Most of you might have guessed from the title as to what this is going to be all about.
Nevertheless let me just say it. Yes it's about Sachin Tendulkar.
This person I feel has achieved almost everything you want in this game. He has been the captain, the backbone of the team, the part time bowler- turned- savior, the highest run-getter, an icon to the almost entire cricket fraternity and what not.. To top it all, wining the World Cup has probably made his career come full circle.
He's been a part of teams that ranged from being tagged the best ones to worst ones. One thing that has remained constant is his ever-lasting love for the game and the sole objective of being able to play. Just Play !
For a long time now, everybody has been talking about this person and the record he is on the verge of. Everybody, except one person - Sachin Tendulkar
The media goes in a frenzy, people start speculations, twitter trending begins, facebook shows what's on people's minds and this person is there out in the field just like any other day in office !
Yes, he knows that the nation may pause for a second or more, yes an entire nation, if he achieves what everyone is waiting for.
Amongst all this there is a segment of criticizers, analyzers who have thoughts of their own. A few typical ones :
# "India never wins when Sachin plays well"
# "Sachin only plays for himself and not the team"
# "He is always nervous in the ninties"
I say..Ok..so.. your point is .. ??
Aren't these thoughts individualistic? If not, aren't these based on the buzz surrounding all this.
Why in the world, does such a thought come into your mind?
Trying to carve out a niche for yourself, then better do it against a plethora of people who think otherwise.
Sachin never said "I am Great". He never said "I am the best". He never said "I am a match winner". He never said "I can always score a 100". He never said anything. Period.
I confess that I am a huge Sachin fan. But this advocacy is not a result of me being a fan. It is something that disturbs me with regard to this segment's inability to comprehend these facts.
I will rather certainly have these same strong reactions, for any blatant criticism against Rahul Dravid or Anil Kumble or VVS Laxman. For those, who know the game and the people who play it, will understand why specifically these names have been mentioned.
And precisely yes, none of these, none, have self claimed greatness. Then why do you single out Sachin. Let the blatant criticism engulf these people. Why the leniency in some cases?
What I probably feel is, greater the buzz, louder you go against, better "footage" you get !
What utter crap, if this is true !!
This person has been relentlessly doing his job for the past 22 years. Can everybody just cut him some slack and let him do what he does best. Play. !!
I am sure he is more than eager to achieve what everybody wants him to do. For God's sake, it's his personal milestone in the first place. Whether the team wins as result of that or not is a different story altogether. The nation's expectations being fulfilled is the last facet in this scenario. Yes, I may seem confused by saying that it's his personal milestone, but then why not.
Why should not a person doing his job for a duration, most of the cricketing fraternity has never seen before, consider it his personal milestone ?
How often do you find a person with mega massive achievements and not going ballistic about them. How often do you find a person being criticized for things which are beyond his control and he not retaliating back. How often do you find a person getting along equally well with his team mates - young or old. How often do you find a person so good at what he does and being criticized at the same time for not being the best.
I fail to understand this Hoola-Hoopla, completely, in the entire sense of it.
Let the man do his job. Let him enjoy. Learn from him and you will enjoy too.
A Legend that he is, hope his legacy continues !
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar - A salute !
dtd - - 13/1/12