From SRT with love

Rob Steen

If the great man had sat down to write a letter to his fans, reflecting on his life, it might have read something like this


Photo: Chennai 2008

Zen state of mind

Tendulkar has said his match-winning innings against England in Chennai in 2008 is one of his most memorable centuries. It came after a horrifying terror attack on his hometown, Mumbai.


The buzz

Did Tendulkar deserve the Bharat Ratna?

Tendulkar's retirement - there's plenty still to be said about the decision and the man himself. We round up some of the pieces from around the web and on ESPNcricinfo on him


The man whom cricket loved back

Sambit Bal

Tendulkar was the biggest worshipper the game could ever find, and in that lay the foundation of his greatness


The buzz

The Sachin generation

Two days after India said farewell to its most iconic sportsperson, we look what's being written about him, his fans and the country


A special ability to stay in the moment

Martin Crowe

Sachin Tendulkar batted against New Zealand at the tender age of 16. He was dismissed for a first-ball duck in Christchurch but went on to make an assured 88 in the next Test in Napier. A former New Zealand captain jogs his memory


Tendulkar's perfect balance

Sharda Ugra

In the last 24 years, amid the records and runs and the chanting, Tendulkar's invisible footprints in the game have acted as markers on the road best travelled in pursuit of all manner of careers. Consistency of performance outlives everything else. On tough days, never give up. Shake hands. Share. The trade over the tricks. It works every time


'It was almost impossible to upset his composure'

Jim Maxwell is one of the senior-most radio commentators in cricket and has been working with the ABC for decades. During his time, Maxwell has described the craft of a lot of great cricketers. He talks about why Tendulkar is so special.


The buzz

Goodbye and good luck

Tendulkar is gone but his farewell party continues. Dhoni, Manjrekar, Agarkar and writers on ESPNcricinfo try to make sense of the void he leaves behind


The buzz

When a nation wept

There were tears everywhere as Tendulkar bid his final goodbye. There was something about his speech and his actions that touched everyone deeply. We pick out some reports from around the web


Why do we insist on seeing the 'real' Sachin?

Rahul Bose

Would playing another sport have revealed the "real" Sachin to us? For the answer, we have to turn our gaze inwards. Towards us. To our insolent impatience, our speed of dismissiveness, our propensity to fawn, our alacrity to scorn, our delusion in claiming greatness through our idols.


'Have been lucky to serve this sport'

Tendulkar delivered an emotional retirement speech in front of his hometown fans in Mumbai. He thanked various people who had supported him along the way and urged the next generation of cricketers to "take care of this sport".


Staff picks

Watching Tendulkar say goodbye

ESPNcricinfo's India staff, on how it felt to watch Sachin Tendulkar bid farewell to the game


The grand piano has left the building

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan

The show is over. The final episode has ended. The music has faded. The credits have rolled. Done with the presentation. Done with the speech to trump all farewell speeches. Now all we have are the memories. All we have are the stories


The buzz

An unforgettable 74

India closed in on victory in the second Test in Mumbai but the story of the day was a delightful 74. We pick out some reports from around the web


Fans speak

Hung websites, and a ten-hour journey

What does it mean to be present at Sachin Tendulkar's final Test? How far are you willing to go? How much money are you willing to spend? Here three fans chat about the challenge of getting to the Wankhede Stadium for Tendulkar's swansong


Photo: Mumbai 1996

Alert at slip

Sachin Tendulkar mostly fielded in the outfield in the latter part of his career but in the early years, he was often stationed in the slips


The buzz

Mumbai mayhem

The first day of the Mumbai Test wasn't as much about two teams slugging it out as much as it was about unrestrained adoration for one man. We pick out some tributes and reports from around the web


Mastering the nets

Paras Mhambrey

Once his team-mate, he was later a part of a core group who Tendulkar has sought out to join him during personal training sessions. Here the former Indian medium-pacer gives us an insight into Tendulkar's approach at practice and his desire for reinvention


Photo: Delhi 2008

Eye of the tiger

Two of the finest batsmen of their generation, Ricky Ponting and Tendulkar shared many memorable duels. "He's undoubtedly technically the best batsman I've seen, played against, played with," said Ponting recently


'Sachin is a part of me'

