Indian news October 11, 2013

Tendulkar's 200th Test set to be in Mumbai

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Sachin Tendulkar is set to bid farewell to international cricket at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, his home ground. The news comes a day after Tendulkar announced he will retire after his 200th Test, which is set to be the second of the Tests against West Indies next month, to be played from November 14.

"Tendulkar had expressed the wish yesterday that he wanted to play his 200th match at his home ground," Mumbai Cricket Association president Ravi Savant said, "and the BCCI today acceded to his request and has decided that the Test will be held at the Wankhede Stadium from November 14-18."

A final decision on the venue will be taken when the BCCI's tour, fixtures and programme committee meets on Tuesday.

It is understood that even before Tendulkar announced his retirement plans, Kolkata's Eden Gardens had been promised it would get to host Tendulkar's 200th Test. The deal is said to be a bargain for Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) chief Jagmohan Dalmiya pulling out of the race to be the IPL chairman at the BCCI's annual general meeting on September 29. However, according to CAB treasurer Biswarup Dey, CAB will definitely "honour" Tendulkar's request.

"If Sachin has requested it, CAB won't unnecessarily push for staging the match and honour the legend's wish," Dey said.

The BCCI follows a rotation policy among its 10 Test venues for staging matches. According to the rotation policy, Ahmedabad and Bangalore were to host the next two matches. However, with the significance of these two Tests, the tour, fixtures and programme committee headed by BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla may break the rotation policy and instead award the two matches to Kolkata and Mumbai.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on October 18, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    I remember In 80-es , got news that One 14 years boy hit 300 runs in school cricket and did partnership of 600+ runs, One article was publish and i believe interview as taken by Mohindar amarnath.

    I remember the days when Sachin Joined Indian Cricket Team, People Use to consider Sachin is like their own Son/Brother or Friend. Everyone Anxiously waiting for Sachin come to Bat and praying him for runs.

    I remember the day where Sachin Hit adbdul Kadir and took 20+ runs in one over. Also I remember one 5-5 Overs match which help in 90-es where Sachin and Kapil Dev (not remember) Pair made 80/90 runs in 5 overs match , I think that is the Changed or begining of Twently Twenty cricket and give guts that in 5 hours 80+ Runs can be hited, I still remember Malcom Marshal also was there.

    How can we forgot 97 runs innings against Pakistan in worldcup? how come we forget sachin's Half centuries in 1992 world cups ? Played Super innings in Shahrajah against Pakistan. You have given lots to India

  • rohita25 on October 18, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    if ICC has something to give to Sachin tendulkar is the honour of SIR to him....SIR SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR

  • svrfremont on October 15, 2013, 20:47 GMT

    Well!! Congratulations on a wonderful superb career that cannot be described in words. Just magnificent. I can keep using all the superlatives yet feel empty in terms of having described him. I have listened to him play and I have seen him play. Always he bought a refreshing attitude to the Indian team. A winning attitude I would say. Winning is a habit as they say. He bought that winning habit. I would consider his cover drives and the straight drives the best that I have seen. I still remember him in the World Cup 2003 in SA in Johannesburg when he and Sehwag literally went berserk; about 50 in three overs. Of course there are many innings worthy of mention which I am not even recalling now because I am just overwhelmed with the moment. I salute you little master. Bye Sachin, you would be remembered as the best ever, not just of your era.

    There are only a handful of people that can cross eras and you are one of them. Kudos good luck in whatever you do. Thanks for the memories!!

  • chotteguru on October 14, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    My memory of Sachin would be better served were he to play well in his final matches against the best in the world. Unfortunately, that is not to be, thanks to the administrators of the game In india.

  • INDSlider on October 14, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    To me, this could have happened bit earliar. Anyway, congrat Sachin!

  • on October 13, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    Ibecame the fan of sachin after his century at perth, majestic and flamboyant. Then came the 96 world cup. He scored 50 among the ruins. When he got out like the crowd of kolkata switched off the TV set. This continues with me even now whenever he gets out I stop watching matches. I am going to miss out the live cricket for sure. Lot of injuries in the course of 2 decades of service, but still the enthusiasm to play for the country prevailed. Hats off Sachin and the entertainment which you gave us. All the best for your post retirement life. I definitely see a role of yours in shaping the young batters temperament and technique towards batting at NCA. Hope to see you again in other form of cricket but definitely not as a commentator.

  • prabirdass on October 12, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    @hemal31 it was six of Andy Caddick in 2003 worldcup

  • URANKAR on October 12, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    My memory of Sachin and the desert storm It was a humid evening at Sharjah cricket stadium which was packed to rafters.India -Australia clash.India on the verge of elimination.One man stood on that emotionally packed evening between Australia and India's chances of qualifying. Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin took on every Australian bowler.The shots were astounding.Back foot punch,square drive,clips on legside and back to bowler huge sixes!!. We were at stadium, the tension was unbearable.Sachin's face had that determination,blazing eyes like a warrior on mission.Tony Greig's booming voice was hoarse …he kept on saying " Whata player whata player" Then the weird thing happened.Sand Storm came from no where as if God descended to watch another God playing!!. Sachin sat with blazing eyes with his pads, helmet in the front row for storm to go. He came back,continued the onslaught.India qualified,he scored one of his best century with 142 runs. Thank you Sachin for great memory

  • ThilankaK on October 12, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    SACHIN ! Hats Off and Thank you very much !! Best wishes from SRILANKA !!!

