Sachin Tendulkar’s immense experience in the game can be put to good use for the development of the sport in the future © IANS

By Sudatta Mukherjee

Cricket can be without Sachin Tendulkar, but can Sachin Tendulkar be without cricket? No way! The passion that Tendulkar has for the game is something in the realms of fantasy, the kind of which the world has rarely seen in any field. Tendulkar will continue to be a larger than life figure in Indian cricket, while at the same time do greater good for mankind.

Here are 10 things that could happen in future:

  1. Team India mentor – Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said Sachin Tendulkar is the best coaching manual available. The volume of first-hand information that the team could get from Tendulkar is unmatchable. It’s the best way to help stay in touch with the Indian team. Be part of the think-tank. Tendulkar has clearly spelt out in his farewell speech on Saturday that his children and family will get top priority for the years that they have missed him. However, one cannot keep Tendulkar away from what he loves most. And having him in the dressing room as mentor for the Test matches and for major tournaments may strike the right kind of balance.


  1. Indian cricket’s Advisor-in-Chief – There wouldn’t be any better person than Sachin Tendulkar to provide his cerebral insights on how to take Indian cricket forward — someone who heads as presiding deity in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), a post created for him so that he can be everywhere where is presence will help Indian cricket, like the National Cricket Academy (NCA), senior selection committees, grounds committee etc. He can, from time to time, speak with the India A and India U-19 teams. That would be huge.


  1. Head of ICC’s Cricket Committee — In 2012, Anil Kumble was appointed the post of the head of the ICC Cricket Committee unanimously. Some of the job of the committee is to recommend changes to the rules in the various formats of the game. Tendulkar, who has been one of the ambassadors of the game, can be called to head the ICC Cricket Committee and bring changes to the game. He can also bring changes which will help make the game better and also helpful to the cricketers. Being one of the top most cricketers of the modern era, more focused than anyone else, there will be no other better person than him to head the committee.


  1. MCC Spirit of Cowdrey Lecture – The MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture is one of the major events of the game which brings forward opinions of top cricketers and umpires of the game. Top cricketers and umpires, who have been known for their remarkable humbleness and spirit for the game over the years, have presented the Cowdrey lecture. Some of the renowned personalities are Geoffrey Boycott, Imran Khan, Kumar Sangakkara, Simon Taufel, etc. It will be a delight for cricket associations across the globe and cricket fans to hear Tendulkar speak about the game, culture, opportunities to make the game better and recounting various moments. The shy teenager who used to speak in monosyllable when he came on the international scene empathically showed what a good speaker he is by making what was arguably the most heart-tugging farewell speech in cricket history on Saturday. But more than his oratory, what the cricketing cognoscenti would look forward to is the wisdom that will be coming out of his mouth in this lecture.


  1. Movie on the batting legend — Till now, Tendulkar has always been mentioned in various movies — as an inspiration. But the day is not far off when we will see a biopic, like Ali (2001), Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013), Paan Singh Tomar (2012), The Jesse Owens Story (1985), etc. Sporting movies have always inspired people and it will be a treat for Indians to watch a movie based on their favourite cricketer.


  1. Reserve Bank of India’s (RBIcommemorative coins – Ever imagined what would be the value of a George XI brass or nickel coin of 1946? Rs 50,000 according on eBay India. An RBI coin of Sachin Tendulkar would be a collector’s item — for sure.
  1. Stadium named after Tendulkar – The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) chief Sharad Pawar has already honoured the Indian batting legend by naming a sports club after him — Sachin Tendulkar Gymkhana at Kandivali. The chief also hinted plans of building new stadiums across when he had contested MCA elections. It wouldn’t come as a surprise if a stadium is built after him or any of the existing stadiums is renamed after him.


  1. Lara-Tendulkar Trophy – We have the Border-Gavaskar Trophy being played between India and Australia and named after Australia’s Allan Border and India’s Sunil Gavaskar, both of them having scored more than 10,000 Test runs in their career and captained their sides. We can soon expect a Lara-Tendulkar Trophy between West Indies and India. And it would be fitting, as Brian Lara and Tendulkar have been two of the greatest batsmen of the world.


  1. A powerful voice for Indian sports – Olympic medalist wrestler Sushil Kumar wants to see him as a Sports Minister of India, promoting various sports in India to a level where cricket is and may be beyond that. Tendulkar is a sporting icon in the world and there would be no one better to handle the Ministry of Sports than him. He is already a Member of Parliament of the upper house. Will he, then, take over as Sports Minister if he gets the opportunity? Unlikely. Tendulkar’s father never wanted his son to join politics. Given the fact that he has been a devoted son to this day, he may prefer to help Indian sports —not just cricket — from the outside, than join politics.


  1. Global ambassador for noble causes: The United Nations and the Indian Government would like to use his sway among the masses to propagate their messages for noble causes to help mankind. Tendulkar, one can be sure, won’t refuse such an opportunity to help society.

(Sudatta Mukherjee is a reporter with CricketCountry. Other than writing on cricket, she spends penning random thoughts on her blog and produces weekly posts on new food joints at Whopping Weekends. She played Table Tennis for University of Calcutta. When she is not writing, you will catch her at a movie theatre or watching some English serial on her laptop. Her Twitter id is @blackrosegal)