Sachin Tendulkar's retirement October 10, 2013

Ear-splitting, earth-shaking, shiver-inducing

Cricket writers pick their abiding Tendulkar memory
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The lights in the press box started flickering
Steven Lynch: I've only ever been to one ODI at the Wankhede Stadium, India's match against Australia in November 2003. Australia made 286, and as the innings break finished the noise - which was already pretty loud - started swelling, and swelling. Sachin Tendulkar was coming in first. As the crowd realised it was him, the volume ratcheted up and up, feet drummed on the floors of the stands, and the lights in the press box started flickering. I'm not sure that the ceiling wasn't shaking. Virender Sehwag was out for a duck, but the Mumbai crowd didn't mind much: Sachin made 68. I'm fairly sure the onlookers didn't mind too much that India lost, either. It was an ear-splitting, shiver-inducing experience. And I bet there will be something similar during his 200th and final Test.
Steven Lynch is the editor of the Wisden Guide to International Cricket 2013

Forever the floppy-haired teen
Nicholas Hogg: So farewell to the "Little Master", and farewell to a player not only worshipped for his venerable cricketing abilities but universally admired for the way in which he played the game, both on and off the field. The 100 hundreds are carved in stone, but for me he is forever the floppy-haired teenager sprinting in to take that stunning one-handed catch at Lord's in 1990. Watching the glorious clip again one can see a love of cricket that would carry the ebullient youngster into legend.
Nicholas Hogg is a novelist and co-founder of the Authors Cricket Club

That Centurion six
Saad Shafqat: In Pakistan we've always been deeply envious that India produced Sachin Tendulkar. He combined a subcontinental physique with a self-effacing manner and incomparable batting ability. I remember when he came out to bat against us during a match in Centurion in the World Cup of 2003. It was, inevitably, a highly anticipated contest, with cranked-up emotions on both sides. I had thrown a party at my house in Karachi to follow the game with a few other die-hard fans. We thought Pakistan had a defendable total, and with some top names in our bowling line-up, we sensed a decent chance.

During the innings break, we ordered pizza and it arrived piping hot and smelling delicious just as Tendulkar, who had come out to open, took guard. There were all these great hopes from Shoaib, but Tendulkar had soon carved him over point for six. Nobody felt like eating after that.
Saad Shafqat is a writer based in Karachi

Keeping the promise
Ed Smith: For 24 years Sachin Tendulkar has shouldered the expectations of a billion people. All sportsmen face pressure; no one else has known pressure quite like that.

His solution was beautifully simple. The batting crease was his sanctuary from fame. Bat in hand, the conductor of events, he could escape the soap opera of his own life. One memory of Tendulkar stands out - not a moment of virtuoso brilliance, instead a sign of acceptance, perhaps even reconciliation.

I suggested he finish the match in style, there and then, with a straight six. He smiled and then drilled this thing flat and gunbarrel straight over the middle of the sightscreen
Mark Nicholas

He had hit a perfect off drive to bring up his first Test match century, against England in 1990. As the crowd cheered, Tendulkar did not leap into the air. He did not pump his fist or flash his sponsored bat. Instead, he looked up briefly to the heavens, the source of his genius, then modestly down at the ground, the predestined stage for his career. His eyes stayed fixed on the grass for a moment, accepting the responsibilities ahead as well as the pleasures of the present.

"I was given a great gift, a great talent," his body language implied. "Much is expected, much to be given, duties to be honoured." It looked like a promise was being made.

He was 17 years old. The boy kept that promise.

Kid's got mettle
Ayaz Memon: My best Sachin Tendulkar memory predates his international career. After his world-record partnership with Vinod Kambli in schools cricket as a 15-year-old, he made a magnificent start to his first-class career, scoring centuries in Ranji, Duleep and Irani Trophy matches - all before he turned 16.

In the 1988-89 season India were to tour the West Indies under Dilip Vengsarkar. After such rousing performances, it seemed a cinch that Tendulkar should be in the touring party. But he wasn't. The selectors, afraid of the teenager being hit by the fearsome fast bowlers the West Indies possessed then, kept him out of the side.

The actor Tom Alter and I were collaborating on a sports video called Grandstand for Sportsweek magazine, for which Tendulkar was interviewed. He came to the venue, Hindu Gymkhana in Bombay, straight from a match or practice, kit bag in tow.

After waiting patiently for his turn to face the camera, when asked if he was disappointed at not being selected, he said yes. When told that the selectors did not want to expose him to the fast bowlers for fear of injury, Sachin replied, "If I get hurt, I will learn quicker.''

In those few words, he showed me the mettle and character that would make him one of the greatest in the game.
Ayaz Memon is a senior Indian journalist who writes on sport and other subjects

Everything went quiet when he batted
Christian Ryan: No one memory topples others, just a summer - six summers gone - of biff and swipe, Haydos and Symonds, and niggle, and Harbhajan, bank ads on sightscreens and zinc on lips, James Brayshaw in the commentary box, and a sense of the players mentally polishing adjectives to feed their ghostwriters for their forthcoming 550-page ego trips. Warne was retired. I wasn't on the cricket-writing beat. I watched in the cracks, plucking out passages of play I desperately didn't want to miss, Tendulkar. Eight times he batted. Everything would go quiet.
Christian Ryan is a writer in Melbourne and the author of Golden Boy

The man who loved cricket
Rob Steen: Lord's 1990. Thwarted from making India follow on by Kapil Dev's fabulous fusillade of sixes off Eddie Hemmings, England are declaration-bound when Allan Lamb miscues a drive off Narendra Hirwani. As it soars towards Mars, long-on inches reluctantly to his left, appetite absent. Suddenly we spot a petite figure hurtling towards him from long-off, gaze fixed on the prize. Still at full pelt, the boy disdains the impending collision and nonchalantly intercepts the swooping orb with his right hand. That venerable scribbler John Thicknesse justly dubbed it "as wonderful an outfield catch as Lord's has ever seen", but it was much more than that. It was my first taste of the joy the boy derived from his calling, and the joy it enabled him to impart. There can only be one title for the biopic: The Man Who Loved Cricket.
Rob Steen is a sportswriter and senior lecturer in sports journalism at the University of Brighton

What the fuss was all about
Rob Houwing: Just how good was this young Tendulkar, really? Remember that in the South Africa of 1991, only in its very virgin stages of apartheid burial, we saw so little of the outside world and what made it tick; what made it cheer and cry. So when our national team, hastily assembled for first official combat in more than two decades, made that momentous three-ODI tour of India, one of my first thoughts ahead of the Kolkata opener was how this much-trumpeted wunderkind, 18, would fare against our debutant, strongly hyped strike bowler Allan Donald.

More rigidly glued than usual to a TV screen, I'll never forget the immediate masterclass from both: in a nervy, low-scoring affair edged by the hosts, "White Lightning" bagged a five-for, yet Tendulkar's expressive 62 (he'd taken to the crease at 3 for 2) went a long way to nudging the Indians over the line. It was just the start, concerning Tendulkar, of my appreciatively grasping what the fuss was about.
Robert Houwing is chief writer for www.Sport24.co.za

'The crowd loved it, and so did I'
Mark Nicholas: The year after I retired from first-class cricket I was asked to lead the Duke of Norfolk's XI against India. Sachin was captain and it was fun to toss up with him, though he rather flattened the occasion by choosing to bowl first. We were a pretty ordinary team, save Robin Smith, who made 60-odd.

Anyway, Sachin made a hundred in pursuit of about 170 to win and seemed to enjoy his partnerships with Navjot Sidhu and Sanjay Manjrekar. With India needing 6, I brought myself on to bowl - just to be able to say for the rest of my life that I bowled to Tendulkar.

All about him, the Anglo-Asian diaspora hit pure worship mode, hollering and hooting, but he was in a moment of both serenity and sadness. I'd never seen batting, adoration or poignancy like it. What a player
Tanya Aldred

Sanjay blocked the first three balls of gentle offspin and took a single from the fourth. Sachin drove the next to the extra-cover boundary - scores level. I suggested he finish the match in style, there and then, with a straight six. He smiled and then drilled this thing flat and gunbarrel straight over the middle of the sightscreen. The crowd loved it. So did I. Alongside Barry Richards, he is my favourite batsman ever. Salute Sachin.
Former Hampshire batsman Mark Nicholas hosts Channel 9's cricket coverage

Tendulkar's totem
Jon Hotten: When I think of Tendulkar, one of the first images I get is of his bat, the one he used on that tremendous spree that drew him close to his unapproachable record of one hundred international hundreds. If the game of cricket has an Excalibur, it's that piece of willow. It must have fit his hand so perfectly that he couldn't bear to lose it. He kept patching it up, taping it, binding it, loving it, not parting with it even when its centre was actually beginning to blacken with the number of balls that had struck it. Even Tendulkar needs a totem, and that bat was it. I bet he's still got it too.
Jon Hotten is a writer based in England

A greatness that transcends the instant
Gideon Haigh: Boxing Day Test match, 2003. Virender Sehwag slashing the ball to all points. But the crowd is waiting for Sachin; it's almost like they're holding something back in expectation. Finally he appears, a tiny white dot amid the coloured throng, and emerges from the gate to a reception of a kind I can imagine greeting Bradman in his pomp. This is the moment. This is the man. I've seen many great visiting players at the MCG, but none, I suspect, whom the crowd has so openly wanted to succeed - his achievement, they sense, will ennoble them also.

