Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar…

This piece is originally in Marathi but I have also written 
it's English translation,after this Marathi verse. Please note
this poem/verse is NOT MINE.Please have a look at both. Thank You.

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एक दिवस नाही, एक महिना नाही, एक वर्ष नाही,
तब्बल बावीस वर्ष, अख्ख जग त्याच्यामागे पागल होऊन राहत,
यश यश म्हणतात ते हेच असेल का?
---- माहीत नाही.
पण एका खेळमागे 'पागल' होऊन,
स्वत:च्या आयुष्याची तीन दशक समर्पीत करण --- यातच त्याच यश असाव.

तो शतक ठोकतो, अख्खा देश त्याची पाठ थोपटतो,
त्याच शतक हुकत, अख्खा देश आपल काम धाम बाजूला ठेवून त्यावर चर्चा करत,
यश यश म्हणतात ते हेच असेल का?
---- माहीत नाही.
पण यशातही त्याचा 'कान धरणारी' आणि अपयशात 
त्याच्या पाठी उभी राहणारी माणस त्याच्या आयुष्यात आहेत --- यात त्याच यश असाव.

त्याच्या सोनेरी कारकीर्दीचा त्यालाच नाही,
तर सम्पूर्ण देशाला अभिमान वाटतो,
यश यश म्हणतात ते हेच असेल का?
---- माहीत नाही.
पण सम्पूर्ण कारकीर्दीत त्याच्या यशाला, कर्तृत्वाला गालबोट लागेल,
अशी एकही कृती त्याच्या हातून घडत नाही --- यात त्याच यश असाव.

इतकी लोकमान्यता, इतके मानसन्मान, इतका पैसा,
आता तर 'विश्व-चषक'..
हे सगळ वयाच्या ३७ व्या वर्षी,
इतक्या मुद्दलावर फक्त तोच काय, त्याच्या सात पिढ्या आरामात लोळू शकतील,
यश यश म्हणतात ते हेच असेल का?
---- माहीत नाही.
पण कुठलेही मोहपाश त्याला त्याच्या ध्येयापासून दूर नेऊ शकत नाहीत --- यात त्याच यश असाव.

त्याच्यावर स्तुतीसुमने उधळायला शब्द अपुरे पडतात,
त्याच्या धावा मोजता मोजता आकडेही दमून जातात,
यश यश म्हणतात ते हेच असेल का?
---- माहीत नाही.
पण स्वत:च्या 'भरपूर' किंवा 'कमी' धावावरून तो त्याच यश, अपयश ठरवत नाही,
'कमी परिश्रम' हे त्याला त्याच अपयश वाटत,
कारकीर्दीच्या या टप्प्यावर 'अस वाटण' --- यात त्याच यश असाव.

क्रिकेट समजणारे, न समजणारे,
क्रिकेट खेळणारे, न खेळणारे,
त्याला क्रिकेट चा 'देव' मानतात..
यश यश म्हणतात ते हेच असेल का?
---- माहीत नाही.
पण आकाशातल देवपण मिळून सुद्धा
त्याची 'मुळे' जमिनीत खोल जाउन आणखीनच घट्ट होत आहेत --- यात त्याच यश असाव.

इतक यश, इतक यश,
की त्या यशाच मोजमाप करणही शक्य नाही,
यश यश म्हणतात ते हेच असेल का?
---- माहीत नाही.
पण एक गोष्ट नक्की,
'त्या' रात्री त्याच्या हातात विश्वचषक पाहून,
'त्याचा' आनंद 'आपल्या' डोळ्यातून पाझरला --- यातच त्याच यश असेल.

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The English translation of above verse is as follows.

Not one day, not one month, not one year,
But for 22 years, the entire World goes mad behind him,
Is this what we call -- Success?
Don't know,
But this maddening run behind "one" game,
and dedicating three decades of his life to it, 
May be this is his success.

He scores a century, the whole nation pats him,
He misses a ton and the entire nation talks about it,
Is this what we call -- Success?
Don't know,
But he has got questioning people while he succeeds and,
supporting people while he fails in his life,
May be this is his Success.

