Is the new proposal on players' retention and the concept of joker's card aimed at favouring specific teams?
Touted by many as an ideal replacement for Rahul Dravid, a successful tour of South Africa may just cement that claim for Test run-machine Cheteshwar Pujara.
A man-mountain of a cricketer, Jacques Kallis is the last of an era featuring the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Brian Lara and Shane Warne. Kallis is a classical player in the truest sense, and provides a reassurance with both bat and ball.
Cricket is a battle of bat against ball, one bat versus one ball. But the way the one day contest unfolded it become a bat against bat contest. The bowlers are peripheral, incidental, almost irrelevant, their role merely to turn up to get slaughtered.
Sachin, born with exceptional gifts, became an exceptional player and a cricketing legend. He was also blessed with other non-cricket skills that made him special, a one off.
Successive coaches/ physios/ trainers learnt to let him be, not interfere, because Sachin's preparation was meticulous, his routine settled.
Not a single soul in this country or others would begrudge the greatest cricketer of this generation a single cent.
Sachin Tendulkar's astonishing achievements dispelled notions that Indians were second best. Here was a tiger who dominated a global sport, reached a level which others did not think existed, set benchmarks for colleagues and competitors to match.
Sachin Tendulkar's countless fans have given him a warm, emotional send off, bidding him goodbye, privileged to have a final opportunity to see the genius play. Through his 25 year career, Sachin has gained the respect and admiration of millions.
To think the BCCI scheduled a series against a 'weak' West Indies in order to allow Team India a chance to give a winning farewell to Sachin Tendulkar is wrong. The Caribbeans do have the skills to upstage India.
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