Sachin Tendulkar is a name that inspires a lot of youths in the country. He is known to everybody. Thanks to Cricket. When he breaks his own previous records, the country drowns in celebrations. He is India’s pride and love. But when he doesn't reach up to the expectations of fans and ex-cricketers, the world blows apart.
In the recent on-going test series against New Zealand, Sachin scored only few runs. This has started a debate in news channels. Sunil Gavaskar has remarked about Sachin’s growing age. Some wonder when he will retire. Others have come up with interviews held previously with Tendulkar. All are eager to give their advices and opinions. And they are giving it live on TV. Everyone wants the little master to not rest further, play more matches and improve his footwork.
If Sachin is ageing, it’s natural. Isn’t he a human being? Haven’t so many other cricketers aged and then retired? True, some have retired at the peak of their careers. While others have quit because they couldn’t contribute much further towards their teams. Ultimately it’s a Cricketer’s decision.
Imagine a student not performing well in exams, what should teachers and parents do? They should encourage him/her to study harder. One should not taunt or mock a student for poor performance. Or else the student might end up going further doing in studies. Or should we tell the student to quit studies because he/she cannot perform well in exams?
Think if that student is Sachin. If he isn't performing well in Cricket, shouldn't the country encourage him to improve? What good will do if everybody starts demanding a retirement?
The question is why can’t people leave Sachin alone? Let him decide when to take rest and when to retire? He has come a long way in his career. He has gone through highs and lows of Cricket. He knows his game. The master blaster.