  • nikubhan on October 12, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    The perfect balance in a straight drive, the

  • on October 18, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    I remember In 80-es , got news that One 14 years boy hit 300 runs in school cricket and did partnership of 600+ runs, One article was publish and i believe interview as taken by Mohindar amarnath.

    I remember the days when Sachin Joined Indian Cricket Team, People Use to consider Sachin is like their own Son/Brother or Friend. Everyone Anxiously waiting for Sachin come to Bat and praying him for runs.

    I remember the day where Sachin Hit adbdul Kadir and took 20+ runs in one over. Also I remember one 5-5 Overs match which help in 90-es where Sachin and Kapil Dev (not remember) Pair made 80/90 runs in 5 overs match , I think that is the Changed or begining of Twently Twenty cricket and give guts that in 5 hours 80+ Runs can be hited, I still remember Malcom Marshal also was there.

    How can we forgot 97 runs innings against Pakistan in worldcup? how come we forget sachin's Half centuries in 1992 world cups ? Played Super innings in Shahrajah against Pakistan. You have given lots to India

  • rohita25 on October 18, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    if ICC has something to give to Sachin tendulkar is the honour of SIR to him....SIR SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR

  • svrfremont on October 15, 2013, 20:47 GMT

    Well!! Congratulations on a wonderful superb career that cannot be described in words. Just magnificent. I can keep using all the superlatives yet feel empty in terms of having described him. I have listened to him play and I have seen him play. Always he bought a refreshing attitude to the Indian team. A winning attitude I would say. Winning is a habit as they say. He bought that winning habit. I would consider his cover drives and the straight drives the best that I have seen. I still remember him in the World Cup 2003 in SA in Johannesburg when he and Sehwag literally went berserk; about 50 in three overs. Of course there are many innings worthy of mention which I am not even recalling now because I am just overwhelmed with the moment. I salute you little master. Bye Sachin, you would be remembered as the best ever, not just of your era.

    There are only a handful of people that can cross eras and you are one of them. Kudos good luck in whatever you do. Thanks for the memories!!

  • chotteguru on October 14, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    My memory of Sachin would be better served were he to play well in his final matches against the best in the world. Unfortunately, that is not to be, thanks to the administrators of the game In india.

  • INDSlider on October 14, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    To me, this could have happened bit earliar. Anyway, congrat Sachin!

  • on October 13, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    Ibecame the fan of sachin after his century at perth, majestic and flamboyant. Then came the 96 world cup. He scored 50 among the ruins. When he got out like the crowd of kolkata switched off the TV set. This continues with me even now whenever he gets out I stop watching matches. I am going to miss out the live cricket for sure. Lot of injuries in the course of 2 decades of service, but still the enthusiasm to play for the country prevailed. Hats off Sachin and the entertainment which you gave us. All the best for your post retirement life. I definitely see a role of yours in shaping the young batters temperament and technique towards batting at NCA. Hope to see you again in other form of cricket but definitely not as a commentator.

  • prabirdass on October 12, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    @hemal31 it was six of Andy Caddick in 2003 worldcup

  • URANKAR on October 12, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    My memory of Sachin and the desert storm It was a humid evening at Sharjah cricket stadium which was packed to rafters.India -Australia clash.India on the verge of elimination.One man stood on that emotionally packed evening between Australia and India's chances of qualifying. Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin took on every Australian bowler.The shots were astounding.Back foot punch,square drive,clips on legside and back to bowler huge sixes!!. We were at stadium, the tension was unbearable.Sachin's face had that determination,blazing eyes like a warrior on mission.Tony Greig's booming voice was hoarse …he kept on saying " Whata player whata player" Then the weird thing happened.Sand Storm came from no where as if God descended to watch another God playing!!. Sachin sat with blazing eyes with his pads, helmet in the front row for storm to go. He came back,continued the onslaught.India qualified,he scored one of his best century with 142 runs. Thank you Sachin for great memory

  • ThilankaK on October 12, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    SACHIN ! Hats Off and Thank you very much !! Best wishes from SRILANKA !!!

  • nikubhan on October 12, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    The perfect balance in a straight drive, the

  • on October 12, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    I can still remember my young childhood days when crowd disappears from open tv shops when sachin gets out, and whole team gets out behind him. Today is the day when his passion and style gave birth to such a strong indian team. I still misses his skill and fearless batting. He was always a treat to watch. His contribution to the indian and world cricket is the g8est. Sachin record tendulkar thanks for all those years you entertained all over the world. we will always miss u and ur batting style.

