India news October 10, 2013

Tendulkar to retire after 200th Test

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sachin Tendulkar will bring an end to his glittering 24-year international career after he plays his 200th Test, which is scheduled to be during the home series against West Indies in November. Tendulkar announced his decision on Wednesday afternoon, via a BCCI statement, like he had done when he retired from ODIs in December 2012.

"All my life, I have had a dream of playing cricket for India. I have been living this dream every day for the last 24 years," Tendulkar said in a statement. "It's hard for me to imagine a life without playing cricket because it's all I have ever done since I was 11 years old. It's been a huge honour to have represented my country and played all over the world. I look forward to playing my 200th Test match on home soil, as I call it a day.

"I thank the BCCI for everything over the years and for permitting me to move on when my heart feels it's time. I thank my family for their patience and understanding. Most of all, I thank my fans and well-wishers who through their prayers and wishes have given me the strength to go out and perform at my best."

Tendulkar's retirement had been the matter of much speculation. He had wound down his career in phases, announcing his retirement from ODIs in late December 2012, and with the BCCI shoehorning a home series against West Indies before the controversy-hit tour to South Africa, it had seemed an apt moment for a home farewell. The venues for Tendulkar's last two Tests have not yet been announced.

N Srinivasan, the BCCI president, said in a tribute that it was hard to imagine an India team without Tendulkar. "I have been an ardent follower and admirer of Sachin Tendulkar from the days he came to play Buchi Babu in Chennai. He is without doubt the greatest cricketer India has produced. In fact one should really say he ranks among the top of all-time great sports persons in the world. No one has served Indian cricket as Sachin has. He has truly been an ambassador for India and Indian Cricket. He has been an inspiration for generations of sportsmen not just cricketers. We respect his decision to retire although many of us can't imagine an Indian team without Sachin."

The 200th Test will be the last of numerous milestones in Tendulkar's career. No cricketer has played so many. He also owns the records for most runs and centuries in both Test and one-day cricket.

Tendulkar began his international career in November 1989, and was the third youngest Test cricketer at the time. He established himself quickly in the middle order and after the early 1990s, he has remained the first name on India's team-sheet for the majority of his career.

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  • on October 25, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    Great player and great ambassador of the game. Good luck to him.

  • on October 24, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    Good player and great ambassador to the game

  • on October 24, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    Great player on and off the pitch. Will miss him.

  • on October 16, 2013, 22:43 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar is unarguably the most love cricketer in the world and the best at the game. He has exceeded so many expectations and it is sad to see him go. He had a good carrer with many great innings. Being an Indian I say,

    Goodbye Sachin "God of Cricket" Tendulkar.

  • sachin-iscricket on October 15, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    I didn't follow the game of Cricket, I followed this boy.

    Sachin is cricket's synonymous.

  • on October 15, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    I agree that if you go by stats,the likes of Lara,Dravid,Ponting,etc. were better match winners than Sachin. But,IMO, Sachin's career has to be viewed from an another angle.He was a cricket prodigy.And this is the thing with prodigies - they tend to be burdened with over-expectations and thus end up as someone who hasn't satisfied all the requirements .It can be said that the biggest benifactor of his career is cricket itself as he has contributed immensely to the aesthetics of the game.And every sport needs such people to just add that extra spice.True,he might not have won many games for india but he brought immense pleasure to fans worldwide.The hooked six off Caddick,his straight drives,the six over point off Akthar,the face off with Steyn in CT are marks of pure genius. As he is retiring ,celebrate the genius and remember his special knocks rather than berate him for his shortcomings. Every mortal has shortcomings and so did Sachin. Well done and keep in touch with cricket :)

  • on October 15, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    The world is gion to mis the legend god master whatever u can say about this man who taugjht the youngsters learned from the god

  • Dubbs on October 14, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    No doubt the turning point was just after the successful world cup campaign when Sachin decided to rest himself for the West Indies tour. He had gone into the world cup in the form of his life in the test arena and instead of capitalising on his personal, success especially in SA, he decides to rest himself. He himself said that it is selfish for a player to retire at the top but same principle applies for resting. He came back for the England tour and as they say the rest is history. Don't get me wrong I watch cricket because of SRT but I think he missed a trick by making himself unavailable for the WI tour.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on October 14, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    We miss you, few of the so called 'great' blowers can relax and say ' he retired because of fear facing me'...I still remember how Waquar, Washim, Akthar gone all over the park in the WC match in England. Legend will reply with bat not with tongue. We salute you.

  • on October 13, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar - Can any of us following cricket like a religion remember an Indian scorecard without his name. Can we forget the days when Sachin was batting and we did not know the name of remaining 10 players but all we knew was this guy was there at the End India will win. Can we forget how tensed and excited we become as if we are playing when he was in the nervous nineties. Can we forgot the world cup matches where this man would stand tall against spin, pace and anything you name.Now I wish he could forget the day he announced retirement I wish the world had ended in 2012. What's more in life when ur God retires?

  • on October 13, 2013, 1:10 GMT

    He was way way over is sell by date and was now onlya passanger and a simple bunny for anderson ,who must be ruing now on his retirement . He should have retired some 4 or 5 years ago , He was very good odi batsman but only good test batsman in test version which have seen a greater talent and legend than tendulkar , fact is apparent but truth bites,

  • SivaSurapaneni on October 12, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    The biggest problem with Sachin's critics is they expect 4 times more from him than any other cricketers. It is so unfair to Sachin. I am also one such critic. The complaint I have against Sachin is, though he was/is the chief and sometimes only Indian cricketer that transformed the loosing looking matches to winning contests and tight contests, a few times failed to make India cross the finish line as the winner. It was not expected from any other Indian cricketers but it was always expected from Sachin because of his demi-God status. Thanks a lot Sachin for bearing such unfair and unreasonable expectations. I wish you all Good luck and pray God for your great post retirement life.

  • vaidhyanathan8460 on October 12, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    whooping 750+ farewells....Surely Sachin is the GOD of cricket

  • vaidhyanathan8460 on October 12, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    thank u sachin for all ur services to the indian team.We will be proud of it

  • on October 12, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    (*** Part 1 ***)


    When I started watching cricket, India was never a force in cricket... I still vividly remember the day when a lil cherubic boy walked into the field to face the then 'famous' spinner Qadir. The spinner got carried away by the short stature of the boy and ridiculed/sledged him. The lil boy did react - not with the mouth but with the bat. He tore apart the spinner's over and showed what's-in-store for future for the cricket world by hitting 4 dismissive sixes. He got to 50 in 18 odd balls... Unfortunate that it was not an official ODI.. Mind you, strike rate of 70-80 was gold in those days in ODIs... We believed then, we do have someone special here..

    After you hit that century in English conditions, my belief only got strengthened.. Whenever the wickets tumble on the other end, I was always believing that India will win as I know, I STILL HAVE YOU....

  • on October 12, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    (*** Part 2 ***)

    When the cricket world was marred with fixing allegations and as several players got lured for quick/easy money.. I was quietly positive that indian cricket will be fine as I know.. I STILL HAVE YOU....

    You never like to represent the team in the press meets for wanting to avoid controversies... During the 2003 world cup, when India lost very sloppily to Australia, there was a huge uproar in India as there were lots of expectations.. I still remember your pic that came in The Hindu daily and the way you pacified the public with great composure just as you always do on a cricket field... This moment really made me believe that under any circumstances I can confidently feel.. I STILL HAVE YOU....

  • on October 12, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    (*** Part 3 ***)

    Whenever the team needs some one to perform, I know you always put up your hands first - 'that' final over in hero cup against SAF, 'those' 5 wkts in kochi against Oz-s, 'that' run out of Steve Waugh from the boundary line in a ODI series, 'those' perfect storms at Sharjah, the expertly paced back to back ODI innings in Oz to win the first ever tri-series win in Aus, the epitome of a test inngs where the strokes on to cover/extra cover area were totally cut down, the mauling inngs to score the first double century in ODI & a lot more... Always knew when it matters... I STILL HAVE YOU....

    When I heard the news that you are retiring from ODIs.. I convinced myself.. In test cricket and in IPL... I STILL HAVE YOU....

    When critics just pounce on you during your lean period, without any conscience... the way you let your bat speak and show your commitment time & again I knew... I STILL HAVE YOU....

  • on October 12, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    (*** Part 4 ***)

    Whenever you fail to make a contribution, I feel really depressed.. I get myself motivated by watching the highlights of your older inngs... Just to convince myself that... I STILL HAVE YOU....

    When someone has so much talent, wealth and fame, they are bound to pick up a swagger.. but you always command respect with your down-to-earth attitude and the way you prepare for every game with the same intensity, speaks volumes of your dedication and love for the game...

  • on October 12, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    (*** Part 5 ***)

    I do know that this is inevitable and I was prety much expecting your retirement from all forms of cricket to happen sooner than later... I will be missing the anxiety that goes through me when you are on the field & yet to take a run.. I will be mising the emotions that I experience when you are in your 90s.. I will be missing those looks of the bowlers, when you unfurl your trademark straight drives and effortless flicks I will be missing to see the frequent suggestions you provide with ultimate eagernesss to every bowler/fielder/batsman of the team Surely, I will be missing seeing you on the cricket field with that ever-green enthusiasm...

  • on October 12, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    (*** Part 6 ***)

    I have always defended you when some one talks about you playing for records, India's win percentage when you score etc...

    Now I feel.. Was/Is there really a need to provide justification? Simply put, I love you for who you are as I perceive..

    Now that you are retiring from cricket, not sure if Indian cricket will interest me in the same manner as before or not.. Let me leave that matter aside for now and get to the crux - You are retiring and I can't see you on field playing cricket...

    But I do not feel bad for I know...



    With Heavy Heart, A fanatic whose son's name is SACHIN

  • bobbysimpson on October 12, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    No one will ever get close to his total hundreds and run records in all international cricket (Kallis is 7 behind in tests, but 40 behind in total). In this was he stands out.

    But his actual record on a match-by-match basis doesn't stand out from his peers, even against his team-mate Dravid his record is roughly the same in terms of average and percentage of 100s.

    Kallis, Sanga, and Hayden all have higher percentage of 100s in test cricket. Sanga and Kallis have higher averages (and Kallis also has nearly 300 test wickets!), Ponting has a similar record, India have never been the dominant test team during Sachin's career.

    Lara stands out for me as the man who could do the impossible, Lara also batted in a top 6 featuring no world class players except Chanderpaul, whereas Sachin always batted behind Dravid and with guys like Sehwag, Azha, Laxman, Ganguly so Indiai didn't rely as much on him as West Indies did on Lara.

  • recycle-bin-is-empty on October 12, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    At this point all I can say is Thank You Tendulkar for giving us such joy and so many wonderful memories throughout your career. You encapsulates everything what a modern cricket should aspire to be.

  • rustyryan on October 12, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    Thanks a lot, Sachin "GOD" Tendulkar!!!

  • on October 12, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    Thank you for everything. Thank you for all the smiles and heartwarming wins that made each and every Indian proud. Thank you....

  • Mohit_KS on October 12, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    He was the best,he will always be the best. Cricket will never be the same again. Life will never be the same again. This time,this space belongs to Sachin ! It's our greatest privilege to have seen him bat ! I will ,like many others, proudly tell my grandchildren that I saw him live in a cricket field….that he unfolded his genius right in front of our eyes…that we were there..we all were there..that time stood still….a city like Mumbai stood still..india stood still…it will never be the same again…..i hate to say goodbye to you..and I never will remain in our hearts forever…you will live through us..your adoring fans…thank you for giving us don't know how much it means ..but we do :) You are the most beautiful chapter of my life and I will cherish & treasure it as long as I am alive ! I never idolized you as a god , neither I think you are a saint, but what I do know is that you are my only passion & that shall live with me forever :)

  • Mohit_KS on October 12, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    It's true that the best things in life come for free. You are one of the prime examples for that. It's so difficult to describe in words the passion he evokes ! It's like watching the most gifted artist play his most perfect notes ! His strokes provide me with a joy that is unmeasurable ! It's in the purity and simplicity of his movements that honour and replicate the very basic of cricketing literature ! He is like the cricket tutorials live in action. Watching Sachin was never about stats,it was always about his geniusstrokeplay, that uplifting moment,that unbounded joy which he has had in storefor us over and over again ! It's something irreplaceable ! Is there anything for which we will trade this overwhelming emotion ?

    As far as cricket abilities are concerned, sachin is a batting colossus. He is as perfect as anyone can ever be. Only he has combined the classical technique with raw aggression as per gavaskar.

  • Mohit_KS on October 12, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    As all the news channels,newspapers,magazines,forums,celebrities & cricket sites in the world go about in a dizzying rush to pay tribute to an unmatchable sporting icon, here I am ,completely overwhelmed by his retirement news, unsure of what to say that has never been said before for him ! But I will try . Afterall he is my favorite topic for everything and anything ! He is our identity !He is our most treasured possession. I have never felt so short of words.But It's always the case when I have to define this man ,whenever I have to describe what he means to us Indians !

    The world has never seemed so dull ! The world seems to be crashing down with him ! It's like our childhood is coming to an end ! It's like we are facing our greatest fear-the fear of not being able to watch you again ! The fear that we have to complete our journey of life without y

  • on October 12, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    I was two years old when the great man made his debut... While I have fascinated about life as an international cricketer, the master was at it... Being a Pakistani, I have had the honor of watching him play and it feels great... A Sporting Legend who will be remembered and missed

  • on October 12, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    He is the inspiration for all. I follow him from my childhood. I used to switch off T.V. for sometime when he got out even after scoring his double century. He is the one made India proud and number one. He is the person gave India everything on and off the field. People used say God when he was in his prime and dumped when he was in his bad patch but still without showing any type of sadness, coolly carried India to its peak. He is the one made BCCI rich since many people used to see the match only because him. Hats off for a great person and remain inspiration through out my life. Sad to know he is playing no more for India after his 200th test but we will accept him as an Idol.

  • Tiger_Raihan on October 12, 2013, 3:33 GMT

    Letter to SRT (Part 1 of 3)

    Dear SRT,

    Your recent announcement to retire from Test Cricket was a huge blow. I was in a large presentation in Birmingham when I saw the news on the television, and was stunned. . It was ironic, because just earlier that day, I had visited Edgbaston, the scene of your century in 1996. I was in a daze as I watched the giant screen 15 meters away: the BBC announcing that you had decided to walk away from international cricket, There were 100s of people around, but I could hear nothing. My eyes (and heart) were fixated on the end of an era: 1989-2013. Twenty four glorious years.

    But let us go to the beginning…

    We are about the same age: you and I. Both born in April, you are just two years older. Your life was my life. When you played your mammoth innings in school cricket in 1987, my Mother showed me the large picture (Illustrated Weekly) of you and Vinod grinning after hammering 500+ runs!

  • KrishSachin19808 on October 11, 2013, 23:45 GMT

    Dear all Sachin is Best batsman in cricket . we love you Sachin . We are all always with you . Your are the best human being . Do as much as you can for this Country . krish

  • on October 11, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    All these quotes are creating vacuum in my head , they are so Nostalgic " On the Sharjah Night me and my father were on road side Street shop to watch Cable TV watched the Inning when the storm was on Streets of UAE and India . " The one the best moment of me and my father was gifted by Sachin.

  • on October 11, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    In a Country like India, Cricket is a religion, followed by most of the people and practiced by lot of youngsters. Over 3 decades, a man who become a family member of every Indians and spelled in 1500 Languages and 29 states, is none other than Sachin Tendulkar. I have grown up watching Sachin and now only I am realizing my age is inching towards 40. So far, he helped me to think like a youngster and try to compete with full energy in office as well personal life. I still remember those days in college, we watched India matches on the road and Sarjah storm innings happened during that time. To see a match and come back to college may take at least 4-5 KM walking during that time. All along our way, Sachin, the God, only safeguarded us from devils in night time. He ensured "remote Controls" are repaired after each of his dismissals. Many switched off TVs which helped us to save Energy when he dismissed in the match. Daring thing for an Indian is watch Sachin dismissal

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on October 11, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    @TheOnlyEmperor: Neither the 233 nor the 270 of Dravid were individual world records. Neither the 81 nor the 68 of Dravid were individual world records against West Indies. The infamous 100th 100 was a world record, with the first 51 runs off 63 balls and the next 49 runs off 75 balls @ 65.33. He consumed 138 balls to score 100 runs and needless to say that India lost on that belter of a track. The comparison between Bolt and Statchin is hence flawed, to start with. Of course, this discussion is valid if we start with the premise that winning fairly is the final common goal for all sportsmen. For me, winning fairly is the most significant goal in a contest. I'm sure there are millions of true individual sports as well as true team enthusiasts like me who share and understand this view. (the end)

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on October 11, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    @TheOnlyEmperor, though your comparison between Bolt and Statchin looks very appealing outwardly, it is inherently flawed. You did throw in some valid points for a winning team like several individuals excelling consistently. But, the comparison between Bold and Statchin is what I'm taking up here. You know it and I know it that world records in individual sports like 100 metre sprints will more often than not result in wins (with rare exceptions) unlike in a team game where individual world records are pointless and, dare I say, have the potential to be detrimental to the team. Bolt Examples: Bolt breaks a world record - he wins. Bolt breaks his own record again - he wins again. Now, another sprinter might break Bolt's record in the same race as Bolt, but still Bolt wins because he broke his own record by a better margin than the other sprinter. VVS/Dravid/Statchin examples: Neither the 281 nor the 180 were individual world records. (to be continued...)

  • strikeforce2003 on October 11, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    An icon of the past 1/4 century, it's good that he chose to one wants to see an icon take longer to all it avday...SRT was best between 16 and 36 the years that will be ingrained in the minds of all cricket lovers..37 to 40 saw mind moving ahead of body...goodluck to u Sachin, you were brave, u sttod ur crease until could

  • on October 11, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    Many "comparisons" here... lets deconstruct. 1) Ponting - played in a great team, came in after Hayden, Gilly and Langer had hammered the bowlers. 2) Kallis - One track player, how many winning causes ? but greatest cricketer 3) Lara - Great batsmanship but Windies kept going down through his career. 4) Bradman - irrelevant as conditions too different. SRT came in in a team of also rans and was the only player who was feared. He shouldered the batting as a kid, Ponting was a bad boy as a kid remember. Tendulkar's batting inspired a generation of cricketers to perform and gave them belief. If anyone has watched Tendulkar actually bat he as shown that he can play the way he wants when he wants.Tendulkar batted against all the greatest bowlers who tried their hardest against him and they had technology to aid them. Lara, Kallis, Ponting, Mohd Yousuf, KP didnt bat against their own bowlers. In all the matches that he got 100s India won more than 70% of them. Indian cricket rose cuz of him.

  • stFleming on October 11, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    Well Sachin Tendulkar is the greatest batsman of all time...Batted magnificently throughout his career...But its now right time for him to retire as he was unable to score runs for the last 2 yrs...And apart from this he also hasn't hit a century for the past 3 yrs...Anyway a wonderful career finally comes to an end...He is a human being and now he is also retiring...People say him God but he is not a God...A God never retires...He is a human being and will remain a human...

  • 2nd_Slip on October 11, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    Though i would pick JH Kallis over Tendulkar on any day and condition, from a South African point of veiw it is sad to see another legend retire.

  • aks4567 on October 11, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    I dunno what to say as i feel so numb. Having grown up watching him bat my entire life its just so so hard for me to imagine cricket without him. Cricket meant Sachin and Sachin meant cricket. I can never forget that 333 partnership with Dravid, that 175 against Australia, that amazing hundered in bloomfontien and durban when all others struggled. He was criticized so many times for not scoring when required, asked so many times to retire from the age of 30-32 itslef but never did he let anything affect him. His passion for the game and humble nature is a testimony of his greatness. I never usually post here but reading all the articles related to his retirement actually made me weep and i just had to write something. I wish he continues playing even if he doesn't scores much.

  • ChrisMarx on October 11, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    Regardless of whether you have won or lost the game, there are always some players in the opposing team that you will shake hands with afterwards not out of compulsion or tradition, but because they have gained your respect by the way they play the game. So here is such a hand extended to you Mr Tendulkar, all the way from South Africa. Well played sir, well played.

  • Mohit_KS on October 11, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    How can someone like someone so much ? I have this answer now as i am your fan sachin. As soon as i heard the news of your retirement,a whole world seemed to collapse inside me. It's a terrible feeling. We haven't lived our life without you.I am only 23 years old. You have been playing cricket for more number of years than my age. That's what defines you my hero !!! I can trade most of the things in my life to watch you bat. We are just so mad for you. Our life has seemed possible just because of you. In india here we have had decades of corruption,evil and misfortune. All through this,there was only one constant sun of hope,glory and respite. It was you sachin ! Whatever be the misfortune of the day,we knew we will have a smile at the end of the day if we got to witness one of your superb innings,those charismatic strokes,genius. Who will do that now ? Will we be damned forever now ? What's our mistake in this ? Why did we love you so much sachin? We are going to miss you Sachin :( :(

  • on October 11, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    There is a different reason for all of us to be so emotional about Sachin. His humility and simplicity. He is a wonderful human being and great patriot. Has always loved and respected the people around him more than anything else. So all of us connect with him. Rest of his love for the game, his passion and his achievements all of us know. May God bless him with lot more peace and success rest of his life....

  • on October 11, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    Being a Bangladeshi, I feel terribly sad to hear about the retirement about the legend who has stolen so many hearts and is loved by people all over the world. It has been an immense pleasure to see him bat right from my childhood and he's one of the reason which made me love cricket and getting addicted to it. He was and still is a flawless cricket and has provided endless and infinite contribution to the world of cricket. I used to switch off the TV whenever he used to get out, and it hasn't changed because that's what I did a few days back when he got out for the last time in the T20.

    Needless to say, cricket will never be the same without him. There maybe some amazing good players but there will never be another him. His records will remain an evidence of his awesome. He deserves all the respect and appreciation in the world.

    Thanks a bunch for all the memories and the happiness you have given us, sir. You will always be remembered and respected from the core of our heart!

  • chapathishot on October 11, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    There are many but I will never ever forget the second innings at Chepauk against Shane Warne which we friends watched from along with hundreds of people outside a TV shop .We went to during a break in college to catch a glimpse but watched whole session and returned after college hours to collect our books.It was the case with most of the people assembled there .

  • on October 11, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    Love and respect for the great master blaster champion that is Sir Sachin and wishing him all the best for the rest of his life- Pak Fan

  • on October 11, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    I have never seen such calm personality in on field and off field like sachin.With all loads of records he made in his name,yet he played like a new ego.. nothing..

    miss you sachin..

  • shamieshane on October 11, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    Dear Sachin, its real words from your heat that you can't think about life without cricket, but from the bottom of my heart i'm saying that i can't think about cricket without you. You occupied every Indian's heart and its going to be very hard to believe that we are going to see India playing a match without you.

    Even when you have announced your retirement from ODIs, we were consoling ourselves saying that still we can get to see in Tests, but now from the moment i'm hearing your retirement announcement i have tears on my eyes, i never believed something make me cry like this.

    Age can never stop a legend like you, as we all know your talents, my humble request to you is to come back to Cricket at least as a great spinner, we want to see you while India playing, Please.

  • on October 11, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    When Cricket is talkd in world the only word which comes in mind is "Sachin Tendulkar".Unarguably the best batsmen the game has ever seen.He carried the expectations of billions across the world and most often then not fulfilled it.He was one men army of indian cricket for over 15 years,he inspired many young players to play the game, he took indian cricket to g8 heights.

    He cant be compared with Gavaskar or kohli bcz gavaskar was not good in ODI's & kohli has many other match winner's playing with him.

    Its end of one era in cricket one cant imagine indian team without Sachin or even the word cricket without him.

    He is the g8 batsman of all time, his records in all the three formats of game is excellent

  • on October 11, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    Unfortunate but inevitable ..We were lucky too see such a great cricketer in our times . I do not think , there will ever another one like Sachin! he will be hugely missed and fondly remembered. Thank you Sachin for all the wonderful /enjoyable memories and wish you all the best for the future !

  • MEHATELK on October 11, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    this is a very good news for my wife. because here after she dont need blame me for watching cricket . she dont need to blame me for setting alarm early morning and watching cricket series between india australia and india Newzland .She dont need to blame me for watching cricket through out the night whenever india tour to w.indies . she can watch all the mega series dramas without any my disturbance.

  • on October 11, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    Goodbye Tendulkar. We will miss a great legend of cricket

  • on October 11, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    Moving to see some comments and amusing to see some...Muhammad Ali = Boxing, Babe Ruth = Baseball, Schumacher = Racing, Tendulkar = Cricket - period. The one thing Tendulkar will be known for is that he DID HIS TALENT FULL JUSTICE. His coach told him that he was special and special players have the RESPONSIBILITY TO DO JUSTICE TO THEIR TALENT and these 24 years are a testament to that RESPONSIBILITY FULFILLED. Like his favorite song "Main Zindagi Ka Saath Nibha Ta Chalaa" (I kept going on through all the ups and downs). He kept up the worship to his talent regardless of the situation. Tendulkars life has lessons for all of us... 1) Believe in yourself 2) Work hard and the results will come 3) Things dont go your way everytime regardless of the hardwork 4) Take the stones thrown at you and turn them into milestones. We are fortunate that a human being PLAYED OUT THESE LESSONS through his trade in front of us. Learn the lessons y'all there's still time for you....

  • on October 11, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    Consider this scenario: a player with the same records from another country is about to retire when an Indian, especially Mumbaikar, 35 or so, has some 10k or so runs against his name and is still playing. You'd be reading much different stuff. And this is my problem with his many fans, who are in fact too many.

  • pagnut on October 11, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    Yeah, great to see the accolades for a prolific batsman. However, for someone who claims to pay no attention to numbers, holding on until number 200 a little bit hypocritical IMHO. The cynical, selfish BCCI just plays for revenue - noone expects them to act otherwise. But SRT, the man who has cultivated an image of being above, now speaking about 'heart' dictating this and that, well....ok, go for the numbers, but you dilute what you have been by doing so. Phaa, respect to SRT, yes, but not the same amount as would be given to the 'truly great'. SRT, go in peace, but you should have gone by now. You are already a legend, why ruin it pursuing numbers when there are other younger, and (now) more talented players waiting in line. Adios!!!!!

  • on October 11, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    He was past over sell by date and should have retired 3 or4 years ago but better late than never. Good servant of indian ckt. good test batsman but very good odi batsman but has delayed his tenaure ,

  • kfpaulson on October 11, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    Sachin you can only officially retire from cricket but you can never retire from the hearts of millions !!!Paulson

  • on October 11, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    I am one pakistani but we love sachin as a cricket lover

  • Rahul_is_king on October 11, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    Love you Sachin - still remember the innings in Australia - greatest ever. he had every shot in the world and bowlers were very scared of him. #LEGEND

  • on October 11, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    I'm a Sri Lankan and true Sri Lankan cricket lover. Equal to Sachin as a player. I cant watch a match if sri lanka is in losing side and even its hard to watch an indian match when sachin gets out early. What about a match between SL & IND. My only wish is that Sachin to Score a Hundred and gets out and Sri Lanka to Win. its crazy but reality. No body can criticize sachin infront of me. All my friends knew this and i got a birthday gift in my office. its just an edited photo where sachin is wishing me. Cricket will not be a hot topic in my life hearafter....All the best

  • Tijara on October 11, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    He should replace Mr. Srinivasan of BCCI.

  • on October 11, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    As a young cricket fan it is hard to imagine a world without Sachin, let alone an Indian line-up. I feel privileged to have seen the great man play. I think that this quote from Shakespeare's Hamlet sums up my feelings perfectly-

    "He was a man, take him for all in all. I shall not look upon his like again."

  • on October 11, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    I truly love he way he timed the ball. privileged to have lived & watch the game he played for many years. there will be an era f Indian Cricket or World Cricket wwhich will read before Sachin / With Sachin / After Sachin (not sure). don't know for some reasons tears are coming out on my eyes when he is hanging boots. Cricket esp Indian Cricket will not be same as before. think his jersey no 10 should be preserved & not to be 're allocated to anyone as a little respect we can show for this true Master class batsman, undisputed Little Champion. I luv it batting Sachin !!! you cannot be replaced for sure.

  • TheOnlyEmperor on October 11, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    Somebody has just written that Sachin hasn't spoken on any social issue and therefore doesn't deserve the Bharat Ratna. My response to the above : 1) Sachin through his brand of cricket brought all of India together and brought pride to those Indians who proudly sport that identity. It's not said lightly, that cricket is a religion in India and Sachin is it's god. That's testimony to his contribution. He was a unifier and not divisive, unlike some players. That's precious. He has done more than any Indian politician has done for India after Mahatma Gandhi. 2) Please check the names of all the people who have got Bharat Ratna till date and tell us how many of them do you even know let alone remember. 3) If you cannot honor somebody who was responsible for uplifting the hopes and spirit of more than a billion people for 24 years, then who can you bring yourself to honor?

  • Falew on October 11, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    Good Bye Sachin Tendulkar,I like you and Dravid because you are gentlemen of India,Thanks for entertaining us, (y)

  • TheOnlyEmperor on October 11, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    Part 3: When you win, the discerning sports enthusiast sees how you have won. Have you won fair and square, have you won imperiously or scratchily, have you dominated the opposition consistently throughout the game, etc. Likewise, when you make runs, the discerning see how you score runs, the importance and joy that the shot making provides, the extent of dominance on the bowlers and the opposition captain, the effect on the field placement, etc You start creating a legacy, when others emulate your style, skill sets and attitude and when one and all look up to you. Sachin was no grafter and unlike many a run compiler. He was always looking to score and if at all he got bogged down in the middle, it was only because he was at a quandary on how to save his team from collapse. Sachin brought quality and that's why the discerning and the lay thought him to be a genius and pinned their hopes on him. They say, greatness is an idea worthy of achievement and Sachin got there! God bless!

