Where did #ThankYouSachin come from?
Guess you know all about #ThankYouSachin, BCCI's latest campaign, hyperactive on both twitter and TV.
Till day before, BCCI had recorded over half a million tweets with #ThankYouSachin
And they didn't even thank us once.
It trended both worldwide and in Mother India, for the last 4-5 days it's been the top twitter trend. Above even sponsored trends. Is #ThankYouSachin sponsored?
And they didn't even thank us once.
But why in Sachin's name should they thank us?
The BCCI started it, right?
But not the Board Of Control For Cricket in India (BCCI) but Bored Cricket Crazy Indians (BCC!)
It didn’t start in November, 2013, but in February, 2009.
Even before it was a hash tag it was a cartoon. This one below.
By 2009, every Indian cricketer (and some bright firang ones too) were thanking Sachin for everything good that happened to them. "Just lost my...hehehe, Thank You, Sach" Regardless of whether Sachin scored or not, a match winner would attribute his performance to Sachin.
In Feb, 2009, even Ojha thanked Sachin.
"It was in the third match and he came and told me that if I can stick to my disciplined line and length, I will get wickets. He also told me to focus on my strength and reminded me of my domestic performance. I got four wickets in that match." - Pragyan Ojha, Feb, 2009
In September, 2009, Gambhir:
"There was a tough phase when I was struggling with the bat and faced a lot of criticism. I haven't spoken a lot about this, but a lot of credit goes to Sachin for what I am today. He has helped me redefine my career. He is also my favorite player in the team."
And Raina on his Test debut, July 30, 2010
"It was a pressure situation I was feeling the nerves since we had lost the first Test. He came up to me and just told me to enjoy, to choose my shots wisely, to just hang in there. He said, 'no matter what else you do in life, your first Test will always be special, so make it count.' Test cricket is about confidence, about grinding it out. It was a huge learning curve for me. I enjoyed it immensely."
Pretty soon it was a private joke amongst the Bored Members of Bored Cricket Crazy Indians (BCC!), almost all the Indian cricket bloggers except 5 or 7.
With twitter, saying #ThankYouSachin in response to a birthday wish or an RT fast became the norm. It still is.
Strange images of a tiger thanking Sachin surfaced.
As also Shashi Tharoor at his book launch with SRT
And Phil Hughes from August 2009. And Sehwag in September, 2009. And Yuvi ought to have.
"I think it's a great honour for me because I play cricket only because of Sachin Tendulkar. He is my role model & I was watching him in Tv & I tried to copy him always. If he is saying that my life is complete now. If tomorrow I die I am happiest man on earth. So I think it's a great honour for me of Sachin is saying that." – Sehwag
And Dilshan before a game at Centurion met Sachin and scored a century.
In December, 2009, SRK thanked Sachin for, hold your breath, "breathing the same air as Him"
"I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing us to breathe the same air as you do"
Sandeep Singh for a 4-1 victory against Pakistan. Yuvi thanked Sachin for help on Mendis, Viru thanked Sachin for inputs on his stance, damn, the selectors even thanked Sachin for suggesting Dhoni's name as captain. Sharad Pawar brought that up again. Fodder for thought.
“I skipped practise to watch Sachin paaji’s double hundred and like hell I’m gonna make it count. I may not score 200 goals today, but there will be at least 2…” – Sandeep Singh
Seemed there was nothing that Sachin was not thanked for.
More recently, it was #ThankYouSachin time when Mumbai Indians won the IPL and the clt20.
As for this post, you know what, Kambli had nothing to do with it.
#ThankYouSachin The God Of Big Things
#ThankYouSachin to all the Bored Members who kept #ThankYouSachin going all these years.
The author blogs at Bored Cricket Crazy Indians and tweets at BoredCricket.