Before starting this letter I was contemplating whether it should be Respected Sachin Sir or should it be Dear Sachin for a long time, then I went with Dear Sachin coz I have looked at you only like a younger sister since I was in 5th std and I still do the same. I am sending this letter to a couple of newspapers and I don’t even know whether it would be published, but I am still going ahead with this so as I get to tell you what people like me feel about all that’s been happening for a while now, though you might have heard the same from all your loved near and dear ones.
I all these 23 years of your career, you have given me umpteen times to cheer about sach. Today I am only talking as a proud younger for whom her brother is a hero. There might be million other people who might say this, but for me no one can say it with the same pride and affection I say it with. I understand that and very sadly see that you are undergoing a very difficult phase, but it will pass through. Don’t worry.
After watching you for all these years, it’s when you enter the field, the first time you are shown on screen we can actually feel what’s up with you that day and I haven’t felt that you might get a 100 @ all. That cheerfulness / the aura which is generally seen on your face its missing. I started feeling I am the bad omen and stopped watching the matches @ all for the past 3 or 4 ODIs. I know deep within me it’s not time yet for you to move on as suggested by half the world, so just don’t bother. Please try and get whatever is bothering your mind out of your system and it will all fall in place.
Even after all these years, it’s very disheartening to see people using The BRAND Sachin for the sake of selling themselves or to make a place on the headlines. I know you are not perfect, You are GOD but you are not perfect (No God is…. Otherwise there won’t be some many other issues), but never forget that people who are making news and selling themselves with your name don’t have half your perfection. They all talk it all coz they know that you are too humble a person to give out your replies in the media and that they would be raped in public if you even open your mouth.
Sach, forget it all sach, forget all of us and our expectation even your own and just play like yourself and I know no one can even dream about matching you. You are Sachin Tendulkar The God Cricket, Hit the ball like it’s there to be hit, think only of those things which keep you happy, The sharjah Sand Storm, The Perth Century, The WC innings to destroy Pakistan.
Aside to Indian Public ( Including Current players, Ex-Players, Media etc..)
How about we all just mind our jobs for some days??? This is the guy who has been the reason to smile for thousands of us for more than 2 decades and are we all repaying him by talking only crap about him. I understand that we all have a freedom of speech, but this freedom has to stop @ a point where it doesn’t affect others. What happiness do we all find by saying he is not doing his job, are we all perfectionists in what we do? Have we never faced failures in life? All those Professionals, Students, Ex-Players and every other person look at yourself first. You probably do more mistakes than Sachin has done in the whole career collectively. When he doesn't comes calling for your head, you also better behave professionally and sensibly.
If just sitting at home and watching the match, we are feeling all these disappointments think of the him. He will be more than disappointed than all of our disappointments put together. If you can tell the him, it’s ok boy, there is always a next time; else please go and do what you are being paid to do! Else some other team mate of yours might tell you are not working and cost you your job. The perfect Indian Mentality!
The general public’s comments all over, Uff that’s something I can’t get my head over. Sorry TOI, I am an avid reader of your newspaper, but please think 57% of India says Sachin should Quit ODIs, are we doing justice to our jobs, Did the whole of India vote on your Online poll or did the complete cricket watching population did it…. I fall into both these categories and I didn’t vote and I know hundreds of other people who didn’t, so why such a news? What are we trying to prove here??
I would say that time has come for Sachin to dump all of us, instead of we dumping him. We are the absolute reason for his performance. Can we all feel what would have been on his mind, every time he walks out or rather gets up every day. The fear of the failure is gripping him so hard that he will hardly be able to concentrate on the game. Half of India is crying for his retirement, Okie a new player comes plays well for 3 series u make new GODs, then they fail and you again dump them is it? What are you all joking at? India fails if Sachin fails, this is still happening, only good thing the frequency of failure is reduced. I am not saying Sachin played great this series but still he cannot be replaced. That would be like having 100 sleeping tablets, when you already falling into a well.
Back in 2007, people all hungama was created for his retirement and he answered it all back in the next year which made people eat back their words, let’s all not jump to decisions and make conclusions for his sake, just like how you are the best @ knowing what you are doing, he is best to know what he is doing.
A Final Note to all Ex-Players: Please think about what happened in your careers, be truthful to yourselves and think, how did you play, how did you retire and how did you achieve certain landmarks (specific cases) and after you go through this process think again and decide if you are fit enough to talk about this man…
Come on Sachin! Show it to the world that you are still better than any of them and we are here to stand up and cheer you.