Every Tendulkar fan has a personal story about him, but not many have had the opportunity to meet him and sing for him. Indian playback singer Usha Uthup remembers the times she did just that


David to a thousand Goliaths

Mark Nicholas

Tendulkar has become a national symbol of optimism and pride but when he bats, we still see him as an underdog


'Understanding the genius was far more fascinating than the shots'

More words have been written about Tendulkar than probably any cricketer in history, yet few writers have been able to fully grasp his powers. Veteran sportswriter Rohit Brijnath, a senior correspondent with the Straits Times in Singapore, says no words or numbers or quotes can replace the "experience"


Tendulkar: forever icon

Ed Smith

In some ways, we know less about him now than before. The more he has played, the more godlike and inscrutable he has become


He played to their pitch

Nagraj Gollapudi

Many of Tendulkar's team-mates have pointed out how precise and methodical he is during his training sessions but groundsmen in Mumbai have also seen him train when no one else is around. Here three of them chat about Tendulkar's unwavering work ethic


Photo: Visakhapatnam 2012

Batting from memory

Tendulkar has often spoken about shutting off the noise and entering a quiet zone when he is batting. His team-mates and opponents believe that this zen-like calm sets him apart from the rest.


The buzz

Sachin's British family connection

A distinguished English social worker who didn't "really know anything" about Tendulkar before he became her son-in-law, a 44-page souvenir, and an anxious painter from Baroda. In short, the latest buzz around the Tendulkar-fest


An SMS to treasure, and a walk in Adelaide

Normally shy, Sachin Tendulkar keeps his thoughts within the confines of the dressing room. Only a handful of journalists have had the privilege of interviewing him on a number of occasions. One of them, Lokendra Pratap Sahi, a senior editor at the Kolkata Telegraph, talks about his interactions with Tendulkar and why he admires him


Diary

Notes from Kolkata's 'Sachin festival'

Sidharth Monga

Eager administrators, grateful artists, and irate fans: a peek into a one-man industrial complex


The buzz

Where's the Tendulkar critique?

Is it all just good press? Is there any reasonable examination of his career amid the hagiographies?


Photo: Trent Bridge 1996

Menacing in Nottingham

When slow bowlers pitched it short and wide, Tendulkar was ready to pounce with a fierce cut - not an expansive shot that pleased the eye but a minimalist thwack that packed a punch


Staff picks

Those magical fingers

Though he's celebrated worldwide for his batting, Tendulkar was a canny bowler who could give his team breakthroughs with his medium pace and spin bowling, taking 46 wickets in Tests and 154 in ODIs. Here, ESPNcricinfo staffers pick their favourite memory of his bowling. What's yours?


The buzz

Five days at Wankhede?

Will fans get their money's worth in Mumbai? And what are Tendulkar's team-mates from his first tour back in 1989 doing now? We round up the Tendulkar news and tributes from the web


Poll

Tendulkar's best ODI innings

When it comes to one-day cricket, Tendulkar's records are so far ahead of the rest that one wonders if some of them will ever be broken. He has scored runs in varying conditions against a wide range of bowlers. And some of Tendulkar's finest ODI innings have been scores under hundred. Vote for Tendulkar's best one-day century


'Australians embraced Tendulkar with fervour'

Only Jack Hobbs has scored more Test runs than Australia and nobody has managed to come close in ODIs. Like Gavaskar before him, Tendulkar managed to score big against the strongest team of his era and earned the affection of cricket lovers in Australia. Australian writer Mike Coward chats about this relationship


The buzz

How to felicitate Tendulkar

If reports are to be believed, Tendulkar is set to receive a silver trophy containing autographs of the 40 members of the Maharashtra state cabinet. Fun times ahead


'I am a normal person who plays cricket'

Reporters have spent a half a lifetime pursuing Tendulkar and many have still not succeeded in nabbing an interview with him. Some have been lucky, though, and have tried their best to get into the mind of a man who chooses his words carefully


The buzz

Sachin the epic warrior

Who's doing what to immortalise the great man? A painting there, a naming here - by the time the series ends, you won't be able to take a step without tripping over something Tendulkar


'If you try to hit a six, I will hit you on the bum'

Ever wondered what Tendulkar was thinking while he was batting? Kambli, Ganguly, Sehwag, Dravid, Laxman and Prabhakar talk about the conversations they had with him while batting together


