Why Sachin Needed The World Cup!?
On numerous occasions i seemed to have argued with my friends why Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar isn’t the World’s Best (thought Ponting or Warne were better off)!! quite odd you may say for I happen to be an INDIAN, where Cricket is a Religion and Sachin happens to be the #GOD .
My basic logic behind this unusual argument was that one becomes the best if one has graced the final frontier in ones sport which is the World Cup!
Sachin basically has numerous records to his credits and his first class records seem to be fairytale stuff for mortals like us. Even if I were to play starting today I would be able to achieve the same statistics as he has in his illustrious career.
|His Records>Test Career Batting and Fielding (1989/90-2010/11)|
|Test Career Bowling (1989/90-2010/11)|
|One-Day International Career Batting and Fielding (1989/90-2010/11)|
|One-Day International Career Bowling (1990-2010/11)|
On his Test debut he was the third youngest debutant (16y 205d) and to achieve stats like these, it doesn’t come too often, i would go on to say it comes only once in the game’s history itself! His stats can never be put into words cause no one has the credentials to talk about its pros and cons cause no one has ever achieved such things ever before!
Individual honours and appreciations :>
- Tendulkar was the only player of his generation, and the cricketer to have played for India, to be included in Bradman’s Eleven.
- ICC Award-Sir Garfield Sobers trophy for cricketer of the year 2010
- Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian award, 2008.
- ICC World Test XI: 2009,2010
- ICC World ODI XI: 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010
- Rajiv Gandhi Awards – Sports: 2005
- Player of the tournament in 2003 Cricket World Cup
- Maharashtra Bhushan Award, Maharashtra State’s highest Civilian Award in 2001
- Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award, 1999
- Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India’s highest honour given for achievement in sports, 1997–98.
- Wisden Cricketer of the Year: 1997
- Arjuna Award, by the Government of India in recognition of his outstanding achievement in Cricket, 1994.
- In October 2010 he was awarded for Outstanding Achievement in Sport and the Peoples Choice Award at The Asian Awards
- On 28 January 2011, he won the ‘Castrol Indian Cricketer of the Year’ award.
After his brilliant 200 against South Africa (147ball 25×4 3×6) , I began to wonder why he still hasn’t touched the coveted World Cup!! That innings basically was a class apart from the rest, and proved why his talent is like none ever seen before.
It was pretty cruel for a man not to have won the most sort after prize in the game, When the like of Ponting, Warne, Viv Richards and countless others have done so.
With the sad performance in 2003 Sachin lost out on winning the WC along with others of the golden generation (Ganguly, Dravid, VVs etc) to a formidable Australian team. But when Mumbai’s Wankhede was to be the venue of the 2011 WC, people began to wonder if this were to be the one last chance he needed to get his hands on the trophy! Through the 6 World Cup’s, he would have played, Sachin would feel this was his chance with the sheer support of the Indian crowd to put that missing medallion in the showcase!
After the WC 2011 Finals :>>
Virat Kohli :> “It’s a huge moment for me. Its my first World Cup and I couldn’t have asked for more. I would dedicate this victory to the nation and Sachin Tendulkar. He has carried the burden of the entire nation for 21 years. It was our time to carry him on our shoulders after the match.”
Gautam Gambhir :> “We wanted to win it for Sachin Tendulkar. This World Cup is for him. It’s yet to sink in and I don’t know when it will. Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh have seen the nightmare of 2007, so they know how it feels to win World Cup. This is a dream come true. ”
Words from the man himself Sachin :> “Couldn’t have asked for more. This is ultimate. It is the proudest moment of my life, I thank the team for putting up a fabulous performance and playing consistent cricket. We have stuck together through ups and down, I wanted to thank Mike Horn. The sessions with him were of immense help. Also I want to thank Gary Kirsten and Paddy Upton. They have to be given the credit as they instilled a lot of self belief in us. We have been very consistent during the last two years and this is a result of that”
It was well and truly a brilliant tournament, with high-class cricket being played by all the teams. Indian’s especially proved their pre-tournament hype as favorites by putting a string of good performances and beating Australia (Quarters), Pakistan (Semis) and Sri Lanka (Finals) .
This was well and truly the icing on the cake for Sachin on his Truly Brilliant, Breath taking, stupendous, spell binding . . . . etc Career!
Kudos to the # GOD > Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar
P.S >> I went on to tag this post under INDIA cause this man has given it his all to make our country proud! \m/