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Growing up with Sachin

How Tendulkar helped a generation of Indians make sense of their lives

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan

December 24, 2012

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Sachin Tendulkar during the 1991-92 tour of Australia, Brisbane, December 1, 1991
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Sachin Tendulkar has retired from one-dayers.

Does this mean anything to you?

Did you feel numb on Sunday morning? Or maybe it was Saturday night in your part of the world. Did the various stages of your life flash in your head, as they are supposed to in the instant before you die?

Do you remember one-dayers 23 years ago? Travel back in time. What do you see? Red leather balls, players in whites and some one-dayers in England with umpires stopping play for tea.

What else do you see? Doordarshan - the feed hanging this moment, back live the next, your grainy screen filled with men who sport stubbles and bushy moustaches, the camera facing the batsman one over and the bowler the next, commentators screaming "that's hit up in the air".

Gradually the texture changes. Coloured clothing and floodlit games become commonplace, fielding restrictions alter the definitions of a "safe total", Duckworth and Lewis appear, so do Powerplays, Supersubs and Super Overs. Pinch-hitters, a novelty for a few years, lose their sheen. Now everyone must pinch, everyone must hit.

Tendulkar has seen it all. Sometimes he has initiated the change, on other occasions he has adapted. A master of the game in the mid '90s, a master in 2011. The one constant in a wildly changing format. He was around when one-dayers were blooming, he was also around when they were allegedly dying.

You have been around too. Are you a kid from the '80s? Or the '90s? Or are you a straddler, part of the Tendulkar generation that has one feet in both decades?

Ah, you stand on the threshold. You have experienced Doordarshan before leaping to the riches of satellite, you have seen Shah Rukh Khan as a fauji on TV before he soared onto the silver screen, you know of life before the internet but are quick to embrace the wonders of technology, you have watched monochrome but are a child of the colour TV age.

What else do you see?

Tendulkar in a white helmet, his white shirt unbuttoned to his thorax, blitzing Abdul Qadir in an exhibition game in Peshawar. Until that point cricket is merely a fuzzy idea. Tendulkar gives it shape, adds meaning, wraps it in colourful paper and winds a ribbon around the packing. He makes you understand the game's place in your life, teaches you its significance.

You grapple, trying to swerve banana out-swingers with a tennis ball. Standing in front of a mirror, you imagine the opposition needing six off the last over. The stadium is a cauldron. A hundred thousand fill the stands. Can you restrict the batsmen?

One morning in 1994, when large parts of India slept, you awake to life and freedom. What a rebellion at Auckland. Eighty-two off 49 balls. A cameo that unshackles the mind. The greatest one-day innings you have seen. Can anyone better this?

You are carried along the Tendulkar slipstream. When he is stumped off Mark Waugh, after illuminating the Mumbai sky, you sense the game will slip away. It does. A few days later his hundred against Sri Lanka in Delhi ends in defeat - the first Tendulkar ton in vain. You hope it's an aberration. You wish.

You observe his every move. In 1996, when he fires a swinging yorker to dismiss Saqlain in Sharjah and sends him off with an emphatic "f**k off", you blush. Four years later your vocabulary has expanded. When he mouths off Glenn McGrath in the Champions Trophy in Nairobi, you puff your chest, as if vindicated.

It's 1998, a time for decisions. Academics or sports? Arts or science? Biology or computers? To meet her or to continue with phone conversations? To buy a copy of Debonair or to take a sneak-peek? These are the burning questions that occupy you.

Do they matter? Tendulkar is dismantling Fleming, Warne and Kasprowicz in Sharjah. A desert storm, a birthday hundred and a ballistic Tony Greig. A straight six off Warne when he starts around the wicket. Another straight six off Kasprowicz. "Whaddaplayaa," screeches Greig. It imprints itself in your head.

In your inconsequential gully matches you bat with an amped-up ferocity. You nod to tell the bowler you are ready, you hold your pose during the follow-through, you reverse-sweep and attempt straight-bat paddles. You pump your fist when Tendulkar manhandles Henry Olonga in Sharjah.

 
 
A desert storm, a birthday hundred and a ballistic Tony Greig. A straight six off Warne when he starts around the wicket. Another straight six off Kasprowicz. "Whaddaplayaa," screeches Greig. It imprints itself in your head
 

You start college. You are ragged, often with little imagination. Some of the courses don't interest you. Many of your classmates speak about things you have never heard of, in languages you are not fluent in.

You are sipping tea in the canteen when someone switches on a television set. India are playing Namibia in the World Cup. You find your bearings. This is a familiar world. Tendulkar is nearing a century. This is your comfort zone. The next 10 days are some of the most joyous of your life. That six off Caddick, those fours of Akram and Shoaib ... you feel you have turned a corner.

You hate your job. You begin to care for little other than your pay-cheque. This is not what you expected when you graduated. You assumed this job would be interesting. How wrong you were. Tendulkar is still at it, obsessed with his craft. Despite a lean patch, he says he must go on. He knows no other way.

You are engaged, then married. Life gets busier: an apartment, a car, daily chores. Tendulkar is brutalising Brett Lee in Sydney. An uppish cover drive, then a bullet past the bowler. Lee offers an angelic smile, Tendulkar stands still, zen-like, unconcerned about the past or the future, immersed in the present.

You switch jobs. You like your new role but your boss sucks. He is a slave-driver. You take sly peeks at a live scorecard tab that is open at your desktop as India chase Australia's 351 at Hyderabad. Tendulkar is flying but there is no TV. You wish you could get back home but what if he gets out when you are on your way? Would you be able to forgive yourself? India lose. You call out sick the next day.

You relocate abroad. Cricket matches are on a different time zone. You scavenge illegal internet streams, slap your head when the feed hangs. You are reminded of your days of watching Doordarshan. The sun is yet to rise outside your apartment, and Tendulkar is batting in the 190s against South Africa in Gwalior. Cricinfo is hanging. Cricinfo didn't even exist when Tendulkar started. Your twitter feed is on valium. He has reached 200.

You watch every ball of India's World Cup campaign. How could you not? A hundred in Bangalore, a hundred in Nagpur. You suffer palpitations in Mohali. Then the eruption in Mumbai. Kohli raises him aloft and talks of Tendulkar's burden. He speaks for you. He understands how you feel. There are tears everywhere, including on your cheeks.

Here's John Steinbeck in Cannery Row:

Someone should write an erudite essay on the moral, physical and aesthetic effect of the Model T Ford on the American Nation. Two generations of Americans knew more about the Ford coil than the clitoris, about the planetary system of gears than solar system of of stars ... Most of the babies of the period were conceived in Model T Fords and not a few of them were born in them ...

You can apply the same to your generation. To understand us is to take into account the moral, physical and aesthetic effect of Tendulkar. To feel your pain, when he retires from a format he made his own, is to know what it means to grow up with him.

You are the lucky ones. Cherish the memories. He was, and will remain, your Model T.

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan is a former assistant editor at Cricinfo. He is now a journalist based in the US. He blogs here and tweets here

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Posted by   on (December 27, 2012, 21:40 GMT)

Probably the best article i've read till now.. Along the same lines as my thought when i heard about his retirement.. Lot of people dont realize the fact that this man has given more emotions(happiness, sadness, disappointment, elation, screams of joy or agony, switching off of tvs, nervousness, and a sense of pride that he belongs to us) in our lives than any other single human being.. our families, friends, or anyone else may have given the most significant emotion but the most frequent has been this demi-god .. Cant remember a single conversation in d past 20 years with friends that did not involve him..

We have been used to living our lives with him n now suddenly a part of him isn't to us anymore.. The sadness that grips my heart every time i see a previous ODI match with him knowing ill never see another one like it is just too much..

You will always be missed Sachin. In d cricket field but more so in ourselves.. Thank you for all the emotions u have given us.. we love u :)

Posted by   on (December 27, 2012, 21:03 GMT)

I have tears in my eyes after reading the article!! Nobody could have described the journey better than Sid. I belong to the same generation and I have experienced every single thing what the article says. Best article till date!

Posted by   on (December 27, 2012, 19:50 GMT)

Love this article. My life flashed in-front of my eyes!

Posted by khurdum on (December 27, 2012, 18:46 GMT)

I am thrilled to see that posting is still open for this article. If i do not write few words on the article now, i wouldn't do justice to Mr. Siddhartha who wrote heart jamming article on a person i respect most in sports arena. From starting to end, the flow is steady with a rise of emotions where it is needed. The author's expressions about SRT and linking him with generations may seem irrelevant to those who had been very critical about Shachin in the recent past, but for the vast majority around the World it is not. The article covered most of the things to make it a befitting one for the person who deserve it most than others. I thank Mr. Siddhartha for writing such an article for us. I wish him success in all spheres of life.

Posted by   on (December 27, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

Oh Ghosh! Siddhartha Vaidyanathan.. this article of yours did touch my heart, almost had tears in my eyes. U really brought out all those things which really might ve had happened with almost everyone one of us. I felt as if I were reading an article written by myself for Sachin. Just cannot watch ODI's with same enthusiasm again. One salute to the great Master blaster. A part of my life is over With Sachin's Retirement. And thank u Siddhartha for these heart touching words and article. Will Miss Sachin Tendulkar and Jersey no. 10.

Posted by gauravsachan on (December 27, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

Can't describe it better than what this article has managed !

Posted by   on (December 27, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

If every man's greatness, is measured by the amount of happiness he gave his fellow mortals... Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar will be the greatest man to ever walk on earth. Period." 23 years of happiness to a nation of a billion. SACHIN - So long and thanks for all the fun. :)

Posted by bhanu12 on (December 27, 2012, 15:36 GMT)

I'm sure this will stand out as one of the top articles posted by Sid. I've got a feeling that reminded my complete life cycle since my childhood. I never realized my routine life has been so linked up with Sachin.

Not only talking about Sachin but gives a recap of ODI's and changes evolved through age. An understanding for the new generation fans of how Sachin has played a key role in the changes. The wonderful innings that Sachin played at AUCKLAND, DESERT series, Warne's NIGHTMARE series, HERO and TITAN CUPs, CB SERIES - Australia, WORLD CUPs 2003 vs. Pakistan and 2012, comments by the Legend - Sir Don Bradman etc. I am PROUD to see them all ! I am sure I'll not see them ever and remain in my memories until my last breath.

For all the die-hard fans of Sachin - Respect. For the HATERS, understand the stats that he has left behind especially for you. A sole responsible to earn "Hall of Fame" for INDIAN CRICKET and the World!!!

Proud to be born in the SIR. Sachin Tendulkar era...!

Posted by   on (December 27, 2012, 15:20 GMT)

Screening of Tony Graig in Sharjah match is still fresh in my mind. I can remember the match was not scheduled to telecast in Bangladesh, but suddenly it was telecasted. I started the match later on and had the wonderful memory. Another one of his innings, the 40 odds against Pakistan in Dhaka, 1998, made the 300+ chase possible for Ganguly and Robin Singh.

Sachin is the one who make me love the game, make me understand the meaning of taking pressure. To me, he is not only idol as cricketer, but as a human being as well

Posted by cover_drive_sach on (December 27, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

Words cant express the joy that he gave us..Thank you Sachin for some of the most cherishable moments of my childhood..Hope you carry on in Tests for some more time and go on ahigh :)

Posted by harsha456 on (December 27, 2012, 7:53 GMT)

sachin is da best .no cannot atleast come close to him ...salout to u my dear sachin

Posted by   on (December 27, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

A palyer who carried his reputation through out his 23yrs career. Few things which i still keep reminding myself about Sachin. > His 1st Hundred (vs Aus in SL) >Bowling Moin Khan in B/w the legs on the last ball of the day (Multan Test). > Taking 2 crucial wickets in Eden garden (Adam Glichrist & Sahne Warne )which helped Ind at that point of the game. > Match winning innings of 155 at Chennai in 1998 (1st test against Aus) . He was put for a duck in 1st Innings. > Hero cup finals got rid of Brain Lara who was looking dangerous. > 5 Wicket hall at kochi against Aus. > Catch of Inzi at long-on on the fianls at Karachi (India Won the series 3-2). > Sharja heroics against most of the team. God sent him only for this game. He has been guide and mentor for lot of youngsters. Miss you in ODI's.

Posted by   on (December 27, 2012, 6:06 GMT)

Excellent article; so true. My whole life flashed in front of my eyes. In younger times, Test matches used to bore us. It was the onedayers that interest us all. Sachin has been that one common thing in this ever changing life. I remember the time when we used to turn off the TV once Sachin gets out. So fondly remember the game in Hero Cup, Sachin bowled India to victory.

Posted by ProdigyA on (December 27, 2012, 5:53 GMT)

It's been almost a week now.. I've been seeing this article everyday on cricinfo but never really bothered to read it assuming it be another one of the many many accodales for the little champ. Now finally after reading it, I realize that I can relate to almost every aspect of this article and it did make me realize that I too was growing up with Sachin. The days when we turned of the TV when Sachin was out. The joy, the agony, the pain, the relief. Yes I too was a part of it. One word - Thank you Champion.

Posted by khurdum on (December 27, 2012, 2:13 GMT)

Please don't close this page now. We have lot many things to write.

Posted by khurdum on (December 27, 2012, 2:11 GMT)

To our Dearest Sachin. Many have already mentioned that they lost their interests from ODI's and our full family are no exception either. Loosing interests in the match is something else than feeling pain for not seeing the known smiling face of the dearest one from the cricket scenario. You came very close to our heart, occupied a special place there which no one could occupy before. We were so deeply involved with you that, outside field or non playing times, we used to remember you every day every time through our password needed to log in with crickinfo till today. Now, we will change our PW, though keeping you but in other format. The gap created through your absence will not be fulfilled by others from india. In our view, there are none to compete with your professionalism, buoyancy of life, manners, etiquette, sense of belonging to others, simplicity and on many other counts in life. Records couldn't make you proud but present generation do just otherwise. You are still greatest

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 21:52 GMT)

Just fantastic Sidvee, had tears in my eyes when I read this

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 17:17 GMT)

i am trying to read this article here, who the hell is cutting those onions?

Posted by harshthakor on (December 26, 2012, 16:53 GMT)

Sachin Tendulkar was arguably the closest to the ultimate bating genius who posessed every quality of a champion be it consistency,temperament,technique ,ability to dominate any attack in nay conditions,ability to graft and destroy bowling and above all radiate joy.His batting would be craved in the pantheon of gods which virtually posessed the grammar of an English professor combined with the imagination of a poet.To be 20 centuries ahead of the 2nd best and around 5,000 runs makes him a contender for the best of all sportsman.No champion has dominated a sport for 22 years.It was as if God sent him to play cricket.

Posted by medhasarkar on (December 26, 2012, 15:03 GMT)

So true..when i heard the news, it was exactly this..glimpses of his innings flashed by and i was numb all over. like in a state of free fall. like i am being suffocated. it still hasnt sunk in and cricket for me is over..

i wish he had a grander exit, after the pak series. but then i guess as sachin himself would say, it would have been about him and not India.

to the man, who to me is BIGGER than the game..thank you for all the moments of joy

Posted by Witty_Cricketer on (December 26, 2012, 14:37 GMT)

Dear Sachin, your hundreds were our hundreds, your failures were our failures, I dont know about the greatest players of all time, but I do know that nobody ever evoked the feelings that you did. Thanks for memories.

Posted by Cricketfan23 on (December 26, 2012, 12:47 GMT)

Excellent article.I can relate with lot of things.I started watching cricket from the 1996 world cup onwards when i got satellite connection at my home.Sachin was a already a superstar and after watching him bat,I really got hooked on to him.He was the only man back then who used to win games for India and after he was dismissed,I used to switch off the TV.You would be pressed hard to recall any game that India won without a significant contibution(either bat or ball)from him during that period from mid 90s till the emergence of Ganguly as a matchwinner in ODIs. He has been an integral part of our lives.Whenever he scored a century,we felt happy whether at school or at office.Nation's mood used to hinge on his performance.We are lucky to have lived in Sachin's era,the most complete and probably the greatest batsman of all time across all formats and in all conditions. I have already lost intrest in ODIs.Can't imagine him retiring from tests.Cricket won't be same without him.The best.

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 10:44 GMT)

you might have just written about my life and Sachin..heartfelt thanks and a worthy Ode to India's greatest sportsman.

Posted by Integrity1 on (December 26, 2012, 10:34 GMT)

Greatest player of our generation... AFTER Jacques Kallis.

Posted by naiem11 on (December 26, 2012, 10:27 GMT)

We are giving much more importance to a person who even does not deserve a bit of it, Of course he has piled on runs but he (the so called Master) has just filled his own accounts. I am so sorry to say he has not even done 50% of what Kallis, Ricky, Inzamam and even Dravid have done......!!!

Posted by VivtheGreatest on (December 26, 2012, 9:27 GMT)

For all of us who have been watching cricket live since the 80's Sachin is incomparable. The sheer longevity itself is mindboggling, never mind the astounding achievements. He is without doubt the Greatest Batsman this country has ever produced and was the major reason for faithfully following the Indian team through the horror show that was the 90's. Take a bow legend.

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 8:30 GMT)

Thank you Sid, mirrored the feelings of millions of Indian youth of the 80's and 90's...still remember the evening on a rainy day in Kerala when young Sachin hit those sixes off Abdul Qadir and we wondered who this boy is!! wonderful memories are here to stay..dreaded this day for long, but knew this will happen one day.

Posted by HarshaBeagle on (December 26, 2012, 7:41 GMT)

Diego Maradona. Pete Sampras. Michael Schumacher. Sachin Tendulkar.

Gods don't "retire". They just give a chance to others...

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 7:17 GMT)

Good one Sid... bought tears to my eyes.

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 5:11 GMT)

Very well written.. you penned our exact feelings.. !! We still look forward to sachin playing more great test innings!!

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 5:10 GMT)

Thanks Sid...you have put my feelings in your words. Thanks Sachin for giving me so many happy moments and thanks to your contribution to Indian cricket. Thank...Thanks...Thanks.....God of Cricket

Posted by ravi-1967 on (December 26, 2012, 4:27 GMT)

Amazing article and so true. Definitely a numb feeling to know that Tendulkar would not don the India Blues again. He was the greatest not just in terms of his stats but his value, contribution to the team and cricket globally. Also a very humble human being.

23 years in top grade sport like cricket is no jokes and he still is planning to play test cricket. So not sure would it be 24. What I feel is that he should go with his head held high as in One days. Hope he does well against the visting aussies.

Sachin we love you and there can be no one like you again. You are the kohinoor of cricket.

Posted by thalalara on (December 26, 2012, 3:17 GMT)

Very emotionally written, during the same Sachin's period my net worth has hardly improved but how about Sachin's? What's the point of this article? Do you want the readers also to be emotional? It's very apparent that the hype created by the current generation has also helped the ordinary mortals into Demi gods. Only point I would agree is that he has been a good Karma Yogi irrespective of his opponents Aussies, SA or Minnows like BD, ZIM, Kenya he has done justice as far as his role is concerned.

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 3:13 GMT)

There was one constant in my life apart from me. Sachin -the idol of so many, and of course mine. So many memories. So many beautiful memories. Now I suddenly feel like an old man. For me, its rest in peace my childhood and my growing up phase; and also rest in peace ODI cricket.

Posted by Integrity1 on (December 26, 2012, 2:47 GMT)

Tendulkar is the GREATEST cricket player of our generation... AFTER Jacques Kallis, Lara and Gilchrist.

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 2:11 GMT)

An Excellent 'Timed' write up Sir !! You have penned down Sachin as - a Once in a generation player ! Can't help tears from my sights...

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 1:53 GMT)

Good article, I will miss you GOD...I have stopped watching ODI cricket. Can't think of missing your name in the squad.

Posted by cricketist on (December 26, 2012, 1:35 GMT)

I luckily had my first B/W Konark Television set right at the time when Mr. T made his entry into cricket and then I had my flat screen 40" Philips LED that i bought specially for the 2011 world cup and what an amazing experience it was. I can pretty much relate to every event that Siddhartha mentions in this article.. and thanks for putting his career in that perspective.

I definitely think he should have been more outspoken and expressive at certain times in his career which I hope he does with his parliamentary career. Good Luck to the man and thanks for the Zillion memories!

