On Sunday (Dec 19), Sachin Tendulkar got his 50th Test Century in the match against South Africa played at the ‘aptly named’ Centurion, SA!
During my younger days, Sunil Gavaskar, Viv Richards and Gundappa Vishwanath enthralled me with their master strokes termed as text-book style – while I watched the game ‘cricket’ with great awe and admiration. That was a long time back and since many years, I have stopped watching cricket or any other sport with so much dedication I had earlier. But, I watch a game/ match of Lawn Tennis at regular intervals!
This ‘wonder boy’ Sachin Tendulkar, born in the year 1973 (aged 37 years), is still trying to raise the game of cricket creating new milestones with every match he plays. And, that sets him apart from the rest – his contemporaries have retired or have quit the game as they are no longer able to match the skills required to justify their presence in the Indian team. Cricket is very competitive in today’s times, with increasing number of talented Indian players waiting for their chance to play in the International cricket tournaments.
Sachin Tendulkar dismisses his achievement with same humility as ever, calling his 50th Test ton as nothing but a number and that his appetite for scoring runs remains as insatiable as ever! So, as per Sachin, is it only a mere statistical extravaganza? Today, he is in a league of his own – with the closest player Ricky Pointing of Australia, ten centuries behind the number 50! Sachin is not just a ‘number crunching’ player – he has successfully inspired a whole generation of ‘cricket’ players and its fans.