Dissecting Sachin Tendulkar’s Genius

Alex Massie does a good job:

Bhattacharya suggests that, unusually even uniquely, Tendulkar has been granted “perma-childhood” and I think there’s something to that: one feels curiously protective of Sachin and the disappointment of seeing him dismissed is much greater, for me anyway, than anything one felt when either of the other geniuses of our time, Brian Lara and Ricky Ponting, are sent back to the pavilion. It’s as though, in some strange way, we’ve been cheated and denied the pleasure of seeing Sachin bat some more. One’s attitude to Tendulkar is oddly protective.

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