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Tendulkar mania grips Kolkata

A Tendulkar extravaganza has been planned at Eden Gardens through the Test and its build-up. It will be interesting to see how the man himself handles it all

Sidharth Monga in Kolkata

November 3, 2013

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A Sachin Tendulkar cut-out is placed at the Eden Gardens entrance, Kolkata, October 29, 2013
'Salute Sachin' - the CAB's week-long celebration of Tendulkar © Associated Press
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"There is no Diwali festival. This is Sachin festival," says Biswarup Dey, the Cricket Association of Bengal treasurer. "This is officially 'Salute Sachin'." That, of course, is the name CAB has given to a week-long celebration of Sachin Tendulkar.

Nobody does the dramatic better than Kolkata. Next to Dey stands a man with a huge bouquet of flowers with "199" written on it. Dey himself holds a basket full of roses. He is waiting for Tendulkar to arrive in Kolkata, where he will start his final Test series, and his 199th Test. Soon the word spreads - about a 1000 people gather outside Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport to await Tendulkar's arrival. About a 100 of them must be the media.

Inside, across the glass partition, Dey and other officials wait as the flight has been delayed. Across the glass partition there is another concrete wall. From behind the wall, Tendulkar sees the crowd, knows the commotion his exit there will cause, and starts moving towards the other gate. A surreal scene ensues: Tendulkar is moving behind the wall, but the 1000-odd gathered run along with the invisible Tendulkar. After a huge chaos, Tendulkar finally - and safely - manages to get into his car to join his other team-mates who played the ODIs against Australia and have arrived from Bangalore.

This welcome, right here in Kolkata, is the official start of Tendulkar's farewell series. Wonder what Tendulkar makes of it. If he takes time out and explores the city, he is likely to find cut-outs of himself, big hoardings with different people's quotes on him - the one where Don Bradman says he saw a bit of himself in Tendulkar is the most common - and finally bigger cut-outs when he reaches Eden Gardens for practice on Monday.

Now all this might not come to pass - there is a Test match against West Indies to be played - but the plans in place are ambitious and elaborate. Today, the CAB president and the state sports minister launched a music album by Piloo Bhattacharya, which contains seven Bengali and four Hindi songs about Tendulkar. They will be played the moment Tendulkar enters Eden Gardens for practice. Waiting to greet him outside the team's dressing room is his life-size wax replica, crafted by a Bengali artist-cum-fan.

On Monday, a photo exhibition of 100 Tendulkar photos will be unveiled. The CAB had invited former Test captains Sunil Gavaskar and Sourav Ganguly to inaugurate this at Bhawanipore Club, but both are in Colombo on a charity walk. It hasn't deterred the plans. On match eve, the CAB plans to get BCCI president N Srinivasan to unveil the coin for the toss in the Test, with Tendulkar on one side, and Eden Gardens on the other. Wonder what heads and tails will be. The CAB is hoping Tendulkar will attend, and personally receive a silver banyan tree with gold leaves from the CAB. The groundsmen will gift him a replica of Eden Gardens.

Tendulkar's face has already been printed on the match tickets. "Never ever have we seen anybody's face on an Eden Test ticket," says Dey. There is something or the other planned for all five days of the Test. With the first day's ticket comes a souvenir - a book. More ambitiously, 70,000 Tendulkar masks are reportedly going to be handed out to the spectators. If the CAB can pull this off, it will be quite a sight.

On day two, every seat is expected to have a placard, and when all the placards are held up together it is set to form a huge Tendulkar face. Day three is likely to feature a release of 199 balloons with Tendulkar's face on them. Day four could bring the West Bengal chief minister to felicitate Tendulkar. This was supposed to be a mega event after the fifth day's play - with Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan, who will be here for the Kolkata film festival, supposed to join the West Bengal chief minister - but the government is not so sure the match will last the five days. Advancing the event into the fourth day needs the ICC's clearance. On the fifth day, an aircraft is scheduled to hover over Eden Gardens and shower 199 kilos of rose petals.

It is going to be an interesting week to see how much of this actually materialises, and if it does how Tendulkar handles it all. He must already have enough on his mind with this being his last series.

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Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Haleos on (November 6, 2013, 8:05 GMT)

The artisit who created the wax statue is Sushanta Ray. Well done Sushanta. You did such an excellent job without spending hours with him taking his measurements like Madam Tussads. MT finally managed to do a lousy job.

Posted by Haleos on (November 6, 2013, 8:01 GMT)

The bengali artisit has done an excellent job with the wax statue. The experts at madame tussads seem like a kenyan team compared to the artist as Australia in prime. Kudos to the artist. Siddharth Monga should have taken pains to find his name. He deserves a mention.

Posted by zxaar on (November 6, 2013, 7:53 GMT)

@srinideva "we`re going to ruin a international series with lot of distractions in the field and showing the world that Indians love their hero more than the Team. It is also disrespecting the other players playing in this series." ---------------- How about you speak for yourself and not for others. Neither majority of the people complaining here about these so called distractions nor any player has complained about it. Also how a series which is going to watched by whole world and also with stadium full of people is ruined by all this. If not for Tendulkar you would have series played with more than half the stadium empty and outside of india almost nobody would have bothered by it.

Posted by CherryWood_Champion on (November 6, 2013, 7:40 GMT)

PART-III

Comments from Best West Indian batsmen including Lara himself. ""If there's any accolade I can place on him it's that, although everybody has their opinion about who is the best, but Sachin Tendulkar has definitely had the best cricket career out of any cricketer that I have known." - Lara "Sachin is a genius. I'm a mere mortal." - Lara "I didn't see Don but to me, in all my years associated with the game, I haven't seen a better batsman than Sachin Tendulkar" said Vivian Richards "If there is a better batsman than Sachin then he hasn't arrived yet." - Vivian Richards

Talking about records(records only) ... Jacques Kallis with 44 test centuries is the only cricketer who has any kind of outside chance to equal or break Sachins record. And being a Sachin fan, I hope that will not be the case :).

Posted by CherryWood_Champion on (November 6, 2013, 7:38 GMT)

PART-II Here are the statements of top two cricketers from Australia ... This should pretty much close the debate of Ricky vs Sachin. Donald Bradman: "I saw him [Sachin] playing on television and was struck by his technique, so I asked my wife to come look at him. Now I never saw myself play, but I feel that this player is playing much the same as I used to play, and she looked at him on television and said yes, there is a similarity between the two... his compactness, technique, stroke production... it all seemed to gel."

Australian spin legend Shane Warne: "Sachin Tendulkar is, in my time, the best player without a doubt -- daylight second, Brian Lara third."

Posted by CherryWood_Champion on (November 6, 2013, 7:36 GMT)

PART-I For all the debates on who is the greatest ... First let me be clear ... you should be a fool to compare batsmen of different eras. Next comes comparisons of Tendulkar with Lara and Ricky who are his contemporaries.

For me a player is considered best if he masters/conquers his opposition in their own backyard. Because the conditions are different and alien to them.

First Lets do Ricky ... on how well he did against India in India Ricky Ponting: Tests:( On flat Indian tracks against a mediocre Indian bowling ) - Averages 26.48 with with just one century

Now lets see Tendulkar against Aussies in Australia ... which was considered to have the best fast bowling resources during his peak time. Tests:( In Australia on green/bouncy tracks ) - Averages 53.20 with 6 centuries scoring against the great Australian bowlers like McGrath, Hughes, Gillespie, Brett Lee & Shane Warne.

Posted by Amol_Ind_SA on (November 6, 2013, 5:53 GMT)

AFTER eliminating the number of tests Tendulkar played against ZIM and BNG, and then...AFTER subtracting the number of HOME tests, Tendulkar still played **95** AWAY tests which is almost DOUBLE the whole career of Bradman (who played only 19 away tests) and still Tendulkar excelled in his whole career. So...(without mincing words) ...Tendulkar is better than Bradman.

Posted by   on (November 6, 2013, 5:50 GMT)

@Al_Bundy1 Seriously??? are you a cricket follower for real??.. Check the world cup record book and stats to see what sachin had done for his country in world cups. Of-course you can't ask a man to play for an entire team on his behalf every time. And keep in mind that he did so on numerous occasions. A man worshiped not only for his talent but more than that his character.

