I still remember the way i cursed shaoib akhtar when you got out after blitzkrieg 98 against Pakistan in World Cup 2003.
I still remember the goose bumps when i watched your Sharjah desert storm innings .
I still remember the day when you scored 200* , listening to the live commentary by calling up a friend , cursing myself for working till late, and later messaging every body “ Happy Sachin Day”
I still remember the efforts and adventures i put in to watch an IPL match live just to see you.
I still remember , my early childhood, running to the nearby store to get the batteries for the radio as electricity was off.
Thankyou Sachin for all those moments and memories.ThankYou.
This is my humble tribute to the man who made me feel joy, feel happy, feel nervous, feel exhilarated,feel accomplished, feel celebrated and at last brought tears in my eyes today.
Every young boy in India wants to bat like Sachin, be like Sachin or at best one fortunate just be able to take an autograph to make his own life complete.
He does what our national anthem could never do, what stories of our freedom struggle could never do, what our national leaders over all these years could not even some close to, and to an extent what even Mahatma Gandhi couldn’t manage to do. He brings Indians together. Sachin Tendulkar is one and the only thing India unites on. Be it Hindus, Muslims, North Indians, South Indians, Living in India, NRIs, guys, girls, the urban high rise city folks or the farmer in the village, when Sachin is in 90s we all have but one wish in our hearts.
Probably the only person who is known more than the sport he plays. He is the only person who can make cricket fans cheer for his earlier wicket. A person who is capable of freezing the Indian Time.The only person who can crash cricinfo servers.A man who turned a sport into an art. He is the anti-depressant for a nation.He is the man who can control the raging crowd in a stadium . Records are just a reverberation of his talent. He is a Habit . He is the closest i know to GOD .
PS- There is a popular opinion that Dravid has been shadowed over Sachin in all this fame. Iam a big dravid-follower myself, but when Rahul Dravid says “Sachin is my inspiration “ , there should be no further thoughts. DOT.
”Sachin is like the poetry of the cricket and Dravid is like the grammar of Cricket”.
Some parts of this blogpost are taken from here .