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A journey, a dream of 37 years, living for it almost 22 years and finally he is there to hold the world cup on 2nd April 2011. What a moment it could be?

“I couldn't have asked for anything more than this. Winning the World Cup is the proudest moment of my life. Thanks to my teammates. Without them, nothing would have happened. I could not control my tears of joy” – Sachin Tendulkar.
Most of you know about this journey but as an ardent fan, who dreamt of this moment and waited for this in the past six world cup edition, love to pen down this dream moment.

It all started when his elder brother Ajit encouraged him to play cricket and his cricketing career blossomed under the guidance of his coach Ramakant Achrekar who always challenge Sachin by putting a one rupee coin on the top of the stumps and the one who dismiss Tendulkar would get the coin, if they fail then the coin would go to Sachin. Sachin have won 13 coins and he considers it as the most prized possessions.

It was in 1988 Sachin announced his name to this world by involving in an unbroken 664 runs partnership with Vinod Kambli, Sachin himself scored 326* and reduced the opposition bowler to tears. He made his Test debut on 15th November 1989 vs Pakistan and in the same year, he made his ODI debut too.

His 53 of 18 balls, including an over in which he scored 28 runs of Abdul Quadir was one of his best innings and it was acknowledged by his Captain too and in the 1991-1992 Australian tour, he remained unbeaten on 148 in Sydney Cricket Ground also known as Sachin Cricket Ground. His name flourished throughout the world during the period 1992-1999, his world cup records in 1996 was unbelievable, but the dream of winning the world cup was shattered in an infamous semi-final and in 2003 Aussies tasted them.

Though he had a glorious career made of remarkable moments but due to injuries, his was not in good touch until 2006 but once again, he arose like a phoenix as he hit back his form in second half of the year 2007. From that day until today, he is in his peak of his form. The magical journey includes 18000 ODI runs, 14000 Test runs, 99 International Centuries, the dream of 200* runs in ODI and many more wonderful innings.


Sachinism is more than a religion in India

We say HE IS GOD but what they say about our little master:

"Nothing bad can happen to us if we're on a plane in India with Sachin Tendulkar on it." - Hashim Amla

"To Sachin, the man we all want to be" - Andrew Symonds wrote on an Aussie t-shirt he autographed specially for Sachin.

"We did not lose to a team called India...we lost to a man called Sachin." - Mark Taylor, during the test match in Chennai (1997)

"He can play that leg glance with a walking stick also." - Waqar Younis

"There are 2 kinds of batsmen in the world. One Sachin Tendulkar. Two all the others." - Andy Flower

"I have seen god, he bats at no.4 for India" - Mathew Hayden

"I want my son to become Sachin Tendulkar." -Brian Lara (WI)

"Do your crime when Sachin is batting, because even God is busy watching his batting." -Australian Fan

Barack Obama - "I don't know about cricket but still I watch cricket to see Sachin play...Not b'coz I love his play its b'coz I want to know the reason why my country's production goes down by 5 percent when he's in batting"...

What else one could wish for other than these wonderful wishes? But his critics always wanted him to retire or tweet a statement, “whenever Sachin scores a century India results as losing side” but how many of you know that out of 48 centuries only 13 went in vain and one of them being 175* against Australia, is it Sachin’s mistake? think.... Or else they would coolly say, "Sachin never performs when chasing", gosh, he has scored centuries 14 times when chasing, the most by any player in this cricketing era. Losing is not in the hands of Sachin, only performing is in his hands and common people don’t blame the master for the worst performance of others.

Even then in world cup after scoring two scintillating centuries, one Vs England, the other against South Africa, he was once again criticized for Team India Losing for which Harsha Bogle replied as

Think about the man himself. He is 37 years of age. He has been playing almost nonstop for 22 years. The way he was running and diving around the field last night would have put 22 year olds to shame. The way he played the best opening quickies in the world was breathtaking. He just keeps getting better, which is by the way humanly impossible. It’s not for nothing that people call him GOD. But still I don’t want to be in those shoes. We struggle in keeping our monotonous lives straight, lives which affect a limited number of people. Imagine what would be the magnitude of the inner struggle for him, pain both mental and physical, tears that have frozen with time, knees and ankles and every other joint in the body that is either bandaged or needs to be attended to every night, eyes that don’t sleep before a big game, bats that have scored 99 international tons and still see expectations from a billion people. And he just converts those expectations into reality. We watch in awe, feel privileged. Well I think it’s time that his team realizes that enough is enough. They have an obligation, not towards their country alone but towards Sachin. They need to win this one for him. Stay assured that he himself will still deliver and leave no stone unturned to make sure India wins this cup.