Sod's Law. Murphy's Law. The Little Master feathers his first ball down the leg side to the keeper, and the crowd, which has barely finished applauding Tendulkar's entrance, begins to applaud his exit. I am quite proud of my fellow Melburnians. They know that Tendulkar's greatness transcends the fallibility of the instant, and they cheer him to the echo all the way off. At the end of my aisle, two people get up and leave. They've come to see Tendulkar, and not even Sehwag will do. I saw Tendulkar make tons of runs, but this isolated failure, and the public's response, was a telling event in itself.
Gideon Haigh is a cricket writer and historian in Australia

"He strode in like a miniature colossus"
Ashley Mallett: The ground rose as one to greet Sachin Tendulkar. He strode to the wicket like a miniature colossus and there was a standing ovation, one that befitted this modern Bradman.

Almost immediately he drove sublimely for four through the covers. There were a few hits to leg for singles or twos but no other classic Tendulkar boundaries. Then the sky fell in.

Tendulkar lamely hit a ball from a pedestrian medium-pacer straight to cover point and departed for a paltry 11. It was as if the enemy had aimed for an eagle and had killed a dove: cricket's darling had fallen foul of a badly directed salvo.

The year was 2002, or was it 2003? No matter, Tendulkar lives in the memory of all who saw his batting wizardry. I met him in Colombo years later but that short innings in England in whatever year burns in my memory of modern cricket's great batsman.
Offspinner Ashley Mallett took 132 Tests wickets in 38 Tests for Australia

A moment of serenity and sadness
Tanya Aldred: Nevil Road, Bristol, May 1999. A little man stands in the middle of a slightly down-at-heel county ground, looking up at the patchwork southern sky. He has just scored a quite beautiful, scintillating century in a World Cup game for India. Yet two days earlier he had been at his father's funeral in Mumbai. All about him, the Anglo-Asian diaspora hit pure worship mode, hollering and hooting, but he was in a moment of both serenity and sadness. I'd never seen batting, adoration or poignancy like it. What a player.
Tanya Aldred is a writer in Manchester

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  • on October 11, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    I think of the googly he bowled to Moin Khan as the last ball of the day. Its not about the wicket, better batsmen must have been bowled by better wrong ones. But what still remains in my mind is Sachin's reaction after that. He was like a child, who has been gifted with his first geometry box, first water colour box. He just kept pumping his fist, jumping around. He was born to play cricket.

  • on October 11, 2013, 2:20 GMT

    My favourite Tendulkar moment was at the end of the 1999 tour of Australia. He captained India to a 3-0 defeat, but as a batsman he scored runs in each of the three tests including one century. He looked so far ahead of the other Indian batsmen that they didn't belong in the same team with him. After the third test he was awarded the Player of the Series and was very sheepish about it, pointing out that Ricky Ponting had outscored him by a fair way. I thought he deserved the award for the quality of his batting under extreme pressure, plus an extra for his humility and generosity to his opponents. He'll be much missed on India's next tour of Australia.

  • on October 10, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    It was on 24th Feb 2010 when I was in class room training in Mysore Infosys, sachin was approaching 200 and we were requesting the educator to leave the class soon which he didn't accept. As soon as the class was over everyone started running on foot paths as if some marathon was going just to reach their hostel rooms to see their hero make 200. I simply couldn't believe such a love for a cricketer. That was my best moment which will remain forever in my memory.

  • on October 25, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    There is no only single moment that I remember him for. His blistering innings against Pakistan in 2003 world cup, his straight-bat sixes against Australia in those two innings in Sharjah when I heard Tony Greg roar "what a player" every time he hit the ball out of the park, his classy double ton against the Aussies in SCG and his every cover shot he played- all left an impact that changed my prospective about the game. But, out of him, the innings of 175 against Aussies in hyderabad was a masterpiece. That is truly one of the innings you will love to watch. He played a one-man-show display. I have that innings saved with me, whenever I m in mood of watching some classy batting, I turn on that innings. It pleases me. I can't imagine of following anyone like him ever in the game.

  • on October 17, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    My favorite moment among hordes of moments will be the Sydney Test on 2nd January 2004 when he made that Double Century against Australia. This innings was not very pretty and as most will be aware he was having a very lean patch till this innings as per his Standard. There were so many of the Anti Sachin people who wanted him to be dropped and I used to have heated conversation with them especially with a friend of mine from the Society. After this innings I shaved my head and instead of retorting him with words I showed my shaved head and he had to leave speechless.

  • on October 15, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    My favorite Tendulkar moment is whenever he on strike, streets go empty with pedestrians. Bite nails and also feel cordial heart attack if bowler appeals for LBW against him. Hold nerve with natural exit was of human body i.e. no.1 and no.2. Thant makes so special.

  • on October 15, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    Bangalore 25th March 1998. Mark Taylor's Australia are playing to save grace having lost the first two tests in Chennai and Calcutta. I was 11 and yet having heart palpitations as Tendulkar walked in and Sidhu walked out. I stood, with my father at my side, in the customary applause, greeting the master into the epochal moment.Those were still the days when test cricket stands were filled with the true admirers of test cricket.

    As we settled, in the BEML stand, Kasprowicz pranced forward, Tendulkar on strike. Ball pitched, outside off, short of good length and PHAT! Coverdrive. Four. I can still feel the reverberations in my head. That was 15 years ago, I bet he can still play the same shot today.

    India went on to lose the game, but as we headed to our car and rain curtalied play on Day 1, a passerby stopped us to ask for the score. I said "Two Ninety for Four. Tendulkar hundred and seventeen not out"

  • on October 14, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    YES THE FINAL GOOD BYE TO CRICKET FROM ME & AT LEAST HALF OF CRICKET FANS..................................It is only a matter of time cricket will go back to the level of Hockey in Terms of Popularity.........................Legends like Gavskar, Imran Khan, Tendulkar, Lara made game popular.

    Once they r gone game will lose all its aura & fan following.......

    ..............GOOD BYE CRICKET..........

  • Cricketfan23 on October 12, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    There are so many memories, its hard to pick one. However following are some of the things that are on top of my head. a)The 2 straight drives the he hit off Brett lee at MCG in 2008 triseries. Those shots were so special that I recorded those shots with my phone's camera. Later when I saw those shots on a youtube video with Channel 9 commentary, I heard Richie Benaud infact asking the viewers to take out their cameras & record those shots!!! b)The savage assault on Henry Olonga at sharjah in 1998 triseries final after he had dismissed him in an embarrassing manner in the previous game. c)The sixes he hit off Akhtar & Caddick during 2003 WC, McGrath at Nairobi etc d)Single-handedly taking India to finals by scoring a century against a good Zimbabwe side during Tri-series in South Africa at Benoni in 1997. e)Again single-handedly taking India to finals at Sharjah against Australia & scoring the hundred in the finals in 1998. f)200 in the ODI e)Being carried around the field after WC win

  • on October 12, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    for me stand out performance from sachin would be his 2 knocks in CB series 2008 against australia..in a press confrence b4 the finals..he said that India would grab the series in first two matches of best of three finals only..And that happened indeed...

  • on October 11, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    I think of the googly he bowled to Moin Khan as the last ball of the day. Its not about the wicket, better batsmen must have been bowled by better wrong ones. But what still remains in my mind is Sachin's reaction after that. He was like a child, who has been gifted with his first geometry box, first water colour box. He just kept pumping his fist, jumping around. He was born to play cricket.

  • on October 11, 2013, 2:20 GMT

    My favourite Tendulkar moment was at the end of the 1999 tour of Australia. He captained India to a 3-0 defeat, but as a batsman he scored runs in each of the three tests including one century. He looked so far ahead of the other Indian batsmen that they didn't belong in the same team with him. After the third test he was awarded the Player of the Series and was very sheepish about it, pointing out that Ricky Ponting had outscored him by a fair way. I thought he deserved the award for the quality of his batting under extreme pressure, plus an extra for his humility and generosity to his opponents. He'll be much missed on India's next tour of Australia.

  • on October 10, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    It was on 24th Feb 2010 when I was in class room training in Mysore Infosys, sachin was approaching 200 and we were requesting the educator to leave the class soon which he didn't accept. As soon as the class was over everyone started running on foot paths as if some marathon was going just to reach their hostel rooms to see their hero make 200. I simply couldn't believe such a love for a cricketer. That was my best moment which will remain forever in my memory.

