On the tenth day of the tenth month of the year, Sachin Tendulkar decided that he wanted to do grown up things and not do the child like things like playing games.
If anything, it was this very childlike enthusiasm and energy that galvanised him to shoulder the responsibilities and withstand the pressures of sometimes unreasonable expectations of playing a sport which often makes or breaks the day for millions of Indians all over the world.
No praise can be too high for the dedication, determination and discipline that he brought into his game, and his exploits in all these years took the game to a completely new level that had not been seen before and will probably never be seen again.
His deeds on the field are folklore, but it was the way he carried himself off the field that sets him apart. Despite all the adulation and love which can be stifling at times, he was at all times the perfect role model for youngsters, and that is why parents want their kids to be like Sachin.
It is no doubt the fervent wish, nay desire of Indian cricket lovers that he signs off with a huge ton in his farewell game.
Even as the ‘king’ indicated he was ready to abdicate his throne, the 'prince' of Indian cricket signalled his intention of making a comeback and staying longer on the throne than he has in his previous attempts.
Yuvraj Singh has done all that can be asked of a player wanting to get back to the intensity of international competition. He trained hard in a place which very few had heard of and got not just physically stronger but also mentally calmer.
It was this serenity that set apart his match winning innings that got India over the line against an opposition that had run up a 200 plus score. He never looked under pressure of the asking rate and simply went about getting the runs with ease. Even after the winning hit was made, there were no overt celebrations like old, and if this is the new 'Yuvi', then the opposition better watch out.
All the big hitting of Aaron Finch and Nic Maddinson thus came to nought, as Yuvraj and the skipper Dhoni, built a partnership that took the hosts home. For his match winning innings, Yuvraj is the Ceat international cricketer of the week.
Professional Management Group