Sachin TonDulkar’s 100th Ton – a fan’s tribute
16 March 2012 was a massive day for Indian Cricket.
The God of Cricket, born in India, scaled a new summit which none else may, in our life time, may even imagine to reach.
It is as much or even more difficult as The God of Cricket’s Grand Father Sir Donald Bradman’s 99.96 test batting average.
Sustaining one’s focus, interest and stamina for such a long time – nearly 23 years is in itself a record.
Cricket is a game that requires a very high level of concentration and enormous amount of stamina which has to be sustained for long periods of time in every game.
Just one ball, good or bad, one poor shot, a silly mistake, lethargy while running, a brilliant catch, changing weather conditions, a deteriorating pitch, a devastating delivery causing injury or an umpiring error (partial or impartial) can send a batsman packing back to the pavillion.
Topping it all, is the pressure of living up to the expectation of millions of fans and a silly media, ready to forget your past heroics the moment you fail.
That Sachin has managed to overcome all these is what elevates him clouds and sky above the rest of all us, applauding mortals.
The last century may have taken a long time to come. He went close to the landmark on quite a few occasions in the past year, largely trying to fulfil the world’s expectations and to an extent his personal desire for the 100th 100. However, as he went near that summit, he stuttered a bit as if he suddenly needed the map for the familiar territory of the century land. May be the pressure of people’s expectations was walking alongside during each of his 33+ walks to the middle.
For all those who still have the temerity to question about the sanctity of celebrating this achievement, the answer lies in the fact that even the great master needed 34 sojourns to the crease to reach that summit. A century is that difficult in cricket. To score 100 of them?
Thats why he is GOD OF CRICKET.
Here is a small tribute in the form a drawing made by my second son Anand Surya.