India v West Indies, 2nd Test, Mumbai, 2nd day November 15, 2013

India's next generation thrives after Tendulkar 74

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Vintage Tendulkar in final Test

West Indies 182 and 43 for 3 trail India 495 (Pujara 113, Rohit 111*, Tendulkar 74, Shillingford 5-179) by 270 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

India's next generation of batting talent flourished as West Indies were pummelled into submission but even the delectable strokeplay of Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli couldn't wipe out the anti-climactic feel of much of the second day's play.

During the first hour, however, Test cricket had rarely felt so alive. With Sachin Tendulkar playing what could be his final Test innings, his legion of fans were put through the emotional wringer. This whole series has been drenched in Tendulkar nostalgia, and every vintage shot he played today only highlighted what fans are going to miss in the days ahead. Every mis-step - like two attempted upper cuts off Tino Best - caused massive anxiety. Fans were uncertain whether they wanted Tendulkar to be on strike - so they could lap up a few more of his shots - or at the non-striker's end as the tension was close to unbearable when he batted.

The assuredness with which Tendulkar played had made it seem inevitable that there would be a fairytale century in his final Test. You'd think the year-long wait for the 100th hundred would have taught Indian fans to be wary about expecting fairytale Tendulkar centuries. Clearly they hadn't, and like at the Wankhede in 2011, a slip catch from Darren Sammy cut short Tendulkar's innings on 74 and stunned an expectant crowd into silence. The mute-button was on only for a few moments though, as the crowd regained its voice to appreciatively roar Tendulkar off the field. Tendulkar muttered a few words to himself, but as has been the case over virtually his entire career, he maintained his poise after being dismissed, acknowledging the adoring crowds as he trudged off.

His partner for the entire innings was Cheteshwar Pujara, who perhaps would have been more worried about making a wrong call to run Tendulkar out and risking the wrath of Wankhede than about the challenge posed by the ineffectual West Indies attack. Pujara's every single was cheered with the fervour that usually accompanies centuries, and he remained mostly under the radar. When he played the straight drive for four, you were reminded - unfairly for Pujara - about how much more pristine and non-violent the shot was when Tendulkar played it.

Still, it was a cracking innings, full of controlled aggression. He pounced on the width routinely provided, adroitly playing the cut past point, as he kept he run-rate brisk. His one moment of fortune - thanks to a frankly awful decision from the third umpire - was when he was adjudged not out on 76, though replays clearly showed Kieran Powell's fingers under the ball as he grasped a chance at short leg.

Pujara wasn't perturbed by all the emotion over Tendulkar's dismissal, and continued his march towards his fifth Test century, underlining his reputation as a man for the big score. Of the eight times he has reached fifty in Tests, he could have converted seven of them into hundreds, but two of those innings were unbeaten half-centuries in successful chases. He was scratchy against the tireless offspinner Shane Shillingford after reaching triple-figures today and a leading edge resulted in a caught-and-bowled chance that ended his stay on 113.

Kohli, the man tipped to take over Tendulkar's No. 4 spot, began with a series of boundaries to help Pujara maintain the momentum. Like in his one-day innings, where his high scoring-rate surprises given the lack of big shots, he zipped to his half-century at nearly a run a ball almost unnoticed. He was looking untroubled but he too perished to a Sammy slip catch, undone by a straighter one from Shillingford.

If the first half of Pujara's innings was overshadowed by one Mumbai batsman, his innings will recede further in fans' mind due to an astonishing century from another Mumbai batsman. Rohit began his long-awaited Test career with a game-changing 177 in Kolkata, but there seemed little chance of him making another century in Mumbai as he was only on 46 when the No. 11 Mohammed Shami walked in.

By then Shillingford had taken his fifth successive five-for, matching a feat last achieved by Alec Bedser in 1952-53, and Sammy had equalled the record for the most catches by a non-wicketkeeper, snapping up five. India had lost three wickets in two overs either side of tea, and West Indies looked likely to have to bat almost an entire session.

Instead, Rohit scripted a masterclass in batting with the tail to inflate the total by 80 runs, and joined an exclusive club with two hundreds in their first two innings. Shami is not the worst No. 11, but Rohit skilfully farmed the strike, so much so that in the first seven overs Shami only faced seven deliveries. Even when the partnership was close to 50, Shami was still on 0.

West Indies were desperate to get Rohit off the strike. In the 99th over, when Rohit gently tapped the final ball past the closely packed field for a single, West Indies' dispirited fielders weren't keen on chasing it down though it wasn't going to reach the rope. Briefly, Rohit contemplated whether he had time to take three.

In between protecting Shami, Rohit unleashed a blizzard of strokes which he commonly shows off in limited-overs matches. His one moment of panic was when he holed out to deep midwicket when on 85, only to be reprieved when the replays showed Shillingford had overstepped. Soon after, he reached his hundred with a six over long-on - it had taken him only 118 deliveries, and Shami had only made 1 in a 64-run stand.

The innings finally ended on when Shami whipped a catch to deep square leg, and the lead was a massive 313. West Indies had about an hour to bat out, but even in that short space lost three wickets to the spinners. Once again, R Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha had the ball spinning and turning, and on the evidence so far, West Indies will do well to stretch this game as long as the end of the third day.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | November 17, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    Now that the retirement circus is over, can we get back to cricket? And by cricket, I mean the test series against South Africa. We have a decent set of batsmen in Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli and Rohit, although Kohli's record in test matches is not that good. But what about bowling? Do our selectors seriously think Ishant, Vinay Kumar and Unadkat can get 20 wickets in SA?? Without Zak, we are white washed on arrival. We need Zak to lead and guide the 2 promising youngsters - Bhuvi and Shami.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | November 16, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    @Greatest_Game, you can please keep your greatest bowler and the greatest allrounder since Sobers with you, while we Indians continue to bask in the emotions of The Master taking that final walk to the 22 yards in his Motherland and bowing to those 22 yards one last time, the sacred strip on which he started his journey as an innocent child. Sachin calling it a day is a day to let it all go for him, his family and his extended family aka Indians. We all wouldn't have got a chance to let it all go had he signed off in your South Africa. What all we would have gotten is some foreign people standing and clapping until he walks back into the pavilion. Now, compare that to the electrifying ambience that we all - Sachin, his family and his extended family aka Indians - got to experience today. So, please keep your greatest bowler and greatest allrounder since Sobers with you. Thanks but no thanks. If you understood what cricket meant to Sachin, you wouldn't have shown your ignorance.

  • POSTED BY on | November 16, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    Long before the curtains made its way to the floor,the result of a one sided affair was already known.Today marks one of the most memorable day in the history of test cricket,as India wins emphatically,while the world celebrates the retirement of the most celebrated player of all times.The remarkable SRTendulkar has forever retired from the game that is so dear to him and the billions that watched him play.The curfew toll the knell of parting, as he emotionally walked of the field and climbed the stairs that by now has come to know the the tap of his feet and the smell of his sweat.Magnanimous were the applause and celebrations .It was an atmosphere filled with joy,marking the end of an era where a single man of no political affiliations, has touched every corner of the globe.He must be GREAT!

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | November 16, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    And thus ends the career of the most storied cricketer of our time, batting not against the best bowler in the world, not against the greatest all rounder since Sobers, but in a pathetic mismatch against a team that could barely muster a T20 score, nor bat out an ODI's worth of overs.

    For all his fans around the world, for his admirers on all continents, it cannot but appear a travesty that this legend's career should end not with a bang, but with a whimper.

    Sachin - the world deeply grieves your departure. The greater grief is that your last matches were not the fierce competition you deserved, but an undeserving frenzy of commercial exploitation. You gave your life to the game & your country, & departed not with deserved pageantry, but with pantomime as they squeezed the last rupee from your unparalleled career. You deserved more.

    As this sun sets, a few have became richer, but cricket shall forever remain poorer. One cannot help think that Bradman's duck had more dignity.

  • POSTED BY NAP73 on | November 16, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    Another boring one-sided contest. Just as well there was a farewell to hide it. At least there are T20s to try and make it a more even contest for a larger number of nations (and also regardless of where it is played).

  • POSTED BY on | November 16, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    Feeling so bad on this WI side. Their approach to the game was too bad. Bangladesh may have given a better fightback. Indian Hockey team and WI cricket team are 2 sides of same coin. Sachin is, in every aspect, the greatest batsman of all time.. And he is only second to Sir Garfield Sabors to be the greatest cricketer of all time.. For all that he have given to my country, TAKE A BOW MASTER..

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | November 16, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    @cooljack_143, if his critic like me couldn't stop tears from rolling out, I can imagine what his fans must be going through. Not for no reason, a name has been coined for this test match - SRT 200. Take a bow, The Great Master!

  • POSTED BY on | November 16, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    Thank you Sachin,You're the best.We'll miss you

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 16, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    salute to the master for all inspiration and entertainment. and dedicated service to entire nation for all these years. thank you n we will miss u

  • POSTED BY cooljack_143 on | November 16, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    I CRIED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! couldnt control...

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | November 17, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    Now that the retirement circus is over, can we get back to cricket? And by cricket, I mean the test series against South Africa. We have a decent set of batsmen in Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli and Rohit, although Kohli's record in test matches is not that good. But what about bowling? Do our selectors seriously think Ishant, Vinay Kumar and Unadkat can get 20 wickets in SA?? Without Zak, we are white washed on arrival. We need Zak to lead and guide the 2 promising youngsters - Bhuvi and Shami.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | November 16, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    @Greatest_Game, you can please keep your greatest bowler and the greatest allrounder since Sobers with you, while we Indians continue to bask in the emotions of The Master taking that final walk to the 22 yards in his Motherland and bowing to those 22 yards one last time, the sacred strip on which he started his journey as an innocent child. Sachin calling it a day is a day to let it all go for him, his family and his extended family aka Indians. We all wouldn't have got a chance to let it all go had he signed off in your South Africa. What all we would have gotten is some foreign people standing and clapping until he walks back into the pavilion. Now, compare that to the electrifying ambience that we all - Sachin, his family and his extended family aka Indians - got to experience today. So, please keep your greatest bowler and greatest allrounder since Sobers with you. Thanks but no thanks. If you understood what cricket meant to Sachin, you wouldn't have shown your ignorance.

  • POSTED BY on | November 16, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    Long before the curtains made its way to the floor,the result of a one sided affair was already known.Today marks one of the most memorable day in the history of test cricket,as India wins emphatically,while the world celebrates the retirement of the most celebrated player of all times.The remarkable SRTendulkar has forever retired from the game that is so dear to him and the billions that watched him play.The curfew toll the knell of parting, as he emotionally walked of the field and climbed the stairs that by now has come to know the the tap of his feet and the smell of his sweat.Magnanimous were the applause and celebrations .It was an atmosphere filled with joy,marking the end of an era where a single man of no political affiliations, has touched every corner of the globe.He must be GREAT!

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | November 16, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    And thus ends the career of the most storied cricketer of our time, batting not against the best bowler in the world, not against the greatest all rounder since Sobers, but in a pathetic mismatch against a team that could barely muster a T20 score, nor bat out an ODI's worth of overs.

    For all his fans around the world, for his admirers on all continents, it cannot but appear a travesty that this legend's career should end not with a bang, but with a whimper.

    Sachin - the world deeply grieves your departure. The greater grief is that your last matches were not the fierce competition you deserved, but an undeserving frenzy of commercial exploitation. You gave your life to the game & your country, & departed not with deserved pageantry, but with pantomime as they squeezed the last rupee from your unparalleled career. You deserved more.

    As this sun sets, a few have became richer, but cricket shall forever remain poorer. One cannot help think that Bradman's duck had more dignity.

  • POSTED BY NAP73 on | November 16, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    Another boring one-sided contest. Just as well there was a farewell to hide it. At least there are T20s to try and make it a more even contest for a larger number of nations (and also regardless of where it is played).

