India news October 11, 2013

It's tough for me to see Sachin go - Yuvraj

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India batsman Yuvraj Singh hopes to play alongside Sachin Tendulkar one last time, but said that he would definitely go to watch Tendulkar's 200th Test if he wasn't in the squad for the home series against West Indies. On the day Tendulkar announced his decision to retire, Yuvraj had made a comeback, making a match-winning 77 off 35 balls in the Twenty20 international against Australia in Rajkot.

Yuvraj made his ODI debut in 2000, when Tendulkar's career was already more than ten-years old, and thanked him for the guidance given throughout his career.

"I don't know if I am going to have the opportunity to play with him, but if I am not playing, I will definitely come and watch," an emotional Yuvraj said, following the game against Australia. "He never showed that he is the great Sachin Tendulkar. He was always trying to be chirpy with the youngsters, although we were a bit reluctant to go up to him. Personally, he's always guided me on and off the field about the things in my life, specially the World Cup journey, so it's been very special. It's tough for me to see him go.

"It's been amazing to play with him for so many years. He is one of the greatest players to have played the game and I don't know what to say, there are so many things to say about Sachin. Probably the best Indian cricketer to have ever played, I would say. He was an ambassador of cricket around the world. It's going to be an emotional time for the whole of India."

Calling Tendulkar a "next-to-impossible" batsman to replace, Yuvraj said he admired many facets of his team-mate's technique. "Lots of things - the way he hits the ball, the way he is always still. He is technically, I think, the best batsman I have seen in my career. And how he has been smart all these years to know what bowlers are going to bowl at him. He's always been one or two steps ahead, that's why he's been so consistent all these years."

He ended the press conference by saying, "Yuvi is back my friend." He would hope to be back in time to bat with Tendulkar, for one last time.

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  • CrickLuver88 on October 18, 2013, 1:33 GMT

    For kewal, Just one question. Who does Sehwag try to copy?

    Thanks

  • on October 17, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    People have expressed their views that he was not a match winner.... i don't want to say much to them.. but i know there was a time when run use to come by just by his presence on the wicket. The performance of other batsman use to increase many folds when sachin used to be on wicket. whole team used to get bundled out in few overs once sachin is out. People says his records talk more than what he actually is, but i say opposit, his records say very less then what actually he was. Records don't show the impact he had on the opposition bowlers and indian batsmen. i dont think we will abe able to see another Sachin Tendulkar in our life time....

  • on October 15, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    It is not only that the game will never be the same with out him. It is more personal that that. I remember his innings the very first time I sat down to watch and enjoy cricket, went to college with friends and talked about a straight drive for hours, bunked school to watch Sachin vs Australia, waited and watched him score a century the night before my Artificial Intelligence final exam, lied to the boss that I was sick when there was a Sachin Vs Pakistan match while the boss lied back to us for the same reason, almost brokeup with a girlfriend explaining why Sachin is special, broke up with a girlfriend when she said he is not all that good, called home after landing in another country for job and at the end of the call asking a question 'by the way, wats his score?', watching Sachin highlights during the middle of the work day to relax.

    Like I said.... his retirement may be hard for him but it is more personal to us

  • on October 15, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    Mr. Sachin tendulkar has made enough money and fame. It is time to GO AND RELAX AND ENJOY THE MONEY HE HAS MADE. If he does not want go he will BE pushed out like RICKEY POINTING and Hyden. He should be thankful to the selectors who let him play in ODI &t 20 matches, where one has to score to runs to win the match. Sachin is no match to sehwag kjohli dhoni raina and yuvraj still on the basis of record he has place in the team I dont know why.....People says he is the best batsman in history of cricket....I. dont thinks so I think MR.SUNIL GAVASKAR is the only name which deserve this title ,Gavaskar 's most of the 100s came against best bowling of WI of that time and that also without helmet.he retired about 25 years ago but batmaker still cash his name by selling bats e.g. SUNNY GOLD AND SUNNY TUNNY. I do agree that sachin has more records but he was never a match winner in test cricket like Gavaskar and like sehwag in ODI & t20. thanks for every things.

  • Rohan.Dhanerwal on October 12, 2013, 2:17 GMT

    @reluctant fan and others... It's weird how people judge someone else even when they are not 1% off of the person they are judging! Many say that he should have retired a couple (and some say may be 5 years ago) of years ago and should not have put his passion before the country. I wonder if they apply the same thing on themselves too. A Gov. employee always wish if the Gov. revise retirement age 58 to 60, 60 to 62… Why don't they think of young candidate then? Only one think to say..it's hard to leave things behind when you are doing them for so many years!

  • on October 12, 2013, 0:24 GMT

    Tendulkar is one of the best sportsmen in the world.

  • on October 11, 2013, 23:35 GMT

    @ linguboy: Mate, if you are hinting that either selectors or Sachin didn't want to play Sachin in SA, you are wrong by miles. I agree he has struggled recently, but he is still the best option at no. 4 India has. What you are failing to understand here is that the little master has decided to hang up his boots and what better place to do at home in Mumbai in the second test. Let the best player India has ever produced and probably the best in the world ride in the setting sun peacefully.

  • reluctant_fan on October 11, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    I think he stayed well past his welcome. I understand his passion for the game. But it was not fair for him to put his personal passion ahead of the team/country. And of course, our selectors have never been bold enough to nudge him out.

  • Al_Bundy1 on October 11, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    It's easy for me to see Sachin go. For the past 2 years, he has been a burden on Indian cricket. He should have retired after World Cup 2011.

  • Paddy789 on October 11, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Yuvi will cry for sure like he did when we won the world cup, he respects Sachin alllot. His feelings are quite audible here. BCCI please give them a chance to play together for one last time!!!

  • CrickLuver88 on October 18, 2013, 1:33 GMT

    For kewal, Just one question. Who does Sehwag try to copy?

    Thanks

  • on October 17, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    People have expressed their views that he was not a match winner.... i don't want to say much to them.. but i know there was a time when run use to come by just by his presence on the wicket. The performance of other batsman use to increase many folds when sachin used to be on wicket. whole team used to get bundled out in few overs once sachin is out. People says his records talk more than what he actually is, but i say opposit, his records say very less then what actually he was. Records don't show the impact he had on the opposition bowlers and indian batsmen. i dont think we will abe able to see another Sachin Tendulkar in our life time....

  • on October 15, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    It is not only that the game will never be the same with out him. It is more personal that that. I remember his innings the very first time I sat down to watch and enjoy cricket, went to college with friends and talked about a straight drive for hours, bunked school to watch Sachin vs Australia, waited and watched him score a century the night before my Artificial Intelligence final exam, lied to the boss that I was sick when there was a Sachin Vs Pakistan match while the boss lied back to us for the same reason, almost brokeup with a girlfriend explaining why Sachin is special, broke up with a girlfriend when she said he is not all that good, called home after landing in another country for job and at the end of the call asking a question 'by the way, wats his score?', watching Sachin highlights during the middle of the work day to relax.

    Like I said.... his retirement may be hard for him but it is more personal to us

  • on October 15, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    Mr. Sachin tendulkar has made enough money and fame. It is time to GO AND RELAX AND ENJOY THE MONEY HE HAS MADE. If he does not want go he will BE pushed out like RICKEY POINTING and Hyden. He should be thankful to the selectors who let him play in ODI &t 20 matches, where one has to score to runs to win the match. Sachin is no match to sehwag kjohli dhoni raina and yuvraj still on the basis of record he has place in the team I dont know why.....People says he is the best batsman in history of cricket....I. dont thinks so I think MR.SUNIL GAVASKAR is the only name which deserve this title ,Gavaskar 's most of the 100s came against best bowling of WI of that time and that also without helmet.he retired about 25 years ago but batmaker still cash his name by selling bats e.g. SUNNY GOLD AND SUNNY TUNNY. I do agree that sachin has more records but he was never a match winner in test cricket like Gavaskar and like sehwag in ODI & t20. thanks for every things.

  • Rohan.Dhanerwal on October 12, 2013, 2:17 GMT

    @reluctant fan and others... It's weird how people judge someone else even when they are not 1% off of the person they are judging! Many say that he should have retired a couple (and some say may be 5 years ago) of years ago and should not have put his passion before the country. I wonder if they apply the same thing on themselves too. A Gov. employee always wish if the Gov. revise retirement age 58 to 60, 60 to 62… Why don't they think of young candidate then? Only one think to say..it's hard to leave things behind when you are doing them for so many years!

  • on October 12, 2013, 0:24 GMT

    Tendulkar is one of the best sportsmen in the world.

  • on October 11, 2013, 23:35 GMT

    @ linguboy: Mate, if you are hinting that either selectors or Sachin didn't want to play Sachin in SA, you are wrong by miles. I agree he has struggled recently, but he is still the best option at no. 4 India has. What you are failing to understand here is that the little master has decided to hang up his boots and what better place to do at home in Mumbai in the second test. Let the best player India has ever produced and probably the best in the world ride in the setting sun peacefully.

  • reluctant_fan on October 11, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    I think he stayed well past his welcome. I understand his passion for the game. But it was not fair for him to put his personal passion ahead of the team/country. And of course, our selectors have never been bold enough to nudge him out.

  • Al_Bundy1 on October 11, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    It's easy for me to see Sachin go. For the past 2 years, he has been a burden on Indian cricket. He should have retired after World Cup 2011.

  • Paddy789 on October 11, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Yuvi will cry for sure like he did when we won the world cup, he respects Sachin alllot. His feelings are quite audible here. BCCI please give them a chance to play together for one last time!!!

  • on October 11, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    Yuvi and sachin both are our national Hero....

  • AllanofSouza on October 11, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    I had the great privilege to meet Sachin in person a couple of times in Toronto. I cherish mostly the picture I have of him with me when he toured with the world eleven team with the other great Imran Khan. I would like to thank him for all the great memories and wish him the very best in his future endeavors.

  • on October 11, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    It is hard for me to see son of cricketing god retiring from cricket and brought tears in my eyes....i am watching him play since i was kid...it is unbelievable for me...i still think Sachin has lots to offer in test cricket...and Yuvi dedicating his knock to Sachin is an great gesture towards an gr8 man and cricketer....i will always miss being tensed whenever he bats(cos we didn't want him to get out). Miss those heart attack moments when he was in the 90's.....we love you Sachin n will always love you....Thanks for giving lots of unforgettable moments in cricket......... Wishing him a blessed retirement & decades of good health....

  • linguboy on October 11, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    @Zeeshan Ali: It seems that you misunderstood the whole fiasco. First of all India is going to play against West Indies for a series of 2 tests and 3 ODIs in November 2013. The SA tour had been initially scheduled from late Nov 2013 to mid Jan 2014. Now its curtailed to DEC 2013 to mid JAN 2014. Sachin decided to retire from Cricket after his 200th test match which is of-course against WI which is scheduled to play before SA series. So Sachin will retire before the SA series. Hope you understood this one.

  • on October 11, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    well done yuvi....its so great come back in cricket...but its so bad to saw the mr. god of cricket's retirement.....

  • on October 11, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Yuvi - your determination and courage are an inspiration to the nation. So, as we celebrate an outgoing genius we welcome your return to the game you have embellished..

  • on October 11, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    Yuvi - your spirit and determination are an inspiration to the nation as well. So, as we pay tribute to an outgoing genius, we welcome your return to the game that you have embellished...

  • on October 11, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    Indian Cricketing fans are fortunate that a living legend in the form of Sachin Tendulkar lived with us and created history in the formats - we are told of Sir Don Bradman, but never seen him play; but we saw Sachin play in 24 years and in the process helped India clinch the World Cup, placed India on the top of the tests over all the countries and created a record beyond the reach for any player in the world. Thanks for your all out efforts to change the very outlook of the game with your approach be it on tests / ODI / T20 format; and further you remain a role model for sportsmen both on the field and off the field ( around the world) -AN UNBLEMISHED RECORD SACHIN HOLDS IN SPORTS ARENA -History will reckon a sachin was born in flesh and blood among us but struggled to lift his nation on top of all the other cricket playing nations.

  • on October 11, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    after reading this a felt that tears are in my eyes and i am about to cry.. don't know why? may be its because of the great Sachin has announced his retirement.. and my wish will never come true.. (watching him on play ground live and cheering for him and India). God pls bless our great cricket "GOD".. All the very Best to our Cricket "GOD"

  • RoshanPatil on October 11, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    Roshan Patil from Reliance Dahanu Thanks to Sachin for providing his valuable service to Indian Cricket. It gives us little heart, but we should respect his decision. One and one it is goint to happen and this is a righ time. Every thing related to cricket is achieved by him in his 24 years career. His all dream till Champion Legue are fulfilled. So happy mindly we all should fairewell him and my special wishes for his future life. Thanks Sachin once again.

  • testcricket_bestcricket on October 11, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    Every Indian cricket fan felt very hard to imagine cricket without Sachin. Its not just losing sachin from Cricket, his passion, technique, enthusiasm towards team all will be missing.Tears came in my eyes reading dat article. Its lucky that I have watched Sachin batted from 1996 to 2013, the real ambassador of Indian sports.

  • Pavinasen on October 11, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    Tendulkar is the greatest cricketer that I have had the honour of watching play.He is responsible for making it a gentelman's game.I never was a cricket lover until I started watch him play.He was a genuis at work,artful ,technically correct,a gentleman,rolemodel and what about all the other great batsmen that he has inspired to give us preasure in watching the game.My other cricketers after Tendulkar in his era are Kallis,Pointing,Sanga,Mahela,Lara,Wassim,Wakkar,Younus,Warne,Hussey.imzi, Soorav etc

    Wishing him a blessed retirement & decades of good health

  • Abhishek.2626 on October 11, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    Miss being tensed whenever he bats(cos we didnt want him to get out). Miss those heart attack moments when he was in the 90's.. Miss going mad whenever Sachin came to the boundary on our side, to field. Feel like a we ve lost a part of our soul. Had such a Pan-India craze which no person from any field in India had. He is not just a Cricketer, he is larger than the game.

    He definitely is.. "THE FATHER OF NEW INDIA".. We want him on all the "10" and "100" Rupee notes!!!!!!!

  • on October 11, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    "India batsman Yuvraj Singh hopes to play alongside Sachin Tendulkar one last time, but said that he would definitely go to watch Tendulkar's 200th Test if he wasn't in the squad for the home series against West Indies."

    Huh, against West Indies? He has already played 198 test matches and India has 3 test matches coming up against SA in SA (sounds scary, pretty scary). So what is decided? Is he going to be dropped for SA tour or BCCI is going to play dirty politics and avoid SA tour?

    Btw there is no doubt he was on of the great batsmen of all time but he has not made any significance for long now.

  • on October 11, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    sachin, an era in cricket ... Synonym for Cricket in India

  • Naresh28 on October 11, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    In the the last T20 Sachin played - there was a off-drive which the commentators highlighed - high lift, clean drive, fielder did not move,ball raced away to the boundary,coaching manual stuff, head still and best of all - THE POISE WHEN THE SHOT WAS COMPLETED ( A PHOTO'S DELIGHT) That will probably be must last memory of Sachin batting.

  • on October 11, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    great relationship between yuvi and master

  • KARNAWAT33 on October 11, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    2013 won't be remembered for the Ashes, it won't be remembered for the Champions Trophy, nor for the Champions League T20, nor for the Spot Fixing, nor for the new step taken by the BCCI to show World Cricket money is the boss, nor for Srinivasan's mess. It will be remembered as the year in which three modern greats retired. Co incidentally all were batsmen. Michael Hussey, Ricky Ponting and now Sachin Tendulkar. This will be remembered as the darkest year for cricket. Will miss watching all of these greats batting.

  • on October 11, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    Still last week i was a fan of Mumbai Indians but now I have to change it to CSK after Tendulkar's retirement

  • on October 11, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    As hard as it may seen on the outset, I am sure every knowledgeable Cricket Fan and Player (including Sachin) saw this coming sooner than later. Just wish he retired after South African series because that is going to be India's toughest tour yet!!! Indian Cricket team could have used his experience in SA. But that's Sports for us. Can never predict anything!!!

  • espncric4partha on October 11, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    So much overwhelmed that I was at Sachin's retirement.. just so much enthralled I am to see 'vintage' Yuvi back in his elements! One champion picking up the baton from the other! A memorable day in Indian cricket indeed!! #SaluteSachin #IncredibleYuvi

  • naren1983 on October 11, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    Like Yuvi, every Indian cricket fan felt very hard to imagine cricket without Sachin. Its not just losing sachin from Cricket, his passion, technique, enthusiasm towards team all will be missing. Its lucky that I have watched Sachin batted from 1996 to 2013, the real ambassador of Indian sports.

  • on October 11, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    What could I say about them, One is the GREATEST MASTER and other one is the BIGGEST FIGHTER; either we'r talking about CRICKET or LIFE. Just SALUTE them.

  • on October 11, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    Sachin has always been a "Guru" for him, and he had said this many times in past as well. It was a sad day when Sachin announced his retirement, thanks to Yuvraj for giving us some joy, something to cheer about.

  • MuraliKAndey on October 11, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    Yuvi.. U r true sachinian my friend. Wish you to be part of sachin's farewell party

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  • MuraliKAndey on October 11, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    Yuvi.. U r true sachinian my friend. Wish you to be part of sachin's farewell party

  • on October 11, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    Sachin has always been a "Guru" for him, and he had said this many times in past as well. It was a sad day when Sachin announced his retirement, thanks to Yuvraj for giving us some joy, something to cheer about.

  • on October 11, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    What could I say about them, One is the GREATEST MASTER and other one is the BIGGEST FIGHTER; either we'r talking about CRICKET or LIFE. Just SALUTE them.

  • naren1983 on October 11, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    Like Yuvi, every Indian cricket fan felt very hard to imagine cricket without Sachin. Its not just losing sachin from Cricket, his passion, technique, enthusiasm towards team all will be missing. Its lucky that I have watched Sachin batted from 1996 to 2013, the real ambassador of Indian sports.

  • espncric4partha on October 11, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    So much overwhelmed that I was at Sachin's retirement.. just so much enthralled I am to see 'vintage' Yuvi back in his elements! One champion picking up the baton from the other! A memorable day in Indian cricket indeed!! #SaluteSachin #IncredibleYuvi

  • on October 11, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    As hard as it may seen on the outset, I am sure every knowledgeable Cricket Fan and Player (including Sachin) saw this coming sooner than later. Just wish he retired after South African series because that is going to be India's toughest tour yet!!! Indian Cricket team could have used his experience in SA. But that's Sports for us. Can never predict anything!!!

  • on October 11, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    Still last week i was a fan of Mumbai Indians but now I have to change it to CSK after Tendulkar's retirement

  • KARNAWAT33 on October 11, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    2013 won't be remembered for the Ashes, it won't be remembered for the Champions Trophy, nor for the Champions League T20, nor for the Spot Fixing, nor for the new step taken by the BCCI to show World Cricket money is the boss, nor for Srinivasan's mess. It will be remembered as the year in which three modern greats retired. Co incidentally all were batsmen. Michael Hussey, Ricky Ponting and now Sachin Tendulkar. This will be remembered as the darkest year for cricket. Will miss watching all of these greats batting.

  • on October 11, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    great relationship between yuvi and master

  • Naresh28 on October 11, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    In the the last T20 Sachin played - there was a off-drive which the commentators highlighed - high lift, clean drive, fielder did not move,ball raced away to the boundary,coaching manual stuff, head still and best of all - THE POISE WHEN THE SHOT WAS COMPLETED ( A PHOTO'S DELIGHT) That will probably be must last memory of Sachin batting.