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It’s true that geniuses and champions are never satisfied with what they have achieved.
They are always thinking of the next level, the next summit, the next goal.
They dare not rest on their laurels.
There’s always the next mountain to climb, the next peak to scale.
And so it is with Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar.
14,000 Test runs in test cricket, over 30,000 international runs and 49 Test centuries to his credit.
Yet, the gentleman talks about yearning to reach the next level.
"I’m really focusing now on how I can get to the next level as a batsman. How can I get even more competitive? How can I get even more consistent? How can I get better?"
What else does Tendukar have to say in his interview to The Guardian?
On dreaming, Tendulkar has this to say:
"Life would be flat without dreams. I think it’s really important to dream — and then to chase those dreams.”
2010 has been Tendulkar’s best year in recent times, reminding us of the young Sachin, unburdened by the cares of the team and varied niggling injuries.
Tendulkar is also back at the top of the ICC rankings, the first time since 2002.
It is said that all’s well with the world when Tendulkar is in full flow and so it is for cricket fans.
The full interview will be published this Saturday.
Sunny Gavaskar hits the deadlines once more; this time it is his links with the Kochi franchise that have drawn flak from all quarters.
The Indian batting legend , the first cricketer to score 10,000 runs and surpass Don Bradman’s 29 tons, is mulling over an offer from the Gaikwads, the Rendezvous group owners, to handle all matters cricketing.
The news comes as a bit of a surprise and there exists speculation about Gavaskar’s role in the bidding process as a possible conflict of interest ; the master batsman was then on the IPL governing council.
(The fallout between Lalit Modi and Shashi Tharoor was the result of allegations that Tharoor sought Modi’s interference in the bidding process to ensure that the Kochi group’s bid would be successful.)
Gavaskar is no longer a part of the IPL set-up; he quit the re-constituted governing council citing differences with the BCCI.
Was the conflict of interest a reason for the differences? If yes, why then was just the super accumulator penalised?
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Kochi meets the deadline?
There have been conflicting reports in the Indian press and media about the proposal submitted by the Kochi consortium to the BCCI.
The Times Of India (TOI) reports that the Kochi franchisee have requested an additional ten days to come up with a resolution of the ongoing dispute among the consortium members.
Air India intend to phase out the sari as the uniform of choice for their air-hostesses.
The salwar kameez will take its place; the stewardesses retain the option of skirts and blouses instead.
The reasons given are that salwar kameezes are comfortable to move about in; not to mention easier to don as well.
The sari as a national dress is slowly dying across all spheres of the Indian woman’s professional life.
It is the salwar kameez or formal tops and trousers that rule the roost. The skirt and blouse has taken a tumble.
Dresses are in a minuscule minority. It is the comfort and cool factor that pre-dominates.
Femininity is out! Androgynies rule!
Air India officials say that a final decision is yet to be taken. The economics of this drastic change have to be worked out.
Interestingly, British Airways, Biman , the Bangladeshi airline and Sri Lankan airlines will not retire this sartorial statement of sub-continental modesty.
Shall we say “So sari! Goodbye, Sari!”
Or label the move the slow death of sari? Or another nail in the coffin of sari?
Hell, we’re leery of sari!
To sari or not to sari is no longer the question , it seems!
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