Sunday, October 30, 2005

Back with a bang!

Well, I won't say I knew it and I certainly don't want to jinx it. Sachin is back from an absence of leave for around 5 months from Cricket.

Forget about anything else. Just relax, sit back and enjoy his batting. Don't analyze, don't compare, just honor the moment.

93 and 67* against a reasonably good bowling attack of Sri Lanka is a remarkable feat. I am just happy.

Let me not forget the most important message behind this apparently successful comeback. It was/is just damn hard. Believe me. To be an athlete and batsman of his caliber for 17 successive years is just impossible. And Tennis Elbow is not easy to heal, certainly not so after a surgery. Anything could have gone wrong. Hopefully, nothing did. Mind you, this is a remarkable thing that he made a come-back. It might get unnoticed, but it means a lot to him, I know.

I don't know if it was Bejan Daruwalla's suggestion for Jersey No 33 (abandoning no. 10) that did the trick. But that's besides the point.

More to come, more to savor at!

Saturday, October 15, 2005

After Tennis Elbow ...

Sachin will make a come-back. I don't have any doubts in my mind about that. More importantly, it is alright even if he can not do it. The guy has burnt himself helping Indian Cricket reach new heights. It is only unjust to expect him to be fit after carrying the weight of expectation of millions of people. It is physically tiring and mentally draining.

According to Greg Chappell, the little mater is close to hitting some good form.

Guys like me should not continue to have the heavy burden of expectations and let him play his natural game.

In the meanwhile, whatever Saurav is up to, is quite unfortunate. An elegant left-handed batsman is what we want. It does not matter who captains the side, then.