Hats off to Dhoni & Co: Players who made the India proud!

14 players and 1 God scripted the the BIGGEST moment in Indian History. Can anything on this planet give so much happiness to over 1.2 billion people of this earth? Hats off to each and every member of this team.

 

Hats off to our captain cool, Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He is the best. He has brains, he has got the temperament and he has the guts. I can’t even imagine how a man with so much pressure can perform his task so fearlessly. Coming in before the inform Yuvraj and leading from the front at the biggest platform, he surely has the mettle of steel. What more substantiation you need when the God himself stamps him as the best captain ever. And as Ravi Shastri rightly commented after the triumph, its time for his critics to SHUT UP!

Hats off to the Yuvraj of India, Yuvraj Singh. Struggling with his form, with his fitness. Demoted to grade B and finding it hard to maintain a place in the team. What a turnaround he has had. When was the last time did we see him diving and throwing himself in air? He was our hero in the T20 win and he was the hero in this triumph also. But while the T20 was for his flamboyance, this time around he showed his desperation. With bat, he was the pressure-soaker and the anchorer, and with the ball he was the pressure builder and the partnership breaker. With batting average of over 90 and 15 wickets, he was indeed the Man of the Tournament.

Hats off to our bowling spearhead- Zaheer Khan. Whenever India needed a wicket, he was the captain’s man. Apart from him slower ones and reverse swingers, he was also the guide for other pacers. Indian bowling attack could have fallen apart without him. But he kept it intact. For a country not known for its pace attack, he is one legendary fast bowler.

Hats off to the Wall II- Gautam Gambhir aka Gauti. He was the top scorer in 2007 T20 final and yesterday he did that again. Unfortunately, on both the occasions he didn’t get the man of the match. With the fall of Sachin, the hearts of 121 crore people had stopped beating. But Gauti gave them life. The way he soaked the pressure and kept the scoring rate up was incredible. He is the new wall of Indian batting line up.

Hats off to the most dangerous batsman of the world- Virendra Sehwag. On filed the most explosive, and off-field the calmest of  all. He was the igniter. Hitting 5 consecutive first balls of innings for four, he always provided us the start giving other batsman the time to set. Those 5 fours in Umar Gul’s over in semis were outstanding.

Hats off to Powerplayer Ashwin. He was one player who was talked more for not being in the team. But in whatever games he got the chance, he proved why everyone wants him to be in the team. His powerplay bowling was outstanding. Unfortunate to miss the semis and final.

 

 

 

 

 

Hats off to gritty Virat Kohli. The highest ranked Indian batsman. He proved why he deserves to be amongst the likes of Sachin, Sehwag and Yuvi. His 35 were the most crucial runs he would ever score.

Hats off to agile Suresh Raina. In or out of the playing 11, he always contributed with his field and saving those crucial 10-15 runs in every match. His innings against Australia and Pakistan were so crucial.

Hats off the fighter Bhajji. He was not at his best. But he always maintained the pressure and never gave away easy runs.

The Turbunator

Hats off to consistent Munaf. He is not the best. But he bowled best in his limitations and kept a consistent line. Supported well to Zaheer Khan.

Hats off to rhythmic Nehra. He was there at 2003 final. Then he disappeared. And then was back into the squad. The SA match was a debacle. But he bowled beautifully in semis against pakistan. (Please, no more PJs now!)

Hats off to Sreesanth, Yusuf and Chawla. Well, they are the members of a World Cup winning squad. So hats off to them also.

And now from the men in blue to the GOD IN BLUE.

TAKE A BOW Sachin Tendulkar. You are the one who lives in the heart of every Indians. Its you whose one straight drive makes us forget all our worries. Its your passion which inspires everyone around. We Indian don’t love cricket as much as we love you. You are our God. Thank you for serving our country for so many years. And please continue to do this always and forever. This World Cup is for you. Love you Sachin!

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I belong to a World Cup winning nation! INDIA!!

You know is it something special, when SACHIN TENDULKAR, after spending 21 years of his life as GOD, declares this to be the THE PROUDEST moment of his life!

The feeling is yet to sink in. It still seems to be a dream. It is infact a dream. A dream that has come true. It is no doubt THE BEST moment of my life. No superlatives can express the feeling.

