Good. Glad we've cleared that up.
I do agree with one thing.... thats in this forum if you defend Sachin on any points.. You do tend to get labelled as fanboy and looked at negatively so it seems from the posts. Mind you its the usual suspect all the time.
Majority of the people are fine though. What has happened.... is it the Viv Richards thread that contains all the fireworks ?
There is a HUGE fan following for Tendulkar in India. No doubt about that. And he is quite popular among cricket fans in Pakistan too (obviously they hate him when he does well against Pakistan .....). But like all great players Tendulkar has his weaknesses and not being a great match winner as some of the other players might be one of them (I hope I am not taken apart for writing this. I remember Imran Khan once saying that in India and boy did he get some flak for it). Which doesn't mean that he is not a great player. Arguably the finest since Bradman.
However at the same time it has to be acknowledged that on a lot of occasion for some reason Tendulkar is brought into arguments where there is no need to bring him in. Which is probably to tick off the "Tendulkar fanboys". And most of the time it works.....
Tendulkar has as much right to being criticized or analyzed as any other player in the history of the game. At the same time the criticism should be constructive (given the fact that there is so much adulation for Tendulkar amongst many cricket fans). A lot times the criticism seems to be there just to inflame the other side.
I am loving now that we've got to a point where we're not discussing cricket, but instead discussing fans' responses to fans' responses about cricket. Yay us.
Stop doing it then Burgey!
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I can't close the thread.
If I could, every thread SS ever created would be closed, and every post he ever made would be deleted.
I think the point where it gets annoying is when Tendulkar is injected into every thread about everything to do with cricket. The Viv Richards thread is an example.
"Is Viv Richards Over-rated"..."Well, a quick statistical analysis of Tendulkar's efforts indicate that on February 13th, 1995 at 1:35pm he scored at a rate far superior to anything Viv ever managed"
"Who's better, Murali or Warne?"..."Actually, Sachin took 5/2 in under 11's bowling both off and leg-spin, making him better than both and possibly better than anyone who has ever lived"
"What are your thoughts on the burgeoning economic stability of China?"...."You've obviously overlooked the fact that Sachin is richer than the whole country, America are looking to export to him you know!?"
I think this might've calmed down somewhat now Sir Alex had left us (God Bless his departed soul).
I think you can take it as a given that most rationally-minded people from the cricketing countries around the world recognise he is a great batsman.
*NB: This post might contain elements of exaggeration.
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