India v West Indies, 2nd Test, Mumbai, 3rd day

Tendulkar and his people savour the final hours

With victory over West Indies a surety, Sachin Tendulkar took time out during his final day of cricket to enjoy the moment with his fans, team-mates and family

Sidharth Monga in Mumbai

November 16, 2013

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At 9.05am, Sachin Tendulkar scored a goal in the warm-up football teams play before the start of a day's play. This was the final day of his international cricket career. A healthy crowd had already entered through the gates. This was no mundane warm-up. They were all watching, and cheered Tendulkar on. Tendulkar, who has shed a lot of his restraint over the last week, waving to crowds at every boundary he goes to, now removed his hat and took a bow. That's about as much showmanship as Tendulkar has ever exhibited. It also began the first round of "Sachiiiiiin, Sachin" for one final day, although people still hoped that West Indies would make India bat a second time and take two early wickets so they could watch Tendulkar bat again today. And tomorrow.

At 9.12am, Tendulkar walked towards the steps to go back up into the dressing room and change into India whites for one last time. What was he feeling? He possibly wouldn't remember, because people on either side asked him for autographs, and Tendulkar didn't turn them down. The staircase has 34 steps. It took him three minutes to finally make it to the top. Over the next few minutes he would have changed into his match whites, taped his fingers - disfigured from 29 years of non-stop competitive cricket, during which time one by one his team-mates kept walking out.

Finally, at 9.26am, out he came with a confident walk, that white hat on, not perfectly stiff - it's probably his lucky one, and he has been wearing it soon after he washes too - the right hand pushing the bracelet up. The Wankhede Stadium came back to life as soon as the left foot touched one of the 34 steps. After a team photograph was taken, MS Dhoni took the team off the field and let Tendulkar lead them back on. Tendulkar walked in for what could be his last session, surveyed the Wankhede Stadium, his Wankhede Stadium, even as two cameramen walked in front of him and Dhoni to his side.

Tendulkar took his position at short-fine leg as R Ashwin began the overnight over at 9.31am. Before the next over started, Tendulkar was sent back to long-on. Pragyan Ojha could have bowled right-arm legbreaks and would have gone unnoticed. Tendulkar was not only at the boundary, he was waving to his fans. This is a bond difficult to thoroughly explain. Suffice to say Tendulkar has been the most popular personality across all parameters in independent India. The rest of the cricket didn't matter once again.

On his final day of international cricket, in front of his home crowd, Tendulkar did let himself go a bit. Off the third ball of this over, he didn't take a start towards a ball hit between him and deep midwicket, and let the other fielder field it. But he was back to full attention now as he raised his arms and wanted to know where to field - on the boundary or up at mid-off - for the other batsman, Marlon Samuels. He was asked to stay back at long-off, much to the crowd's joy.

People in the stands either wanted Tendulkar to bowl or West Indies to score a lot of runs so they could see Tendulkar bat. Before the start of the 17th over, it seemed they had had their first wish. Tendulkar went from short-fine leg towards the umpire, the crowd left their seats and began to applaud, only to see he was taking R Ashwin's cap over to the umpire. What a tease. What a ritual, though - one he had going with Anil Kumble. During Kumble's perfect ten, Tendulkar insisted he hand the bowler's cap over to the umpire. He did so before Kumble's last over in Test cricket too. Now he was beginning to do the same for Kumble's successors.

Before the 18th over, Tendulkar went to do the same for Ojha. The idea there is for Tendulkar to give advice to the bowler, which Ojha took although he went ahead and handed over his cap himself. The Wankhede crowd didn't like it, and let it be known. Never has a Test so one-sided been so keenly watched in India. Three balls later, Samuels lost his mind, and was stumped by a mile. Tendulkar jogged in from long-off, Ojha broke the huddle next to the stumps and ran to greet Tendulkar. Who knows, it might have been something that Tendulkar pointed out?

It is difficult to imagine what Tendulkar would have been going through. This was turning out to be a perfect end for him. He had had a good innings while he batted - not a hundred, but still fluent, delightful even. Now there was no pressure as West Indies never really challenged India with the bat. The innings win looked certain, and Tendulkar could now just savour his last day in Test cricket. He would also have wanted wickets, but with every wicket that final moment would come closer. That final moment that you know is inevitable, but still want to avoid as much as possible. "Save tonight/From the break of dawn/Come tomorrow/Tomorrow I'll be gone."


Sachin Tendulkar bids farewell, India v West Indies, 2nd Test, Mumbai, 3rd day, November 16, 2013
Sachin Tendulkar indulged his fans on an emotional final day © BCCI
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So Tendulkar saved tonight. He would look back into the stands, he would smile, and every five minutes or so he would wave to the crowd. The crowd of course would go mad. They, too, were in a quandary. They wanted India to win, but they wanted them to drag this out as much as possible.

This, though, was ending fast. Chris Gayle and Narsingh Deonarine fell in the 22nd and 24th overs. Things were happening too fast to process. People were happy for Tendulkar and India, but they weren't quite prepared for the end yet. You can never be. What they wanted, though, was a bowl for Tendulkar. About 48 minutes into the day's play, Dhoni did remove Ojha. Tendulkar wasn't too far out of sight, but the 30th over went to Mohammed Shami and the whole Wankhede booed. Dhoni is the best captain to have at such times. He doesn't get swayed by emotion, and while he is a bit of a showman, he waits for the right time. That wasn't the right time.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Denesh Ramdin now built up a partnership. The crowd quietened down a bit. For about 19 minutes more, because that's when they sensed another bowling change. Ojha, who had got a change of ends, was now being taken off. Another massive "boo" arrived as the ball was thrown to Ashwin. "Dhoni hai hai [Down with Dhoni]," went round the stadium. Dhoni didn't care. You sensed he would give Tendulkar a bowl after the eighth wicket had fallen.

The bowling change worked as Ashwin trapped Chanderpaul. Soon Ojha removed the clueless West Indies captain, Darren Sammy. There were eight minutes to go to lunch. "We want Sachin." A minute later, between over breaks, Tendulkar began to remove some of the strapping on his fingers as he stood next to the pitch. The crowd leaned forward, but they knew they had been teased before. So they waited. Then Virat Kohli left him alone at the pitch, and clapped as he walked off. Here it was. Tendulkar removed his hat, and switched the electricity in the crowd on.

There were only about 20,000 people in the stands, but as they all stood up they became the loudest 20,000 people you could imagine. As he corrected his hair, pushed the bracelet up, twirled the ball and set the field - two slips, gully, short leg, long-on, long-off - the sound built and built. The batsman, Ramdin, waited for the 41st over to begin. He must have thought he was facing Lillee and Marshall combined. The first ball was a legbreak, landed on middle and leg, but was too full, and was defended easily. Tendulkar sent out a full toss next ball. Were those palms sweating?

Tendulkar looked up at the big screen for a replay. Big screens were not even thought of when Tendulkar started bowling in Tests. They showed Ajit Tendulkar - dada to the younger Tendulkar - after the replay. It had been three minutes since he was given the ball, and he had bowled only three balls. The googly didn't arrive in that over. At 11.27am, the over finished, and this meant the last over for him before lunch unless Ojha took the ninth wicket in the next over.

Ojha didn't, but he sped through the over. There were a few seconds left. The leg umpire began to walk to the stumps, at his normal pace, but halfway through the clock turned over. He then spoke on his walkie-talkie, and it turned out we were extending this. So Tendulkar got a bowl again. "Thank you, Sachin" chants now. The second ball of this over was meant to be an offbreak but it turned out to be a generous full toss. The fourth was a googly, but too short and too straight, although that extra bounce could not be missed.

The over ended, and Tendulkar went back to his fielding position at the boundary. The next over ended too. Dhoni looked towards Tendulkar at long-on. Tendulkar raised his hands to tell the captain he had had enough. It was time to go for the kill. Immediately Ashwin was brought back, and four balls later the wicket was delivered. Now the last man was in. It could be any moment now. This was the end, my friend. Hey there, lady, don't bend to pick up the ball of wool, you might miss the moment.

There was a huddle after Ashwin took that wicket, but Tendulkar left it prematurely. Presumably the captain and the team were rehearsing their plans as to what to do after the last wicket was taken. For half a minute they discussed, even as Tendulkar stood at the boundary.

Eleven minutes later, at 11.50am, the moment arrived. Tendulkar had just been moved to square leg. Shami bowled Shannon Gabriel through the gate. Tendulkar raised his arms in joy. It was all over. Tendulkar was a former professional cricketer now, after 29 years of his 40-year-old life. He ran towards the stumps. Players were already there to hand him those. The extras came out, everybody formed a guard. Tendulkar walked through it, but the players formed a fresh guard as soon as he reached the end. This was supposed to happen till the end of the ground, but they couldn't keep pace with him. Did he wipe a tear off as he approached the dressing room?

For the next one hour, nobody sat, nobody moved, nobody left. They waited patiently for all the awards to be given before Tendulkar was called upon to speak at 12.28pm. Classily, Ravi Shastri, the man conducting the interviews, handed over the mic and left the frame. For 20 minutes, Tendulkar spoke and thanked everybody who contributed to his success. Most touchingly, he spoke of the "Sachiiiiin, Sachin" chant.

Chaos ensued after Tendulkar was done talking. You wished he would be left alone when he took a lap around the ground. It's between him and his biggest lovers. A unique bond. Let him savour it all alone. However, it is too much to expect that in India. Hundreds tagged along. You couldn't see anything but an India flag being waved by possibly the shortest man in that group. Hangers-on again. A constant in his life. The crowd was being denied this private moment. They had earned it. They deserved it. Rightly they shouted, "Extras ko phenk do [Throw out the extras]."

Thankfully, though, his team-mates and family were with Tendulkar. The team-mates took turns to carry him on his shoulders so he at least stood out. After the lap was over, he made a special request to everybody to leave him alone because he had to go meet another lover of his. He walked back to the pitch, bent down, touched it with both hands, and then touched his heart. On the way back, he wiped his eye. Tendulkar had left the building. Only he knows how tomorrow morning will be, when he has no bowler, no contest, no pitch, no team to prepare against.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Vaibhav20 on (November 19, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

Every Time I heard Master's Last Speech My eye's Tears start flowing from eye's .Master you give 24 year's of your life to cricket and your millions fan's but now its time to your family turn to liv the life with Legend.

Posted by Ranjit_sourav on (November 18, 2013, 19:53 GMT)

When Kumble retired and was doing his last lap of honour, I remember telling to my Mom, "Definitely one day Sachin will do the same and I dont know how will I react to that?.and she told me that I will definitely weep on that day". This happened exactly 5 years back, Now she witnessed and saw me weeping 2 days back.Thank You Sachin for all the memories.

Posted by muzika_tchaikovskogo on (November 18, 2013, 13:01 GMT)

Just reading this article drove me to tears. Goodbye Sachin, we'll miss you forever.

Posted by Abhishek.2626 on (November 18, 2013, 12:15 GMT)

Even until now.. "Sachin" keeps crossing my mind every minute. Couldnt control my tears when I saw him walk after getting dismissed. And his Speech made me a total "cry baby". Been watching it everyday and I cry everytime I see it. And when he said "Sachin, Sachin which will reverberate in my ears till I stop breathing.", I started crying inconsolably and was shouting Sachiin Sachin in my room. Neva knew I was such an emotional guy. lol

I am still not able to come to terms with his retirement. My room being filled with a lot of his posters makes it even hard for me everyday when I have to get up and look at him.

Love you always Sachin.

Posted by veerajai on (November 18, 2013, 10:53 GMT)

When Sachin palyed the desert storm innings we celebrated our loss like a vicotry and when we won the series more comprehensively than before, we forgot to celebrate the victory again because of Sachin. Thnk u great man

Posted by Venkat_ajith on (November 18, 2013, 7:15 GMT)

Sachin is a born legend in cricket. I am very happy to be living in the era sachin lived. No other crickters will break his record. All the very best for Sachin for his retirement.

SACHINNNNNNNNN.................. SACHIN

Posted by kingkarthik on (November 18, 2013, 5:58 GMT)

@Rags57 - I think that you are seriously misinformed. The role that the BCCI had to play in the farewell was minimal if not less than 10%. What you saw out there were tributes pouring in from people to whom Sachin meant something. Something beyong the runs, statistic and records. It was HOPE. While players like Dravid, Ganguly, Kumble, Laxman and Gavaskar were also real heros and real role models, they did not inspire the HOPE of a nation that Sachin did. The fans, the people of the nation, the media all felt that they had a role to play in thanking Sachin for the HOPE that he provided that India can take on the world. That India can be a Juggernaut in the world stage. That India can become a superpower. That India despite its boom will stay true to it's cultural ethos. We were saluting the aura. We were saluting the message. We were saluting the inspiration etched in our hearts. We were celebrating his role in our upbringing. I am living in Sri Lanka and I am proud of this man.

