The Master Speaks

By on May 08, 2015
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I think that there are only two entities that get unconditional love in India, our parents and Sachin Tendulkar, and if there was ever a choice between looking after one's father in the ICU and watching Sachin bat on 99, we know what option the nation would prefer to choose

The frenzy at the Sydney Cricket Ground in January 2008 was undescribable. Sachin had scored a beautiful century. 
Just as he raised his bat to acknowledge the thunderous applause, the proud Australians seated beside me in the members stand, and known to dole out compliments only once in a decade, stood up and gave him a three-minute standing ovation, "To the greatest batsman in the world! For the last time in Sydney." Little did they know that he would be back four years later. I still get goose bumps just thinking about that moment.

I happened to be sitting in the same seat four years later and once again amid all the frenzy; I was surprised to see a couple in their 90s sitting next to me. We got talking and just as I mentioned that I was amazed by their passion for the game at that age, the wife remarked, "Missed his hundred last time. Hope he gets a hundred this time because we have come a long way and the next time we might not be alive to see him bat."

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