It happens after I ask the question to which I most want the answer, as a devotee of cricket: Four really great bowlers.
Third series, I played in England where Angus Fraser really bowled well. Devon Malcolm was good. Eddie Hemmings bowled well at Old Trafford. Oh God, I think to myself.
He moves on to consider the impossibility of choosing between a Warne, a Muralitharan and a Saqlain. Or a Walsh and Ambrose. He proceeds placidly, speaking over my attempts to change the subject. Quite a few guys have their own lifestyles. How did we get here? You just need to respect that.
Half of me is frustrated, half of me wants to stand up and applaud. That, I realise, must be what it felt like to bowl to Sachin Tendulkar at his best.
What it might feel like to be him is something that I wonder about precisely because no one in cricket has ever been like Sachin Tendulkar, and no one ever will. When Tendulkar played his first Test, inIndia was a closed economy.
Three years later, it opened to the global market. Globalisation brought in international sponsorship, market power, satellite channels that broadcast every cricket match and gave airtime to experts who could dissect each aspect of the game — later, social media gave the non-experts platforms to do the same.
Cricket was already a national passion in India, but now the means of expressing and consuming that passion were magnified to an extraordinary degree.
Globalisation also brought about, as it has done in so many countries, a surge in nationalism. The forthcoming film Sachin: A Billion Dreams, which he is promoting in London the morning after picking up the Asian Fellowship award at the Asian awards, charts something of this parallel journey of man and nation.
I hear this from the producer who is sitting in on the interview. It was live action in front of the whole world with no retakes, so they [the fans] know everything about that, but not many guys know my childhood, the challenges and struggles I went through.
It makes me want to hear him talk about match-fixing in Cricketer abdul qadir wife sexual dysfunction — a huge scandal that blighted the sport, and smeared the Indian team — although never him personally — while he was playing. He barely mentions it in his autobiography, which is an extraordinary omission, but he does discuss it in the film. I know this from a two-minute preview, which is all I have been allowed to see. Why the omission and why the decision to now speak about it?
He tells me that we can talk about that after I have seen the film.
I ask him about all the injuries he suffered during his career, and whether he ever thought he might not recover and return to the game. How did that feel? I could not sleep at night. I would call my close friends and ask them to join me on long drives. It also raises the question of what life is like in retirement — admittedly, retiring at 40 on your own terms is a very different matter to being forced out of the game due to injury at Cricketer abdul qadir wife sexual dysfunction even so, here is a man whose life from the age of 16 until 40 was dominated by cricket.
In fact, he was only 11 when he started to play, and was quickly singled out by his coach as someone who deserved particular attention; even though his father was a poet and professor and, as Tendulkar says, in those days people would laugh at the suggestion that sports rather than studies were a route to a career, something convinced his parents to set aside conventional thinking.
The idea that his cricket was something that everyone — Cricketer abdul qadir wife sexual dysfunction Tendulkar — had to order their lives around carried on well into adulthood.
In the film preview we hear his wife say: Does he still play the sport at all? I remind him of an interview with the cricket writer Sambit Bal some years agowhen Bal mentioned the criticism Tendulkar received for not using his huge influence to talk about important issues.
But what is his view on his role in India now that he is no longer playing and, sincehas held one of the 12 nominated seats in the upper house of the Indian parliament.
Although the position is conferred as an honour, there is an expectation that the nominated MPs will play a role in parliamentary discussions, and one of the few areas of his life for which Tendulkar has been publicly criticised is his very poor attendance record at the upper house.
If you go around speaking to 25 guys, all 25 guys will have different suggestions [about what you should do], so in the end it eventually boils down to what I want to do in life. After his retirement there was the autobiography, then the film — both projects that allowed him to inhabit the role of the great batsman. If the limelight was exacting, being half a step away from it is cruel. Given how intensely he has been Cricketer abdul qadir wife sexual dysfunction for a quarter of a century, his ability to keep his private self private seems almost more of a miracle than the compact brilliance of his playing style.
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