Posted by Amol_Ind_SA on (November 6, 2013, 5:40 GMT)

Al Bundy: In the whole 1990s, for absolutely TEN years, before the arrival of Dravid, since 1989, Tendulkar was the ONLY player whose average was ABOVE 30.00 and was the only classy player in the other-wise rubbish 11-man team, who scored to keep his team alive in competitions. The only other guy who was a genius was Vinod Kambli, whose career was cut-short (due to some other unfortunate circumstances). The selectors who are wise enough NEVER forget this. SO...Tendulkar DOES deserve the long rope he was given.

Posted by Amol_Ind_SA on (November 6, 2013, 4:56 GMT)

Al Bundy: You are in wrong place. You should be watching sports like tennis, Swimming, shooting,...Where a single individual is able to bring glory to their country. You are watching the WRONG game and should NOT even be watching Football and cricket which are TEAM games because 1. you either believe...cricket is one-man game 2....or you believe Tendulkar should bat in every positions from 1 to 11, that is, he should come back to the crease every time after he gets out...and yes...he should not ...absolutely not...forget to keep wickets and bowl at the same time. That is what you want to say right ? Ha ha...May be you must have watched Gilchrist keep wickets and bowl simultaneously in the World Cup finals, did you by any chance ? :D :D

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (November 5, 2013, 18:21 GMT)

All this show for a cricketer who couldn't win any World Cup or Champions Trophy in 22 years ?? He had to wait for the likes of Yuvi, Zaheer, Gambhir, Dhoni, etc. to win the World Cup. Only in India, a top order batsman averaging only 30 in last 2 years is still guaranteed a place in the team. He is solely responsible for destroying the careers of so many promising batsmen like Badrinath, Manoj Tiwary, Rahane, etc.

Posted by   on (November 5, 2013, 10:59 GMT)

great...great...great.nothing else.

Posted by deoshatwar on (November 5, 2013, 10:19 GMT)

Greatness of this little man will be evident once again when he handles this gracefully and more importantly peacefully. We will not let him even retire peacefully.

Posted by Amol_Ind_SA on (November 5, 2013, 7:53 GMT)

Bradman played when bowlers, pitches and the balls themselves were almost non-existent and cricket was still taking its baby-steps. The Bowlers weren't as fit and strong as today's. There was a competition for bowlers to get into the team then, yes, but not as cut-throat as it was, in the last 30 years. That means a better breed of bowlers, a better swinging ball today than it was in Bradman's era. Plus Bradman faced only the English bowlers with an exception of a singleton series against South Africa, India and West Indies. Compare that to the 24-year career of Tendulkar where he faced a variety of top quality bowlers from the WHOLE world, in their own dens and still excelled.

Posted by srinideva on (November 5, 2013, 6:11 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster, For our sentiment, we`re going to ruin a international series with lot of distractions in the field and showing the world that Indians love their hero more than the Team. It is also disrespecting the other players playing in this series. CAB can arrange listless programs after the series gets over.

Posted by mysay on (November 5, 2013, 5:15 GMT)

If only the Indian Hero was able to win matched for India, all this Bally-Ho can be excused.

Posted by   on (November 5, 2013, 3:51 GMT)

Beyond any shadow of doubt, Tendulkar is truly a rare phenomenon. On the basis of his record, though, not as rare as the rarest of them all--Don Bradman. If this sounds like blasphemy to some, consider this: Bradman scored 29 centuries in 80 appearances at the crease. That's a century every 2.75 innings. Tendulkar's 51 centuries have come in 327 innings. That's a century every 6.41 innings. Nonetheless, it is very likely that no cricketer will threaten Tendulkar's record of 51 Test (thus far) and 49 ODI centuries, 34,263 international runs, 200 Tests and 452 ODIs. These are awesome accomplishments. Difficult to comprehend even though the numbers are understood. While he is way ahead of all all other batsmen, he is way behind Bradman. Lets get real folks.

Posted by Seanny on (November 5, 2013, 2:45 GMT)

I feel he has given many joyous moments to billions of his fan, for over 24 years, and we accepted him cheerfully with all hearts even during the lows, dear Sach, it's time that people and your fans are willing to show how much they love u and wht u mean to us....call it exaggeration or stretching, but we believe ur farewell shuld be as diff as u urself are.....take a bow master, u too knw we wont get this chance again in our lives.......

Posted by Arijit_in_TO on (November 4, 2013, 21:51 GMT)

A circus wrapped up in "natok." Here's hoping the test match is as entertaining as the drama in the city.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (November 4, 2013, 20:29 GMT)

People are entitled to their opinions. BUT, to bring in useless stats to belittle the Little Master is outrageous. Call us Indian fans as hero worshippers but the fact remains we DO NOT worship or pay homage to every cricketer. Sachin is unique because we have seen him as a tender 16 yr old with a cuddly persona who went on to become the FACE of Indian cricket. Of course nobody is bigger than the game of cricket BUT there ARE some people who are born into this world to DEFINE our lives and existing occupations. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar was born to DEFINE cricket just like how Michael Jackson was born to define dance and pop music, Bob Marley to define reggae music, Michael Jordan to define basketball and so on. These kind of people transcend the ordinary and have an eternal place in the hearts of their fans and supporters. Sachin is one such person. So please, we don't need pointless stats. There will never be another Sachin Tendulkar ever. I hope your people respect this sentiment.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 20:29 GMT)

Sachin changed the way Indians followed their cricket since the 90s.He has been a part of our lives for nearly 25 years.Thanks for the wonderful memories.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 17:22 GMT)

I was in the 9th standard when Sachin started playing for India, now my son is in the 6th standard and still he is playing for India.Its an entire generation he has covered.I was very lucky to be at Eden Gardens in 1993 for the England-India test match,which was Sachin's first in Kolkata,& will also be there on the 3rd day of the Ind-WI test match to see Sachin for one last time.Sachin had won India many matches with his batting, but the two matches which he won for India with his bowling are at Eden Gardens. Nobody can forget the last over of Hero Cup Semifinal against SA, and the two overs after tea on 5th day against Australia when he got rid of Steve Waugh and Damien Martyn, to stop a 16 match winning streak of Australia. People do remember this test match for Laxman's 281, his partnership with Dravid,& Bhajji's hatrick, but it was Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, who turned it for India post tea on 5th day. We Kolkatans, salute you at Eden Gardens for all the happiness & sweet memories

Posted by arunonline47 on (November 4, 2013, 17:02 GMT)

GOD !!!!!!!!!!!! everyone else step aside.....only SRT can give this nation all this frenzy!!!!!!!!!! long live the GOD

Posted by Harshtmm on (November 4, 2013, 16:13 GMT)

I am an Indian and a huge Sachin fan. Bigger than most here on cricinfo. And I say that this is not right, this might embarrass the man himself.

If you really respect him don't do this to him.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 15:38 GMT)

I feel this is absolute madness... BCCI as well as Media is creating over hype on Sachin last test. It is creating an impression to others that Indians are over emotional.

Sachin is defnitely one of the best crickets world has ever seen but hype like this is absolute madness.Even I feel even Sachin wont like this type of hype.

First, Sachin is one of the best crickets but can't be god of cricket. He himself admits it. God is one who is perfect and never commits mistakes.If he is god of cricket, He should have never got out to any bowler.

Second, Sachin started his career in November,1989 and he was in form(criteria - to be in indian team) until 2007/2008. For remaining 5 years, he was in team out of his wish. Ganguly, Pointing, Richards etc. were axed when they have lost their form. Few greats like Dravid, Lara etc. were voluntarily retired when they felt they can't be in team with the form they had at that time. Considering this, His career would be 19 years instead of 23 years.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 14:56 GMT)

over the top celebrations no doubt but remember this is India and we like to celebrate things by going over the top and bengalis r even more emotional..so nothing wrong with these as all these r thoroughly deserved and its for one of our most beloved citizens..... and to sachin haters - well if u hate sachin then u cant be either a cricket fan or sports fan, and its ok to think that someone else was probably better as its a personel opinion, but still if all comparisons r fairly done den sachin comes on top always...

