Hailing Sachin Tendulkar's feat of scoring 100 centuries, Time magazine
has joined issue with those seeking his retirement saying the Indian
cricket legend has "earned the right to keep going, to keep achieving."
"For Tendulkar, arguably cricket's greatest-ever batsman, the pursuit of
this 'ton of tons' has been unusually tortuous," noted the US magazine's
Indian-born editor-at-large Bobby Ghosh in an article hailing "Ton-dulkar!
A New Landmark For Cricket's Greatest."
But "His talent is so immense, there was never any doubt he would get
there, it was only a question of when and where," he said writing about
"Tendulkar, cricket's greatest batsman, reaches another mark."
"Now that he has, some will cavil that the occasion did not match the
achievement: he got the runs against Bangladesh, one of the minnows of the
game," Ghosh said dismissing it as "all nonsense" as "Great sporting
achievements set their own landmark: they don't need to occur on
especially haloed turf and at an especially propitious hour."
"If history is any guide, now the pressure's off, Tendulkar will hit a
purple patch of form, scoring hundreds with his customary aplomb," Ghosh
"That's a terrifying thought for bowlers everywhere, and a delicious
prospect for all those who love the game, for when Tendulkar bats without
a monkey on his back, he elevates the sport into art," he said.
Arguing that Tendulkar is "fit, and his legendary appetite for runs
remains undiminished," Ghosh said, "Having borne the weight of his
nation's dreams for so long, and with such uncomplaining grace, Tendulkar
has earned the right to keep going, to keep achieving."
"Don't encumber him now with speculation of retirement. Let Sachin play,"