  • Nadeem_Jaffery on October 12, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    Hello everyone....being a Pakistan supporter, I should be pleased to see the back of this little chap. However I am sad, sad because the game would loose one of it's gentler characters, which are already scarce. Sachin Tendulkar provided cricket lovers 24 years of shear delight. The game of cricket would never be the same without you, Sachin. However, having said that, it is also very sad end to a an illustrious career. The most befitting end would have been if Sachin had played his last Test against South Africa and had scored heavily against Dale Styn and co. But as everyone has noticed, his form has been dropping since WC 2011. He is not able to score freely against quality bowling attacks. BCCI has arranged a farewell party for Sachin, by inviting West Indies to India, where everyone would agree, he can still score a fifty or perhaps a century in his last match. Bye bye Sachin, you would be remembered as one of the finest of your era.

  • dipiwfm on October 12, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    In my earlier days as a sport freak I used to think what I miss if I die today, first things that comes to mind is I would not be able to see or play Cricket and a large part of my thought was that I will not able to watch Sachin play. Now, when Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar retired from cricket and I am detaching from sports I asked myself what I miss if I die today. Life has taken its toll and I will not miss anything.

  • Srinidhi_bs on October 12, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    SACHIN.. End of an fantastic career. Hats Off and Thank you very much.

    The day I started following Cricket, I watched Sachin..No No..Wait.. The day I started following Sachin, I started watching Cricket. !!!!!

    Right from that day, till today every time Sachin comes to bat, my heart would start to pound.

    Once it was in 1999 December (Ind tour Aus), when I bunked my school, came back home cycling for 6 km to watch Sachin bat and go back to school after he was dismissed.

    One night it happened in my dreams that Sachin had expired(touch wood , Long Live Sachin). I still remember that I woke up from my dream and found my pillow was fully wet with tears. I breathed a huge SIGH of RELIEF that after all it was a dream.

    That batting, that COVER DRIVE, that PULL, that STRAIGHT DRIVE, that FLICK,That UPPER CUT, that PADDLE SWEEP will remain in my memories for long time.

  • suriaero on October 12, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    I became the fan of sachin after his century at perth, majestic and flamboyant. Then came the 96 world cup. He scored 50 among the ruins. When he got out like the crowd of kolkata switched off the TV set. This continues with me even now whenever he gets out I stop watching matches. I am going to miss out the live cricket for sure. Lot of injuries in the course of 2 decades of service, but still the enthusiasm to play for the country prevailed. Hats off Sachin and the entertainment which you gave us. All the best for your post retirement life. I definitely see a role of yours in shaping the young batters temperament and technique towards batting at NCA. Hope to see you again in other form of cricket but definitely not as a commentator.

  • on October 12, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    @ The-Love: here we go with the "you're not even 10 % as good as sachin" response...i was expecting it from the moment i posted anti sachin comments...and that "billions of expectation" cliche...dude i already accepted that he is the best indian batsman ever...did you even read my post carefully...and of course i am not 10 % good as sachin...otherwise i'd have been playing in ranji trophy cricket at least...my problem is with the game itself bending to the whims of one player...it will happen only in india because of emotional fans like you who puts hero-worship...(he is God for u...isn't he) before plain and simple REASON...!

  • on October 12, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    I have seen some great sportsmen said goodby to the sports they loved but one thing about Tendulkar, no doubt is one of the best all time but I wonder if there were no strong Indian Cricket Board or IPL would there be the same publicity about Indian cricketers, I doubt this.

  • on October 12, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    It is true that Tendulkar is one of the legends of in new era of cricket. 200 test mile stones would not be that easy for all the cricketers. But the way the BCCI makes arrangements for him play his 200 test in Indian soil shows that Tendulkar inability to play in foreign soil in particular SA. I also feel the board is not neutral to other legends who dominated the Indian cricket in the past. I think Azhar has played 99 tests and opportunities were not given for him to play even the 100th one. Sad, but all the very best to Tendulkar.

  • slackers11 on October 12, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    @kevin McQueen Tendulkar has 7 hundreds against SA and has faced much better bowling attacks in the past. India has the team to give a good fight to SA unlike the current Australian team, even the 2 domestic teams from Australia that participated in CL were beaten in all the matches they played. Next time they should be put in the same group, so that atleast one of them goes home with a victory.

  • The-love on October 12, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    @Anish : I wish you had achieved at least 10% of what SACHIN TENDULKARhas achieved having billions of expectations.In that case your comments would make some sense but now I don't know for which thing this hatred is there but a player,you are talking about, has never replied in anger to any bowler while getting sledged.So similarly this is a request from a Sachin's fan,keep all hatred aside and lets enjoy sachin's these last 2 matches together.Its the emotional time not only for sachin but billions of his fans in India who have seen him playing in 90's at his peak. I hope you extract only positive out of my comment.

  • on October 12, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    @Nutcutlet

    As an individual, you have liberty to think whatever you wish & to write whatever you feel. The present-ability of matter should be neutral with no bias for religion, caste, sex, color, nation or continent. But when I read your comment, it stuck my mind about your hater-ism of south ASIA. Absolute rubbish. You seem to be South African. You may be disappointed with SA itinerary. You may not be pleased with BCCI. IND has so many heroes from Dhyanchand to sachin; you don't about. Your views were buried in Nov 1991 when SA was readmitted in international cricket.