  • on October 11, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    someone for whom i used to bunk classes during my school days,college days and even in my job....i just want to say....I watch cricket when you are on the crease and switch off my TV or change channel when you are not....People would call it selfishness but i don't care what others think about a heartly thanx from my heart,for the entertainment you have given to me/us....thanx for everything....Your knock (98 vs Pak) in 2003 WC will always be the greatest innings, i have seen on TV and from you....that knock will always be the first page of my book....Debasish,Bhubaneswar,Odisha

  • g.narsimha on October 11, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    electro-loco-wap4 - one can have his own opinion on others,it sounds hallow when u say that u cant include SACHIN in the league of PONTING, LARA& KALLIS .out of the 3 u cant compare KALLIS .as he is undisputed greatest all rounder after SIR SOBERS -the stats on this web provides a defferent story alltogether performance wise SACHIN is miles ahead amongst these 3 gtreat batsmen of our era-PONTING IN AUS-AVE-56.97, 23- 100S, IN ENG-AVE-41-100-4, IN- INDIA - VERY POOR AVE-26- JUST ONE CENTURY,IN SA-AVE-46-3-100, HOME-AVE-57 AWAY-PARTLY 47 .LARA-IN AUS- AVE-41, IN ENG-48 - IN IND-33 IN SA 46- 17 100 at home & away SACHIN-IN AUS-AVE-53 - 6 -100s- IN ENG-AVE- 54 - 100-4 IN SA -AVE-46- 100s-5 -he played more tests at away-106-8705-ave-54-100s-29,than home-92-7132-ave-52-100s-22.the myth of flat track bully is blown away with these stats available on this very web -one more thing PONTING had the luxury of representing a great team,where as ours was one of weakest bowling attacks in tests

  • Naresh28 on October 11, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    Many Indian fans should also realize that this guy not only inspired a country, HE INSPIRED THOUSANDS of Indians living abroad. Not only that he inspired by even non-indians.

  • on October 11, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    People who don't see beyond Tendulakar are blind followers of Tendulkar cult. Tendulkar is very good batsman on seeing his record. The cricket will survive in this country like madness as long as they treat every entertainer as god. People echoing for Bharat Ratna are way over board. Tendulakar never spoke on any social issue in his career. Thank you for serving cricket and enjoy the retirement.

  • on October 11, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    Lump in the throat. My relationship with him has been so private that its' almost vulgar to go public on it. But go I must just to let his legions of fans that he was as real as you believed him to be. Impeccable, unimpeachable, humble, patient, an artist ever in search of perfection in the sport he loved. No hysterics, no chest-thumping nationalism. He was as much loved by foreigners as by Indians -- a privilege only the truly great can manage. Cheap digs at him probably bothered him in private but he never forced the issue in public. Always looked to expand the understanding on his craft. Never offered weak apologies. As a journalist I remember travelling with him and cursing then England skipper Nasser Hussain for abusing him in a Nagpur Test. Would you believe what Tendulkar said " he is a very good captain." No endorsing my views, not giving me the cheap thrill of lampooning a fellow cricketer. His skills were great. But he was greater as a human being. Would always be inspiring.

  • on October 11, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    As everyone knew Sachin is a legend in the history of Cricket...It's right time for him to call it since he feels that his body no longer cooperates to play as far as his fitness is concerned at this age. I personally feel it's right time to call in case of Test matches. But i feel , He should have called for one day matches long time back to have a strong foundation in hands of younger generation like (Kohli,Raina,Rahane,Rohit,Manoj Tiwary etc).Anyway, It's good for building future for Indian cricket from nowonwards with almost many youngsters. In fact , MSD is the one who motivates all young talents and raises their spirits in them. Anyhow Wish Sachin pay his 200th test in grand style so that he can bid off in great fashion... His records are numberless. One can only count those but too hard to achieve that feat as Sachin has played for 24 years which is long period....Let's c who comes near his records in the mere future....

  • Abhishek.2626 on October 11, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Mumbai Indians are going to lose most of their non-Maharashtra fan base. I am from Hyderabad but always had a soft corner for MI due to Sachin. It was the case for host of others, Everybody was a supporter of "two" teams. One being their home-team, and the other, MI. And all this was cos of Sachin!!.. We ll miss him like crazy.

  • TheOnlyEmperor on October 11, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    Part 2: When one says that Sachin plays for records, the implication is that he is selfish. How is Sachin selfish? Look at his strike rate in the ODIs and how he was instrumental in creating momentum for the Indian innings. Look at his Test performances and see the way he withstood bowling attacks while yet scoring. For many a Test cricketer, his was the prize wicket to get. That explains the value he brought to the Test team and how important it was that he stayed for a good Indian total. Look at the effect that he had on the Indian team when he played and the crowds and tons of TV spectators. Were they all stupid to pin their hopes and dreams of India winning on him, if he wasn't deserving and meritorious enough to be bestowed the responsibility of shouldering the hope? Those shoulders have carried a great burden and has laid the conviction in the present generation that India can be a great cricketing nation. Sachin deserves his pedestal more than anybody else!

  • on October 11, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar. Sad news of his retirement. Feeling sad today. I grew up watching him play. when he started playing i was in 9th standard. All his playing years are connected to my life. I relate every phase my life to his cricket career. I first saw him playing live at Dadoji konddev Stadium Thane in Ranji match between Mumbai And Maharashtra in 1993.Last I saw him in IPL match at Wankhede this year. He is a true legend. Not only in cricket but as a human being. He is truly a God. Can not imagine watching cricket without him. Although he was playing only in tests currently but his presence in current team was important. I don't foresee any cricketer in near future to replace him. Thank you Sachin for everything you have given not just to me but to every cricket fan. All the best for your future.

  • pitch_curator on October 11, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    His contribution to India is more than the numbers. It is more than the records or the matches he has won. He has given the 90s generation an inspiration - he has shown the country's youngsters that you can be the best in your field of work if you have the hardwork and the attitude. I am sure many of the die hard fans here are the ones who were in their teens when Sachin played in the 90s. He is more than a cricket player for them. He is the Mohammad ali of cricket. Post independence he would be one of the greatest unifying factors for the country.

  • DingDong420 on October 11, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    This feels even worse than when Schumacher retired. Goodbye Legend

  • mark2011 on October 11, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    finally record book going to be closed... so many were made......but sad to see his poor performance in last few years... even in the CL T20 match his stump flew out of the ground...with his calibre it would have not happend.. I mean he shud have taken this decision much earlier than this... but contrastingly we can see thesudden retirement of Dilshan from test cricket when he is in good form, but paving way to youngersters and leaving...clearly Dilshan can play another couple of years of test cricket... but he has taken the decision right....anyway good luck for both of you as you all have done wonders in cricket...

  • TheOnlyEmperor on October 11, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    @Gravitas : So Sachin plays for stats? What's wrong with that? How else is one supposed to benchmark one's performance? Goal achievement is all about milestone setting and moving from one to another. What's wrong in playing for world records? Shouldn't Bolt strive to break his records? A world record is like Mount Everest. It needs to be conquered because it is there to be conquered. Great teams win consistently because of MANY individuals who excel...consistently. One needs to treasure sportsmen who constantly strive to excel and do excel. In any case, only true blue sportsmen and sports enthusiasts will understand this. Sachin isn't playing 200 because it would look good on his cv. He is giving himself 2 more tests to end his career on a high and the entire nation owe him that. He doesn't tell the BCCI to have a spat with SouthAfrica and not go there. If the SA tour had been on, he would have definitely gone. It's not that he hasn't faced SA before in SA, so why undermine him?

  • venkatskp1 on October 11, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    Sachin tendulkar is next to Don bradman interms of their contribution to cricket. Because all these runs and centuries he scored are under tremandous pressure. Every time he walks to bat people (1 billion) want him to make a century,if he fails to deliver, people will dissapoint and the criticism follows.

    He is a pure entertainer, who entertained 1 billion people 24 play 24 years of international cricket one needs to have lot of commitment and descipline, he has all those. eventhough he achieved somuch he is so humble, never attached with the corruption associated with the game

    He is gods gift to the cricket and the country, we love you sachin and thanks to you for entertaining us all these years, hope you will have a great life ahead, hope you will get bharat ratna award (I sincearly believe you deserves it)

  • on October 11, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    Since the day I started watching cricket seriously... , U have been around.

    I always had a regret , I wanted to see the batsman who had this 99.94 average in action. But, then I saw a desert storm in sharjah.... and said to myself , I am fortunate to be born in this era. No words to describe U

    MASTER . Just a big Thank U, For teaching us "Impossible is Nothing".

  • VVBHAT on October 11, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    I'm counting the number of days I'm going to watch cricket. For me, cricket was Sachin and viceversa....Someone rightly highlighted how he is deeply involved in many of our lives... Hats off to you Sachin.. The greatest Cricketer Ever To Play the Game..

  • Urajapakse on October 11, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    The most humble/modest International cricketer I have seen,even though he has been the 'greatest of greats'.

    Some of the present International cricketers who thinks 'their the best' after one or two good knocks, can learn a huge lesson as to how they can behave even with little publicity from this great man call SACHIN TENDULKAR.


  • Subodh.yeole119 on October 11, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    I started watching Sachin play at the age of 2 when I didn't understand anything about cricket. But trust me, the joy that filled my heart on seeing him was something awesome. Thank you Sachin for giving me so many joyous moments from the time I was born.. You will be missed.

  • South_Indian on October 11, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    Thank God, he's retiring. Yes, he WAS a great player up until the mid 2000s... but boring these days. Thankfully, we'll see more new faces, it will be refreshing.

  • on October 11, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    200 Tests sounds like an appropriate send off to the finest batsman, the world has seen. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, you are the best.

  • on October 11, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    I really feel sorry for the game of cricket after the Sachin's retirement,now what is left in game of cricket ,is totally crap.Game is unable to produce quality players,greats like sachin,lara,ponting,JH Kallis,warne,Murli,jayasuriya,waseem,waqar,inzamam,glenn mcgrath,gilchrist,warne,dravid,Anil Kumble,stephen fleming,pollock. Game has lost its credibility,sportsmanship; players are no more interested in representing their country,they prefer playing in Leagues, so that they can earn a handsome amount of money.Now you rarely see the real quality,charm of cricket.As a cricket fan,follower I am afraid,sooner or later game of cricket will be obsolete.

  • Taha_Farrukh on October 11, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    Just think about it if some one else took this opportunity to ply 660 Mat and 780 inns then might be they got better record then Sachin...... i believes if JH Kallis play another few years then it might possible..... 24 years spam is good enough to make records.... it will be much better if some one broke it in 20years..... Player Span Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 0 50+Descending SR Tendulkar (India) 1989-2013 662 780 74 34273 248* 48.54 100 163 34 263 investigate this query RT Ponting (Aus/ICC) 1995-2012 560 668 70 27483 257 45.95 71 146 39 217 investigate this query JH Kallis (Afr/ICC/SA) 1995-2013 508 604 97 25292 224 49.88 61 148 30 209 investigate this query R Dravid (Asia/ICC/India) 1996-2012 509 605 72 24208 270 45.41 48 146 21 194 investigate this query

  • on October 11, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    Hat off Sachin Thank you for your services to Indian cricket for last 3 decade Best of luck to you for life after cricket I am sure you will enjoy as much as like your cricketing career

  • udayama on October 11, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    No I cannot agree this, you have to play more than 200 matches, we know that you are trying to open the gate for a young player but you have the talent to score runs.

  • on October 11, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    All time greatest contributors for the game of CRICKET are hhillbumper, Greatest_Game, joe_antony, Blade-Runner, Moazam Rashid, Uphaar Goyal, Shane Jovich, Dravid_Gravitas_Atheist, Manojin, Ausie_the_Great, Al_Bundy1, Izzmail55, spurs3152, GaneshIyer, Romain Khan, dilscoop, PattyMcgoo, Grant King, All South African, Sri Lankan, Aus & English bashers.

    You came here to share your visions especially on SRT's forum. We are thankful to you guys for your wonderful comments. One thing is sure that nobody can achieve this. Even Sachin's feat, attitude, on & off the field behaviour, commitment don't even match against your contributions to the cricket. The great thing is that in spite of extreme level of hate/dislike about Sachin you had to come here to post dis-respective honour for SRT.

  • on October 11, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    God of Cricket had finished his services very sad for whole nation

  • on October 11, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    Sachin cant go without doing something for cricket He couldn win a world cup for India without dhoni's young batallion He couldn lead indian as a Captain (Successful) He was a good warrior though We miss you Lord ..will keep missing you ....We love you..Hoping a better warrior araises from your ashes...Loving...

  • on October 11, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    salute to u sachin. no body can play this game atleast with the discipline u had. u hv shown now and then how much it matters to represent a country with this population. i just cannot imagine a team without ur name in it. when ur hungry for the runs stopped, then its time for us to stop watching cricket. we wish u all the best in ur future endeavours.

  • on October 11, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    The news of Sachin's proposed retirement has filled pages in the print media and many hours on the TV. I am a realist who has watched cricket for over nearly 70 years and have been a cricketer myself! I have seen wonderful cricketers from CK, Mushtaq, to the Vijays ( Merchant and Hazare) and many more. That era was different in many ways. They played for the love of the game and not for money. However great Sachin's career and talent, it is unfortunate that people had begun to ask asked "when" and not why. For the last few years his performance did not merit a place in the Indian Team. To reach a record of 200 tests, BCCI are extending his playing life as he has been a money spinner for them. But I do agree with the sentiments of many that he has inspired many young cricketers and above all been a good gentleman for it is not easy to carry such a load of meeting the expectations of the millions every time he came to bat.I wish him many years of retired life with his family.

  • TheOnlyEmperor on October 11, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    A lot of people still don't seem to get it, when they compare Sachin to other cricketers. Sachin is not about averages and batting records. He is a giant amongst all the best cricketers, simply because of the fact that he lifted the spirits of the entire country of a billion people, when he walked out to bat. Which sportsman in which sport can lay a claim to that, despite their awesome achievements in their respective sports? In India, Sunil Gavaskar was the closest thing who could whip up the emotions of the masses when he walked to bat...when people would hang on to every word of the commentators in their pocket radio transistors ass they went about their daily chores...but even Sunil pales to what Sachin did. Sachin revived cricket in India after it underwent a slump from 1987 to 1995 and the cricketers of the time, now TV commentators, only spread despondency, let alone lift the spirits of the entire nation. Sachin brought hope to a nation. A billion people. That's priceless!

  • gmsjgmsj on October 11, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    A man who could be King!

    Sachin is the greatest Indian cricketer, not merely greatest Indian batsman. The humility he brought on to the field, the determination and his pride in wearing the India cap (as can be seen from the national flag on his helmet..maybe he was the first to don it like that) can never be forgotten by us leave alone his batting statistics.

    He was the one person who taught the liberalised 90s India that we, as Indians, could take up any fight and win. He taught us to fight dare with double dare even in our daily existence, chores, jobs, housework. As much for the marketing executive riding 100 kms daily to find a new client, Sachin also transfixed housewives in their mid day chores with his batting. We prayed that he will deliver and he did deliver on many occasions.

    Is he the greatest test batsman? It is debatable. He does not have a great second innings chasing record in tests to prove it. But he is undisputably the greatest ODI batsman. Period.

  • stormy16 on October 11, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    Despite everything that was said and achieved and a hundred at Sydney, when I saw Sachin make a hundred in Perth in the early 90's I knew he was special. Even as a supporter of the opponent, there are few better things in cricket to watching Sachin bat. His runs and achievements are there for all to see but his presence at the crease and the respect he had from his opponents was simply amazing. Another factor was none of the real bowling stars of his era really had his number, they just couldn't work out chink in his technique. Sure they got him out but seldom to a pre planned method, basically Sachin had to make a mistake. His handling of Murali and Warne was a simply sensational. Above all comes Sachin the man and what a gentlemen of the game he has been - I don't recall a single ugly or nasty incident involving Sachin and he is a true legend of the game and will be solely missed by all, even those of us who are not Indian supporters.

  • fictitious on October 11, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    I feel proud on thinking that i will narrate the tales of, SACHIN TENDULKAR one of the greatest sport personality, to the generation next to come in after me. A person who have served indian cricket for almost 25 year and the young generation of India used to grown up watching him to kill the opposition bowling attack in 1990 and 2000. The feeling of opposition in that phase of period was if u got tendulkar than the match is yours. No other Cricketer had been rewarded with such tremendous respect in the history of cricket by the opposition. Proud to be an indian.

  • TheOnlyEmperor on October 11, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    I've been watching cricket since 1972. I've seen a few truly great and inspiring innings during this period. For me the greatest Sachin innings was the ODI one he played at Sharjah against Australia after the desert storm. He came out as a man transformed after the storm to take that match by storm. The way he transformed himself and electrified the situation was truly incomparable.

  • sundar411 on October 11, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    I cannot count the number of times I have switched off the TV after Sachin got out. Now to even think that we will be watching cricket but not Sachin fills me with an emptiness, I cannot explain. Sachin, the Greatest, the irreplaceable! May your second innings be as fulfilling as the first one

  • on October 11, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    contd.. 18th Nov 2013 will be the day the passion for cricket for me will not be the same and the cricketer in me might die.. A salute to my Hero.. U were the last flame of of the golden era of 90s with all ur contemporaries and with ur upcoming retirement, that era will end.. and there will b a certain hollowness after your retirement as wont be worrying about how your innings will pan out everytime you bat.. for the time being let me live your last two tests, will enjoy and savour your last two tests.. Thank you for the pleasant memories Sachin Tendulkar !!

  • on October 11, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    24 years ago, on Nov 15, 1989, a 16 year old boy set his foot on the shores of my city (Karachi) for his first international cricket tour and changed my life forever.. he became the reason for me to be addicted to cricket and invoked in me the passion of cricket.. my mood depended on his innings, if he scored a 50 or 100 my mood remained pleasant, if he got out early, I would be sad for the rest of the day..waking up 4 o clock in the morning to watch him bat in Aus or stay up late at nite to watch him bat in WI, not worrying about getting up for school or work the next day and this practice has continued till date for a good 24 short he became an integral part of my life.. How ironic is that he would playing his last test on almost the same date as his first test.. just wished he was playing his last test against Pakistan only and in the city of lights which would have been a perfect ending of a great great career!! (contd..

  • TheOnlyEmperor on October 11, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    Every sport needs legends who are icons. Sachin is one, just as Bradman was... many centuries back. Cricket needs one, a global icon. A man who is naturally talented and brilliant, consistent, a record breaker, dignified and with stature, a good ambassador of the game, awesome yet well behaved, non controversial, a model cricketer with whom the mass of cricket lovers of the world can relate to and pin their hopes on, a person who can ignite passion for cricket amongst the youth and old alike... Sachin's replacement will be hard to come by.

  • on October 11, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    The big question is how much space a player with the same records would have occupied here if he were from some other country.

  • on October 11, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    My name is Ahmad Ali, and I am from Pakistan. I am a die heart fan of Suchin, In fact i have never seen batsman like Suchin... I was literally crying when I heard news about his retirement :'(. I would like to say something to you Suchin, please don't retire until 2015 Worldcup. We want to see you in action once again, waiting for your performance. Whatever people said about you, because people always say whether you perform or not, but I think you are the best player of the cricket ever, In fact you made only for cricket. I love you so much.

  • BHAGWAN-XI on October 11, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    Every body taking about his retirement but what is next for him ? I think he can introduce new Tendulkar in his son Arjun. His son can take his place because sachine has a lot of experience and now he should focus on his son Arjun cricket carrier and I sure that he should give all things that he had experience in his cricket life and this is a very big advantage for his son Arjun. And I think Tendulkar don't want to give any chance to his son in his behalf of own big name, he should be shown his ability that sachine shown his staring time.

  • Philippe on October 11, 2013, 5:59 GMT

    Could not think of anything to write specifically.. Just a thanks for beautiful journey. Wonderful career & best of all the times.

  • on October 11, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    The greatest batsman of all time, Donald Bradman annointed Tendulkar as the closest in ability and technique to himself. Great laurels indeed. Like the "Don" "The little master" too was a wonderful ambassador for his nation and the game itself. In spite of almost a God like status in India he has retained a sense of humility and level headedness. We have been fortunate to have three icons of the sport in one era. A step below Ponting, with Brian Lara a step above and with Tendular arguably at the apex of this triumvirate.

    His qualities as a batsman and as a human being have inspired a generation and more of Indians to participate in the sport and has ignited Indian cricket to the level it has climbed. What a vacuum he will leave.

  • Nitin2208 on October 11, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    He made me like watching cricket & now he is retiring though the game will go on it will be never be the same without him... His walk to the crease, taking guard,his stance,his style of holding the bat & I still remember how he used to stop himself after taking a quick run (rather than running all the way past the crease with momentum) only because he can snick in any extra run if possible no wonder the man has so many runs. He defined batting, I & many others while playing used to copy his style of holding the bat,his stance so that we can look like him. He has given so much to us. Cannot ever be repaid but only cherished & celebrated !! Wish him alll the very best for his life after cricket. "Dont worry Sachin I will still watch you in the highlights & those matches played in 90's & keep believing that you are still out there playing, cause that's what as a loyal fan of yours I can do."

  • karthiskn on October 11, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    Really sad to hear that i will not see No.10 Jersey with Tendulkar on it...the first time i saw you in my friend's tv you were out...later on you surprised me with many awesome strokes that no other could.i was on top of the sky when i heard the boycott commentary straight down the ground wonderful shot all the way for six for your SIX in Sharjah...You and dhoni were my inspiration to face anything in life.GOD of Cricket just rests but lives forever...

  • on October 11, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    Tendulkar is retiring - everyone gets it !! Now move on guys. He was the best and we all will remember him, but he has been paid handsomely for whatever he did. All he did was play a game ! Come on there are better things in life. An Example is that it would have been better to watch India vs South Africa without tendulkar rather than watch India vs WI with tendulkar, just because he wanted to retire at the wankhede ! Hopefully india will accept DRS also now that Tendulkar is out of the way !!

  • on October 11, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    Sachin was a good player and over-rated a bit in my opinion. He regularly played well in familiar conditions at home against opposition who struggled to adapt tot he unique Indian conditions. In my opinion he never really did it when it counted and looked like he played for himself, rather than the team. Also lost respect for him when he "changed" his mind about what he heard Harbhajan say to Symonds back in 2008. Probably played about 5 years too long and took up the place that could have been given to a youngster.

  • Vikashraj010 on October 11, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    Last night I had a dream which was "Tendulkar was taking free-kick against some yellow colored jersey team (not sure Aus OR Brazil), and he scored that goal with a beautiful swing into the nets" A request " God please do not say anything about cricket on your day (actually you do not have to) but say something about FOOTBALL in india. India need a footballer half good as you are. RESPECT...

  • Roleplay on October 11, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    @hhillbumper It seems you are a hilly billy who needs to find a friend to help you use stats guru and check out the record sachin had in alien conditions.He made first 4 international hundreds before turning 20 that too in AUS,ENG,SA and don't forget he had never faced any express bowlers earlier as every one knows the pace of Indian fast bowlers neither he had played on any pitch like Perth in India and above all was still in teens but still went on to make centuries which made don bradman comment on his batting and asking his wife to check whether he plays like him.and you have courage to go ahead and say that he was a flat track bully and alright in home conditions.Now this is either an aim to let people know that you are a hilly billy or you just hate the fact that it was an Indian batsman who achieved such great heights in sporting career.

  • keshav021 on October 11, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    Hates off to the master... I used to be nervous as well as excited when you bat. Thanks for all the moments you gave to us, enjoyed everybit of it. I think will bag another record into his bag as well "THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF COMMENTS FOR AN ARTICLE IN CRICINFO". It never stops :):)

  • Shreds on October 11, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    An era of an legend ends. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar gave India the hope, a self belief which was lacking. He was collective consciousness of a nation deprived of clean sporting heroes. A God amongst men and giant amongst his collegues.

  • SushilGuptaSAPConsultant on October 11, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    You played like a champion throughout your life and we want you should retire after 200th test by scoring the remarkable feat of 400+ runs in that innings. You will be remembered for your simple and cool behavior, despite of being the only living GOD on this planet. You deserve the highest civilian award " Bharat Ratna" . You are the true ambassador of India and the greatest youth Icon. Our love towards you is constant and we could not forget you ever in our life. After such as magnificent career now, you are finally going to retire as a playing cricketer. But we want you should join Team India as mentor (Coach) very soon. And we can again have strong reason to watch cricket just to have your glimpse on TV set and feel blessed.... Thanks GOD SACHIN to take birth in INDIA

  • latecut_04 on October 11, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    There are times in your life when you feel something and wish you are proved wrong.This is one of those moments.Alreay 688 comments and counting about his 200th test and retirement.Articles all over the place.Gets a feeling this will shoot up the sposnorship/advertisement cost for the Id-Wi series.And I wish I am wrong Sorry.Please publish

  • joe_antony on October 11, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    Well well well, here it is finally. Nobody wanted to go through this... but everybody knew its has to come and its needed sometime, and it has come. Sachin is great, there is no doubt. BUT, Sachin's career is a nice example of typical Indian mentality of hero worshiping, be it politics, Cinema or sports, Indians worship the stars blindly. They might have been good, performed well for some point of time, but they will be worshiped for life time and given opportunity even when they fail or perform below par. Sachin was no different, a typical fan is someone who wants a century from Sachin and its ok if India lose the match because he did it too slow. Indian cricket has suffered many times like this, I am not blaming Sachin here at all. The business minded board always wanted to gain maximum from the SACHIN INDUSTRY and their strength is this mad fan following.

  • vipinchirackal on October 11, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    now atleast students wont bunk their classes to watch his football and other sports in india can get some all the young players will get chance to bat because there will be always vacancies in all the positions except that of india is going to get an indian coach.i still doubt whose incarnation was he

  • on October 11, 2013, 4:26 GMT

    @ hhillbumper, I would like to know what your opinion about Sunil Gavaskar as a batsman is... The way you hate every Indian cricketer I wouldn't be surprised if you call him a flat track bully as well... check Sachin's record outside the subcontinent.

    @ Greatest_Game... Yeah right... last time he played against Steyn at Cape Town.. how much Did he score.. oh I forgot, He scored a brilliant hundred on a seaming pitch...

  • cricpanther on October 11, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    Big Shock!! Master Blaster, Greatest of the Great Tendulkar not going to play even Test Cricket!!! Why?? I would tell him to RETHINK his decision and at least he can play more Tests and if possible he should again be considered for 2015 World Cup, so India can achieved back to back world cup. He has Test career total runs 15,837, he should continue till make it near to 25,000 runs or atleast 20,000 runs. So NO One can beat your record in future and it will be secure all time. Currently, young test cricketers like kohli, Joe Root etc can have chances to beat your record, so please Sachin continue with your batting and your fitness, your preparations, your love of cricket is still there, we can see it and you are the TRUE TRUE INDIAN CRICKETER and No one can compared, not even Sir Don Bradman, Brian Lara as you are beyond all levels!!! I was waiting for the day in at least test cricket, you and Arjun, Father & Son Duo can play and Open the innings for India!! Please Re-Think Sachin!!

  • on October 11, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    I began watching any form of cricket during the summer of 1992, during an epic India- Zimbabwe match. The name of "Sachin Tendulkar" was so foreign to me, yet so familiar. I knew, right then, that I'm going to be seeing a lot of Tendulkar's in the score sheets. Hence forth I incorporated his batting position as well as his "spin" in my imaginary "book cricket" game till that died out and/ or I grew up. Anyways, hats off to a living legend and wish him great success!

  • RSairam on October 11, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    @Anup, boy that was good as any I have read on sachin simply bcoz u seem to echo many of the fans feeling..try writing into these websites sir !!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on October 11, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    I knew this was coming. During CLT20 I posted comments that he will stay away from South Africa tour and said just wait and watch. I can now say, I said so. I'm not at all surprised that he chose to excuse himself from that tour. As I affectionately call him Statchin, I'm not surprised that numbers are so important for him. Looks like he truly believes that playing 200 tests makes him a greater player than having played 198 tests. Anyways, at last he is retiring. He should have retired at least 4 years ago and gotten busy with politics.

  • MichaelBurton on October 11, 2013, 4:08 GMT

    This is the best news I have ever heard....Good for Indian cricket.....Best of luck...

  • INDSlider on October 11, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    This would have happened much earlier. This same lot of people who have commented here fired at you before for not taking your retirement. Anyway all the best for your future!

  • Vivekaks on October 11, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    The Legend hangs his boots...i feel very sad for the treatment that was meted out to him. I am quite sure and so probably is sachin, that he still has it in him to play at highest level. But its the media and so called pundits of the game who have heckled him over the past year. Sachin hasnt lived up to his form in test cricket for the past couple years, fair enuf...but which other indian cricketer has, so why single him out? But again, am glad he has announced it himself, at least we owed him that. I am so proud to have lived the same generation that was in awe of every stroke he played and sighed at his failure. I will remember how he always meant the start or end of every match for India. thanks for the memories man...proud of u...

  • vigneshmurali on October 11, 2013, 3:42 GMT

    no other batsman can replace u long live sachin!!!!!!!!!!!!! ur the best

  • Al_Bundy1 on October 11, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    Finally!! I thought he would never retire. He was a great player, but he overstayed his welcome by more than 2 years. He really should have retired after World Cup 2011.

