The greatest cricket player in decades, Sachin Tendulkar, announced his retirement in India this week. He is 40 years old and not only the face of Indian cricket, but the entire sport.
His batting records will probably never be broken.
I know, most of you have probably never heard of him. But, nearly a quarter of the world’s population knows exactly whom you are referring to, when you say the name, Sachin Tenduklar. When Sachin announced his retirement, he immediately started ‘trending’ on Twitter.
Many guess that cricket is the world’s second most popular sport, after soccer.
It is hard to estimate just how many people follow cricket. but this short article shows its following globally.
Considering Sachin’s an ad-man for dozens of Indian products, being the most popular player on their national team since he was 16 years old, a fair estimate is that out of India’s 1.2 billion, only a small percentage are clueless to his existence.
India is a land that is really thousands of diverse countries under one flag. Different religions, varying tongues, a myriad of food options, dissimilar dressing styles, sundry climates, a plethora of political affiliations and parties etc… I could go on ad-nauseam. But there is one thing unites this vast nation unlike anything else — cricket.