Just when the world of cricket was wondering if there would be life in Indian cricket after Sunil Gavaskar came a 16-year-old who put his hand up. It was Sachin Tendulkar who began performing far better than Gavaskar did at school level. In time this prodigy turned into as big a legend as Gavaskar, surpassing him statistically. And setting new benchmarks in avatars of the game that Gavaskar's era didn't have in abundance --50 overs and 20 overs cricket. Tendulkar chose to develop the Bradmanesque trait rather than the Gavaskarean one --stopping the bowler from bowling well. Gavaskar's was slow demolition of the opponent dictated by the demands of his time--rebuilding the innings after constant fall of wickets around him. Tendulkar has been a destroyer of bowling which has made him a folk hero.
He had topped the aggregates in Test cricket and the 50-over game. He is nearing the mark of 100 international and firstclass centuries which no Indian has come near. One thing missing in his book was highest scores Brian Lara passing him in this respect with the first-class and Test highs. Sachin made the correction when notching the highest score in a 50 over men's game 200 not out in February. The other marks beckon. And Sachin could draw inspiration from the world's greatest cricketer Sir Garfield Sobers saying that if anyone could break Everton Weekes' mark of five Test hundred in a row, it would be Sachin. That and a second cricket World Cup triumph for India are the goals Sachin could well set for himself as he enters the third decade of his international career.