  • Izzmail55 on October 11, 2013, 3:27 GMT

    FINALLY he is retiring he wasn't that good anyways

  • DaredevilsUnlimited on October 11, 2013, 3:14 GMT

    good news as well as sad news you have been from the beginning scored runs all over the world ,Your baptism to international is still vivid in our memory but the back to back knocks in Sharja against Australia takes the cake for sheer onslaught against the bowlers and also your merciless attacking of Shane Warne in so many matches will be deeply etched in all cricket fans. But the the whisper/allegations against your obsession to reach milestone after milestone, hold on you by sponsors and the passion to accumulate runs/ money vis a vis Ferrari car seems to be a step backward in your career. All the best

  • on October 11, 2013, 3:10 GMT

    #Anup: I can feel the tears rolling bro..your words summed it all

  • spurs3152 on October 11, 2013, 3:05 GMT

    At last he retire and at last some young talent will get chance to play for country(India). He should have retired when he was on Top. - Shirish

  • on October 11, 2013, 3:04 GMT

    Icon of world cricket. And end of an cricketing era.

  • on October 11, 2013, 3:02 GMT

    Just no words for this Master .... Truly Silent.

  • on October 11, 2013, 3:02 GMT

    The Asian Bradman! As a Sri Lankan and an Asian I salute you Tendu.kar! You are 'the' Legend!

  • s.g.a. on October 11, 2013, 2:59 GMT

    He decide to leave right time, no need to explain about his cricket, whole cricket world knows about his cricket, but important thing is whole his carrer he behave like a gentleman thats why i like him, as a srilankan cricket fan, So you are the legend of cricket world.

  • raghvender on October 11, 2013, 2:59 GMT

    Surely he is best of all cricketers even don bradman because of the huge pressure he handles everytime he bats.....World salutes a great legend.

  • on October 11, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    My PhD theses at Columbia University will be dedicated to you later this year, my Master! Please accept my regards. Every Indian has a little of you in them. I am proud to have lived my life in the times of Sachin Tendulkar. With tears, joy and pride!

  • DC75 on October 11, 2013, 2:46 GMT

    A lot of people have commented that Sachin is not the best, he is out of form, raised questions about his contribution to Indian cricket - more specifically wins. What they cannot understand is a very simple emotion called 'Hope'. That's what Sachin was to the millions of Indians - young and old alike in 90's. He was the hope and source of inspiration to a generation of Indians (not just cricketers). That cannot be matched by any other cricketer - to be a symbol of hope, to consistently prove that you can be among the best and beat them too. That is the reason why only Indian fans can understand the importance of Sachin - more than being a great batsman, his contribution is that being a great role model to millions of Indians. No shows of arrogance, anger, deep frustration, silly/sick attitude, breaking windows or bats or throwing tantrums - just determination. With so much pressure and expectation, he continues to exhibit level headedness that is sadly missing in this world.

  • on October 11, 2013, 2:27 GMT

    I miss Sachin cricket will never be the same i kant imagine cricket without Sachin:-(

  • GaneshIyer on October 11, 2013, 2:25 GMT

    At last! He should have done it 3 years back or immediately after world cup victory. No I am not a Sachin hater. No way an any sane Indian can be. But the love for game should not effect the performances of the team. Luckily India had players who could take responsibility and carry him. No one is above the team or the country. Pointing knew it, Lara knew it. Do you think they loved the game any less.

    Now lets see who grabs the chances to cement his place in the test team. A few contenders with a huge boot to fill.

  • on October 11, 2013, 2:23 GMT

    We all were saying retire retire and now that he has finally announced, the whole world is feeling sad, a big void in their routine. Many are crying, that's the aura and magic of tendulkar. He is the dream son of every parents, simply because of his greatness not only ion the cricket filed but also off the field. As far his achievement is concerned it's hard to narrate by posting comments as it will take ages to really come to the conclusion. Sachin's game has three phases and i love the first phase most where he proved the world that Indians too can play attacking cricket especially in test matches. In the late 90s People flocked to the ground to watch test cricket in India only because him. Whenever India toured abroad it was him who stood up to the challenges of donald mcgrath murali and others. Although during the later half of his career his slowed down a bit due to injuries or whateve reason may be but he was always good enough to perform admirably at the highest level. We Love U

  • RKP309 on October 11, 2013, 2:18 GMT

    Sachin retirement, brain accept it but heart don't accept it. Its pleasure to watch sachin playing on field.

  • cooldude73 on October 11, 2013, 2:15 GMT

    Salute to the greatest cricketer of my generation. The magician who stole millions of hearts through dedication and determination and single mindedness of achieving everything with what god given little talent. You are the most purest of humans , making you divine and hence regarded as GOD of cricket.

  • on October 11, 2013, 2:13 GMT

    This is the time begin to destroy of test cricket.... Hereafter no one go to watch the test match in the ground ana even tv also... After sachin the treditional game will falling down... once again we salute to our little master...

  • on October 11, 2013, 2:09 GMT

    Finally the day has come when the great man will retire from the game. He is perhaps the greatest batsman of his generation along with Brian Lara. We all were criticizing him for not retiring but now that he has announced his retirement we all are sad, crying and why not, he is such a great human being apart from the superb cricketer that everyone is feeling a bit void in their life. Cricket and sachin are synonymous and it was evident from the fact that he himself found very difficult to leave the game. But now that he has call it a day we all should respect his decision and wish him good luck for the days ahead.

  • on October 11, 2013, 2:07 GMT

    I admired Sachin for a period of time, but truthfully, the longer he remained in the game, the more anxious I became for his retirement. In my view, players must do the honorable thing and exit the sport when they become irrelevant. As a WI, I admired Lara for this, and cannot wait also for Chanderpaul to follow suit. Sachin simply became outdated about a year ago, so this news is a relief for the other Kohlis in India.

  • AndyPowell on October 11, 2013, 2:06 GMT

    What struck me about the article was the photo of a young Sachin being applauded off by an England team including Eddie Hemmings. I think Hemmings started his first class career in 1966 or thereabouts. For a player to span, at international level, that generation and this is is truly amazing and peaks volumes for his unparallelled excellence

  • spinkingKK on October 11, 2013, 1:35 GMT

    Tendulkar was the first Indian cricket to be regarded as the world's best by all the experts. The way he attacked the world's best bowlers have brought a new respect to the Indian cricket. Records have tumbled for him since then. Seeing that he was very much loved even in Pakisthan is heartening. There will come a time in the distant future when people will be arguing who was the best batsman ever to play cricket and we can be sure that Sachin and Bradman will figure in that argument. . India should be proud of this gem. I am honored to have watched him play. Future generations missed out.

  • dilscoop on October 11, 2013, 1:28 GMT

    All said and done - sachin should have called it quits from all forms after the world cup victory in april 2011 - announcement is 2 and half years late. Had he not done it now - crowds would have started booing him - given his scores - no hundreds since jan 2011 in tests. Majority have started asking why not instead of why he is retiring.

    Only the great Sunil gavaskar left on his own terms on ahigh with a fantastic 97 in his last innings vs pakistan at bangalore. No other indian cricketer has gone out on a high. I doubt if sachin given his current form will even make a 50 in any of the 4 innings he may get to bat in the 2 tests vs WI.

    When you start to get bowled repeatedly that is the sign that you are over the hill. happened to laxman and dravid and has been happeingi to sachin repeatedly in the last one year or so.

    No one can questions his achievements or his records - only blips in his career , captaincy and timing of retirement.

  • on October 11, 2013, 1:27 GMT

    Hi Sachin, Thanks for giving us some much of your time to enjoy us with all the stress taken by you!!!! Sorry to say these for a year so many of us expected you to retire. But it is not a against the legend, it is supportive of Indian team.Which don't want have a vaccum on no4 after you. I will not say you are god because i always want you be a Normal human that is where you also try to live. Enjoy with your family and come back to Bcci Admin with your friends Kumble, Srinath,dravid,ganguly and laxman.Throw out all the politicians from BCCI folds.

  • on October 11, 2013, 1:10 GMT

    Imagine, a little boy finding out that his superhero will not fight the bad guys again.

    ..that's how I feel tonight.

  • on October 11, 2013, 0:50 GMT

    The impact of Sachin has been much beyond Cricket. Sachin's life has been like a book with cricket on the cover while having chapters on practically every aspect of a virtuous human being that ranged from the respect for opponents, coaches, family, society, country and ultimately the fraternity as a whole. His life has been a text book of not only of cricketing deeds that we could enjoy on the field but subtle mantras of good living that one could feel and inspired by. He has been a tree endowed with the fruits of his hard labour and being majestic and always humble by their weight. Cricket was only a tool to entice us to be able to see an extensive range of goodies in his personality. Cricket didn't define him; he by his virtuosity defined cricket.

  • PattyMcgoo on October 11, 2013, 0:43 GMT

    Sachin WAS a very good cricketer, but not anymore. He is way past his prime and should have been dropped a couple of years back. Based purely on merit, he does not deserve a place in the team ANYMORE. I mean, look at his stats in the past two years, they are just miserable. He has made enough money off Indian cricket, it's not like he's doing anyone any favours. India has NOT won MANY games wherehis performance has been the difference maker. And there have been MANY instances when he has failed to deliver when the team badly needed him. And don't bother to point out isolated instances where he has delivered when needed - you can always cherry pick and find examples - he has played nearly 200 matches.

  • on October 11, 2013, 0:31 GMT

    He is an artist studded with brilliance .Even when he calls it a day, his impressions will continue to illuminate the minds of the millions that saw a genius in action. His legacies are more than memory can ever keep up with, and a challenge to the pen which will stutter to describe his countless astonishing feats.SR Tendulkar is more than a megastar.We are fortunate to live in an era when a single David has defeated countless Goliaths.

  • on October 11, 2013, 0:28 GMT

    Sachin -You are the reason millions of Indians follow cricket with the devotion that we do.. Thank you for giving all the Indian fans hope and inspiration..

  • Ms.Cricket on October 11, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    If Tendulkar wants to play against West Indies then he should also agree to tour South Africa which is a tough tour and retire at the end of that.

  • on October 10, 2013, 23:46 GMT

    Watching Sachin play is like listening to Ilayaraja songs, it makes you forget your pain and provides so much joy. Cricket without Sachin is unimaginable to me. Thanks Sachin for all the entertainment you provided us. Real proud to part of a nation that gave Sachin to the world. Wish you the best in whatever you do.

  • Happy_hamster on October 10, 2013, 23:45 GMT

    You can regurgitate as many stats as you want the fact is Wally Hammond was a better batsman, bowler, fielder and drinker than Sachin and he was much bigger too!

  • Silverbails on October 10, 2013, 23:40 GMT

    A final curtain call on a long cricketing career, and not a moment too soon!! He's certainly a brilliant cricketer, but SRT was never on my list of match - winners, particularly overseas. It looked like he only played for records, sadly much more so towards the autumn of his wonderful career. For the VERY BEST of his generation, one only needs to look at the legendary Rahul Dravid. Not sure why Tendulkar receives so much adulation, particularly in India, but there you go. Anyway, at his best, great to watch. Hopefully, he'll be able to pass on some of his wisdom to his juniors in Indian cricket in some way...happy retirement, Sachin...

  • on October 10, 2013, 23:37 GMT

    I woke up this morning to watch the result of the T20 match between INDIA vs Australia and got stuck on this article. From New Zealand

  • chetunbtbl on October 10, 2013, 23:15 GMT

    I was just thinking why so many people in India are such Staunch Sachinists..

    I looked up 2011 india census and about 60% people make up 0-30 years category and about 30% 15 to 30 years

    So about half the nation has grown up with sachin..they remember the years of cricket only on doordarshan, the years of his Grit, Innocence, humility,Joys, and sorrows.... and the years of total reliance on him. They probably can remember their life's events as it ebbed and flowed with Sachin's career ups and downs. There may be other cricketers/Sportsmen with more impact innings and more contributions in winning cause , but who other sportsman can claim to have struck such an emotional chord with their fans? He's like the virtual langoti yaar for half of india..can never be really angry/critical with your best buddies..can you?

  • satishsasikumar on October 10, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    Sachin played his 1st Test on 15th Nov 1989 & would play his last one on 14-18th Nov 2013. Precisely 24yrs. Wow what a coincidence! Kudos to the little master for all his achievements. He taught us what humility, discipline and commitment to one's life and profession is all about. Thank you. Best wishes for a great life ahead.

  • on October 10, 2013, 23:11 GMT

    In those days Srikanth out, it was boring...Tendulkar out then fans lose hope and uninterested to see that match. With his bat he mesmerized billions and created immense interest for youngsters to imitate him. If u want to be a winner in sports,follow him and learn discipline,focus,dedication, humbleness and never involved in controversy. True legend sports and nonsporting individuals can learn.

    You only give way to others and it's not his true retirement. He is human and not god because God has no beginning and end and True GOD is free of all needs.

  • warnerbasher on October 10, 2013, 23:11 GMT

    Fine Player wehen the pitch was flat and the bowlers wilting. However when the game was on the line and the tension and conditions at theirmost testing give me VVS and Dravid over Tendulkar any day. As for comparing Sachin to Sir Donald PLEEZ. Apart from having an average of 47 runs per inning above Sachin, Sir Don played on uncovered pitches and bigger grounds using toothpicks as bats.If you like technique watch Sachin if you like entertainment give me Punter, Lara and Sehwag.

  • satishsasikumar on October 10, 2013, 23:09 GMT

    I grew up watching Sachin play his 1st Test at Gujranwala in 1989 till the last match he played to date…I watched over the days the growing admiration along with the expectations of millions watching him play. Many would agree that there was time when people believed Sachin could score a ton in every innings he wielded the bat, take 5-6 wickets in case he bowled, execute 5 run-outs or take 5 catches…despite the burden of expectations he managed to stand tall with his focus, discipline and determination to succeed. I would tell all his critics to put themselves in his shoes and imagine carrying the burden which he relentlessly bore over the past 24years. I would sum it up by saying that people like Sachin are rarely born and it is India's fortune that he grew up here. It is time to cherish the achievements of a compatriot who taught us to set goals and make them look achievable. I salute you little master.

  • on October 10, 2013, 23:06 GMT

    In those days Srikanth out, it was boring...Tendulkar out then fans lose hope and interest to see that match. With his bat he mesmerized billions and created immense interest for youngsters to imitate him. If u want to be a winner in sports,follow him and learn discipline,focus,dedication, humbleness and never involved in controversy. True legend sports and nonsporting individuals can learn.

    You only give way to others and it's not his true retirement.

  • on October 10, 2013, 23:02 GMT

    One of the best batsmen to ever grace the game of cricket. Faran

  • jimmy787 on October 10, 2013, 22:59 GMT

    Definitely one of the modern greats, but in hindsight probably stayed on a few years too long. In the past 3 years he's averaged 36 in tests both home and away, looking average against even part timers. So I think it's wise of him to say it's time to retire.

  • MinusZero on October 10, 2013, 22:46 GMT

    I think one thing that does set Sachin apart from others is that he played more tests away than at home and still had an amazing record. Ponting, for example, played 16 more tests at home than away

  • kenny_israni on October 10, 2013, 22:27 GMT

    On a train from Shimla to Delhi, there was a halt at one of the stations. The train stopped by for more minutes than usual.

    The reason: Sachin was nearing a century, batting on 98. The passengers, railway officials, everyone on the train waited for Sachin to complete his century before leaving the station. Yes, this man can stop time in India!!

    When he goes out to bat, people switch on their TV sets and switch off their lives. The joy he brings to the millions of his countrymen, the grace with which he handles all the adulation and the expectations and his innate humility - all make for a one-in-a-billion individual.

    I have seen God, he bats at No. 4 for India!!

  • on October 10, 2013, 22:25 GMT

    A true legend.This is a sad day for all cricket lovers.Sachin you are truly one of the greatest sportsmen ever.When you played in England my family always went to the matches.It was a dream come true meeting you in Hitchin in June 2008.To play 200 tests plus 463 odi is unbelievable .The way you have conducted yourself on and off the field with such humility and passion for the game is itself a true testament of your gift from god.Even after 24 years your commitment and desire is the same asit was in 1989 when your international career started.Good luck in your future endeavours .You are a true icon,the son of India.We thank you,god bless.

  • Divinetouch on October 10, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    Thanks Sachinji. BHAGAVAN'S divine grace to you and your family at all times.

  • sili on October 10, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    I use to talk a lot with my friends for the last one year about Sachin's retirement like he should retire in high, but he is absolutely true, if you are asking a person to stop doing what he is been living for the last 24 years, not that easy. I very rarely post any comments in Cricinfo, but believe me today not able to pass a single minute without thinking about all the past glory of Sachin moments and how sad it is.

  • abmughal on October 10, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    happy retirement there may be better batsman but sachin was sachin

  • on October 10, 2013, 21:38 GMT

    Friends who think or believe that ponting,lara etc were better and they have better winning ratio,keep in mind that India or sachin didnot have the pleasure to have any one closer to caliber of Shane warne,McGrath,murli,Ambrose.keep in mind sachin scored against these bowlers.i should say great bowlers

  • bobpeecee on October 10, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    You know you're old when players in your national team are all younger than you.

    Tendulkar is the last of my generation and every single player in the team after he retires will be younger than me. I like to think of this generation as the greatest Cricketing generation India has produced with Kumble, Tendulkar, Dravid, Ganguly, Laxman, Srinath all from it.

    I am officially old now and it will hit me hard next month when he walks out one final time. Time for a drink and maybe a midlife crisis.

  • sharath099 on October 10, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    Lot of words will be said and written by folks and everyone will have their own memories of Sachin that will stay with them forever. I'd just like to say - 'Thank you! Not just for the entertainment, but also for being an inspiration and a role model for everyone. Good luck and hopefully Cricket will continue to be blessed with some contribution or the other, from you off the field'

  • GrindAR on October 10, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    SRT mean two thinngs: ============== 1. Street & Racing Technology - High Performance Automobile 2. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar - High Performance Cricketer

    They both achieve(d) reliable in peak performance and stability:-)

  • jb633 on October 10, 2013, 20:58 GMT

    I have loved Tendulkar ever since I first starting watching the game and even when he played against us (England) there was always half of me that was gutted when he got out. I had the same feeling with Lara and Warne but no other players have I ever had this feeling with. It uspets me that Sachin is retiring although I do wish he had done it a year earlier. What upsets me most is the thought that all of my childhood icons will now have retired and with it I feel the a part of cricket that I so love is slowly dying. For me it is a great shame to see test cricket in the doldrums and surely the departure of Sachin will do nothing to keep it stronger in India. My respect of the man will never be forgotten and I will never be able to erase the memory of his on drive that went just past the leg stump and whistling past mid on. A true great of the game and for all the critics please get a life and face facts. The man is a champion of cricket.

  • on October 10, 2013, 20:57 GMT

    Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar Bored, to watch an Indian team bat for 3 hours without you.Cursed that the T20's were not introduced when you were younger. Hoped you would play test cricket longer for the benefit of its existence. Frightened that this day would come when i would lose the reason to watch CRICKET.

    Skipped school, bunked college, escaped work just to watch you play and i am sad those days are done forever. Thought i would support my home team SRH once you quit IPL, but knowing you would have a smile on your face on a MI win, that looks impossible.You did miracles with the bat, magic with the ball and wonders with your consistency. In the world of corruption and pollution(BCCI) you have stood high and firm as an inspiration to millions around the globe.

    Thanks for all the memories you gave us. Thanks for all the smiles you brought on our faces hundreds of times and thanks for filling our hearts with joy and pleasure with your game. Thanks to the internet and youtube that i can k

  • gsingh7 on October 10, 2013, 20:56 GMT

    well done sir. proud to be an indian and happy u carried urself in such high class. pure gold 24 karats . at times when india was on verge of economic growth and industrial revelution in 1990, sachin gave the perfect sense of determination and hard work and dominance over their fears to millions of lesser mortal indians , in every wake of life. hope u enjoy ur retirement in peace and continue to inspire generations of young indians.

  • on October 10, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    Something strange happened this morning when I went to wake my husband this morning. He was disoriented, shivering and was acting as if it was the end of the world. I thought it was from medication he took. I called my daughter, but could not figure out what it was. She instructed him to call the doctor. Being at home due to government shutdown ( I suspect he does that at work also!}, he logs on to Cricinfo, only to find that SRT has retired. Now he is not a Tendulkar fan. For him Gavaskar is God and if the cricket shot does not hug the ground, it is a bad cricket shot. He moved to USA and since there was no Crickinfo to watch on Computer, he missed out on SRT show, only to find about S&S show from his nephews when visiting India. But I guess SRT retirement has affected him in his subconscious while at sleep!

  • GrindAR on October 10, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    @Adnan Badr: Good one man...

  • pull_shot on October 10, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    Well really emotional i can't imagine indian cricket especially test team with out him can't c his straight drive, back foot punch through covers and fine sweep vs spinners any more after west indies series its sad day. Hats off Sachin on wonderful carrier u inspired many irrespective of cricket ur behavior off field is example for any sports person especially in India where media hypes u and sponsors keep coming along. Thanks for memoriessssssssssssssss, i personally think ur century vs pak in chepak is best innings

  • on October 10, 2013, 20:38 GMT

    All good things do come to an end! I hope that it only gets better for you, champ! You set the bar for a lot of virtues/qualities like perseverance, being diplomatic, self re-invention, discreetness with family/personal affairs, handling success, fitness and above all believing in yourself! Martina Navartilova and Leander Paes probably are in the same league but they did not have the same pressures you had. You are a household name in Indian homes and people talked about you as if you are a member of their family! You are so blessed!!

    Retirement from Cricket is a new beginning for you and cricket. You know a lot about cricket and the way it is run. Time has come for some of you young lads to step in and take the game and its administration to a better state. The game should be by the players, of the players and for the players. Good luck with your family! I thank Anjali, Ajit and every other member of your support system who provided you to us. Vijay Pillai, Townsville, Australia

  • on October 10, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    He is the man !! Man who inspired a nation...he dared us to dream..he was the man whom we looked as our glory carrier....we wished he achieves success because we associated him with us. A nation starved of rarely a positive glimpse in 90s got its first pride thing in Sachin.. He changed our approach ..he first time gave us a feel that we are at top somewhere. This man could fight for us with all.

    We fought for him that he is the best and that was a resurgence of today's India as a nation with a confident youth. Yes he made us believe that a man with a normal background could excel and make India proud and be the best in the world.

    We all cricket lovers thank him for his honesty. his character, his ability, his demeanor, his attitude towards elders and love towards a billion hopes...thank you Sachin for giving us in numerable moments of pride . We love you

  • GrindAR on October 10, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    I Salute him for being the face of game of Cricket in India for over two decades of his whole career... which is an incredible achievement to perform for so long. Only few managed to achieve it. Come backs after loss of form... probably he showed how to rebound... in the crowd of people who tend to disappear from the top scene once the loose the form for a while...

    Would like to watch how the world responds... It was much anticipated in recent times... and kind of expected it will happen after reaching 200 mark... it would be the right way to call it day for this man... and had the charisma... to dictate his terms... on the way out.

  • India_Rules_Everybody on October 10, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar- God.

  • Amarjitmadan on October 10, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    Sachin has been a complete blend of super quality of batting, discipline on and off field and respect for every bowler he faced. It is the last one that got him more runs than other and he rarely got out due to rush of blood. He stayed grounded from a very young age which is outstanding. Great Don Bradman found similarities in their way batting and when he made his all time world eleven he chose him up in the batting order. I remember once late Tony Greg said that no team can get feeling of a win as long as Sachin was batting. I doubt any other batsman would have got so many dreadful decisions but he respected the umpire's verdict and walked back though those times players could get away with even misbehaviour. Once Gavaskar said that he had been given out'legs not before wickets". He was one of the best representatives of the Gentlemen's game of cricket. We were privileged to watch all above. He deserves a sincere and respectful standing ovation.

  • Roleplay on October 10, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    Tendulkar whose first 4 international hundreds came before turning 20 that too ABROAD (aus,eng,sa) during 90's when bowlers were actual BOWLERS and pitches were actual PITCHES.People who are bashing sachin tell me how many players from your country did that? Lara never had to face ambrose,walsh ; ponting never had to face mcgrath,warne,lee,dermott; kallis never had to face donald,pollock,steyn but tendulkar faced and performed in all conditions against the best lot and never had a leverage like others of scoring against a mediocre indian attack.During 90's possessing an average above 50 in tests was brave and class but not current times 2000's where every tom dick and harry has an average over 50 in tests.Tendulkar doesnt shout about his stats but its people like you who cant tolerate his achievements though all Tendulkar did was played a game with a child like desire and nothing else.There are hardly few sports personalities who dont have any scandals reported in media nd he is one.

  • on October 10, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    The first name i heard in cricket is Sachin Tendulkar, even i haven't watched his play, but i told everyone in my childhood, that i like sachin tendulkar, coz it gave me a gesture,,,...

  • Sachinfan8 on October 10, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    To Hate mongers who continue to say Sachin is overhyped..blah blah blah look at the polls conducted by media today.SRT outclass everyone..(even the other players some are mentioning). you dont understand the pressure of being Sachin tendulkar. You need to be him to feel it.The standards have been set by Sachin and its only fair to accept it rather than saying lara,ponting,kallis are better than him.He deserves better

  • on October 10, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    BCCI should ask sachin which ground he want to play his last test and BCCI need to make sure whatever ground they choose the last test of tendulkar life should be rain free.....

  • arif_cric on October 10, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    today i am big fan of cricket i watch each an every match of cricket....he is the only reason i started watching cricket... unforgetable moment for me when he thrashed australia in sharjah 1998... he is a legend...

  • LankaGod on October 10, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    As a SriLankan but more importantly as a true cricket fan, I salute you for your contribution. The debate in these forums about who the greatest batsman is truly irrelevant. What matters is that you gave a lot of joy to pure cricket fanatics, we hated watching you play against us but loved watching you play alongside Sanath on the same team. To have been so successful and yet so humble, the world can learn a lot from you.

  • crazycricketfan4life on October 10, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    Even though everyone, including myself, knew this day was coming soon, it will be hard to imagine cricket without it's favorite son. Calling Tendulkar a legend would be a disservice to the great man because no words can describe the aura he carried and does to this day. He was not only the face of everything about cricket that was great but he made the sport be at a level that no one man could achieve in any sport past or present. This indeed is a sad day for all cricket fans from all around the world. A model for not only genius but also humility, I am grateful that I was born in an era which gave me the privilege to see this wonderful artist on the TV Screen and in cricket fields. Thank you little master and we will all miss you sincerely from the deepest corners of our heart.

  • VVSR92 on October 10, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    Congrats aon a wonderful career & a great memories provided to us sachin. Being A SACHIN fan he should have played sa seris or should not have played last year's test cricket if he was to retire after home season,India could have groomed an youngster in his place.

  • on October 10, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    I don't believe it!!!! Or I don't want to believe it!!!!! I can't imagine a cricketing day without you MASTER!!!!! Kiss your toes!!! Take a bow!!!!!! Loved you, love you and will love you forever!!!!! The retiring day gonna be the saddest day for the cricketing lovers :( :( :( Can't control my emotion :( :( :( Can't control my tears :( :( :(

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 10, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    @PattyMcgoo: I respect your opinion. But the players you have mentioned in your comment: Lara, Ponting, and Kallis have all admitted that Tendulkar is BETTER than them in every way in their own words. There are proofs scattered all over the internet if you wish to know. You see, cricket is far more than mere stats that you have stated as potential reasons for making someone great. When Sachin played, the entire Indian nation came to a halt. When he played overseas, fans simply wanted him to score runs against their own bowlers. That is the magic of Sachin Tendulkar. He is an enigma. Recently Lara stated that Sachin could play like him but he could NEVER play like Sachin. Of course that shows Lara's greatness in its own way but all these players have openly said they are second best to Sachin. But then again, I respect your opinion. :)

  • Sachin_The_Greatest on October 10, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    Posted by PattyMcgoo on (October 10, 2013, 18:16 GMT)

    clearly you are watching some other cricket, I would have given you 200 reasons of y sachin is the best ever produced but this is not the time.

    The Don himself said, that sachin bats like him then there is no argument over there. your choices of other cricketers are no match.

    you will never understand a pressure of Being SACHIN TENDULKAR.

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 10, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    @DrWarrenovich Ullinovov: Why do you have to bring Sir Don into this ? Even he accepted that Sachin was as good as him and could go on to do greater things than he ever managed in his life time. That's exactly what the Little Master has done. He has surpassed Sir Don in every right and I am sure the great Bradman himself is smiling down from heaven. Please remember that Sachin was very dear to Sir Don. Sachin is simply the greatest of the modern era. It is a fact. It is disheartening to read comments like yours. I am also extremely frustrated with former England captain Michael Vaughn's twitter comments in which he is constantly referring to Sir Don as the best which is a fact nobody denies. Please do not make comparisons. The Little Master deserves better.

  • on October 10, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    Ever since I understood the game of cricket, I followed Pataudi, Vishwanath, Gavaskar, Kapildev and Sachin R Tendulkar lately. Announcing retirement today, my heart is broken, the game of cricket will not be same for me from now onwards, I was expecting him to complete 25 years retiring November next year, was looking forward to see him playing his last overseas series here in England, We all wish him a Very Good Luck in his retirement but wish now he plays a big part to clean our Image in cricketing world behind the scine

  • warneneverchuck on October 10, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    I agree with most cricket greats that he was best at least in modern era

  • Sudhir65 on October 10, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    Cricket is a team sport unlike Tennis. Sachin would have been greatest ever if he played an individual sport. Since he plays team sport of cricket his accomplishments and feats have to be compared with other teams (India v other nations).

