He was an impatient bully that grew into the living embodiment of calm, cool and collected on the pitch. For a country that achieved organized chaos on a good day Sachin Tendulkar was the rock. A man that would tower well above his diminutive 5’5 frame and ascend into the glitterati of Indian society. Though he lived an impossibly lavish lifestyle compared to the millions of Indians that struggled to get through a single day, Sachin Tendulkar made it easier.
He made it seem like anything was possible. No matter what the limitations, be it financial or physical, it was possible.
After 200 test matches, 463 One Day Internationals and countless other first class and league appearances the end is here. The Little Master is calling it a day.
It’s hard to fathom how much a single person can mean to a country.
India has no unifier in politics, film or religion. The South has their own movie industry. Punjab does its own thing. Mumbai feels like a different world compared to Delhi. Kolkata is a place those in Gujarat probably won’t visit. Are you Hindu? Great, what caste?
What did the teenager living hand to mouth in Bihar have in common with the well educated businessman in Bangalore?
Sachin Tendulkar’s debut in 1989 came during a defining decade for India. Religious rhetoric and class tension exacerbated by legislation aimed at curbing prejudice conspired to push India to its breaking point. “It was in this atmosphere of hate, suspicion, fear and violence that Sachin Tendulkar scored his first hundreds in international cricket,” said historian Ramachandra Guha.