Andy Flower once said, “There are two types of batsman in the Cricket- One is Sachin Tendulkar and Two all others.”
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, a name which has made the country proud, promoted the game and brand INDIA worldwide. The aggressive right hander is better known as the “Little Master-Blaster” and is the demon for the world’s best bowlers. Even the great Sir Don Bradman once said, “Sachin is one of the greatest players in the history of cricket.”
Sachin Tendulkar turns 38 today. (24th April)
The talent and greatness of this maestro is unmatched and his humility makes him more adorable. He is the one player who has faced more criticism than anyone else in the game. The ‘good part’ is that the most of his critics are not even near him in his stature, and their knowledge about the game can also be disputed. He has been subjected to criticism every now and then few years back (2007) all hells broke loose where the self proclaimed critics were clamouring for his retirement. The good thing about Sachin is that he never speaks but lets his bat do all the talking. He has scored maximum runs in recently concluded World Cup and his form in last year or two has been superb. He has scored runs in every format including T-20.
The basic problem is that people want him to score a century every match. The fact is that the cricket crazy mass of India have been so spoilt by the Masters’ exploits and thus they expect so much from him. The more he has succeeded, the more has been expected. This is the reason they are not ever satisfied by him. I doubt if there has been any player in the world, in any sport, who has been subjected to such intense and back breaking pressure. Sachin has taken all those things in his stride. This was the reason Shane Warne regarded Sachin as the mentally toughest batsman he ever bowled to.
With the 2011 World Cup, it is said that there is nothing left for genius to achieve. But his hunger for runs is amazing and he still has plenty to offer to Indian cricket. Only he can best decide what he wants to do in the future. But I can tell you this, age is no bar to his success in either Tests or one-day internationals. His mere presence in the dressing room motivates the team to do well. There is no denying that Sachin is approaching the twilight of his career, but he is not over yet. His selfless approach and devotion to the game coupled with no ego or attitude problems make him the most respectable person in the arena. We are the luckiest people to see Sachin playing in front of us because you get this offer once in a lifetime. We must cheer for whatever he has in store for us.
Wish him lot of success in years to come and I wish him to see playing in 2015 World Cup!