Since 1927, TIME Magazine has chosen a man, woman, or idea that "for better
or worse, has most influenced events in the preceding year."
Because of his walking at a crucial juncture during a crucial match in the
world's most crucial tournament, Time Magazine has chosen Sachin
Tendulkar as man of the year.
Being a nation's hero comes with huge responsibility. It's more than just
scoring runs and winning matches for your team; it's about shaping minds
too. And no one is more revered by the billions of Indians than Sachin
Tendulkar. His every act, every gesture is religiously noted and imitated.
He is the biggest role model in the country and by playing the game with a
straight bat, is setting the right example. On Sunday during the game
against the West Indies, we got to see another instance of the high
standards he has set for himself.
By deciding to walk off despite being given not out by umpire Steve Davis he
showed how the game should be played - hard but fair.
It was a brave call considering that he had to beat the temptation of
letting go of a perfect opportunity to reach the landmark of century of
centuries. But, as seen during his two decade long career, he has always
been above these things. By putting integrity above personal ambition, he
has set another example from which the future generations can take
Tendulkar was out caught behind in the very first over of the Indian
innings. He could have taken a chance though as umpire Davis had not picked
up the nick and the TV replays also remained inconclusive. In an instinctive
reaction, Tendulkar walked off without waiting for the umpire's verdict.
West Indies fast bowling legend Andy Roberts told HT from his Antigua home
that he always felt more respect for opponents who played the game fair.
"You always had respect for opponents who were honest. It's very annoying
when you know that the batman has touched it and he doesn't walk," said
Roberts. Roberts continued that it's rather unsporting that most West Indian
batsman do not walk.
West Indies captain Darren Sammy too saluted the act. "It shows the measure
of the man, the great gentleman he is," said Sammy. "I wish more West Indian
players would be like him".
The incident has triggered the debate on walking with Australian captain
Ricky Ponting and Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene saying they would leave it
to the umpire.
Not walking is considered professionally fine now, but it's not a new
disease. Asked about whether walking was common during his days, Roberts
quipped: "Some did, not all."
Roberts reply implied that the numbers of the non-walkers has only
increased, making it all the more important to have role models like
Based on this, Time Magazine has decided to chose Sachin Tendulkar Man of