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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

When going gets tough...

The tough gets going.
Enough of it...huh

"Sachin Tendulkar" – People call him 'the best in business', 'living legend of the cricketing world', 'bigger than the game itself', etc…
Global media has not spared any possible adulatory figure-of-speech trying to describe him over the last one and a half decade. Match after match, series after series, and year after year - this man kept defining standards and continued exceeding them. In a sporting world of swollen egos, pouting stars, silly belligerence on the field, artless sledging, he has never undignified the adulation he has been given.

It has never been easy to equate Tendulkar's cricket with his age. Such was his brilliance in 1992 that it was easy to forget that he was only 18 then. Now, when he is 30+, marveling at the achievements of a man so young, and speculating about the number of years he has still left, we often overlook his cricket age.

It was March 3rd, stuck at the Frankfurt airport, I was flipping through the pages of a British newspaper, and suddenly the sports page flashed: "Panesar proves star turn on his debut". I wondered, why was Hoggard not mentioned for claiming majority of wickets and this sardar is being talked about. Then, as I went on reading, I realized it was more a description of how heavily prized a scalp was Mr. Sachin for any debutant, than a match report. It read -

"Suddenly, the novice was no longer one. Panesar is shy and reserved by nature, but for a few joyous seconds — those priceless few moments in time after sporting nirvana has been touched — his inhibitions were cast off. He leapt and danced, not quite sure what to do or say, but one thing that he did know was that he had arrived".

Panesar had claimed Sachin, his own hero. The delight of this newbie, and implicated fuss in the media reflect the greatness and respect that Tendulkar enjoys worldwide.

Roger Federer remarked recently that despite the apparent ease, with which he dominates, often tennis is hard work for him and he must labor.
For Tendulkar, it was the same, so fluently did he play once that we did not see nor appreciate his struggle, his singular focus of mind, which ensured that bad days or good, he found a way to produce his best for India.
Now his struggles are more evident, and yet there is a particular pleasure in watching Tendulkar past his prime, it is moving yet instructive to watch a champion return from injury and grapple with his game, propelled by a desperate, undying belief that even now, so many years later, he is still, dammit, good enough.


Blogger catch 22 said...

Well written post. Have you heard the song "When the goin gets tough ,the tough gets going. When the going gets rough the tough gets tougher ". I also wrote a similar post some time back. You have echoed my sentiments.

April 04, 2006 9:30 PM  
Blogger Samkit said...

well said.This shows the popularity of sachin all over the world that only one wkt of panisar make the headline of a newspaper , not the hoggard's 5 wkts ..

April 04, 2006 10:37 PM  
Anonymous KARTAVYA said...

My comments may of a bit out of place, but i think this may be the good place to start a DEBATE.

"I am a huge fan of Sachin. He is, with no doubt, AMONG THE GREATEST players in the world. His dedication, honesty and talent is respectable. But he has got a little too much credit for what he deserves.
He has been named a LEGEND, but he is only a GREAT PLAYER."

April 08, 2006 8:35 AM  
Blogger Bhuwan said...

@catch22/Sam - Thanks.
We are indeed fortunate to see Sachin play (in his prime) during our life times. Aren't we?

@Kartavya - Not to start any "debate", but to put an end to all of it, let's overlook the public, and survey what cricket players and pundits have to say about him. None other than DonB himself had spoken about Sachin's excellence. The highest wickettaker in the history of the game, Shane Warne once feared having nightmares of Sachin hitting him all over. Steve Waugh brands Sachin as a "bradmanesque genius". Brian Lara recently admitted that if he is asked to choose one of them all, he'd pick Sachin. The list might just go on.

Sachin is now comparable to that soap bubble which has grown so big, that the only option it has now, is to burst and break free, making way for newer bubbles to emulate him and make India proud.

April 09, 2006 12:06 AM  
Blogger Anirudh said...

Completely agree with you, man. Only a myopic public does not realise the greatness of Sachin. We are blessed!

April 20, 2006 10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

very true,bhuvan..perhaps, unfortunately now, he is the most criticized player too..

Regardless of what all the Kartavyas of the world have to think, he is the best!!!


May 03, 2006 10:46 AM  
Blogger ValentinesDove said...

There is no doubt about sachin's capability . But with sports of this sort the body cannot sustain the same combustions and shocks as compared to the young lad of 18 years of age .
Our Indian people are not able to realize that competitve sports cannot be played life long . The retirement age is 28 years of age . You cannot run a 100 M sprint at the age 34+ . The body declines .
Now if you counter argue with Don Bradman the inninings played during the time of 1930s were less compared to now . The competition is less compared to now .
The unfortunate part is sachin himself cannot come in terms with reality of his present condition .
There is a difference in Kapil Dev and Sachin in terms of injuries one had very few and one is having too many .
The other thing is Sachin is a brahmin so the diet is vegetarian and not too much of protein and non -veg diets . The unfortunate part of Indians are they consider veg diet is too scared but at the same time they try to compromise with sports also . If sachin was an african may be he can sustain upto 36 years because of genetic structure .
Now how many can think in this terms ... Very few
So quit when the going is good or else change the pattern of batting is a good suggestion for sachin

September 14, 2006 2:37 AM  
Anonymous Bhuwan said...

I wonder how Sachin could answer to your comment himself on the same day. (using the willow ofcourse).
Congrats to Sachin for his 75th international ton. Keep going.

September 17, 2006 4:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And Sachin does it again, yet again.
It's 41 in ODIs now and this one was with prime style and elegance. Hail Sachin! Long live the Master!

February 04, 2007 12:56 PM  
Blogger Shivraj said...

He does it again with the 44th ton against Lankans ! For me, he is simply the god of cricket :)

Keep going , Sachin ! 50 centuries are not so far !

September 15, 2009 12:16 AM  
Blogger Bhuwan said...

and now he is past 17K runs in ODI with a glorious knock of 175! It ain't over even now...

November 11, 2009 10:29 AM  

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