Fitness Secrets of the Little Master #ThankYouSachin


14th  of November 2013 and Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar took his final bow and ascend to ‘cricket heaven’ to shine even brighter than he did when he walked amongst mere mortals. The God metaphor perhaps comes closest to describing the ‘Maelstrom’ who bats at No 4. The Nemesis of every fast bowler…the run machine…the master blaster…little master et al. 

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When it comes to sheer stickability nobody can surpass ‘Amcha Sachin’, for truly- over two decades he has been a permanent fixture in the Indian cricket team which in itself is a feat beyond compare. Fellow players may have come and gone, the game may have changed form and gotten more demanding but nothing ever changed about the ever dependable ‘Amcha Sachin’.  

He has applied himself to his life i.e. cricket and enjoyed it in all its forms whether displaying legendary batting prowess & technique to create colossal records, being the master strategist to even playing mentor to a young Indian team. The genius of Tendulkar knows no parallel and I suspect can have none either.

Can his record of 200 tests and 51 Test centuries and others be beaten? Perhaps! Records after all are meant to be broken. Sooner or later someone probably might get lucky enough. However, can that person surpass Sachin’s other achievements? Can he carry off with ease the weight of the aspirations of a billion Indians the way Sachin has done since the tender age of 16? Can he create records in all forms of the game- test, one day and T20?

Can this pretender to the throne actually be the choked feeling in a hundred million throats as he walks in to bat? Can he make millions of mothers & grannies who despite not understanding a thing about cricket pray feverishly for this little giant to do well, to score those centuries and bail India out? Can he disrupt train schedules when batting at 99? If anyone can surpass that then only can he claim to have beaten the God who bats at no 4 and wears the NO.10 Indian Blue! 

One can’t really help wonder as to what it is that makes this little man a giant. What secret diet or exercise regimen does he follow that has seen him through 23 years of grueling cricket? What is that X factor that makes Sachin the maximum run getter and an absolute lightening streak on the field? Pure luck or happenstance, lucky breaks, a good teacher, an early start what? Or could it after all have something to do with the 3Ds of success? DISCIPLINE DETERMINATION AND DEVOTION. Words that are mere words for most but a way of life for the rare few!

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It’s not that Sachin hasn’t had his share of injuries after all if you have been playing cricket since your school days and for over two decades facing some of the meanest pace attack plus running about on the field you are bound to take some battering. However Sachin Tendulkar despite a tennis elbow condition, pulled hamstring and countless injuries has still emerged fit and can give any youngster an absolute RUN for the money.

There is even a photo gallery dedicated to Sachin’s injuries. So for a chronological run down on his injuries you can refer to http://indiatoday.intoday.in/gallery/sachin-tendulkars-injuries/1/5450.html.

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So what does Sachin eat?

It is quite disappointing to know that there isn’t a Sachin Tendulkar secret diet. Or if it were a secret diet he obviously isn’t telling. A self confessed foodie Sachin loves food especially lobsters and Mangoes. He eats a bit of everything when off the field and during cricketing season he is on his prescribed diet of 40% carbohydrate, 30% fat and 30% protein. Could that be responsible for his quick running between the wickets we wonder. 

Diet during Matches
His diet intake consists of 40% carbohydrate, 30% fat and 30% protein. 

  • Breakfast – Big bowl of porridge + 200ml milk + water with a tsp of sucrose and raisins if desired and 250ml fresh fruit juiceTea/coffee 
  • After workout – 25g whey protein power 
  • Snack – Sandwich with part of grilled fish or low fat soft cheese with fruits 
  • Lunch – 3 chapattis + olive oil based spread with fish or cereal, 100g mixed raisin & nut, freshly prepared salad, 1 bowl Low fat yoghurt 
  • Cricket training – Large amount of water with electrolyte 
  • After training – Protein shake, 100g mixed raisin and nuts, fresh fruits
  • Dinner – Similar to lunch     

Dedication and devotion are simply not possible without concentration and well what one can say about that. Imagine the roar and din of the spectators especially when you are batting on enemy turf. The ability to fade out external noises and simply concentrate on the ball which comes down at you at a speed of 155 Km/h must take some ability. That’s what adds to the mystique of Tendulkar – The ability to concentrate.  Must be something in that ‘walk down the pitch and tap the bat ritual’ which he is seen to do often in between deliveries.   

