When I was a kid, I was bad at everything (at least I thought so):
- Posing for a photograph – I always stared at the lens as if there is a different world beyond them
- Making new friends – I was shy, overweight, and somewhat petrified whenever I meet new people;
- Studying – why the hell would I like to know what’s the table of 13.
But then, I watched a game of cricket one day with my grandfather, and the chanting of “Sachin-Sachin” changed my world.
I started visualizing filled-stands with me representing my country in a blue jersey. And that feeling changed me.
I switched my path just a few years after that but the feeling never left me. It changed my outlook. It gave me the power to fight my inferiority complex.
And hence, when I saw this photo, I could somewhat stand what Sunil Chhetri meant when he said: we will give our lives on the pitch.
I just dreamt it and it made me feel like a superstar, so I wonder, what kind of rush it would give to the people who are actually living that dream of representing their country.
And that’s why this picture made me happy. I hope that we continue to support other sports as much we support cricket in India.
Ps: Please support your all your sportspersons alike. Without your support, they won’t be able to give their all on the pitch.