Home > Features >

IPL 2014: Life after Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar will be in the Mumbai Indians dug-out in IPL 2014 © IANS
Sachin Tendulkar will be in the Mumbai Indians dug-out in IPL 2014 © IANS

The nation of a billion will finally witness the gazillion-dollar IPL extravaganza without the on-field involvement of a certain Sachin Tendulkar. Abhishek Mukherjee tries to gauge what the tournament will look like.

The Ranji, Duleep, Irani, Mushtaq Ali, Deodhar, and all Trophies named after cricketers had gone on peacefully without Sachin Tendulkar; the one named after Pepsi, on the other hand, is yet to come, and as we all know, soft drinks mean more to the sport than legends of yesteryear.

But that is another story. The country has got ready for The Greatest Show on Earth to begin tonight (on Wednesday). People are ready with their banners, flags, jerseys, cell-phone cameras, and Ray Robinson books. Okay, maybe not the last one. The unfortunate lot, the ones who do not stay in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are ready with their smart-phones to catch live scores and will tune in to their television sets to watch Danny Morrison lifting weights.

The tournament will, of course, gets going amidst a cohort of cheerleaders, a phalanx of fans, and exactly one Navjot Singh Sidhu.

The tournament will also witness Sachin Tendulkar outside the ground, sitting in the dugout, sharing bench with men who will leave his side to step on to the field, while he will be left behind.

One can only wonder what the legend will feel like.

What about us? What about the fans who will witness the tournament take off with Vindoo Dara Singh walk scot-free and Tendulkar remain confined to a fibreglass [this is simply an educated guess] box? Will the tournament ever be the same for them?

Probably.

They have criticised their performance in South Africa and New Zealand. They have criticised Yuvraj Singh for his failure in the ICC World Twenty20 2014 final and MS Dhoni for his strategies. They also have shared jokes on social network on Ishant Sharma.

What they have not done is utter helpless cries of “Come Back Sachin” despite the failure.

There has been life for them after Tendulkar. In Virat Kohli, they have found a potential megastar and an icon; in Cheteshwar Pujara, they have found a rock; in Rohit Sharma, the greatest talent since Tendulkar who will live up to his potential some day; and in Shikhar Dhawan, a mercurial decimator who could rip apart any attack when  on song.

Tendulkar is being missed. But Indian cricket and her fans have moved on and have accepted the hard fact that he will not pick up his bat again.

He will not be taking centre stage this time. But make no mistake, if the giant screen shows him every now and then, there will be deafening cheers across the ground. And who knows, there might be that familiar Sachiiiiiiiiiiiiin, Saaachin as well: one cannot rule that out.

Click here for IPL 2014 Schedule: Match time table for IPL 7

Click here for IPL 2014 Schedule & Results

Click here for IPL 2014 complete coverage

(Abhishek Mukherjee is the Deputy Editor and Cricket Historian at CricketCountry. He blogs at http://ovshake.blogspot.in and can be followed on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ovshake42)

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 20, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Kolkata

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Dubai

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (19:00 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014 (09:30 IST)   at Dhaka

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014 (03:00 IST)   at Hamilton

More

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 24, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 72 runs

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 21, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 6 wkts

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 17, 2014  at Dharamsala

India won by 59 runs

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 14, 2014  at Visakhapatnam

Match cancelled

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 12, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Australia won by 1 run

Photos

Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test at Dubai

Videos

Amla feels Proteas more acclimatised to conditions

Pakistan eye victory as Australia reel at 59/4 at stumps on Day 4

Suresh Raina gifts Aditya Garhwal an autographed bat

Dwayne Bravo says West Indies pull-out had everybody’s consent

Bangladesh gain upper-hand over Zimbabwe at stumps on Day 1 of 1st Test

David Warner and others with records related to hundreds in consecutive Test innings

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 India New Zealand New Zealand vs South Africa New Zealand vs South Africa 2014 Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 South Africa South Africa tour of New Zealand 2014 South Africa vs New Zealand South Africa vs New Zealand 2014

Duleep Trophy 2014: Central Zone to meet South Zone in final

Pakistan eye victory as Australia reel at 59/4 at stumps on Day 4

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: David Warner admits that Australia is not scared of big targets

Suresh Raina gifts Aditya Garhwal an autographed bat

Dwayne Bravo says West Indies pull-out had everybody’s consent

Younis Khan scores 26th ton to establish Pakistan record

Younis Khan becomes seventh Pakistani cricketer to score two hundreds in a Test

Virat Kohli and others with 20 ODI hundreds

David Warner and others with records related to hundreds in consecutive Test innings

Strangers, Brothers and Cricket— the English novelist CP Snow’s lasting passion for the game

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

642 Posts | 9 Fans

Virat Kohli's Family Meets Anushka Sharma

अभिनेत्री हुमा कुरैशी ओरिफ्लेम की ब्रांड एंबेसडर

Has Bigg Boss 8 made Karishma Tanna the most hated person?

Pranab Mukherjee returns home after visit to Norway, Finland

Revealed: First look of Amitabh Bachchan-Farhan Akhtar’s Do!

7 reasons why having sex during pregnancy is great for your health

Videocon Infinium Graphite with gesture control feature launched, priced at Rs 10,499

Rupee up 19 paise against dollar in early trade

Twitter introduces Audio Cards to listen to music directly from your timeline

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here