  • on October 25, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    There is no only single moment that I remember him for. His blistering innings against Pakistan in 2003 world cup, his straight-bat sixes against Australia in those two innings in Sharjah when I heard Tony Greg roar "what a player" every time he hit the ball out of the park, his classy double ton against the Aussies in SCG and his every cover shot he played- all left an impact that changed my prospective about the game. But, out of him, the innings of 175 against Aussies in hyderabad was a masterpiece. That is truly one of the innings you will love to watch. He played a one-man-show display. I have that innings saved with me, whenever I m in mood of watching some classy batting, I turn on that innings. It pleases me. I can't imagine of following anyone like him ever in the game.

  • on October 17, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    My favorite moment among hordes of moments will be the Sydney Test on 2nd January 2004 when he made that Double Century against Australia. This innings was not very pretty and as most will be aware he was having a very lean patch till this innings as per his Standard. There were so many of the Anti Sachin people who wanted him to be dropped and I used to have heated conversation with them especially with a friend of mine from the Society. After this innings I shaved my head and instead of retorting him with words I showed my shaved head and he had to leave speechless.

  • on October 15, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    My favorite Tendulkar moment is whenever he on strike, streets go empty with pedestrians. Bite nails and also feel cordial heart attack if bowler appeals for LBW against him. Hold nerve with natural exit was of human body i.e. no.1 and no.2. Thant makes so special.

  • on October 15, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    Bangalore 25th March 1998. Mark Taylor's Australia are playing to save grace having lost the first two tests in Chennai and Calcutta. I was 11 and yet having heart palpitations as Tendulkar walked in and Sidhu walked out. I stood, with my father at my side, in the customary applause, greeting the master into the epochal moment.Those were still the days when test cricket stands were filled with the true admirers of test cricket.

    As we settled, in the BEML stand, Kasprowicz pranced forward, Tendulkar on strike. Ball pitched, outside off, short of good length and PHAT! Coverdrive. Four. I can still feel the reverberations in my head. That was 15 years ago, I bet he can still play the same shot today.

    India went on to lose the game, but as we headed to our car and rain curtalied play on Day 1, a passerby stopped us to ask for the score. I said "Two Ninety for Four. Tendulkar hundred and seventeen not out"

  • on October 14, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    YES THE FINAL GOOD BYE TO CRICKET FROM ME & AT LEAST HALF OF CRICKET FANS..................................It is only a matter of time cricket will go back to the level of Hockey in Terms of Popularity.........................Legends like Gavskar, Imran Khan, Tendulkar, Lara made game popular.

    Once they r gone game will lose all its aura & fan following.......

    ..............GOOD BYE CRICKET..........

  • Cricketfan23 on October 12, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    There are so many memories, its hard to pick one. However following are some of the things that are on top of my head. a)The 2 straight drives the he hit off Brett lee at MCG in 2008 triseries. Those shots were so special that I recorded those shots with my phone's camera. Later when I saw those shots on a youtube video with Channel 9 commentary, I heard Richie Benaud infact asking the viewers to take out their cameras & record those shots!!! b)The savage assault on Henry Olonga at sharjah in 1998 triseries final after he had dismissed him in an embarrassing manner in the previous game. c)The sixes he hit off Akhtar & Caddick during 2003 WC, McGrath at Nairobi etc d)Single-handedly taking India to finals by scoring a century against a good Zimbabwe side during Tri-series in South Africa at Benoni in 1997. e)Again single-handedly taking India to finals at Sharjah against Australia & scoring the hundred in the finals in 1998. f)200 in the ODI e)Being carried around the field after WC win

  • on October 12, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    for me stand out performance from sachin would be his 2 knocks in CB series 2008 against australia..in a press confrence b4 the finals..he said that India would grab the series in first two matches of best of three finals only..And that happened indeed...

  • on October 12, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    2003 WC against England the massive six hooking Andrew Caddick breaking the window panes outside the ground

  • on October 12, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    In the past one year, with the awareness that Tendulkar would soon retire, the wicket that brought him to the crease was cheered so loudly you'd think it was an away test match.

    The utter shock on Sehwag's face when the crowd roared and cheered for his dismissal. The bewilderment on Kohli's face when close-shaves or not out decisions were given and the crowd responded with a groan. Never have I seen any home crowd do this in any sport.

    That the fans were so eager to see this man bat, that they wanted another Indian batsman to get out, says it all. We love this guy more than the sport itself.

  • on October 12, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    Its true in all sense that there is no cricketer than my sachin. In cricket as well in humanity, he is a moral.

  • moBlue on October 12, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    my favorite tendulkar memory? the jaw-dropping and exhilarating realization that the impressive 16-y.o. kid i was looking at on TV - 5 years younger than me, mind you! - had to be a batting genius unlike any i had ever seen, and that the bombay boy was likely destined to do greater things for IND than even sunny (whom i had long adored)!!!

    the moment? there were two... within a few days of each other, actually.

    pakistan, 1989... the first memory i refer to is that of sachin (angrily, and with determination!) cutting waqar's fast bouncer to the deep backward point boundary the very ball after a nasty bouncer had bloodied his nose (and alarmed me! he was so-o-o very young!!!)... the second was an unofficial ODI in which sachin refused to give up in a hopeless chase by IND and hit qadir for 3 successive sixes, and ahmed for 2 successive sixes and 1 boundary, and got IND quite close by the end!!!

    ...and he was so-o-o very young!!! :)

  • on October 12, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    I saw Eden erupt when was run out against Pakistan in 1999...People were throwing bottles and bananas into the ground...I was sure that the match will be suspended, and I left the stadium. But then, Sachin came out, requested the crowd to calm down, and they obliged.

    I still regret missing out on that. That was one moment which showed that he could influence people even without a bat. That it's just not about being a cricketer, but more about being the hero which India needed and wanted.

    So long, Sachin. Thanks for everything.

  • vinu31 on October 12, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    He has played so many little cameos, which are lost in the attic of my memory. But when the word 'Sachin' I will always remember the following moments:

    a) The last over of the Hero Cup b) Chennai 1998 - Shane Warne coming around the wicket as he had done successfully so many times. Sachin had a couple of looks, then smashed one against the turn into the midwicket stands. Pandemonium in our stand... c) Chennai 1999 - Sachin comes in on the evening of day 4, India is 6/2, 265 runs to get. When he was out on Day 5, only 17 runs seperated India from victory, which an Inspired Pakistan team defended. d) Jo'burg 2003 - Shoaib Akhtar full of menace steaming in, and uppercut for 6, pasted for 4's and off the firing line. e) Every straight drive he hit, esp the 2 off brett lee in melbourne 2008

    I will always remember the hope Sachin gave us when he was at the crease, not wishful fantasies, but real hope. And he has inspired a generation of tough cricketers. Thank you Sachin !

  • wantsachinback on October 12, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    my moment lots of..one to share..ind vs Aus Hyderabad..i was came early to see match and death over of indian batting yet taking espncricinfo online on cell in office but when i heard sachin hitting i left office early..(no well reason!) But POWER was not!! i got upset i called my nephew 400 kn from my place , and i asked narrate me each ball...i was hearing how new JADEJA trying to inline with Sachin.in last over.and master blasting AUS attack as regualr customer!..when in 45th over due to jadeja sachin trapping in RUN OUT..thanks god! he saved!, i thought my heart will stop functioning ..but next over Jadeja shows good shot..i am listening on cell and imagine that i am at rope of ground and looking towards my god to take us WIN..But Sachin OUT!!I cried..i know ship again pushed in strom..i dropped my cell on bed and cried like child as I know master OUT. ..This is amazing as i all saw in my eyes w/o any TV...this from my heart..

  • on October 12, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    My favourite sachin tendulkar moment was a sixteen year old kid hoisting abdul quadir for more than a couple of sixes in one over in a one day match which was unfortunately changed as unofficial

  • on October 12, 2013, 2:56 GMT

    Walking down the road in Berlin 2003, ona wet rainy night watched a rather scary looking man approach me then stop look at me as if he was gonna hit me... he then said he word Sachin gave me a thumbs up and walked away... or a few months ago on the tube home to India's match at the oval a ticket inspector saw me in an india shirt and said well " the windies have a chance since sachin is not here "

  • CricketpunditUSA on October 12, 2013, 1:54 GMT

    The best moment was the first exhibition match facing Wasim, Waqar, Imran and Qadir. India used to be the whipping boys for Pakistan after the Miandad's Six Here comes a 16 yr old and an out of form Srikkanth at the other end, whipped four sixes of Abdul Qadir who is a much better spinner than Warne and brought the match to a nail biting finish which India was destined to lose and lost of course... Imran's face said it all.... Indian fans have watched Kapil belting sixes and recently Yuvi hitting consecutive sixes but nothing like this one... A fearless 16-yr old coming to the crease and showing that we can win a match from no-where... On the other hand, his drawback was that India never had the winning habit and he inherited that from the seniors. He always lacked the need to finish the matches- ie the tough ones like the exhibition match or the Chennai test. The worst moment was the needless slog at the 2003 World cup final to signal the defeat..

