Sachin's records may tower the world of cricket, his fame should be measured in amplitude. Coming made him and almost nothing about what he became. There was something about his speech that suggested that despite being one of the richest sportsperson, in his heart he remained a quintessential member of the Indian middle class.
Further, at a time when regionalism, parochialism and shifting loyalties are on the rise in India, Sachin's devotion towards India and the Indian cricket team is unparalleled. No wonder, he is the only youth icon who has a pan-Indian appeal in the widest sense. Because of all these factors Sachin connects to people from all strata and groups. If people forget their own miseries to cheer for Sachin, it is because they are able to see their own reflection in him, achieving what they cannot even dream to. Sachin Tendulkar is undoubtedly the best batsman ever, he is also the icon that connects people of India together, even if for a very brief period. #ThanYouSachin.