Posted by MeetSachinPatelTendulkar on (November 18, 2013, 0:23 GMT)

He who won our hearts with ease He who unconsciously put us to tears He who filled our souls with inspiration He who stands taller than his frame but remains grounded He who is robust amid rubble

He is Sir Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar

Despite being born long after Sir Tendulkar's career, I have been able to watch Tendulkar play the game and live his life with such ease, undeterred by the heavy expectations imposed upon him. Through virtuous dedication, he continues to inspire us of how to play the game and live life ever so humbly. I have not been able to accomplish my dream of seeing you play from the stands, but I continue to miss you beautifully timing a ball off the back foot to send it gracefully to the cover boundary.

I don't know where this will reach to, but there is no way to appreciate your achievements and the way you have inspired me and millions more, to play cricket and live life with such sacrifices. SACHIIIIIN-SACHIN

#ThankYouSachin and have an exultant retired life!

Posted by   on (November 18, 2013, 0:10 GMT)

The Little Master..The Next Don..The Art of Batting...The Great Sportsman....The Great Human Being...The God...Very Very Very Thank you for the 24 years of entertainment which made the nation and us so proud. Our childhood became more joyful and filled with full of cherished moments ONLY because of you. We miss you and still not able believe that the little master's bat is going to be rested. I am writing this comment with tears......SACHIN...SACHIN....

Posted by Kashi0127 on (November 17, 2013, 13:20 GMT)

@Rags57 Totally agree with you. While Sachin has hogged all the statistics and records , he has done the same with regard to the kind of euphoria or madness to the point of it making one feel sick. So much so one of the newspapers reported the scientist CNR Rao who was alos given the India's highest Award Bharat Ratna as doing a Sachin! What an insult to a great scientist. If anything would stop me watching cricket its the kind of depressing celebrations on Sachin retirement.

Posted by suresh_nottath on (November 17, 2013, 12:00 GMT)

From being a diehard fan of Sachin and of late camouflaged to being his hardest critic, venting for his retirement…. Yesterday, as the match ended...more than the joy of India winning....I could not resist my tears, when stuck with the reality, that I will not be able to watch the 'little master' play anymore.It is practically enviable, or unimaginable for most of us to even think of the amount of hard work he had put, the kind of volcanic pressures he had confronted, having shouldered the responsibilities with utmost patience, tirelessly delivering all these years, and then to finally retire on a high note. Truly he is the 'superman of cricket' & our thanks to him for all the entertainment that he has provided all these years…Wising him all the very best, in whatever he does…

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

i am still sad...cant believe SRT has retired,but well played master blaster.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 11:28 GMT)

Like many other fans of Sachin i too feel the cricket especially Indian cricket lost his soul... I have been lucky to born in the same era of him... to live with him to see him all my life. May be it could be argued whether he is the best batsman or not but surely he is one of the finest gentleman for the "Brand" Cricket. Players will come n go... but there would be only one "Sachin". #Thankyou Sachin#

Posted by Rags57 on (November 17, 2013, 11:15 GMT)

While I believe Sachin deserved every bit of what he got as part of the farewell for what he has done to the game in India and for being the ultimate example of a sportsman all his life, I can not but wonder why even 50% of this (would even say 25%) was not done to the likes of Dravid and Laxman who contributed phenomenally along with Sachin to cricket in India. While their records may not compare with Sachin's, for sheer value to the team and for their sportsmanship they belong to a similar category as Sachin does if only to a slightly smaller extent. Was BCCI partial in their regard? Even in the past we have had great people retire - like Kumble and Gavaskar - two really all time greats and there was no farewell worthy of mention even in their cases. There is something for BCCI to reflect on when the emotions and euphoria about Tendulkar die down.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 10:59 GMT)

still I can't imagine sachin is retired it is very difficult for me to think that sachin is retired will miss u a lot.......

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 10:49 GMT)

@ ArunKB...Dear sir, We are not here to debate over Sachin's match winning ability...people who r posting their comments here r in remembrance of a wonderful Cricketer who's strokeplay defined right handed batting n is followed by many..people here r talking about the humble person he was n still is n also conveying the respect they have for him.. Jus thought of making you understand this as not every person has a mind sane enough to understand such things...n yes then we also have some cribbers around u c ;-) ..btw talking about Sachin... can't comment on ur cricketing abilities (as there r many with loads of time to debate here;-)..) but yes u have been "THE BEST AMBASSADOR CRICKET OR ANY SPORT COULD EVER HAVE" n I feel very proud n lucky to be a part of the country n city where u belong...Sachiiiinnn Sachin!!!! :-)

Posted by Fan1969 on (November 17, 2013, 10:10 GMT)

As a cricket lover, it was easy to run after Tendulkar. As a 40 year old till Tendulkar played, I could be a kid. Can I do that with Kohli, Rohit, Shami more? Can we now go and watch matches and get bats signed etc. etc.

A whole generation of cricket lovers will probably still follow the game, but not follow any person. I am not a fan anymore, just a cricket lover.

The craziness is gone...I have become mature

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 10:00 GMT)

People from other country will think that this too much. But to put the feelings in perspective, it is like a religion (followed by a billion) is now without the god.

I do not think, in my lifetime anyone can replace Sachin.

Thanks Sachin for all the entertainment you have provided over the last 24 years.

Posted by RanjithShettyJordan on (November 17, 2013, 9:38 GMT)

Till yesterday i never thought i am a middle aged man, because sachin is there, he is still playing and nobody can call us old. Today morning i got up and think that yes today suddenly i became a middle aged man and my childhood is finished and started to think what next? There was a powerful black hole in front of my eyes and at that point i am blind. Sitting alone in the office and shedding tears to give send off in a remote place in the middle of the earth far from the real action. One of my colleague came and asked me why you are soo sad from last four days? i had no replay. But in back of my mind without my knowledge i was not a normal man,i was not feeling well, sensing something wrong and i was feeling i am losing something important in my life forever.That day when he started his carrier inspired me to play and follow cricket.Mad and time waste game of cricket for some at that time.After 24 years i saw same old people became fans of sachin and started following cricket.SACHIN

Posted by kk777 on (November 17, 2013, 9:27 GMT)

Bible Psalm 74(the last inning score of Sachin): O god! Why hast thou cast us off forever ? ...prophetic, isn't it ?

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 9:11 GMT)

In an era where so many cricketers feel the need to be arrogant and aggressive, what a pleasure it has been to watch a pure and true gentleman of the game for so many years. Outstanding cricketer - yes, but above all - a gentleman. All the best for your retirement from a South African supporter.

