Talking about respect, in 2013, Indian Postal Service released a stamp of Sachin Tendulkar and he became the second Indian after Mother Teresa to have such a stamp released in their lifetime. That’s how important Sachin Tendulkar is to India. “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…his compactness, technique, stroke production”- Sir Don Bradman. That’s how much Sachin Tendulkar means to the entire cricketing fraternity! From Lara to Brett Lee to Steve Waugh to Allan Donald, everyone only has respect and gratitude towards the little master!
#HappyBirthdaySachin has been trending all over since the entire week as the little-master celebrates his 46th Birthday today. So what do we do on birthdays usually? We celebrate and we reflect on what one has achieved in life till now. While we can’t and shouldn’t be celebrating this time around due to the ongoing COVID- 19, we can certainly reflect one what the ‘Birthday Boy’ has achieved in life till now.
The person we are talking about today Ladies and Gentlemen is none other than one of the greatest batsmen to have ever played this beautiful game. Picture a typical Indian Sports-Man/ Woman before the Virat Kohli era? How does he/she look? composed, gritty, resilient? Now if you had to put a face to that man who would it be? Well, if cricket is your sport it has to be Sachin Tendulkar!
From black- white television sets to LED screens, we have all grown up through Tendulkar’s journey and it has certainly been one hell of a joyride! He inspired many to follow cricket, inspired many to play cricket, and inspire many to represent India. One man, 24 years, that iconic batting stance and the chants of Sachin…… Sachin…..there are so many reasons why he was trending on Twitter even 48 hours before his Birthday started!
I remember how the entire nation always prayed when Sachin came out to bat and their second question after, ” bhai India ka score kya ho Gaya” ( What’s India’s score? would always be- ” acha, Sachin kitne pai hai?” ( How much is Sachin batting on?) We cricket fans are all lucky to live in the era of Sachin Tendulkar, the little boy who stole billions of hearts and still is! May you keep weaving your magic in the years to come.