Truly said Cricket is the religion and Sachin is god. They way Sachin batted yesterday against Kolkata Knightriders, I guess all the speculations about he is past his prime have subsided. Media, Fans, Bloggers and everyone else even having slightest of interest in the game have been showering praises on him.
That majestic pull against Ishant for six, reminding of something similar against Andy Caddick in WC 2003 and the towering six of Mendis which went outside the stadium, making the mystery spinner forget all this tweaks and turns were pure vintage tendulkar, class apart.
Had read an article a few months back by Peter Rebouck on cricinfo, about how cricket will never be the same when he quits the game. Cricket is religion in India just because Tendulkar comes out to bat. There have been Dravids and Gangulys in Indian cricket but no one has been able to match the aura of the god. He is the man who unites this deeply divided country. When he is batting, no1 cares who is around, we are all Indians. At common places you can easily observe the difference in attendance when he is batting and he is out.
If you are a cricket fan I bet your ultimate desire is India winning the world cup with Tendulkar playing a majestic inning. When he retires there will be Dhonis, Sehwags and Yuvrajs but I doubt I have seen someone in this younger generation who can fill his boots. For fans like me, for whom cricket matters because Tendulkar playes this game, cricket will never be the same once he quits. I agree people will move on but the little master padding up and coming out to bat will be missed by all. The cricketing world will be overwhelmed when he quits and world will see a
farewell which no1 has ever seen.
I came across a very interesting post on Facebook, a collection of comments people have made about Sachin Tendulkar. I have copied it here for you guys.
PS: Offcourse this misses the legendary one form The Don himself "He bats like me"