One does not wish to be a party pooper at a joyous moment like this but perhaps, as they always have, cricket fans and the media in this country have gone overboard in fawning over Sachin Tendulkar, calling him the greatest ever cricketer and so on.
What is disturbing is that even experienced and supposedly knowledgeable writers who should know better have joined the bandwagon and have lost their perspective. It is absolutely fair to be happy and proud of a great cricketer’s many achievements but a certain balance should be maintained. But then haven’t we Indians always been creatures not of logic but of emotion?
As I write, there is before me an opinion poll in a leading national newspaper, which has 68 percent saying that Tendulkar is the greatest cricketer ever - not surprisingly given the overdose of 'Sachin fawning' that has been seen over the last couple of days. As for me, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry after seeing the results of the poll.
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