Leader of the Opposition, RS
The one thing that distinguishes Sachin Tendulkar for me has been his ability to retain his core competence over the last 24 years. Despite the pressures of international cricket and the pressure of people’s expectations, he has not lost his most fundamental skill, and this is what has made him the greatest to have played the game of cricket.
I would want to just look back to the first Test match against Australia at Chennai in the recently concluded series in trying to emphasise the point. Sachin came in to bat when India had lost their first two wickets with just 11 runs on the board. Both our openers were out, and the Australian total of 380 had started to appear daunting. One more wicket at that juncture and anything could have happened to the game. In fact, it was imperative that Sachin stayed out there to set the tone for the Indian batting effort—which he did right through his innings of 81.
In the first four balls that he faced, he hit...