Does Age Matter? Not in Sachin’s Case

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I think everyone should just stop talking about the age factor - Sachin Tendulkar

Going by the above quote, maestro Sachin Tendulkar seems to be clearly agitated by the questions thrown at him every time he is out for sessions with media. I just fail to understand the importance of such questions, linking age with performance, each time Sachin comes up with a special knock. With 48 centuries and 55 half-centuries in Tests and 46 tons and 93 fifties in One-Day Internationals, I don't think the term 'to prove' should be used with him.

At 37, the veteran right-hander looks miles fitter than the Yuvraj Singhs and the others around him. You can count the amount of seriousness that goes in for such athleticism and hunger for more. Just be happy for the proud moments Tendlya has gifted us and leave alone the 300 wish. It will come when it will come.

Say what you like, none of the world's sportsmen of the modern era face the same pressures of life in the fishbowl than does Tendulkar. Idol to a billion fans, and that's in his own country alone and doesn't take into account a fan base around the cricket world that makes him the game's hottest property, he knows scrutiny like no other sportsman, writes Lynn McConnell in 'The man who embodies sportsmanship'.

With a longish cricketing journey of over two decades, the master blaster has played each and every ball on merit and at the same time has not hesitated to go after his trademark shots. A century of international tons not far, the legendary batting maestro has set sights on something which we humans can't see. Every time Sachin faces a ball, it enters a record book.

Tendulkar waits for the bowler's delivery like a martial arts black belt ready to parry an opponent-moving quickly into position, flashing his bat to guide the ball where he will. It's a rare combination of textbook classicism and the inventive violence of modern One-day cricket, wrote Simon Robinson for Time Magazine.

In the second Test against Sri Lanka at Colombo, it was difficult to say who was debuting, Suresh Raina or Sachin Tendulkar.

With stupendous performances that come with regularity that's expected from young and "fit" players, it's high time so-called fans and cricket experts leave behind these obvious questions and obvious answers and let him play the game as he wants to.