Being an ardent cricket fan, I was never-ever keen on watching the star players and the legends getting retired and bidding adieu to the cricket world…I want them to play for lifetime,all-time and at infinite level…But that is never true…Every good thing has to end whether it is life, success or a grand career….In short, the point that I want to convey is, I have never liked that sight when someone is getting out in his last innings or someone is bowling his last ball of his last over of his career…

But if you call it my fortune or misfortune,somehow since last year’ s cricket world cup, I have got this uncanny knack of watching several STAR players getting retired and their ‘last walk’ back to the players-room having wet eyes and tears rolling down on their cheek…what a pity sight that is and I have been victim of that sight several times since last year…But at least I got to see my favourite players last time and got to bid them farewell so I find myself lucky enough..When the world cup 2007 began in March, I was in US…The timings of the matches were morning 6 to 3 in the noon…But because of my job and in the preliminary round most of the matches were meaningless(useless!!), I had to compromise and hence I was not able to watch all the matches…One day, somehow I woke up early and I just switched on the TV…the moment I tuned to the Sports channel, InzamamulHaq of Pakistan got out…That was his last one-day international and his last innings as he resigned from the captaincy and opted to retire from the international cricket because of the dismal performance of the Pakistan cricket team in the world cup,its subsequent exit from the preliminary round and not qualifying for the super-six stages…Whether it was a coincidence or whatever, but the very moment I started watching the match, he got out…he was walking back to the pavilion with tears in his eyes…Players from his own team, the rival team and all the spectators(very negligible though!) present in the ground gave him a standing ovation which this guy rightly deserved…I too felt some kind of uneasiness and I also applauded for the master…The man who laid the foundation for the Pakistan’s only world cup win in 1992 has to depart in a very bitter manner amid Pakistan’s poor performance in the world cup and mysterious death of coach Bob Woolmer…But what a servant he was for Pakistan cricket team as well as world cricket…Few days later, when I switched on TV, I saw Brian Lara getting run out…it was his last match and his last international inning…What a shitty sight that was..Lara is considered as one of the best batsmen the world has ever produced…flamboyant, graceful and a true legend…Perfection personified…he too was awarded a standing ovation with some wet eyes and tears as it was his home ground…Bowing my head down in the appreciation for this living legend…Then in the world cup final, we saw the departure of two more legends of Australia – Glenn Mcgrath and Shane WarneMcgrath was the highest wicket taker of the world cup 2007 and was awarded Man-of-the-tournament trophy…What a farewell that was for him…Record of highest wicket in a world-cup,man-of-the-tournament trophy and, third straight World cup win for Australia…Cant ask for a better moment to bid adieu to the cricket world…For Shane Warne, it was also a great send-off…Taking my Hat off in the appreciation for these two legends!!!…(I have not written much about Mcgrath and Shane Warne because on the personal front, I really don’t like them much because of their mean attitude,their harsh behaviour to fellow players and their malicious tactics to mentally harass the rival players so that they get distressed psychologically and cant perform up to their potential level..But I cant deny that they were just amazing bowlers and can definitely be put in a living legend category)…

Then it was Justin Langer(of Australia) who retired…Russel Arnold(of Sri Lanka) retired…My all time favourite Sanath Jayasurya retired from test cricket…He was the one who changed the game of cricket by his own innovation and by his own hitting style in the beginning overs…It is always an immense and a massive compliment to someone to say they changed the game and was the pioneer of something new…Mcgrath said the same thing about him and he also says in addition to that his storming innings in the 1996 World Cup changed every one’s thinking about how to start innings…He is the only player in the world to score over 12,000 runs and capture over 300 wickets in ODIs…He is also regarded by many critics and supporters as one of the best ODI players to ever play the game…I hope he continues to play one-day cricket at least till the next world cup…

And Today when I switched on the TV in the morning which I usually avoid because I am always late for the office and hence I neither have time to watch TV in the morning nor I have time to read newspaper…but today somehow I got ready early and tuned to sports channel and what I saw…Stephen Flaming getting out in his last test and in his last innings…Aaahhh what a shitty sight in the morning once again…Fleming was never considered a leading batsman in the world but will always be remembered for his marvellous leadership skills and his proficiency in the controlling and managing the resources(Players!!!)…He was a born leader…Has gave New Zealand some real prominent victories just by his innovative leadership tactics and by handling the pressure in the nail-biting situations…But he retired today hence the era of a great leader ends…

The thought that I wont be able to see all these legends in the cricket field, always terrifies me a great deal..Looking back at all these players and their performances will surely make my day and will surely make me smile & the thought that they all have left the cricket field forever will surely fill my eyes with tears…

I salute all these legends for their services to the cricket world and for making us all smile and happy over the period of years!!!

2 Responses to “And the ‘Shining Star’ fades awayyyy !!!”

  1. I have always admired Fleming as a great sportsman, a brave leader and a silent, committed player. NZ will miss him.

  2. Thanks Soham for dropping by my blog. Yes mate you are dead right. after the worldcup there were a lot of shining starts who retired. But thanks to IPL now we get to see some of them back. my fav shane glenn and gillie all are playing ๐Ÿ™‚ i can see shane back in action hurrah ๐Ÿ™‚

    BTW do you work in ahmedabad?

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