तुम क्या जानो के तेंदुलकर हमारे लिए क्या था !!

This is a poetic tribute to Sachin Tendulkar and a generation that loved him

एक जमान था जब हम २ सवाल पूछा करते थे

एक ‘स्कोर क्या हुआ है’ और दूसरा ‘तेंदुलकर है’ ?

आज तेंदुलकर नहीं तो पहला सवाल पूछने का मन ही नहीं करता

और इंडिया कितने भी रन बना ले , आजकल हमारा दिल नहीं भरता !!

तुम क्या जानो के तेंदुलकर हमारे लिए क्या था

हमेशा की डूबती हुई नय्या का वो एक ही तो सहारा था…

तेंदुलकर हमारा ख्वाब और हमारी सच्चाई भी था

और क्या बताऊ तुम्हे वो हमारे दर्द की वजह और हमारी ख़ुशी का इन्तेजाम था!!

तेंदुलकर के रिटायर होने पे तुम खुश हो सकते हो

तुम्हारे पास द्रविड़, गांगुली, लक्ष्मण, धोनी, युवराज, रैना जो थे…

पर हमे माफ़ करना, हम गम छुपा नहीं सकते

क्यों की आज की दुनिया मैं अब और तेंदुलकर नहीं बनते !!

तुम क्या जानो के तेंदुलकर हमारे लिए क्या था

वो हमारे सब सवाल और सब सवालों का जवाब था…

सच कहेता हु यारों दुनिया के हजारों Goliath थो के लिए

हमारे पास हमेशा वो सिर्फ एक ही तो davidथा!!


दिसम्बर २०१२

There is something about Sachin… that only my generation will understand !!

Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar (Photo credit: R@VITH)

May be this generation would not understand the Importance of Tendulkar to our generation – those who started following Indian cricket before the Ganguly era.

There was an era before Ganguly started swinging his shirt from the Lords balcony .. An era before Indian won a test match after conceding a follow-on … An era before the advent of Ganguly, Dravid and VVS

Today even I do not switch off TV after Sachin gets out cause I know there is Kohli, Raina, Dhoni, Yuvraj … But there was a time when I used to. This was the time when we thought Manoj Prabhakar or Nayan Mongia was good enough to open batting for India…

I understand the relief that this generation feels after Sachin’s retirement from ODIs… There is logic to that.. There is a lot of young talent waiting in the wings. That was not the case when Azar was captain of the Indian Team.. This was the pre-96 era when Dravids of the world were still making their debut.. That was the reason why Tendulkar had to wait for so many years to win a world cup cause we never had a good enough team to play around him..

Tendulkar gave me and every Indian cricket fan hope and pride in a time when there was none… He was the only good thing about an Indian cricket team with an aging Kapil and a pedestrian bowling attack.. And that is where the term of ‘carrying the weight of an entire nation’ started .. He literally was the Indian Cricket team and he did make us proud numerous times be it the desert storm or the 117 against Pakistan..

He was the one who always stood between India and Defeat .. He was also the one who stood between embarrassment and Indian Team…. There were others who showed talent but never had Sachin’s discipline ; a case in point is Vinod Kambli … So that is why my generation just had Sachin… We did warm upto Ganguly, Dravid , VVS and now Yuvi, Kohli, Pujara but for my generation Sachin was always the First Love and I am sorry but you can never forget your first love

Thank you for all the Memories Sachin

Just a cricket fan
Surendra Phatak