Sachin Tendulkar and Sir Alex Ferguson have achieved pretty much everything there is to achieve in their respective sport. Success, fame, adulation, and respect. Both remain relentless in their effort to further greatness, showing no signs of stopping any time soon.
On Sunday, December 19, 2010, Sachin Tendulkar scored his 50th test hundred, the first ever to reach that milestone in cricket history; the same day saw Sir Alex Ferguson surpass Sir Matt Busby’s time at Old Trafford to become the longest serving manager in the history of Manchester United, over 24 years of coaching one of England’s elite football club.
What football is to the English, cricket is to Indians. Two games that enjoy immense national interest and are a constant subject of discussion and debate for the two people. Tendulkar’s been delighting cricket lovers since 1989, while Ferguson took over the reigns at Old Trafford back in 1986. And in their time they have rewritten record books.
That the two geniuses should reach their personal milestones on the same day is a pleasant coincidence indeed. As a cricket and football fan, I consider myself privileged to witness the era of Sachin and Fergie, and thankfully there seems no immediate end in sight.
Boost is the secret of my energy too, Sachin; and Fergie, thanks for knocking Liverpool off their fucking perch.
Originally published: December 20, 2010