What's In a Name? In Cricket, There Is But One!

Nikhil NadipelliCorrespondent IOctober 30, 2008

In this huge world you meet billions of people each with a different name. So what's in a name? It does matter at least in this case.

At an age when most children of his age were confused as to which candy or chewing gum to purchase, he was bravely facing the bazookas sent down from a mere 22 yards by Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram, and Imran Khan.

A squashed nose did not scare him but only made him more determined. The discouraging crowd encouraged him.

As years passed, his popularity grew and with it the expectations. Sooner than later he became the darling of the nation. While many liked him for his ability to score, many loved him for the quality of his runs.

Quantity mattered, but quality mattered much more to them.

He makes batting look so easy that it wasn’t surprising to see my grandma pick my bat up and remark, "hey its so easy to bat."

Even the opposition admired his batting from the slips, certain that they would never get a catch off his bat. The bowlers bowled their heart out against him for they had nothing to lose.

He was considered the best in his field. Many things changed since then.

Saurav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid reached their prime and fell, Madras became Chennai, Mobiles and computers became a necessity, Sampras passed on the baton to Federer, Christiano Ronaldo took over from the older Ronaldo, Schumi retired, Armstrong left and returned, Lin Dan replaced Chen Hong, Euro replaced Dollar, Sensex (Bombay Stock Exchange Sensitive Index that reflects the Indian shares and stock quotes) boomed and went bust.

But one thing remained constant. One name.

Oh yes there's a lot in a name, especially if the name happens to be: