Goodbye from a 'hater'

If you don't agree with the obsessive Tendulkar fan who believes his idol is God, does that make you a Tendulkar hater?
Sarath Chandra Jagupilla November 19, 2013

If you don't agree with the obsessive Tendulkar fan who believes his idol is God, does that make you a Tendulkar hater? © AFP
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I am what Sachin Tendulkar fans love to call a 'hater'. Everybody had their chance to say goodbye to him. Maybe, we haters must have our chance too. For we too followed him as closely as his fans did.

Hater is too strong a word, but we'll go with it. Frankly, most of us are not haters of Tendulkar, but we do hate the hyperbole around him. We acknowledge his greatness, only without the hyperbole. We are haters not of Tendulkar, but of his most rabid fans - the kind that wanted India to collapse immediately after he was out in his final Test innings, and wished for huge scores from Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul. There were several Indian fans that hoped for this course of events just so that Tendulkar might have had another chance to bat, even at the risk of potentially losing the match. In an effort to argue against such attitudes, we end up arguing against the man. We too felt sentimental when he was out for the last time; only for the sentiments to be overtaken by nausea when we saw fans wishing for India's collapse.

Tendulkar is a great batsman; one of the greatest of all time and possibly the greatest of his time. You will be hard-pressed to find a 'hater' who does not hold this opinion. We are haters of those people who hate us for holding this opinion. For us, Tendulkar is not God. He isn't 'undoubtedly the greatest batsman of all time'. This is not the time to talk about why he is only possibly the greatest of his time. For, most people consider this an insult to the man. So let me leave with a sentiment that might warm everybody's hearts.

Tendulkar is the standard against which all batting was measured for as long as he played. If you wanted to say Steve Waugh was the best batsman, you had to measure him up against Tendulkar and prove it. If you wanted to say Brian Lara was the best batsman, you had to measure him up against Tendulkar. Same with Rahul Dravid and Ricky Ponting. Whoever else we liked, we had to keep an eye on Tendulkar. For me, there is no bigger tribute to him than that.

If that is not enough, well you know what to call me.

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Posted by Dummy4 on (November 24, 2013, 12:11 GMT)

@Neeraj - I was paying a tribute to Tendulkar, as somebody who did not think Tendulkar is God or the greatest. I don't think any of Dravid, Lara, Waugh etc are God or the greatest. I like them and felt sad when they left. I felt the same with Tendulkar. I wanted to express that. Given this, the supporting reasons of why Tendulkar is not the greatest do not belong in the article. When I say every other batsman is compared to Tendulkar, it is the effect of Tendulkar being the most popular of all contenders to the "best" title; not that he is the best.

Posted by Dummy4 on (November 24, 2013, 10:32 GMT)

I don't get what Sarath is trying to say here. The articles seems pretty vague in that it doesn't bring out the intended meaning - "why Sachin is not God". Ok, so for you Sachin isn't undoubtedly the best batsmen but what are the supporting reasons? Rather, to say that you hate his fans who wanted India's collapse is kinda divergence from the topic. It doesn't support what you are trying to say. In fact, when you say that every other batsman was compared to Tendulkar, you in a way are saying that Tendulkar's the best. I myself am a huge fan of Dravid, Ganguly, Ponting, Kallis and all. For me, watching Dravid play was like, "Oh, u beauty" but then when I compare Tendulkar's overall performance and records with any of these guys', I have to admit that no one is even close to him. And that's what makes you the best in the game. And he has been a performer in every deptt. of the game - batting, bowling and fielding. To carry on for 24 yrs is an unbelievable feat. He is the best!

Posted by naresh on (November 24, 2013, 9:13 GMT)

did you rejoice when Sachin was out in the last over in Melbourne for 73? Did you chuckle with glee when he was out for 32 in the next innings ("proving" that only VVS or Dravid "can do it"?)

if not, then you are not a hater.

Posted by Sriram on (November 23, 2013, 16:21 GMT)

I completely agree with the way the article was presented by Sarath. Nice read, infact. I also dis-agree when people compare and say that he's better than Bradman and others..He is one of the legends of this era, but it doesn't mean he is the best. there are people like Dravid , Ponting , Kallis , Sangakkara who had performed incredibly well when the team needed most out of them. They stood and delivered at crucial situations. Let us put aside the slogan of 'God' and all, and keep loving Cricket and the players who make it shining.

