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He is one of the most Polite and Legendary sportsmen in the world. Both traits usually don't likes to sit at one place but in Tendulkar's case, they had to.
Sky-High Performance and Ground-Level attitude is what describes the Tendulkar.
There is a widespread understanding in the cricket community that match-fixers will not successfully get on with their crooked business until Tendulkar is out, and an anecdotal account of how Tendulkar once unwittingly ruined a fix by batting too blissfully well.
Here is a man whose name is synonymous with purity, of technique, philosophy and image. If Ian Botham can be seen as the Errol Flynn of cricket, or Viv Richards as the Martin Luther King, or Shane Warne as the Marilyn Monroe, or Muttiah Muralitharan as the hobbit, Tendulkar is surely the game's secular saint.
Greg Baum (writer with the Melbourne Age) said, "Once I was on a night train winding down from Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) to Kalka (Haryana) that stopped halfway for refreshments at a station lit by flaming torches. On a small television screen wreathed in cigarette smoke in the corner of the dining room Tendulkar was batting in a match in Mumbai. No one moved or spoke or looked away. The train was delayed by 20 minutes. Not until Tendulkar was out could the world resume its normal timetables and rhythms.
He scored his Seven centuries before his 21th Birthday against Brutal bowling attacks. He was first Indian overseas player to Join Yorkshire.
He is always the first to join practice sessions. Once he puts on his pads to have a session at the nets, he does not take his pads off very easily. Even after he is done with batting, he makes it a point to bowl in the nets till the last man comes off.
He never speaks one word more than needed. He speaks to press when he is forced to do so. People rashly criticizes him publicly than apologizes him publicly but Sachin stands unmoved. That’s his Style.
At a time when cricket was going through arguably its most troubling episode, people were desperate for someone who stands for all that is good about the game. And Tendulkar is often the man who always has to pick the hot bowl with his bare hands still remains unburnt.
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. After 23 years of splendid, colored, versatile, stable and consist career, he is not a sportsman anymore, he is now a separate Philosophy to Cricket. Reams of newsprint have been filled with description, analyses and tributes to his genius. Websites have dedicated huge amounts of Terabytes space and attention to every little thing he does. Everything that needs to be written about the man has already been written. Or has it?
Once after match fixing scandals Cricketers' advertising business was down due to negative image but Sachin was an exception at that time. He sells nearly all kind of Products but never sold his integrity. He refused once to do endorse a beverage product who approached him with 12 Crore Ruppees. He refused to take a Govt Bungalow in Delhi as MP and said he don't want to misuse Taxpayers money and he can afford accommodation on rent.
A majority of us look to him to make us feel better. When he walks out to bat, the weight of the nation's inadequacies is on his shoulders. What we can't achieve in our day to day lives, we look for Tendulkar to make up for on the cricket field. If he slams a century and takes us to victory, all of a sudden the world looks a better place.
There was always a drive for excellence. But for someone to be such a public figure and influence the mind of millions is a phenomenon that has come about in the last few decades. He is no statesman, no politician and no religious leader. And yet he holds sway with as much power of as any one of the above. He is one who binds the whole country.
When his back injury threatened to ruin his career, the speculation was immense. Major newspapers and magazines carried detailed medical diagnosis and plainly asked whether his career was over. There was even a case of a teenager committing suicide on merely hearing that Tendulkar might not be able to play again. But Tendulkar, he is special, he proved again and is still around.
Who can ignore a headline having word "Sachin Tendulkar" in it. We love him.
Mike Marqusee (author of Anyone But England and War Minus the Shooting) says, "In a sense, for non-Indians like myself, the joy of Tendulkar comes unadulterated. The awe he inspires belongs to no culture, carries no nationalist overtones, and is at once both intimately personal and transparently universal."