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 22:23 GMT)

As usual I see there are some terribly STUPID comments for the great article from the people who does not know Even ABCD of cricket. It is unfortunate that the the stupids have criticised the legend without knowing all the happiness that Sachin has brought to the Indian people all the these years and Sachin's abilities of carrying the expectations of one billion hearts for 23 years, consistency,longevity,records and his integrity as a person.. I have seen personally the many people who defame Sachin for no reasons those who would not have done any good things to their family and their loved ones and they trying to see failures in Sachin as they normally seen in their life... Everyone who played in the international Arena have agreed that Sachin is the greatest Batsman in the world. People needs to think before criticise some who has done everything for the India in terms of cricket that is the reason why he has been recognised as the God of Cricket... Continued....

Posted by krishna_aj on (December 25, 2012, 20:49 GMT)

Great article!...thats my story, thats the story of almost every Indian born in the 80s.

However, I cannot forgive you for your article calling on the selectors to drop him from tests. You deserve brick bats for that post and praises for this.

Posted by ashok16 on (December 25, 2012, 20:13 GMT)

I think it worthwhile to contribute when the Tendulkar madness left me. The finals of the 2003 world cup when Ponting grinded India down. A bit late but I realized results matter. A home world cup win felt a bit limp and year or so of test no. 1 status also seemed ephemeral. Frankly, the most joyous sight of Indian batting that I remember from the late 80s to mid 90s is Sidhu's footwork against spinners.

Posted by anjee on (December 25, 2012, 18:45 GMT)

Tears in my eyes on reading this article...only people born in 80s can understand what this article means...that too that 98 innings of sharjah when i was in the transit period of school - college...the way its described in this article...makes me feel this article is written for me..!! i grew up watching him...thank u sachin for all those memories,,,for giving me joy even during my toughest times...! and siddhartha ..thks for such an wonderful article--Dr Karthick Anjee

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 18:08 GMT)

He is not greater than the game itself. We have just had an India V Pakistan game and that is second story on cricinfo. Come on let the game go on and stop bragging about him.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 18:05 GMT)

The Best article about Sachin, after reading I felt as if this article was made keeping in mind myself and Sachin. I guess Sachin fans born in the 80's will all relate to this article exactly like how it was described here. Thanks Sachin for the memories. Thanks Siddhartha for this masterpiece about the master.

Posted by Built_4_the_Kill on (December 25, 2012, 17:50 GMT)

As a batsman he probably was the best (even better than Bradman). A treat to watch. Enen for Non-Indian fans like me, he was always a pleasure to watch. A batsman who probably had answers to evey ball.

But I must say also as a team member I believe he was very selfish. Whenever India was in dire straits, I would say 8 out of 10 times it was either Dravid or Laxman or Ganguly who bear the burden. Examples of Dravid opening the innings and or moving laxman up the order on numerous occasions are some of the examples where Sachin did not want to leave his comfort zone. So big part of his achievements must be dedicated to his team members, who even after knowing his selfish attitude, always paved the way for him to have a smooth ride.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

Great article .....thanks to Siddharta...........its realty of Cricket lover and Tendulkar's impact of the game for 80s & 90s.....

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

Great article!!! Fits so well with many of us:-)

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

It's hard to believe, this man has played along with our former national selectors, our former bowling coach, a congress MP, our greatest allrounder and the guy who screams 'gone like a tracer bullets' on air during matches played by india.He's been around for that long. Sheer longevity, 23 years of international cricket. Breath taking stuff.

Posted by sbix on (December 25, 2012, 16:42 GMT)

Wonderful writing. I love the the theme and most of it can easily be imagined. WHy would you then screw it up by making a comparison with the Model T, a car that so many cannot relate to? I know that in your village back home, you need an American or Western equivalent for validation. I don't think for Tendulkar this is true. Secondly, The Model T was an American thing. Tendulkar is an International player.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 16:33 GMT)

Very very sad to saw this news on 23rd October 2012. Atleast he should play Chennai ODI and go before the crowd.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 16:21 GMT)

This was the article I was waiting for to put into words this disembodied feeling that I'm sure has overtaken all Indian cricket fans in the past few days. Marvellous piece, captures millions of life stories so effortlessly...worthy of the great man's art!

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 15:40 GMT)

Can't add more to what you have written...have read this article a million times and each time it brings tears to my eye's; it's the story of my life time.

As far as 'God' is concerned, there is still tests to look forward to; this story is not yet over, though i have got an idea what it will feel like when the legend finally walks for the last time in a India cap....until then i'll enjoy the last few innings

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 15:17 GMT)

Marvelous article! Flash back memory of early 90's till today....

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 15:13 GMT)

Perfectly sums up and the timelines exactly matches. :)

Posted by bigdhonifan on (December 25, 2012, 14:48 GMT)

this little man.... i never seen cricket with out him.... born in 1984 started watching international cricket from 1992 world cup..... I am heartbroken

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 13:45 GMT)

It was as if someone had got into my head and wrote down my very own thoughts! Fantastic!

Posted by Balakrsh on (December 25, 2012, 13:25 GMT)

Great article. I can see my child hood unfold while reading this article, many unforgettable moments over the years growing up with Sachin. When I look back, the days we prayed that it rains in chennai so the schools will be closed and we can watch cricket that is played in other part of the country. Also the days, we walked to the electricity board and stayed there until the power is restored so we can watch the match. A well written article, thanks a lot Siddhartha and a salute to master blaster Sachin.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 13:19 GMT)

Million Thanks Siddharta, for bringing back those memories, for me India is Sachin and Sachin is India in million ways

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

Dear Mr writer you just zipped and encrypted millions of biographies in India and pasted here...

Posted by devilsdream on (December 25, 2012, 12:45 GMT)

One thing i can say is... i feel we rewind our lifes on our death bed for few seconds sure SACHIN will be there... and another thing we always feel is when ever sachin gets out we always feel somebody from our home got out... he is in our heart always and he will be... and no other player in any format or game can alteast reach....SACHIN IS GOD....

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 12:36 GMT)

WoW!!...hats off to the writer for such a masterpeice! It has been an honour to watch Tendulkar play! His heroics will keep inspiring us thru'out our lives!

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

One of the best articles... all my past flashes in front of my eyes as I read this article. Hats off to the Player and to the Writer.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 12:33 GMT)

You just penned the story of my life and shared with the world! Truly, appreciated. Thanks a billion!!!

Posted by cricsom5667 on (December 25, 2012, 12:26 GMT)

Thanks for the spiritual company through all shades of emotions during my youth ! Wish you all the best for your next few sporting years hoping that you will bring down the curtain in a crescendo of glory.

Posted by asif2311 on (December 25, 2012, 12:22 GMT)

magnificent article, i have read and written many myself but this one tops all ....its a picture of my life as in dec 1989 i started watching cricket as i heard a 16 yr old is goin to make debut for india....i was 6 and have grown every second along with sachin and his heroics......what a player and what a great tribute by the author here....

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 11:54 GMT)

no words, no comments. only tears in eyes.

Posted by AdityaMookerjee on (December 25, 2012, 11:49 GMT)

I distinctly remember, when Tendulkar played at Peshawar, his first one day international. It seems, DD was not allowing the coverage of certain banners, pertaining to the border, shared with India. I did know, that no player plays for India at age 17, and he is.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 11:46 GMT)

Siddhartha, how do you know my life so well?....coz like billions of others i grew up with Sachin!.....am billion times proud of it...... wish i can timetravel back to 1989 and grow up once again!

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

Fantastic article.... The whole world will miss Sachin !!

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 11:27 GMT)

The best ever article ive came across..!!! Hats of to the master & kudos to the writer \m/

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 11:25 GMT)

wat a article dude..... i felt i lived the way u said it.... i jus relived last 23yrs, i used to shut my TV set when Tendly used to be out not after 94 but in 92 only..... and stuck with it till we won World Cup in 2011... moment when i cried was when India lost by 17runs to Pakistan.... an Innings which Maestro single handendly won for India....... and we lost last 3 wickets like.... tears jus rolled..... Hats off To You Sachin...... wat ever ur critcs may say.... We love u.....

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 11:15 GMT)

sachin you may have lost memories some runs and smiles along these 23 years but they still remain afresh in our life.we just miss the emotions of all kinds you brought into our lives noone can.........sorry could not complete what i thought of due to shedding tears .............plz stay as an icon as u were in our life for ever.

sidharth you have written the story of this gen like me.thanks

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 11:11 GMT)

Great article Siddhartha. Really we are the luckiest ones. We saw GOD playing cricket. Thanx Sachin for giving us so many swt memories that we will never forgot. We will miss you Tendlya..!!!

Posted by Shreyas_Sinkar on (December 25, 2012, 11:03 GMT)

Excellent Article...I feel most of the cricket maniacs will relate to this Article

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 11:02 GMT)

Just Respect To Master R.I.P. ODI Cricket

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 10:46 GMT)

Sachin Romesh Tendulkar, As the name is enough for all Indians,when our mother gave birth to us and we opened our eyes,we saw him,we heard his name,his feeling for India.Crowd gathered together and said " Sachin ka score kya hai".A player gave his 24 valuable years,that's near to a quarter of a century to the welfare of cricket in his country.isn't it enough for a simple man like Tendulkar. Some said "When Sachin hit centuries,India defeated" but is it the correct thinking.Tendulkar is alive in the cricket field,he is alive in the pavillion and also he will be alive in the Cricket History for thousand of years.His devotion,dedication for playing cricket is unparallelled.he will always be the greatest player ever played the game of cricket.

I think the Mayans got it wrong, 23/12/12 is the actual end of the world, atleast cricket world. The GOD has left his World, the world he ruled for many years, the ODI form he loved to play than any other player. Salute to the master but I am sad t

Posted by VaibhavJain_Indore on (December 25, 2012, 10:42 GMT)

See the childlike face of Sachin!! Does not look to be so long!! Yes, We have lived with the maestro. Innumerable memories and what a article!! hats off!!

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 10:37 GMT)

Awesome Sachin Tendulkar!

Posted by Nizam1949 on (December 25, 2012, 10:36 GMT)

Dream-child of India, Siddharta's story-telling of Sachin's journey chronicles India's rise and the fulfillment of the hopes, aspiration and dreams of an entire generation of young men and women who had tied their wagons to the stars of Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. Sachin's journey in Cricket epitomizes the journey of a society and nation on the global stage,- with all its trials, tribulations, agonies and pains and panacea. Sachin's Odyssey is India's Odyssey! Siddharta Vaidyanathan has recorded this history of a young man coming of age, as did India along with him, in eloquent poignancy.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

Nice Article Mr. Vaidy! After seeing the news, we are all very upset about the cricket legend's retirement from one day international cricket! But it's always player's decision to continue with the sport or not... as a fan of 10'dulkar, we are respecting your decision. We miss u little master... no words to explain about you... We don't know how we are going to watch one days without your presence in the ground.... I think it will take time for us to get to the stadiums or to watch live matches in TV without you... Love u sachin... v miss u a lot... No body can replace your presence... Miss you! We request you to be there in the ground when ever you are free... so that at least we can feel your presence... Miss u little master! We wish you all success in your future endeavors.

Posted by henchart on (December 25, 2012, 10:32 GMT)

@Chinmay Boriwal,@Kiwi rocker: It was Mike Gatting not Mark Greatbatch who played the reverse sweep in 1987 WC Final at Calcutta against Australia.But your respective points are understood.Fact is ,those who grew with SRT ,the cricketer, would understand personally what a whiff of fresh air he was against the traditional school of batting prevalent till then. Srikkanth used to hit across the line and succumb more often than not ,Sidhu was better in terms of technique but injury prone and Manjrekar was orthodox but slow and same with Shastri.Kapil used to be aggressive but again flatter to deceive.In walked a 16 year old with devil may care attitude and rewrote the Cricketing history especially India's.SRT was an out and out attacking batsman putting the fear of lord in the bowlers.Qadir,Hadlee,Akram,Waqar,Mcdermott,Merv Hughes,Whitney,Devon Malcolm,Angus Fraser, Allan Donald were all his early victims.He continued for two more decades hammering a generation of bowlers.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 10:29 GMT)

This is one of the best Articles I have read here

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 10:11 GMT)

Can't stop falling tears down through cheeks. :'( Master, You will always be our Model T.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 10:10 GMT)

this, alongwith sharda ugra's "sachin, the man who beat the machine" when he scored his 100th 100, is the best article i've ever read. enough said.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 9:57 GMT)

the best ever article on Sachin"s entire cricket journey. kudos to sidhartha

Posted by yoogi on (December 25, 2012, 9:48 GMT)

To me he was just the guy who was starting out when I started watching TV. Then it struck man, he was way better than Srika, Sidhu and Manjrekar put together. I always wanted india to win, but then there were fans for him who wanted him to score in every matches. I can see several instances, like the struggle he had at WC semifinal agains Srilanka, I thought OK, if Tendul couldnt play freely then no one will. Thats exactly what happened. Also the test in chennai against Pak, where he left with needing just 16 and india couldnt manage. If he fails, India fails. So his successes were celeberated as India's success. Indian economy rose with him. He earned respect for foriengers just like india got its due recognition in the new economy.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 9:42 GMT)

Can't think about cricket without the great man. Nobody on the cricket field can ever match his stature. Words are not enough to express the feelings of billions of people for the greatest batsman the world has ever seen on the cricket field. Sach is life!

Posted by Shubham18 on (December 25, 2012, 9:40 GMT)

When I heard Sachin Tendulkar ( GOD of CRICKET ) had retired from ODIs, the form in which he was easily the greatest, I just could not believe. Just the thought of Cricket without Sachin made me numb. I think for many Indians Sachin was the reason they were happy. The fact that even if inflation and other problems make us sad but just the news of Sachin playing for India in a cricket match brings a big smile to our faces. In India its more effective than medicines to cure them and health drinks to rejuvenate them.

I think the Mayans got it wrong, 23/12/12 is the actual end of the world, atleast cricket world. The GOD has left his World, the world he ruled for many years, the ODI form he loved to play than any other player. Salute to the master but I am sad that he didn't give the fans a chance to see God play for his last time in ODIs that also against Pakistan. It would have been the most memorable moment of not only the century but of all time in the World of Cricket and for India.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 9:27 GMT)

A fantastic article Siddharth, these are the sort of articles that not many can write.One of the few who could was the great Peter Roebuck. I must say the way you have put your thoughts i.e. comparison of most ordinary men and Sachin and how times have changed and how we have all witnessed this change couldn't have been more elegantly described!

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

What writing Siddharth! Outstanding tribute to a player for whom all epithets seem cliches. We have said all these of Sachin so many times that when the time came one seemed at a loss for words. Whaddaplaya!

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 8:55 GMT)

@kiwirocker-"Sachin Tendulkar has never caught my imagination"......doesnt matter...it has caughth the attention of indians,it has caught the attention of true sports lover,and ut has caught the attention of sir don bradman.thats enough for him.he doesnt needs the attention of hypocritical fools like you. at least you admitted he played a winning hand in WC 2003 vs pakistan.thats enough.you hate him so much that you now start to admire him...thats progressive !and you said he was dropped on dolly.Dear,there's no iffs and butts in cricket...england lost the 1987 world cup because of a reverse sweep by mark greatbatch...pakistan lost the 2007 world cup by just a shot-scoop shot.so what????result matters,and not iffs and butts.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 8:45 GMT)

You have been my inspiration, my hope, my King, my GOD and you will always remain so. I grew up while watching you play Cricket. Every shot played by you is of a master class. Your devotion to game is unparalleled. For me, you will always be Greatest Player Ever Played the game of cricket. (There were tears in my eyes while writing this status :'( ).

Posted by chilled10 on (December 25, 2012, 8:42 GMT)

Wow !!! that was some reading. Bieng same age as Tendulkar & having appeared my HSC exams ( 12th Standard) along with him in same year- makes this article reading extra special for me. Each word & line reflects & means exactly waht it is meant to be. hats off- great article about a great legend. it may take centuries to find another gem like him & more than that - the most humble person i have known. He deserves all the accolodes possible. Wish him all the best for his future & we are all sure- no matter- if sachin himselfs removes from cricket- but how can he remove cricket from sachin.Truly a little master with big achievements !!!

Posted by soumyas on (December 25, 2012, 8:30 GMT)

beautiful article, has every bit of how i felt in my childhood watching tendulkar. happy to know many others also felt the same way, i remember in 90's, we used to switch off the TV's when sachin used to get out. Indian team was heavily dependent on him, i remember 1998 sharja match very well, it was night and there was no power due to fallen trees at our town, i went to bed dreaming of tendulkar playing a great innings, next morning saw news paper, my dream came true. it was one of the most excited and crazy moments of my cricket world. Tendulkar is the one who kept billions glued to TV's during 90's. true legend.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 8:28 GMT)

the best artcile till now .... thankyou and no more interest in cricket after sachin retirement

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 8:26 GMT)

Hat-off to you Sachin Tendulkar we miss you we miss your centuries we miss your classics innings simply world of cricket miss you

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 8:19 GMT)

my eye went flown, i cudn't stop my emotions of getting wipe out..

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 8:17 GMT)

A wonderful article about the most wonderful player.Sharing the same thoughts with my son who was a kid then.

Posted by TheWonderBoy on (December 25, 2012, 8:14 GMT)

Just AWESOME.....What an article Mr. Siddharth... U gave us another few moments 2 live with Sachin.....thanx a ton!!!

Posted by M4yur on (December 25, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

I watched Sachin blast Abdul Quadir out of international cricket. Born in 1979, I was still getting to grips with the rules of cricket and was still developing my taste/passion for the game.

From that day forth, I watched almost every game that Sachin played. I (along with all cricket fans in India) witnessed India lose many matches as soon as Sachin got out. I have witnessed the match fixing saaga, the Ganguly -> Chappel rift and lately even the Dhoni->Sehwag rift.

I have witnessed and felt the ups and downs of Indian cricket. But through out the past 20 years, if there was one constant/unwavering thing, it was Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. The little man was always there, to score centuries and win matches from impossible situations.

The thing that has kept me following Indian cricket was my confidence in SRT. I don't know if cricket will be the same for me anymore. I know it is juvenile, but i wish for SRT to keep playing for ever. Love you man; you have made us all proud.

Posted by RanjithShettyJordan on (December 25, 2012, 8:02 GMT)

I really grown up watching sachin, the changes to our lives and also changes in our surrondings everything is proportional with sachin and time.. i from 1990 till last day of his cricket i was his fan well-wisher and lover of his cricketing skills.I have at most respect about his simple and great public behavior.He taught many good things in our lives. He was not just player to me, he was a role model for ever.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

True reflection of my life and my growing up with Sachin...In early 90s when I was in School, I thought he was an egoist player and wanted Kambli to do better but slowly the tide turned and by 94 or 95, I knew I was watching a very special player and the joy his lofted straight drives provided me those days are unparalleled. We go to a teacher's quarters to watch the 96 WC during our 12th board exams and he produces the glory against Australia which ends in pain, then he starts and Jadeja finishes off Pakistan and we were in dreamland. He plays as if on a serene wicket against Srilanka but is unluckily out and then we went on to the agony which probably helped us in our exams :) It was when I was traveling, he produced probably the greatest innings in Sharjah (how many times I have seen it since) and I cant still forgive myself for traveling that day. Touch the heights of delirium when he dismantles the greatest again on his birthday to win us the match.

Posted by Ranjan2012 on (December 25, 2012, 7:57 GMT)

Terminally ill young girl struggling for her breath , in the hospital bed ,clenches her fist ." Sachin has scored a century !!!!". The nine to five job ,the daily confrontation back home, insipid living ,for once the eye lit up for the depressing entity " Sachin has hit a six !" At the end of day's struggle , when we all reach home , drained ,lonely , stoic" Sachin marches for all of us in the 22 yards , take his guard .For all of us he hits the ball through the cover boundary just by a gentle push." We fell ecstatic , there is still HOPE !!!

Posted by frankzzzster on (December 25, 2012, 7:44 GMT)

"The Best Cricinfo article" I have read till date... Each and every memory, from the age i started watching Sachin play, flashed through like a movie when i read this. My eyes are full of tears now..! A BIG THANKS for this wonderful article author!!!