Posted by GRVJPR on (November 17, 2013, 9:10 GMT)

@ shukam BCCI wanted that, but Sachin Said no since he wanted to concentrate on test series that followed. Don't try to show that Indians don't respect their heroes. We are intelligent enough to read between the lines.

Posted by testcricket_bestcricket on (November 17, 2013, 9:05 GMT)

Love you Sachin...One of the emotional day of my life....You are a true legend.... Its not only your records dat seprate you from the whole world..its ur true spirit of d game n d manner in which u played ur cricket throughout ur career....Salute....... I hope to see u in d indian dressing room again as a coach or as a mentor....

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

It has been a day since Sachin delivered his farewell speech. Still, tears fill my eyes whenever I read his speech on the newspaper/ website. I have the same feeling that I had when my girlfriend left me. I realize how much I have loved this man. No other cricketer has evoked such emotions when retiring and probably no one will ever will. Will always miss you, Sachin. For me, cricket is dead.

Posted by shukam on (November 17, 2013, 8:45 GMT)

It would have been great if BCCI would have given a similar farewell to Sachin in one dayers as well. It was a real disappointment for all of us

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 8:40 GMT)

The man who loved the game like a child for the past 29 years and took nation's immense expectations and burden on his sole shoulders at a time when there was hardly a match winner in the team. Amid many criticisms and whining he just kept his head high and let his game talk, one could imagine how hard it can be to him without the game. Many things to learn from him as an individual, you be a cricketer or not, he is a legendary example to anyone. One thing he touched his billions of fans around the world by concluding "the chant sachiiiin sachin" would reverberate in his ears till his last breathe.

Thank you Sachin Tendulkar for everything..

Posted by Suren_Deep on (November 17, 2013, 7:47 GMT)

God of Cricket!.

Our eye's are full of tears..

Thank you for giving us the wonderful (24) Years of True Sportsmanship.

We Love You Sachin...

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 7:39 GMT)

I was away from TV whole day due to official visit.Came back at night.Listen to the farewell speech of the GREAT LEGENDARY CRICKETING GENIOUS R S TENDULKAR.What a speech? I can only compare with Abraham Lincoln( BY THE PEOPLE ...),Martin Luther King( I HAVE A DREAM) or Our father of the Nation Bangabondhu Sheik Mujubur Rahman(07 March'1971).Hats off to you Sachine. This is the first time I saw Sachin breaking into emotion after all he is also human being. All the good wishes for you SACHIN.NAZRUL from Dhaka,Bangladesh

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 7:35 GMT)

i never ever cried for any reason and for any body since i remembered, but really i dont know how did i cry when sachin said the good bye.... in fact i would have done something mad if i not turned off the TV.. I luvvvvvvvvv uuuuuuuuu sachin......

Posted by raj_n on (November 17, 2013, 7:26 GMT)

With 2 and half days left we could have easily managed another 'Test' one last time. Anyways the pied piper of cricket has gone. What memories!!! God bless him.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 6:41 GMT)

Your Memories will remain forever. You are solely connected with many of my small childhood memories. Today, I felt like those memories were flown away. since you are the one who were surrounded by those memories. I am feeling so empty, distorted and drifted. Please don't just disappear. If you do, the existence of cricket also going to be wiped out.

Posted by Ankitsuperking on (November 17, 2013, 6:37 GMT)

Sachin is a global icon..Pride and respect he has brought to India by staying at top for 24 years and being considered as the best and yet the most respected is incredible and unmatchable. He has been instrumental in BCCI becoming the richest cricket board...Every one talks about his cricketing genius but it is not just his batting records which makes him the greatest...Its the grace and dignity with he has handled all this success for 24 long years..he did not change a person, had same humility and respect for others..It is this trait which sets him apart from others and is the reason why he is such a loved person and a roll model for people in various sphere of life......

Posted by vigneshmurali on (November 17, 2013, 6:36 GMT)

i feel very bad .no , i mean i really feel sometin different inside of me. i cant take the fact that hes gone. the only reason we looked down upon other teams with a level of complacency was beacuse we knew SRT could handle n e attack and guide us to a win.i will miss him too much now i think this will further unite us as a cricketing country because speakin on behalf of die hard indian fans were a family and family stick together during time of troubles.lets hope we continue to win without god which theoritically seems impossible.cheers to sachin!!hope u hve a beautiful retired life!! could have reduced the emotion from ur speech sachin i cant get it outta my head

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 5:47 GMT)

When the scientists found out the GOD PARTICLE,the whole scientific world listened to them anxiously.But they have forgot to mention about the another god particle called SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR which was born in india. AL VIDA MASTER. Thanks for ur memories all these years.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 5:46 GMT)

India has never had a master blaster until Sachin came in. Like Bradman who defined nascent Australia's identity in the world, Sachin epitomized India's emergence as a world power in the 90s. Despite the hero-worship and constant adulation, he has retained his modesty that has endeared him to millions of Indians. His contribution transcends cricket, and extends to nation building - Which is why, he is a true Bharat Ratna.

Posted by cric_wanderer on (November 17, 2013, 5:03 GMT)

He had come just to play cricket. And he played it the best way one could have hoped for. The records may be broken some day. But the memories will always remain.He was the first among the golden generation of Indian cricketers to arrive and the last one to leave us. Indian cricket may conquer new heights in future. But one thing is for sure, there will never be be such a set of gentlemen playing together. Together, they gave us countless moments of joy. Together, they made us believe we could do it. Together, they made cricket special for millions. Thank you Sachin. And thank you Anil, Sourav, Rahul and VVS. Thank you.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 4:59 GMT)

No Doubt He is such a player that ever been remembered after Sir Done B.M No record left in cricket that he can't achieve. He is absolute Master in all copy book shots.He is an open cricket book ,You can learn what you want from him.All Pakistan Solute Sir Sachin with the depth of our Heart.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 4:44 GMT)

What a great cricketer he was. Wish him good luck for his future carrier.long life SRT.

Posted by MangeshBorgaonkar on (November 17, 2013, 4:35 GMT)

Most Emotional Speech of the Decade by Our Living Legend...! Hatss Off to you Bharatratna Sir SACHIN TENDULKAR for giving Priceless Moments for Every Indian...!

Posted by kmguhan on (November 17, 2013, 4:18 GMT)

well done man. The whole of india is proud of you. His long 24 years service to nation is a great thing and matchless. We salute you.

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

SIR SACHIN TENDULKAR....

