22 Yards : The Journey of becoming God

  • “Sachin Tendulkar has carried the burden of the nation for 21 years. It is time we carried him on our shoulders” – Virat Kohli after India won the 2011 World Cup
  • “I have seen God, he bats at no. 4 for India” – Matthew Hayden
  • “We did not lose to a team called India. We lost to a man called Sachin” – Mark Taylor
  • “There are 2 kind of batsmen in the world. One Sachin Tendulkar. Two all the others” – Andy Flower
  • Sachin is a genius. I’m a mere mortal – Brian Lara
  • Sachin Tendulkar is, in my time, the best player without doubt – daylight second, Brian Lara third – Shane Warne
  • You were a great habbit, Sachin – Harsha Bhogle

Phew!!! Heavy words, Heavy names, no? But it’s not done yet.

‘Master Blaster’, ‘Little Master’, ‘The God of Cricket’, ‘The World’s Best Athlete’ — these are the titles bestowed upon one of India’s most revered personalities: Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. His is a name that all Indians, and a many people the world over, know and worship.

Every time this legend took the crease, the country would reverberate with the chants of ‘Sachin, Sachin!’. All differences and squabbles between a billion people were forgotten for the sheer pleasure of watching this genius decimate the best bowlers on the planet with an inimitable grace. He united over a billion belligerent people in a way that no one and nothing ever has, and probably never will. It is no secret that cricket is a religion in India, and Sachin Tendulkar its most exalted God.

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In a 24-year career, Tendulkar has set incredible records that include the ‘most runs scored in international cricket’, ‘most centuries in international cricket’, and ‘most Man-of-the-Match awards’, besides many, many more.

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A photograph of Sachin Tendulkar in his final Test appearance in Mumbai has been named the 2013 MCC – Wisden Photo of the Year.

He has inspired an entire generation of cricketers including me of course, and won the admiration of his colleagues and the sport’s erstwhile icons. And, despite all this fame and adulation he received, Tendulkar remained as humble as he was in the earliest days of his magnificent career.

Today, on Sachin’s 44th birthday, I just want to remember the moment when he bid adieu to those 22 yards he worshipped all his cricket life.  The day I cried like someone is taking my childhood away from me. Let’s just go back and cherish those moments for once.

collage1The day we chanted the guru mantra “Sachiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin Sachiin”. on the ground for one last time after all he came, he played and he conquered. Words from the Master Blaster himself explain his success:

“I hate losing and cricket being my first love, once I enter the ground it’s a different zone altogether and that hunger for winning is always there.”

– Sachin Tendulkar

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