Saaaachin…. Sachin!!

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Its end of an era. At the end of his career, entire nation was singing the swan song. I am a Sachin fan , I might not be a die-hard fanatic but I am a big fan. I did not shed a tear like my teammate when Sachin walked down to bat his last innings.  I  did feel  extremely sad when he walked back to pavilion yesterday. The final walk- the emotional expression on all the faces , the huge number of placards with #thankyousachin’ with every fan expressing their gratitude. I felt the camera crew had prepared a special montage for this memorable moment.

I agree that people are going overboard with this occasion. I completely agree that many people are using this occasion as an excuse for their vested interests. I also agree that Sachin does deserve every bit of the adulation that he is getting. Many other Indian legends did deserve a lot more respect than what was given to them towards their end but that doesn’t mean we have to carry on that tradition.

The whole point of this blog was due to a conversation that I had with my FIL. He was sort of angry with the buzz around Sachin’s retirement. During the conversation he mentioned that “Sachin is paid to play for India and he is just doing his job. He is not God and people like Premji is adopting villages for the betterment of the society. He said, if a kid gets educated by Premji’s foundation and this one-act might change the future of the kid entirely! Premji might be responsible for  thousands of bright futures! You will see and forget Sachin’s batting and it doesn’t change anything in your life after the match is over. I agreed with him that Sachin is no God but the context to that saying started with ‘If Cricket is a religion,Then Sachin is God’. I did say that Sachin is involved in philanthropy but he doesn’t like to advertise it much. The donation/sponsor given by him too is supposedly kept anonymous. He obviously might not have given as much as Premji- but it counts.  My FIL retorted, Ajim Premji has spent close to Rs. 8,000 Crores and he is great in true terms. I responded by saying that it’s not fair to compare Sachin with Premji (to whom I have immense respect being an ex-wiprote). Premji might have helped thousands of people financially but Sachin has given priceless memories to Billions. This ended the conversation on that topic.

What Sachin has done for India cannot be put into words, I think he has inspired many generations who have witnessed him play. He was a uniting force for India, no matter the age/religion/caste/creed , ‘How much did Tendulkar score?‘ was a very common question many years back. This impact that he had on people has been beyond any geographical boundary. I still remember the day he scored 200 in ODI and my office cafeteria burst into unified cheer. Today, my eyes were moist while listening to his farewell speech and I didn’t know myself that I liked him enough to cry. If the speech wasn’t enough, he walked alone down to the middle one last time and touched it…one…last…time… I will end this blog with some comments from Cricinfo. When I read this blog after few years, it will help me recall how special this moment was.

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Daniel: “im in rural australia, watching this and just screamed with agony at Tendulkars dismissal, its felt here in the dusty plains of Australia.”

Dhwani: “Gosh! This is getting really serious….Looks like it is going to be a sleepless night following Sachin in cricinfo from the US…glued to the screen”

Najam: “Cheering Tendulkar from across the border 🙂 he just made a century in terms of balls played, dint he : ) #Tendu VS Tinu”

Prashant: “Even in Singapore , we had a full page for Sachin in today’s news paper . Just felt proud to be a Sachin Fan and an Indian.”

Balaji: “As Sachin climbed up the stairs, I couldnt help but shedding tears, as I chanted “Sachin.. Sachin..” down here in Chennai. I turned around to see my dad in his sixties, shedding more tears. This guy can freeze time and generations, crash cricketing records, melt a billion hearts, yet stay so humble. God will be proud to be associated with this man”

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5 Responses to “Saaaachin…. Sachin!!”

  1. Prajwal, as alway very insightful, well written.

    We are a culture of extremes. Either we are cult followers or dissect details to last piece of thread. In my opinion, it will be very unfair to compare greatness of any individual to Philanthropic pursuits one indulges in. Sachin has represented his country and has been brand Ambassador of India in his own right. I do not recollect one single name, in 21st Century, who can don that mantle. Yes, he earned money and all those perks that came with performance. Ultimately, he has right to earn his bread. For a sportman like Sachin, life beyond cricket is not hard. Imagine scores of sportman in less popular sports in the country, who gamble with their future and take up sports; whent they reach sunset, sports pretty much is the only skill, they have known and all of a sudden, they do not know how to integrate with society. Infact we have examples in cricket itself, when former legends of the game did not have money of their medical treatment. Only Sports represents Humans in totality, and is universal. I dont think there is any other pursuits which come close to it. In thats sense, Sportman bring ultimate joy!

  2. Just check how many want to be Tendulkar, and how many Premji. That’s what inspiration does.

  3. I guess both you and your FIL are right. It’s just a matter of the vantage points both of you are occupying at this particular moment in your lives!

  4. Shyam Prasad Says:

    Humanity divided on several grounds, but unified on his ground…hundreds have the ability to excel beyond boundaries in their profession, but a handful who can bring together a nation…the only concern from some critics is that few recently retired players didn’t get this kinda farewell. Agree that they are also legends, but not Sachin…time to celebrate the 24 year long journey when some of these stars were just another chapter in the great story…

  5. There’s certainly a lot to find out about this issue. I really like all of the points you have made.

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