Monday, 18 November 2013

Sachiiiiiiiiiin....... Sachin

Wow….. what a moving Speech by the Greatest Batsman ever produced by India, Sachin Tendulkar. This kind of Speech, where the whole Nation stood by and listened for a whole 15 Minutes without a Noise, has not been heard in a long long Time. The last I can remember People waiting to hear somebody desperately was for our Former Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee.

However, the difference between Mr. Vajpayee and Sachin is that Mr. Vajpayee was always considered a Good Orator whereas in the case of Sachin, he was considered a ‘Man of Few Words’. A Shy Individual who always spoke with his Bat and rest of the time found solace in Music with Headphones on. So, hearing such a tremendous Speech from him, that too in Extempore, in front of such a wide Audience, was all the more commendable.

I will not talk here about the Stats which Sachin has created. A lot has already been said about it and People will always keep talking about it in the Field of Cricket. What I want to talk here about is how Big a Person Sachin has proved to be.

This Person came into Limelight since he was 16. Normally, kids who are exposed to so much Stardom so early in their lives, take it to their Heads and eventually get deviated from the Paths. But, not Sachin. He was throughout under Focus and is still is, but how he has stayed to remain Calm, Composed, Grounded and Humble is something to be wondered of.

Apart from being a Great Player, he has been a Good Son, Husband, Father, Brother, Friend, Team Player, Mentor…. & probably much more which we are not aware about. So, its not only his Stats which are Great but his overall Personality too which make this 5’5” Normal-sized Man much bigger than all the Civilians in India. And, now this has been proved by the Government of India awarding him with the highest Civilian Honour….. the Bharat Ratna.

This Mumbai Lad has proved that not only is he a Great son of India but also is a Great Human Being. Believe me, after watching his Farewell on Saturday, there is nothing running on my TV since last Two days except Sachin. I don’t feel like watching anything else. Just listening his Speech again-and-again and hearing him giving Interviews after it, is just so much Inspirational and all I am Interested in.

Above all, the Gesture which touched my Heart the most and I am sure of Millions too, was he walking to the Centre of the Pitch and touching it with both Hands for giving Respect for what it has given him since last 24 Years. It shows how much rooted Sachin is to India and he sent a Signal to the World that we, as Indians, no matter how Great we become, will always Love our Motherland. I am sure People in other Lands must be jealous that Sachin was not Born in their Country and we are so so Proud of the fact.

There is a lot for our People to learn from him. He has been the Inspiration for many Kids to take up Cricket as their chosen Profession. But, beyond that, we all should Learn that even if you gain a Stature of the World’s Largest, you will not become Small if you bend down. We all should remain Honest, shun our false Attitudes, Egos etc. and become Good Human Beings.

It was being said in our times, “Kheloge koodoge banoge kharab….. padhoge likhoge banoge nawab”. Thank God, Sachin’s Parents didn’t say that to him considering his Father was a Professor otherwise what would have happened to us!!! I am sure Parents’ attitude will change now and they will start giving more Freedom to their Kids to choose what they are Good at and not force them only to become Book Worms. 

It is said that People born in 80s like me had the priviledge to be the First & Last Generation to view many Social changes. But, now I can proudly say that I belong to a Generation when the God started playing Cricket!!!

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Men in Blue - What Left to achieve?

What a fantabulous Performance by Team India on 30th October’13 in Nagpur. This whole Series has been a treat for the Eyes. They have proved that there is nothing left in the Field of Cricket which they cannot achieve. Chasing a Target of 350 and winning is indeed a great feat and we are left wondering how much more our Indian Cricket Team is capable of.
The present Indian Team is full of excellent Players especially in the Batting line-up and it goes down to the 6th /7th Player in the Team. Not to mention, our Bowling line-up is also good but observing their Performances in the last few Matches, I believe they need to pull up their Socks a bit as it does not happen always that we give away more than 300 Runs to the Opponent Team no matter how Batting-friendly the Pitch is. I know it is easier to say than do and I will never be able to understand how much Pressure our Players are under on the Field but as an Audience I know that there is still much Room for the improvement in the Bowling Area definitely. After all, we shouldn’t put so much Pressure on our Batsmen who are giving their Breath away every Time to chase huge Targets and Winning.  

Apart from the above, the Team India is performing brilliantly and is maintaining its Position as No. 1 Team in the World. No doubt, we are Proud of them and will always be even when the Times are not right. Hats off to M S Dhoni for being an amazing Captain. The best thing about him is that he is always Calm & Cool no matter how Good or Bad the situation is. He is very Level-headed and maintains his Restrain in every Situation. This is the Sign of a Good Leader. He is my Husband’s favourite and he always says that there is a lot which People can learn from Dhoni. I have also started admiring him though my all time favourite has always been Saurav Ganguli. :)

So, to Sum up, we are Proud of the Men in Blue for their Good Team Work & Superb Performances. May they achieve much more in the Years to come and India assures that it will always be behind them through Thick-and-Thin.

Pragya Banerjee
MBA (Finance); 7+ years of work experience