1. Referring to the TOI(crappy) Survey:
Such are the Indian fans....
Incident 1: I remember having attended the last test match in Mumbai when Sachin scored a duck in the first innings and was booed by the Mumbai fans who were "as usual" expecting Sachin to score another century... well even I wanted to see some runs by him... but why boo him.. just because he was unable to score on that occasion... In the second innings Sachin played some lovely shots... scored a quick 30 odd or something... and the crowds gave him a standing ovation
??:... (india lost the match btw)
Incident 2: In the test series Down Under in 2003-04, Sachin failed in the first 2-3 tests and everyone from the fans, the media to the critics were calling to sack him, that he is finished blah blah.. in the last match he scored 241* (only to be denied victory.. thanks to our bowlers and Steve Waugh) at Sydney and the same TOI dedicated an entire page on Sachinn
2. Talk about Luck:
World champions Australia were lucky.. not once but on 2 occasions in the WC....
1. In WC 1996 SF against WI, when they won by(hmm.. I guess 3-4) runs Richardson was batting beautifully and was denied a certain boundary when the ball hit the square leg umpire's head.
2. WC 1999 SF... need i mention at all... 1 run to win for SA, the player gets run out after almost taking it away from the Aussies, the match is tied and Australia go through...
3. Sachin not playing in crunch matches
Agreed, but then he does all the hard work to ensure that we get the opportunity to at least play in those crunch matches.... This WC he failed.. and India lost the opportunity to even play in the Super Eights..forget the SF and Finals (crunch matches)... So the 90's are back.. "sachin fails, India fails"
4. Sachin as a Captain
When he was "thrust" as a captain (1996-1997, 24 years of age) the first time around, he failed... just when he was starting to learn and enjoy it, the selectors ceremoniously took it back. Second time, he was a little successful but gave it up as he thought it would be in the best interests of the team for someone else to lead, who was more aggressive as a "captain" (not a player... he is more aggressive and dedicated than any other Indian cricketer)
The selectors do not have the balls to sack him... and they should not.. nobody has done so much for Indian and world Cricket as much as Sachin.. I know you'll will mention about the sponsorships etc etc.. But Sachin never played cricket to get some stupid sponsorships.. tell me.. who sponsored Indian cricketers earlier...
All said, Sachin will himself retire when he thinks the time has come for him, when he feels that he is no longer enjoying the game. And if he feels the time is now... he will retire now.
He does not need us to tell him what to do, when to play and when not.
We did not tell him to dedicate his life to cricket. (At an age when people have all kind of fun in their life, when you go to college and study) Sachin was an international cricketer, youngest to play at that level.
Sure, Sachin is past his prime.. but when you play for 17 years.. you do not play at your prime all the time.:) Most cricketers play in their prime for 3-4 years... mostly in their mid 30s... Sachin has played in his prime for almost 10-12 years (1993-2004/05)
So does that mean only cricketers who are in their prime should be allowed to play??? In that case more than half the cricketers in the world will be sacked..:satisfie:
I would love to see Sachin to be dropped, if he still loves the game he will come back... and then we will again see a man in his prime... and Sachin in his own.. at his very best...
Sachinnnn Sachinnnn !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!