President Barack Obama will get a chance to meet Sachin Tendulkar – the man who used to bring down the productivity of US!

The impact of Sachin Tendulkar is not restricted to cricket-playing countries. Roger Federer of Switzerland, Michael Schumacher of Germany or Tiger Woods of the US and many, many more of the non-cricket playing nations have been floored by the aura of Tendulkar.

Not long ago, US President Barack Obama was reported to have said: “I don’t know about cricket, but still I watch cricket to see Sachin play. Not because I love his play it, but because I want to know the reason why my country’s production goes down by five percent when he’s in batting!” Obama’s reference was to the huge Indian diaspora in US which goes nuts, like NRIs all over the world, when it comes to cricket in general and Tendulkar in particular.

President Obama’s quote was probably made famous by eminent cricket writer and historian Mihir Bose:

Tendulkar is among the VVIP list of celebrities invited for the ceremonial banquet to be hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee for US President Barack Obama. The banquet is to be held on Sunday, January 25.

President Obama is arriving in India on Sunday along with his wife Michelle on a three-day state visit.