Sachin Tendulkar – The God of Cricket!

Some loves a sport, some loves a team, but only a few loves an individual and, we call them as SACHINISTS.” – Sarav

In our Nation, SACHINSM is more than a religion, and we call us as SACHINISTS. Since the time, he picked up a bat and started playing cricket as a child, and ‘till the time he announced retirement from all the form of cricket (10–10-2013), he has been a reason for a billion people smile.

He is the God of cricket, he is the heartbeat of our Nation, he could stop time in India, and most of all he has defeated a language. When words like GREAT, MAJESTIC, AMAZING seem inadequate, then came GENIUS, MASTER, LITTLE MASTER, MASTER BLASTER, RUN MACHINE, LEGEND OF THE GAME and so on…still it was enough to describe Sachin, so people used phrases like CRICKET IS MY RELIGION AND SACHIN TENDULKAR IS MY GOD, GOD OF CRICKET, GREAT BATSMAN OF ALL TIMES, SUPER HUMAN FROM INDIA, and many more…still people were not happy so they created 10DULKAR, TONDULKAR, THISTIMEFOR10DULKAR and many more hashtag for a single selfless soul who will be remembered till eternity.

His words when he announced his retirement from ODI on December 23, 2012. “I have decided to retire from the One Day format of the game,” he said in a statement. “I feel blessed to have fulfilled the dream of being part of a World Cup winning Indian team. The preparatory process to defend the World Cup in 2015 should begin early and in right earnest. I would like to wish the team all the very best for the future. I am eternally grateful to all my well-wishers for their unconditional support and love over the years.”

He has played 463 ODIs, scored 18,426 runs and made 49 centuries, 18 times in nineties, and 96 half-centuries, each of them a world record. He is the first man to score 200 runs in an ODI format and he has many records under his belt.

He then announced his retirement from IPL on May 26, 2013. His words, “This is my last IPL,” which he announced casually in a TV interview after winning the IPL cup. “This has been a fantastic season. I thought our third IPL season was the best before this. I think this is the right time to stop playing the IPL. I am 40. Got to accept it. This is the best point to say ‘thank you very much’ to all the supporters and well-wishers.”

He has played 78 IPL matches, scored 2334 runs at an average of 34.83 and a strike rate of 119.81, which includes one century and 13 half-centuries.

And yesterday he, the only player to score 100 Hundreds in International Cricket, announced his retirement from all the form of cricket. His words, “All my life, I have had a dream of playing cricket for India. I have been living this dream every day for the last 24 years. It’s hard for me to imagine a life without playing cricket because it’s all I have ever done since I was 11 years old. It’s been a huge honour to have represented my country and played all over the world. I look forward to playing my 200th Test Match on home soil, as I call it a day. I thank the BCCI for everything over the years and for permitting me to move on when my heart feels it’s time! I thank my family for their patience and understanding. Most of all, I thank my fans and well-wishers who through their prayers and wishes have given me the strength to go out and perform at my best.”

So far, he has played 198 Test matches, scored 15837 runs and made 51 centuries, 10 times in nineties and 67 half-centuries, each of them a world record. He is the first Indian to score 50,000 runs in all forms of cricket. For the complete list of his records, I recommend his espncricinfo profile.

I am fascinated by Quotes. I take inspiration from them. And I have listed a few of the quotes said by Sachin below.

“Chase your dreams, dreams do come true. I had to wait for 22 years for India to win the World Cup.”

“When people throw stones at you, you turn them into milestones.”

