He is the man who brought us so much pride that we never had had before and may be we could never have had without his underlying understanding of the game. If the fans or the haters think it’s the time for him to bid cricket good bye, yes they are rightly logical, he has no more than ten percent of his original abilities right now. Age is catching him up faster than he can run.
But the fact is he has shown his ability to play the game of cricket and the necessary temperament to drag the team towards the winning line and cross it even from the jaws of defeat for several times which nobody is even near to beat his numbers.
He has never been a beautiful to watch batsman, he has neither got the proper footwork nor the proper copy book techniques to bat but his numbers say otherwise. He is the oldest and still the fastest on the field and on the pitch. But I, we detest him for his slowness, some of us can only see the outcome and the shots played, they don’t have the insight of the game, they don’t have the ability to see any difference with a ODI from a bilateral series and a ODI from world cup group stage and a ODI from a knockout. Anyway, this old man has still given us runs which were much required in certain precarious stages of certain matches in this world cup with a second highest scorer of the semifinal. He has not been the keeper he used to be. He is not the captain, but the captain who should not be the one, rightly feels he is the captain; this amount of reverence cannot be bought, it can only be earned, it is priceless. He had given us hope and fulfilled on several occasions. In his last world cup match he was not sent by his captain where he might have sent himself if he was the captain. But still every Indians including the haters of this man cultivated a hope, a dream and rather a substantial amount of faith of qualifying for the finals that till he was at the crease in a stage like knockout he would not let us down and they still believe he would not have let us down if…there are many ifs including his slowness and usual umpiring incapabilities which could have changed the length of the ball bowled and so the result. I cannot finish while writing about this man, some say i am biased, I would tell them I am not a seasonal cricket watcher and I am still less hurt than the 2003 world cup final.
Anyway this man had started his career with a runout and finished a golden circle of cricketing life with the same. May everybody’s wish (singular because wishes are same) of him retiring right now comes true.