From the time Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement, one of the questions on the minds of fans has been what next for Sachin, after cricket? Cricket has been the only constant for the last 30 years or so. In many ways, where he will find himself in a week’s time is a natural progression.
What he will go through is something several great sporting champions have experienced in the past. He will feel a huge void the moment he wakes up on November 19. It’s like a big part of his life has been taken away, and this void won’t be filled in a hurry. Irrespective of whatever he does in future and how he remains associated with cricket, the intensity of the connect that he has had with cricket as a player is something that can never be matched.
He will attend more felicitation functions and will remain inextricably intertwined with cricket, but that connection to the game he had as a player will be lost forever. Sachin has to come to terms with that, and it won’t be easy, especially because of the extent to which cricket has dominated his life so far. The joy and delight that he experienced while raising his bat after scoring a hundred, that will never be replicated in future, and that is a reality that Sachin and the rest of the world will have to come to grips with.
I suppose the only consolation he will get is if he coaches Arjun to a place in the India team, or if he mentors him in a way that Arjun goes on to become an India player. Having said so, I don’t want to put pressure on the kid. As it is, there will be plenty of pressure on the young Tendulkar every time he goes out to play because comparisons will be made with his illustrious father. The last thing he needs is for anyone else to put additional pressure on him.
Now, what does the future hold for Sachin? There are plenty of avenues open to him, but I strongly feel that he should get into administration. Not immediately, because he needs time to unwind, put his feet up, spend time with his family and spend time with himself after so many years of service to India and to cricket, but at some stage in the next four or five years, he should look to become an administrator
For all his life, he has been Sachin the player, Sachin the superstar. When he gets on to the other side of the fence, he will understand the game from an entirely different perspective. Administration is a great leveller, and it’s my firm belief that Sachin can contribute a lot to Indian cricket if he aspires to become an administrator at some time in the future.Hawkeye/Chivach SportsThe writer is a former India pacer.