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (November 4, 2013, 14:47 GMT)

Obviously everyone is entitled to their opinion, and so are we. Many of you are only looking at SRT's statistics on the field, but you have to live with us in India to understand what SRT means to India. How his rise coincided with the rise in India's economy, how SRT carries himself and stays out of controversy unlike the gr8 athelets like MJ, Tiger , Kobe, and the list goes on. To do this for 24 years is un heard of. many athletes have crumbled under expectatios, pressure

Posted by android_user on (November 4, 2013, 14:47 GMT)

it is not as if we did not see aggression or skill in pre tendulkar era.example srikant and kapil as batsman and sunny and vishy as pure batsman.so there it is,what catches the imagination of cricket lover the most is aggression on macro level and skill on micro level.thus we did have our heroes,our excitement and our passion for the game even before srt but what sets srt apart is his being a born genius,a complete package.every eye catching facet like aggression,caution,skill,confidence etc present in a short statured person.sort of a superhero who would fight against all odds and bring us victory.a true saviour.even in defeat srt made us live our moments,enjoy life to the fullest.its time for the nation to show gratitude for making lives of its people,rich and poor alike,beutiful.kolkata is the best place to begin the farewell ceremony.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 14:28 GMT)

i see many stomach burns in this forum...loving it. that's what Master does to people. love him or hate him but cant ignore him.

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (November 4, 2013, 14:25 GMT)

@LillianThomson, Why do you compare Kallis with Tendulkar? The batsmen who had flair first and then performance to support in the last 40 years are; Viv Richards, Greg Chappel, Martin Crow, Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara. Zaheer and Gower had flair but they failed in important matches. Ponting not quite there in terms of flair. Kallis??? O man, he resembles a number 11 worked his way up to 4. Please don't compare Kallis with Tendulkar.

Posted by CricketMaan on (November 4, 2013, 14:14 GMT)

Classic SRT style. Close the distractions outside, let them go on, while focus on a job at hand. He has mastered that for over 23 years now!

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 14:10 GMT)

@Formidable_Cricket_Team. I understand your concern, I am sure you must be a cricketer dying for success yet unable to achieve anything. Just as people can spend lakhs on offering to GODS, we Indians(BCCI) do not care to even spend a billions on the King of Cricket. Its all about passion. U'll understand when you got it.

Posted by vvnclaivan on (November 4, 2013, 14:06 GMT)

I am big fan of Sachin and want to see his name in most of international records. Sachin has not scored 58 and 75 runs (between 0 to 100) in his international career (Test & One-day). Hope he will score these runs in his last 2 test matches and one more record be added in his CV. Hope this message reaches to Sachin !!!

Posted by team_india_no1 on (November 4, 2013, 14:06 GMT)

I agree with "cricketforpeace"'s comments completely. I like to add that Sachin is like a revolutionary in India who has triggered a cricket revolution. There has been many icons in India like Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, etc etc but like 1983 world cup win triggered a cricket revolution, Sachin is just born to take that revolution a notch further up. So what a Sachin does inspires more to next generation than what a Kallis or a Ponting or a Dravid does. They don't emulate it just inspires them and he has that gifted aura about him. There is no need for comparisons. This current vastly better indian team (in terms of results) might be a result of those revolutions.

Posted by android_user on (November 4, 2013, 14:03 GMT)

love you sachin

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 14:00 GMT)

To alll the Sachin haters, I am a Pakistani and a Pakistan Cricket Team fan - I would like to congratulate SRT for all the accomplishments he has achieved. THERE IS NO SECOND THOUGHT ABOUT IT. Who ever is saying why is he being treated like that, the answer to that is he deserves it as he changed the mentality of 1 billion plus people of India as well as millions more around the globe.

Please don't hate give him the respect he deserves.

Posted by jokerbala on (November 4, 2013, 13:50 GMT)

I think many India fans are taking this series for granted . West Indies are no pushovers . They have a good bowling attack and a decent batting lineup.Hope the biigger picture is not lost.

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (November 4, 2013, 13:41 GMT)

I don't understand what is the problem with some of these people from other nations about this celebration. They say that when Ponting retired CA did not do anything on such a scale, then why is BCCI organizing such a huge event. Why should BCCI follow what other cricket boards do? In India, rightly or wrongly, Sachin is considered like a God, so when he is retiring BCCI is planning something huge. I don't understand why should this bother fans of teams such as Pakistan/Lanka/Oz/SA/ etc. BCCI is not using your money for this celebration, is it? And what is wrong in trying to earn "billions of dollars" in the name of Sachin. This will only going to enrich Indian cricket, and will eventually find its way back to the game. If anyone who should be bothered, it should be Indian fans, because it is their money. But if they are willing to shell out this money happily, then why should Aus/Pak/Lanka,Eng fans care? My advice to such people: stop caring about this event if you don't like it.

Posted by class9ryan on (November 4, 2013, 13:22 GMT)

The biggest achievement of Sachin has to be the fact that at some point or the other he is loved by 3 generations. This is quite extraordinary. Playing 200 tests is remarkable, if you look back at his career you will feel all this is not more than requisite.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (November 4, 2013, 13:21 GMT)

Tendulkar might have been a hero in his prime, but during last 2 years he was a zero. No cricket team will play a top order batsman with a pathetic average of 30 in last 2 years. Tendulkar took advantage of his hero worshipping fans to extend his career by 2 years. He should have retired after World Cup 2011.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 13:21 GMT)

This is getting out of control. India is so desperate to show off these days. Bollywood, F1, IPL, and now they are trying to send a manned mission to Mars. This is all the signs of "new money" people. And now this! All a bit tacky, Corporate India seems to have forgotten the immense poverty in the country.

Posted by Formidable_Cricket_Team on (November 4, 2013, 12:56 GMT)

Does anyone realize that the 200th test was achieved just because BCCI kept including Sachin in the series just because he is "Sachin" but has had poor run in the past few test series? The number of test matches kept on adding up. Any other player with such form would have been out of the test side - be it Ricky Ponting (who I consider greater and a more formidable match winner than Sachin) or Michael Hussey.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 12:51 GMT)

To talha Malik.....Snagakkara has a better average than Kallis.

Posted by Formidable_Cricket_Team on (November 4, 2013, 12:45 GMT)

Oh come on, get over it!!! What are these celebrations for? Ponting retired, Lara retired, McGrath retired, but no other cricket board made it such a grand exit for a cricketer. BCCI with all its money and power considers it more important to draw attention towards retirement of Sachin Tendulkar rather than promoting the sport - only the reason for which the series was planned alongside "setting" his 200th test at his home ground versus coming in naturally in a country like South Africa - the series that was a more important one rather than the West Indies' India tour. Obviously, this attention is going to draw more people into watching the game, BCCI is going to earn billions from advertisements and sponsorships - a money minting scheme.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (November 4, 2013, 12:33 GMT)

100 tests is still a significant achievement for any player and very few reach that mark. For him to get to 200 tests is an enormous achievement. I personally think he should play on for 10 more years but it is ultimately up to him. He is still good enough to keep playing. One of the best longevity cricketers of all time. I think only Wilfred Rhodes, W G Grace and Jack Hobbs come close, in terms of sheer amount of cricket played to such a high level over such a long time. It has been a very long time since anyone has played close to this many games and, with how many different types of cricket that are played now, it is that much harder too. While Tendulkar at his peak is probably not one of the best of all time, the sheer fact he has been so good for so long is something very much worth noting. He is quite possibly better than the other 3 legends I mentioned above simply because of how many games are played now, with such intensity. A true legend.

Posted by cricketforpeace on (November 4, 2013, 12:09 GMT)

@Lillian Thomson.I can understand your comments regarding Sachin Tendulkar's standing amongst the world's great.But to understand the standing that Sachin occupies in India requires one to realize what it felt like to be an Indian during the past 20 years.In the 1980's & 90's,the average Indian fan faced defeat on the cricket field more often than victories.The entry of Sachin coincided with India's economic progress."Sachin" was not just an above average cricketer for the Indian fan; he denoted hope, aspiration and yearning to be better than the best,signified progress in the presence of adversity,expressed a determination to excel. Indians now have a chance to express these very same feelings openly as we will no longer see Sachin playing.Simply put,Sachin was a symbol of all this as he was always ever present not just in our drawing rooms but deep in every Indian's heart.Yes,we Indians are extremely emotional and tend to place our heroes on a pedestal.Hence,you see such a response.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 12:05 GMT)

Sachin might be the god of cricket, but Sourav will always remain the God of Kolkata. To bengalis, dada is the most loved and respected cricketers

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 11:56 GMT)

His fans, not all, yet too many, are just terrible and that's why I'm writing this. His has been a remarkable career, unique in some respects. That said, even100 FC100s look more creditable than a100 (even algebraic wisdom dictates that 51a+ 49b is written as such rather than 100 a/b) they use as a license to belittle others. His longevity, the lone significant attribute that places him above others, owes to a culture that revels in hero worship.

