Stopped watching cricket after Sachin Tendulkar's retirement: Abhinav Bindra

Stopped watching cricket after Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement: Abhinav Bindra

Sachin Tendulkar
Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar. (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

Abhinav Bindra, the first Indian to win an individual gold at Olympics is an avid cricket follower like every other Indian. Bindra won a gold for India in 10 M Air Rifle event at Beijing Olympics 2008. Bindra being the recipient of Arjuna Award, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award and Padma Bhushan award said that the former Indian batsman, Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar was his favorite cricketer and that he has lost interest in cricket after Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement.

“I’d follow Team India’s performances but have stopped doing so after Sachin called it a day. He was different, definitely, a cut above the rest,” Abhinav Bindra was quoted as saying. Bindra retired in 2016 after finishing 4th in 10 M Air Rifle event at Rio Olympics in order to give chances to youngsters.

Sachin Tendulkar retired and left a big void in cricket which no one else can fill, but younger generation who haven’t watched Tendulkar in action in the 90s will disagree with this. It is indeed very irritating to see comparisons between Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar made. Sachin Tendulkar cannot be compared with anyone. During his times Sachin tore apart the best of the best bowling attacks.

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Even Kohli has got all the potential to emulate Sachin it will be better to call him First Virat Kohli than Future Tendulkar. Many critics believed that Sachin will lose popularity after his retirement but still whenever India play a match today you will see boards with “Miss you Sachin, you are still the God” written on them. For cricket fans, number 10 will always be the number that signifies pure masterclass, the epitome of consistency and a legacy that will go on forever.