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

The final leg of the epic farewell

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Match facts

Thursday-Monday, November 14-18, 2013
Start time 0930 local (0400 GMT)

Big Picture

After this match, there will be no switching off the television when he gets out. No Indian fan will wait for the second India wicket to fall. There will be no standing ovations that stretch from the fall of that second wicket to the time he takes strike. Sections of crowds at grounds won't take turns in going 'Sachin, Sachin'. For after this match, Sachin Tendulkar will never play cricket for India again.

So for one last time, it is over to the ground where it all began in 1988, for Bombay against Gujarat in the Ranji Trophy. Few international cricketers get to say goodbye on their home ground, in front of home fans. In that sense, Tendulkar and Mumbai are fortunate that the parting, in the playing sense, will be at Wankhede Stadium.

Fortunate is a word MS Dhoni has used often of late. He's been asked numerous times how it was to play with Tendulkar, and he's said he has been fortunate to have done so for close to a decade. There was a cartoon recently doing the rounds with Tendulkar cradling some babies - a few of his youngest current India team-mates - while the rest of the squad stood around as grinning boys. How old, or young, each of them were when Tendulkar debuted for India is a factsheet that gets thrown around a lot. But that Mohammed Shami is younger than Tendulkar's international career is a fact that seems as astonishing each time you think about it. He's been a colossal father figure. All the India players have grown up looking up to the man.

The opponents were hastily arranged for this farewell series and were not expected to play a big role. That is exactly what West Indies did in Kolkata, folding up in three days. The last time they played at Wankhede, they produced an exciting draw with the scores tied. This match will be known in history as Tendulkar's final game, but West Indies will look to somehow miraculously ending up winning it.

Form guide

India WWWWW (last five games, most recent first)
West Indies LWWWW

In the spotlight

All these years, Sachin Tendulkar has given the impression that he shuts himself from the expectation India heaps upon him every match. Only those very close to him, and perhaps not even them, would know what actually goes on inside the man's mind. Is it only an impression, or does he really manage to insulate himself? Over the course of this final match, however, there will be no need for all this. People will of course love it if he goes out with a big hundred, but as his career has wound down over the past fortnight, they have been happy just to watch him do what he does. Bat, field, bowl, practice, wave. There will be a different kind of pressure now. The realisation that this is it - the end of what has been routine for most of his life. How will he react to that final standing ovation? To that final guard of honour? To that final cheer?

The opposition has a man who has been almost as durable as Tendulkar. Shivnarine Chanderpaul debuted in March 1994, and will be playing his 150th Test. It is a monumental disservice to him that commentators still talk about his stance after nearly 11000 Test runs. And unlike Tendulkar, he's showed no signs that the end is approaching. He averaged close to 100 last year with three centuries. Sadly, his misfiring team is more likely to squander his legacy than build on it.

Mohammed Shami and Tino Best. One fast, the other faster. Both managed reverse swing in Kolkata. Shami had control, Best didn't. Shami had nine wickets on debut, Best had one in 17 overs. With no Kemar Roach in the squad, and an inexperienced new-ball partner at the other end again, Best will have to produce a markedly better effort than what he came up with at Eden Gardens.

Team news

India have little reason to change the winning combination, both debutants Shami and Rohit Sharma having performed superbly in Kolkata.

India (probable): 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 M Vijay, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Sachin Tendulkar, 5 Virat Kohli, 6 Rohit Sharma, 7 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 8 R Ashwin, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Pragyan Ojha, 11 Mohammed Shami

Playing only five specialist batsmen hurt West Indies in Kolkata. The second spinner Veerasammy Permaul could not support Shane Shillingford. Will they go in for an extra batsman who can bowl a bit? West Indies have also flown in Shannon Gabriel as replacement for Roach. Sheldon Cottrell impressed in patches on debut at Eden Gardens. There is an outside possibility of West Indies playing three fast bowlers.

West Indies (probable): 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Kieran Powell, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 6 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 7 Darren Sammy (capt), 8 Narsingh Deonarine/Veerasammy Permaul, 9 Shane Shillingford, 10 Sheldon Cottrell/Shannon Gabriel, 11 Tino Best

Pitch and conditions

Sudhir Naik, the former India batsman and Wankhede curator, is confident that the pitch can last five days. It is expected to be much harder than the one at Eden. There is usually more bounce at Wankhede than is the norm at most Indian venues. The weather is steadily approaching what passes for winter in Mumbai. While that means pleasant mornings and slightly nippy nights, temperatures will still reach mid-thirties in the afternoons. The nearby Arabian Sea can be counted on to deliver some breeze then, and some swing.