Posted by rajagopalann on (November 4, 2013, 11:46 GMT)

Our Sachin, though a delayed decision,its high time to retire.Don bradman told he see himself in Sachin.but he also told once when Gary Sobers scored double hundred for world XI ag.aussies,that was the best knock in cricket history.Sir Don was emotional on both occasions.If we go by records for runs ,innings,strike rate,hundreds and average, Don is in the order the best followed by Gary and Sachin three great of all times.We salute to the indian master

Posted by Valavan on (November 4, 2013, 11:37 GMT)

@srinideva, eventhough you are perfect in analysis, this forum is for extreme sachin fans who put sachin above than cricket, I value Cricket more than sachin or a team more than a star. 1.2 billion fans to follow him but nevertheless sadly not a genuine cricket fan (non indian) will take it as all of us know CRICKET is there to exist. There will be someone coming to break sachin's batting records, Murali's bowling records, Lara's 400. cricinfo please publish.

Posted by kir.vas on (November 4, 2013, 11:33 GMT)

@ZXAAR and @SRINIDEVA .... A great sportsman who is stepping down after spending his valuable 25 yrs serving INDIAN CRICKET. Instead of comparing players talk about the contributions they have given to their respective countries. Sachin scored 100 centuries for India not for South Africa or Australia.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 11:29 GMT)

Kallis is the best batsmen of our generation with the highest average, and a far greater wins percentage than Sachin and many other players

Posted by ntalgeri on (November 4, 2013, 11:18 GMT)

@Lillian Thomson: I agree that all these celebrations are over the top. At the same time, there's no denying Sachin's place amongst the greats (or even better!) purely on account of the number of years he has been on top of his game (in an era where teams play 40 ODIs and 12 tests a year, short tours, long travel, media hype blah blah). Comparing eras shouldn't usually happen. Yet since you've given examples of yore, with all due respects, Dickie's list seems to be around the players he grew up watching/umpired in his time. He was pretty much on the decline when Sachin came on the scene. Secondly, it would have been interesting to see Bradman's average in today's day and age. The Don played in an era when cricket was relaxed, oppositions were monotonous, fielders were less fitter etc. Interestingly, in the one series where the bowlers really dished out to him, his average came down by almost 44 (Bodyline!). So, not sure if any comparison is sensible.

Posted by screamingeagle on (November 4, 2013, 11:12 GMT)

To all the vitriol spewing anti Sachin tribe posting here:- No one cares about what you think. He is and always will be a legend. We are not doing a debate here, he is being felicitated, irrespective of what you all think or feel. Well played Sachin, hope you do well in your last two tests. Even if you score two pairs, no one will cry. Just enjoy the love of the people and have fun for the last two tests. That is all.

Posted by srinideva on (November 4, 2013, 10:49 GMT)

@zxaar, Kallis, even being an all-rounder having more Average than sachin itself a massive achievement my friend...He has 540+ Wickets in international Cricket...He needs more energy than sachin to play test cricket for this many years being an all rounder and that too a medium fast bowler..(no one can deny that my friend)

Posted by srinideva on (November 4, 2013, 10:44 GMT)

@zxaar, If you are interested in writing some books, please do so by starting with the 100th 100...and India Won...Oops. I meant lost...took 36+ balls to reach 100 from 80+ runs against QUALITY Bangladesh bowlers..

Posted by srinideva on (November 4, 2013, 10:40 GMT)

@zxaar, you just posted most amazing stat...Who would believe in your stats? It is proven that Ponting is superior than Kallis and Tendulkar in Finals..I can`t remember that sachin was the highest scorer in 2003 Nor 2011 Finals.Take some time to realize the master class batting of ponting in that 2003 Final against us. The same match sachin scored 4..we won the 2011 Finals by the brilliant batting from captain and gambhir..When it matters? it matters in World events not in bilateral series friend..

Posted by LillianThomson on (November 4, 2013, 10:28 GMT)

People hear what they want to hear, and celebrities tend to tell audiences what they want to hear.

I hear Indian friends often cite the Bradman quote that Mrs Bradman found Sachin to be similar to the Don. They very rarely mention Bradman's other quotes: that Sobers played the greatest innings that he ever saw or that Pollock was the greatest batsman that he ever saw.

It's only six months ago that Dickie Bird released his team of the greatest cricketers since 1970. Gavaskar was in it, even Imran Khan was in it as skipper, but the middle order was V Richards, Pollock, Sobers and Chappell.

All these lists are subjective. But you would be hard-pressed to find a single non-Asian cricket lover who didn't place Viv Richards, Graeme Pollock and Gary Sobers significantly above Tendulkar.

Tendulkar was a wonderful player, who would have been in any international team from 1990 to around 2008. But that should be enough. We don't have to try to pretend that he was greater than he really was.

Posted by android_user on (November 4, 2013, 10:25 GMT)

the maestro.... we will miss you. till cricket do us apart. ...love u mate::: kabir

Posted by zxaar on (November 4, 2013, 9:48 GMT)

Here is a fun fact for those who are interested in comparing batsmen. Tendulkar averages 54.4 in tournament finals, Ponting averages 38.42 in finals, while Kallis averages 24.21. So now it is clear who performs when it matters most.

Posted by android_user on (November 4, 2013, 9:46 GMT)

@ Lillian Thomsen. Statistics hide more than they reveal. To me the fact that almost every single cricketer past and present hails him to be the best of his generation is enough proof of his greatness. There is also the element of subjectivity which cannot be measured in numbers. To me the recognition of peers and greats is it.

Posted by zxaar on (November 4, 2013, 9:34 GMT)

@srinideva , also why don't you name those personal milestones (not the teams ones like world cup etc). I do not see any other than Kallis average being 2 runs more than Tendulkar. Then I will write you a book about Tendulkar's milestones .

Posted by zxaar on (November 4, 2013, 9:31 GMT)

@srinideva "my friend, you have forgot to add one more thing in your comment about the bowling comparison between these two..Kallis nearly having 300 wickets in test and ODI. " ------------------------ Does not make Kallis better batsman than Tendulkar. The gape is still very wide between them. Rest of your post is about excuses. BTW Tendulkar also have 154 wickets in ODIs and he is not even a bowler.

Posted by srinideva on (November 4, 2013, 9:18 GMT)

@ramli, rightly said..If they want to do something, they can do that after the series gets over..not in the middle of the International match. here, the player becomes more important than the Game..leave him alone. Don`t waste the money in useless things. India is still poor country..

Posted by srinideva on (November 4, 2013, 9:10 GMT)

@zxaar , my friend, you have forgot to add one more thing in your comment about the bowling comparison between these two..Kallis nearly having 300 wickets in test and ODI. He is more achiever than Tendulkar if you add his all round skills. Are you referring the sachin 200*, it was played in flat track and the sachin the opening batsman have more time in the middle than Kallis the middle order batsman. I`m also the fan of sachin but that doesn`t mean he is the only cricketer achieved more in international cricket. Kallis did better than him in terms of personal achievement..Ponting achieved better than sachin by playing three WC finals and won them all..(twice as a captain, impressive isn`t?)..I`m not a big fan of Kallis, but he is class player.

Posted by Lets_Bash_Indians on (November 4, 2013, 9:09 GMT)

Isn't It Disappointing that No One Noticed,, Sachin tendulkar Has Taken 200 international wickets,,,, Only Player In History to cross 30,000 International runs & To take 200 international wickets,,,, #legend

Posted by gmsjgmsj on (November 4, 2013, 9:09 GMT)

While the Kolkottans and Mumbaikars are fortunate to have Sachin in their cities in his farewell test series, it is cruel for another city to be denied Sachin in his swansong. A city's ground where he has the best record, greatest centuries and the fondest cricket history.. Another story for the grand children (whew!)

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 8:36 GMT)

its quite intresting! none of sportperson in the world won't get such Bon voyage in their carrier!

Posted by ramli on (November 4, 2013, 8:25 GMT)

The more we do like this ... the more we are distracting Sachin from actual business ... that is scoring useful runs for the last time ... and in fact, we are placing him in a very embarassing situation ... suppose he gets out first ball or he fails to hold an important catch, etc ... Can't a man be allowed to play peacefully? Can't the celebrations wait till the conclusion of the match? In our adoration, we fail to respect the feelings of the adored ... as a Sachin fan, I will love to watch him play rather than all this paraphernalia

Posted by zxaar on (November 4, 2013, 8:16 GMT)

@IndianSRTfan , Even with the given respective number of innings, Kallis has almost 1 run less than Tendulkar if runs per innings are considered. But since kallis has roughly 2 runs higher average because he is not out 14.4 percentage of innings (40 times not out out of 277) while tendulkar is not out 10.09 percentage (33 times out of 327 innings). Also Kallis has milked weak indian bowling while Tendulkar has faced strong SA bowling. This is the secret of Kallis and his test average.

