Who’s the greatest cricketer ever to play cricket?

This debate has been around ever since cricket was invented.  But this debate becomes a street-talk when a new cricket star is born and when a cricketer takes the cricket world by storm.
Every era had its own legendary cricketer. But last few eras of the modern cricket chapter had one undisputed legend, Sir Don Bradman.  Don was the greatest batsman, any cricket expert would ever think of, with an enviable Test average of 99!(In his last Test innings Bradman got out for duck. At least a four in his last inning would have taken his average to 100!) But the entry of Sachin Tendulkar brought back the greatest cricketer debate.  There were few more batsmen in Sachin’s era who also staked their claim for the coveted position.  Stylish Caribbean left hand batsman Brian Lara and consistent and competitive Australian Ricky Ponting. Both of them played during the same era as Sachin and both played cricket like Sachin did, fierce, forceful and completely natural game.
Brian Lara had a great style which was more like poetry. His strokes were sublime and pleasure to watch. And no match was over till Brian Lara was at the crease. He would bat with tail enders to form a huge partnerships and take the West Indies team to victories. He was the most-feared batsman of his era. On the other hand, the Aussie Ricky Ponting, who is also called ‘punter’ is never-say-die cricketer who would take away matches from opponents. He was consistent, was fluent on his day and would lead his side by example.
What makes Sachin Tendulkar so different from these two cricketers is his Indian roots. He belongs to a cricket team, where every batsman would look up to Sachin to perform and take charge of the batting burden. He belongs to a nation where millions of cricket fans would expect him to score a century every time and all the time. Every time he takes batting guard, there’s a huge burden already waiting for him at the crease. And he hails from a nation which produced a great cricketer like Sunil Gavaskar, who had an iconic stature in India’s cricket history. Not to forget , he has also been a big reason for today’s massive interest in cricket betting.
For the last two decades, Sachin has been successful in growing as a greatest batsman in spite of all the expectations.  He not only became India’s greatest batsman surpassing Sunil Gavaskar, but managed to become the greatest batsman of the modern era. Sachin is a natural and impulsive batsman. Legend has it that he has got half a dozen shots in his armor for each delivery! He could destroy any bowling attack on  any pitch. And to top it all, he’s got the best compliment from the greatest cricketer, Don Bradman himself.
After watching Sachin Tendulkar playing on tv, Sir Don Bradman told his wife that Sachin reminded him of his own style of batting during his best days. That compliment decides the debate in Sachin Tendulkar’s favour, though there will be cricket pundits who still want to keep the debate alive. But when you glance at his cricket records, his cricket career and his passion for the game you realize that being a legend is not just about playing good cricket. It’s also about creating more passionate followers, it’s also about making the game proud.  Sachin did that in style and closed the debate forever!     Content partner - Punters Realm

18 comments

  1. abhishek // March 28, 2010 at 2:25 AM  

    Sachin is a God of Cricket Without Sachin cricket is like without life so Sachin pls continue to play as long as u can pls dont give up the cricket.

  2. Shree // March 30, 2010 at 1:37 AM  

    yes I think what went wrong in cricket if sachin retire.

  3. amit // April 22, 2010 at 4:13 AM  
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  4. amit // April 22, 2010 at 4:15 AM  

    best cricket i have ever seen
    the heart of india
    Mr Sachin The Great HAPPY BIRTHDAY

  5. mj // April 23, 2010 at 11:49 AM  

    wish you a very happy birthday sir
    legends never die you are a living truth

  6. amit // April 23, 2010 at 10:46 PM  

    without u no cricket no life
    i live for ur batting
    master blaster very happy birthday
    please keep playing as long as u can play otherwise there will be a void place always in life
    from ur die hard fan
    this is true everything has to go one day and also u have to go one
    day
    i wish god please let him play for life time

  7. Pankaj // May 6, 2010 at 9:33 PM  

    Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar... GOD OF CRICKET. ANY ONE NOT LIKE TENDULKAR AND NEVER BECAME LIKE TENDULKAR... GREAT MAN... AND I AM GREAT FOLLOWER OF SIR TENDULKAR. MERI HARDIK IKSHA HAI KI O 2011 WORLD CUP JITA KE LAYEN... THANKS TENDULKAR..

  8. Sandeep // May 7, 2010 at 4:48 AM  

    Sachin is a God of Cricket Without Sachin cricket is like without life so Sachin pls continue to play as long as u can pls dont give up the cricket.

  9. Atanu Das // May 23, 2010 at 9:06 PM  

    Sir i want a world cup from you and also 50 centuries both test and odi......... atlease 1 centuries in t20 also

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  11. brijmohan // May 26, 2010 at 7:29 AM  

    tusi great ho pa gi

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  13. guneet // May 28, 2010 at 1:35 AM  

    The greatest cricket born on the planet.........

  14. Nitesh Bhardwaj // June 15, 2010 at 7:03 AM  

    Sir. You lord of cricket.all indian proud to u an indian.

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  16. Manas // July 29, 2010 at 10:31 AM  

    Sachin !! The God of Cricket who carries the burden of over 100 crore indians' hopes on his shoulders.. !! I am SOOO LUCKY to have born in this era where I cud see the GOD of cricket playing right in front of my eyes.. For me, U R D BEST CRICKETER I HAVE SEEN.. It's ur spirit & passion for the game that makes me think that way.. !! GOD BLESS U.. :)

  17. dr abhishek singh // July 29, 2010 at 3:21 PM  

    i started seeing cricket when u have started your international cricket carrier and i will end up with your retirement.

  18. Anonymous // July 31, 2010 at 9:15 AM  

    sir ,
    u r the king of cricket, without u cricket is lifeless. u r very nice person with kind heart.i like to play cricket like you.i want to become a cricketer like u.i wanted to meet with u one day.

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