Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here

Home > Sachin Tendulkar Retirement > Sachin Retirement Features >

‘Sachin Tendulkar is the Almighty’s chosen one’

'Sachin Tendulkar is the Almighty’s chosen one'

The author said that Sachin Tendulkar was born on this planet to play cricket and you cannot stop such divinely blessed players from dominating the world. All one can do is to sit and admire the unfolding of surreal events © Getty Images

By Padmakar Shivalkar

In the 1980s, I was playing for Tatas and against Cricket Club of India (CCI) at the Islam Gymkhana. A baby-faced teenager walked out to bat for the CCI and impressed all of us with his performance that day. The way he played told us that he was special and that he had a bright future in store. Little did we know that he would go on to break so many international records. When you see a promising kid, you temper your expectations, but there was no denying his talent. I was bowling well, but he reached the pitch of the ball and played along the ground.

It was only years later that I found out that that kid was none other than Sachin Tendulkar. I had attended a function at the Shivaji Park along with Nari Contractor and Hemant Kenkre. There, Hemant told me that it was Sachin who had played against us that day in the 1980s. After that day at the Islam Gymkhana, I had of course heard a lot about Sachin as he was making waves in school cricket, but I  could watch him properly only when he made it to the bigger league.

There was one occasion when I attended a function at the CCI club house and as I entered the hall, I could see a group of young players engaged in a discussion. From that group emerged a young boy and came towards me. He greeted me and asked me how I was. That boy was Sachin — by then a big name in cricket. Yet, Sachin is always very respectful towards his elders. 

The biggest compliment Sachin has received was from Sir Don Bradman. The fact that the great Australian batsman and his wife felt that he reminded them of his style is a huge compliment.  One is short of words when we want to appreciate a player of the calibre of Sachin. Sachin’s list of high-calibre innings runs long. That list includes his 79 not out in a high-pressure game and against all odds in what was his final Ranji innings, an innings which provides eloquent testimony to his durability and consistency.

Sachin was born on this planet to play cricket. He is the chosen one of the Almighty. You cannot stop such divinely blessed players from dominating the world. All one can do is to sit and admire the unfolding of surreal events.

The time is fast nearing for Sachin to pack up his kitbag, but the heart yearns that he goes on and on.

- As told to Nishad Pai Vaidya

Read More Here – Celebrities on Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar Retirement

(Padmakar Shivalkar is one of the greatest left-arm spinners in the history of cricket who, sadly, did not get to play for the country because of the presence of Bishan Singh Bedi. Playing for Mumbai during the era of India’s famous spin-quartet, Shivalkar was a terror with the ball on the domestic scene. In 124 First-Class matches, he took 589 wickets at an average of 19.69 and an economy of 2.04. After retirement, Shivalkar has coached and mentored many players)

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 17, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Sharjah

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 18, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 18, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 19, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 19, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Dubai

More

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 16, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Scores delayed by 15 mins Kolkata Knight Riders won by 41 runs

Womens World T20, 2014

Apr 6, 2014  at Dhaka

Australia Women won by 6 wkts

T20 WC 2014

Apr 6, 2014  at Dhaka

Sri Lanka won by 6 wkts

Womens World T20, 2014

Apr 4, 2014  at Dhaka

England Women won by 9 wkts

T20 WC 2014

Apr 4, 2014  at Dhaka

India won by 6 wkts

Photos

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge play cricket

Videos

Video Highlights: Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders wickets

IPL 7: Vintage Jacques Kallis showed his class for Kolkata Knight Riders against Mumbai Indians

IPL 2014: Onus on Chris Gayle to take Royal Challengers Bangalore all the way

IPL 2014: Capacity crowd at UAE provides glimpse of the T20 league’s huge following

Narendra Modi’s tea-vendor origin influences MS Dhoni in calling laundrymen to clean up BCCI mess

Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL 2014 Preview: RCB have advantage over DD sans Kevin Pietersen

Australia BCCI England India IPL IPL 7 IPL 2014 Kolkata Knight Riders Lasith Malinga Moments in history Mumbai Indians Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders Royal Challengers Bangalore Sachin Tendulkar

IPL 2014: High Court stays Delhi government tax demand from Delhi Daredevils

Kumar Sangakkara on Durham’s radar for County Championship

IPL 2014: Delhi Daredevils ropes in RBL Bank as new partner

Rajasthan Royals aim to put spot-fixing controversies behind in IPL 2014 clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad

Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals IPL 2014 Preview: Familiar but tweaked line-ups looking for early momentum

Delhi Daredevils’ strong bench filled with talented Indian players could be key to success in IPL 7

IPL 7: Vintage Jacques Kallis showed his class for Kolkata Knight Riders against Mumbai Indians

IPL 2014: Onus on Chris Gayle to take Royal Challengers Bangalore all the way

IPL 2014: Royal Challengers Bangalore’s bowlers have their work cut out against Delhi Daredevils

IPL 2014: Capacity crowd at UAE provides glimpse of the T20 league’s huge following

Fan of the Day

Sudatta Mukherjee

Sudatta Mukherjee

1 Posts | 0 Fans

Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders IPL 2014 Video Highlights

Former Apple CEO John Sculley launches Obi Mobiles smartphone brand in India

Karnataka polls: 26 percent polling till noon

Narendra Modi an `encounter Chief Minister`: Chidambaram

BJP fields highest number of criminals in today’s poll

Alia Bhatt: If Shahrukh Khan and Salman Khan give a bad film, it will still make Rs 150 crore!

Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu supports TDP`s Jayadev

Online medical information – bane or boon for the healthcare system?

Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals IPL 2014 Preview: Familiar but tweaked line-ups looking for early momentum

Also on cricketcountry.com