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

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

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

'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

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

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

'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


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

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