Sachin Tendulkar had a glittering career for 24 years © IANS
By CricketCountry Staff
Old-timers had, in all probability, not noticed April 24, 1973 go past them. For them it had been just another day. It was only decades later that they realised how fortunate they were to have been there when Sachin Tendulkar had arrived on the planet.
It is April 24 again. It is that time of the year when the nation would be celebrating the birthday of one of its greatest sporting heroes. Some of them have watched him grow; some others have grown up with him; while Generation Y has grown up on him.
It means the same to them, though: Tendulkar has transcended generations; has made the world a smaller place years before the advent of Facebook; and has made a mockery of the age-old barriers of space, time, gender and many others.
It was a different world before Tendulkar; it has been a different world since he has quit. He still cannot walk out in Indian cities, and chances are bleak that he will be able to do the same in at least a decade or two. There have been sporting heroes across time, but few to have earned the adulation of millions even after retirement.
Don Bradman? Maybe. But that was a different era, before satellite television, internet, and a phalanx of statisticians. Bradman could easily afford to stay at home without being guarded by a full-strength security.
It was a different world before Tendulkar; it has been a different world since he has quit. He still cannot walk out in Indian cities, and chances are bleak that he will be able to do the same in at least a decade or two. There have been sporting heroes across time, but few to have earned the adulation of millions even after retirement
Not Tendulkar. True, he had never come close to that magical number of 99.94; but then, few in world cricket have met the billion-mark in terms of loving fans, men who never hesitated to share umbrellas, standing in front of electronic outlets; billionaires and paupers have celebrated his achievements in unison.
For all that you have given us, here is a bouquet of the top hundred Tendulkar articles on CricketCountry.
Thank you, Sachin, for all the joy. Have a blast on your 41st!
1. Sachin Tendulkar – The greatest batsman of India
2. Tweet compilation
3. Sachin Tendulkar at Eden – Paradise regained
4. Sachin Tendulkar’s unbelievable century ahead of India’s 1989 tour of Pakistan
5. Two legends, one unforgettable day: Sachin Tendulkar says hello to international cricket in Sunil Gavaskar’s farewell game
6. A psychologist explains why people criticize Sachin Tendulkar – Part 1 of 3
7. A psychologist explains why people criticize Sachin Tendulkar – Part 2 of 3
8. A psychologist explains why people criticize Sachin Tendulkar – Part 2 of 3
9. Sachin Tendulkar century results in defeat for India? Think again
10. Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid & Ricky Ponting: The surreal confluence of Test cricket’s greatest run-getters
11. Sachin Tendulkar’s 100th century: A cognitive psychologist on the hype and hysteria
12. Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid & VVS Laxman – Heady cocktail of genius
13. Sachin Tendulkar is truly the Bhisma Pitamaha of Indian cricket
14. Has Sachin Tendulkar’s genius mind been disfigured forever by stinging criticism
15. Tiger Woods wins title after 923 days, Sachin Tendulkar scores century after 370 days
16. From India’s Boy Wonder to world cricket’s revered senior citizen
17. Stats across eras 1: Did Sachin Tendulkar have it easier than Sunil Gavaskar?
18. Stats across eras 2: Bradman, Sobers, Tendulkar – top batsmen by decades
19. Stats across eras 3: Tendulkar, Dravid & Gavaskar – a class apart
20. Stats across eras 4: How great from Bradman to Sachin fare on same scale
21. Sachin Tendulkar remains Page 1 while cricket has become Page 3
22. Sachin Tendulkar or Brian Lara? Who is the greatest of the two modern maestros
23. Sachin Tendulkar’s 23 years in Test cricket is an epic feat in international sports history, not merely in the annals of cricket
