Goodbye Sachin...


Writing after a long time now. Maybe I should have written this post two weeks back. Nevertheless, it's never too late to say Goodbye. I missed out Sachin's farewell speech on the last day of his last test match. Today I watched his speech, courtesy youtube. After watching it, I couldn't stop myself from pouring my thoughts here. I am one of Sachin's billions of fans. Ever since my childhood days, cricket has been a very religiously followed sport at my home. My grandfather and father have always been big cricket fans. Thanks to them that I also developed a keen interest in this game. For me, cricket has always been synonymous with Sachin.


I remember as a kid, I used to watch only India vs some other country matches and I used to be very excited about watching Sachin play. We have had many great cricketers in so many years, great batsmen, bowlers and fielders. Still, Sachin was always different from all of them. Whenever he would come out  to play, I would kind of start praying that Sachin please do not get out and score well!! When someone we know closely, performs in a big event, we feel nervous too, don't we? Sachin is the only cricketer for whom I have felt that nervousness. Watching Sachin get out early used to be heart-breaking and for me it meant end of the game. There have been moments when while watching cricket at home we all would start clapping and jumping with joy. Sachin has given us many such moments. Watching his farewell speech moved me. The realization that finally the road has ended for Sachin, will take some time to sink in. Sachin, it's because of you that I started watching cricket. It's because of you that I like cricket. You'll certainly miss the 24 glorious years of your career, but your fans like me will miss you even more...    

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