Tendulkar, who will be retiring after playing his 200th Test and the ongoing Test against West Indies at Mumbai, garnered the maximum number of votes in an online poll, edging past contenders like Chinese President Xi Jinping and US Federal Reserve head nominee Janet Yellen. Tendulkar, who made an impressive 74 runs in his 200th and last Test, had previously been named ‘Person of the Moment’ by Time.
“Sachin Tendulkar, India’s top cricketer and widely considered the greatest of his generation, played his final Test match before retirement,” the magazine said.
Tendulkar’s stellar 24-year cricketing career boasts of innumerable records and milestones which would be hard to surpass. Tendulkar was showered with adulation not only in India but across the world with leading US dailies paying rich tributes to the master blaster for his “supreme batsmanship” and “unwavering modesty” and describing him as “irreplacable”. Time magazine had also put out a special online feature highlighting Tendulkar’s 10 greatest moments, including his first 100 in 1990 against England, his 2001 against Australia when he became the first player ever to score 10,000 runs in the one-day format, his unprecedented 200 runs in a single innings in an ODI against South Africa in 2010 and the 2011 World Cup win. (PTI)