Tendulkar changed the face of Indian cricket

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    Tears started rolling from my eyes when I saw the news scrolling, stating: “Sachin Tendulkar retires from ODIs.”

    I am still not able to believe the news that I have read and I sincerely hoped that the news wasn’t true.

    How can I watch a cricket match without Sachin? I cannot believe that I cannot see the “God” of cricket in the Indian colors any more. I am still weeping like a small kid. I was blessed to see Sachin bat all my life. In my childhood, I started watching cricket because of Sachin’s batting and my childhood was consumed by it.

    I still remember the day when India used to be very good at home and very bad away. Even when India were touring away, the only hope we used to have was Sachin. I remember the days that we used to turn off the TV when Sachin got out.

    Sachin is the one who carried the hope of Indian cricket for 20 years and he is the one responsible for building a great young Indian team. All the youngsters playing for India now grew up seeing Sachin bat.

    He was the one who kept the hope alive in Indian cricket fans. I know a lot of people who started to cry after Sachin got out in the 2003 World Cup final against Australia.

    For me, Sachin is cricket, and as a result of his retirement, cricket has almost lost half its charm. He has achieved everything that can be achieved and he made his mark in cricket.

    People have even started saying, “cricket before Sachin” and “cricket after Sachin” – that’s the impact he made. One hundred international Test centuries, 18,426 runs in ODIs and more than 13000 runs in Test matches, a double hundred in ODI cricket – even a book won’t be enough for all the things he has achieved.

    Sachin might not have been in the best form but he always gave his 100 percent to the team. By his preparation for a match, it is understood the amount of eagerness he has to give everything for his team.

    If I think of my childhood and Sachin, the first thing I remember is India versus Australia in Sharjah, where India was chasing Australia’s 284, but importantly they needed 254 to score to make their way to the final.

    Tendulkar had tormented the Australians at home prior to this triangular tournament, and once again they were made to suffer. India were in trouble at 138 for 4 in 29 overs and from then Sachin almost single-handedly helped India qualify for finals. He continued his form in the final and won the match for India with 134.

    Sachin played an important role in India winning the World Cup in 2011, especially in the semi-finals against Pakistan where he scored a match-winning 80 runs. He was the first one to score a double hundred in ODI, that too against South Africa.

    By the comments made by few legends we can understand what is this great batsman is:

    “When you bowl at him you are not just trying to get him out, you are trying to impress him. I want him to walk off thinking that Flintoff, he’s all right isn’t he? I feel privileged to have played against him.” – Andrew Flintoff

    “When you play against Tendulkar, you almost want to see him get a few runs just to see him bat.” – Mark Waugh

    “We did not lose to a team called India…we lost to a man called Sachin.” – Mark Taylor

    “I would go to bed having nightmares of Sachin dancing down the ground and hitting me for sixes.” – Shane Warne

    “What we [Zimbabwe] need is 10 Tendulkars.” – Paul Strang

    The best part of Sachin is that he is down to earth after achieving everything. People may criticise his form and that he needs to give a chance to the youngsters.

    For me, there is no cricket without Sachin. I want to enjoy watching Sachin bat in Test matches until he wants to play.

    I sincerely hope everyone to shows respect to what he has achieved as a player and the way he helped the team to grow strong; let him play until he wants to play for India.

    I am blessed to see Sachin bat and I am lucky to be born in Sachin’s era. I hope Indian youngsters take this opportunity and perform well in honour of him.

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    • December 25th 2012 @ 11:13am
      JeffRo said | December 25th 2012 @ 11:13am | ! Report

      Great player. One of the best batsman of the modern era but… thank god he is retiring. On form and results he is in the Indian team out of habit, not because he is earning the right. Would be a shame to see his career tainted by the memories of his last few years of sub par performance.
      I don’t really get the mega worship around him. Yes a fantastic player, but no body is bigger than the game. I have Indian friends that don’t no why he is elevated to such a level, when is performance has been in the top group, but not miles in front.
      For me the greatest cricketer of the moderm game, thats playing is Kallis, good at both parts of the game, great batsman.

      Please don’t see this as criticism, he is on my list of most admired cricketers, and always impresses as a humble man. But every player has their time and if the don’t know when it is over, then selectors should make that decsion for them.

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        December 25th 2012 @ 12:27pm
        peeeko said | December 25th 2012 @ 12:27pm | ! Report

        I agree jefro, absolute fantastic player, definitely in the top 3 of the modern era. But the worship of him in India is a bit over the top, I’m guessing it has something to do with crickets importance to Indian society especially with the amount of poverty in the country?

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          December 25th 2012 @ 1:23pm
          Neuen said | December 25th 2012 @ 1:23pm | ! Report

          Celebrities are people who enjoy specific public recognition by a large number of certain groups of people. They have some characteristic attributes like attractiveness, extraordinary lifestyle or special skills that are not commonly observed. Thus, it can be said that within a society, celebrities generally differ from the common people and enjoy a high degree of public awareness.

          They treat them as gods but it happens everywhere all around the world. A example Michael Jackson

    • December 25th 2012 @ 11:57am
      Oracle said | December 25th 2012 @ 11:57am | ! Report

      Tendulkar should have retired from Tests as well.
      On his form over the last 12 months, he shouldn’t even be in their team.

    • December 25th 2012 @ 12:11pm
      James said | December 25th 2012 @ 12:11pm | ! Report

      Sachin – it’s been some journey and its not over yet. You call it when you feel you must – just don’t wait until they some lesser mortal has to tap you on the shoulder and say “it’s time” – the game owes you more than that. Meanwhile I thank you for the privilege of having seen you play over all these years.

    • December 25th 2012 @ 8:24pm
      Bearfax said | December 25th 2012 @ 8:24pm | ! Report

      Another champion batsman retires. The man Bradman considered the closest to his batting style. The big three Ponting, Lara and Tendulkar are leaving. Only Kallis is left who could be considered a champion batsman, and he was also probably the greatest all rounder. Who’s the next champions. Amla, Cook? Maybe one of the young Oz players. But we’ll miss Tendulkar and the man who I believe was also a champion Indian batsman in Dravid

      • December 26th 2012 @ 9:13am
        James said | December 26th 2012 @ 9:13am | ! Report

        He has not yet retired from Test Cricket. Just ODI.

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