I need not write his name in the post's title. That’s because anyone who will read the title would already know about whom I wrote this post. He's the GOD of cricket, the living Legend "SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR". He turned 40 today, and when we say 40 its 'young 40'. Sachin Tendulkar is the name that every sportsperson wants to be, a name every Indian loves to love, a name renowned in all parts of the world.
When I started joting down points for this post, I realised that no matter how much I write about him, it won’t be enough. I won’t be emphasizing about feats (and stats) of Sachin as a cricketer, instead I would focus on how he has been an inspiration throughout.
Sachin was just 16 when he became India's youngest Test cricketer in 1989. He has been a role model of Indian cricket for 23 years now. His accomplishments in Cricket are remarkable. As the youngest cricketer he started his career against Pakistan, which had one of the most lethal bowling attack comprising of Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis. Right from his very first tour, he showed signs of a master.
What makes Sachin a Legend? Talent? Not really. In a speech at IIM A, Harsha Bhogle explained why attitude matters and not talent giving Sachin's example. Here's a gist of it "Talent breeds ego and never helps you beyond a certain point. It’s what you do with the talent that matters. Sachin played 55 games in a row as a 14 year old without a break, he would practice for 2 hrs, play a game, practice 2 hrs again, fall asleep on the dining table. It’s not talent that produced 100 hundreds. It his work ethic, attitude and more than anything else his passion to perform."
When we talk about Sachin it’s not only about a cricketer who has served India for years but also a great human being. He is source of motivation for all the youngsters. In spite of his great achievements he has always been down to earth and humble.
He refused to accept the bungalow entitled to him as Rajya Sabha member, saying such a stay would be a waste of taxpayer's money. Sachin, an idol to crores of youths showed that he is a responsible citizen of the society and stuck to his principles by rejecting a 20 crore endorsement deal of a liquor brand. He is looking after welfare of 200 underprivileged children from the NGO called Apnalaya. Sachin has been the campaign’s brand ambassador for Support My School campaign which aims at the betterment of water, sanitation and infrastructural provisions for schools across India.
I have a fond memory of Sharjah Cup, when India were on an important run chase, Damien Fleming appealed for a caught-behind which the umpire did not acknowledge but Sachin walked off the field. Its incidents like these that earn him respect from everybody.
Sachin, who was 26 at the time when his father passed away, was struck by a shock of his father’s untimely death during the 1999 World Cup in England. Three days later, he made an unbeaten 140 runs off 101 balls against Kenya. He always looks towards the sky after reaching a milestone to seek his father’s blessings.
Age is never a factor for Sachin, he continues to devote his life for India. Bharat Ratna is for those Indians who make India proud. Sachin for last 23 years doing the same quite well, hence truly deserves the award.
Here's wishing the MASTER BLASTER A Very Happy Birthday!