Mother Tendulkar

Scott Oliver

He has been a saintly presence over not only Indian but global cricket. It's time to take that to its logical conclusion. Bring us your velvet revolution, Sachin


Video feature

The Hero Cup hero

Tendulkar's bowling on day one at Eden Gardens took us back to that famous over he bowled at the same venue in 1993. A fan who was at that game, and a photographer who gave Tendulkar photos of the match recall the day


'Mind-bogglingly mountainous numbers'

Most runs in Tests and ODIs. Check. Most centuries in both formats. Check. Most Man-of-the-Match awards. Check. There are very few records that Sachin Tendulkar doesn't own and number-geeks, world over, have rarely seen such a run-glutton before. Here Andy Zaltzman chats about Tendulkar the statistical phenom


Tribute

The first of a hundred

Ayaz Memon

Pressure attached itself to Tendulkar right from when he first started playing international cricket. So naturally the quest for his maiden Test hundred was followed with a large amount of interest, speculation and criticism. A member of the Indian press pack on the 1990 England tour recalls how the first brick in a historic era was laid


Photo: Mumbai 2001

You talkin' to me?

Today's Indian cricketers give as good as they get and some even without any provocation. So the Tendulkar-Dravid way of handling Aussie-style mental disintegration can now officially be called "old-school"


The buzz

Hysteria in Kolkata

Billboards, tickets, stamps, statues, a sliver banyan tree, masks, brochures, sweets, photos, books - they've covered all their bases in Kolkata as the city prepares for Tendulkar's Test No. 199


Star-struck in Mumbai

Amol Muzumdar

He is currently the second-highest run-maker in Ranji Trophy history but many years ago, the former Mumbai captain was in awe of his school-mate and rising star. Here he talks about keeping score during a Tendulkar innings, shifting schools, being whacked by his coach, and learning valuable lessons from his favourite cricketer


The buzz

'The supreme right-hander on the planet'

Allan Donald dismissed Tendulkar five times in 11 Tests. Here he recalls some of their most famous battles and how South Africa probed him for a weakness. We also look at the famous final over that Tendulkar bowled in the Hero Cup semi-final in 1993


Game for anything

Amrit Mathur

The Tendulkar we see on the field and in the public is not how his team-mates and colleagues remember him, except for the fact that both personas never turn their back on a contest


Tendulkar v Pakistan

Indian and Pakistani fans have always loved each other's cricket heroes. Do journalists feel the same way? Pakistan's great, good and not-so-great bowlers troubled Tendulkar, so for Osman Samiuddin, who has extensively covered Pakistan cricket, it was oddly satisfying to watch him succeed against them


Photo: Ahmedabad 2013

Driving on the green

Is Tendulkar a natural at any sport that involves a ball? Should Tiger Woods be worried that he can drive and putt like a pro (or thereabouts)?


Tribute

His last waltz

Vaibhav Vats

During the 2011 World Cup, it was as if the spectators in each city instinctively knew that they were departing from an annual tradition of seeing Tendulkar in the flesh. That did not turn out to be correct, but to now think of those days is to know that we were witnessing the last of Tendulkar's greatness, just before it began slipping away from him


The buzz

Idol worship

Is anyone apart from the players thinking about the Test series in the middle of an extravagant farewell party for Tendulkar? Here's a selection of pieces from around the web on the series and on memories of Tendulkar


Tribute

'You cannot prepare for Tendulkar'

Interviews by Nagraj Gollapudi

Tendulkar's opponents are his fans too. Here, two young Haryana players talk about what it was like to bowl to him and talk to him during their Ranji game in Lahli


Poll

Tendulkar's best Test tons

Each of Tendulkar's 51 Test centuries is a chapter in the art of batsmanship. His first Test ton was a lesson in the construction of fourth-innings rearguards. His most recent century was a celebration of technique on a crackling pitch. In between times, he constructed 49 more hundreds, all around the world, in different circumstances, against the best of attacks. Here's your chance to vote for Tendulkar's best Test century


The buzz

The Tendulkar ticket

How did Tendulkar cope with injuries during his career? And what will you see if you drive around the streets of Kolkata over the next few days? Answers to these burning questions inside


