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
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.
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
Tendulkar was the biggest worshipper the game could ever find, and in that lay the foundation of his greatness
Two days after India said farewell to its most iconic sportsperson, we look what's being written about him, his fans and the country
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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".
ESPNcricinfo's India staff, on how it felt to watch Sachin Tendulkar bid farewell to the game
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
Tendulkar has become a national symbol of optimism and pride but when he bats, we still see him as an underdog
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"
In some ways, we know less about him now than before. The more he has played, the more godlike and inscrutable he has become
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
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.
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
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
Eager administrators, grateful artists, and irate fans: a peek into a one-man industrial complex
Is it all just good press? Is there any reasonable examination of his career amid the hagiographies?
Photo: Trent Bridge 1996
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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"
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
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
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
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
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
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)?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
Policemen, salesmen, workmen - everyone in the Haryana town is bitten by the Tendulkar bug. ESPNcricinfo's man on the scene eavesdrops on their conversations
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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."
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