As though enough hasn’t been said about Sachin’s qualities another one comes up and that is his pain threshold according to Dr SN Omkar, who was the Indian team’s yoga instructor in the early 2000s. Sachin took to Yoga quite naturally and that helped him in every aspect of the game right from enduring and healing injuries to enhancing his natural stroke play and above all the ability to have phenomenal concentration.  Sachin also undertook training with Yoga Guru BKS Iyengar after he suffered from a pulled hamstring and has over the years attended several yoga sessions to get his battle ravaged body back in shape.

Ultimately there must be some X factor at work that goes beyond all normal human qualities. Some call it the hand of destiny or luck. Imagine how easily one could get swayed by all the fame and adulation that has come Sachin Tendulkar’s way. A lesser mortal could have gone completely berserk by a fraction of the attention that Sachin has today. What keeps him grounded and sensible? Mediation is something Sachin does regularly and according to him that is what keeps him grounded and modest enough to take his ‘God Status’ with ease.  So that’s one more point in the making of a legend – Physical fitness , diet, right exercise, meditation for mental equilibrium and of course the external factors of a supportive and closely knit family .  

So essentially to become Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar one must have all those factors like physical prowess, mental strength & disposition, opportunity and the ability to encash on it , attitude, fighting spirit, determination, devotion, discipline, ability to concentrate and learn, adaptability, self esteem, the blessings and encouragement of family and a teacher who helps bring out the best in you…  ALL THESE …..COINCIDING AT THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME!  To draw a parallel isn’t that just like how life happened on earth? A series of JUST RIGHT factors that came together at the right time to make life possible on earth? Just the way it uncannily makes Gods of cricket possible, that only once in a lifetime phenomenon called SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR, the God, who according to Amul will make India “Retire Hurt” on the 14th of November 2013.

Wanted to become a soldier, became cricketer – Dhoni #MSD @ChennaiIPL


Team India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni wanted to become a soldier since childhood. He used to visit Ranchi Kent area but destiny intervened, and he became a cricketer. Dhoni

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spent a day with military personnel in the Parachute Regiment and Aaj Tak witnessed these special moments. One day between army troops and soldiers Dhoni’s amazing how Dhoni’s fun, it’s on 5th October at 8pm- 9pm on Aaj Tak’s show – Solid young, star captain.

Dhoni at Parachute Regiment enjoyed the whole day. Spoke with soldiers, learned a lot from him. Mark saw drill. What kind of military attack during the turn lock on the front, Dhoni has seen it all and learned. Dhoni is fond of shooting targets at a shooting range and heavily planted. Captain Cool joke done well here. Every shot was perfectly fitted to Dhoni, Dhoni smiled but missed once said -” I stand behind the till, at the same pressure missed. Media monitors everything.” In these talks Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that he is very afraid of heights. Fan Dhoni was still jump. He said it came from the bottom up -” The uniform is something special. Maybe this is all in uniform, which I was not afraid.”

Dhoni after the evening tea party with seals made it great. Some sing and dance troops had passed. Dhoni’s men they want me to dance, but Dhoni said when he returns next time dance course. Some also questioned Dhoni seals. Asked the young man how are you so cool. The Dhoni replied: – “The day I have to press conference, a day before I go and sit in the fridge, I am the Being Cool.”

Dhoni’s men met with great warmth. Also lavishly praised. Dhoni said in response to a question – “Since childhood I wanted to join the Army. Army area was often goes in Ranchi. Seeing the soldiers thought
that one day I’ll be the same. ” After cricketer to come out in the Army in response to a question,

Dhoni said – “I want to serve the country. And thus had the opportunity to serve my country so I accepted. “

Asked a young man – you become a soldier and military and cricket cricketer and why not make it, we are not able to play in the IPL. Dhoni said this – “Cricket is a game which anyone can play. There is no cap. You can play the IPL. Provided you have the ability to play good cricket then you can also get a chance to play. “

Army Dhoni with many unseen, unknown factor em erged. Dhoni when he met with the widows and the children got to see a different face. Dhoni was emotional. Spent time with the children of military widows, were all his demands are met. He gave autographs and posed for pictures.

Google Doodle celebrates John Wisden the creator of ‘the Bible of Cricket’


Google has celebrated the 187th anniversary of the birth of English cricketer, and creator of ‘the Bible of Cricket‘, John Wisden.

Born in Brighton on September 5, 1826, little is known about Wisden’s early life.

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Following the death of his father he was cared for by the notable wicket keeper Tom Box who encouraged his cricketing abilities.

He made his debut for Sussex at 18 years of age.

At the peak of his powers, Wisden, who went on to play 187 first-class cricket matches for Kent, Middlesex and Sussex, was known as ‘The Little Wonder’.

He is widely considered to have been the best all-rounder of his day.

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Despite his significant cricketing achievements, Wisden is today most famous for creating the eponymous ‘Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack’ after retiring from the game.

The Almanack was first published in 1864 and a new volume has appeared every year since then. Wisden 2013 is therefore the 150th edition.

When it was first published the Almanack printed ‘full and accurate scores’ along with facts about the Derby, the St Leger, the university rowing matches ‘and other Interesting Information’.

It has been published every year without fail since its creation despite the company coming close to liquidation in 1937.

The Alamanck was even published during the war years, despite the company’s headquarters being set on fire by a German bomber – destroying their records.

This remarkable continued publication makes the Almanack the longest running sports annual in history. Today a copy of the original 1864 edition is valued at around £25,000.

John Wisden died of cancer, aged 57, in London. He is buried in Brompton Cemetery.

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Today’s Doodle celebrates the Almanack using the distinctive front cover font of the Almanack against the famous yellow background that has been used on every edition since 1938.

The Doodle also features its own take on the famous woodcut of two cricketers, by Eric Ravilious, which regularly appeared on covers up until 2003 when it was replaced by a photograph of a contemporary cricketer.

Russian Cricket Team Starts Spring Preparations


The United Cricket League Russia is preparing for the 2013 games. The popularity of this sport, which has a great following worldwide, until recently was relatively unknown in Russia, points out Tanvir Khan,a member of the team management. He says that it is not surprising that the vast majority of players in the Russian League are Indians, Pakistanis, natives of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka having Russian residence permits. They are all in the majority of cases, like me, either graduates of Russian universities, businessmen or students.

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Tanvir Khan: “The United Russian Cricket League unites eight teams of 11 players each. Some of them are very good and great players. Last year, the League of United Russia was recognized and registered with the International Cricket Council (ICC) in London.

We also have 200 additional players. And among them are a few Russians. Our matches are held at the Moscow State University’s (MSU) baseball stadium which has an artificial turf cover. We play every Saturday and Sunday during the four months of favorable weather conditions. These games invariably attract quite a few Russians, some of whom want to try their hand at the game and have shown impressive results.”

Having crossed from Europe, from its homeland in Britain, to the colonies in South Asia and Africa, cricket has become extremely popular there. And now in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka it is revered as a national sport. The young students, who had come to Russia from these countries to study during the past decade or so, just could not give up their passion for cricket. We are organizing matches in Russia for the 13th year and are also participating in international matches, says Tanvir Khan. And very successfully too for we have won Silver in the European championship.

This year we have scheduled 64 games – says board member of the League of United Russia, Tanvir Khan. We expect the arrival in Moscow of teams from Latvia and Estonia. And then we shall visit them in Riga. Our colleagues in Belgium have invited our team for a friendly match. And this is not at all the complete list of our travel plans for which preparations are on going.

On May 1, this year, the Russian team will hold its first home match at the cricket stadium in MSU. It is possible that some Russian players will also take part in the match. This sport is gaining more and more recognition among the Russians.

