It was in the Australian summer of 1992 when the 5th edition of the cricket world cup took place when the boy wonder of Indian cricket played his first world championship match. A young batsman only 3 years old in international cricket started off his dream to win the world cup with his first match against mighty England but India was not able to move to the knockout stage of the tournament.
Since then a whole generation of cricket followers not only in India but in the whole world have grown up watching him play and praying for his world cup dream to come true. For a vast number of young cricket aficionados out there a world cup without Sachin Tendulkar was unimaginable.
The entire nation was waiting to realize the world cup dream to come true since the triumph of 1983
and it was Sachin’s biggest dream too.
World cup after world cup he played outstanding cricket and tried his heart out to play for the country in the championship.
The Master Blaster and his World Cup story continue.
In the 1996 world cup India lost to Sri Lanka in the semi-finals and Sachin was the only Indian batsman to pose a fight in that match with a fighting 65 of 88 balls.
He was the highest run-scorer in the 1996 world cup with 523 runs but fell short of winning the cup for India.
The world cup of 1999 was not a successful outing for the men in blue and Sachin himself as he lost his father during the world cup but he still came back and scored a brilliant century (140) against Kenya.
India was knocked out from the super six-stage.
Then came the 2003 world cup the tournament no Indian can forget, the 2003 campaign of the Indian team was studded with some brilliant performances and Sachin’s fantastic form in all the matches. He scored a record 673 runs in the tournament. India lost to Australia in the finals and the dream of 100 crore people still needed to be fulfilled.
The world cup of 2007 was a nightmare for the Indian team and India was knocked out of the tournament in the first stage losing to Bangladesh and Srilanka. The only win that came was against Bermuda. Sachin’s pursuit to lift the coveted trophy continued also continued The Master Blaster and his World Cup story.
The 2011 world cup was hosted by the sub-continent jointly, and all were known of the fact that it is going to be the last world cup of The Master Blaster. By that time all the greats of Sachin’s time were retired from one-day cricket like Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly,Anil Kumble to name a few.
But Sachin was still there to try one more time for that dream the dream which was in the eyes and hearts of the entire nation the dream for which this young boy from Mumbai had been waiting since 1992.
India outplayed Australia in the quarter-finals and then arch-rivals Pakistan in the semi-final and finally, after a very long wait of 28 years, India became the world champions by beating Srilanka in the final at Mumbai.
The whole nation exalted the triumph and who can forget that victory march when the young boys of Indian cricket lifted Sachin Tendulkar on their shoulders? The moments that will be cherished by an entire generation for their lifetime, watching Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar lifting the World Cup every one felt that emotion which will be going through that boy’s heart who carried the pressure of millions of expectations for two decades by then and achieved wonders in world cricket.
The 2015 cricket world cup was the first time for most of us that Sachin Tendulkar was not there. It is the first time since 1992 that there was no jersey number 10 in the Indian dressing room.
With a brilliant world cup record with 2278 runs and 6 centuries, a long run of playing 6 world cup editions, and motivating an entire generation of players and cricket followers it will be hard for anyone to fill the shoes of SACHIN !!! SACHIN!!!!!!