10 Oct. It seems to be official. Sachin Tendulkar, a cricketer from India, has seemingly told that he would retire from cricket.
But wait, not immediately! After completing his 200th test match!
Only after 200th test match!?
But why is he so mad after records?
Well, what else could he do? All his life has been in search of records. Nothing else has come between his batting and his desire for records.
For his sake the private cricketing body which calls itself BCCI, is likely to host a test match (cricket) in his home town Mumbai.
Sad, a better, thorough gentleman called Rahul Dravid was not given a send off like that. In spite of his selfless service to the BCCI. Never mind where he plays his last test match or against whom – whether it is against the lowly West Indies or the Bangladesh or Kenya, Sachin Tendulkar will not score runs! For sure! Even if the fielders from the opposite camp decide to give him a parting gift! Sachin has been been an utter disappointment at every important, crucial moment of the team. The best record he has created (which no one cricketer will be able to surpass) is that he has been in the team in the last three years without scoring runs! Just on the merit of his commercial value to advertisers!
Some consider Sachin to have given million reasons for them to celebrate, even though Sachin played for his own glory and profit.
I would look at it this way: Sachin gave a million reasons to be disappointed; he cared three hoots for the common people – his die-hard fans and their expectations. This man could score only 15,000 runs and 50 centuries in 200 tests in 24 years!? Did anybody -even more talented- enjoy such a privilege? Proportionately, Sunil Gavaskar (who faced ferocious bowlers and new ball every time at the top of the batting order) scored much better! let us not compare the likes of Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting, Brian Lara, and Don Bradman! Or even Rahul Dravid, who had to face the fiery new ball (often less than an over old, unlike Sachin who always played at the safe number 4 batting slot, refused to open the innings or come at ‘one-down’ when the BCCI team needed it so badly!)
Never mind, the man who should have retired in 2011 (if not in 2009) after his consecutive failures, is finally thinking of retiring from test cricket. Let us give him a good farewell, lest he should come back!
Goodbye Sachin. Thanks! At least now, the BCCI and its selectors can groom a younger man to play for its team!