Stats and trivia

  • In 328 Test innings, Sachin Tendulkar has never batted at No 3. He's opened only once, when he led India against New Zealand in Ahmedabad in 1999

  • India have lost two of their three previous Tests at Wankhede, both to England. The third, against West Indies, was drawn

  • The last away series win for West Indies, excluding Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, was against New Zealand in 1995. It remains Chanderpaul's only such overseas win

    Quotes

    "I'd like him to enjoy, because you can't guarantee performance."
    India captain MS Dhoni reflects on the hype and expectations that have accompanied Tendulkar throughout his career.

    "I am not worried about Chris. Chris is somebody that could come up on any given day, like he has done all over the world, and destroy any attack."
    Darren Sammy on Chris Gayle

    Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

  • Comments have now been closed for this article

    • Elrond on November 13, 2013, 22:42 GMT

      Sachin's scores in the last 20 innings: 25, 13, 19, 17, 27, 13, DNB, 8, 8, 76, 5, 2, 81, 13*, 7, 37, 21, 32, 1, and 10, during which time, his average dropped by 2.5 runs. In comparison, Inzamam's poor run in his last five innings caused his average to drop below 50.

      With just 2 fifties and 6 single digit scores in his last twenty innings, he has done well to effectuate Kohli's golden words ("...its time we carried him on our shoulders").

      While this is not the time to dwell on his failings, one cant help but think that the retirement saga, is taking away some sheen off his glorious career.

    • Neal_88 on November 13, 2013, 22:36 GMT

      I tried to write something new about sachin but so much has been written about him so i tried to do a new way of number crunching. I found out the average of players minus the not out theory plain run by innings form : in combined test,odi & T20I the highest avg. is of no one other than sachin 43.89,lara came close 42.91(criteria- at least 20,000 runs), and in complete listA,first class & T20 sachin came fourth among the greats having an avg 44.62 the greats leading him are Wally Hammond-50.29, JB Hobbs-46.61, Herbert Sutcliffe-46.14(criteria- at least 50,000 runs). So you can imagine his talent and consistency. According to me the greatest cricketers of all time list have sachin at the no. 5th after WG Grace, Jack Hobbs, Walter Hammond and Don Bradman. Salute master but one thing the others didn't has to face is the expectation of a billion people and the constant scutinity so, probably who knows you could have even topped that list. (Cricinfo plz publish this as my tribute to sachin)

    • on November 13, 2013, 18:28 GMT

      After reading the probables, I looked back again realizing that this will be the last I will read that name 'Sachin Tendulkar' in the preview of any match on ESPN Cricinfo or any other website for that matter. I stared at the name for a while. I couldn't move my eyes. Staring at the name I remembered all those memories he left me with. They were not restricted to a particular time period because I'm 25 years old and he's been playing for 24 years now. All my waking life until now, Sachin's career continued. The legend.

      For that 45 days or so, since he announced his retirement, everytime I hear anything about Sachin, everytime I see a Sachin's post on Facebook I clap a lot. I really did. People used to think I was weird at first, but they got used to it. But reading this article I couldn't get myself to clap for him because I know if I started clapping now I would have to clap all night and even that won't be enough for what he did to us.

      Goodbye Sachin.

    • Nampally on November 13, 2013, 14:31 GMT

      While India play an unchanged XI, WI has to be more inventive & get the best out of their batting & bowling. Sammy's captaincy left lot to be desired. Gayle & Samuel, both useful spinners, could have been used as alternates to Permaul, when he was not effective. Also Best & Cottrell need to be bowl more overs . Best has real pace in high 140KPH range. Sammy himself needs to bowl less. Gayle is a much better player to throw away his wkt. in carefree T20 type of shots. So WI can put up a better show if they try. India on the other hand will focus to get the best out of their top 5 batsmen. These 5 batsmen are all better than what they projected in the first test. I expect at least couple of centuries from them. Hopefully one of those centuries will be from the little Master as a farewell gesture! I do not think either Mohit Sharma or the local Kulkarni will get a chance in XI. Dhoni is reluctant to change his winning XI. It will be a closer match with an Indian win on Day 5. Good luck!

    • on November 14, 2013, 6:02 GMT

      Sachin!! One can not define and describe this man's influential on masses in india. I simply can not describe what he has done to us, how he has hypnotised all of us so badlyHe was the first reason at that time when i started watching cricket in 98-99. Still i like collecting videos of his stupendous batting and watched some of innings many many times like sharjas one and 175 against australia. Future generations wont be able to understand the madness of people behind this little man. He was the lone man standing in 90s in indian cricket. Even there are many people like me here who dont wants sachin to retire ever, It is a very heavy hearted feeling that i would never ever be able to watch sachin again playing for india, would never be able to read his articles about his century in next days newspaper. Hope he continous forever. He is like our older members in family. May be he is not at his best but we still carry him with us as long as possible but just be with us. Salute to him!!

