Tendulkar's retirement from Tests October 10, 2013

'It's not just the talent he was born with but what he did with it'

ESPNcricinfo staff
Reactions to Sachin Tendulkar's retirement from Test cricket

Rahul Dravid: 'He would have listened to his heart'

"It is hard to imagine any player in the history of the game who combines classical technique with raw aggression like the little champion does. There is not a single shot he cannot play."
Sunil Gavaskar, former India captain

"Sachin was easily the best player over the last 20 years & will be remembered as one of the all time greats!"
Shane Warne, former Australia legspinner via Twitter

"At the age of 14, all he knew was batting and he would bat all day; the coach would actually have to pull him out of the nets. I think that's the reason he has been successful. It's not just the talent he was born with but what he did with it."
Sourav Ganguly , former India captain, told NDTV

"In 1989, I was lucky to be his first captain and it was amazing that this 16-year-old boy making his debut was playing so calmly. The way he played fast bowling in the first tour to Australia was also another amazing thing. Sachin is still the same person I saw in 1989. That's his greatness not just as a cricketer but as a human being."
Kris Srikkanth, Tendulkar's first India captain, NDTV

"I think Tendulkar has been the ideal role model in Indian cricket and that is why we are now seeing a new generation of quality batsmen from India."
Javed Miandad, former Pakistan captain

"When I made my debut, I got out early in the first innings for 4. On the same evening, he [Tendulkar] came to me and said, 'don't worry, the ball kept a little low. Even if I was batting, I might have got out to that ball.' He told me your time will come, you are scoring well at the domestic level, you need not worry. I was a little worried and surprised - he was batting 150-plus and Vijay was 100-plus. I thought my batting would not come again in the Test match. I had only one opportunity to score and I got out. But when he came and told me, and ultimately I got a chance to bat in the second innings, I went on to score 72. When a player like him comes and tells you - I was making my debut and I was a youngster. I am very much thankful to him for providing all the guidance throughout my career."
Cheteshwar Pujara, India batsman

"We should remember his playing career as something that always gave us joy and made us proud."
Mohammad Azharuddin, former India captain

"Privileged to have seen a child prodigy go on to become a true legend of the game from very close quarters. All the best Sachin."
Sanjay Manjrekar, former India and Mumbai team-mate, via Twitter

"I think it's a bad day for Indian cricket, world cricket as well."
Muttiah Muralitharan, former Sri Lanka offspinner

"It's always difficult to comprehend how someone like Sachin lives his life. He has always managed his career well , managed to perform under an extreme amount of pressure and never had any scandals, which is a credit on him and his family."
Graeme Smith, South Africa Test captain

"Great player & a brilliant human being. Thanks for the memories, Paaji. Privileged to have shared the dressing room with you."
Aakash Chopra, former India opener

"Salutes to Sachin paaji. I think India jersey number 10 should retire as well and preserved forever. Thanks Paaji"
Gautam Gambhir, India batsman, via Twitter

"The sight of the straight lines of the bat on its downswing; the power of the back foot punch; thanks for the memories Sachin. Glad you came."
Ian Bishop, former West Indies fast bowler, via Twitter

"Sachin Tendukar to retire after his 200th test match v windies in Mumbai;Best batsman I bowled to at his peak no weakness #LittleMaster."
Damien Fleming, former Australia fast bowler, via Twitter

"A great player but struggled against part time Off spin @sachin_rt !!!!!! #BornToPlayCricket."
Michael Vaughan, former England captain, via Twitter

"I have been an ardent follower and admirer of Sachin Tendulkar from the days he came to play Buchi Babu in Chennai. No one has served Indian cricket as Sachin has. We respect his decision to retire although many of us can't imagine an Indian team without Sachin."
N Srinivasan, BCCI president

"He had so much time to play the ball, to pick the line and length. I saw Bradman play in 1948 and he is the nearest player I have seen to Bradman and would always be in my side as the No.4. I cannot pay a higher compliment than that."
Dickie Bird, former Test umpire, told CNN-IBN

"Sachin #10dulkar - Undisputed Champion of Cricket! #SachinTheGreat."
Kevin Pietersen, via Twitter

"My mind goes back to New Year's Eve December 31 1987 when I first heard Sunil Gavaskar tell me there's a 14 year old in Mumbai who's going to be the future of Indian batting. I kept watching out for that boy, I followed his Ranji debut. The greatest Indian to ever wield the cricket bat."
Shashi Tharoor, author and minister in the Indian government, told NDTV

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Dummy4 on October 15, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    Prodigy! True ambassador of the sport. A humble personality. I don't see anyone coming even close to his records in our lifetime.

