The Girl Who Didn’t Know Tendulkar!

Piyush Kumar for BeyondHeadlines

Cricket­ the religion and the path of solace and nirvana to the sports­nationalists and lovers, has Sachin  Tendulkar  as  its  undisputed  Indian  God.  The  God  who  commands  enough  respect, fan­following  and  loyalty  to  bring  the  nation  to  a  halt. There was  a time when television  sets would be shut off as soon as Tendulkar would get out.

Such  was  the  craze  and  such  is  the  dedication  for  Tendulkar.  He  could  overshadow  any batsmen with his skills and innovations and would tear apart any bowling attack on this earth.

He pulled the chain of the Rawalpindi express like no other, in this journey of cricket. His shots have been copied, emulated and perfected by his  self­declared  disciples  all  across the globe. The Globe of cricket! The globe of Cricket fans!! The globe of Indian cricket fans!!!

Yes, our world of sports and nationalism starts with cricket and ends on Tendulkar. And in the process,  we  forgot  all  other  sports  and  every  other  sportsman.  Let  me  clarify  that  I  am not blaming  Tendulkar  for  this.  This has  been  our  inability.  Thousands of sportsmen are lying  in apathy of sports governing bodies, waiting for better days while doing every odd job on the actual globe.

A recent article in India Today has mentioned about  a few sportsperson in oblivion­ Sita sahu, Shanti  Devi,  Nauri  Mundu,  Nisha  Rani  Dutt  and  S,  Santhi.(http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/sachin­tendulkar­maria­sharapova­tendulkar­fans­athletes/1/369786.html).

Their condition has been such that they have been forced to work as labourers at brick kilns and sell vegetables.  I  dare  our  so  called  sports  enthusiasts  and  lovers  if  they  ever  heard  these names. There has also been the case of a sportsperson who had to sell his medals and trophies for survival.

Media  too  has  been  responsible  for  this  condition.  Since cricket  is  the  only  sports  that guarantees TRP shoot, media provides extensive coverage. Where do national hockey and rural kabbadi stand against even the IPLs!

Let us have a look at the actual global scenario of sports and compare them with cricket. Where does  cricket  stand  against  Football,  Tennis,  Rugby,  Athletics,  Gymnastics  and  so  on.  The greatest sporting event, Olympics doesn’t  have anything close to cricket and our performance there is really commendable!

Ongoing FIFA World Cup has shown what the people on Globe care and know about, if it comes to sports. Half the world doesn’t even know about cricket and then to expect a Sharapova or a Rooney to know about a Tendulkar  is a bit too much. I don’t know how to justify pouncing upon Sharapova on social media.

As an editorial in the Indian Express states­ “now at least Sharapova is unlikely to ever forget Tendulkar, or deny knowing him. Mission accomplished, perhaps — except that for the rest of the sporting fraternity who dare not forget his name, Tendulkar will forever remain that guy that Sharapova didn’t know”.


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