  • POSTED BY on | November 16, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    Feeling so bad on this WI side. Their approach to the game was too bad. Bangladesh may have given a better fightback. Indian Hockey team and WI cricket team are 2 sides of same coin. Sachin is, in every aspect, the greatest batsman of all time.. And he is only second to Sir Garfield Sabors to be the greatest cricketer of all time.. For all that he have given to my country, TAKE A BOW MASTER..

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | November 16, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    @cooljack_143, if his critic like me couldn't stop tears from rolling out, I can imagine what his fans must be going through. Not for no reason, a name has been coined for this test match - SRT 200. Take a bow, The Great Master!

  • POSTED BY on | November 16, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    Thank you Sachin,You're the best.We'll miss you

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 16, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    salute to the master for all inspiration and entertainment. and dedicated service to entire nation for all these years. thank you n we will miss u

  • POSTED BY cooljack_143 on | November 16, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    I CRIED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! couldnt control...

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | November 16, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    Congrats India for 2-0 sweep. Well done Lions. Tigers are cats in front of Lions.

  • POSTED BY on | November 16, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    The epic reminds multitude of people went after Rama in Sarayu..i fear the same thing happening in Mumbai ............ Miss u God !!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 16, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    wernbrian - do u stop watching cricket after that

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | November 16, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    I think its time for dhoni to hand over captaincy to sachin

  • POSTED BY fr600 on | November 16, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    Dismal performance by WI. Even ZIM would have played better. Well played IN.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | November 16, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    On TV, Anjali Bhabhi says while talking to Harsha, "Sachin first belongs to Cricket. He belongs to Country. Only then he belongs to me and I know this." Take a bow, Respected Anjali Bhabhi. This is what Sachin means to us. People criticizing the context of this series, need to look at the bigger picture of what Sachin and his family did for this country, this country's people and to world cricket as well. A Phenom. Spent his life, as a 16 year old child up until he is a 40 year old man, on the field and he is leaving that field for good. Some of us on Cricinfo, may not like him as deeply as some others do, but to dislike him to the point of failing to celebrate him and his family's sacrifices for this country and world cricket, that would be outrightly sick, in my opinion.

  • POSTED BY Rajesh.Kumar on | November 16, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    People who are not Sachin fans are free to believe anything that they want to believe in. Particularly those fans who are not Indians. But, as far as I am concerned, I strongly believe that he is much better than Bradman. If Bradman had lived in the era post 1960s, he would have faced bowlers like Wes Hall, Roy Gilchrist, Charlie Griffiths, Michael Holding, Joel Garner, Colin Croft, Malcolm Marshal, Bob Willis, John Snow, Waqar, Shoaib, Wasim and many more. I doubt it seriously whether he even would have had an average of 40 in that era. Good for him that he played in the 20s, 30s, and 40s, when there were hardly any good bowlers, and hardly any decent cricket teams except England. The only time he ran into decent bowlers was during the body line series, and then his performance against Harold Larwood, Bill Voce, Bill Bowes and Gubby Allen wasn't very good. And he complained too much about bouncers. Sachin was not only a great batsman, but also a great human.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | November 16, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    Just as a follow-up to one of my previous comments, Legends and Greats like Roger Federer, Lewis Hamilton, Gary Lineker, Mick Jagger, just to name a few, are celebrating the career of Sachin, The Master and sending in their tweets. And then, we have some purists worried about the pointless mismatch between India and West Indies. Perspective and context are completely lost on these quality seekers. When the whole world is remembering and celebrating The Great Master for one last time, during his very last moments on the field, some of our dear friends are worried about the mismatches. If it is so important to not to indulge in pointless mismatches, then Ashes shouldn't have happened in the 80s/90s. Isn't it? I really want to know what goes through their minds that they are more concerned about the mismatch rather than celebrating the career of The Master who brought unparalleled quality to the format that they so love and hold dear to their hearts. Mirror is all they need, I guess!!

  • POSTED BY Bokesh on | November 16, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    well well well another match going through the same way. Hope this match would last at least till lunch.

  • POSTED BY SL-USA-Lions on | November 16, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    Congrats to India... They deserve to win this game and the series 2-0...

    Thank you Sachin... A true Legend... You deserve this send off with a win...

    After all that being said...

    I'm deeply saddened by the state of WI Cricket... I'm not a West Indian... But I'm a true fan of what they USED TO BE.

    I simply can't take it anymore... A loosing record of ALMOST 20 YEARS now... Sure they won a ICC and T20 World Cup... But the way they have lost most of their matches since 1995 have taken away that joy too...

    Glimmer of Hope here and there with no REAL SOLUTION for all the problems of WI Cricket...

    HOW MUCH MORE OF THIS PAIN DO I HAVE TO TAKE?

    They can't even play a full 5 day test match. Gets blown away in 3 days.

    I hope India puts them out of this misery today so I can get over this quickly.

    But honestly I'M HURTING...

    It's O.K. to loose... ATLEAST GIVE A GOOD FIGHT!!!

    I'm not even going to talk about the Players... Because it's POINTLESS.

    "WHERE HAVE ALL THE LEGENDS GONE?!!"

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | November 16, 2013, 3:40 GMT

    There is a great push by 6% to make sachin greatest cricketer by media push, infact greatest cricketer was kapil dev followed by dhoni and dravid. Sachin nowhere seen. Overhyped and its obscene. :)

  • POSTED BY wernbrian on | November 16, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    India's greatest cricketer ever is Kapil Dev. India's best ever team from 1983 to 1986.

  • POSTED BY on | November 16, 2013, 2:44 GMT

    @ Al_Bundy1 Pfft,SO Gavaskar is best because he didn't wear helmet,lol.It's the same Gavaskar who played for 60 overs and just scored 36 runs,Sachin never did something like that at least.

  • POSTED BY on | November 16, 2013, 2:43 GMT

    please arrange in dissenting order for humility and patriotism visvnath, kapil dev, dravid, sachin

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | November 16, 2013, 2:26 GMT

    People asking where are the crowds, why are things done differently in India, this series is pointless, these matches are pointless, series should have been against SA - such people don't understand that the whole of India is taking a piece of the moment and are becoming part of history. People who don't want to be part of this history can choose to be so, but it is their ignorance to keep questioning the MOMENT of our life-time. Feel very sorry for them. I'm in touch with many of my friends in India. Each and every one of them have bunked their jobs and have arranged a get-together kind of thing in one friend's home. Living rooms are filled with family friends and kids. People who don't understand India deeply are naturally drawn to make shallow conclusions. They know not what they are ignorantly questioning - "What Sachin means to us." Sachin belongs firstly to India. We deserve to have him fully. We deserve to see his departure personally. SA comes later. Simple as that!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 16, 2013, 2:25 GMT

    It looked like Rohit taking a class to Chandrapaul how to farm strike and still score runs heavily.

  • POSTED BY on | November 16, 2013, 2:07 GMT

    After withstanding Tino Best it was almost as if he wanted to go out on his own terms. He had enough centuries anyway and probably he just wanted to enjoy the game and leave when he wanted. True control I must say.

  • POSTED BY cenitin on | November 16, 2013, 1:51 GMT

    Guys how a test match between Old vs New Indian team. I would be very happy if BCCI can arrange a test series between these below two teams. I know this is not going to be happen. But it would be a fun to watch and surely TRPs will be very high. My Old Team : Gambhir, Sehwag, Dravid, Sachin, VVS, Saurav or UV (Saurav might have lost his touch thus UV in contention), D Karthik, H Singh, A Kumble, Z khan and I Sharma/A Agarkar/R P Singh/ M Patel. New team : Vijay,Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, Rahane/Jadeja, Ashwin, B Kumar, Shami, P Oza/U Yadav

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 16, 2013, 1:45 GMT

    You cannot compare Sachin with any other players bcos he is the greatest.I remember in 90 91 when india was a mediocre team n beating boys for all other teams like England n Australia it wad sad to watch India.They never had any good and consistent batsman till sachin arrived.He has been a reason for Indian team to be able to rise to become Cricket giant n he set very high standard for the new generation to follow!! Thanks Sachin

  • POSTED BY on | November 16, 2013, 1:42 GMT

    Ode to a Legend Your epics have dazzled And the imprint is matchless Cricket is life mirrored in ovals As a nation's weight you carried with a smile And like Sachin the music-maker You belong to the world Each stroke breathing life For him that only cricket knows!

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | November 16, 2013, 1:19 GMT

    Spin from both ends by the sixth over. More of the same from the spin doctors. Is this the same Ashwin that was smashed for 100 runs a couple of weeks ago in an ODI?

  • POSTED BY MeijiMura on | November 16, 2013, 1:10 GMT

    With the eyes of the whole country of India, cricket lovers the world over and the who's who of cricket greats in the crowd the performance of the West Indies has been incredibly embarrassing. The West Indians are lacking in all three departments with toothless bowling, woefully inept fielding and totally gutless batting. They are playing without any pride and without any effort whatsoever. I feel sorry for the likes of Ireland who have not yet been admitted to test cricket, but who play with a fierce competitive desire every time they take the field. Ireland have a competent batting line-up, some good bowlers and are very good in the field and they play with a lot of pride and always do their best. Ireland should have been invited to participate in Tendulkar's last series and last test match. They would have at least been worthy of that honour unlike the West Indies!

  • POSTED BY on | November 16, 2013, 1:01 GMT

    If Pujara was unsure that the catch was made, why simply ask Powell if he took the catch rather than the field umpire who was at least 22 yards away? And then referred to the third umpire relying on cameras at least 90 yards away? Would Sachin ask the fielder? I am sure that Lara would!And Sobers would! Is this not still a game for gentlemen?

  • POSTED BY robbieg2011 on | November 16, 2013, 0:58 GMT

    Will West Indies make it past the Day 3?

  • POSTED BY rkswasmy81 on | November 16, 2013, 0:51 GMT

    i fully agree with al_bundy1=Instead of retiring gracefully much earlier to pave way for the next generation players,he took a little longer to create more personal milestones.The next generation proved this emphatically in his last match itself.better late than never

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | November 15, 2013, 23:33 GMT

    @Nutcutlet, Windies are weak? Sure. This series is pointless? Definitely not. You can't be further from the truth and reality, at least, as far as a billion humans of this planet are concerned. You are in the infinitesimally small minority my friend!! Not pointless for the billion Indians, by any stretch of imagination and spin. This series is a festival for a billion humans. Handful of Englishmen don't get to conclude what is pointless and what isn't for a billion humans. Pointless for you, for sure! The other way around, though Ashes is pointless to a billion humans, I still don't think it is appropriate for us to conclude that Ashes is pointless on an Ashes forum, though English and Aussie is a very minority cohort in comparison to the sub-continent. Perspective is everything my friend! You know it and I know it.

  • POSTED BY Kapil_da_jawab_nahi on | November 15, 2013, 23:26 GMT

    I think, Tendulkar is in the team way beyond his "sell by date", it was long over due, glad, atleast now he realized to call it a day, can't understand the people craziness about his retirement, this is not end of the world, get a life people

  • POSTED BY Whispering_Holding on | November 15, 2013, 22:55 GMT

    I said it in these forums and I'll say it again. Shannon Gabriel is not Test class, he bangs into the deck and does nothing with the ball. Tino Best same thing. Fidel Edwards still swings it as does Ravi Rampaul, both old and new. Cotterel is one for the future if he can work on his fitness as is Holder, but he need to add some pace with his height. There are a few others around but don't rush them. Get Courtney or Curtley (these guys are more recent and so will understand modern cricketers approach better) to train them and share their expertise before putting them into battle. Pay the men to do WIBC!! And also pick the right team for the right conditions.

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | November 15, 2013, 22:23 GMT

    People tend to forget you are as good as your opposition. Last TEST shows WI team came here to be spectators and collect money and go. Unfortunately cricinfo has to create cricketing story...its all good..Not all games going to be even games. WI should be ranked 10th in the world after this display. Bangladesh play better than this WI.

