As a child, I still remember how we were literally told to revive the speeches by famous personalities. More or less, the politicians who used their weird expressions and voice modulations to get some weight to what they were saying. Unaware of the actual meanings, most of us would just mug up everything and add those weird expressions to our words and then deliver the speech and VOILA, we would get good grades in our school assignments or we would get the 1st prize at some competition.
Today, after Sir Tendulkar delivered his farewell speech…I realised what actually a speech is.
A speech is not about being loud or being technical about your words…it’s about how you exactly feel and I realised this after SRT, who avoided the flamboyant vocabulary and stuck to his simplicity and emotions, started speaking.
The man who’s got nearly all the records to his name, that cricket has ever seen. The man who’s been a part of this game since the past 29 years. The man who came back strong after a terrifying Tennis Elbow injury. That man is loved by the UNIVERSE, not just his own country. We witnessed that after, he received a guard of honour from the Windies and after Darren Sammy spoke at the presentation ceremony.
He has everything and still, he is immensely grounded. That clearly shows how beautifully he has been raised.
He misses his father till date and still raises up his bat, in his memory. We could see the excitement in his eyes, when he spoke about his mother. We could see the love he had in his eyes for his kids and his wife. We could even sense the amount of grief he had for his ex-manager. These are all ‘REAL’ emotions. You usually don’t see public figures talk like that.
We all know that he’s not a normal human being and he’s really very special but after he spoke about his journey and after he mentioned each and every person who played an important role in this journey, it was clear that, the person who is doing the talking is a middle class Indian who is a real superhero for the country and is a family man. He has his feet on the ground whereas he can easily pull down the sky because of the superlative talent that he is blessed with. Not the talent of this beautiful game but the talent of making people fall in love with the game and him.
And after he touched and prayed on the pitch…RESPECT for him, increased a zillion times more.
Thank you for inspiring me and the entire world. You are a living legend, you are GOD for all the cricket lovers and you aren’t retiring. You are just moving ahead, onto the next phase of your life.
You’ll never fade away because you are immortal sir, you are immortal.
May you always stay blessed, may you stay healthy forever….
the world is gonna love you throughout…be it today…be it tomorrow.
your innings are gonna overpower each and every sorrow…
Sachin Tendulkar is going to live on, even if there is no tomorrow.
For those, who missed out on SRT’s farewell speech-
Sachin Tendulkar: “All my friends, settle down let me talk,I’ll get more and more emotional .” The crowd does berserk out there. “My life between 22 yards in the 24 years, it ‘s hard to believe that it ‘s coming to an end. I would like to thank all the people who have helped me in my life to get here. I have a list in my hand , please forgive me if I miss out on a few names. First , my father, hepassed away in 1999 . He was very key for my career. he gave me freedom , chase your dreams and don’t find shortcuts. He also told me to be a nice human being. My mother, I don’t how she dealt with such a naughty like guy me . She took care of me to be healthy. She started praying for me even before I started my career and I think those prayers gave my strength . In my school days , I used to stay with my uncle and aunt as my school was far away . They treated me like their son.They gave me enough food that I can play well . My eldest brother , he used to tell me , I know you’d do everything right and I have the confidence in you.My sister, she gave my the first bat for me . A Kashmir Willow bat . She continues to fast when I bat . Ajit , I don’t what do I talk about him. It all started from the age of 11, he took to Achrekar sir my coach. And my life changed . Even last night , he called me and we were discussing my dismissal. Various things we agreed upon , my technique . I have had a lot of chat with him. If I had not done that , I would have been a lesser cricketer . The most important one in 1991 , I met my wife Anjali. I know she was a doctor . When we decided to make it a family, she said, you continue with your cricket and I’ll take care of the family .Without that I think I couldn’t have played so much cricket . Thank you for all that you’ve done and it is the best partnership I’ve had in my life . Then Sara and Arjun are two precious diamonds in my life .Daughter is 16 and son is 14, time has flown by . I wasn’t able to be with them for the birthdays, annual days and stuff.Thanks for understanding all that, both of you have been so special to me . I’ve not spent enough time with you but I promise you the rest is for you.My in- laws have been supporting. I discuss various things with them ,we have a strong family and thank you for allowing me to marry Anjali. There have been a lot of friends who have supported me .Leaving their work and coming to bowl at me when I called them . I thought my career was over when I was injured, by my friends called even at 3 AM and made me believe that it was not over .My career started at 11. My brother took me to Achrekar sir and that is the best to have happened to me . Sir would be taking me on his scooter allover Mumbai to ensure that I get enough match practice .On a lighter note, he ‘s never said well played to me so that I don’ t get complacent. “”My cricket started right here at this ground. The dream was obviously to play for India . BCCI was fantastic , they believed my at the of 16 years and selected me . Thanks for the support and the freedom ,without that this couldn’t have happened . I have played with many senior cricketers, thanks to everyone for helping me out . I see , Rahul,Laxman, Sourav and my teamates, you guys are like my family . It is going to be difficult without that dressing room, sharing those special moments.””When Dhoni gave me the 200th Test cap, I just said, we are all proud to be here as a team and I believe that you guys will take care of this country in the right spirit to the best of our abilities. I believe in you and all the best for your future . Thanks to all the doctors, physios,without your special efforts , I couldn’t have been fit. I don’ t know how you all kept me in good shape. My dear friend , late Mark Mascerenhas, my first manager . Without him I couldn ‘ thave achieved all this. All those sponsorship deals etc. . thanks for your support . I miss you. My manager Vinod Naidu, he ‘s more like my family. He’s given me so much time leaving his family to work with him. In the school days when I played well , the media backed be a lot . You’ve been doing that till now . Thank you to all of you, all those photographers. Those moments will remain with me for the career. I thank all the people who supported me a lot . Whether I scored a 0 or a 100. I’ve met a lot of people who does all sorts of things for me,thank you for all that you’ve done . Especially ,”Sachin . .. Sachin ..” that will be ringing in my ears till I breath . Thank you very much. I am sorry if I have missed out on anything . Good bye. “