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From SRT with love
From SRT with love

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
The man whom cricket loved back

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

Tendulkar's perfect balance
Tendulkar's perfect balance

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

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

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

The grand piano has left the building
The grand piano has left the building

Everybody has a Tendulkar story. Everybody has a hole inside them now that he has gone

David to a thousand Goliaths
David to a thousand Goliaths

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

Tendulkar: forever icon
Tendulkar: forever icon

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

Notes from Kolkata's 'Sachin festival'
Notes from Kolkata's 'Sachin festival'

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

Those magical fingers
Those magical fingers

ESPNcricinfo staffers pick their favourite memory of Tendulkar bowling

The first of a hundred
The first of a hundred

When Tendulkar scored his maiden Test hundred, he was not only dealing with the pressure of saving the match, but also of the tremendous interest surrounding his arrival at the milestone

His last waltz
His last waltz

The 2011 World Cup was the final time one saw Tendulkar in full bloom

'You cannot prepare for Tendulkar'
'You cannot prepare for 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

Dangerous pitches, and a first-ball six
Dangerous pitches, and a first-ball six

Before Tendulkar shot to fame at the first-class and international levels, he set the Mumbai club circuit on fire

A Zen master
A Zen master

Tendulkar seems to have the ability to remain untouched by the circumstances of the match or the personality of the bowler

The Sachin I know
The Sachin I know

A veteran journalist who has known Tendulkar for over 25 years talks about the man behind the public persona

The hand-speed of a boxer
The hand-speed of a boxer

ESPNcricinfo staffers pick their top Tendulkar shot

Tendulkar's last Test
Tendulkar's last Test

A bit of verse for Tendulkar's farewell match

'I never saw him get irritated'
'I never saw him get irritated'

VVS Laxman chats about how much he learnt from Sachin Tendulkar, and about the time he changed his stance, walked in to bat and scored a brilliant Test hundred

A touch of Viv
A touch of Viv

In his youth, Tendulkar was the kind of attacking batsman who would have set T20 ablaze, had the format existed

A one-man happiness index
A one-man happiness index

It's hard to imagine a cricketer who has shared as profound a bond with such a large number of fans. We at ESPNcricinfo know this first hand