17 January, 2021

Sachin Endulkar?

We now face that dreaded image: Sachin playing in fading light

Sachin Endulkar?
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In 1946, Don Bradman was 38 and in bad health. Fibrositis (a painful muscular condition) and gastric troubles plagued him. He was losing weight. The English cricket team was in Australia for the first post-war Ashes series. Bradman had an offer of £10,000 to quit the game and write on the series. His Test average at that point was 97.94. "If I played, the risk of failure was very great and the possible adverse effects on my business had to be considered. The financial reward for not playing was tempting," wrote Bradman. Doctors advised him against playing but he ignored them. In fact, he played another 15 Tests and hit eight hundreds.

Nearly six decades later, the man Bradman saw as his successor, Sachin Tendulkar, is in a similar situation. An injured toe is beyond repair; his strained back continues to cause worry. And now the tennis elbow. Tendulkar is only 31 but no sane doctor...

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