31 October, 2020

Has The Colossus Cracked?

Pressures of unrelenting expectation-and a faulty stroke-might just have finished Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar's career

Has The Colossus Cracked?
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It's a beamer from hell that's caught Indian cricket fanatics completely unawares. The ominous question that stares us all in the face: how grave is Sachin Tendulkar's recurring back problem? Will the master batsman's spine hold up long enough not to cut short his tryst with the sport's unscaled pinnacles? It is a question that begs a medical answer-several mystified medicine men across the globe are currently engaged in untangling the knot-but its implications go far beyond Tendulkar's personal well-being. For on the answer the docs and the game's administrators find hinges the very future of Indian cricket.

Sachin Tendulkar isn't just another cricketer. He is a timeless legend in the making-much of the process has already been played out in arenas the world over but, despite Tendulkar's peerless exploits in a 10-year-old international career, it still has some way to go before the legend attains apotheosis. He's the priceless gem that lends an indelible sheen, an aura of magnificence to a generally listless Indian cricket team. Megabucks and the hope of an entire nation...

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