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Firstly, thanks for the wonderful write up sir. As they say class is permanent and form is temporary. Every individual has his/her preferences. Some value the end result more and some the process. I would like to describe one of India’s iconic sportspersons and an all time cricketing legend, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. Like me, he was the idol for millions of kids growing up in the 90s. As someone who has played the game at university level, I could always appreciate the genius of the Little Master and the nuances of his mastery in ways that most of my friends could not. Here is a small write up about the man, the legend and the cricketing for millions including atheists like me: At an age when kids craved for brightly dyed school uniform, he adored the white robes, his batch was the Indian emblem embedded on his helmet and his daily stint in the nets had longer periods than his time in the classroom. He had a liking for geometry but he was his own tutor; he conceived theta off the arm of a bowler, possessed a natural affinity for angles of bisection, an innate ability to draw straight angles but with different equipment though and liked the square more than any other shape. Where others perished, this man thrived. Hostility aggravated his hunger for big runs; bowler’s pride annihilated in his humble blade, seeing the back of this man was a dream for any bowler. His was a rare blend of batting, an ensemble of the solidity of Sunny Gavaskar and the sublimity of Sir Vivian Richards, his sabotage disarmed the opposition’s attack at will. He made ruthlessness look beautiful, demise of records a regularity and his artistry inspired even the most passive pair of eyes. In a Nation that is as diverse as his array of shots and yet to be its most loved soul really requires the work of a genius. This quiet, hardnosed task master has not only earned the dismay of the leather charmers for over two decades but has caused equal distress to the game’s historians and statisticians delegating to them an eternal chore of number manipulation.

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