Posted by zxaar on (November 4, 2013, 8:05 GMT)

@srinideva " Kallis record is more impressive than Tendulkar if you look at the personal milestones..kallis have 250+ wkts in ODI and Test cricket and impressive runs as well. " -------------------------- Utterly untrue. Kallis and Tendulkar are not even close as batsman. It is true that in tests Kallis does have higher average thanks to 14% of innings in not outs (he has 1 run per innings less than Tendulkar here too). Tendulkar has 100 hundreds and kallis is in 60s . Tendulkar has most man of the matches 75 odd , kallis has 55 odd man of the matches. Tendulkar has also hit 200 in ODI, kallis I am not sure if ever passed 150 in an ODI. Tendulkar is top scorer in both ODI and Tests, Kallis is not. So my friend you are wrong.

Posted by android_user on (November 4, 2013, 8:03 GMT)

legend stuff!!

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 7:51 GMT)

@ Manj Dhariwal. So you didn't see sachin performance in world cup 2011

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 7:43 GMT)

congratulations BCCI...you first curtail the much awaited SA series where we could have at least watched some real competitive cricket due to some petty issues...and then you turn a semi-respectable test series in to an elaborate celebration/benefit series to suit the whims of a retiring player and his fanatical fans...its a win for sachin...but a loss for the game of cricket...!

Posted by thedreamer on (November 4, 2013, 7:30 GMT)

Looks like some people are greater than the game itself. Never seen before ceremonious farewell to a great player (one of the best, of course) but that being said, there have been so many players who also deserved this kind of farewell. Many would've preferred him play his 200th Test in SA and helped the team give at least an iota of fight. Now, I can't wait for this to get over asap.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 7:24 GMT)

if u dnt know wat Sachin means to INdian Cricket,read this (y)

Posted by ruban006 on (November 4, 2013, 7:23 GMT)

more people are waiting to watch the legend, God of cricket ,master blaster, great batsman & so many historic record .. SACHIN .. SACHIN. . SACHIN

team IND vs WI ..

I AM WAITING . . .

Posted by Sir_Ivor on (November 4, 2013, 7:08 GMT)

There is no doubt at all that Sachin Tendulkar is the greatest batsman that ever was in the game of cricket.From Imran Wasim,Waqar and Qadir to Fraser,Whitney Hughes,Magrath, Gillespie,Lee Warne,Donald,Macmillan,Pollock to Shoaib,Steyn Morkel Murli and several of the greatest bowlers that strode across the stage of cricket Sachin has played everyone with a fair degree of skills that has lasted all of 24 years. He has played in all the cricket playing countries and has done more for the game than anyone before him. The likes of Lillian Tomson,KiwiRocker and several others who feel he does not deserve the accolades he is getting before he plays his 200th Test and says good-bye to the game he loves, are clearly churlish and quite obviously feel agrieved only because they do not have a similar icon that they can applaud in the same manner.Let us all stand and applaud this genius as bids adieu,, not pull him down even if he has stayed a bit longer than he should have.

Posted by u_guys_are_history on (November 4, 2013, 7:02 GMT)

What has Sachin ever done to deserve this...humiliation?

Thank you for playing 198 tests for our country..here's your reward: the most embarassing 5 days of your life! Regards, CAB..

Posted by cjscanada on (November 4, 2013, 6:57 GMT)

@Lillian Thomson, I have seen some genuine critics but you wreak of a bit of green. Your subsequent statement contradicts your earlier ones trying to justify Tendulkar should have retired earlier in reference to his average to pronounce him great. Are Sangakarra and Kallis still not playing, and how do you know where they would stand when they retire? For me, both Kallis and Sanga are class and I will not discriminate great players. Also your observation are skewed, if you were a genuine debater then you would have noticed the 18 before Tndulkar contains 7 players who played less than 25 Tests and in that, Pujara, has just started his career with the second highest avg. and Kambli who was sorted out for his weakness. Does that also mean he is better than Javed Miandad who has lesser average? You would be bombarded by your own countrymen for making such an observation. I have admired both Miandad for his steel nerves and Zaheer for destroying our spinners. Please stop fooling yourself

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 6:52 GMT)

This is getting ridiculous. He was a great player (arguably the greatest to play for India). He made millions happy, for which he got a ton of money (and I ain't griping about it). That's what being a professional is about. You are good at your skills and trade; you get compensated very well.

But will someone stop all the worshiping/idolatry. I mean he hasn't found a cure for cancer or anything.

Posted by IndianSRTfan on (November 4, 2013, 6:43 GMT)

@LillianThomson: Just to add to my prev comments, this "list of top 20 batsmen based on their averages" you keep referring to..May I know what's the basic qualification you used for this list. And by basic qualification, I mean the minimum number of tests/innings.

As far as I know the formula for batting average is : runs scored/(total number of innings- number of not outs) Now it appears to me that mathematics tells us that "number of innings" is a very important factor here. In fact there's inverse proportion. So if we increase number of innings, average decreases

By your own admission, SRT merited "playing around 185 Tests". By then SRT had played in 305 innings. So how abt we use a qualification of minimum of 300 innings for your own "top 20 bat by averages list"? B'coz surely such an important factor has to be comparable for all concerned? There would be only 1 name in the list. Even if you narrow min. innings to 285, SRT is numero uno in your own "top 20 bat by averages list"

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 6:42 GMT)

For once, STOP with the comparisons guys!

If you think all this is unnecessary, then no one is forcing you to join the party - stay out of it, and let his fans celebrate their icon's career.

Tbh, for most of us, Tendulkar has been more than numbers! His happiness meant our happiness, his failures meant our failures - and you wouldn't understand this sort of bond unless you have experienced it yourself.

You regard Kallis, Cook, Gayle, etc better than Sachin? Good on you... we won't stop you from celebrating their careers. Now stop with these stupid comparisons. And let us thank Sachin for all those memories :)

Posted by android_user on (November 4, 2013, 6:40 GMT)

sachin was a good batsman till 2010 after the that he was a complete failure. 8 nil losses to eng and australia. home series lost to eng.failed with bat against west indies at home. so he just waited for his 200 test to retire. shame

Posted by Sagay-Ed on (November 4, 2013, 6:37 GMT)

@IndianSRTfan - "At one point, Sachin, through no fault of his own, was the Indian team." - Ultimate comment. I agree with you 100%.

Posted by Nandu_Athadu on (November 4, 2013, 6:30 GMT)

Guys..If you have problem to agree that Sachin is greatest and couldnt digest the way in which we are biding farewell to him then dont follow it..every one has their opinion and here we are to post ours. dont try to get down Sachin to elevate your personal hero..every cricketer has +ve points and greatness...it is not us who need to comment on who is the BEST.it is the Cricketers played alongside and against a particular cricketers has to jugde the greatness..most of the greatest cricketers claim that SACHIN is greatest and what the problem with you guys to agree that...apart from Cricketing Knowledge there are other qualities which seperates SACHIN from others - humble,sportive,non-controversial, respect for fellow cricketers, kindness etc..I can use every adjective here....

Posted by srinideva on (November 4, 2013, 6:21 GMT)

@f0restw0w, so what? he is greatest batsman of all time. that doesn`t mean Kallis and ponting are low profile players. Kallis have more impressive record than sachin.Ponting achieved more than sachin in terms of team goals and personal things as a player. We don`t need to bash other legends just because your favorite is great.

Posted by Nandu_Athadu on (November 4, 2013, 6:18 GMT)

SACHIN - you deserve it...for all the memories you gave us - we scream like a child when you hit a boundary, we look in astonishment when you convert a very good ball to boundary scoring ball, we bahave like a mad man when you hit a striaght drive, we cry when you fall early, we feel tensed when you near a century, we fight with our friends when they say Sachin is not a great cricketer and compare you with other cricketers, we sleep well when you play well and have sleepless nights when you fail, we think our day would be good when you play well, we feel proud that I am a Sachin fan, we cheer the fall of second wicket in test for indian, we would bunk college/office/school just to see you on cricket field, we would lie to our boss/teachers with false illness just to see you play cricket, we would stand outside of a TV shop or infront of neighbours home (I didnt have a TV at my home during my childhood) just to see your batting, we would try to replicate you while we bat.MY HERO.MY JOY

Posted by srinideva on (November 4, 2013, 6:13 GMT)

Is Tendulkar bigger than game?..my fellow Indians, don`t get over reacted to this kind of things.He played for country and he got all he want in his carrier as a player and individual. Bengal cricket board can spend this money to the poor peoples living around the Kolkata and west Bengal. I think we`re going to see this series like a carnival..so much on one man than sport. God saves Indian cricket..