    It is not ceremony or carnival. We had 4 TESTS in whole calendar year 2013 & 2 Tests are added. It is just Test match like other bilateral. We have the rights to host the Test, where to organize & we will decide. We know how to deal with our greats. We reject your entire view.

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

    he could have announced this after the test series...now everyone on the moon, thinking crazy out here...we have to see the same emotions after the 200th test...god bless indian cricket...

  • on October 12, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    Harsha Bhogle: u just scored three hundreds in that England series...either u could have retired then on a high or u could have returned home to score more runs against new zealand...why now..?

    Rahul Dravid: if i had retired then the new guy coming in would have had to face australian conditions and bowlers at their best...it would have been selfish of me to do that then and it was my duty to be with the team for such a series...now i am retiring because i cant be around for the SA series and the new guy coming in will have two home series against NZ and Aus to get the feel of international cricket and build confidence by the time we travel to SA...!

    Compare this to the attitude of the so called 'legend'...Take a Bow Rahul Sharad Dravid...Sir...you have made me realize what a gem you are...!

  • on October 12, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    What a farce - cancel the South African tour so Tendulkar is not embarrassed in his 200th test by having to face high quality bowlers !!! The arrogance of the Indian Cricket Board has now reached a new low !!!!

  • on October 12, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    And Sachin...u have my utmost respect as a batsman...u r the best batsman india has ever produced...best run getter...best stroke player...but u are...in my opinion one of the worst team player...it's always about u...isn't it...if he is not 'complaining' about being denied a chance to score a double (not withstanding the fact that he was really hurting the team cause defending almost everything and delaying the declaration) he is busy hanging on to his fav batting slots, hell with the team. I can give numerous examples of him being a selfish self centered player and he has proved me right once again by announcing his retirement way ahead of the matches making sure he gets all the limelight...go act in some movies for gods sake if u r so fussy about attention...!

  • PadMarley on October 12, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    Don't know for good or bad, but perhaps the only cricketer from India loved by the rest of the world. Being a non Indian, and being crazy of cricket ever since I remember myself as a kid, I have not come across a single cricket fan who dislikes Sachin. True, we all had our own favorite batsman, and it was at times Sachin and at times others, but if we were to name top 5, he was always there in every non-Indian cricket fans' list of top 5 favorites. This I would say is a remarkable achievement only a legend of legends can achieve. He is !!. It was irritating at times, BCCI, Indian commentators, and Indian fans trying to make a god out of this once-in-a-life-time great human talent. I guess they did that for various commercial and egoistic reasons. Somehow, once the dust settle after his retirement and politicians start look for other options, we all will miss this truly great player. Wishing him all the best for the next few games and glorious finish!!

  • on October 12, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    This is almost nauseating me...I mean...seriously...from when is a player allowed to 'choose' the venue...this is a damn "TEST MATCH"...not a benefit match for gods sake...the whole theory that no player is bigger than the game is being put in to grave danger due to such stupid emotional decision...what if he had wanted to play in a venue which he never have played before and asked to shift the match to honolulu...??? with the clout they have BCCI might even have done that...disgusting theatrical decision...!

  • on October 12, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    @my_indian_fans

    For those who say SRT should retired many years ago or SRT given notice to BCCI for grand stage or SRT is not legend or .......

    Counting from 1 Jan 2011 till date now, IND played 25 Tests...Won 10...Lost 10.... Drawn 5 .....Played against SA,WI,ENG,WI,AUS,NZL,ENG,AUS. (sequence).

    SRT played 22 of those 25 Tests, scored 1305 runs @35.27. Poor by his standard but still highest run scorer among of all IND batsmen played in those 25 matches.

    IND played 13 Tests in 2011, 9 in 2012 & 4 in 2013...whereas ENG, AUS played more Tests 33 & 30 resp. Michael Clerk topping the batsmen list in that period & SRT was at 23rd in that list. Kane Williamson overtook him today playing against BD now.

    He has hanged his boots now. Non-Indians have no right to say about his selection. Vijay Lokapally in the Hindu yesterday put every issues in extreme adverse contexts. SA FTP is different courtesy purely due to CSA. We should behave like CAB did & honour SRT gracefully.

  • Nutcutlet on October 12, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    It must be cultural; it must be a sign of the times, but never, never have I known a tour (two Test mini-series v the WI) be arranged to stage-manage the departure of a player, no matter how great! It is absolute proof that the player is actually greater than the game in this instance. That, friends, cannot be right! How can it be explained? I suggest that it is down to India's lack of internat'l sporting heroes over the years: Sachin stands alone like a colossus simply because there is no one, in cricket or any other sport, who has represented India with the same longevity & distinction. Indeed, the sad truth is that those outside S Asia would be hard pressed to come up with any list of sportsmen of world renown at all, a great set of wonderful cricketers not withstanding. As for the Tests themselves, prepare for death-by souvenir manufacturers and the WIndies bowlers who bowl at SRT in Mumbai, better remember that it is not their show: just let him have the runs. It's his ceremony!

  • sujithbandara on October 12, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    every things must be end of one day that's a nature of the world. sachin tendulkar great servant for indian cricket.now end of the legend we never see him again international cricket . we are very sad but every things must be end of one day good buy sir we always proud of you .....