    In that regard he and India come up very short against likes of Ponting, Steve Waugh (involved in 100 Test wins each) and World cups won (3 ). Even S.A. and England have been much stronger Test teams than India.

  • on October 10, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Just want to comment about Sachin playing with a cricket stump and the previous commenter saying "Only Sachin can do this"... Bradman did it, with a golf ball against a piece of corrugated iron... Checkmate Indian fan.

  • mbabu73 on October 10, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    Dear Sachin, I just born couple of months later to you. But you were my role model right from the day you hit Abdul Qadir for 3 sixes in a friendly match. Thanks Sachin being part of my life. I was just sharing this news to my son. He could nt understand my emotions. I feel very luck to born in the generation of sachin.

  • PattyMcgoo on October 10, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    For a person who has been given so many chances, he could not come up with even one triple century in Test Cricket. Goes to show he's highly over-rated. If you call him a good cricketer or even a great cricketer, I will have to agree, but my point is that he is grossly over-rated. I rate Lara, Ponting and Kallois ahead of him. Let's consider the facts. Among his contemporaries, Sachin 1)does not have the highest Test average, 2)does not have the highest strike rate, 3)does not possess the highest Test innings score, 4)is not the most elegant. The only record he possesses is longevity. And that too mainly because the Indian selectors were too scared to drop him. He's clearly no superman, let's move on.

  • NKSUDHIR on October 10, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    Fantastic Job, Sachin!!! You are truly a Cricket God and Sportman!!! Hundreds of salutes are not even enough for you!!! I always wished that one day you will play in Canada and I will gwt a chance to meet you as I was lucky to meet Sunil Gavaskar in 1989. I am in tears to hear that I will not be able to see you playing any more but I am happy for you that you lived your dream!! There are very few players in this material World who remain unchanged with so much money around them! God Bless you with everything you want to enjoy your retirement life! Hoping to see you serving cricket world off ground too! Love you Sachin!

  • ammar7may on October 10, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    Several years ago, an advertisement showed Sachin successfully playing with a cricket stump in hand so fast. At that time, every one around me said and agreed, only Sachin can do this. Salute to the hero of cricket.

  • on October 10, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    At last better sense has prevailed over Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. A true legend, Gentleman, living God for billions of fans across the globe and Idol for all the cricketers. Feeling sad that we won't be able to see him again with tricolour on his helmet and carrying the burden of hope of the billions. Wishing him all the success for his future venture, soon see him confered with Bharat Rathna, Hornary Doctorate and Knighthood. He can still offer lot to game with numerous roles inspiring budding cricketers and help India to produce another Tendulkar (highly improbable). A true salute from a cricket fan.

  • Roy_Johnson on October 10, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    10th October 2013....This is one of the saddest days in my life...

  • on October 10, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    The day has come.Love to see the master bow down with a great knock.

  • on October 10, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    I am proud to be one among millions,to post my comment on the greatest cricketer ever-my one joy-my one hero-the person who was part of my life always.even in number of comments,this page is going to create a record.whatever criticism u may put up against him, one cannot deny that CRICKET is synonymous with SACHIN.Cant forget the desert storm,olanga carnage,sydney classic,shoaib six,warne bludgeoning at chepauk,pak glory,etc,etc,etc,.Sachin deserves a Bharat ratna .Now is the time to announce it.

  • ns09 on October 10, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    Haters will never understand who this man is. People who follow the Indian team from 90's will never hate him. Tank you we always love you sachin.

  • on October 10, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    The game is going to be an 'emply carriage'. The 'Legend, Emperor, Engineer of the Cricket, has decided to go out from the act indeed.

    Thousands of salutes to a real 'Nation Pillar'

  • PattyMcgoo on October 10, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    All the posters who shamelessly praise Sachin nauseate me. What is it with you people? Don't you see Sachin is way past his expiry date? What has he done for the team lately? Atleast he has the grace to go, thank goodness. I was afraid 20 years from now, he'd still be in the team, he'd be in crutches, but still in the team. Because no Indian selector has the courage to drop him. Why is that? I only see this unhealthy tendency for hero worship in India. In all other countries, they show people the door the moment they stop performing - be it in sports or industry. The same thing happened with Lata Mangeshkar. She continued to sing for 30 years after she lost the talent and the voice, it was just sickening. Many a young person lost the opportunity to make it big because of her suffocating presence. It was beginning to happen with Sachin too. You talk to any youngster trying to break in and they had to come up with lines like "We have to win it for Sachin, he is the greatest, blah blah"

  • EverybodylovesSachin on October 10, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    For all those who know you. Life is not going to be the same without you in cricket..

  • on October 10, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    i told my grandma(TV serials attract her more than cricket) that Sachin tendulkar was retiring.She responded with a "hainnnnnnnnnnnn,ab kya hoga"(now what will happen?)I didnt expect that she would have comprehended the meaning of my statement so easily.

  • on October 10, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    Yuvraj is always there to present the best gift. Sachin ,a name comes out unison will perhaps no more seen in the nook and corner of india and heart of cricket fans.But his gentlemen approach towards the game will remembered for ever. His cricketing records might be broken, but his image in the heart of fans will always illuminate forever. A salute to the brand of india!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on October 10, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    I find it quite selfish of him to have been playing for this long without contributing many runs to the team. And the way the SA series was postponed and shortened, a series which really could have been the coming of age for many young Indians, just to have Tendulkar's 200th Test at home. He should have retired when Laxman and Dravid retired. I'll be honest, I have never been a fan of Tendulkar. Although I saw many good innings from him, none of them were really match-winning knocks, and I find him highly overrated and overhyped.

    But even I have to say that, after 24 years, it will be sad to see him go and he has been a great batsman for India. Farewell Sachin!

  • on October 10, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    I find it quite selfish of him to have been playing for this long without contributing many runs to the team. And the way the SA series was postponed and shortened, a series which really could have been the coming of age for many young Indians, just to have Tendulkar's 200th Test at home. He should have retired when Laxman and Dravid retired. I'll be honest, I have never been a fan of Tendulkar. Although I saw many good innings from him, none of them were really match-winning knocks, and I find him highly overrated and overhyped.

    But even I have to say that, after 24 years, it will be sad to see him go and he has been a great batsman for India. Farewell Sachin!

  • on October 10, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    Thanks Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. You are one of India's greatest son.

  • iamsaikishore on October 10, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    When Sachin Failed (?) :-

    At some point some foreign writers may find solace in stating that Sachin failed to score a century and could not print his name on the (so called) Lord's Honor Board. TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN, " The Lord made His name through 100 Centuries 100 different times in 100 different Cricket grounds all over the World. Be happy that The Lord spared the Lord's at least so that the remaining mortal's could make a name for themselves "

    To Sachin - WE LOVE YOU...., forever and always...!!!

  • on October 10, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    Will miss you Sachin, cannot imagine cricket without Sachin , Wish you a happy and healthy life ahead.

  • MohammedPadela on October 10, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    Well Done Little Master!!! You are leavin at the right time as there are plenty of youngsters like Pujara, Tiwary and Kohli who will be fighting for the middle order spot. Yuvraj is back in form and he must try to make his place permanent in the team. Your best innings (odi) was 200 vs SA, when you broke the record of Saeed Anwar (194). I remeber Ravi Shastri commentating ' First Man on Planet to reach 200 AND its the super man from INDIA. True Cricket Fan

  • on October 10, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    I can always tell people that I have seen the great Sachin Tendulkar bat at Lords ! What a career.... Just overwhelmed as I reflect on all the memories this man has given to the cricketing world!

  • on October 10, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    SRT Way Your best way; Need not be my best way.

    He always chose his own way; Never liked others imposing their way.

    Decades long and arduous might be his way; But it was always a glorious way.

    I dare not suggest his future way; He will choose his own way.

    But, one thing I dare say:

    Please hold the hands of the young when they lose their way; If you show the way, I'm sure; they will find it the best way.

    Yet another thing, I dare say:

    If anyone had gathered glory, the Bradsmanesque way; I'm sure; it's SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR!

  • pull_shot on October 10, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    No this can't be i may watch cricket but not with attenuated interest, All d best for best batsman d world has seen on television for his farewell series

  • on October 10, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    Indian Score machine comes to end with lot of success in his career..........Salyut to his success full career....

  • 200ondebut on October 10, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    SRT showed the rest of his team how to behave - a gentleman amongst egos.

  • on October 10, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    Feel to cry. we are all going to miss him

  • LevenLeven on October 10, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    Still remember 1989 November month- my 5th grade history teacher was in awe of this cricketer whom he heard on radio and introduced us this figure - Sachin Tendulkar. it was up to our imagination how he looks and bat as 16year old - No TV clips or even news papers to see this wonder kid in a remote south Indian town! It chills me now how this figure has transformed along with my life in to an adult and understand the nuance of life! It all sums up when the god says...."It's hard for me to imagine a life without playing cricket..." It is as much hard to imagine to me, what would a cricket GOD do with out playing what GOD is suppose to do? may the other GOD give him long life...

  • EverybodylovesSachin on October 10, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    For the first time I never want to congratulate anyone on retirement. I want Sachin to continue forever but sadly every good thing has to come to an end one day. If you look at Sachin's first interview at the age 15 years sipping a cup of tea, nobody would have thought this guy is going to be one of the greatest in cricket. Sachin's discipline to the game and respect to everybody around him made him the best role model world his ever seen.

    Sachin has changed our lives also since he has started playing cricket. We felt different kind of joy and excitement and nervousness on the day Sachin has played for India and with Sachin's success that day made our day successful as well and everything looked beautiful and also inspired us in our lives. Legends like Sachin, Dravid, Kapil Dev, Ganguly Laxman left Indian cricket in good hands. Indian young players always going to look at these legends and will perform best in cricket.

    Life is not going to be same without you..

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 10, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    I am just a small drop in an ocean of devout followers and supporters of this GREAT man. All I can say is THANK YOU sir. Thank you for gracing our beautiful game for 20+ years without any controversy. The Little Master has played the game in the way it was meant to be played. He was the apple in the eye of Sir Don Bradman, Shane Warne's nemesis and loving friend at the same time, a GOD to billions of Indians, and a LORD in the eyes of England's faithful. I am filled with utmost emotion today and I have no words to write. Test cricket will be even lesser without him and the one day game will never have a better master. Good bye Little Master, enjoy your deserved retirement. I WILL watch these 2 test matches for sure even when I am not a fan of the format. All for you sir. Best wishes and God bless.

  • Niketh90 on October 10, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    This was in store for quite some time. Yet, the one constant good thing since my birth (even before) is gonna vanish..Thanks for all the wonderful moments you have given us.

  • on October 10, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    Although I admire Sachin the batsman, this just proves that he plays for stats and records & not for the team. imo he should have taken up the away challenge against South Africa and then retired

  • Pilotprem on October 10, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    On One Sunny day @ chepauk , When match was hanging in Balance against Australia , he Smashed 155 runs , turning completely into INDIA's favour , Against Pakistan before the Back pain , he was playing the innings of his life , On Sharjah , No body ever will play an oneday innings as Sachin done against Aussies, Tony 's Voice of thats the Biggie from Little master will lingure in my heart .

    The way you carried my thoughts for last 20 years cant be explained ,

    Thanks for everything SACHIN , easy to say " we will miss you " but really hard to feel . Thankyou sachin , have great years ahead

  • on October 10, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    #4 will never be the cherished number in the Indian line up. This guy is what Bradman was to World Cricket. I am not writing anyone down but hard to see another cricketer enjoying so much adulation and greatness in the years to come.

  • on October 10, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    A guard of honour to SRT from his team mates playing on Rajkot with magnificent win over Aus. The greatest gift by Yuvraj Singh to him. Great comeback with style. After 24 years, you put INDIA in safe hands of young next generation. Every Indian will miss you a lot. Many Many Thanks to put our nation on top of the world.

    Well played Sir!!!!!!!

  • kuntud on October 10, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    That's it....I am no longer watching the cricket...its something like you lost your beloved...there should be speculation on his stay in the team... Its some thing which has to be enquired.. nevertheless a great man leaving the game.. AL the very best to Sachin for his future endeavors..

  • on October 10, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    They say,that genius transcends everything.They say,that no one can replace the champion,not even god.I say that SRT has proved "them" a cent percent correct.

  • on October 10, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    The unthinkable has happened.The moment dreaded by all cricket fans around the world has come.After two and a half decades of wear and tear,the god has at last given up.The man,who was destined for greatness from the moment he set his feet upon the pitch,the legend who has enthralled the world like no one before him has decided to hang up his boots.Those who witnessed him over the years will never forget the precision,the perfection,and the genius he displayed on the pitch.30000+ runs,250+catches,600+international matches,100 and counting centuries and more than all of that,shouldering the hopes of a billion people for 2 decades,these were some of his best known accomplishments.But more than accomplishments,he won hearts;more than records,he created magic;more than the entertain,he inspired.All and much more will come to an end at the of the year.As Mr Shastri said when SRT completed the ODI double hundred,"Take a bow,MASTER,take a bow"

  • on October 10, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    The unthinkable has happened.The moment dreaded by all cricket fans around the world has come.After two and a half decades of wear and tear,the god has at last given up.The man,who was destined for greatness from the moment he set his feet upon the pitch,The boy who was created a finished product,the legend who has enthralled the world like no one before him has decided to hang up his boots.Generations to come will never understand the passion,excitement,dedication,he brought to the game.Those who witnessed him over the years will never forget the precision,the perfection,and the genius he displayed on the pitch.30000+ runs,250+catches,600+international matches,100 and counting centuries and more than all of that,shouldering the hopes of a billion people for 2 decades,these were some of his best known accomplishments.But more than accomplishments,he won hearts;more than records ,he created magic;more than the entertaining he inspired.All of this and much more will come to an end at the

  • on October 10, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    Eventually Tendulkar had to retire at some point, but definitely cricket will be never the same game without him.

  • on October 10, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    I hope rahane is seen as a replacement for Sachin and not rohit . Rohit has failed "N" number of times he must not be given opportunity at the test level

  • on October 10, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    As a 25 year old cricket fan, I've never known world cricket without Sachin. I'll miss him so much.

  • on October 10, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    An Ode to Sachin Tendulkar ******************************** The slight tickle off the face, The fierce knock in subtle grace, The quickest rumble in the race, The enemies did, bow and brace.

    The wildest tornado in the calmest sea, The orbs of fire in a gentle spree, The lord of wind in the mountain's lee, The knights did, scrum yet flee.

    The Demon of dreams of fearsome deed, The God of one and ruler of all creed, The kindest voice in the bloodiest field, The warriors did, pray indeed. ~Adnaan

  • timtom on October 10, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    Very emotional ..Just a couple of years younger to Sachin... Heard abt Sachin during my school days when he made records with Kambli. Well he is part of life now..

  • on October 10, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    Thanks for all the memories. To the three quarters of my life spent on growing up with you. To all the mornings, afternoons, evenings and nights pinning all my hopes on you when everybody said we couldn't do it!!!

  • Karthickk on October 10, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    24 years of career in international 'sports', 307 first class matches(making it 1535 days at a cricket ground), 551 List A (551 days on field), 96 T20(96 days on field). Just by these stats alone, if he were to play cricket continuously, he would have been at a ground for 6 full non-scandalous years just playing cricket, every single day without a day's break. Mind you, all these numbers do not reflect his travel time, practice days and other time spent on cricket. Simply stunning and hard even to comprehend. In the process he has given ABSOLUTE thrill to many fans of his, nightmares to his opponents and many at times, time away from his family when they needed him the most. People call it passion, even obsession would be an understatement. In a way I am happy for him. May the master have a great healthy, happy and peaceful life of his own with family, friends and well wishers. Ganguly's said it perfectly, "It's not just the talent he was born with but what he did with it." Hats off !

  • on October 10, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    Neither in the past nor in the future THERE WILL BE NO ONE LIKE SACHIN

  • on October 10, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    Neither in the past nor in the future there will be THERE WILL BR SOME ONE LIKE SACHIN

  • vxttemp on October 10, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    Wish he played his last series against Pakistan. I don't know how I'll take when I knew these last few innings will be last and I pray to god one last time to be with him and not let him get out in his last series. For me cricket means Sachin and Sachin means cricket.

  • on October 10, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    Arise Sir Sachin.... Absolute Legend

  • Ragav999 on October 10, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    From reading the comments, one can easily make out that had Tendulkar been from another country, he would not have the same fan following even if he had performed better. This is not a statement undermining Tendulkar's greatness or his achievements but his "fans".

  • on October 10, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    Started watching cricket when I must have been 5-7 years old and since then I remember waiting for Sachin to bat and score runs. Everytime some newspaper article called him to retire, I was like another guy trying to get himself heard as Sachin for me has been a phenomenon without whom it is just not comprehensible to watch India playing Cricket.

    So many cricketing nations have had to face that period of 2-5 years when their star cricker retired, West Indies after Viv Richards, Aussies after Waugh brothers, NewZealand after Flemming/Astle. India is lucky that in MSD we have a true leader which all these countries missed to correctly guide the team both mentally and in talent.

    Ofc, best of luck to SRT in his future retired life, but I would also wish that his son is given some privacy so that he does not turn out to be another Rohan Gavasker.

  • 2.14istherunrate on October 10, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    There are no words really to do justice to the Little Master. I hope he leaves with a lasting memory of a ton against Roach etc in WI matches. A phenomenon in the strictest sense of the word. No doubt he will be in the commentary team. Life without any cricket will be hard for him and if he makes a county his home next summer it would not be surprising. As I say there are no words really that can be said.

  • vxttemp on October 10, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    Like myself, all the cricket lovers who started watching/following Indian cricket from 1980s knows what he has done to cricket and will treat him as GOD of cricket. I've watched my heros Michael Jordan and Boris Becker retiring but this will be even more tougher for me. Some times I used to get fever after watching cricket emotionally, I'm sure, cricket will not be the same without Sachin.

  • on October 10, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    My Dear Sachin, still i have the memories of watching the 1992 world cup matches @ 3.00 AM IST when i was only 7. Even though I dont know anything about cricket at that time, i woke up and watched the matches just to see you in Indian Jersey.

    later on, i begin to watch cricket mainly due to patriotism but i am unable to say when my actual interest got deviated from patriotism to Sachinism. I sincerely believe that it is the only reason, i am not much excited about our recent ODI when compared with a lesser insignificant article or paragraph about Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar.

    For me, My Cricket interest starts and ends with Sachin.

    Thanks Sachin for giving me a lot of happy moments during your carrier that can be cherished again and again, and forever.

    Once again a Big Thanks for you.

  • srinivasreddy on October 10, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    Would not agree with Sachin's decision! Just that timing is not perfect! India need him for Africa tour. Every one will miss him for sure! Perhaps, the decision came under BCCI pressure! Today, I couldn't see even a single comment against him! Probably, every one knows, he is a legend and will be missed very much!

  • vish2020 on October 10, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    Sachin is not a name but a moment. We all have favorite Sachin moments and how he has inspired us to watch cricket. I don't know about the world, but in India in his peak all we had was Sachin and he kept India going. We love him for that! Remember, if there was no Sachin, there wouldn't be many who followed because of Sachin.

    Taking into class, dedication, passion for the game, talent, longetivity and strengths then he is the best ever!! If you doubt it then I am sorry but you are bias about something else.

    Favorite Sachin innings: his 98 against wasim, Shoaib, waqar in World Cup

  • IndianEagle on October 10, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    for MOST indians, cricket will never be same after little master's retirement. GREATEST EVER ODI BATSMEN

  • Wick_key on October 10, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    Without you cricket will just be a game sir.....

  • on October 10, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    I am a big fan of Sachin. He is the Icon of Indian Cricket it really makes us disappointed that you retired from cricket. Sachin you have more fans in Afghanistan We really miss u Schin. Cricket is not Enjoyable without you.

  • on October 10, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    I am a big fan of Sachin. He is the Icon of Indian Cricket it really makes us disappointed that you retired from cricket. Sachin you have more fans in Afghanistan We really miss u Schin. Cricket is not Enjoyable without you.

  • Harshtmm on October 10, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    One of the true greats, not just for his art but for his heart. He was humble throughout.

    For all those who don't understand and question why he was carried on shoulders when he retired, he poured life into every young cricketer that came into the dressing room. God bless you Sachin for what you have given this country.

  • on October 10, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    Very hard to imagine cricket without master....

  • on October 10, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    Would not agree with Sachin's decision! Just that timing is not perfect! India need him for Africa tour. Every one will miss him for sure! Perhaps, the decision came under BCCI pressure! Today, I couldn't see even a single comment against him! Probably, every one knows, he is a legend and will be missed very much!

  • on October 10, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    RIP world cricket....

  • on October 10, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    Thankgod sachin has retired.... now indian cricket will be clean ..... but sachin will make sure his record will not be overtaken by any other indian....


  • tauhid_aks on October 10, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    Respect to this great man. A True legend......

  • vxttemp on October 10, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    I've started following cricket from 1984 and I had the privilege of Miandad hitting a six of the last ball and from then there was turning back for Pak against India. I was so young but for me the benchmark in the bowling department was Pakistan. I knew him before he got selected for India and when he was selected for India, we were excited to watch him. In one match the way he Blasted 18 and 19 of Wasim and Quadir, he mesmerized all cricket lovers in my family. I always wondered how Bradman used to play and I used to watch the Bodyline series TV shows. But that wish is truly fullfilled by Sachin. I don't want to compare both as I've not watched Don Playing. I've great respect for many players. But out of all "he is the best" not just for his pure batting skills, carrying the hope and weight of billion people, the way he carried himself off the field and not to forget about the criticism any star has to go through in any part of the world.

  • on October 10, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    man of steel.will miss you very much.

  • on October 10, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    hard to imagine life without cricket..thanks for best of the best memories Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar!! Would have loved to see you once more against Steyn and that 146 in Capetown was an inning for ages..that sandstorm..that did not happen in Sharjah, it happened in India, in our lives to woke us up from our that one inning you inspired the whole nation to give our best at whatever we do..we always owe you for that.

    You are an inspiration and will always be..hope you score a double in your double!!

  • Sachinfan8 on October 10, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    The day i feared had happened.I started watching cricket because of Sachin.He is THE best cricketer.The name Tendulkar has been synonymous with Indian cricket for 24 years.It would be hard to imagine a team with out him but life goes on.The applause,smile will be missed.Thank you Master for all the joy you provided to the cricket fraternity and inspiring a generation of cricketers.Love you Master

  • SyedAreYouDumb on October 10, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    I salute you boss! Greatest batting talent ever! Very sad your retiring and will miss those brilliant, elegant shows... but time always catches up...

  • Crichetfan on October 10, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    Sachin - Thank you for you invaluable contribution to world cricket. You are a complete entertainer and all people irrespect of the country they belong loved you. Though it's hard to beleive Sachin will not be a part of Indian cricket after this year , it is hard reality we have to accept. When you step in to the Ground the whole stadium gives you a standing ovation and even if you are out First ball the whole stadium gives you a standing ovation. You are the only one who gets this kind of respect. When i was watching you play in Edbgeston in 2011 , one old couples were sitting next to me and were asking me when Sachin will come to bat and they were asking some many basic questions about cricket from which i guessed they don't know anything about this game. I asked them what made you to watch the game if you don't understand the game for which i got the reply that ' They came to see Sachin play' ... God bless you and once again thank you for all the entertainment over the years.

  • KnightRidrr on October 10, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    I registered just now to say that even being from Pakistan, I feel emotional after hearing this news. Tendulkar, cricket will never be the same without you.

  • on October 10, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    Saddest day in the world of cricket....................The cricketing god has decided to retire. Just unimaginable to think cricket without sachin. The greatest ever test and odi batsman. The man with the most acute cricketing brain. A real genius at the crease. It's time to salute the cricketing legend.....................

  • aarifboy on October 10, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    BCCI wasn't afraid to weaken their relations with CSA to make sure that Sachin plays on flat tracks of India like a bully than on lively pitches of SA.Legends don't get it if there isn't any support

  • on October 10, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    Today i was in my class, when some frnd of mine gave the news that our legend is going to retire, literally i cried that moment and our teachet also got out of topic and was discussing about sachin paaji, i was a kid when i started watching cricket and he has been my fav cricketer bcoz of his class,stroks , his six to akhtar , his magical spell and i remember his catch of inzimam which helped india win that match i will really miss all moments and i can say to my kids that i was born in the century when legend was born and will share your memories. Now after he will retire we will only watch on star cricket and not on star cricket live i will really miss you sir

  • on October 10, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    Although it was coming, it is still quite numbing to hear of the little master's retirement. Thank you for all the memories. The best in the world!!!

  • on October 10, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    Sachin Icon of Indian Cricket, He is Inspiration for all Sports, He is the man behind the Passion of Young crickters, He is Cricketer who took Indian Cricket to next level, Walsh Ambrose Hadlee Imran Akram Waqar Donald Pollock Mcgrath Bond Shoib Vaas Saqlain Warne Murali Vettori Lee Malinga Steyn............ All Tasted his Master Play, He is true next BharathRatna Now World Cricket is .....Before Sachin and After Sachin.............

  • Venkiviru on October 10, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    Tribute to the gr8 man!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on October 10, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    Respect him a lot as a true gentleman and an amazing cricketer.He is a true example for the younger generation. I don't think anyone will touch his landmarks.And also he contributed well to indian national team to win the wc and mumbai indians to win ipl and champions league.Hopefully he will continue cricket as a commentator,mentor or a coach.good luck from a sl fan!

  • on October 10, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    That truly hurts.. It is an emotional moment.. Sachin is part of our life, part of our family. I just cant accept it. I have started watching cricket only cos of sachin and Started playing just becos of him.. I was shortest among my friends during school days and I was proud of it and I wanted to stay short forever Just becos sachin is also short. The most memorable match for me is the test against SA where he scored 169 which is ended by an unbelievable catch. We love u sachin. Hope to see you in indian dressing room soon in other role

  • on October 10, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    I am just shocked by hearing his retirement news. I strongly believe that cricket without this little master will never be emotional again. whenever he batted I always wish for his century. you will be missed seriously. hats of for ur achievement.

  • on October 10, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    cricket , which is honored & blessed by , Sachin Tendulker, The God of ethics and perfection. Not only humans but also the gods in the heaven waiting for Tendulker, who will join with them after 200th test , Oh! gods are waiting for him such a long, 24 years..

    And for us, the human fans, its like heart that looses its breadth entirely

  • gsingh7 on October 10, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    thank u sachin for great memories. best i have seen from was sharjah cup finals and vb series final in 2008 . both times world champions australia were beaten into submission by ur wonderful stroke play. #legend.

  • BigINDFan on October 10, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    @Moazam Rashid - sounds like sour grapes! This old man thrilled billions in his homeland and all over the world with such class and skill that few could only dream of. Apart from Lara no other great held the burden of carrying his nation's hopes for such a long time than Sachin. Fact - mediocrity does not last 24 years, class does. He may have accumulated lots of records so have other players who played for a long period of time but the fact is he changed the way Indians thought about approaching cricket and raised new hope. He may not have taken India across the finish line several times but the fact that India got close to the finish line is largely thanks to him. He needed an ally and he found many in Dravid, Ganguly, Laxman and the irresistable MSD!

    People love him, hate him, admire him, condemn him, call him god, call him selfish but no one denies he is a legend and he is class and he is the one and only Sachin Masterclass Tendulkar!

    Hats off to you Sachin! We'll miss you!

  • on October 10, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    the master of the greatest of modren era....

  • on October 10, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    It is a reminder that in life all good things must come to end....there could be a difference in opinion with regards to his records from some "arm chair' experts or Gen-X folks but one thing that no one can deny is that THERE IS NO ONE LIKE HIM WHO COME CLOSE TO LONGEVITY, PROFESSIONALISM and sheer volume. Only a GENUINE GENIOUS can last for 24 seasons, play against 4 generations of cricketers, and also adjust game and technique for change of times across so many decades. Hat's off Sachin and THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALL THE PRIDE AND JOY YOU GAVE ALL THESE YEARS. WISH YOU A VERY BEST IN YOUR NEXT ENDEVOR ...

  • on October 10, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    The Master has decided to hang his boots. His statistics may not be the greatest but for me he always will be what Babe Ruth is to Baseball, Michael Jordan to Basketball and Muhammad Ali to Boxing.

  • on October 10, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    The Master has decided to hang his boot. His statistics may not be the greatest but for me he always will be what Babe Ruth is to Baseball, Michael Jordan to Basketball and Muhammad Ali to Boxing.

  • on October 10, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Thank you for everything Sachin. Hope you stay connected with cricket in some form even after your retirement.

  • vgopalk on October 10, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    I agree with some of the comments. He has been a "Milestone", "Landmark" boy all along - more so over the last 7-8 years. If you were to look at HIS contrubution to India's Winning - (where he helps with a Match winning knock)his record would be horrible compared to his peer group - say Waugh, Ponting, Warne, Holding etc..

    He is the ONLY sportsperson (across all sports) where Performance was never a factor in HIS Selection to the team! He can thank his Sponsors for that!

  • Metro-ant on October 10, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    I know I'll be dismissed as a hater but believe me I am not. He is one of the greatest cricketers of not just our generation but of all time and a man of his God like talent should have been able to retire on a high which is something that could have been done when they won the WC in 2011. He deserved to have the exit Viv Richards did if not even better because of his inspiration to a world of cricket supporters as well as those that loved a David and Goliath sporting encounter every time he came to the crease in his youth. But watching him at IPL and then at the Champions League he was looking more and more like a trophy wife than the SR Tendulkar we grew up loving. However it would have been great to see him retire against a quality opposition in South Africa but shame on BCCI for thinking of only one player to try and set up some Bollywood conclusion against a weak opposition at his home ground, would have loved to see his swan song against quality fast bowling.

