It has become common, of late, to proclaim Tendulkar the equal or superior of Bradman.
Simon Hughes of the Telegraph - that bastion of conservative, reactionary reportage - has merely become the latest to make such a claim. Nasser Hussein, Richard Hadlee, Colin Croft, inter alia, have also made such 'lese majeste' claims, instantly incurring the wrath of all antipodeans, while simultaneously basking in the glory of most Indians.
My question is: WHY?
Are there really any good cricketing reasons to think this way? Or are a combination of other i.e. socioeconomic factors - the growing clout of indians, the number of hits from Indians on an article/newssite that carries such a story - the reason of such seemingly outlandish claims? Or is it just something in the water?
Would appreciate a good debate on this, especially on the 'other' factors underpinning the spate of such proclamations.