Sachin bids farewell (older post updated)


Sachin Tendulkar has announced his retirement after he plays his 200th test. Here is a statement from the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

Date: 10 October 2013


Sachin Tendulkar has contacted the President, BCCI, and has requested the BCCI to release the following statement to the Media, on his behalf:

“All my life, I have had a dream of playing cricket for India. I have been living this dream every day for the last 24 years. It’s hard for me to imagine a life without playing cricket because it’s all I have ever done since I was 11 years old. It’s been a huge honour to have represented my country and played all over the world. I look forward to playing my 200th Test Match on home soil, as I call it a day.

I thank the BCCI for everything over the years and for permitting me to move on when my heart feels it’s time! I thank my family for their patience and understanding. Most of all, I thank my fans and well-wishers who through their prayers and wishes have given me the strength to go out and perform at my best.

Sachin Tendulkar

Sanjay Patel
Hony. Secretary

69 Responses to “Sachin bids farewell (older post updated)”

  1. though this was bound to happen sooner or later, and though given his glorious, singular career one can hardly have any regrets, this still feels like one of those ‘saddest days’. He was for so long such a permanent ‘fixture’ in our lives..


  2. Agree Satyam–this is truly the
    END of an ERA…literally

    Recently I’ve been quite critical about sachin hanging onto IPL & other reasons–this had to come sooner or later

    But now when sachins actually gone–there IS a void
    Amongst all cricketers/cricket following people all over the world …

    I’ve started seeing dev anand films only recently and loved his earlier (pre-prem pujari films a lot) Among Indian celebs–had similar feelings when he died recently

    I consider this more relevant than the physical demise of a person

    With Sachins bidding goodbye to crickets
    It feels a part of oneself –an entire file –has ended…


  3. Rajenmaniar Says:

    Watching and following cricket will never be the same again!


  4. more than cricketing talent its many feud that never became public and stayed on dressing room:

    his fued with azhar when he was captain and dignified silence, in 96 the grooming of two young talent ganguly and dravid and later the guy worked under them

    and finally his recommendation of appointing mahendra singh dhoni as indian captain…ya last 2 years have not good for him but even if he want to retire its the name …sachin tendulkar the name itself is brand and bring money to the coffers of bcci and crowd in india

    a remarkable talent not only on field but off field to


  5. 2nd best ever – his career not only has tremendous performances, mindboggling statistics but also so much context in how India has grown in the last 25 years alongside this Great! Watching cricket and especially India will never be the same again. I hope he goes out with an absolute bang! Bring on #101!


  6. As the God of cricket Sachin Tendukar announced his retirement from this craze of a game called Cricket, celebs from Bollywood and the Sports field came together for a Salute Sachin Marathon. Abhishek Bachchan and Sania Mirza were two of the celebs who attended this marathon.

    Sania Mirza heaped praise on the batting great and said that life won’t be same without Sachin Tendulkar.

    “There will be people who will keep the legacy of Indian cricket but it will never be the same without Sachin. As athletes, we have grown up with his presence,” said Sania.


    • Sachin Tendulkar’s humility impressed me a lot: Abhishek Bachchan

      Speaking at Salaam Sachin conclave, Abhishek Bachchan remembered Team India’s victory in 2011 World Cup and said the entire team dedicated the victory to Sachin Tendulkar.

      Abhishek said that Sachin Tendulkar’s humility impressed him a lot.

      Remembering his first meeting with Sachin, Abhishek said he and Rohan Gavaskar organised a private screening for Sachin and his family of Aks in film city and that was the first time he met him about 15 years ago.

      “I first time introduced to Sachin Tendulkar about 15 years ago.”

      “Tendulkar has been fantastic. He is a friend of Aishwarya. He has done a lot of things for his team and still he is so grounded.”

      On comparison between Sachin Tendukar and his father Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek said his father is his inspiration while Sachin is the world’s greatest cricketer.

      “If you ask Sachin who is better, he will say dad and if you ask dad he will say Sachin.”

      “Every Indian feels ownership over Sachin.”

      “Everyone in the film industry is a huge fan of Sachin Tendulkar and they want to dedicate everything to him.”

      “I truly have a lot of love and respect for Sachin. He has been my idol.”


  7. The New York Times

    November 13, 2013
    Final Innings for a Cricket Giant

    The Indian cricket star Sachin Tendulkar’s ability to generate mind-numbing statistics has survived to the very end of his prodigious career. When tickets for his 200th and final five-day test match went on sale on Monday, 19.7 million hits within the first hour crashed the website selling them.

    That overwhelming demand to see Tendulkar’s final test, which starts Thursday in Mumbai, testified to his unmatched standing in India as both a sports and a cultural hero.

    “Jordan, Woods and Beckham may cross more boundaries,” the American writer Mike Marqusee wrote in 2002, in a profile of Tendulkar on the ESPN Cricinfo website. “But nowhere do those players carry the weight of expectation that Tendulkar carries in India (and among the Indian diaspora).”

    To say merely that cricket is India’s most popular sport would be a vast understatement. Cricket stars smile on seemingly every billboard and television commercial, Tendulkar prominently among them. While soccer has long since taken over as the top sport in England, cricket’s birthplace, in India the nation’s sporting self-image is tied resolutely to its national cricket team.