  • on October 10, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    Big Surprises come in Small Packages. Since 1989 SRK gave ample amount of Big Surprises with perfect Discipline as an eminent cricketer and great real sports hero of the nation. I have a wrong opinion in my childhood every Bombay cricketer will play politics on the talent to disqualify rest of the nation's player. But in SRKs life he stayed away from the meaning less of politics hence he may enjoy the cricket as his practicing religion. As he said it is true after many years of his sports... a new life. But we know you Sir... you will mentally ready before you start a fresh innings. We all with you as a one nation, one team, and as individuals for any time anywhere as you call need of the change in your rest of your journey. Wish you all the best and your almighty is with you for all your endeavors.

  • on October 10, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    I wish Peter Roebok was alive to write a retirement piece !!!

  • on October 10, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    I always idolised this man and dreaded this day. The trademark back foot punch, the 100 hundreds, first ODI double hundred, 50000 career runs and now 200 test. I am a Pakistani fan saying thank you to a true legend of the game who has served his country better than anyone else could dream of. Well done Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, you will be missed. Cricket will never be the same without you.

  • India-Do-Well on October 10, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    @ Moazam Rashid... I rather be mediocre than bitter

  • on October 10, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    Salute to a legend, for not only how he played, but for also how he carried himself. Doubtful though, we will get gentlemen like Sachin , Dravid and Laxman anymore.While Sachin fans may argue whether he was a match winner or not, there can be no arguing about how he carried himself through all trials and tribulations.

  • on October 10, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    i think this is right time to leave.... we will miss you sachin... no one beat you... hats off to you man..... you teaches the cricket to everyone....

  • on October 10, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    Arise Sir Sachin.... Absolute Legend

  • Master_uv_Puppetz on October 10, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    Wish you played your last test against us Pakistan. :) You were and are a teat to watch. Honored to have watched your career throughout :)

  • on October 10, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    You were my most favourite habit, master... #salute

  • CrickFreak2012 on October 10, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    well done Sachin ! No doubt, he is one of the Greatest player to enter cricket field. Loved watching him all these years. One sad part is he is leaving when fans started asking 'when' rather than 'why' !! Should have retired 2 years back when he was still scoring runs. Too late to bring his bat down.

  • on October 10, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    When Sachin goes, so does an era of cricket. An era that saw more spectacular sportsmen that any before, and IMHO, any to come for a long time. Sachin, Lara, Ponting, Dravid, Ganguly, Hayden, Gilchrist, Jayasuriya, Kallis, Hussey....Lee, Mcgrath, Warne, Murali, Vaas, Akram, Waqar, Flintoff, Imran Khan....the list of greats, of this Star Studded Generation, this Golden Era of Cricket, goes on, endlessly....and now, this last and greatest stalwart of cricket from that era, is set to say goodbye. To make a small list of things which depart with Sachin: 1. The perfect, beautiful, gorgeous straight drive, with a perfectly straight bat, precise footwork, and halted follow-through. 2. Magnificent cover drive, so beautiful, its like poetry in motion. 3. The perfect footwork against spinners. 4. The solid defense. the list goes on....every part of Sachins batting was a part of the cricketing hall of fame. Perfection, finesse, class, beauty. All of this, has died in the modern era. And .......

  • on October 10, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    Good that the old man is retiring...his hunger for records was as selfish as it gets...scoring runs against weaker teams and accumulating centuries...he might be legend for most...for me he was just a mediocre player who lasted for 24 years...

  • ShrikantG on October 10, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    Good that HE has announced his retirement. Now after HIS last match, I don't have go mad to check for best streaming site to watch HIS innings, I don't have to waste my international minutes to call my friends in India to talk about HIS great batting or a failures. Now I can also have a good sleep night before ODI and Test matches without thinking what HE will do next day. I don't have to pray to God to give HIM strength to have one more century. However not sure why I can't stop myself from crying so loudly, why I am so sad, why I don't want to talk to anyone, why I am getting feeling that someone is no more in my life.

    For me there is nothing called as LIVE Cricket now. Sir Sachin Tendulkar, big salute to you.

  • A-Gunnie on October 10, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    Many are not happy with this announcement but the reality is he's been struggling with the bat of late and as a batsman if you are not scoring big,you're not having fun.Also we do not want to remember him like that folks.We will miss you Sir Sachin.

  • micklem on October 10, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    At last the King of Records is going to retire.Some of his records may be broken,but i reckon no body would be playing 200 Tests,Same case with his total runs scored in ODI and Tests.One last battle aginst Steyn & Company in SA will be a great miss.Farewell Master Blaster..,Have a Nice time Ahead..

  • BULTY on October 10, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    Well the truth is that Sachin has retired or will be retiring after his arranged 200th Test. I've been a hard critic of him & especially when Dravid, Laxman &Kumble didn't get such advertised farewell from Test cricket, where was the need to go overboard to give this man the kind of farewell that is being arranged for him; what is his contribution back to Indian cricket? The NDTV channel's heading on his retirement sums it up all "The MILESTONE MAN" will be retiring...... Yes it's 100% true, he's been only a milestone cricketer and his timing of retirement is also aimed at he achieving another milestone of 200 Test appearances. The younger lot of cricketers in India must be relieved that he is retiring so that they get their due chances to play for India in future. In my opinion he's been given an ultimatum, by the BCCI, to announce his retirement and more importantly, the "why not retire" from his own hardest if fans grew that much louder and he had to give in to it. Bye Sachin!!!

  • A.Ak on October 10, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    Its all about landmarks...

  • on October 10, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    Good decision, need to be take early anyway, its time say goodbye to one legend of our era, I salute a man who carried more exception then his injuries, yes I personally not happy with the decision because I had seen a 16year boy becomes the mighty giant Legends, who make records which might not be broken, What an era!!!, I can say to my next generation yes I had seen God playing on the cricket filed and making records,

  • on October 10, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    sad day for cricket....there wont be anyone like itself will miss u... :(

  • jango_moh on October 10, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    the greatest to ever play the game, period!!!! given what he has accomplished, it will be difficult to bypass this achievements!!!!

  • on October 10, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    every person perform his duties in life but some people r really talented they not only performed there duties but also write history and prove them self as legend and they are institute for other and Sachin is one of them good bye sir.

  • on October 10, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    Afternoon started with a SHOCK to me after hearing to the news that Sachin will be retiring after his 200th Test. Started following Sachin from the day he started blasting Qadhir out of the ground way back in 1989 & till date i am one of his ardent follower. Really cannot imagine Cricket without Sachin. The way he used to bat, the way he used to behave himself, hats off to Sachin. Miss You Sachin. You may retire from Cricket but you will never retire from our Hearts Sachin......

  • SachIsLife24 on October 10, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    So I did not particularly have a delightful childhood with issues raging around me. That was the kind of age where one doesn't understand or know the concept of speaking up. I would have grown up to be a different person perhaps, filled with negativity and angst. One man made sure that did not happen, with all those battles, against every opponent, across the globe and at all times. Sachin gave a reason to dream and keep dreaming. I have always dreaded this day, not knowing how I would take it. I am emotionless now or maybe stunned or even numb. This is something very personal but I am putting it out here because I am sure Sachin has had this effect on scores of people growing up in the 90s. And I think he has done his job and done it well. He has ensured one generation did not stop dreaming, despite everything. What Sachin has done is beyond the game, beyond the numbers, beyond the records. Best cricketer or not, he is the best man I have known. THANK YOU, BOSS

  • on October 10, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    Now cricket will be just a game played by some against somebody....last of the legends of real cricket leaves...hats off to you Sachin and giving us the moments of our lives growing up....u will be missed but we believe there's tons of way u will be contributing to cricket and community for sure....good luck....

  • India-Do-Well on October 10, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    Dear CricInfo - Is Blade-Runner an employee of yours? Or does one of his family members work over there? He is a mean spirited human being but all his anti-Indian comments are posted but none of my rebuttals. Why is that? Seriously. Finally Blade-Runner who cares if he lost your respect, who are you? Who are you to decide how much respect Tendulkar gets? In fact its great if people like you don't respect him.. who cares. Even in the last two series he has done more than you will ever do in your entire life and then some. If only you did something constructive with your life rather than troll here with anti-India / Tendulkar venom and I am sure you would make something of your life and finally move out of your granny's place. I dare CricInfo you publish this against their DARLING Blade-Runner.

  • on October 10, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    A true legend who gave so many happy memories. I am feeling very sad, hoping to see him contributing to cricket in future. love you Sachin.

  • on October 10, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    A giant in an era dwarfs ... a gentleman in an era of showmen ... a sportsman in an era of cheats ... An artist in an era of artisans ... Sir, you will be sorely missed by cricket lovers all over the world irrespective of the country and team they cheered for. For your grace, cricket was a better sport! Farewell and long!

  • Superstar_Salman_Khan on October 10, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    @ Blade-Runner

    Man ! U and your senseless assumptions. Do you even knw how many ODIs SRT played post 2011 WC Final ? I'm sure, you don't.

    He didn't even tell anyone and silently announced his retirement from ODIs. Fans could not even see him in Blue Dress for one last time to give proper farewell.

    You say - " If he hadretired on due time, he would have been remembered as twice of the legend he is now."

    - It shows he is not hungry for fame. There is still a kid inside him who wants to play Cricket and never wants to retire. (But no one can control Age !) But you guys (a very few like you) won't understand that.

    No wonder SRT is different from others.

  • on October 10, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    Sachin retires....A golden era in Indian cricket history comes to an end. One gets emotional and nostalgic , especially since we followed him as a teenage prodigy making waves and there was an uproar when he was not selected for WI tour under Dilip Vengsarkar. Well, he has made up for that, and more, with what most hundreds than anybody in the game. What was remarkable was his consistency for more than two decades and while keeping away from controversy. Thanks Sachin, thanks for all those unforgettable memories!

  • on October 10, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    About time. But he's set an unassailable standard over the course of hus 24-yr career.

  • 12thUmpire on October 10, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    Ravi Rampaul, the lucky one to behold the sight of Tendulkar striding up to the crease. Sadly will be missed by Anderson and South African bowlers...

  • on October 10, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    Cricket is a game we all Indians liked the most its in every Indian blood. Thats the only joy britishers left for us! Nobody is bigger than sports, Cricket is winner because of Sachin period!

  • on October 10, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    it doesnt matter,what haters say and if they hate you, but one thing is for sure, cricket wouldnt be same without this little man.whattay man he has been. literally a SUPERMAN from across the border. #RESPECT

  • Deepu_Leo on October 10, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    Oh my GOD!!! Cricket GOD is retiring..??? Cant digest this.. Please sachin play atleast IPL... We are gonna miss you badly.. PLz PLz Plz PLz

  • on October 10, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    He is greatest of great,can't imagine cricket without Sachin.may be i would not like to see cricket any more..

  • Crickathon on October 10, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    I have watched Sachin for 24 out of my 30 years. The remaining where the first six years in my life when I hardly recognized anything else anyway.I have worshipped him for 20 of those years and criticized him with respect over the last 4 and now, it has all come a full circle.The back-foot straight drive,the paddle-sweep,the stare at McGrath,the world cup six off Caddick,the down-the-track to Shane Warne will all be well and truly frozen in the fossils of time, only to be quoted and quoted again to the future generations.For them, he will always be the surreal persona, much like what Don Bradman is to me-heard a lot about him, seen a few glimpses in the videos, but unfortunate to know what it is like to live in his era.We will be that luckiest generation and we will always be that bit extra-proud about it as our sons and grandsons are not going to be as fortunate.I only hope they find someone whom they can be equally proud about, but that batsman or bowler will still not be SACHIN!

  • inswing on October 10, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    Thank you, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. For being the bedrock of Indian batting for over 20 years, for the runs and the records. For being the best in the most adverse conditions, for being the best against the best. Above all, for handling and absorbing the enormous pressure and the constant demands. For being above the pettiness and scandals, for handling yourself with dignity and being the greatest ambassador for all cricket. Thank you, the greatest cricket of our era.

  • AK_25 on October 10, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    why SRT is considered as the best...thn just look at his portfolio of the bowlers he faced.. not only he faced them also praised by them... Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Imran Khan, Abdul Qadir ,RJ Hadlee ,AA Donald ,M Muralitharan ,Saqlain Mushtaq ,Mushtaq Ahmed ,GD McGrath ,B Lee ,SK Warne , SM Pollock ,IR Bishop, CA Walsh , Ambrose and list goes on....

    Thats why its called as an era is about to comes to an end...

  • vispras on October 10, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    If someone could make you cry with emotion while playing cricket or while announcing his retirement from the game, it got to be Sachin. The greatest cricketer Don Bradman felt proud while comparing himself with Sachin, do you need anything else more to understand his class. Warne, one of the greatest spinner in the world has admitted of having nightmares bowling to Sachin. He laid the foundation for India to believe and to become a world beater. If BCCI is a world power now because of the money they have , it is purely through the fame of Sachin they attracted big crowd and television rights. So BCCI in turn should honor Sachin by naming the Ranji trophy henceforth as SRT Trophy , as to remember his contributions for generations to come. Finally, we want Sachin to associate himself to cricket in the future as a batting coach after some deserving break.

  • on October 10, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    God never retires.....there shall never be another one like you Sachin...farewell to the master with moist eyes

  • on October 10, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    Tendulkar! I cant really image cricket or the Indian team without this name around. Hell he has been playing cricket even before I was born! Even though am a Pakistani, I cant proudly call him the greatest cricketer ever born, one of the most passionate sportsmen ever and a wonderful human being. Salute to this great man who has (most of the time) single handedly for so long, allowed the Indian batting to dominate the best bowling lineups in the world.

  • on October 10, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    Well, It's not a breaking news please. It's a HEART BREAKING NEWS. World cricket loses another one.

  • inswing on October 10, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    Thank you, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. For being the bedrock of Indian batting for over 20 years, for the runs and the records. For being the best in the most adverse conditions, for being the best against the best. Above all, for handling and absorbing the enormous pressure and the constant demands. For being above the pettiness and scandals, for handling yourself with dignity and being the greatest ambassador for all cricket. Thank you, the greatest cricket of our era.

  • on October 10, 2013, 14:01 GMT made me forget my worries, pains and sometimes even the fact that I had exams tomorrow :) I have prayed for you more than for me. Proud that a portion of my lifetime, I spent watching you play. Thank you for all the memories!!

  • AkDoN on October 10, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    I resigned from watching cricket after Sachin's 200 test. But I will follow cricket. I am 30 now and grown up watching Schin growing day on day. I feel lucky to be in his era. Long live Schin and Thanks for giving us numerous joy moments

  • on October 10, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    ST was a great cricketer. I think he has begun to flog a dead horse lately. There are so many young talented cricketers in India and it is about time ST retires before he gets like some of the other cricketers who made a big mistake by staying in until they get axed. Well done ST now it is time to put your feet up or play a different role in cricket.

  • on October 10, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    He will live till the end of cricketing world !!! People after 20 years will recognize what a classic material he was...

  • on October 10, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    Tendulkar must retire & give a chance to youngsters.

  • on October 10, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    Thanks for all those wonderful memories (those twin hundreds in Sharjah, that assault on Pakistan in WC03, that 136 that ended in tears, that match where you toyed with Olonga's bowling, that day when you almost spoiled S.Waugh's farewell game, that helpless look on Warne's face, that 200 against SA, that blunt reply to Mcgrath, all those 100s and MOM awards, and thousands & thousands of runs).

  • hhillbumper on October 10, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    Flat track bully.Kept quiet about match fixing when India needed an example he kept quiet. He left before Steyn could get him. He is the most over rated and pandered to sportsman ever. He will deified in India and good luck for his future but don't call him a great batsman.He was alright in home conditions

  • on October 10, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    will miss u ever

    u have been immortal n u will

    ur recent failure has got nothing to do wid ur real fan following

  • on October 10, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    We switch-off TV as soon as Sachin gets out. Now BCCI should include him in the team as permanent non-playing memeberfor few series so we slowly accept that Sachin is no more playing. " Cricket without Sachin is like Universe without The SUN".

  • on October 10, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    this is half death of cricket..

  • on October 10, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    Its a privilege to comment here. I am sure this will be the most discussed ever in the history of cricinfo. Sachin paji is a fantastic cricketer. A dream come true player in the history of cricket. He has achieved almost everything that is imagined. 24 years of International cricket is a terrific achievement. Nobody else can imagine to achieve the records he holds. He has won trillions of hearts round the globe.I wish him a satisfying retirement from the game of cricket. Without him anymore, it is very tough to imagine the future in all the formats. Its amazing to see him not being DROPPED ever in his history. He will feature in all time list of greatest cricketers ever. Proud that he belongs to India. Jai Ho Sachin! I know how the farewell is going to be. It will create a sensation in the days to come. Hopefully you'll be associated with the game somehow.

  • TRAM on October 10, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    Few non-cricket observations as a spectator: I have never seen him: 1. Show strong displeasure against umpires. 2. angry at fellow cricketers. 3. accuse anyone , player or organisations openly in the interviews. For such long career and for such highest level of achievements, one would think there must have been some incident to remember, some ego playing somewhere. But I cant recall any. The greatest contribution from him for Indian cricket IMO is not his runs scored, but the fact that there are now so many young Indian batsmen playing with beautiful straight bat and swing mimicking Sachin. India's batting level has drastically improved over one generation. India is no longer a team expecting one of the 2 batsmen (Gavaskar & Vishwanath) to save them. Thanks to this little master.

  • Blade-Runner on October 10, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    Well, He is a legend of the game, no doubt. But I think that he should have hanged his boots a long time ago. The perfect opportunity was presented when India won the World cup 2 years back. He could have retired on a high note. I'm not sure if it was greediness or something else, he opted not to retire at that time. Over the last 2 -3 years,his performances have been pretty shallow. Its understandable though , due to his age. And he lost a lot respect from cricket fans around the world, specially non-Indians. If he hadretired on due time, he would have been remembered as twice of the legend he is now. Anyway It is what it is. So, good bye old man !

  • guitarboy on October 10, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    It is about time this records collector call it a day

  • on October 10, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    bad day for world cricket. we miss u Sir. Sachin Tendulkar

  • ProdigyA on October 10, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    All good things come to an end. There is an inevitable end to every beginning. So is with Sachin, but the things he has done between this start and end is beyond comprehension almost unreal.

    Its not the numbers, its not the longetivity, its not the highs and lows, or the stats. Its a simple connection between one man and a billion hearts, across barriers, across boundaries. An emotional connection that lights up every time he walks on the the field. Just wanted that connection to never end. But all good things come to an end, so is with Sachin.

  • India-Do-Well on October 10, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    Dear Haters - Just for today please give it a rest and let's just enjoy one true legend of Cricket. He brought a whole new generation (and gender) of fans to Indian cricket. It was common in our house to see my Mom and Aunts and later even my wife sit down just to watch Tendulkar bat and seeing their reactions to every ball bowled to Tendulkar was as entertaining as watching him bat. In terms of in place in history - HE IS THE BEST AFTER DON. That is my opinion and no one can change that. Appreciate that there are millions of you that do NOT agree but that is your opinion. I will continue to watch cricket because I love it but there will always be a yearning for Tendulkar for he had become a part of our cricket life. God bless him and his family and may they always find happiness and peace.

  • on October 10, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    GOD retires!! Years he played cricket are counted by generations!!

  • on October 10, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    I have already stopped watching ODI from first ball to the end of the match and now its time that i stop watching a test right from start to end becoz my GOD of Cricket is retiring and hope the god gives him the same amount of success just like in his cricket career.

  • Senthil_Tech on October 10, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    The greatest person of Indian Sport is finally decided to hang his boots. Virtually every Tendulkar fan has been expecting this to happen when He was at his best. But, now as AGE HAS ITS FINAL SAY, IN ANY SPORT.... SACHIN also realised that he should go.. Myself started to watch cricket mainly because we had Sachin in our team. Bcoz, in the early 90s, we never win quite often against big teams, still Sachin has given us lot of Golden moments to Cheer. If India is the biggest cricketing power in this world at the moment, ITS MAINLY BECAUSE OF SACHIN'S FEATS, which only made most of the Indians to watch and love cricket...... HATS OFF TO YOU SACHIN,,,.... WE ALL LOVE YOU FOR EVER,,, WE CAN NEVER FORGET YOU IF WE TALK ABOUT CRICKET..... NOT ONLY US, THE WHOLE CRICKETING WORLD........ GOD BLESS YOU THE BEST IN YOUR POST RETIREMENT LIFE......... WITH LOT OF SALUTES..... SENTHILKUMAR JAGANNATHAN, ALANGAYAM.

  • on October 10, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    Every Good, or Bad thing for that matter,has to end someday in this mortal world. Sachin has been a phenomenon. Sad to see how media and pressure of performing to a level decided by others have taken the better of him over these recent few years. My Drop of Tear for Him for what he could do and what He could not...

  • Senthil_Tech on October 10, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    The greatest person of Indian Sport is finally decided to hang his boots. Virtually every Tendulkar fan has been expecting this to happen when He was at his best. But, now as AGE HAS ITS FINAL SAY, IN ANY SPORT.... SACHIN also realised that he should go.. Myself started to watch cricket mainly because we had Sachin in our team. Bcoz, in the early 90s, we never win quite often against big teams, still Sachin has given us lot of Golden moments to Cheer. If India is the biggest cricketing power in this world at the moment, ITS MAINLY BECAUSE OF SACHIN'S FEATS, which only made most of the Indians to watch and love cricket...... HATS OFF TO YOU SACHIN,,,.... WE ALL LOVE YOU FOR EVER,,, WE CAN NEVER FORGET YOU IF WE TALK ABOUT CRICKET..... NOT ONLY US, THE WHOLE CRICKETING WORLD........ GOD BLESS YOU THE BEST IN YOUR POST RETIREMENT LIFE......... WITH LOT OF SALUTES..... SENTHILKUMAR JAGANNATHAN, ALANGAYAM.

  • on October 10, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    The God of Cricket has decided to call it a day... It's really hard to imagine a test line-up without him... The No.4 spot belongs to him and nobody can fill the void left by him... How can we ever forget his fighting centuries in the last 24 years??? I still remember the way he thrashed the aussies when they were at their peak... We will surely miss u Sachin... This is the end of an era...Please end your career by scoring a glorious century in your 200th test... -R.Rajiv

  • nag_28 on October 10, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Thank You Sachin for Giving 664 Memorable Reason to Watch a Cricket Match Live on Television as an Indian? Tests 198+2 Odi-463 T20i-1. There is 1 World 1 God, There will be 1 Sachin Tendulkar the God of Cricket Fans Iam Proud to be an Indian Because of your Achivements as a Greatest Indian Sportsman Ever. I pray God for you to Score an 100* in Your Last Innings. God Bless you and Your Family

  • on October 10, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Ur the real hero of team India it's very difficult to imagine Team India without u.Will miss u a lot.

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  • SsN12 on October 10, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    GOD is leaving us.. Man behind making cricket a religion in India. You made us proud Sachin!!

    Cricket wil miss you..

  • on October 10, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    End of Cricket and End of World for me. #GODofCRICKET

  • Arrow011 on October 10, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    Ranji trophy should be renmaed as Sir Sachin Trophy as nobody contributed to Indian cricket more than Sachin.

  • cloudmess on October 10, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    Occasionally there are great teams - the WI of the 1980s, the Australians of the early 2000s - but cricketing memories are almost always shaped by great players. This is a man who has worked his socks off to stay at the top and who has brought pleasure to millions over the last 2 decades. I started following cricket in 1989, the year of SRT's debut. I was also 16 years old. I have never known cricket without this man. Those who seek to criticise the stage-managing of his retirement, saying that no player is bigger the team, slightly miss the point.

  • on October 10, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    Sad day..really.. if it's hard for him to imagine the life without cricket...its even harder for us to imagine cricket without Sachin.. he has been synonyms for the game for last two and half decades..its not cricket wont be doing without him..but certainly there won't be any Sachin Tendulkar like batsman to mesmerize the entire nation on standstill just admiring him playing..

  • on October 10, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    For Sachin: "It's hard for me to imagine a life without playing cricket because it's all I have ever done since I was 11 years old."

    For me: "It's hard for me to imagine cricket without Sachin because I have always watched him since I was a kid."

    Sachin gave me belief that we could take on any team with wicked fast bowlers like waqar, walsh, wasim, ambrose, etc. This belief brought some happiness in an otherwise tense and hard life in college and later at work.

    Thanks Sachin.

  • on October 10, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    My cousin had told to me when I was a kid that Sachin Tendulkar is the most popular, loved and the greatest cricketer of all times. My very first hero.. the person who captured my imagination of heroism. I have always believed success is all about living life your way on your own terms, enjoying it so completely enough to inspire others to love what you do.. Sachin did just that.. I am 25 and I have crazily followed the master all my life. I think the country and the cricket has to come to terms with the fact that he has decided to retire. Is Cricket now a Godless sport?

  • SCC08 on October 10, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    I see what the whole BCCI and CSA issue came to light.... Nothing about CSA jumping the gun regarding fixtures or the BCCI's issue with Loorgat... Its all about Tendulkar playing his 200th test. No-one is bigger than the game. Good call to retire Granddad Sachin. Good career but you should have done this 5 years ago.

  • rashivkd on October 10, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    First time I have seen Sachin's bat was in 1996 world cup. After that, I witnessed a lot of great innings. Picking some of them not be easy and may not enough space here. Even though, that one session against dale styne, two innings in 2003 WC against PAK and ENG, Sharjah storms, first 200 in ODI, 100 in the 4th innings against Eng in chennai..., Oh Dear, as they say, we switch on our TVs and switch off our lives. When I look back after twenty five years of my life, first six or seven out of ten is about this Gentle Man only. No more words...

  • on October 10, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    What a great cricketer, and above all a good human being who conducted himself with utmost dignity in and off the field. When being questioned, he made the bat do the talking and truly a huge inspiration for all the cricketers around the world. I can only think of a few who is widely respected all over the world and lived without any controversy despite his huge fame and money that came along with it. We will miss you Sachin and enjoy your post-retirement life!!!!!

  • rizwan_1992 on October 10, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    I am 22 year old fan of Sachin. SRT said that its hard to imagine a life without cricket. For me it is hard to imagine what cricket is without him. No player is greater than the game but if any player could have been, it must be Sachin. Cricket will never be same without him. My age fellows after many years will remember cricket in two phases. Sachin era and post Sachin era. He is a shoo-in in anyone's All time World XI. A great representative of the gentleman's game, Sachin will live in our hearts forever. A messenge from a Pakistani fan......

  • krv954 on October 10, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    For a guy who claims he does not play for record, I am a little disappointed that he chose to retire immediately after reaching his 200th test. For being such a great cricketer and human being, I think he made mistakes as far retirement goes. I feel he should have retired from ODI immediately after winning World Cup 2011. That would have been ideal. Also should have retired from Tests sooner than this. Now it just feels like he stuck around so that he could get his 100th international century and 200th test match.

    But having said that, a great legend. Wish Sachin well for his future.

  • on October 10, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    Sachin you were the brightest spot I ever experienced all my life in Sport. Thank you so much.

  • Sampath_KCS on October 10, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    Every one was talking about Bradmons, Richards & Gavaskars which I have never seen...But I saw this man first in 1992 World Cup..Then in 93 they came to SriLanka..We were privileged to follow this master class right throughout his career..God greatest gift to the world cricket..Long Life Champion !!!!!

  • mark2011 on October 10, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    finally record book going to be closed... so many were made......but sad to see his poor performance in last few years... even in the CL T20 match his stump flew out of the ground...with his calibre it would have not happend.. I mean he shud have taken this decision much earlier than this... but contrastingly we can see thesudden retirement of Dilshan from test cricket when he is in good form, but paving way to youngersters and leaving...clearly Dilshan can play another couple of years of test cricket... but he has taken the decision right....anyway good luck for both of you as you all have done wonders in cricket...

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  • RajeshPoruppath on October 10, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    Sorry I forgot Brian Lara..........

  • Malay318 on October 10, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    Sachin says,"Hard to imagine life without cricket" but somebody tell him that its Hard to imagine cricket without you.

  • onceanhour on October 10, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    Thanks for all the years of your hard work, entertainment , discipline and dedication that you showed and proved that if you love something soo much you can achieve any thing, its was a pleasure watching you Sachin.thanks and Good Luck

  • RajeshPoruppath on October 10, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    Curtley Amrose, Wasim Akram, Alan Donald, Shane Warne, Rahul Dravid and now Sachin excuse left for watching cricket now...........My cricketing experience which started with Sachin could also end with him...........

  • on October 10, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    I am same age of Tendulkar and have been watching him playing almost all the matches he played for India. Being passionate of Indian cricket, it would be very difficult to see Indian team playing without Sachin. Having said that he has done his part and believe that a lot of TON' dulkars would emerge taking inspiration of TEN dularkar.

  • on October 10, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    A great man, a great batsman... we will sure miss him.

  • on October 10, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    Why is that an asian cricketer has to prove himself for his whole life.Lets not bemoan whom he will face in has last series but lets celebrate what he has faced and how he has excelled most fearsome attacks.Sach has already won many battles against the current no.1 bowling attack.Lets celebrate the carrer of the greatest cricketer.Not even sobers can match him,not even bradman.

  • on October 10, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    My age is the same as Sachin age. Not many people in this world know I exist. But he and his cricket is so much into my life for such a long time his retirement feels like i am losing my brother. Truly sad.

