Cricketers are routinely sucked into activities away from the game, mostly in the commercial ecosystem that surrounds professional sport. Cricketers, like successful film stars, have enormous commercial appeal; Sachin and Dhoni are in demand for endorsing products, selling soap and scooters, mobiles and motorcars, colas and cars.
In an amazing story of grit and resilience, Brad Haddin has overcome issues on and off the cricket pitch to become Australia's No. 1 keeper-batsman.
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.
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