For the complete list of quotes said by Sachin, I recommend this link. He has not only conquered the hearts of a billion people but he has been praised by many people around the world. The best of all is from the Time Magazine:

“When Sachin Tendulkar travelled to Pakistan to face one of the finest bowling attacks ever assembled in cricket, Michael Schumacher was yet to race a F1 car, Lance Armstrong had never been to the Tour de France, Diego Maradona was still the captain of a world champion Argentina team, Pete Sampras had never won a Grand Slam. When Tendulkar embarked on a glorious career taming Imran and company, Roger Federer was a name unheard of; Lionel Messi was in his nappies, Usain Bolt was an unknown kid in the Jamaican backwaters. The Berlin Wall was still intact, USSR was one big, big country, Dr Manmohan Singh was yet to “open” the Nehruvian economy. It seems while Time was having his toll on every individual on the face of this planet, he excused one man. Time stands frozen in front of Sachin Tendulkar. We have had champions, we have had legends, but we have never had another Sachin Tendulkar and we never will”. Time Magazine.

The one from BBC is heart touching:

“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.”

One of the most innovative ones was a placard at the Sydney Cricket Ground:

“Commit all your crimes when Sachin is batting. They will go unnoticed because even the Lord is watching.”

A banner is Sharjah said:

“I Will See God When I Die But Till Then I Will See Sachin Tendulkar.” And a fantastic one by a SACHINIST, “GOD wanted to play cricket, so Sachin was born.”

An Aussie journalist Peter Roebuck, Aussie journalist wrote:

“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!”

Sir Donald Bradman said:

“I saw him playing on television and was struck by his technique, so I asked my wife to come look at him. Now I never saw myself play, but I feel that this player is playing much the same as I used to play, and she looked at him on television and said yes, there is a similarity between the two… high compactness, technique, stroke production… It all seemed to gel!”

Harsha Bhogle, cricket commentator and journalist once said that for every ball Sachin has two shots in his mind. And he gets out when he plays the third one. He also wrote many articles about him. One of my favorite from his pen:

“Think about the man himself. He is 37 years of age. He has been playing almost nonstop for 22 years. The way he was running and diving around the field last night would have put 22 year olds to shame. The way he played the best opening quickies in the world was breathtaking. He just keeps getting better, which is by the way humanly impossible. It’s not for nothing that people call him GOD. Still I don’t want to be in those shoes. We struggle in keeping our monotonous lives straight, lives which affect a limited number of people. Imagine what would be the magnitude of the inner struggle for him, pain both mental and physical, tears that have frozen with time, knees and ankles and every other joint in the body that is either bandaged or needs to be attended to every night, eyes that don’t sleep before a big game, bats that have scored 99 international tons and still see expectations from a billion people. And he just converts those expectations into reality. We watch in awe, feel privileged. Well I think it’s time that his team realizes that enough is enough. They have an obligation, not towards their country alone but towards Sachin. They need to win this one for him. Stay assured that he himself will still deliver and leave no stone unturned to make sure India wins this cup. This is not just a game, and he is not just a sportsman. It’s much more than this. Words fail here…”

Wasim Akram said in an interview:

“I don’t know what to bowl at him. I bowled an inswinger and he drove me through covers of the front foot. Then I bowled an outswinger and he again punched through covers of the backfoot. He is the toughest batsmen I’ve bowled to. He should live long and score lots of runs, but not against Pakistan.”

Waqar Younis said that Sachin is the best he has even seen and the best one from him:

“He can play that leg glance with a walking stick also.”

Virat Kohli words after India’s World Cup triumph:

“Tendulkar has carried the burden of the nation for 21 years. It is time we carried him on our shoulders.”

Shane Warne when asked whom he thought the greatest batsman in the world was said:

“Sachin Tendulkar is, in my time, the best player without doubt – daylight second, Brian Lara third.”

Dennis Lillee said to Michael Kasprowicz, when the latter asked if Lillee could see any weaknesses:

“No Michael, as long as you walk off with your pride that’s all you can do.”

Ravi Shastri:

“Sachin has been sent by God to play cricket and then go back.”