Posted by backwardpoint on (December 25, 2012, 7:22 GMT)

Too much of hyperbole never helped anyone, Sid. Agreed that Sachin was/ IS and will be a legend. But he made meaning for everyones lives? Gave a sense for a generation of Indians to make sense of their lives? Huh? Are we even in the same continent let alone the same country. Get up, grow up and smell the coffee. Making generic tall statements like this to make Sachin seem better is laughable. His records speak for themselves and I dont think it needs a moral prop of this kind.

Posted by JKSFB on (December 25, 2012, 7:08 GMT)

What a fitting tribute! Well done to the author. Thank you for voicing the feelings of millions...Long live the King

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 7:05 GMT)

One article which I can relate to across years.. with Sachin on those 22 yards.. Very well written, in-fact the best i hv ever read..

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

Very well written, made me senti! We all kids gathered in our colony park wen tendya opened for the 1st time against nz n hit that blazing 80 odd in 1994 . . . it was unheard of that much high strike rate n over the top hitting, i remember clearly that all of us middle schoolers were secretly gushing with a common pride for that boy genius "saada tendya"! for the 1st time ever we had a role model who looked like us, small n meek yet was ferocious n heralded a genius by the goras . . . coming of age stuff!!

Posted by CricFan24 on (December 25, 2012, 6:59 GMT)

Sachin = GBAT = Greatest Batsman of all Time....Period.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 6:54 GMT)

He has not just made us smile throughout his career but his humility and commitment has inspired a whole generation of India. Sir you are not just a cricketer to me,you are my inspiration. I strive to be Sachin Tendulkar of my field.

Posted by rushd.ahmad on (December 25, 2012, 6:48 GMT)

When i read this article , my eyes are full of tears . True story of my life and the others who lived the Tendulkar Era. You are my life time inspiration Sachin. A huge part of my life. In your every Out i feel as i lost and in your every run & century I feel as i m in heaven . Feeling vacant when I first heard the bad news. You are always my heart. Salute to you boss.... From a Bangladeshi .

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

am very much upsets about His retirement as am a big fan,i dnt think so in futute also wil not get other sachin

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 6:33 GMT)

an article of a true observer of the feeling of 1 billion indians . still cant believe he will not b on the field next time india play one day cricket.still remember those upper cuts in wc 2003 and the best of the lot steve bucknor ducking to save his life....will miss u sachin.....

Posted by Nagendra84 on (December 25, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

I feel ashamed that i am an indian, a person praised by world cricket and who has fans all over the world not only indians.. we dont know how to respect legends..this is the way how a legend should disperse from his ODI duties where is respect for his contribution. when some one plays better we spoil them till they loose their form and once he looses form the same people will be responding to releave him.. the persons who doesnt have proper cricketing career talks about dropping a player like sachin. how much match practice he got i this one or two years, without knowing a freshers caliber we want to replace the best available seniors and we starts doing experiments in front of the world.

Posted by S-Matrix on (December 25, 2012, 6:21 GMT)

FOR NEWBIES WHO MISSED THE 90'S CRICKET ZEITGEIST: The best analogue of Sachin in the 90's for India would be a magnification of what Shakib is considered for BD now. India won consistently at home, but only won less than five Test matches abroad in the whole decade (all against SL, not even ZIM). The 90's batting line up of Sidhu, Azharuddin and Jadeja was generally ineffective abroad, like the bowlers such as Srinath, Prasad and Kumble (his first incisive bowling accomplishment abroad was in AUS 2003). Only Sachin could score well and all hope rested on him. He managed to score centuries in every country (except WI, until 2003) with high averages, while batsmen collapsed around (think of Lara 2003-06 in Tests).

When Dravid, Ganguly and Laxman matured and Zaheer appeared in the early 2000's, India started winning abroad, starting against BD in 2000 and spreading to SL, ENG, WI, AUS, ZIM and PAK by 2004 (SA and NZ by 2009).

Their exit may have thrown India back to the 90's...

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 6:16 GMT)

Thanks for this special Article. It was like going back to childhood and living it.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 6:16 GMT)

It is not good few person & media put pressure on him to good bye the cricket due to pressure of both I think Mr. SRT took decision to retire from ODI, my request with the Board to recall for coming series with Pakistan to play the series and let him take retirement on filed coz he started his carrier with Pakistan and end of his carrier with Pakistan this is also one record for him and we will give him salute with the respect & give him lot love when he retire on filed coz SRT feel that he is the King of cricket forever.

Posted by chadu2cool on (December 25, 2012, 6:15 GMT)

that;s the magic of tendulkar.really lucky to be born in an era when sachin started to play & really unlucky to be in that era when he retired.just can't forget how the 90;s generation started to follow cricket simplly because of him.He has inspired not just 1 but probably 3 generation's & will keep inspiring the next one's. haven't seen god but i have seen the GOD OF CRICKET.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 6:06 GMT)

Even SACHIN's retirement was predicted by Mayans................excuse them for a delay of 3-4 days.

Posted by Srikantesh on (December 25, 2012, 5:56 GMT)

Yes! this article speaks our word! it's really amazing journey with master for us. each & every time Sachin was seen Bat in hand, I admired him, In fact I started to watch(know) cricket with him playing & probably lose interest (if not giving up) in cricket.Many people agree with me if I say he contributed immesely to cricket to become such a big sport not in every aspect as we can see today only in India, but also in world today. How can I forget Auckland 82 which I heard on Radio or twin tons in stormy day in Sharjah or hero cup semifinal no we fail to count but succeed to remember! No! words really cant' describe what Sachin means to me, to Indian Cricket, to India I take a bow

Thankful Srikantesh!

Posted by kartikeysoni on (December 25, 2012, 5:51 GMT)

that me that u talk abt sid, thats my generation which this write up represent , our elders had a slight hangover of gavaskar and youngers cud never feel the pain of those dark days of '90s when only Q we used to ask was "sachin hai kya?" if yes we will watch match else we all know the result . thanks for putting them so beautifully in words

Posted by DustyW on (December 25, 2012, 5:50 GMT)

Sachin should seriously think of retiring from Test Cricket also asap. We want to remember him as one of the greatest batsman, not as one who stuck on and on way past his "sell by" date.

Posted by SachsLife on (December 25, 2012, 5:44 GMT)

BEST ever article on Sachin. He transcended the definition of a cricketer and became a very important, if not the most important, factor in our lives. Feel slightly betrayed by life on his retirement

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 5:43 GMT)

All this is just getting a bit too much..Agreed SRT is a great and a batting genius w.r.t eyesight BUT he should have quit entire cricket arena.did he really expect to play the 2015 WC when he played against Bangladesh..this is just setting a dangerously wrong precedence.When Mcgrath retired Inzamam said that all batsmen around the world would heave a sigh of relief.When SRT retires all prospective batsmen in INDIA will heave a sigh of relief.Sad but true.Between ...he is the BEST EVER ODI batsman ahead of Richards/Lara/Jatyasurya or anyone else.Its just that after 2005 he somehow started to believe that playing longer would bestow on him some kind of an aura which has sadly deprived him off many many supporters..sad but true..please publish and this is from India

Posted by rajitz on (December 25, 2012, 5:43 GMT)

Has any other opener ever been expected to finish matches? When other players perform in crucial situations, then they are glorified, but their failures are met with a "whatever", whereas SRT's EACH failure is amplified 10 times! Then people say "he scored so many runs only because he played so long"!! So his precocity and super-talent at 16 is yet another thing to take for granted?? How about all the pressure he must have put himself under to win it for the country - yet he can easily be declared "selfish" because he doesn't have a 100% success rate!! How about the massive mental strength to overcome the fear of failure, especially after the 2007 WC debacle?! Nobody else has given their heart and soul more for Indian cricket, and his infinite capacity for enduring pain for always improving is unmatched. He isn't just a player - he is a SYMBOL. My friends, if Sachin Tendulkar didn't exist, we'd have had to invent him. End of story!

Posted by rajitz on (December 25, 2012, 5:43 GMT)

To define a bar of achievement where a 50 is "just OK" and a 100 is "yeah, just what I expected", is hard to fathom. I can bet my bottom dollar that had any other great batsman of any generation, from Viv Richards to Lara to Ponting to Jayasuriya to Kallis, had been under THAT kind of SCRUTINY, they would have buckled after 10 innings and spectacularly at that. Have you seen any other cricketer, ever, been immortalized in a fan's car number plates (in the US)? Have you seen any other individual in a team sport take all the spotlight and heat so that the others can get on with their normal business? How easy to forget that Dravid could focus that much better as all the hype and burden was on SRT? How easy to forget the dozens of times that India fell short because a few other morons couldn't eke out 12 more runs or stick with him till the end? Then there are people who have the gumption to say "he's not much of a match winner" (despite the record number of Man of the Match awards!)

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 5:40 GMT)

so true... though my journey sachin fan starts at age4 around 97 98... these 14 years oh golden dramatic everything.... and sachin ... oh cant comment much.... will be missed badly.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 5:31 GMT)

he has started playing cricket in Dec 1989 and my date of birth is 26th-02-1989

i have watched that sandstorm match and the final also and i can still remember every second of that day. i think i have just grown up enough to understand what it was and after that innings i love cricket like anything and that's because of this man.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 5:24 GMT)

lovely article.. Reminds me of the days me and my bro woke up at 5 am to watch the 92 WC from Australia to witness the 'then' new sensational kiddo, Sachin.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 5:11 GMT)

Thanks a lot Siddartha Vaidyanathan and Amit Chippa your wordings match my feelings completely. I am from 1982 - started watching cricket, early morning matches with my father in late 80's. Saw Sachin for the first time in a small black & white TV for a test match alongside my mother, we both got initially confused on why did they allow a Lady(until helmet was removed) to play in Men's team. He had very aggressive style when started, he continued that way till mid of 90s. Everyone around me, TV commentators and I used to feel he should slow down spend more time. He did that. He played those composed innings with a little aggression at beginning and end, got centuries. He played Tendulkar's part but rest of the team!!!- look at WC squads from 1992 till 2003. 2008 WC was a mishap. Thanks to Dhoni - WC2011 Sachin gave more than what a 11 can give. He might not be a finisher. But there was no game without him here

Posted by satyajit1983 on (December 25, 2012, 5:10 GMT)

I got very upset on Sunday morning when I got the news from local news paper that Sachin (My all time favourite cricketer) will not pay any ODI from 24th onwards. I am extremely angry with you as you should have to announce that this will be your last international ODI cricket match. As Carl Hooper had played international cricket match again after few years of his retirement in the same way you please come back again and play a series by announcing that that will be your last ODI series. Please fulfil my request Sachin. Love you Sachin.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 5:08 GMT)

I too belong to this generation and have been through all that you have said. ODIs were never the same once Sachin decided to pick and choose which one to play. It lost something...something that we could never express.. but your article does it brilliantly.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 5:06 GMT)

This article is Unreal .... How can you know the history so perfectly? just kidding .... I know it's the case with 99 out of 100 here, almost everyone is like me and a mirror .... that is the Magic of Tendulkar! Emotions are on a high, words are lost, eyes are wet .... and this is all coz "I belonged to the Tendulkar Generation!" .... Thank You so much Sachin Paaji .... will miss the Straight Drive, the Late Cut, the Cover drive of the back foot standing tall, the paddle sweeps against Warne & Giles .... will miss the Jersey # 10 ....Love U <3 .... forever!

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 5:05 GMT)

Hi Siddhartha...this is too good yaar.

Posted by shashikanth.dasari on (December 25, 2012, 5:03 GMT)

The man who ruled the hearts of a billion people.. The man who made a billion people smile at once...The man who brought happy tears in the eyes of a billion people when he played like he played.He has been a source of motivation to so many past and present cricketers.People started liking cricket because he played it.I am proud to have lived and witnessed the god of cricket play the game. Now ODI cricket will not be the same as the god has hung up his boots to the shorter version of the game. With tears in my eyes, I salute him and his love for the game. He is SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 4:57 GMT)

Sachin made a right decision to retire as he's definitely going downhill where his cricket is concerned.Hope he's sensible enough to retire sooner rather than later from all forms of International cricket.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 4:50 GMT)

This is so true for what I have been through in my life ! Very well written article . I am was in class I or II when Sachin hit Qadir . I still remember 1992 , when sachin was after derek pringle hitting him for fours before getting out ....It was Saturday . Cannot forget 1998 and Sharjah ! Cannot forget so may times when I was asked to study but ended up warchign hit 155 at Chennai . Cannot forget giving a person a stroke as I was concenterating Sachin hitting 85 vs pak in Mohali ..Sachin u made from grow up from a man to a boy !

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 4:39 GMT)

Sid,

Every thing so true. A generation has passed and it all seems to glide by reading your article. For us, Sachin was not just a player,an icon;he was the reason probably many of us cherished cricket. Yes I know, like Dikshant rightly said, critics would not agree with our obsession for the lil master.But than whats a obsession without love. Are there words enough befitting the legacy that he has left behind. I just wish that he had given us a last chance to revere that shake of the pad, the smile on the face,the look up in the sky and the ever so lovable straight punch past the bowler.

Sachin, there were many greats in cricket but none will be like you. Thank you for entertaining us and re-defining cricket.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 4:32 GMT)

You can't but shed a tear when reading this. Like the rest of my generation, I have not known cricket without Sachin. The prospect of having his name immortalized in statistics and his straight drive etched into my mind, but there being no avenue to see the Genius at work is a sure fire recipe for a grown man to bawl his eyes out like a baby. Thank you Siddhartha, for capturing that very emotion. Now we must hang on to the respite of still being able to view God in all whites.

Posted by thisisfun on (December 25, 2012, 4:24 GMT)

It is fun to see such elaborated and formal English in the comments... perfect for such an 'English' sport.

Posted by lsnitin on (December 25, 2012, 4:22 GMT)

beautifully written.. was feeling all these emotions over the last couple of days, and u gave them words siddhartha. thank you

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 4:22 GMT)

Merry Christmas Masta Blasta :)

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 4:16 GMT)

Lovely article!!! Every guy, who s out ter on every holiday with a bat n a ball, is coz of this man.. who made a sport A RELIGION!! will miss you in colored clothings in field but never in memories!!

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 4:14 GMT)

So true. I was born in 1981. Never really followed cricket until India toured Australia in 1991-92. I still remember me and my dad listening to radio commentary of that series (there was no TV telecast of that series in India). Sachin scored a brilliant hundred in Perth. Then there was the 1992 World Cup in Australia, where he topscored with 84 against Pak. Watching cricket was such a joy then. I remember all of the 1990s just following Sachin and no one else. There were some flashes of brilliance by Jadeja, Azhar, Sidhu, but Sachin was always the one. I still remember staying up will midnight in the middle of my exams to watch the sandstorm innings. Truly, 1990s was Sachin's decade. Thanks Sachin for so many memorable moments.

Watching cricket is no longer the same. Wish you come back to haunt the Aussies in the tests in 2013.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 4:14 GMT)

Here is a piece from me, which highlights few of the indelible moments from the Sachin era for me and many in my generation:

Maazha aani Amcha Sachin - Sachin, my childhood and our times: https://www.facebook.com/notes/prantik-mazumdar/mazhaa-aani-amchaa-sachin-sachin-my-childhood-our-times/578252262191565

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 4:13 GMT)

You make me cry, u make me feel proud, u make me feel joy and happiness from core of my heart. Now u retired and i feel lke my heart is weeping from inside. Love you Sachin

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 4:13 GMT)

sachin was the best great legend player in history of cricket,ya this is true sachin played cricket for his nation for his fans we wil miss u sachin ...................

Posted by Amit314 on (December 25, 2012, 4:13 GMT)

What a wonderful article! I can relate to every line, and yes, I can relate to every incident recollected.

I remember the Desert Storms...I was watching it with my father, and we had just finished dinner during one of the many stoppages. I remember Sachin pelting the bowlers away like a man possessed, and Tony Greig going ballistic. Tendulkar making room and hitting Kasprowicz straight back over his head, and Greig shouting at the top of his voice: "He is doing it, the best batsman in the world is taking India to the finals!" Yes, even then he was reckoned one of the best in the game.

And I remember WC2003, Sachin upper cutting Shoaib for a six. And before that match, against England, Sachin pulling Hoggard for a six and Ravi Shastri saying, "he had so much time playing that shot, it was as if he was waiting for that delivery all his life!"

Thank you, Mr Vaidyanathan, for such a nostalgic piece. And thank you, Mr Tendulkar, for being one of the very best that played the game.

Posted by subbu85 on (December 25, 2012, 4:11 GMT)

Only articles written on Sachin can get these many comments.........can any 1 prove me that im wrong????

I challenge entire world especially @ Wikipaklover: Ur entire Pakistan cricket couldn't even reach the feat of sachin....A bunch of match fixers, cheaters, no wonder most of them donno how to play cricket....but still they can find place in pakistan international team (Afridi, kamran akmal....oh baby list goes on)...the entire nation could even make half of the runs made by Sachin Tendulkar.......Shame on such countries.......Pakistan, England, South africa, Australia

Posted by SzlyAr on (December 25, 2012, 4:10 GMT)

Fantastic article! It sure brought back memories of Tendulkar's Greatness!!

Posted by dj.priyanshu on (December 25, 2012, 3:48 GMT)

Ahhhh Siddhartha! You made my eyes wet! Every damn thing you wrote is just so true..so close to the heart!!!!

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 3:46 GMT)

Thanks Sachin for what you gave to the game and how you entertained the crowds! Test cricket, please continue!

Posted by vaibhavsharma100 on (December 25, 2012, 3:44 GMT)

Can feel every line...I belong to the same generation ....I dunt know if I d watch cricket after he retires from test as well......

Posted by SpeedCricketThrills on (December 25, 2012, 3:39 GMT)

Unquestionably a great cricketer who gave immense joy to cricket fans and even brought a large number of Indians to follow the game. But to say "helped a generation of Indians make sense of their lives" is exaggeration beyond limits! That usage has to be reserved for the Premjis and NRNs who lifted large sections of lower middle class Indians out of poverty! Don't forget that cricket is a game which produces a handful of millionnaires. It makes sense to say that that the joy Sachin's batting provided helped millions of poor Indians find low cost entertainment to momentarily forget their financial miseries.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (December 25, 2012, 3:38 GMT)

@Sendeep: Can't agree with you more. Cannot see India or any Asian team win the world cup in 2015. Australia, SA and even England have fair shots at the prize. I would also never write off the Black Caps given it's their zone too. I have always felt Sachin had at least another year of one day cricket left in him because he was doing really well in the format. It is test cricket that needed his absence given the run of poor form and doubts creeping into his game. Still, it will be a huge void to negate and as Kapil Dev put it, legends like Sachin are only born once a century or era.

Posted by amit.chippa on (December 25, 2012, 3:22 GMT)

Perfectly written Siddartha! I was born in 1990, 1 year later he started his career. Obviously I missed first few years of his Charisma but from the time I'm understanding, I remember Cricket because of Sachin. I'm 23 and He is retiring and I feel like "Is it The End?" It's so early, I still have a long way to go and how can I go without My Hero? For whom I will rush away to Home from then school now Office? For whom will I bunk then college now Job? For whom will I fight with then friends now colleagues?

All these years Sachin was not the One Person but He was Every Child in Every Home. Every child adopted his style of adjusting Center Guard, hitting that Cover drive with perfect follow through, mimicking his voice. Sachiiiiiin, Sachin! We wont shout this Mantra no more... I really don't know How life will be Without (Sachin)Cricket!

You'll always be missed, Sir.

After my Parents and God if there is anyone of whom I'd like to touch the Feet is Sachin! Teary eyes.

Thank you, Sachin

Posted by Sendeep on (December 25, 2012, 3:17 GMT)

Becoz of World Cup 2015 He got retired, What future team Indian Cricket will have tough chance to win 2015 World Cup in Australia. Bouncy pitch Australian Lions, South Africa, I think South Africa will win next world cup. Sachin should have played more one day International's. He is God of One day Cricket. This is Disregard from selection committee /BCCI. They even didn't even offer him to play last one day series, They forgot his past 23 years experience.

Disregard Disregard Disregard Disregard Disregard Disregard Disregard Disregard from selection committee Australia/SouthAfrica next World cup one day champ

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 3:11 GMT)

There is no retirement for the GOD.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 3:05 GMT)

The article reminds me of my college days in late 80s where we use to watch cricket in a TV room and mostly Ind Vs Pakistan in Sharjah with the voice of Henry Blofeld. I use to wonder whether we shall able to beat Pakistan at all in future but that is all changed with Sachin. He has conquered and later on it is history.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 2:24 GMT)

What a wonderful journey of cricket from 1996 till 2012 so far..I will miss him as i watched him from my 4th standard till 5 yrs of my professional life... Its surely gonna change cricket and the transition will take time to get it back to the level it has been after retirements of my favouries tendulkar,inzamam,waughs,lara,mcgrath,warne,gilly and few more...

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 2:10 GMT)

I watched cricket just like other billion peoples just because of Sachin from my childhood to till now. Not sure if I will watch ODI again. People's should all boycott ODI in India just for the crazy commentators and medias to know they were making money just because of this one person.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 1:48 GMT)

A great write up indeed.. It's so fitting to say "growing up with Sachin". As Dhoni said earlier he has taught everyone around what dignity and discipline means and how to digest success. No better guru than the master who lives this life everyday and will continue to practice. This not only applies to the folks sharing the dressing room, but the common man like me by just watching, following and learning from him. I have no doubt in my mind that Sachin has brought discipline, hard work, dignity and down to earth qualities to billions of Indians in whatever they do. Infinite salutes to the master for Inspiring me and an entire nation!!!

Posted by TrueFactors on (December 25, 2012, 1:33 GMT)

Sachin was always the best one-day player. I consider him best ever one-day cricketer since Bradman never played one-days. There are other players with better records in tests but there is no one like Sachin in one-day. Sachin was great on even surface, since he has always been classic player. Similarly, Punter, Gavaskar, Arvinda D'Silva and Lara were best on even surface, - none of them were as good as Sachin though - but they all were not best on uneven surface. On uneven and rough pitches, Sachin never played best. On such pitches, Dravid, Kallis, and Border have been best ever players we have ever seen. Sachin was best in another area, that no other so-called great players of his era had. His wrist spin. He was a great handy bowler for one-days.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 1:17 GMT)

salute you Sachin. thanks for your cricket.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 1:11 GMT)

SRT helped me through the birth of my daughter. I thought of SRT when my daughter was born. It really helped me. In fact when I had to undertake a 20 mile walk I thought of SRT smiling at me and his courage automatically helped me. SRT is like god. I pray to SRT to everyday and he delivers food and water for me.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 1:01 GMT)

Sachin still you can make many memorable moment in Test Cricket at least , Try to achieve world test innings highest score more than 400 plus, show your brilliance to shut the people who are blaming you now, we every one knows you are the one taught how to face style opening in the one day innings- many of the world cricket players followed up then,I personally guess your mind is now diverted into politics and social work for making money and bring your next level of career. Anyway congrats for future endeavours.

Posted by SnowSnake on (December 25, 2012, 0:46 GMT)

Good luck Sachin. Hope you get back in form in the test cricket and retire with fans wanting even more.

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (December 25, 2012, 0:25 GMT)

Indeed there are a lot of memories but very few winning momenets. For me sports is all about winning and Sachin tendulkar has failed in that respect. Apart from couple of innings in Sharjah and one innings against Pakistan in WC 2003 ( Thanks to a dropped dolly catch at 31). Sachin Tendulkar has never caught my imagination.There are number of blips on his records. He has a combined average of 33 runs against Wasim, Waqar, Donland, McGarath. His 4th innings average is miserable 35 as compared to 50+ for likes of VVS Laxman and Younis Khan ( true match winners). Offcourse Sachin Tendulkar has few records as he played for 23 years and by default had to have few records. Another indication of any sportsman's stature is his opponent's opinion. McGath rates Lara as best batsman. Waqar says the same.Murali rated Lara as best spin playing batsman while Wasim Akram rated viv Richards as best batsman he ever bowled. Tendulkar needs to end this deception and retire from test cricket too!Its over!

Posted by HiTech2k on (December 25, 2012, 0:11 GMT)

I would have preferred Sachin to reitre from test since his performance in the recent series against England was disappointing. At his age test matches are extremely tough on the body. Fifty centuries in ODI, and fifty in test would have been untouchable for many decades to come. I think he should reconsider this action. Good luck, and best of health to the Master.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 0:04 GMT)

Such a nice and well written article. Yes I feel blessed that I grew up watching Tendulkar play and become the best ever cricketer.

Posted by Alexk400 on (December 25, 2012, 0:02 GMT)

I only see losers appreciate sachin. hope less people appreciate another loser. I hate losers. I consider dhoni million times better than sachin even if he do not have 10% talent of sachin. Dhoni has heart. Sachin had selfishness. I hate selfish people. They are virus to detah of a society.

Posted by Paulk on (December 25, 2012, 0:00 GMT)

He is a great player - especially his longevity at the top level is undoubtedly unique - but frankly all this "making sense of our lives" bit seems a little over the top does it not? And we are gonna go through all this again when he retires from Test cricket.

Posted by badalrocks on (December 24, 2012, 23:51 GMT)

Other than family, friends & GOD there have been some more constants in this ever changing life: A hero, the poster in my room, an imaginary companion, a pride, the walk from dressing room to crease, that assurance and faith, adjusting the abdomen guard, the straight drive, the movement of feet after playing a flick shot past square leg, the follow through of the bat after hitting a cover drive, arms helmet & bat going up together in the sky, record books getting flooded, the insatiable hunger for runs, the silver bracelet in right hand, that boyish smile and GOD knows what more...it's been hell of a ride growing up with Sachin Tendulkar... ... ...

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 23:38 GMT)

Wow.very welll written sir...resembles my lifes experience with cricket and sachin to the very core having been born in 85...I thought cricket in me will die when I move abroad but it dint but now it surely will...

Posted by Unmesh_cric on (December 24, 2012, 23:07 GMT)

I was in fifth grade when Sachin hit Abdul Qadir for 3 consecutive sixes. And I remember that 'desert strom' in 1998 when I had joined college. After India qualified for the Final due to Sachin's amazing inning, I was so happy..I guzzled down 3-4 Thumbs Up bottles (it was past midnight). After that I fell sick..next week I had my semester exams..being sick I did not well too in the exmas..so I blamed the semester results on Sachin :-(

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 23:06 GMT)

Of course like others when ever i used to watch India match half way or in the middle. The only thing i wanted to know so desperately was if Sachin's batting or not, if yes i started watching, if he was out i always turns off my TV and started playing out side with my friends thinking and playing like sachin :). I believe in late 90s and early 2000 when an opposition used to play against India. They never played thinking they are playing against India. They used to play keeping in mind they are playing against SACHIN. He the inspiration to me. i am not going to stop watching cricket. because i love this game and Sachin is the reason i love this game and it will remind me of Sachin. You will be missed SACHIN. I hope you wont retire without playing your last test. We all want to see you on the ground, If not always but at least once ;(

Posted by dirick on (December 24, 2012, 22:52 GMT)

Last time i had tears in my eyes was when a Family member passed away :o( some 10 years ago.

Now i felt the same pain when Tendulkar wouldn't represent India in his Coloured BLUE clothing :o(. This pain haunts me everyday, hopefully he will play Test Cricket for atleast 3 more years !

Thank You for all the Joy you have provided which made millions of us smile.

I still cannot believe that you wont wear the Indian Colours on a cricketing field anymore !

Posted by IndianInnerEdge on (December 24, 2012, 22:45 GMT)

What a fab writeup....Wow Sid V...made my XMas morning...!-rolled back the years-could relate to every event in, every sequence in this article...kudos...keep it up...:) with RD gone, and SRT one day hanging up his test boots, my heart wont be involved so deep with indian cricket, the true gentlemen champs-the anil's , srinath's , vv's-all gone.....hope in 20 years time, -we have a similar writeup for someone else who inspires a whole generation not only with their cricketing skills but with the dignity, humility, sportsman spirit & nobility that goes with the India cap!!!

Posted by McGorium on (December 24, 2012, 22:41 GMT)

Clarification to all the facebook responses to my earlier post (I can't read the names as I've disabled FB from tracking my visits to external websites): I was born and raised in India, and grew up watching SRT. I think he's a great batsman (I liked Dravid better, but that's a separate discussion), but I also think he's just a cricketer, and Sidhartha is blowing things out of proportion. I stand by what I said: A cricketer or cricket cannot help you "make sense of your life". That's a ridiculous statement. ANd if he kept is philanthropy secret/low-key, it couldn't have helped you make sense of your life. Would India have been any different had SRT not existed? I doubt it; we'd have found someone else to idolize. This deification is downright ridiculous. He's not the messiah. Get a grip: He was a great player, he was fun to watch, greatly talented, blah. He's retired, and will be missed. That much should suffice. There's no way he revealed the meaning of life to a generation of Indians.

Posted by desai2434 on (December 24, 2012, 22:33 GMT)

What a post Siddhartha! My life summed up perfectly. In addition to everything you said, I would like to add that I bonded over Sachin (=cricket) with my grandfather in way nothing else could have bonded us. I remember hearing games on radio (TVs were not prevalent in villages back then) with him during summer breaks. Sachin was the only thing we (and entire India) agreed upon. Gosh those days! I am going to cry myself to sleep after reading this.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 22:26 GMT)

I fit that generation very well. But unlike you, I also remember his failures. I was constantly reminded that even the best cannot achieve a lot unless the team contributed as a whole.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 22:16 GMT)

@The_bowlers_Holding... Sachin is better than anyone of them. Put on paper all the achievements of Imran, Miandad or Hammond and they look dwarf in front of Sachin, no matter how good they were. Sachin was playing international level at an age at which none of these gentlemen were even aware they would ever play international cricket. If you start playing late that means you were not ready till that time, and if you quit sooner that means you have lost what you have and longer you play, more comprehensively you are tested and with an exception of last one year or so Sachin always came on top. He played against all leading bowlers in last 2 decades and he scored maximum number of centuries against most formidable bowling attack- Aussies. No wonder Sir Bradman himself was his admired and Sachin got standing ovation in Australia everytime he went out to bat. He was one of his kind and no bowler could ever dominate him.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 22:05 GMT)

Right from the heart of millions like me!!! especially this part - " One morning in 1994, when large parts of India slept, you awake to life and freedom. What a rebellion at Auckland. Eighty-two off 49 balls. A cameo that unshackles the mind. The greatest one-day innings you have seen. Can anyone better this? " It was on the very early hours of Palm Sunday that year..I watched his inning and went to church for Palm Sunday service.... I count that particular match as career defining one for him in ODI..

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 22:00 GMT)

Sachin did not retire from ODIs , 1 billion Indian cricket fans retired from ODIs. He has all the records & stats under his name & making it merely impossible for any1 to come even closer. but what makes him the god of cricket is the pure joy, entertainment, humbleness, moment of pride and sense of accomplishments he has given to the people with his magica & divine play. He instilled unity & bound diverse people of India, which was divided by politicians & system by caste, State, culture, race, status and even made atheists to believe in God. It is difficult to express in words the hysteria that Sachin created, with every kid/adult wanting to be him. The way people irrespective of age flocked to TV sets, stadiums/gather in streets after bunking the schools/college & office to watch this man in action superstitiously thinking their moves could impact his play ,pray for him religiously, No more Sachin in no 10 blue Indian jersey. Cricket hereafter referred as Before Sachin & After Sachin

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 21:58 GMT)

i am from Pakistan... born 1984 Indeed Sachin is Cricketing God..... i Love Cricket and i Love Sachin because it is hard to decide if Cricket is Sachin Or Sachin is Cricket..... My Indian friends do something to bring him Back ...... He is still fit to play even till next World cup......

Posted by The_bowlers_Holding on (December 24, 2012, 21:15 GMT)

He is surely the best Indian cricketer ever, but never the worlds best that is preposterous (Bradman, Imran, Sobers,Botham, Hammond, Kallis, Maindad....). He seems like a nice little man and he does have lovely curly hair, he looks a bit like Leo Sayer I think which is ironic because he was probably still top of the tops when Sachin made his test debut. I wonder how long he will continue in tests for? Happy ODI retirement wee fella.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 21:12 GMT)

First and foremost... For me One day International is over. Me too retiring from ODI. Now onward will concentrate on T20 and Tests. No no no... am not any player with fake ID .... I am a simple viewer of cricket, who worship the god of it. When I blinked my eye with sense and started school in back 1989, he was at Gujranwala. I proceed in my career and study, he preceded me. T20 was always without Sachin in International level and I was fond of that since 2003 when I saw it in County... So it's still ok without him. Still, I will be in dilemma of loyalty when MI will take on KKR till he will be in the game. I'll definitely move to watch football and tennis, my all time favorite team and individual sports when GOD will remake that 1948 day after a five-day affair. Till then I'll continue to grow up with Sachin.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 20:29 GMT)

That six off Caddick, those fours of Akram and Shoaib ...

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 20:29 GMT)

Wow! You just set the tears rolling Siddhartha... I remember almost every inning of Sachin since 1996 WC. I was in fifth grade then. After that, he has literally occupied my entire life till the moment. From my school life till now - during first 4 years of professional life, he was always there with me as an inspiration. To mention few innings that gave me immense joy are: 169 vs SA at Jo'berg, 143 & 134 vs Aussies at Sharjah, 141 vs Aus at Dhaka, Attack on Glenn McGrath at Nairobi in 2000, 98 vs Pak in 2003 WC at Jo'berg, 141 vs Pak in Rawalpindi, 117 vs Aussies at Sydney in CB series Final, His 200 vs SA & 175 chasing 350 vs Aussies. My childhood is half over now. The day he retires from tests, it will be completely over & I will stop watching cricket forever.....

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 20:20 GMT)

@ McGorium, your comment says what SRT has given to all of us but unfortunately you are not willing to accept it. Whatever you do in your life is to be happy this is what most of mortals like us can think of. Coming to SRT, by his hardwork at nets, gym, battling illness and opponents, etc, he has made millions and billions of cricket lovers happy just like our movie actors, musicians, singers do in their range, but the range of SRT was incomparable with others. Govt announcing awards and companies giving him wealth cant even be 5% of what he has given to the people of nation and cricket. Coming to the point of changing lives, certainly he has been the inspiration for many who are succeeding in their respective sports since 2000. Finally, Sir Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, I cant express how much I owe to you for all the happy moments you have given me for these 23 years of ODI cricket, and I can reciprocate this to you only by RESPECT.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 20:16 GMT)

127* vs Kenya in 1996 WC is when I started watching cricket and ever since i've watched Cricket just to see Tendulkar batting, seen my brother copying his batting style, putting Power and then MRF stickers on his bat.. our whole family watched cricket not for the team India, but for Sachin only. It was always like as long as he's there, we're in the match. Except WC matches, we were never bothered how much is the score, whether we win or loose but when Sachin gets out in 90s, it always pinched us. At the age of 37, only he made a double century in an ODI and many times earlier was just there to make double tons. He's never gone out of form, he's always said his hunger for runs hasn't over yet then why's he leaving now ? :'( 49 100s and 96 50s clearly say that we would only consider a complete ODI journey by you make 50 100s and 100 50s ... Sachin! please play a few series more, we can't see you going from ODI :'( our hearts ache :'( please Sachin !!! please come back please :'( Sachin

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 19:59 GMT)

McGorium

I don't know whether you are Indian or not. If not, you would not evoke the same sentiment as we do. He was more than a cricketer or entertainer. In a country of such diversity, he was one of the most important binding forces. Sachin gave us a reason to be happy and more importantly to have hope. When like the Excalibur he waved his bat, he made us believe anything was possible.It was different in the early to mid 90s. India was not the country it is today and cricket was everything. Dravid and Ganguly added on. Its the end of an era. In many ways that was the age of innocence. Life will never be the same again.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 19:57 GMT)

Actually it makes me both pity and laugh on those people who are trying to give a scale of not great and all that to the man who has played and achieved more than anyone who is bowed by players all around the world who is rated best by cricketing minds all around the world despite of the fact that they are a bunch of guys have done nothing but are only able to post useless comments on websites.They really think they can judge a man who has played international cricket for a period of more than their lifetime.If you can't respect and praise such a man just out of arrogance and rivalry then please don't call yourselves CRICKET FANS.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 19:50 GMT)

You made the day....This is what exactly happened as been born in 80's...Thanks a lot Sachin for all the entertainment...The 2 back to back centuries in sharjah are my best of yours...You literllay outclassed what was supposed to be one of the best bowling attack of that time....Its nostalgic...we can see all those only in you tube now....Hats off SRT..Hats off....

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 19:48 GMT)

By far the most gifted player in the history of the game...

Posted by a1234s on (December 24, 2012, 19:44 GMT)

McGorium, you need to be born and brought up in India to understand the phenomenon. People in India need an escape from their tough daily lives. Sachin has provided that escape. There are dozens of examples of sporting icons playing a similar role in the US in the early 19th century when people there were looking for a break from the devastation. It is easy to be cynical and dismiss him as another soda salesman. He is much more than that to the Indians.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 19:36 GMT)

Dear McGorium

Try reading "who will cry when you die" by Robin Sharma.... and here the man in question hasn't even died.... he just decided to hang his boots.... we will never know how many indians cried for him over the last 2 days.....since many would have done that in a washroom/ while driving alone to work/ over a smoke on the terrace..... touching lives of almost a billion people without ever meeting most of them is the greatest achivement of the greatest cricketer of all times

Posted by cricket2Monkey on (December 24, 2012, 19:29 GMT)

Thank you Siddhartha Vaidyanathan..your article rekindled so many memories...like you said we were lucky to grow up watching Sachin..

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 19:22 GMT)

Proud to be on a generation when Sachin has played ODIs.

Posted by suman2 on (December 24, 2012, 19:20 GMT)

I just wish Peter Roebuck was here.

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (December 24, 2012, 19:16 GMT)

Sachin you are the gretest batsman world has ever seen. Indian hero and inspirations for world cricket and a perfect role model..We will miss you.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 19:16 GMT)

@McGorium I am not sure what your age or which country you are from. If you grown up in 90s and an Indian, you probably may understand this phenomenon. in my case, he is always within me. Whenever I feel happy or sad or simply empty without any thoughts, my mind automatically goes to visualize his straight drives and cover drives. its the thought process which keep me calm most of the time if not all. In fact I have got through some tough periods personally by visualizing his batting. It is beyond explanation. Am sure many people in India share similar sentiments. That's why he is revered like this among Indians and outsiders who just look at him as another cricketer may not understand this fully.

Posted by h_kap on (December 24, 2012, 19:15 GMT)

@McGorium, some people are so humble that they do not want to reveal what they are doing for their country and the society. You got to be closely associated with a person to know his real character. Nothing against you or your theories as you are speaking what you are seeing and reading. All i have to say is that there is also something called unseen.

Posted by dibbu on (December 24, 2012, 19:14 GMT)

Even those (still) trying to pull him down, are only trying to make themselves relevant! Despite being only 5'5", Sachin stands so tall...! Thank you for the wins, the passion, the memories. Cricket will continue, but will never be the same.

Posted by h_kap on (December 24, 2012, 19:03 GMT)

I am a staunch Sachin fan. Although the last few months had left a bitter taste in my mouth, it does not take away what Sachin has given to this county and world cricket. I can still envision the Sachin Strom after Sand Storm in Sharjah. There are many critics that claimed huge that Sachin played for himself but your article Sid! has shown what he has done over the last 23 years.

Cricket will not feel the same to me anymore (cannot talk for all). I can relate Sachin's void in ODI cricket as similar to Micheal Schumacher's absence in F1 (prior to coming back from retirement). I was a huge F1 fan and tried following F1 after Micheal's retirement but it did not feel the same anymore. I do not even recollect when was the last time i saw F1.

Salute you Sir Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar! A one and only Master Blaster of our generation!

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 18:56 GMT)

Well played Sachin, you a great player but definately not the greatest! Wish you weren't influenced by some of the people around you and won more games for India rather than achieving such enormous personal glory!