Busy Mahendra Singh Dhoni fails to appear for B.Com Exam


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A busy cricketing schedule has led to Indian team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni failing to even appear in the first semester examination of B Com degree after enrolling himself for the course five years ago at a city college.

Dhoni, who enrolled in B. Com in 2008 at St Xavier’s College here, could not clear even one of his six semesters, “absenting” from examinations due to busy cricketing schedule, and his results in the first semester had been marked as absent.

“Yes, he (Dhoni) would have been among the students who got the degrees,” Principal Nicholas Tete said, after giving away degrees to 1,790 students of his St Xavier’s College on the occasion of the fourth Graduation Ceremony here yesterday.

“Dhoni registered for the three-year course in 2008, which is effective for five years. And he can renew afresh, (if he wants to complete the course),” Tete told PTI here today.

“We had prepared study material for his first semester and sent them to him. (But) he did not respond,” he said.

Dhoni, who has Office Administration and Secretarial Practice as his subjects in B. Com, had completed Plus-II in 1999.

“A teacher feels good giving away degrees to successful students, and the students feel happy after completing a course successfully,” Dean Jayant Sinha, one of the teachers in the college, said, adding happiness would have been doubled had Dhoni completed the course and got the degree.

“However, he can complete the course in future. Education is a continuing process,” Sinha said.

The degrees were given to the batch of 2008-11, when Dhoni had registered for the course, he added.

Pakistan’s Twenty20 cricket league postponed


The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) postponed its franchise-based Twenty20 tournament for an indefinite period to solve management issues.

According to a PCB statement Friday night, the lucrative Pakistan Super League (PSL), scheduled between March 26 and April 7, was delayed after sponsors and other investors demanded more time to submit bids, reports Xinhua.

The delay will also help the PCB ensure the participation of international foreign players.

“Some scheduling conflicts that arose after PSL dates were announced could result in potential star players missing out on the opportunity of participating in PSL,” PCB said.

Following a long drought of the international cricket at home, the PCB officially unveiled its plan to organise PSL Jan 10 by inviting cricketers around from around the world to participate.

The league comprise five teams. Each team will have a maximum of six foreign players for the first three years. All 23 matches will be played at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

Pakistan is the fourth Asian cricket nation after India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka that launched cricket league involving foreign players.

The decision came after the country failed to convince any of the first grade international cricket teams for a home series in Pakistan due to security reasons.

The league management offered a handsome amount of cash for each player in five categories comprising Diamond ($100,000), Platinum ($70,000), Gold ($50,000), Silver ($25,000) and Emerging ($5,000-10,000).

To shrug off the security reservations by the players, PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf also offered foreign players insurance worth $2 million and tax free other incomes.

The PCB also said over 80 foreign players had already signed for the PSL auction but the process of getting No Objection Certificates from the relevant boards was still underway.

Tendulkar to review cricket future in November


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Sachin Tendulkar has for the first time admitted that at 39 he may not have much cricket left in him and will reassess his cricketing future next month.

Tendulkar’s retirement has been a topic of debate for quite some time now and the batting great said though he does not have any immediate plans, the thought of retirement has been on his mind.

He said that taking a decision on retirement after playing the game for close to 23 years will be a “hard one” and he will go by what his heart says.

“The moment of retirement is going to be hard because I haven’t experienced anything close to what I might go through when I retire. It depends on what my heart tells me then. I need not take a call right now. When I play in November, I will reassess things,” he said.

“I am 39 and I don’t think I have plenty of cricket left in me. But it depends on my frame of mind and my physical ability to deliver. When I feel that I am not delivering what is needed, and then I will re-look at the scheme of things. I am already 39 and no one expects me to go on playing forever,” Tendulkar told ‘Times NOW’.

India play a four-match home Test series against England starting on November 15 in Ahmedabad.

Tendulkar, who holds almost all the records in world cricket after playing 190 Tests and 463 ODIs, said that it would be a tough call for him to hang his bat and he will go by what his heart says.

