Who is the greatest living batsman? You could make a reasonable case for Manny, for A-Rod, for Albert Pujols; for Barry Bonds; for Hammerin’ Hank. All reasonable choices, to be sure, but given population figures there’s probably a greater constituency for the man pictured above, the great Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. Last week, Tendulkar became the all-time scoring leader in “test” cricket after scoring his 12,000 career run. The righty from Mumbai was a child prodigy at the sport, like Manny, and is admired especially for his beautiful, textbook form. Baseball and cricket are cousins (baseball is not a derivation of cricket, a common misconception) that require mastery of the difficult art of placing bat on a whizzing ball. Putting aside our chauvinist ideas about the superior game, surely we can all appreciate those in either sport who can perform that feat with consistent excellence.