21 September, 2020

Beyond Compton...

Jessop's fire and Compton's savagery, Tendulkar has them all, and more

Beyond Compton...
SACHIN Tendulkar is reportedly the highest paid cricketer in the world. His promotion fees are in excess of those exacted by the legendary WestIndian Brian Lara. One now sees Tendulkar smiling down from huge hoardings, from the television screen, out of newspapers and magazines. From these vantage points he extols the various consumer items he is supposed to sell. He has already had a book written about him, though admittedly the author is his brother. In terms of achievement, Lara has done more, but he seems moody; and the sponsors clearly see Tendulkar as the better investment for the future. Not since Don Bradman in the 1930s has any young bats-man, Lara apart, received so much media hype as Tendulkar, and there are excellent reasons for all this.

He came into the Bombay team at the age of 15, and into the Test team a year later. He was at this time a schoolboy, and still looked like one. But he had a remarkably calm temperament, and an extraordinary versatility of strokeplay. When he felt the time was ripe, he could attack the bowlers with a brutality and power I...



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