Some of you may think I am a bit late on this post.
Sachin reached this ‘milestone’ a whole 2 days ago. I know this. What happened was that it actually took all this time for it to sink in.
I was actually following the game on cricinfo, and when he got it, the 200.
I thought, no big deal. I mean, I scored 300 once in a backyard game. Those games are tough as (these Aussies are wearing me down). If you hit the ball to the houses either side – you are out. The only boundary is/was straight.
Then someone pointed out that Sachin actually scored this against the South Africans. Which of course is a feat – although not as impressive as my 300 – but still an achievement. SA were once the no1 test side in the world. As Randy Jackson from American Idol would say – That’s mad props yo.
After a bit more digging I realised he’d actually done this at better than a run a ball. The South Africans had even played Dale Steyn, you know that ruthless German from the 3rd Reich who kills babies for his sadistic pleasure.
And to cap it all off his innings actually helped India win. I thought – Fuck me.
Then I thought -timing, Sachin you motherfucker.
You see, he’s always had the gift of timing this short fella. I mean who needed a 16 year old upstart to play test cricket and make us all feel inadequate. While I was busy figuring out the front of my bat from the back, this guy was kicking it with test cricketers. Oh how I hated your well timed arrival. I squarely blame you for the demise of my probably international career due to self – doubt.
Then came those nudges for four past cover.
An on drive that could give your grand father a hard on.
Flicks that seemed to dismember your wrists.
He then timed an in genius comeback in Chennai when most thought he was done.
And he did all this despite being handicapped by his height.
And this 200 is just another one of those things Sachin timed to perfection. A lot of people think that he is a selfish player. How else do you explain the trillion 100s he’s scored.
Think about it – we are pretty sure that ODI cricket will die within the next year or so. Who’s gonna break the record then? No one cuz there wont be 50 over to do it in.
Think about this now – why would someone wait for 20 years when we all knew he was capable of this for at least 15 of those years.
Sachin timed this, he knew what he was doing. He wanted a record that would he his forever. He wanted it and he got it. End of story.
Quite remarkable for someone who timed his growth spurt to end at 16.