Posted by srinideva on (November 4, 2013, 6:05 GMT)

As an Indian I can say this, the only difference between Kallis and Tendulkar is that sachin belongs to India where this sport is like a religion and Kallis belongs to SA where it is third place sport in that country. Kallis record is more impressive than Tendulkar if you look at the personal milestones..kallis have 250+ wkts in ODI and Test cricket and impressive runs as well. He is an all rounder. Indians are sensitive and love celebrities like no other country. I don`t like the last part a single bit.

Posted by anupkeni on (November 4, 2013, 5:52 GMT)

Wonder why CAB did not lobby with the BCCI for Sourav Ganguly's last test match to be played in Kolkata instead of Nagpur in 2008.

Posted by f0restw0w on (November 4, 2013, 5:46 GMT)

@Lillian thomson You are totally entitled to your opinion.But u also need to respect experts opinion.just recently tendulkar was named in wisden test eleven(last 150 years).He was placed at the top by warne in his list of top 50 cricketers.Bradman rated sachin as better than lara.Richie benaud regarded sachin as the best after bradman.Allan donald rated sachin as the best batman he bowled to.Barry richards rated sachin as the best of the modern generation.You talk about easier pitches in india.On these very roads your modern great ponting averages in the 20s.You mention sangakkara who is a home ground bully and that also against weaker bowling attacks.Moreover kallis may be classed as a great allrounder but his batmanship can't be compared to sachin or lara.

Posted by IndianSRTfan on (November 4, 2013, 5:32 GMT)

Posted by Nutcutlet on (November 3, 2013, 20:53 GMT): "This sits uncomfortably......or appearance". I have followed your comments and generally they have been most balanced. But please spare us these "team sport" homilies yeah? Team is made up of individuals. Nobody cares about bog-average players playing in bog average team. Brilliant individuals, playing at the same time in a same team, making a brilliant team is a rare occurrence so far happened twice in recent times. (WI in 70s-80s, Aus late 90s-00s) Dunno and don't care about ancient times with three teams playing the game.

The reason that Tendulkar is followed so passionately is because when Indian team was bog-average, only he dominated best of the attacks in all conditions. And yes we took enormous pride in that. At one point, Sachin, through no fault of his own, was the Indian team. So if he "seems" to you bigger than the game, so be it. Anyone who doesn't like it has the option of switching off TV or follow their own team.

Posted by LillianThomson on (November 4, 2013, 5:18 GMT)

@pruffhill It's not quite accurate to say that Tendulkar's greatness is proved by his having been selected 200 times.

Tendulkar has not scored a century for 39 Test innings. Any other batsman would have been dropped somewhere between 15 and 20 Tests ago.

He merited playing around 185 Tests. If he had been axed at that time - like Viv Richards was, like Javed Miandad was, like Allan Border was - he would have departed with a significantly better record than he actually now has.

He had an average of 56.25 at the end of the 4-0 slaughter in England in 2011, which was testimony to his greatness.

But he then played 18 further Tests after his greatness had gone, and his average went from 56.94 when he hit his final Test century to 53.86 now.

Tendulkar needed good advice, an elder statesman to tell him to go just as Ian Chappell has to so many Australians.

But in India he is bigger than the game, with the consequence that he has fallen from 13th to equal 19th of all time.

Posted by ABLcric on (November 4, 2013, 5:15 GMT)

Best wishes for Tendulkar from a cricket lover and a fan from Pakistan. Thanx-a-million for providing us some brilliant moments of classic batting in Test, ODI and T20. I cannot describe within 1000 characters some of the best moments of brilliant batting that I enjoyed, many of them against Pakistan. May you be blessed forever. You have a huge list of fans from across the border and we all pray for your good health and long life!!

Posted by vish2020 on (November 4, 2013, 5:10 GMT)

Yes we Indians are going crazy but wouldn't you if sachin was born in your country???? if your answer is no, then you must not be watching cricket for over 20 years. And in that case, ignore my comment.

Posted by gsingh7 on (November 4, 2013, 5:09 GMT)

@lilian- what sachin has above every other cricketer in this world is respect and gratitude of 1.2 billion human beings. no person in this world in the history was respected by so many people in any field of life. no single person was loved more than a billion humans ,ever. sachin is standing alone when we compare number of fans and his well wishers. whether he scores 0 or 400 in last test is irrelevant. sometimes ,numbers alone are not everything. the man have every record worth owning in batting.show some respect.

Posted by IndianSRTfan on (November 4, 2013, 5:04 GMT)

Contd....have been inspired by Sachin to lift the bat or take up the ball. After 24 years of him making his debut, the entire current ODI and test batting lineup has, at some point or another, gone on record saying unambiguously that their inspiration to play cricket is and has been Sachin Tendulkar. This includes names like Rohit, Vijay, Dhawan, Kohli, Raina, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Jadeja, Sehwag, Gambhir, Pujara... I can go on and on. It is all the more impressive seeing that there were other great cricketers, not questioning their greatness here, playing alongside him in that team. These are the numbers that matter more than "average". Can the other "greats" like Kallis, Lara claim that?

Plus a real indication of a man's ability is how members of the best team of his era judge him. Ask the great Aussie team of nineties who they feared and respected most as a batsman. Majority of them would say Sachin. Add Don Bradman's opinion to that and enough said really...

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 5:03 GMT)

I just have two questions!! How many international goals Diego Maradonna scored for Argentina and who is the most worshiped footballer ever???

Posted by humi_cric on (November 4, 2013, 5:02 GMT)

Respect and love for Sachin (from a Pakistani Fan). I watched his debut test match, when he hit sixes to Mushtaq Ahmed and Abdul Qadir, and someone rightly commented at that time, "A star is born". Hope he will hit couple of sixes in his last match also. 4 decades player, hardly any fitness problem in his entire career, never involved staring/bashing bowlers etc, soft spoken gentleman. Being a Pakistani, I can understand the madness of Kolkatta and rest of the Indians peoples about his retirement (as same gene pool), so I will also enjoy not only the batting of Sachin but also the madness/loudness of the crowd. Believe it or not, I gave standing ovation to Ricky Ponting (infront of TV at home) on his arrival and departure (as I am also mad about this game), so sure I will do it for Sachin (if not in office at that time). Good luck little master.

Posted by pruffhill on (November 4, 2013, 4:54 GMT)

It really annoys me when people say you can get the kind of records that Sachin has when you play 200 Tests. What these people fail to recognise is that the man was SELECTED for those 200 test. This selection was based on performance. Sachin, thanks for the good times bro. There will never be any one else who can do what you did on the field and remain humble off the field. Sachin the ideal human being.

Posted by IndianSRTfan on (November 4, 2013, 4:50 GMT)

@Posted by LillianThomson on (November 4, 2013, 4:05 GMT): You or anyone else is frankly can't belittle the Little Master mate. Everyone's entitled to an opinion, you are allowed to have one but then so are millions and millions of Tendulkar fans right? Tendulakar's achievements are far greater than his numbers on a Cricket, sorry *TEST CRICKET* field mate. But even if we consider *all* the numbers the reality might be different. I assume you know about ODI cricket? Add those numbers to Sachin's *TEST* numbers and your well researched theories might go for a toss.

We are not as besotted by cricketing averages for cricketing averages hardly ever tell the full story. Bradman's average, impressive it absolutely is, doesn't tell us that he played over 90% of his cricket against one team and on 4-5 grounds. Still you don't see us questioning his greatness.