Sourav Ganguly:

“He is the greatest cricketer I have ever seen. I haven’t seen Bradman, but he is as close to perfection as you can get. His insatiable hunger, combined with incredible talent, makes him a real genius. When people criticise him, all I point to them is the 100 international hundreds. Lara was a great and Ponting too was a brilliant, but Sachin, without any hesitation, is the greatest. He is the best I have ever seen and will perhaps ever see. No batsman in the next 50 years can score 100 international hundreds.”

Ross Taylor:

“I will forever remember Sachin as one of the greatest players of the game. In fact, it is something I look forward to telling my grandchildren in the future — that I played against one of my childhood heroes. He has been one of the greatest cricketers ever and it has been a privilege playing with him and against him. It can surely rank as one of my cherished cricketing memories.”

Adam Hollioake:

“In an over I can bowl six different balls. But then Sachin looks at me with a sort of gentle arrogance down the pitch as if to say ‘Can you bowl me another one?’”

Allan Donald:

“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 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 delivery 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. It’s like 1/20th of a sec. To get his wicket, better not prepare. At least you won’t regret if he hits you for boundaries.”

Andrew Symonds wrote on an Aussie t-shirt he autographed specially for Sachin:

“To Sachin, the man we all want to be.”

Andrew Flintoff:

“When you bowl at him you are not just trying to get him out, you are trying to impress him. I want him to walk off thinking ‘that Flintoff, he’s all right isn’t he? I feel privileged to have played against him.”

Hansie Cronje:

“I had to remind Gary Kristen often that he was in the covers to field against Sachin not to applaud him.”

Hashim Amla as he boards a flight:

“Nothing bad can happen to us if we’re on a plane in India with Sachin Tendulkar on it.”

Mark Taylor, during the test match in Chennai said:

“We did not lose to a team called India… we lost to a man called Sachin.”

Anil Kumble:

“I am fortunate that I’ve to bowl at him only in the nets.”

Arjun Ranatunga:

“You get him out and half the battle is won.”

Brian Lara:

“Sachin is a genius. I’m a mere mortal.”

Steve Waugh:

“We won with ten, but lost to one.”

Matthew Hayden:

“I have seen God; he bats at no. 4 for India.”

For the complete list, visit his page on WIKIQUOTE. Most of my readers know that I love numbers, so here you go.

This post is a special dedication to my childhood hero Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar with whom my love for cricket started and with whom it will end. So with this post, I announce my retirement as a spectator of Cricket…“It is hard for me to imagine cricket without SRT playing because it’s all I have ever done since I was ten. It’s been a huge honor to have watched the God play all over the world. I look forward to watch his 200th Test Match Live, as I call it a day.”

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Sachin’s 100th Ton ~ Sachin! Sachin! Sachin! Sachin!


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As a mad fan of Sachin Tendulkar I would like to dedicate a post to Sach and his fans… Do watch the video to get inspired.. Source Credits: You Tube Copyrights: Neo Cricket.

The long wait has come to an end today when Sachin reached his 100th Ton in the 44th over with a nudge behind square leg to reach the milestone. By doing this, he has made history, which will remain as a history and will never ever happen again. He looked up at the sky, thanked God and raised his bat, and acknowledged his teammates by raising his helmet towards the dressing room, what a moment and it can never be captured in words..


Source Credits: You Tube Copyrights: Neo Cricket.

Tendulkar said, “I was not thinking about the milestone. It hasn’t sunk in. A year ago when I got my 99th hundred no one spoke about it during the World Cup. Then I guess it was the media who began talking about it. Wherever I went, to a restaurant, the house keeping, the room service, whoever I met just spoke about the 100th hundred. It became a little difficult mentally, because I am not playing only for my 100th hundred. The 99 hundreds that I scored, nobody spoke about them. Everyone had their opinion but eventually I have got to do what is important for the team. Enjoy the game and chase your dreams, Dreams do come true. I had to wait for 22 years for India to win the World Cup.

Just an imagination! How people reacts to Sachin’s 100th Ton…

IT companies ~ The productivity has gone down by 50%.. Terrible…

Media ~ Cricket’s God made history that will never ever repeat again.. ! Mind voice ~ For another one week we can make good money… RTP Rate has never gone up like today..

