POSTED BY Buzz ON Mar 16, 2012 AT 20:34 IST ,  Edited At: Mar 16, 2012 20:34 IST

Yes, yes, we know and totally agree with what Mukul Kesavan wrote last December:

The real cricketing illiterates are the people who believe that adding ODI centuries to Test centuries and arriving at a hundred gives you a heroic landmark. It doesn’t. This isn’t just a meaningless statistic, it’s a pernicious one because it equalizes two different orders of achievement.

...why are we going on like idiots about this non-event, this half-wit’s holy grail? Why can’t we be content to celebrate Tendulkar’s real achievement? Fifty-one Test hundreds… say that slowly because no one will ever score more. And if you must celebrate his 48 ODI centuries, do, but as a distinct and separate achievement. There’s no such thing as an international hundred. If you do want to join his Test centuries to some other figure to bulk out his numbers, add them to his 27 first class hundreds: at least those were made in the same four-innings format of the game.

So celebrate his 49th ODI hundred today and let others add 51 Test hundreds to it and allow others to think of it as some kind of a 100, when the real celebration should perhaps await his 50th ODI ton. As the man himself said, he feels 50 Kgs lighter already.

Meanwhile, let's just raise a toast and smile along with the Amul girl...

POSTED BY Buzz ON Mar 16, 2012 AT 20:34 IST ,  Edited At: Mar 16, 2012 20:34 IST
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2/D-29
Apr 16, 2012
09:21 AM

 A once great cricketer and a great man is now just a 'once great cricketer'. Oh how the mighty fall. He was the nation's hero and idol, now he seems to be dancing to the tune of his sponsors. So sad...

K Sanjiv
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1/D-90
Apr 15, 2012
08:34 PM

 Tendulkar has been the most ‘pamper’ed and well-padded child of our beloved nation. No two opinions that he is great, but the way he is being portrayed asTHE GOD, much much larger than (even God’s) life, is unbelievable and, therefore unacceptable. The way the media and especially the electronic media went talking about his hundred centuries being the greatest contribution to Indian cricket etc. etc., makes one wonder whether others who slogged hard and brought home victory in at times hopeless and critical situations, were not Gods of cricket?
But talking like this is as good as making a fool of your-self. Either you are considered as one who does not understand cricket or one who criticises the ‘pamper’ed-one- in-question just for the sake of it.
It will take many years; hundred or so, for the history of cricket to cross examine his career and pass a judgment on it… that he played for himself, for his sponsors, for his endorsements…. and when free from all these pecuniary commitments, played for OUR nation!

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