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The Midnight Children of Cricket and Sachin Tendulkar

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Salman Rushie's famous novel, Midnight Children, talks about Saleem, who is born  on 15th Aug, 1947, at the exact moment on which India got its independence.
Cricket's moment of truth came much later on 25th June, 1983, when India led by Kapil Dev lifted the Prudential World Cup by defeating the two times defending champion, West Indies at the home of Cricket- Lords. That win sparked hope and ambition in a million hearts, in the cricket maidans and colony lanes across India. Kids wanted to be the next Kapil Dev, Amarnath or Gavaskar. One such kid was Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar who made his debut, six years later vs Pakistan in 1989. This started a new era in Indian Cricket- the next level above the foundations of the '83 win.

For those born in the early 80's- their cricket watching started with this start of India's next level. It started around 1990, when SRT made his debut. For me especially, cricket watching started with the '92 World Cup in Australia and the …