  • RoshanPatil on October 10, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    I undersigned Roshan Patil, Reliance DTPS, Dahanu Thanks to Sachin for providing his valuable services for Indian Cricket. He is real HERO of India. It's a real time for him to retire now, every thing from World Cup to T20 Champian Trophy he got his honour. So one and one day he want to take this decision. After long time of 24 years with lot of centuries in Test and One Day Cricket, he achieved most of mile stone of reacord. After satisfacoty life of cricket he has decided to quit from this but I know he can not leave without cricket. He will contribute in other sense, it a need for Cricket Board for such talent to kept Indian Cricket much stronger in Cricket World. We all must honour his decision of retirement. My special Salute to Sachin for sacrifising his valuable life. Now it's time for him to serve for his family. Sachin you are great hero of world cricket and no one can take your place. Without Sachin it is difficult to watch Cricket. But we want to accept reality. Thanks.

  • Greatest_Game on October 10, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    Well, this way he does not have to face Steyn again.

  • Malay318 on October 10, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    It decrease my electricity bill. :(

  • on October 10, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    its a sad day.... god finally retires....... i just dont understand that y people keep on shouting on your retirement....... its just that he has given so much to the game and also to our country india to be proud of...... if he asks for some time...... y do these people keep yelling for retirement???? its true that sachin is nowhere at his peak...... but he has already reached the peak where there is nobody else except him....... now that you are gone.... people won't be waiting on mumbai streets leaving their work and waiting to see cricket outside a tv selling showroom........ i admire the passion which he carried for the game such a long time...... will miss you...... have a gr8 lyf ahead.....and always stay connected to cricket.....

  • bhushanB on October 10, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    End of an Era....all my favs have retired, Dravid, VVS and now Sachin... People who never let fame get to their head, always gave their best.

    15 yrs in US still hanging on to cricket, but I guess its time to hang up my boots now....and move on to one of those American sports..

  • on October 10, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    Few called Indians are emotional fools, they hype a lot on SACHIN, not only they call him, they do believe he is the so called "GOD". Few often wonders "oh com'n, he just plays cricket, what's the big deal". Well he doesn't just play cricket, he plays 100 million Indian's pride, happiness, joy. He makes them smile, happy, scream, cry out of emotion, mad out of joy and more over he makes them "UNITED", every single time he comes down to the crease. No wonder, Indians call him "Our SACHIN" showing their rights on him. Fellow Players, oh poor guys they don't get tired holding him on their shoulder, they compete within themselves to get a chance to pick him on their shoulder. For them having "SACHIN" in the dressing room is a dream come true. SACHIN can't be replaced, cloned. He was made manually by god with special attention. We all Indians feel proud, blessed that we belong to a country where SACHIN leaves. HARD to IMAGINE cricket without SACHIN. Our SACHIN .!!

  • SL_BiggestJoke on October 10, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    Greatest Batsman the world has ever seen... and ever will!!

  • eyballfallenout on October 10, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    Tendulka was a great player, one of the best, Lara Ponting, Hayden, But there is one player, always under the radar that for me would be my first pick in any team

    Kallis, just check the stats

    44 hundreds at 56 and 288 wickets 32

    This man is a true legend of the game

    Im not a safa either

  • HK_Sachin on October 10, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    Even #GOD has to retire, ... at times. (really?!!) :-(

    My favorite memory of Sachin was in the World Cup Final. I was lucky enough to get one ticket to watch the final in person, I sat in the stand thats named after him. The feeling of fulfillment & contentment that glowed on his face when his teammates carried him on his shoulder, made me Cry ... tears of joy. All those many amazing innings, tests or ODI's watch on tv or online, seeing him person being carried brought also me to a full circle.

    Thank you, Sachin Tendulkar for giving me the ecstatic feeling of playing and watching Cricket, whilst you are playing. Thank you for representing perfection as a Coach to me, in so many more ways than just my own batting.

  • sweet2hrme on October 10, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    How can i express my feeling that "My Heart is weeping & my eyes have tears". How can i imagine "cricket without my GOD". Its tough not only for me but for my dad my family and all those who loved you a lot. Hard to belive that i will never see my God again. But one day every person has to go.! I love u Sir forever.. No can ever take your place in my Heart. God Im lucky that i have born in this areana to see you play. Thanks Sachin! Thanks God!

  • on October 10, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    I all time miss you Tendulker .

  • on October 10, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    Like Bc&Ad in time period ,there is a new version in cricket period "BC SACHIN &AD SACHIN."

  • on October 10, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    Like Bc&Ad for time period,there is a new version for cricket p

  • on October 10, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    i watched only sachin's batting till i was 17 years old(2004), i never watched whole of india innings..the moment sachin is out, i switch off my tv n go out to play with my friends. i never cared whether india won or lose. all i was interested is in watching sachin bat..n later from 2004 to 2011, i very rarely watched cricket n when i did, i watched only sachin.. for the past 2 years, i'm watching only shane watson batting.. nothing else.. sachin has been a part of my life n the way i bat when i play is hugely inspired from him. thanks sachin.

  • on October 10, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    Though we all knew the old little master was near retirement, though we all knew that his batting does not bring the same magic that once cast on all bowlers around the world, though we all were 'prepared' for this..we were all hoping that he would stay just long enough for a battle with South Africa towards the end of the year. Well, now we all go in search for our next hero. Thank you Sachin..most of us have grown up with you for the last 20 years. Your mastery, skills, endurance and ability to handle pressure has been an inspiration for a lot of us, both on and off the cricket field.

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    I m 23 year old and one day I want that my grand son ask me -'can sachin make a hundred today?'

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    I love the cricket just because of Sachin and it is very difficult to digest as my Sachin will not be playing after his 200th Test..... I think for me cricket is no more after Sachin's 200th Test.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on October 10, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    some people think the statement like ' i would stop watching cricket after his retirement' is overphased, but believe me many people watched, still watching cricket for sake of sachin only, if sachin were not, they end up asking score updates or satisfying with highlights. Greatest odi batsmen EVER.

  • nainil0683 on October 10, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    A ABSOLUTE legend. True ambassador of the sport and one of the most cleanest cricketer ever produced. If it was not for his age, he would have continued playing and is very capable of delivering. The hunger for runs and approach towards each game (may it be a first-class venture or an international game) that he has shown has not diminished one bit since his birth in cricket. Phenomenal attitude. I have never seen him showing dissent or showing aggression, or sledging opposite teams. A true idol for generations to come. THANK YOU Sachin for entertaining us in the last 24 years. Although it's unimaginable to think of a team without Sachin, I think he has chosen the correct time to call it a day. Hope he scores centuries and entertain us one last time. Hope to see him don the cap of India coach and hope to see him always around the game which he dearly loves. THANK YOU Sachin and GOD BLESS!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    Sachin should have retired early. His current form is not a showcase of his ability. We will miss you Sachin. All the best for future.

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    omg I does not described how I feel bad he is the record men and I am watch his every hundreds again good bye sir Sachin we miss you thanks a lot entertaining us

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    thanks god he has agreed to retire - it was becoming painful seeing him being bowled regularly by bolwers of average quality in T20 version where he was mediocre as compared to his super human achievements in one day and tests

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    I can proudly say that I was born in 89 and in Karachi :)

  • Hammond on October 10, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    Best Indian batsman of all time. Cricket will be the poorer without that short handled axe wielded by the little master. God bless you Sachin, you were a true gentleman of the game.

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    I have watched him playing since i started to understand cricket. He is a real Hero for me of all time. With this decision my respect for him has even become more. Lets give him a farewell with smile and respect in return ,so that the Legend could cherish for a lifetime :)

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    Sachin is the greatest ambassador of cricket, so he will be always remembered for setting trend in Indian cricket ,ensuring perfect balance and mastering elegance day by day...Will miss Master Blaster after the series...! Thank You Sachin for setting Indian cricket to it's newer heights and hope a new role will bring success as he has achieved as a cricketer!!! Hats off!!!

  • mikeindex on October 10, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    What a pity, after such a wonderful career that's left him one of the most respected cricketers of all time by all who genuinely care about the game, that he's decided to end it by conniving with the BCCI in their cynical publicity-grabbing manipulation of schedules rather than going out on a high - succeed or fail - against the top-notch South African attack.

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    The day has inevitably arrived. The genius will stop. I'm so glad I've seen you play live from close quarters and to have seen the electric, galvanizing effect you have on 50,000 odd people in a stadium. Undoubtedly, fewer people have brought about as much national integrity and sense of self worth and profe as Sachin Tendulkard. Thank you for so much Sachin, the memories and for being THE role model for a county. I speak for the millions of boys when I say you were the inspiration for us, you gave us a license to dream, you set a higher standard for all of us to elevate ourselves to. You were and always will be, The Peoples Champion! SACHIN! SACHIN! #GOAT #wewillmissyou #worldsbest #hero #rolemodel #master #indian

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    Great legend cant imagine indian team without sachin atleast in tests.

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    Best Wishes for Sachin in future. he is not a great batsman aslo a great man and great imbasedar of india. i pray that God gives him a lot of happiness in llife.

    Best of Luck great man

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    we miss. u my dear sachin

  • Viv_cric on October 10, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    Hey Sachin...ur a true legend and one of the best sport man to ever put on laces! Its not only your talent that gets us attracted but ur character on and off the field that earns you this respect. I would miss watching you play, but would wait in anticipation to see the young Tendulkar rise and follow suit with his that even my children could witness what the present world had witnessed as youngsters...Enjoy ur last outings on the field with Indian colours...UR ONE OF THE REASON WHY I AM PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN…All the best for ur future endeavours!

  • Josh333 on October 10, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    Now we know why BCCI cancelled SA tour. Just to give Sachin 200th test on Indian soil. That is a complete farce and injustice to cricket. Cricketers must play whereever and not on their own accord for personal milestones

  • kmarpu on October 10, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    Sachin...Sachin...I am almost crying while typing this. way back in 80s I watched him in the benefit match against Pak and never missed any of his innings...I am deficit of word to quote...I don;t know how can I watch test cricket without God playing in no. 4 position for India

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    "I have seen God, he plays for India at no. 2 in ODIs and no. 4 in Tests." - Matthew Hayden at a news conference, 2003-04 India's tour of Australia.

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    "I have seen God, he plays for India at no. 2 in ODIs and no. 4 in Tests." - Matthew Hayden at a news conference, 2003-04 India's tour of Australia.

  • Jothiram88 on October 10, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    Apart from a prolific Batsmen, he is the best cricketer. I like to summmarize some of the greatest moments 1. Hero Cup Semi final Last Over 2. A Hard Running catch inside the circle with a one hand 3. Sharjah Strom Innings 143 and 134 4. Unbeleivable running catch at the boundry line with one hand to dismiss inzamam 5. Spell changed the game in the 2nd innings of kolkata test 2001 - 3 Wickets 6. Diving effort to stop the boundary in the crucial time where india won by 1 run against SA at a age of above 36. 7. Sporstmanship showed when Lee hits his shoulder through a beamer 8. Majestic innings though india lost - Chennai Test against pakistan, 175 against australia, 141 against Pakistan in ODI. 9. Dismissing Moin Khan by a magic delivary in a final ball of the day 10. Running for a couple when he is on 196 in an ODI.

    and more importantly Make us cry whenever he got OUT. Long Live Legend. There are Genearations in World Cricket because of YOU.

  • yoongguns on October 10, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    Finally !!! I had enjoyed 21 years of your career a lot. Last 3 years has been burden on team though.

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar ends the cricket...........

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    miss you sachin ................

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    Legend is an oft-repeated cliché, at times used too generously in sports but in SRK Tendulkar's case it is a word which seems like an understated adjective. A true gentleman on and off the field. To have played cricket for more than a quarter of a century is not an easy achievement, but to have done it without any controversies and scandals is a testament to the great man's passion for the game. Cricket will definitely be poor without his presence in the field. As a Pakistani fan of his, I admit it was always a relief to see him get out early when batting against Pakistan. A man of little physical stature but a true giant in the world of sports.

  • kmarpu on October 10, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    Sachin...Sachin...I am almost crying while typing this. way back in 80s I watched him in the benefit match against Pak and never missed any of his innings...I am deficit of word to quote...I don;t know how can I watch test cricket without God playing in no. 4 position for India

  • Ankitsuperking on October 10, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    I am 28 years old, from the time i have understood cricket, i have seen SACHIN bat. So, i just cant imagine how cricket would be without this great man. Hope he always stay happy in whatever he does......before that i hope that he really blasts in SA ad retires in a grand way as he truly deserves it. What a roll model....Today India is producing such batting sensations because of such roll model only.

  • Nilesh_T on October 10, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    Quoting Albert Einstein's tribute to Mahatma Gandhi "Generations to come, it may well be, will scarce believe that such a (man)sportsman as this one ever in flesh and blood walked upon this (Earth) cricket field ." Says it all, for a being from outer space who donned cricket gear on the playing fields of his earth to enthrall millions with the sheer mastery of his craft,genius beyond compare, humble to the core, like and feared by opponents alike,adored God like by fans in millions,who could single handedly bring a nation of billion people to standstill every time he went out to bat,an icon, a beacon, a shining star all rolled into one packet called SRT. Blessed are those in the current generation to have seen him in action. History will capture his achievements as a folklore,barely believable,stuff of which fables are made of. As rightly said in a poster by a fan " Commit all your crimes and sins when Sachin is batting,because even God is too busy then watching India's no.4 bat"

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    @all sachin bashers-you should be ashamed,you people are sore losers in life if you cant respect a once-in-a-generation legend. For me,he is synonymous to cricket,we indians are so used to him,cant think cricket without him. Sir,but we respect your decision,have a grand life,my best wishes to you sir SRT !!

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    Finally another record before he goes. Only in India are sportsmen so much stuck with individual records in a team game

  • HatsforBats on October 10, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    Every man and his dog knew his 200th would be his last. Sadly it just goes to show how obsessed he is with personal glory. His selfishness has compromised a tour of SA and cost a young developing India team the chance to challenge for top spot. Excellent to watch in his prime, but not even in my top 20 to watch making runs. His records will stand forever, but who cares? Best batsmen of his generation? Not even close. I can't imagine this will be published.

  • contrast_swing on October 10, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    My younger brother stopped watching ODIs after Sachin retired. After Sachin's 200th test, I am sure he will not stop watching test but will certainly become more selective.

    But I am sure many spectators will stop following the Cricket so ardently.

    As for a very larger number of cricket lovers, Sachin has been synonymous of Cricket. And he held that mental gracefully.

  • AK_25 on October 10, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    One of the best remark i ever heard..."Its Gavaskar who sharpen the axe(indian cricket), bt its Tendulkar who shows how to cut with it"....

  • MAYURESHmagic on October 10, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    Sachin, we all going to miss you but at the end of the day, even god have to retire himself from his duties as a human.

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    i remember his debut, against Pakistan. 16 years old kid facing Wasim and Waqar,he didn't score much but the way he stood and his intent was something unusual. If you are 16 years old kid and you debut against Wasim and Waqar survive it without blushes, you are destined to be a great.

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    sachin retirement news came little to late, still it is good for indian cricket,as more youngsterwill get chance.

  • Yog on October 10, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    Its Hard to Imagine watching cricket without Sachin.... We all started worshiping cricket because of Sachin..... The true legend who has burdened the unsurmountable pressure of a nation and also Critics... Sachin paaji i wish you will asnwer the critics with your bat one last time before you bid adieu... Honored to have watched Sachin play......

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    An Indian team without Sachin. oh my God, I can't imagine......thank you Sachin for your Sincerity towards India. -- Jaihind.

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    ohh no... sachin tendulkar is actualy retiring frm cricket. Ever since I started watching cricket. it meant sachin tendulkar. He gave us a whole lot of pleasure and pride. we used to celebrate his success with him but resent his failings wich were very few. What a grt personality nd human being.. cricket wd never b d same...

  • sacnit11 on October 10, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    OMG! I cant believe this.. I am in middle of my work and opened cricinfo to check the scores of IND A and NZ, I am shocked to see this news. Completely broke down. I cant believe, I wont see him playing anymore. I wanted to watch him play for one last time, but I am not sure where the match will be played. Cant imagine cricket without this great man. My login id is SACNIT11. Tears are flowing man. Fought with everyone to watch this LIL Master play, but now he is retiring. This is all BCCI drama and he his decided to give it up. I am very sure master hasnt decided from his heart. He always wanted to play in South Africa and this BCCI is played behind him. SALUTE to the Master.

  • CricketChat on October 10, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    I hope ST scores at least 1 more 100 before he hangs up. That would be fitting for the man with most 100s in tests and ODIs.

  • ani_cric on October 10, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    YAY !!!!! Great day for Indian cricket which will be free of non-sene , selefish cricketer. Should have been sacked long time ........anyhow thanks for quitting selfish baastaardddd

  • Dhushan on October 10, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    Here is a wonderful example of someone who only wants personal milestones. I'm surprised he didn't play until the next England series to try & score a 100 at Lords.

  • tt_abhilash on October 10, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    We will miss your Master Blaster.... I think it right time to make your decision...

  • Dhushan on October 10, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    Better extremely late, than never

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    I dont have words to discribe thsi man who such a fan fallowing all over the world like our very own super star(Rajnikanth) but sachin i s larger than his name a little man who walked inside the park belted the bowlers in all corners of the ground and standing still mamoth infront of soem giant stalwarts bowlers staning all alone to carry the team on those day but now we have players who can come after and bat on thsoe days only three names sachin dravid and ganguly if these guys gets out thats it and the other team will run thru our tails. I read soem post in cricinfo and i couldnt stop my tears it flowed automaticaly....Love u man sacvhin The great

  • Spiritofcricket99 on October 10, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    Fantastic batsman ... up there with the best the game has seen (apart from Bradman, who of course stands alone). One of the few players that I've seen who had the skills to play Shane Warne ... displaying the dying art of using your feet to the spinner. I think it's a real shame that his final tests will be against a mediocre West Indies team, rather than the number 1 team in the world - South Africa. We have the BCCI to thank for that, as well as clarity on why the planned tour to SA has been delayed / cancelled.

  • India2014 on October 10, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    If Sachin had retired just after India won the World Cup in 2011, he would have loos respect, then he currently holds now.

  • They.Ra.S on October 10, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    His glorious cover drive of Watson in CLT20 final (2nd last ball his innings) is still in my eyes & in my mind. Not only that cover drive, lot straight drives, paddle sweep, late slip cut, upper cut, lots more we can't forget MASTER BLASTER HATS OFF once again Sugu. DR

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    One of the greatest player. Will miss you in way you moulded yourself in being so much in love with game. Will miss that surely.

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    hard to believe but salute to the legend, feel to proud see god playing cricket

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    Impossible to think cricket without him,he has been the mentor/role model/idol for me in life.Last wish, if i born again,you would be playing cricket for my country again. Sachin,i will miss you,not sure how long i can now keep watching this game.SALUTE YOU LITTLE MASTER!

  • Sharjeel77 on October 10, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    About bloody time! Seeing his performance lately and the amount of time it took him to score his 100th 100 he would retired a bit more respectfully had he announced his returement earlier.

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    Has there been any sportsman at any level who did not secretly wish that he/she had one more go? And when shd one retire is just an opinion - everyone has his pick and none of them is either wrong or right.

    In a way when a great player retires after a prolonged struggle to keep up to his exalted standards it erases a doubt from most fans and critics minds - perhaps he cd hv played a little longer. In a way it says more than when retires at his peak that he has given not only his best but given his ALL. You cant ask more than that from anyone - big or small. It is kind of democratic.

    The human mind is never satisfied. One more... once more... one last time... these are the thoughts that surface when a star bids adieu.

    Debates about when one should leave the stage are only an expression of our conflicting emotions . It has to play out as a cathartic exercise to cleanse our confused mind. So be it.

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    Guess what? There is more to life than cricket. As hard as it might be to imagine; people get older and stop playing sports, and then they do other things. I'm sure a guy like Tendulkar will be able to find some sort of job, or find some way to fill his days. I'm not too worried about his retirement. It should be kept in perspective. It's more of the case of some fans that need to "get over it" and "get a life."

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    its been a tough journey now he wanted to end that one can do wat sachin did to cricket. its difficult to watch cricket with ouy him, but time has come let the god sign off with a century against his name. waiting for the 200th test to see gods last innings. we will miss u badly.

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    And mumbai will get the chance to host the landmark test!!! Still wanted him to end his career in kolkata!!

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    Like for like replacement cant be made the Tendulkar.Its not easy replacement.

  • ramz30380 on October 10, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    Its been an honor and privilege to have witnessed this phenomena called Sachin over two decades and a half! India faces the inevitable now! The young guns are prepared to take his position we must say, but none can fill his shoes!

    Salute to the Master! Thank U for being the trend setter in Indian cricket, an inspiration for youngsters, a blessing for the nation, a son for every mother, a true legend in every way - clean and composed, dedicated and disciplined, enthusiastic and efficient!

    Sachin you will be missed, big time! Thank you for being born in this era and giving us the privilege to watch you perform your magic....

  • suniz14 on October 10, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    Sachin my greatest Hero of all times. I grew up watching Sachin and prayed on every match day that India wins and Sachin atleast scores a minimum of 50 runs. He is one cricketer who does not have a single black mark on and off the field. I will miss the GOD OF CRICKET for life and cannot think cricket beyond Sachin.

    I wish you all the very best and thank you very much for for serving the Indian Cricket. I WILL MISS YOU the Little Master.

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    this was predict 3 months ago as we knew this was his plan. he was good for india as a batsmen. he is one of there best batsmen ever produced. but there will alway be what if with him as he never did a few things.

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    The only reason for me to start watching cricket..hard to accept it. But we have to move on from here...

  • cover_drive_sach on October 10, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    The first time I fell in love with Sachin was during 1996 WC. I cried and didn't eat the night when we lost the SF. I still remember the Sharjah back to back hundreds though I couldn't watch them live. That 136 vs pak in Chennai makes me sad every time. I remember how much fun we had during 2003 WC, when he was on rampage. The Aus series that followed was one of the best overseas series for India that I saw along with the Pak tour. The 2007 WC was the lowest point in our lives. The first 200 in ODI was a class act. That hundred against Steyn and co in the last SA tour was demonstration of how good he still was. Then followed the ultimate glory with 2011 WC. In retrospect, Some people along with me would have wanted him to retire after that. But all in all, Sachin, you have given us so much of joy. Thank you very much and all the best for the life post retirement.

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    This is a heartbreaking news for all cricket lovers...i want to thank you sir for all the joy, you have given us...Salute you are the Hero of all will be always be remembered as a greatest cricketer of all time !!! Thank again "God Of Cricket".

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    End of an Era.I never forget played againest australia in australia and sharjha

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    God of Cricket will be missed dearly. Sachin is - was and will be the only sachin. Nobody in the world can take his place in future

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on October 10, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    Well,my parting thoughts on Sachin .Never being a fan but no doubt a v good player and 1 of best Ind have produced .And at his peak he could claim to be up as 1 of the best in the world with likes of Lara, Ponting and Kallis. These 3 were the best of this gen. and I wouldn't include Sachin in their class .Though a great run accumulator, he didn't catch my awe in strokeplay,elegance or dominance of these 3 bats and also he laked the pure match winning acumen in tough situations in diff. conditions of a Lara or a Ponting. But,can't deny his very long time at top level - almost my age!- and his contribution to Indian Cricket .Congrats on an excellent career !!

  • amitgarg78 on October 10, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    Brilliant career coming to a close. Well Done Sachin. Thank you for all the entertainment over 24 years.

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    The debates whether he was the best batsman to hold the Cricket Bat will go on endlessly, haters gonna hate him anyways, he and his numerous records would always remain an Statisticians delight, however the ONLY REASON why I believe this MAN IS called 'GOD', is probably 'coz of the fact that he has given this WORLD enough moments of JOY & HAPPINESS that can't be paralleled by any Mortal in today's world.

    #Respect Sachin Tendulkar..!!

  • adas963 on October 10, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    Adding on to the point that people switch off their lives and switch on their TV it reminds me of 1998. I had just came to USA and was getting used to NOT to be able to watch cricket on TV!!! The best I was getting was listening to some commentary through dial up internet. I will never forget those 2 devastating back to back innings Sachin played. Steve Waugh tried everything possible but finally was just watching from square leg biting his nails. One of the SIX to Shane Warne was on the roof of the Sharjah stadium. I had the luxury to work with one of his college mate in Mumbai and he said even though they were getting 30 balls in the nets the coach was intentionally giving 60 balls to Sachin so that other players can watch, learn and appreciate. Like we all know he was borned to play cricket. No matter how much we write...words won't be enough to praise this ICON!!!

  • Janakkumar11 on October 10, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    Can we All ask allmighty god to take some life out of our body and pour it in Sachin.... Just don't want to see the day he retires.... want be able to watch.... Please Please Please god....

  • gmsjgmsj on October 10, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    The man who could be King! Without doubt the greatest cricketer from Indian soil, Sachin will always be remembered for the fierce determination and pride of wearing the national cap. I name him the greatest Indian cricketer and not the greatest Indian batsman for a peculiar fact. The fact that crowds instantly attuned to him for his daring ODI batting earlier in his career and for his innovations later on from the 2003 WC. It is also a sad fact that he will not be counted the greatest test cricketer (not merely Indian) because of the modern propensity to not indulge in more than few hours of cricket watching. Maybe, also the fact that he played only a few innings of rear guard batting and second innings-guide-to-victory. The only test match in last 10 years that can be remembered is the Chepauk one in 2008.

    Surely, he will be greatest ODI cricketer of all time replacing even Viv from that pedestal. Tests? He would have..if only he could have. The man who could be king!

  • MK_11_11 on October 10, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    It's hard to digest watching Indian cricket team playing without Sachin. Thanks for providing so many wonderful moments in my life. We win, we loose, but we cant get one more Sachin! True Legend!

  • amit-2509 on October 10, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    "...... Its indeed a very tearful day for me as my childhood hero, my inspiration and the only cricketer for whom I have always watched cricket, announced his retirement from Test Cricket. #SachinTendulkar you will always be missed and its time for me too, to say a gud bye to cricket." Thank you Sachin Tendulkar and will love you always :( Bye #Cricket.. RIP #Cricket :("

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar to retire after 200th Test match. It's hard to accept the fact but #ThankYouSachin for all the memories. Cricket won't be the same without you.

  • AnanthKumarM on October 10, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    Great Guy, the entire cricketing world will miss him.LEGEND

  • landl47 on October 10, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    A great cricketer. 'Nuff said.

  • paddynair on October 10, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    This is a great moment.It is great because there is a time to retire.Any further delay reduces the aura.Though N Srinivasan has said that he is the greatest cricketer,let us please not forget the contributions of Gavaskar and Kapil Dev which were MAJOR in an era when India counted for relatively little in the world of sport.Having said that,Sachin has lifted Indian batting to new heights,literally standing on the shoulders of Gavaskar as it were.One sincerely hopes that he would play a central role in deciding the fortunes of Indian cricket.And maybe a century more before going !

  • concerned_cricketer on October 10, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    I started playing cricket aged five, started following Indian cricket team after the 1983 Prudential World Cup victory. We had a couple of good years and then was struggling to keep up against the likes of West Indies, Australia and England. Then in1989 a boy of 16 walks in and changes Indian cricket and the Indian mindset itself. A generation and subsequent generations start believing in their ability to script their own future. India's strides in Information technology and related fields gives ordinary Indians from all remote parts of the country a chance to travel the world and create their own achievements! Sachin Tendulkar is more than a cricket player - he is a symbol of India's capability for excellence. He showed a different way of doing things. A symbol of humility in the face of success, quest for perfection... the list goes on. I am very privileged to have lived and followed cricket in this era. Thank you, Sachin Tendulkar! A few more of that straight drive please.

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    the great indian batsman,it should be a good idea for new young blood to take his is a good time to retire for him,the most runs in almost all formats...

  • on October 10, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    I was just searching the net and just open the cricinfo to read the latest breaking news of the hour. I just want to say that i always watch cricket because of this man and now he is going i am feeling like i lost someone mine. No matter he makes runs or not his presence only make me and lot of other people feel positive about winning the match. I always know that this day will come but truly i was not ready for it mentally.

    Goodbye SachiN ramesh tendulkar ....

  • kmrnair on October 10, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    At last the news came in!! it will hard for sachin fans to digest but have to accept the truth. I wish to see sachin ends his Intl cricketing career in style nothing less than a century atleast. WISH HIM ALL THE BEST

  • milepost on October 10, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    I still think the BCCI and Sachin got this wrong, they should be playing in South Africa. It is a shame they put a player above the game.

  • zahidtaniv on October 10, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    Respect for the one of the greatest role models in cricket...a true legend on and off the field.

  • India-Do-Well on October 10, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    I knew this has been coming but somehow cannot stop tears and I am at work!!! Still remember hating him before he made is debut because made all of us (15 yrs old) look bad.. Lol..... But the first time I saw him bat ... I was hooked for life. Since then I have lived in 3 different countries but I have not missed any of his innings either on TV, Computer or CricInfo. A lot of non-indian fans don't understand our obsession with Tendulkar and it is very hard to explain if you have not lived in India and especially during the late 80's (getting hammered by Pak in Sharjah) or early 90's. This 'Boy' became a 'Man' before the entire country and he is our adopted son / bro / friend.. you name it. The excitement on his face when he took a wicket or a catch, the simple celebration of a century and the 100% confidence that we had a chance till he was batting. Typical conversation - boss what is the score..15/4..Tendya? Still playing? Good Good..there is still hope.. everyone nods sagely

  • on October 10, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    I knew the day would arrive but try all I might, I haven't been able to brace myself. Despite wishing to celebrate a peerless career, I haven't the will to gather all my thoughts. With misty eyes and a scrambled brain, the dreaded tidings evokes only one sombre thought. Cricket without Sachin, to all intents and purposes, is inconceivable.

