Write an Article Live Scores App

Cricket is no longer my religion, Sachin is still my God

f

After two decades, you can’t reduce Tendulkar’s contribution towards my happiness to a stupid stat. The pull out advertisements, the congratulatory tickers on TV, the ghost written articles by former greats means the machine that has fed on Tendulkar’s exploits and his failures is as strong as ever. Amidst the hyperbole that leaves a taste of dry vomit in the mouth – the truth, I repeat, is his contribution cannot be reduced to a stupid stat.

For more than a year, Sachin Tendulkar did not score a century. It is a condition he shared with many international cricketers. Coincidentally, India also lost many cricket matches during this period. So the ad club (can’t score a single run, can write a magnum opus on how it is scored) got together in a dark room filled with Kachwa chaap smoke, and pored over the record books for the next big campaign. A hundred hundreds! Concept: How do you describe Everest’s height without comparing it with something smaller and insignificant? A hundred hundreds! Even the ridiculous Asia Cup can be sold on that one.

A destination was created for the man who built the road. And the more he struggled, the more they said it was important. It would be the thing that will define him. Then they wrote the 1000 word tribute and filed it away. Easy money. Just a matter of time. Tell the shop floor to start making the special edition bottle.

Oh how the prankster struggled! The three digit score just won’t come. And so a unique situation was created with a batsman walking into the ground and spectators counting backwards from a hundred. The ninety nine before were forgotten. The one after became everything. When he did not get it, the experts said it is the only thing that occupied his selfish mind. Scientific opinions indicated the missing hundred brought the Indian team and the Greek economy down. Viru can’t comb his hair, Gambhir can’t take a piss, Mamata has become a human headache, and Kingfisher just won’t fly. Sachin, get your act together and score the freaking century.

The boy who survived is getting too old. Somebody do a Pointing on him. Well, wasn’t he too young when he started creating magic?

Maybe, I am being too harsh. We are after all a nation of naturally gifted critics. Dravid is too technical, Dhoni can’t talk straight, Dada’s a schemer, and Kapil has a rural accent. And he is Tendulkar for god sake! An image bigger than the canvas it is captured on. There is enough space for critics else the painting will be too perfect to be beautiful. Tendulkar is fair game for that ripping argument at the kata. The inflation is screwing us, let’s screw Tendulkar. Pass the chai.

But the truth dear critic is that little pest brings me joy. You selfish leech swimming in a pool of mediocrity mean nothing to me.

Does he really need a defense? Does he need a definition? Do I need to put a number to the pleasure in watching him being himself, let alone bat? What is that strange connection between my heartbeat and the leather as it leaves that big bat like a tracer bullet? What is a tracer bullet anyways?

Seriously, have you not felt those things? Haven’t you enjoyed the Tendulkar show? Who are your heroes? Abhishek Bacchan? Buy a bigger house, for you are not easily pleased.

When I was a young boy I dreamed of playing cricket as Tendulkar played it. I could rattle out the entire card when that West Indian batsman was caught Azhar Bowled Tendulkar with scores tied at 126. I could tell you where Vikram Rathore scored every one of his runs with Tendulkar at the other end.

With time, circumstance, and the gradual reduction in Tendulkar’s appearances – Cricket changed. A generation moved from sitting in front of TV for days to simply putting the mandatory Like on the highlight clip on Facebook.  Today, we don’t even know Virat Kohli’s middle name. That’s how disconnected we are. Yet, for middle aged men like me – who now walk around things they once jumped over – Tendulkar has somehow managed to transcend from being a damn good cricket player to being the ultimate role model of life. He bleeds, he struggles, he amazes. He is human, yet he is God. You can’t take that away from us.

When he hangs up his boots, I plan to take time off work so I can weep for a few days like a de-Barbied girl. I will then look back on my life lived on the Tendulkar calendar. Hopefully, somebody will stop me from getting a Sachin Forever tattoo.

When he is gone perhaps new heroes will be born and new temples made. But an entire generation will end its relationship with cricket. Till that day, leave him alone. Just let him be.


India vs West Indies 2016, 2nd T20I Preview: Bowlers seek respite amidst quick turnaround MS Dhoni's troops target recovery from one-run loss
Royal London One-Day Cup semifinals preview Focus on the run machines, as two mouthwatering semifinal clashes await at the Royal London One-Day Cup.
Interview with Yuvraj Singh: "Chris Gayle can hit six sixes in an over" The 34-year-old all-rounder speaks about IPL, his ODI debut and his most memorable innings for India.
Demand on bowlers to adapt to T20 from Tests is very challenging, says MS Dhoni While there were a record 21 sixes in the West Indies innings, Indians hit 11. Dhoni pointed this out, something that can be worked on.
I'm a fully converted Kiwi now, says South African-born Neil Wagner The left-arm medium pacer revealed that he was not going to hold back in his efforts to dismiss his primary school friend Faf du Plessis.
Quinton de Kock delighted after impressing as make-shift opener The 23-year-old, however, made it clear that he harboured no ambitions of continuing in the role on a permanent basis.
Mohammad Hafeez ruled out of the remainder of England tour with a calf injury The injury will also put on hold PCB's plans to have Hafeez rectify his bowling action.
Afghanistan play better than some full-members and are ready for promotion, says CEO Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) Chief Executive Shafiq Stanikzai calls for recognition
How Dwayne Bravo outwitted MS Dhoni and KL Rahul in the last over of the India-West Indies T20I This isn't the first time MS Dhoni has failed to finish off a chase for India. Dwayne Bravo joins an elite list, and should be lauded for it
India vs West Indies, 1st T20I, Live score and commentary ...
Ben Cutting hoping to build on IPL final success to seal Australian comeback Cutting admitted that he is channelling his focus on the limited-overs format with the upcoming Matador Cup and the BBL.
James Anderson and Stuart Broad ruled out of remainder of England's domestic season Anderson is managing a shoulder injury while Broad is recovering from an ankle injury.
Dolphins CEO assures changes to avoid Kingsmead washout repeat in the future The groundstaff has already filled the exposed patches in the outfield with top soil.
Who Said What: World reacts as West Indies beat India by 1 run in first T20I Reactions from the cricket fraternity as West Indies take a 1-0 lead in the two-match T20I series.
List of fastest centuries in T20Is Scoring a hundred in the shortest format isn't easy but KL Rahul joined elite company with his maiden T20I hundred against West Indies.
Cricket - Duminy misses century, South Africa eye big total
India vs West Indies 2016, 1st T20I Stats: MS Dhoni breaks captaincy world record in a record-breaking encounter Interesting numbers from the first T20I between India and West Indies in USA.
5 of the worst looking cricket jerseys Some of them in the list are crazy ones, how could players wear them?
5 Talking Points from 1st T20I between India and West Indies in the USA The most talked about issues from the match
India vs West Indies 2016, 1st T20I: Player Ratings A look at who did what in the opening encounter at Lauderhill.
Fetching more content...
Related articles