Also read: How each player contributed in India's win: Hats off to Dhoni & Co?

People say this is after 28 years that we have won the world cup. But for my generation, it’s the first time! I have faint memories of 1999 world cup when Tendulkar lost his father, came back to India, but rejoined the squad and scored a century in the immediate match. I remember the 2003 final where even the heart was refusing to give any chance to India against the mighty Aussies and with Tendulkar’s wicket, it was all over. And lets just forget the 2007.

This time around in 2011, not only did the 1.21 billion people dreamed the World Cup for India, but also for their GOD. And last night, they all lived their dream.

With the target of 275, the stage was all set for Sachin’s 100th 100. But when he got out, it was a heartbreak and hopes began to fade. But credit to Gauti to Mahi for soaking up the pressure and giving us this euphoric triumph. On 2nd ball of 49th over, Dhoni, not only the ball, but sent the whole nation to a flyer!

The feeling at that moment was beyond any words. We all were jumping, dancing, hugging each other, shouting and it was just the beginning of the party! The images on the roads were unbelievable. People were dancing over their cars, on the bikes. Screaming!! Chanting INDIA INDIA!! The decibel level was deafening. All the roads were blocked. The dhols were beating, the beer was flowing and people were going mad! A police car came and people made those policewallas also dance!!

It was the BIGGEST PARTY EVER ON PLANET EARTH with 1.21 billion people going mad on the tunes of 10 players and 1 God.

Thank You Dhoni & Co. for giving us this World Cup.

200 by THE GOD

Today from 2-30pm to 6-25pm no births and deaths happened throughout the universe. Bombs planted by terrorists did not explode. Nobody succeeded in committing suicide. No accidents happened regardless of over speed or alcohol or anything. Not even a single baby was born. All prayers went unheed. Do you know why? because the GOD was busy creating history at Gwalior!!

Sachin The God
Sachin Tendulkar savours reaching his double century

If there was any man deserving to score a 200 in one days, it has to be him, THE GOD of CRICKET.

With an international career spanning over four decades (1989 -till now),  every word falls short to his stature. He is surely the GOD, humans can’t bat like this!!!

50years ahead the time, I will narrate my grandchildren about this mammoth inning and I am sure, they are going to be envious of me. I am just super super excited. Surely one of the best moments of my life.

Thank You Sachin!

Below are some of the best quotes on Sachin:

1) BBC on Sachin

Beneath the helmet, under that unruly curly hair, inside the cranium, there is something we don’t know, something beyond scientific measure. Something that allows him to soar, to roam a territory of sport that, forget us, even those who are gifted enough to play alongside him cannot even fathom. When he goes out to bat, people switch on their TV sets and switch off their lives ”

2)Methew HAYDON

“I have seen God. He bats at number 4 for India”

3)Andy Flower

There are 2 kind of batsmen in the world. One Sachin Tendulkar. Two all the others.

4)A banner once said:

I WILL SEE GOD WHEN I DIE BUT TILL THEN I WILL SEE SACHIN

5) Shane Warne

“I’ll be going to bed having nightmares of Sachin just running down the wicket and belting me back over the head for six. He was unstoppable. I don’t think anyone, apart from Don Bradman, is in the same class as Sachin Tendulkar. He is just an amazing player.”

6)Tendulkar’s daughter, Sara

“Even my father’s name is Sachin Tendulkar.”

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Number 45 for THE GOD!!

“Nobody does solos better than Sachin Tendulkar, nor, perhaps, has anyone endured as much heartbreak during those solos.”
-This is how cricinfo summarizes Sachin’s 45th ton in ODI.

It was heartbreaking to see India loosing by 3runs. But winning or losing is immaterial against the divine pleasure of watching THE GOD scoring 175.

No matter how much the Yuvis or Dhonis or Sehwags score, there is no better sight in world cricket than Sachin’s batting.

The best part was when he received the man of the match, and when asked what drives you to play like this, he said, ‘Passion’. ‘I love playing for my country, and it’s an honor’.

