‘I’m proud of the way I’ve led my life’
‘Campeador’ triumphs

Calcutta, April 21: 
The four Test hundreds notwithstanding, Sachin Tendulkar has had moments of discomfort in the past six months.

Anguish, too.

First came Mike Denness’ attempt to sully his image, in Port Elizabeth. Then, more recently, Kapil Dev ‘questioned’ his (and the other top guns’) commitment.

On Saturday, though, Time announced Sachin had made its list of 25 outstanding Asians. With Chinese basketball star Wang Zhihzhi being the only other sportsman similarly saluted (in the April 29 issue), Sachin’s selection does have a special flavour.

“Well, yes, one gets that very nice feeling. I haven’t heard from the publication, but I’ve been informed about the announcement,” Sachin told The Telegraph early Sunday, an hour or so after stumps on Day-II at Port-of-Spain.

According to Time, “the lives and work of the outstanding Asians has had a profound impact on the people around them…” Not that a confirmation was required, but the Sachin-legend keeps growing.

Initially reluctant to say anything beyond the very-nice-feeling bit — “Frankly, right now, I’m focussed on the second Test… My mind isn’t on any honour” —Sachin did acknowledge this particular feather in the cap was different.

“The recognition has come from an organisation which has nothing to do with sport. Therefore, it definitely is more special… One gets touched by such appreciation,” Sachin remarked, speaking from the team hotel in Trinidad.

In fact, Sachin went on to add: “I’m proud of the way I’ve led my life… Certain values have always been dear and, moreover, I’ve been close to my family… As for cricket, I’ve always attempted to put my best foot forward — because that’s what I should be doing…”

Without saying so in as many words, Sachin (who turns 29 on Wednesday) indicated every single honour has come as a bonus. Few icons are more modest.

Few, indeed, are more conscious of the image they should be presenting. It’s for this one reason that Sachin, for example, has never endorsed alcohol and tobacco. As he himself put it, during a chat not too long ago, “I just can’t set a bad example… Just can’t allow the kids to…”

With an attitude like this, it’s only understandable that just about everybody wants a piece of Sachin.


Mumbai, April 21: 
Vinayak’s El Campeador won the 2,800m Byculla Club Trophy in Mumbai on Sunday.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Ferrari Plate 1,800m: (3-1-4) Safari Girl (J. Chinoy) 1; Over The Ocean 2; Tajjub 3. Won by: Dist; 9-1/2; (1-51.5). Tote: Win Rs 73; Place: 16; 11; 56; Quinella: 36; Tanala: 1,512. Fav: Over The Ocean (1).

2. Supernal Plate 1,200m: (1-6-2) Zeisha (Sunil) 1; Soviet Lake 2; Consortium 3. Won by: 2; 1-1/4; (1-12). Tote: Win Rs 144; Place: 31; 23; 18; Quinella: 342; Tanala: 3,428. Fav: Killarney (3). (Note: Zeisha won following a successful objection against the original winner Soviet Lake).

3. Romantic Blaze Plate 1,200m: (2-10-5) Winning Melody (Shaikh) 1; Going For Glory 2; Lord of Thunder 3. Won by: SH; Hd; (1-14.1). Tote: Win Rs 193; Place: 43; 31; 21; Quinella: 682; Tanala: 16,102. Fav: Turf Star (9).

4. April Blossom Plate 1,200m: (9-6-4) Rocks Heart (Bhagwan) 1; Amber Wine 2; Millennium King 3. Won by: 3/4; 1; (1-13.4). Tote: Win Rs 96; Place: 27; 18; 28; Quinella: 280; Tanala: 4,971. Fav: Long John (1).

5. Byculla Club Trophy 2,800m: (2-5-4) El Campeador (M. Narredu) 1; Avantage 2; Altazano 3. Won by: 3-3/4; 1/2; (2-57.8). Tote: Win Rs 12; Place: 13; 27; Quinella: 29; Tanala: 63. Fav: El Campeador (2).

6. Rock of Gibraltar Plate 1,200m: (13-15-4) Secret Path (Appu) 1; Sonic Symphony 2; Talisman 3. Won by: 2-1/4; 1-3/4; (1-13.4). Tote: Win Rs 80; Place: 19; 21; 12; Quinella: 180; Tanala: 1,163. Fav: Talisman (4). 7. Alcyone Plate 2,000m: (5-3-4) Arco Europa (Merchant) 1; Acacia Blossom 2; Full Reason 3. Won by: 1; 1-1/4; (2-8.4). Tote: Win Rs 292; Place: 38; 20; 15; Quinella: 608; Tanala: 11,181. Fav: Full Reason (4).

Jackpot: Rs 1,63,919 (Carried over); (C) Rs 6,022.

Treble: (i) Rs 19,537; (ii) Rs 1,264.

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