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 12, 2013, 0:37 GMT

    He was indeed a journalist's dream !! Some powerful and magical words from some of cricket's finest thinkers, writers and critics here. Thanks for rendering such words of wisdom in honour of the LEGENDARY Little Master. God bless.

  • nakihunter on October 11, 2013, 23:17 GMT

    Sachin bowling a googly to trap Shane Warne in Calcutta & then clean bowling Moin Khan between his legs off the last ball of the day with another googly.

    Sachin's straight drive.

    Sachin's pull shot for six when he anticipates the bowler to pitch short.

    Sachin scoring 244 at Sydney without a single cover drive because he was getting out to the shot with his sore elbow! What mental strength to avoid one of the instinctive strokes of a batsman!

  • on October 11, 2013, 21:37 GMT

    He transcended from an exceptionally gifted cricketer to GOD in a matter of 2 days in Sharjah, against the mighty Aussies, helping India get to the finals of the Coca Cola Cup. Sandstorm not withstanding!

  • on October 11, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    Millions in the future will scarce believe that one such as this batted on the cricket pitch!

  • on October 11, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    My favourite Sachin Test Innings was 136 in Chennai in 1999. That was a typical cat and mouse game. India in the 2nd Innings was completely turned with Saqlain's spin but Sachin despite of his pain in the back stood like a warrior in all that. Even he cant stand properly but he played like a champion. When 17 runs was required a mistime short went to Wasim Akram's hands and there Pakistan clicked and India lost 4 wkts for 4 runs and lost the test match! Outstanding display from the master in that Innings. I really admire that performance and rank it the best no matter what was the outcome of the match!

  • shiva89 on October 11, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    I grew up watching him play. He was my fav cricketer the moment I saw him play for the first time on tv. I used to cherish each of his record as id it nelongs to me. His dismissals in the nineties used to cause tears. Just cant imagine he is retiring. But in the last few years he played limited cricket and gave all of us a hint of life wdout Tendulkar is nearing. Thanks for the memories Sachin. I ve been an ardent fan of u. Your spirit, gentle nature, skill, technique, ability to do anything on field is unbelievable. I m sure this generation cannot wait to tell the next generation how great were u. By far the best cricketer ever born n my favourite by a fair distance. Thanks Sachin. God bless u. His best memory for me would always be his sheer brilliance during 2003 wc campaign.

  • on October 11, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    My favourite memory of his play has to be Centurion. As a Pakistani fan i have had ample opportunity to be excited only to be deflated. None so much so than in Centurion 2003. Surely that was the year we were going to finally beat our arch rivals in a World Cup game...Wasim, Waqar, Shoaib??? Surely....

    What followed was pure and simple magic and every Pakistani in the room with me could only stand there with our mouths left hanging open.

  • yenjvoy1 on October 11, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    Sachin as bowler and fielder shows a lot of emotion on his face as well as gestures, but all of that is totally erased when he is batting. Even when milestones are crossed or batting records broken, he is always contained. That iron willed focus is the source of his success as a batsman. Every batsmen wants to find 'the zone', and some do more often than others, but not Sachin. Sachin lives in the zone.

  • on October 11, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    My favourite Sachin memory could be the most strangest one. 2010 he deservingly became the first man to score an ODI Double Century. I was so happy. At the end of the game he said "I dedicate the century to the people of India". That's the first and only time I felt proud that he remembers and knows me - his most arduous and dedicated admirer- the indian fan on the streets. The man was so true in his gratitude towards the nation. You ask him his motivation, even today he doesn't blink once before saying "Playing for India". He is an inspiration not just for cricket fans but to every indian who wants to rise and do well. Its hard to imagine an indian scorecard without his name after 24 years....

  • on October 11, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    My Fav Sachin moment is the Way he treated Mcgrath in ICC knock out Trophy in Nairobi - Quarter final match. and the six of Andrew Caddick in World cup.

  • on October 11, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    I think his biggest contribution these young men and colleagues who came after him. He finally had a team of his ilk when Dravid, Kumble, Srinath, Laxman and Ganguly joined him. This was finally a team Indians could be proud about. It was not sachin alone batting the odes-like superman but now it was more like Justice league with a bunch of other superheroes....:)

  • Integrity1 on October 11, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    Hail the GOD of cricket! My favorite Tendulkar moment was when the "God" of cricket was dismissed by part-time bowler, Hansie Cronje 6 times. Also the time when Tendulkar nicked the ball off Dale Steyn, while on 49 and would not walk.

  • on October 11, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    My fav moment of Sachin's was his century against Aus in 1998 in Chennai. He has changed the game single handedly and that too in just two sessions. The pedal shot against Shane Warne was still awesome.

  • mickey76 on October 11, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    My Fav memory of Sachin is off the field in Toronto.we were dying to get a glimpse of little master so we snuck into the hotel , what we saw in the lobby was this great cricketer playing catch with tennis ball bouncing off the wall. we could not believe our eyes that our hero was standing in front of us. all he said was guys don't wait outside and draw attention, he invited us to his room..gave us autographs , signed our bats and took pictures with us. that has always stayed with me, his humility..his demeanor and appriciation of his fan base. great role model and he will be dearly missed. best of luck sachin in your life's next chapter.

  • avis1001 on October 11, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    With 200+ people in University of Maryland lecture hall, I watched the 2003 World cup match against Pakistan - when the God of Cricket hit the best bowling attack then with Wasim Akram, Shoaib Akthar, Waqar Younis, Shahid Afridi, like school boys, which I can never forget !!!

  • pruthvi_b on October 11, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    Most of the "SACHINISM" followers would have his great batting moments as their fav. memories. But i have his first glimpse as a bowler and that first impressions are my fav. Sachin Moment. I was barely 7 year old and i didn't know whats happening around me. My grand father, father and all other relatives were tensed and starring the our old B&W TV set. It was 1993 Hero Cup semi final against South Africa and they need 6 runs to win, Then comes a sudden surprise Great Master Blaster comes on to bowl the final over. Everybody there were furious and firing all sorts of ill things about Capt Azhar, as why he had given the ball to him, but after mere 5-6 mins they were elated and jumping around with joy and i asked them in confusion what happened..?? and they told with a loud and joyful voice that we won becoz of this little man and they showed me Sachin and that was my Fav. moment of SRT. Thank you so much Master Blaster for the life long memories....!!!

  • Qa_ankit on October 11, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    If some one is hitting sixes, would you abuse him. Yes you will if Sachin is at other end. I still remember that match v/s S.Africa in 2011. Dhoni was hitting big huge sixes but still every one in office was watching match on Youtube. With every six Dhoni was hitting, he was getting very loud abuses. Our HR came to shout on us but even she couldn't stop to do the same after watching what was happening. Finally when Sachin got that single, woww everyone was shouting and cheering. For you Sachin. Just for you. One more phrase i would like to recall is... Wasim Akram to Razzak. "Tujhe pata hai tune kiska catch choda hai." (You know whose catch you have dropped.) Thats the impact of Sachin on other.

  • Arrow011 on October 11, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    I cannot single 1 innings out of his numerous ones, the joy of watching SACHIN since 1991 cannot be summerised with 1 innings. I used to watch his batting standing outside shops when growing up, would watch in railway station platform television sets, took hotel room with TV just to watch Sachin bat when on tour, what not? He is the GOD of cricket & will remain the supreme god of the sport. We will all be lucky to watch him for the next 2 tests against West Indies, hope somebody asks him to play for atleast 1 more year. His 175 at Hyderabad vs Australia, Desert storm 2 consecutive 100s in Sharjah & his decimating 100+ against South Africa in the world cup 2011 are just a few innings are some of his v. best.

    People say Sachin is retiring early because he doesnt want to face Steyn & Morkel in South Africa. For Sachin they are nothing, he scored 2 hundreds in South Africa in his last tour there,his breathtaking 100+ in 2011 world cup & also the first 200* was against them, he is superme

  • Yog on October 11, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    Sachin was at his best when he was attacking..... its hard to pick favorite innings but some stand out innings were In ODI The Desrt storm innings to make India Qualify.... 175 against australia

    In test The knock against pakistan in chennai...

    Though these were in Losing cause, he fought for Indian Team Single handedly...

    Sachin a true team man and a fighter.....

  • on October 11, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    I still remember it was an exhibition match in 1989 and Sachin hit Great Abdul Qadir for Sixes...in my opinion all these modern day cricket or T20 started there. Sure Cricket will him:-(

  • on October 11, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    My favorite tendukar moment was during 1998 in sharjah..when sachin took the australian attack apart....plus it was the vintage commentary of tony greig which made that moment more memorable.

