A joy called Sachin !

The journey begins…

I was 12 years old then as I sat on the dining table of my Mama’s house watching my cousin another cricket freak read the Indian Express and telling his dad, “this kid has just scored a century in the Irani Trophy Final, he will be in our team soon.”

That was the first I heard of the marvel named Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. At 15 years in Ranji Debut he scored a century, in his debut in Deodhar trophy he again scored a century and ended his first Ranji season as Mumbai’s highest run scorer. In the ensuing Irani Trophy final he again scored a century !!!!!!!!!


The writing was on the wall and Sachin was on the plane to Pakistan to play against the worlds best pace attack in their own den.

A 16 year old kid was off to live a dream it might seem but hey he was off to Pakistan of all places to face Wasim, Waqar and Imran backed with Abdul Qadir !!!! Whilst I honestly wasnt a very keen cricket follower then… I still marvel at the stories from that tour… the series was fought hard and in the last test at Sialkot it was 38/4 with India leading by 100 odd runs in their second innings. Suddenly the series had come alive… Pakistan could win..

In walked the 16 year old at 38/4… it was like being thrown to the wolves… Akram, Imran and Waqar let it rip. Sachin discovered fast that international cricket on the field was the last place to find friends as the pace bowling trio bounced Sachin constantly and one from Waqar found its mark, only Srikanth and Sachin in that match batted in a helmet without a grill and Sachin paid the price. He was struck flush on his nose and was bleeding profusely…

As the physio checked Sachin, Sidhu put an arm on Sachin to inquire if he would like to go off… Pat came the reply from the 16 year old who simply said, “Paaji Main Khelenga !!”

That one line tells me even today that age is only a number, this 16 year old had a heart of a full grown man !!!! At one point the umpire Holder in that match had to warn Akram for persistent short pitched bowling. Sachin and Sidhu saved that match and it ended in a draw.

First test series ended with 215 runs at an average of 35 odd runs !!!

In the only ODI on that trip Sachin made a duck on debut… !!

That entire trip of Pakistan was marred by unruly crowd behaviour that would pelt orange peels and stones on the Indian players on the field. I particularly remember this one charity match in Peshawar where the crowd jeered and taunted Sachin and came with posters citing,“Sachin go back and have milk”.

It was during this match that Sachin hit Mustaq Ahmed for 2 sixes in an over, this led to Abdul Qadir the mentor of Mustq Ahmed to taunt Sachin, “Bache ko kya maar rahe ho, hume maar ke dikhao”

Sachin didnt reply to Qadir, but when Qadir came to bowl, Sachin hit him for 6, 0, 4, 6, 6, 6. Yes 28 runs in an over and that was it !! The kid had arrived well and truly. The champion legspinner from Pakistan had been hit and his ego badly bruised.

Incidentally this is when I fell in love with this magnificient game cricket for the first time in life, suddenly my hero Diego Maradona had just been replaced by another curly wonder boy Sachin !!!!!

As a kid I had always heard stories of Perth from my dad and my cousin about how fast a track it was and how bouncy the pitch there was. Sachin on his first tour of Australia made a century in Sydney in 1992 along with Ravi Shashtri who made a double century. Sydney though was the only track in Australia that came even remotely close to India in bounce. Everyone from cricket greats to a lil fan in me wanted to see how we batted in Perth, THE WORLDS FASTEST PITCH.

Australia was armed with Craig Mcdermott, Michael Whitney, Merv Hughes & Paul Reifel and they were raring to go on a green WACA wicket after the Australians scored 350 odd in the first innings Sachin walked in at 69-2…

For a player from the subcontinent this was his biggest test, the worlds fastest pitch against 4 pronged fast bowling attack this was the moment of truth for the guy and he smashed the bowlers to all parts of the ground. He made 118 of the best quality and till date I have not seen such square cutting by any player on such a lively track !!!!!

This led to Merv Hughes telling the Aussie captain Allan Border, “This lil prick is going to score more runs than you !!!!”

