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His Master's Clone

Sehwag may not be in the same league as Tendulkar, yet. But for a cricket-crazy nation, the two are one of a kind.

His Master's Clone
Pradeep Mandani
His Master's Clone
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It's possible that God, under extreme pressure to produce a unique Indian over a billion times, slyly repeats a creation at least once. It was a rumour for months, but at the end of the Champions Trophy in Sri Lanka, the great scam was busted. Virender Sehwag, beneath the Indian helmet, looked so majestically similar to a man who's considered one and only that a happy sponsor now says: "Sehwag is Sachin Tendulkar at a 90 per cent discount." Despite the shrill objections of traditionalists, it's becoming increasingly probable that Tendulkar and Sehwag were made from the same soup.

But we may have never discovered the two. They were born many hundred miles and five years apart, without any trace of meaningful intellect or articulation that will make them famous enough to expose the grand sloth of the creator. One grew up in Mumbai to become the greatest consumer of vada pavs in western India, and the other an overweight Jat who drank four litres of milk everyday. But the original and the clone possessed a seemingly useless gift of sighting a small ball that travels at about...
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