Kumble considers himself lucky not to have had to bowl to him; he has given Warne sleepless nights, reams of paper have been written singing but his eulogies, millions of cricket lovers worship him. They say, the bowler’s prayer when bowling to him don’t work, because even the Gods are busy watching his game. Sach is life!

What do I write about Sachin? What can any mortal write about him? He is the Master himself. Perfection personified.

The man comes with a huge weight. A huge responsibility. The hopes of a nation. A nation of a billion cricket fanatics. And since the past twenty years, he has never let us down. Sachin brings India together. We rejoice when he bats. We cry when he is run-out. Indeed, we see our success in his! I still remember Pushkar narrating the incident when he was offered a Pepsi by a total stranger when Sachin scored a ton and India won.

Sachin’s most fascinating quality is his humbleness. He is one of the most down-to-earth persons one might ever come across. His batting statistics, centuries scored, matches won and records broken do not have an iota of effect on his modest conduct. This makes even his critics turn into his followers. The last knock of the first ever One-day double century will be remembered by us all. Indeed, it is my privilege to have been able to see the master play.

Here is an email forward going around these days —

“When Sachin Tendulkar travelled to Pakistan to face one of the finest bowling attacks ever assembled in cricket, Michael Schumacher was yet to race a F1 car, Lance Armstrong had never been to the Tour de France, Diego Maradona was still the captain of a world champion Argentina team, Pete Sampras had never won a Grand Slam. When Tendulkar embarked on a glorious career taming Imran and company, Roger Federer was a name unheard of; Lionel Messi was in his nappies, Usain Bolt was an unknown kid in the Jamaican backwaters. The Berlin Wall was still intact, USSR was one big, big country, Dr Manmohan Singh was yet to “open” the Nehruvian economy. It seems while Father Time was having his toll on every individual on the face of this planet, he excused one man. Time stands frozen in front of our Sachin. We have had champions, we have had legends, but we have never had another Sachin Tendulkar and we never will.

He is the Best!!!…”

“या सम हाच!”


Tailpiece: SKS has written an inspiring post on Sachin on his blog here.