    • on November 14, 2013, 6:01 GMT

      my whole life= his career!! I ve watched him play since 1992, I cried wen he was out for 3 against Zimbabwe,64 against SL semis,danced wen he hit that 6 frm leg side of shane,praised him wen he hit kasprowickz,fell to his photo wen he hit shoaib,n he became diety wen he broke the milestone of 200!! one last time,Sachin!! I bow you with immense respect,but with tears pouring that it ll b last time...:'(:'(

    • Fast_Track_Bully on November 14, 2013, 4:18 GMT

      @Albert_cambell. Look at the comments below and above to you...how many people from all over the world saluting the great...not just from India . Have you ever seen such a thing for a player? Jealousy do not have eyes...thats sure. pity.

    • on November 14, 2013, 4:14 GMT

      same umpires again - oh no. predicting tendulkar given out when he's not out again.

    • Vivfan on November 14, 2013, 3:53 GMT

      It will be difficult for most fans including myself after this Test. A true legend. His contribution to not only India but Cricket in general is profound.

      Hope he scores big, but doubt Sachin will make more than 20 in each Innings. Last time he scored a Test century was back in Jan 2011 in Cape Town. Most Sachin fans nowadays expect an early Sahcin dismissal, back then not so much.

    • on November 14, 2013, 3:49 GMT

      just had a thought on how sachin influenced billions..we know Mahatma Gandhi inspired masses and made people fight for their fredom..but this man ..he gave us sheer joy and pleasure for 24 years...we felt our own blood pumping wen he was @the crease..surely today on children;s day i feel my days of a child are ovr.such enthusiasm..such enigma..can never perhaps be created..in this fast moving world losing of moral values,i doubt anyone can love a person with such madness...u were the greatest indian..i salute you

    • Elrond on November 13, 2013, 22:42 GMT

      Sachin's scores in the last 20 innings: 25, 13, 19, 17, 27, 13, DNB, 8, 8, 76, 5, 2, 81, 13*, 7, 37, 21, 32, 1, and 10, during which time, his average dropped by 2.5 runs. In comparison, Inzamam's poor run in his last five innings caused his average to drop below 50.

      With just 2 fifties and 6 single digit scores in his last twenty innings, he has done well to effectuate Kohli's golden words ("...its time we carried him on our shoulders").

      While this is not the time to dwell on his failings, one cant help but think that the retirement saga, is taking away some sheen off his glorious career.

    • Neal_88 on November 13, 2013, 22:36 GMT

      I tried to write something new about sachin but so much has been written about him so i tried to do a new way of number crunching. I found out the average of players minus the not out theory plain run by innings form : in combined test,odi & T20I the highest avg. is of no one other than sachin 43.89,lara came close 42.91(criteria- at least 20,000 runs), and in complete listA,first class & T20 sachin came fourth among the greats having an avg 44.62 the greats leading him are Wally Hammond-50.29, JB Hobbs-46.61, Herbert Sutcliffe-46.14(criteria- at least 50,000 runs). So you can imagine his talent and consistency. According to me the greatest cricketers of all time list have sachin at the no. 5th after WG Grace, Jack Hobbs, Walter Hammond and Don Bradman. Salute master but one thing the others didn't has to face is the expectation of a billion people and the constant scutinity so, probably who knows you could have even topped that list. (Cricinfo plz publish this as my tribute to sachin)

    • on November 13, 2013, 18:28 GMT

      After reading the probables, I looked back again realizing that this will be the last I will read that name 'Sachin Tendulkar' in the preview of any match on ESPN Cricinfo or any other website for that matter. I stared at the name for a while. I couldn't move my eyes. Staring at the name I remembered all those memories he left me with. They were not restricted to a particular time period because I'm 25 years old and he's been playing for 24 years now. All my waking life until now, Sachin's career continued. The legend.

      For that 45 days or so, since he announced his retirement, everytime I hear anything about Sachin, everytime I see a Sachin's post on Facebook I clap a lot. I really did. People used to think I was weird at first, but they got used to it. But reading this article I couldn't get myself to clap for him because I know if I started clapping now I would have to clap all night and even that won't be enough for what he did to us.

      Goodbye Sachin.