  • CricketRevolution on October 12, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    Milhouse79: He should have retired 1 year ago not 4 ... he had his best test years from 2008-2011... was voted ICC player of the year in 2010 and was the best batsman of the 2011 WC too. He was also looking top class till the Aus tour of 2011. So u might want to add at the end of 2011. Bu then again had he reitred then in 2011, at the top, we would have wanted more of him. Double edged sword.

  • on October 12, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    whatever be the ctiticism THE GOD of cricket will remain in every ones heart for ever for his humility.

  • Camberwellcarrot1979 on October 12, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    The guy is clearly a legend but he should have retired about 4 years ago; he has been treading water for a long time now. I think it is a bit sad to stay around for a milestone or an average or something like that. Just a bit self indulgent really. Nevertheless, the greatest batsmen from this era...

  • g.narsimha on October 12, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    Hadi Hassan-yaa he finished him in SAi in 2003 world cup match.

  • deep2sha on October 12, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    sad to see sachin going....its an end of an era....time will fly but i am sure no one ever will touch the hearts of billions as sachin does...its easy to criticise but even these people knows that he is genius...a true legend and without any doubt the greatest sports person ever born.. to stay away from controversy for his entire career puts him no.1 in sporting arena....not to add the the appeal of desperate people to perform everytime he walks to bat......anyone who doubts he is getting special treatment should check the facts where is indian cricket toady and what it was in 89... all the best sachin and thanks for memories FOR ME AND FOR MILLIONS I AM SURE NO SACHIN NO CRICKET

  • on October 12, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    Legend retires. As for an sentimental attachment, he will play in wankhede. But he should ve been played in eden/chepauk/chinnasamy stadium. These pitches gave him much good memories. I still remember whole wankhede booed him once. Immatured fans of wankhede disrespected him some years ago. But sachin so successful in chepauk and eden gardens. Those will miss him.

  • sandy_bangalore on October 12, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    To add to what I have written, why wasnt Dravid, Ganguly and Kapil not given similar send offs? Kapil,who singlehandeldly shouldered Indias bowling for 2 decades, and who gave India its first world cup win, which shifted the sporting landscape in the country(to other sports to cricket), played his final match in a forgotten ODI at Faridabad! Dravid was a better player overseas than Tendulkar(Forget the stats for a moment). He batted at No 3, which was tougher considering India never had any good openers until Sehwag and Gambhir. And Ganguly transformed the team from a meek average one, to a team which could play overseas.

  • sandy_bangalore on October 12, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    I don't belong to the anti-Sachin brigade, but I and many others are very disappointed that the whole episode seems stage-managed to accomodate the requirement of one man. THe man may be a legend, the best batmsan of the mordern era, but its ridiculous that he is considered bigger than the game. It seems that Tendulkar clearly gave a notice to the BCCI that he wishes to retire this year in front of his home crowd, and the BCCI being subservient to him, accomodated his request, ignoring the FTP, the tour obligation of SA and the fact that none of the legends before him(gavaskar,dravid,kumble etc) were given such liberties(as articulated by Vijay Lokapally in the Hindu yesterday). Just because Waugh's was done in such a way dosent mean we do the same. When Roger federer retires, will the ATP 'arrange' a draw for him such that he'll go out victorious in a Grand slam?? Sad state of 'hero' worshipping in India!

  • India2014 on October 12, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    Sachin should have retired before 2 years, that would have given him respect. Now it is more of a compulsion.

  • andrew-schulz on October 12, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    Steve Waugh was heavily criticised, especially by Ian Chappell, for announcing his retirement before the 2003/04 season. You would have to be very brave to criticize Tendulkar for the same thing. But it is clearly incorrect to schedule venues for a Test summer on the basis of the desires of one player.

  • on October 12, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    please play at chennai one last time people here are desperate to see u

  • BULTY on October 12, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    Looking at comments for this topic, it's as usual heaps of praise to sky to a player called Sachin Tendulkar; but two persons, viz. Blaster Pk & Ruester took courage to put in their dissent note here and cricinfo published them too. I am fully in agreement with the two mentioned and I demand that a proper farewell Test match be arranged for Dravid & Laxman at Bengaluru & Hyderabad. It's not out of jealousy or anything that I make this demand but in course of natural justice. Innings of 281 by Laxman & a century by Dravid; playing out an entire day's game without getting separated & bringing victory to India & that too after being followed on against Australia,has never happened in history of Test matches. Their contribution to Indian cricket is by no means lesser that Sachin's. BCCI should extend WI tour to accommodate these 2 Tests & postpone SA tour accordingly. If rules can be bent to give Sachin proper farewell, so does Dravid & Laxman merit. BCCI should arrange these at any cost.

  • on October 12, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    I hope Shoaib Akhtar doesn't come at his last match...

  • tanstell87 on October 12, 2013, 2:26 GMT

    @ StraightHit - so where did Ponting & Steve Waugh played their last tests.... in Australia....nothing wrong with Tendulkar opting to play his farewell tests in India.

