Hatsoff! – Vishwanathan Anand
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I couldn’t agree more with Rohit Brijnath when he calls Vishwanathan Anand “India’s Most consistent champion” in his column in today’s Hindu.
Chess appears a sport of quiet solemnity, full of intricate patterns and testing decision-making, sly plots and mental agility, yet somewhat opaque to the general viewer. It is not a sport of cheering crowds, and it is a pity that what Anand does beautifully, and ably, and stylishly, is not apparent to most of us.
It is partly why when it comes to appreciation, the cricketer is more celebrated. It is unfortunate, and awkward, too, that India’s most consistent champion and engaging role model has but a single sponsorship, but it is also the way of the world. Yachtsmen aren’t viewed as heroically as footballers in Brazil, nor soccer players as precious as baseballers in America.
This man is the world champion of his game in its purest form. For the second time. In a sport played in more parts of the world than any cricketer’s name ever travelled to.
While Cricket gets all the attention and money but has been providing only sporadic moments of joy to the sporting-success-starved Indians, this grand master has already conquered the world twice.