The other day, during the semi-final between RCB and MI, Rahul Dravid stood his ground when he felt the catch taken by Sachin could actually not be taken cleanly. As it turned out later, he was ruled not out on replay. But Gavaskar, who was the commentator began saying, ” How can he doubt somebody like Sachin Tendulkar? He has shared the dressing room with him for so many years!” You should have heard his wounded tone. Why is Sachin Tendulkar not a human being. Can’t he make a mistake. Is Rahul Dravid a lesser player with lesser dignity? But, he was questioned because he questioned Lord Sachin?
There is hardly anything left to say about the man. Have you noticed how people just take off eulogizing about his skills, the moment even his picture appears on the screen. My husband is truly fed up of all the sycophantic honey-sweet utterings about this man. I would give credit to Sachin for staying so humble and grounded when he is surrounded by “admirers” all the time. Okay, he is a great player. But, what is this “God” business. It is unfair to call any player that. Have you noticed how openly biased people like Sunil Gavaskar (with his ill-concealed Marathi leanings) fall over each other to praise him.
In the finals of IPL, Sachin’s captaincy raised a lot of questions especially the decision of bringing Pollard on so late. But, did anyone dare say much? No. Because it is Sachin Tendulkar. Can you imagine the heat any other captain would have faced?
My point is who and why has Sachin Tendulkar been elevated to the status of a demi-God by the media? Let him stay a mere mortal. Why we as Indians can’t show adulation by staying normal? Do we have to conform by behaving like “chamchas” in the guise of fans?