A New Chapter In The Personality Cult Of Sachin Tendulkar

Don’t get me wrong; I’m as much in love with Sachin Tendulkar (a.k.a., god among men, He-Man, Bradman Remixed) as the next India fan. But I cannot stand useless columns or articles devoted to idolozing the guy. At this point in his career, after countless tributes, I don’t see why editors see fit to publish flowery odes like Dwaipayan Datta’s latest in the Times of India. A sample:

Sachin Tendulkar did not get his 100th ton on Sunday but even his early dismissal was evidence of the integrity with which he has played the game for over two decades.  Against the West Indies on Sunday, Sachin decided to walk off despite being given not out by Australian umpire Steve Davies.

All praise to batsmen who walk, especially in “high stakes” circumstances, but at this point in his innings, Tendulkar had faced all of three balls. He had more than 95 runs to score before contemplating the 100th century mark. It’s very probable that he could have lost his wicket between Ravi Rampaul’s ball and being on 99 not out. It’s one thing to walk near the end of a potentially fantastic innings, and another after having just faced two balls. But here’s a puzzler: if Tendulkar had not walked, do you think his integrity would have been impeached?

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One thought on “A New Chapter In The Personality Cult Of Sachin Tendulkar

  1. Rakesh Soami says:

    Hello.

    I do no think Tendulkar walked because he walked. Below is my interpretation of the Tendulkar dismissal as it unfolded

    1. Good delivery nipping away after pitching on middle and extra bounce to boot
    2. Tendulkar edges it and knows that he is beaten.
    3. Walks off assuming the knick was loud and clear and no way is the umpire going to decline the fielding side’s appeal. If you see Tendulkar turning around, at no point does he look at the umpire.

    Tendulkar is many things, both in the way he bats and the way he plays the game but a walker he is definitely not.

    Sometimes when the delivery is just too good batsmen walk off as a reflex, realising that they have lost the battle.

    If anything, the dismissal must be celebrated for its spontaneity.

    You are absolutely right about what passes off as cricket commentary/articles these days; they rarely add to viewing/reading pleasure.

    Your blog does, though!

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