Sachin Tendulkar - two steps away from realizing his Big Dream

Sachin Tendulkar of India pulls the ball towards the boundary during India’s match against Australia © Getty Images

 

By Vinay Anand

 

Recent IndiaAustralia cricket matches has all the ingredients of a Bollywood masala – hype, drama, emotion, suspense and a thrilling climax. And there are heroes and there are villains as well.

 

Thursday’s World Cup quarter-final between the two nations was no different where the home team beat. It drove a nation into an explosive ecstasy.

 

Ricky Ponting has certainly played his last World Cup match and, in all likelihood, his final ODI as well. But the great batsman, that he unquestionably is, ensured that the world will remember him as someone who made a fighting exit. His hundred came against all odds, as he was going through a serious slump. He played like a true champion and an inspirational leader. Ponting has a sense of occasion and that was evident in the crunch game against India.

 

Ponting, like Brutus in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, gave up in all haplessness and had to bid goodbye in deep isolation. But he will be remembered as a legend who at least will bow out on a high as the best captain, best batsman and a team man who made his nation proud by being part of three World Cup-winning teams.

 

Australia’s exit ensured that Sachin Tendulkar would live to fight another day. And with it, the great man’s one big dream of winning the World Cup is also alive. Tendulkar has been in top form throughout the tournament. He scored a fluent 53 against the likes of Brett Lee, Shaun Tait and Mitchell Johnson.

 

It’s said that, ‘You get what you deserve, not what you desire in life’. This could be so applicable to Tendulkar’s case at the moment. He has persevered in the hope of winning a World Cup and has given 21 years of blood and sweat for his nation. Maybe the Little Master might see his dream come true, at last, by winning this time. Tendulkar could be likened to Octavius Caesar who, despite fighting many wars for Rome, was never rewarded in a deserving manner, till Brutus died.

 

We will see a new World Cup champion for the first time since 1999. And Tendulkar could finally get his bounty for playing cricket with as much zest as he did when he was 16 on his international debut.

 

(Vinay Anand, 17, has an uncanny eye for detail. He revers cricket – looking beyond the glamour into the heart of the game where true passion, perseverance and grit meet. To him, there is no greater joy than coming closer to the sport while exploring its intricacies through his writing and treading ahead to establish himself as a writer and presenter)