Not only he but everyone envies his Golden Journey,
Is this what we call -- Success?
Don't know,
But not a single time he has acted or did something,
to bring shame to him or his country,
May be this is his Success.

Even this huge love from public, this huge accolades 
and uncountable money,
and now the "World Cup" too,
All of this at just 37 years of age,
So much of capital that, not only he but his seven generations,
can easily live off without doing anything,
Is this what we call -- Success?
Don't know,
But nothing, absolutely nothing, 
can keep him from achieving his goals,
May be this is his Success.

Words aren't enough to praise him,
Numbers aren't enough to count his runs,
Is this what we call -- Success?
Don't know,
But he doesn't measure his success in "too many" or "too less" runs,
but "failing to work hard" makes him feel beaten,
Such dedication even at 'this' milestone in his career,
May be this is his Success.

Cricket experts, Cricket novices,
Cricket players or just observers,
Consider him "God of Cricket",
Is this what we call -- Success?
Don't know,
But even after this Heavenly Godliness,
His roots are still deep under the ground,
May be this is his Success.
 

This big and huge a success,
Measuring his success in any parameter is difficult,
Is this what we call -- Success?
Don't know,
But one thing for sure,
"Our" eyes moistened when we saw "him" raising World Cup,
May be this is his Success.
 
 
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Disclaimer: This is e-mail forwarded to me by one of my friends. 
Thought of sharing it here, So reproducing it here. 
The English translation however is mine.
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Sweet and sour…

The day, 14th September 2009 was a sweet and sour day for me. Sweet for India winning the Compaq Cup against Sri Lanka. And sour for Roger Federer losing to Del Potro in US Open 2009.

 

India earlier in the day (in Sri Lanka) scored a throbbing 319 runs and stamped their name on Compaq Cup 2009. But then Sri Lanka showed some extravagant cricket and tried to come back in the game but failed to do so in the end. Sachin Tendulkar once again showed his class by scoring 138 of 133 balls and once again proved why he is called Master Blaster. Almost 20 years in cricket and the same, exactly the same enthusiasm he showed on his first international cricket match. Harbhajan Singh broke the important partnerships in the game and earned himself a stylish man of the game award. Sachin got himself getting the Man of Series for 14th time and man of the match for 59th time, mind you all this is also a World Record. Seeing India win again was very delightful.

 

But on the other hand, after some time there was men’s final of US Open 2009. It was very bad to see Roger Federer loosing after being so much close to winning it yet again. It was “So close yet so far” game for Federer. Federer could have won the match in fourth set itself but Del Potro showed some real class and outperformed the World No. 1. But I am happy for Federer for one thing that he did not fall easily as Rafael Nadal. Nadal was beaten in straight sets 2-6, 2-6, 2-6 to Juan Martin Del Potro in the semi-final match. Federer showed his class in the match. Though the man, Del Potro was trying to out-perform Federer every single time, Federer showed why he is World No. 1. But then luck was not with him, or rather Del Potro’s hard work outweighed Federer’s luck. But if one gives 100% to whatever he does then loosing or winning doesn’t matter much. When I was watching the game between Nadal and Del Potro I was a bit scared. I was thinking whether Federer will be able to contain this man, as a power player like Nadal was not able to. But Federer showed that Potro is not unbeatable.

 

Congrats to Indian Cricket team, Juan Martin Del Potro for winning their respective matches and hard luck for Federer. You tried everything Federer, but the day was not yours. All the best to Federer and I am sure you will be able to beat Del Potro in your next meeting and will take your revenge of defeat here on Flushing Meadows.

Nervous breakdown in US Open 2009…

Yes, the question is can we really call it a nervous breakdown. I will say it is in a way a nervous breakdown. It was really funny to see 7th seeded player sulk with such a vigour.

Yes, I am talking about Russian Vera Zvonareva. In yesterday’s match she was really sulking hard when the match was in third and final set. Zvonareva won the first set and then kept on loosing. But even though you are in a bad shape at the game you should not sulk so much on the court. That doesn’t show the sportsman’s spirit. And so much of anger from 7th seeded is really not expected. Zvonareva was really kicking her knee, spanking her knee with racket, tearing off her bandage etc etc. Commentators rightly named this thing as “Self Abuse”.

