March 27, 1994. I was 16 years old. I woke up at three in the morning to watch a match between India and NZ. NZ was batting first so I dozed off, waiting for India to come to bat. Eyelids were weighing much more than I could lift and I was struggling to stay awake.
I saw Sachin Tendulkar walk on the field as an opener for the first time. What I saw next was nothing short of fireworks. I didn’t even get time to blink as I saw him smash 15x4s and 2x6s in 48 balls and he was batting on 82. For the first time I realized I was praying to god for Sachin to score his first century but in the very next ball he got out. My prayer went unanswered but I had witnessed the birth of the MASTER BLASTER opener for INDIA.
February 24,2010. Nearly 16 years later, I found myself again in front of the TV. This time he wasn’t batting on 82 but 199* with one over left. MSD at the other end was whacking the ball as if he was at the net practice.
Every time I thought he would take a single and give Tendulkar the strike, he would hit a six. I rose with excitement as he took a single only to realise that it was the last ball of the over. I love Dhoni, I think he is the best Captain we have ever had. But at that moment I couldn't help but hate him, at that moment nothing was more important to me than to see Sachin score a double century.
The moment that I had been waiting for years was right in front of me and I wasn't going to miss it for anything. At 199* Sachin on strike and with a few balls to go, just like me the entire nation must have been in front of their TVs, folding their hands and praying in unison for the Little master to score, just one more run. Rarely comes a man who can unite the entire country to do the same thing at the same time, without asking them to do so. The ball touches the bat and runs towards point and there it is the first man on the planet to score 200 runs in an ODI.
A ball earlier, every one was praying for him, a moment later they were praying to him.
SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR — GOD OF CRICKET!!!