Cricket, a religion that binds people together, a season that brings families together under one roof to spend time and cheer for their favourite cricketer or team. The intimate love for cricket cannot be demarcated in words; it needs to be expressed with something beyond emotions.
The history of this religious game can be charted into three phases; B.C, A.D and S.R.T.
B.C being Bradman’s cricketing career, A.D being After Don Bradman and S.R.T being the Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar era.
The S.R.T era of cricket brought about fervour to game in India. There was someone the Indians could look up to. Soon, the world started looking up to him. And even after two decades at the highest level, he still believes he is learning the game which is evidently seen in his batting style and the zest to adapt himself to various formats of the game. He is the leading run-getter in both Test cricket and ODIs. In spite of having 100 centuries in his kitty, the Master Blaster still lives his life with a thirst to beat down every challenge that comes his way.
The most challenging thing in Sachin’s life would be the manic energy of a cricketing format called the Indian Premier League. Adapting to a faster format of the game and a covenant of scoring runs quickly for the team was something the world did not expect the 35-year-old man to do. Critics claimed that he was too old for the game, along with a few legendary team mates. But as they say when Sachin’s bat hits, it not only hits the ball, but also the words outspoken by the critics.
When it comes to Sachin, there is nothing he can’t do. With thirteen half centuries followed by a century in the IPL records, there is nothing that can stop the sanctified devotee of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar. His illustrious IPL career also prized him the orange cap in the league playoffs. He averaged 47.53 and 42.53 in 2010 and 2011 respectively. This only prove the old adage of 'form is temporary, class is permanent' to be true yet again.
Today he turns 40; but does that really make him old for the game? Not really.
Australian opener Matthew Hayden once said, “I have seen god and he plays for India at number 4”. He repeated by recently stating that Sachin is the Don Bradman of India. Along with Hayden there are a lot of people in this world who have grown up seeing Sachin. A few dream of emulating him one day. This love and support has kept him alive.
No one can tell Sachin when to stop playing and no one will ever tell him for a simple reason: the day he steps down is the day when many Indian fans will call it quits as well. To conclude, words cannot define his greatness and contribution to the game but on his 40th Birthday we would like to simply tell him ‘Thank You for entertaining us’!
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