As the sports fans in India rejoice the thumping win at the Chinnaswamy Stadium which has sealed the series for Dhoni’s men (What an amazing run of form Dhoni is having as a captain – I am yet to believe it is because of any special captaincy techniques he has brought to the field), I would like to take a moment and congratulate Vishwanathan Anand! It is no ordinary feat – If Tiger Woods is to be credited for turning so many young African American people to a sport, they had ignored till then and if Serena Williama and Venus Williams can be credited for bringing Tennis to the mainstream African American population, then Vishy absolutely gets the credit for making Indian youngsters believe that becoming a Grand Master is well within most of our reach. Look at the number of GMs we have produced since Anand first became a GM.
The kind of reception he was accorded with, at the Chennai airport a few days back was well deserving – but unlike Cricketers, Vishy is not going to have fans wearing “I am the World Champion” T-shirt with his face imprinted on them or “King of 64” T-shirts to show their adulation and follow him around.
In any case, whatever he has achieved during most of his career is entirely due to his hard work (with nothing in return from the government) – I am glad he was able to afford it..and thankfully, he has had a good record so far to be able to do so.