    • Nampally on November 13, 2013, 14:31 GMT

      While India play an unchanged XI, WI has to be more inventive & get the best out of their batting & bowling. Sammy's captaincy left lot to be desired. Gayle & Samuel, both useful spinners, could have been used as alternates to Permaul, when he was not effective. Also Best & Cottrell need to be bowl more overs . Best has real pace in high 140KPH range. Sammy himself needs to bowl less. Gayle is a much better player to throw away his wkt. in carefree T20 type of shots. So WI can put up a better show if they try. India on the other hand will focus to get the best out of their top 5 batsmen. These 5 batsmen are all better than what they projected in the first test. I expect at least couple of centuries from them. Hopefully one of those centuries will be from the little Master as a farewell gesture! I do not think either Mohit Sharma or the local Kulkarni will get a chance in XI. Dhoni is reluctant to change his winning XI. It will be a closer match with an Indian win on Day 5. Good luck!

    • on November 14, 2013, 6:02 GMT

      Sachin!! One can not define and describe this man's influential on masses in india. I simply can not describe what he has done to us, how he has hypnotised all of us so badlyHe was the first reason at that time when i started watching cricket in 98-99. Still i like collecting videos of his stupendous batting and watched some of innings many many times like sharjas one and 175 against australia. Future generations wont be able to understand the madness of people behind this little man. He was the lone man standing in 90s in indian cricket. Even there are many people like me here who dont wants sachin to retire ever, It is a very heavy hearted feeling that i would never ever be able to watch sachin again playing for india, would never be able to read his articles about his century in next days newspaper. Hope he continous forever. He is like our older members in family. May be he is not at his best but we still carry him with us as long as possible but just be with us. Salute to him!!

    • on November 14, 2013, 6:01 GMT

      my whole life= his career!! I ve watched him play since 1992, I cried wen he was out for 3 against Zimbabwe,64 against SL semis,danced wen he hit that 6 frm leg side of shane,praised him wen he hit kasprowickz,fell to his photo wen he hit shoaib,n he became diety wen he broke the milestone of 200!! one last time,Sachin!! I bow you with immense respect,but with tears pouring that it ll b last time...:'(:'(

    • Fast_Track_Bully on November 14, 2013, 4:18 GMT

      @Albert_cambell. Look at the comments below and above to you...how many people from all over the world saluting the great...not just from India . Have you ever seen such a thing for a player? Jealousy do not have eyes...thats sure. pity.

    • on November 14, 2013, 4:14 GMT

      same umpires again - oh no. predicting tendulkar given out when he's not out again.

    • Vivfan on November 14, 2013, 3:53 GMT

      It will be difficult for most fans including myself after this Test. A true legend. His contribution to not only India but Cricket in general is profound.

      Hope he scores big, but doubt Sachin will make more than 20 in each Innings. Last time he scored a Test century was back in Jan 2011 in Cape Town. Most Sachin fans nowadays expect an early Sahcin dismissal, back then not so much.

    • on November 14, 2013, 3:49 GMT

      just had a thought on how sachin influenced billions..we know Mahatma Gandhi inspired masses and made people fight for their fredom..but this man ..he gave us sheer joy and pleasure for 24 years...we felt our own blood pumping wen he was @the crease..surely today on children;s day i feel my days of a child are ovr.such enthusiasm..such enigma..can never perhaps be created..in this fast moving world losing of moral values,i doubt anyone can love a person with such madness...u were the greatest indian..i salute you

    • on November 14, 2013, 3:36 GMT

      This is Rehman of Multan. Few thoughts as the last days of Sachins illustrious career draws to an end. I know he has broken many records and there have been many glorious moments in his career that people quote. Yet, as a person who is of the same age, I remember the small kid almost half my size standing against the fiery body bowling of Waqar. His aproach to cricket spelt courage and dedication which was very palpable to us as we watched him. Throughout his career he added respectfulness, honesty and humility. These are the finest memories of sachin for me. As India, Pakistan and SA kept hit by match fixing scandals, somehow at the back of my mind I always knew there was one person whose integrity was beyond doubt. No one had to tell me that, I just knew it. As this era draws to an end, so has my interest in the game waned. I will have many fond memories of Sachin. Let us not compare and contrast him today, instead lets wholeharedly bid farewell to the finest batting legend.

    • GRVJPR on November 14, 2013, 2:50 GMT

      @ Army_rangers No body is forgetting Chanderpaul. But there should be sense of occasion. When Chanderpaul retire, I am sure WI public will give him due respect. At that time no one will complain from West Indies that "See nobody is caring for Virat Kohli". Everyone has its day and time.

    • AltafPatel on November 14, 2013, 2:49 GMT

      Wish he score either score century in both the innings or double in an innings. And also great if leave the game with avg above 54.

    • on November 14, 2013, 2:23 GMT

      does any one recall wether sachin has ever addressed abt his retirement after playing 200th test match!

