Mumbai: In an interesting development, batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar has announced that he will be coming out of retirement to play for India if it qualifies for the finals of the ongoing World T20 Tournament in Bangladesh. This surprising move is ensure that he gets carried off for a lap of honour by the Indian team if it wins the world cup.
“I’ve been retired for the last few months but still I miss those moments when my team mates carry me on their shoulders for a lap of honour and those title dedications to me every time we won some title. This started when we won the world cup in 2011 and continued till my last match. I miss those moments of sitting on Dhoni’s & Virat Kohli’s shoulders and waving our flag to the crowd,” Sachin was quoted saying.
The carrying off on shoulders ceremony also found its way into the IPL when Mumbai Indians won the 2013 IPL title and also the Champions League title that followed.
Faking News has learnt that he has been inspired by the ever young Shahid Afridi who has come out of retirement more times than he has been picked for the side.
“Who better than Afridi? Did you see the way he batted in the Asia Cup? Do you still need any more proof that retired people can still contribute to the game?” Sachin asked the reporter.
Asked about his inclusion in the playing eleven for the finals when the 15 member team has already been selected and playing well, Sachin angrily said, “That shouldn’t be a problem. You guys know I’m only interested in opening the batting. Shikhar Dhawan has already been dropped for the Australia match and Rahane is so used to warm the benches. I’ll then open the batting with Rohit Sharma, whose talent was compared to that of mine when he started off. What more opening combination do you want?”
He has requested the Board to accommodate his request and it promptly obliged like it curtailed the South African tour and brought in West Indies for his farewell series. It is being learnt that Sunil Gavaskar’s appointment at the helm also helped the case.
When asked about his early departure to Dhaka when there is a semifinal which India must win to qualify, Sachin quipped, “My presence in the dressing room inspires a lot of youngsters and we’ll win the semifinal. Do remember, I didn’t say this, a batting legend has said so.”
“Aila, I’m back between the 22 yards for one last time” said a smiling Sachin Tendulkar before being carried off into the Airport by fans to board the flight to Dhaka.