  • on October 11, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    For me it has to be the desert storm game in Sharjah. At that time I didn't had cable TV at my home and had to cling on a window in the neighborhood to watch the game. Tendulkar was batting majestically and then the sandstorm came. It was very uncomfortable to hold on the window and watch the game but nobody moved from the window fearing that someone will grab the empty spot. And that pain was worth for the wonderful innings master produced. Tendulkar storm that day was much furious and impactful than the sandstorm.

  • CricPrachi on October 11, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    12th March'11. Sachin was whacking South African bowlers. After the class all of us had piled in college canteen to watch the master at his best. The atmosphere was just amazing! Every run was cheered, every boundary aplauded. But there is a villain everywhere. There was a guest lecture everyone had to attend. No one was willing to move away from the TV. Finally the CR has to come and switch off the TV to get us out from there!

  • on October 11, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    My favourite Tendulkar moment was in world cup 2003.. IN 2003, I was 11 years old. (Passed 7th class in april 2003). Whenever I used to read papers, my seniors, my teardhers used to talk about cricket.. they used to say 'this little man has such ability that india can win world cup.' From world cup 2003 (match Against Pak on 01/03/2003 on the day of mahariv shatri) I started to watch matches.. his 98 run inning still cheers me.. now I follow cricket as my hobby.. his 175 run inning in Hyd in 09 against Australia, 170 odd runs' inning in odi in nz, 200 runs against SA in ODI.., World cup 100s againt SA, ENG in 2011 were superb nd master class innings.. I am just mentioning those inning which I saw on TV. I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO CATCH HIS 89* RUN INNING IN IPL AGAINST RR LIVE IN STADIUM.. . His hundred in SA againt Steyn, morkel led SA was absolute pleasure.. (PS : I became regular follower from sept 2008 when i started my B Tech)

  • krishna_bharath on October 11, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    My pick of Sachin's best innings was his 175 against Australia on 5th, Nov,1989. Exactly two decades back he was first selected into the Indian squad. Even after 20 years he remained the epicentre of Indian batting. He was just seven runs short of 17,000 ODI runs. He took seventeen balls to score those runs. From then we had witnessed a tsunami of boundaries in Hyderabad. All the bowlers were punished ruthlessly. No bowler was spared. He scored the remaining 93 runs in just 64 balls. The consecutive sixes he scored, the straight drive he played, the late cuts, in short the entire innings is a delight to watch. I still remember the commentary that day. "Tendulkar is playing a magical innings tonight". When India lost his wicket we need 19 runs to win, but unfortunately we lost by 3 runs. 175(141 balls, 19*4's and 4*6's) at the age of 37 and under pressure. That shows the mettle of the man. Thank you for entertaining us for 24 years. Love you GOD of Cricket.

  • on October 11, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    The best Tendulkar moments were when he would stand up in the balcony/dressing room and clap for his teammates, when they hit the winning runs , centuries etc. He was a genuine team man. He genuinely cared/cares for Indian cricket. In fact, Indian sports in general. Make him the chief of the Indian athletic , football or hockey federation and with his honesty, integrity and passion, he would turn around these teams into world beaters. Anyone listening!?

  • sandeep.the.one on October 11, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    I was at udgir 400 km away from my home pune, on business when I got a call from my friend. Where are you? What are you doing? Are you watching tv? Do you know Sachin is abut to make 200? On my travelling days espncricinfo was and still is my best connection to cricket. I immediately cut the phone and tried to open the site. But shock horror espncricinfo was jammed. Couldn't get to it for half an hour. Desperate to know what happened next I kept trying. After getting through, the first words I read was an apology from espncricinfo for crashing of site. Cause millions of people all like me trying to get the live coverage of the historic event. I don't think espncricinfo will experience this situation ever. Till date I watched cricket wholeheartedly, now I lost my heart.

  • on October 11, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    You can't just pick one innings when you are talking about sachin Teandulkar who served India for 24 years can you imagine.I have followed him since i statred playing cricket when i was only 4-5 yrs of age i couldn't recognize him in the TV though but will always cheer sachin. sachinn.. It's feels almost like nothing else in the cricket would he i unique.Loved his innings of 175 against Aus though in a loosing cause and the best actually came in a winning cause against England during on off tests in 2008-09 season 103* and with him Yuvi 85* led india to victory. The footwork he showed in than innings was impeccable reminded me about the early 2000s . He is simply the genius.

  • on October 11, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    I started watching the game when I was 8, I was so attracted to the greatness... Yes the attraction that brings to each n everyone who watches him... U don't bother who's batting at the other end.. For me it was always a pleasure to watch The God of cricket bat.. Even if he gets out after scoring a double hundred I would be disappointed when he gets out... There will be a fair few millions of fans of the Legend.. I'm proud to have been one of the earnest fans since I started watching the game... I understood the meaning of the word "glory" when he walked out to bat.. He continues to do that even after 24 years of playing the game.. Long live the Legend the greatest Sachin Tendulkar.. Privilliged to be ur fan.. A big thank you...

  • on October 11, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    I still remember the day when Sachin made 200. By the time Sachin crossed 175, Whole Accenture office was at cafeteria waiting, watching for moment. One of the senior resource (who is short in height) was standing on table and watching TV :)

  • abhi.khanna on October 11, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    Tough To Choose Only 1 From Million Memorable Moments That He Has Gives To Us All Cricket Fans.. But Just To Select One...The Innings He Played Against Pakistan In Chennai In 1998 What An Innings It Was Under Serious Back Pain He Played Some Outragous Unblievable Shots Against Some World Class Bowlers. Heartbreaking For Him And For All Of Us That India Lost But He Definately Stood As The Biggest Player Of His Generation.. Salute To The Man

  • bhriguaneja on October 11, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    Knowing there is no Sachin for the rest of my life, there is no Sachin taking that perfect stance and with that great backlift playing his straight drives makes me well up, makes me hope there was a way time could have stopped for him as her reached the peak of his career and stayed. I will miss you on the cricket field a lot Sachin, its almost as if someone very near to me is going to die soon. Thank you for everything man.

  • rangaram on October 11, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    My Tendulkar moment was 24 summers ago when the 16 something kid hit Abdul Quadir for straight sixes. Since then it was a love affair. Stop watching after he gets out. Same thing happened even for 2011 world cup final. There are so many innings first century against england, opening the batting in a ODI in New Zealand that changed life for ever, 155 against Warne , 136 against Pak, 241 in Australia, Desert Storm in 1998, the list goes on...

  • Amit_13 on October 11, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    My favourite Tendulkar moment is an impossible question to answer. Desert storm, 50'th test, the 91 - 92 century against Aussies, the 2007 century against England to play ugly, if I dare use that word for his play, cricket to blunt the attack, 2008 centuries in Australia for his second coming, the century in the record chase of 383 against England and the picture of Yuvraj holding him aloft... 2/4/11 in Mumbai

    But my rapture is that one moment after every century, where he stands alone arms aloft with nothing between him and the sky. The strains of battle, the moment of glory, the pain of the job not yet done... and the blur of the crowds in every frame... it has always been a very powerful image of very different perspectives and emotions of the man in the middle and the audience outside. That is his moment of expression and I yearn to see it all over again... if only twice! PS - I also chased him in Mumbai on bike when I was 18, dangerously close to ruining mine and his day.

  • on October 11, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    SAw Tendulkar First time in 1989 when he had come to play double wicket tournament in Dhanbad, he was 16 but looked more like 12, scored 63 runs in 4 overs. Big Mop of hair and red cheeks, looked completely in command. Greatest Role Model in the modern Era by some distance.

  • Yog on October 11, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    The innings that will be etched in memory is the Desert Storm innings in Sharjah... Those two innings we unbeleivable... Kasprowiz the bowler was ripped apart by Sachin.... SALUTE Sachin for the innumerable memories and shouldering the burden of entire nation....

    Lets hope and pray Sachin sign's out his cricket innings in Style....

  • on October 11, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    For me, the Tendulkar moment was 1996 world cup match against SriLanka at Delhi.. He scored 130+, Jayasurya and Kallu started hitting us all around.. Sachin came and bowled 10 overs for 40 odd runs, still it was forgone conclusion that we were going to lose.. at around 43rd over, he was bowling, he bowled to Ranatunga and he played straight back, he run from crease till boundary line, dived and stopped 1 run.. Now, that's what is spirit.. You don't leave it from your efforts.. Never seen him leaving thinking its done and dusted.. That's the Sachin moment for me....

