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


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

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


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.


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


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


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


Diary

Notes from Kolkata's 'Sachin festival'

Sidharth Monga

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


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?


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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