Tuesday, November 19, 2013

“Sachin’s retirement is like Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination”

A nation wept with the maestro as he bid farewell to ‘a life between those 22 yards for 24 years’ on November 17 at home-ground Wankhede. Never before had the world witnessed such a moment as it was when the Little Master, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar bent down in supplication and touched the pitch in gratitude.

Over the years, every Indian has lived cricket in all its hues with Sachin. Cricket and Tendulkar have been so synonymous that many have deified him. If cricket could become a religion in India for many, it was because Sachin was the God.

In a stellar career of 24 years, Sachin has almost every cricketing record in his name. Not only the fans but cricketers and sportsmen from across the world shed tears with him as he said the final adieu to the game he loved more than life.

For a man who has made his fans feel excited and disappointed all at once, a perfect goodbye was deserved.

The Indian Government couldn’t do anything better than conferring the highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna, to the Little Master.

Sachin created an era in India’s history of cricket. “Sachin, Sachin will reverberate in my ears till I stop breathing” he said and with these words the era melted into an exasperation and despair never felt before.


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