Posted by McGorium on (December 24, 2012, 18:50 GMT)

Talk about a sense of proportion! SRT, as good as he was, was only an entertainer. His purpose was no different from that of a commercial movie actor, singer, musician, etc: to keep the masses entertained,and keep their mind off the drudgery of their life. As far as India is concerned, he succeeded spectacularly. But "making sense of our lives"? That's beyond hyperbolic;in fact,ridiculous. Our companies have made him rich beyond our wildest imagination, and our governments have given him every award possible, but what are his real achievements? He didn't cure disease, improve our understanding of the world, facilitate progress, or improve the quality of life. All he did was knock a red ball around an expensive field. And endorse flavoured sugar-water.In the utilitarian sense, he's produced nothing of value but an adrenaline and endorphin rush. Like an opioid drug. Addictive, yes, but is it useful? Perhaps one should bear that in mind before arguing that he helped make sense of life.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 18:48 GMT)

Lucky to have watched him during his prime... cricket wont interest many like it use to be coz the god of cricket has stopped playing..

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 18:48 GMT)

Loved the write-up....just realizing how much fun Tendulkar gave us....miss those days and will surely miss Tendulkar...

Posted by harkamalgill84 on (December 24, 2012, 18:37 GMT)

He i a genious. Some people are saying bullshit about him. They even cant match his foot .What he has done for making every Indian prideul is enormous contribution.......Will misss u sachin in Indian cricket team.

Posted by harkamalgill84 on (December 24, 2012, 18:37 GMT)

He i a genious. Some people are saying bullshit about him. They even cant match his foot .What he has done for making every Indian prideul is enormous contribution.......Will misss u sachin in Indian cricket team.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

The reason to watch cricket for me is being fewer......sadly.. i will have to sat bye ti test cricket some other day....

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 18:31 GMT)

My entire cricketing experience or the joy of watching Sachin Tendulkar, in a nutshell! Made my day.

Posted by kalyanbk on (December 24, 2012, 18:31 GMT)

Perhaps the greatest loss was looking into the mirror on that Sunday and being reminded of our own mortality.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 18:20 GMT)

can relate to lot of this in this article Sid V well done mate !!! I only hope the last one year the angry bitterness of the his hanging on when clearly past his prime should not detract his achievements ...

Posted by HURRICANE.Sehwag on (December 24, 2012, 18:08 GMT)

Sachin's greatness can be found in the celebration of any bowler in the world when he picks his wicket . They know the worth of the wicket more than anyone else. They know that they have become a part of a legend. What more can we say... :)

Posted by AnkTheHunk on (December 24, 2012, 18:07 GMT)

Great Piece..we all have our moments of the great SRT & I just can't imagine ODI's without him let alone a ball of cricket without anything to do with him...the moments we cheered, the moments we agonized the moments we stood still in shock...all the moments he held a place in our hearts...I still can't believe it, I don't want to believe it..I can't believe he won't be there against Pakistan giving his fans a farewll...

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 18:00 GMT)

Cricket in India would not have been same without Sachin. Its not easy to carry the responsibility for 23 years. Countless occasions when Cricket was all about Sachin.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 17:58 GMT)

Well written article. To those who don't understand why sachin is worshipped, this article explains why sachin was, is and always will be god.

What the writer missed was the initial negative view of sachin's career and the regular conversations regarding "stupid" selectors choosing a talent too soon, before sachin revealed himself. And then the small things like the way he managed his fame while kambli, an equally gifted player, squandered it away.

if you leave kallis, the game has totally changed with sachin's retirement. Many, in our generation at least, would feel that a new 50-over format has started in 2013.

I can't believe that time has flown past so quickly... and it seemed as if Tendulkar was going to keep on shining like Sun forever. Indian "Model T"... truly. Better cars have come, but Model T was a phenomenon that companies could rarely replicate. Same with SRT.

On a lighter note, unlike that legendary ford, SRT taught young guys the importance of "protection"

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

Nice article Siddhartha. Gist is - he will be missed, no matter how you feel about him in recent now! I cannot think of anybody who has not clapped when they saw him hit a straight six or a back foot punch. If you haven't - you missed it forever and "you did not grow up with Sachin". So clear your mind and am sure you will find at least one good reason to applaud a genius who all other geniuses of the game look up to!

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

India is in love with Sachin. Love does not go by logic or stastics. It's about heart. Whatever one says but, Sachin is the best. That's what heart says! Though, I've criticized him a lot for his inconsistent performance abroad in Test Matches & esp. during his recent failures but snce he's retired, I feel numb. This I dint experience when Dravid retired, though he has played more crucial Test knocks than Sachin. That's purely by heart & some thing beyond logic.

This guy has inspired a nation like no one in history! & that's a fact and that's simply good enough to put him beyond Lara, Kallis, Dravid, Ponting or even Sir Don!

Going by economics, this guy is the biggest brand in India. Marketers banked upon him and hence Cricket became such a huge business in India. Don't believe? Imagine Cricket without Sachin; you'll realise this! Sachin is beyond numbers & that's what makes him unique & the Greatest Ever!

Sachin, makes me believe in supernaturals & in God!

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

Yup My generation was lucky....

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

What...can i say,.....this is the shocking news.....I ever listen.......He is the god & most desirable player.....only few word I have to say,....We miss the 50th century,.....& this will never forgettable for any who pray for u.........We miss U very much..........

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

idol or not, he surely helped sell cricket like none other. BCCI has made billions in cricket and sachin has an enormous contribution in that. He kept the cricket fervour alive for 2 decades continuously, despite allegations of scams and scandals in Indian cricket. nobody can deny this contribution.

Does anybody care to pay to watch ranji matches? it's only because of Sachins presence which make even ranji tickets sell at 100 bucks each. can you imagine that pull by any other player??

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

I first heard about SRT back in 1992 but saying he helped make sense of people's lives is ridiculous. I question anyone who idolises people. My advice is to show some grit and make your own lives and don't rely on SRT to help you because at the end of the day he is paid lots of money to do something he likes which unfortunately not many of us can do.One can say he's got an easy life compared to the rest of us who have to work very hard for little pay. So please lets keep things in perspective.

Posted by HURRICANE.Sehwag on (December 24, 2012, 17:15 GMT)

Speechless... Sachin you are god's gift to cricket. Everytime we look at the new team we try to find you in them but in vain. You can never be replicated . Sehwag might have come a bit close but your personality is far too perfect. There has and wil be only one Sachin. East or West, SACHIN IS THE BEST!!

Posted by Prince458 on (December 24, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

Dear Sachin, Thank you so much. Please retire from other forms of cricket too. We need some match winners.

Posted by a1234s on (December 24, 2012, 17:09 GMT)

Sachin is to India what Bradman was to Australia after WW2. a beacon, a guiding light, a prayer for a better future

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/35320.html?index=bestperformances - This is for Mr.Balesh. Just a small list, he has single handedly made India win numerous times... There r many more to this list.. DO you think so many people are so blindly praising one man without reason.. remember watching India play in late 90s, where my da would switch off the TV once tesndulkar gets out,,, bcos, there were years when India solely depended on him to win...

Posted by Saurabhsheth on (December 24, 2012, 17:06 GMT)

Very Good Article, Dear Sachin Thank you lifting up the name of INDIAN team for 23 years... you are the inspiration for the young generation...

we will Miss you a lot in Team INDIA, you were the reason for us to follow cricket....

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 17:03 GMT)

Balesh Bagree : he is not the one who can play when chips are down

Well i ask u this......in the 90s when were the chips not down ? How many matches has he won single handed. How many people switch off their televisions once he gets out ? How many matches have we lost even if he scores a 100...... it shows how pathetic we were. One man Brought us joy, One man Brought us victory, One man made the world look at us.

There is difference between Sachin and the rest, he had the expectations of a billion people on him, the others are mere mortals when compared with his longevity and hunger for runs.

Posted by HABIBJOY on (December 24, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

without sachin cricket is not cricket i'm sure world cricket will lose 50 percent of popularity and india will lose 85 percent of foreign support, hundred percent of Bangladeshi Supporter and 50 percent Indian supporter for ODI cricket.....

Posted by musingsofamoron on (December 24, 2012, 16:58 GMT)

Sachin has played a masterstroke. By retiring from ODIs, he has just ensured that he would not be dropped for the test series with Australia!!! (btw he is soon to be 40 and people usually retire from one form of the game when they are around 35 or so) His retirement is long due and he definitely did not help me make sense of my life. Period. While there is no doubt that he would go down as one of the greats, I feel that ascribing anything more to him is mere exaggeration. Now people would start asking as to when he would retire from tests????

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 16:58 GMT)

Typical Sachin worshiping , fact though is far from what's written . Sachin is an above average player made great by people who love numbers. Sad thing is that Sachin fell for it. Players like Kallis , Lara , dravid and pointing are ignored because of these numbers whereas they deserve more.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 16:55 GMT)

Here's what Time Magazine once wrote about Sachin the genius.

When Sachin Tendulkar travelled to Pakistan to face one of the finest bowling attacks ever assembled in cricket, Michael Schumacher was yet to race a F1 car, Lance Armstrong had never been to the Tour de France, Diego Maradona was still the captain of a world champion Argentina team, Pete Sampras had never won a Grand Slam. When Tendulkar embarked on a glorious career taming Imran and company, Roger Federer was a name unheard of; Lionel Messi was in his nappies, Usain Bolt was an unknown kid in the Jamaican backwaters. The Berlin Wall was still intact, USSR was one big, big country, Dr Manmohan Singh was yet to "open" the Nehruvian economy. It seems while Time was having his toll on every individual on the face of this planet, he excused one man. Time stands frozen in front of Sachin Tendulkar. We have had champions, we have had legends, but we have never had another Sachin Tendulkar and we never will

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 16:54 GMT)

One of the best articles I have read about Sachin. It indeed seems as if our lives started with Sachin's career. Thanks Sid for reliving everything right from the beginning till the end. Complete nostalgia.... I have tears in my eyes after reading this.

We have had champions, we have had legends, but we have never had another Sachin Tendulkar and we never will. Thanks Sachin for the memories.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

@balesh Ya and you are the wisest cricket mind there exist on planet earth because you want us to believe you when greats like Lara, Mcgrath, Warne, Sir Viv and most importantly Sir Don think otherwise.. So what do u think u r doin? trying to be different? Let me save you the surprise.. It is not working for you..

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 16:34 GMT)

i dont agree. Sachin may have broken many records,but in my mind he is not a great player...he is just a good player made great by the media....he is not the one who can play when chips are down, can anyone tell his 10 innings in test matches when he played a heroic knock when the going was very tough. Kallis is the best player of the modern era post 90s....likes of lara, kallis, ponting are names that are overshadowed by the media in worshipping sachin.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 16:30 GMT)

Lovely article,because it made me remember the Tendlya one admired, not the current parody..

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 16:18 GMT)

Dear God of Cricket

It was somewhere Around late 1991 when i started understand things around me and it was the same time when i started watching you playing cricket for India at no 6 position ....I clearly remember it was your inning against Pakistan in world cup which made me your fan,and by the end of Hero cup in 1993 you became my hero.

From then i followed your every inning ,I slept at 3 o clock in night after watching your inning i England and also woke up 3 o clock to watch you playing Vs Australia in these 20 years.....But i don't know when you became like a god for me ,there are lot of peoples in this world and India who claims to be your True fan but only i know how honestly i have worshiped you.

I felt very very happy when you scored a hundred and also could not sleep or eat properly when you failed ,....i watched you scoring your first 100 in Singer cup against Srilanka in 1994 and watched you scoring your last Hundred against Bangladesh in 2012.....It was a very long pe

Posted by mcs81 on (December 24, 2012, 16:16 GMT)

Sid, thanks for the excellent article. I am sure at least 99.9% of the Indians in the age group of 28-35 will be able to relate to this article. For us, Sachin is GOD. He was the IDOL whom we looked up to as our HERO when we started growing up. For us, Cricket starts and ends with Sachin.

Posted by uddeshmukh on (December 24, 2012, 16:14 GMT)

The 2 things that our generation of the 80's witnessed and no other generation will ever get a chance to be a part of - 1. Growing up to see India rise from being a third world country to one of the game-changers of this planet. 2. Growing up watching "Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar" turn from young school boy into a God for I don't know how many millions across the globe.

Thank u Sachin for all the joy you gave us and thanks Siddhartha for echoing the voice of a generation in a fabulous article.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 16:13 GMT)

One of the best articles on Sachin thus far! could relate to every word written in this article and I jus realised he has been on the game forever - a good 50% percent of our lives. We have taken his presence in the playing 11 for granted and not the other way around.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 16:13 GMT)

I was able to relate myself with this article. Thanks to Siddhartha Vaidyanathan.

Yes, in India, people used to watch cricket only because of Sachin. Australia wanted to play against India mainly because of Sachin. That was the impact Sachin had on Indian cricket.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 16:09 GMT)

The call is rightly so. Now he can concentrate on test cricket and mentor young players to prepare for the long form before he retires.

It was a pleasure watching him play and no doubt one of the best we have seen in generations.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 16:07 GMT)

thank you sachin. i completely agree with sid. iam part of the generation where i grew up watching sachin. even today when i need some inspiration for something i watch some of his mind boggling performance and feel greatly inspired to perform something extraordinary, definitely pulls me up. iam going to miss sachin. i really will

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

Amazingly well written article:-) could totally relate to every incident that was quoted! I remember the time when Tendulkar opened for the first time. Those days our house didn't have a cable connection. But since someone in our neighbourhood did, our black and white tv (with rooftop antenna) used to catch a glimmer of the telecast. The reception quality was so bad though that one had to squint eyes to make out a figure moving among the pixels :-) And I used to get up at 4:00 in the morning to catch THAT quality of telecast :-)) and my mother used to be screaming at me for disturbing everyone's peace :-)) Don't think I would've watched cricket for this long, with this much passion, but for Sachin Tendulkar! Thank you for all the fond memories, Sachin! You'll remain the game changer of our generation! :-)

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 15:59 GMT)

Exceptional article ...........managed to rewind my life....could remember watching cricket 92 world cup on DD when i was barely 6 not understanding much of cricket rules but knew one name none other then Sachin.........

Posted by RightArmSuperFast on (December 24, 2012, 15:55 GMT)

Amazing article.. you have giving words to my emotions in your opening paragraph. Like many others, ODI to me was SRT. The reason I took to cricket. All good things do come to an end.

Posted by BUNDELA_BANTEE_RAJA on (December 24, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

SACHIN TENDULKAR I can't imagine cricket without you........... now odi ends for me forever........ I love your batting, your personality.............everythings

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

I don't know how to explain my words other than i terribly miss him like everyone. I know that would not explain much what i am thinking right now.. I just want him to be in the team until he wish to retire or ------, but the people forced him to take that decision.I wish people has to stop talking about him or his performances(poor performances) behind the back .He deserve to talk only about his best and rest of them are his learning curve.Hats off to our Indian hero or legend or god or whatever but he is my heart and soul..

Posted by SachinIsTheGreatest on (December 24, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

Wonderfully written! Tendulkar has seen it all and so much more but also gave us 30-40 -somethings a lot to look forward too! Very few outside India will understand what he meant to a New India! It is probably an ample testimony to his Iconic stature that as his career has wound down India's started slipping further and further down back into the abyss.

Posted by squaredrive12 on (December 24, 2012, 15:47 GMT)

The span of 23 years seems very short..just one day after maestro has allowed the generation next to don the business..Will be missed by all who loved his brilliance on the field and off the field.End of an era..Inspiration to all who has treated him next to GOD..Just thinking that in a very near future the no.4 slot of longer version of the game will get vacant..Salute Little Master for all the records..will surely miss you..TAKE A BOW!!!

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 15:44 GMT)

BRAVO,CRICINFO NEEDS THESE TYPES OF ARTICLES !!!!

i have always said that sir SRT has always been more than a player for us indians.he has inspired millions,and i guess many outside india too.I was surprised to know that a fan of his from new zealand named his son after him.these kind of players like pele,mcenroe,phelps,sachin,dhyanchand,mohammad ali....are born to entertain and rule hearts.they are the chosen one,and inspire a whole generation.and words will fall short.thank you sir SRT.

Posted by muthu4664 on (December 24, 2012, 15:43 GMT)

I still remember sachin's 1st match commentators were telling "A New Man from Bombay" when he arrived pitch. 23 Years gone.I was just 8 year old then. Life and Cricket changed upside down. We grown up along with this Legend.without sachin watching cricket is like workshiping a temple without God.It was an emotional day not only for sachin but also for all his followers across the world.We are gifted to grow during sachin's era.Thq sachin for entertaining us for all these Years.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 15:43 GMT)

What an great article. I stopped after nearly every paragraph and reflected. If there was ever such thing as an article that completes Sachin's One Day career - this is it. Cheers from USA!!

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 15:41 GMT)

.. n you just rolled thru a nations upbringing.

Posted by RohanMarkJay on (December 24, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

Probably the greatest cricketer of the last 25 years. Best of luck to Tendulkar for the future.

Posted by deep2sha on (December 24, 2012, 15:30 GMT)

great article.....really the story of indian fan in 90s....its nice to see people coming out with all there memories of sachin.....the person deserves this.....we all cannot forget sharjah.....98 vs pak......countless...........long live the legend.........

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 15:29 GMT)

Dear Siddhartha you have articulated the thoughts of a whole generation. Extremely well written. I cried when I read the news and I cried again reading your article!

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 15:29 GMT)

This is an end of era. We all should feel lucky that we have watched the great one of Cricket. Players like Sachin is once in a life time..... The best there was, The best there is (still in Test) and the Best there ever will be!!! thanks for entertaining us.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 15:26 GMT)

Beat this:

Berlin Wall was intact, USSR existed, Tiannanmen Square massacre never happened, Tim Berners-Lee did not invent World Wide Web, Hubble telescope was not launched, Gulf War did not happen, Czechoslovakia was one unified country, India was still in 'License Raj'...

Feels distant????????????????????????????????????

That's when Sachin Tendulkar started scoring in a Test match.

He still does...

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 15:25 GMT)

God of cricket has decided to hang the laces. Would have been a joy to see him play one last time , after he decided he wanted to retire. We will miss you Master Blaster.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 15:15 GMT)

Yesterday news about Sachin's retirement was really shocking to me. I have been following his cricket for the last 23 years and has been an ardent fan ever since his arrival to the cricket Arena. I was thinking he will play against pakistan before he announces his retirement. Unfortunately that did not happen. Also the BCCI was not gracious enough to request sachin to play the pakistan series and then announce his retirement. For sure Cricket will not be the same without Sachin. Hardly i can see any one day matches any more because whenever he does not play i do not watch the Match. Sachin's retirement from one dayers i do not know whether it is a hard pill for him to digest but surely for me it is something i am not able to come to terms at all. What a gifted player he was and what a terrific achievement he has made for India. All his critics did not know the value of him until he retired but sooner or later they will come to know how the Indian team misses this true legend.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 15:13 GMT)

lucky to live in the T generation....the reason why i started loving cricket is Sachin Tendulkar. there is no replacement for 10dulkar. i'll miss the man in jersey no 10....

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 15:13 GMT)

What an article??!!! Thank you Mr. Siddhartha Vaidyanathan for putting our emotions out in the best possible way.. We can connect with every word used and every sentence said.. Sachin Tendulkar is the BEST ever cricketer we have and we will ever have.. This is one of the gems about the MASTER.. Hats off.. Take a BOW

Posted by umarfayyaz on (December 24, 2012, 15:11 GMT)

Epic.... i grew up watching him, though am a pakistani but salute to him for providing great services..

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

sir hats off!!! its a 'masterpiece' depicting the 'master'...

Posted by Rahul17_1983 on (December 24, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

It seems I wrote my story over here.And yes, cricket in india ,atleast,reach the hights of popularity because of none other than 4+6=10Tulkar.We use to switch off TV sets in early 90's when this sensation use to get out.This story makes me so nostalgic.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 15:06 GMT)

Been born in 70s, followed Sachin from the time I entered my teens. Moods were based upon Scahin's performances, prayers were for Sachin. For most of us cricket means Sachin, cricket is enjoyable only when he bats, bowls or fields. Even if he is in the TV frame there is this sense of enjoyment, that is hard to express. Cricket without him, God knows! Most of us do not watch T20 as he does not play, but we follow IPL...why....thanks to him. Thank God he has retired, now can switch off from cricket and focus on other good things in life. tears.....

