Everybody’s two words on a quiet Sachin Tendulkar

Another one of those pieces written by pseudo-authorities of the subject Sachin Tendulkar do not deserve attention except that I know that this writer is, or was, somebody I knew to be level-headed and just curious about things.

When I came across G Sampath, my former colleague’s 10 questions he wants someone to ask Tendulkar, it was not a matter of pitching in to argue to points emotionally and rationally.

In fact, one tries to avoid as much because it may be the whole purpose of the story: sensationalism, drive more hits, free publicity (the latter is a strong possibility because although Sampath may be level-headed, he may have traded his ethics considering his profile on the DNA website says ‘independent writing professional’ and is in a job with the paper). Maybe.

Sampath is no Gavaskar so him again raking up issues  like Sachin’s records in batting and captaincy does not deserve more words. There is enough material.

It is the last few points that betray the intention of his piece and hence this post. His main grouses: Why were you not good at captaincy and why is he so boring and hence uninspiring for Rajya Sabha?

Boring. Boring because he is not good at words as he is with the bat.

Is it given that a proven performer in one field has to master all fields. Is it a player’s fault if he is not an entertainer otherwise. And if he is like Diego Maradona, people will still have a problem.

Want to eat your cake and have it too? A nice, cushy job for an armchair critic.

The writer is not alone. Almost 97 per cent of the people stay in a job while the 3 per cent of the movers and shakers of the world are businessmen and control the majority and drive everything in life.

That is no coincidence. Because they are doing what essentially everything is symbolic of this rant on Tendulkar.

Expectations. People have expectations and lose track of their own job and bother too much about others. As soon as everyone is rooted in a 9-to-5 job, there is no further purpose in life than go to work and come back home, a cycle that remains unchanged.

What changes is people’s expectations about others and how they must go about their own jobs.

In this case, he grudges Sachin Tendulkar to have the gift of the gab.

If it helps, Sachin Tendulkar also became boring because he follows the golden rule: Don’t look back and waste time on those trying to pull you back. They are doing that because you are ahead of them.