In the India versus Australia, series of 2008, Bipin Pandit was present at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) and he had a banner on Sachin Tendulkar that caught the fancy of the world.

Over the last few months, there has been an avalance of responses to this banner that caught the eye of the TV cameras and beamed it around the world.

Presenting some select responses. The banner in its entirety is to your left (in the photo).

Commit all your crimes when Sachin is batting. They will go unnoticed for even the lord is busy watching him.

I spotted you with your humourous banner at the SCG.

You will be pleased to know that your banner was mentioned in an article which I have attached below.
Yes, Sachin did play well although I thought he should have gone berserk and hit every ball of Hogg out of the SCG (Sachin’s Cricket Ground) towards the end as he was manifestly capable of it. Perhaps he was tired.

But the fact that the Indian tail has finally wagged is probably a shrewd move by Sachin to inculcate batting confidence in the likes of RP, Harbhajan and Ishant which can only be a good thing for Indian cricket.

I look forward to seeing more witty posters from you. It was no problem watching the game all through the night. Let’s hope Kumble makes all the right decisions tomorrow. You can watch extensive cricket analysis on satellite TV (NDTV ) at 5pm GMT (in about 5 minutes) – it’s worth watching just to listen to Navjot Singh.
The article which mentions your banner is attached below.

Sachin Tendulkar -= a god?

I liked your flyer at the SCG – have to say I prefer Ganguly’s batting at the moment. But with SRT – definitely
the slow style, not the aggressive.

Regards,
Jamin – Chester England

Dear Bipan,
Many thanks for those remarks. India’s win in Perth has eased the tension considerably. It was well deserved.
I enjoyed the portraits very much, and appreciated the image of Vishy requesting the ball to go away and also Rahul walking out to bat looking like a student on his way to an especially difficult exam! I also thought the assesments were very sound. Keep up the good work and may your god go with you.

Regards,
Peter Roebuck, peter@peterroebuck.com

I liked your sign but I disagree with it. If God was a batsman then he would bat like Ricky Ponting, who has a better average and is in all regards a better batsman than Sachin is, was, or ever will be. India is not a good enough team for Tendulkar to be the world’s best batsman.

Regards,
Steve Lyon, steve_lyon@hotmail.com

Sitting in New Zealand watching Australia v India,  and saw your banner.  well done.  possibly the best banner i’ve seen.

Regards,
James Hopkins, jamesjjhopkins@gmail.com

I am just as an ardent fan of Sachin as you. The message you were holding yesterday was the best I have ever seen on Sachin. Kudos Dude. It was kind of unique too. I dont know how much better I felt after I saw that. Anyway, Nice to see you and your message…..

If you happen to stop in USA, do call me @ 859-536-4915 .

Hail Sachin…!

Regards,
Amar rajesh, amar01b4u@yahoo.co.in

Dear Bipinbhai,

Thnak you for your reply. It seems a novel way to have made contact with you and your very interesting background !

Well, Sachin certainly made his century and I am sure that you and fans alike of Sachin and cricket are overjoyed fror him, India and each other !

Certainly, will keep in touch and hope you will do the same. More later.

Keep well and wishing you, your family and all with you a very Healthy, Happy and Prosperous New Year !!

Regards,
Dilipkumar Popatlal, dkpmpi2000@yahoo.com

hi, just wanted u to know  love the slogans u had put for sachin tendulkar he is my best players by far and I think he proved it to all the people throght all the cricket wathing continents that he indeed is the best batsman the world has ever seen, thus shutting the mouths of those who critise him and want to see the grat legend retire and off course who else but ian chappel who himself has no big name as an Australian cricketer. I live in the Caribbean and iam up all night until 4am to watch the game. have to say that its rather sad to see umpires like steve bucknor who look like they are on Australia’s payroll. i was shocked to see how mclarke who got such a big edge wasn’t ruled out right away by the umpires. i have always seen sachin and lara as true cricketers walk off when they know they are out anyways if you have any news of harbhajans incident pls let me know

Regards,
Vinay Khemani, vinay_khemani@hotmail.com

Admire your cricket appreciation
hi..i am a cricket fan from India and I was really happy to see such great Indian cricket loving fans in Australia……..good work…….keep cheering Indian team………

Regards,
Kushagra Agarwal, kushagra2agarwal@gmail.com

Hey Bipin both your posters were awesome yesterday! Really loved the both. And wasnt the little man amazing? I cant wait to see him bat on WACA and Adeliade should be fun! I think a big double is around the corner.

