To the year that is to follow,
And to the year that just faded away,
You and I have oodles to say.
let’s just pause and mull over what went away.

For the arrival of the prodigy-the nation was beckoned,
The motherland was awaiting the birth of this legend.
Back to the city of dreams- Bombay,
The novelist father and service class mother were cheered up with gay,
their toddler lit up their life with mischief and play.

His stepping into youth was witnessed by all,
With the 16 year Old’s debut the entire realm was enthralled.
Inflated with an early passion for tennis ,
None of his opponents were mindful- he would be such a menace.

Bidding adieu to tennis, he warmly welcomed cricket,
The master blaster stepped in to chop-chap  the wickets.
Of course there is no needed delineation,
TENDULKAR, it is- The sole reason for cricket’s humungous predilection.

His achievements are unabated,
His talent indomitable.
His dedication unrestrained,
His charm unfathomable.

Words are few,
And facts many,
Following, is an insight into his some bits of journey.

Spellbound by his knack.
Coach Ramakant Achrekar helped him pick up the big bat.
Pumped with enthusiasm and ready to conquer the domain,
At 16 he became the youngest Indian
hijacking the CRICKET plane.

To Shane Warne he is a nightmare,
for Sir Bradman’s dream team he is the Indian hare.
To sport’s hero Gavaskar,
He was deserving to be gifted his personal light pads.
For Sachin this was a boost, not just a fad.

He’s not only a man of profession.
His beliefs and deeds supplement the final impression.
Also a family man, nationalist and a busy bizarre bee
The first pick of endorsers,
the richest cricketer in the universe.
Yes he is. Yes he is. Yes
HE IS HE-THE SOLE HE.

As he bids adieu to sports,
he shall be  respectfully and gratefully escort.
To a world of blessings, rest and harmony,
and be additional well-wishers to the pool of many.

A salute to the hero
HE WAS, HE IS and HE SHALL UNDOUBTEDLY REMAIN FOREVER THE TRUE INDIAN HERO.



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