“All my life, I have had a dream of playing cricket for India. I have been living this dream every day for the last 24 years,” “It’s hard for me to imagine a life without playing cricket because it’s all I have ever done since I was 11 years old. It’s been a huge honour to have represented my country and played all over the world. I look forward to playing my 200th Test match on home soil, as I call it a day.”
As Sachin tendulkar retires , The heaven is now for the angels to run – The GOD leaves Heaven !!
Well Watching sachin playing for India is a habit and a habit 24 years old. Imagining Cricket without tendulkar is imaging heaven without GOD. The world’s greatest athlete has been carrying the burden of billion dreams since the time when OBAMA was still in the Harvard Law School, Bill Clinton was still the governor of Arkansas, Pete Sampras had not yet won a grand slam, Federer was a kid , Novak Djokovic was still wetting his nappies, Usain bolt was still wndering in some Jamaican suburbs, armstrong had never been to tour de france, Tiger woods was still being telecasted on ABC’s That’s Incredible, Ronaldo and messi were still kids. Now, he calls it a day , leaving cricket orphaned.
10dulkar – the master blaster who holds almost all batting records once said:
”Creating records happens after you’ve gone on the cricket field, but you’ve got to find a reason to go on the cricket field, and for me the reason is very clear.”
The reason being his love , his passion for playing cricket & enjoying every moment of it.
The Man holds the record for Most number of Runs in a career in both test and One-day Cricket. ITs like Usain Bolt winning both 100 m and the marathon at the London olympics. No other Sportsperson has ever redefined the realms of impossibility like him. Even Lionel Messi , the world’s Greatest soccer player has Cristiano Ronaldo nipping up his heels. But 10dulkar has no one in the near vicinity. He is the only cricketer to make a Century of Centuries in International Cricket. the retired aussie captain Ricky Ponting is 29 milestones away.
He is the most dedicated player the game has ever seen, returning from his father’s funeral in midst of a world cup and then returning to dedicate a century to him . He took India to the verge of victory many a times just due to his dedication , but sometimes even the classy knocks (like 175 against aussies) were not good enough and made the god Cry !!. His Aura was such that he received standing ovations even when he left the fields while the spectators were just setting down after giving a standing ovation as he entered the ground.
He had made the most number of centuries in a tounament finals , has been the first man to reach a double century in ODIs. It’s his passion for the game that helps him tear apart bowlers even at this age. The 18,000 + runs the 150 + wickets and the 100 + catches make him the best all round performer in ODIs. He played 6 world cups to finally win the last one and witness the victory lap at home at mumbai.
Now, He is all set to retire from all forms of the game after playing his 200th test. We have all been the witness of his journey , from a kid to an outstanding batsman to a singular icon, to India’s Proudest possession . He has been the man to beats the machine , the man who controls the game, this man-child superstar is simply ahead of the competition. We take a bow as Sachin Retires as the “God of Cricket “.