As I started to write this post, a billion hearts are counting each clock tick before the actual start of a test match that will be remembered for the iconic Sachin Tendulkar playing his 200th and his last international match of his glorious career.
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar for me, is more than a human (perhaps a super-human and not GOD unlike many of us fans believe he is). No doubt his cricketing brain is something that we have to do a lot of research on, to understand how he could be on top most of the times tuning himself to counter opponents’ plans, what distinguishes him from other contemporary great cricketers is his way of handling criticism and deification!
In my view, Sachin is the most criticised (rather scrutinized) cricketer of all time. If India lost when he got a hundred, people said he plays for records and not for winning matches for the team; if he gets out soon, people said he will not play in important matches. Every tom, dick and harry commented on his shot selection. He got bowled out thrice consecutively, we said his reflexes are slowing up. Journalists like Arnab Goswami nailed him in interviews like this asking when he would retire, as if it was their right to know everything going on his minds.
Who are we all and people like Arnab (apologies for taking specific names) in front of Sachin Tendulkar? Its his humility that accepted whatever we expressed although he knows we don’t fit to comment on him!
Sachin, “as you are all set to retire in the next 5 days (or less), for all the criticism and comments that we (mere mortals) have made on you, we all should feel sorry for you before we thank you! Otherwise we will remain the most disloyal cricket fans.
Thank you Sachin, for bearing the burden of more than a billion hopes on your shoulders each time you walked in to bat, thanks for all the entertainment you provided with bat and ball in all formats of the game, thanks for introducing the destructive batting in ODI cricket, thanks for showing us that getting 200 in an ODI is possible, thanks for all your monumental Test, ODI and T20 innings (I don’t have better vocabulary to describe them, so I am refraining from writing about them), thanks for showing us the true gentlemanly behavior on and off the field.
Finally, salutes to your skill, determination, commitment and integrity!
I am sure you will never be forgotten by the cricketing world for all your achievements and I am honored to have been born and grown up in ‘the era of Sachin Tendulkar in the world cricket’. I will proudly tell witnessing your greatness to my children, grandchildren and many generations to come, as long as I can! Finally I pray the almighty that you shall have a great last test match, allowing you to play freely without any burden unlike what you did for 24 years! Now, its time for you to relax and time for people like me to believe the hard fact that you will not be seen in action anymore after November 18!