An article on Sachin Tendulkar…On a serious note

Remember when you failed an examination. How many people recall that, your class, friends, relatives? You failed to make it to the IITs or IIMs. Who remembers. How many times have you had the feeling of being the best in your class, school , university, state….., you failed to get a visa stamped this quarter…, you missed a promotion this year…, how did it feel when you dad told you in your early twenties that you are good for nothing…..and now your boss tell you the same…

You keep introspecting and go into a shell when people most of whom don’t matter a dime in your life criticize you, back bite you, make fun of you. You are left sad and shattered and you cry when your own kin scoffs at you. You say I am feeling low today. It takes a lot from us to come out of these everyday situations and move on. A lot??? really?

Now here’s a man standing on the third man boundary in the last over of a world cup match. The bowler just has to bowl sensibly to win this game. What the man at the boundary sees is 4 rank bad bowls bowled without any sense of focus, planning or regret. India loses, yet again in those circumstances when he has done just about everything right.

He does not cry. Does not show any emotion. Just keeps his head down and leaves the field. He has seen these failures for 22 years now. And not just his class, relatives, friends but the whole world has seen these failures. We are too immature to even imagine what goes on in that mind and heart of his. That’s why I would never want to be Sachin.

True, he has single handedly lifted to moods of this entire nation umpteen number of times. He has been an inspiration to rise above our mediocrity. Nobody who has ever lifted the willow even comes close to this man’s genius. His dedication and metal strength is unparallel. This is specially for those people who would have made fun of him again last night when India lost. They are people who are mediocre in their own lives. Who just scoff at others to create cheap fun. Who have lived in a small hole throughout their lives and thought they have seen the oceans.

Think about the man himself. He is 37 years of age. He has been playing almost non stop for 22 years. The way he was running and diving around the field last night would have put 22 year olds to shame. The way he played the best opening quickies in the world was breathtaking. He just keeps getting better which is by the way humanly impossible. Its not for nothing that people call him GOD.

But still I don’t want to be in those shoes. We struggle in keeping our monotonous lives straight, lives which affect a limited number of people. Imagine what would be the magnitude of the inner struggle for him, pain both mental and physical, tears that have frozen with time, knees and ankles and every other joint in the body that is either bandaged or needs to be attended to every night, eyes that don’t sleep before a big game, bats that have scored 99 international tons and still see expectations from a billion people.
And he just converts those expectations into reality. We watch in awe, feel privileged.
Well I think its time that his team realizes that enough is enough. They have an obligation, not towards their country alone but towards sachin. They need to win this one for him. Stay assured that he himself will still deliver and leave no stone unturned to make sure India wins this cup.
This is not just a game, and he is not just a sportsman. Its much more than this. Words fail here…..

— Nipun Dixit
Infosys Technologies Ltd, Pune

16 comments on “An article on Sachin Tendulkar…On a serious note

  1. kalmeida317 says:

    I am a huge Sachin fan, I don’t think there are many Indians who are not. However, as great as he is, I completely disagree when people put him on a mantle that is above the team. A billion people are watching the world cup, hoping and praying that India wins and Harsha Bhogle is saying “they have an obligation, not towards their country alone but towards Sachin”, I sincerely hope he was not completey serious when he said this.

    Let’s face it, Sachin has played and lost 5 world cups before this, he has to take some of the responsibility/blame for some of that, it has not always been the teams fault.

    I agree that Nehra blew things against SA but he needed to do better because he was wearing an India shirt not because Sachin made a century.

    • ashutoshmahajan says:

      You are partially right,that’s how I think.If you again go through Harsha’s words,doesn’t it sound like “at first,they should have won it for the country,but if they couldn’t do it,atleast they should have won it to keep the respect of one of their team mates” The words reflect pity.
      Just consider yourself at Sachin’s place.You score a century,you gave 200% on field(till the last ball),and somebody else spoiled the party and bring shame to nation.

      Sachin got his due respect,an added century,few another records,sympathy by the media.But atlast, we LOST the game.That’s the point.And this is not the first time if you go through the history.When Sachin scored,the middle order failed and mostly we’d lost.

      And, it was INDIA who lost the 5 world cups.Maybe ‘it has not always been the teams fault’, but neither it was Sachin’s alone.

