482 runs in 9 matches with 2 centuries, 2 half centuries, and the maximum number of sixes by any Indian batsman. The person who placed his country and his game above everything in his life has got a fitting reward after 21 years of endurance. He might have all the records in his kitty but nothing would have satisfied Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar as much as this world cup. After all, he finally played his part in bringing glory to his country. Arguably , Sachin is the one of the most patriotic cricketers ever in the history of the game. And the cricket Gods have rightly adorned him with the crown and now Sachin has made yet another record!! He is the first player to play a world cup final at his home ground , and he has won it!!
The madness with which the religion of Cricket is being followed all over the country , and particularly in this Engineering island in Guindy is absolutely amazing. Over the last 10 days, nothing went really wrong for the crazy people over here, and we enjoyed damn good cricket. We had to go to the tv hall (which was as hot as a mine), an hour before the starting of the match to get seated. The only time when the tv hall was relatively empty was when Sachin got out yesterday and the scorecard read 31/2. Whenever there was a misfield, whenever a batsman gets out for a stupid shot, and whenever someone in the opposition does well, they were subjected to horrible abuses. Each and every run and each and every dot ball was cheered. We never had a feeling that we were infront of TV set. We all enjoyed as though we were in a stadium. Newspapers were torn into pieces and thrown in air every now and then. Cricket bridged gaps between us, we came to know each other better, new friendships were made.
All these days, we had one common religion, one big festival, and one main deity called Sachin Tendulkar. Kudos to Cricket!!