Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar
Exactly 24 years ago the journey started. Exactly 24 years later it ends. The guy is Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar.
For me personally he is one of the best players ever for sure, however NOT the best. Statistically, he has just played longer than everyone else and that is the reason that he holds all these records. But he hasn’t done anything other than what any other good cricketer could do. What makes him different to any other legendary batsmen is that having 1 billion people from all around the world, expecting him to score a century/win the match for India. Every time It is the pressure that he has batted under that makes him different from any other Cricketer who has played until today.
Just to think of it, about 7 years ago in 2006, when SRT was having the worst phase of his career, all the people wanted him to retire and now 7 years later, the same crowd is cheering every single run he makes.
I haven’t watched a lot from Tendulkar’s career. Hey, I wasn’t even born when he made his debut and by the time I started understanding Cricket, I missed most of – what other claim to be – his best innings. So I can’t judge which of his innings would be the best from all that he’s played. But for me a very special innings would be the 200* in an ODI against South Africa. Since I was actually able to watch the whole innings and go WOW. I think that really changed the way people see ODI’s now. Before that, everyone/anyone who knew what ODI cricket was, that scoring 200 in an innings was impossible however, since the “master” scored that.. It changed the opinion of many people that nothing is impossible in any forms of cricket.
All his records are up there for taking. Its just a matter of who will carry the torch that was lit by Sachin Tendulkar. I wouldn’t compare him to God because he himself wouldn’t like to be compared to God. But I give him all the respect for finishing his career after 24 years and would like to wish him the best of luck for whatever he plans to do ahead.
PS: For all those people saying that Cricket won’t be same anymore with Sachin gone, I strongly disagree. I believe young players would rise and give us something to cheer for. Cricket won’t be same for Sachin fans, but will always be the same for a Cricket fan.