Why is Sachin so special for cricket?

Why is Sachin so special for cricket

Guest Post Article by Navaneeth

Sachin Tendulkar as a batsman and as a person inspired me the most till date. I have been seeing him from my earliest memories of cricket when I was just 3 or 4 years old till today, where he is playing his last Test match. I have never ever imagined about a person who can be so calm, down to earth and no attitude whatsoever after 24 years of successful international cricket. If I score good marks in one subject I show a lot of attitude to all my friends but how can a person be without attitude after playing at that level for this long. If anyone comments anything about me I go blast them all without even knowing what exactly truth was but in his 24 years of International Cricket career Sachin never said a word about all his critics he just let his bat answer all the questions. These are the two important points which influenced me the most about Sachin.

In the game of Cricket there had been lot of stand-out performers but of all Sachin was special and different for various reasons. At an age of 16 years he started playing his International cricket which was exceptional and he was facing One of the best attacks of pace bowling against Pakistan with the likes of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis . He scored his 2nd test hundred in Perth which is considered the fastest track in the world cricket. When Mark Taylor spoke about his first impression about Sachin when he toured Australia in 1991-1992 he told generally Indian batsmen are not that comfortable playing flat bated shots instead they would prefer to play with full phase of the bat and tend to get in slip cordon but Sachin was very different as he was very fluent in playing both cross bated and flat bated shots which explains Sachin was prepared when he went on to play in Australia. Another most important point mentioned was he was very comfortable in playing both on front foot and back foot which was a rare sight in Indian team at that time.

I have heard a lot of people criticizing Sachin saying whenever he scores India loses. Though it was proved wrong by stats, till date I never understood what Sachin could have done for other people not playing well. I remember Shane Warne telling about Indian team in early 1990’s that India was a defensive team who would prefer not to lose rather than winning a game. Sachin played in that time and he tried his best for the team to win if you look at Sachin’s batting at that time he was always taking the attack to the bowlers whom so ever he was facing and where ever they are playing which was not the case in all the other batsmen. If you forget this let us look into some games where India lost when Sachin scored runs. Let us start with the Coca – cola cup in Sharjah where India required 237 in 46 overs to qualify to final, Sachin fought single handedly and made sure India qualified for the final but India dint happen the match in which Sachin scored 143 and next highest score in Indian team was just 39 runs what could anyone do if no one else in the team perform. In 1999 January India was playing Pakistan at Chennai in which Sachin scored 136 in a chase of 271 where when he got out India was 17 runs short of victory with three wickets in hand and if team collapse’s in just 5 runs and loses the test match what could Sachin do .In that innings only three batmen from Indian team reached double figure while rest fumbled in single digits. If you consider the chase of 350 against Australia in 4th ODI in 2009/2010 Sachin scored 175 runs and he made sure required run rate never reached 8 in a chase of 350 but when Sachin departed India had to score 19 runs in 17 balls in a power play but again team fumbled. In the whole Indian innings there was only one half century in the chase of 350. Sachin gave his best for the team and if team doesn’t win even when he scored for the team in my view he should be respected for what he has done If you don’t like to respect at least don’t criticize Sachin for scoring while no others even scored. If I keep explaining it will never end.

In the time Sachin played for India, India have produced lot of other excellent players of cricket like Dravid, Kumble, Laxman and Ganguly but for me Sachin was special because Sachin have played with three generation players . The last player to retire in Sachin’s debut test team was in 1999 which is just three years after Dravid and Ganguly’s debut. Sachin and Dravid was born in the same year but by the time Dravid made his debut Sachin was already into international cricket for seven years which is more that most of the present day cricketers International cricket careers. What I mean tell here is playing at International level at an age of 16 was a lot different from playing International cricket at 23 where most of the other Indian greats started their careers. The most important point I like about Sachin is he changed his batting according to the conditions and situations. When he was young he was attacking and when he became a senior member in the team he reduced his aggression for the team which helped youngsters build their innings around him. If you remember his ODI debut as a opener or the Innings in played in Sharjah you can clearly see what a destructive player he was but he then changed his batting according to the team requirements but whenever needed we could see the Sachin we saw in Sharjah the best example can be his innings against Australia in the chase of 350 or the 200 Sachin has scored.

The most important reason for Sachin’s success for all this years was his preparation for a match which was amazing. His preparation was no different when he was playing a Ranji Trophy match or an International match. He always know what bowlers were going to bowl at him and he was ready it all the time. In 1997/98 when Australia was touring India Sachin knew it would be a challenge to face Shane Warne on Indian tracks, so for the preparation of playing against Warne especially when Warne was bowling around the wicket on to the footmarks he was asked Laxman Sivarama Krishnan to bowl to him from around the wicket and practiced he have also asked left bowlers to bowl on the rough to be prepared when he was going to face Warne. His preparation never guaranteed resulted the perfect example was the first innings dismissal in Chennai test match in the bowling of Shane Warne where he was caught at slip by Taylor but his determination to perform well never reduced, in that match laxman told he have seen Sachin crying when he gave his wicket away cheaply to Warne but in the same game in the second innings to went and scored 150+ runs on a spinning Chennai track on day 3 and 4 which was remarkable.

Sachin has influenced a lot of youngsters to play cricket I remember being an Indian switching off my television when Sachin gets out in mid-90’s but today Indian team is an position of chasing any Target .How many of this players should have been inspired by Sachin if you ask them the answer will be All of them in which Dhoni the oldest of all the present Indian team when debuted against Pakistan in 1989 was just 8 years old consider the other people in the team. People speak Sachin is just all about statistics but in all these I have written I have never mentioned Sachin’s ODI or Test runs or his Centuries or any other stat. Sachin is an inspiration for all the youngsters to grow up and develop as a cricketer. He was an example for what could a person become with passion and Hard work. Playing for 24 years is no joke if a person plays as long as 24 years he is supposed to create lot of records and Sachin did it but Sachin is a common man with love and passion towards cricket and extreme hard working nature to achieve his dream to play for his nation.

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