    • baskar_guha on November 14, 2013, 1:51 GMT

      This is not just about Tendulkar retiring, it is also about many of us who first saw him when he was 16 accepting the passage of time -- two and a half decades have indeed gone by watching his many amazing feats in the backdrop of the rise of India. It is a dramatic end of an era and a reluctant dawning of a new one. A moment filled with emotions as most moments of transitions are. Each of us will experience it in our own way. But experience we will.

    • on November 14, 2013, 0:49 GMT

      For the last time - over the next 5 days I will cheer at the fall of India's 2nd wicket, For the last time - I will try to wake up at 4AM to watch a test match live, For the last time - I pray that India does not inflict an innings defeat on the opposition but wins by at most 8 wickets, For the last time - please there at least be the straight drive past or the upper cut to the boundary, For the last time - let the stadium erupt for the celebration of the last of the 101's, For the last time - Saaaachin - Sachinnnn!!! Saaachin - Sachinnnn!!!

    • Rajah_skn on November 14, 2013, 0:47 GMT

      Some peoples in the world think this is too much. But India should do this level of respect in his farewell match for what he did for India. I am a die hard Sachin fan from Sri Lanka. I am also one of that switch off TV after Sachin got out. We all really going to miss him. Just one last hope "Can we have a century in this Sir?"

    • warnerbasher on November 14, 2013, 0:29 GMT

      A good batsman. Possibly in the top 5 to have played in the last 20 years

    • narenvs on November 13, 2013, 23:28 GMT

      This is certainly an occasion to reflect on where Tendulkar stood among the all-time greats. He was the most celebrated cricketer since Sobers. The only batsmen better than him were Bradman, Hobbs and Sobers. Hutton and perhaps Headley could be placed on a par with him. He was the best test batsman since Sobers, and the second best ODI batsman, after Viv Richards. Among the post-Sobers lot, I would rate only Marshall on a par with him as a player. My top 10 test cricketers of all time, in approximately this order: Bradman, Sobers, Hobbs, Marshall, Tendulkar, Warne, Lillee, Barnes, Hutton, Headley. Nos. 4 to 10 could be ranked differently. The best test team of Tendulkar's time: Gooch, Sehwag, Lara, Tendulkar, Ponting, Kallis, Healey, Wasim, Warne, Murali, Ambrose/ Donald. The best one-day team of his time: Tendulkar, Sangakkara, Ponting, Kallis, Bevan, Gilchrist, McMillan, Wasim, Warne, Murali, Ambrose

    • anton_ego on November 13, 2013, 22:33 GMT

      Sachin's retirement is a news which you always feel excited about, like waiting for a huge asteroid hitting Earth or like NASA finding out extra-terrestrial life. You are not sure how to react, whether to be happy or excited or concerned or dreaded. Its something you just wait and expect that one day it will eventually happen and will be in the headlines all over the world. You just feel blessed that you are in that era, and you are alive when that happens. Its such a day for me, and I'm thrilled just because I could witness it!

    • romsworld on November 13, 2013, 22:28 GMT

      I remember hearing about Sachin when I was 7. I got to sit behind Sachin in Brabourne stadium (Bombay) in '88 during a friendly between India and Pak. While I drank my first Pepsi from a plastic bag with a straw, I also managed to get Sachin's autograph behind my dad's business card which I kept in a safe place for a long time but only manage to lose it one day. I cherished that autograph once he became the worldwide phenomena. He was a humble kid with big curls who knew had the swagger to make it big one day and I feel blessed to have seen/meet him from this close proximity. He gave Indians the hope of winning and doing something big especially when other countries such as Australia were dominating world cricket. Even though some of Sachin's best innings came in 90s, one innings that I witnessed live was 186* in Hyderabad in '99 which blew me away. No matter how he perform tomorrow in his last game, I salute the "The Little Master" and want to "Thank you" for all the lovely memories.

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

      It will be a good contest between the real wall of cricket chanderpaul and the God(made with plastic) sachin.

    • drfarnsworth on November 13, 2013, 22:04 GMT

      @PopFizz Players have contractual obligations on what to wear, yes even right down to the hats.

    • viru-319-219 on November 13, 2013, 21:04 GMT

      Born in 1990 I really feel I missed the best of tendulkar, I played lot of cricket from when I was 7 but I really started following cricket from 2001 and that was the time when Sehwag was just scoring and scoring and scoring at rapid pace, may be that is why I am die hard fan of Sehwag and not sachin.

      Ironically that was the time when Sachin started to control his aggression and I did not realize until 2003 worldcup game against pakistan how dominating Sachin can be.I am fortunate that I could see him play some great cricket until 2010. I then started watching Sachin's old videos on youtube and had just one word for each one of his shots Wooooowwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!!

