Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Sachin Endulkar???

Sachin Endulkar


This was the screaming headline on Indiatimes.com (sometime in late January) that we are well seeing the end of Sachin Tendulkar.

And then there was this incidence of Shoaib Akhtar hitting him on the head. The knives came out almost immediately. He is just not the same Sachin. Sixteen years of battle have taken their toll on his body. He cannot make enough runs. The team cannot depend on him anymore to bail them out of trouble. Etc and more etc.

Moin Khan went so far as to say, “the fact of the matter is that Shoaib Akhtar literally exposed Sachin’s present-day ability against quality fast bowling during a spell that will certainly be remembered for long.” Thereby suggesting that Sachin was running scared of Shoaib Akhtar.

Oh! How we like to pull down our idols.

After watching Sachin’s performance on Sunday, in the Third Test versus England at Mumbai, I wondered if the knives would be out all over again. And sure enough they were.

It started with the Mumbai crowd booing Sachin. Sachin, the one time demi-god of Indian cricket. Sachin - The local boy. Totally Unheard of. Come to think of it I haven’t seen Sachin being booed anywhere in the world.
Well! To be fair, Sachin’s innings was not particularly attractive. After all how attractive can a batsman be in a personal score of 1? He did look uncomfortable while he was there, was not connecting well and probably the only shot that he was able to middle was fielded at gully. And, yes, he did look anxious to get off the mark.

And then there was the way he got out. It was very very pedestrian. Poking at a wide-ish delivery outside the off stump without any foot movement at all. A dismissal for which a school boy cricketer would earn a whack on the side of the head.

I took a look at his average for the calendar year 2006 and realised with a shock that it is only 22.2 with a highest of 28!!!
Hmmm… were people right in casting doubts about Sachin the player?
Then there was this comment that if Saurav Ganguly could be dropped in spite of scoring 10,000+ runs in One day internationals then surely Sachin can be dropped too if he so woefully out of form. How can one have two sets of rules?
True True True. I totally agree with most or all of these arguments but then on the basis of one series to say that “Tata” time has come is a bit unfair. And more than anything else an Indian team without Tendulkar seems such a monstrosity.
And, hey! There is the second innings yet to come. Don’t forget that guys. Don’t you forget that.

8 comments:

The Light-House. said...

What happens to million pages of newspapers if Sachin were to win the match for India tommorow.The pople who dumped him will hail him a winner?
Best of players go thru worst of patches.
Lets see how he bounces back.Can he turn a new leaf over.

navin said...

im not a sachinn fan..but you just cannot do this to one our country's greatest cricketers.. it's really sad being booed on your home grounds...this only shows how dumb people are...

Ajit said...

Sir - your wrote that in 2006...I think its time to remind the world four years later that you were right and the idiotic Indian media who came up with this "Endulkar" quote should also have the decency to come out and apologise...Not that a guy like Sachin cares about such things

Shhy said...

Where are the people who bashed at him????

Do they have the guts to come out now??

I want to see their faces..!!

Never disregard a champion like Sachin Tendulkar..

You will end up with eggs on your faces like today.!!

Anonymous said...

You are just one amoung those 100s of idiots who don;t understand the importance / greatness of the greatest cricketer. Shame on you!. You are not only an Indian but also a human being!...

What the hell have you done for this country, atleast to your city, street? NOTHING, I have never heard of your name. Don't be ungrateful!

Bala said...

People tell me onething, this article was written a way back in 2006. If you have really a true concern about Sachin or our hero's rather than commenting after his stupendous success.

medha said...

i hope by now you have eaten your own words.why dont you share your credentials first and then try to criticize Sachin? Its because of ppl like you that the nation lags behind..because we dont respect achievers

medha said...

i hope by now you have eaten your own words.why dont you share your credentials first and then try to criticize Sachin? Its because of ppl like you that the nation lags behind..because we dont respect achievers