India v West Indies, 2nd Test, Mumbai November 13, 2013

Never seen this kind of buzz - Dhoni

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MS Dhoni has always had a sense of occasion, and doesn't mind a bit of showmanship either. When Sourav Ganguly retired from Test cricket in 2008-09, Dhoni let him captain the side towards the end of the match. Now Sachin Tendulkar is the only other of India's fab four batsmen who has given a prior notice of his retirement. Dhoni was asked on the eve of Tendulkar's last, and 200th, Test what he had planned. A mysterious reply with a mischievous smile has promised much.

"You'll have to wait and watch over the next five days," Dhoni said. "I want you to concentrate." Concentrate people will. Oh they surely will. The buzz around the Test, Dhoni said, "has never happened in the past, let alone the eight-10 years that I've been around".  

Dhoni has himself maintained a sense of equilibrium with the retirement around, and his wishlist for Tendulkar's final Test is similar. "I'd like him to enjoy, because you can't guarantee performance," Dhoni said. "Of course you can say [hope he gets] a hundred, a double-hundred, a triple-hundred or 500, whatever. But at the end of the day the most important moment is that it is his last Test match. It's important that he enjoys this and hopefully get us a few wickets... You can get a bit of turn and bounce on this Mumbai wicket."

Bowling over the years has been something Tendulkar has visibly enjoyed more than his batting, which requires intense focus under the helmet. Dhoni got Tendulkar to bowl in Kolkata last week, and intends to do the same by the looks of it. Not that the fans will complain.

"It [bowling Tendulkar at Eden] was strategy [and not a farewell gimmick], it got us a wicket," Dhoni said. "You see, we don't have a fifth bowler because [Ravindra] Jadeja is not here. So we are playing with four bowlers and a few part-timers. Most of the others can bowl, there is Rohit who can bowl, but it's important that if there are a few overs of part-timers, it helps... If there are chances that you're going to take the second new ball, you don't want your main bowlers to be tired. So it's a strategy."

Most of Dhoni's press conference centred around Tendulkar - he did say he didn't know how the pitch would play, and that West Indies should not be disrespected - which can be an irritant because a Test match is to be played, but Dhoni understood the reaction. "It's too late to ask whether it's a distraction or not because whatever has happened has happened," Dhoni said. "I think it's a big part and parcel of the game. It's a big historic moment, and people are trying to do whatever they can, and we don't really mind that. 

"As I said in the last match also we're treating it as normal as possible. Of course there are plenty of things that are going around, so we've kept the focus and the drive whatever best we could do. They're enjoying the moment, which I feel is the key, but at the same time we're focussed."

Asked to rate Tendulkar, Dhoni summed up his career well. "I would consider him as great because when it comes to Indian cricket, you're under the microscope throughout," Dhoni said. "He's seen the format change, right from start in 1989. From that time, Test cricket has changed significantly. ODI cricket, there have been a plenty of changes. The introduction of T20 has come, and overall it had an impact on each and every thing. 

"It's not only the cricketing aspect; I think what's difficult is handle success in India, the expectations of the people. We're expected to win each and every game, which is not possible. Yes, there are other greats, but there was one thing they didn't have to deal with, and that's the level of expectations. When you're doing well that itself puts pressure on you. But imagine when you're going through a lean patch, the expectations go up, they never come down.

"So you've to handle all those things. I have seen some of the foreign cricketers, they handle the cricketing pressures well. But when it comes to handling the pressures that are not really related to cricket, they buckle under... So he's been fantastic, and there's plenty to learn from him. Right from 1989 he became big star, for a quarter of century he's played for India, and he's always been a star."

The obvious question of who after Tendulkar arose, and Dhoni said he would cross that bridge once he arrived there. "We'll see future in the future, whether we're prepared or not," Dhoni said. "We'll know that later, I can't say what will happen outside India. If you're saying that if a replacement for Sachin is required, no, there is no such. Neither do we have a replacement for Rahul Dravid or someone else.

"What's important is that we take the new players on their face value. It's not about filling someone's shoes. Virat is Virat Kohli, not someone else. Same way Cheteshwar Pujara. If you start comparing individuals with some great players, it only adds pressure on them. It's important that Pujara, he has a different character than the players who are gone."

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Nampally on November 13, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    There is kind of Buzz all over India because it is the last appearance of a Legend.The final farewell is an occasion of sadness +celebration of his career heroics. SRT will do his best to rise to the occasion. However as Dhoni says he must enjoy it to the full irrespective of what he scores. People in all walks of life retire from the professions they love. Even after spending 50 odd years, they still miss it. World has produced brilliant Engineers who contributed to NASA, space Shuttle & satellites, Nuclear field, Rockets, & to many every day luxuries we take it for granted. There were outstanding Doctors, who dedicated 24 x7 to serve humanity & super physicists & chemists who enriched the world. Sachin did his bit for Cricket- an entertainment & a sport- what others did to their profession. Sachin is no different to other legends in different fields. Many of SRT's records will remain unparalleled & future Cricketers will aspire to break them.That is his greatest legacy-Bravo SRT!

  • on November 13, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    dhoni is absolutely correct !... the public should not compare the new gen players like pujara , rohit , kohli etc with the legends like dravid , sachin etc,that would put pressure on the new players. I think that pujara should concentrate on tests ,he has got a very impressive temperament and technique . this team has the potential, i dont think that the exit of master would deeply effect this new indian team led by a very cool captain , dhoni. wish sachin a happy life after...

  • on November 14, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    @AbdulRauf-99 His first International century was a match saving second innings knock against England in Manchester(1990). He saved a test match in completely alien conditions when he was a 17 year old kid. Not to mention the half century in Pakistan tour(his debut series in 1989) when his nose was bloodied by a rampaging Waqar. This 16 year old kid negotiated Imran, Wasim, Waqar, Qadir in his debut series with an injured nose to score a crucial 50 which saved the test match for India.

  • on November 14, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    Sachin love for the game is what kept him going all these years. Ability to handle success, pressure and criticism is purely due to his uninhibited love for the game at any level. Thanks to giving us many joyous and proud moments.

  • on November 14, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    I find Dhoni wiered and funny at times. not talking about his batting or captaincy skills. Is he maybe trying to build his own legacy.

  • Alexk400 on November 14, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    if there is a buzz i do not see. What i see is empty stadium. Psst. Over hyped by media.

  • rajuramki on November 14, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    Without a doubt , Tendulkar deserves all the accolades every bit . But it is sad that people have not understood the contributions made by his long time colleauges like Dravid , Laxman . Ganguly and Kumble . I am not belittling Tendulkar's efforts but most of his aceivements would not have been possible without the presence of the above stalwarts in the team . We can say that the last of the greatest cricketers of India is playing his last test . It would have been nice to have all these players being appreciated for their contribution to Indian cricket , when this test draws to a close .

  • Alexk400 on November 14, 2013, 4:11 GMT

    I see empty stadium on sachin last test. Where is the buzz? Media creation. All 6% can't live in bombay to watch the match. Over hyped buzz.

  • wantsachinback on November 14, 2013, 3:27 GMT

    DHONI....todays you are going to say bye to last PANDAV of Indian cricket Mahabahart.. Arjun=Rahul dravid Bhim=Sourav dada Nakul=Laxman Sahdev=Anil Kumble AND Yudhishtar=SACHIN Now he is making last WAR entry..now dhonis JOB to bulit Modern Pandvas..with available resouces..Putting him first..Best luck indian team after SACH beautiful 24 year!!BUZZ

  • on November 14, 2013, 3:27 GMT

    Bye bye great man of cricket. Cricket the game will miss him for sure and so are we cricket lovers... I wish Sachin ends his career on a high... Expect a hundred a smart run out and a few wickets with his bundle of spin tricks... God bless.... Again wishes

  • Nampally on November 13, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    There is kind of Buzz all over India because it is the last appearance of a Legend.The final farewell is an occasion of sadness +celebration of his career heroics. SRT will do his best to rise to the occasion. However as Dhoni says he must enjoy it to the full irrespective of what he scores. People in all walks of life retire from the professions they love. Even after spending 50 odd years, they still miss it. World has produced brilliant Engineers who contributed to NASA, space Shuttle & satellites, Nuclear field, Rockets, & to many every day luxuries we take it for granted. There were outstanding Doctors, who dedicated 24 x7 to serve humanity & super physicists & chemists who enriched the world. Sachin did his bit for Cricket- an entertainment & a sport- what others did to their profession. Sachin is no different to other legends in different fields. Many of SRT's records will remain unparalleled & future Cricketers will aspire to break them.That is his greatest legacy-Bravo SRT!

  • on November 13, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    dhoni is absolutely correct !... the public should not compare the new gen players like pujara , rohit , kohli etc with the legends like dravid , sachin etc,that would put pressure on the new players. I think that pujara should concentrate on tests ,he has got a very impressive temperament and technique . this team has the potential, i dont think that the exit of master would deeply effect this new indian team led by a very cool captain , dhoni. wish sachin a happy life after...

  • on November 14, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    @AbdulRauf-99 His first International century was a match saving second innings knock against England in Manchester(1990). He saved a test match in completely alien conditions when he was a 17 year old kid. Not to mention the half century in Pakistan tour(his debut series in 1989) when his nose was bloodied by a rampaging Waqar. This 16 year old kid negotiated Imran, Wasim, Waqar, Qadir in his debut series with an injured nose to score a crucial 50 which saved the test match for India.

  • on November 14, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    Sachin love for the game is what kept him going all these years. Ability to handle success, pressure and criticism is purely due to his uninhibited love for the game at any level. Thanks to giving us many joyous and proud moments.

  • on November 14, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    I find Dhoni wiered and funny at times. not talking about his batting or captaincy skills. Is he maybe trying to build his own legacy.

  • Alexk400 on November 14, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    if there is a buzz i do not see. What i see is empty stadium. Psst. Over hyped by media.

  • rajuramki on November 14, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    Without a doubt , Tendulkar deserves all the accolades every bit . But it is sad that people have not understood the contributions made by his long time colleauges like Dravid , Laxman . Ganguly and Kumble . I am not belittling Tendulkar's efforts but most of his aceivements would not have been possible without the presence of the above stalwarts in the team . We can say that the last of the greatest cricketers of India is playing his last test . It would have been nice to have all these players being appreciated for their contribution to Indian cricket , when this test draws to a close .

  • Alexk400 on November 14, 2013, 4:11 GMT

    I see empty stadium on sachin last test. Where is the buzz? Media creation. All 6% can't live in bombay to watch the match. Over hyped buzz.

  • wantsachinback on November 14, 2013, 3:27 GMT

    DHONI....todays you are going to say bye to last PANDAV of Indian cricket Mahabahart.. Arjun=Rahul dravid Bhim=Sourav dada Nakul=Laxman Sahdev=Anil Kumble AND Yudhishtar=SACHIN Now he is making last WAR entry..now dhonis JOB to bulit Modern Pandvas..with available resouces..Putting him first..Best luck indian team after SACH beautiful 24 year!!BUZZ

  • on November 14, 2013, 3:27 GMT

    Bye bye great man of cricket. Cricket the game will miss him for sure and so are we cricket lovers... I wish Sachin ends his career on a high... Expect a hundred a smart run out and a few wickets with his bundle of spin tricks... God bless.... Again wishes

  • SamRoy on November 14, 2013, 3:20 GMT

    The last two paragraphs emphasizes what an intelligent and thoughtful man M S Dhoni is. I like and admire everything about him except his test captaincy. I think because he is so balanced and thoughtful MS Dhoni has been so successful as a cricketer.

  • satishsasikumar on November 14, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    One could go on describing the greatness of the phenomenon called Sachin Tendulkar. On the occasion of his farewell to cricket, I began to recollect the days when he played his first few cricket matches…the days when owning a colour television, a Maruti car was a luxury and people were struggling to come into terms with the economic state of India…His entry into cricket coincided with beginning of satellite television in India and redefined not only the game, but the ways common man overcame the daily struggles..many began to identify his cricketing success with their lives and he was able to instill the belief in the middle class society that success could be achieved by dedication, hardwork and focus though remaining rooted to the ground…no wonder his growth in sports paralleled the economic transformation and the job market in the country and in all terms he become the symbol and pride of India.. how many countries can boast of a sportsman who positively

  • on November 14, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    @TRAM ,, Man you don't know how to be grateful,,, All this buzz is nothing but gratitude towards a great man, who held Indian cricket on his shoulders for a long time.. Never misused it or complained about it..

    You can learn a thing or two about him..

    I will accept he is not at his prime now.. But at any given day he is still fit to be selected for the playing eleven. And that my friend is a fact.

  • CricketChat on November 14, 2013, 3:14 GMT

    Thanks Sachin for the memories! Wishing you well in post-retirement. Curious to find out next phase of cricket without SRT.

  • on November 14, 2013, 3:12 GMT

    All the best to SRT. You are legend in cricket, no words to suffice your contribution, enjoy the test match as much as possible and dont wory about the scores - Hats of to u and a proud indian

  • on November 14, 2013, 3:10 GMT

    Sachin's career can be seen in two phases - First phase of 15 years of his career was more like the Avatar phase. The latter part has only been dull to his own standards, however can still be summed up as a reasonable career where is was calculated, slow and steady. That's also to do with the changes the game was going through this phase. Those who really fancy and cherish him are largely with the memories from his first phase. Indian team was a mediocre team in world cricket, for most part of 90s, ranked below the likes Aus, SA, Pak and arguably SL. During that era, for an Indian batsman to do what he repeatedly did like in Sharjah 98 was simply epic. His contribution cannot alone be evaluated in numbers or from Indian victories, one cannot totally deny if he is the reason why today we have Yuvrajs, Virats, Dhawans etc in our team. He was the one who drove this country mad over cricket. If anyone is complaining over the buzz, they would have choked had he left the game 10 years ago.

  • on November 14, 2013, 2:51 GMT

    This is why MS Dhoni is MS Dhoni. Never the one to get carried away or to indulge in cheap/silly show of emotions. He knows what he is talking and does not say something just for the sake of it.

    It is very easy to make the excuse and take umbrage under the cliche of 'Indians are sentimental'.

    Many crooked 'leaders' from various fields of life are masters at manipulating such soft feelings of people and most pathetic people are always quite willing to get manipulated in such way.

    Dhoni is a breath of fresh air in this regard. Modern India requires exactly these type of people as leaders.

    It is never about silly and flattery talk. It is about you mean what you say.

  • GRVJPR on November 14, 2013, 2:45 GMT

    Although all are allowed to have their opinion, what I am not liking is some people trying hard to demean the performances of young cricketers like Kohli while praising sachin. Yes, Sachin is Greatest, but that doesn't mean that someone like Kohli should be ridiculed to make that a point. What will happen with Kohli and other young players will happen and no body is running away. Dhoni has rightly put, Kohli is Kohli and Sachin is Sachin. Just like apple is apple and orange is orange. Just enjoy the tastes of both fruits. Don't say that Orange should Taste like Apple.

  • on November 14, 2013, 2:44 GMT

    Sachin is more than cricket. People may think he is not the best player in the world but honestly, I feel, they only say it cuz even they do expect centuries in every single match from Sachin. He is the Jordan of Cricket. Records can be broken but names can not be undone.

  • GRVJPR on November 14, 2013, 2:40 GMT

    If anyone can't respect Sachin, then he is not really respecting anyone else as well. It is like saying to "lamp" that you have more light than the "sun". Sachin is Sun while others (lara, kaliis, ponting, switch hitters and dilscoppers) are lamps!

  • GRVJPR on November 14, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    @On-Drive No Sir, My head is clear, and Sachin is always above Gavaskar for me. You have your own opinion. It's Sachin who has given me sleepless nights (due to excitement) and not Gavaskar. Sachin is the greatest. I know few X cricketers who rally around Sachin just to get extra attention.

  • sray23 on November 14, 2013, 2:02 GMT

    Thank god this circus bus that is Sachin's farewell celebrations is finally going to stop soon.

  • on November 14, 2013, 1:48 GMT

    A massive show for an Indian and cricket great. If not for the BCCI arranging this tour, it would have been against the number 1 side in the world, South Africa, that he enjoyed his last match. Was it really that important that this happen in India? I find it disturbing that the cricketing bodies allowed the tours to be changed to suite this. Where will it end?

  • on November 14, 2013, 1:36 GMT

    Sachin has already sealed his place in folklore for his remarkable on field achievements from schoolboy days to today. Nothing that happens in this test will change that .... save a triple hundred! He has warmed our hearts for > 25 years and filled us with pride for the perfect gentleman he has been on and off the field. THANK YOU SACHIN!!

  • on November 14, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    The beginning of the END..!!

  • on November 14, 2013, 1:06 GMT

    I agree with Mahi. People shouldn't compare Virat/Pujara/Dhawan with Sachin and Dravid. Its not fair on them and its not fair on Sachin either. Sachin worked hard to get where he is now. He has earned respect not just from Indian cricket fans but also cricketers and cricket fans all around the world respect and adore him. Sachin Tendulkar is in own class. For me he is the Master Blaster, Cricket GOD, Match winner and Most humble cricket I ever seen.

  • satishsasikumar on November 13, 2013, 23:05 GMT

    You have to admire Dhoni for the calculated expressions in this chit-chat for in India every bit and piece of word becomes a controversy..no doubt he was the right choice for captaincy of Indian cricket team as advocated By Sachin!

  • on November 13, 2013, 23:05 GMT

    miss sachin

  • Big_Chikka on November 13, 2013, 22:14 GMT

    i'd just like to wish this "man" a wonderful last game, great player, and i don't doubt he'll continue in the same vein after cricket........................................

  • on November 13, 2013, 22:00 GMT

    Well all things pass away, and naturally there is an air of sadness about it all. I have seen some great Tendulkar innings, but he was always treated shabbily by Australian umpires before the rise of the international umpiring team, and so I missed out on the really great things he could have done here. Unfortunately when cable tv came along, India was not playing so many tests and he was past his peak.

    Still he ranks up there with the three true greats that I have seen - Gary Sobers, Shane Warne and Tendulkar. I wish him well in his retirement, which I feel will be enhanced by the experience of a period which I am convinced will see the unstoppable rise of Indian cricket.

    Gary

  • AbdulRauf-99 on November 13, 2013, 21:49 GMT

    @bigdhonifan, Yes i am an Afridi fan but i admire great players like Amla, De villiers, Virat Kohli etc. And one thing that i admire about Tendulkar is that he is a true gentlemen of cricket.

  • AbdulRauf-99 on November 13, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    @Chak-De-India-Deux, I am not saying that if i am not a fan of Tendulkar then no one should be, And btw that 85 against Pakistan, there were 4 drop cathes of Tendulkar and 1 incorrect decision from the third umpire, Search it on YouTube, @rog123, He was the best batsmen but since late 2010, he was just good but not great, I say Virat kohli, De villiers, Hashim Amla, Ms Dhoni, These are the best batsmen at the moment.

  • 2.14istherunrate on November 13, 2013, 21:32 GMT

    The end of an era is about to happen...200th and final Test. This is such a big occasion that words do not really do it justice. I hope Sachin does something extraordinary in the game like make a double ton. Best of luck to him on his final appearance !

  • cricmatters on November 13, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    With the power of hindsight, it is now obvious that Sachin Tendulkar should have retired after India secured the world cup win in 2011. That was the glorious moment, the crowning glory, the satisfaction of fulfilling the ultimate dream for Sachin to win a world cup in his life time in front of the home crowd. In spite of all the media hype, this Test could never capture that feeling of finishing a long and illustrious career on a high note. Ton of Tons was never a real landmark. It was made up by some sports commentators by combining two totally different formats of cricket. The other landmark of playing 200 Tests for your country would never be achieved by any individual simply because unlike Tendulkar, a Test place will never be guaranteed for any struggling and out of form batsman. Cricket will find another Tendulkar, the batsman but it would be very hard to find another Tendulkar, the person who won the hearts and minds of millions of his fans with his simplicity and humbleness.

  • on November 13, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    Sachin has been the master of all ocassions and we will loose a great stalwart of Indian cricket , I agree the pedigree of sachin is different to others.....virat,rohit and pujara are very good for Indian cricket, lets hope India lives with the memories and long live sachin..... fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • TRAM on November 13, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    Sachin is a great player. Does he OR any player deserve this much fuss on retirement? Certainly not. He has been getting disproportionate attention all the time in his career. I only wanted to see good cricket and I wanted India on top. Since Sachin could not deliver good cricket for last many years, I am happy finally he retires.

    I am happy he opened up a seat for an younger batsman and Indian team will only get stronger looking at the young bench talent India has.

    Thanks for all the past contributions Sachin and thanks for retiring!

  • on November 13, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    @Muneeb_Dawood. Just check stats of sachin in australia and sa. For knowledge sachin has scored more than 3000 runs against aus at 55 avg and not to forget sachin's last tour century in 2nd innings of 1st test in sa which saved india from humiliation.

  • Malret on November 13, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    again, to reiterate what others have said, if you did not watch Tendulkar bat in the nineties, you did not watch Tendulkar bat. Period.

  • bigdhonifan on November 13, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    @AbdulRauf-99 I am sorry to say that you have missed nearly 20 glorious years of Sachin Tendulkar the legend and the best era of Cricket in 1990 to 2003 where many legendery players played cricket. During that period Sachin's average across the waorld is almost 60 against mighty bowling lineups. I hope you are an Afridi fan, then we have Yousuf Pathan for you to admire. Sachin is for True Cricket Lovers...

  • pull_shot on November 13, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    @Muneeb_Dawood Cricket is team game brother take great muralitharan srilanka didn't won a test match in india, take great wasim,waqar pakistan never won series in SAF,AUS simple

  • Temuzin on November 13, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Well said Dhoni. I really admire clarity in Dhoni's thought process. I like the sentence" We will cross the bridge when we are there, We will see future in future" Thats great poetic statement. Very well said.

  • On-Drive on November 13, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    SRT is retiring and I hope the team wins with SRT hitting the winning runs. @GRVJPR - Have you seen SMG's stright drive? much betteer than SRT's straight drive in my opinion.

    Good luck to SRT.

  • da_mastha on November 13, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    I will always say this Sachin Tendulkar brought to Indian Cricket the flair and flamboyance which was not always there .The daringness and the confidence which he broguht with it. I remember growing up in Pune and Mumbai Tendulkar coming to bat created a hustle everywhere. People could be anywhere the market , @ the Railway Stations or @ work the news of Sachin batting would create a stir and even total strangers would connect just talking about Sachin and his batting. we are all going to miss his batting the next time India takes stage the classic Cover Drives,The majestic Straight drives which are always a treat plus the upper cut which he always played with certain flair.Many memories we cherish 137 @ Chennai , 155 @ Chennai , 143 @ sharjah and who can forget the 98 @ Centurion. The best bowling moment by far was when he Googlied Moin Khan.

    I salute this Majestic Cricketer. The one and only one Sachin Tendulkar

  • on November 13, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    Adieu Master Blaster Sachin Sir. You have delighted every cricketer throughout the globe with your stupendous performance over the years. What can one expect other than this from a Sportsperson. Thanks for giving all that.

  • on November 13, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    I see a lot of angry comments against those who have written that Sachin is not a matchwinner. This is a debate that will go on and on.Yes, it is a fact that Sachin has not been able to play "epic" innings in test matches- the kind that have been played by Lara, Rahul Dravid and VVS. But how many people in the world have scored centuries against England, Australia ,South Africa and a near one against New Zealand before their 19th birthday!!! This is something that doesn't happen everyday.Although he may not have played the single handed back to the wall kind of innings taking his team to victory , he has always been a selfless team man, who has played a key role in victories in tests.

  • Prem-balu on November 13, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    I would want Dhoni to give the gloves and say you would have seen the cricket field from all sides but not from behind the stumps. Here you go on the last time you field take the gloves as i dont want Sachin to get hurt keeping upto the stumps!

  • on November 13, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    period. sachin is greatest cricketer of all time and great person too. great ambassador of cricket and true ICON in cricket. one and only SRT. you are genius. I will miss you a lot.

  • on November 13, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    If I wanted someone to bat for my life, Kallis or Dravid would be my choice over Sachin. Under pressure and on difficult pitches, he was probably not the very best.Gavaskar probably played genuine pace better. However he was certainly the very best to watch....sheer magical presence on a cricket field. Gave me hours of great pleasure, just watching him bat. What was special about him, I cannot describe but there is no other cricketer who could keep me glued to the telly for such long spells. Most importantly , when it comes to him, all Indians stand united. I just wish he had quit after the world cup, on an absolute high!

  • on November 13, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    Dear God,

    You gave me birth in a place where we follow a philosophy of 'Karma' (Actions) and based on our deeds we are rewarded in our life. I believed in the said premise and tried to follow it the way, taught by your propagators. Therefore, if you consider that I've done some good deeds ever in my life for which any reward is pending - I request you to transfer that reward in name of SACHIN TENDULKAR to make the last Test Match memorable for him.

    You sent him as angel in our life and I know you will be just with him but still its a prayer from the deepest core of my heart to help Sachin in next Test Match. He is more than competent to help himself but still your pious blessing are always required. He has given us happiness through out our life and if there is something tricky in destiny's store, please amend it. If you need please deduct good moments from our future life and attach it in Sachin's last few cricketing days. We want him to have a special fairytale end. Amen!

  • rosuppiah1981 on November 13, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    If Tendulkar is GOD , why is it that the statistician Ananth Narayan did NOT include even a single test century in his study of the 100 best ? VVS Laxman''s 281 was ranked very high but Sachin's name was conspicuous in its absence in the 100 best test centuries.Lara also was featured prominently for his solo match winning kncoks.

    Dravid , Laxman , Sehwag , Gavaskar and Vishy have played more match winning knocks than GOD - Also when the going was tough , specially in the second innings of a test march , Tendulkar faltered- In this regard , Laxman was supreme

    Let us put things in perspective , Sachin was a very good batsman but he was NOT GOD - Personally , I would rank Lara , Laxman ,Dravid , Gavaskar above Sachin

  • on November 13, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    @ Manish Asopa, This is not going to change the life of 120 crore of Indian only but also crores of cricket lover around the world! (This claim is more authentic as me myself is a non Indian cricket lover). Salute master!!! Salute you for not only for your on field records but also for your off field modesty. Being such a STAR you never showed it in your activities and that has made you SACHIN. "SACH IS LIFE"

  • parthaacs on November 13, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    Most of my cricketing memories involve Sachin! Most people in their 30s would thank him for all the great memories he has given us since 1989. There can never be another Sachin. I will definitely miss him in the team.

    If it's not for him some of us would have lost interest in cricket between 1990- 96 when Ganguly and Dravids came along.

    Good bye Sachin. Enjoy your last match even if you don't score a run or get a wicket!

  • on November 13, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    the feeling is like an end of an era....it is tough to expect some one else at no 4 for india in tests... thanks sachin gor memories

  • Sagay-Ed on November 13, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    @AbdulRauf-99 & @Muneeb_Dawood - It is better to say you haven't seen Sachin bat. That will be better. Since 1996, I am watching him play. Every commentator and cricket legends in the world called him the LITTLE MASTER from the 90s. Every single team wanted to get his wicket cheaply, because they knew what he is capable of. See what Wasim Akram told Razzaq when he missed a catch from Sachin. He has played all types of innings from slow to super aggressive. No matter whether the bowler is a pacer or spinner, he will come down the wicket to hit for a six. His contribution for the Indian team is enormous and that is why he is getting this special farewell. He really deserves it.

  • GRVJPR on November 13, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkars straight drive is the best shot ever executed in history of cricket. Unfortunately the people who go gaga over switch hits and dilscoops won't understand it.

  • royals1986 on November 13, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    @ AbdulRauf-99 . you are too small to understand cricket . grow up when you are above 18 and comment.

  • on November 13, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    Goodbye SRT. I was very privileged to have watched you one last time at the Eden Gardens. I wasn't expecting a hundred,a double and forget about a triple. Just want to see that perfect straight drive for the one last time. And last but not the least your big-turning leggies.

  • GRVJPR on November 13, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar has made my life happy with his strokeplay. I cannot say that baout Lara, ponting, kallis or anyone else. There is something magical about sachin. He is the only one being criticized always, but he is the one who has always come out with flying colors. Actually people who criticize him makes him even more Great. Salute to Great Sachin Tendulkar from Gaurav, his fan!

  • ramz30380 on November 13, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    @AbdulRauf-99 and Muneeb_Dawood - Either you guys are blinded in ur belief or u want to make news being sachin haters...

    Anyone in his country who knows their cricket know about the legacy of SRT. Sachin played his heart out in SA in early 2011 just before the WC & scored a match saving 146 - it came in the 1st innings but it helped save the match for India and with it the series... that was very much after 2010! His 120 against Eng in Banglore in WC 2011 was detrimental in India not losing that game. Plz do not talk just to catch others attention - it clearly shows that u have not followed cricket completely.

    Sachin leaves behind a void that none can fill. For 24 years this man has been the torch bearer for Indian cricket - the Virats, Pujaras, Rohits, Dhoni himself grew up getting inspired by this man.... u are entitled to have ur opinion but when the entire world and ppl who have played the game in the highest level acknowledge tht he is the greatest in this era - thts gud enough

  • kartcric on November 13, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    @abdul rauf-99_Exactly in Dec 2010 God played a magnificent innings against steyn and co in SA to get his 51st century and India won the test.That win helped india to draw the series which other teams have failed to do against Sa.It would take more than 1000 words to write what has he done. I am a just a 14 year old and i know the greatness of Tendulkar.

  • on November 13, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    Sachin cant even be compared to other stalwarts of Indian cricket. He made people watch matches even against teams like namibia kenya etc.....i dont think anyone can reach to the heights that sachin has achieved in Indian cricket....truly deserves a grand farewell......love you sachin.....

  • on November 13, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    Dhoni with some good performances in the next two odd years could end up being Indian cricket's biggest great. While there may have been great bowlers, batters and all rounders, Dhoni has been something really unique. A leader , a wicket-keeper, a swashbuckling batsman , even a bowler!!! He has been a refreshing change from the others of this generation of brash , bratty kind of players, who wear their emotions on their sleeves. For a wicketkeeper he never sledges!!! and that too in this day and age!!! It is a legacy that he has carried on from the likes of Sachin, Dravid, Laxman and Kumble. He is one more example that nice guys can finish first, with or without technique!!! but only if you were to put in tremendous hard work.

  • ManrajJ on November 13, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    @AbdulRauf-99...u started watching cricket after 2010? Consider urself lucky to have watched SRT live. For u to see him having won matches...u shud have started following cricket a decade earlier :)

  • SRAM20 on November 13, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    Tendulkar has played so many match winning innings. A match winning innings is not just one where the batsman takes his bat through for the team in a final innings chase. A match winning innings is one where the player's contribution is significant in the team's victory. There are so many for Tendulkar. That Chennai test vs England in 2008, that Mumbai 2004 test where he and Laxman gave India a significant target to defend, etc

    This guy (AbdulRauf-99) has only started watching since 2010. Tendulkar's prime did not even fall within the period when this guy started watching. Tendulkar has shown glimpses of his prime in this period, but his prime ended before that. And its completely OK to not be a fan of Tendulkar. That group is a minority, but nobody is stopping you to be in the minority.

  • on November 13, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    @Muneeb_Dawood - How many Test series has any player from the sub continent won for their team in Australia and South Africa? Just name me 1 player from the sub continent.

  • India-Do-Well on November 13, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    @ AbdulRauf-99 - I could go on and on but let's try 85 (or something like that) against Pakistan in WC semi's (2011) for or the two innings in Tri-Nation finals in Australia (a 90 odd and 100 odd) for a clean sweep of Australia in Australia

  • blthndr on November 13, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    @Muneeb_Dawood.....what did u say..."he never won test series in SA and AUS".....well i think its a team game not a one man show game....bt thats another thing....one thing u clearly shows...people love him for his service and there are people who r not happy with him cz he didnt carry their expectations on ocassions ...this shows how much expectation he was carrying through out his career...u just cant find another man like him....so just take a break just enjoy his last game...it doesnt matter wheather he scores or nt....

  • India-Do-Well on November 13, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    @Muneeb_Dawood - you do understand that to win test series you need blowers that can take 20 wickets in a match consistently and over the period of that series. Please go to the stats page and look at the performance of Indian blowers. When Lara was at his peak he had Walsh, Ambrose, Bishop among others who could defend 150. Same with Australian attack. For the longest time who was blowing for India esp. overseas? Lara broke the record for most run in a series in SL but WI were whitewashed. People talk about the Calcutta test (Dravid and Laxman - fair enough) but that tied the series. The next match in Madras is where Tendulkar's hundred won the series and I can go on and on. If Tendulkar had 1.5 good fast blower in the 90's or 1 great spinner (please for the longest time Kumble overseas was a straight fast bower with the odd leg spin) the results could have been different. The fact is he is the greatest batsman after Bradman, if you don't agree.. fair enough. We can disagree

  • on November 13, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    No hard feelings AbdulRauf-99 - If you are not a big fan of Sachin Tendulkar, it is your problem - not mine or Sachin's.

  • on November 13, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    Going by Dhoni's mischievous smile, I think he may ask Tendulkar to initiate the proceedings in Mumbai Test --- ie, to open the innings (or) to bowl the first over of the match. I also would love to watch Tendulkar captain the team. Thanks a lot Sachin for everything.

  • rog123 on November 13, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    @abdul rauf-99 so you have started watching cricket since 2010 so how many test and one day matches of tendulkar have you seen? maybe 10 or even less? the man has been playing for the last 24 years and he has played enough innings that you can easily call him the best in the world ever and dont doubt he has done it all in all forms of the game. and i am not a tendulkar fan but i have to admit that he is the best batsman at least in the modern era

  • Prats6 on November 13, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    Hey Abdul - You really are in minority my friend. You have simply not watched the best of SRT.

  • Pavinasen on November 13, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    If India can produce quality fast bowlers like Sammi,just 2 more like him may be Buvi & Praveen K ,then they will be a formidibale side.When players are not improving for long periods,then drop them & thats the only time players will be more competitive.

    All the best to Sachin and I hope he gets involved in cricket administration for india

  • vxttemp on November 13, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    Like someone already mentioned, once the great man retires, probably people can look at the team and not the individuals. I for one was a great fan of teams but for various reasons, I became so obsessed with Sachin, he always comes first for me and team India next. Even if Sachin plays in my opponent team, I'll still like to root for him. I don't think I'll be following cricket so much from now on. I used to wonder why elders in my family are not watching anymore with the same passion. I think age catches all :-) I wish Sachin to have some relief from all the pressures and also I wish all the best to the young guns. Hopefully they will all entertain the current and the future generations.

  • on November 13, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    Dhoni is a very level headed cricketer with apparently no insecurities. A clear thinker who backs himself and is willing to take risks. When I first saw him bat, I was amazed as to how he got in the team with apparently wrong technique. Well, he proved that mental strength and aptitude is way more important. Dhoni is the best thing by far that has happened to Indian cricket as he has shaped a new generation of Indian cricketers.

  • on November 13, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    Goodbye Sachin Tendulkar. Goodbye passion for Cricket. Goodbye getting up early to watch the start of a test match down under. Goodbye waiting eagerly for the second wicket to fall just to see the Master bat Goodbye checking scores when you are busy and praying to god that you reach home just in time to see the maestro. Goodbye cursing yourself when Sachin got out because you felt that somehow you had jinxed his innings. Life after Sachin is really going to be different for 120 crore Indians.

  • AB_DeVilliers on November 13, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    I agree with AbdulRauf-99, for all his stats and longevity, he has never really seen Tendulkar play a test match saving innings where he defied good bowling attacks for lengthy periods. This is proven by the fact that he never won test series in SA and AUS.

  • dork29 on November 13, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    This is one of the best things about Dhoni. His comments are so grounded, sensible and crisp. He is different from teh rest of the guys. He views the game differently, he takes success and lfailure with equanimity, thinks outside the box and is one hell of a reader of the cricket game - especially the shorter versions. To me, he is the greatest cricketer India has produced after Kapil Dev. Dhoni is spot on when he says Pujara will be Pujara and Rohit will be Rohit. Each has a style, gift and talent of his own and it is unfair to draw comparisons. Kohli and Rohit have contributed to some breath-taking victories recently and are stars for the future. Sachin retiring IS a big moment, but with all the TV coverage and the hype, it is becoming a bit boring and even irritating.More than Sachin the batsman, I think Sachin the person, is special. His humility, simplicity and dedication to his craft have made him a great ambassador of the game. We can and should be proud of that.

  • on November 13, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    Dhoni is correct on each player ..that his own style Dhawan and Sehwag and Dravid and Pujara..are diffrent in the approach but only aim is Indai"s success in whatever ..ODI or Tests..T20 and that congrats Dhoni for comments..

  • testmatchonly on November 13, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    A very level-headed perspective, as always from the iceman !

  • Rambo_MW3 on November 13, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    Well said by Dhoni, each players are different. No one can someone's shoe, Indian Cricket team will be a stable one even if Sachin retires, Of course Sachin's retirement is a loss not just for Indian cricket but also for Cricket world but there are many cricketers up coming with immense talent.

  • poorpatriot on November 13, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    matured talk.. dhoni bhai as always.

  • ramli on November 13, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    Well ... Sachin's exit will make cricket more of a team game in India and that the expectations on individuals will diminish significantly. Hopefully, hereafter, people will expect India to win rather than expect individuals to shine. That will augur well for India and its cricket

  • AbdulRauf-99 on November 13, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    Honestly, since i started watching cricket (2010), I haven't seen Tedulkar play a match saving innings, So i am not a big fan Tendulkar, I know the comments will be sliding down in this article because of me, But really, Not a big fan of Tendulkar.

  • on November 13, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    dhoni was right saying nobody can fill the shoes of tendulkar the phase of cricket tendulkar went through is quite different from what rohit and virat are going through. tendulkar showed lot of adaptability to ever changing veiw of batting

  • on November 13, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    Indian cricket full of potential batters & those are quality ones, Impressive

  • on November 13, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    Indian cricket full of potential batters & those are quality ones, Impressive

  • on November 13, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    dhoni was right saying nobody can fill the shoes of tendulkar the phase of cricket tendulkar went through is quite different from what rohit and virat are going through. tendulkar showed lot of adaptability to ever changing veiw of batting

  • AbdulRauf-99 on November 13, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    Honestly, since i started watching cricket (2010), I haven't seen Tedulkar play a match saving innings, So i am not a big fan Tendulkar, I know the comments will be sliding down in this article because of me, But really, Not a big fan of Tendulkar.

  • ramli on November 13, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    Well ... Sachin's exit will make cricket more of a team game in India and that the expectations on individuals will diminish significantly. Hopefully, hereafter, people will expect India to win rather than expect individuals to shine. That will augur well for India and its cricket

  • poorpatriot on November 13, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    matured talk.. dhoni bhai as always.

  • Rambo_MW3 on November 13, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    Well said by Dhoni, each players are different. No one can someone's shoe, Indian Cricket team will be a stable one even if Sachin retires, Of course Sachin's retirement is a loss not just for Indian cricket but also for Cricket world but there are many cricketers up coming with immense talent.

  • testmatchonly on November 13, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    A very level-headed perspective, as always from the iceman !

  • on November 13, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    Dhoni is correct on each player ..that his own style Dhawan and Sehwag and Dravid and Pujara..are diffrent in the approach but only aim is Indai"s success in whatever ..ODI or Tests..T20 and that congrats Dhoni for comments..

  • dork29 on November 13, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    This is one of the best things about Dhoni. His comments are so grounded, sensible and crisp. He is different from teh rest of the guys. He views the game differently, he takes success and lfailure with equanimity, thinks outside the box and is one hell of a reader of the cricket game - especially the shorter versions. To me, he is the greatest cricketer India has produced after Kapil Dev. Dhoni is spot on when he says Pujara will be Pujara and Rohit will be Rohit. Each has a style, gift and talent of his own and it is unfair to draw comparisons. Kohli and Rohit have contributed to some breath-taking victories recently and are stars for the future. Sachin retiring IS a big moment, but with all the TV coverage and the hype, it is becoming a bit boring and even irritating.More than Sachin the batsman, I think Sachin the person, is special. His humility, simplicity and dedication to his craft have made him a great ambassador of the game. We can and should be proud of that.

  • AB_DeVilliers on November 13, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    I agree with AbdulRauf-99, for all his stats and longevity, he has never really seen Tendulkar play a test match saving innings where he defied good bowling attacks for lengthy periods. This is proven by the fact that he never won test series in SA and AUS.