  • vigneshenoy on October 11, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    Hard to pick one or two moments,but my top 5 moments are here,

    1)Sydney Test 2004 & Cape Town test 2011: First one for the way he scored a double ton by resisting his temptation of scoring on the off side which had lead to his cheap dismissals in the first 3 tests and the second one for the way he negotiated a fiery spell from Dale Steyn and then brought up his 100 with a six of morkel 2)Kolkatta Test 2001-Day 5:While VVS,Dravid and Bhajji had created history on first 4 days,SRT contributed with the ball by getting 3 wickets post lunch with his leg cutters and googly,esp the wrong one which completely bamboozled Warnie 3)Adelaide Test 2008-Day 2:Brett Lee giving SRT a pat on his back after the latter got out for a belligerent 153 4)Chennai Test 1998- Day4:The first six he hit of Shane Warne in an innings of 155 which set up India's victory 5)Multan Test 2004-Day 3:Getting Moin Khan bowled with a googly of the last ball

  • tapsy27 on October 11, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    For me it was Australia vs India Test Match in Mumbai in 2000.... Sachin was flawless and scored a quick 70 before getting dismissed rather strangely... he hit a full blooded pull, but hit Justin Langer at Short Leg and the ball popped up.... Ricky Ponting ended up taking a blinder of a catch and that was the end of the match for India!!! Those were the days where India's hopes raised and died with Sachin.... RESPECT!

  • CricPrachi on October 11, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    In continuation with the featured comment, 24th Feb is normally a day when exams are round the corner. and my luck is such that i always had an exam on that day. but 24th Feb 2010 was different. after many years, on 24th Feb i was at home with nothing, absolutely nothing to do. and after many months i had the luxury to watch an entire match. Sachin's 200 was a perfect B'day gift for me :). each element of my DOB has a connection with Sachin. 1) we both share the same date- 24. 2)the month is when he became the first man on planet to score 200 runs in an ODI- Feb. 3) the year is when he started playing cricket- 1989

  • RS77 on October 11, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    Thank you Sachin for all the memories and Im lucky to have his career coincided with my growing up years . I hv bunked School, Degree College, Masters program class while I ws studying in US and work too once I started working to watch him play ... My fav Sachin innings has been d heartbreak one 136 in Chennai 1999 against Pakistan ... that inning was played under so much pressure, I don't think anyone else can sustain that pressure ... His hero cup semi final last over in 1993, his innings against Australia in Sharjah in 1998, his revenge against Olonga in Sharjah, his emotional hundred against Kenya in 1999 WC his innings against Pakistan in 2003 World Cup, his 241 against Australia with no cover drive, his 4th inning hundred against England in Chennai after the Mumbai attacks, his 200 against SA in ODI, his back to back special innings against Aus in CB series 2008, his test hundred against Steyn and Co in SA(highest calibre cricket I've seen) n finally his lifting of the World Cup

  • on October 11, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    Well hard to choose any one moment out of such illustrious career .. My favorite Sachin moment is when he got Steve Waugh out caught and bowled in kochi onedayer in 1998 and then juggled with the ball in his palms showing his child like excitement and passion for the game ...He had got out cheaply in that match but contributed with the ball and took 5 wickets and won MOM ... Hats off Sir for serving the nation and entertaining the world with your performance ..

  • on October 11, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    There are Infinite moments which can be called as My Sachin Tendulkar Moment, but two moments of Heart break, I consider them as my best Sachin Moments. First was against Pakistan in Chennai in 1999 when Sachin suffering from extreme back pain, remained firm on one end, where as wickets kept tumbling from the other.Chasing a target of 241 in the 4th innings Tendulkar made 136 and almost single handedly won the match for India, before getting out on a lofted shot, which mistimed(all credits to back pain) India needed 19 when he got out with 4 wickets in hand, and India lost the match by 12 runs. Second was in 2009, Chasing a target above 350, set by Australia, Tendulkar made 175 again almost single handedly took India to victory before getting out cought trying to paddle sweep. India needed 17 runs in as many balls when he get Out, We ultimately lost by 3 runs. The biggest heartbreaking moments ever in Indian cricket History, where a player won over a team.

  • on October 11, 2013, 4:13 GMT

    Every single day of Sachin's cricketing career, for me, has been my 'Sachin moment'. I would attribute a significant portion of my life's attitude, determination and passion to his very active cricketing existence. There are an uncountable number of moments and memories along this sojourn. While some of them are glorified, like the 100 centuries, for me there are at least another 1000 more instances where the memories, the learning, and the inspiration from him are a gift of a lifetime.

    I am 42 and I still play semi-professional cricket, not only because of my intense love and passion for the game, but because, I can play the game that Sachin has!

    They say that a man can never be larger than the game. While it is very true, I firmly believe that there is one exception - my, ours and the worlds Sachin Tendulkar.

    P.S.: My greatest moment was when I met him in Bangalore. Was in an elevator with him alone - by plan! I held his hands just to feel whether my experience was real or not!

  • SankaraRamanM on October 11, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    It was 1998, Ind-Aus 3rd Test match in a series already sealed 2-0 in India's favour - the series having been lit up by Sachin and Mark Waugh. My first live test match experience at the Chinnaswamy. 4th day waiting in queue to get in - huge roar goes up - everyone talking to one another frantically - yes that was a Tendulkar four in the first over of the day. We get in, my friend is cleaning the dust off the gallery seat, I don't bat my eyelid looking at Sachin face his first ball. Hushed silence - he's gone - Kasprowicz has him! My friend looks up to see the replay - there is no giant screen. It's over!!! And then the roar to see the master off!

    Year 2010, Chinnaswamy, against Australia - Sachin reaches 14,000 test runs, crowd goes crazy - I was there - he went on to score a double.

    But for me, that day 4 (India lost the test the same day) when about 30,000 people swung from adulation to silence followed by adulation in a matter of minutes is unforgettable!

  • DevSR on October 11, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    Straight drive to Walsh during 1993 WI tour of India.

  • on October 11, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    186 against newziland. I was too young then and was watching that match with my papa. he was hitting 4s all over the corner. I was frustrate and was shouting please score six. this give 2 more runs on same ball.

  • bhanuma_nagadeep on October 11, 2013, 3:39 GMT

    One tendulkar moment i could never forget is "Boost the secret of my energy" :)

    The adv and the line became synonymous to Sachin

  • on October 11, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    I have to agree with Tanya Aldred. I remember watching that century immediately after my IIT JEE tutorials with a bunch of us kids peering in at a TV tucked in a corner of a shut down school canteen... barely being able to see, but cheering Sachin on to the century. I remember discussing with a friend, about Sachin's dedication, to want to come back to play cricket after such a personal tragedy.

    On the other hand... the one time he made me laugh my head off was with his memorable line "Aila, Plane!". Sachin can't act for his life... but that kid-like innocence in that line was just awesome.

  • on October 11, 2013, 3:06 GMT

    Thank u SRT for all the memories you have given thorughout 24 yrs of your career. I brought up not only watching your batting and you, Dada and Mr Wall, VVS personal behaviour too. You are the inspiration for many youngsters not only in cricket also in every profession. There are so many but based on each category I chose one 1. Best ODI innings: In Sharjah back to back hundreds against AUS 2. Best Test innings: The one against Pakistan in Chennai though India lost that match; Battled, batted with back pain 3. Best Straight Drive: Straight, bullet drive against Brett Lee in AUS 2008 4. Cover Drive: difficult to chose 5. Best Upper cut: Against PAK (shoib akthar), ENG (andy caddick) in 2003 WC 6. Leg glance: Against Dale Steyn

  • on October 11, 2013, 2:30 GMT

    The back to bowler straight drive !!!!! with a mere push , and the manufacturers logo clearly visible is the shot which will take some skill to master by others...

  • on October 11, 2013, 2:12 GMT

    The last over in hero cup. Who can ever forget that. The bets moment ever!!!

  • Chupran on October 11, 2013, 1:50 GMT

    Having watched the master at the SCG, Lords and Edgbaston, my standout memory was of him on the opening day of the New Year test in 2004 at the SCG, notable also for being one SR Waugh's farewell test. It was not the quality of his dazzling stroke play that remains in memory, it was his discipline, self-denial and sheer determination. Coming into the match in the middle of a lean patch, with question marks about his off-side play, he gave a masterclass in abstinence that day, though he was more self-indulgent on the way to a double hundred the next day. He remained unbeaten at the end of the day at 70-odd with VVS for company (himself en-route to another big hundred). To get to the end of the day, Sachin needed to overcome a 7-2 field, Lee and Gillespie bowling with menace and McGill with guile. But he was also fighting himself and what a sight it was. So, thank you for the memories-you brought a lot of joy to a lot of people. Never before has so much been owed by so many to one man

  • vikpai on October 11, 2013, 1:44 GMT

    To me it has to be his 4th test against Pakistan in Sialkot. Struck on the nose by a Waqar Younis bouncer, second ball of the over, with a bloody nose, Sachin then proceeded to hit the next four balls of Waqar's over to the boundary, and somewhere during that over the 16 year old went from being a boy to a man, and India and the world realized they were watching someone special.

