1,894 international runs in a calendar year, nine one- day centuries, Man of the Match in all the finals, Shane Warne tamed in Test match cricket, Brian Lara overtaken comprehensively, comparisons with Sir Don Bradman. Can 1999— can any year in this millennium or the next— get any better for Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar?
Sachin is loath to reveal his personal goals. But in a moment of rare candour just before the team left for New Zealand, the Master Blaster told Harsha Bhogle "My target is the World Cup" when asked if in 1999, he had the same kind of year as 1998, he would have achieved his target.
How does the brain behind the most recognised face on Indian television— the key to the 1999 World Cup campaign— tick? Sachin Tendulkar spoke to Amrit Mathur over two long sessions to provide some answers in this, his most detailed "cricket interview" yet
Do you set yourself short- term goals in the...