All the fans across the world would like to call him 'God of Cricket', 'Master Blaster', 'Tendlya', 'Sachu', 'Bradman of the modern era', 'Little Master', 'Indian batting maestro' and more to the list. Whatever name you call him by, it reflects the love and respect we have for him and his game. November 16, 2013, is not a date in the world cricket, it is one of the greatest moments that will never fade away in cricket fans' memories forever.
Indian batting legend Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar bids adieu to the gentleman's game on this day (November 16, 2013) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Sachin Tendulkar with tears in his eyes drew the curtains to his 24-year career on the 22-yard strip at his home venue.
At the age of 16, Sachin made his Test debut against Pakistan on November 15, 1989, at the National Stadium in Karachi. The 44-year-old played a total of 200 matches in whites (Tests) for the Indian team. He scored 15,921 runs with 51 centuries at an average of 53.78.
The below are the tidbids of Sachin's unforgettable retirement speech.
About His Father
“Friends please settle down, I’ll get more emotional. It’s hard to believe my wonderful journey is coming to an end, my life between 22 yards for 24 years has come to an end. I’ve a list of names to thank. The first is my father, who passed away in 1999. Without his guidance I wouldn’t be standing in front of you. He said ‘chase your dreams, don’t give up, the path will be difficult.’ I miss him today”.
About His Mother
“My mom, I don’t know how she managed a naughty child like me. She just prayed and prayed from the day I started playing the game”.
About His Brother
“We have lived this dream together, he sacrificed his career for me — he took me to Achrekar sir first. Even last night he called me to discuss my dismissal. Even when I’m not playing we will still be discussing technique. If that hadn’t happened, I would have been a lesser cricketer”.
About His Wife And Children
“The most beautiful thing happened to me when I met Anjali in 1990. I know that being a doctor there was a big career in front of her. But she decides that I should continue playing, and she took care of the children. Thanks for bearing with me for all the nonsense I’ve said (Anjali wipes tears). Then the two precious diamonds of my life Sara and Arjun. I’ve missed out on several birthdays, holidays, annual days. I know for 14-16 years I’ve not spent enough time with you. But I promise you I will spend the next 16 or whatever is left”.
About His Coach
“My career started when I was 11. I was extremely delighted to see Achrekar sir in the stands. I used to ride on his scooter and play two matches a day. Sir took me along to make sure I played. On a lighter note, Sir never said ‘well played’ because he didn’t want me to be complacent. You can push your luck now, Sir, since I’m not playing cricket any-more”.
About His Team
“Thanks to all the senior cricketers who have played with me. We see on the screen Rahul, VVS, Sourav and Anil - who is not here. All the coaches. I know when MS presented the 200th Test cap, I had a message to the team - I said we are all so proud to be representing the nation. I hope to continue to serve the nation with dignity. I have full faith that you will serve the country in the right spirit”.
The God of Cricket, 24 years, 34357 runs, 664 international matches and 100 hundreds! Hats-off to Sachin Tendulkar.
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