 

Zvonareva has been in the International Tennis scene since September 2000 but the maturity she should be having was not visible. A player should accept the defeat too with dignity and calmness. Anyways, the stats for the game between Vera Zvonareva and Flavia Pennetta are as follows:

vera-zvonareva

pennetta

Rank: 07 Rank: 10
Vera Zvonareva Flavia Pennetta
6 3
6 7
0 6

 

 

 

But Flavia Pennetta deserved her win over Zvonareva as she seemed more composed and maintained cool attitude all along the game.

To Vijay Mallya with Urge…

Dear Mr. Vijay Mallya,Vijay_Mallya

I recently overheard your fight with MS Gill, Sports Minister  of India about bringing Formula One (F1) to India. You both had heated arguments on introduction of this sports to India.

 

I agree, as an Indian I too felt great about the success Force India got in Belgian Grand Prix. But to be frank there is only your money and Indian Tri-colour which is Indian in recent victory. What else was Indian in there? The driver Giancarlo Fisichella is Italian, the company with which Force India is having tie-up, Mercedes Benz is German and with all the technicians from don’t know what backgrounds aren’t even distantly Indian. So what was Indian in it to celebrate so joyously?

 

Giancarlo Fisichella

Force India

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I heard you want to bring Formula One in India as sports, well is it feasible and practical? Is F1 a fit and healthy sports for India? Though almost around half of the people from India may have been watching F1, but bringing F1 to their doorsteps is pretty difficult and uncalled for, for following reasons:

a) It requires almost hundreds of billion dollars to complete a single rotation of the track.

b) It requires custom made roads or tracks which also cost hundreds of billion dollars. How can you think of building such tracks when almost all of India is running on potholes and patched roads. For the cost of building one such track almost all of Indian roads can get well dressed.

c) India don’t have that ability, expertise and technology that is required for Formula One. Adding to that Indian attitude is also not at par for Formula One.

d) Instead of investing so much on one single sport, try and invest in providing good facilities to boxing, swimming, rifle shooting. There are other sports too (other than Cricket) which need financial boost. Give that boost and let them win gold medals for India.

You are a businessman and will always look for that special something for yourself. You will always look for profit in every bit of work you do or think. I don’t know what and how much profit you have earned by bringing Tipu Sultan’s rocket launcher and Mahatma Gandhi’s South African house to India. Surely you may have got the lot of goodwill from people of India or rather the world. Also Indian people’s goodwill will always be with you as you provide them with liquor. But surely Indian people won’t want Formula One to come to India with them not getting what they need.

 

If you really want to bring something to India, bring:

1) prosperity,

2) enough food, shelter and clothing,

3) employment,

4) corruption free India,

5) development,

but NO FORMULA ONE.

 

 

Prasad B. Kulkarni

Aurangabad.

Day of great upsets at US Open 2009…

Well! Well! Well!

Did you ever imagine that almost all the top seeds will get ousted in 3rd round only? Well, if not then your guess or rather imagination turned false just yesterday. Almost all the top seeded players excepting some have been kicked out of the US Open 2009. There were more upsets this day but three of them arrested my attention. The detail of those upsets (upsets for top seeds) and a breakthrough for the players who just turned pro is given below.

 

The first of such match which attracted my attention was between Melanie Oudin and Maria Sharapova. Melanie really deserved the win she earned with great fight. For such a girl (yes, she is girl born in 1991) who turned pro in 2008 upsetting Maria Sharapova who ruled Women Tennis for so long is really an achievement. When Oudin won the match finally some tears gathered in my eyes too. I too felt good for her and expected if such a new kid on the floor can upset Sharapova and that too in such deep in the tournament in round 3 why can’t Sania who has been on this stage for some years now beat someone and enter in quarters or semis? The stats of the match between Sharapova and Oudin are as follows:

Melanie Oudin

        Maria Sharapova

Rank: 70 Rank: 29
Melanie Oudin Maria Sharapova
3 6
6 4
7 5

 

