Posts Tagged ‘Sachin Tendulkar
Same was my state after watching Sachin Tendulkar’s 200 n.o knock against South Africa on Feb 24, 2010 at Gwalior, India.
Sachin@20. What the World said about Master Blaster-Part 1.
“I was fielding in the covers Tendulkar came out to bat in his debut Test at Karachi. I still remember Waqar Younis was at his peak form at that time. Tendulkar tried to drive Waqar through the covers off his very first ball in Testcricket but was beaten all ends up. But I walked to captain Imran Khan and told him ‘this kid looks very good’ and Imran agree with me.”
“I have seen God. He bats at number 4 for India.”
“Beneath the helmet, under that unruly curly hair, inside the cranium, there is something we don’t know, something beyond scientific measure. Something that allows him to soar, to roam a territory of sport that, forget us, even those who are gifted enough to play alongside him cannot even fathom. When he goes out to bat, people switch on their television sets and switch off their lives.”
“You take Don Bradman away and he is next up I reckon.”
“I think he is marvelous. I think he will fit in whatever category of Cricket that has been played or will be played, from the first ball that has ever been bowled to the last ball that’s going to be. He can play in any era and at any level. I would say he’s 99.5% perfect.”
“Cricketers like Sachin come once in a lifetime, and I am privileged he played in my time.”
(To be continued…)
Sachin Tendulkar, the argument continues…
After the 5th ODI between Australia and India, one of my friend commented in his facebook that Sachin is not a great finisher of game. Now it’s a bit harsh (even for Sachin) for any opener to finish the game when many of his team mates just come and say a ‘Hi’ and walk back to pavilion. But Sachin tried to do the mere impossible and probably realized that Cricket is still a team game.
Sachin is not new to criticisms. Some of the criticisms I have heard.
He always plays for records. You expect him to hit a century when ever he steps out of his dressing room and in that process some records are either born or broken. Now if he hits centuries you say that it’s for records, if he don’t you say its time to retire.
Another one, when ever Sachin hits 100, India loss the match. That will happen even if he hits a double ton. The other 10 players should realize that it’s not a one man show (most of the time it will end up like that) and they are expected to contribute. But if you are so obsessed with records, there is one to disapprove this point. 32 of his 45 hundreds have resulted in the Indian victories, it’s a World record. India has won all the finals when he has registered hundreds.
Even after 20 years, smashing all records, people still expect Sachin to prove himself! That’s India. And the argument continues…..
One evening with a living legend!
Anandettan came and told me that two tickets are available for the first test match between India and South Africa at Chennai. He said he is going on Friday 28th of March. That day Sehwag made history. Now the only thing that motivated me to go for the match was Sachin Tendulkar! I wanted to see him. So next day I decided to go. Around 2:30 I reached stadium. I ate one piece of Watermelon and two pears. I checked with a person about the score, he said India was all out! Ha great news now I can see all the players, especially Sachin. I entered the stadium with prayers in my lips to have a Darshan of God of 22 yards. I went inside and sat.
Sreeshanth started to bowl; Sachin was standing in first slip position. I could see him, but not that clear. Several overs passed but I was not happy. I wanted to see Sachin even closer. Match was not great, Indian took only 1 wicket and South Africa was not at all in a hurry. Then came the last over of the match! I came to know about this after the match. Again Sreesanth to bowl, all of
a sudden it happened. Sachin came running to long on and stood there.
Our section of gallery was in a state of absolute chaos. I saw two young guys writing something in a drawing sheet and running towards the fence and shouting Sachin, Sachin… Sachin Tendulkar was standing some 15 ft away from me. It was dream come true. People were screaming, shouting and making all types of noises to get Sachin’s attention. At last Sachin turned around and waved his hand.
Now people went crazy. Match was over and as he slowly walked towards Pavilion, I stood and had a last glimpse of Master blaster.
‘TIME’ Magazine on its special issue,“60 years of Asian heroes”, featured Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. As per Time, he is “the greatest living exponent of his craft”. I have my own doubts. The magazine went on saying how Don Bradman, the legendary Australian cricketer, saw similarities in his and Sachin’s play.
Now the issue is not how great is (read was) Sachin but his relevance in the present Indian Cricket team.
The ICC World cup is round the corner and a billion hearts beating hard, is Sachin capable of bringing back the World Cup? Or audience in West Indies will get a chance to emulate the Mumbai crowd and boo him?
What’s his role in the Team?
A senior player who set stds for others to follow?
A moral supporter?
Or just one among 11?
When Andre Agassi, American Tennis Player, retired from professional Tennis media went on asking
Whether Sachin will do what Agassi did?God only knows……. It’s not all over yet……