Posted by pritesh36 on (December 24, 2012, 15:02 GMT)

i started watching and playing cricket bcz of only him....love to watch while he is batting...true role model for any one..salute to him ....thanks to him for entertaning us for last 23 years....after sarjah..love to watch 175 against aus in loosing match...

Posted by oneupnowuv on (December 24, 2012, 14:59 GMT)

i hope the foreigners keep away from commenting trash on this article. its for us we Indians who love our Sachin look upto him as our hero. Our only constant in the past two decades. its an article to savor ...words will almost always fail to explain the joy Sachin brought to a country but this is a good attempt. and yes we will cherish the memories so many of them.

Posted by mano.mcse on (December 24, 2012, 14:58 GMT)

I love you Sir.....And I'll miss you lot...i won't watch the indo vs pak series Because of respect of sachin............i'll make my son like Sachin.......i don't know it's possible........but i'll try.......i need you bless..........My life time aim i want meet you. i don't know it's possible........But i'll try......You are my role model...... you are perfect....so i want like you....no one have in india and anywhere replace your place.. no one born in the world.....one day cricket would become poor without Sachin and we average Indian fans would become more poorer without watching Sachin.A very big salute and much bigger thank you i love you once again thank you very much......

Posted by balajit on (December 24, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

Fantastic article! Well, what can one say about tendulkar the player. Certainly best ODI batsman of all time period!

Lets not talk why he has not retired from test cricket at least now. lets celebrate a great ODI career. Let us be proud of his achievements on cricket field. Enjoy the glorious moments given by him many times during the course of his illustrious career.

SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR! The legend! Take a bow! Respect!

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

This article brought tears to my eyes. Without Sachin, my youth is well and truly over and though i may continue to watch cricket, it no longer has the same magic! Everyday, every moment, you will be missed Little Master!

Posted by shahoo659 on (December 24, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

kolkata 1998-99 shohaib akhter vs tendulker....an unknown player nadeem khan throws the ball from boundry...sachin running and shohaib comes in between.. slightly late and run out...... despite being a Pakistani we remember all his career coz he was enemy no.1 on the field...a great player and always a treat to watch..

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 14:45 GMT)

I thought of the next generation will never get a chance of playing gully cricket. Now, they might not know the value of ODI cricket and may be in future they may not know, "The Cricket". As usual, the stressful generation of our kids who have to inject and transfuse the technology in to their blood, considered themselves to be unlucky might read the chapter "Sachin and his Legacy" or might be a subject called as "Sachin" for scoring by the so called best faculty "Our Generation" .

Posted by Sir.Ivor on (December 24, 2012, 14:44 GMT)

Sachin 's father was a professor. That explains why he was always the epitome of decent and civilised behaviour. Having seen him take his early strides with a mop of curly hair and a childlike voice, it was surprising to see him actually throw a 4 letter word at Magrath in a game. He had realised that he could not lose out only because he stood for the values imbibed in his upbringing. When people talk about how he re-invented himself time and again,I cannot help wondering how he managed this.There have been many people who have talked about the game of cricket being greater than even a legend.To me that is as churlish as heaping abuse on a great merely because he hit you for a six. We talk about Bradman and Sobers. That is because they defined this great game of cricket. They enabled us to enjoy the game a much more than the others did. That is why we can never be grateful enough for having lived at a time when a collossus lived closeby. We can talk about it and of course the game !

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 14:44 GMT)

Cricket for Indians was Sachin Tendulkar, We the fans always needed you to score 100 on every match ...Thanks for giving us good entertaining...One of the most memorable match for me is the one after his dad's death...with all the sorrows inside the very next day he scored 170+ ...and the 98 on world cup Vs Pakistan... You r the master in every format and a Good Personality...

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 14:39 GMT)

Sachin has left his mark on cricket with his greatness. The euphoria that Sachin created with his game is hardly demonstrated through this article, which is an ensemble of quotes and insensible eulogy.

Posted by Allanwilliams23 on (December 24, 2012, 14:34 GMT)

Sachin you are a Legend & even Don Bradman Said so you , thank you for always being Kind & Caring person & helpful to the poor,Keep it up Sachin you are a Super Star of Cricket a Joy to watch & a Hero, All the best for your years to come & God Luck for your Tests coming up,Thanks again for all your dedication you have shown us,

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 14:34 GMT)

A real tribute to the Master Blaster! Great article!

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 14:26 GMT)

wonderful article , very true depiction of cricket in our lives.

Posted by khurdum on (December 24, 2012, 14:26 GMT)

Before i start writing comments on this article or about Sachin Tendulkar, i have a request to make as to please don't close the door of receiving comments like you did in the past. Keep this page open as long as you receive more than 25 comments a day. Many players retired in the past, articles written on their retirement ( the most recent one about Dravid & VVS Laxman), comments posted after their retirement on this venue. But Sachin deserve special attention from espncricinfo authority for the role he played to uphold status and dignity of the Cricket above all. Cricinfo authority can ask for articles, comments fro his veteran ex colleague or senior legends who saw him as their junior play mates. I know that there are still many to write articles on Sachin expressing their views and emotions. This article of Mr. Siddhartha in guest column can be regarded as an example for my submission. I reserve my specific comments on this article. I know, there are many more to come soon.

Posted by abhitupe on (December 24, 2012, 14:20 GMT)

Unbelievably you have connected and spoken on behalf of millions who are entering their 30s or mid 30s. Siddhartha Vaidyanathan this is a gem. If Sachin is gold nothing can define it more crisply than you have done. All our superstitious believes were limited to Tendulkar. We should not watch, if we sit on couch he plays the straight drive. Thats why I believe if you were spectator you were in the golden generation. If you were a promising batsmen outside the Indian XI. Dont be harsh, it was toughest for you. I think till the next 5 years at least North Stand at Wankhede will still chant there favourite chant of "Sachin....sachin"...because he was the king there and trust me some of the indian players could not figure that crowd can go hostile if any other player would make slightest of mistakes, but the first sight of sachin even for practice would gear up everyone...Thanks Siddhartha....lucky that was in the same T generation.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 14:18 GMT)

I started watching the game in 1995 (i was 9yrs old then) ... hope you all understand the rest........ I really don't enjoy his game when it is live and only in replay i ll enjoy bcas i don't want to see him getting out.....i will never move from the place and nearly close my eyes wen he bats....The video i watch wen a alone is his videos.... such is my love for him... i have a grt story for my children & grand childrens.. Whaddaplayaa

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 14:15 GMT)

Thanks Siddhartha. Lucky to be in a generation that had Sachin to look up to while growing up all the time... Thanks Sachin for going on so long... Will never be able to see Sachin in India cricket colors again... Really sad...

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 14:15 GMT)

Anyone who is born in 70's will be able to passionately relate to this article. We followed Sachin's glorious timeline so closely that it feels triumph of that sportsman in each of us. Be it knowing what it was to getting up in the morning to follow India in 85-86, we saw India grow from being an average team to Sachin putting India on top of table among ODI teams in 90's. Step by step he reached heights of pinnacles only to give unlimited joy to followers of Cricket worldwide and most importantly he brought an aura to Indians which no one has ever achieved. In India Cricket has been synonymous with Sachin in last 23 years as he himself as achieved a brand status and yesterday with his final walk has left a vacuum unlikely to be filled ever again! Aptly written article!

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 14:11 GMT)

I don't care what people think or say about the prolonged time Sachin took to call his retirement. But I know one thing. That Sachin has not just been about being the best Indian Batsman till date, he has also been the most entertaining and most cherished player. I admit he had been out of form for some time now. But growing up watching him play for India for a good 22+ years time has given me memories that would always stay close to me. He has not been just the best Indian Batsman, he has been the face of Indian Cricket, who is loved and respected and cheered for by million times of those people who don't like him or his prolonged career. We are going to miss you bat in ODIs, the legend, the greatest of them all, Sir Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar.. I have no more words!

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 14:10 GMT)

Nice article and perfect articulation of the Subject.!!!!

Posted by nraghupathy on (December 24, 2012, 14:10 GMT)

well written article and I am in complete agreement with this. after all, it echoes my life and career. I remember each and every moment mentioned and many more. ODI Cricket will never be the same for me. Thanks a lot Sachin for providing pure, limitless joy without any stains of corruption.

Posted by krv954 on (December 24, 2012, 14:08 GMT)

i am a fan of yours and i appreciate all the great work done by you. but you should have announced your odi retirement on april 3rd, 2011 after india won the world cup. you are a genius, but you got that wrong.

Posted by MBSA on (December 24, 2012, 14:05 GMT)

I do not know what is the feeling that is going through my mind right now. Always wanted Sachin to do well. I grew up in the same era of Sachin. Sachin was always an inspiration and motivation. I looked upon Sachin as a role model. Through Sachin I achieved my dreams of becoming big in Cricket. Sachin played for me. Sachin won matches for me. Sachin won man of the matches for me. Sachin created records for me. I loved cricket and Sachin cemented that belief in me. This I believe would be the case of many Indians. To us, Sachin was a star and a star that always shined. One day cricket would become poor without Sachin and we average Indian fans would become more poorer without watching Sachin. A moment of sadness. A moment of chillness. A new star may rise and we shall start worshiping him. But for me Sachin was always somebody special and that special feeling for him will remain. A big salute and a much bigger thank you to my hero for making cricket as such interesting for us.

Posted by faizanimran on (December 24, 2012, 14:02 GMT)

again no good ending for great players, dropped from ODI's and announced retirement, actually Suchin should retire from all form right after India wins the World cup

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

I don't want to watch next india pak series beacuse of respect of sachin!!!!

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 13:58 GMT)

the end of sachin era.........cant believe...........for me cricket without sachin meaningless.but salute to the real hero of india.no word to describe abt sachin retire as i m this generation and growing up with watching u r game so i am really lucky one.thank u for giving so many memories that will help us feeling proud.thanks to sidharth for this article.lastly cricket will never ever be the same to me.praying to god for every moment hapiness in u r life.............

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 13:56 GMT)

Wonderful journey down the memory lane. Thanks for the article.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 13:52 GMT)

Great article. However, very upset that you didn't mention Sachin's unforgettable straight six off Eddo Brandes in Benoni on 9 Feb 1997 -- on his way to yet another hundred in yet another do-or-die match for India.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 13:52 GMT)

you dont know what this means to me and the religious followers of Cricket. This has been my life, us and downs but there was you who we used to look forward to. Brought smiles on the faces even at the toughest of times. I know you wont come back and we respect that. We will miss you forever but the sweet memories yu have given us will stay with us forever. Be on the TV whether in or out side the cricket arena, at least we will be able to get a glimpse of you:)

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

Yes,.. i do remember each and every moment mentioned.. esp that caddick six, the sandstorm innings, tony greig's commentry... miss him big time

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 13:45 GMT)

Thanks for the article, you have brought tears into my eyes. I have this realization throughout . Thanks once again

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 13:44 GMT)

take my age sachin but don't retire.. i'd still be happy to see you score a duck everyday for the rest of my life just if you do take guard there inside the stadium when India breathes your strokes, cherishes your humility and reminisces your demolitions all around the world. for me you'll always be the god. never back to any stadium for an odi

Posted by hst84 on (December 24, 2012, 13:37 GMT)

A world class player who will truly be remembered in times to come and will be noted down amongst the greats of cricket. Hats off to you sir and your performances !

Posted by Karnamkotil on (December 24, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

A true Sachin's follower - Siddhartha Vaidyanathan. What a perfect article. Its so real. I actually forgot that Sachin played for 23yrs. Its after his retirement that we all knew that 23yrs is a quite a long time. When Sachin started, i was 1st standard and now am a Father when he retired. Sachin made me watch & like cricket and he is d only player for whom i used to pray. For me ...1995 to 98 was d best era of Sachin's batsmanship (also 200* & 175 against Aus). No matter Ind won or lost, Sachin's 100s were always enjoyed.

Posted by Bonnie1976 on (December 24, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

Thanks, i am fortunate to be part of this generation who witnessed the GREAT TENDULKAR BAT.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 13:34 GMT)

Salute to Master Blaster !!!

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 13:33 GMT)

Wow!! looks like the author has dig into my memories and wrote this....each word of his column reflects mine...

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 13:26 GMT)

i have no words to describe him.. all i can say that, it was tendulkar era and this would be never repeated ever..

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 13:25 GMT)

the burden of indian cricket team is finaly retired Party time for dhoni big relief!

Posted by vinod5 on (December 24, 2012, 13:20 GMT)

player is not bigger than the game.. or for some of us he was.. and maybe Sachin's retirement might be one of the major reason of one day crickets death.. started watching cricket in 1992. cannot imagine India without Sachin. Now desperately looking for a new hobby.. Thanks you for the wonderful article..

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 13:18 GMT)

End of great ear(s) in the world of cricket… I am happy that I happened to have lived during your time and experience some of the heart stopping moments in the game! Though at times I felt you were selfish, I will always remember you as a selfless unstoppable ruthless run-machine… no one will remember you for the last 18 months of your 21+ year career… I am glad you decided to hang up your boots now… You are part of so many best moments of my life… I am happy to see you go… thank you for everything you have given us! SACHHHHINNN…. SACHIN!!!!

Posted by sukhi_77 on (December 24, 2012, 13:17 GMT)

There are no words to explain sachin's greatness. people who comment about him shoud see their faces in the mirror they are nothing before him

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 13:15 GMT)

Yes I am one of those lucky ones :) yes I grew up with SAchin. 'Did the various stages of my life flash before me' absolutely! And yes when kohli spoke of sachin's burden, we did burst out into tears :( :) The six off caddick, the upper cuts in pak, the sandstorm innings, the 200, the Cb series, the96 wc.. Bad mouthing McGrath in Kenya :p , the hundred in 99 against Kenya :( and many more SAchin :) how can I thank you Enough for all these memories :) how can i explain how much you mean to me! Thank you for the article siddhartha! im sure it brought tears to the eyes of sachin fans world over, just like it did to me. Yes I did feel numb Saturday night, cricket will never ever be the same to me. Thank you sachin for all the memories. Love you forever :) praying for your happiness every single day!

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 13:15 GMT)

In ODIs he was the best - along with Ganguly, Shewag, and Gambhir he has built big partnerships. The initial part of his career till Ganguly took over, he was an one man army. Pak and SL seriously started celebrating when Sachin was out. Later with Ganguly, Shewag, Dravid, Yuvi, Kaif in the team, he started scoring more freely as India had fighters. (Uthappa, Dinesh Mongia,and many more contributed in some ways later ). He shut up SL and Tony Greig with huge partnerships with Saurav. India started dominating Pak and Eng too! Ind did not collapse when in SA or Aus or WI or Eng. 2008 Commonwealth triseries was a great achievement. Sachin also played great innings when chasing. Something lacking in his test records.

Posted by venuc1 on (December 24, 2012, 13:14 GMT)

23 years back, TV coverage was pretty good. In 1985, India won the Champion of champions trophy with an Audi car to boot. That year, India was in triangular series with Australia and New Zealand. TV coverage was pretty good. We used to get up at 5 AM for the live coverage from Down Under.

Other than that, the article is okay.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 13:07 GMT)

Very True...We r from this generation...

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 13:03 GMT)

I don't watch T20 matches(except IPL) because, Sachin isn't there. So, now I have to put ODI's into that list. Inevitably Tests as well one day. Had I been a teenager I'd have cried hearing this news but, unfortunately I'm a grown up person who doesn't have that liberty to cry out.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 12:59 GMT)

That's really one article i liked...i grew up watching cricket...i played cricket inspired by him...its sad to c sachin retire.i thinking for whom will i watch now?kohli or yuvraj...but i know they are not sachin and can never be..and thats because of the simple fact i loved cricket because of him...perhaps my cricket era is over...i will watch even now but i wont pray for any batsman anymore...tk care SRT..even if i know it doesnt matter to others and i too dont care but its true to me SRT; u r and always be the greatest batsman ever born.MY HERO SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR.

Posted by Pinarsh255 on (December 24, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

fantastic article sir, emotional to the core..and yes i m born in 1991. He brought me in to this game. waiting for more words from ur pen sir

Posted by rappedonthepads on (December 24, 2012, 12:47 GMT)

Thank you Siddhartha. Was 11 in 1989. Remember calling my mother to watch this guy that day as a lot was being written and spoken about him. He didn't disappoint. Not for 23 years. Nearly flunked a paper in TY BCom in '98, thanks to Desert Storm. The one constant in the most formative and significant years of our lives will be no more. On the verge of being married, grappling with possibly the biggest change in my life, I certainly could have done without this. Thank you Sachin. No more pressure man.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

Did the various stages of your life flash in your head, as they are supposed to in the instant before you die?.....Very much Siddhartha....tears rolling out on cheeks....you made my day and probably have gone through one of the best articles of my life.... by the way I am 40 now and have counted my each and every day with Tendulkar (as I would like to call him always by his surname)...Thanks for the article...

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 12:45 GMT)

I dont know whats the logic of BCCI ...never done a victor parade after 2011 WC ....no proper on field farewell to our legends Dravid, Laxman, and Sachin .....disturbuting cheques after they crossed 50 is not done

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 12:45 GMT)

One of the best articles I have come across on cricinfo. Thank you Siddhartha for evoking the memories.

Sachin is one of the greatest India and the world has seen. Sharjah '98 and that last over win over SA will forever be etched in our minds. Sachin was the son fathers never had, the hero the masses never had, the one savior when all hopes were lost. It is incredible that he was able to carry the hopes of 1+ billion people for such a long time.

Hats off to you Sachin, you are a legend!

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 12:43 GMT)

This my first comment too in cricinfo....No words to describe him... He always play 4 india.. His innings against 200 was unforgettable... really going to miss him alot.... May be I stop watching ODIs now because he was not there.... Hopefully he will go with team to SA & show to all the haters of him that there is still some cricket left in him..... Really miss you sachin...!!

Posted by mgr125128 on (December 24, 2012, 12:39 GMT)

I am just a few months younger than Tendulkar. But I can relate with every change the writer has described with each passing year. And since 1989 like it or hate it, Tendulkar has been with every phase of life.I remember my brother getting married in 1998 when Sachin was taking on Australia in sharjah. No cricinfo no twitter only TV and radio and like a obedient brother updated him with score every over ( listening on radio myself in corner).

Posted by aroop77 on (December 24, 2012, 12:36 GMT)

wow.....what an article...i started watching cricket when i was 12 yrs old..the Asia cup in 1990-91..nd instantly became a Sachin fan, i vividly remember his 53 in the final against Sri Lanka..next, the 5 month tour of Australia (including the 1992 W.C), when Stalwarts like Vengsarkar, Azhar, Manjerakar, Kapil Dev batted as if they dont know how to hold the bat, a 19 yr old Sachin played as if he was a veteran of the game..ahh..is it true that i will never see SRT in coloured clothing again???...Gosh frm a 12 yr old i hv passed out of school, college nd now Im father of a kid. Cricket will never be the same again...Love u sachin...what u mean to me cannot be put in words. I admit i believed that Sachin should have retired a year ago, but now when it has actually happened..its difficult for me to comprihend..all the best Tendliya for ur future

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 12:33 GMT)

Quite often I think how a piece in Shakespeare's "As you like it" captured human life in a nutshell.

This comes close in terms of capturing many of our lives in the Sachin era. Well done,Mr. Vaidyanathan!

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 12:32 GMT)

thank you for writing probably the most passionate article i've read about sachin... the passion, the madness, all those stupid things that kept life at bay... thank you for making me go down memory lane, and reliving all those moments!! brilliant article.. and farewell to the sole reason why i followed cricket for 20 years!!

Posted by Lets_talk_straight on (December 24, 2012, 12:30 GMT)

Wonderful article, You made my heart written all over the screen..I grew up with Sachin. I can see me changing from my childhood to schools to college to first job to marriage and now kid,,but Sachin was always constant with me..a constant entertainment..I prayed more for his success than mine even..what more one can ask to judge what a legend he is...Thanks again for beautiful article..i wish i cud have written this :)

Posted by MANN277 on (December 24, 2012, 12:29 GMT)

Sachin is a legend...a reason for many to watch cricket and follow it like a religion. What youngsters like us should takeaway from his career is the unnerving focus on the goal and treading carefully on the path to achieving it ...Long live Sachin !!! Atleast on one count....we should consider ourselves lucky for having shared this era with such a great ambassador of sports...THE SACHIN ERA !!!!

