Dubai without Burj Khalifa.
New York, without the Statue of Liberty.
Paris without its Eiffel Tower.
London without its Underground Metro.
China without its iconic Great Wall.
Agra without the Taj Mahal.
Now, imagine ICC World Cup 2015 Without Sachin Tendulkar.
Was tough, wasn’t it?
Kind of unimaginable and difficult to digest? Well, ever since Sachin’s retirement from the 50-overs game, Indians will have no other choice but to imagine this World Cup without him! Spectatorship will hit an impasse when the echoing chants of ‘Sachin… Sachin…, Sachin… Sachin…’ will no more do the rounds of India’s matches, especially the nail-biting opening match against Pakistan – an opponent we have always managed to beat in every World Cup. Sachin’s contributions to India’s wins over the two decades need not be enumerated here… his name speaks for itself!
Team India will find it very tough to surpass their golden cricketing history this year in the absence of Sachin, if they wish to retain their cup as current World Champions. Sachin, who retired from the game after an illustrious 24-year career, was like a guiding beacon of light in the Indian side, his words were like advice from God; he is after all the God of cricket! His constant presence and contributions during all of the five contests between India and Pakistan in a World Cup were astounding! Every time Shoaib Akhtar came to bowl to Sachin, the crowd stood silent, lips sealed! A huge uproar within a matter of seconds confirmed what Sachin did; a sixer over Shoaib’s head – a befitting answer to the always angry pacer looking for ways to strike Sachin’s head off achievements and laurels in the World Cup don’t come easy; he laid his life on the line even after battling constant tennis elbow injuries due to usage of a heavier bat.
But Sachin is Sachin, he neither squirmed nor complained, he bounced back using the same heavy bat and continued to awe audiences with his master-strokes!
This World Cup will be a dismal one for sure, India’s team is pretty weak compared to tall orders of other cricketing nations competing in the tournament. Sachin will be missed; missed like a person misses oxygen when asphyxiated! Last time India was lucky, playing on home soil, winning with the home crowd’s unflinching support. This time we play down-under; tensions will be high!
Sachin sir, if you are reading this… please note that we miss you! If you would have been in this current team, we could have easily replicated the success of the 2011 Cricket World Cup. Please guide our team to victory this year too. Your invaluable presence in the cricketing paddock will be of immense importance to our team helping them bring back the World Cup home, again. Make them win!For you, as a humbling tribute to the ‘Little Master’ of cricket. A cricketing superhero who will remain unparalleled; for years to come.