    RIP Cricket 1989-2013

  • on October 10, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    lets all salute him for the contributions for cricket community

  • on October 10, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    lets all salute him for the contributions for cricket community

  • on October 10, 2013, 11:49 GMT


    Starting from #McGrath #Warne #Gilchrist #MatthewHayden #Muralidharan #Vaas #ShaunPollock #MohammedYousuf then #AnilKumble #VVSLaxman #RahulDravid(TheWall) and Finally #SachinTendulkar

    Every 90's born kid knows what they meant for Cricket. You guys were the reason We watched , Loved , Cried for and Sometimes Worshipped for Cricket.

    This game can't be and won't be same without you all. Really gonna miss all these "Gems of Cricket "

    Being an Indian i still remember collecting your Photos from "CRICKET SAMRAT" and buying Center fresh and Big Fun for your Cricket Cards !!

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on October 10, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    Better late than never ,if not a bit too late already .But the way he's playing for a while now ,it would be more apt if he did selfless thing and called quits now itself , so giving young 1 like Rahane or Samson a chance of a debut at home vs lower ranked side. As the likes of Hussey and recently Dilshan have done .

  • na_ga on October 10, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    I am so blessed to be born on the era of the greatest of all great cricketers around the globe... thank you sachin for everything that you gave us. you will always stay in our memories.

  • ghostcall on October 10, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    @Karthi_2K11 just read about Dhruv Pandove on Internet..Really tragic and unfortunate for that wonder boy

  • u_guys_are_history on October 10, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    Cricinfo, the poll...seriously??

  • on October 10, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    We all have known that Sachin has to retire some day but that doesn't mean we don't have to get emotional about it. Not having Sachin in the team is like waking up one day and finding out you don't have your arm anymore. Even though we have known that his days were numbered in the Indian team it still doesn't make it any easier. Thank You Sachin for all the entertainment you have provided us over the years. Thank You for the times when you had to fight it all alone. Thank You for fighting for the country's hopes and dreams. And finally Thank You for remaining uncorrupted. Thank You seems so insignificant for all you have given us but that is all we have . Good Luck.

  • on October 10, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    OMG at last!!!! a great cricketer but had enough of him - it will make way for young talent - salute Sachin - you will be always be remembered as a great cricketer of all time !!!

  • on October 10, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    From d team's perspective now v have a crucial middle order spot open. Lets c who cements his place der.

  • on October 10, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    We will always miss him, his straight drives and simply his presence. One of the greatest ever. But guys pls dont be so childish by calling RIP indian cricket, cricket is dead without you, I won't watch cricket after that etc.... every one has to move on with the time and Sachins time has come. Indian cricket is in great hands and you guys can be very optimistic about the future of indian cricket. Sachin will be really missed though. I always loved his batting except against Sri Lanka. All the very best for the future form a fan from Sri Lanka

  • Night_Fury on October 10, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    This is the worst news i ever read. Always knew the time is near but now that it has come i can hardly believe the same.

    I feel pain more than after 2003 world cup final loss. to be honest i have lost interest in watching ODIs since sachin left and i guess same will happen to now tests. And this may be true for many die-hard sachin fans like me. Such is the height of following in India that sachin's retirement news is shown on Financial channel as well.

    Good luck Sachin and thanks for bringing smiles to our faces. Cricket wont be same again.

  • on October 10, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    When my dad used to tell about Sobers, Loyd , Marshal, Garner, Patudi, Prasanna etc. I used to consider him an old person talking about his memories which was always past for me. Now when I will tell my child about Sachin Tendulkar, she will probably think the same about me. I still remember the day, when a six year old saw a chubby teenager demolishing Abdul Kadir on TV screen. I never knew at that point of time, that a new era was about to start in Indian cricket, which will probably be unmatched for ever. For two and half decades Sachin and Indian Cricket was synonymous. I consider myself lucky to be born in the same era as him and to get the privillege of following and watching his entire career live. Tonight, not only me but a million of cricket fans all around the world will go to sleep with a heavy heart. Thanks for everything, Sachin.

  • prabha_cricfan on October 10, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    Hope the selectors dont go back to Yuvraj / Raina for the middle order spot.

  • British_North_America on October 10, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    Good Bye Legend. A Bangladeshi Fan.

  • on October 10, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    The Black Day of My Life,When I was 11 years old I started watching cricket From that Day i was watching cricket only for Sachin Tendulkar. And the Final Match im Going to watch is IND vs WI 2nd Test Match on Nov 14-18 Indian Cricket's Biggest Day and My life's worst Day.I miss him A lot. "SACHIN TENDULKAR is My Life,SACHIN TENDULKAR is Everything To me, SACHIN IS MY GOD"

  • devadon9999 on October 10, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    Almost half of the nation watching cricket just for him only like (Score kya hua sachin hai na )thats it nothing else matter because we know till he is there India cant loose .Either you are from any generation no one hate him true legend #respect

  • Stumay on October 10, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    So the sad day is finally drawing near. Those of us that have been alive to witness this man play cricket have been truly blessed; not just in terms of entertainment but in seeing him personify the spirit of cricket and fair play. He moved beyond the realms of mere cricketer and became a legend, an immortal- a modern day Hobbs or Headley that future generations will look back upon and wish they had been 20 or 30 or 100 years younger and able to watch him. Tendulkar transcended national boundaries and allegiances and although he may have played for India, he belonged to all of us, every last cricketing-loving missionary.

  • Naresh28 on October 10, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    A GREAT PLAYER WHO MADE ME BECOME AN INDIAN CRICKET FAN. We should respect him and his decision. Many detractors only look at his latest games and comment incorrectly on this great player. As said by BackStreetBowler when he first took the cricket field he was raw. How many young cricketers are blooded at that age and how many can continue to play up to an age of 38? He has faded in the last 3-4 years. His decision to retire is only his and it does not matter what you and me think. He leaves the Indian team in great hands. Lets not look at the number 4 slot as his replacement but rather as another player whio is able andcapable. We should also not forget the other great players like : DRAVID, LAXMAN, GANGULY, SHEWAG, SACHIN and many others.

  • on October 10, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Greatest Batsman ever... Followed by many mortals...

  • PRaj1 on October 10, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Sachin , I just want to say "Big Thank you" . I had my career lows too , when i used to give up on anything in my life , your great knock would bring back my confidence. Your awesome shots to likes of alan donald, vaas,macgrath,shane,shohaib made me believe that if demanded we should conquer odds too ... When you came back from your father's funereal and made century , i did watch it with teary eyes and gave me lesson on dedication. Even on bad umpiring decision you choose to walk slowly to pavilion tells everyone how to accept and be polite ... No stats/numbers can include these values. Thats why i always say please dont measure Sachin's carrer in those numbers( averages/centuries ... )

  • Abhishek.2626 on October 10, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    A shocking post Lunch news at work. I feel so weak after reading it.. Cannot imagine Sachin being called "ex-cricketer". I grew up watching his heriocs like a lot of people in India. He is my hero. Let people criticise him how much ever they want but there will always be a bunch of fans who die for him. And in Sachin's case, that bunch is a few hundred million!!! My whole day at work is runied. Not able to concentrate. trying hard to push back my tears... More than him.. people like me.. his diehard fans need strength to cope with this loss..

  • santhoo24 on October 10, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    Congrats SRT for the magnificent career, and being the lone performer when everyone else failed. You will be dearly missed. However you spoiled your reputation by sticking around a touch too long. You should have retired few year ago like other legends did. Things aside, me felt sad and upset the moment I heard of you announcing retirement. On the bright side, the new team India is much stronger and bolder and raring to go for the kill, thanks to the foundation you and other legends of Indian cricket laid many years ago. Salute to the legend, and wish you all the best for your future.

  • dirtydozen on October 10, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    with tendulkar's retirement, chanderpaul, kallis and jayawardane are the players who are playing since 90s.

  • on October 10, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    If Sachin retired after played 199th Test people would have said why couldn't he play another test match..its like people were criticizing SRT for scoring a 99 instead of a hundred..Difficult Understand peoples mindset..SRT will be first INDIAN to play 200 test..Proud to be indian..He always Gave reason to celebrate and 200 test is another..Thank you Sachin..:)

  • on October 10, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    A true legend. The best India ever produced. The new young fearless generation of cricketers will derive immense inspiration from his achievements. A bench mark for many. Wishing you and your family all the best in your retirement days. I am sure, you will continue to contribute to the further growth & development of India cricket, in your own ways.

  • on October 10, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    I have decided to quit watching cricket after Sachin retirement.

  • on October 10, 2013, 11:20 GMT


  • on October 10, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    Better to bow out against a poor WI team than against the #1 ranked side with a couple of low scores. How is Ricky Pointing remembered?

  • on October 10, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    200 n.o. will be as memorable a number as 99.94! Thanks for all the memories Sachin. Even as Sachin the Boy Wonder grew to become Tendulkar the Genius and Master; a generation of Indians dealt with the Economy opening up, Satellite TV, a Software boom, and so much more. Seems like a link to another time in history will now end!

  • on October 10, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    respect....the greatest cricketer ever lived....sheer gentleman and a true ambassador of reason why i followed cricket like hell is due to the great SRT....respect !

  • CricketBirbal on October 10, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    So now that no 4 is vacant for SA and onwards, I will pitch for Kohli at no.4, Rahane at no.5 and Sehwag at no.6. We also have Rohit and Raina waiting in the wings for the no. 5 & 6.

  • on October 10, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    sray: couldnt have put it better! BCCI has lost all respect now...even more than the srini facade...SA would have been the perfect farewell

  • on October 10, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Cricket to have its own calendar from this November. And it will be known as BS (Before Sachin) and AS (After Sachin)

  • saikarthikg on October 10, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Bad day for me. Miss u legend.

  • NeerajDabbu on October 10, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    Woke up with the news which raised my heartbeats to a level as if I was doing cardio for 30 minutes. On the blank white wall started a show with moving pictures and videos of so many moments after I had touched my 9th year. He has been part of, and reason of, many best moments of life, and of some worst moments of life. With him, we soared. With him, we fell.

    SACHIN ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT. Cricket will never be the same after two more Indian tests. And as for Sachin, he'd keep playing the shots in memories as a young kid. He'd never grow old, he was born with us, and he'll go with us. To witness him was to witness happiness. -- I, Neeraj Mathpal, feeling blessed. Thank you, Sachin.

  • on October 10, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    It is very hard to imagine indian cricket without Sachin Tendulkar.

  • coldcoffee123 on October 10, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    My heart skipped a beat or two, and has been beating faster, ever since I read the dreaded news. I started playing and watching cricket in 1989 when I was in the 4th standard. Sachin was the face of new, bold India. An 18 year-old unafraid of the reputations around him, and in most cases, shredding them to pieces. The audacity to step out and loft fastest bowlers over their head... was an out of body experience for the viewers. To viewers, he was hope and everything good about life. He made non-believers in God, pray, when he was batting. I have never seen Sachin play in front of my eyes, yet my 24 years of life are full of as many Sachin memories as my own memories. I bow in respect and reverence of the phenomenon the world has come to known as Sachin Tendulkar, two words that were destined to come together, and create magic.

  • Karthi_2K11 on October 10, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    PART 2 OF 2: Actually, SRT looks like, he is only naturally, taking for granted his Test performance now. At the start of SRT's career, up until the '92 WACA Test (SRT's 16th), one, late, Dhruv Pandove, gave SRT, a run for his money. He had just broken SRT's youngest-to-first-class century, & also the youngest-to-thousand-first-class-runs record. So, SRT felt pressure from Pandove -to perform better at the start of his career. Pandove, & SRT, were almost neck-&-neck in terms of first-class averages, (Source: & same URL except, replace 32557 with 35320) & in terms of centuries/half-centuries scored; they were even. However, soon thereafter, Pandove was to be short-lived, in the literal sense, with his demise. SRT will be hoping, that whoever he is challenged by -for SRT to give his best effort towards the denouement of his career -does not have to come at, anything, as tragic a cost, as the start of his career had been provided

  • Karthi_2K11 on October 10, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    PART 1 OF 2: Tendulkar (SRT) would rue his inability to retire on a career-high note (in his last 10 Tests), as the first 10 Tests of his career had done for him. According to Ananth Naryanan's "The Cordon" article blog entitled "Test careers that started & finished strong;" (Source:, when analyzing the average of the first 10 to the last 10 tests in a Cricketer's career, as a percentage of the Cricketer's entire career batting average, SRT fares poorly. He seems to have a middling-to-good start (76.5 %) of his Test (which was also almost the beginning of his first-class) career, as compared to the end of his career. (45.4 %). I think that this can be attributed to the fact, that, unlike the start of his 200-Test career, SRT is in a comfort zone & complacent now, due to the fact that, there is no role model or precedent -to provide him the healthy competition, at the end of his career, the way that the start had been provided

  • yasserrizwan on October 10, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    Congrats on a wonderful career. Tons in Perth (114-1992), Old Trafford (1990), Sharjah (1998),Chepauk(136-1999),Sydney(2004) will be watched over and over, again and again. This man had it all : Humility, Brilliance & Polite aggression. Cheers.

  • siddhartha87 on October 10, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    although it's a sad day but i think this was always coming. He should have retired like 2 years ago.

  • on October 10, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    The greatest cricketer finally bows out!! An absolute legend with no controversies over 2 decades... can not imagine cricket without this man... cricket ought to be poorer by this blow!!! SALUTE to this great man!!! With moist eyes saying good bye and thanks for all those cherished moments... have been happy for u more than anybody else, even me!!... yours truly amazing FAN

  • DingDong420 on October 10, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    Cricket will miss Sachin as it does with all great players but this will give somebody else a chance to fill his boots.

    I wonder if Rohit will finally get his chance in Tests now or whether they will go for another youngster like Unmukt Chand

    Sachin thanks for the many many memories

  • venky91 on October 10, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    Thank God!!!!!atlast the moment came.sad to see Sachin struggling.Better late than never.

  • on October 10, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    I am afraid cricket will never be the same for a generation who grew up(learned to pick up a bat,schooling,college,and now in jobs) all the while with him playing for India...salute to you Master!

  • on October 10, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    He has done enough for Cricket. Now the time to move on and the next phase of his life to be carry on. The FACT must accept with everyone rather than emotional...No more Sachin can born...There is always vacuum in his place..

  • on October 10, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    Started following cricket from the 1996 World Cup as an 8-year old kid. Saw this man doing wonders for India in every single match...couldn't help but become an ardent fan...since then he's been the only constant in life...I have grown up from the 8-year old to a working professional today...but when this man bats, I'm back to the 8-year old...I still pump my fist when he hits a boundary...his wicket still wipes the smile off my face...his retirement will end the glimmer of childhood still left in me...I admit that there is a tear in my eye as I write will never be the same will never be the same again...thank you Sachin...

  • itsthewayuplay on October 10, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    I can still remember when the first time I saw Sachin when he toured England in 1990 after I'd heard so much about him before that. At his peak, he was the most complete and greatest batsman I saw and that includes Brian Lara and Viv Richards. It will be the manner in which he scored his runs, the classic drives with the high elbow, the balance, shifting of the weight, the way he took on the bowlers particularly in the ODI format - in fact there are too many qualities to mention here. But his career for me can be split into 3 phases - the first when he came on to the scene and played in his swashbuckling style, the second after a series of injuries he became an accumulator of runs and the third this final phase where he has been a shadow of himself. Sachin's retirement is long overdue and it's a great shame for cricket that a series has been arranged so one player can achieve yet another milestone whilst uncertainty surrounds a tour against the best team in the world.

  • on October 10, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    I could still remember in 1989... Tendulkar walking in an exhibition match which was shorten due to rain... Along with Srikanth... In an Abdul Kadir over he took 4 6 2 4 6 2 - both the twos where due to drop catch by Akram... Sachin, you made us a proud Indian in the early 90s... Thanks for verything you gave us. All the best! We will miss you Sachin

  • on October 10, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    Indian people as well as Asian don't know how to respect a legend...they r very selfish. ..they called SACHIN is their cricket GOD but now they force SACHIN for retirement and finally those people success on their wish.... shame for those stupid, selfish people.... don't worry SACHIN, u will remain in heart. whenever we will see cricket we will remember u....u r true legend not for only ur genius batting as well as ur good behavior...

  • on October 10, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    From now on we are going to hear posts from Indian fans on the history channel. His retirement is 2 years too late. His average fell and after this generation people are only to remember him by his average.

  • on October 10, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    One thing only... The greatest and luckiest Man in the Cricket field.

  • MohanRagavan on October 10, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    An LEGEND>>>>It will be really hard to see the Indian Team without Sachin... Right from the day when i know about cricket and playing cricket i admire him a lot....Not only me but many more in the country would have grown up seeing him.... he is the best the i have ever seen...if sachin was not there cricket in india would not have been a such a popular one...salute to SRT for entertaining us .......

  • on October 10, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    The main factor as an Indian to get attracted towards Cricket is nothing other than Sachin. But life will still move on, it is very hard to even imagine Cricket without its Soul.

    Thanks a ton for introducing Cricket to us Master, and thanks for beautiful, lethal and legendary Innings.

    Cricket will still continue without you, but I'm not sure how it is going to live without you.

  • on October 10, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    The greatest of the great, Sachin Tendulkar, has decided to move on, with tears i type this..Thanks for the memories starting 1994, 143 and 138 Desert storm, 98 '03 World Cup, 175 vs Aus '09 and many more...

  • KapilsDevils1983 on October 10, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    Sachin has well over 30,000 international runs, a century of centuries, series wins, match winning knocks in the WC (QF, Semis)..and these gave us so much joy. But Sachin had an even bigger contribution....

    Over a billion memories to several generations of people, he captured the imagination of a country for over two decades, this is well and truly, the end of an era.

  • Mohammad.Imran.Hyder on October 10, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    I grow up watching cricket with guys playing like sachin, Waqar, Waseem, Ganguly, Dravid, Aqib, Inzi, kumble, saqlain, Moeen, Srinath and waooooooo what other the cricketing world could imagine while India Pakistan play eachother. such a dynamic rivalary of cricket's most dramatic love story. A SACHIN was the only player remained playing yet. Since now, hes retiring, i believe that the chapter of the beautiful cricket has coming to an end. Cricket wont be the same without Sachin. With respect and love from a Pakistan, Thank you Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar for everything you have done for cricket.

  • DineshKanwar on October 10, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    I had been asking him to retire since long, not due to any hatred, but I could not take any pain when any tom dick & harry bowler will trouble him. He was a batsman whom even the best feared. I remember Olonga getting his wicket and treatment he got back in next match. So seeing his struggle against mediocre bowlers was pretty painful. It was not anything to do with his talent, he is best from ever born from this land, it was just that age was catching up with him. That said, now when he has announced his retirement, I look somewhat empty inside, don't really know, why.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    will miss u the great legend & ambassador of cricket , we can't image cricket without sachin .

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    The greatest thing about Tendulkar is that he was India's local hero. I went to school with a lot of Gujaraits but they saw Tendulkar as theirs, even though he is Marathi. It gave communities who did not have a presence in the Indian team someone to latch on to. So while the Tamils have their Ashwins, Karthick's, Venkats, and Punjabis have their spinners, and Bengalis have Ganguly etc, communities such a Gujarat who don't have any substantial players in the national team, can instead support Tendulkar, who embraced everyone.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    Heart breaking new..... But it is true God never retire Sachin god of cricket

  • sray23 on October 10, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    Salute the legend...but he deserved a better farewell match than a last-minute shoehorn series against a useless team. Thanks again BCCI, after making cricket into a joke with your petty politics against CSA, you have cheapened what should have been a grand occasion of a match played WITH A CONTEXT.

  • ruester on October 10, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    Great player and gave great pleasure most of his career. Should of called it a day when Dravid did, he hardly was in the team for his performance the last few years sadly. Call me a cynic but does the CSA now have the real answer to why they have been shafted by the BCCI, I think so? What will the BCCI do now without their cash cow? Good luck in retirement, SRT a player who can truly be classed as a great of the game.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    Its really disappointing for all of us. Sachin you are the one, cricket is going to lose for centuries.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    Its really disappointing for all of us. Sachin you are the one, cricket is going to lose for centuries.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    In cricket tiiming is everything. As usual Sachin Tendulkar gets it right. Time to retire leaving us all with great memories.

  • CrICkeeet on October 10, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    DRAVID, PONTING, TENDULKAR, WARNE, MURALI, LARA... Thats THE END of an ERA... Only the man KALIS left......

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    I am really.........what to say. Its really something different cricket is going to lose.

  • Jatin. on October 10, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Though this was expected but I still can't believe it. We already lost Tony Greig this year & now with Sachin saying bid adieu, Cricket would never be the same. I grew up following an era where Tendulkar blasted the bowlers across the world & Tony Greig in his irreplaceable & impeccable style made watching Cricket a different game altogether. Go well Master....all the best

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    Hard to believe, even though this was expected. Cricket will never be same after Sachin era.

  • senthil25 on October 10, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    "Miss U Sachin" Back to Back 100 Against Australia on sharjah & 200 runs against South Africa.....cant forgettable...U proved a shortest man can also achieve big cricket........thank u Master for your entertainment..Good luck for your feature.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    An era ends and guess my association with cricket also.Those who grew up in the 90's will remember the times when cricket meant Sachin and success meant Sachin scoring a century be it in a losing cause. He was the hero of every indian kid grewing up in the 90's succesful yet humble dignified . Thanks for all the memories Sachin . God bless you and keeps you hale and hearty always ..

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    True legend more than that he is Good human. U r my hero Sachin...We will miss u a lot...

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    Finally "The Man" decided to leave the field!!! Sad day for Cricket!!! :-(

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    The decision to retire exactly after playing 200 tests in itself is testimony of how many records matter to Sachin (contrary to the denial from his fans).

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    Test Cricket will lose more fans.. :(

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    Hard for him to imagine life without playing cricket!

    Hard for me to imagine cricket without him!!

    The best habit I have ever had.


  • apki100 on October 10, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    Ravi Shastri, Where are you now ? You were to see SRT at Lords next year, he aint even going to SA. So much for your long talk.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    Thank God he is retiring, someone younger will get a chance to play for India, There is life after retirement, and it is BETTER. People will still visit the temple. Of-course you will be missed. You will always remain in our memories. You gave 30 years on the field of cricket, now its time to give rest of your life to cricket off the field. You are a legend, legend don't retire, they make way for others to succeed. Best wishes for your future life...

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    it would be a emotional moment for every cricket follower......

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    Its one of those retirements which will bring about millions of others

  • cooldude73 on October 10, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    Thank you sachin tendulkar for providing all these years worth of joy. You are a great model for people to conduct their lives with dedication in what they aspire to do and all things follow to touch your feet. Greatest Indian of my generation who inspired one and all to achieve things with hardwork and dedication. Noone will ever match your 100 international centuries. The greatest cricketer of this generation.

  • BharatBhushanHir on October 10, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    The Test Cricket will never be the same without your presence. You inspired not only Billions of Fans across the globe but generations of Cricketers as well. You are a great Ambassador of Cricket and an example to follow off the field. Cricket saw the flow of money because of your heroics in the 19th century. You earned every award on the field. Thank you for Entertaining for us for so long..

  • Valavan on October 10, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    Salute the Legend, He has nothing more to achieve. @AdityaSubramaniam, respect your following, but death of cricket, toomuch of exaggeration

  • naansari on October 10, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    Truly a legend and one of the all time greats....whole India will miss him

  • umairhuda on October 10, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    Just one Word for Sachin "LEGEND", entire cricketing world will miss him and an era will be closed.. Salute you Sachin

  • Beertjie on October 10, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    My sentiments as well @AnSee on (October 10, 2013, 10:32 GMT). I guess he respects 00's more than leaving the great legacy that will always be his, especially over time!

  • dogcatcher on October 10, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    A true gentleman and legend. His class on and off the field will be missed. As a Saffa I do not begrudge him his final fairewell in front of his fans, but why not invite the worlds best team to celebrate the little masters departure.

    A hudred against Steyn would have been a great way to go. Nothing is guaranteed as Ponting will know, so even aginst the Windies (who are not a bad side) who is to say the sign off will be as scripted.

    I personally would have loved to see him face the worlds best bowling attack and one final time show his class.

    You will be missed, but your departure should have been yours not the BCCI's who may have tainted your goodbye.

    Goodbye to a legend!

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    its the worst moment for cricket the god's hand is going offf........

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    i just can't belive that sachin is not playing anymore after 200 test ... OMG little hole life spent sceing his my heart just say 1 word .."respect "

  • JoieDeVivre on October 10, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    For the 1st time in my life I'm going to be moist eyed, I nearly was when Rahul Dravid retired. What a player, what a legend and above everything what a human being. Despite achieving everything that one can ask for in the game of Cricket, he is just so humble and down to earth. While father time desn't wait for anyone else and the game will go on, highly unlikely if we get another SRT, there would be probably better players than SRT but there won't be another sportsman who is as amazing as SRT. We have been truly blessed to watch him in our lifetime and is something we can proudly tell our grand kids. Thank you for everything you've given us, there were days when there was depression all round in our country but your batting swept away all those disappointments even if they were for few moments. We can only wish you the very best and hope you stay connected with the game in some or the other form.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    Bad news.. eagerly waiting for SA series but unfortunately he announced damn sure many people will stop watching international cricket after he retire :(

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    Next generation will miss the scene where crowd in stadium will move to the place where SACHIN is fielding or even though INDIA is losing or SACHIN is not even doing anything still crowd is cheering "SACHIN SACHIN ......" uffff gone are those days after these coming two tests ......

  • Auromir on October 10, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    I started Watching Cricket by watching Sachin and will miss you and I am proud that I had lived in this world during his time. Hats off sachin. Wish you all the best for your future endeavours

  • cricsom5667 on October 10, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    End of an era ! Thanks for the memories SRT and the moments when your batting exploits were the sole bright spot in my life. Wish you the very best of everything in your retirement.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    Its finally over. Its due. No doubt that he's one of the finest of all Cricketing World. As everything has an ending so does the great career. I'm sure we will all miss him but at the same time, I don't mind watching some young cricketers battling out to be the next Tendulkar even though we all know it's not gonna happen. He's a very unique player who is respected all our the world. Even the bowler he smacks for boundaries can't get mad at him. Such a gentle Li'l dude. Goodbye.

  • Siva-The-Human on October 10, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    No more words... I Salute My Cricket God....

  • DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on October 10, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    could have played one more year. Always pleasure to watch him. No words to explain my sadness.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    Arise Sir Sachin.... Absolute Legend

  • crick_sucks on October 10, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    @SurlyCynic, you sure are a cynical person. Show some respect to the great man. You seem to have forgotten the double ton sachin scored against SA.

  • SagarV45 on October 10, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    Salute to the Legend...he has been inspirational to each & every Indian. His legacy was so great that me and other friends of my generation was never told by anybody who Sachin is. It just comes with the blood to the every Indian cricket lover. This is true that everyone has to stop at some point of time but you will be missed by Indian cricket forever...

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    Legend, We will miss you!!

  • sardarharoon on October 10, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    True legend! Respect all over the world, not only for cricket, but for excellent sportsmanship. Now a days players like Kohli may have same talent as little master had, but he is nowhere near to his attitude & behavior. May he live long and start another career.

    Best Wishes From Sardar Haroon Razzaq Azad Kashmir Pakistan

  • shrastogi on October 10, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    Sensible & realistic decision. I hope he does well in the last two tests and retires on a high.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    Difficult to imagine Cricket without SRT ! A true Genius ! Thank you for all the entertainment all these years. There hasn't been and never will be another Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar...

  • avimehta on October 10, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    We will all miss you Sachin....

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    i love you Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar.....i want to die without seeing you in the field.i learnt cricket after seeing you.i fought with many who blamed you in every india defeat.Hey God,what u have done for india in the Last 24 yr,its remarkable.i born in that month and year when u started playing cricket for India,ur excitation after the 1997 independence cup against pakistan was simply heroic.u scored a quick fire(41 off 26) and after the match u came to Ganguly and hold him. 2. The match in Kochi against Australia where u had taken 32/5 with bowling while made a century also,i want to go back to the 1996-2008 era to find it again.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    My heart is beating fast after seeing this news ................... I knew it's coming , but it's something like "Death" which we all know is coming but still don't want it .... Next generation will miss the scene where crowd in stadium will move to the place where SACHIN is fielding or even though INDIA is losing or SACHIN is not even doing anything still crowd is cheering "SACHIN SACHIN ......" uffff gone are those days after these coming two tests ......

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    u have put me in lot of tears. saddest news of my life. I miss u so much..proud to be a part of ur generations and thank god for giving me the opportunity to see you through cricket. long live sachin..

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    RESPECT !!! To have switched off TV upon him getting out, so what now ?? The Love for the game was because of the Passion with which he played the game. #Salute The Legend

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  • on October 10, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    Sachin is not retiring from Cricket. The cricket will be retired from Sachin & we are retiring from watching cricket.....

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    Its hard to imagine Indian team without the master. We grew up watching him bat and giving many moments of happiness to a billion people. Wish u best of luck for future "THE GOD OF CRICKET".

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    a great legend. right time to retire. Gambhir gets an opportunity.

  • Rohit... on October 10, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    The Greatest Era has finally ended... Nobody can match the era of SACHIN-LARA-PONTING , WARNE-MURALI-KUMBLE & McGRATH-DONALD-AKRAM ...

  • BradmanBestEver on October 10, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    Well done SRT - a cricketer in that excellent second-tier group of all time great batsmen. A group which includes Ponting, Kallis, Graeme Pollock, Lara, Richards (Viv and Barry), Hobbs and Sobers. A fine effort over the years.