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | November 15, 2013, 22:10 GMT

    @vvbr: your knowledge of cricket is really pathetic. you should not advise Dhoni on captaincy material. He is one of the best captain and know what he is doing. He used aswin and got two wickets, used Ojha he also got one wicket. What problem you have then. Its his call to use whatever bowler he feels will be effective. So you do not need to interfere in his work just chill and enjoy the game which India will win by an innings margin. All Indian fans will be happy for that.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 22:05 GMT

    @english fan - disagree completely. One pitches in Eng and SA won't have much assistance for spinners (england will still have some because of windy conditions providing drift for spin), but they definitely won't be getting the cheap wickets they are getting now. They will have to earn them. Broad and swann have 1st class hundreds, so does philander, with morkel and steyn already showing batting calibre . I do believe seamers like bhuvi and shami will do well though. But even them will need to be backed by good slip fielding something we failed to see in previous tours.

  • POSTED BY nazish_altaf on | November 15, 2013, 21:47 GMT

    Thankyou sachin for 24 years of entertainment....will olwz miss u... u r truely a great player...impossible to replace

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 21:42 GMT

    I am usually a person against reservation, but after seeing some good knocks in recent times by rohit sharma whom I used to call Maggie coz of his earlier irresponsible playing style, I have come to a conclusion that rohit should take sachins no 4 spot in tests, if M vijay or Dhawan falls out of form then he can open...

  • POSTED BY UmarW on | November 15, 2013, 21:40 GMT

    Carry On Indian Boys Score more in your home and make Records. Don't Ever Play outside India otherwise your real face will be revealed!!!!!!!!! Carry ON boys!!!! Carry On!!!!

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | November 15, 2013, 21:35 GMT

    Great play by Pujara, Kohli and Rohit. They silently ensured India may win this test by an innings while fans were focusing on Tendulkar. Future for this Indian test team looks bright. If they can over come the final frontier in SA, they will gain tremendous confidence and will be hard to beat any where.

  • POSTED BY Zsam on | November 15, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    Sachin was a great player of his generation, however his records are mostly of statistical nature with hardly any significant scores that stand out in Tests or innings that could be rated high on the all time best scale. Neither did he lead his team to victory single-handedly as Lara did with a weaker Windies and was a real difference b/n his team and opposition on notable occasions. But Sachin did all this in ODIs. He was a bigger ODI player than a Test and sometimes these two are conflated. That is more emotional than logical. But its time to salute his incomparable contribution for so long. I recall I was in 9th standard when he made his debut. His career has also made me reflect on my life since then. Thanks Sachin.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 15, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    tendulkar was a gentleman. but he wasnt the best batsman. lara made 10000 runs in less tests matches compared to tendulkar. so i rate lara a better test batsman. lara took the oppostion bowling apart. he didnt play for milestones, all lara did was Attack!. tendulkar was a boring test batsman. too slow and shelfish!!

  • POSTED BY delboy on | November 15, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    With the WI bowlers in particular Best lacking knowledge how to bowl to tailenders it mattered not whether Rohit took a single off the first ball and expose Shami to 5 all it served was to reduce the final total compiled for WI to chase. The whole thing looked so bad including Best's behaviour, I hope he is hit with a severe match fee deduction. imagine showing this video to a group of colts this summer and having to fast forward his antics.

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | November 15, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    @vvbr: Question? what are you questioning. Dhoni is trying to win the match so why should he declare? He is trying to win this match by an innings and wanted to play his team till it last. So why some one should question for his attempt to win by an innings. Its fan like you who were urging and cheering Dhawan and vijay to get out so that they can do their hero worship. That was filthy when you dont care other players and just cheer for one.grow up kid.

  • POSTED BY vvbr on | November 15, 2013, 20:16 GMT

    @cricktwins : I agree the match is won. Series won. Dhoni triumphs. But, old wounds are hardly ever forgotten. The whitewashes. You want a happy ending but the romance of a beautiful test match in the month of November is lost due to 1. WI batsmen's inability to stay in the pitch. They along with NZ should be stripped off Test status.(95% of beauty lost here) 2. In the remaining 4% of interest is lost seeing the way this match was approached like a T20 match as opposed to playing a cricket Test match. For this point Batsmen of both the teams are to be blamed. It's just that Indian batsmen were successful. 3. Finally the last 1% atleast Dhoni could have salvaged this test match by not using his trump cards! I am not hating Dhoni! Not only should I learn Cricket the entire world should! Duh! That is when cricket wins not when I learn:)

  • POSTED BY satishsasikumar on | November 15, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    @henchart..Did Bradman ever play on so many grounds, against so many nations, faced so many kinds of bowlers, in so many formats? Did he ever carry the burden of playing for a nation alone on numerous occasions?..Did he play under extreme pressure to perform?..btw do you remember Sachin that was hit by a snorter in the first match he played at the age of 16 and continue to play after being hit denying medical aid..it shows his guts to play and perform at the highest level..Sachin played most of the attacking fast bowlers of his generation who used to bowl at 150kmph or more in the most convincing manner one could play. Do you remember the way he smacked Brett Lee for 3 fours in an over at the age of 35 in a CBS series in Australia? So your statement that Bradman played sans helmets and guards etc. does not hold weight as it is skill that matters the most and Bradman himself said Sachin reminded him of his old days..so take a chill-pill & relax..Sachin T and Don B are the best.Period!

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | November 15, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    It is really DISAPPOINTING to read so many hate filled and sarcastic comments here pointing at Sachin's GLORIOUS career. A lot of people here have typed comments without using their brains. Some of them have pointed out how Sachin started out so early in order to play 200 test matches and score all those runs. What they totally forget is HOW GOOD Sachin was to play at that age. He was WAY better than most of his adult contemporaries. Even Kallis, Lara, Ponting were only HALF as good as Sachin was in this teens. That's why he's so special ! NOBODY compares to him in any way. Also, I see references of Sunil Gavaskar here. I agree Gavaskar was a supreme opening test batsman but Gavaskar was ONLY good in tests. Sachin was good in EVERY format he played. Guys, please don't embarrass yourselves by posting pointless comments. I will always have an answer to hit back at you all. Not cause I am a huge Tendulkar fan, but because I state pure facts. Peace.

  • POSTED BY bigdhonifan on | November 15, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    5. Technology

    In Bradman's time it was not easy to pick one's weakness just standing at slips or point. That's why Jardine had to use the theory of bowling on chest height to stop Bradman from scoring runs.

    It's true that back then there was no such equipment like helmet, arm-guards to save you but then apart from Bodyline series there were no such instance where batsmen had to really save themselves from truly fast bowling. Interestingly, though Sachin plays few shots in the air when he tries to play drives on rising delivery (thanks to Today's technology) and many captain tried to get his wicket at the early part of his innings, Nasser Hussain tried something different to get his wicket, by not letting him to score freely against his bowlers (though Sachin still had the second best strike rate after Sehwag in that series for India). True that the average of 99.94 is considered to be top achievement in any sport statistically, however Cricket is not just a game of averages.

  • POSTED BY satishsasikumar on | November 15, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    There is not doubt that Sachin played for Team India on merits..name me one batsman who can play this array of strokes with consistency and score at an amazing pace, the way we witnessed yesterday..yes I agree he is not the same Sachin we saw years ago...and you cannot expect him to remain that way...but he is still much much better than many at this age...I do not remember him ever being dropped from the team for non-perfomance since he was selected first in 1989 and it speaks volumes about how this man played carrying the burden of the country's expectations! He was a great player, is a great player and would remain one for many more days to come..second to none in my books. Period!

  • POSTED BY BARFI on | November 15, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    Sachin is world class player. Don't just bash him for not winning the match. Sachin like player just don't get born everyday!

  • POSTED BY pull_shot on | November 15, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    Wonderful innings all d best for future sachin

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | November 15, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    Sachin was a great batsman in his prime, but during the last 2 years he was a burden on Indian team. He could not save India from 2 back to back white washes in England and Australia. When it comes to test matches - Gavaskar will always be our no. 1 batsman. He faced the mighty West Indian and Australian bowlers without any helmet or body armor. Tendulkar comes a distant second among Indian batsmen of all time.

  • POSTED BY kalyanbk on | November 15, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    The performance of the West Indies has been a major let down in Sachin's farewell series (Shillingford honorably exempted). There were times when they looked like a limited overs team trying to play the longer format. There is no lack of experience (Chanderpaul, Gayle, Samuels, Sammy). They have all played in India before. Come on WI, pull up your socks and atleast make India bat again.

  • POSTED BY IndianCrazyFan on | November 15, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    Thank You Sachin. An incredible 24 yrs. I followed him all these 24 yrs. I still remember a local daily in ANDHRA wrote article even before he made debut. It was curious right from those days how this young one will do. I remember his debug match when Waqar hit him and lot of banners in Pakistan said ' 16 yr old boy go and drink Milk'. For his age he did well and then came thunder again Qadir which clearly showed he is going to be ONE.

    I can rate many performances but to my memory these best ones to date

    -- WI Tie match when he snapped Cummings 1992 --Hero Cup semis final over --112 in Perth --1998 Aus series --1998 Sharjah 143 & 134 --98 against Pak in 2003 --241 in Syndey --200 in Gwalior ( This is best 200 considering a strong attack with Steyn)

    There are many more. He is true genius and legend of the game in last 3 decades. Hats off to your MASTER.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    He is not the best Indian batsman, Gavaskar is far far ahead of Tendulkar. Gavaskar has faced the mighty fast bowlers of windies and other countries of 70's and 80's , he help draw many a tests and won many for India unlike Tendulkar. But yes, his range of strokes and has won India many memorable ODIs including some in WCs he is better than Gavaskar. To sum it all, To carry the load of billion plus people's expectation for over two decades, Sachin is a master class. On and off the field. Thank you Sachin

  • POSTED BY CricLover316 on | November 15, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    @SnowSnake- Agreed on that. Had an Avg of 34-35 during that period. Low,by his standards. But, more than that, the Ind bowlers like Ishant Sharma,Vinay Kumar who were given a golden chance to bowl on Seamer Friendly conditions overseas couldn't bowl and just were not able to pick up 20 Wickets. Instead allowed the opposition batsmen to score runs. And couple that with failures of the Opening Pair(Sehwag-Gambhir) led to the downfall. Thats been solved now. Umesh Yadav needs to be in good Rhythm,should have been picked for WI Series.

  • POSTED BY devil_in_details on | November 15, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    The standout feature of India's innings was the sheer pace with which they scored runs. In 90 overs they had made 414 runs. I cant remember when India had made similar amount of runs in a day's batting. The strokeplay nullified the bite in this pitch which is actually not so easy to bat on. It shows the quality of India's young batsmen and gives great confidence for the future ahead.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | November 15, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    Sachin played more games, Yes. But you need to get start early at age of 16 to play 200 test matches, which Sachin did. Why others did not start that early? It is not easy to convince selectors at age of 16 that you can handle likes of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis in a test match. Then you have to perform well to keep getting selected again and again at that small age of 16. Sachin is truly Great.

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | November 15, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    Tendulkar fans can pray that WI scores 600 so that Tendulkar gets to bat again!

  • POSTED BY cricktwins on | November 15, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    @vvbr some people are criticizing dhoni for his negative captaincy!! In fact this match could be over before tea on 'Day 3'.. What else do u want?? Dhoni's bowlers took 13 wickets in 2.5 sessions and u call him a ugly defensive captain!! What a joke!! In fact it was darren sammy who was very poor and defensive giving free singles to indian batsmen... Go learn the game called cricket...

  • POSTED BY CricLover316 on | November 15, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    @Jose Puliampatta- I dont think Sachin,as humble he is and has been throughout his career would want this much attention to be honest. But he deserves every bit of it. He wanted to retire peacefully at his home ground and play his last test in Mumbai in front of his fans. As simple as that. The Atmosphere today at Wankhede was Electric to say the least.It was Unreal. That would not have been Replicated anywhere. And Cricket is getting the attention it deserves. If it wasn't Dhoni would have batted 1st or declared just after Sachin got out. And that would have been a popular decision.

    It IS about Cricket,but this is also about one of the greats of the Modern Era,the legacy that he has left,the contribution he has made, the Millions he has inspired to play cricket, a person who has been Symbolic with the game of Cricket. And this is the rarest of Occasions that an the importance of an Individual is Celebrated(bot surpassed) more than the game itself. Isn't it something to be proud of?

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    MS Dhoni should be the nxt person who should get such farewell. He conducts himself in similar way and has given India lot of happiness. Ofsourse on cricketing abitlity he can not match SRT but a a leader and finsher no one can match him.

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | November 15, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    I am expecting big knocks from Gayle, Shiv and Sammy tomorrow. After all, Ind might have to bat in 2nd innings. If the chase is not too much, Sachin should be sent to open the batting for one last time.

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | November 15, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    @GRVJPR-- Let's face it, India's team is better without Tendulkar. He was a great batsman but for last two years he was a burden on the team. It is because of him many talented players did not get a chance to play. To some extent, India lost its #1 ICC team ranking due to Tendulkar, and Dravid playing 1 to 2 years longer than they should have. No doubt Tendulkar was talented but he played longer than he should have. Now that he is gone, India is probably better off. May be SA should also look at retiring its aging Kallis.

  • POSTED BY Cricinfo-hates-India on | November 15, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    Hey SA fans - here is what you team is doing right now - played 2 Tests, 5 useless ODI's and 4 useless T20s. If you guys are such purist then why not play a 4 test or even a 5 test series with Pak. I cannot believe people criticize India but every other country with the exception of the Ashes, play 2 or max 3 test and rest of the tour is spend on ODI's and T20s, when easily all those series can have 4-5 tests. Only on this forum people keep harping about test cricket but the reality is that of all the three formats it is the least economically viable. I love test cricket but I have made peace that I will not see more than 2 or 3 tests in most series. People can keep shouting all they want... not going to happen. It's not right but it's a fact.

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | November 15, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    India just look like an excellent team. Even Dhoni's keeping has improved in this match. Makes their tours to South Africa and England very exciting prospects, and I reckon they could upset either or both countries.

  • POSTED BY kiruthigai on | November 15, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    My first oppertunity (as 9year old) to watch cricket is at my neighbour house was in 1992 WC sachin was playing, my next opportunity (as 13 year old) to watch cricket is at my house and was in 1996 WC, there too sachin was playing. I turned off TV and started to go to hostel for my semester exam preparation (as 20year old) when Sachin got out in 2003 WC final, I saw my first cricket match in stadium IndVsSA 2008(25year)in chepauk fortunate to see sachin at batting crease. I was ecastic (28 year old) when india won the WC2011 then sachin was playing, today I saw the batting of sachin for one lost time probably( as 30 year old) along with my 4 year kid telling him about Sachin's achievements. I grew up watching Sachin playing, her after I Will definetely follow cricket with the hope of seeing sachin atleast in the commentary box but with the feeling of missing something on the field. Sachin Thank you and Wish you an Wonderful retirement life..

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | November 15, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    @ Jose Puliampatta Good lecture, but I would say enjoy the celebrations, Life is not only for crying and telling people what is right and what is not right. Not many will perform like sachin to get farewell like him. Learn from him and try to achieve 1/6 of what he has in his life.

  • POSTED BY Sachinfan8 on | November 15, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    Total silence when he got out. Some Vintage tendulkar shots in his 74.He deserves every appreciation.Its not a joke to fulfill the expectation of a billion people over a career of 24 years.I think no player in any sport had such a grand farewell.The impact he have on the younger generation players is a testimony to his greatness.SRT is the best player in the modern era. SRT a distant head of Kallis,ponting,lara. We Indian fans will miss him and the chants of Sachinn sachinn in the ground.THANK YOU SACHIN for the memories over 24 years. #SRTforever

  • POSTED BY gandabhai on | November 15, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    Is their any other SPORTSPERSON ever who instilled belief & optimism to their people that the economy of their country changed for the better because of them ? I dont think so .God bless Sachin .

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 15, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    miss u! such!

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | November 15, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    @Dravid-Gravitas. Finally some nice words for "Statchin". All these years I've noticed u have been very vocal about bashing Sachin but good to see you wishing him good, which he richly deserves. Respect.

  • POSTED BY IPSY on | November 15, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    "Brain phase" is the newest term in cricket commentary I heard today! However, I have always been saying that West Indies has their two captains in the wrong order! But based on administrative events in recent times, I'm not surprised about the order - I don't think any thought process is usually involved in how they administer the game here these days! Dwayne Bravo is a reasonable No.6 batsman - the selectors know that - they also know that Sammy's batting style only suits ODI cricket, as is his bowling. They know that Dwayne Bravo is not worse than Sammy as a bowler in any format - hence, I don't know what was the thinking to make Sammy test captain and Dwayne Bravo ODI captain! As it relates to the non inclusion of Sunil Narine in this worst bowling attack in the world team, is beyond comprehension. That's West Indies cricket administration for you - all the way!

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    Hats off to living legend! Its been a enjoyable and entertainable cricket I watched during past 20 odd years. Thank you sir for your gentleman game. You are the dictionary of cricket, where the youngsters can refer your game in the centuries to come. As i have seen a banner " Cricket - Temple without God!!!", now the game going to be a mere number hereafter... Enjoyed you brave last innings. We expect Arjun Tendulkar to repeat Genious act... With lots of memories me signing off! Thank you one and all who supported SRT throughout his career!

  • POSTED BY A-Gunnie on | November 15, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    I salute Sir Sachin in his accomplishments and wish him all the best.His records will be around for a very long time.As a West Indian,we did not get to see him a whole lot in the West Indies making runs however with only one test century there but that's okay.You will be missed man in the cricketing scene.....politics next I ask?

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | November 15, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    @SnowSnake I would appreciate if you just stop giving lecture on batting technique to tendulkar. Yes, he was not as technically good as you and didn't knew how to hold the bat, But he could Play. He might not be as good as yo, but he was GREAT!

  • POSTED BY Rajesh.Kumar on | November 15, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    I don't know why some SA fans are complaining about India playing WI at this time. One has to play all the teams, and not discriminate against teams based upon their cricketing abilities. In any case, SA themselves are busy playing a pretty much one-sided contest in Dubai. And part 2 of that contest will soon be played in SA, when Pak travel there. WI is a weak team because its batters are not making runs, however, it has pretty good bowlers. When India traveled to WI last time in 2011, it did win the three test series 1-0, but the contest was not so one sided. I think India should travel to WI to play some test matches in places like Barbados and Jamaica. That will provide much needed practice to our young batters, when it comes to playing on fast pitches. WI fast bowlers are still as fast as those from the earlier era. Its just that their batters are no longer that good.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    @ electric_loco_WAP4, If Asad Shafique can score a hundred in SA, then there is no question about the likes of Pujara, Kohli and Rohit scoring hundreds too...

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | November 15, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    @Posted by bigdhonifan on (November 15, 2013, 16:03 GMT). Your ignorance of the great cricketers of the past is utterly astonishing. Rather than give you a list of the greats of the past, I would merely suggest you do some intelligent and deep reading. That does not mean that there are not modern greats -- of course there are & you seem to be familiar with some of their identities. What you cannot get away with is dismissing the past (presumably that means before you were born) and I would respectfully suggest that until you have found out about the great cricketers of all countries, pre-1990; the conditions under which they played: the bowlers the batsmen faced, etc. then, and only then, will your opinion be worth more than an empty crisp packet. I look forward to posts from you that suggest you have done some homework, then you can join in informed comparisons & mature debate.

  • POSTED BY Cricket_Fan_And_Analyst on | November 15, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    Sachin's greatness is not just about the runs he scored or his test average. He played in a period when India was a underdog in all formats. He was passionate , confident and fearless - always. I wanted him to represent India more than any one else. The manner in which he scored runs was so different from all others in his generation. If you compare his one-day scoring rate with players having an average of ~40 , they will be no where near him (may be except for Gilchrist). After that , the way he carried himself off the field. The only player that comes close to Sachin in the last 20 years is Brian Lara. You have to see Sachin's first 15 years of International Cricket and then make the comparison.

  • POSTED BY GrtIndia_Ann on | November 15, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    @memories of the past: to win a world cup, first the team has to enter the final....tendulkar helped India to do so twice....in 2003 and 2011, even in 96 WC, after SRT got out for some 60+ againt SL in semis, rest of the team collapsed like a pack of cards around him....where was the TEAM when tendulkar brought India to brink of victory in 1999 test against Pak with a heroic century under huge back pain....where was the TEAM that could wrap an easy win after he made a historic 175 against Aus in hyderabad....Its damn easy to be armchair critic ......but its nearly impossible to be Sachin......

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    I am not sure whether the man at the centre of all these over-the-top-hype, himself will appreciate all the 'stuff' dished out in his name. Garish paintings, overly-gilded speeches/ write-ups/comments and what not! Being a gentleman, he will keep quite about it. Even if the press ask him about these extravagant celebrations and extreme comments (though based on a quarter century of superlative performance), he may just brush it aside with a gentle smile. I am a Sachin fan; & admire his performances and achievements, that too over 24 yrs! But some of these going beyond the boundary. May be over the roofs!

    Waiting for the celebrations to be over and the Cricket to start getting the attention it deserves.

  • POSTED BY VEGHA on | November 15, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    Tendular is very good sprotsman , good husband and one of the best Human being. Kudos to tendulkar. he cannot sit idle and without cricket sachin what he is going to do anyhow we all pray for his long happy life

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | November 15, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    @ Dylan Arnold My question to you is why then ponting, lara, kallis etc did not start there careers at the sachin's age? who was stopping them? Thing is you should be good enough to force selectors to get selected at age of 16 and convince them that you can handle wasim akram, waqar younis like bowlers at that age, and then keep performing at that age in international cricket to get selected again. It's not everyone's cup of tea.I hope you understand now why sachin is great.

  • POSTED BY NKSUDHIR on | November 15, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    Thank You Sachin for entertaining us last night with your Super strokes. I hardly stay up late in weekdays to watch games played in India but I only had few hours sleep for last two nights because this is the time I want to cherish for ever, I can catch up with my sleep tonight but couldn't afford to miss any moment of Sachin! Lots of Warm Wishes to you to enjoy your retirement life and May God Bless you with great health so that You can guide next generation so that another Sachin comes in and entertain us for years to come and make our country proud! Love you forever, Sachin:Your Fan from Canada

  • POSTED BY GrtIndia_Ann on | November 15, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    @Dylan Arnold: thats the whole point my friend...if Dravid,or kallis or Sanga had started as early and ended as late as SRT they would have broken his records, but then were they able to do it ? or was there any one else in history who is capable of playing for so long with such perfection and on top of game for nearly 20 years ...i am not sure whether u watched cricket during 90s...if so, you would have known what Sachin is all about.....

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    Please maintain equanimity and composure..for e.g. what does this sentence mean - "When he played the straight drive for four, you were reminded - unfairly for Pujara - about how much more pristine and non-violent the shot was when Tendulkar played it." This seems demeaning to the other batsman and the game itself.

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | November 15, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    Congratulations and best wishes to Tendulkar for great end of great career. The last innings gave a good indication that it was time to go. Not because he lacks the skills but his body cannot deliver what his mind wants. There were series of lazy strokes against T. Best and him getting out was also a lazy stroke. These things happen when your body wants rest but you have to work.

  • POSTED BY bigdhonifan on | November 15, 2013, 16:03 GMT

    Bradman had an average of 99? If you allow Rohit Sharma or Kohli or Pujara to play only against Windies for 5 years they will have an average of 200 Atleast. So there is nothing exceptional for Bradman, he was a good batsman when all other batsman were just ordinary and bowlers were pathetic. Please dont come up with uncovered pitches and no helmet theories. There was bowlers bowling at 130K/hr. this Era you had Akram, Waqar, Akthar, Bond, Lee, Walsh, Ambrose. Lillee, MMerv hughes, Thomson, Donals, Pollock etc... And for spinners Warne, Murali, Saqlain, Mushtaq... even now Swann, Vettori etc ... Sachin will remain as always the BEST BATSMAN EVER Played. Played on 56 different pitches on different continents. Not just 9 Pitches on 2 countries.

