Why then before every tournament the focus is all on him? Even before the England-India Test series, there were so many articles about his 100th Century and about him being without a century in Lords. A few months back the only thing left for him was World Cup and now this? What the hell is going on? People are just digging up things for him to achieve… has anyone ever cared for what he wanted (except for the World Cup which we all wanted!!)??
Now, currently there’s another player in the team who has done so much. So much so that he is called ‘The Wall!’. No offence to Sachin, but I believe that Rahul Dravid is a much better batsman for Test Matches. Sachin is the best overall and specially for ODIs. No challenging him there. Also, in case of Tests you might want to go through the records of Jacques Kallis. I really feel he’s the most complete all-rounder cricket has ever seen, (not to forget his all-round performances in IPLs as well).
Why then majority of focus is on Sachin? Why do we forget that Cricket unlike Tennis or Bowling is a team game? Why do we forget that many times there have been extraordinary efforts from players like Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Zaheer Khan, Virender Sehwag and Man of the Series for the World Cup – Yuvraj Singh? Why do we forget contributions by Kapil Dev, Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble, and Javagal Srinath? We remember them only at historic moments and then forget them.
That is what I am worried about. With this kind of memory [I prefer to call it Ghajini Memory], won’t we one day forget Sachin himself? I think its time to think about it. With all the focus on Sachin, we are actually creating extra burden on him. He’s done more than he was supposed to do. Now just let him play… let him enjoy.. don’t come up with another ‘milestone’ or a ‘record’ he might have missed!
Once Tendulkar had said – “Success is a journey… during that journey there are stones thrown at you and you convert them to milestones.”
If you know me well, you know I am a hard-core Sachin fan. I’ve been from the beginning. After all, it has he who inspired me to play Cricket and I played for Under-16 Chhattisgarh and Under-19 Karnataka. Fortunately, I got admission into Sri Bhagwaan Mahaveer Jain College, Bangalore for Pre-University Education, where I played under captainship of Robin Utthappa. Unfortunately I had to quit coz of ligament fractures and broken muscle fibres of both my wrists.
That is not to brag about what I’ve achieved but to clarify that I have atleast some idea of what Cricket is all about. I am merely expressing my thoughts here and I don’t want any discussion on who’s the best Cricketer. If you want to read about the greatness of Sachin please go through my previous blog-post about him.