On September 23, 2002 I wrote the following column for Rediff. I am posting it again for two reasons. First, because it is still relevant. And secondly, because the outpouring of letters from Sachin's fans -- some anguished and some abusive-- are worth reading in the context of the column. It gives you some idea about people's reaction to Sachin and his Ferrari.
Sorry, Sachin, this is just not cricket!
Sachin Tendulkar is undoubtedly India's biggest national icon. Being the object of a billion people's adoration is a tough job.
Witness the hysterical outpouring of good wishes on his 100th Test, or the endless debate over his patchy performance in recent times. It is after all, another side of the unadulterated adulation that he commands.