  • POSTED BY vvbr on | November 15, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    @cricketsunami.. This is exactly what happens in India. Hero Worship. Why should you not question? So, do you suggest Harsha Bhogle should stop commentating? Please stick to the argument if at all you have any or chug on watching Dhoni's 2011 WC heroics in the final and play it in a loop. Wake up to reality my dear friend.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 15, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    I honestly don't get it. He played alot of Test matches and in doing so, scored alot of runs. If Ponting, Sangakara or Kallis had started as early as hkm would they be reaching the same appraise. Dravid was a much better batsmen than Tendulkar for a longer period yet because the latter broke records he gained regard. It's bull and I don't buy into it, he is and will always be another really good batsmen.

  • POSTED BY VirenBeruwalage on | November 15, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    Although I am a 14 year old Sri Lankan, Sachin Tendulkar stood out as a sporting idol, both on and off the pitch. His modest and humble approach towards his beloved game and fans alike propelled him to gain the supreme title of the " GOD OF CRICKET". Every single shot he played was a direct demonstration of the "textbook" style of play and his temperament at the crease throughout his 25 years was unwavering and solid. Sachin, I had the pleasure of meeting him in Colombo when I was 7 and he took some of his valuable time to give me his autograph .... being a 7 year old, he could have just ignored me but being SUPREME SACHIN... he signed my bat and even allowed me to ask him a rhetorical question; " Sachin, how are you so great?".Sachin is just not an icon in India alone, but all over the world. His presence isn't just visible in the world of cricket but in the world of sport, theatre and music alike... SACHIN SIR, THANKS FOR ENLIGHTENING OUR PASSIONATE SPORT AND THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | November 15, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    Happy retirement Sachin. Congratultions to all the century makers. Disappointing display by WIndies. Only Shillingworth can be proud of his performance. Bit more bowling practice for indian bowlers tomorrow before putting an end to Sammy and co's missery. Hoping for more competitive odi series.

  • POSTED BY memoriesofthepast on | November 15, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    Only SRT was left as the man capable of ensuring that India win the 1999 Chepauk test against Pakistan. But he played a bad shot on 136, india still needing 17 runs to win but only 3 wickets in hand. I am very sure that if it was Pakistan chasing a target of 271 vs India and had it been Javed Miandad batting on 136 then Javed would have ensured that Pakistan win the game even on a last ball like he did in sharjah cup final. Javed Miandad also had back troubles but was a player determined to go for match win for his side. This is where players like Javed, Laxman, Vishy, Dravid go above SRT. Captain Dhoni by his one match winning knock of 90 not out in WC2011 final stole the show though SRT had made useful contributions in the earlier important matches. India was sure to lose the 1st test in SA tour of 2010-11 yet Sachin chose to bat for his 50th test century. AGain he chose to retire in India after playing in record 200 tests . SA was a perfect place to retire.

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | November 15, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    I am so glad that all Dhoni critics are sitting in their cozy places and are pretty safe while finding faults in everything he does. Some time I feel, some should throw these unfair critics on the pitch for Dhoni to play his helicopter shot. Then only they will learn not to throw their half baked knowledge of cricket on all other fans. Please publish it cricinfo.

  • POSTED BY pradeepsays on | November 15, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    It would be nice if cricinfo with their video segments like matchpoint show video clippings of the shots played instead of just graphics. This would greatly enhance the presentation.

  • POSTED BY memoriesofthepast on | November 15, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    Implicitly SRT has been forced to call it a day by BCCI. BCCI has also to be thanked for keeping SRT for 24 years in Indian cricket team. SRT should have wisely retired from all forms of cricket after 2011 WC win. SRT's individual performance records were a reason for BCCI to keep him in the team. Indian fans have to learn to avoid putting too much emphasis or expectations on one particular player, have to realize that cricket is a team game, century goes in vain if the match is lost, to win world cup one has to bat well in the final and to save the test one has to bat well in its 2nd innings. Record of India in sports other than cricket and the facilities for them are poor. No other affordable choice except cricket is one reason for many indians to believe cricket is religion and SRT is the god. SRT was born in middle class family and rose tall enough to inspire many. Indian fans should realize that SRT found good batting partners in SG,RD,VS and VVSL at the other end.

  • POSTED BY ICKY on | November 15, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    one of the greatest batsman walked off with his head high and with a great relief to leave cricket on a high note. He has been an inspiration to lots of batsmen especially in the game today. am a Pak cricket fan but he was such a great player that you have to admire him.

  • POSTED BY Sharath_Rocker on | November 15, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    Thank you Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    I am not sure whether the man at the centre of all these over-the-top-hype, himself will appreciate all the 'tamasha' dished out in his name. Gory paintings, overly-gilded speeches/ write-ups/ comments and what not! Being a gentleman, he will keep quite about it. Even if the press ask him about these extravagant celebrations and extreme comments (though may be based on a quarter century of superlative performance), he may just brush it aside with a gentle smile. Many comments read like entries to a competition as to who can win an award in hyperbole.

    I am a Sachin fan; & admire his performances and achievements, that too over 24 yrs! But this is going beyond the boundary. May be over the roof!

    Many regulars seem to be keeping away, to let the celebrations be over and Cricket to start getting the attention it deserves.

    I was waiting too, but just couldn't resist expressing my uneasiness.

    I am also not sure whether this comment will be posted. But, Cricinfo always showed openness.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    i cant believe people always try to find faults with dhoni....as much as everyone wants sachin to bat again, this is about winning a test...what are you guys blabbering of not declaring?...i bet if he had done that the same people would have critised him...that was only the second day and dhoni was right not to declare when rohit got the ton....i mean why should he?its not like its the 4th day....so people instaed of going of bickering ur stupid(sorry abt that) thoughts just enjoy the last game of sachin's....

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    @vvbr : ofcourse not.. any bowler wont say " take me out of attack " ... its the job of captains to ensure how and when the bowler should bowl.... say you are preparing for SA tour... imagine this.... shami bowls for 35 overs dint get any wicket... that a confidence booster??? instead let him wait till the ball reverses , let him take wickets in reverse swing... to tell you one thing... a fast bowler will be more happy if he takes wickets in reverse swing than in conventional swing.... that will be a great moral booster for tthem if them end up this match with some wickets in hand.... you have three days...and you want to waste them by experiementing??? no one will agree with that... you just cant prepare to next series in this ongoing series.... you need to concentrate on this match and proceed to next match.... simple...

  • POSTED BY senator333 on | November 15, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    @ BobCo Bradman is not even close to great sachin or lara or even ponting. During bradman's era there was only one strong team England butnow in modern cricket sachin had to face 7-8 strong teams . So your all your average argument is illogical.

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | November 15, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    My only wish was that Tendulkar would score a duck in his last innings so that he can equal Bradman's record. BCCI was wise to invite West Indies so that Tendulkar can have a nice little farewell. These days even tailenders are scoring against WI. How times have change! 30-35 years ago when West Indies team came to India, some of our top order batsmen would feign sickness in order to avoid facing the feared West Indies fast bowlers. Gavaskar was the only one who put up a fight, that too without a helmet and all the body armor. That's why Gavaskar will remain the best Indian batsman ever. Tendulkar comes a distant second.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    Though not a great fan of Sachin but I feel he could have played a better opposition than west indies atleast he deserved this much signing off both tests ending in 3 days guess why did we have to play at all.Even Bangaladesh would have given a tougher fight compared to these people so more west indies please.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    MSD has nothing to loose.He could have declared the innings for Sachin today, MSD must know that this windies is very much beatable..but this match should have been for Sachin...also wining the toss and electing fielding was very bad decision. #Sachin forever!

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | November 15, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    What an innings from Tendulkar in his farewell appearance! Sadly a fairy tale ending to an illustrious career was Not to be. There was a Kind of Hush when he was out for 74! I was expecting a century from both SRT & Pujara but only Pujara succeeded - may be due to Umpiring?. Pujara stamped his place in the Test history as India's best sheet anchor. It was his 5th Ton in only his 15th Test - best record in first 15 tests by any Indian! However the late heroics by Rohit Sharma once again stole the show with a magnificient unbeaten century against all odds. It included a stand of 64 runs with #11 Shami - Shami's contribution, just a single! Kohli made a breezy 57. WI had to face the mighty spin twins- Ashwin & Ojha- in the final hour. They were immediately on the back foot, losing 3 wkts. for 43 runs. Much as the crowd want the Test match to stretch to 5 days, it looks like it will be all over in 3 days. WI has an uphill task in overcoming a steep deficit of 270 on a spinning Pitch!

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    Sachin.....Sachin!!! Whole ground was roaring & raising so high till the time he was carrying his willow on Wankhede. All enjoyed some vintage master strokes today of this 40 year old legend. Sachin, A True messenger of cricket who set the example for world by spreading his love, gesture & charisma for everyone & commanding many spirits by his role played for criket. Big boss of cricket theater. Biggest ever performer of the cricket show. Adieu God. No one replace yours images, impressions & holds. Certainly, a newly addition in the list of Indian Gods :)

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | November 15, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    Well with this WI team it was all too easy for likes of Rohit and Pujara as it is with any poor opposition . The real test will be in SA for Ind vs Steyn and Co. and runs vs WI will count for nil and will be tough work even getting in let alone score.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    Sachin leaves the stage with a vintage 74 run knock bidding adieu to a fairy-tale career. Having said that- the way rohit batted with no-11 has ensured that an era has ended but the new one has started with a bang. What a knock from rohit sharma ! Agreed it was not against the best of the atacks but u must give credit to the way he paced his innings only in his 2nd test. It reminded of brian lara's innings against aussies in the bridgetown test where he single handed won the match with no-11 in company which prompted stevewaugh,another pioneer who knew the art of batting with the tail to drop warnie. sachin has left but rohit sharma has arrived. god indeed has answered dhoni's wish for another sachin. i may sound silly or premature but rohit has got the same aura which sachin displayed in early nineties.

  • POSTED BY Shams-Lahore on | November 15, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    He started his career on 15-11-1989 against Pakistan and made 15 runs. COINCIDENT he batted on 15-11-1989 and made 15 but today 15-11-2013, after exact 24 years he scored 74 and out on same day on his last and 200th test.

    bye bye Sachin

  • POSTED BY vvbr on | November 15, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    @Vishwas HS.. I don't think any fast bowler says "I won't get you wickets unless you have the other half worn out and the other half shining". It's not an excuse to give the ball to spinners to take the shine off the ball. By the way, there is still 3 more days ahead and the next tour is SA where fast bowlers will have to play an important role. Why not device a strategy to get batsmen out? Its not always about the pitch. The strategy to win this match and pack off is myopic. Dhoni according to me should have declared earlier if he had a forethought that spinners would anyway get wickets! After Rohit Sharma's 100. The declaration would have sounded an apt time. There is something not fitting in his game plan.

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | November 15, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    So this game is headed for a wopping win by India failing organised resistance from WI. It is sad,given the occasion to be over so soon. WI actually have a half decent batting lineup with great players in the top order. Gayle and C'paul could easily turn this around with a bit of intelligence. As for India, Pujara scored the unsurprising ton he was always going to, and Sharma did it again,showing how wise it is to pick a player when he is in form. Along with Kohli these guys show that there is little reason for India to be afraid for the future. They are well stocked with talent. Of course thei Master will not be there but the youngsters will have soaked in enough for his spirit to live on. Unless a miracle happens that is it for Sachin-74 the number of his last innings. Will anyone else play 200 tests and make 101 international centuries? These players are rare as hens teeth.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | November 15, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    I dont know whose plan it is to have the weak WI team in Indian pitches for SRT's last games. The plan is a great success for sure. (in making SRT able to score). At least teams like Bangladesh or Srilanka would have a few good spinners to test the batsmen in Indian pitches. This WI team has nothing, Shillingford being the only consolation. Did any of the India batsmen (up to Shami) struggle at all against this attack?

