Dialogue writing Look at the following News Headline and develop a dialogue between you and your friend. Use the points given in the call-outs.
MASTER-blaster’s last innings.
Me: Did you read the newspaper? It says: Master blaster’s last innings!
Friend: Yes, I did. Cricket is never going to be the same again. I just can’t believe that Sachin Tendulkar has retired from all forms of cricket.
Me: I agree with you. Do you know he is also the recipient of the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award?
Friend: Yes, Sachin is the youngest recipient to date and the first ever sportsperson to receive the award.
Me: Sachin made his Test debut against Pakistan in Karachi in November 1989 when he was just 16. Where do you think we would be in a year?
Friend: I really don’t know! His versatility and perseverance not only enhanced his reputation as a fine batsman, but also made him a teenage icon. In fact, my older cousins still admire him and talk about his performances as a batsman, bowler, fielder and a captain. Me: When the legend walked down the ground for his last innings at Wankhede Stadium, the crowd rumbled with the chants of “Sachin! Sachin”.
Friend: There were mixed feelings pouring out from all corners of the stadium. Some people were happy to see their star cricketer come out to bat, while some were pondering over the fact that it was the last match in the illustrious career of Sachin Tendulkar.
Me: He has broken many records and won many awards and honours. It is sad indeed that fans have to see the game without him playing anymore.
Friend: Let us hope that India gets another player who is as committed and skilled as Sachin Tendulkar.