Friday, November 15, 2013

Sachin is perhaps beyond success and failures

On the 2nd day of the current test match going on at the Wankhede Stadium in Mimbai Sachin Tendulkar was bowled out for 74 runs in his own home turf and with this he failed to break a 15 years record of not scoring a century in his home ground.
Fans across the world were expecting the little master to say goodbye to his 24 years of glittering cricket career with a humble century. But that was not to happen. His last and 200th test match had to remain short of a century.
But his failure is his success. This is especially true for Sachin, the so called God of cricket. The title of God is actually tells us that when we are talking about Sachin Tendullar, there is perhaps no differences between momentary success and failures. Long ago he has transcended such mundane definitions.  
Perhaps this 74 run will be his last score in his international career when he was caught in the slips on the second morning of play at Mumbai's Wankhede stadium. In the morning he came to the crease to resume batting against the West Indies to a roaring crowd and same was the case when he left the field with his last 74 runs. 
There was a sense of sorrow on the face of the crowds. But it was not because he could not score a century in his last international match. The crowd was not disappointed because Shammy took the catch. They were sad only because they won’t be seeing Sachin playing anymore. Sachin will no more come to the crease to bring all the Indians divided by their faiths, caste, creed, etc. under a single roof.
For this perhaps the crowd were looking sorry.  

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Sudarshan Pattnaik bids farewell to Sachin Tendulkar with his sand art

The famous sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik was one among the thousands who came forward in the last few days to pay tribute to the Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar on the occasion of his 200th and final international match in Mumbai.

Mr. Pattnaik made a beautiful art piece of Sachin Tendulkar by sculpting 200 colourful cricket bats on the Puri sea beach in the eastern Indian state of Odisha. 

Sachin Tendulkar will complete his 24 years long cricketing career with his 200th test match at Wankhede Stadium, his home turf in Mumbai.

The artist has sculptured the cricket bats made of sand in different colours and the sculpture lured domestic and international tourists. 

Mr. Pattnaik said: "As Sachin Tendulkar is retiring from cricket, so we thought of saluting him in a grand way and therefore, we made around 200 cricket bats out of sand to pay him a tribute." 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Why Indians love Sachin Tendulkar ? - By Ramachandra Guha

Why Sachin Tendulkar is so popular in India? Does it mean he is the best cricketer India has ever produced? Does that mean Kapil Dev, Gavaskar and many more superb cricketers are inferior to Sachin?

There are no answers to such questions. But there is one truth. That is Sachin is perhaps the greatest cricketer born in India adored by the largest numbers of Indian. There might be several reasons for that. Introduction of satellite televisions, new technologies bridging communication gap and promotion of cricket as a world class game are just few of those reasons.

But the truth remains.  As poet CP Surendran once remarked, whereas other batsmen walked out to bat alone, when Tendulkar came to the crease, "a whole nation, tatters and all, marched with him to the battle arena". Here were "one billion hard-pressed Indians", with "just one hero".

In the early years of his career, Tendulkar brought solace and consolation to a divided nation by the sheer quality of his batsmanship. There were few credible role models elsewhere - the politicians were manipulative and corrupt, the film stars voyeuristic and exhibitionist, the entrepreneurs self-serving.

Perhaps India really needs many more Sachins to bridge the gap of north and south, rich and poor and many more such classes still existing in India.  He definitely has an impact on national integration.

Here is a nice piece by famous historian Ramachanda Guha about Sachin and his popularity.

Link : BBC 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Sachin has changed the history of cricket - Shoaib Akhtar

Now it’s the turn of Pakistani cricketers to pay their tribute to Sachin Tendulkar. Pakistan bowling greats Waqar Younis and Shoaib Akhtar rated Tendulkar the best in the world ahead of Brian Lara, Ricky Ponting and even their teammate Inzamam-ul-Haq. 

“He is right at the top in the world,” was how Younis thought of Tendulkar, while Akhtar called him the “greatest player” at an event here on Tuesday.
When Younis and Akhtar, who redefined aggression, praise a batsman who went after them in the field, the player does not need any other certificate. Especially, considering the intense rivaly. 

