Your arrival marked the introduction of pyrotechnics never seen before in India.
You resurrected Indian cricket from a gravely situation in 2007.
Your unflappable vision & leadership made the country world beaters again after 28 long years.
A few years later, your cabinet was replete with all trophies & crowns.
Amidst the international fame, a generous city in India basked in your IPL glory & adopted you as their own. They call you- 'THALA'
Like everyone else, you too had your share of detractors & naysayers. But your confident smile kept them at bay!
And how you dealt with the media crap is an epitome of sheer nonchalance!
Your numbers, accolades have no match. You re-wrote history with aplomb.
You ruled the jungle and like a Lion have walked away on your own terms.
We will miss your blue flavor. But please let us enjoy the yellow bit for some more time.
I know there was a movie released on you, but an autobiography at some stage is what I am hoping for.
I also know you are a private person, but please don't unfairly deprive us fans from knowing you a lot more.
Well played. Well kept. Well led.
Thank you, Mahi!
Your ardent fan.