If you still want to stick to numbers how about this? On *an average* 9 out of 11 players in any Indian XI for past 22 years...Contd

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 4:16 GMT)

@ alipk52...i dont know where are you from but Stop comparing the Great of Cricket….i think in the entire world you are the only cricket pandit we have…We all respect our India Cricket greats so as Rahul…he and VVS should have deserved great farewell no questions on that. We are equally sad by this event that they didn't get a proper farewell. But just to give you a heads up to play for 200 tests and 24 years you need to have your form and body in better condition. And for your reference Rahul played on the same wicket with Sachin most of his innings, Total Away Home Test Sachin 51 29 22 Rahul 36 21 15 ODS'sSachin 49 29 20 Rahul 12 6 6

So stop criticizing greats of Cricket and enjoy this moment

Posted by LillianThomson on (November 4, 2013, 4:05 GMT)

It is extraordinary that several Indian posters on this thread feel that I have belittled their hero by pointing out that he will exit with the 20th best test batting average of all time.

If only I were in the top 20 in my profession in my state right now, let alone occupy Tendulkar's lofty place in the Pantheon.

But he is significantly over-rated by his fellow Indians. They write as if he was a lone hero in the 1990s, and he simply wasn't: first he had Azharuddin, then he had Dravid and Laxman and Ganguly and Sehwag.

In the 24 years since Tendulkar's debut there have been several players in the all-time top 3 of their discipline, and he isn't one of them.

Gilchrist and Sangakkara: top two wicketkeeper-batsmen of all time.

Wasim Akram: best left-arm fast bowler of all-time.

Jacques Kallis: 2nd best all-rounder of all-time.

Shane Warne: best leg-spinner of all-time.

Murali: best offie.

Tendulkar, Lara and Ponting: roughly 20th best batsmen.

Posted by sachinisawesome on (November 4, 2013, 3:55 GMT)

@ Lillian Thompson You are very convenient in mentioning Test average why don't you mention no. of centuries and his ODI record with other 20 batsmen and will get to see that he was as good as in any format. Sanga averages less than 40 after playing more than 350 matches has only 16 hundreds. Even Kohli has 17 and has average of over 50 so according to your analysis Sanga is nowhere near kohli.

Posted by alipk52 on (November 4, 2013, 3:31 GMT)

A batsman who failed to score on seaming tracks more often than not, everyone can make such records if they play 200 test matches, spare of thought for Rahul Dravid really, he received nothing in return of his uncountable acheivements for india cricket whether he play on a seaming track, or on flat tracks, i guess Dravid would have made way more than Sachin had he played those numberof Games...i also remember various matches it costed india just to wait for Sachin to score his 100th century in international cricket

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 3:22 GMT)

My dearest Lillian Thompson, let Sangakkara & Kallis first play for 24 years and then we will see if they manage to maintain "EVEN" 50.00 as average, let alone "only" 53.86.. so, don't make a mockery outta yourself by talkin such crappy stuff in here! :-)

We all know that you are more than envious that we have a our Sachin..n we all have always known that he was, is and always will be "INDIA'S PRIDE & every other nation's ENVY". so stop whinging n whining and get a life, willya "mate"? ;-)

Posted by insightfulcricketer on (November 4, 2013, 3:21 GMT)

@LilianThomson - Please save your erudition. It is im-material where Tendulkar stands in world cricket.He has played cricketers from different eras and dominated them all. Warne and Murali considered the best hurlers of all-time and he handled them adeptly home and away.If you ever stood in a stadium and heard the chant of Sachin as he strode down -whoever the twenty best batsman you allude to before him - would never have experienced in their life time even once because that is the love and respect Sachin received. In his last first-class match in a close game the local fans were actually cheering Sachin instead of their home team -such is love and admiration he garners. He is getting a farewell befitting a cricketer as noble in deed as in heart. No cricketer before and I daresay after will come close to the turf on which Sachin strides alone.

Posted by android_user on (November 4, 2013, 3:17 GMT)

To know why so many people including me crazy about tendulkar one really has to live all those years from 1990 to 2000 when he was the only barrier between loss and win of India. People talk about his average and stats comparing to Kallis and Sangakkara but they have not had to live their life with such immense pressure like Sachin....tendulkar went beyond numbers very very long ago if he makes runs we r happy but we dont judge him on numbers anymore he has given so much joy to this country almosy single handedly he has btought money to this game and yeah the only one "Don" saw close to himself.

Posted by linguboy on (November 4, 2013, 3:16 GMT)

@LillianThompson: Yes Sachin only have an average of 53.86 but who cares about averages??? I for one not. We Indians love Sachin for more than just Average. Those numbers may be lot more to you but not for us. We Adore him for more than one reason. You can't understand those so sorry. You have every right to express your views but your views are nothing but pure hatred towards India nothing else. Thank You for investing your valuable time for commenting on Indian articles.

Posted by Selfishkar on (November 4, 2013, 3:14 GMT)

Last time Sachin played at Eden, he was clean bowled by Sunil Naraine, hopefully we will see a repeat.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 3:10 GMT)

Commenting on posted by LillianThomson, I don't know the exact statistics but I don't think neither Sangakara nor Kallis had played the number of tests and the number of years as sachin did it would be proper to compare the averages after they had played the number of tests and the number of years as Sachin did.

Posted by team_india_no1 on (November 4, 2013, 3:04 GMT)

Excellent article. Very mature comments. Need more please.

Posted by team_india_no1 on (November 4, 2013, 2:47 GMT)

I feel Sachin is not at fault and did what best a person from humble middle class family and yet highly talented human making debut at such a young age can do at his job. But he has gained many critics in India itself due to the false hype of him being a supernatural human that the media and corporate sector originate to get high commercial gains throughout his long career and supported by many of the public who follow any hype created whatever it revolves around. This unknowingly made his image as a record chasing person. There were stages where vast majority of his fans and corporate sector wanted his century more than an Indian win. It was brand Sachin Tendulkar. Currently india is winning as it is brand team India for corporate, fans, etc. Hence corporate, above fans and the fans who just want an India win over all these years are all satisfied now. So there is nothing in this world devoid of vested interests. Hope this truth filters through cricinfo moderation.

Posted by LillianThomson on (November 4, 2013, 2:44 GMT)

I applaud the longevity of Tendulkar, but he "only" averages 53.86, and that in an era of inflated batting averages.

He is 0.05 of a batting average away from dropping out of the all-time Top Twenty batting averages, and most of us outside India feel that that is an accurate reflection of his level - a terrific batsman, around the 20th best of all time.

He is also a very long way behind the averages of Kallis and Sangakkara, in spite of playing on much easier surfaces at home.

To stay in the top 20 he needs to score 198 runs in 4 completed innings.

To catch up with Sangakkara, he needs to score 1,143 runs in those 4 innings, and to catch up with Kallis he needs to score 684 runs in 4 innings and take 243 more Test wickets.

Viewed in that context, the celebrations seem rather overblown. He's not going to catch up with Kallis' batting average, let alone his 288 Test wickets.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 2:40 GMT)

This is madness. This is blasphemy. This is Kolkaattttaaaa!!!

Posted by android_user on (November 4, 2013, 2:34 GMT)

lol... was all this necessary?? I mean there are lot more things to worry about... I wonder how much money would be wasted to do all this.. on the btr side it ll surely b a test match infact a series to remember

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (November 4, 2013, 2:33 GMT)

This show shows how we love our Legend..

Posted by D-Ascendant on (November 4, 2013, 2:20 GMT)

What Kolkata does today, the rest of India (yes, we mean you, Mumbai) does tomorrow!

Posted by NikhilNair on (November 4, 2013, 2:20 GMT)

Wow! This is so amazing! I'm one of the billions of Sachin fans, and he deserves nothing less - although the man himself might not be too happy with so much attention. Many others will create a place for themselves as a legend, but Sachin will always be #1 for me. Thanks for making my childhood a special one Sachin! :)

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (November 4, 2013, 2:16 GMT)

Everybody Loves Sachin....Sachin and Sachin...............

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 2:08 GMT)

Come to think of it, he was an important part of our lives over the years .. each time he brought victory, the whole country rejoiced and each time he fell short of the heavy expectations, the country went into a mourning. Our lives were made more interesting by the blade of his bat and the magic of his wrists. His even keeled temperament was a rare gift and his uprightness in the game simply majestic. He would be leaving behind a vacuum.

Posted by AH_USA on (November 4, 2013, 1:19 GMT)

@Nutcutlet: Well said. There is no doubt that SRT is one of the best batsmen in the history of cricket, but this dog-and-poney show is totally unnecessary.

Posted by sportofpain on (November 4, 2013, 0:56 GMT)

Well done Kolkata and Eden Gardens - what you are doing is heartwarming. When you say Thank you, you do it with heart!

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 0:46 GMT)

wonder if a humble man such as himself would be feeling this is too much. i doubt if EDEN can pull off all the things mentioned above. What does Mumbai have in store?