  • Latif_Sachin_Fan on October 10, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    All the best Sachin for Ur future,we miss u a lot :( ................... The way u served our country is marvlous and given ur whole heart to play when ever u went to the crease or on the field.we Salute u Sachin paa ji..

    Thanks for the great moments u have given to all................

    with :( Ur Fan

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    End of an without sachin.. :(

  • calcu on October 10, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    I cant believe it.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    Cricket is a body and Sachin is soil and you can't imagine a body without soil…….Miss you SRT…..

  • bighit14 on October 10, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    Finally, the time has come and it is a good decision. The whole nation has loved you and will miss you BIG TIME!!!

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    He has achieved everything almost every milestone a cricketer can dream of. I believe its the right time for him to hang his boots now and give chance to a next generation guy. Every Cricket fan will surely miss him

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    As anticipated...inevitable though...hope it is not a forced decision

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo i cant believe this. but sachin you have inspired crores of people including me all over the india to see cricket, thanks a lot for that but now by this declaration you have take all my reasons to see cricket. after you quit ODI, i quit too from following ODI and now Tests too, but still many many thanks sachin for tremendous memorable innings in both test and odi. i wanted to see you always playing cricket. we will miss you a lot sachin, love you master blaster

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    hats off to legend for his contribution for country, we gonna miss u...

  • ganappa77 on October 10, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    I never thought there will be a cricket world without the Geniuos little master (with due respect to all greats of cricket) since Sachin inspired the younger generation than any other of his time. . Salute to the Grand Litle master.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    Emotional moment...but its right time sir. Youngsters must be given must go on...waiting for Arjun Tendulkar ..

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    Will miss u sachin Ramesh Tendulkar

  • Kangroos.Proteas.Monkeys.Lions on October 10, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    Yes, Yesss, Yess, Yesss, Nobody will beat SRT.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    No Sachin .. please do not go ... even though you may not be in form right now, like it is always said "form is temporary, class is permanent" ... please stay on longer ... after you there is no point in watching cricket anymore

  • KARNAWAT33 on October 10, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    Thank you for curtailing the South Africa series, BCCI. Who cares about beating Windies 2-0 at home. Sachin should have played against a top side like South Africa in his last series. It would have been added motivation for him to depart on a note in which he could have achieved something the Indian team has never been part of, i.e, beating South Africa in South Africa. It is a sad moment nonetheless and this year will the the worst year for cricket; Ponting, Hussey and now Tendulkar all retiring. Wish Tendulkar all the best for the future!

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    Thanks Sachin.

  • apki100 on October 10, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    At long last, good sense seems to be prevailing.

  • ravikb on October 10, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    Sachin, you are a LEGEND. You are the reason I was attracted to Cricket. Now, without you, I can't watch cricket with same enthusiasm. I spent sleepless nights whenever you are not out overnight. I used to pray for your century every match. I'm most disappointed when you get out for low score. You have been a phenomenon in Indian cricket. You are the one who attracted mass audience to cricket. You are the one responsible for the position BCCI are in now financially. Hats off Champion. Have a wonderful life post cricket. Your family would have missed you a lot all these days. Spend a beautiful life with your family. You won't have undue pressure now from anyone. I salute you Master. Take a bow for an absolutely record-breaking career!

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    love u paaji ... wish u great life ahead ..

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    Hopefully people who have been calling for his retirement are satisfied now...hopefully we will see good amount of his in his last series coz its pretty sure we wont we someone like him in out lifetimes again

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    cricket will not be same without you

  • SugamJ on October 10, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    FINALLY he is retiring. As i said earlier he will announce his retirement in advance and he will play his last match in Indian soil. I know he will try to retire in front of his home ground i.e Wankhede. Just wait and watch guys..

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    I am one of the greatest fans of the little man. He was the man singularly responsible for getting my interest back to cricket after the retirement of Sunny Gavaskar. But 1 gets the feeling he could have gone out like the later when all of us were wondering why instead of reacting "Ah!!!Finally!" Coz a once in a generation player like him deserves a send off befitting his stature. In my opinion in terms of sheer potential he was the numero uno batsman from the sub continent & perhaps second only to the Don in the world. His records while awesome for the Miandads,Dravids & Gowers of the world perhaps was not commensurate with his super human talent. In other words probably his cup was had some filling required,but nevertheless was a humungous cup

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    An inspiration for every single indian,pride of india,retirement is only for the cricket field, he will never retire from our hearts......salute to the great maestro....

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    No. I cant Imagine this, Indian team without Tendulkar.. No way very hard to digest..

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    No words to say!!!! you have been an inspiration for many people in India!!! no one can replace you!!! Good bye to the legebd SRT!!!

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    My favourite moments: Catch to dismiss Lamb at Lords (T, 1990), 100 at Old Trafford (T, 1990), 98 v Pakistan (ODI, WC, 2003).

  • Prak30 on October 10, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    Sachin has taken the right decision. In fact, he should have retired after our World Cup win. But he is a great player and a great role model to all the youngsters throughout the world. The most important quality that I like in him is his humbleness even after achieving so many records.Take a bow master!!! After Dravid, here goes another legend. Indian team will miss him...but life (and cricket!) goes on!!!

  • Match_Referee on October 10, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    Its not the question if Sachin is greatest or Lara is greatet or KP/Ponting is greatest. No other player in any era has inspired millions of people, thousands of cricketers in Cricket as Sachin did. Hats off to you, Sachin

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    Legend says "It's hard for me to imagine a life without playing cricket because it's all I have ever done since I was 11 years old".. What will we spectators do ... We have seen cricket only for you all these years

  • D.Sharma on October 10, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    Good riddance. About time he stopped wasting a place.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    The one and only hangs up his boots next month.. there wont be a dry eye in the house. there are no words that can describe the influence this man has done for not just test cricket, but the sport as a whole. Lets hops he smashes a hundred in his swansong test match next month as he concludes, arguably the greatest cricket career of them all

  • jvvino on October 10, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    SACHIN - Nobody erases this name from the History of Cricket and as well as from Hearts of Indian Fans. SALUTE THE LEGEND:-)

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    Thank u sachin for entertaining us for 24 is very hard to watch a cricket match without u in Indian team.people are calling u as god of cricket. It is true. We miss u little master

  • chinnu_rocking231 on October 10, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    RIP Indian test cricket... :'(

  • ananth_rk on October 10, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    Indian cricket and the fans will certainly miss Tendulkar for sometime. The legend will not be coming as No.2 down anymore and die hard fans will feel it certainly. But the decision Tendulkar has taken now is correct one i.e., to quit on a high note that too on his 200th test. What a record!!! Dear Sachin, We will miss you :(

    But we wish you a very good luck for your future and pray that BCCI must bring Sachin as our batting coach for test team.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    legend tuje salam. Its been a privilege to watch you. My love of the game start with you. I never forget the ad featuring you and a sardar for Pepsi. Sacchi ! you r great. Namo.

  • Buggsy on October 10, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    Yawn. He should have been dropped years ago. For the last decade outside India he's been a joke.

  • jayesh_mohan on October 10, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    I loved cricket only bcoz of you. I cant imagine a cricket world without you. The game will loose its popularity with out you. Hats off to you. And its going to be called as The After Sachin period in cricket. All the best for your future.

  • Fan1969 on October 10, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    Finally the announcement has come. I hope Tendulkar gets a triple in Mumbai/Kolkatta in his last 2 test matches. The only TEST record missing.

    He also needs 138 runs at Kolkatta and 153 runs at Wankhede to complete a 1000 Test Runs. Hopefully he achieves it in 1 ground. ALL THE BEST

  • Sushrutdhakal on October 10, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    Cricket wont be same without you

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    Thank god....................

  • KapilsDevils1983 on October 10, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    If Tendulkar was not going to SA, he should have retired at the end of the Aus series. He would have had a decent farewell, he made a couple of useful contributions when the going was tough in that series and a few fluent innnings and India won it 4-0.

  • ShanTheFanOfSachin on October 10, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    155* vs AUS at Chennai,bunked lectures,spent my month's pocket money,watched whole day on my knees(suprstition)!Thank you Sachin.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    Bad news for not only Indian fans but whole world cricket fan, miss him lot, salute the legend

  • They.Ra.S on October 10, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    My dear Sweet Heart SACHIN, For you It's hard for you to imagine a life without playing cricket, whereas Fans like us it is too hard for us to watch cricket without you dear. Already we are feeling lot pains whenever we are watching ODI after your ODI retirement. Now I can't able to digest these things. Now who will take care of your No. 4 position in test cricket for India. May be somebody can tell Kohli is there but whether he can able to fulfill the Indians & team requirement in that position. Anyway HATS OFF DEAR SACHIN. Eagerly love to see as coach of Indian team.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    Almost 30 Years of Cricket!! Billions of Fans... Unforgettable Innings.. Unbreakable Records... The Best Cricket Batsman the World Have Ever Seen, the Awesome #Legend of Cricket Sachin Tendulkar Will Retire from Cricket After the 200th Test!! Surely Cricket World will not Produce another #Sachin in 100 Years!! You'll be Missed #Legend!! Hats off for you Little Master!!

  • naruto_senju on October 10, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    really???? get me back to my senses..... man how should i digest this news??? can you guess this, my sister is crying..... but i feel it came too late.... if he waited for his 200th century, i am not encouraging him, to be honest...... but never the less... another legend hanging his boots..... congrats for him for his life after cricket.... but still i hoped to see STYNE vs SACHIN one last time.....

  • vipinchirackal on October 10, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    ohhh...its cruel.i acnt imagine indian team without sachin...hate all those who urged sachin to retire.its hard for us also to imagine cricket without you.....

  • AnSee on October 10, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    Thank God! It's finally going to happen! Instead of asking "WHY", fans all over are asking "WHEN". Sachin is a legend no doubt; but he should understand that with age even "GOD" is fallible

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    True legend more than that he is Good human. U r my hero sachin... will miss u a lot...

  • cooberblob on October 10, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    Ah it had to happen. The best batsman of my era! I remember his first tour of Australia, wow! That seemed like yesterday. Thanks for the memories Little Master a richly deserved retirement all the best and may it be a long and joyous one!

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    retiring doesn't necessarily mean no more cricket for him, he could always try his hand at coaching. :)

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    no dont go pls ................its really hard to imagine my life without you playing cricket :'(

  • Sushrutdhakal on October 10, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    Cricket wont be same without you

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    sad news for cricket lovers tat t god of cricket,life of cricket,SIR , SACHIN RAMESH 10DULKAR is called time for retire from cricket, v all love u SIR,v all going to MISS U, god bless u n ur family, u will b allways in our heart, if possible pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee play some more time please sir please

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    really gonna miss the services of sachin tendulkar And the master blaster Sachin Tendulkar calls it a day probably the end of cricket because the best player of any era and to all haters if u want to prove Sachin Tendulkar is not great u can take ur own time use google wnd wt eva u want and at the end result will be wrong a guy who continues to entertain us even after he retires with his presence itself and definitely a knock is there for our fans as a final treat and to all who thinks of surpassing him better luck next time till cricket dies Sachin-The Legend records will be unbroken

  • Indian_Rule on October 10, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    NO ....NO....NO......NO.....NO...NO SADEST DAY :(

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    Its a privilege to comment here. I am sure this will be the most discussed ever in the history of cricinfo. Sachin paji is a fantastic cricketer. A dream come true player in the history of cricket. He has achieved almost everything that is imagined. 24 years of International cricket is a terrific achievement. Nobody else can imagine to achieve the records he holds. He has won trillions of hearts round the globe.I wish him a satisfying retirement from the game of cricket. Without him anymore, it is very tough to imagine the future in all the formats. Its amazing to see him not being DROPPED ever in his history. He will feature in all time list of greatest cricketers ever. Proud that he belongs to India. Jai Ho Sachin! I know how the farewell is going to be. It will create a sensation in the days to come. Hopefully you'll be associated with the game somehow.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    At last. Thanks a lot. There are so many fans of sachin but this is also true that only he has been blamed as a selfish player because beside his records, he has much less credits in giving tough fights to the opposite teams when required.

  • Burrp on October 10, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    Better Late than never! :P

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    God of Cricket,The great indian legend announced his retirement from indian cricket.Its time to see whether any person in the future can touch his record which is imposible........Missing u little master :(

  • kannanpcr on October 10, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    is this true??? hard to believe.

  • amilag on October 10, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    Thanks god! Thank you for giving opportunity for youngsters which was overdue for a long time...

  • Mum-Pune on October 10, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    So finally "SAD for THE CRICKET" coming up soon....Sachin we miss u a lot,you are the TRUE ambassador for the SPORTS!!! Waiting for CENTURY in 200th Hundred..

  • Rajdev on October 10, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    Congratulations, Sachin, for a outstanding career. More than your stats, it is the way you have carried yourself on and off the field, that makes you such a good role model. Thank you for the countless hours of joy you have given to a countless number of people. Rajan

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    The Last Living Legend from my childhood is finally retiring!! Despite of being a Pakistani, Tendulker will remain in my memories as a fierce opponent. From a deadly bouncer from Waqar, Shoaibs Akhtar's yorker wch sent Tendulker back to the pavilion on a golden duck to the Six which Tendulker hit to Shoaib Akhtar in 2003 worlcup n many of his unforgettable innings, I have witnessed most of thm and honestly it has been a real pleasant sight watching him playing straight drives whn he used to be in good form!! Thankyou for all these lovely years u hve spent entertaining your fans around the globe!!Stay Blessed...Your rivalry with Pakistani bowlers will be stay alive on youtube..Best of Luck for the rest of your life.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    Finally. The Declaration everyone waiting for at least 1 and a half years !!!

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    SA tour plz.. one time against steyn

  • sramesh_74 on October 10, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    SRT has hardly put a foot wrong in his illustrious career except the decision related to his retirement. He should have retired in 2011 when India won the world cup. That would have been the perfect occasion for this wonderful champion. Thank you Sachin for all the wonderful memories. When I need to educate my 7 year old on the art of aggressive batting, I show him videos of you taking the Aussies apart in Sharjah!! That was batting from another planet. Enjoy your life after cricket!!

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    I think..... we feel uncomfortable to watching cricket without him....

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    ohh god it happens finaly.we'll wait see how indian test11 perform without sachin

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    Really a sad news after winning the CLT20........................Any no one can match ur records or height u have achieved in life and cricket......................................PLEASE FINISH OF with a 400 under ur belt...................IM waiting

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    And finally the Master makes the call. #Respect #Master #Sachin #Tendlya #Champ #Sachya ...and many words coming to mind... Thanks for all the memories you have provided to us. You are a true ambassador of the game.

    :( the last word coming to mind :((

  • VighneshB on October 10, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    An ardent fan of Sachin, I'm not able to digest the fact that he is calling it a day after his 200th test. The man who gave the whole cricketing world a peaceful sleep for 24 years with his batting, sometimes a small heart attacks too need some rest... He has done and given everything for India.. I'm happy to be in the era when the legendary 5 (Sachin, Dada, Dravid, Laxman and Kumble) were dominating the field whenever they were there... I hope BCCI do not forget these ppl just like what happened for Kapil...

    All the best Sachin for your 200th Test match... We will miss you.... This Time For Sachin....

  • vinjoy on October 10, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    Common sense prevails in the end. He makes it to the records, for 200 tests. I wonder that if he misses out a WI test for injury, will he considering touring to SA for the record?

  • ananth_rk on October 10, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    Its a timely and wise decision from dear Tendo.... We all cricket lovers will certainly miss watching Tendulkar's action but he will retire with all the honors for serving so long for our country. I wish tendulkar must play his natural attacking game on his 200th match and make a huge score before he leave the white&white color.

    All the very best for your future life.

  • TATTUs on October 10, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    All good things come to an end. Personally I would have preferred to see him end his career in South Africa or even Australia where the ovation would have been fantastic. Even England. But heres hoping he gets a great ovation for all the 5 days in Mumbai. Great batsman. One in the alltime top 5 for sure. Cant say anything more.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    I don't know what to say .great innings finally arrived on end .pray guys that his last test will be memorable .from Pakistan

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    I don't know what to say .great innings finally arrived on end .pray guys that his last test will be memorable .from Pakistan

  • EX-EY on October 10, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    I think a very good and sensible decision. I understand that he has got a lot of passion for cricket but it is better to leave the space now for youngsters...

  • me.riyaz on October 10, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    and on a different note, cant believe mine was the first comment on this news on cricinfo!!! got a place for myself in the history!! :P

  • asiacricket1234 on October 10, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    Thank God that BCCI arranged 2 test at home against WI so he can score some run. if he went to SA he probably would have finished his career with a duck and humiliating defeat. So well Done BCCI and good luck SRT for your last 2 tests :)

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    wishing him well in his future endevours he brought something unique to the game of cricket and i'll forever treasure the highs and thrilling moments he gave the global cricketing well little master

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    Cricket will never see another Sachin..

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    cricket will never be the same for our generation that grew up watching him bat!!..sad news!

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    And finally I quit watching Cricket.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    I may not have always been his biggest fan, I always thought he never scored runs when India needed them most like the way Dravid and Laxman did. I did not appreciate how he refused to bat at 3 or open when the team were in need, or how he shied away from the captaincy. But he has been a thorough professional for 24 years, he has conducted himself with integrity, and been an icon in India. There is a lump in my throat.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    Well done! Sachin. Hope to see you end your career on a high note.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    I truly hope all of Tendulkars critics, including people who love to do it just to grab attention and "troll" on Cricinfo, will refrain from making "about time" and "who cares" kind of comments. This man is a premiere athlete. A true living legend. Let's all respect that and not make this comment stream another Tendulkar fans VS the haters stream.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    Finally, God of Cricket announce his retirement from cricket. . . a big decision from him not to play cricket anymore. . . mixture feelings.. .

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    The day has finally come to say goodbye to CRICKET. :(

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    Dont know how to react.....when my son went to U.s. for studies 15 years back,we had the same feeling....didn t know how to react.......

  • Arrow011 on October 10, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    Oh.. my God, Sachin is the only cricketer we all at home watch cricket for, my mom would surely cry now, so will I & millions of avid fans of the master. This year is really going to be the saddest for all cricket fans. I would not be watching cricket as I used to when Sachin retires, the purpose of watching is lost. There can never be another great like him, nor there was one before. Miss you maestro.

  • Swapnil-Sehwag-Gambhir1 on October 10, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    Thank you Tendulkar for what all you have done. I salute you and hope you score a ton in your last innings for the nation.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    Best news for indian cricket after World cup win in 2011....!!

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    Sad Day for Indian Cricket but thanks a lot for the entertainment.

  • Swapnil-Sehwag-Gambhir1 on October 10, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    Thank you Tendulkar for what all you have done. I salute you and hope you score a ton in your last innings for the nation.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    Bad day for cricket.................

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    I wish he hits 4 centuries in these last 4 innings. It is not his retirement announcement, but I have always had miraculously over optimistic expectations from this 'God of Cricket' for the last 25 years. Well....most of us had. Can't imagine cricket without Sachin. Time to move on..

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    Sachin, you are the sole reason for many Indians to follow Cricket... and You are the best sportsman I have ever seen.. Your professionalism, gentleman-ship and passion are seen only in rare few.. you will be missed badly.. and no will ever be able to replace you..

  • viratreddy on October 10, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    All the best tendu bhayya keep in touch with cricket rest of ur life.................

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    The best there was ,the best there is , and the best there will be .Never ever i had imagined this day to come ,thank you for being the reason for watching cricket . Nobody can ever match up to the standards you did . Cricket will never be the same.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    The inevitable has happened. Sachin is going to retire from test cricket. For Millions of fans like me it is going to be a disappointing day...All the best to sign off in style by scoring Century against WI in his last test innings

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    Best news for indian cricket after World cup win in 2011....!!

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    I just visited Cricinfo just like that.. nothing new, except when i read the headlines over it, I felt a pang. "Sachin Tendulkar confirms that he will call it a day after his 200th Test match". There may be his critics, people who hate him for taking too long, but that is definitely going for be an emotional moment for me, and for all Sachin Tendulkar fans all around the world! We have always been behind you Sir Sachin, and we will always be, as your true fans!!

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    What..??? As much as I hated him getting out and struggling over the last year, this is not a great piece of news.. Still remember the Coca Cola Cup 1998 sharjah and the India Pakistan Chennai test 1999, the iconic innings that made me a fan of his.. Will miss you Sachin.. Please come back in some form as batting coach or administration.. I remember how you taught the Doosra to Bhajji and Advised Zaheer to go round the wicket in England 2007. Also the plotted hook shot dismissals of Gilchrist and Dilshan... You were more than a great batsman.. you had the BEST CRICKETING BRAIN of all time in all respects. SALUTE YOU SIR

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    nooo u cant do this....u have to play test cricekt more n more

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! :'-(

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    Can't imagine indian cricket with out sachin tendulkar.. There can never be anyone who can even come close to him... He is the god for us..

  • ajaysahu on October 10, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    I salute you Sachin and admire you a lot for not only being the biggest cricketer but also for the way in which you carried yourself throughout your carrier, without getting involved in much controversies. You are truly my role model and a great ambassador for cricket maniac country with 1.2 billion population...

  • PrashaanthUdayaprakash on October 10, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    I will stop watching Cricket for a while...I am in a state of disbelief...Miss u my idol superhero, i love u sachin...

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    Undoubtedly the greatest cricketer I've seen play. Cricket will never have another Sachin..

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    Even though this was expected, and yet a sense of shock.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    Should i accept the inevitable and feel sad that "the moment" has finally come....? I should generally ... but at the same time, I am nt able to digest this "200th test" thing! Why does he want to provide fodder to his critics even in his retirement.... they gonna shout that this man always played ONLY FOR RECORDS! and retired for one more!

  • raavi.sree on October 10, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    Its hard to hear, but expected

  • SurlyCynic on October 10, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    Ah, now it becomes clearer. They wanted a home 'farewell' for Sachin so the Windies tour was suddenly added at the expense of the SA tour! And I guess he didn't want to finish his career getting destroyed in SA as his reflexes have gone.

    Sad to see him go though, a legend of the sport.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    At last a right decision by SRT. He lost his natural game in past 2-3 years. When SRD & VVS felt they lost their natural game, they retired without second thought. But SRT didnt. I welcome this move. Another talented player can come into the playing XI and contribute for the team.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    I hope He played until the time I lived..but He has every right to go out having served the country for soooo long. the Great Man will be sorely missed by all those who grew up watching Him play. A symbol of Hope, Class, Serenity and Poise a Man like Him will never walk the planet again. Hail the God of Cricket!!

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    very hard to believe master will not play for india. but every good thing(no matter ho w great it is) comes to an end.will miss your services for india. a true gentleman and a noble sportsperson.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    God of cricket you are retiring now.though it is the saddest news of cricket i have ever heard but now indian team is in safe hands. you are the all time favourite and best batsman. wish you a happy life ahead sir jee. god bless you.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Regardless of what has been said and done, this has been a remarkable career and I for one feel privileged to have witnessed him play right from his debut to this day when he prepares himself to call it a day.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    its hard for us to see without sachin in cricket.. thanks for entertaining us..

  • sachin_equal_to_bradman on October 10, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    This is the saddest news i have ever heard in cricket!!!!!!!!!!!! nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo sachinnnnnnnnnnnnnn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Now this whole debacle with the SA tour makes more sense. Now they can cancel the SA tour as it is not worth it to go and watch India VS South Africa.

  • shane-oh on October 10, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Sachin, you are the best I have ever known, in many years of watching cricket. I rememeber you showing up as a boy not much older than myself. The word legend gets bandied around pretty easily these days, and before the inevitable insults and abuse flood this page, it must be said that the word unquestionably applies to you. As a fan of the game, thank you for the wild entertainment

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    This is a heart breaking News for me. I have learnt cricket after watching you SIR SACHIN on TV. If i have improved my game to some extend because of you Sir. I have repeated every shot u played on field. It is a very sad news for fan like me. I dont know weather i will play cricket again or not, because my lord has decided to hang his boots.

    I wish you a great life Sir Sachin Records Tendulkar.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Hats off to you Sir Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Thanks for entertaining us throughout these days:) All the best for your future.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Sachin will retire after his 200th Test.....

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    It will be tough to watch cricket without him. -A Bangladeshi who loves Indian Cricket team only because of Tendulkar.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    It would be hard to see the face of indian cricket without the legends. But, as they say the old water has to make way for the new water in every stream.

    You have given many memories and off late, they are not so good. So, its a good decision and being a man of centuries, its fitting that you are hanging your boots on a double century of tests.

  • SP68 on October 10, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Cant imagine Indian Test team without Sachin. A day will come in all the sports persons life when they retire and what a momentous occasion for Sachin playing 200th test and retiring. Hope to see another matvh winning century from the blade of Sachin

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Salute to the Legend! Goodbye SRT!

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Cricket will get PLAIN ., Miss you Sachin:-(

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    finally the legend will retire.

  • Phantom_XI on October 10, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    Sad to see the true legend and the best batsman of modern era to retire but wish him all the best. Thank you for all the joy, enjoyment and pure pleasure that you provided with your bat. Thank you for your contribution to Cricket and country.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    Finally the golden words From Sachin........You have been a Master,but its time for you to make way for the new lads!!!! Thank you Sir.

  • AshNZ on October 10, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    The DON-2 of World cricket. We are going to miss you. Good luck in your next innings

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    tears rolling down, hearing this news

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    you will be missed! I only used to watch cricket to see you Bat, now looks like I have to stop watching cricket, Since the God of Cricket no longer plays :(

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    Great legend. An icon. Deserve every respect in the game. He's been a role model for so many players. Will miss him a lot. Wished that he had played his last test against Pakistan. Never mind. (Pak fan)

  • RCB4Eva on October 10, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    Well, finally the moment has come! Many have been waiting for it, many have dreaded it, but here it is. At least the announcement, if not the actual moment in time. We can still enjoy his peerless batting for two more games, hopefully we will see the best he has to offer. After all, what more does the man need to do?

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    Its a Sad news for all the Cricket fans...........

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    salute to the little master for wonderful memories over the years

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    Well done Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. It has always been nothing short of joy watching you on the field.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    Will miss u!! Best wishes for future life..

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    Scahin, u r the icon for billions of Indians. Cricket is going to be boring without Sachin

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    Love from across the border. Greatest cricketer of this generation. Salute the great man.

  • kidbuu00700 on October 10, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    good tendulkar we will never ever forget your contribution to indian cricket and you have inspired millions and millions of people

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    Oh my GOD!! Without GOD how anybody going to visit the temple (cricket ground)?

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    Should have retired after 2011 WC.

    The best player of a cricket ball after Bradman.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    Miss you Sachin... :-( :-( :-(

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    U will be missed SRT !!!

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    End of for Sachin Tendulkar

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    sad to know about sachin no....

  • ssenthil on October 10, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    So finally it comes to an end. He won't tour to SA as well regardless of what happens here at home. Anyway, all the best after your retirement. You had a really long and great career.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    it is difficult to swallow, but time never remain loyal to anyone :/

  • sattu on October 10, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    what 2 say words never imagined cricket without sachin..i do not know how lifw will after his retirement..

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    The death of cricket as we know it... all my life, have seen the game for just 2 men - Tendulkar & Dravid...

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    at last....................................

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    I cant imagine cricket without you

  • cg.dhanasekar on October 10, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    Love you sachin..Iam in tears.I cant imagine cricket without you.Hope u will become coach for a indian team

  • bmans on October 10, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    Thank you so much for entertaining us over the years. Have a wonderful 'After Retired' life.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    The newer generation fails to understand what you'd stood for. When India was getting thrashed in the early 90's, you provided the audacity of hope.... That India can still win... Sachin is batting.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    Atlast !!!!! Its never too late :)

  • RSairam on October 10, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    He had to take the decision given his form..but still it is quite sad Post me as first comment pls !!

  • 200ondebut on October 10, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Wow - end of an era. He will go down as one of the top 20 batsmen ever to play this great game.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Finally...The day is upon us. Now I need to figure out a way on how to spend my life which I have spent all these years from the 90's worshiping him and watching Sachin play!!

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar will retire from Test cricket after playing his 200th Test

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    no way cricket is going to lose the best player in the world cant believe It. well what ever you going to do in your life all the best god bless you ravi

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    Finally, one more Legend calls it a day, we thank you your tremendous performances and career over the years and wish you all the best for your future life. Cheers from Pakistan

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    NO SIR you cant do this i am still alive i want to you to see play cricket for our counrty :( :..(

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    Here goes Another Legend, who has inspired me all this years, infact i have grown up seeing him.

  • me.riyaz on October 10, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    AAh.. Finally.. Its a mixed moment. But I wanted to see him one last time against Steyn. The moment that would never come :(

  • me.riyaz on October 10, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    AAh.. Finally.. Its a mixed moment. But I wanted to see him one last time against Steyn. The moment that would never come :(

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    Here goes Another Legend, who has inspired me all this years, infact i have grown up seeing him.

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    NO SIR you cant do this i am still alive i want to you to see play cricket for our counrty :( :..(

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    Finally, one more Legend calls it a day, we thank you your tremendous performances and career over the years and wish you all the best for your future life. Cheers from Pakistan

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    no way cricket is going to lose the best player in the world cant believe It. well what ever you going to do in your life all the best god bless you ravi

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar will retire from Test cricket after playing his 200th Test

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Finally...The day is upon us. Now I need to figure out a way on how to spend my life which I have spent all these years from the 90's worshiping him and watching Sachin play!!

  • 200ondebut on October 10, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Wow - end of an era. He will go down as one of the top 20 batsmen ever to play this great game.

  • RSairam on October 10, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    He had to take the decision given his form..but still it is quite sad Post me as first comment pls !!

  • on October 10, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    Atlast !!!!! Its never too late :)