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After Sachin's retirement from ODIs, Vijay Lokapally, writing in the Hindu, describes the pain a fan goes through when his favourite player retires without playing a farewell game.
What prevents us from giving a Tendulkar, a Dravid, a Laxman, Kumble or Sehwag the opportunity to walk back to an ovation from the audience? These are moments that are treasured for posterity by cricket fans like me. "I was there," can be a story for my grandchildren to hear countless times. But it remains a dream.
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