This is a typographic (text, typeface) art of Sachin Tendulkar designed on the occasion of his hundredth 100. The artwork is made of21,030 individual characters which represent not only all his centuries scored but also personality traits of the man.
Amidst numbers and statistics are keywords describing essential qualities which go into the making of a champion with more than twenty two years of achievement. I read quite a few articles and interviews to select these words and quotes. All words/phrases have at one point been used by Sachin himself in interviews, or by journalists and other players to describe the little master’s game.
Size of this artwork is 30×48 inches (2.5 x 4 ft), and is the first piece in a planned triptych, the final size measuring a width of 7.5 ft with a height of 4 ft.
Prints will be available in three sizes if anyone is interested. 🙂
The face primarily includes details of each century such as the date, location and name of the stadium. In between are keywords which act as adjectives.
The hat and shirt are made of additional keywords and phrases. The blue sky has numbers which denote exactly hundred centuries and also has names of nations against whom SRT has scored all his centuries.
The ray burst design in the background take the colors blue and orange of the team, and is made up of some major awards and milestones of Sachin.
Spectators in the stadium, with the colors of the Indian flag, are made using the letters SRT (966 times for a total of 2898 characters).
The green grass comprises of quotes by famous players, with some other information as mentioned below.
What’s in the words?
Numbers and letters come together to give meaning and there is a method to the madness. To give you an idea, I would like to mention the context of some of the words used. The is only a sample, as this description will become very long if I begin to describe ALL of them. Let’s have a look at how these words tell us a story (words used in the artwork are in blue):
Well I’ve not made any effort to stay humble, it’s just my upbringing. In the early stage of my career when I hadn’t played for India, I was just playing school cricket, I was still scoring a lot of runs but nobody got carried away in my family over success. It’s quite easy for a 12- or 13-year-old boy to get carried away when he sees his picture printed in the newspaper, because it’s something special, but that is where I felt my family made sure my feet were on the ground. We always celebrated by distributing sweets, it wasn’t very fancy, and that was where it stopped. Everyone was happy and enjoyed that moment, but the next day was what happens in the next game, and how do you get better in the next game, and that process has continued. That’s something which has kept megrounded, and needless to say, just watching my father – my father didn’t teach me – but just looking at him and watching him closely I picked up a lot of things, and the most important thing he told me was: “It’s your nature which is going to stay permanently with you, the rest will come and go.”
It was definitely a lot of hard work and there are certain things that all sportsmen have to follow: dedication, discipline, your focus on the game, your priorities in life. All those factors are extremely important.
“My favourite shot is the straight drive, opening up the face of the bat…no bowler likes to see the face of the bat,” Tendulkar said in reply to a query by a cricket lover during a special programme on a news channel.
I think it’s my brother Ajit, with whom I discuss a lot of cricket and he knows my batting possibly better than any other person in the world, and he understands my mindset as well, so I talk a lot with him.
India were in a fragile position in the second innings at 39 for 4 with a day and half still left when I got hit on the nose. Even before that I had been hit on the nose in school cricket on bad practice wickets, an experience that had got rid of the fear.
My actual cricket started when I was 11. My brother spotted the spark in me and then he took me to [Ramakant] Achrekar sir.
People have appreciated me for what I’m so I don’t make any special effort to change. I believe every individual should respect the other in whatever you say or do and you have to think twice. I’m not aggressive off the field because I need to conserve it for the play on the field.
I enjoy challenges, it’s a package deal, ups and downs, wonderful moments and there are disappointments, so all that makes you a stronger person and you learn to deal with various things in life.
The story of the Golden Kookaburra Ball:
CA planned to present the batting legend a nice little memento after he scored his 100th international hundred during the just concluded tour Down Under, the ‘Australian’ reported. Cushioned in a metal box, the trophy, featuring a golden Kookaburra ball on a plinth, criss-crossed Australia and followed Tendulkar at every venue only to fail to find the intended recipient. “Cricket Australia said the Sachin Trophy was en route from Brisbane, where India played their last tri-series league match, to Melbourne (the venue of first tri-series finals), perchance India made the finals,” the newspaper said under the headline ‘Sachin gives us a Godot moment’.
Tendulkar, however, received a special presentation from the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) at the Adelaide and was also presented with a sculpted bust of Don Bradman in Sydney. Interestingly, the plaque on the bust presented to Tendulkar read “in whom Sir Donald Bradman saw something of himself”
Some Quotes used in entirety:
1. You can’t contain Sachin’s deeds in a statistical frame. He brings unstinted joy to the art of batting. Statistics will happen because cricket is about runs and wickets.
But how can you evaluate Sachin’s contributions by just counting the number of runs he has scored. To me, he best symbolizes the heights an individual can rise to dominate a team
sport. Words can never capture the beauty of Sachin’s cricket. – Kapil Dev
2. Sachin epitomises what batsmanship is all about. I am a great fan of Sachin — not only for his cricket, but also for his mannerisms, his politeness and humble nature. Sachin has given longevity a good name — how, if you take care of yourself, barring a few injuries, you can go on. He is the perfect example of professionalism – Sir Viv Richards
3. 13 Coins: His school mentor would place a one-rupee coin on the top of the stumps if he could survive a practice session without dismissal. The 13 coins he earned remain integral to his vast trophy collection.
4. I don’t think we are celebrating just that game. Where I have reached today, it has taken me 23 years to be at that place.
On Dec 24 2011, Bossbhai PMed me and asked me if I could create something as a keepsake, to commemorate Tendulkar’s 100th 100. I messaged him back after a week or so and told him I had something in mind but it would take a long time. Nonetheless, this has been a labor of love and after three attempts, I came up with this. I don’t know if he will like it.. I hope he does. Anyway, for me…this has been the most time consuming and detailed piece I have ever done. 🙂