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 4:10 GMT)

An absolute marvel of a man supreme in ability and unselfish to his country God's gift to India. I remember watching him dispatch NZ at Eden Park in Auckland in 1994 the best innings I have ever witnessed live. Cricket has been in Sachin's life since day one now he can enjoy retirement and his family. Very sad to see you go however I have been blessed to watch you destroy the greatest of attacks and keep your wits about you never have you been in the media for a bad thing. Respected around the world by people of all creeds and colour you have effectively been immortalised. Legends are not made they are born. You are true to that statement. An absolute legend all the best Sachin 'The Master Blaster' Tendulkar.

Posted by ArunKB on (November 17, 2013, 3:26 GMT)

He stayed 3-5 years longer than what he should have. Was a great batsman but not a match winner. Had several entertaining innings but rare match winning or match saving innings. Hold your tears and move on.

Posted by madhu1958 on (November 17, 2013, 2:13 GMT)

He is GOD & He is a True Hero. He is a Son every parents would like to have. He is a brother, every brother & sister would like to have, He is a friend every friend would like to have, He is Team mate every team would like to have, He is a Husband every wife would like to have, He is a Father every child would like to have, He is a Indian every Indian would like to be & be Proud of it. He is the Only Indian for whom every Indian prayed when he went to play. Across all ages,religion, rich or poor, Every Indian Loved him by Heart. We will all miss you SACHIN

Posted by Ram_O on (November 17, 2013, 1:51 GMT)

For the past 16 years, since I came to US, I have been reading something or other, daily about Sachin, CRICINFO, THATSCRICKET, BBC and ABC are few to name. The technology brought the man closer to the millions of hearts, including that of yours truly. Fortunately or unfortunately, I fall asleep last night and did not get any glimpse of the man, live! When i woke up, it's all over. May be it's by design! May be that's the best way, ignorance is bliss! But from now on, I don't know what I'd look for in the internet! Thank you Sachin, for realizing all the dreams of the billions! I don't call you GOD, for GOD is supposed to be perfect! No on in this world should be called or treated as GOD because we may never reach that person! And I don't call CRICKET as a temple, for it's a mere sport which I still play at the age of 43! But what you are to me and the billions around the world is a man with dream, with relentless pursuit, hard work and dedication. wish you the very best! Love you.

Posted by Dubbs on (November 17, 2013, 0:31 GMT)

I remember I went to West Indies just after the 20/20 World Cup in England to watch ODI between India and West Indies. I was on the same plane as the West Indian cricket team and got into a conversation with Dwayne Bravo and told him I was going just to watch ODI in Jamaica because I wanted to watch SRT at the home of cricket. To my bemusement he told me that he was resting for the series. I still went and saw the 2 matches in Kingston, but I didn't care if India won or lost because heartbeat of Indian cricket was not there.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 0:19 GMT)

not a big fan of sachin but feel like something missed. now realise that he was part of my life all these 24 years or so.

Posted by RameshRayaprolu on (November 16, 2013, 23:49 GMT)

Sachin absolutely deserves every respect, every award, every honor that comes towards him! I can Never forget Nov 16 2013, it was such an emotional day for me. Although I was aware that this series is his last one, I could never imagine Indian Cricket without Sachin...but now, that is the truth...!!!

Salutes from the bottom of my HEART to GOD....Bharat Ratna...Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar !!

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 23:28 GMT)

Some people urinate on the pitch, some people bite the ball but only God sent Sachin touched and prayed the sacred 22yards!! Tats y cricket can now only be played by humans!! It's 5am in India and I am sure Sachin is awake trying to get ready to practice..someone may have to remind him that he has retired!!

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 22:27 GMT)

This guy, what can i say is a brilliant player. It is so sad that he has retired... very upsetting. But then time does catch up and eventually he would have had to retire some day and unfortunately it was today.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 22:12 GMT)

If there ever was/is a perfect role-model for aspiring cricketers - Tendulkar is the one!

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 22:05 GMT)

it was a real heartfelt moment while SRT gave his emotional thanking speech but what I felt he missed out was the mention of his school mate Vinod Kambli with whom he shared that shocking world record pattern ship for which he became famous whatever the circumstances he should have mentioned his name

Posted by Biggest_Cricket_Fan on (November 16, 2013, 22:00 GMT)

They say think before you wish for, who knows your wish may come true... I was one of many asking for Sachin to retire after 2011 WC and thereafter considering his lean form and give youngsters a chance. Little I knew my wish would come true and leave all of us in such a dire state of mind. Today I still remember that day like yesterday standing in naka in Thane with my friends and talking about this kid knocked by Waquar in Pakistan. I had a little upper hand with my friends as I had seen him in his first Ranji match against Gujarat and could brag to friends about him. Little anyone knew then his retirement after 24 years will make the nation like India come to stand still and make them cry. Many people have talked about his cricketing skills & technique but his gesture towards pitch yesterday was just showing how simple human being he was in all his life and why people around the world admire him so much. "Miss you Sachin" will be an understatement. Can't imagine #4 w/o Sachin.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 21:32 GMT)

Now i don't need to ignore calls or SMS Of my closed ones to watch him bat.. I don't need to be superstitious sitting in a same place till he bats Now i don't need to fight to anyone for Sachin.. I don't need to Bunk my Classes or work to watch him bat.. I don't need to skip my breakfast or Lunch or Dinner to watch enjoy his batting.. I don't need to skip my tour plans to watch him bat.. I don't need to feel tensed when he nears 90's

Last but not least i doesn't need to sit and watch a cricket match for one full day.. Cricket is not going to be the same again for me without him.. He had Retired in Cricket but he will never retire from my hearts

Posted by aarifboy on (November 16, 2013, 21:30 GMT)

Cricket followers who couldn't forget Bradman for over a century seem like would forget Tendulkar in less than a year.

Posted by Chona on (November 16, 2013, 20:46 GMT)

To all of my Indian commentators and Fellow Pakistani Commentators: Sachin was one of the greatest ever Batsman....Nobody can deny the fact that he was a great batsman and even greater/ humble human being...I can not recall even single moment of anger or stupidity from him...He was such a gentleman....Then his amazing technique, temperament, fitness and hard work....all of these made him a legend. Like any human being he might have had flaws, he might have missed some records, he might have failed in helping India win on some occasions, he might not have been a successful captain...but still he is ,was and will remain a Legend...200 tests, 15000+ runs 51 centuries, above 50 average...these are phenomenal stats ... Reaching the top is easy but maintaining it for 24 years is amazing..... I am a Pakistani but that does not mean we should ridicule him for being from some other country....Appreciate where it is due... We salute you...Little Master......From a true Pakistani Cricket lover

Posted by prabhuk1979 on (November 16, 2013, 20:33 GMT)

Ive been crying for the past 10 hours. I feel like ive lost someone in my family. Its 2am now n im just so sad dat i cudnt get offf the lump in my throat... Sachin bhai..miss u....

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 20:12 GMT)

tears in my eyes for sure...every article I read in Cricinfo makes me cry even more....every time i see my scroll bar coming to an end.. i feel mself goin insane ..asing the writer...WHY DID YOU STOP it there??? :'( ... Thanks a lot every one for letting us ...cant write more...i m crying for that tooo :"(

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 19:48 GMT)

Today is a day when I learnt a lot about myself. Being a 40 year old, it seems to be a silly thing to say! Yet, 12 hours or so since the goodbye, emotions still take over. Yes the sun will rise again in a few hours and the circle of life will continue, yet today made me realize how deeply a man had touched my subconscious. A man who for the past 18 months was a shadow of himself and who was looking like a mortal - someone whom we were willing to retire - and yet when he did retire, he left us with moist eyes and a lump in our throats. Thank you Sachin for being you!

Posted by ChandruR on (November 16, 2013, 19:07 GMT)

If you ever want to see a prodigy bat, watch his batting from 1989-1995. If you ever want to see how the best batsman in the world dominated bowling attack watch his batting from 1996-2003. If you ever want to know how to bat fighting loss of form and various injuries, watch his batting from 2004-2007. If you ever want to know what it means to have a second wind, watch his batting from 2008-20011. Finally, if you ever want to know how to make an farewell speech, watch those 24 minutes of his speech. "Sachin, Sachin" will reverberate in my ears till I stop breathing." - Sachin Tendulkar !!!

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 18:41 GMT)

Good bye Tendulkar. It was nice growing up while seeing your batting . i cant count how many wonderful cheering moments i passed while seeing his fours & sixes. Thank u sachin. Hope u have a nice retirement life

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 18:34 GMT)

so beautifully expressed.. i relived today's play thru this whole article.. was in tears wen the great man walked off the guard of honour.. n again Dhoni is such a class act.. like the WC 2011 he took a back seat and even carried the great man on his shoulders.. just wish there had not been those extras during the lap of the ground.. moment of the day was wen Sachin came down alone and kissed the pitch as if it is a temple.. honoured to hav watched this man play for the last 24 years and being his fan!!

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 18:27 GMT)

I might be the only one who got the Eagle Eye Cherry reference..... Perfect.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 18:16 GMT)

My age of 20 years is also part of sachin's 24 year

cricket experience" ...!

you teach me Hardwork,Simplicity,love,dedication & How to handle critical situation with patient...!!

You also Endless icon for me and alwayz you're My role model forever & most respectable person in my life..!!!

"I don't have anymore words to express my feel"

"On this wonderful day We really Miss a Great Wonder (LEGEND) like u Master"

The shout "sachin sachin ...." stopped today at wankade But alwayz it ringing in everyone Heart ...

"Your sweet Memories r gifted by God and Your beautiful carrier ended where it begins "..!

sachin Sachin Sachin Sachin Sachin......

We love u a lot

Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar sir ...

Love u master

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 18:14 GMT)

Legends never retires.He is going today but he has left behind a legeacy.Which will inspire generations for decades .Today Sachin's speech gave lump in throat to many.Same is the case with me.I can't write much.Emotions are high.Thankyu sachin ...sachinnnnnnnnnnnn sachinnn sachinnnnnnnnnnnnnnn sachinnn sachinnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn sachinnnnn

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 18:05 GMT)

I understand that the Hon'ble Prime Minister of United Kingdom sent a special momento to Sachin to mark his 200th and farewell Test. I believe that soon Sachin will be conferred the Knighthood, which he truly deserves for the craze he brought to Cricket around the World

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

Cricket will remain Sachin but u r taking the soul out of it.... now i wont b nervous anymore... no more heartbeat racing... no more oohs and aahs... the game will just be mechanical.... thanks for showing us what dedication and passion actually means... practice makes a man perfect... but single-minded devotion of two decades makes one God and I mince no words in writing it... Thanks for the memories... thanks for making us a part of the Sachin generation!!!

Posted by SnowSnake on (November 16, 2013, 18:03 GMT)

Thank you, Sachin. Good luck with your retirement.

Posted by satyachinni on (November 16, 2013, 18:02 GMT)

We all knew today was going to be difficult day to c u say goodbye, but we all been more than emotional, the last 24 years just seeming like 24 hours and we feel why did it end so soon. Now Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar Bharat Ratna wil be the synonym for words like achievement, passion, discipline, talent and above all humility. Thank you Sachin for all you have given us. The nation salutes you in pride.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 17:45 GMT)

It is hard to imagine cricket without Sachin but it is impossible to imagine Sachin without cricket. Only he knows how hard it is for him to leave something behind that he has done in his entire life.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 17:43 GMT)

Agony is Over ! What a Human he is ! The way he showed his Gratitude towards everybody behind his career & greatfullness to the 22 yard in which he passed his 24 yrs is a lesson for all the INDIANs , particulary to the Students ! he will be a roll model not only for cricket but for peoples in any career for the way he carried himself in true spirits for 24 years ! Tears in many eyes after his farwell talk cuz its purely a heart to heart communication

Hopefully his life story can be induced in academics thruout INDIA

Thank you Sachin ! its easy to write we miss you ! but it means alot more !!!

Posted by vamkri on (November 16, 2013, 17:35 GMT)

SACHIN TENDULKAR !!!! stood like like a rock during the match fixing saga in the late nineties ,showed great character,the good deeds sown took indian cricket to great heights honestly he is India's best and greatest ambassador

Posted by BallparkFrank on (November 16, 2013, 17:27 GMT)

Just finished a phone call with an associate in Detroit, Michigan. Yes, SRT was the reason and the laughs for the call today after so long. It was almost the end of 1997 Tax Year in the US. This associate was our retained accountant and owed us a few figures with barely 15 days left before finalizing the return. Hadn't heard from the 60-year old. His staff in the Toledo office knew about a personal emergency he had forcing him to drop business and leave town immediately. We were friends and were worried about his emergency.

It was a Saturday, for I was watching TV in the afternoon. India were touring the West Indies and Sachin on 92 was given out to a "no ball". The TV camera panned to a section of dejected Indian crowd. You guessed it. Hands behind his head was this sullen man, in the galleries: personal emergency vivid in his face. He called the following morning, apologizing for the delay. Until today he did not know I knew what his emergency was. We laughed. It was SRT's fault!!!