Twitter ~ We are offline! Sorry.. We know only Sachin can make this happen..

Facebook ~ C’mon we have to upgrade our servers…

Internet ~ Bandwidth crashed…. Sorry!

Blogger ~ No more blog post about Sachin, please…!

Google ~ Sachin Tendulkar’s 100th Ton‘ as their default search query and a Doodle too (On this Day Sachin Tendulkar made his 100th Ton and became first man in cricketing history)

Microsoft ~ We should add “Sachin” in the list of official words so that it never shows as an error when they type

God ~ The moment Sachin looked up at the sky, God thanked him for scoring the 100th century and Sachin replied as ‘The pleasure is all mine. Thank you for watching!’

Sanjay Manjrekar ~ Tendulkar has stayed on top for so long because his mind remains his century and I’m glad he did it today..

Rahul Dravid ~ At least for a week people were speaking about my retirement, now even that’s gone..

Sachin Haters ~ What’s so great in scoring a century against Bangladesh and that too at a very low strike rate.. He should retire and should give opportunity to youngsters..

Sachin Lovers ~ “Sachin.. Sachin.. Sachin.. Sachin… Sachin.. Sachin..Because when you are happy even languages cannot help you to express what you want to..

Sachin’s mind voice ~ Shabba.. Ivangula namba mudiyalae.. Kastapathu adichathu naanu aana ivanga peethikiranga.. mudiyala saami…

As a mad Sachin fan ~ Thank you Sir! once again my heart smiled… “Some dreamt, some imagined, but he did it.. 100! I’m proud to say I lived in the era when Sachin scored his 100 centuries…!”

I will update the post with reactions from former cricketers as well.

The list of centuries scored by Sachin… Source: espncricinfo Stats Guru..


