I was 28 when i first witnessed Sachin play for India.
And I was hooked.
It was possibly the combination of his vulnerable child-like looks, his immaculate politeness & humility combined with his magical, smooth yet make-no-mistake aggression and ability to dominate that grabbed attention.
This was an infatuation that would become love with the many high-fives, pumped-up-fists, midnight celebrations and those quite smiles of victory while pretending to be working.
God can now go back to normal godly stuff and pack up his pads.