End of Childhood – End of an Era

Living legends for Pakistan Cricket, Misbah ul haq and Younus Khan are playing their last ever test match for the country. It makes the fan sad to see their heroes leave the field knowing they won’t return and play for them again. Both of these legends have had a major role in building the Pakistani side over the years. Misbah captained the crushed and broken side after the spot fixing scandal emerged in 2010. From there, his journey of struggle and hardship is not hidden from anyone. He had been criticised in public for his ways, yet, he kept going. Now, that he is leaving, we see a well disciplined and balanced team that he will leave behind along with the No. 1 test spot and records. As for Younis Khan, he lead the team to World T20 victory. He is top scorer and scoring double and triple centuries was his hobby.

On the other side, in the world of football as well, a few legendary players intend to retire by the end of the season. Francesco Totti, the King of Rome,the living example of loyalty, the boy who grew up into a man and turned into the legend at ROMA will play no more after this season. John Terry of Chelsea FC, Phillip Lahm and Alonso are others to retire as well.

This generation is lucky to have witnessed these legends. We should be proud because after few years, when someone will talk about football or cricket, we would proudly tell them that we have watched Cristiano Ronaldo score free kicks, Messi dribble past 8 defenders to score, Beckham’s boot-ins from halfway line against Wimbledon and scoring direct from corner for Los Angeles Galaxy, Rooney’s overhead kick against Manchester City , Sergio Kun Aguero’s goal to win the Premier League, Iniesta’s goal to beat Netherlands to win World Cup 2010, Zlatan’s 4 goals for Sweden to beat England, Xavi’s massive passes, Casillas’ unreal saves, Gotze’s volley to get Germany the World C up, Portugal winning the Euros, Juventus win 5 consecutive Serie A titles, Leicester’s Fairy Tale and what not.

We have watched Mike Hussey play, Ricky Ponting lifting World Cup  3 times, Brendon scoring fastest runs, Kallis going big, Straus’ catches, Gilchrist’s reflexes, Misbah save us from absolute collapse and Younis Khan score triple. We watched Afridi hit 2 massive sixes to beat the crap out of India. We watched those salute and push ups celebration at Lords and win at Oval. We’d hit the roads to celebrate WT20 ’09 win.

Not everyone gets a chance to witness history, only lucky ones do. We are lucky. We shouldn’t be sad, BUT be proud.

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