Hi Folks, happy and sad that I have had taken this lot of time to fill this empty space in my blog with some shit that kept us engaged all along these days. For me, life took many a turn leaving me blind folded as to what and where next in life is future waiting to award me with. Giving a damn at all that and learning from quick mistakes, I am all set to start this life the way it comes irrespective of the directions it takes me. The reason why I tell you all this here is that, you need not have to waste time committing the same mistakes as that of mine and that you can commit whole lot of other very many mistakes. Take away: 1) Haste Makes Waste; 2) No planning and improper execution is a big failure, 3) Start thinking in very many angles and dimensions.
India today repents for only two kinds of problems: 1) Indian Cricket team losing a cricket match and 2) Bollywood celebrities breaking up, not well-versed at the latter part of the previous statement, I chose to write something about the former. Yes, this post is going to talk about somebody who breathes, eats, drinks and lives cricket. I have grown up seeing this guy from the age I started walking and I always get amused each and every time he comes out to bat. He is one instrumental reason for which I chose to watch cricket. Looking back all those cherish able memories/moments the master has given us, I always think what could I do for him in return for all that he gave/giving me. The result of which is this post, despite me not even having any chance of getting closer to all those joyous moments he had given me.
I highly suspect that it should have been Indians who would have come up with the concept of cricket long back even before the British did. We would have initially started playing and somebody would have hit it so hard miles apart, becoming lazy to get ball back from there, we would have settled down for playing something at ground level and thus Hockey would have got originated. Without inventing or habituating to a game it is impossible for any country to go crazy for a game and India made it possible. India is Cricket and Cricket is India. If Cricket is considered something of this kind of an alarming importance, imagine how important will the Man who taught us what cricket is be. Time to put this man on the spot light and I safely bet you he is one of inevitable humans in the country widely appreciated and apprehended for what he has done to the billion hearts across the world.
ONE MAN – MANY PERSPECTIVES:
BBC: "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- BBC Sports, on Sachin Tendulkar."
Peter Roebuck: "On a train from Shimla to Delhi, there was a halt at one of the stations. The train stopped by for few minutes as usual. Sachin was nearing a century, batting on 98. The passengers, railway officials, everyone on the train waited for Sachin to complete the century. This genius can stop time in India!"
Sir Donald Bradman: "I saw him (Sachin) playing on television and was struck by his technique, so I asked my wife to come look at him. Now I never saw myself play, but I feel that this player is playing much the same as I used to play, and she looked at him on television and said yes, there is a similarity between the two...his compactness, technique, stroke production... it all seemed to gel"
Matthew Hayden: "I have seen God, he bats at no. 4 for India"
Hashim Amla: "Nothing bad can happen to us if we're on a plane in India with Sachin Tendulkar on it"
Andy Flower: "There are two kinds of batsmen in the world. One, Sachin Tendulkar. Two, all the others"
Brian Lara: "The only batsman I would love to see by paying for the tickets and sitting in the stand just to watch him is none other than Sachin Tendulkar" and "Sachin is a genius. I'm a mere mortal"
Mark Taylor: "We did not lose to a team called India, we lost to a man called Sachin (after the two famous innings in Sharjah in 1998)"
A placard at the Sydney Cricket Ground: "Commit all your crimes when Sachin is batting. They will go unnoticed because even the Lord is watching"
Dennis Lillee: "If I've to bowl to Sachin, I'll bowl with my helmet on. He hits the ball so hard"
Andrew Flintoff: "When you bowl at him you are not just trying to get him out, you are trying to impress him. 'I want him to walk off thinking 'that Flintoff, he's all right isn't he? I feel privileged to have played against him"
Abdul Qadir: "I was fielding in the covers when Tendulkar came out to bat in his debut Test at Karachi. I still remember Waqar Younis was in peak form at that time. Tendulkar tried to drive Waqar through the covers off his very first ball in Test cricket but was beaten all ends up. But I walked to captain Imran Khan and told him 'this kid looks very good' and Imran agreed with me."
FROM WHERE HAS IT ALL COME?
