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Sachin now SuperSport folklore

cricket Updated: Dec 21, 2010 00:57 IST
Subhash Rajta
Subhash Rajta
Hindustan Times
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A young man strolled into the SuperSport Park on Monday, with his two sons, aged two-and-a-half and three-and-a-half. One a day when the first Test was all but over, what brought them to the venue?

"I thought it would be nice to bring them here. When they grow up and know that they had been to the match where Sachin Tendulkar scored his 50th hundred, they will have a story to tell for the rest of their lives," he said.

Perhaps, it was the same sentiment that brought in a handful of other fans to the stadium. "That little fellow of yours is great. How many centuries is he going to make?" drawled a security officer.

While the fans have fallen deeper in love with the legend, the cricketing fraternity is discussing a question that would have sounded blasphemous (it still could for many) till sometime back.

Is Sachin Tendulkar the greatest batsmen ever, greater than even Sir Don Bradman?

While many on Twitter have already anointed him as the greatest, MS Dhoni wriggled out of the tight spot with a smart answer. "I don't believe in comparisons. In addition, I have never seen Bradman bat, but I have seen Sachin and have always idolized him.

Both of them are great. Bradman did really well, Sachin is also doing really well," he

said. The captain, however, sounded sure that Sachin's record would be impossible to break. "Even as others are trying to narrow down the gap, Sachin's increasing it further," said Dhoni.

The South African media too has been generous in showering praise on the little master. They could have done more had they not been busy celebrating Jacques Kallis's first double-century and debating if he's the best batsman to come out of South Africa.

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