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Retirement brigade rises again

04, Nov 2013 By Venkat Parthasarathy

When Sachin Tendulkar announced on October 11th that he is going to retire from cricket, a section of Indian sport followers were totally shocked, no not his ardent followers but his hardcore haters. This Tweet from Gabbbar Singh tells a story:

Sachin Haters are suddenly distraught, now what do they live for? What purpose?

Faking News sent its undercover analysts to uncover the next mission of these so called “retirement brigade”, whose sole aim was to pressurize successful sportpersons to retire and with a justification of their own. Here are some startling facts.

Firstly why Sachin Tendulkar?

He was just 14 years when his rose to stardom in School cricket earning the ‘Best Junior Cricket award” He debuted in India colours at 16 and scored his first century at 17 and rose to stardom internationally in 1991-92 tour of Australia at the age of 18… The list of achievements, records, rewards and awards is endless. And now after 24 yrs of international fame he must go.

Five main reasons why they wanted him to retire?

  1. He is selfish and plays just for “individual” records and not for the team.
  2. He fails to deliver under pressure.
  3. He just plays for money.
  4. He is not a match winner.
  5. Blocking the place in the team for youngsters

So, eventually they felt vindicated, but being jobless the Retirement Brigade didn’t have to search far to arrive at their next target. There was a sportsperson who had the following record:

  • National level in 1983 at the age of fourteen.
  • Youngest Indian to win the title of International Master at the age of fifteen, in 1984.
  • At the age of 16 he became the national champion
  • Became the first Indian to win the World Junior Championship.
  • At 18, in 1988, at the age of eighteen, he became India’s first Grandmaster.
  • He was awarded Padma Shri at the age of 18
  • Plethora of World Records, awards and rewards

Viswanathan Anand, born in December 1969, chess Grandmaster and the current World Chess Champion has won the World Chess Championship five times (2000, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012), and has been the undisputed World Champion since 2007. Anand was the FIDE World Rapid Chess Champion in 2003, and is widely considered the strongest rapid player of his generation.

Anand became India’s first grandmaster in 1988. He was also the first recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 1991–92, India’s highest sporting honour. In 2007, he was awarded India’s second highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, making him the first sportsperson to receive the award in Indian history.

Anand has won the Chess Oscar six times (1997, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008).

They concluded that like Sachin, Anand too is:

  1. Is selfish and plays just for “individual” records and not for the team. – Individual records: Yes
  2. He fails to deliver under pressure – Some matches take much time and slow strike rate
  3. He just plays for money – Yes, well paid.
  4. He is not a match winner. – Too many times plays for a draw
  5. Blocking the place in the team for youngsters – Yes

Yeah At almost 44, he is too old to continue… Let the Retirement Brigade outrage !

Vishy MUST Retire !!

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