Has God become Human?
Three straight dismissals under 30. Stumps uprooted on every occasion. Lack of foot movement. Sachin Tendulkar.
Cumulatively the above phrases sound impossible. As shocking as they may sound, they are just as true. Sachin Tendulkar who is a god to many has been off the hook lately. His mediocre performances against an average New Zealand bowling attack has raised some eyebrows. A nation where cricket is by far the most followed religion, It’s hard to accept the fact that the so-called god of the game is past his prime.
Now the question that most of the cricket pundits have been broadcasting is, “Is this the right time for Sachin to make an exit from the game?”. Some apparent experts have even openly voiced for the motion indicating end of Sachin’s marathon of a career.
Well keeping sentiments aside for a moment, it may just be the right thing to do.
Sachin’s almost extraterrestrial achievements, infinite records, incredible glories and the most loyal service towards our nation is irreplaceable. His name and stature will always be inscribed in the history books and undoubtedly in every Indian heart. He indeed has been the finest cricketer of the 4 generations of cricket that he has been a part of. Period.
But at 39, where his body language speaks louder than any blabber-mouth, it’s safe to say that he is on the verge of his end. It’s time he made way for the young guns who have queued up and are waiting for an opportunity.
Virat Kohli has emerged as a great batsman over the years and Pujara has also offered some resistance on the pitch. So youngsters have been performing now and then to successfully fill the void when Sachin fails to perform.
Does this mean we are ready to let the King of the game hold up his shoes and let the descendants carry forward the legacy?
Well not yet?
The experts have disseminated their egregiuos analysis, but there is a believer in me, a reasoner who needs an altercation.
Ever since Sachin rose as the best player of all times, ex-cricketers and a few jobless analysts have silently been trying to belittle him. As soon as he puts up an average performance, newspapers, TV channels and e-Media get flooded with reports of Sachin Tendulkar’s end. And everytime Sachin has let his bat do the talking shutting every critic’s mouth up. Be it his tennis elbow injury, forgetful captaincy period or the long wait before his 100th ton. He has always been shown the door-way, but he has always marked a grand comeback. Every single time!
Besides his records and history of comebacks, let us try to look at the future prospectives of the game if Sachin retires.
They say youngsters will fill in Sachin’s shoes. Really? Dudes, We have still not found ganguly’s stable replacement. Adding up to the misery, With Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman no longer in the squad, we are yet to fill these two important slots.
And if Sachin retires, we might see a Bangladesh twin team.
Apart from this, in Sachin we have a brand ambassador of cricket. With his exit, Half of the Indians would stop following cricket. The stadiums would have more birds than humans as spectators. It will be a standstill not only in the stadiums and viewership but also in the revenues that the BCCI generates.
Not to forget the morale Sachin brings to the dressing room as quoted by his fellow team-mates.
So will we really be able to do without Sachin?
We might. But the game will never be like as it is now.
He may have been struggling with his form lately but I am sure and the nation is sure that he will comeback in style..
Sachin is not a god to me but he definitely is a superhuman. And superhumans act faster than we do. Thus he would know when to retire before any of us. We need not advice him.
Whereas those who still are pessimistic about this, Most of us would just like to say, “Bitch Please, STFU!”.