I am an ordinary fan of cricket and not an expert at all. Being honest with myself, I dislike Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar (SRT) as a cricketer. The reasons are many, and being an Indian hero is not one of them at all. I don’t deny that I have adrenaline rush much higher when I see Pakistan vs. India as compared to Ashes, yet I never hate a sportsman for his nationality only. The reasons are quite diverse, but I feel better to realize that it is time finally to say good bye to the selfish cricketer and move forward.
Sachin has stayed in international cricket far more than he actually should have had. His career started sometime when I don’t even remember but after few initial years when I enjoyed watching him, I started getting bored with his presence. The range of shots, the foot work and the ever piling up of records, even the commentary started feeling sick in his presence. There used to be a fresh feeling on the other end, a new face, learning process, mistakes, new shots, and new milestones being achieved, cheered and cherished while there was nothing new on Tendulkar’s end, same aging face which was collecting getting more and more experience and other maladies of monotony.
Another reason for disliking him was his overshadowing of some of the greatest players of the era, for example, Rahul Dravid. Dravid has always lived up to the expectations, handled pressure situations far better than anyone else in the equipe and earned more wins to his country than Sachin, so rightly called the great wall of Indian cricket. Yet his presence has been over shadowed by the so called little master. A golden career came to an end, and the respect and honor that he deserved was lost in the wait of 100th 100 of SRT. His presence affected the persona of Sehwag, as he was always being compared to SRT.
SRT’s curse of centuries has also pushed me to his disapproval. Even his historical ton couldn’t bring India a win which meant that his percentage of match winning innings remain far less than other players of his time, both in tests and ODI’s. Take for example Inzimam-ul-Haq whose percentage of second inning centuries leading to a test win is 66%, Ricky Ponting has a percentage of 83 while Tendulkar has just 30%.
He accumulated so many runs that in the current era of domestic and first class cricket, no player will be able to beat it unless they make a debut at 16 and continue to play till 40. It is sickening as we will not see a player celebrating most number of centuries and runs in tests or ODI’s in a long time.
His greed for records has made the game look ridiculous. I mean, after scoring ton of tons, he will be expected to score his 50th century in ODI’s. I wish him luck but just look at what team India has got after replacing senior players, Virat Kohli, who has won them two difficult games single handedly. The same can always happen if we let the new talent take over, at the right moment.
To me, the Tendulkar era has been that of a dictatorship, a monotonous period of cheap talent which only served to fill his personal bag of records and credentials, like a general of Pakistan Army on self-approved extensions, denying other talented officers their right to lead and forcing them to take retirement instead. He has damaged Indian and international cricket more than he served. What a lonely man in the dressing room he must be, it is time to bid him a good bye as I don’t see any reason for his selection after Asia cup. Good riddance Mr. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar.