Yesterday (24 Feb 2010) belonged to the world’s most worshipped cricket player ever to have walked the earth. Welcome to the world of Sachin Tendulkar. He displayed a Master class in cricket – and a CD of his best innings with a voice over from Ian Chappell, Viv Richards, Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri and Rahul Dravid should be made compulsory for all young students of the game.
To me what is intriguing in this fantastic innings was How does the man find motivation to excel for such a long period of time. Recently he scored 175 against the No. 1 One day team in the world and now 200 against the best attack in the world. A clinical display of sweet destruction and amazing ruthlessness – pulling, cutting, driving, jabbing, and a 137 ball 200 should be the best strike rate in the top 10 ODI scores, (I have not checked just from memory).
To think the Mumbai crowd booed him not long ago for slow scoring, or that he has not had much impact on IPL is sad. However given the law of averages he will catch up. He has a century in the last 4 test matches he has played and this South African team has allowed him 2 test 100s and now a ODI double hundred. How does a man with a net worth exceeding Rs. 1000 crores, heading for the Bharat Ratna (Breaking news: remember you saw it here, exclusively and first), extremely well behaved God of Indian cricket find motivation to excel day in and day out for the past 20 years.
Is it sheer luck to have been witness to the career of one of the very best – best cricketer and better human being? Thanks, Almighty.
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