I get a little amused when 24 year old anchors analyze SRT’s shots and say ‘He should not have played this shot’…there is a Marathi saying…which is so un-parliamentary that I cannot use it on my site, but fits it well.
SRT has played great cricket and led a great life – I am sure most people in the world would be willing to exchange their lives with that of SRT.
Now coming to SRT’s retirement – believe me, it is not easy. How many people in real life retire by choice? None. Really none. Guru Greg Chappell forced it on Saurov Ganguly – who then made a feeble comeback in the previous IPL. The bells rang too damn loudly for VVS Laxman – make no mistake SG and VVS were great and could hold their place in any Indian team, ever, but retirement is not easy. The great Sunil M Gavaskar refuses to go away from the commentary box and from playing king maker. Ditto Ravi Shastri. Ravi was booed out of the game by the crowd. Yes, he retired young, but he also started young. As an alumni of Podar college, we remember celebrating his fantastic debut in New Zealand!
Coming to the stadium as the Most Valuable Player is very very different from coming as an ‘expert’. I find it very difficult to share my dad’s enthusiasm of CS Nayudu and CK Nayudu or a Pataudi Senior or a Vijay Merchant or a Vinoo Mankad. My heroes were Bedi, Prasanna, Chandrashekar, Dilip Sardesai, G R Vishwanath, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, ..
2 generations of cricket enthusiasts have been entertained by SRT – and I think he should retire, but I will never want to say it to him. He is a genius who has done most things right in his life – and he will know when to retire. One day he will, maybe a little unwillingly, that day we may even say ‘he has another 2 years of cricket left in him’. L O L.
Look at the politicians, businessmen (Mr. Brij Mohan Lal Munjal, B K Birla, ), doctors….sorry people do not retire, if they have a choice. It is an Indian trait. After all they have no time for hobbies, right?
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