Sachin Tendulkar: Top 50 Quotes that Describe Him

I long thought about what to write about him, but only to realize that I should better stop blogging. But on the other hand, how can I have no post on him. So what I am going to do is to present you a compilation of 50 best quotes on Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar:

The God
The God

1-Shane Warne
“I’ll be going to bed having nightmares of Sachin just running down the wicket and belting me back over the head for six. He was unstoppable. I don’t think anyone, apart from Don Bradman, is in the same class as Sachin Tendulkar. He is just an amazing player.”


2- A True fan of Sachin carried this Banner in a match
“Commit all your crimes when Sachin is batting. They will go unnoticed because even the Lord is busy watching him batting!!!.”


3-Adam Hollioke
“In an over I can bowl six different balls. But then Sachin looks at me with a sort of gentle arrogance down the pitch as if to say ‘Can you bowl me another one?'”


4-Steve Waugh
“There is no shame being beaten by such a great player. We didn’t lose to Team India. We Lost to Sachin Tendulkar”
.After loosing the Coca Cola Cup to India

5-Dennis Lillee
“If I’ve to bowl to Sachin, I’ll bowl with my helmet on. He hits the ball so hard.”


6-Micheal Kasprowicz
“You have to decide for yourself whether you’re bowling well or not. He’s going to hit you for fours and sixes anyway?”


7-Brett Lee
“You might pitch a ball on the off stump and think you have bowled a good ball and he walks across and hits it for two behind midwicket. His bat looks so heavy but he just waves it around like it’s a toothpick? “


8-Brain Lara
“Everybody gets 15 minutes of fame. But if there’s one person I’ve admired over a 15-year of period, it’s definitely Sachin.”


9-Paul Strang
“What we (Zimbabwe) need is 10 Tendulkars.”


10-Wasim Akram
“sachin should appologize for the way he has played”
After Sachin’s 98 in WC2003

11-Sir Donald Bradman
“I saw him playing on television and was struck by his technique, so I asked my wife to come look at him. Now I never saw myself play, but I feel that this player is playing much the same as I used to play, and she looked at him on Television and said yes, there is a similarity between the two…his compactness, technique, stroke production… it all seemed to gel !”

12-BBC on Sachin
Beneath the helmet, under that unruly curly hair, inside the cranium, there is something we don’t know, something beyond scientific measure. Something that allows him to soar, to roam a territory of sport that, forget us, even those who are gifted enough to play alongside him cannot even fathom. When he goes out to bat, people switch on their TV sets and switch off their lives “

13-Methew HAYDON
“I have seen God. He bats at number 4 for India”

14-Viv Richards
He is 99.5 per cent perfect. I’d pay to see him.

15–Brian Lara
The only batsman i would love to see by paying for the tickets and sitting in the stand just to watch him is none other than Sachin Tendulkar

16-Wasim Akram
Today, he showed the world why he is considered the best batsman around. Some of the shots he played were simply amazing. Earlier, opposing teams used to feel that Sachin’s dismissal meant they could win the game. Today, I feel that the Indian players, too, feel this way.

after game at Hobart, CUB series, 1999


17Ian Chappell
Whenever I see Sachin play I am reminded of the Graeme Pollock quote of Cricket being a ‘see the ball, hit the ball game.’ He hits the ball as if it’s there to be hit.

18-Navjot Sidhu:
“His mind is like a computer. He stores data on bowlers and knows where they are going to pitch the ball.”

19-Mark Taylor
“We did not lose to a team called India…we lost to a man called Sachin”
during the test match in Chennai (1997)

20-Rahul Dravid
Playing in the same team as Sachin is a huge honour. His balance of mind, shrewd judgement, modesty and, above all, his technical brilliance make him my all-time hero… You can’t get a more complete cricketer than Sachin. He has everything that a cricketer needs to have.

21-Imran Khan
He was, is and will remain a jewel in India’s batting crown for the next foreseeable future

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

23-Amitabh Bachhan
“Sachin (Tendulkar) is the heartbeat of our nation. The country breathes every time he goes out to play and when he is out, the country stops breathing.”

24-Harsha Bhogle
There’s no better sight on the cricket field than watch Tendulkar bat

25-Australian Media
“The most exciting batsman of his time because he finds the right balance between reason and passion, technique and power, nerves and placement and judgement that applies to all tastes.”