The 2011 World Cup is still fresh in our mind. Everyone in India was watching their screens with one single dream: India will lift the world cup this time. India was playing its final match against Sri Lanka. The match against SriLanka was a close call. Every single moment was counted. Every single ball had all eyes. Our hearts were beating badly, with one dream India must win the world cup this time.
The final match was the deciding factor. Just like all of us, even Sachin was also hopeful. It was also an essential match for Sachin. It was his last world cup. Even after playing in 6 world cups, he had never held the cup once; this was his final World Cup.
It was one of Sachin’s greatest dreams to win the World Cup this time. It may be a mere coincidence, but a poet who could write the brightest era in Cricket’s Sporting History has to be a poet. A Marathi novelist, Ramesh Tendulkar, and an industrial worker, Rajni Tendulkar, gave birth to Sachin on 24th April 1973.
In his younger years, Sachin was considered quite a naughty child. He used to be quite interested in Tennis and saw John McEron as his idol. To curb his mischievous tendencies, his elder brother Ajit introduced him to Cricket as an energy release. Ajit introduced him to the famous cricketer Ramakant Archrekar. At first, the coach of a cricketing club at Shivaji Park, Ramakant, couldn’t see his skill in Sachin due to Sachin’s self-consciousness. So, he noticed Sachin secretly without Sachin knowing and then saw his genuine talent.
Sachin’s story is an inspiration to all of us. Sachin’s story goes from being the ball boy in the 1987 world cup to one who could lift the 2011 world cup. Like us all, Sachin started as a naughty child who was a troublemaker, but when his brother channeled his energy in the right direction, he turned into the Master Blaster: Sachin Tendulkar. And rightly so. Sachin had worked extremely hard for the title. Some of his records still need to be unbroken.
Sachin’s first-class cricketing history began when he played for Mumbai in Ranji Trophy at 15 against Gujarat. He scored a 100, not out of becoming the youngest cricketer to achieve that record in a First Class Cricketing Tournament. Before this, he was not part of the team for the Ranji Trophy. But if allowed was mainly considered a substitute batsman. It wasn’t an easy journey for Sachin at all. But he is a tall example that one can go to the most extraordinary lengths with perseverance and determination.
Sehwag, a famous cricketer and the opener batsman with Sachin, once said talking about sledging in the 2004 Multan Test match. Shoaib Akhtar was bowling, but they were still on the crease and not getting out. So, out of frustration, Shoaib Akhtar asked Sehwag, “Hook maar ke dikha” over short balls. [If you can, show me by playing a hook swing]. Sehwag replied, “Woh udhar tera baap khada hai. Woh maar ke dikhaega, ” pointing to the non-striker end at Sachin. [Your father is standing there. He’ll show you.
Sachin had not become the Master Blaster by just pure skill. He used to put a large among of effort into practice and would not miss any practice sessions. Sachin had inspired many Indians towards Cricket. He has inspired players such as Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Virendra Sehwag, and many famous cricketers today.
Virat Kohli, while during an event celebrating Sachin’s hundredth century, said,
He is the reason I started playing Cricket. Like me, I think most of the youngsters in India started playing Cricket after watching Sachin. Today, it is a great honor to share the same dressing room with him”.
In an interview on CSK’s official handle, Dhoni said,
Well, as a cricket role model, it is always Sachin Tendulkar. I was exactly like you guys; I watched Sachin Tendulkar play and always thought, ‘I want to play like him.’ Later on, I realized I couldn’t play like him, but inside my heart, I always wanted to play like him
He’s a Cricketing Legend because some of his records remain unbroken even today.
There is always this debate that any other cricketer might not even break Sachin’s records in the future. Although his height is 5’5″, which is lower than the Indian men’s average height, Sachin is the tallest legend in the history of Cricket.
Any other title would not fit the legend other than being the God of Cricket.
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