Sachin Tendulkar – An anticlimactic last innings

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At the outset let me first confess that I am as big a fan of Sachin Tendulkar as the average Indian male who follows cricket. While I have had issues with him in the past and have privately accused him of delaying his retirement for purely selfish reasons and for chasing personal records such as the 100th 100 by relegating Team India’s interests to the background, I am as big a fan of Sachin as can ever get. I also belong to the millions of Indians who used to be glued to a TV every time he stepped out on to a cricket field to bat during his glory days, I am somebody who bunked college for 5 continuous days when Sachin almost brought us victory with that wonderful knock at Chepauk against Pakistan. Therefore, this post is not something that came easily to me, and involved quite a bit of objective thinking. It is NOT to be construed as ‘Tendulkar-bashing’ which a lot of online trolls indulge in.

While it is a well known fact that Bradman scored a ‘duck’ in his last innings which went to ensure that his career batting average was 99.94 runs, most of the other renowned batsmen of their eras also ended their careers in a not-so-memorable fashion. Here’s a sample list of their scores in their last matches –

  • Ricky Ponting – 4, 8
  • Allan Border – 17, 42
  • Steve Waugh – 40, 80
  • Brian Lara – 0, 49
  • Rahul Dravid – 1, 25
  • Vivian Richards – 2, 60
  • Sunil Gavaskar – 21, 96

It clearly goes to show that while these cricketers tended to dominate the bowling during their halcyon years, cricket, as the saying goes is a game of glorious uncertainties. No one player can ever be bigger than the game itself and the proof, as they say, lies in the pudding detailed above. None of these great batsmen could dictate their own innings in their last game, could they?

And as if it were poetic justice, Sachin Tendulkar joined this long list of illustrious batsmen with a well made 74. Had it been converted into a century, then at some level maybe, just maybe, Tendulkar would have managed to outwit most of the above mentioned greats and elevate himself to yet another plane, but in typical Tendulkar fashion, he probably managed to underplay his contributions to Indian cricket, even on his way out.

Thank you Sachin, for all the wonderful memories, for always remaining an inspiration for all of us who have observed your career and the way you carried yourself, from the sidelines.

32 thoughts on “Sachin Tendulkar – An anticlimactic last innings

  1. Like an average Indian cricket crazy lover of the game, I have closely followed Tendulkar since the time I knew the game…I do as well have my quarrels with him one being, for the humble man he seems to be, he should have declared his last test at the end of these five days like Kumble for instance.. like he declared when Mumbai Indians won their first IPL cup… I’m sad he couldn’t make it to a 100 yesterday more irritated that he was given out when the ball would have never hit the stumps… when he was good at 2 fours in the Calcutta match.. but glad he had his 74 on board.. looking forward to see his next avatars and in love with this new looks in his latest ad where he is less of Sachin the cricketer..

  2. Beautiful tribute dude. I am in no way the biggest fan of Sachin, nor will I ever be. I have admired the man’s talent and the way he steered clear of controversies, always focussing on his games. And his final speech just encompassed everything that we’ve all associated with that “humble GOD of Cricket” throughout his illustrious career. And now the Bharat Ratna – quite long overdue, but at an apt timing, and a fitting feather on his cap. Great post my friend..and yes, cricket will probably never me the same. Period.

    • @iwrotethose, absolutely, that speech of his was mind-blowing, I mean, c’mon which cricketer has thanked all the physios who have worked with him to keep him fighting fit all these years, that just goes on to show how humble the man is, and how much he didn’t let all the fame, adulation and craziness of his fans get to his head at all 🙂

    • @Vishal, I shed a tear, and my dad also choked when Sachin was talking today, that’s how good the speech was 🙂

    • @Michelle, despite having more than quite a few million people cheering on his every move over the past 24 yrs, the man remains an epitome of humility, and this was nowhere more clearly illustrated than during his moving retirement speech earlier today

    • @Kathy, yes, it was quite a day yesterday when Sachin Tendulkar retired after 24 continuous years of representing India in cricket. As for the game itself, it is very similar to baseball with a few key differences.

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