If you grew up in the 90s like I did, the game of cricket was synonymous with one name – Sachin Tendulkar. He stood for all that was good with the world. Failed your exams? Never mind, Sachin scored a hundred! Girlfriend dumped you? Koi nahin, Sachin maar raha hai yaar! Lost your job? Look at Sachin’s straight drive man! I read his autobiography “Playing it my way” which came out in 2014 and was a little bit disappointed. The book was too safe – it didn’t really give us an insight into the man behind the cricketer. But now the teaser for Sachin, the film, is out and I am hoping it will reveal more. I watched the official teaser and the ‘Sachin, Sachin’ chant in the background gave me goosebumps!
With his retirement in November 2013 from all cricket, a little part of us retired with him. The part that represented our childhood, growing up in middle class India watching Doordarshan. The part that had to drink Boost, which was the secret of his energy. The part that wanted a Visa card, because he told us to go get it. The part that told us that we were good enough to take on the rest of the world and win.
With Sachin’s retirement three years ago, a lot of us realised it was time for us to grow up. Still, it’s hard to let him go. Time and again, I find myself spending hours watching highlights of his batting. I have even done a post previously with videos of what I think are Sachin’s best test innings. What a player!
While Virat Kohli is a more than able successor to Sachin in cricketing terms, there will always be a special place in our hearts for the Little Master. I simply cannot wait for the film to come out. Will definitely be watching it, first day first show!
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