This is not just a game, and he is not just a sportsman. It’s much more than this. Words fail here...

And as said, the team performed well and Today after Dhoni & his men in blue won the cup in style for Sachin in his home ground where he was a ball boy when India won their first world cup a way back in 1983, and today he lifts the cup in the same ground, and he was lifted by his team mates which when asked to team, they say,

"We wanted it too badly. I'm glad we achieved it. Obviously, it was for the special man here (Sachin Tendulkar) standing next to me. We're all very happy for him," – Zaheer,”

Homage to God

"We wanted to win it for Sachin Tendulkar. This World Cup is for him. It's yet to sink in and I don't know when it will sink in," - Gambhir

"Sachin Tendulkar has carried Indian cricket on his shoulders for 21 years. So it was fitting that we carried him on our shoulders after this win," Virat Kohli

And in post match press conference, Yuvaraj Singh revealed about his “Someone Special”, "Very sorry to disappoint you, guys. It was not for my girlfriend but for Sachin Tendulkar and it is for him"

after enjoying those sweet moments, I sat to pen down about my Little Master’s journey, dream, he is the history, he is the God, he is more than a religion in India, his teammates says, “this time for Sachin” and the nation says, “Sachin! Sachin! Sachin! Sachin!

I say - What an amazing journey is this little master, you are the God, you are the history and you are Cricket, and you are everything... What more I can say, even my words fail here, sleep well little master, “Your dreams are now reality and it is a memorable journey, Hats off Sachin


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52 comments:

  1. Good one, man reasonating with the beats of the nation. You might have won yourself your first Blog-a-ton with this. And i saw it had come out by quite early. You manged to write so quickly after match got over, eh? I am impressed.

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  2. Wow dude....i so love you for writing this...i have followed each match of Sachin, supported him and at times believe me i have cursed him too...But this was a win he deserved, and as kohli said having shouldered the responsibility of india for over 21 yrs, he so deserved this...one moment in life of each indian, they will never forget...well done India :D :D

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  3. All in one post wow!! superb :)

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  4. every time i visit your blog to enjoy your romance with your pen but this time surprised to read a journey a dream of the MASTER.. What a ODE TO THE MASTER. be proud for writing this amazing piece. a master piece for a MASTER BLASTER. a piece I love read plenty of times from your pen. I wish your winning streak continues from verdict, debaters, poetry and now in this. I have read your wish in your birthday post. I hope it will be fulfilled with this.

    Write, Write Write and win from your pen, a wish from an admirer, lover of your writings. love - bala.

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  5. A very good post...a fiting tribute to the Master of the game...his contribution is immense and really glad he could hold the world cup for once.

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  6. @ The Fool

    Awww... What more do I need? more than winning I treasure your comment a lot, and very much happy to receive an awesome comment from one of my best critic.. 'The Fool'.... and of course Sachin is the genius, the history and all possible terms of cricket.. SmileS.. Happy Happy Happy :-)

    Someone is Special

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  7. Nice one .. everyone loves Sachin :)
    and also thanks for reading my article for blog a ton also :)

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  8. @ Tweety

    Tweety you made me fly to sky.. What else can make me happy and I am mad fan of Sachin.. and yes as said, 'Sachin deserves the World Cup, a person known for records, but hard to know that you cursed him. I have never done that.. I always supported the little master in his ups and downs and loved his play right from the day I watched him first..

    His 148* Vs Australia, the Sharjah rockets, the way he handles Curtley Amborse and Walsh, the way he scored his fastest hundred, 10,000 runs, Sunil Gavaskar record, broke lara record for highest test runs, consecutive centuries record, first man in the planet to score a double century, 14000 TEST runs, 51 Test Centuries, 18000 ODI runs, 99 Internation centuries, century partnerships and atlast a World Cup Winner Medal..

    and as his Team Mates said he deserves it.. 1.2 Billion people hearts wished India to win and most of the hearts wished for Sachin.. SmileS..

    Happy man and this means a lot to me..

    Someone is Special

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  9. @ Geeta Singh

    Glad to know that Geeta.. Happy Man and a happy heart.. SmileS..

    Someone is Special

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  10. @ bala

    from the time you visited my blog the lucky charm started to shine for me. I started winning and it continued. and now today what a feedback you had given me to cherish.. This is more than winning.. yeah I love my little master and I am happy to write such a tribute to the legend of cricket..