1) 119* vs ENG-Manchester-14 August 1990-Draw-Test
2) 148* vs AUS-Sydney-6 January 1992-Draw-Test
3) 114 vs AUS-Perth-3 February 1992-Lost-Test
4) 111 vs SA-Johannesburg-28 November 1992-Draw-Test
5) 165 vs ENG-Chennai-12 February 1993-Won-Test
6) 104* vs SL-Colombo-31 July 1993-Won-Test
7) 142 vs SL-Lucknow-19 January 1994-Won-Test
8) 110 vs AUS-Colombo-September 9, 1994-Won-ODI
9) 115 vs NZ-Vadodara-October 28, 1994-Won-ODI
10) 105 vs WI-Jaipur-November 11, 1994-Won-ODI
11) 179 vs WI-Nagpur-2 December 1994-Draw-Test
12) 112* vs SL-Sharjah-April 9, 1995-Won-ODI
13) 127* vs KEN-Cuttack-February 18, 1996-Won-ODI
14) 137 vs SL-New Delhi-March 2, 1996-Lost-ODI
15) 100 vs PAK-Singapore-April 5, 1996-Lost-ODI
16) 118 vs PAK-Sharjah-April 15, 1996-Won-ODI
17) 122 vs ENG-Birmingham-8 June 1996-Lost-Test
18) 177 vs ENG-Nottingham-5 July 1996-Draw-Test
19) 110# vs SL-Colombo-August 28, 1996-Lost-ODI
20) 114# vs SA-Mumbai-December 14, 1996-Won-ODI
21) 169# vs SA-Cape Town-4 January 1997-Lost-Test
21) 104# vs ZIM-Benoni-February 9, 1997-Won-ODI
23) 117# vs NZ-Bangalore-May 14, 1997-Won-ODI
24) 143# vs SL-Colombo-3 August 1997-Draw-Test
25) 139# vs SL-Colombo-11 August 1997-Draw-Test
26) 148# vs SL-Mumbai-4 December 1997-Draw-Test
27) 155* vs AUS-Chennai-9 March 1998-Test
28) 177 vs AUS-Bangalore-26 March 1998-Lost-Test
29) 100 vs AUS-Kanpur-April 7, 1998-Won-ODI
30) 143 vs AUS-Sharjah-April 22, 1998-Lost-ODI
31) 134 vs AUS-Sharjah-April 24, 1998-Won-ODI
32) 100* vs KEN-Kolkata-May 31, 1998-Won-ODI
33) 128 vs SL-Colombo-July 7, 1998-Won-ODI
34) 127* vs ZIM-Bulawayo-September 26, 1998-Won-ODI
35) 141 vs AUS-Dhaka-October 28, 1998-Won-ODI
36) 118* vs ZIM-Sharjah-November 8, 1998-Won-ODI
37) 124* vs ZIM-Sharjah-November 13, 1998-Won-ODI
38) 113 vs NZ-Wellington-29 December 1998-Lost-Test
39) 136 vs PAK-Chennai-31 January 1999-Lost-Test
40) 124* vs SL-Colombo-28 February 1999-Draw-Test
41) 140* vs KEN-Bristol-May 23, 1999-Won-ODI
42) 120# vs SL-Colombo-August 29, 1999-Won-ODI
43) 126*# vs NZ-Mohali-13 October 1999-Test
44) 217# vs NZ-Ahmedabad-30 October 1999-Draw-Test
45) 186*# vs NZ-Hyderabad-November 8, 1999-Won-ODI
46) 116# vs AUS-Melbourne-28 December 1999-Lost-Test
47) 122 vs SA-Vadodara-March 17, 2000-Won-ODI
48) 101 vs SL-Sharjah-October 20, 2000-Lost-ODI
49) 122 vs ZIM-New Delhi-21 November 2000-Won-Test
50) 201* vs ZIM-Nagpur-26 November 2000-Draw-Test
51) 146 vs ZIM-Jodhpur-December 8, 2000-Lost-ODI
52) 126 vs AUS-Chennai-20 March 2001-Won-Test
53) 139 vs AUS-Indore-March 31, 2001-Won-ODI
54) 127* vs WI-Harare-July 4, 2001-Won-ODI
55) 101 vs SA-Johannesburg-October 5, 2001-Lost-ODI
56) 146 vs KEN-Paarl-October 24, 2001-Won-ODI
57) 155 vs SA-Bloemfontein-3 November 2001-Lost-Test
58) 103 vs ENG-Ahmedabad-13 December 2001-Draw-Test
59) 176 vs ZIM-Nagpur-24 February 2002-Won-Test
60) 117 vs WI-Port of Spain-20 April 2002-Won-Test
61) 105* vs ENG-Chester-le-Street-July 4, 2002-N/R-ODI
62) 113 vs SL-Bristol-July 11, 2002-Won-ODI
63) 193 vs ENG-Leeds-23 August 2002-Won-Test
64) 176 vs WI-Kolkata-3 November 2002-Draw-Test
65) 152 vs NAMI-Pietermaritzburg-February 23, 2003-Won-ODI
66) 100 vs AUS-Gwalior-October 26, 2003-Won-ODI
67) 102 vs NZ-Hyderabad-November 15, 2003-Won-ODI
68) 241* vs AUS-Sydney-4 January 2004-Draw-Test
69) 141 vs PAK-Rawalpindi-March 16, 2004-Lost-ODI
70) 194* vs PAK-Multan-29 March 2004-Won-Test
71) 248* vs BAN-Dhaka-12 December 2004-Won-Test
72) 123 vs PAK-Ahmedabad-April 12, 2005-Lost-ODI
73) 109 vs SL-New Delhi-22 December 2005-Won-Test
74) 100 vs PAK-Peshawar-February 6, 2006-Lost-ODI
75) 141* vs WI-Kuala Lumpur-September 14, 2006-Lost-ODI
76) 100* vs WI-Vadodara-January 31, 2007-Won-ODI
77) 101 vs BAN-Chittagong-19 May 2007-Draw-Test
78) 122* vs BAN-Mirpur-26 May 2007-Won-Test
79) 154* vs AUS-Sydney-4 January 2008-Lost-Test
80) 153 vs AUS-Adelaide-25 January 2008-Draw-Test
81) 117* vs AUS-Sydney-March 2, 2008-Won-ODI
82) 109 vs AUS-Nagpur-6 November 2008-Won-Test
83) 103* vs ENG-Chennai-15 December 2008-Won-Test
84) 163* vs NZ-Christchurch-March 8, 2009-Won-ODI
85) 160 vs NZ-Hamilton-20 March 2009-Won-Test
86) 138 vs SL-Colombo-September 14, 2009-Won-ODI
87) 175 vs AUS-Hyderabad-November 5, 2009-Lost-ODI
88) 100* vs SL-Ahmedabad-20 November 2009-Draw-Test
89) 105* vs BAN-Chittagong-18 January 2010-Won-Test
90) 143 vs BAN-Mirpur-25 January 2010-Won-Test
91) 100 vs SA-Nagpur-9 February 2010-Lost-Test
92) 106 vs SA-Kolkata-15 February 2010-Won-Test
93) 200* vs SA-Gwalior-February 24, 2010-Won-ODI
94) 203 vs SL-Colombo-28 July 2010-Draw-Test
95) 214 vs AUS-Bangalore-11 October 2010-Won-Test
96) 111* vs SA-Centurion-19 December 2010-Lost-Test
97) 146 vs SA-Cape Town-4 January 2011-Draw-Test
98) 120 vs ENG-Bangalore-February 27, 2011-Tied-ODI
99) 111 vs SA-Nagpur-March 12, 2011-Lost-ODI

