Recently, Michael Atherton said in a recent column that Sachin wasn't the greatest batsman of all time, because he wore a helmet.
While it is appropriate to appreciate the guts and bravery of those batsmen who didn't wear helmets, Sachin has done the wise thing. He's opted for protection, when it is essential, and you stand to lose nothing by using it. How many will take the risk of facing a pace bowler without a helmet, these days? While Atherton is hardly a great player, he has made a point, given the absence of helmets at the time. That doesn't make someone conscious of safety a lesser player.