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 17:26 GMT)

Well said Monga.. Emotional scenes were happening at the Wankhede today, when Sachin entered the ground for one last time.. When he cried while leaving the field, the whole nation filled thier eyes.. I was also very emotional, as he is the person whom I followed the most in my life.. It certainly was a grand farewell one can ever get.. And the final speech delivered by him was mind boggling..!! SACH a humble man who never forgot to thank each and every persons including us, prior to his phenomenal career.. Feeling proud and lucky to have witnessed him scoring 81 runs this year at Chennai; to see him playing atleast once in my lifespan.. On numerous occasions I have bunked my classes and my work, only to see him batting..

The Tendulkar straight drives will never touch the boundary ropes again- The game won't be the same again.. Thank you for all the memories you left with us Sachin Paajii.. You'll remain in our hearts for ever and ever..!! With wet eyes, I am saying GOOD BYE.. :( :'(

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 17:25 GMT)

Tendulkar was already there when I started watching cricket. I know Tendulkar will retire after windies test match. I kept telling myself, yes Tendulkar will retire and I may not be able to see him again, accept the facts and enjoy his last few days. I also told my heart to - be brave and I thought I was ready to see Tendulkar leave.

But that movement, the speech by Tendulkar, Tears is the best medicine that I can give to my heart. No matter how hard I try, it is difficult to believe cricket without Tendulkar. I will not be able to see him on that field again.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 17:25 GMT)

Tendulkar was already there when I started watching cricket. I know Tendulkar will retire after windies test match. I kept telling myself, yes Tendulkar will retire and I may not be able to see him again, accept the facts and enjoy his last few days. I also told my heart to - be brave and I thought I was ready to see Tendulkar leave.

But that movement, the speech by Tendulkar, Tears is the best medicine that I can give to my heart. No matter how hard I try, it is difficult to believe cricket without Tendulkar. I will not be able to see him on that field again.

Posted by SherjilIslam on (November 16, 2013, 17:23 GMT)

Tears, tears and more tears...the m ore i see those footages, the more i get emotional. M y eyes are wet from the first day of the first test, first time in life prayed for a better performance from opponents just to delay the inevitable. I don't think any amount of thanks can compensate for the kind of happiness he has distributed among us.Don't have words to express my feelings...

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 17:23 GMT)

I am watching Tendulkar since 1991. He is one the greatest cricketer and modest man. we will miss him the legend of Sub Continent. we will miss him because he respect the game and respect the people.

Posted by SachinIsTheGreatest on (November 16, 2013, 17:13 GMT)

Oh well. I guess it is time for this username to retire too. Thank you Sachin Tendulkar!

Posted by rahullondon on (November 16, 2013, 17:13 GMT)

The ruler of cricket dynasty, a supreme batting genius, and many many cricket adjectives being added on but still look there is something missing to jewel him. And we, cricket lovers-followers are being so much privileged to watch his batting maestro that overwhelmed us for two decades. Wishing him a joyful and colorful years ahead....Sachinnnnnn...Sachin...An emotional speech for his fans and family....

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 17:08 GMT)

I would love to bowl him at any point of time. We all know the fact that he loves playing left arm spin bowling. Anything for the God of Cricket

Posted by Abram on (November 16, 2013, 16:56 GMT)

Would be a tribute to leave Sachin and his family to have a normal day in the streets, shopping centre, small shops where they can roam around without being identified by the fans. I am sure that would that be one of his dreams. Could he have his dream fulfilled?

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 16:55 GMT)

I grew up watching him Play; I am crazy for cricket is because of him; I Played professional cricket at U13, U15 level because of him... I keep things simple is because of him... I am very very lucky, I was born in an era when Sachin was at his best... The Man I adore. One of the greatest human being I know.. The legacy he has created is immortal. My heartfelt gratitude to you for all the joy you have given us over so many years. May you have great glory and success in all things that you pursue.... Will share your stories and videos with my grand kids... This Legend will never retire from my heart. One of the saddest day in my life. Like Before Christ and After Christ ( BC and AC ). In Cricket it will be Before Sachin and After Sachin ...Take a Bow.. Long Live SIR SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR.

Posted by Abram on (November 16, 2013, 16:53 GMT)

Emotional least to say. I am one of the Proud Indians. Think about his children Sarah and Arjun. They would have been proud to be children of Sachin. They would have missed him (atleast a little bit) for 16 and 14 years respectively as a father. Now I am happy for them, that they have their Father back to stay with them, enjoy their family life.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 16:52 GMT)

Tendulkar you are my favourite player ever...U r not just a great player a good human being too...Miss u in every match of india...u r such a legend...

Posted by Nampally on (November 16, 2013, 16:46 GMT)

Sachin Tendulkar retired today as the greatest batsman in the history of Indian Cricket & arguably in the World Cricket. He carried all his records with dignity & humility. It is not easy to achieve all that he has during his 24 year old journey alternated by sorrow, Joy, injuries & many sacrifices. He showed great courage to rise above it all to become one of the most beloved Cricketers India has ever produced. Love & adoration by Millions of his Fans is adequate evidence of his star Power. He was a great role model & mentor to all Cricketers. Despite sky high expectations, he never let it effect him. He focussed on the task ahead & got it done. The greatest legacy he leaves behind is the present generation of superstars like Kohli, Pujara, Rohit Sharma. Sachin conquered the equivalent of Mount Everest in Cricket. The others will aspire to emulate his feat. Bravo SRT- you were the Greatest! Indian Cricket fans & Cricketers bid You Farewell with deep sense of loss by your retirement.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 16:32 GMT)

Sachin Tendulkar !! Was a real cricketer , all over the world cricket fans will miss him. Hope people of all playing countries may honor his career in cricket. We all wish him very happy retirement .

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (November 16, 2013, 16:29 GMT)

First time I saw Sachin when I was 11 years old & I became fan of him in 92 WC. I remember well that I woke at 4AM just to see him playing against Zim in 1992 world cup. In my childish days I cried many times when Sachin got out early, No. of times I switched off the TV when he got out. I still remember days trying to avoid going school on cricket ODI day. And when I ask the score to someone, the very next question I used to ask them is "IS SACHIN STILL THERE?" literally I became crazy about him. I am 100% sure that there are millions of people like me in the world. And now I am 35 years old, and still my eyes become wet for him. I wonder how much impact he has on me. May be impossible to break some if your records, BUT it is a CERTAIN IMPOSSOBLE for some one again winning millions of hearts like you. You are a golden drop from heaven to earth. I thank Sachin for giving many memorable moments. Thank you very much for being a part of my life SACHIN. I LOVE YOU for EVER.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 16:23 GMT)

Sachin will be miss for sure the example he set is the reason that cricket is refer to as the gentleman game and a gentleman he was yesterday thank every one so for one last time everyone joy me in saying Sachinnnn Sachinnnn you will be miss cricket has last one of its few remaining gentlemen

Posted by SL-USA-Lions on (November 16, 2013, 16:10 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 stalwartsenthil on (November 16, 2013, 16:03 GMT)

Sachin-the God-the glory has departed. And Cricket is deserted! How can we say good bye (god be with you) to God! Love you, Master!

