Cricket is a game played actively by 22 players, and passively by a billion.
For every action on the field of play, there is sustained reaction off it: we marvel, we debate, discuss, argue, dissect every nuance in real time, and it is this ongoing debate that underpins the excitement we feel for the game.
To memorialize that spirit of engagement, Yahoo! Cricket begins a month-long survey of the cricket fan's mind and heart. Each day, we ask a question; we collate your answers and present them — consider it a serial peoples' choice — the next day with our own comments and opinion.
Join the debate, drive the argument.
Here is today's question.
Question for the day: If Sachin Tendulkar called you up now, what thoughts would you share with him, and what advice would you give him?
Yahoo Cricket's answer: Sachin, I'll tell you what your best friend should: Forget about the records. Forget about who you are today. Think of who you were, and what you were, at your peak -- a batsman who gave bowlers nightmares; a batsman who kept opposing teams up all night planning, only to find all those plans going to nought when you walked out to bat. If you remember nothing else, remember Sharjah -- and the day you took on the fury of a dust storm, and the combined might of a world champion team, and made them all wilt while we watched in awe and wonder.
That is who you were -- a destroyer: of bowlers, of reputations, of opponents. Go back to that fearless, peerless batsman you once were -- and give us ten more years of wonder, of awe, of delight.
Share your answers in the comments below.
Update, March 3 [Comments are now closed on this post]: Thank you for your amazing responses, dear readers.
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