  • POSTED BY SL_rockz on | November 15, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    He is a MASTER OF Batting .... 24 Years of Burden and Expectations of The biggest cricketing nation in the World......100 Centuries will speak that he never let down the hopes and expectations of the entire nation...He never made the hearts of ordinary poor indian cricket fans ,who comes in front of the TV after a days' tough work , melt in disappointment .They hope every time he plays to score a hundred and MY WORD HE DOES!!! ....He brings guaranteed happiness to everybody who watches him.He made the days' hard work disappear by his bat.THE WHOLE NATION LOVED HIM ,THE GAME LOVED HIM ....You dont miss cricket little master but CRICKET WILL MISS YOU FROM TODAY ONWARDS........I Hope Sanga can come near with your test runs...18000 ODI runs will never be passed in near future....Hats off to you sir for whole entertainment you provided for 24 and half years...Always a pleasure to watch you ....

  • POSTED BY vvbr on | November 15, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    To compare Tendulkar and Bradman is wrong. They played against different bowlers and different batsmen. There are two ways of liking a player. a)statistically b)watching the game and knowing who he played against and under what circumstances. Each person is entitled to like a player. Australian PM is not coming and declaring 1. Bradman 2. Tendulkar! Also, Was Lara better than Tendulkar? again a nonsensical comparison.

  • POSTED BY Priyanka_Cricket on | November 15, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    Well, Aussies will say Bradman is better than Tendulkar.. but as an Indian i'd say Tendlukar is better in Test Cricket... :P

    I dont wanna talk about ODI.. Everbody knows Nobody is comparable to Tendulkar in One Day Internationals..

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    A plead to everybody.....Chanderpaul- score at ton. Gayle, Samuels- play to your potential. Aswin, Ohja, Shami- don't rush for wickets. Llong, Kettleborough- dont raise your finger every time. Team West Indies- please score atleast 320 runs in the second innings. Because I want to see the MASTER to bat again

  • POSTED BY k51ngh on | November 15, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    i think this match is over already.......... bye bye sachin

  • POSTED BY ujverm on | November 15, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    @vvbr - what is the best approach of taking wickets? I even wondered if there is a rating system in place for that. Ashwin didn't open the bowling bhuvi did and this was not a full day. There were few overs left for the day and he made sure to try every option to get wickets. No approach of taking wickets is bad unless its unsporting.

  • POSTED BY HDG1978 on | November 15, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    Want some more fight from WI tomorrow. Hope Gayle (99 Tests) and Chanderpaul (150 Tests) with support from Samuels and Deonarine will stretch this Test to day 4 at least. Change of personnel has brought no change to their fortunes due to complete lack of application by their batsmen.

  • POSTED BY SridharKalyan on | November 15, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    It took one Sammy ("Swamy") and one Deonaraine ("Deva Naraynan") to get the God of Cricket out one final time, eh?

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    I think Chanderpaul should learn something from Rohit. I mean to say just look at Rohit's art of batting with No. 11(with due credit to Shami). I remember Chanderpaul in last game took single of the very first or second ball and thus exposing the tailenders for almost entire over.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    Sachin a true Master class. Cricket will miss him a lot.. He has scored so many centuries in foreign pitches also... Haters check his overseas record he avgs 50+ even in foreign pitches...It is nice to see pujara,rohit spend some time in the middle.. Kholi already has 4 centuries in tests and 1in Aus soil... So kholi should move to 4 and rohit at 5 and jaddu will play at 7 in SA.. We hav to wait n watch how dhawan n Vijay plays in SA. Vijay if he survives first 10 overs , he is a kind of player who can score big hundreds.. India's future is in safe hands... We can expect this young team to do well in overseas too under the calm n captain cool MSD.

  • POSTED BY BobCo on | November 15, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    If anyone needed anymore convincing of the pointlessness of these test matches and the real reason for having them, they need look no further than the scorelines. Political expedience has seen the Sth African tour sacrificed in the main for a meaningless set of matches designed to milk one last cash cow out of a man who doesn't deserve such indignity. SRT didn't need or deserve to be used in this way.

    If anyone wants to argue that SRT is better than Bradman, they need to be able to successfully argue against that average. The histogram on batting averages on wikipedia shows just how much of an anomaly Bradman was. SRT isn't a statistical anomaly. Test batting averages have a pretty good bell-curve distribution & SRT fits in a reasonable variance on that curve, Bradman is simply off the scale. And anyone who says they'd pick SRT over Bradman in their dream team is ignoring the fact Bradman scored nigh on TWICE as many runs in each innings as SRT.

  • POSTED BY SimonTHFC on | November 15, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    Sooner this farcical circus of a test series is over the better!! Seriously, it's embarrassing reading the comments and wishes of Indian fans on here. Wishing for wickets to fall for your own team, runs for the opposition. and for what, so someone who really should have stopped a few years ago can again be idolised?? I thought Indians were true cricket fans???? Given the vast swathes of empty seats on day one, which i am sure we will now see on days 3-5 I guess not. Wait until you get to SA and Eng next year, reality will certainly hit home then.

  • POSTED BY PPL11 on | November 15, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    @Talha Malik - "specially in Australia and SA where even Sachin couldn't taste success in his two decades of cricket" - Did you watched last time India visited SA? 1-1 it was, didnt you watched India thrashed Australia in Australia in 2004? oh and no wonder you dont know india trashed Australia in Australia in 2008 CB Series !! thats all Sachin tasted in SA & Aus, Yes india did lost 8 - 0 last year in Eng & Aus but thats not end of world we will strongly bounce back !!

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | November 15, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    @vvbr - If you and we fans were worth it, we would be captaining India and not criticising Dhoni!! Its a pity that the pitch is turnint on Day 2 like Day 5, what else do you think he could do! I guess he should have ask Ohja to take the ball at the other end, may be they picked 5 wkts.

  • POSTED BY rajuramki on | November 15, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Dhoni's knowledge of Ashwin goes back to 6 years in the IPL and 2 years in test cricket , with which he has used Ashwin at differant stages of the match . Again , the ball was spinning like a top on the Wankhade pitch and Dhoni knew that Ashwin can cause havoc with the new ball too . It is test cricket that is being played and the captain has to use his best resources to ensure victory . Dhoni is spot on in choosing Ashwin to open the bowling . The west indian batting has no spine and it is doubtful whether they will last beyond lunch time tomorrow . For the second time in a row , the test will come to an end on the 3rd day .It will be painful for the great west indian players of the past to see their team going down a bottomless pit .

  • POSTED BY sumit1982 on | November 15, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    The way the Caribbean's start the second innings I have feeling tomorrow will be the last day and India will win the test match by an innings. Surely even some of West Indies great player comes to the ground they even felling shame to see such a pathetic batting and blowing by Current West Indies test Cricket team.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    Sachin proved that sportsmen carrier is not short. From now on wards cricketing era will be known as pre-sachin and post-sachin era.

  • POSTED BY vamsy.ajay on | November 15, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    Still remember the days when sachin was selected in team even when he is injured just to keep up the team morale. He is not just a player but a source of strength, hope to the team and audiance.

  • POSTED BY cricktwins on | November 15, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    @cricket_unpopular : No 16000 runs.. but its ok..15847 is our independance.15-aug-1947..

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    SRT has been and still is one of my favourite cricketers, but the overdose of glorifying his retirement compared to other greats of his era is a let down. I am definitely not blaming sachin for this, but MEDIA just played down others for the sole reason of his "popularity" irrespective of his form and will utilise it for another decade.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    totally one sided ... what a boring series

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    With Sachin gone, its exciting to see new players come in who will hopefully enable India to win abroad more and specially in Australia and SA where even Sachin couldn't taste success in his two decades of cricket.

  • POSTED BY balajit on | November 15, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    Brilliant Knock by the Master! lovely finish to a glittering career. For the past 24 & half years its been great watching probably the best contemporary batsman. He has carried the burden of an entire nation so gracefully for so many years, it is unimaginable a human being can bear so much pressure yet achieve what he has and yet be so humble. What a player ! What a Man!

    People might talk of stats & all but sheer amount of Joy,sheer amount of happiness ,sheer amount of oneness he has provided us all cricket crazy Indians (billion of us) is unparalleled.

    With tears in my eyes wish to say Thank you Sachin! Thanks for all sweet memories! Thanks for providing hope in times of despair! Thanks for providing joy in times of sorrow! Thanks for being what you are a True Indian! True Legend of the sport!

  • POSTED BY TAJY on | November 15, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    West indies embarrassing themselves in front of the entire world. Beaten in 3 days in the first test, and it seems the same fate for this test. Most of the attention is on Sachin's retirement, and I guess all is right with the world if he goes out a winner. That's the only comfort for these WI players, that most the attention is not on their ineptitude in these Tests, but on Sachin.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    Sachin-the modern cricketer to be remembered,follwed by upcoming young cricketors.Srilankan fans along with Indians cherish the memory of great Indian.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    SRT .....Yes, he is the man who is responsible for the love,passion and craze for me about the game .......I can't believe that I will not see him rise the heavy bat the way he did ........We'll miss the true Legend......the true Champion ...... The Hero.....As always. Best of luck Sachin Romesh Tendulkar.

  • POSTED BY CricLover316 on | November 15, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    @vvbr- The most important factor for giving overs to Spinners was to bowl more overs. Technically he did not open the bowling with Spinners, Ashwin bowled 4th over. It was late in day and the spinners were able to bowl more overs and pick up some early wickets,so just to put some extra pressure, Dhoni did that.Dhoni has given long spells to the Fast bowlers in the previous test and in the 1st Innings of this game. Yes, I think the WI openers have found it difficult to deal with the pace attack of India,but the fact that it was the last half an hour of the day, and the pitch was assisting the spinners more in the later part of the day. In the morning, we might see more seam bowling as the Ind fast bowlers really got some purchase in the morning on Day 1, but if the WI Batsmen fall like a pack of cards against spinners(Playing Rash shots like in the 1st Innings and like Powell did), Spinners will do the damage. Its a good Wicket, but the WI batsmen never applied themselves to stay longer

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 15, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    Excellent captaincy by dhoni to open the bowling with ashwin and well rewarded. good team effort.

  • POSTED BY satishchandar on | November 15, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    @vvbr : People are difficult to be satisfied.. Beauty of cricket lies in balance between bat and ball. Your way of arguing spin tracks which lead to spinner open the bowling is as logical as people arguing for spin assistance in England and Australia..

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    I met Sachin with my son some years ago at KSCA stadium in Bangalore. I had pass to the KSCA stadium and had access to to players dining room and physiotherapy room. We could see most o the players inside, chatting and going thro massage or something..Just after few minutes Sachin just came out, had a Banana from the dining table and came straight to us and stood next us..he knows we wanted to a photograph. We took photos using our mobiles. That was the period when he was on 99 centuries and after the photo session, I said pl hit a century in this match. he just smiled and went back. It was a very special moment for us. Out of all the players it was just Sachin who came out and met the fans..he really cares for his fans..

