When Shakespeare said, “What’s in a name?” he certainly didn’t have any idea that someone with the name ‘Sachin Tendulkar’ would arrive on the scene someday and change his age old adage.
Sachin Tendulkar is the name that every Indian parent want their sons to be, Sachin Tendulkar is the name that every sportsperson in this country wants to be, Sachin Tendulkar is the name every Indian loves to love, Sachin Tendulkar is the name that is respected by sportsperson all over the world. Sachin Tendulkar is synonymous with talent, hard work, determination, success, humility, dignity, and greatness.
What were we doing at the age of 16? Busy with some math’s problem that seemed will bring the end of our world or chasing a girl whose smile made our day. This man, at the age of 16 years 233 days, was facing the dangerous trio of Imran khan, Wasim Akram, and Waqar Younis. He was special could be seen in his debut series but nobody could have imagined that a billion people’s hope and the dream will be carried by this boy named Sachin Tendulkar.
What is one thing that separates greats from mere mortals: talent? determination? These are technical terms that have been repeated oft times. What separates great from mortals is that the greats drive people crazy. They have an instant connect with masses and people live their dream through lives of great people. They don’t have fans or followers, they have devotees. Sachin Tendulkar has a billion plus devotees that many religions in the world cannot boast of.
In early 90’s, India was struggling in every aspect. Indian economy was at its lowest ebb; Society was divided after Babri Masjid demolition and Bombay bomb blast. India needed a ray of hope that can once again make Indians believe in themselves and coincidently Sachin Tendulkar came to foray at the same point in time.
Sachin is one of few threads that binds multicultural India. Every Indian cherishes his every run scored. A century by him rejuvenates every Indian and, as many statisticians say, it also rejuvenates Indian economy. India stands still when Sachin bats, his failure is seen as a personal failure and his success as a personal success.
During the struggling 90’s, Indian middle class was rising with rising Sachin Tendulkar. Indian started to dream big as was the dream of Sachin “To win World Cup for India”. India started to dream of becoming the super power of the world.
In the history of cricket, there was Bradman, there was Sobers, there was Lara, and there was Ponting, there was Kallis but none had to bear the burden of expectations of one billion people, this alone makes Sachin’s feat inhuman and, just for stats, look at his records: 463 ODIs, scored 18,426 runs and made 49 centuries with 62 MOM, none comes close to him in ODIs, from 1 to 10 it’s only Sachin Tendulkar in ODIs. In Test, he had competition from contemporaries like Dravid, Ponting etc and past greats like Gavaskar, Bradman etc but he surpassed all and scored at every corner of the world. There is very little left to doubt about his numero uno position.
Sachin inspired millions to take sports as a career in India from Saina to Sania from Dhoni to Yuvraj to Kohli to Bhuvneshwar Kumar, all came in sports inspired from one man called Sachin Tendulkar. No one, in any sport, has had this kind of impact in any part of the world. He inspired generations to follow their dream. He made cricket a religion and himself, undoubtedly, the God. Above all, his achievements inspire a billion people to dream big and work for excellence.
Happy Birthday GOD
From a Devotee
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