  • on October 11, 2013, 1:41 GMT

    My favorite SRT moment would be his expression every time India won a series, in any format, but especially the World Cup, the overseas wins and of course, THAT series against Australia in 2001....

  • on October 11, 2013, 1:40 GMT

    Confession time..I once missed my Math Exams in class 11(1998) just to see Sachin Bat ... Sachin was Clean Bowled at zero that day...Maths was and is my love...Just to give some context

  • CricketChat on October 11, 2013, 0:30 GMT

    The defining moment about Sachin as a batsman for me was the WC final in SA in 2003 against Aussies. Ind had a great run and if my memory serves me right, Sachin was the highest run getter in the tournament up until that point. Batting first, Aussie batsmen cut Ind bowling to shreds with Ponting making a destructive 100 to put up a very challenging total. This was the stage I thought Sachin can show his true guts and character and put to rest all doubts about his ability to play big knock when it mattered most. Needless to say, he got out in the very first over to an ungainly pull. His weakness was repeated many times after that in all formats of game, though on rare occasion he may have played a decent knock or two under pressure. Sachin is certainly a great batsman based on the runs scored records, but I always rate Lara and Ponting well above SRT.

  • RajaniKanthA on October 10, 2013, 23:48 GMT

    Let's not insult him by naming one single instance. He will be remembered for each & every moment for his contributions.

  • on October 10, 2013, 23:44 GMT

    So many moments to cherish. One recent memory was when Tendulkar almost single-handedly took us (yet again) to the brink of victory against Aussies with an amazing knock of 175. A heart-breaking one .. ODI equivalent of the Chennai Test heart-break. It was during my UG semester exams and the next morning before the exam, not one guy asked "what did you study", it was all about "man, did you see Sachin's innings yesterday?" .. Such is the effect of the Man.

  • satishsasikumar on October 10, 2013, 23:34 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 do many things in cricket. The public expected him to 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…that was the level and 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, 23:20 GMT

    It has to be Centurion 2003.I was in eight grade and it was the most awaited cricket game on the planet. I hadn't slept the night before the game in anticipation. We batted first, racked up 274 which was suppose to be a match winning total. Out came Sachin to face Akram and started things of by glancing a ball on middle stump to the square leg boundary. That was followed by another boundary in the over but there was no way he could score with that pace. Change of ends and here came the fastest bowler on the planet running in and digging the ball short. Rush of adrenaline and the ball sailed over the point boundary. One after another, boundaries kept coming and the match was done within the first 10 overs. I was gutted. I was left in awe of Sachin. Whenever I hear about Sachin, this is the game that comes to my mind instantaneously.

  • whereis.mykake on October 10, 2013, 22:33 GMT

    My Tendulkar moment: That 1989 15 over short game against Pak. Sachin hit 3 sixes to Mushtaq and then to Qadir. It is not the hitting that stuck with me. But after the last ball, Wasim Akram ran in and congratulate Sachin for good play, and Sachin was dragging his bat, shoulders down and almost in tears that He could not win that game for India, where the stalwart like K Srikant were sheepishly smiling for a good try. No,,,,Not for Sachin. It was't enough for him to smile. Poor boy was dragging his Bat through the ground! That moment he enlighten us that..."Yes, in future we can Win. Just stay with me and I will show you what we(Indian) are capable of". My generation took on the world in every possible field from cricket to medicine to IT and we owe it to Sachin in one or other way.

  • vish2020 on October 10, 2013, 22:18 GMT

    My favorite Tendulkar moment is his 174 against Aus in ODI in 2011 and then he backed that few months after with 200 against SA in ODI's. Best ever to play the game. If you don't agree then go watch another game because you sure don't know cricket.

  • LevenLeven on October 10, 2013, 21:52 GMT

    1993 Hero Cup semis final last over bowling the googlies!

  • drakennz on October 10, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    I was 9 years old, living in New Zealand after having moved here from India. All I knew of cricket was what I played in the backyard with my 13 year old brother Arjun. My dad (not a cricket follower) decided it was a good time to take my brother and I to our first live cricket match. As we descended upon Eden Park on that faithful night in 1994, I was left in awe of what man was capable of with a bat in his hand. That forever changed cricket in my life and I have been playing/watching/living it with a passion ever since...

  • S.Jagernath on October 10, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    My favourite moment is probably his 146 at Newlands in 2011.Conditions that required the finest batsmanship & the finest of all batsman produced a classic.

  • amaankhanpro on October 10, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    This Man made me to watch cricket from my childhood till now. I can't forget any moment in which i have seen this man batting, means there are lot of innings i couldn't explain, not his best hundreds and fifties i love to watch every single moment he spent on the crease. The Love and Respect he has created in past 24 years is inexplicable. 175 against Aus is deadly and i couldn't resist to watch the whole innings when ever i have a glimpse of that inning. I miss you sachin and watching cricket :(

  • PratUSA on October 10, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    There are so many moments but I think first one remains special. His selection to Indian team was much anticipated even though most of us had never seen him play, only heard and read about. Then he was on Pakistan tour. This ODI was converted to an exhibition game, reduced to some 18 or so overs a side as most of the game time was lost. India had huge asking rate by the time Sachin arrived. Suddenly we realized this kid is playing for the win. He hit those sixes of Qadir alright but he also hit two consecutive 4s off Wasim Akram, a cover drive and another one was straight (if I remember right) and that moment I knew India had discovered something never seen before. Just to put the skill on offer in perspective, Srikanth couldn't even touch the bat on the ball on that entire tour when Akram bowled. Even so, in that moment, I had not imagined the heights he would go on to touch as a batsman in years to follow.

  • hariharan050 on October 10, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    My sachin moment is the atmosphere in the ground when he walks out to bat - first few years with Ganguly and then with Sehwag. The crowd just goes berserk, you can really feel the excitement in the air. Sachin had that impact on the crowds which was unbelievable. Even when he was fielding, the section of the crowd behind him is always the noisiest. he might be the smallest guy in the field, still the crowd only had eyes and voice for him.

    Sachin's exploits with his bat is well treasured, but there are many unforgettable moments he has given otherwise. one moment that stands out for me is the last ball of the day to clean bowl Moin Khan at the Multan test. A leg spinner that Shane warne would be proud of.

    His off-field demeanour is no less impressive. he handled unbelievable amount of pressure since he was a teenager. was indian crickets shining beacon through the 90s, even through the dark days of match fixing, achieving god-like status in the 2000s to winning WC in 2011.

  • on October 10, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    My favourite Tendulkar moment would be when he got Damien martyn and Steve Waugh out caught at slip in the hands of Dravid at Adelaide 2003... He had been out of form but still he managed to contribute to the game....

  • on October 10, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    3rd test vs West Indies at wankhede stadium, day-3. Sachin needed 33 for 100th ton. He smacked 27 off 20 balls that morning.. unforgettable moments!!! unfortunately out on 94 but wankhede's euphoria that morning still gives goosebumps. Hope to see him live one last time for 200th match

  • on October 10, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    1998 remains my best Sachin year, sprinkled with lots of beautiful memories !! His 146 at Capetown in 2011 too stands out.And watching him in flesh for the very first time is also up there among my favourite Sachin moments.A Six over square leg of Brett lee and it landed a few metres of where i was sitting , Sweeeeeeeeeeeet !!

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 10, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    I have MANY favourite Tendulkar moments but the most memorable IMO were the twin centuries against Australia in Sharjah (1998) to single handedly win the cup for Team India. Steve Waugh described the two hundreds as the BEST he has EVER seen in his career against a very good bowling attack that comprised of Damien Fleming, Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Tom Moody and Michael Kasprowicz. Those hundreds would be my all time favourite moment. I was never a keen watcher of test cricket but I can remember a hundred he made against Pakistan in Chennai (1999) in what was a losing cause on the 5th day against Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Mushtaq Ahmed and Saqlain Mushtaq.

