In the run up to the last few days of a sudden announcement of an expected retirement, Abhijit Banare recounts the clamour for the retirement of Sachin Tendulkar to a sudden feel of graciousness for the legend.
Keeping up to his usual way of catching people unaware, Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement from cricket on the quiet Thursday afternoon, or as one would say, via a little innocuous tweet by the BCCI that exploded the nation. The only thing that was possibly going to be the news of the day was a possible Indian victory against the Men in Blue. But the Master Blaster threw one final surprise. However, to look at the sequence of events in the run-up to the announcement one could say that it was just around the corner.
Never before had opinions on the maestro been so polarised. There was a section who could see no wrong from the maestro, while the other half were gunning for his retirement. Just a few weeks ago, a news report by a famous tabloid flashed about the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) asking the maestro to step down. The report stated that the Board officials had discussed in its Annual General Meeting (AGM) that the maestro’s availability for Test matches only increased the pressure on selectors to pick him.
A report was all it took to reignite the debate over his retirement. While the cliché goes about calling him the God of Cricket, it would not be rocket science for the God to have heard enough about his retirement. Criticism and pressure is something done and dusted in his life, but the last thing he would have preferred to hear was the board and selectors questioning his durability.
It’s an unfortunate scene that the board continues to be ambiguous in its communication and the same was dished out to even the maestro which indicates the egalitarian mess-up of the board. It’s a normal human tendency to get frustrated to hear the wrong news from everyone, but from the source it originated. We may never know what transpired behind the secret doors of the board, but this is surely not an overnight decision. It’s the one that unfolded over series of events that could be well scripted by the board.
The news of an induced retirement subsided in the next few days once the board in its typical way dismissed the reports. Perhaps the only indication was his statement that all his dreams had been accomplished.
If you are a cricket fan still trying to find logic behind the day he announced his retirement, then maybe only a numerologist can help you. After all the date for announcement was 10/10/2013 which goes in sync with his jersey. As for Tendulkar critics, time to switch to a new obsession. It’s still not over. One can only hope that he actually ends both the Tests on a high and the ‘Why did he retire’ cries grow louder.
(Abhijit Banare is a reporter at CricketCountry. He is an avid quizzer and loves to analyse and dig out interesting facts which allows him to learn something new every day. Apart from cricket he also likes to keep a sharp eye on Indian politics, and can be followed on Twitter and blog)