From smack-bang in the middle of the bell curve

form is temporary…class is…

In Uncategorized on February 6, 2006 at 9:59 pm

Long dayenervating classesa couple of ad-hoc (but highly useful) sessionsassignments to completeapplications to submit. But this posts about something else, or rather, someone else.

Hes been around so long, that, as supporters of the team wearing blue, we claim a certain ownership; almost as if he was this huge corporation, of which there are over 1 billion shareholders (even more if you count the lovers of the game worldover). And a hugely profitable corporation at that. If an ad were to be made; the famous mastercard storyboard would go something like, cable connectionRs. x/month, time off from work/schoolRs. Ywatching Sachin batpriceless!

Be it ever so simple as that. In the test series, Sachin got out to Shoaib, fending a short one down the legside. Moin Khan indicated in his syndicated column that this was the beginning of the end for the only man who could probably make the verifiable claim that John Lennon made decades ago about how the Beatles were more popular than you-know-who. The Pakistani wicketkeeper, who, going by his article, having had questionable levels of education, and was also allegedly part of the noble clan of match-fixers went on to suggest that Sachin was in fact not out, but walked because of his fear of the fast bowler. To be fair, you cant blame the guy, hes only trying to make a buck, albeit by using sensationalism as opposed to by underperforming to lose matches for his country. But, I digress.

That dismissal was followed by two when he was needed to get big scores in the Karachi test. One was a casual shot, the other, a bit of bad luck, but maybe he shouldve been playing forward. The daggers came out, the point of discussion on every channel that can afford to rent bandwidth on a satellite, was if Sachin was nearing his best-sold-by date as a cricketer. Experts (read as former players), most of whom, had distinguished themselves by warming benches on tours and having batting averages in the single digits started reasoning why he is no more the player that he was and that its time to retire.

And then Sachin went and ruined it for them. In the first one-dayer, he scored an even 100, his 39th in one-dayers. Before the volte-face articles by those same journalists extolling how he was comparable only to Bradman come out, I’ll state that I didn’t get a lot of pleasure from watching him bat in the early overs (the rest of the time was spent in class). He was unsure about his feet, playing and missing, incutters thudding into pad and then he was also bowled on 20 (off a no-ball). not something that should happen with such alarming regularity to a top batsman, leave alone, someone on the all-time greats list. My point is, it was an innings far below his standards, and I state this in spite of the 8 fours and 1 six. So, have I sold my soul and joined the lot who think hes done.

Hell no! the very point I’m making is that the man does not owe his stature as a cricketer to trifling innings on featherbed pitches. Hes far bigger than inane series averages and attention-seeking pseudo-journalists. Those whove been paying attention, would know, that he stills scampers around boundary ropes diving to save runs, that his face still contorts in agony when he misses a potential direct-hit run-out, that he still jumps with the glee of a 19 year old when one of his teammates takes an important wicket. That he has been wearing that Indian crest in the same manner for over 15 yearswith pride. That’s what makes him the cricketer, naythe person that he is. And hence, he could play for 5 more years and not make a run, for me, hed still be the best that ever will be. YupSachin not score runslike that’s gonna happen 😉 guess that’s why we have clichés Form is temporaryclassis permanent

p.s: if youre a Sachin fan, feel free to commentif youre notI dare u to 😉

  1. That was a nice post. But I am not convinced. In the last para you mentioned how he still gets angry when he misses a direct hit, or how he valiantly tries to stop a boundary. Well, that shudn’t be a yardstick to measure a performance of any cricketer. That is a duty at a very basic level, and when its not done such expressions come out automatically. Came on educated unemployed’s recommendation.

  2. nice post. still didnt explain what “up yours” means.hahahahhaha -n

  3. glad you liked the post Sher… my point is the guy’s commitment to the team’s cause is evident in not just his batting. he could score his tons and be uninterested in the field, the way several others often are…many names come to mind. example: adelaide test, aus have huge partnership, sachin comes into the attack and takes 2 wickets with his’d never seen him as happy when scoring those hundreds..why? coz this gave india a chance to win in adelaide for the first time ever

  4. Sure his commitment was never questioned. He has prodigious talent even that cannot be doubted. The straight drive just has a different meaning when he executes them. Some of his shots are etched and will remain so in my memory. Like a pull of Mr. Glen Mc Grath. Oh it was orgasmic. But there are two things here. An artist of sublime talent and a fighter of great valour. Two people signify this to me more than anybody. Sachin for the former and Steve Waugh for the latter. I guess till some time ago the talented Sachin did not had to develop those fighter like qualities. But with a body that has absorbed much harshness and talent which only disperses with age, he is found to be lacking somewhere. The body has waned but the mind surely hasn’t. But now there is a better mix of some talent and good fighter like qualities available. Sadly, I feel the time for the great man to go has come.Infact, a day before the Indo Pak series started, I put up in my blog that this was the beginning of the end of SRT. I felt that he would be tested much by Paki bowlers in a match tailor made to suit their prowesses. And probably that stigma of what is the worst side to have done that against would trigger the decline. Well, those type of pitches were not offered. But infact, he struggled some what on a pitch suited to him against the paki attack.

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