Regards,
Tapan Reddy, tapanreddy@yahoo.com

Well done for your Banner

Just an acknowledgement for ur effort in supporting Sachin.

Regards,
Arvind – Scotland

I am hashim, Indian, residing in Bahrain and a cricket fan and cricketer ..Liked you banner allot .thought it was innovative. looking fwd to seeing your banner tow. surely Indian played and will fight from now on!!

Regards,
Rashid Hashim, hashimnass@yahoo.co.in

Hello Bipin,

I was watching the streamed video of Aus-Ind 2nd test 3rd day. I saw your poster “Commit all your crimes when Sachin is batting. They will go unnoticed because even the Lord is watching.”

I have to say that is so true. Thanks for putting that sign up.

Regards,
Ram Chidambaram, ram.chid@gmail.com

Hi Bipin,
We don’t know each other. I am writing this from California, USA.
Just wanted to commend you on the nice poster you displayed at the SCG right after Sachin got his century. Saw it on TV. Sachin does play like a God when in his element. You were obviously fortunate to have watched him live, as well as also Sourav Ganguly.
Hope the rest of the match is as gripping.

Regards,
Nikunj Wagle, nikunj_wagle@yahoo.com

I saw your comment on TV just few seconds back. “Commit crimes when sachin is batting”  This is just awesome!! Keep it up.

Regards,
Nikunj Wagle, nikunj_wagle@yahoo.com

It’s 4am here in UK, I am watching the Australia v India second test match and just read your quote, “commit all your crimes while sachin is batting as they will go unnoticed, even god is busy watching him” that my brother is so creative yet so true. He is the greatest and what a khatarnaak innings he played to get india back in to the game. Hope you’ve had fun watching him there.
Hail India and hail maharastra..

Regards,
Raj, raj2010@hotmail.co.uk

hey man..great sign up at the SCG….Commit the crime
one..really good one mate. hahahaha i couldnt stop
laffin brother….CHAK DE INDIA!!!

Regards,
Raj, raj2010@hotmail.co.uk

Dear Bipin ,
I am Atul Medhekar from Whitby ( near Toronto ) Canada.
I was watching the India Aus test yesterday and saw your comments on Sachin’s batting .
I want to let you know that I completely agree with you .
East or Wast Sachin is the best..
His yesterday’s strokes were just amazing and he showed yesterday why he is the god of Indian cricket. The word genius is just inadequate to describe his level of skills.
Indian tail gave a brave fight back it was worth watching on a week day night here in Canada.
Once again I thank and congratulate you for your comments which I am sure must have touched to the emotions of millions of Indians across the globe .
Keep doing it.

Regards,
Atul Medhekar, AMedheka@toronto.ca

Sitting in USA, just saw your sign………great thinking..I am enjoying sachin too
thanks for such a good sign

Regards,
Hemant kumar, hemantkumar05@hotmail.com

Hi Bipin
I saw your poster on the TV today, at the SCG.
Well done for getting on T.V
Anyway if you are going to any other matches can you put a shout out for me.
I have told my friends that i will e-mail you and try and get on TV.
My name is Bhavin Rawal
I live in East London, England
Maybe you can write something like :
JAI HIND TO MY FRIEND
BHAVIN RAWAL
EAST LONDON, UK

I would appreciate it if you do this, and if you can’t then don’t worry.

Regards,
Bhavin, rawal1984@yahoo.co.uk

I saw your (obviously professionally manufactured) banner on Channel Nine today. Are you a Sydney resident or a visitor from India? Whichever is the case you must be pleased with your team’s performance today.

I’m an Australian living in Adelaide who likes to see a contest, which we seem to have now. I’ve just posted my (brief) thoughts on today’s play to my blog http://nudgeanddefs.blogspot.com/ and hope that there’s (1) no rain interruption for the last two days, and (2) a tight finish (even if India win!).

Regards,
John Turner, johnturn@gmail.com

I just loved the banner you were holding after Sach’s 38th century at SCG today that read – “Its ok to commit a sin when Sachin is batting because even the Lord is busy watching him bat.” Was this the exact wording?
I really admire your creativity.
Well said again!

Regards,
Abhijeet Deshpande, abhijeeet@gmail.com

That was a grt tribute to Sachin in your banner.. Enjoy Sachin’s artistry while I continue watching it on Net.. BTW Harbhajan too is playing grt..

Regards,
Himanshu tripathi, himanshu_tripathi@yahoo.com

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