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Tendulkar… Again And Again

The crowds that throng into a stadium in India have two wishes as they settle into their seats. They want India to bat first. And they want Tendulkar to score runs. The first wish is forgiven if it does not come true as every Indian wants their team to win and the skipper’s decision to bat second is respected due to the better judgement in achieving that feat.

But, the second wish is entirely upto Tendulkar. And has he not delivered! A double hundred in a 50 over game? True if one saw that innings that there was never a doubt that he would have gone on and on. There was never the ungainly slog or going off balance, throwing his weight in executing a shot. Pure mastery. Those who were fortunate to see that innings will remember that forever.

I was in India when he made those runs and did speak to him the day before the game. It was a brief chat but not so much on cricket. I recall I did speak to him once before too in India on one of my visits on a day prior to a game and he made 160. On that occasion too it was just friendly banter and nothing to do with cricket.

Questions were being raised in India through the media whether Tendulkar has performed well enough during the last couple of seasons. He has answered those critics with scintillating performances in recent times and this innings put a lid to those careless whispers. To continue to be a class act even at this age is the best fashion statement he could make and he does so ever often.

Even if he does finish off after the next World Cup he would yet be signing off the top pedestal. Why he is so great is not only due to his aggregates but also due to the mental strength he brings forth and the attitude he exudes on the field. He is constantly thinking in improving his game. He wants nay thirsts to succeed.

He is innovative and open to change as required. He has adapted to the trends of the modern game and in fact prompts such.

None of this is possible unless he had strong support from his family, which he does. He doesn’t therefore bring any additional burdens onto the field.

He is relaxed and fluid on the field even after a two decade career. Enjoy his batting on the field whilst you can. Or, perhaps I should chat with him a day prior to each game!

4 Comments for “Tendulkar… Again And Again”

  1. Sisira

    Keep it up Aravinda. Congrats for your article

  2. Prashant

    Thanks Aravinda….Nice coming from you. i.e Aravinda to Tendulkar. From one Master to another!!


    Great Arvinda you yoyrself is legend taking the lanka to ’96 world cup glory.

  4. Susith

    Dear Arvinda,

    It is really good to read your articles. We do miss you playing and it is a valuable gift for the Cricket fans to read your comments. Keep it up.

    Best wishes,

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