  • POSTED BY ChrisCole43 on | November 15, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    First things first, Sachin has been a wonderful, wonderful player for many years but some of the comments during this Test have been a huge disappointment. This is a Test Match which happens to be his last game. Comments like "declare now", "hope India collaspe" etc just so there is a chance of Sachin batting in the second innings are disrepectful to the game. Also those comments about Sachin being better than Bradman because the Don didn't play ODI's or 20/20 are simply beyond belief. Someone who scord 309 runs in a single day's play may have coped quite well in the shorter version of the game had it been around back then? Also Bradman played all his career on uncovered wickets (that means real green tops not what is seen nowadays in UK, Aus, NZ, SA etc) and in Test Matches he still averaged 99.94 and scored 29 hundreds from 80 innings. Sachin will probably finish with 51 hundreds from 329 innings. Not "bashing" Sachin at all but just trying to get some perspective here.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 15, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    Is the West Indies team in India?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 15, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    Since the day I have started watching cricket as a kid my attention was grabbed my a little man holding an mrf bat...from the deafening ovation when he entered the field to the stylish elegance in his stance...from his array of flourishing copybook strokes to the bludgeoning sixes and the cheeky pedal sweeps...nobody can forget his straight drives right past the bowler with just a defensive thump of the bat which Brian Lara describes is as heavenly as "cold wine in a desert afternoon" ..after 24 years of serving the nation and carrying all the expectations of 120 crore Indians...after tormenting bowlers around the world, after amassing tonnes of runs and breaking almost all possible records and winning the respect and admiration of all players and viewers be it indian or away and most importantly staying humble and kind all the way the master blaster finally hangs his boots its is a very sad day in cricket history as we see the end of an era,there is and will be only one God of cricket

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    @vvbr : you got to understand one thing... fast bowlers in india wont get any sort of help with new ball.... its always old ball that reverse swings that helps fast bowlers... we have seen shami does that when ball was old.... so you point of getting ball to fast bowlers in initial overs ruled out... coming to your second point about confidence to bowlers.... you should now bowlers wont get their confidence if they just keeps bowling and not taking wickets.... bowlers get confidence when they pick wickets , which is not going to happen wioth new ball in subcontinent.... if you want your fast bowlers to have confidence in them give them the ball that revreses , i am sure every bowlers in subcontinent will like to bowl when the ball revevrse more than when its new.... and there goes your second point.... coming to unorthodox style of captaincy or even batting... nothing is wrong until it yeilds results...

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    Cricket generation will miss ever the Cricket Great. congratulation from a fan from Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 15, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    An era of master's stroke cames to an end.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 15, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    a round of applause for west indies plz.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 15, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    an era has over..salute to this legend...trillion time salute

  • POSTED BY vvbr on | November 15, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    @Vishwas HS. I appreciate you got what I was trying to say. My point is simple. It's not a stupid game of rock, scissors and paper! It goes back to the argument of having a new ball. You know what I mean by that? It can swing and bounce. A fast bowler who is picked up to do that will be able to do his job only when he has a new ball. By asking Ashwin to open the bowling, it has destroyed the beauty of the game. When I say lost it's beauty it's because a) Test match is not played in haste the way ODIs or T20s are played. b) When you are already in a good position to win the match why not show confidence in your fast bowlers? c) This attitude to pick wickets is negative and you know what I am not surprised that this is comign from Dhoni who does have lot of unorthodox shots in his batting! that's my thesis!

  • POSTED BY CricketFever11 on | November 15, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    Next gen thrives against West Indies........

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    Shilly playing the role of the ANIL KUMBLE for West Indies . He need HELP from the other end.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    Ok. I didn't want to believe it but after the shot Powell played I now see OUR BATSMEN HAVE NO BRAIN.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 15, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    am happy for sachin

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    Well this match is all abt the grand farewell to the great SRT but the young turks pujara and rohit, esp the latter have conveyed to the fans that there's plenty to watch out as for the future of indian batting is concerned. This match is signalling the end of one era & start of an another. I kept telling umpteentimes that had rohit made his test debut earlier he would have already been bracketted as one of the very best in comtempary cricket. so elegant & easy on the eyes. Today the way he abtted with no 11[due credit to shami] and completed his century must have made lara & steven waugh proud, the other two greats who knew how to bat with no 11. And not to forget the little gem of an inings from the srt. Thank u sachin !

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    @vvbr : wats so ugly about spinner opening bowling??? spinners are nopt bowlers??? when no.11 batsman can come and bat as a nightwatchman, a spinner can also bowl.... its not anything against the rule , is it??? you play according to your strengths.... yes dhoni is desperate, desperate for win, everybody is desperate for win... tyou dont play to daw the match or loose the match....

    ptroblem is you always think of spin bowling as some slien stuff... spinners are bowlers too... its not like they should not be bowled till ball get some overs old, is it??? game changes man, it always changes... fans need to adapt to the game....

  • POSTED BY Newlandsfaithful on | November 15, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    Both these test matches have been so one sided that they have failed to deliver anything of a spectacle. WI have no more fight in them than a dead cat and one has to wonder whether they still deserve their test status. If Sachin had shown his class against SA, that would have been something to applaud, but against this sad looking lot of no-hopers it means absolutely nothing.

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | November 15, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    The WIndies turned up. There were eleven of them. They went through the motions. They took part in two pointless mismatches which had a distant connection to the game of cricket. They will get paid. They will go home.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 15, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    what a legend player he is...I only hate him when he is batting against Pakistan but he is best player I have seen in my whole life..gonna miss u sachin

  • POSTED BY vvbr on | November 15, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    It's always ugly to see a spinner opening the bowling in a test match. It shows how the game is played. Dhoni sees no reason if Ashwin can open in T20 why can't he open in test match! He doesn't think that B. Kumar has the best chance of picking up wickets bowling with new ball where as Ashwin can pick up wickets even in the old ball! Very negative and desperate and ungentlemanly captaincy from Dhoni

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 15, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    I still remember when sachin played his first friendly match against pakistan and he hit 20 to 25 runs in an over.unforgettable!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 15, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    I still remember when he first played hus friendly match against pakistan abd he hit 20 to 25 runs in an over that was just unforgettable

  • POSTED BY Shrikar_11 on | November 15, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    seriously.. are you guys in uniform on match point? hahaha

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | November 15, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    Sachin, the great and the god of not only Indian cricket but of World cricket gives his everything to play good cricket and in last inning he plays like true hero. Every cricket fan must slaute the master for what he give to cricket. He take cricket to next to next level. Thanks Mr. Sachin for all this.

  • POSTED BY SNIFFLEATHER on | November 15, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    Mr Chambers, yes - nine overs for the skipper...one wonders why...? But then, isn't this the same skipper that generally saves his spell for the tailenders...? Perhaps he was once again, thinking about his average...

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | November 15, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    Shami has been a great find for the Indian team of late!!! I was hoping ZAKS could come back but I guess Shami is there now!!!

  • POSTED BY RAMAXI on | November 15, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    Gayle storm should hit Wankhede in 2nd innings.......or this match will be like a FOOD without SALT. All the comments avoiding the SA tour will be truth that SACHIN is afraid of facing quality bowling in his 200th Test.

  • POSTED BY SNIFFLEATHER on | November 15, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    So long Sachin, so long Sammy...

  • POSTED BY PureProteas49 on | November 15, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    What a man, What a gentleman, What a player, We will miss your presence Sachin, God bless you and your loved ones, Go well Little Master

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 15, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    I still remember when he first played his friendly match against pakistan and he hit 20 to 25 runs that was just unforgettable

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    The great ones always show human fallibility at the end. This is rather like Bradman's 99 in his final test.

  • POSTED BY AricentHarish on | November 15, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    @Cyril_Knight, his fourth innings 100 to help India win the test against England in Chennai some five years back

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    Oh look, our opening bowler has bowled all of 9 overs :) Utter nonsense.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    Good-bye Sachin! Hope you have a great time with your young family. Blessed is your Mother to have a Son like you!!!

  • POSTED BY Sarat_solemnsteel on | November 15, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    BCCI should felicitate Dravid alongside Sachin on one stage and acknowledge that The Wall is no less of a cricketing great himself. Dravid at least deserves this after not having got a fitting farewell in front of his fans and team mates on the field. It would be great to watch master and the wall together again.

  • POSTED BY KrishSachin19808 on | November 15, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    we don't know Bradman, we did not see VIV Richards play , We don't know Gavaskar , cricket means only you SACHIN. CRICKET=SACHIN.

    I may don't watch cricket if there is a day of Sachin retirement

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    Thanks Sachin you have done very well

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | November 15, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    @cyril_knight - Has to be how he dealt with Shiob Ahktar in 2003 WC in South Africa.

  • POSTED BY Prio_Nephilam on | November 15, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar is out after 74 runs.....I think i never see him playing cricket....I always support India in cricket for Sachin Tendulkar. I watched some unforgettable matches of Sachin Tendulkar.....In childhood, i always try with my bat in playing cricket & thought i am Sachin Tendulkar but nobody can be like you........ I am proud to had birth in Sachin Tendulkar ERA......I will remind you always......Thanks to you for giving some unforgettable moment.......Thanks for playing cricket.......Thanks you......

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    Sachin, you showed the world how to be great as well as simple at once. We will miss you.

  • POSTED BY Bokesh on | November 15, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    Many would come and go! but there would be no body who fits in his caliber plus humbleness. I have seen may cricketers who too had spark but no body lasted long. That's why he is so special. I do not remember how many times I have skipped office (because I was sick you know!!!) and enjoyed his batting, got early in the mornings or stayed awake late nights just to watch the live coverage, don't remember how many times, during journeys,or just being away from the tv screen, inquired about his score and heaved a sigh of relief after knowing he is still batting.Thanks for all this little genius.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    74 is not a100, But what an innings. Critics were saying a few months ago that the master has become a shadow of his past and playing from his memory. What we saw in the last 2 days was vintage SRT - the poise, grace, elegance, power, placement were all back. To play such an innings of class when he must have also be going through lot of emotions speaks volumes about this man's character. SRT rub it on to Arjun.

  • POSTED BY Cyril_Knight on | November 15, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    It's now appropriate to share our favourite Tendulkar Test match innings. Please don't look up any details just write from the heart.

    Sachin's record speaks for itself, but only tales of greatness can truly inspire. Please share...

  • POSTED BY KrishSachin19808 on | November 15, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    love you Sachin , We all remember you as long as we live .

  • POSTED BY krishn_4m_india on | November 15, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    Thank you! Sachin.. you rock.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | November 15, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    Good-bye Sachin! Now, Dravid is gone. VVS and Dada are gone. Kumble is gone and now you are gone. Nothing much left for me to follow our Team India, except for Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Rohit, Shami, Dhawan, Umesh, Ashwin and Ojha..... What I mean is, I'll continue to follow our team, just as you too would!!! ;-)! Will miss you Dearest Sachin. Take a bow, Master! Thank you for playing cricket. Hoping to see you at some level in Cricket Administration along with your Comrades Jammy, Dada and Jumbo. All the very best for your second innings in life. Hope you have a great time with your young family. Blessed is your Mother to have a Son like you!!!

  • POSTED BY Rajesh.Kumar on | November 15, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    He was truly a great player till about 2011, since then he has been in complete decline. Once in a while he made good scores, but, for example, he was a complete failure during those infamous tours of Aus and England in 2011-12, when he along with all the rest of them like Sehwag, Gambhir, VVS, Dravid, had miserable time with the bat. So BCCI is to be congratulated that it promptly got rid of all the rest (Sehwag, Gambhir, VVS, Dravid), except Tendulkar, who because of his special stature could not be dropped. Perhaps, the great man was thinking that he can turn things around, and leave after making a century, and, therefore, he chose not to retire earlier. But, that unfortunately never happened. Today he seemed to be in such a great touch that a century was there for the taking. However, he had a momentary concentration lapse, and paid the price. So I am sad for all the great memories, but also am happy that he is gone. Someone younger will get a chance in his place, which is good.

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | November 15, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    I guess no 16000 test runs hehehe

  • POSTED BY milepost on | November 15, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    I'm surprised they haven't declared so Sachin can bat again. Isn't that the only reason why this match is being played?

  • POSTED BY KFS1 on | November 15, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    I have been privileged to have watched Sachin Tendulkar for last 24 years- I still remember the debut Test in Pakistan. Consistently being part of the team and still hungry for runs- this is something very special. Thank you Sachin for giving us such a treat to watch for non stop 24 years -There will be good upcoming players but not better than you - Bye Bye - from Pakistani Fans.

  • POSTED BY Sugath on | November 15, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    All I can say is that this match too is doomed to be over within three days, and it will be 2-0 for India, by tomorrow afternoon. The chances of that happening is almost 95% probability, unless some batter from West Indies does a miracle.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    The records can be broken....even 100th Century...But the humbleness and the longevity of Tendulkar can't be...not even by the god...

