Today, Sachin Tendulkar has announced his retirement from Test cricket. He will play until his 200th Test match – just two more matches and then it is all over. There was a time when I took refuge under Sachin; his victories made me happy and his failures pained me. For someone like me this should have been a shock. But surprisingly, this news hasn’t affected me completely. It is yet to sink in. Well, we were mentally prepared for this, weren’t we? First his ODI retirement sent alarm bells, but then he himself avoided a lot of ODI matches in the last four years that he played. Then, this year he announced his IPL retirement and the media hounded him about his retirement all along cooking up false stories. There was even a story about him retiring after his 200th match and that has come true now.
Sachin, I thought we still had some job left to do. We still haven’t won a Test series in South Africa, nor in Australia.
Do you think the current “Youngistan” team headed by Dhoni, who struggles to score even a 50 in true Test wickets, can do this for us? I don’t think so. We were mercilessly slaughtered 4-0 in Australia last time and yet no one remembers it now. Winning in T20 tournaments seem to be the big thing for everyone. Oh, I forgot – they’re grooming youngsters. They’re going to groom Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma until these lads turn 40 and still both will be tigers in T20 and failures in Test cricket. But who cares as long as they play in T20, right? I forgot to mention this – these boys are “match winners”.
Seeing Sachin play was something that was always constant in my life. But now that has come to an end.
You are the only Superman I know of (and you even come complete with the problems that Superman faces).
Thank you, Sachin, for all the sweet memories.