Tributes to Sachin Tendulkar

Gideon Haigh in ESPN ,

This is the man. I’ve seen many great visiting players at the MCG, but none, I suspect, whom the crowd has so openly wanted to succeed – his achievement, they sense, will ennoble them also.

Rohit Brijnath Sachin

Genius who didn’t swear, smoke, drink. Genius so venerated that he never got to taste the beauty of the ordinary life.
Will he regret his last years, his stumbling towards his final century, his testing of public faith, his riding for a brief time on his name when for his entire career he had so wonderfully done the opposite?
Greatness is common; in wearing his greatness gently and his legend discreetly, for so long, Tendulkar was uncommon

Where the Gods Live On … and On

In a land of chronic inefficiency, he was remorselessly efficient; in a land with a global inferiority complex, he was the best in the world; in a land where public figures are strutting peacocks, he was often a picture of painful humility; in a land that thirsts for self-respect, Sachin spelled pride.

Ian Bishop,

The sight of the straight lines of the bat on its downswing; the power of the back foot punch; thanks for the memories Sachin. Glad you came

From Clock stops at 24 ,

In 2010, at the age of 37, Tendulkar witnessed his greatest year in Test cricket, with 1,562 runs including two double centuries in his seven three-figure scores, the last of which saw him reach 50 Test hundreds

Allan Donald, quoted in Guardian

Tendulkar mastered an art that defies easy understanding. The cognition, the selection, the execution. It is all done in the time it takes to tap your finger twice on a table

Matthew Hayden said it was “beyond chaos” when Tendulkar came out to the crease, calling it “a frantic appeal by a nation to one man”

A fan’s comment, Where do warriors go?

He was engaged in the relentless pursuit of batting perfection. Before people throw stones at the giant, they should first ask themselves whether they have ever dedicated themselves solely towards one endeavour like that.

The Hindu

There have been several exceptional careers in cricket, but save for Don Bradman there hasn’t been a phenomenon — in terms of the collective experience of the artiste — like Tendulkar
And yet Tendulkar wore it with lightness and dignity, making brilliance commonplace, unremarkable

List of tributes to VVS Laxman

I love reading tributes. It is fascinating how sometimes writers are able to capture some essence of a person in one line. Here are some related to retirement of Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman -

VVS- that artist dude next door – As a man destined for medicine, he perhaps had no appetite for the joys of poetry. He could inspire it among the followers, but never succumbed to its seduction himself.

Quietly Laxman – He went about doing his things in his own way. His fame and legacy shows that there are pedestals beyond the podium too. It’s not always about finishing first.

A touch of velvet – There was a vulnerability about VVS Laxman’s batsmanship, a delicacy, that enhanced the brilliance of his strokeplay.

A very personal tribute by Murali Kartik- “You always have maintained there are certain things you can’t change about destiny. That has helped me to remain inspired, motivated and not get disgruntled about cricket despite being left out of the team so many times.”

Shard Ugra – To borrow from JK Rowling, in a dressing room of muggles – of varying and outstanding gifts, achievements and records – Laxman was always the only wizard.

Vishy Anand is still the World Champion

I enjoyed following this match live on the official site. They had GM commentators for all the games. I found Peter Leko to be the best. He analysed positions well and quickly. Peter Svidler was good too, but he too often said something like ” I don’t know much about this position”. Shipov’s coverage as usual was awesome!

Anand’s strategy was interesting. He used rare continuations against Gruenfeld defense and played Rossolimo variation of the Sicilian in some games. Gelfand’s c4 in Game 12 was appreciated even by Anand. But, Anand’s decision not to pursue Game 12 even though he had huge time advantage, completely baffled me! I still wonder ‘why’. I feel some of the draws were more exciting than the 2 decisive games. But, the 8th game triumph of Vishy gave a high, especially knowing later to be the shortest world championship win! Rapid games were just too tense to follow but enjoyable. And, the official site did not go down during tie-breaks!

This how Anand felt about his opponent – “I never felt like a favourite. I’ve known Boris too long for that.”

Here are some of the resources to know more about match

1. Official site
2. Chess in translation
3. Anand-Gelfand: Psychology
4. Judith Polgar
5. Moscow
6. Anand Retains World Title After Exciting Playoff
7. Press Conference
8. Post match interview
9. ChessBase
10. Dana’s rapid games review
11. How Vishy Anand retained his world chess title
12. Walk the Talk

I wish Indian electronic media gave more time to the coverage. Any channel could have hired 2 Indian players, and had post-game analysis, say at midnight :) I would have watched, and would have been interesting to know our very own player’s perspective.