“I don’t know. It is going to be hard because I haven’t experienced anything close to what I might go through when I retire. I cannot relate this moment with any other moment in my life. It will be a tough call. I will go with what my heart says,” said Tendulkar, who has scored 15,533 in Tests and 18,426 runs in ODIs.

The Little Master’s cricketing exit is a touchy issue. It took three deliveries and the cricketing world was buzzing with news and views on Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement. Click further to read what cricketing legends have said about the ‘retirement’ issue.

Should Sachin Retire from ODIs? Majority say YES


Opinions are never right or wrong, never constant and yes, the opinions are changing. “You can’t contain Sachin’s deeds in a statistical frame. He brings unstinted joy to the art of batting. Statistics will happen because cricket is about runs and wickets. But how can you evaluate Sachin’s contributions by just counting the number of runs he has scored. To me, he best symbolizes the heights an individual can rise to dominate a team sport. Words can never capture the beauty of Sachin’s cricket,” this is just one of many quotes from the cricketing legend Kapil Dev on Sachin Tendulkar who now feels that it’s time Sachin quit ODIs. “From what we have seen in the last three months, he should have announced his retirement before the World Cup. It’s important to know that every cricketer has his time,” Kapil told ‘Headlines Today‘.

Surprisingly, it’s not just Kapil, but a large number of Indians seem to be of the opinion that the god of cricket should leave one-day cricket and it was quite evident in a Times of India online poll which concluded that 57 percent of respondent feels that Sachin should retire from ODIs. While 41 percent answered ‘No’ to the question ‘Should Sachin retire from ODIs?’, as many as 57 percent of respondents voted ‘Yes’.

TOI had nearly 47,000 people responding to its poll out of which 19,127 voted ‘no’ and 26,813 answered in favor of the question and around 817 (2 percent) people were undecided.

The calls come from different corners asking Tendulkar to call it quits from one-day cricket and many eminent cricketers were heard echoing the public opinion including Kapil Dev, EAS Prasanna, Sourav Ganguly and Kirti Azad. Ganguly once said, “The thing I like most about Sachin is his   intensity. After being in the game for so long, he still has the same desire to do well for India in any international match. I tell you what, this man is a legend.” And today he says, “Sachin has to ask himself whether he is good enough to play one-day cricket day in and day out; whether it’s helping him missing tournaments and playing a one-day series after 8-9 months; whether it’s helping him as a one-day player or if it’s helping Indian cricket as a one-day team. If Sachin can’t get an answer to these questions, he has to go.”

Former Indian cricketer EAS Prasanna backed Ganguly and Kapil and said, “If he continues to fail like this, people will have a wrong impression of him. I think it is better to retire when he is at his best,” MSN reports.

Former test cricketer Kirti Azad said, “The selectors should waste no time in dropping Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman from the national team if they do not retire on their own following the massive drubbing in the Test series against Australia.”

The genuine thought process that went into the call for Sachin’s retirement from one-day cricket by general public is quite questionable as it’s highly possible that the public anger and frustration over India’s pathetic show Down Under, Ricky Points decision to retire, and the opinions of former players have influenced the results of the poll.

Does the Media deliberately divide People?


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Is the Media misusing the freedom of press? Should it be made more accountable? The careless behavior by some of our television news channels has necessitated some kind of a control by a regulatory body. Poor quality journalism is something this country has been facing since the advent of electronic media. Any exaggeration without verifications and proper investigations seem to become news that gives a wrong picture or partial facts. In other words, media has become the creator of a false world that the people of this country seem to be living in. Media has also been dividing the people of this country through careless reporting. This view was shared by none other than the newly appointed Chairman of Press Council of India, Markandey Katju. In a Democracy, everybody is accountable, and it is high time media is also made more responsible, he felt.

Off late, some of the deliberate blunders by the media are aimed at dividing people on communal lines. Speaking to CNN IBN, Justice Katju said, “Whenever a bomb blast takes place, in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, within a few hours almost every channels starts showing that an e-mail or an SMS has come that Indian Mujahideen have claimed responsibility or Jaish-e-Mohammad or Harkat-ul-Jihad, some Muslim name.” This has created an impression that every Muslim is a terrorist, when 99 percent of the religious community is good people.

