Thursday, March 15, 2007

This One's For Me


I gave the sky a long, hard stare; and said to Him: “This one’s for me…”

Then I closed my eyes and took a deep, deep breath. While exhaling, as the air escaped my lungs, transformed, I allowed myself to drift into oblivion. Into one complete moment of nothingness.

Not surprisingly, that moment coincided with the change of track. Where do you think you’re going gave way to Tunnel of Love. My mind then drifted into the past. Images; some lucid, the others blurred. One particular image stayed in my mind, countless eyes conveying a desperate dream, a dream they were certain only I could realize. It was also my ticket to unquestionable immortality.

Someone patted my shoulder, in an attempt to bring me back into reality. I opened my eyes, took out the earphones and looked up. My partner was standing there, transfixed, but the look in his eyes said everything.

I nodded in familiar confirmation because I knew it was time.

The next five minutes were routine; one I had followed for over 18 years. Once I was ready, I gave my partner a quick glance and we started walking towards the stairway.

The walk was long, and the voices in my head were far louder than the cheer of the onlookers.

When we reached the pitch, while parting ways to walk towards the opposite ends, Viru punched me on my arm and whispered in my ear: “Leave this one to the rest of us...”
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Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar (born 24 April 1973) is an Indian cricketer who was rated in an article by Wisden in 2002 as the second greatest Test batsman ever, after Sir Don Bradman. He holds several key batting records, including the most Test centuries, most ODI centuries and the most runs in ODI cricket. He is also the most capped player currently playing international cricket. He received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India's highest sporting honour, for 1997-1998, and the civilian award Padma Shri in 1999. Tendulkar was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1997. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen ever.

27 comments:

maya said...

Go India Go!

Dan said...

Moments of satori, as you described here I believe, are rare and precious ... like the rarest of jewels. They can be life changing.

That Armchair Philosopher said...

And the fact that he loves Dire Straits almost as much as I do :)

AND he's going to be featured in a comic where he's the superhero..

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/cricket/6462199.stm

The i-Man said...

and...India lost today..as a tribute to the great man!

viren said...

Yeah... So the word is "Sachilliant."

TS said...

@Maya: True that.

@Dan: I agree. Btw, still doing your taxes?

@That Armchair Philosopher: No kidding. Are you serious?

@i-Man: Yeah I know. But did you see how we annihilated Bermuda? And just for the record- Viru (114) and Sachin (57 no).

@Viren: I like the one word for every post idea.

Szerelem said...

Sigh.....do you agree with me that he should please retire now?

TS said...
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Snake Anthony said...

I am not amused by the Indian team at the moment and how they let us get creamed on Friday. I am not a fan making it about me, talking about how the team let us down. They let themselves down! And in style, that too.

On a different note, oooh! Thats a hot photo of cute Sachin!

Vasu said...

Sachin has given all of us a reason to be proud of our country.
Not many people have managed to do that for us.
A batsman who can make world class bowlers think of a career change.

a fan apart said...

its quite strange, was reading your blog this morning, then opened mine and saw this link there...i like the subtle way you brought in the Knopfler angle...

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