Posted by DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on (November 4, 2013, 0:38 GMT)

among many millions of fans, few hundred critics are acceptable. This is secular country, no problem. I m 25 yr old, i knew cricket bcz of tendulkar's presence in indian cricket. Nothing else never bothered me until certain stage. But sachin is always kind of force to tie u to cricket.

Posted by bvnathan on (November 4, 2013, 0:08 GMT)

Fellow readers, take a back seat and enjoy the game of CRICKET. Yes these kind of celebrations can happen only in India. Nothing to take away from Sachin - he deserves it, after having kept the hopes and shouldering the expectations for more than 24 years. If you have asked Sachin, if he wished all these things, his answer would be an emphatic NO. I wish CAB, BCCI should have asked Sachin, if they could have used the funds and occasion for a natural cause or charity work.

Let us pray there are no unwarranted incidents and the game of cricket is played in the right spirits. I'm sure all the members of both the teams would be looking forward to be part of the last matches of a person, who has been a great ambassador the game and for every cricket loving fan.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 23:58 GMT)

He deserves each and every act mentioned above. Legend.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 23:43 GMT)

Yes ,let's not turn this into a circus for the great man..he deserves an event befitting a statesman; as such he is in the eyes of the cricketing world.Let India be mighty proud of this momentous occasion for one of her illustrous sons who has brought glory and excellence in his chosen profession on the cricket field and who will stand as an icon to inspire the many generations to come.

Posted by Ms.Cricket on (November 3, 2013, 22:58 GMT)

If Tendulkar had played 4 Tests against South Africa in South Africa later this year and had got runs (as he would) that would be a more respectable and dignified way to exit.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 22:36 GMT)

For all those people who thinks this is unnecessary,please stay away from this moment.No one is asking you to join the party. For us Sachin is the reason of countless memorable moments.What others think we don't care , for us he is the the best and we do not want to argue with anyone.We love Sachin from the core of our heart. So please leave Sachin and his fans alone on this big occasion.

Thanks Sachin for giving us so many lifetime memories:)

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 22:20 GMT)

@Nutcutlet

You can't even present dignified view here. As usual. you are taking a dig against SRT & most importantly Indians for your well known agenda. Your general knowledge is poor about Indian individual world class stars in other sports. I can tell you about hockey,chess, Badminton, shooting, Boxing & many more. You need to take care about your favourite Proteas who are struggling in UAE. Haven't you seen Team games played by Team IND? Are you still looking individual efforts in those triumphants since so many months? SRT is equal share holder of every milestones that Team IND achieved.

BTW, every series played by SA were mini series. So don't try to mock WI series.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 22:19 GMT)

All those, who don't like the way India is planning a Tendulkar send off, Please keep your opinions.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 21:55 GMT)

Damn..we Indians just can not get tired of histrionics especially when it comes to any form of human worship......oh well, there is advantage to be taken of the "event"... just another money minting and connection expanding exercise for administrative imbeciles.... let the man go in peace and give him his space....

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 21:27 GMT)

To all INDIAN and PAKISTAN cricket fans. Why is it that whenever I see an article which involves one of these two countries, the opposite fans always put it down. When Pakistan beat SA all the users from India were bashing, not all Pakistani fans are saying that he is a mediocre batsmen. Why are we getting involved with this nonsense. The truth is many of us will never in our lifetime see a sportsman playing for a team for 25 years. Our kids will only ask us what was like watching him. Lets celebrate an the exit of finest ODI and Test batsmen this game has seen. We can argue the numbers, but in my eyes I have seen this man repeatedly performing against the best bowling attacks. Lets celebrate this humble being and leave it at that. Thank You Sachin for all these years of entertainment, will never forget your 200. Enjoy your time with friends and family, you deserve it.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (November 3, 2013, 21:10 GMT)

@Nutcutlet: Thanks for your kind wishes. I am sure Tendulkar will be a given a dignified exit. The man himself will turn up and score good runs to give one last moment of joy to the Kolkatan crowd. Have to say, only the city of Kolkata can pull this off. WOW !!!

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (November 3, 2013, 20:55 GMT)

A GREAT son of India and a darling of MOST Indian cricket lovers. I grew up watching his batting and falling in love with his brand of cricket. An absolute genius and a humble soul. Nobody even comes close to his achievements. What a man ! What a player ! Kolkata are rightly gearing up for the festivities. I am sure Diwali will truly start on November 5 and what a wonderful venue to start it all - the City of Joy - Kolkata !!!

Posted by Nutcutlet on (November 3, 2013, 20:53 GMT)

I wish Tendulkar a dignified exit. This may prove difficult as, to be frank, this mini-series v WI is about him and nobody else, something that is quite unprecedented in professional team sport. The other 23 players just have walk on parts. India, lacking individual world class stars in other sports, has done the next best thing: make a team player more than the team. This sits uncomfortably with those of us who have a great love & repect for cricket precisely because it is a team game, a game in which the individual skills are put into a team context, not a game in which the team's efforts are placed as an add-on, an almost superfluous add-on at that, to an individual's performance, or appearance. As I said, I wish SRT a dignified exit, but -- my gosh -- has it been made difficult with this scenario.

Posted by android_user on (November 3, 2013, 20:52 GMT)

Madness, agreed. But who doesn't do it. Sports is a religion in many countries and cricket happens to be the one in India....with such being one of the biggest and most worshipped gods.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (November 3, 2013, 20:49 GMT)

@aliaslam, if you consider felicitating a man who has bore the burden of 1.6 billion people over a period of 24 years a madness, then i seriously doubt that you know anything about the relationship between Sachin and his fans. When he gets off the mark, people go crazy, When he drives the ball to the boundary we go berserk, When he lofts the ball for a six, we hyperventilate for more, and when he scores a century we are over the moon.. This felicitation is apt for such a man who has given every ounce of himself for the game. You may critisize all you want, but we Calcuttans knw how to turn on a party.

Posted by sysubrceq0 on (November 3, 2013, 20:39 GMT)

This is called unconditional love which Indians always give to their Idols.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 20:32 GMT)

Overkill….its so embarrassing to read about the plans that these fawning officials of CAB have come up with! 199 roses to be showered from an aircraft….how much more outlandish can they get?

Posted by PompandCircumstance on (November 3, 2013, 20:30 GMT)

Only Calcutta could pull off such a fitting farewell for such an exceptional individual.

I remember being in Calcutta in 1992. My mum forced me to accompany my Grandpa on his trip to mark the 50th Anniversary of his WWII battles on the Burma border. A whole bunch of old Army folks from India, England, Scotland and the US ended up staying at the place of their colleague who had fallen in love with Calcutta and never left after the war was over.

Of course, no one told me that it was also Durga Puja, and that for 10 days, we would have people fill the street outside the house, with music playing every day well into the night. On the last day, the statues were carried right in front of the house, and we were (from the second floor) maybe 30 feet away from touching them!

Calcutta is one of the great cities in the world, and the multicultural people the best I have ever met in all my travels, I have always wanted to return there.

This story brings back all those fond memories.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 20:20 GMT)

Over blown, Over exaggerated , Unnecessary!

Posted by android_user on (November 3, 2013, 20:02 GMT)

legendary farewell to a legend

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 19:53 GMT)

Greatest sportsmen ever to come on this earth

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 19:48 GMT)

@Randolph Brazier,

Come on, his longevity and numbers aside, Tendulkar was long considered to be the equal of Lara and Ponting. Hussey, Clarke and Amla are surely a tier below.

I do think these celebrations are excessive and unnecessary, but that's India.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 19:28 GMT)

awesome.....he deserves this type of farewell,after all he is GOD of cricket a big salute to the legend #SRT. u will stay in our heart!!!

Posted by JoshFromJamRock on (November 3, 2013, 19:24 GMT)

Will West Indies even make it a 5-day test match? Hopefully India bats for 2 days in their 1st innings alone (including a Tendulkar century) and don't enforce the follow-on.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 19:19 GMT)

Very sad that Indian selection committee not pick zak Bhajji gambhir. Very unfortunately they only pick teams by age not performance. Rlse what's oja mishrw ishant and vijay doing. Sachin playing with all youngsters and non3who were with him right through his careers. This team will be knocked out in South Africa for sure. Warning which selection committee should not ignore

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 19:16 GMT)

absolute madness!!

Posted by supacricfan on (November 3, 2013, 18:58 GMT)

greatest batsman of all time…period!!

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