Let us start with a reference point circa 1989, the year that I passed the SSC board, a substantial milestone for students then. A milestone as big that your world stopped on the day of the result, as your entire family, neighbors and friends are expecting you to do well, what a burden, heavy as one can imagine. I got a good result, and life continued. The favorite pass time then was playing cricket, of any form, gully, ground, corridor, room, terrace almost anywhere possible. Let us get a perespective here, while I moved into college, a boy that was born in the same year I was born…was wielding a dream, a dream to play good cricket, very good cricket. And what a dream he dreamt…a boy we later came to know as @sachin_rt, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar.
We had a few good cricketer’s in our neighborhood, guys who had “kits” to play and used to go to Shivaji Park (the mecca of cricketers) for training…they were stars in a way. Hang on there is more, two of these guys, my batchmates, were school mates with Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli, they used to talk of them and tell stories…and that’s the time I realized(not just me, obviously) that these boys are special…..they are going to create history, as they had already begun to by then.
We will keep focus on @sachin_rt though……reference point again……I pass SSC and he debuts for India in the same year….amazing isn’t it when you bring about an association of yourself with legends (mere coincidence that I did that with @iamsrk just a few days back). Debut for India !!!!! at that age, amazing can you beat that, well you most certainly can beat that, by continuously playing for 24 years for Team India and hey by the way being part of (or rather the cause of) a team to win back the World Cup. There are no adjectives to pay respect to this legend, that’s what Amitabh Bachchan said a few days back, Sachin is a legend that shall live forever in our hearts..
I am not a real cricket buff so to speak, in terms of scores, stats etc…I like the game and I simply adore Sachin, for the man that he is, not just for his cricket. Because he and cricket are not different. I often say one needs to BE and not just DO, he is an epitome of beingness. He is just himself. I am sure records, runs, awards, accolades etc just were an effect of his cricket, he wouldn’t have cared to break records, his resolve was and is to play the game that he had become, that he simply loves, period. Enjoy it, love it and just be.
We are all now witness to what happens due to Beingness. Today, he played his 200th test, his last one and the entire country, the entire cricket loving community, the entire @sachin_rt fans were/are glued to that event no matter where they were. Isn’t that absolutely awesome….and what does our dear man do, he comes and plays, just being himself, same consistency, same love, same respect for the game…taking it ball by ball.
I salute you Mr. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, thank you for BEING YOU !!!!