The God of Small Beings

Many cricket fans would say that the Maya calendar was not wrong after all. It just missed the mark by two days. Instead of 21st December, 2012, the world ended on 23rd, as Sachin Tendulkar quit One Day cricket.

Called the most complete batsman of the era, he quit as the highest run getter in the 50-over format, by miles. The domination can be estimated by the fact that next three in the highest runs list have already retired and the one nearest to him and still playing has scored not even two thirds of the runs yet. Some sport stats remain etched in memory for long. Like Don Bradman’s average of 99.94, the run total of 18,426, 49 centuries and 23-long playing years will continue to amaze sport fans. Yet, sport is not about mere statistics.

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