Cricket mania in India has produced a new Indian superhero, ‘Sachin Tendulkar – the Master Blaster’:
India’s Sachin Tendulkar is set to appear as a superhero in a new range of comic books, animation and games. The cricketing legend has linked up with Virgin Comics and his character will wear body armour and wield a flaming cricket bat. [Link]
Ummmm …. guys? You’re not helping the rep of desi men any. He’s short, has a stiff bat on fire, and is associated with Virgin? Great … But wait, it gets even better:
… two years ago had a stage musical about him called Main Sachin Tendulkar [Link]
p>Just imagine little Rajiv, playing in an American sandbox with his Sachin Tendulkar action figure.
Joe: I’ve got a GI Joe! What’s that short geeky looking thing?
Rajiv: I’ve got a Sachin Tendulkar! He plays cricket!
Joe: GI Joe has a gun. See, he can shoot bad guys with it.
Rajiv: Sachin has a flaming cricket bat! And when I play, I sing songs from his musical. Isn’t he awesome?
p>Doesn’t Gotham Chopra know how many years of therapy poor Rajiv is going to have to pay for?
p>On the other hand, this I think is really cool. He’s flying 115 kites, strung together, with photos of the various members of the cricket team on each one. How could you get beat up in a sandbox for this?