Feature

Dangerous pitches, and a first-ball six

Devashish Fuloria

Tendulkar made his first-class debut in the 1988-89 domestic season but by then he was already blazing a trail in the Mumbai club circuit on spiteful pitches, against men twice his age. ESPNcricinfo speaks to a few men who saw a baby-faced Tendulkar announce himself


Book extract

A Zen master

Simon Barnes

Tendulkar does not get distracted by conscious thought, by ambition, by hope, by despair. He just plays the ball. Whether he hits it for four, whether he plays or misses, it's all one to him


Photo: Mumbai 2001

Friendly foes

Tendulkar has always had the better of Shane Warne in their contests, starting with the 1992 Sydney Test, where he got a hundred, and so did Warne... with 1 for 150. But like the best of rivals, the two are friends off the field


Tribute

The Sachin I know

Sunandan Lele

It's safe to assume that no cricketer has been scrutinised as much as Tendulkar. And it's also possible that no other sporting great has been as reticent. A veteran journalist who has known Tendulkar for over 25 years talks about the man behind the public persona


The buzz

A flower shower

As the first Test against West Indies approaches, elaborate plans are afoot at the Cricket Association of Bengal to give Sachin Tendulkar a flowery farewell at Eden Gardens. And what's more, Viv Richards and Shane Warne might be there to watch it too


Photo: Nagpur 2004

Meditative on match eve

The very English, green and seaming Nagpur pitch. Controversy in the air. The series in balance. Two batsmen with a huge appetite for runs. What are they thinking?


Fan tribute

Standing on the shoulders of giants

Avi Lall

Tendulkar may have been a leading batsman in world cricket even without an inspirational figure to motivate him, but it cannot be denied that Sunil Gavaskar, in some subliminal and unconscious ways, perhaps even in direct ways, helped launch him toward and beyond the rarified peaks he first scaled


Staff picks

The hand-speed of a boxer

It will be hard to think of a shot that Tendulkar hasn't played in his 24-year international career. He has punched, driven, carved, swept, slashed and pulled with varying degrees of imagination. And he's done so much more. Here ESPNcricinfo staffers pick their favourite Tendulkar shots


Photo: Headingley 1992

That young Tyke

Tendulkar spent a season playing for Yorkshire in 1992, after which he has always been welcomed at Headingley as one of their own, even when he scored a match-winning hundred against England there


Poem

Tendulkar's last Test

Mukul Kesavan

The passing of a legend must be accompanied by a paean. Here's one that you can recite on that final day at the Wankhede


Tribute

'I never saw him get irritated'

VVS Laxman

With Sachin Tendulkar's retirement, India's golden age of middle-order batting comes to an end. VVS Laxman, his partner in many memorable stands at home and abroad, remembers batting with Tendulkar and admiring all that he could do with his skills


Photo: Melbourne 1999

A rock amid ruins

"Is Tendulkar still batting?" was what every Indian fan wanted to know during any India innings during the 1990s. If the answer was yes, there was still hope of a win. If it was no, then TV sets would be turned off and dreams put to bed


'He didn't alter his behaviour, so you had to be quick'

Interview by Siddhartha Vaidyanathan

Over his 24-year international career, Tendulkar was never far from the spotlight but photographing him brought its own set of challenges. You had to be patient until you saw what you wanted, says veteran Australian photographer Mark Ray


Fan tribute

As the curtains come down

Ajay Jacob

Much has been said about the timing of Tendulkar's retirement. Some have said he left it too late. Others have said he has one last series left in him. A long-time fan writes about how he silently goaded him to rage against the fading of the light because there is something heroic about stubbornly refusing to give in and disappear into the sunset


The buzz

The conundrum over 50 VIP passes

One man in Lahli has been gifted 50 VIP passes. Another man has been asked to distribute them. A debate rages over how these should be distributed. Who should be given the chance to watch Sachin Tendulkar's final domestic game? The race hots up


Roving reporter

The farewell frenzy hits little Lahli

Abhishek Purohit

Policemen, salesmen, workmen - everyone in the Haryana town is bitten by the Tendulkar bug. ESPNcricinfo's man on the scene eavesdrops on their conversations


