Sir — Sabujdwip, an island at the confluence of the Behula and Hooghly rivers under the Balagarh block, attracts thousands of visitors and nature-lovers during Christmas. It is nice to see people enjoying the journey by boat to the island. To them it is an adventure. But an accident had occurred on account of overcrowding and it had been widely reported. Lack of infrastructure has made it impossible to provide safer facilities. The district administration must arrange for adequate boats and a strong jetty at the earliest.
Manas Mukhopadhyay, Chinsurah, Hooghly
Written in gold
Sir — Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement from one day international cricket recently (“One short”, Dec 26).This brings to an end an extraordinary career spanning 23 years. During this period, he broke and created a number of world records. After Vivian Richards, Tendulkar was the one batsman who dominated the world of cricket.
His best years were the ones between 1996 and 2001, when he scored heavily against all teams,especially against Australia. The way he batted at Sharjah in 1998 in a tri-series — he played two memorable knocks against the mighty Aussies — confirmed his status as the best batsman of modern times. His battles with the likes of Shane Warne, Shoaib Akhtar, Glenn McGrath,Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis are now the stuff of legend. In the 1999 World Cup, he had to return home due to his father’s demise. But the committed man that he is, he returned and scored a century against Kenya. His game changed after his career was threatened with injuries that hampered his attacking style of batting.
Tendulkar helped every Indian dream big. He also inspired numerous Virat Kohlis to take to cricket. A thorough gentleman, he was never involved in any controversy. His biggest strength is that he remained humble even after achieving almost everything that others can only dream of.
With his departure from ODIs, a vacuum has been created that can never be filled. It’s a pity that people did not get an opportunity to bid him a fitting farewell.
Abhishek Pandey, Calcutta
Sir — There are some things in life that should not end. Sachin Tendulkar’s cricketing career, for instance. This is indeed the right time for Tendulkar to retire, but the prospect leaves millions of his admirers craving for more. There will soon be a frantic search for someone who can bear the torch of glory after Tendulkar’s departure. Although Yuvraj Singh seems a likely successor, he has a long way to go. For the fans, Tendulkar was the reason that made them follow cricket. Now Test cricket remains the only arena where we can savour the master’s finesse.
Shayak Majumder, Calcutta
Sir — Legends like Sachin Tendulkar will not be born again. His absence will certainly be felt by the Indian cricket team. But every good thing has to come to an end. The master blaster had to retire from one format of the game someday. This is the right time and age for Tendulkar to retire from ODI cricket. However, if his decision has been brought about by pressures from the Board of Control for Cricket in India, then it is indeed a matter of shame. It is better to retire from the game with dignity and respect than being asked to quit.
Tendulkar is not completely out of the game yet. He will continue to play Test cricket. So we can hope to remain entertained by him.
Somrita Ghosh, Calcutta