from 50- part of a World Cup wining Indian team. The over cricket. Tendulkar played in 463 preparatory process to defend the World Cup inODIs, during the course of which he scored 2015 should begin early and in right earnest. I18,426 runs with 49 centuries and 96 half- would like to wish the team all the very best forcenturies, all of them world records. He aver- the future.aged 44.83 in the format and had a strike-rateof 86.23. He was also the first male cricketer to I am eternally grateful to all my well wishersmake one-day double-hundred. for their unconditional support and love over the years.In a statement given to BCCI President, NSrinivasan, Tendulkar said: I have decided to His retirement is not entirely a surprise givenretire from the One Day format of the game. I that he has often opted out of playing one-day Copyright 2012 Firstpost
  • 5. series over the last few years. His last one-day victory in the 2011 World Cup filled the one gapinnings was a half-century against arch-rivals Tendulkar felt he had in his CV. EmphasisingPakistan during the Asia Cup earlier this year. It his ability to perform when the pressure waswas during the same tournament that he made highest, he also averaged 54.44 in tournamenthis hundredth international hundred. finals, with six hundreds from 39 games.Tendulkars blossoming as an ODI batsman was Beyond the numbers, Tendulkar also left hisall the more remarkable given that he took 79 fans with many indelible memories, from hit-matches to make his first ODI hundred. It was ting a pumped up Shoaib Akhtar for six inhis promotion to opener that changed the tra- Centurion in the 2003 World Cup to crush Pa-jectory of his one-day career. Over 344 matches kistans spirit to his 200 not out against Southopening the batting, he scored 15,310 runs at an Africa in Gwalior in 2010 a few months shy ofaverage of 48.29, with 45 of his 49 hundreds. his 37th birthday.His ability to take on and dominate the oppo-sitions opening bowlers often gave India the Tendulkars ODI career began and endedpsychological advantage even before the first against Pakistan. He made his debut againstball was bowled. them in 1989 in Gujranwala, where he made a duck. He was adequate in the middle orderHe saved his best for the big occasions, averag- but switched to opening the batting in 1994ing a staggering 56.95 with six hundreds from and made an instant impact with 82 in 49 balls45 matches across six World Cups and was the against New Zealand.tournaments leading scorer in 2003. Indias Copyright 2012 Firstpost
  • 6. Sachin Tendulkar andthe polarised world Perhaps, he might want to avoid doing both. Perhaps, he might just want to play the game and play his shots. Perhaps, hed just want to break the self-imposed chains. Ashish Magotra, Dec 25, 2012S ourav Ganguly, Sunil Gavaskar, Greg Chappell, Dennis Lillee, Martin Crowe, But Tendulkar never quite fit that category. He Kapil Dev, Steve Waugh, Nasser Hussain, was untouchable in that sense. He was uni-Vinod Kambli, Harbhajan Singh, Ian Botham, versally loved. However, now, that seems toImran Khan there are some people who live be changing. His retirement wasnt greeted bylife on the edge. You are never quite sure which sorrow instead, the world no, only India,way they will fall or how to categorize them but seemed strangely glad. It might be his bad runfor some reason you talk about them. They po- of form but even then it seems rather harsh.larise opinion. They give rise to debate. You caneither love them or hate them but doing both The sight of Tendulkar batting in the middleis not possible. brought a nation together and almost everyone Copyright 2012 Firstpost
  • 7. realised how great a privilege it was. His man- a people thinking that they know better?nerisms have been etched into our mind somuch that most us can at least try and mimic India just hasnt become a social media hub.him. Even Rahul Dravid gives it a go at times. Its become a socially critical hub. We criticise because we can and sometimes, only becauseBut now we choose to forget all of that. We everyone else is doing it as well. In our hearts,choose to instead focus on his failings as a bats- we still love Tendulkar but perhaps all the criti-man; on his retirement; on his selfishness; on cism gets to us just as it gets to him.his age; on his legacy; on his brand value. Thecynics will tell you he plays for money for his Tendulkar is one of crickets immortals butsponsors. surely some part of him will be wondering at what cost? Has the India that we once knewWe wonder did he time in right? Why is he changed? Has the India that Tendulkar oncestill hanging around? Hasnt he already run his knew changed?race? Even his ODI retirement was greeted by:Oh! It means that he will continue to play Tests. We liked Tendulkar because somehow despite his greatness, he seemed normal. For just a mo-Even during the match-fixing scandal not a fin- ment, imagine being in his shoes imagine hav-ger was raised in the direction Sachin. He was ing the world at your feet; imagine being richbeyond that. He could not be turned by fame or and powerful; imagine having people hang on tofortune. He was crickets child wonder and the your every word; imagine the cheers as you walksport meant more to him than anything else. into the ground. Imagine all of that and multi-But now his wisdom, his desire and his motives ply it because for Tendulkar, it was all aroundare questioned rather unabashedly. 10 times more than any normal cricketer. And through all of this, he remained sane and weAnd that must hurt. Its surprising how in the loved him for of a year, Tendulkar has gone from much-loved legend to a player who is being looked He will still be around for Test matches anddown on by India at large. Surely, that could not according to sources; he will make himselfhave sat well with a player who almost subcon- avail