  • on October 12, 2013, 1:49 GMT

    I am beginning to get withdrawal symptoms. To watch a cricket match without Sachin is like being stuck in a desert without rain. But the time has come and he wants to go on his terms. We should respect that and wish him well. You were the greatest Sachin and you played like a gentleman. God bless you and your family. All the best from cricket fans everywhere.

  • SUNDHUR on October 12, 2013, 1:30 GMT

    Sachin is a man who has brought an unique identity for himself, his country and the game of Cricket. He is arguably the greatest amongst the greatest of Cricket and would find his place amongst the all time greatest sportsman. He is a super star who captured the hearts of the young and the old alike universally and better known even by soccer fans as 'the Maradona of Cricket". May he have success in rest of his life and I wish he continues to stay close to Cricket in one form or the other and use his influence to promote other sports as well!

  • Htc-Android on October 12, 2013, 1:17 GMT

    Sad to hear that two of my favourite cricketers Murali and Sachin wont play cricket anymore. It was always a treat to watch a battle between the greatest spinner of all time(Murali) and the greatest batsman of all time(Sachin). It was always an even contest. We miss those days. I wish i can see battle between these two one more time.

  • siddharth14 on October 12, 2013, 1:10 GMT

    Really hope it is Chennai and Mumbai for Sachin's last two matches. Chennai being his favourite hunting ground and Mumbai of course being his home ground.

  • Ms.Cricket on October 12, 2013, 0:30 GMT

    Sachin should sit out of the two home Tests against West Indies and give a younger player a chance. Sachin should go to South Africa for the series there because India need him there against Steyn, Morkel etc not against West Indies at home.

  • on October 11, 2013, 23:52 GMT

    why was dravid not given farewell... why was laxman not given proper farewell... did everyone forget 281against AU. Dravid the man of the series.. he also played for close to 18 yrs.. why did BCCI not give a proper farewell to dravid and laxman... why only for sachin? BCCI has changed even the tour plans to SA just to please sachin... this is called favorisim .. afterall sachin is not so innocent and honest to himself..sachin has the background power to change (remember he is member of parliament) any series to accomodate his personal goals.. he looks so innocent outside but a politicians mind inside.. iam so thankfull to srinivasan and iam the happiest person to see sachin go out.. good for world cricket..

  • ruester on October 11, 2013, 23:37 GMT

    Is it only me that finds all the gushing tributes to Sachin a bit nauseating? The people who say he is so wonderful, never does anything wrong and is a god etc. Please take a little time to consider that's Sachin maybe seen by someone as selfish and self centered. This is a man, who despite very poor form for the last three years, average 35, played on in search of his 100, hundred. He then makes it known to the BCCI that he will retire after his 200th test match, they of course cancel a legally binding tour of South Africa to accommodate (one player, who does not deserve to be in the side on his record for the last three years) so that he clan play his final test matches in his now preferred location and venues. Dare I say it......maybe Sachin isn't so perfect as so many seem to think. By the way, just because I critisise SRT does not mean I am a hater, far from it, I am a fan too, international sport should not be affected by one players, no matter who he is.

  • on October 11, 2013, 21:40 GMT

    Of course they will bend over backwards to please him. Hopefully once the demagogue retires we will Be back to normal things

  • Ashique129 on October 11, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    Quite humbly, this does not sound right. A player cannot suggest the venue of a match.

  • on October 11, 2013, 21:21 GMT

    Sachin,

    I Love Cricket, even more i loved to see your live innings.

    I still remember Sarjah matches, your man of the match trophy along with Player of the tournament award as a CAR, and offcource the Trophy you won for INDIA that on your Birthday. (April 24, 1998: India vs Australia, Final of Coca-Cola Cup, Sharjah)

    All innings in 6 world cups, All hundreds and all the signature Sixers Hammered on leg side.

    You are Cricket for me. You play as a legend, you will ritire as a Legend. People say you are 2nd Sir Don Bradman, I feel you are the father of all Sirs, masters and hitters.

    I wish you to live long and inspire the whole country not just as a player but also as a Indian.

    Love you Sachin you owe us...

    Raj Mhapadi

  • 12thUmpire on October 11, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    On hearing the news an 8 year-old broke down inconsolably. Asked why, he said he had 2 dreams, both now shattered. First he hoped the "other" test in Brabourne instead of Koklata. Second, when he becomes a grandpa, hoped to take his grandchildren to see Tendulkar in action.

  • amitdi on October 11, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    I have been a big fan of Tendulkar and worship his cricketing talent. But I dont quite like the way of changing itineraries just so that he can retire at home...

    What if he gets injured in the 1st test match...with they postpone the 2nd test until he is fit :))))))

  • joyraj18 on October 11, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    India, A nation divided by religion & politics, United by Sachin Tendulkar!!!

  • CricketChat on October 11, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    Quite predictable, given that BCCI even changed tours to accommodate Sachin's farewell in India. Hopefully, he will retire on a high note. Then we can get back to regular cricket.

