Harsha Bhogle after India-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.



  1. I am a huge Sachin fan, I don’t think there are many Indians who are not. However, as great as he is, I completely disagree when people put him on a mantle that is above the team. A billion people are watching the world cup, hoping and praying that India wins and people are saying “they have an obligation, not towards their country alone but towards Sachin”, I sincerely hope he was not completey serious when he said this.

    Let’s face it, Sachin has played and lost 5 world cups before this, he has to take some of the responsibility/blame for some of that, it has not always been the teams fault.

    I agree that Nehra blew things against SA but he needed to do better because he was wearing an India shirt not because Sachin made a century.

  2. Congrats kalmeida aur whatever ur name is, u have made me see what a c**** number one looks like and that is u loser!

    5 world cup losses and sachin has to take a responsibility?

    ur too big a c**** to even argue with. Go f*** a bat….oh wait! that will require a d*** right? feel sad for u

  3. Ok so looks like some of my words were taken out of context. What I said was Sachin has to take SOME of the responsibility for those losses as he was part of the team and every team member has to be partially responsible.

    As for the Sachin stats, I had never said he did not perform in World Cups. I just said that regardless of his performance the Indian team should win for their country and fans, not for Sachin.

    As far as the team is concerned I think Sachin is and should be just another player to them, regardless of his accomplishments. I am not suggesting that people disrespect him but I do not think they owe him anything at the same time.

    @Mouthshout , I am always up for the debate but all your response did was tell me you have nothing to say and so you went on an animated rant that has 0 facts and 0 examples of cricket knowledge.

    • Hey Kalmedia .. My reaction to your post was only for the words “responsibility/blame”. I do not say that Sachin is above the team, but we all should agree that the team owes something to him after all his efforts during all these years. The team has always been playing for the country and fans but as this is the last world cup for Sachin, team should also take an extra responsibility on them to win this world cup for him too.

      • Team does not owe him anything. Every member of the team plays for the country then why give all the credit only to Sachin? Sachin has a group of excelent PR’s which has wrongly made him so big.

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