    I will be the happiest if it happens.. and wow what a quote is that Sir.. I am amazed..

    PS: thanks for the wonderful mail you sent me today.. I am blessed to receive such a wonderful piece of appreciataion, actually I have got few but not as the one you mailed me.. I am floored..If you wish I will put them in my blog..and I hope you received my reply..

    once again thanks... I am very happy today..

    Someone is Special

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  11. @ Rekha

    Glad you felt it good and happy to read your wonderful thoughts.. of course his contribution is huge, If I had penned those then I wouldn't had end this write-up so I posted a little and added few more in the comments as there is no limit na.. Happy Man to see this pic.. Thanks a lot and Welcome to Few Miles..

    Someone is Special

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  12. @ Gireesh

    yeah you are absolutely right.. Everyone loves Sachin.. Happy Man.. and thanks a lot for visiting.. SmileS...

    Someone is Special

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  13. WoW....your post took me back to all those days when we would, as kids, dance on the streets, everytime he hit a 6. Or the boys in school, all of whom wanted to be Sachin. Or all the days when I would be cavorting with Sachin. He was here, there and everywhere. Every gal's fantasy, every boy's hero....
    I would say, if he chooses to retire, we should let him go. It is time he deserves a rest from carrying the wishes, prayers, hopes, aspirations, dreams of a billion Indians all these years alone.

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  14. It's certainly amazing that nearing the end of his career, the Indian team managed to get this trophy which had yet eluded Sachin's enormous shelves of trophies! Hats off to him and the team.

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  15. Indeed He is the MAN... have always admired him , Remeber meeting him in chandigarh such a gentleman...

    Excellent post ...

    hope he gets his 100th 100 soon

    Bikram's

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  16. @ Shilpa Nair

    Shilpa, Glad to hear those excellent memories from you.. I do remember those street dances, and even I am one of those in the list.. and of course he was here, there and everywhere like a God. He should retire but a little later, ie after scoring his 100 th century, 50 ODI centuries, 20000 ODI runs and 15000 Test runs, 400* what more I require.. hmm... and he indeed with the team fulfilled dreams of billion Indians.. SmileS..

    Someone is Special

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  17. @ D2

    of course it is D2, the tropy has now fulfilled his resume.. Hats off to the Team.. and smiles, happy to be here..

    Someone is Special

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  18. @ Bikramjit

    Of course he is the MAN.. You met him personally? I met him when he scored 138 Vs Australi when he scored 10K ODI runs.. near boundary ropes and conveyed my happines to him.. he is the best.. and even I wish the same.. and many more too from his bat.. Thanks a lot.........

    Someone is Special

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  19. Have something for you SIS :)
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  20. yaayyyy yaayyy yaay we won!!
    I hav so much to say n feel fro The GOD *tendu..but right now...will say u well captured the journey in word...so I'm speechless!

    Ardent fan of God*:D

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  21. All the best!

    The topic is increasingly becoming common in this BAT, though!

    Cheerz!

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  22. @ Simran

    Happy Man, thanks for the awards Simran..

    Someone is Special

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  23. @ Rachana Shakyawar

    Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy we won.. and for Sachin.. Woooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.. I am waiting for you to say your feel Rachana.. and Glad I captured the God's journey well.. Happy Happyyyyyyyy..

    Even I Rachana.. So sweet............... Happy Man........

    Someone is Special

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  24. @ Enchanta

    Thanks a lot for your wishes.. Smiles.. and cheers.....

    Someone is Special

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  25. Superb..the more you read abt this victory, the more you want to read. Apt timing, perfect post!!

    Coin funda by Ramakant Achekar, is something i didnt know! Loved it simply. Respect!

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  26. heyy..nice work..looks like uve done a lot of homework! never knew sachin from soo close ! The first worldcup of our lifetimes!! this will be unforgetable!!

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  27. What a post! Indeed, this is one great cricket journey you have posted. I like the quote: Sachinism is more than a religion in India. All the best!

    Sureindran
    www.sureindran.com

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  28. Well, you've timed it right, as has many others.. Will have to wait and see if TF is proved right, but you've won a lot of hearts with this post I think.. if that counts :)

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  29. @ Viyoma

    You said it all, 'the more you read about this victory, the more you want to read', Wow, thanks a lot for your wonderful words.. and Happy Happy Happy..Thanks once again for following my blog..

