Life at 50 starts to slow down like the blades of the fan that has been just switched off and making its last customary rotations before the final pause. But that is the life of normal people like you and me. Not Sachin Tendulkar who just wrote history with his epic 50th Test century – the highest by any batsman in the world.
What makes the accomplishment even more awe-inspiring is that at the age of 37 when most cricketers have already retired from the international battlefields Sachin played like the same 16 year old who made his international debut in 1989. It seems the wheels of time, age, wrinkles and aches stopped at 16 for Sachin. Actually, the man himself stopped his body clock and with dogged determination made the body so strong that the elbow injuries, leg cramps, and shoulder aches just could not manage to create hurdles in the path of the man destined to become the greatest ever cricketer born.
The more you see the man play, the more you wish to continue watching. The more you study his practiced strokes, the more you are in love with the cricketer and the game. Sachin Tendulkar is the rare example of a man who has transcended the highest goals of his chosen field and reached much bigger pinnacles created for others to scale. And though it looks so easy when he does it, these feats are not that easy to master.
For now the only thing sweeter that can happen in this legend’s life is to hold the coveted World Cup Trophy in his hands. The next World Cup is being co-hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and surely the home ground and home crowd advantage is not something Sachin is forgetting.
While we the normal human beings can only pray, the man named Sachin Tendulkar is undoubtedly already past the recent celebrations and persevering to conquer the next summit of his life.