Posted by Dummy4 on (November 23, 2013, 15:37 GMT)

Maybe, there is another way to look at this. Tendulkar did deliver at a known (high) level for 24 years, and amassed longevity records of mind-boggling magnitude. In other words, in the case of Tendulkar you know what you get if given a long rope and other stuff. For other players, it is mostly conjecture on how they would have performed, if afforded similar luxuries by their boards, selectors, and captains. So, in Tendulkar's case you have more data backing his quality than others, and therefore you are more sure about him. Looked at it this way, Tendulkar must be the automatic first pick as a batsman in his generation. Not because he is the best, but because you are more sure that he is among the best than possible alternatives.

Posted by Dummy4 on (November 23, 2013, 3:26 GMT)

Tendulkar is a great cricketer,one of the best ever, but so are Lara, Ponting, Kallis, Shane warne, Muralitharan, Mcgrath, Dravid, Akram, Inzamam, Sangakarra, to name a few players of his generation. Their records are equally amazing and many of them carried the burden of captaincy for years which Tendulkar could never do. Impression is created in media that he was head and shoulders above everyone , which is not right.Things should be put in perspective Only person who deserves God like status in Cricket is Don Bradman.

Posted by Dummy4 on (November 22, 2013, 21:13 GMT)

His fans loved him not just because of his batting. He was pretty more than that. He was an entertainer, he mad people dream, he made people happy and he made people emotion. That is why fans are very emtional about him. I considered myself, Big big, amir khan and many others reasonable people but we all cried when he got out for the last time and wished that india collapased. His prensence had an effect on us which we cannnot describe. he made us feel good about ourself, he made feel secure. He made a common human being look divine.

Posted by Dummy4 on (November 22, 2013, 14:37 GMT)

@pradyuman - I feel most times the logic is reversed in the opposite manner of what you suggested. Most commentators here and elsewhere agree that Tendulkar is a great. When ABC says, "XYZ is one of the best", it is reasonable to assume ABC is paying XYZ a compliment. However, when XYZ is Tendulkar, ABC is branded a hater and/or accused of, as you put it, "pulling him down as a player", when in fact most of these people rate Tendulkar just as high as they rate Dravid, Waugh, Lara etc. When some commentators point out a flaw in Tendulkar's record, it is mostly to counter the argument that he is "the greatest", not "one of the best". @Naeemullah - Farewell parties are a function of star value. Dravid was never even half the star that Tendulkar was.

Posted by Dummy4 on (November 22, 2013, 12:21 GMT)

SACHIN TENDULKUR is no doubt a true legend of cricket , he is not only a cricketer he is a chapter of cricket , its good everyone praising his career but one man who is one of my fvt batsman RAHIL DRAVID , he is the most technically sound batsman i have seen since i started to watch cricket and i think he is more times better than tendulkar , he deserve more respect than tendulkar , then why everyone has left him , i think he deserved this kind of fairwell , but .........................................., i like RAHUL DRAVID very much , if u dnt agree with me then no prblm but dnt think negative abt my feelings toward tendulkar , , miss u THE WALL , U R THE HISTORY OF CRICKET

Posted by salman on (November 22, 2013, 9:21 GMT)

@Pradyuman Dubey: can you tell me one tendulkar test inning which "won" india a test match. just go and check the number of man of the match awards that tendulkar won, in matches that india won. u'll get the answer to my question. he was a great great batsman and i respect him even more for his demeanor, both on and off the ground. yes he won india many many ODI's, but u'll really struggle to find any test matches that he won on his own. so does that make him the 'best of his time'?


The man whom cricket loved back

Sambit Bal: Tendulkar was the biggest worshipper the game could ever find, and in that lay the foundation of his greatness

Tendulkar's perfect balance

Sharda Ugra: While the team, the country and the sport changed around him, Tendulkar remained constant

Why do we insist on seeing the 'real' Sachin?

Rahul Bose: You can ask as much as you want for a more "human", more "feelable, touchable" Sachin, but he'll probably not change - and that's a good thing

Zaltz Stats

The approximate number of people in India today who had not been born when Sachin Tendulkar made his Test debut in 1989 (calculated from these figures). His batting has been so erotically outstanding that the global population has increased by almost 2 billion during his career, with the biggest increase, understandably, in India itself.

I have played cricket for 24 years, it has been only 24 hours since retirement, and I think I should get at least 24 days to relax before deciding these things.

Sachin Tendulkar doesn't want to think of what lies ahead just yet