After establishing himself in the hearts of all Indians at the end of the Pakistan tour, it was here in 1992 where Sachin established himself as a cricketer that the whole world watched. The Benaud’s, the Chappell’s, the Richards, the Lawry’s, the Greig’s all took notice of the innings in Perth.

The long journey in international cricket which had loads of accolades and a few brickbats was just beginning for this shy lad from Mumbai, he had established himself and the next decade or two would be when the world would watch him !!!!

From that day to today Sachin has travelled a long distance giving us endless memories and hundreds of moments of ecstacy !!!


On Sunday, 15th of November, Sachin completes 20 years in international cricket with his 160th test match for his beloved India. Over the past 20 years Sachin has given us endless memories, endless reasons to smile on a day when things havent gone well its Sachin’s batting that can lift your mood !!!!

Its almost impossible to list all of Sachin’s moments but I will try to list a few more of his memories that I think are special but that will be in part II of this post !!!!



65 thoughts on “A joy called Sachin !

  1. Sandhya says:

    Beautiful tribute to Sachin, Dhiren! You have given minute details of his matches with so much passion. Lovely post. Must ask my son and husband to read.

    Me – Sandhya the joy that Sachin has given over the years cannot be measured… but we can all applaud him always… !!! 😀 😀

  2. suranga says:

    Yahan kuch ist , 2nd ka sawal nahi hai 🙂 Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is ALWAYS first.

    Here is a guy , who is totally respected inside and outside cricket by the whole nation. Show me one person in India who qualifies like this.

    Such a wonderful role model, in how he deals with life, I wish him many more fruitful years, and best wishes in everything that he attempts……

    Me : Yea exactly the most wondeful role model… come to think of it no one unites India like he does eh !!!
    Here is a son that makes India and all Indians feel proud… he makes our hearts swell with joy !!! God bless him and his family ! 🙂

  3. Rakesh says:

    Thankfully, he has come back to form and can celebrate 20 years of his career happily. A few years back, he had actually become very lethargic.

    Me – err… Lethargic is too strong a word… Over 20 years a billion people have had a billion plus expectations from him… he couldnt have fulfilled all… inhuman expectations… !! What I’d like to say is he has always tried his best for the country and I would simply like to thank him for all the moments he has provided… I ll remind you a few of those in my next post Rakesh !! 😀 😀 😀

    But now that he’s playing well, no issues.

    Yes, indeed if you look back to his career, this is the stuff movies are made of.

    Me – Not just movies… this is stuff dreams are made of !!!!!! 😀 😀

    • Rakesh says:

      Of course nobody can take that away from him that he’s always tried his best. And there are a lot of such innings. I think the problem was, as you rightly said about huge expectations.

      • hitchwriter says:

        Yes…. everyone has different expectations.. someone wants him to bat with gay abandon, care free… someone wants him to finish matches… someone even wants him to bat according to the situation… not all can be kept happy… !!

        but as a batsman he excelled… he was probably in the wrong team…

        But he will never complain !!! 🙂

  4. Prats says:

    A very great post….. Nothing can be more enthralling to read about the genius of our Master Blaster in his starting years.

    Me – glad u lik it Prats !! 😀

  5. Vimmuuu says:

    he married a woman who is 5 years elder to him….I guess you missed mentioning that in this post on Sachin 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

    Me – That’s a Joy called Anjali !! which is for Sachin not for public !! 😛

  6. Nimmy says:

    Perfect article on how to pay tribute to a loved person..Sachin is a great person,both is the field,and outside..I love the way how humble he is..I hate Sreesanth the most :-/

    Me – Sachin is a class apart !!! bout Sreesanth… lol… If I would have hit Qadir for 28 runs in that over after what Qadir said to Sachin… lol.. you would have seen a Sreesanth in me for sure !!!!!!! I cant believe how the 16 year old kept his equilibrium !!!!

