November 15, 2013

After Sachin, what now for Indian fans?

Alan Tyers
Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar share a light moment after the match, Rajasthan Royals v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2011, Jaipur, April 29, 2011
"I'll have my people brief you on the opportunities in the undergarment trade"  © AFP
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It's the end of the world as we know it for Sachin Tendulkar fans. But do not despair, Indian cricket lovers: there's still so much to look forward to even though the great man will no longer be in the side.

1) In just another 182 matches' time, Murali Vijay will play his 200th Test, and is on target to score his 1500th Test run in that game. A wonderful colourful display of 1500 rose petals will be showered upon him, from a small bin.

2) The awarding of the highest level of 2013-14 BCCI central contract to a promising youngster by the name of Sachin Tendulkar. Definitely one to watch for the future, and good to see the young man getting a much-needed financial shot in the arm.

3) The eagerly anticipated one ODI and half a Test match series that the BCCI has so graciously agreed to play against some mob called South Africa in a few weeks' time.

4) Sachin not having to face Dale Steyn and company on their home patch this winter, despite a personal plea from Suresh Raina to come and help out.

5) With the team now short of international experience, there could be comebacks to the top table for hungry stars like Zaheer Khan, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh. All of whom get very hungry indeed if they haven't had a snack for a few minutes.

6) Chance of Sachin going into politics on a serious basis, which should definitely help reduce his popularity to a more human level of affection.

7) Always the possibility of arranging a couple of easy-win games against Bangladesh if Sachin feels like coming out of retirement for a bit of a free hit, a policy that has in fairness worked well before.

8) Vacancy has opened up for a new Indian player to be deified, worshipped and adored (suggested by a Mr V Kohli).

9) Serious concern about the welfare of sport feature writers and bloggers, bereft of things to do and exhausted from all the "The Sachin Only I Knew - In Stats" articles, beginning to roam the streets in packs, loitering on corners, hanging around desperately, waiting for Jacques Kallis to do the decent thing.

10) Possible commercial opportunities for Sachin to team up with other international big names of his era, including selling underpants with Shane Warne, winding people up on the radio with Michael Vaughan, or becoming a boxer with Andrew Flintoff. Let's hope not.

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Posted by doubtingthomas on (November 16, 2013, 6:04 GMT)

@blaster.pl: So what do you recommend? That he should have bowled all the overs in both innings of all the matches, and cloned himself 10 times to field, and then batted from opening position down to No.10? It's a team sport, in case you didn't notice.

Posted by blaster.pk on (November 15, 2013, 19:59 GMT)

Sachin is the only batsman to be called god and still could not save the series in England where we were white washed,, again in Australia.

He could not save a single match through his batting when england beat india at home after 25 years ,, still we call him god. He got humiliated against the spinners like swann and panesar... no one remembers that... after finally why was rahul dravid not given a farewell match .,, he was former indian captian...remember dravid captianed only becuase sachin the coward ran away .. dravid did not.. he captianed ,, he did the wicket keepers job.. was inslips and took the highest catches.. and also is a better batsman than sachin technically .....

Posted by   on (November 15, 2013, 18:24 GMT)

@Talha Malik he single handedly won the cb series in australia 4 or so years back. 120 and 90 something in best of 3 finals :) and its honestly a team game what can 1 guy do.

Posted by GrtIndia_Ann on (November 15, 2013, 16:42 GMT)

@Talha: Sachin never wins the game....the Indian team has to win it unfotunately....

Posted by 158notout on (November 15, 2013, 15:08 GMT)

#5 made me chortle! very good.

Posted by   on (November 15, 2013, 14:48 GMT)

@Talha there is only so much one person can do... others let him down big time...

Posted by   on (November 15, 2013, 13:11 GMT)

In the two decades of his playing even Sachin could never win the tour of Australia or SouthAfrica for his side. Maybe the new players can come in and do where he left off...

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Alan Tyers
Alan Tyers writes about sport for the Daily Telegraph and others. He is the author of six books published by Bloomsbury, all of them with pictures by the brilliant illustrator Beach. The most recent is Tutenkhamen's Tracksuit: The History of Sport in 100ish Objects. Alan is one of many weak links in the world's worst cricket team, the Twenty Minuters.

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