  • Al on October 14, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    SRT was a great batsman in his prime, perhaps one of the greatest after Bradman. But for the past 2-3 years he had been batting like a tailender. He really should have retired after World Cup 2011. Lately he had become a burden on Indian team. Happy to see him gone.

  • Dummy4 on October 12, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    He is pure cricketing talent. People would come to just watch him play. Many would die to see his trademark cover-drive. He was born talent. But he mastered his talent to such a high level that is unimaginable. He played for such a long time, & still he had always something fresh shot coming out of his bat. Opponents used to make a trap/plan to get him out by past experiences/records. But he always came with something new & kept his own game on higher level. For a debutant bowler, is a dream to get a wicket in first ball, or in first over & nothing less to get a wicket of Master Blaster. One unusual thing about him I remember is that, he got so many times against debutant bowlers becoming his first victim.

  • V on October 12, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    The greatness of Sachin Tendulkar is both his longevity as well as his comebacks from injuries. Imran, wasim, and waqar did not trouble him when he was 16. Neither did Steyn and Morkel when he was almost 38. He scored 1500 runs during his 37th year. Other class players like Ponting and Dravid who started their careers at a later age had clearly lost it by the time they were 37. To be good enough for selection on an international side over a 25 year period is itself an achievement. Then there is the almost forgotten tale of Tendulkar's injuries. He had not one or two but four surgeries. Yet he came back each time more determined, adjusted his batting and made sacrifices mainly by giving up his bowling. Only those who have experienced injuries in major sports can understand how difficult it is to rise again to the top. Had he been more healthy the world may have seen possibly a great all rounder as well. My best wishes on his retirement.

  • Shanmugam on October 12, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster, agreed. It is actually a huge credit for Anderson that he managed to dismiss the greatest modern day batsman so many times. Definitely, the India tour next year is a challenge for us. We will likely be missing a few key players by that time. India also have a few new exciting players who have ably replaced some of the veterans but Tendulkar's would be a huge hole to fill. However, India need not worry. They have a huge talent pool to choose from.

  • Jay on October 12, 2013, 0:29 GMT

    @Shan156: To be frank, Sachin has been dismissed 9 times by Anderson. Goes to show how much of an improved bowler Jimmy has become compared to when he started playing for England. To get the Little Master 9 times is not an ordinary feat. Even Warne and Murali couldn't trouble him. Heck, Glenn McGrath couldn't bother Tendulkar one bit. Anderson can be proud of himself. India's 2011 tour to England was a nightmare. But the team is doing everything right now to right the wrongs of 2011. It will be a different team India next time around in every aspect.

  • Dummy4 on October 11, 2013, 23:59 GMT

    Gambhir made good call, Number 10 jersey should retire from cricket at least from Indian cricket just as a tribute

  • Chetan on October 11, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    All the best Sachin. We will miss you very much. Our lives will not be changed without you.

  • Dummy4 on October 11, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    "On a train from Shimla to Delhi, there was a halt in one of the stations. The train stopped by for few minutes as usual. Sachin was nearing century, batting on 98. The passengers, railway officials, everyone on the train waited for Sachin to complete the century. This Genius can stop time in India!!" - Peter Roebuck on Sachin Tendulkar

  • Shanmugam on October 11, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    Love Vaughany's tweet. He will forever cherish the memory of dismissing Sachin at Trent Bridge in 2002.

    We play India next summer. Sachin will be missed. Jimmy will miss him the most:-)

    jk, Sachin is the greatest modern day batsman. No other batsman has such a superb record against every country home and away. And, considering the fact that he has such an outstanding ODI record also, and the fact that he is so pleasing to the eye, every cricket fan would readily admit that he was born to bat. Wish he enjoys a great retirement. For us England fans, Dravid was more of a pain but Sachin is definitely the best.