  • on October 11, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    Sachin was not given a fair farewell in one day internationals He should be persuaded to make final bow to one day intls against his greatest adversary, the Australians at the final two one days at Nagpur and Bangaluru prior to the tfinal two tests. For all his services to Indian cricket he was not allowed to exit gloriously from One days, and this gesture will do enough justice to him. I urge all Sachin fans to share this view, so that the BcCI would consider persuading Sachin to play two more one days in front of the ardent fans

  • on October 11, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    An in-completed Cricketer.....because he doesn't know how to respect a true fan.....

  • tahamahadi on October 11, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    Sachin,anybody, would want to play their last match at their respective home grounds.Let us respect the decisions made by legends! Sachin is my roleModel and I hope he is related to cricket forever and ever and ever ,!!!!

  • Indian_Logic on October 11, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    It is really a emotional moment for everybody who loves the game of cricket without barriers.He is a great legend in his era of play.And without any doubt one of all time bests who played cricket.Hats of to you sir, Sachin. Cricket was lucky to have a person like you playing the game.you have given invaluable great memories and unforgettable experiences to fans who were watching you all the way for 24 years.

    I know it is a long career , but you never lost your fans and you were in their dreams now for over 24 years... it is never an easy task .. Only a SACHIN can do it....It is 24 long years he has beeping the hearts of all levels of indians when he came to bat ...It has been 24 long years ppl celebrate every boundary he hit, every run he scored , every wicket he got .... Ppl will never want to miss those moments.... But pp want to miss something. It is that you heading 2 dressing room.But after 2013-11-18 ppl will miss that as he will walk to the dressing room and will never return..

  • SamRoy on October 11, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    @srinideva Eden Gardens always turns up the best (the most passionate and by far the largest) crowds for test match cricket. Chepauk is the most knowledgeable crowd but Eden Gardens always the best. Bangalore gets good crowds but has a hopeless pitch for test matches which more often than not is a batting road for first 4 days and crumbles suddenly on the 5th day.

  • on October 11, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    Wow this is going to be a cracker of a match- thank you Sachin; best cricketer ever

  • Agni_25 on October 11, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    I got interest in Cricket coz of Sachin, Ganguly and Dravid.... I had a heavy heart when Ganguly and Dravid retired... Now I'm in tears... As Indian cricket fan, I would like to see Sachin,Ganguly,Dravid and VVS play one last test together against rest of the world team and retire the same day. Respect these legends and indian cricket will miss them

  • Iceman29 on October 11, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    I knew cricket only because of you my dear Sachin...Thanks for all the entertainment ...u will be immortal and will be remembered by generation to come..May God bless you and bless India with another Sachin....

  • chiragbhagat on October 11, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    Sachin, you bring the Cricket to life in India and made us watch you sitting very tight on our chairs, biting our nails, not allowing anyone to pass through between us and TV when you are batting and until India wins.

    I remember a match when India was playing against Pakistan, Shrikanth was batting along with Tendulkar and with ran rate going high around 9, Shrikanth had lost hopes and came to defensive mode to just finish the overs. But, Tendulkar on the other end started firing and the run rate came down to 6 and we saw the hope there... You bring the cheer back to Cricket fans, you bring the positivity that we could win if all 11 put their best.

    I personally, cannot forget those two innings you played in Sharjaha against Australia making 142 for qualifying and 143 winning knock in Final. It was the best along with many...

    You are the best and there will no one like you in 21st century...Thanks a lot and wish you the best! We will miss you...

  • asiacricket1234 on October 11, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    What happens if Sachin gets injured in first test and couldn't play next test??? Is he going to retire with 199 tests or is he gonna go to SA to play his 200th test?

  • Fraidoon on October 11, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    I am a big fan of Sachin Tendulkar. He is truly the living legend and one of the best in the game. Cricket lovers will miss the Great Sachin jee. Love you!

  • Prem-balu on October 11, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    GOD - Sachin

    Nobody can become GOD. We all pray for God's blessing and it will be available for one last time on a cricket field. He has been great advertisement for Cricket and his humility and simplicity has been an advertisement for how every individual should lead life

  • on October 11, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    Sachins favourite ground has always been the Chennai Chepauk. One match should be played there...!!!

  • shivshankarb on October 11, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    I wish Sachin could have requested one match at LORDS(2014) before retirement! - Some cheer for his fans across the continent :)

  • on October 11, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    One Match should be in Bangalore.

  • on October 11, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    Sachin, I do not have any word for you. My life starts watching cricket and when any India match starts then we all are asking "Sachin ne kitne banaye",(how much did Sachin score) and no other cricketer important. I am in US right now since last more than one year, and in this last year, you called off from all forms the cricket. First from ODT, then IPL. then CL20 and now Tests. surely, I am going to miss last chance to see your on pitch. My bad luck.

  • srinideva on October 11, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    who is going to watch the matches played in eden gardens...yes it's wonderful stadium in india..but the attendence is also important for this test...so better give it to chennai or bangalore where the public have more interest in test cricket...but as an indian i don't mind if it goes another way...

  • on October 11, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    This match is going to be historic. Wankhede, is a great venue not just for Sachin Tendulkar's 200th and last Test match, but also for Cricket. However, i being from Mumbai, would have loved to see the match happen at Brabourne Stadium instead. Cricket lovers across India and the world know the history of the Brabourne Stadium (Cricket Club of India). It is one of the oldest cricket stadiums in India. It would have been great if Brabourne would have been the venue. However, i am, just like the whole cricketing world, looking forward for this historic match in Sachin Tendulkar's backyard. A great and a near perfect place for cricket lovers from across the world to say, "Thank you Sachin, and goodbye. Hope to see you around".

