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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Harsha Bhogle's note after Ind-SA match

Remember when you failed an examination. How many people recall that, your class, friends, relatives? You failed to make it to the IITs or IIMs. Who remembers. How many times have you had the feeling of being the best in your class, school , university, state….., you failed to get a visa stamped this quarter…, you missed a promotion this year…, how did it feel when you dad told you in your early twenties that you are good for nothing…..and now your boss tell you the same...

You keep introspecting and go into a shell when people most of whom don’t matter a dime in your life criticize you, back bite you, make fun of you. You are left sad and shattered and you cry when your own kin scoffs at you. You say I am feeling low today. It takes a lot from us to come out of these everyday situations and move on. A lot??? really?

Now here’s a man standing on the third man boundary in the last over of a world cup match. The bowler just has to bowl sensibly to win this game. What the man at the boundary sees is 4 rank bad bowls bowled without any sense of focus, planning or regret. India loses, yet again in those circumstances when he has done just about everything right.

He does not cry. Does not show any emotion. Just keeps his head down and leaves the field. He has seen these failures for 22 years now. And not just his class, relatives, friends but the whole world has seen these failures. We are too immature to even imagine what goes on in that mind and heart of his. That’s why I would never want to be Sachin.

True, he has single handedly lifted to moods of this entire nation umpteen number of times. He has been an inspiration to rise above our mediocrity. Nobody who has ever lifted the willow even comes close to this man’s genius. His dedication and metal strength is unparallel. This is specially for those people who would have made fun of him again last night when India lost. They are people who are mediocre in their own lives. Who just scoff at others to create cheap fun. Who have lived in a small hole throughout their lives and thought they have seen the oceans.

Think about the man himself. He is 37 years of age. He has been playing almost non stop for 22 years. The way he was running and diving around the field last night would have put 22 year olds to shame. The way he played the best opening quickies in the world was breathtaking. He just keeps getting better which is by the way humanly impossible. Its not for nothing that people call him GOD.

But still I don’t want to be in those shoes. We struggle in keeping our monotonous lives straight, lives which affect a limited number of people. Imagine what would be the magnitude of the inner struggle for him, pain both mental and physical, tears that have frozen with time, knees and ankles and every other joint in the body that is either bandaged or needs to be attended to every night, eyes that don’t sleep before a big game, bats that have scored 99 international tons and still see expectations from a billion people.

And he just converts those expectations into reality. We watch in awe, feel privileged.

Well I think its time that his team realizes that enough is enough. They have an obligation, not towards their country alone but towards sachin. They need to win this one for him. Stay assured that he himself will still deliver and leave no stone unturned to make sure India wins this cup.

This is not just a game, and he is not just a sportsman. Its much more than this. Words fail here.....



  1. Its not harsha's comments..
    He clarified in Twitter..

  2. Whoever's comment it is, its simply amazing!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Very nicely written article.

  4. ya whoso evr commet dis.........its true....!!! i m not criticizing dhoni or nehra 4 or loss r d part of reality is dat.....its time say NOW DIS IS ENOUGH....if u cant play 4 him den dont say U WANT WORLD CUP 4 SACHIN........

  5. amazingly written!!

  6. india winning the cup with Ricky leading Aussies.... wake up guys... where was sachin when india played Australia...look at him when Chaminda Vaas was bowling or Akhtar...or any class fast bowler...ask him to face one ball with confidence...i'll agree with u

  7. hey Phillip... GFY!

  8. @Philip
    Go and check the stats buddy.. sachin has scored highest number of hundreds against top team of the decade which is australia. and now, check his stats against South Africa which have the most dangerous bowling attack at the present. it seems that u are a frustrated aussie supporter. GET WELL SOON BUDDY!!

  9. @Philip

    He is some stupid fellow..who know nothing abt cricket

  10. I hope Indian players learned a lesson from Nagpur Match and they will play true to their potential and win this Cup for India and for Sachin specially.

  11. Hi guys

    Article is nice.. But No comments on Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar... We can't comment on the Gods or their representatives. In India today for sure Cricket is known as a game that Sachin plays. Not the other way round that Sachin is a person who plays cricket....

    Aur agar ye saala phillip hum mese kisike bhi saamne aajayega toh uska toh samuhik balaatkaar hojayega...

    If you don't know then keep quite.

  12. @ Philip: jst fuck off.

  13. Shouldn't it be Cricket is our RELIGION and not RELEGION!!!

  14. India Should win this Cup for Sachin.

  15. this goes to some philip above...
    two things, you just doesnt know anything about cricket or you are some one who would have "enjoyed" a "romantic" evening with those two fast bowlers....

    or you are an illeterate in 2011 who know to read a blog but dont know how to use Google!!!

  16. I love this deeply sarchastic commentary on the general stupidity of Indians. Ofcourse not that the world is not aware of our average IQ being around less than 81 and even on the physical scale - from body weight and height to penis size Indians are just downright pathetic. Sachin is the rightful God of such a sorry bunch of losers.

    Very brilliantly the writer mentions how Sachin has watched failure for 22 years. A complete and total hardcore loser that he is. That is typical of all Indians because failure is what they see the most and they mostly are used to doing nothing about it. They infact worship it.

    A 37 year old great batsman who always choses the easiest of easy pitches to score his centuries taking far more time than necessary. A 37 year old who makes brilliant 22 year old fielders wait in their dressing room and waste their time.

    The world's greatest choker is what Sachin is and is exactly the God for the sorry race that Indians are anyways. Good Luck. Jai Hind

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  18. i m speechless...i m just praying that we win world cup and sachin leave the sport with happy memories and never feel disappointed of loosing the battle of glory..

  19. awesome blog!!!!! stupid Indians should wake up now at least and should stop blaming Sachin!!!!


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