Saturday, September 8, 2007

Religion without GOD.

Does it make any sense if there were a Religion without god? . I am talking about a religion called Cricket and GOD is everyone’s guess, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar.

It was a shake along the spine when the fabricated news broke out probably by cricinfo about Sachins retirement. Then believing the news was true, was feeling resigned and also dumbfounded, why Sachin announced his retirement given the fact that he is playing out of his skin in England after long long time.

Right from the time we all started to follow Cricket seriously, Sachin was always the talk of Indian Cricket for all right and wrong reasons. Though lot of talented cricketers like Jadeja, Sehwag, Kambli, Praveen Amre, Kaif to name a few have waxed and waned apart from few like Dravid, Ganguly, Tendulkar played at the top most of the time. Breaking to international scene at tender age during India-Pakistan in Pakistan, He has carried his bat for about 2 decades now, starting from a generation where Cricket was played like an art to a generation where Cricket is more of a power game. Certainly, shouldering the burden of Indian Cricket sometimes single handedly.

Few refreshing knocks from his repertoire are 143 against Australia in Saharja, 98 against Pakistan in WC 2003, 81 against New Zealand in New Zealand where he first chose to open in One day internationals for the first time, 136 against Pakistan in Chennai, His first century in Test against England, Little cameo of Abdul Kadir, 44 against West Indies in Barbados (Batting on a crumbling pitch), oh the list is endless from a glittering carrier.

Sachin has become a strong part of Indian cricket rather international cricket, largely considered as GOD of cricket. It is quite unimaginable to think about cricket without Sachin. Can GOD retire?

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