Sachin Tendulkar © Getty Images
Sachin Tendulkar © Getty Images

 

By Vinay Anand

 

When Sachin Tendulkar first donned the India one day cap, he did not trouble the scorers. Nevertheless, one glimpse of the man and you knew you were looking at a phenomenon.

 

Twenty two years on, the man still wears his heart on his sleeve. As Tendulkar reaches the twilight of his career, one cannot help but feel that this World Cup would most definitely spell the end of SachinTendulkar in coloured clothing.

 

Tendulkar might still find reason to continue playing Test cricket, looking up to the Test Championship and winning in Australia amongst other things. But prolonging his ODI career is highly doubtful.

 

Having achieved almost everything, the maestro might find very little reason to continue and this World cup most certainly seems to be Tendulkar’s swan song on the ODI circuit. In chase of the solitary thing that eluded him, the 10th edition of the World Cup would mark the perfect end to Tendulkar’s spectacular career if India can win it.

 

He would also bid adieu to his fans on his beloved home turf where he would have all the spectators cheering for him.

 

It took him over 70 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) to get to his maiden hundred. Now he’s got 46. His runs can never be amassed, his centuries can never be broken and it would only be stupid of one to think so with the speculation over the death of ODIs cricket.

 

It would be improbable for anyone to fill his boots or even come close to replicating what the Little Master has achieved but again. One said the same about Sunil Gavaskar, right?

 

Yes, indeed, this is Tendulkar and not Gavaskar. The difference being Gavaskar batted as if he had bank deposits, Tendulkar as if he’s playing the equity markets. The freedom with which he plays is second to none.

 

Gone are the days when cricket in India was Tendulkar but most definitely Sachin Tendulkar would be the name the world would associate with cricket itself! If ever one wanted a scripted ending, it had to be that of Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. Would only be fitting if he is able to lift the World Cup in front of his home crowd at the Wankhede Stadium.

 

(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)