For every legend there is a legacy…
For every glory there is a story !!
No blogger or poet could define him to the fullest…
Here’s one from ‘Times Magazine’ that tried to its best !!
“ When Sachin Tendulkar travelled to Pakistan to face one of the finest bowling attacks ever assembled in cricket, Michael Schumacher was yet to race a F1 car, Lance Armstrong had never been to the Tour de France, Diego Maradona was still the captain of a world champion Argentina team, Pete Sampras had never won a Grand Slam.
When Tendulkar embarked on a glorious career taming Imran and company, Roger Federer was a name unheard of; Lionel Messi was in his nappies, Usain Bolt was an unknown kid in the Jamaican backwaters. The Berlin Wall was still intact, USSR was one big, big country, Dr Manmohan Singh was yet to “open” the Nehruvian economy.
It seems while Time was having his toll on every individual on the face of this planet, he excused one man. Time stands frozen in front of Sachin Tendulkar. We have had champions, we have had legends, but we have never had another Sachin Tendulkar and we never will. ”
The above paragraph is from The Times magazine and I think the best tribute to the batting legend across the globe.
Sachin’s fairy tale career is very closely associated with the glorious story of a resurgent nation.To understand his legacy of excellence and its cohesive relation let’s flow back to that golden time when Sachin set his feathers to fly.
India in the later 80 was sinking like a ferry in the middle of the sea of corruption,unemployment,political conflict.Economy rolling down the hill,there was outcry for a fresh air.the society was divided into religions,the babri controversy came to hunt the political scenario.In that abject state of poverty and hapless situation not a single Indian would have dreamt of a new ray of hope.No one would have dared to dream ahead.
Here he comes,Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar,too little to go to college ,yet with his fireworks on the field and the benevolent attitude off field he became the dream boy of the soil.when it comes to him,all the religion,political parties,all the classes of a society united to cheer him up.
Every mom wished him to be her beloved son…
Every brother would have dreamt of being his brother…
Every family wished him to be a part of it…
Every teenybopper dreamt of to be his beloved divine…
And he was there…
In the dinner party of a family
in every classes of school and colleges
in the heart of every teenager
in the affection of a grand father
in the music of every singer
he was there
in the chants of cricket fans and their sublimial emotions.
His shy looks,innocent X factor,dreamy demeanour placed him in the millions of hearts as their prince charming .he was the only reason for smile during those dark era of Indian history.his reel coincides with the economic reform of India and its resurgence.a shameless chain of scams,corruption and riots,black money trail had driven India to tears,politicians to shame,sensex plummet,the world to laugh at.And he brought the pride for the country.
In his long career he was free from controversy.his every coverdrive or a paddle sweep resonated the cheer of the Indian dream.when the critics came to question his performance he let the bat do the talking.and today almost all the records of cricket is by his name.
Sometimes people start to compare him with other sports person who have influenced their status in sports but not in the hearts and its regime.All were punished with the master stroke of the master blaster with his consistency of performance for more than two decades and all are left behind.who have tried to reach his status,like Ricky Ponting have lost their grip and now playing like Sachin’s grandma will.
And finally he is born in a country where its people breathe cricket ,eat cricket,sleep cricket.the road becomes a desert under the sun at its zenith when he is batting.the business goes down by 5 percent even in America.on a match day;temples,mosque,gurudwara,churches everywhere there is a single prayer,”O God!bless our team India..”.Thats why for united India cricket is its religion and Sachin Lord Tendulkar is its God !!!