 

Second match which was attention seeking was between two American’s, Andy Roddick and John Isner. John Isner was a bit offensive sometimes in expressing his anger or expression and on the other side of the court Roddick was calm as he has always been. But John Isner deserved the victory after such a hard work and a five setter. Maintaining the anxiety of a 5 setter and then of tie breaker was too much for a person who turner pro in 2007. But he played well and used his height (6 ft 9 inches) to much extent in serving the great serves. The stats of the match are as follows:

 

John Isner

Andy Roddick

Rank: 55 Rank: 5
John Isner Andy Roddick
7 (7) 6 (3)
6 3
3 6
5 7
7 (7) 6 (5)

 

 

And the third eye-catcher of the day was Dinara Safina getting ousted by Petra Kvitova. The number 1 seed Dinara Safina was beaten by 72nd seed Petra Kvitova. It was quite easy win for Kvitova as compared to the win if Safina would have been energetic. Safina seemed struggling to reach the ball and bit lethargic too. She seemed stiff as compared to her early days of US Open 2009 and she had to pay the price. The Czech Republic girl (Yea, same, she is a girl even if she doesn’t seem to be, born in 1990) who turned pro in 2006 seemed more energetic that Safina though not so intellectual in her play. Kvitova should give some credit to Safina for winning the match against her. Even then the match was eye catching because it was number 1 seed getting ousted and result matters. What’s ultimate thing is Kvitova ousted number 1 Safina. The stats are as follows:

 

Petra Kvitova

Dinara Safina

Rank: 72 Rank: 1
Petra Kvitova Dinara Safina
6 4
2 6
7 (7) 6 (5)

 

 

 

I have specifically written these games in an order in which they appealed to me. The best and enthralling game was of John Isner and Melanie Oudin. I felt bad for Safina because she didn’t seem to be in her best shape. But dear oh dear, the day was rocking at US Open 2009.

 

Prasad B. Kulkarni

Aurangabad.

IPL outsourced…

IPL SEASON 2 The most awaited, talked about, seen round the world and involving almost every bully in the world of cricket, in short IPL (Indian Premier League) is being outsourced. Yes. “Outsourced” is the only fitting word I know for. Generally India was the destination and receiver of the outsourced activities from other countries. But for the first time, and that too the Godly game “Cricket” is being outsourced to either South Africa or England. Its really a shame to do such thing.

 

Indian Premier League is “By Indians, For Indians, On Indian Land but involving foreign players.” This is the brief introduction of IPL. The first season of IPL was a grand success. Even though teams like “Bangalore Royals” and the likes of the teams didn’t perform well, but the owners of every team were multi-billionaires in a month. Every industry felt the boost in the performance with the introduction of IPL. Media industry were the biggest gainers, ground keeping authorities, FMCG companies, players etc followed the suits with grand gains. Though cricket followers and fans gave out money for tickets, but they also gained by the enthrallment and joy of watching the match live on some stadiums. Even the cheerleaders were also benefited from this venture.

 

Forget about the biggies, even a Pan stall, food malls, hotels, restaurants, small scale shoppers were also benefited hugely from IPL, as public who had to go for jobs while the match was being played used to stop at some point and watch the update. In that period, if one was at Pan stall for grabbing a quick update had to purchase cigarette, Pan or some mouth freshener at least. Or for that matter, for getting access in the hotel he had to get something ordered in their. So though indirectly, everybody was getting benefited from IPL.

 

But now if the authority takes this game to different country then all these small benefiters are going to loose the cream they would have got from it. We all know that Elections are more important than IPL, but that can not be an excuse to postpone, pre-pone or outsource the game. Cricket is equal to God in India. So if the followers of the God Cricket, which for the fact everybody is, get embarrassed due to such things as outsourcing take it for granted that Elections are gonna get hit big time. At least the some effect will be there. The other thing is that, Indian Political leaders “waste” so much money, in those futile sessions in Lok-Sabha and Rajya-Sabha with no output coming from those session with lakhs or Crores of rupees invested in it. Instead of wasting so much money there, invest some of it at least in strengthening the security, law and order in the country.

