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Sachin Scores a Ton - A 100th Century

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Sachin scores a tonTen is greater than eleven, Disagree?

Well, take a paper, pen and write “I disagree; Ten is not greater than eleven”. Even if you feel lazy to follow it, just remember this sentence, I will be asking you again.

There are only a very few things which we human beings consider constitutive - food, clothing, shelter and some other basic needs. But topics like sports, politics, entertainment or whatever dont make that list. But the undeniable fact is that, us human beings must consider a few other entities as essential. If it is Chess for Russians, and Football for Europe, for us billion and more Indians, it is “Cricket”. There are some unexplained phenomena which occur on the earth, I must say that ”Craze for Cricket among Indians” is one such unexplained mystery. But that’s a different story altogether; let’s not discuss why Indians are Cricket maniacs.

Plainly speaking, Cricket is a sport played between two teams, with 11 players on each team.

If you ask “Name an Indian cricketer” to any sane person among the 1.2 billion heads in India, I bet, you will have a consistently common answer. And that will be “Sachin Tendulkar”. To all the cricket maniacs and even to the person who never watches cricket, SACHIN TENDULKAR will always be a known name in India.  And its not only to the Indian cricket fans, but also to every person iin this world who loves the game of cricket, the name TENDULKAR will be a well known name, be it Australian or a Pakistani. Tendulkar is the Demigod of the religion called Cricket.

To speak about all his achievements, we will find that any number of days are not enough. So let's talk about one recent milestone of his - “100th Ton”. Honestly speaking, it is not so easy to score even a single ton, even when playing against a group of school guys. There are more ways to get us out of the pitch than to keep us on it. So it is with a lot of pride that we can say that an Indian “Sachin Tendulkar" has done it.

Very frankly, I don't think India is great at any sport. In the Olympics we have never made a big show. Even with a billion heads, we never rocked any sport. And in the game of Cricket we are no wonder kids. So whatever game it is, there are only some Indians who made us proud by standing tall in the global field.

A few days ago, Sachin scored his 100th 100. But India lost that game to a minnow nation (in cricket). But seems to me that that never echoed much in India, if you read or heard the news, it was always about “Sachin scored his 100th ton”. There were no sign for India’s humiliating loss against a minnow nation. Know why? If you aske me, I will point my finger at two entities - one is the Media guys and the other one is Sachin Tendulkar. That’s the craze we have here for Sachin!

Sachin is a thorough gentleman and note that we have very few gentlemen left in the gentleman’s game of cricket. There are so many incidents to prove and quote his perfect, mature behavior. But I am not the right person to write about his behavior or his attitude, because his cricketing experience is more than my age. When I was born he was playing cricket, and even today when I write this, he is still playing cricket. Thats about 22 years or so. How can a man achieve this? While most of the players who played with him are holding microphones and sticks, he still has his bat in his hand.

Forget the game and forget the country for a second, and just think of "HOW TO DEVOTE OURSELVES TO OUR INTEREST OR CAUSE”. Tendulkar, the living legend is a perfect example of that. Everyone has something to learn from him. To the millions of youngsters like me, he is still a young man when it comes to a fighting spirit and he is still a strong man when it comes to chasing our dreams.

Have you ever heard of a 'Product Life Cycle'? Well, it is all about the ups and downs of a product in its life cycle from start to finish. There are usually 4 stages - Introduction, Growth, Maturity and Decline.

We can relate these to almost anyone and anything. But there is a man who defies it, He had an introduction, a growth stage and a maturity stage. But he certainly will not have a DECLINE stage. For more than 20 years, he has managed to survive on the tough path and is still following his dream. Irrespective of our domain, we all must learn one thing from him, WHATEVER IT TAKES, FOLLOW YOUR DREAM.

So going back to the original question - "Is 10 greater than 11?" ie. the 11 players on a cricket team. Here is the conclusion -
If you consider Tendulkar as TEN (short form) and the rest of the cricketers as “ELEVEN”, I say, TEN is Greater than ELEVEN! Agree or Disagree? 

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