If cricket is religion, Sachin Tendulkar its God and for every Indian and million of cricket fans across the world, he is a venerated figure. After retirement – he is still an emotion for a legion of his fans. Words will fall short, but nothing can come close to describe what Sachin achieved in his 24-year long career and more importantly how he changed the face of Indian cricket.
Sachin’s outstanding record in both ODIs and Tests prove that nothing is impossible if you have the passion and commitment. You can achieve every success in any field if one is dedicated towards achieving the goal. Every time the Little Master walked onto the field – there was hope and excitement in every cricket lover’s eye. They would leave everything in the middle – just to watch the genius bat.
Hundred hundreds, first to score a double hundred in ODIs, most runs in World Cup (2278 runs in 45 matches), the list is unending. What Tendulkar achieved is probably miles ahead compared to any other batsman in the world since the inception of the game.
From his Test debut against Pakistan at the age of 16 in Karachi – the whole of India in the ’90s grew up with him. He was an inspiration for many kids of that generation and after. Till the time Sachin represented India – his legacy dominated discussion in television studios. He was and to some extent till today remains the most talked about cricketer.
He has been the perfect role model — hard-work, dedication, commitment and staying humble being his true character. Moreover, the personality and aura he brings with him demand respect. He has taught each one of us that if you believe in yourself and follow your dreams and work towards it – then nothing is impossible.
Sachin stayed clear of controversy on the field and off it. On the cricket field, he carried himself with dignity and always had control over his emotions – he never sledged, never had an argument with an umpire and always let his bat do the talking.
During his time there were other fine batsmen like Ricky Ponting and Brian Lara. But what separated him from the others was the way he consistently dominated the opposition bowlers and how he made it a habit of creating and breaking records.
He dominated the best of fast and spin bowlers of his era – be it South Africa’s Allan Donald, Shaun Pollock, Pakistan’s Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram, Shoaib Akhtar, West Indies’ Curtly Ambrose, Courtney Walsh, Sri Lanka’s Chaminda Vaas, Muttiah Muralitharan, Australia’s Shane Warne, Brett Lee and many others. He played them with authority and at times with sheer disdain.
Sachin retired after having scored 34,347 international runs. In the coming years, few of the batting records set by him will be broken but one should never forget that Sachin will be irreplaceable and there will never be another batsman of his stature to take the cricket field! He will always remain the ‘God of Cricket’.