Samanth Subramanian writes about India’s lavish farewell to Sachin Tendulkar and why the world’s most famous cricket star matters so much: http://nyr.kr/18KalSF
“Tendulkar was given a wax statue of himself, the replica bearing only a muddled resemblance to its muse. He was also given a tree cast out of silver, with a hundred and ninety-nine leaves. Fortunately, the game in Calcutta finished too early for the organizers to get a helicopter into the air and shower Tendulkar with a hundred and ninety-nine kilograms of rose petals, as had been planned.”
Indian students and cricket fans make a sand sculpture of Tendulkar in the northern city of Allahabad. Photograph by Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty.