It is sometimes the most difficult thing to live upto, what is considered as inevitable... being a devotee to my God and more so a cricket enthusiast, even I had assumed since childhood that Sachin's gonna reach there. To everyone it was not a question of whether he will do it, but of when? It was the final awaited jewel in the crowning glory of a great test batsman's career, most have never dared to even dream of it.
To remind people, I want to say, we have forgotten the greatness of this feat under the weight of expectations from this Man. Not that any Indian still gives him the space to be a mortal on the 22 yard strip. 10 governments have changed, 84 crore expecting eyes have become 110 crore expecting eyes, India has become from a poor underdeveloped country to one of the fastest most sought after growing global economy, 2 recessions have passed, STD trunk calls have been replaced by mobile phones in every hand, Fiat Padmini has given way to Honda Accord, Hamara Bajaj is passé, youth impress chicks on Yamaha R15, Bombay became Mumbai, Madras - Chennai, Calcutta - Kolkata, Bangalore - Bangalurooo. We can't even spell city names correctly anymore. A whole 3 generations have found hope for India in a little man to achieve what they couldn't, to bring glory to a starved nation, to sway their emotions in an India vs Pakistan encounter or to be just proud on one fine day of 'being an Indian' and celebrating.
Yes, it takes that much of a time for a small 16 yr old school boy with curly hair, sparkle in his eyes and a bigger bat for his size, to fulfill his and a country's dream. For this 19 yrs of perseverance, hard work and a romantic affair with the game, We salute you, truly, you are a champion of our hearts.