JournalismPakistan.com November 15, 2013
So okay that was a fitting last innings. With the Windies largely wind-less they are not going to give Sachin the bat again. Unlikely, the way the lead is building. Match over by Day four or even earlier. Worth waking up for, worth the watch, worth the farewell.
In a funny way I am glad he did not make a century. That would have been too sweet, so sweet that I might have wondered hey, just a second this is not a film script. I am even happier Darren took a super catch to shut those up who felt the Windies would be in on some arrangement to uplift Sachin, not that the guy needs it. It was pure reflex and it struck. The good man walked.
Twenty-four years to the day. Not many of us on this planet have such a great innings in life whatever we do. The days of indispensability are swiftly disappearing. Sachin is one of the last perennials. The future belongs to the sprinters not the long distance runners, technology won’t allow them to stay the distance, far too many challengers for the top spot, far too much talent not just in cricket but across the board.
But let’s not be bleak.
We saw cricket history today. We saw a proud wife, a happy son, a blessed mother.
A great player saying goodbye. Good enough for me.
(The writer is a Senior Editorial Advisor of Khaleej Times and the paper’s former Editor. He has also been the Editor of Gulf News, Gulf Today, Emirates Today and Bahrain Tribune)
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