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 12:23 GMT)

First ever comment on cricinfo ! I am still feeling numb, feeling as if I have lost something greater in life. Sachin, thanks for giving me so many happy moments in life. I am pained to see you go, it is indeed heartbreaking. TENDLYA FOREVER !

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 12:22 GMT)

I was hoping to fly to watch his last innings whereever it was held. Alas!!, the great man retired with as much humility as he played. Sachin, watching you play was such a joy, the game is much poorer without you. I do not know how the aussies felt in the 30s and the 40s, I can not imagine even the great Don arousing as much passion. With you something very special inside of me has retired.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 12:21 GMT)

Feelings aptly summed up..part of my life has been frozen....seems so much has changed over last two decades..yet Sachin remains a constant, and his hunger too....cheers

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 12:18 GMT)

Never really enjoyed watching Sachin as much as I enjoyed watching Laxman and Ganguly but he was a fine all round cricketer indeed. excellent in the field, handy bowler and an excellent batsman. Watched his match winning 100 against Pakistan's world class bowling attack in world cup 2003 smashing Wasim,waqar and shoaib all over the park speak volumes of the immense talent this man possesses. He reached his 60th fifty in that match and converted it in to a big 100. Scoring against fastest bowlers, in south africa, in the 2nd innings, against Pakistan and in a high pressure game. What an innings that was.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 12:17 GMT)

Thank you Sachin..

for making me watch TV on the eve of exams, for teaching me how to get up at 4 AM for making me fight/plead with my parents, just to watch you complete your century for making me hit my brother in my sleep, dreaming about your square cut for teaching me how to fall "sick" and skip work for making me forget about customer calls and meetings for keeping me awake till dawn for teaching me how to cry my heart out for effecting "orgasms" of joy

One day cricket is gonna be a lot different now :-(

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 12:13 GMT)

An amazing tribute article to the Little Master! Every sentence seems familiar.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 12:13 GMT)

awesome and very true at least for me 1983 born ....cried a lot when he caught to point by salim malik of imran khan that was the first memory ,,,,,auckland innings of 82 i can't forgot as that was HOLI day in India and all the friends waited long outside home and i denied simply because of breath taking innings ....another one when he smahed pakistan in bangladesh independence cup in dhaka in league match ..there are many more its really dis heartning that he was not allwoed a proper on field farewell a true legend

Posted by Shazli on (December 24, 2012, 12:12 GMT)

I don't think youngster's should set Shachin as an example, today's modern cricket any professional cricketer who get a chance to play 23 YEARS in international cricket can score thousands runs and can break & make many many records.... this is nothing what shachin did.... in the past Long legacy of Wonderful SUPER SIX of ODI Lara, Pointing, Sanath, Ganguly, Inzi, Rahul Drivid are no more to be seen representing their country colors but it helps world cricket to Produce some great & talented cricketer i.e. Umar Akmal, Pujara, Usman Kawaja, Livi and many more.... I think Shachin should be retire from all type of cricket..and very soon it will happen..

Posted by Visnk on (December 24, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

Just apt.... was unsure how to express in words how much Sachin has been a part of my (Every Indian's) life & the writer puts it in perspective...Thank You.

Time for all commentators to read the article & introspect what impact SRT has had on Indian & World Cricket as an exceptional player and human being. Dont just comment because you are being paid for it..... Learn from the great man to live what you are doing.

Hope BCCI realizes it has become the force it is because of Cricketers & exceptional role models like SRT; handle them with care because the next generation (keen to pick up from where SRT & co have left) are watching - You dont need cricketers with political mindsets coming in but those with pure love & respect for the game & country.

If not it is RIP Indian Cricket & again i don't say it because of my angst but out of respect to the man who's born to make the sport it is today who'll only be saddened by the state of affairs rather than be proud of what he has acheived

Posted by PratUSA on (December 24, 2012, 12:05 GMT)

Probably the only thing you missed mentioning Siddhartha of the times when Tendulkar is on TV playing one of his innings and you get that inevitable power cut. The frenzy to start the generator or start calling friends in other neighborhoods to find out who had electricity and hence cricket, will remain a memory to share with current and future generations.

Posted by Rajah_skn on (December 24, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

Hello StraightOtal, Please don't write your comments now. You may already wrote enough against ST. At least stop from now. A great Cricket Sportsman is retiring, I Salute Him. A ST supporter from Sri Lanka.

Posted by JijuDXB on (December 24, 2012, 12:03 GMT)

This is my first comment in Cricinfo! Infact i was never intended to make a comment for all these years, But Today when I realize we cannot see Sachin anymore with colorful indian dress, I should write something. We grow up watching him play. I still remember the days when we were kids and gathers to watch cricket in some one's house.. Leaving while sachin got out..To me his innings against Pakisatan in 2003 WC quarter final is the best. I did not sat in chair watching that innings and many other inningses. It is an emotional moment.. Al least sachin should have played one more match just for his million fans including me...

Posted by Winners-2011 on (December 24, 2012, 12:02 GMT)

The article really brings back my cherished memories. I not only vividly remmeber he hitting Abdul Qadir for sixes in that exhibition match, but also the exchanges between two of them - the best spin bolwer at that time and a new kid on the block, Abdul Qadir asking Sachin to hit a six and Sachin accepting the challenge immediately (AQ never thought a small guy would even dare to hit him a six - those days sixes were not so common). I still remember the reaction of AQ after being hit for that six.

I saw a major change in the people following cricket in the next few months - I was astonished to hear some of elderly village folks (who didn't know anything about Cricket till then) taking about a particular kid (he was referred as a kid very affectionately). Then I remember the fact that how did I managed some of bad days at work (or personal) with just a sheer thought that Sachin was going to play a match the next day. I was one of those who saw almost all of his matches ball-to-ball.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

@screwgauge: no, Tendulkar would be Erdos. Kept going long after all his peers had retired, greater output and worked with more partners than anyone else in history.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

Rightly said, cricket'z gonna miss him badly... A real legend who can never be replaced... We all will miss u Sachin...

Posted by Sridhar_WGL on (December 24, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

Sachin...Contribured alot for india sofar and till today you did great jon and njoyed your cricket and u made the people to watch your batting exceptionally....Now you could begin to spend some time with your family in place of ODI matches, We are expecting CHOTA SACHIN on ground soon ..... Thanks and All the best for your future plans.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 11:52 GMT)

This article reflects what i do think about sachin....Yes I have grown up SACHIN and I am Lucky...like Many

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

Plz plz plz plz some1 wake me up and say this is a dream!! :| I can't imagine a world where Sachin is not playing ODIs! :O I started watching Cricket bcz of Him! I learnt Cricket bcz of Him! I loved Cricket bcz of Him! I learnt basics of Maths bcz of Him! (Each time he scores i would add up or subtract or multiply or divide! 4+4=8 runs, 4+6=10 runs. When He reached 45,then 50-45=5 more runs to reach half century! 3 fours in an over 4*3= 12 runs or 6*3= 18! 30 runs frm 20 balls so 30/20*100 = 150 strike rate!) I learnt not to be selfish in words and actions bcz of Him! With his each records i learnt there is nothing impossible to achieve! I learnt abt dreaming bcz of Him! Finally he proved DREAMS WILL COME TRUE! His energetic,innocent childish and warming nature when he was in the field was pleasure to watch!! Now i can't enjoy ODIs... Only reason to watch it was to see Him play!! END OF AN ERA! #A TRUE LEGEND....A TRUE HERO....A TRUE ROLE MODEL# "SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR"

Posted by guitarboy on (December 24, 2012, 11:48 GMT)

It is about time this record collector called it a day.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 11:48 GMT)

truly superb article..and i agree with each word..tendulkar was way ahead of his generation..the way he used to take load of entire team is unforgatable..great man great player..he changed India played cricket..salute to master.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 11:44 GMT)

Idol to younsters. He will always be an example to us all. He has obtained respect never demanded one.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 11:44 GMT)

goosebumps while reading this....remembering the times when I used to cry when he got out....ufff!!!!....NEVER BEFORE...NEVER AGAIN...

Posted by Chandan.Karna on (December 24, 2012, 11:42 GMT)

While going through this article, I find myself very emotional and at verge of crying. Can't imagine that Sachin will not be playing anymore ODIs. Even I feel like I will not be watching cricket in coming days :(. I miss Cricket and Sachin both in coming days.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 11:40 GMT)

A Nostalgic journey down the memory lane indeed! Kudos to the person who has reprinted & captured every words from the heart of his in-numerous followers like me Adieu to the Most Wonderful Human Being, A Proud Indian and a Prodigy who has born & designated by almighty to Play CRICKET in a way has never before. With you, the golden era of Sportsmanship also bids a farewell. The Long legacy of Wonderful SUPER SIX of ODI Lara, Pointing, Sanath, Ganguly, Inzi, & Sachin are no more to be seen representing their country colors.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 11:37 GMT)

Glad u mentioned Tony Grieg's Commentary.....Will never forget Sachin's 143(or 142) & 134....also the crowd...and the exciting commentary of Tony Grieg.....

Posted by b_veenit on (December 24, 2012, 11:36 GMT)

A superb Article... Really has just made me go back to all those day.....

Posted by JP_Nanakmatta on (December 24, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

Brilliant article and very true..I have grown up in the same way as written in this article by watching sachin batting from 1992 world cup till today. In late ninties I used to switched off my TV once sachin get out. He has been part of our daily life. Surely he will be missed...

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

The only real superhero I have known.... Boys becms Men......Men becms Old Men......watching him play.....everyone has one reason, one meaning of watching cricket "Sachin". He was habbit..... his game was addictive.....the staright drives, the cover drives,the leg glance, the square cut,...the uper cut...the book of shots......his stats...his records were the topics of discussion..... source of comaprison with his contemporaries....he made the cricket religion.....known for his game...known for his humbleness...down to earth & not for politics......now the game will not be same anymore...... no one is going to take cricket that seriously.......

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 11:30 GMT)

last nite when i read n article on Sachin's retirement on cricinfo I felt ,,is this the way to bid gud byee to such an astonishing cricketer who changed the mening of the game single handedly,,, But after reading this article i feel this does a little justice justice to this man 's sacrifice but this should nt be all,,, The man is a legend not only for India but for whole world ..Spectators from opposin teams even cheered this fluent cutter and fierce puller (early stages). I am gonna miss him...

Posted by StraightOtalk on (December 24, 2012, 11:27 GMT)

Sports is not WAR. Sportsperson are entertainer. Shachin did his best but he fail to entertain us for last 3 years. It would be better if he retired early. Thanks for his service. He should retire from all forms of game.

Posted by mandhan_11 on (December 24, 2012, 11:23 GMT)

It indeed all came flashing back Sid. Everything that you have said and more:

From the day I heard Suresh Saraiya/Vineet Garg on radio during a domestic match involving the north zone mention the name of a 16 year boy who has been selected to tour pakistan in 89, and to this morning when I was sat in the corner seat of the tube reading the piece and struggling to keep the emotions in check - at the same time trying not to be seen.

We might yet find another freak but how will we turn back those precious years. For some, memories are just not enough.

Posted by wisesaket on (December 24, 2012, 11:17 GMT)

OMG what a piece!!! So true.... I have lived my entire life with Tendulkar occupying an important place in it. This article truly depicts what I feel. I have felt the ecstasy, the feeling of 'Yes, he'll do it', the agony when he failed. The emotions felt so very own. It's painful to see him go. At least I have the satisfaction of watching him play live on the ground.....

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 11:12 GMT)

An Amazingly Accurate Article that represents my 'Growing up'... We will miss the great man.. Cricket will miss him...

Posted by prakash_mishra on (December 24, 2012, 11:11 GMT)

A brilliant article and a true homage to the little master.Yeah Tendulkar was essential part of our lives for all these years.I would also like to mention his 169 against South Africa in 1996.That was probably the first test I had watched seriously.I was only 12 then. Me,my father and my grand father watched him play innings like tose and many.The moments when Sachin was out early, my rand father got so impulsive that he would switch off the TV.we all had ups and downs in our lives and life has been kind as well as cruel.But when Tendulkar announced his retirement it truly was a reflecting moment,as we remembered Sachin the events of past unfolded as if it were shakled somewhere in the cupboard,full of dust.But sachin was everywhere.1996 South Africa,1998 against asussies taking charge against them,against kenya,Against Zimbawe,Srilanka,Pakistan,West Indies, England.against likes of McGrath,Akram.Waqar,Lee,Caddick,Bond,Vaas,Murali etc.A legend woulld not be an appropriate word for him.

Posted by Santhosh.D on (December 24, 2012, 11:02 GMT)

Such a brilliant article. . Just showed the glimpses of little over two decades that the master kept entertaining us. . I still remember the 170 plus that he scored against Australia in Hyd. . Even though I was writing CA exam just couldn take my eyes off the stroke making of the Master. . Thank you for so many wonderful memories you have given for us to cherish. . Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar a true living legend. .One of the greatest to have played the cricket, if not the greatest. .

Posted by Hamzaad on (December 24, 2012, 10:54 GMT)

Being a Pakistani I always respected Sachin and always wished we had some one like him in our side. Sachin you are a great sportsman and a great human being. May yo have a happy life :) .....cheers from Pakistan

Posted by nilb on (December 24, 2012, 10:53 GMT)

Too little too late retirement. Should've retired after the word cup. Now that Dravids and Tendulkars are gone and Kohli's and Ghambirs remain I wonder if there's any Gentlemen left in the Indian team anymore.

Posted by screwgauge on (December 24, 2012, 10:53 GMT)

Brilliant article! All the cricketing memories right from school till now just flashed by. If cricketers were mathematicians, Tendulkar would be Euler! Sad to see him go.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 10:47 GMT)

Every Player has to retire from Cricket !!!! But the retirement of SACHIN TENDULAKR has made the world destroyed on 23/dec/2012 :'( It's a black day in cricket ODI history !!!! ODI cricket is impossible without SACHIN !!! Any way we can say RIP ODI and gonna miss TENDULKAR in FIELD !!!!!!!

Posted by khurramkay on (December 24, 2012, 10:47 GMT)

I am from Karachi Pakistan and I can say very proudly that i had witnessed Sachin's first ODI series in 1989 at the National Stadium Karachi.... those were my college days and yes i have moved along in life and so has the great master over two generations. He will remian a cricketing legend forever!!!!!

Posted by Sachinisgr8 on (December 24, 2012, 10:46 GMT)

Southpaw if you are @sachin bashing then let me tell you, i won't read Sachin hater articles and articles where he is criticised. If you call this ostrich mentality, then let it be, we are too proud of his achievements and we will ignore his failures. Come what any sachin basher says !!!.

Posted by FATEHALIHYDERI on (December 24, 2012, 10:44 GMT)

WELL, its reality of life ..... start and end......... I am happy i watched cricket but not wasted my time in watching cricket.... as sachin was there playing...... its also hurted our kids whom they watch............. the man of demand...styles of playing cricket looking beautiful in front of TV. as 21st December was end of world ........ but its END OF CRICKET now... WE MISS U SACHIN................. WE MISS U SACHIN......AS WE LOVE U...but ur not machine is reality................. GOD BLESS U .............. EVER AND EVER ... GOOD BYE ..............SWEET SACHIN....

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

Awesome article, appropriate reverence to an appropriate cricketer. Wish he had given us a chance to salute him goodbye against the Pakistan team (against who he played his first ODI). He did eventually go out from ODIs on his own terms ! We are lucky to have witnessed all his records.

Posted by Night_Fury on (December 24, 2012, 10:31 GMT)

i think cricket would not be same again. Atleast for me. I have watched this man for 23 yrs straight and the way he played, is something we cannot compare with any one. His 175 of 141 against Aus in 2009 was a gem and only due to other players we lost that game. I am saying this because many a times its said that Lara or Ponting were/are better match winners. Just see the kind of team in which Sach has played. What else you want from a man. He scrores 175 and team looses. You all must remember that test against Pakistan which he single-handedly on with a bad back. He almost won us 1996 world cup. Ponting looks great because the side he played had Mcgrath, Warne, Lee, Hayden, Clarke, Waughs and Gili. He carried the expectation of entire country and that alone makes him best. Has any one ever seen his Perth Century? Its a team game and a sole individual cannot be responsible for teams win/loss.

Posted by SouthPaw on (December 24, 2012, 10:29 GMT)

All you Sachin fans should also read Siddhartha Vaidyanathan's post " Be bold, be practical, do the right thing" on his own blog (sidveeblogs at wordpress) to understand things. LOL

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 10:28 GMT)

The bigger moment is yet to come, when he retires from test cricket,the mayan calendar got it wrong by a few days

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 10:28 GMT)

Damn it. How closely it sums up my life! Brilliant article. You have to be born in India and grown up in 90's to know what Tendulkar and his ODI batsmanship means!

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 10:25 GMT)

Fortunate to grow up with Sachin !!!! Not just for cricket entertainment !!! But for the integrity and ethics he stood for ....So long...Have a happy life .....

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 10:21 GMT)

Cant imagine that sachin has retired..i lived in the era when the great maestro played.

Posted by Sachinisgr8 on (December 24, 2012, 10:20 GMT)

This article is reminisant of me, truely i used to wake up at 2.30, 1.30 in the morning in 90s when India used to tour Audtralia, New Zealand, England, South Africa.

Such a genuine article for the brightest star ever in my opinion.

I try to find that stance steadiness, that quality, that cleaness in execution in every batsman i see today. But I don'f find any. I see some good shot makers But i don't see the perfect combination of Attack and Defence. He was unbeatable in Sydney, i saw the complete innings, you could see it on Australian's faces.

I still remember one six of his when he moved leg side and hit the bowler (i guess Zimbabwe) straight over the head for six, after the shot Bat was so still just like someone carves out a painting. Will miss everything about Sachin. As much as my wife hates him (she loves Virat :-) ) i can't imagine cricket w/o him. Enjoy your 1/2 retirement Sachin.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 10:19 GMT)

thanks a lot sachin for all d gripping moments u gave to d cricket lovers....thx a ton...

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 10:17 GMT)

I remember this one. Hero Cup final against West Indies in Eden Gardens at Calcutta. India put on a descent total. But West Indies give a good reply, with another legend, 'Brian Lara' smashing our bowlers all over the park. Then comes Sachin, bowls one of his deliveries and then you see Brian Lara's middle stump goes off flying in air. Anil Kumble takes care of the rest and India wins the trophy.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (December 24, 2012, 10:16 GMT)

I'm 28 years old. And I am a Sri Lankan. When I was a kid, I was quite fond of Sachin batting. We had Jayasuriya in our team who was a massive hitter, Aravinda as a stroke maker, specially hooking... Together with them, I always admired Sachin's touch shots, drives, which is a beauty to watch. Such a great man. It not only makes me sad that we will not be able to see him again in ODI, but it makes me realize that I'm also getting old. Hopefully, we will not be deprived of seeing him in IPL. We are proud to have you in sub continent, and you were a true gentleman. Wish you all the best. Thanks for the wonderful memories, sir.

Posted by satish_vizag on (December 24, 2012, 10:13 GMT)

Till date, i have read so many articles about sachin and other things, but never bothered to write a comment. But today i am speechless and is will be a great sin if i not respond now also.

Yesterday i felt so numb. This articles goes through my life from 8 years child (1989) to a 31 year married man (2013). SACHIN IS IN MY LIFE. I have collected his photos from newspapers, magazines (some of them were stolen from library) and writing down his centuries and MOMs list.

This is hurting me. But i request sachin to play once in a ODI for fans sake.

I have seen my first cricket match on tv is that famous 1989 exhibition match when sachin toyed with Abdul qadir. From that moment, i become BIG Sachin fan and i have grown watching him.

I have seen him live on Visakhapatnam ODI match Vs AUS in 2001, which is a life time experience to me. Even though IND lost in that match, Sachin scored 60 odd runs in some 40 minutes. During sachin batting, nobody sat in their seats and everybody jumping.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 10:12 GMT)

Can't imagine me watching an one-day match ever from pre match interview to post match analysis again in my life. I believe with his retirement, here goes one more passion out of our life. One-day cricket will never be the same ever again.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 10:12 GMT)

Thanks a ton Sid for this gem of an article, felt as if it was written right out of my mind. Every cricket lover should read this gem , mandatory for Indians....

