West Indies tour of India 2013-14 October 12, 2013

'Surreal when we get Tendulkar out' - Powell

ESPNcricinfo staff

With Sachin Tendulkar set to play his final Test next month against West Indies, possibly at his home ground at Wankhede Stadium, opposition batsmen Kieran Powell and Kirk Edwards believe their side will not be spared from the emotions surrounding the series.

"It will be a surreal moment when we get him out for that one last time," Powell told the Indian Express. "It's been a lifetime of Sachin for most of us and his final dismissal will signal the beginning of a new era for our sport.

"Even the 199th will be an incredible setting, and I expect the energy to be electric. But we all know that once the flight takes off from there and we head for the last Test, India will come to a standstill for the next eight days, and all you will hear about and see is one Sachin Tendulkar."

Edwards remembered the first time he was involved in a match against Tendulkar, which was also at Wankhede in 2011, when team-mate Ravi Rampaul dismissed him six runs short of his landmark 100th century. Edwards himself had scored a stroke-filled half-century, which had him singled out for special praise.

"Sachin walked up to me and said that he enjoyed my innings and he liked the way I batted," Edwards said. "It was an incredible moment and I was speechless. He was always a true inspiration for me but that day he showed me what true humility is."

Powell's memory of that Test is also sharp: "Ravi [Rampaul] was the most hated man in India that day, especially in Mumbai. And he told us about being worried to go and field near the boundary rope to face those thousands who had come to see Tendulkar's 100th century. The kind of noise and the roars I heard that morning will remain etched in my memory. But once he got out, I will never forget how the crowd emptied in that one instant. There were many who were screaming to let him back just for those six runs. I expect it to be crazier this time"

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  • Dummy4 on October 15, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    Sachin's legacy will be that he will be involved in every discussion about who is the best batsman every to play cricket. Some of us will appreciate what he has done on the field of play and some will offer knowledgble criticism and some not. Some may say he stayed a little too long and some will say who was his replacement? When it comes to living in a glass house, 99% of people's immediate reaction is to throw a stone at the glass. As a true sports fan, let us all enjoy what he did on the field and not get into a discussion about when he should retie. That day has come, let us all sit back and gather among our friends with a beverage of choice and reminisce about this great man's performance. There is no need for pettiness at this hour.

  • Dummy4 on October 14, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    Makgale Matabane ..........U r talking about just 1 record of LARA what about 50 imp records of Tendulkar

  • Dummy4 on October 14, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    but i still think Lara was more elegant, entertainer, stylish,tactical skill and much more brave than him because Lara could hit 28 runs in an over Tendulka never did he feared failure and he was surrounded by good players litre Laxman Dravid etc unlike Lara who was surrounded by weak players but still broke many frightening records the highest score Tendulka could make is 268 against Bangladesh while Lara scored 400 against England i a test

  • Android on October 13, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    I will miss sachin's batting alot. I started watching cricket for sachin..the best cricketer ever!!

  • Android on October 13, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    the classic legend finally retires after a massive 24 year career. salute to the legend.god of cricket

  • Dummy4 on October 13, 2013, 3:59 GMT

    Sachin is definitely the greatest batsman to have played our sport, on this side of the WW II. One could easily make the case that his impact on the game is unmatched even by The Great Don

  • Simon on October 12, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    The attribute I most admire about Sachin is that for most of his career, every time he walked to the wicket, he carried with him the hopes and aspirations of a billion people. One can only imagine the burden of expectation as he tried to please so many, and by and large, to his credit, he did not fail them. Having said that however, I still think he should have retired before and make way for a younger players, but now he has, I trust that his actions will act as encouragement for other such as Chanderpaul to follow suit.

  • Dummy4 on October 12, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    proud to be sachin fan and proud to be an indian :)

  • Bhaskar on October 12, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    Sachin is irreplaceable, entire world has only 1 Sachin, we all are lucky to have watched him bat for so many years & 2 more tests. He is a marvel, a kohinoor in cricket, way more precious than all otherswho have played cricket. Proud to be Sachin's fan.

  • Dummy4 on October 12, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    Great to hear Edward's story about how Sachin appreciated his effort in that game.Shows us how Sachin is in real life and on the field,which is just what we think he is..an amazing sportsman!Proud to be a SRT fan :)

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