This refers to the report “I am humbled and honoured, says Tendulkar” (Nov.18). Besides all the encomiums that he deserves for his outstanding contributions to cricket, he needs to be complimented for his modesty and devotion to the game. Sachin’s two excellent gestures at Wankhede — saluting the pitch and organising his final match in Mumbai so that his family could see him play — were exemplary.
A 75-year-old woman and her 10-year-old grandson hog the TV when a Test match is on. They clap as Sachin walks on to the pitch, hold their breath when he races to avoid a run-out, and applaud as he starts scoring. A six rates a stand-up yell and a century gets a jig. Thank you, Sachin, for forging a bond between my grandson and me. We will miss you.
Prema K. Thomas,
The emotionally intense send-off for Sachin is the right public sentiment for the great sportsperson India has produced. My only suggestion is that he should continue to thrill us by ensuring that there are better forms of cricket more attractive to watch and that add significance.
Catch them young is true for all sports, in general, and cricket, in particular. Sachin was lucky to be coached by Ramakant Achrekar; groomed by his brother Ajit, his first Test captain Krishnamachari Srikkanth and all captains and coaches of the Indian Team. He was lucky that he was raised in good family surroundings and his relatives helped him to come up in life. The farewell speech of the gentleman-cricketer was moving.