Posted by ahujavi on (December 24, 2012, 10:04 GMT)

Cricket has retired from ODI cricket!!

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 9:59 GMT)

I wish he would have played some match winning innings, like Ponting and Kallis.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 9:52 GMT)

Very nicely written article.....!!! Oh...my ...God....what is this..???..tears on my cheeks...!!

Posted by icroy on (December 24, 2012, 9:51 GMT)

My salute to the greatest cricketer ever produced. Will miss you.....

Posted by GeoffreysMother on (December 24, 2012, 9:49 GMT)

Ah, nostagia. I still remember the days before DRS.

Posted by sivathesachinfan on (December 24, 2012, 9:45 GMT)

Brilliant article... I felt like going back 15 years and travel along with Sachin... Sachin - you were marvellous... No words to speak... Cricket will never be the same for me hereafter... Dont know if i can watch with the same interest again.. Sachin, you have inspired me and millions of youngsters.. And you will always be our role model...!!! Thanks Sachin for coming into our lives and making us happy...!!!

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 9:38 GMT)

Thanks a lot Siddhartha, it felt like my mind is talking to me and so much similarities, from "blitzing Abdul Qadir " to ""What a rebellion at Auckland. Eighty-two off 49 balls" all the way through "scavenge illegal internet streams, slap your head when the feed hangs" . Just missed the 80 something innings' of Him around the World Cup '92 when He used to come to bat after Manjrekar on a dying match and used to fight till the end to win

Posted by Jigar_Shah on (December 24, 2012, 9:32 GMT)

Great Article. In fact the decisions that you have alluded to in this article were the same I struggled with - although for me in 96. I remember early 2000 when I was struggling to get a live cricket stream in Los Angeles - sitting at USC till I found 20 like minded friends who were as cricket crazy as me. It was a joy watching the dismantling of Aussies in 2001 and then the despair of 2003 and guess what I was at the ground when we won 2011. Shook Tendulkar's hands after the world cup win on the ground and celebrateed with milllions of fans. Tears in my eyes on Saturday night - One Day cricket will never be the same without Sachin!!! God we will miss you!!!

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 9:25 GMT)

Growing up with Sachin!!

Posted by Arman_andrade on (December 24, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

We were fortunate to watch you play. I have seen it all, From the 4 sixes off Abdul Qadir, opening in NZ, First hundred in SL against Australia, The Sharjah Storm, The dismantling of Shane Warne in Bangalore test, Destroying Henry Olonga, The Hero Cup last over, The battles against Mcgrath and Donald in Aus & SA. Thanx Sachin for all the joy and the great memories!!!

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 9:19 GMT)

choosing a college, going to a job, change in jobs and going abroad.. exactly mirroring my life.. most of the people who were born in the 80s (me 1982) will mirror the same opinion..

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 9:19 GMT)

Very well penned... I love the last lines...

You are the lucky ones. Cherish the memories. He was, and will remain, your Model T.

We are the lucky ones who are born in his era and could see, feel, live, and breath the SRT Moments...

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 9:17 GMT)

Siddhartha Proud of you. Could I be permitted to say, I can see the writing traits similar to your Dad. Happy to reconnect. Sriganesh@ Mumbai

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 9:15 GMT)

Brilliant....article....sachin is god. Now he is retires..so will not watch ODI now on..

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

The first ever cricket match I remember watching was the exhibition match in which Tendulkar smashed Abdul Qadir allover the park. You can now understand what this article means to me.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 9:08 GMT)

i feel so proud when i see him ..U r my hero u r my idol...will miss u a lot and cricket

Posted by Venki_indian on (December 24, 2012, 9:06 GMT)

Great Article...no other words..Its a emoton of million hearts..for 80s and 90s kids tough to imagine cricket without Sachin

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 8:59 GMT)

This is like my autobiography!! Unbelievable that every Indian has felt the same way I have!!! Man I have never felt soo many Goosebumps!!! The chant Sachin!!! Sachin!! will never again be heard in a one day match ,do we know what that means to our generation!! It's like asking us not to breathe!!

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 8:56 GMT)

Thanks Sachin. It is very hard to explain to this generation what you were meant to us in 90's. You were the soul of Indian Cricket and Hope of the Nation. When you were batting no body moved and when you got out many like me for few mins turned off the TV and felt completely lost.

Posted by yogsingh on (December 24, 2012, 8:51 GMT)

Brilliant article ..best part "It's 1998, a time for decisions. Academics or sports? Arts or science? Biology or computers? To meet her or to continue with phone conversations? To buy a copy of Debonair or to take a sneak-peek? These are the burning questions that occupy you. "

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 8:49 GMT)

Magnificent writing on The era that belong to Sachin Tendulkar. I feel cherished to be able to watch him through all his achievements on the Fields.

Hats off to what the great man has achieved and the way he carried the Indian Team and above all the spirit for the Game of Cricket.

Will surely miss him in the Blue Jersey!!!

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 8:41 GMT)

My story...Our story....everyone from 80's and 90's would agree to this...had goosebumps reading this article....great job penning down 'my emotions'...

Posted by csudeepta on (December 24, 2012, 8:35 GMT)

Well I had a tear or two down my cheeks reading this. Just what millions of my generation would echo!

Posted by CricketNation_99 on (December 24, 2012, 8:33 GMT)

A True Legend. A sad moment in the history of cricket. Such a humble human being and a true professional. I see these new players who have got a few good performances under their belt and they start talkin so much trash and throw tantrums on field. They all need to look up to Sachin, Inzi, Lara and the likes. I wish he decided to play against Pakistan and get a Guard of honour from the pakistani Team Hats Off to a true legend... We will miss you and Best of Luck with whatever you do. Paki Fan!

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 8:23 GMT)

Wonderful Article ...Thank You Sach !!!!!!!

Posted by masihm on (December 24, 2012, 8:19 GMT)

There is no doubt that we will miss sachin very much, but every one has to take a bold decision one day or other. In my opinion the best day to retire were on two occasions after winning the world cup or after scoring the 100th century. But to this day indeed he is one of the great batsmen india has ever produced. You never know one day we might see a prototype of sachin becoming another legend. But one thing will be unconquered by any sportsman is the character he posses.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 8:14 GMT)

awesome article. Sachin my hero. Whenever I am down I think of you and start my fight back. No more ODI watching for me since God is not there. Mayans were right 2012 is end of world.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 8:07 GMT)

This is an amazing article Sid. I was 10 when Sachin started playing and started to understand Cricket. This article took me down memory lane...Long live the champ SACHIN!!!

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

my heart broke!! tears and sadness...but proud sachin fan....i love cricket but sachin taught me to love cricket. no words can describe what i feel.No words!! he made me fell in love with cricket. seeing this man getting old prompt me to ask why people get old. long live sachin ramesh tendulkar.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 7:54 GMT)

Superb piece. You put in words every thought Ive had since I heard he wont be walking into bat for India in ODIs again. Yes, am a part of the same generation, when he made his debut I was in my 8th standard!

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

Model T, Prefect, and Mustang, all rolled into one..

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

we r lucky to have sachin...not as a indian...as a cricketer....we also love you sachin...and we will miss you too...

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

I grew up watching him play cricket. I can't digest the fact that he has retired. It seems like a phase of my life has somehow reached an inevitable, yet indelible, conclusion.

Posted by Yadsharma on (December 24, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

I am in US, and I remember going to watch world cup match Ind V/S Pak (I think 2003) in the theater (Thank god I knew the theater owner, otherwise all 8 screens were sold out and still100's of people waiting in line). By the time we got in Pak innings ended at273 for 7 and it looked like I wasted my time (and night) coming to this game.

And then the classic innings of SRT for 98. In my memory it is his best innings and the impact it had on me watching it on big screen in theater, that when I built my house, I built a big screen theater (15ft x 10ft) just to watch SRT playing any and every match.

Posted by SG70 on (December 24, 2012, 7:44 GMT)

Outstanding arrticle. Captures the essence of the Tendulkar Generation. Me being 3 yrs older than Tendulkar I was in the sweet spot as far as following his career goes. I was in my first yr Engg when he appeared on the scene. Now Iam firmly in my middle age and all thru that there was only one constant - Tendulkar. In between I moved to the US when he was in top form and regretted that decision soo many times. Luckily though no slave drivers as bosses for me. And as the internet age caught on the US time zone is the best to follow cricket for die hards like me.

So what next ? I don't think there will be anyone like him in Aura and pull factor. Just doesnt feel like a Ind Cricket team without him. And quite frankly we as a nation simply do not deserve Super Legends like him. The sad morons who troll on here and elsewhere are proof. Had he been a Englishman or a Aussie things would have been much better for him and he would have been placed even higher in the pecking order.

Posted by ambi56 on (December 24, 2012, 7:33 GMT)

Great Article. The True Indian Sachin.He is a legend.He has swallow-en all the hurdles and pain with is calm and cool gesture without any controversies unlike others. His journey reflect the image of success.Work done with true spirit always pays. He must be a role model for those who desire to win.

Posted by BeatTheChamps on (December 24, 2012, 7:30 GMT)

This is my story! I have practically grown up watching Tendulkar. I have always eagerly waited for his next innings, then the next one and then the next. Sadly age has caught up with him now. There will not be another one like him. He's a once in a lifetime phenomenon.

Posted by boredkumar on (December 24, 2012, 7:23 GMT)

Sidvee.. you beauty!! thank you for writing this!

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 7:17 GMT)

Thanks a million Sachin.. and thanks Siddhartha Vaidyanathan for the wonderful article

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 7:11 GMT)

Tendulkar is great, but he should have retired fully, after the last test. Gavaskar did it and asked why he replied, exactly, now you are asking me why? I did it before your asking when?there should be grace in retirement too, as in the field.any how long live Tendu, and all the best after full retirement! Rahul Dravidian and VVS .Laxman, did it honorably and beautifully! They are one up on you Tendu!

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 7:10 GMT)

Wow...what a piece..thanx a lot Siddhartha Vaidyanathan....i doubt you could have put it any better....and yeah thanx for taking me through memory lanes & you are bang on....many of uz did grow up with the Master....Wishing the Master good luck & thanx once again for the beautiful article Siddhartha...Will mizz Sachin alwayz :-( ....SACH a SAD DAY :-( ...

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 6:51 GMT)

This article really sums it up for us kids of the 80s. Sachin, our generation found the power to assert ourselves because we were growing up watching you. You have been that pillar of virtue besides being there with us during class, school bus, colony playground, clinics and everywhere else. Thanks for making us proud!

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

i relate with every word in this article..well written..well expressed..nothing can capture me more in life than watching this man play for the counrty..that he will be missed is an understatement!!

Posted by Peaceforall on (December 24, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

Took me down memory lane, brought a smile to my face. There's probably half a billion Indians who went through what you have written. Thank you.

Posted by rbabur on (December 24, 2012, 6:41 GMT)

Wonderful article...I remember one more innings..A 100 in South Africa against Zim when India needs to score 240 in 40 overs. We were watching as a group and no one moved!!!!! One of my friend started watching cricket after his innings against Aus in 96 world cup although we have lost the match....Any tributes will be small for Sachin...In early 90s, although we have many players, only two players carried the team..They were Sachin and Anil kumble. Salute to them for being relevant after the game had changed its style. That is very important...

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

The write, You beauty.... Could not have summed up my feelings better...... Thanks a lot sachin.....

Posted by mansman on (December 24, 2012, 6:35 GMT)

Awesome article! It hasnt sunk in yet for me, perhaps because we have somewhat gotten used to his sitting out. Will hit me when I see the scoreboard during live telecast and realize that there will never be SRT on the live ODI scorecards anymore! I remember as a kid growing up, Sunny had retired and my best buddy's dad (a high ranking olice officer) gathered all the books penned by SMG and read all of them in 2 days (apparently for the hird time!). At the time, I wondered why would anyone do something like that. That was 1987, 2 years before I watched the live action of the young Sachin smoting Qadir for 4 sixes in one over. 25 years on, Sachin has retired from ODIs; now I know how my buddy's dad must have felt the day SMG had retired. Thanks Sid and thank you Sachin!

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 6:35 GMT)

Awesome article......These are the words of each and every person who lived during the time of Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar....I always thought that I am the greatest fan Sachin and when I read these articles and comments, I feel I am mistaken.....That is a tribute to this man....Everyone wants to be his greatest fan.....The greatest One Day batsman without a shadow of a doubt....

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 6:33 GMT)

I still remember when Sachin started his career and how he ruled the world!! My favorite innings of Sachin was his 98 when I literally prayed every ball that he shouldn't be out and score a century!!! He massacred the world's best bowling attack of Akhtar-Waqar and Wasim!!! Cricket is never going to be the same without Sachin!! Long Live Sachin!! THE GOD!!!

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 6:16 GMT)

The best article I have read on cricinfo. I was born in 1984 and have seen him on TV since i was 8 years old. From the days, when India cricket team was called one man army( batting collapsed after he got out) to the days when he pulverized the best bowler in the world( shane warne) in early 2000s to the time he won the world cup for India in 2011- ODI cricket has lost one of it's most loyal servants.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

Wow..u have bought all the childhood memories of my life...one of the best article on sachin i have ever read..Today generation wont understand value of the great Sachin Tendulkar..

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 6:11 GMT)

Very well written! Feel absolutely privileged to have grown up in the Tendulkar era!

Posted by xylo on (December 24, 2012, 6:06 GMT)

This article is pretty good... except that with this World Cup 2011, I had hopes on India winning it not because Tendulkar was playing (which was the case in 2003), but because Dhoni was leading. And Dhoni's reaction upon hitting the winning runs - am I supposed to run wild - expression gave me a very different perspective of things - this is, at the end of the day, just a game.

Posted by gmsjgmsj on (December 24, 2012, 6:03 GMT)

Am reminded of Lewis Caroll's words, "Echoes fade and memories die Autumn frosts have slain July. Still she haunts me phantom-wise, Never to be seen by waking eyes".

Sachin exemplified the aspirations of generations of New India. He did it with dignity and decorum on and off the field.. In an age where children are accustomed to expletives on the TV screen, Sachin brought affability to the persona of the professional cricketer. Even grandmas and harassed housewives would peek in from the kitchen to have a glimpse of Sachin batting. I can never forget April 2011 night and what it represents to people of my generation.. World Cup! The crackers and the celebrations!

Salute to Bombay, Salute to Sachin and Salute to India!

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 6:00 GMT)

Thanks for this Siddhartha!!! We have all lived our lives through him by substituting our struggles, failures, acheivements, celebrations for his.

I remember picking fights and arguements with total family, friends and total strangers who were nitpicking one of Sachin's innings, dismissals or lack of crucial score in World Cup finals... The reason was simple, despite whatever truth was there in such arguments, pointing a finger at Sachin was like pointing a finger at me!!!

In a nation starving for heroes, Sachin is the one who is the one who filled that void!!!

There was a clamor for retiring jersey no 10... I support.

Posted by hvenkat2000 on (December 24, 2012, 5:59 GMT)

Siddhartha, your article absolutely sums up how I feel now. Brilliant...! It brought back memories of the past two decades. Allowed me to relive those glorious high days of one's personal life & not so good ones as well. I am one of those who moved from US to India several years back. At a time of my move, when I wondered if it is going to be the right decision to move back, one added reason kept popping up 'You know....I can see Sachin bat when I am in India'. (Only a die-hard cricket fan will understand its value.) I kept telling my wife, 'I need to move back before Sachin retires...' & laugh it off just to emphasize that I have several reasons to return to India. Looking back, it was indeed worth it for many reasons. I did get a chance to watch Sachin bat live at stadiums very often after I returned to India. Sachin makes you relive memories of ones' life events. Aside from providing cricketing bliss.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 5:57 GMT)

I almost had a tear in my eye while reading this...thank u sachin, we love you. cricket will not remain the same as nobody will be asking during an odi: is sachin still batting? worth reading many times...

Posted by VDubey on (December 24, 2012, 5:52 GMT)

This article captures the essence of Sachin's significance in a lot's people's lives in India - Cricket was my religion and Sachin was my God.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 5:50 GMT)

Brilliant piece SidVee! If I am feeling pain, you have told me why and that too how?!

Milton wrote Paradise lost. I wish I could write away, how I am feeling titled "Childhood lost". Ganguly, Dravid, Kumble and VVS said goodbye but SRT was the advent and end of what cricket has been to us. You will be missed.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 5:50 GMT)

Wow, It seems as if I have written this article. Each innings of tendulkar is part of growing up, school, college, job, marriage and now he is gone.....

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 5:49 GMT)

wot an article......outstanding.. especially d part when smone is settled in foreign... I did sexactly d same when sachin was near to his 200 in Gwallior... luckily, my Internet stream didnt hang dat tym... :)

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 5:46 GMT)

I was wishing someone penned this for me; and you did!! Thanks a ton!!

Posted by CricketFollowers on (December 24, 2012, 5:45 GMT)

Good one. Nicely composed.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 5:45 GMT)

I lived through every word that you've written... We the lucky ones !! Great write up Siddharth... Loved it....

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 5:20 GMT)

i could recollect nearly every scene while reading this. growing up with Sachin has been a thrilling ride.got out so many times while trying that "Kasper six of 134", don't have enough words to say how I felt when I heard Sachin retired ( it was half the info ) while I was watching my brother bat vs Andhra in the current Ranji game vs Andhra.the battery of the cell was out ...n the moment I reached home; Ist thing I did was check the cricinfo site.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 5:17 GMT)

Awesome article, your words took me & am sure many of us down the memory lane, can't agree more! Sachin to me like many a million has been more than just a great cricketer or greatest batsmen or master blaster or any other adjective. He has been part of our life, he has been our one source of joy, he has given us more moments, day's & nights of pride & joy of being an Indian & alive then anything else or anybody else in our life. Can't imagine me watching an one-day match ever from pre match interview to post match analysis again in my life. I believe with his retirement, here goes one more passion out of our life. One-day cricket will never be the same ever again. Thanks a million Sachin!!! Like many a folks, we will pray with the almighty to bless you with all the good health & happiness.

Posted by Satyam_max on (December 24, 2012, 5:16 GMT)

Siddhartha , you have expressed exactly the feelings of us . We belong to that generation who has followed the career of Tendulkar from the very beginning and are the prime witness of the evolution of the game and the very cricket of Tendulkar. Hats off to you for coming up with this article !!!

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 5:13 GMT)

cant believe that god as quit

Posted by praks1311 on (December 24, 2012, 4:56 GMT)

Thanks Siddhartha for this piece. He is one constant of my life!

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 4:56 GMT)

crying after reading this...truly every moment of my life

Posted by rmchn on (December 24, 2012, 4:55 GMT)

Wah! Wah! Wah!...Siddhartha, This article truly details out the time an average indian travelled with Sachin the last 23 years...Hats Off to the greatest ODI player!!! Sachin you wud truly be missed by the cricketing world..Only hoped that u would tell us all ahead of time on your last ODI...Anyways keep entertaining us in Tests for somemore time...

Posted by godatno4 on (December 24, 2012, 4:51 GMT)

Excellent article Sid!!Well put!!

Posted by worstcasegemini on (December 24, 2012, 4:44 GMT)

thoroughly enjoyed reading this, Siddhartha! Not many people in cricinfo can write like this. I swear, man! And this comes from someone who read each and every article of your website day in and day out !!

Worth the time i spent over this...

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 4:43 GMT)

Sachin may be the grtst cricketer ever.Br for me and a million others he was much more.When India ws nt the grt power it's on the verge of becoming today,he was our only solace,proof that we can be the masters of this universe. Unadulterated joy he provided can never b recreated.He made us forget our sorrows,inefficiencies and elated us as no one else could or can.he is perhaps the grtst unifying force this nation has seen.Love for him transcended religion,region ,age and sex barriers.He ws our singular reason to live and breath cricket.I dunno whether i wl watch an ODI ever again,may be catch some action here and there. Bt never ever wl i wake up at ungodly hours and stay glued to that idiot box

Posted by May4sBeWithThem on (December 24, 2012, 4:37 GMT)

Thanks! Was trying to put my finger on how exactly i feel, this is pretty much accurate. I know that there will be a lot of angst against such worship - but most of them didn't sit through the 80s and early 90s to understand how it felt then.

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