  • POSTED BY yoohoo on | November 15, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy - It is good for the player if he retires a little before his time. But it is good for the team if he stays back and ensures a good transition. Look at the australian transition and the indian transition (what a difference Mike Hussey's presence would have made to this aussie team!). India has been in transition for 3-4yrs now, but they have won the WC and the champions trophy and most of the home Test series in that time. Regarding away test series, the biggest challenge for any team, they are now as ready as they can be and the youngsters will need to step up and show their game.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    As an INDIAN CRICKET fan, we always had a lot of anxiety whenever you played. The anxiety when you cut shoaib akhtar in the world cup 2003, ball was in the air and as it was times awesomely the ball just sailed over the boundary. The anxiety when you were batting in Sharjah and eventually won the finals for INDIA against australia. The anxiety in the Hero cup finals when you took the ball and got the game from South Africa.

    Sachin you have truly given the most anxious moments to INDIAN FAN. We love you for that, We love you for your calmness and composure when carrying the expectations of 1.2 billion Indians for 24 years. Sachin, the above memories and several other have been sketched in our minds and will never erase.

    Thank You for being such a humble person, such a true sportsman, such an Idol for all INDIANS. You will always be missed on the cricket field, but will always remain in our memories

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 15, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    Your success has been our success and your runs have been our runs for the last 24 years.....Thank you SACHIN....for the beautiful memories....

  • POSTED BY Mayank_Saxena1286 on | November 15, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    I wanted that Sachin make century or even double century n make 16000 test runs, but it couldn't happen but i am happy that sachin made a good score of 74 n he is looking very nice while he is batting, Sachin is a kind of player when he bats then everyone gets greedy n want that he make more n more runs n gets out, Sachin is a true inspiration n a role model, i want to thank sachin what ever he do for India n for cricket n he is admirable n a God of Cricket n I wish him all the very best for his future n he is the true Bharat Ratna of India...

  • POSTED BY Bokesh on | November 15, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    I have been going through the commentary ever since sachin resumed his innings since morning. There were some pathetic screenings asking India to collapse so that the great SRT could bat again.Ow full, I don't think even SRT would like it.I, like most of the Indians and cricket lovers abroad, am an ardent fan of his.There could be no doubt he is a real genius but still he is not greater than the game.Just get the feeling that this euphoria is getting slightly beyond the limit.And mind you, I am saying this in spite of being his ardent fan.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | November 15, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    Bye bye Sachin. It seems to be his last score. BTW, it is nice he was out before 100, otherwise I could imagine a lot of useless comments pouring in like it is an adjustment with WI. thank god! @Desikan Bhoovarahan . If you analyze a player based on a 300, then you are a kid. Try to learn what is cricket. You can ask a better question - why he was not able to score a 400 in tests.lol.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 15, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    I think the legacy that Sachin has left cannot be found in the number of centuries he has made or the mountain of runs that he has made. His true legacy lies in inspiring the new gen and the never-say-die attitude that the Kohlis and the Rohits display. This can be seen in the team spirit that Dhoni personifies.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    the man who made 1.2 billion say one word hung his boots now.... the man who has been inspiration for countless tyoung cricketers around the world hungis boots, the man who one among the most respected enemy ( to the opposite team ) hung his boot today.. cricket may or may not be same from now on.... but cricket will miss sachin for sure....

    thanks for the memories sachin.....

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    @Desikan Bhoovarahan : so how many players who come at no 4 in test scored a triple hundred??? imagne a batting line up of sehwag, gambir, dravid who can occupy the strike for 2 days . and after that sachin comes and you want him to score 300 even after that???? get a life man....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 15, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    dhoni has to declare now may be we will see little master again with bat

  • POSTED BY Samdanh on | November 15, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    The not out verdict (for Pujara caught at shortleg) after an aimlessly drawn replay time does make it very clear that even the third umpire should be made neutral. Vineet is not making such a blunder for the first time. He has done at least a few more times as third umpire (happened in ODIs) leave alone on field blunders. All the time his debatable and wrong decisions went against the opposition. Most patriotic umpire.

  • POSTED BY Vishal_07 on | November 15, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    For me, cricket will never be the same! I might just quit watching it altogether unless India is playing in WC. So glad that most of his matches have been recorded and thanks to Internet are available at fingertips.

    Thanks for all the wonderful memories, Sachin, you are one of the greatest Indians since independence. In no particular order: Lata Mangeshkar, Sachin Tendulkar, APJ Abdul Kalam, Amitabh Bacchan. These gems of people transcended boundaries, and provided immense happiness and pride to so many Indians.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    Dhoni please declare. There is no significance to this match especially against a weak WI team. What are you going to gain by getting a 300 lead and getting them out under 200. We wont get to see Sachin again. Please declare. You should have done that long back.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    @Desikan Bhoovarahan

    If team has openers like Sehwag & Gambhir with wall coming at 3, Ganguly & VVS to follow, the most opportunities came to no 1, 2 & 3 only to score triple hundred. Or team should have more dumb batsmen. It is not Hong Kong Sixes ground in India. The most flat track which you are terming are at karachi, Multan, RPS Colombo, Dhaka. Think n number of times before commenting like that........

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | November 15, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy -Yes he has been on the decline in the last two years. Imagine the value he is instilling in the young players like PUJARA, KOHLI and SHARMA - its called handing over the baton. The Indian team is benefiting.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    Thanks Sachin, we will remember you as long as Cricket stays as a sports.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | November 15, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    @Desikan - So could you score a 300? Armchair critic. Ask Gary Kirsten, Shane Warne, Ali Bacher, Sunil Gavaska, Eric Simmons, Robin Jackman....these guys have given great comments from great players. Whole of last night on Supersport they recalled documentaries of some of his great innings at Centurion, Perth - grounds all over the world. If you are calling these flat tracks? He was the highest run scorer in WC SA 2003.

  • POSTED BY RednWhiteArmy on | November 15, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    He's been on the decline for a few years now. I always think its better for people to be saying "why did he retire?" rather than "why doesnt he retire?". Sachin left it too late, but still a great servant to the game.

  • POSTED BY Mdrifai on | November 15, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    Would be extremely satisfying if he picks up a few wickets in WI 2nd innings...track might turn square..

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | November 15, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    A typical 'SACHIN" dismissal. After tea break, comes in.........then is out. Lack of concentration I suppose?

  • POSTED BY henchart on | November 15, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    KalSing : Ever tried playing without protective gears and on uncovered pitches sans helmet and chest guard that too against leather ball hurled at over 80 mph? If no,please dont drag Bradman into comparison with SRT. It shall always be Bradman v/s the rest including SRT. SRT is great no doubt but not the greatest. Bradman was more prolific .Period.

  • POSTED BY Hetdave19 on | November 15, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    Well, lets just take match on its face value instead of deliberating upon the scenarios where Sachin could bat again. He has done what he could. I would rather take 74 in his last innings, instead of may be an early dismissal in second innings. So let's enjoy the match and say a happy good bye to Sachin.!!B Y E ! BY E ! GOD we are thankful we got like you a good champ

  • POSTED BY arunramkrish on | November 15, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    Dhone, Please please declare!!! When it all revolves around Sachin, its not a match if Tendulkar is not on field. We want him back on field!!! Please declare. Let him bowl. Atleast declare after pujara and kohli hits centuries.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 15, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    Thank u god for all your memories... You make us so proud... We did't imagine a cricket without u...

  • POSTED BY A..G.. on | November 15, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    Please...I dont like comparing Sachin to God. Ok he may be awesome, but not Sachin Tendulkar.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    He couldn't score a single 300 even on flat tracks, after playing in 200 tests. Good riddance.

  • POSTED BY wanatawu on | November 15, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    Please declare India we wanna see Tendulkar again.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 15, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    goodbye GOD of cricket .... onlyone to make us smile and cry at the same time.. a masterly finish to a outstanding career

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    Thanks for the memories Sachin.... He's the reason MILLIONS watched and fell in love with this sport !!!

  • POSTED BY KalSin on | November 15, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    Sachin is the greatest batsman ever. Do not compare him with Bradman who only played test cricket and thats too with a handful of nations. Sachin played 3 formats of cricket, all of it with great success, played with over 15 countries, in different pitches, environments and climates. His record is unparalleled. I doubt if Bradman would have achieved the consistency Sachin did if cricket was played in such diverse conditions as today. I have enjoyed watching Sachin bat for so long and only time I rejoiced at his dismissal was when he played against Sri Lanka (because I'm Sri Lankan). Thank you Sachin for entertaining us for so long.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    What a end of a GREAT CRICKET LEGEND SACHIN ROMESH TENDULKAR.Thanks for entertaining the world for the last 24 long years.Don't leave cricket in totality.The world cricket needs your service in any capacity.Your experience will help cricket to devlope more.Take rest for few months.Stay well.We all pray for your long life and good health.

    Nazrul from Bangladesh

  • POSTED BY killerfantacy on | November 15, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    who says this is final ing this is game of cricket sudden colaps and india need 300 to win in 4th ing sachin make 100 and put a last ball for 4 india win perfect script for gr8 man

  • POSTED BY thebeardedblunder on | November 15, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    Just woke in England and the very first thing i've done is check on whether The Little Master was still batting.....how sad there wasn't to be a farewell, fairytale Century. I'm frankly, feeling rather gutted!

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    AND the Agony is over !!!

    24 years of burden carried on this small shoulders is going to be over in next few days! Lets all salute this Great Man for his National service !

    Personally his carrier had JUST FAST FORWARDED our Life from Being young Boys to what we are Now ! Thank you SACHIN for every thing you gave ! no words , only sweat Tears

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  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    AND the Agony is over !!!

    24 years of burden carried on this small shoulders is going to be over in next few days! Lets all salute this Great Man for his National service !

    Personally his carrier had JUST FAST FORWARDED our Life from Being young Boys to what we are Now ! Thank you SACHIN for every thing you gave ! no words , only sweat Tears

  • POSTED BY thebeardedblunder on | November 15, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    Just woke in England and the very first thing i've done is check on whether The Little Master was still batting.....how sad there wasn't to be a farewell, fairytale Century. I'm frankly, feeling rather gutted!

  • POSTED BY killerfantacy on | November 15, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    who says this is final ing this is game of cricket sudden colaps and india need 300 to win in 4th ing sachin make 100 and put a last ball for 4 india win perfect script for gr8 man

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    What a end of a GREAT CRICKET LEGEND SACHIN ROMESH TENDULKAR.Thanks for entertaining the world for the last 24 long years.Don't leave cricket in totality.The world cricket needs your service in any capacity.Your experience will help cricket to devlope more.Take rest for few months.Stay well.We all pray for your long life and good health.

    Nazrul from Bangladesh

  • POSTED BY KalSin on | November 15, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    Sachin is the greatest batsman ever. Do not compare him with Bradman who only played test cricket and thats too with a handful of nations. Sachin played 3 formats of cricket, all of it with great success, played with over 15 countries, in different pitches, environments and climates. His record is unparalleled. I doubt if Bradman would have achieved the consistency Sachin did if cricket was played in such diverse conditions as today. I have enjoyed watching Sachin bat for so long and only time I rejoiced at his dismissal was when he played against Sri Lanka (because I'm Sri Lankan). Thank you Sachin for entertaining us for so long.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    Thanks for the memories Sachin.... He's the reason MILLIONS watched and fell in love with this sport !!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 15, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    goodbye GOD of cricket .... onlyone to make us smile and cry at the same time.. a masterly finish to a outstanding career

  • POSTED BY wanatawu on | November 15, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    Please declare India we wanna see Tendulkar again.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    He couldn't score a single 300 even on flat tracks, after playing in 200 tests. Good riddance.

  • POSTED BY A..G.. on | November 15, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    Please...I dont like comparing Sachin to God. Ok he may be awesome, but not Sachin Tendulkar.