24. Sachin Tendulkar has been a colossus in the 4th innings of Test since 2007
25. The heartbeat of a nation: If Sachin plays well, India sleeps well
26. It’s a myth to say that when Tendulkar scores a hundred his team loses
27. Do we really have to vilify Tendulkar for having the temerity to continue?
28. Tendulkar vs Warne is like watching Muhammad Ali in the ring against Joe Frazier!
29. Sachin Tendulkar – India’s preserver, protector & performer par excellence
30. Sachin Tendulkar and the James Bond in Skyfall – unmistakable parallels!
31. Sachavatar – The ten avatars of Lord Sachin Tendulkar
32. The true romance of Sachin Tendulkar’s story lies in his journey, not the destination
33. Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara – two of the greatest in modern cricket
34. The spirit of Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar – celebration of life
35. The greatest innings of Sachin Tendulkar’s fairytale career
36. Sachin Tendulkar – the man who changed ODIs and Indian cricket forever
37. Sachin Tendulkar – Miles ahead of the other greats in ODIs
38. Sachin Tendulkar’s 241 at Sydney – a near spiritual experience
39. Why Tendulkar’s tally of First-Class tons should rank over those who have scored more than him, except Bradman
40. Sachin Tendulkar kayoes Shane Warne in the Ali-Frazier bout of Test match cricket
41. Sachin Tendulkar gets his 100th international hundred to make the seemingly impossible possible
42. The first of the two Sachin Tendulkar desert storms
43. Viswanathan Anand, Sachin Tendulkar and Leander Paes: Three legends without parallel
44. Sachin Tendulkar: Autumn of the Patriarch
45. The Indian tricolour looked apt on Sachin Tendulkar’s navy blue helmet
46. Sachin Tendulkar: The emotions of watching the maestro in the dying stages of his career
47. Sachin Tendulkar 98: An iconic innings that destroyed Pakistani’s pace artillery in the 2003 World Cup
48. Sachin Tendulkar’s hundred international hundreds may never be bettered like Don Bradman’s Test average
49. Tendulkar, Navratilova, Agassi and Schumacher among others have defied time and age in an incredible fashion
50. Sachin Tendulkar and Roger Federer are ideal role-models with their magnificent response to victory and defeat
51. Sachin Tendulkar — awesome insights into his greatness as a cricketer & human being by an insider
52. Sachin Tendulkar – soul that inspired a generation of young people
53. Sachin Tendulkar retirement: Little Master walks away as much more than the greatest Indian batsman ever
54. Sachin Tendulkar Retirement: The phases from “Boy Wonder” to becoming “The Greatest”
55. Sachin Tendulkar retirement: The morning after, the gloom of the news still has a funereal ring to it
56. Brand Sachin Tendulkar and what it signified
57. Sachin Tendulkar — Understanding the degree of difficulty of the rare shots essayed by a batting genius
58. Sachin Tendulkar cannot leave cricket, neither will the sport let him go
59. Sachin Tendulkar’s exit: The light has been extinguished from our cricketing lives
60. What makes Sachin Tendulkar different from the other modern greats
61. Sachin Tendulkar and his carping critics
62. Sachin Tendulkar and his critics: A saga of cognitive illusions
63. Sachin Tendulkar is very near the top among batsmen in the cricketing landscape spanning across time
64. Sachin Tendulkar cried, and the nation cried with him
65. Sachin Tendulkar’s touching farewell: Seldom has a nation unified in an emotion this universal
66. A letter to Sachin Tendulkar
67. Sachin Tendulkar and Bharat Ratna — a magnificent epilogue, but an epilogue all the same
68. Shocking Results – The most difficult batsmen to dismiss once set
69. Sachin Tendulkar’s smile was one of innocence while being carried on the shoulder of his teammates
70. Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar: Two masters and the amazing chemistry between the two
71. Target Sachin Tendulkar, quick way to grab attention
72. Sachin Tendulkar at Eden, Paradise regained
73 When Sachin Tendulkar bowled India to victory with one of the greatest last overs in odi history
74. Sachin Tendulkar: 10 greatest awards won by the iconic cricketer
75. Sachin Tendulkar phases from boy wonder to the greatest
76. Sachin Tendulkar’s imact on the masses transcended generations
77. Sachin Tendulkar’s life – a long lesson in humility
78. Sachin Tendulkar most memorable moments
79. Sachin Tendulkar retirement: end of the big three of Indian cricket
80. Sachin Tendulkar factor – difference brought about by the master
81. Sachin Tendulkar’s 10 most memorable shots
82. Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell; the little master takes final bow
83. Sachin Tendulkar 24 years at the top
84. Sachin Tendulkar, the fall of the second wicket
85. When Sachin Tendulkar did an eagle like act to soar again in the skies and enjoy a phenomenal high
86. Sachin Tendulkar: How a mortal man with an exceptional gift turned into a god for his fans
87. The world looked incredibly different when Sachin Tendulkar made his Test debut in 1989
88. Sachin Tendulkar myths his supposed fourth innings leading to defeats
89. Sachin Tendulkar controversies: Master paid the price for who he was
90. What Sachin Tendulkar’s teammates from his debut series did in subsequent years while he went on playing for India
91. Sachin Tendulkar and winning Test matches: Tales of farcial analysis
92. Sachin Tendulkar and his Midas moments as a bowler
93. Sachin Tendulkar retirement: Goodbyes are never easy especially when it’s the last link to your childhood.
94. Sachin Tendulkar signs off with another Ranji Trophy with an epic for Mumbai
95: Detailed analysis of Tendulkar’s Ranji record
96: Sachin Tendulkar’s record of centuries standing the test of counting systems
97. Sachin Tendulkar had not played for India how things could possibly have unfolded for the country in the last 24 years
98. Sachin Tendulkar changed the fortunes of cricket journalists in India
99. Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement: The problem is in the rage, not his age
100. Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid – International cricket’s greatest jugalbandi
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