and aftet a year and four days he has made history…

100) vs BAN-Mirpur-16 March,2012- (ODI) and will continue…………


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A journey, a dream of 37 years, living for it almost 22 years and finally he is there to hold the world cup on 2nd April 2011. What a moment it could be?

“I couldn’t have asked for anything more than this. Winning the World Cup is the proudest moment of my life. Thanks to my teammates. Without them, nothing would have happened. I could not control my tears of joy” – Sachin Tendulkar.

Most of you know about this journey but as an ardent fan, who dreamt of this moment and waited for this in the past six world cup edition, love to pen down this dream moment.

It all started when his elder brother Ajit encouraged him to play cricket and his cricketing career blossomed under the guidance of his coach Ramakant Achrekar who always challenge Sachin by putting a one rupee coin on the top of the stumps and the one who dismiss Tendulkar would get the coin, if they fail then the coin would go to Sachin. Sachin have won 13 coins and he considers it as the most prized possessions.

It was in 1988 Sachin announced his name to this world by involving in an unbroken 664 runs partnership with Vinod Kambli, Sachin himself scored 326* and reduced the opposition bowler to tears. He made his Test debut on 15th November 1989 vs Pakistan and in the same year, he made his ODI debut too.

His 53 of 18 balls, including an over in which he scored 28 runs of Abdul Quadir was one of his best innings and it was acknowledged by his Captain too and in the 1991-1992 Australian tour, he remained unbeaten on 148 in Sydney Cricket Ground also known as Sachin Cricket Ground. His name flourished throughout the world during the period 1992-1999, his world cup records in 1996 was unbelievable, but the dream of winning the world cup was shattered in an infamous semi-final and in 2003 Aussies tasted them.

Though he had a glorious career made of remarkable moments but due to injuries, his was not in good touch until 2006 but once again, he arose like a phoenix as he hit back his form in second half of the year 2007. From that day until today, he is in his peak of his form. The magical journey includes 18000 ODI runs, 14000 Test runs, 99 International Centuries, the dream of 200* runs in ODI and many more wonderful innings.