    Someone is Special

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  30. @ Mudassir

    Muddasir, thanks a lot for your encouraging comments.. I have done a lot of homework right from the day I was mesmerized by little master.. and of course first worldcup of our lifetime.. yeah, they will be unforgetable.. ever, ever and forever..

    Someone is Special

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  31. @ Sureindran

    Awww.. You made me fly to the sky.. a wonderful journey that one must love to see.. I am blessed.. I will say, 'I lived in the period of Sachin'...

    'Sachinism is more than a religion in India'... Happy and Glad you liked it..

    Thanks a lot for your wishes and encouraging words..

    Someone is Special

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  32. @ Vinay

    Vinay, I am now in Cloud 9, Happy Man, Thanks for your wonderful encouraging words.. "I will be happy if 'The Fool' words come true.. The happiest man in this world would be SiS.. and am glad I won a lot of hearts with this post..." Happy Man Vinay.. Thanks thanks thanks..

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  33. Awesome..India won the World cup..all smiles..sky was the limit for celebrations that night...The most interesting part for me in this article was that section which had the lines spoken by various celebrities about Sachin...good research and that was really kewl..keep up the good work bro...

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  34. Congratulations again to all brothers and sisters in India for this win and especially to the team. Hooray!

    A fine post SiS. Describes the background and all so very well and is well illustrated. The young men in the team so joyful. Kudos to Sachin Tendulkar. He sould like a fine man. I like the way he shares victory with the whole team. Speaks well of him.

    Very best wishes to you, SiS.

    Jamie

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  35. I think Sachin's greatest achievement is neither his records nor the countless centuries that he has scored, but the joy he brings to his fans whenever he walks out to bat.

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  36. @ Ravi

    of course you are right, everyone smiles and there is no limit for celebrations.. more than that it is a pride for India.. Thanks thanks thanks for the encouraging words.. Thanks a lot bro..

    Someone is Special

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  37. @ JamieDedes

    Thanks thanks thanks Jamie on behalf of all the Indians.. of course the young men in the team is so jouful.. Sachin Sachin Sachin.. and thanks for the encouraging words and blessings..

    Someone is Special

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  38. @ Vikram Pyati

    You are absolutely right, Sachin's greatest achievement is neither his records nor his countless centuries but the joy he brings to fan like me.. and a mad fan like me.. Thanks for the encouraging words.. Keep visiting..,

    Someone is Special

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  39. What a wonderful presentation of the Journey of the man whom the whole Nation loves so much. You didnt miss any detail and it was a pleasure to read after the victory. All the best.

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  40. @ Cherry Blossom

    Aww... Happy man.. Glad to read those encouraging words.. and of course the Nation loves him so much.. Happy Man as I didn't miss any detail... Thanks for the wishes and luck..

    Someone is Special

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  41. wow what a post and wow what a win it was :) it will stay for yrs to come :)

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  42. @ Scribbling Girl

    Wow What a comment is this.. and of course SG, the win stay forever for years...Happy Happy Man.. Happy to have you here..

    Someone is Special

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  43. @ aativas

    :-), Smiley... All is WELL ???????? Hmmm you left me hanging somewhere in the mountains of Western Ghats..

    Someone is Special

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  44. @ Brain

    Brian, thanks for the SmileS..

    Someone is Special

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  45. Wow Sis! This is just too good a story for the Indian people...talking of such wondrous victory...:)

    What a journey you've had....nd this Sachin! Legendary! :)

    ATB my dear SiS!

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  46. @ Amity

    Aww.. You made me fly to the sky Amity.. Thank you so much.. What a victory it is? and what a journey it is.. I love ... I couldn't think anything other than this.. Happy Man you know.. Thanks for the SmileS..

    Someone is Special

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  47. I may be one of the rare persons to have missed watching the match.But the joy of winning wasn't shadowed by this tiny detail :P
    It has indeed been a long journey for Sachin & I'm glad that its going to end on such a happy & satisfying note.A well-written post.. all the best for BAT! :)

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  48. I think wat makes Sachin so special is the best person he is..I respect him to the fulest..!!!

    nice journey here dear..!!

    All the best for BAT..!!!

    here's mine..!!!
    Yamini Meduri- Journey

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  49. @ whisperingsilence

    So sad but glad you are happy.. Smiles..

    Someone is Special

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  50. @ Yamini Meduri

    Thank you so much Yamini.. Happy to have you here...

    Someone is Special

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