Saturday, March 17, 2012

100 100’s : What does it mean ??

A hundred tons spun over 23 years of cricketing life. What does it mean to him.. ? What does it mean to us.. ? A lot ?? yeah.. its  a lot for everyone of us.

When boys of his age were playing off the field and having fun times with their friends, this 16 year old kid took up a nation’s hopes as his responsibility and he has been carrying till today. In the journey thereafter, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar has amassed so many runs that his contemporaries might never even think about.. has crossed many a milestones, set many. The stats and records do speak of his greatness.

So, what is so special about this 100. For me, There is nothing really special about this 100. Critics may say that the milestone was carved on a weaker team, on a subcontinent pitch and he failed continuously over the past one year trying to cross the three figure mark. But, It must be noted that he is not the only one who failed during this course. Its everyone. Then why blame sachin.. ?? It is because we expect him to conquer the ground every time he sets his foot onto it. So, the critics expect a lot and when they don’t get what they wanted, they expect him to retire ?? Funny.

For me, This man, Sachin Tendulkar is an idol.. inspiration.. role model. After reaching the three figure mark, the message he left to the country and the youth that adore him – “Do not stop Chasing your Dreams – One day you might reach them”. What else is to be said about this man’s greatness after listening to this.

Yes, the critics may be right. Its always good that someone retire when they are on the top of the game to command respect for the rest of their life. But, Sachin has given a new definition to that form of exit.

Retiring at the top of your game, when you are still capable of doing something to your nation is a selfish motive. I agree with the master. Serve your country as long as you can and quit when you know that you are not able to keep up that duty anymore. And, there is nobody better than you who know when you can quit. So, critics.., keep bashing him.. and every time you do, he responds with his bat.. as he did every time. This 100th 100 in his career means nothing to me. It means nothing to him either. Just another feather in the cap.

Sachin – I respect you for serving me, your admirers, your critics, the nation of a billion people, the game of cricket this long and still carrying the same enthusiasm everyday of your life. You will be remembered by the people till the game cricket flourishes. 

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