Friday, February 26, 2010
Every time the maestro notches up a new record or clinches a spectacular win for India, I can't wait to read every article on his feat I can find online, rush to get a copy of every newspaper/magazine raving about his achievement, and even try to catch up with the disdainfully spiced Aaj tak, NDTV, Star News coverage on the legend. The celebration of 20 years of Sachin in Cricket had not even shown any signs of abating when the most worshipped man in India came up with a phenomenal display of class, strength and supremacy; 200 not out in an ODI against one of the finest attacks in the world..What a blistering knock, what a majestic spell !! The day will go down in history as the day when time stopped to witness the finest batathon in the world of cricket where a new milestone was achieved by a genius in every sense of the word !! Superlatives are really not enough to describe the greatness of Little master we all know as Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. Television, Newspapers, magazines, cafes, Social networking sites, corporate offices, schools, colleges, the Sachin fever has swept the whole nation and everyone's speaking volumes about the man and his formidable records. As usual, I read a lot of articles on his latest tour de force in One Day International and thought of doing a compilation of some of the best quotes and phrases showered on the batting ace:
There should be a wine named after SRT; gettin better with age. - Cricinfo
The Little Master, as his fans know him, is as bright at twilight as he was at noon. - Time
Sachin Tendulkar: A tiger who is never in the woods. - The Economic Times
He was a child prodigy, greatness was plainly his destiny. So there are literally millions of cricket fans who can honestly respond to every new Tendulkar record by saying, "I told you so." - Time
Every slogan...all standing ovations... each chant.... all news.. they just looked so small to complement god's feat.... - Sourabh Goyal, Aditi Tech.
I thought the way he celebrated when he reached his 200 epitomised the man's persona. There was no running laps around the field, no aggressive gestures, nothing over-the-top. He did what he always does, raised both his arms, closed his eyes for a moment and quietly acknowledged that it had been done. - Anil Kumble
Aaj sabka status Sachin ke hi baare me hai...lagta hai Facebook nahi, SachinBook kholker baithe hain... - Shayan Anwer, CGI India
It won't be long before other batsmen reach and exceed the 200-run mark; there are at least a half-dozen in the modern game who have both the power and stamina to pull it off any day of the week. But history will never forget the Bannisters and Tendulkars for proving that the only barriers are in our minds. - Time
He has got so much class. His greatest strength is the longevity, to be able to be so successful at a young age and to still be doing the same thing 20 years on. We're blessed to still have such a great player playing this game. - Michael Clarke
After two decades of basking in the glory of his sporting pre-eminence on the world stage, India is now privileged to witness the second coming of the most complete and prolific batsman of this age. - The Money Times
Beneath the helmet, under that unruly curly hair, inside the cranium, there is something we don't know, something beyond scientific measure. Something that allows him to soar, to roam a territory of sport that, forget us, even those who are gifted enough to play alongside him cannot even fathom. When he goes out to bat, people switch on their TV sets and switch off their lives. - BBC
I have seen god, he bats at no. 4 for India !! - Mathew Hayden
There is nothing more benumbing than watching history being made. The mind is awash with cliché’s floating through it, but by and large it is a Tendulkar creates history; scores double ton sense of helplessness coupled with an inability to describe when words should flow to record that moment for posterity. - TOI
The joy he brings to the millions of his countrymen, the grace with which he handles all the adulation and the expectations and his innate humility - all make for a one-in-a-billion individual. - Glen McGrath
'I Will See God When I Die But Till Then I Will See Sachin' - A banner in Sharjah
On a train from Shimla to Delhi, there was a halt in one of the stations. The train stopped by for few minutes as usual. Sachin was nearing century, batting on 98. The passengers, railway officials, everyone on the train waited for Sachin to complete the century. This Genius can stop time in India!! - Peter Rebouck, Aussie journalist
And the last one from the man himself:
I don't think any record is unbreakable. Records are made to be broken. I hope that if this record is broken, it's done by an Indian. - Sachin
All said and done, records will be made and broken, but the man will always be remembered for breaking the barriers, raising the bars, and making us believe that greatness lies not in records, but in knowing that the country and the game is bigger than the man and nothing is impossible if the endeavor is backed by passion and a strong belief in oneself !!
Long live SRT !!