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar born in Mumbai took up cricket at the age of eleven and made his test debut against Pakistan while he was just sixteen years old. Initially, Sachin wanted to become a pace bowler and he joined the MRF pace foundation and later got rejected by Dennis Lille for various other reasons. He then took up batting so serious under the able guidance of Ramakant Achrekar and emerged affluently famous with the kind of skill and talent he portrayed. Having got named by Ramesh after his famous music director Sachin Dev Burman, he was considered a bully and used to pick fights up with new kids in the school. Shifting his school, Sachin picked up the nuances of the game from his coach who later went on to be called a “Child Prodigy”.
Tendulkar would practice for hours together in the nets. If he became exhausted, Achrekar would put a one-rupee coin on the top of the stumps, and the bowler who dismissed Tendulkar would get the coin. If Tendulkar passed the whole session without getting dismissed, the coach would give him the coin. Tendulkar now considers the 13 coins he won then as some of his most prized possessions.
On 14 November 1987, Tendulkar was selected to represent Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy, India's premier domestic first-class cricket tournament, for the 1987–88 season. However, he was not selected for the final eleven in any of the matches, though he was often used as a substitute fielder. Tendulkar made his Test debut against Pakistan in Karachi in November 1989 aged just 16 years and 223 days. He made just 15 runs, being bowled by Waqar Younis, who also made his debut in that match, but was noted for how he handled numerous blows to his body at the hands of the Pakistani pace attack. In the fourth and final Test in Sialkot, he was hit on the nose by a bouncer bowled by Younis, but he declined medical assistance and continued to bat even as he rushed blood from it.
Tendulkar's performance through the years 1994–1999 coincided with his physical peak, in his early twenties. Tendulkar was told to open the batting at Auckland against New Zealand in 1994. He went on to make 82 runs off 49 balls. He scored his first ODI century on 9 September 1994 against Australia in Sri Lanka at Colombo. It had taken him 79 ODIs to score a century. Tendulkar's two tenures as captain of the Indian cricket team were not very successful. When Tendulkar took over as captain in 1996, it was with huge hopes and expectations. However, by 1997 the team was performing poorly.
2011 World Cup:
Tendulkar was India's lead run-scorer for the tournament; only Tillakaratne Dilshan of Sri Lanka scored more runs in the 2011 tournament. India defeated Sri Lanka in the final. Shortly after the victory, Tendulkar commented that "Winning the World Cup is the proudest moment of my life.., I couldn't control my tears of joy."
100th International Century:
He became the first person in history to achieve this feat. Incidentally, it was Tendulkar's first ODI hundred against Bangladesh. He said "It's been a tough phase for me ... I was not thinking about the milestone, the media started all this, wherever I went, the restaurant, room service, and everyone was talking about the 100th hundred. Nobody talked about my 99 hundreds. It became mentally tough for me because nobody talked about my 99 hundreds."
In nut-shell, he has not left any stone un-turned.
LET’S DIVIDE GOD INTO PARTICLES AND SEE WHATS IN FOR US:
When you say somebody a “God”, we should know who God is and what exactly makes somebody godly. According to very many monotheistic religions, “God is a super human being or spirit worshipped as having power over the nature or human fortunes”. Now that Sachin is considered a super human being on earth and since because he has control on human natures and emotions, he is thoroughly deserved to be called the “GOD”. He had given us numerous memories to cherish, react and go back to do a reality check as to determine how well have we lived those moments. He made us happy, ecstatic, sad, jealous, proud and confident that is a rare piece of asset that anybody could afford to give us.
In a country like India where Cricket beats even the national game at a bigger margin ever, cricketing stars are undoubtedly the “Heroes of the nation”. Re-considering this very fact, by this time now there should at least be hundred cricketers easily whom the nation should celebrate, but that’s not the plight in here. So there is something more than just cricket that makes the mark as thee hero.
SUPERHERO MADE – WHY & HOW:
TALENT & SKILL SET:
If Sachin is the word that comes to your mind first, Talent could be word following it. Sachin and Talent are inseparable as one cannot play those straight drives, cover drives, pull, hook shots, square drives, paddle sweep and late cuts with so much ease and elegance. Sachin could be one man who makes us look those shots so easy which actually involves greater technical difficulties. He is undoubtedly loaded with enormous talent for he is god’s own child. Those front foot punches, those hooks, those pull shots, those chips above the fielders head are an absolute delight to watch. The moment Sachin enters the ground, the crowd goes frenzy and it’s because of what Sachin is and not because of whom Sachin is. Only his ardent practice and hard work has made him of what he is now. He is a warehouse of pure skill and talent.