Sachinism is more than a religion in India


We say HE IS GOD but what they say about our little master:

Nothing bad can happen to us if we’re on a plane in India with Sachin Tendulkar on it.” – Hashim Amla

To Sachin, the man we all want to be” – Andrew Symonds wrote on an Aussie t-shirt he autographed specially for Sachin.

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)

He can play that leg glance with a walking stick also.” – Waqar Younis

There are 2 kinds 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

I want my son to become Sachin Tendulkar.” -Brian Lara (WI)

Do your crime when Sachin is batting, because even God is busy watching his batting.” -Australian Fan

Barack Obama – “I don’t know about cricket but still I watch cricket to see Sachin play…Not b’coz I love his play its b’coz I want to know the reason why my country’s production goes down by 5 percent when he’s in batting“…

What else one could wish for other than these wonderful wishes? But his critics always wanted him to retire or tweet a statement, “whenever Sachin scores a century India results as losing side” but how many of you know that out of 48 centuries only 13 went in vain and one of them being 175* against Australia, is it Sachin’s mistake? think…. Or else they would coolly say, “Sachin never performs when chasing“, gosh, he has scored centuries 14 times when chasing, the most by any player in this cricketing era. Losing is not in the hands of Sachin, only performing is in his hands and common people don’t blame the master for the worst performance of others.

Even then in world cup after scoring two scintillating centuries, one Vs England, the other against South Africa, he was once again criticized for Team India Losing for which Harsha Bogle replied as

Think about the man himself. He is 37 years of age. He has been playing almost nonstop for 22 years. The way he was running and diving around the field last night would have put 22 year olds to shame. The way he played the best opening quickies in the world was breathtaking. He just keeps getting better, which is by the way humanly impossible. It’s not for nothing that people call him GOD. But still I don’t want to be in those shoes. We struggle in keeping our monotonous lives straight, lives which affect a limited number of people. Imagine what would be the magnitude of the inner struggle for him, pain both mental and physical, tears that have frozen with time, knees and ankles and every other joint in the body that is either bandaged or needs to be attended to every night, eyes that don’t sleep before a big game, bats that have scored 99 international tons and still see expectations from a billion people. And he just converts those expectations into reality. We watch in awe, feel privileged. Well I think it’s time that his team realizes that enough is enough. They have an obligation, not towards their country alone but towards Sachin. They need to win this one for him. Stay assured that he himself will still deliver and leave no stone unturned to make sure India wins this cup.

This is not just a game, and he is not just a sportsman. It’s much more than this. Words fail here…

And as said, the team performed well and Today after Dhoni & his men in blue won the cup in style for Sachin in his home ground where he was a ball boy when India won their first world cup a way back in 1983, and today he lifts the cup in the same ground, and he was lifted by his team mates which when asked to team, they say,

We wanted it too badly. I’m glad we achieved it. Obviously, it was for the special man here (Sachin Tendulkar) standing next to me. We’re all very happy for him,” – Zaheer,”

Homage to God


We wanted to win it for Sachin Tendulkar. This World Cup is for him. It’s yet to sink in and I don’t know when it will sink in,” – Gambhir

Sachin Tendulkar has carried Indian cricket on his shoulders for 21 years. So it was fitting that we carried him on our shoulders after this win,” Virat Kohli

And in post match press conference, Yuvaraj Singh revealed about his “Someone Special”, “Very sorry to disappoint you, guys. It was not for my girlfriend but for Sachin Tendulkar and it is for him

after enjoying those sweet moments, I sat to pen down about my Little Master’s journey, dream, he is the history, he is the God, he is more than a religion in India, his teammates says, “this time for Sachin” and the nation says, “Sachin! Sachin! Sachin! Sachin!

I say – What an amazing journey is this little master, you are the God, you are the history and you are Cricket, and you are everything… What more I can say, even my words fail here, sleep well little master, “Your dreams are now reality and it is a memorable journey, Hats off Sachin

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