Congratulations to Sachin Tendulkar on completing 20 years in international cricket. Crossing milestones at almost every stage of his career, he continues to be the source of inspiration to hundreds of budding cricketers. Records are set to be broken and Sachin has aptly proved it. One hopes he will continue to perform in the years to come and be part of an Indian victory in the 2011 World Cup.
It is blissful to watch the little colossus firm up and drive through a packed off-side field, often reducing it to an audience. No other person is perhaps such a household favourite — urban or rural — as is the master blaster. He is the favourite of children and the elderly, men and women. No wonder all our casual and earned leaves were consumed by cricket matches in which Sachin played. The nation has been entertained to its ecstatic best by the near-perfect cricketing hero of our times.
The little master has been virtually drowned in encomiums from various parts of the world on completion of 20 years in international cricket.
But the words “When you watch Sachin at his best, the ego dies” (“The Sachin Experience,” Nov. 15) are the best one has ever heard or read about the maestro.
What has kept Tendulkar going for two decades is his amazing passion for the game. He is the ultimate role model.
To remain unfazed and focus on the game, undeterred by the odd wrong umpiring decision, keep out of controversy and fulfil the hopes and aspirations of millions of countrymen is a task lesser mortals are incapable of. When Sachin bids goodbye, it will be the saddest day in Indian cricket.
What is particularly inspiring about Sachin is his extraordinary will power and the manner in which he conducts himself on and off the field. He will be a role model for generations to come, long after he retires from active cricket.