Another mistake that our media frequently makes is targeting the majority community in the name of secularism and provoking them against the minority. Secularism includes all communities, including the majority community. Some of the dirty political games seem to have crept into media as well. In short, there seems to be a deliberate attempt on the part of the media to divide people on religious lines, which is contrary to national interests.

Markandey Katju feels the only solution to the problem is to bring Electronic News Media also under Press Council of India.

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Apart from this, the media has created a false image in the minds of people. In a country where 80 percent of the people live in chronic poverty, facing inflation and other serious issues like unemployment, media has been portraying a different India, the “Shining India”, which is only a partial reality. Instead of focusing on developmental issues, the media is seen to be increasingly projecting film stars, cricketers and fashion parades.
In lines of the slogan of Roman emperors, “If you cannot give them bread, give them circuses,” in India, cricket seems to have replaced circuses, as many of the leading channels have caught the IPL cricket fever, and people are getting the same illness, which is hardly going to solve the problems of this country.

The Last Match of the Great Wall


As the whole world watches, amidst the thunderous applause from the crowd and the players, the man walks past the ground, ending a legendary era of class, passion, and rectitude in the game of cricket – a scene best wished for The Wall of Indian Cricket, Rahul Dravid as he plays his last ODI match. He is a man the world adores for his skills and techniques, but the real worth of the great cricketer has often been hidden in the shadow of his contemporary legends, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly.

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What will his absence mean to the world cricket? We are going to miss the graceful flicks, the breathtaking timings, and the poetry in motion on the crease – those standards of cricketing fast vanishing from the game in this new era of unorthodoxy and pinch hitters. He epitomized the test cricket and played the role of India’s ‘go-to man’ in pressure situations. Nearing the end of an embarrassing two-month England series in which victory looked far ahead of Team India, Dravid’s exit from ODIs will definitely leave a void in the squad, the dependability factor which many wonder if any can fill.

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Great talents cannot be hidden and so was Dravid’s who was spotted by former cricketers seeing an amazingly skillful kid scoring a century on debut for his school team. Fondly called Jammy by his classmates, the Bangalore boy began his cricketing career in his early teens as he represented the state at the under-15, under-17 and under-19 level. He made his one-day debut in 1996 against Sri Lanka replacing the spoiled kid of Indian cricket Vinod Kambli. He mastered the art of this gentleman’s game and lived by it for over 15 years now, a great cricketing saga that can never be erased from the books of cricket. In 2007, he become the third Indian player and the sixth in the world to score 10,000 runs in ODI cricket and with one match to go, he has 10,820 runs from 343 matches to his credit. The 38-year-old right-hander has scored 12 hundreds and 82 fifties.

Records are many but to cite an unusual one, he is the highest scorer to be overlooked for the Man of the Match award. Despite his career best 153 against New Zealand, the MoM went to Sachin Tendulkar for his unbeaten 186. Though a fault of none, he has been overshadowed, not once but many a times, by some of the equally great performance from his contemporary stars. The delight of his debut ODI century in 1997 was sunk at the glory of Saeed Anwar’s then world record of 194.

Mr. Dependable

Against the popular notion, Rahul Dravid holds the record of scoring the second fastest fifty by an Indian in one-day cricket. His 82 fifties in ODI is the second highest by an Indian and the third highest by any in the history of cricket. He has been a part of two of the largest partnerships in world cricket – A 331-run stand with Sachin Tendulkar for the second wicket against New Zealand in 1999 and a 318-run partnership with Sourav Ganguly.

He has always been in the scene, cricket never left him neither he did. His embraced the spirit of the game so tight that he emerged victorious at each falls. And now, as he walks down the crease, one last time in the blue jersey, it bleeds not blue but tears down the eyes of his loyal spectators who loved the glorious game in its entirety.

Author – Binu Paul,SI