By Navaneeth Reddy: Sachin Tendulkar as a batsman and as a person inspired me the most till date. I have been seeing him since the time of my earliest memories of cricket, when I was just 3 or 4 years old, up till present day, where he is playing his last Test match. I could never have imagined a person who can be so calm, down to earth and without any attitude whatsoever, even after 24 years of successful international cricket.
When I scored good marks in one subject, I used to show a lot of attitude towards all my friends but how can a person be without attitude after playing at that level for this long. If anyone comments about me, I give everyone a nice hearing without even knowing what exactly the truth was but in his 24 years of International Cricket, Sachin never said a word about all his critics he just let his bat answer all the questions. These are the two important points which influenced me the most about Sachin.
In the game of Cricket there have been a lot of performers that stood out but Sachin was special and different for various reasons. At an age of 16 years he started playing International cricket which was exceptional and he was facing one of the best attacks of pace bowling against Pakistan with the likes of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis.
By Dale Money: Jimmie Johnson has captured a sixth Sprint Cup championship and know can set his sights on that elusive seventh title which would tie the record with Dale Earnhardt Sr and Richard Petty two of Nascar greats. With the championship on the line and only needing a 23rd finish or better he wisely choose to play it conservative, trying his best not to put himself in a dangerous spot. Johnson did have one close call, needing to make a save after contact with Matt Kenseth on a late restart.
Still managing to rally himself to a ninth place finish beating Kenseth for the title by 19 points.
He is an amazing talent, there’s no doubt about it,” Knaus said. “He can do things with a race car that most mortals can’t. Let’s just be straight with it.”
By Shreesh Lele: For over two decades, Sachin Tendulkar had represented not just sporting excellence, but also the aspirations of a billion Indians. Hats off to this great legend that brought India together like no other sportsman before him.
WHEN HE WALKS OUT TO THE MIDDLE
Every Sachin Tendulkar innings is a mini Ganeshotsav, imbued with a sense of occasion, teeming with expectation and possibility.
FIRST YOU must close your eyes. Then you must exercise your memory and, from among the whirgig of blurry thoughts, images and sequences, you must pick a day of a Test match that Sachin Tendulkar was part of. Maybe it was a game in Melbourne or Port of Spain or Harare. Maybe it was a sweltering morning in Chennai or maybe, the evening clouds threatened to vanquish the ground at Headingley.
By Rick LaFitte: Heading into UFC 167, challenger Johny Hendricks had been saying it was his time and that there would be a changing of the guard in the welterweight division. Hendricks backed up the talk, only to be denied by the judges’ scorecards, as long-time champion Georges St.Pierre retained his title thanks to a highly controversial decision. For St.Pierre, it was the ninth successful defense in his second stint as champion, and left him with 19 wins inside the Octagon, the most of any competitor.
Hendricks showed off his power in landing a number of hard punches throughout the course of the fight in Las Vegas and St.Pierre showed plenty of heart to survive the onslaught. Hopefully, there won’t be any more questions about his ability to absorb a punch! It appeared as though Hendricks had done enough to claim the gold, but two scorecards read 48-47 for St.Pierre while the other gave the nod to Hendricks. Even UFC President Dana White was flabbergasted by the decision.
St.Pierre was unable to find the usual pinpoint accuracy with his stiff jab, and Hendricks’ wrestling ability was in evidence as the champ couldn’t get him to the ground to employ his effective ground and pound game. Another key to the fight was Hendricks’ stamina, most felt if the fight went beyond three rounds, the champion would dominate the fourth and fifth, that didn’t happen.