The end of “Endulkar” talk?: After India’s biggest newspaper asked the question: Endulkar?, the pressure on Sachin Tendulkar to deliver in the one-day series was more than immense. He responded with a bloody-minded century at Peshawar, a match that India lost on the Duckworth-Lewis method, and an entertaining cameo of 42 in a thumping win at Rawalpindi. His accomplice in the stunning turnaround was Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, who bowled him off a no-ball when Tendulkar was on 20 at Peshawar. An errant foot may just have given the one of the most illustrious careers a new lease of life.
— Dileep Premachandran on cricinfo.
I need to disagree at least on “India’s biggest newspaper”. It’s actually worth being India’s most colourful toilet paper. The no-ball might just be the indication that destiny favours Sachin, much like Azza, who would fight back from the brink (Harsha Bhogle had written a wonderful article on this, about how “Azza was much of a ‘Child of Destiny’ and when he did choose to make his own [the fixing issue], his choice was certainly not as good as his Creator’s”) and would have invariably had a life early in that decisive face-saving (or place-saving) knock.
Also see my previous entry, prophesying as much!