      I would have loved to be born in 80's growing up watching Classy Azhar, Awesome Sachin and enjoying Viru's entertainment in my 20's. But thankgod even though I missed watching Azhar I could see some legends bat. Sachin,Sehwag,Dravid,Ganguly,Laxman............ Players like them will not be born again

    • EverybodylovesSachin on November 13, 2013, 20:44 GMT

      We do not want umpiring LBW fiasco that happened in last game..

    • Tipu-Bd on November 13, 2013, 20:34 GMT

      waiting, waiting and waiting to see the little master in action for the last time. I can't imagine how cricket would go without Sachin, surely and truly,this particular game will be faded. I am not a proper supporter of India but I could say, I am a big fan of Sachin. I would watch each and every match of India just till Sachin got out.He is not only a legend but also a very good human being and an absolute icon for all youngsters in all over the world. Thank you Sachin to entertain us for a long long time. We will never forget you, your approach and emotion to cricket. We will miss you, cricket will miss you.

    • on November 13, 2013, 19:39 GMT

      who will bat for india in no. 4??? who will be new man added to the squad?

    • cooljack_143 on November 13, 2013, 18:50 GMT

      Want Sachin to open the batting with Dhawan. MSD has some surprise for him this time, I hope this is the surprise.And I also want this test to hold on for 5 days so that we can have more and more of Sachin, with this miserable WI players attitudes except chanders , will that be possible.

    • on November 13, 2013, 18:49 GMT

      In the spotlight : "Sachin Tendulkar" !

      For so many years i read this in previews , But this this is the last .

    • on November 13, 2013, 18:28 GMT

      I feel sad for the Gentleman who paints the India flag and Tendulkars name on his body. This will be the last time he will be seeing Sachin playing competitive cricket.

    • rakesh1433 on November 13, 2013, 18:24 GMT

      I feel like crying... tears are flowing from my eyes thinking of not seeing Sachin play again.. I just can't imagine it...:(

    • on November 13, 2013, 18:22 GMT

      thank you for your simplicity and wish my pakistani youngsters take you as role model, how stay humble and controversy free. lots of love from Pakistan.

    • rakeshcs on November 13, 2013, 18:21 GMT

      Good bye Sachin....May you enjoy the rest of your life also as sweet as you did for last few decades.. will miss you ssooooooooooooooo much .. love you....

    • on November 13, 2013, 18:13 GMT

      Good bye Tendulkar ! we will miss you so much !!!!

    • on November 13, 2013, 17:55 GMT

      It sad but Truth is, Rahul Dravid also deserves such ceremony which has been planned for Sachin for his Retirement. Dravid always played for team. Sachin always played for himself.

    • on November 13, 2013, 17:47 GMT

      Great cricketer for all the time .....True Legend

    • on November 13, 2013, 17:42 GMT

      sachin the legend will be visible in every match that india plays after hs departure from international cricket, he is a living legend indeed, great server of the game of cricket for nearly 24 years

    • RedpawTigers on November 13, 2013, 17:38 GMT

      @Army_rangers: Sure Chandrapaul is a good player. But we can never demand respect for any one. Respect for Sachin Tendulkar is not forced but earned. People chose to respect him. If you feel that Chandrapaul is not getting the respect he deserved, it just means that he is not worthy enough for others as much as he is to you. So, i feel there is no point in arguing about his respect.

    • Cpt.Meanster on November 13, 2013, 17:37 GMT

      So here we are after 24 long years. I have absolutely no words to say. Some times I feel I have NOT fully utilized my opportunities to watch the great Sachin Tendulkar bat. Most of that has to be from the fact I do not follow test cricket. However, whenever I did get the opportunity to see him, it was pure joy and bliss. Sublime straight drives, poetic cover drives and majestic sweeps were all just a formality for the Little Master. Easily the BEST batsman of the modern generation along; a notion shared even by the great Brian Charles Lara, Jacques Kallis and Ricky Ponting. I cannot believe that I will not see this man ever again on a cricket field. WOW ! The feeling is surreal. All I can say is THANK YOU Sachin, thank you for being that shining beacon for Indian cricket. You deserve every accolade that is about to me showered upon you in the coming 5 days.

    • hnlns on November 13, 2013, 17:33 GMT

      I hope SRT can leave the test arena on a high leaving a long lasting impression in this test, just like what he did with that famous Perth test century when he was still a kid. Everybody talks with such high regard about that heroic effort even after 20 years. This is what SRT should be all about.

    • circ on November 13, 2013, 17:22 GMT

      Tendulkar made debut in 1989 whereas Chanderpaul made debut in 1994 after almost 4 years. Still he is playing at 39, so it is not big thing to play 200 test matches. Any body who debut early and play for 25 years can achieve this landmark. I hope if Kallis plays well for next two years and if SA organize test matches during this period he can cross the 200th test landmark.

    • 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

    • India-Do-Well on November 13, 2013, 16:54 GMT

      @Al_Bundy1... seriously dude..... is it that hard for you and people of your ilk to be graceful for one day before a true great retires. Granted you don't like him or don't think he is that great.... but you are in a minority - fact. You know that this website will be full of feel good Tendulkar stories because that is what he has meant to the sport. If you find it too much to bear just don't come here till the 18th or don't waste your time reading about Tendulkar, no one is forcing you. You know sometime in life its better to focus on positives and not be negative all the time.....try it.

    • hotcric01 on November 13, 2013, 16:54 GMT

      one of greatest sportsman I have ever seen in any sport.This is the last time I can se him playing cricket.This is going to be an emotional occasion.Congratulations for his future!

    • Santhosh.R on November 13, 2013, 16:53 GMT

      Greatest player of all time, All the best little master!!. Everyone talks about sachin not performing on big occasions especially on finals. Yes that's true but at the same time people has to understand India reached those finals because of sachin performance only. If you take the period from 1994-2009, 90% of the finals we have reached because of him only. If he wants to perform in final also then why should we have others in 11.

      Thank You Sachin for satisfied 100 crore people expectations.

    • Dr.Vindaloo on November 13, 2013, 16:48 GMT

      Agree with PopFizz below - big shame that SRT did not think to remove the cap for the picture with the groundstaff. It shows disrespect, which of course is not intended.

    • SyedAreYouDumb on November 13, 2013, 16:48 GMT

      very, very sad that Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is retiring... great player as well as a great person!

    • on November 13, 2013, 16:46 GMT

      it's a better farewell to make a captain of last test to sachin..great farewell for sachin... from pak

    • on November 13, 2013, 16:44 GMT

      bye my HERO...#ThankYouSachin

    • on November 13, 2013, 16:42 GMT

      Sachin for last time in cricket field!!!!! Will miss the legend in action!!!

    • Army_rangers on November 13, 2013, 16:36 GMT

      While everyone is buzzing about master's last match none cared about west indian legend chandrapaul playing his 150th match..he always gets less respect than what he deserved..is it bcz his unorthodox batting style..he may not be treat to watch,but i dont find many other batsmen who put value on their wicket..so i salute u sir.this is coming from indian fan...at last thank u master for entertaining us all these years..

    • on November 13, 2013, 16:34 GMT

      only record left for the master . 1000 runs at a single venue .still 150 odd runs needed . . hope rohit Sharma takes the master's coveted historical no.4 position in tests and opening in one dayers

    • batman_gothamcity on November 13, 2013, 16:31 GMT

      Sachin batted in the era which has produced some outstanding bowlers . The earlier period also had greats but just the quality of bowlers in 90's and 2000's was fantastic . Just to name a few Pak - Akram , Waqar , Shoaib , Saqlain, Mushy . Aus - Mcgrath ,Warne , Gillespee , Lee . WI- Ambose , Walsh , Bishop . NZ - Cairns, Vettori , Doull Shane Bond . SL - Vaas , Murli . SA - Donald , Pollock, Steyn , Morkel . Eng - Gough , Caddick, Anderson . Sorry if somebody deserving is missed out . Sachin not only played against these bowlers but also dominated them . Salute to the Master .

    • on November 13, 2013, 15:43 GMT

      Cricinfo has travelled with tendulkar. This is the last time we see the Probable XI with Sachin Tendulkar. I bet Sachin Tendulkar would have been the most searched in the search bar on right side top of the screen. Stats Guru would have had an exciting time recording various stats and records of Sachin. Satish would have given 100s of cartoons with Sachin. Talking point, Fantasy, Harsha's Columns, Boycotts blog, Numbers Game, Ask Steven and all other expert's column would have featured Sachin in the title at least once. This Site will surely miss Sachin. Thank you Sachin and Thank You Cricinfo for taking us through the Sachin Years

    • on November 13, 2013, 15:42 GMT

      Dhoni should let Sachin open in his last game, and could probably rest Vijay and play Rahane instead.

    • on November 13, 2013, 15:39 GMT

      How about dropping Tendulkar this match? hahah! What an anti-climax.. :P Kidding, one of the best cricketer's EVER will now bid us goodbye. Was so scared of this day, and finally it has come :|

    • on November 13, 2013, 15:26 GMT

      Greatest Player of all time, above all sports personalities. Like me those kids, who grown up with watching his play... is like a nightmare to see his end. When I am writing this my eyes suddenly full of tears. He is the ultimate hero. Love you Sachin , My life time icon .