  • on October 11, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    Sachin has a good chance to equal one more record of Bradman to be out at zero in his last test innings in 200th test. I am the only one to be realistic on Sachin's very delayed retirement announcement,I was his fan till he played perhahps his 190 test or so but then wanted him to retire but the kid wud not listen and made mess of his career and sticking to his chair like a politicians. Psycophants like Gavaskar, Swarne etc may sing his songs but these are the people who did not advised him to retire in time to be bracketed with Bradman in greatness

    I am sure bharat ratna will be awarded to him by many of his sycophants and fans and also for being a member of congress--but he does not deserve to be that

  • Nagendra_SachinFan on October 11, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    what if he gets injured after playing first test???? is retirement still valid?

  • on October 11, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    Legendary cricketer yes, but I'll remember Sachin as being the nicest cricketer ever, Dravid's a close second. That is the first thing I'll tell anyone when I speak of him--he was the nicest man ever. Nuff RESPECT Sachin!!! The debate will continue about who was the best batsman of their time between him and Lara. I'll put it this way, if I had to choose between the two to bat for my life, I'll choose Sachin; for he was more steady especially earlier on in his innings. Lara wanted to dominate bowlers and so will give chances, though once Lara got set he was an immovable run scoring force.

    On the other hand, if I was left with my last dime and had to choose between buying food or watching either of Lara or Sachin bat, I'll pay to watch Lara bat he was the most entertaining batsmen of his generation by some distance. Lara sent your good deliveries to the boundary and did things in cricket I thought was impossible--this I will pay to watch and go hungry.

  • Riz000 on October 11, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    Being a Pakistani Fan and big Shoiab Akhtar fan i will surely miss u Tendulkhar u little master blaster! You were are and the best Ive seen best of luck for future buddy hope u come back as a commentator its really sad when some one like Tendulkhar goes

  • on October 11, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    Chennai should host 1st test...

  • on October 11, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    I wonder how many ticket will the MCA "block" for its members and sponsors. In the WC Final only 4000 tickets were available to the general public. I hope this time atleast 20,000 is sold so people have a chance to witness history.

  • Shikhy Aggarwal on October 11, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    after contributing so much to Indian cricket without asking for anything but respect, I think that his only request should be accepted

  • on October 11, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    wat happens to the religion 'cricket' when the God himself retires on november 18 24 years he had ruled the game

    wonderful gentleman we miss u sachin

  • peter56 on October 11, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    has anybody thought about what happens if Sachin is injured in his 199th test and cant play in the Mumbai test?

  • on October 11, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    It will be fitting tribute if he plays at Wankhede last time. I will be there in Sachin Tendulkar stand to watch GOD.

  • on October 11, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    this time double diwali in mumbai

  • on October 11, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    this time double diwali in mumbai

  • on October 11, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    It will be fitting tribute if he plays at Wankhede last time. I will be there in Sachin Tendulkar stand to watch GOD.

  • peter56 on October 11, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    has anybody thought about what happens if Sachin is injured in his 199th test and cant play in the Mumbai test?

  • on October 11, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    wat happens to the religion 'cricket' when the God himself retires on november 18 24 years he had ruled the game

    wonderful gentleman we miss u sachin

  • Shikhy Aggarwal on October 11, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    after contributing so much to Indian cricket without asking for anything but respect, I think that his only request should be accepted

  • on October 11, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    I wonder how many ticket will the MCA "block" for its members and sponsors. In the WC Final only 4000 tickets were available to the general public. I hope this time atleast 20,000 is sold so people have a chance to witness history.

  • on October 11, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    Chennai should host 1st test...

  • Riz000 on October 11, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    Being a Pakistani Fan and big Shoiab Akhtar fan i will surely miss u Tendulkhar u little master blaster! You were are and the best Ive seen best of luck for future buddy hope u come back as a commentator its really sad when some one like Tendulkhar goes

  • on October 11, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    Legendary cricketer yes, but I'll remember Sachin as being the nicest cricketer ever, Dravid's a close second. That is the first thing I'll tell anyone when I speak of him--he was the nicest man ever. Nuff RESPECT Sachin!!! The debate will continue about who was the best batsman of their time between him and Lara. I'll put it this way, if I had to choose between the two to bat for my life, I'll choose Sachin; for he was more steady especially earlier on in his innings. Lara wanted to dominate bowlers and so will give chances, though once Lara got set he was an immovable run scoring force.

    On the other hand, if I was left with my last dime and had to choose between buying food or watching either of Lara or Sachin bat, I'll pay to watch Lara bat he was the most entertaining batsmen of his generation by some distance. Lara sent your good deliveries to the boundary and did things in cricket I thought was impossible--this I will pay to watch and go hungry.

  • Nagendra_SachinFan on October 11, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    what if he gets injured after playing first test???? is retirement still valid?