 

I think the solution to strengthening the security of India lies in the statement above. I think if the companies of the likes of Satyam can afford myriad and huge frauds, they can definitely afford to start some “Alternate Military System” which will work under the “Indian Armed Forces” that is “Indian Military” and will share the work load also. In the events of emergency these forces can work like military forces and other times they can take care of internal security of particular state, which they belong to. This will create some employment also and security will not be a concern. Even though the emergency like Mumbai Attack comes, solution can be easily sorted out without having to call those military forces which are working on the border.

 

Holding IPL in other countries is not the solution. Indian public want to enjoy the game in person, physically being able to stand in the stadium and cheer for their favourite teams. If the IPL is outsourced these public will be at loss as everybody can not afford to go to abroad for watching matches. And another thing is that, IPL is Indian Event and carrying that out in foreign land is uncalled for and not welcome. Security concerns can be worked out, the session can be postponed, or re-worked out. IPL authorities need to leave the adamant views and find some way out. Have some high-tech solutions to prevent any mishaps. As already said by Ayaz Memon, the Common-Wealth Games will come somewhere around the mid-term elections, so are we going to postpone those also? Not carrying out two major events at a single time shows the inability of Indian Government. I think India Government can take the load of two major events. And outsourcing IPL 2 to some other country is definitely not the solution.

 

 

Prasad B. Kulkarni

Pune.

Saurav Ganguly…Indian Cricket and Indian People…

Hats off to DADA.

He really played well and got off the cricket pitch with grace and pride. “He could have played some more matches”, thats the sentence which came out of my mouth the day he took retirement. That day I was really overwhelmed to know that DADA will no more be playing in the squad. And then came some incidents into my mind and that lit my mind.

I was really sorry for DADA. The way he built the team from scratch was really applaudable and appriciable. But as a general mentality we all always salute the RISING SUN and forget about SETING SUN. The same happened with Saurav Ganguly. Lately he was not playing as he played in his early days. But that should not have been the issue. He has contributed a lot when he was Captain. In some of the recent matches also he played like real BENGAL TIGER. But we should really think that there are bad patches in a players career. No player is a robot, everybody is human being. So characteristics of human beings is bound to be there in everybody.

Sachin Tendulkar may not perform well after he has crossed some years henceforth, but he will always remain GOD OF INDIAN CRICKET or rather GOD OF CRICKET as a whole. Because he has contributed almost 20 years of his life in cricket as of now. And he has shown some GOLDEN DAYS to Indian Cricket. Plus, he has uplifted the barrier and restrictions of Indian Cricket as nobody has done.

Similarly, Ussain Bolt, the fastest man on the earth might not retain his record in coming years. He might not complete the same distance within same time period. That is because he is human and not machine. Even machines too can not perform with the same vigour in their lifetime.

We have not payed a good tribute to Saurav DADA. We never considered that he too made some mistakes and he need to be forgiven for some things. He is human too.

Now coming to what Times of India, dated 25th Nov. 2008, article on SELECT PRAISE FOR DHONI.

I think TOI has made some mistake while putting in the column and specifically the table which gives detail about the captaincy records. It states that Ganguly has played 147 matches, won 76, lost 5 and nothing else. So does that mean Ganguly has only played 81 matches??? or is that some mistake??? So the CAPTAINCY AVERAGE is also wrong and false.

Actually speaking Ganguly has created very sound and concrete basement for Dhoni to work on. I am not denying DHONI is good captain. Infact I praise him about his commitment, brainy decisions and quick analysis power. Also how he gave captaincy to Ganguly in his last match to pay tribute to DADA. and similarly he asked Anil Kumble to come and share the trophy with him in concluding moments of the series with Australia. But I think DADA need more praise than anybody else as he has done so much to Indian Cricket and then come all other players.

This is what I think of this. There are other thoughts also in my mind. But i will elaborate them in my next blog.

But just give it a thought. DADA you were “BEST CAPTAIN EVER INDIA HAD”.

Greatest Indian Captain ever...

Prasad Kulkarni

Navi Mumbai.