  2. Mubariz says:

    To be honest, I’m not a die hard Sachin fan, but even I feel that if not for anything, this World Cup should be won for Sachin, not because of his great past or his unrelenting love for the game or his time-and-again-proved greatness on the pitch nor for his humility off the field. It should be won for him because WE as a Nation and the Indian Cricket Team as a unit OWE Sachin BIG TIME, not for all the times he has entertained us and thrilled us, but for all the times we have turned against him, held him responsible and blamed him for our collective losses on the field. It is time we repay him and what better way to say goodbye to a great man than gifting him the most coveted trophy that belongs to the game he has been devoted to for 22 untiring years. He is the only player in our team who should be least bothered by his individual performance and yet he is the only player who seems to be giving it (yet again) his 110%

  3. Shashidhar says:

    I agree that it is teams failure for loosing all those 5 world cups. But we should keep in our mind, who scored most runs in all of those world cups.
    Take Australia for example, when it comes big tournaments they definitely come up with their best… But when it comes to India it’s not the case. Sachin will put 100% efforts in all world cup matches and we saw this lot of times.
    I don’t know why the rumors come out here when sachin hit century India will lose the match, I am taking it other way and saying why others are failing when sachin is on his way? Are they simply enjoying by watching his game or they want team to be defeated when he goes at his best?? No Idea !!!

  4. someone says:

    Is this really from Harsha Bhogle?

  5. Abhishek Chede says:

    can u post the source from where u got this article by Harsha?
    As per my knowledge this article is by Nipun Dixit,
    (http://www.publishaletter.com/readletter.jsp?plid=26333)

    Even Harsha has twitted that it is not his article.

  6. Swagataa Dutta says:

    This article is by NIPUN DIXIT from Infosys Technologies Ltd, Pune.

    Please refrain from posting material without proper credits

    • ashutoshmahajan says:

      It was yesterday that I came across the article on facebook…
      Here’s the link : http://on.fb.me/e96peW

      Well Well….Yeah NIPUN DIXIT or whomsoever it is(don’t pull me into the controversy yaar,I’m just a medium). Thank you for jotting down such wonderful words. Indeed they will touch the heart of every reader of this post.
      ALL CREDIT GOES TO YOU, Mr.Whomsoever….Will change the title soon !!

      @swagataa….I really don’t explore and study the pedigree of any article I publish.If I feel it is worth sharing,I do it, giving full respect to the source. If you are really annoyed me not giving proper credits,I give a damn !!!

  7. Mitali Ghosh says:

    It’s truly a good read!! I partially agree to it. We hardly think of all these things. Salute to the God of Cricket, Sachin!!

  8. ashutoshmahajan says:

    Ok…Mr Nipun Dixit….. Finally Hats Off to you!!!

  9. aniket awati says:

    awesome!!! 100 % agreed..

  10. Kapil says:

    I agreee the Man is the GOD of the cricket religion, but still more than why we should WIN, I feel there are reasons strong enough on why we should not WIN the world.
    Here is my blog on that. Would like to know your thoughts and comments on that too.

    http://kapil-lifewithmythoughtss.blogspot.com/2011/03/why-india-should-not-win-world-cup.html

  11. SIDDHARTH GUPTA says:

    I am a big fan of sachin tendulkar.Its no question of doubt that he is a great player and has brought many laurels to the country.The author of the above published article declares that he would deny the proposal to be in the shoes of the legend,but what does he/she(whatever be th case) know about the life, activities,pressure that sachin deals with.Cricket is a team game and it is not just that nehra had a plan to make the team loose it because sachin had performed.It is just a misconception developed by people over the last 10 to 15 years that we loose the match because sachin scores runs,they cannot identify it as a matter of coincidence.Its a fact that there is no one like S.R.TENDULKAR,his sincerity and devotion to the game are reflected in the field.People need to stop criticizing the team and start supporting them,because itz very easy to sit at home,enjoy a match with a bottle of coke and popcorns than to go to the fields to watch a match,spend some bucks and cheer the team.It is but natural to make mistakes,after all we are human beings.Sachin knows that ,we should also !!

  12. utsav says:

    Everything we huge cricket fans say is less.When the GOd can stand there and tolerate the ruthless bowling and an uninspiring team spirit..but not so far,i have heard from boria majumdar,NDTV News reporter that during the WSTINDIES match it was beacuse of SACHIN that we won..beacuse after every over d captain COOL asked advices on a regular basis 4m the GOD standing at thtird man….
    so its a good sign 4 all our die hard circket lovers…
    rock it guys

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