Akhtar said that he was proud to get Tendulkar’s wicket. “He has changed the history of cricket.  He’s the world’s greatest player. I felt great when I got him out and I take pride when he did not hit me out of the park,” he said.  

Younis added, “From being a boy, he went on to rule the world of cricket. All the four Tests of that series (1988/89) were played on greenish pitches and he played very well. He’s right at the top. Not only in subcontinent he has scored outside too. His statistics are the proof.”

Akhtar said “I never said he was afraid of fast bowling, but I thought he was a bit casual when he came out to bat after I had bowled Rahul Dravid. The ball was swinging and I wanted to bowl a swinging yorker. When he was out, I was stunned by the reaction of the crowd. I had no idea when I came to India that Sachin is so big this country,” he recalled.

Remembering the famous cut over point that went for six during the 2003 World Cup where Tendulkar scored a 75-ball 98 at Centurion, Akhtar said it was difficult to bowl to him.

“I struggled with the line. He thrashed me, the faster I bowled the harder he hit me. He hit me for a six over point. He batted amazingly and from the first ball looked very focused,” he said.

Waqar reminisced about the bouncer that injured Tendulkar on his debut Test against Pakistan. “He was hit on the nose off the glove and the injury was not as bad. He did not fall down. After a few minutes he started batting again,” said Waqar. 

Waqar rated Tendulkar’s 136 in a losing cause in the Chennai Test of 1999 against Pakistan as his best knock he has seen. 

“Saqlain and Afridi were turning the ball square. The way he batted was amazing. Then he mishit and got out when India needed 13 runs to win and we wrapped up the remaining wickets in two-three overs,” said Waqar.

Monday, November 11, 2013 will provide free rides to Sachin's fan to Wankhede Stadium

There is no dearth of ideas among the fans of cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar to give tribute to the little master. Recently we say several new innovative ideas associated with number 199 in Kolkata, here again in Mumbai we are seeing such innovative ways to pay tribute to Sachin. In Kolkata, a Sachin fan even travelled as long as 199 kilometres in reverse gear!

Now its time for the Mumbaikar, ahead of Sachin’s last test match coming up in Mumbai from November 14. 

A travel website named that has been endorsed by Sachin Tendulkar, has announced to provide free rides to cricket fans from selected pick up points to the Wankhede Stadium to watch the master plays his last match. The website says that it has hired as many as 200 taxis from fleet operator TABcabs that will ply from November 14-18. 

Fans will have to show their match tickets to avail this service. The cabs will pick them up from 7.00 am onwards and drop them back from 5.00 pm. 

The designated points are Shivaji Park, Borivli National Park Crossing, Goregaon Oberoi Mall, Andheri flyover, Bandra Kala Nagar Junction, Ghodbunder Road and Majiwada, Thane, Mulund Check Naka and Suman Nagar. Transport is also available from Shivaji Park, Vashi Station, R K Studios, Chembur and Powai. 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

There will not be another Sachin Tendulkar - Shane Warne

The legendary Australian spinner Shane Warne said in the “Daily Telegraph” that Sachin Tendulkar is the best batsman of his time and it’s difficult, may be almost impossible for the emergence of another such player in coming near future. 

Shane Warne, who holds the record for 2nd highest wicket taker in test cricket, has been specially invited to be part of the final and 200th Test match to be played in Mumbai from 14th Nov 2013 by the Little Master.

Shane Warne wrote, “There will not be another Sachin Tendulkar. I always teach young players that cricket is not about averages even if it is a stats-based game. It is about how and when you score runs or take wickets. The great players deliver when the team is up against it and statistics do not tell you the truth about such things. Sachin is far more than a man with great numbers to boast about."

The pressure he was under from the India public was immense but he handled himself on and off the field in a way that was respected by all," Warne wrote in his column for the 'Daily Telegraph'.
“Sachin Tendulkar was the best batsman of my generation and it will be a privilege to be in Mumbai this week to commentate on the first two days of his final Test," Warne, who is expected to be present in Mumbai for the iconic batsman's 200th and final Test match, said.