Fan tribute

The boy from Neverland

There is a generation of Indian cricket fans who have not known life without Tendulkar: supporting him, praying for him, and having heated arguments with friends over him. Here, an ESPNcricinfo reader introspects about Tendulkar and childhood


Photo: Headingley 2002

Imperio

In the famous 2002 Headingley Test win, Tendulkar went past Bradman in scoring his 30th Test hundred, an innings that would have delighted the Don, at a venue where he never missed scoring a century


The buzz

The Sachin Tendulkar suite

Will he stay in a hotel? Government accommodation? What sort of food will he eat? How much security will he need? Everyone's all agog about Tendulkar's Ranji game in Lahli. So are we


The buzz

Tendulkar in Wisden's all-time world XI

Well, it's only news when Tendulkar is not picked in an XI, but you'd still like to know who he's batting with, wouldn't you? We also look at the ticket situation at the Wankhede and "bleak" is the only way to describe it


The buzz

Lahli gears up for Tendulkar

Twenty-five years ago, a 15-year-old Tendulkar smashed a hundred on his first-class debut against Gujarat. Now, as he prepares to bid goodbye, the media zeroes in on a village in Haryana that will host what many believe may be his last Ranji Trophy match


'Just bowl him another long hop'

John Traicos

The Zimbabwe offspinner, who played against Tendulkar in 1992-93, recalls being impressed by his batsmanship and modesty, and the time he got him out for a duck


A touch of Viv

Sanjay Manjrekar

Tendulkar's team-mates know well how much he loves a contest, even in the nets. Here, his former Mumbai and India colleague recalls some of his breathtaking innings that didn't feature on television


A one-man happiness index

Sambit Bal

It's hard to imagine a sportsperson, certainly any other cricketer, who has shared as profound an emotional bond with such a large number of fans. Some invoke reverence, some inspire awe, some draw affection. Tendulkar found adoration and worship in equal measure. ESPNcricinfo's editor talks about out why the Farewell Tendulkar microsite is as much about you as it is about Tendulkar


A plateful of biscuits, and an unforgettable car ride

Though no one has kept tabs, it would perhaps be safe to say that more words have been written about Tendulkar than any other cricketer in the history of the game. We asked cricketer writers and journalists to share their memories of covering Tendulkar. Here, Clayton Murzello, the sports editor of a Mumbai tabloid, recalls his days waiting at airports and chasing leads


The retirement announcement

A titanic goodbye

Sharda Ugra

In the time Tendulkar has played for India, we've all grown up, grown old, but never grown apart from cricket. Throughout his career, Tendulkar has kept reaffirming the faith and belief that no matter what, there was much in cricket that could be uplifting, exceptional, clean.


Mark 3

Dileep Premachandran

Today, at the end of his career, we celebrate the phenomenon he is. But back in 2006, when Tendulkar was struggling for runs, dealing with injuries and being booed on his home ground, he was stoic and accepting about a future that didn't look as rosy as the past had done


The first 15 years

A ride with Sachin

Interview by Sambit Bal

In this 2004 interview, Tendulkar speaks about his decade and a half in cricket and how the game, and his approach to it, have changed. "I used to think like Sehwag," he says, "But with time you change."


A singular icon

Mike Marqusee

Like Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods, Sachin Tendulkar dominates his sport comprehensively, but unlike them he is the sole focus of an entire nation and its quest for identity


Features

The man whom cricket loved back

Sambit Bal: Tendulkar was the biggest worshipper the game could ever find, and in that lay the foundation of his greatness

Tendulkar's perfect balance

Sharda Ugra: While the team, the country and the sport changed around him, Tendulkar remained constant

Why do we insist on seeing the 'real' Sachin?

Rahul Bose: You can ask as much as you want for a more "human", more "feelable, touchable" Sachin, but he'll probably not change - and that's a good thing

Zaltz Stats

550,000,000
The approximate number of people in India today who had not been born when Sachin Tendulkar made his Test debut in 1989 (calculated from these figures). His batting has been so erotically outstanding that the global population has increased by almost 2 billion during his career, with the biggest increase, understandably, in India itself.

I have played cricket for 24 years, it has been only 24 hours since retirement, and I think I should get at least 24 days to relax before deciding these things.

Sachin Tendulkar doesn't want to think of what lies ahead just yet