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 15:53 GMT)

Desert Storm, centurion, australia and the world cup... Thank you so so much sachin for all the memories and to always remind that blessed are those who play the game as honestly and with as passion as you have.... A very big thanks to inspire everyone

Posted by Bang_La on (November 16, 2013, 15:47 GMT)

'Hey there, lady, don't bend to pick up the ball of wool, you might miss the moment.' - could there be any livelier description of the last minutes? No.

Kudos, Sid.

Posted by No_Sachin_No_Cricket on (November 16, 2013, 15:39 GMT)

They say "Everything that has a beginning will have an end". For 24 years, i believed that they are wrong... until "today" dawned upon me. I was 8 yrs old when i heard of a young kid who hit Abdul Qadir for a hat trick of sixes. That was my introduction to cricket. This young kid was cricket for me and even today cricket for me is only about HIM. A tear dropped from my eyes for every tear that dropped from his, as i watched him from the stands. I still want to believe that "they" are wrong.... that this is the end of just the cricketing career for Sachin and hope he continues to inspire us through whatever path he chooses in his life ahead. An INSPIRATION began 24 years ago and I believe that it will never end. I guess then, they ARE indeed wrong....

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 15:34 GMT)

so thankfully, Sid, you are ready with the rest part of the tale in your usual flambyuoant style.Missed the final proceedings wherein the Master cried and with him cried the whole nation.The retirement or whatever the saga of Sachin has become part of the folklore,his imprint so entrenched in our psyche the phenomenon called Tendulkar will stay with generations to come,the institution he has become will further mould the character of budding talents all across the country.Thanks Sid for narrating the priceless moments in great detail.Thanks Cricinfo for providing us with the platform to express our feelings and savour the most moving moment in India's cricketing history.

Posted by cricketist on (November 16, 2013, 15:27 GMT)

The roller-coaster ride that started in Karachi comes to a halt at Mumbai.. Fortunate to have been part of this ride with a Billion other Indians. It was an emotional moment to know that the ride was really over, and to realize that it was time to get on with the rest of the stuff. Thanks for the entertainment and the memories.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 15:26 GMT)

This was an emotional moment for the entire world...it ended the most prolific career in the history of cricket.

Thank You Sachin

Posted by MEHATELK on (November 16, 2013, 15:14 GMT)

ALL SACHIN Fan tell me which was the sad day in yr life, semifinal lost to srilanka in1996 wc? lost in the final to auses in2003wc, ist round elimination in 2007 after loosing to BD, OR TODAY? FOR ME ITS TODAY

Posted by 007mulluccm on (November 16, 2013, 14:59 GMT)

simply sachin Thank you Sachin for the wonderful memories...

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 14:56 GMT)

Perhaps one of the most emotional day in INDIANS life. Tears and more tears as the great man touched the pitch one last time..spent a sleepless night in NY watching every single minute of this man..Bharat Ratna Sachin is a perfect tribute and honor bestowed upon him..Sachinnnnn Sachinnnn

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 14:53 GMT)

no wordssss ot define him... just sachinSachine.... <3 :'(

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 14:40 GMT)

Dear Sachin,i liked u from the first time i saw u in the 2003 WC.You have played some great innings especially in the Chennai Test against England in 2008,You were in great form in the ipl 2009 ,holding the record of most runs,most centuries and most appearances.Thank u for bringing laurels to our country.No other player will ever dare to break that record.And dont fret that u have retired,many youngsters are there to fill in your place at the top order.Congrats on a great career,now u can relax.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 14:38 GMT)

He is one the superb batsmen of all times!

Posted by pravek666 on (November 16, 2013, 14:27 GMT)

From today onwards Indian cricket team should feature 10 players against 11 opponents in each game :D... Salute @Sachin

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 14:18 GMT)

I have been watching Sachin Tendulkar since 1992 Cricket World Cup. He has so many memorable innings that it is difficult to predict which would be his best. But above all the Test and ODI innings he has played, there is one particular innings that is still memorable to me and it will be memorable always. India was touring New Zealand in 1994 and it was 2nd ODI when Tendulkar was asked to open the innings with A.Jadeja. The rest is history. I was watching this match live on Star Sports. He scored a scintillating 82 off 49 balls. This still has been one of my all time favorite ODI innings. Will be missing Tendulkar a lot. I have been lucky enough to watch a player like him.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 14:14 GMT)

Paksitani channels are all praise for Sachin's on field records and off field behaviour. Sachin is perhaps the only cricketer who has inspired people across the border with his nature and talent. It is incredible how a man with so many records has been so humble throughout his career. I guess it is the only reason, God has blessed him so much. So long Sachin.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 14:05 GMT)

It was Sachin who introduced me to cricket. I first saw him in a television advertisment and then realised he played a game that was cricket...Its how it began. Cricket will move on even without Sachin but for me it will never be the same. He is not just a good player but a great human being, an epitome of humility. Take a bow Sachin (A Fan from NEPAL)

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 14:04 GMT)

I had felt emotional 3 years back when my mother passed away. I got the same feeling today! Will miss Sachin and although it might sound cliche, cricket would never be the same without HIM! Thanks Sachin for everything that you have given us..All the best for your future!

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 14:00 GMT)

End of an Era! Sachin will be second in terms if cricketing numbers to Bradman. But no sportsperson ever in the world sports history, will have been loved, admired, scrutinized, even scolded by commoners. Such is the bond that we all have with Sachin.

Posted by prabhuk1979 on (November 16, 2013, 13:54 GMT)

Thank you Sachin for the wonderful memories...

Posted by JinafKallai on (November 16, 2013, 13:45 GMT)

Tendulkar is a great brand ambassador of sports…not limited for cricket only but to all kind sports…

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 13:44 GMT)

#SachinSachin

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

End of an Sachin era we were sachinius for last 24 years its a long long time thanx for that

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