Saturday, November 14, 2009
Sachin - The Legend.
He is the man who thought us about true cricket. He is the one who created love towards the game in our hearts. His master class made us go crazy about cricket. I like cricket, I love cricket and I live cricket.... and he is the man who cultivated those feelings in our heart....SACHIN TENDULKAR, the name itself give great delight.
If you ask any cricket playing kid in India, where cricket is not just a game but a religion, the first name that come on their lips is Sachin, with a smile. I remember those schooldays, when there was a single Television in our village and we use to stand on each others shoulders to watch cricket in the crowd...to watch Sachin bat. He brings such an excitement to the game. Thanks to that great man who not just made my father to allow me to watch cricket, also to watch sitting next to me.
As a child I had dream to watch Sachin and his game. It took so long time and I got an opportunity on 18th April 2008, during Inaugural IPL match. I was tongue-tied for a moment, next moment I shouted in excitement. No words to express my happiness, it was dream come true.
His simplicity, hunger to learn, work ethics, frankness inspires everyone. He is frank to say the name of Hansie Cronje, when asked about the bowler who have troubled him a lot.
He is most watched and analyzed player in the history of the cricket. When he walks out to bat in the middle, millions of eyes just focus on TV. The most amazing thing about this little legend is the ability to handle pressure of playing with the expectations from millions. He still approaches the game as he did 20 years back, like a child looking for a chocolate, feeling happy and fortunate.
I love to watch him playing. Every match is a special. But, 98 vs Pakistan during 2003 world cup was for me the best innings. Also, who can forget 143 vs Aus in 1998 coco-cola cup, Sharjah.
"Commit all your sins when Sachin is batting. They will go unnoticed coz even the GOD is watching him play" - A hoarding in England.
Such quotes doesn't come for free. He must be worth of receiving those. Even Sachin is not away from critics. Every time he has bounced back strongly as he did with injuries he faced and have slapped on the face of criticizers with bat.
The Legend have come a long way to reach his 20 years of non controversial cricketing career. Its the time for celebration. We all wish him a great future ahead and lets wish for more cricket from him.
"If cricket is a religion, Sachin is my God".
Collected Quotes on Sachin:
"Nothing bad can happen to us if we're on a plane in India with Sachin Tendulkar on it."
- Hashim Amla, the South African batsman, reassures himself as he boards a flight.
"Sometimes you get so engrossed in watching batsmen like Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar that you lose focus on your job."
- Yaseer Hameed in pakistani newspaper.
"To Sachin, the man we all want to be"
- Andrew Symonds wrote on an aussie t-shirt he autographed specially for Sachin.
“Beneath the helmet, under that unruly curly hair, inside the cranium,there is something we don't know, something beyond scientific measure. Something that allows him to soar, to roam a territory of sport that, forget us, even those who are gifted enough to play alongside him cannot even fathom. When he goes out to bat, people switch on their TV sets and switch off their lives."
- BBC on Sachin
"Tuzhe pata hai tune kiska catch chhoda hai?" - Wasim Akram to Abdul Razzaq when the latter dropped Sachin's catch in 2003 WC.
Sachin is a genius. I'm a mere mortal.
- Brian Charles Lara
"We did not lose to a team called India...we lost to a man called Sachin."
- Mark Taylor, during the test match in Chennai (1997)
"The more I see of him the more confused I'm getting to which is his best knock."
- M. L. Jaisimha
"The joy he brings to the millions of his countrymen, the grace with which he handles all the adulation and the expectations and his innate humility - all make for a one-in-a-billion individual,"
- Glen McGrath
"I can be hundred per cent sure that Sachin will not play for a minute longer when he is not enjoying himself. He is still so eager to go out there and play. He will play as long as he feels he can play,"
- Anjali Tendulkar
Question: Who do you think as most important celebrity ?
Shah Rukh Khan: There was a big party where stars from bollywood and cricket were invited. Suddenly, there was a big noise, all wanted to see approaching Amitabh Bachhan. Then Sachin entered the hall and Amitabh was leading the queue to get a grab of the GENIUS!!
- Shah Rukh Khan in an interview.
“India me aap PrimeMinister ko ek Baar Katghare me khada kar sakte hain..Par Sachin Tendulkar par Ungli nahi utha Sakte.. “
- Navjot Singh Sidhu on TV
He can play that leg glance with a walking stick also.
- Waqar Younis
Sachin Tendulkar has often reminded me of a veteran army colonel who has many medals on his chest to show how he has conquered bowlers all over the world. I was bowling to Sachin and he hit me for two fours in a row. One from point and the other in between point and gully. That was the last two balls of the over and the over after that we (SA) took a wicket and during the group meeting i told Jonty (Rhodes) to be alert and i know a way to pin Sachin. And i delivered the first ball of my next over and it was a fuller length delevery outside offstump. And i shouted catch. To my astonishment the ball was hit to the cover boundary. Such was the brilliance of Sachin. His reflex time is the best i have ever seen. Its like 1/20th of a sec. To get his wicket better not prepare. Atleast u wont regret if he hits you for boundaries.
- Allan Donald
On a train from Shimla to Delhi, there was a halt in one of the stations. The train stopped by for few minutes as usual. Sachin was nearing century, batting on 98. The passengers, railway officials, everyone on the train waited for Sachin to complete the century. This Genius can stop time in India!!
- Peter Rebouck - Aussie journalist
"Sachin cannot cheat. He is to cricket what (Mahatma) Gandhiji was to politics. It's clear discrimination. "
- NKP Salve, former Union Minister when Sachin was accused of ball tempering
There are 2 kind of batsmen in the world. One Sachin Tendulkar. Two all the others.
- Andy Flower
"I have seen god, he bats at no.4 for India"
- Mathew Hayden
"Commit all your sins when Sachin is batting. They will go unnoticed coz even the GOD is watching"
- A hoarding in England
NOW THIS ONE IS PROBABLY THE BEST
"Even my father's name is Sachin Tendulkar."
- Tendulkar's daughter, Sara, tells her class her father's name after the teacher informs them of a restaurant of the same name in Mumbai.