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Letter to Tendulkar

October 18, 2013 Leave a comment

Probably every child in our country, when starts exploring outdoor games, picks up bat and ball as first toy. And I was certainly not an exception. No wonder why people say cricket runs through Indians’ in their blood and veins. I can’t recall, but I guess I started watching cricket matches sometime after 1992 world cup and before your first one day international century in September 1994 against Australia. Now when I hear about your retirement from all format of game, it strikes me how old have I been. I grew up watching your piercing shots leaving the field standing; I grew up watching your stature growing; I grew up seeing world’s best attackers getting indolent in front of you; I grew up hearing balling legends confessing how you scare them in their dreams; and I grew up seeing things changing around me, while you being a constant in Team India. I witnessed you scaling a peak after the other. I saw you obliging your team against the greats like Ambrose, Walsh, Saqlain, Shoaib, Akram, Warne, Lee and McGrath. I could not even realize when did you percolate into my subconscious, all I know, soon after I started following cricket, I associated my happiness and sorrow with you being on the ground. I know many have written much about you, and there is no adjective left that has never been used for you, but still wanted to speak my heart out, representing those who were born in 80’s, what you meant to us. I am sure, no one can discern what you were to this countrymen more than the generation born in 80’s. Seeing you growing from a teenager to a cult was in itself a satiating spiritual journey for someone who believes in a religion called “cricket”.

How can I forget the 90’s, an epoch when people started considering you above team India. Your game would bring joy to millions of us even if the entire team India was ragged by the opponents. We would turn our television sets on to watch your game and would turn it off if you got out cheaply. Seeing you losing your wicket was no less than a fear of an impending doom. I still remember those anxious sleepless childhood nights following my good school results but your dismal performances.

Can’t recall how many times you were the reason to bring smile on my face, no matter how sad I would have been. One good innings of yours, would reduce tensions and animosity between hundreds of people. I can’t count number of instances when friends and foes would unite to discuss about your game, each time your scored well, during my school and college days. Every century you scored would become the hottest topic of discussion next day. We would discuss about each run scored and shot you hit. You gave this diverse country one religion to unite. You thrilled the entire nation, every time you walked onto the pitch.

As I walk down the memory lane, wondrous scenes open up before my eyes; be it winning Titan Cup in 1996, 1998 Sharjah cup triumph, 1999 world cup century immediately after your father’s death, match winning 98 against Pakistan in 2003 world cup, surpassing Gavaskar’s 35 test tons record, receiving a bow from Gavaskar after scoring one-day international double ton and the list goes endless. It is hard to imagine something that you have never experienced and so is your retirement. Having seen you around for the last two decades, never flashed in head that what starts, ends, and you were not a constant of life. Any memory of yours is a priceless treasure for people of this country.


Sachin Chalisa

July 12, 2010 11 comments

जै सचिन कौशल गुण सागर, जै तेंदुलकर तिहु लोक उजागर |
क्रिकेट दूत अतुलित बाल धामा, रजनी पुत्र रमेश सूत नामा ||

महावीर तुम क्रिकेट के बजरंगी, पराजय निवार विजय के सन्गी |
गेहुवा वरण विराज सुबेसा, मुख पर मुसकान घुंघराले केशा ||

हाथ बैट और तिरंगा विराजे, काँधे राष्ट्र का गौरव साजे |
ब्रैडमैन सूवन रमेश के नंदन, तेज प्रताप महा जग वंदन ||

तेजवान गुनि अति चातुर, राष्ट्र हित प्रदर्शन करने को आतुर |
शत्रु विध्वंस करिबे को रसिया, तुम जन-जन के हो मान बसिया ||

गेंदबाज रूप धरी हीरो कप जितायो, बल्लेबाज रूप में धूल चटायो |
हरफ़नमौला बन अस्ट्रेलिया संहारे, भारतवर्ष के स्वप्न संवारे ||

संपूर्ण विश्व तुम्हारो यश गावे, है इच्छा तुम्हे कंठ लगावे |
गावस्कर लाय्ड सोबर्स जैसा, है तू ब्रॅड्मन रिचर्ड्स हेमंड जैसा ||

तुम्हारो मन्त्र सब जग माने, विश्वेश्वर भए हम सब जाने |
सत्रह हज़ार रन ऐसे बनाए, जैसे कोई मधुर फल खाए ||

सब जन आशा हृदय रख माही, बीस वर्ष लाँघ गये अचरज नाही |
दुर्गम रेकार्ड जगत के जेते, सुगम अनुग्रह टुम्हारे तेते ||

आपन बल्ला समहारो आपे, ये भूलोक हांक से कापे |
कोई प्रतिद्वंदी निकट नही आवे, सचिन तेंदुलकर जब नाम सुनावे ||

चारो जुग प्रताप तुम्हारा, सचिन नाम से हो ये जग उजियारा |
विपदा में टीम के तुम रखवारे, विरोधी निकंदन हम सब के दुलारे ||

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The God of Cricket – Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar

February 24, 2010 4 comments

“If cricket is a religion for 125 crores Indians, then definitely Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is the GOD of this religion”, “Sachin conquered the Mount Everest of ODI Cricket”, “Sachin’s thunder on Gwalior ground”, “First man on planet to reach 200 in ODI and it is the Super-Man from India”, “Today is the day of celebration”, and amid all these news blazes on different news channels, I celebrated this eventful day with a bottle of Kingfisher Strong.

After a tensed day in office, slashing Sachin’s double century against South Africa, first ever in one international cricket, came to me as a pacifier. In light of the milestone that Sachin has achieved, nobody seemed to bother about the result of the match and so do I, but just now Headlines Today started flashing the breaking news that India has won the match by 153 runs. In addition, with this I completed my last sip of the best creation of humankind. I grew up watching Sachin hitting 6s, 4s, centuries, half centuries, winning matches for India and I really cannot envision what would happen to the followers of India’s prevalent religion when he retires. However strained you are, Sachin’s century or any match-winning inning would have always brought a smile on your face.

Being an ardent fan of Shri. Hariwansh Rai Bachchan, I got reminded of a line of his epic creation, Madhushala,

बैर बढाते मस्जिद – मंदिर मेल कराती मधुशाला |

Now I feel that it is not only Madhushala, but Sachin’s game also creates a great bonding among the citizens of this country. This man has eventually ended the era of breaking old records and has now started making new records with each passing match in both the major forms. Today in different cities of India, all the festivals appear to have advanced collectively and people have started celebrating Holi, Diwali and Eid today itself. We will always be proud of you Sachin and keep on drawing inspiration from you. You are the light Diwali, color of Holi..there is only one Shenshah in Cricket, who plays for India…… Kudos to you.

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