A Letter From Heart – To Sachin Tendulkar
For all the entertainment. For letting me know how cricket can be played in the most brilliant manner. For letting me know how to digest success and what to learn from your failures. For wonderful moments and enriching my life. You helped me forget my worries, my anguish, my pains, my tribulations and my sorrows. Finally, making me proud to call myself an Indian.
Well, this list is endless.
Sachinism :- A true story.
Few months back I met a lady in London. I had a nice chat over a cup of coffee. I told her that I’m from Pune. She was clueless. I described Pune as Oxford of the East, Detroit of east (Pensioner’s Paradise!) etc. In vain so I took my phone off and showed the location in Google maps. In the end I told her that we are 120 miles away from Mumbai and The next thing I heard was ‘oh brilliant, Mumbai….. God’s own city’ I had a question mark on my face coz generally it is for Kerela. (God’s own country). She added something to her earlier remark “God’s own city .. coz Sachin lives in Mumbai’…I was stunned!
We were supposed to meet for 15-20 minutes. Next one hour we talked about Sachnism. Mind you she was French, citizen of a non playing cricketing nation. My American Friend told me once “Dude you voice is squeaky, just like Sachin”….I met so many people having so much to say about a phenomenon called Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar.
We grew up watching you. You have always been a source of inspiration for a billion Indians and many generations to come.
To your Critics
What is wrong with us?In my life, I visited Taj Mahal twice. For the very first time with few Americans and off late with few Indians.
With Americans, We couldn’t stare our eyes off. We touched upon topics such as Taj Mahal’s history, architecture, culture etc.
Now a story with Indians
The first thing they talked about Yamuna River which flows behind the Taj. In their opinion, Yamuna is for herding goats and water buffalos.
(Some self talk: – Dude you are not here to see Yamuna but The Tajmahal. Surrender yourself when you are in front of such a marvelous piece of art. Right now, your retardness is piecing me off! Put all your senses off. If not just ‘Shut Up’! )
I seriously don’t understand what is wrong with all of us? Why we always tend to see the darker side?
Why can’t we see the illustrious career of the man? Where cricket is our religion, the man carried a burden of a billion expectations for last couple of decades.
Sachin, what you did was a thankless job. People praised you but nobody ever said this to you
“Thank you Sachin for giving a new hope and giving us a reason to smile and cheer. Thank you for carrying our idiotic and unrealistic expectations without complaining. ”
In recent times, people who don’t know how to hold a cricket bat have had their viewpoints about your retirement. You never responded to your critics. You tried to keep sanity, you waited patiently. In India, people with a big belly and having 50+ Body mass Indices talk about your fitness. We wear glasses at the age of 40 and we talk about your hand eye coordination!!!
My appeal to public in general :
Before criticizing Sachin just ask yourselves “Have I been doing anything every day?” example morning walk, exercise, helping people etc.” (Condition: – Common sense, don’t include your morning duties!)
Apart from backbiting and criticizing people, what have you been doing anything every day? Sachin played one of toughest games on the planet in international arena for last 25 years.
Differences are aplenty. You have not shared a piece of your meal with anybody, Sachin every year adopts kids suffering from Cancer, his work in education sector is commendable, at the age of 15 he gave his match fees to one of his close friends operation. Again the list is endless…
What is wrong if he makes money? It doesn’t come for free. It came after 3 decades of hardships and breathing cricket !
You should talk about people in same tier! Perhaps, when your parents are earning big money and your wallets are deep, you will call your parents superstars. The moment this stops, you will say ‘now, their age is now catching up to them! ’
Cricketers and so called experts :
You know how tough the game is. Deep down you know what Sachin achieved is something almost impossible.
Kirti Azad: – Dude, you took 10 wickets in your ‘prolific’ international career. Just see, your bowling average in test match cricket. It is 124.33. C’mon mate. What are you talking? I still respect your achievement. Taking 10 wickets is still a difficult thing to do.
Kapil Dev:- Sir, did you forget last few test matches you played.
Vinod Kambali: – Mate, you first decide are you an actor, singer, dancer, ex cricket or ‘a thought leader’? Ask Sandeep Patil (Your team manager) about ‘the Vinod Kambli’? You said ‘Sachin did not help me’. Boss, you seriously need a help!
Sunil Sir: – I surrender. Just one question, Sir Do you remember last couple of years in your career?
SACH , they are wearing wrong glasses. They need an optician. On your behalf, thought of using a modern proverb ‘don’t tell a Father, how the baby is conceived!
Sachin owns 22 yards!
What will be missed?
Sachin Kitiwar ahe?, ( How much Sachin scored? )
‘India? Ani Sachin?’, (India ? How much Sachin ? )
‘Sachin ahe na? mag tension nahi’ (Sachin still playing na ? Why to worry ? )
We will not skip our meals, those full house stadiums and cricket at its best will now be nostalgia for many of us. India and the world won’t get poised. We won’t forget our worries, loans, dues, pains, anger, tribulations and anguish.
We are a diverse country and the thread that binds all the seeds is called Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar.
Your fierce square cuts and straight drives brought tears in our eyes (Ask them :- Amey Ajotikar, Nilesh Dilip Deshmukh ,Amit A. Bhat , Harshad Inamdar and Sameer Joshi ). We sat on edge on of our seats, every time you batted. We lived in era where cricket was at its best. That time cricket was a like pain killer (once in blue moon) today it is like an insulin.
Simply, we were born at the right time because we could witness a phenomenon called Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar.
Geeta describes Things move on and nothing is permanent. People will still watch Cricket but now with poor intensity. Nobody has ever asked ‘Dhoni/Kohli kitivar ahe’.
In the End
Words like thank you etc. have become mechanical. This time Truly, Thank you so much Sachin for a fascinating time.
Something a miss,Someone one a miss And sadness engulfsI won’t see you in blue jersey anymore!
World has come to an end for many of us!!!
Yours truly, Sandeep Joshi - A Sachin fan.