Shoaib Akhtar


In Tendulkar's Shadow

Yes, I suggest to you that this is what Tendulkar's burden did to us Indian fans. It stripped from us some of the pure joy of the game of cricket. It told us that a match must end, one way or another, in Indian triumph. It persuaded us that our Indian-ness was measured by how fervently we wished for India to win. It managed, over the years, to tie patriotism to a mere sport.