Kudos to India for taking an unassailable 2-0 lead by winning both the ODIs against South Africa held at Nagpur and Gwalior. In both the one-dayers, one man who stood out from the rest of the others is Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar whose conversion of a certain boundary into a run less, won match for India by that margin in the first match and a double ton in the second spelled the South African doom in the second. The drive close to the boundary line in the first match was unbelievable and breath-taking as it shows a commitment and skill of a man of thirty-six summers snatching victory from the jaws of his opponents in the most memorable fashion.
The second match was virtually his own as he dominated the opposition bowling as never before grinding the opposition to dust all by himself by his superb, chanceless and 147- ball knock of a double ton studded with a world record number of twenty-five boundaries besides three over-boundaries. If fits and performances of Test cricket will continue to be compared with Sir Don Bradman’s a few years from hence as before, ODI performance of Sachin will continue to rule over the cricketing world for time immemorial.
Though India has lost Kohinoor to England, the living Kohinoor of Sachin is illuminating world over with vast ray of his wide-ranging, delightful and delicious shots. That his career is on upswing now is ominous enough to send a danger signal to all his contemporaries and to his critics past and present. His perseverance, patriotism, keenness and team spirit speak of a selfless, humble human being bringing laurels for his country for more than two decades and still remaining valuable for may be a decade more.
Sachin! you have bemused me and made me proud that I continue as a fan of you ever since you played first for India and under this back-drop, I dedicate this writing to you. May you live long as you are the real Kohinoor with life, blood and breath.