  • on October 10, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    There are so many cricketing greats & legends that have excelled in the longer format of the game. But there hasn't ever been a player and I doubt there will ever be a player like Tendulkar who has endured both formats of cricket, stayed away from controversies through his long lasting career. Everyone knows his abilities and what he was capable of every time he played. Personally, I've enjoyed watching Tendulkar playing one-dayers more than Test matches. The things that come to my mind are "1998 Sharjah cup when he single-handedly trounced the Aussies, the 2003 World Cup against Pakistan, and the best being 200 vs South Africa in 2010". The little genius still had to prove to something to himself. I think his love for the game has been above all.The only reason Tendulkar delayed his retirement was because he was trying come to terms with himself, "what will I do not playing cricket?" Take a bow, the little master will continue to live in the hearts of millions of fans around the world

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

    My Tendulkar moment: I was the biggest fan of Sunil Gavaskar up until the arrival of Sachin Tendulkar. During the tour of Pakistan in 1989 one of the ODI's was washed out by rain, but the authorities decided to play a short game (15 overs I think) because the crowd had waited the whole day patiently. I don't remember the scores but Pakistan batted first and put up a good score. Sachin came into to bat and I was taken aback that this youngster was going to face Imran, Akram, Waqar and Qadir. Imran brought on Mustaq Mohammed to bowl and Sachin hit him for three straight sixes. That was my SACHIN MOMENT. I remember vividly the Pakistani commentator Ifthikar in his monotonous voice saying that Imran would most definitely bring on Abdul Qadir the next over and he wanted to see how Sachin would play him. Sachin promptly hit Qadir for three straight sixes. Ifthikar admitted that he had never seen anyone take it to Qadir like that and he grudgingly admitted that a great player was inthe making

  • on October 10, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    My SRT moment was his 186* as captain against New Zealand when he and Rahul Dravid put together a then wirld record for the second wicket.... And then his 200* was also an exquisite inning his 217 against New Zealand for his first double century and obviously his 98 off just 75 against pakistan at centurion obviously all his innings in 2003 world cup were special.. Imagine someone writing his exams the next day after watching SRT win a game for India....................

  • on October 10, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    My favorite memory of Sachin is his 200* against South Africa in Gwalior! The first time anyone got a double in ODI! And got to witness that moment.

    Salute to the legend. #TheGod.

  • on October 10, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    There are so many, both poignant and ecstatic but let's focus on the happy ones. My favourite moment was in a one dayer at Bangalore against Australia. Mc Grath pitched slightly short...in a trice, Tendulkar stepped back and hooked him into the crowd for six. It was like a rifle shot. The crowd, of course, went mad and I was in heaven.....

  • on October 10, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    The moment i still remember ...my family was watching the game between Ind vs Aus 1996 world cup.Sachin was playing the master inning ..i was as a 8 yr old kid asked to my grandfather why we are watching this match since afternoon please watch something else..he replied Sachin is playing ,he will win the match for us..i said if he get out then we will watch something else then..he ignored ,after sometime Sachin got out,everybody stared at me,soon after i realized,did i said something wrong because everybody got angery on me ,later then after few years i felt the magic of watching Sachin inning in World Cup 1999.I am sure every body of my age group have memory of watching Sachin innning.

  • on October 10, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    My Fav. Tendulkar Moment is always the 155* vs Australia at Chennai in 1998. I was privileged to watch almost all days of the test match except the 1st day live from the Chepauk. The moment was when Shane Warne started to bowl around the wicket in the 2nd innings, Sachin started to attack him. One slog swept six came down into the stand I was sitting. The ball was just near my reach but it was pandemonium in the stands to fetch that ball and throw it back onto the field.

    The Little Master...Privileged to have watch some of his best knocks at Chepauk!!!

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

    I don't remember cricket without Tendlya! I grew up watching him play. Cricket will never be the same for me.

    My Tendulkar moment - 2003 WC match Vs Pak. Unforgettable!

  • EverybodylovesSachin on October 10, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    My best is Sachin's first test series centuries in England and Australia. Youngest to score a century in England and Australia. I just loved the way he played back foot punch, cut and late cut. Marvelous..

  • on October 10, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    desert storm, 1998, sharjah.. is my favourite of sachin tendulkar

  • on October 10, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    When i was a kid and could barely speak....i noticed one thing...a man who was frequently appearing on ads....i asked my dad,"Who is he??Earlier he was drinking pepsi with SRK and now he is drinking boost"...My dad replied,"His name is Sachin Tendulkar."...the name 'Tendulkar' didn't stick to my head though...i could barely pronounce it right...few years later i started watching the game of cricket....certain shots of a certain batsman named Sachin Tendulkar left a lasting impression on me...the backfoot punch through the covers...the straight drive past the bowler which looked like a mere push but went like a rocket to the fence...the hook shot played against the fastest of bouncers that went well into the top floor of the fine leg boundary....i started watching him and enjoyed every moment of it....i saw score a brilliant 186* in a partnership of 331 with Dravid against Newzealand...i saw him wreck havoc as he single handed took India to the finals of the 2003 WC...i saw him score a

  • on October 10, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    What is so telling about the Greatness of The Little Master are all the people quoting "their Tendulkar moments"......all of us have very special Tendulkar moments.......all 1-billion+++ of us devoted Tendulkar fans from all countries, all ages, religions, gender, cultures, backgrounds. Our humble & best wishes to you on the next stage of your life Master.

  • Pathiyal on October 10, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    Op Desert Storm!!!!!!!!!!! Still storming into the minds!

  • on October 10, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    for me the Tendulkar moment was when I first saw his batting live telecasted in 1997 independence cup against Newzealand.. the bowler was Heath Davis.. the bowler was a bit nervous bowling to the maestro..he bowled few wide balls..don't exactly know the runs scored in that over but odd balls kept touching the ropes.. and that was the moment which transformed my liking for the game into crazyness towards the game especially for the batsman..and if i have to choose another one..certainly have two knocks tied one against Australia in Sharjah 1998 and world cup 2003 against pakistan.. thanks for the sweetest memories GOD>..

  • on October 10, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    for me the Tendulkar moment was when I first saw his batting live telecasted in 1997 independence cup against Newzealand.. the bowler was Heath Davis.. the bowler was a bit nervous bowling to the maestro..he bowled few wide balls..don't exactly know the runs scored in that over but odd balls kept touching the ropes.. and that was the moment which transformed my liking for the game into crazyness towards the game especially for the batsman..and if i have to choose another one..certainly have two knocks tied one against Australia in Sharjah 1998 and world cup 2003 against pakistan.. thanks for the sweetest memories GOD>..

  • Pathiyal on October 10, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    Op Desert Storm!!!!!!!!!!! Still storming into the minds!

  • on October 10, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    What is so telling about the Greatness of The Little Master are all the people quoting "their Tendulkar moments"......all of us have very special Tendulkar moments.......all 1-billion+++ of us devoted Tendulkar fans from all countries, all ages, religions, gender, cultures, backgrounds. Our humble & best wishes to you on the next stage of your life Master.

  • on October 10, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    When i was a kid and could barely speak....i noticed one thing...a man who was frequently appearing on ads....i asked my dad,"Who is he??Earlier he was drinking pepsi with SRK and now he is drinking boost"...My dad replied,"His name is Sachin Tendulkar."...the name 'Tendulkar' didn't stick to my head though...i could barely pronounce it right...few years later i started watching the game of cricket....certain shots of a certain batsman named Sachin Tendulkar left a lasting impression on me...the backfoot punch through the covers...the straight drive past the bowler which looked like a mere push but went like a rocket to the fence...the hook shot played against the fastest of bouncers that went well into the top floor of the fine leg boundary....i started watching him and enjoyed every moment of it....i saw score a brilliant 186* in a partnership of 331 with Dravid against Newzealand...i saw him wreck havoc as he single handed took India to the finals of the 2003 WC...i saw him score a

  • on October 10, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    desert storm, 1998, sharjah.. is my favourite of sachin tendulkar

  • EverybodylovesSachin on October 10, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    My best is Sachin's first test series centuries in England and Australia. Youngest to score a century in England and Australia. I just loved the way he played back foot punch, cut and late cut. Marvelous..

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

    I don't remember cricket without Tendlya! I grew up watching him play. Cricket will never be the same for me.

    My Tendulkar moment - 2003 WC match Vs Pak. Unforgettable!

  • on October 10, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    My Fav. Tendulkar Moment is always the 155* vs Australia at Chennai in 1998. I was privileged to watch almost all days of the test match except the 1st day live from the Chepauk. The moment was when Shane Warne started to bowl around the wicket in the 2nd innings, Sachin started to attack him. One slog swept six came down into the stand I was sitting. The ball was just near my reach but it was pandemonium in the stands to fetch that ball and throw it back onto the field.

    The Little Master...Privileged to have watch some of his best knocks at Chepauk!!!

  • on October 10, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    The moment i still remember ...my family was watching the game between Ind vs Aus 1996 world cup.Sachin was playing the master inning ..i was as a 8 yr old kid asked to my grandfather why we are watching this match since afternoon please watch something else..he replied Sachin is playing ,he will win the match for us..i said if he get out then we will watch something else then..he ignored ,after sometime Sachin got out,everybody stared at me,soon after i realized,did i said something wrong because everybody got angery on me ,later then after few years i felt the magic of watching Sachin inning in World Cup 1999.I am sure every body of my age group have memory of watching Sachin innning.

  • on October 10, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    There are so many, both poignant and ecstatic but let's focus on the happy ones. My favourite moment was in a one dayer at Bangalore against Australia. Mc Grath pitched slightly short...in a trice, Tendulkar stepped back and hooked him into the crowd for six. It was like a rifle shot. The crowd, of course, went mad and I was in heaven.....