If Indian cricket team bats, the first question obviously would be something relating to Sachin. If Sachin is in the crease anybody would want to watch the game irrespective of what they do/work. His shot selections and the way he executes them to perfection is a sheer delight to watch. Your mind melts for his straight drive, eyes crave for his square cuts, heart beats faster for his late cuts, body resonates for his pull and finally soul longs for his upper cut. He just blends your soul to oneness with his shots. The kind of concentration he puts forth for executing each and every kind of shot is mammoth. Anybody can choose a shot and you really need somebody like Sachin to execute it to perfection making it look sheer classy and pacey. Sachin re-defined the art of elegant and subtle batting whilst big-hitters got for themselves immense credits. Sachin made everybody believe that even ground hit shots are worth an entertaining business without choosing to go on air very often. Elegant, stylish, classy, professional and anything you call his shots they are one!
Sachin has not given us with only the game that he carried forward for the past 24 years, but also the pride, humility, character, behaviour, professionalism and well-being as a human being. Sachin was not just known for his game and skill but also for his humility. If it could be one word that takes for somebody to become a Sachin, it is “HUMILITY”. The kind of humility her has put forth and the dignity he bears along-side is incomparable. We have not seen Sachin so frustrated or losing his temper in spite of very many poor judgements from umpire’s end. He always had kept his cool and have had shown his aggression in the game and not on people. He is one major factor which unites the team, talking and discussing with the team as to what needs to be and need not have to be done. His enormous experience is a sheer learning for all upcoming youngsters who are and are not a part of the team. In nutshell, all that you could learn from Sachin is, “Have an Attitude and know how to Use it”. The last few days has taught us so much! Patience, Respect, Perseverance, Grounded and Focus
THE SACHIN FACTOR:
Apart from all these, he possesses some magical element in his genes that builds in us a strong sense of affinity for him. The cute smile that bridges mile gap apart, that magical bent cap, those thick leg pads and finally the way he adjusts his abdomen guard are delightful sight to watch. One special thing about Sachin is that he deals anything with ease and cool. We have never had seen him shout on anybody even if the mistake were theirs and he always had given enough space in the team to play their natural game. He is such a big inspiration to all youngsters and he doesn’t just teach you only the game but a way of living. Technically he stands out as the best because of his ability to increase the pace at will. In terms of technique and compactness, Tendulkar is the best. And finally, “If Sachin plays well.. India sleeps well”
TO SACHIN, FOR SACHIN:
Here below are some slogans that explicitly tell everybody how much this gentleman means to a majority of the population.
“Sachin is the Sun and Cricket revolves around him”
“Cricket is our Religion and Sachin is our God”
“Divided by Religions, United by Sachin”
“15/11/89 where it had begun 18/11/13 where it had ended. Thank you Sachin for all those wonderful memories”
“Sachin Tendulkar - The man who made us all believe MRF was a bat company for many years”
“Paaji u r my hero..My rode model...Inspired me in many ways...Thanks a lot for everything...BILLION memories..”
“And when sachin came back to kiss the pitch. I cried, He cried, India cried”
“Secret of Sachin Tendulkar's Success: Sachin's mother name is RAJNI. N his coach's name is ramaKANT. Do I need to say more.”
“A guy should be a proud son of his parents and a proud husband of his wife. Sachin sets an example.!”
BIDDING ADIEU – WHAT DOES IT TAKE?
· Thank You Sachin for all that you have given me. You made me happy, sad, cry and long for your ever longing sweet timings of the ball. When you get out, I cry to my parents asking them to get back your wicket like a brainless kid. I tried perfecting your shots which was not even close to 0.00001% of what you play, but I still believe I would get close.
· Thank You Sachin for all those cherish able moments you have given us.
· With Your retirement, Our Childhood comes to an end officially.
· Those days while Sachin bats, India Halts and now seems like we will have to get back to work permanently
· Thank you master, You are always our Cricketing GOD.