    • PopFizz on November 13, 2013, 15:25 GMT

      Nice picture up above, but surely the LEAST Tendulkar could have done is remove his cap. Ruins what would've been a magical picture for those ground staff.

    • MichaelBurton on November 13, 2013, 15:25 GMT

      Good bye little master. This would be the end of the true legends in our cricket.

    • Sagarneel on November 13, 2013, 14:58 GMT

      I am an eternal optimist. Sachin hasn't yet officially announced his retirement from domestic cricket. I hope he continues to play for Mumbai. Fingers crossed!

    • Al_Bundy1 on November 13, 2013, 14:57 GMT

      I want Tendulkar to equal Bradman's record of scoring a duck in his last innings. I am sure Tendulkar himself would like that. After who likes personal records more than Tendulkar?

    • on November 13, 2013, 14:55 GMT

      Thanks for the entertainment Sachin whish you would score one more century before walking of for one last time. love and regards from Srilanka.

    • on November 13, 2013, 14:54 GMT

      Last time sachin tendulkar is batting. Hard to believe. His style of play was mesmerizing. Just to see him play was a sheer joy. I hope i will to see him play in this last test matches.

    • ICCexpert.... on November 13, 2013, 14:46 GMT

      Now that Sachin is retiring, they should give Madan lal, and Gundapa Viswanath a chance to play. Bishen Singh Bedi and Lala Amarnath shoudl retire also

    • muraligk on November 13, 2013, 14:45 GMT

      Would like to see 5 days of cricket. Sachin's 2 innings.

    • on November 13, 2013, 14:10 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.

    • on November 13, 2013, 14:00 GMT

      well since this is the squad they have i guess my 11 would be: chris gayle, kieran powell, darren bravo, marlon sammuells, shivnarine chanderpaul, narsingh deonarine, chadwick walton, darren sammy, shane shillingford, sheldon cotterell,tino best. shannon gabriel havent had any match practice since the last cpl plus first class cricket is even worse the last first class match he played was against zimbabwe

    • on November 13, 2013, 13:56 GMT

      finall goodby to my icon. A true legend to the game. tendulkar has inspired millions. not a shadow of doubt that the game benefited from him. you will be dearly missed after your farewell game. ever since I've been involved in cricket you were playing, its going to be a strange and emotional feeling after your last appaerance. all the best the the little master for the future.

    • on November 13, 2013, 13:46 GMT

      WI need to step up

    • on November 13, 2013, 13:46 GMT

      WI need to step up

    • on November 13, 2013, 13:56 GMT

      finall goodby to my icon. A true legend to the game. tendulkar has inspired millions. not a shadow of doubt that the game benefited from him. you will be dearly missed after your farewell game. ever since I've been involved in cricket you were playing, its going to be a strange and emotional feeling after your last appaerance. all the best the the little master for the future.

    • on November 13, 2013, 14:00 GMT

      well since this is the squad they have i guess my 11 would be: chris gayle, kieran powell, darren bravo, marlon sammuells, shivnarine chanderpaul, narsingh deonarine, chadwick walton, darren sammy, shane shillingford, sheldon cotterell,tino best. shannon gabriel havent had any match practice since the last cpl plus first class cricket is even worse the last first class match he played was against zimbabwe

    • on November 13, 2013, 14:10 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.

    • muraligk on November 13, 2013, 14:45 GMT

      Would like to see 5 days of cricket. Sachin's 2 innings.

    • ICCexpert.... on November 13, 2013, 14:46 GMT

      Now that Sachin is retiring, they should give Madan lal, and Gundapa Viswanath a chance to play. Bishen Singh Bedi and Lala Amarnath shoudl retire also

    • on November 13, 2013, 14:54 GMT

      Last time sachin tendulkar is batting. Hard to believe. His style of play was mesmerizing. Just to see him play was a sheer joy. I hope i will to see him play in this last test matches.

    • on November 13, 2013, 14:55 GMT

      Thanks for the entertainment Sachin whish you would score one more century before walking of for one last time. love and regards from Srilanka.

    • Al_Bundy1 on November 13, 2013, 14:57 GMT

      I want Tendulkar to equal Bradman's record of scoring a duck in his last innings. I am sure Tendulkar himself would like that. After who likes personal records more than Tendulkar?

    • Sagarneel on November 13, 2013, 14:58 GMT

      I am an eternal optimist. Sachin hasn't yet officially announced his retirement from domestic cricket. I hope he continues to play for Mumbai. Fingers crossed!