    I dont hate any Indian player… !! 🙂 Sreesanth is a fast bowler and a passionate bloke… he does get carried away at times… but for fast bowling you need a bit of madness… its upto the think tank and himself to channelise this madness and put a method to it… young fast bowlers are always fiery !!! 😛

  7. Rashmi says:

    Sachin is perfect role model for every indian…Its amazing how still he score 170+ in recent match..

    there is nobody even near to sachin in present team..I wish him 20 more wonderful years in cricket 🙂

  8. saima says:

    nice 🙂 🙂 so much of information you gave us 🙂
    Sachin is a legend…no doubt about it…. hes someone whose looked upon in awe even by those who detest cricket!

  9. Suji! says:

    I havent really gone through the post completely but I must say, like 99.99% of the multi-billion Indians do… He is a genius! A true Indian! A fantastic sportsman who never loses his temper under any given circumstance! A child always with the same amount of love and passion for the game that existed 2 decades back! A complete gentleman!!!

  10. kanagu says:

    great post bhai.. and congrats on getting selected for Blogadda 🙂 truly deserved..

    Sachin… what can I say about this man….. I am speechless… whenever somebody foul mouth’s about him only thing I always say to them is, ‘Watch your words, you may need to chew it soon’.

  11. Ekta says:

    hey dhirenbhai…. frankly speaking i never read yr cricket post very seriously.. coz innings n pitches dont intterest me much.. bt tell u this post of urs caught my attention,. i really appreciate ur efforts n words.. a worthy salutation…. cheers

  12. umsreflections says:

    That was super, Sachin fan !!!! Yeah, when Sachin’s on the field, everyone around is happy to watch him !!!

    And what I like abt him the most is, he has never ever played to increase his score or break a particular record – at the cost of other players getting out. Did I make sense ???? I think that he allows the other player to score, too !!!!

    And such humbleness, My God, he is amazing !!!! With such accolades, I’ll be flying so high, to see other ppl !!!! He is a great boon to the Indian Cricket, thats for sure !!!! 🙂

  13. Deeps says:

    a marvellous tribute to a marvellous phenomenon called Sachin Tendulkar,Hitchy! it made for a fantastic read.

    Sachin is a sheer treat to watch.Sachin was recently asked in the recently held india-australia series what his secret behind playing so well was.and he gave the befitting answer that it was his passion and the fact that he cared to play for his country. I had goose-flesh when I heard him say that. Its so true of him..its his passion for the game that makes him a genius.

    • hitchwriter says:

      Indeed… cricket above all is Sachin’s deepest love and when you feel so much for a sport and your country it shows !!!!

      He always makes it a point to say he wants to play for his team more than anyone !!!

      Sachin is a wonderful cricketer, most hardworking servant of this country and a fabulous team man !!! 😀

  14. Swaram says:

    Wow! What a tribute to the li’l Master 🙂
    Congrats on the blogadda pick Hitchu 🙂

    As kids, we were so so mad abt him that even while playing Shuttle, our team ws named Sachin 😉 My sis and another friend belonged to Jadeja team. I was an ardent fan of the master blaster .. err I still am 😉

  15. shilpadesh says:

    Sh1t I am late to the party. Hitchy this is awesome awesome awesomeness indeed.

    I remember I seeing Sachin’s first ever test match a few years later…when I started understanding cricket….and i was totally impressed. I also remember reading that Bacho ko quote from Qadir and danced with joy when I came to know what Sachin had done.

    He was, is and will be the golden boy of Indian cricket. And he is a perfect role model. No swearing, no bad habits, no controversy…..only great sportsmanship.

    The collage is wonderful and captures his rise to greatness. Well written Hitchy..well indeed.

    • hitchwriter says:

      Yay !!!!! I am so glad you loved it !!!!! I know there is a cricket fan in you… somewhere in umreeka it dozed off slightly but it wants to wake up all the time !!!!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

      Glad to eek out comments from you finally !!!!!

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