Are we a nation besotted with perfection? Some say we are deprived of heroes. Others say we cannot tolerate mediocre when some one else is being tested. Are we a nation where scales tip between GOD and MORTALS and there is not golden midpoint?
The guy opened the batting for India for almost 15 years now. He played well into 40-42nd over many times. But yes, he may not have finished it. He bowled mind boggling deliveries at times and got the breakthrough. Yet, not many 5 wickets haul. Or he does not have a convincing strike rate either. Like a tagline for a TV commercial he did several years ago for “Home Trade”- MORE…… What ever his achievements are, we are as nation always wants MORE. Such has been the nature of his performance that he sets new standards every time he bats. As a 25 year old who won the Sharjah trophy and silenced a sand storm, we want him to fetch those winning runs for us. Like his match winning last over in Hero cup finals, we want him to pick wickets when we need one. So early in his career, has he set such high standards, that it proves too much for him to surpass them every time he walks on to the 22 yards strip.
Look at the conduct of the man for last 2 decades. No disciplinary hearings against him, no bans (barring the Mike Dennis fiasco) or no security breach either. And yet every time, he says a small thing, it attains gigantic proportions. Whether it is about declaration on 194 n.o.
Why do we expect one and all from him? Why should he support rallyist, or support a political or social cause, or voice concern about players stress? Why should he score those winning runs? Ok, now I will like if does, but if does not then he still is Tendulkar. Why compare him to some other street smart cricketer or matchwinner and expect him to be so? Why belittle his achievments by comparing his skill set to a totally opposite cricketer temperament wise?
Just recognise his contribution and accept and appreciate and celebrate it. Why dissect and post mortem it always.
Stop counting how many matched we lost cos he did not score the winning runs or cos he did not perform in a final. Savour his 17k and move on. Do we have the courage to drop him from final matches citing any of the above mentioned reason?