A fearful Sachin..!
in saying that he had seen Sachin Tendulkar tremble whenever Shoaib, the fast bowler came in to bowl. What they fail to address is whether Tendulkar trembled and then got bowled, or did Sachin tremble and then hit Shoaib for a six? Most of the time it was for a four or six that Sachin whacked the fast bowler for. So, maybe there are some lessons for all of us here: One, being that even if Sachin’s legs trembled, he overcame that fear and thrashed the bowler. How did he do that? How does one handle fear? He realized that beneath every paralyzing fear is a lie: Yes, even as Sachin’s legs allegedly trembled as he looked at the Rawalpindi Express tearing at him, he must have realized that the terrifying speedster, with his menacing looks was a lie. That he did not need to have his bails in the air, with that fast ball. That he could hit the bowler with the same agility and technique that he had hit all the other bowlers.
He understood that he was Sachin. The best batsman in the world! He called Shoaib’s bluff about Shoaib being the demolisher and instead told himself that with his ability and skill, it was he could demolish the fast bowler. A lesson for all of us, when we look at a paralyzing picture of fear is to know that it is actually a lie. You need to call the bluff, like Sachin. Next, he addressed that fear and made his bat speak the truth.
There is no point just realizing that your fear is a lie. Then comes the next part and that is moving ahead to act on it. All the brave men and women of the world have done just that. They moved forward, either with spear or gun, athlete with nimble leg, and Sachin with bat and with the knowledge that the fear was a lie, they broke the opponent, won the race or hit a six to the boundary. Demolishing fear, cannot be done in theory, it has to be done in the playing fields of life. I read Shoaib’s statement about saying that Sachin was scared of him, and realize that it was poor Shoaib who must have developed the same fear after being slammed for a sixes and fours. I wonder whether anyone looked at his legs as he began his bowling run, to see whether it was them that were shaking in fear, paralyzed in defeat and couldn’t get Sachin’s wicket. Finally dear reader, it is not about being afraid, it is about winning despite a trembling leg, a trembling voice, it is all about overcoming fear..!