Hyderabad. As soon as India lost to Australia by three runs in the fifth ODI of the Hero Honda Cup on Thursday night, various cities in India were shaken violently by Tendulkar debates, with people attacking each other over the culpability of Sachin Tendulkar for the loss. At least 5.7 million people were reportedly injured with heartbreaks, spoilt mood, scratched arms, banged backs, and pulled hairs as the debate grew shriller.
Sachin Tendulkar had scored 175 runs, his 45th ODI century, as India chased Australia’s total of 350, but he got out when just 19 runs were needed of 17 balls to win the match. Rest of the bat-holding-cricketers couldn’t hit those required runs as India fell short by 3 runs, triggering a barrage of verbal assaults between different groups of Indians.
Terms like “what the fuck”, “oh no not again”, “#$@$@#!”,“God deserved better”, “dont give me that shit”, “nobody needs your opinion”, “shut your fucking mouth”, “get out of here you asshole”, and various other expletives exploded on twitter, facebook, orkut and various discussion forums as people attacked, defended and sympathized with Sachin Tendulkar’s innings.
“I was thrown slippers at when I argued that Sachin played a reckless shot. I did a George Bush to save myself but seriously, what the fuck. Can’t I even express my opinion?” Rajesh, a student of IIT Kanpur said, who argued that Sachin should have anticipated the velocity of the ball, the angle his bat’s surface was making with ball, the resultant torque, the trajectory of the projectile, and the displacement of the fielder before he hit that shot that got him out.
People defending Tendulkar argued that he had every right to get out at any time as cricket was a team game and Sachin had no business winning it all alone for India. Most of these people blamed non-Sachin factors for the defeat like failure of the middle-order batsmen, Dhoni’s decision to take a late powerplay, and the spirited display of tail-ender batting and running between wickets by cricketers led by the highly enigmatic all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja.
“Why the hell people expect Sachin to do everything? There are ten other players also in the team. Nobody says them anything. We have been putting up this nonsense since 90’s and it was 90’s once again yesterday night. Although I felt sad, I felt young again.” Durgesh, a Sachin supporter said, who kept his green colored Mickey Mouse towel on his left shoulder all through the match as he strongly believes that that it brings good luck to Sachin whenever he (Durgesh) watches matches on television that way.
Apart from clashes in hostels and on internet, various other households also witnessed tensions and fights over the issue. A newly married couple in New Delhi slept in different bedrooms as the wife giggled after Tendulkar was out and predicted that India would lose the match because her husband had denied her an episode of Bigg Boss.