Sachin Tendulkar's exceptional achievements separate him from others less distinguished but it is often overlooked that he was a solid team player who always batted for India. For him, it was team first. Always. Throughout his career, he played to fulfill the expectations of Indians, to give them joy and happiness.
While some thought this to be an excessive burden, Sachin accepted the responsibility with grace, humility and dignity. To him, the support of cricket fans was a blessing, not a burden, the dua a source of strength and motivation. Sachin turned the pressure of holding up India's hopes around to his advantage. A lesser person, not blessed with his mental strength and resolute will, would have been crushed by the weight he had to carry.
For Sachin, a proud Indian, the tricolour placed above the Indian team logo on the helmet was not a symbolic statement but something he believed in. Sachin was, in the true sense, ambassador not just of cricket but of India - a young representative of a nation that is skilled, talented and on the front foot in attitude.