Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar – arguably, the greatest batsman ever announced that he will retire from all forms of cricket on October 10, 2013. Tendulkar had already played his last ODI in 2012. Once he had scored his 100th international ton, many predicted that he would call it a day as there was nothing more left for the Little Master to achieve. He retired from ODIs after Asia Cup 2012. His last match was against Pakistan, where he scored 52 to help India chase down 330.
The Test retirement too was just around the corner. He had already played 188 Tests then – A world record. But Tendulkar believed that he had the hunger to go on and play more Tests. But with just 2 Tests short of 200, Tendulkar decided that he will walk away from the game – A sport he has played since he was a little boy. However, the BCCI was not going to let him go without a last hurrah.
They organised a 2-Test series against West Indies against whom he would go on to play his 199th and 200th Test. It was not just an emotional moment for him but was an emotional moment for all the fans, who have watched him develop from a child prodigy to the best in the world. One could not help but look back at the numerous times he has dug India out of trouble, the numerous times he was dismissed and millions of people in the nation switched off their TV sets.
Tendulkar inspired an entire generation of cricketers. We wouldn’t have had a Virat Kohli or an MS Dhoni if there was no Sachin Tendulkar.
“Tendulkar has carried the burden of the nation for 21 years. It is time we carried him on our shoulders,” said a young Kohli after India’s triumph in the 2011 World Cup. The entire nation shares such a bond with Tendulkar.
What they said
Many from the cricket fraternity congratulated Tendulkar for his wonderful career. From commentators to journalists to commentators, Tendulkar had played a huge part in everyone’s lives and careers.
sachin, i’ll say this again : you were a great habit. i’ll live every moment of these last two games
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 10, 2013
Sad to hear the greatest ever batsman is calling it a day. One man who inspired a nation #Sachin
— Eoin Morgan (@Eoin16) October 10, 2013
Sachin Tendukar to retire after his 200th test match v windies in Mumbai
Best batsman I bowled too
at his peak no weakness#LittleMaster
— Damien Fleming (@bowlologist) October 10, 2013
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) October 10, 2013
Congrats to my good friend Sachin on what can only be described as an amazing career ! I wish you & your family all the best in the future
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) October 10, 2013
Privileged to have seen a child prodigy go on to become a true legend of the game from very close quarters. All the best Sachin.
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) October 10, 2013
— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) October 10, 2013
— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) October 10, 2013
Farewell to the Little Master @sachin_rt – one of the greatest cricketers to ever grace the game. And the most dignified.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 10, 2013
Great player & a brilliant human being. Thanks for the memories, Paaji. Privileged to have shared the dressing room with you #tendulkar
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 10, 2013
Tendulkar scored 10 and 74 in the two innings he got a chance to play in his 199th and 200th Test respectively. His final Test was played at Wankhede – The stadium where it all began for Tendulkar and the very venue he realized his dream when he lifted the World Cup over his head – his first title in 6 attempts.
Tendulkar expectedly got a rousing ovation every time he stepped foot on the cricket field. When he bowed out of the field after touching the pitch, it hit everyone that we will never see Sachin Tendulkar play competitive cricket again.
Tendulkar was given a chance to say goodbye to the fans. He also thanked all those who have stood beside him all those years.
It would be an understatement to say that Tendulkar’s retirement is the end of an era. More importantly, he has left an imprint on world cricket, which will be near impossible to erase for years to come.
Thank You, Sachin!