“Ma, come and see this. ” - That was a call from my 14 year old who was watching TV. Knowing very well, what he was watching and my lost interest in that, I dismissed his call. He called out again, “ “Amma, don’t miss this historical moment, do come and watch”.
Historical? Or is it hysterical?
I did’nt tell him, but told that to myself.
As a subscriber to newspaper, newschannel and a few books, I was annoyed with the media, print and electronic and even the public for building news only about him in the past few days. No other news was given more prominence not even Anand-Carlsen match.
Almost every other media, talked about this so called GOD.
He was brilliant alright, but GOD?!
No ways, mortals like me don’t understand. I too have been a huge fan of cricket during my school days but don’t understand the love and adulation by the media and his fans to raise him to the pedestal of god. I have seen how his fans reacted the moment he came on ground on his 38th birthday. I was witness to this event. Like I have written in that post, more than the game, I was watching how crazy the fans were of him. Although it was a match between MI and DC of hyderabad, the locals supported him .
Since I had no interest in the game anymore, neither was I a fan of ‘GOD’, god particle or whatever. I was least interested to watch his retirement , what some call as ‘end of an era’ .
But then, for my son’s sake, I walked over to watch the TV and yes, his thanksgiving speech moved me and made me emotional too. The crowd reacted the same way that I saw some 2 years ago on his 38th birthday.
His body language showed what a fine human being he is. The words struck like genuine . Rare are the people who remember their mentors and makers. And here was the man who mentioned everyone in his speech and he did’nt even spare the pitch. The speech struck an emotional chord with me too.
I was a huge fan of cricket in my teens, not anymore. I won’t raise Sachin to the pedestal of God but….
he definitely seems like a fine humble human from his farewell speech.
Put your fan following to good use, Sachin! Happy retirement!!