The Final Act Of 'Cricket God' Opens

Written by: Aprameya .C
Updated: Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 13:36 [IST]
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In less than 24 hours from now, the journey that started 24 years ago, will head towards its final destination at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium.

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Sachin Tendulkar, the biggest sporting icon in India for more than two decades, will turn up for one final time in his beloved sport - cricket.

The Final Act of 'Cricket God' Opens

From 1989 to date, Tendulkar was adored by millions of fans in this country and across the world. For many, cricket was synonymous to Tendulkar, the "God".

When India and the world wake up tomorrow morning, they will get ready to give a grand send-off to the Master Blaster. About 33,000 privileged lot will be at the Wankhede Stadium and millions will be glued to TV sets to catch a glimpse of the Master in India white shirt for final few days.

Also at the stadium will be Tendulkar's mother Rajni for the first time watching his great son live in a cricket match. Tendulkar's wife Anjali, children Arjun and Sara and many of his close friends will also be in attendance.

From November 14 to 18, as India and West Indies battle it out in Mumbai, the focus will be on only one man more than the teams. The chants of "Sachin...Sachin" will be heard at the stadium for final few times.

Nobody knows whether Tendulkar's 200th and final Test will last the full five days. But as long as it carries on, fans will have a chance to celebrate the legend's achievements on the field.

For over a month now, loads and loads of tributes have poured in and continue to flow. Every TV channel, newspaper, websites and social media are inundated with Tendulkar messages. As they say, all good things come to an end and this too will be over within a week's time from now.

Tendulkar's achievements on the cricket field cannot merely be weighed in statistics alone. He has broken every possible record but the impact he had on the game has been immense. Tendulkar is not the man just to be gauged in numbers, he is beyond that.

For him to continue to play the game for 24 years is just amazing. Between 1989 and 2013 there have been several cricketers and other sportspersons who have come and gone. But Tendulkar has stayed on. His longevity has been hailed by his colleagues.

Once Tendulkar leaves the scene, it will be a huge void to fill. They are big boots to fill. Tendulkar, just like the great Sir Don Bradman, is irreplaceable.

Many talented youngsters might arrive in India but to find a Tendulkar in them would be foolish. Tendulkar's number four slot will be up for grabs in South Africa next month. Whoever occupies that will certainly be feeling proud.

Tendulkar, the teenager at 16 in 1989, went on to become "God" of cricket in 24 years. Through passion, dedication and hard work, he conquered new heights.

Now, having set new standards, he will exit.

Let us all celebrate "Cricket God"s Final Act.


Story first published:  Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 13:23 [IST]
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