Cricket is the second most popular game on the planet Earth but things were not the same with Cricket in the late 20th century until India won the 1983 Cricket World Cup under the captaincy of Kapil Dev. That’s the time when Cricket rose to its heights in the popularity and a nation of 1 billion people started to cheer for the game.
When India won the World Cup in ’83 it inspired millions of kids across the nation to take Cricket has a career and out in those millions was Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar
Now, Sachin Tendulkar is often referred to as “God of Cricket” and the first person to speak this out was Australian Cricketer Matthew Hayden, he said “I have seen God. He bats at no. 4 in India in Tests.” during the Australia Tour of India back in 1998. But, However Sachin himself claimed that “I am not God of cricket. I make mistakes, God doesn’t.”
However, Sachin is no less than a God when it comes to his records in the game and his popularity across the Cricket Communities. Now, the question comes who is the God of Cricket? or God of Modern age Cricket? Well, to answer that there is literally none. every era of Cricket will be dominated by a Cricket Player and records will always be created by one and will be broken by someone on a day.
Cricket rose to popularity with the legendary athletes like Don Bradman, Brian Lara, Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Muttiah Muralitharan and it is continuing to grow with the likes of Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Rohit Sharma, Joe Root and Ab De Villiers.
All we can hope is to let the game strive to even greater heights and it keeps us entertaining.