20th March, 2011.
This Sunday afternoon I settled down to watch the one day cricket match being played between India and West Indies, though the match between the two rivals was not as interesting as compared to matches between India and Pakistan or Australia, I took comfort in the fact that I would witness the little master (ofcourse Sachin Tendulkar) score his 100th century (maybe) which is eagerly awaited by the cricket fans not only in India but all over the world.
I was anticipating I would witness a feat which no batsman in the world of cricket has achieved, as the match commenced Gautam Gambhir and Sachin were seeing no demons in the wicket and the innings would progress at good pace and make the West Indians sweat in the humid March sun at Chennai.
Just as I was thinking that the great feat was just round the corner…..a blistering ball pitched by Ravi Rampaul at short of length rose sharply (which took even the little master by surprise) and pierced his defenses. All the West Indian hands surrounding the batsman went up in appeal unanimously for caught behind. In a flash of second the little master turned his back and started his long walk back to the pavilion without even waiting for the verdict of the umpire who was now busy shaking his head from side to side turning down the appeal.
I was fuming looking at this unusual sight….what business did he have to walk away without even waiting for the umpire’s decision! he could have easily completed his 100th century……… was all that my common man’s mind could think ….as the match progressed and the more I saw the action replays I realized…….that here is a man…. a “gentleman” who is not only the best batsman in the world but also a man who can rise head and shoulder above others as a human being….. despite his small frame. It is a great virtue for a man to forgo an opportunity so rare on a big stage only because truth should prevail.…… Sachin did not score his 100th century today………..but he added another hundred hearts to his kitty ….. who will wish that very soon he will achieve the great feat…….. which only he can!!!!!!