    Much of Tendulkar’s greatness comes from his ability to consistently fulfill those vast expectations. Few players have left so comprehensive a mark in the record books. Simply put, Tendulkar was the greatest batsman of his generation, with every kind of shot in his arsenal, from conventional drives and punches to improvised strokes that could take the breath away.

    Tendulkar will become the first man to play 200 five-day tests, and he has already played more one-day international matches, 463, than anyone else. He is the highest career run scorer in both formats. He is also a rarity: a child prodigy who exceeded his potential. He was the youngest active test cricketer when he made his debut in 1989 at 16. He leaves the game 24 years later as the oldest active international player. And his accomplishments continued into the twilight of his career: In 2011, he was India’s top run scorer as it won the World Cup for the first time in 28 years. His extraordinary numbers of matches and runs do reflect the increase in the number of international cricket matches played in recent years. But if there is a doubt where he ranks historically, consider that Tendulkar was the only active player named by Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack to its all-time team last month. The Almanack, the sport’s leading chronicle, had 150 years of cricket to choose from.

    “He has no weaknesses; he has been the complete batsman,” Geoffrey Boycott, the English player who left the sport as the leading test scorer when he retired in 1982, wrote in The Guardian.

    Perhaps the definitive tribute came earlier in Tendulkar’s career. Donald Bradman, who played for Australia from 1928 to 1948, is the one batsman in the game’s history who can be conclusively listed ahead of Tendulkar. His career average of 99.94 runs per dismissal in test cricket was, it has been calculated, the statistical equivalent of a .394 lifetime batting average in baseball.

    When Bradman looked at the diminutive stature of the 5-foot-5 Tendulkar, at his unmatched balance and footwork and at his extraordinary bat speed, he admitted to recognizing more than a little of himself.

    Bradman’s life also provided a taste of what was to come for Tendulkar. Bradman’s greatness made him not just a sporting hero, but a symbol for an emerging nation. But where he carried the hopes of at most eight million people, Tendulkar has been burdened with the aspirations of 1.2 billion.

    “He has carried India for 20 years, so now it is time we should carry him,” Virat Kohli, the best and brightest of India’s next generation, said as Tendulkar’s teammates hoisted him on a chair for a lap of honor after their victory in the 2011 World Cup.

    Tendulkar’s career was not an unbroken string of triumphs. Two brief spells as team captain in the late 1990s were mostly unsuccessful, and he battled injuries for a time in his 30s. But those faults are far less likely to be remembered than his sheer excellence and prodigious longevity.

    That role as the pre-eminent hero of modernizing India has made Tendulkar, a son of the Mumbai middle class — his father was a university professor — immensely rich. Forbes magazine rated him this year at No. 51 on its list of the world’s highest-earning athletes, with an income of $22 million. Wealth X, a Singapore-based analyst of the superrich, has estimated Tendulkar’s personal worth at $160 million, more than the next four richest cricketers combined.

    Fame robbed him of his privacy, but never of the psychological balance that underpinned his triumphs. He was eloquent with his bat rather than with words, sidestepping any controversies and remaining free of the slightest hint of scandal.

    At the core of his existence remained his genius as a cricket player. The Australian player Matthew Hayden described his batting as “a stillness in a frantic world.”

    Records can be broken. South Africa’s Jacques Kallis or England’s Alastair Cook may one day overtake his test numbers, but Tendulkar’s impact will remain.

    And if the sense of loss is most intense in India this coming week, it will scarcely be any less in the rest of the cricketing world.


  8. A few sad days ahead. I hope Sachin makes a contribution it would be a fitting end. There are so many articles floating around from the globe regarding this event and rightly so. It’s hard to believe this guy debuted in the year when MPK, Ram Lakhan etc released! What has passed since then! Incredible!


  9. An immortal that gout to the shot of a mortal. 24 years of one’s life has changed, diminished, maybe upgraded a little. But everything has run parallel to Tendulkar’s cricket. A sea of change in us ordinary people’s lives. But it has been cricket for Tendulkar and us acting as a constant..

    I begin the 2nd phase of life now..and nothing seems to be in parallel what with men that mattered riding into the sunset – AB kind of out in the pavilion and SRT surely out in the pavilion..


  10. Pity he couldn’t get the century but nonetheless a more than solid knock..


  11. The Washington Post

    Sachin Tendulkar, India’s cricket god, retires

    By Annie Gowen, Published: November 14

    MUMBAI — Just before 4 p.m. Thursday, work paused here in India’s humming financial capital. Power flickered in small villages as hundreds of thousands watched TV. Streets lay deserted.

    All over the country, millions of cricket-crazy Indians stopped what they were doing to watch a diminutive, curly-haired man — one of the best batsmen ever to play the game, or so they say — take the field for the last time.

    This week, Sachin Tendulkar is playing his final match for India, retiring after an extraordinarily long 24-year career that began in 1989, when he was only 16. He is now 40. In the intervening years, the quiet son of a novelist set record after record and brought home the World Cup for India in 2011, a moment he calls the highlight of his career.

    He is now one of the world’s richest athletes — ranked 51st on the Forbes list of the highest-paid, ahead of Serena Williams and Gilbert Arenas — with $22 million in earnings. But more important, the polite family man invariably described as “humble” has become an Indian national treasure. In a country that has earned only 26 Olympic medals — all at the Summer Games — and where chess is covered in sports pages, there is only one sport that truly matters, and only one icon: Sachin.

    The T-shirts say it all: “Cricket is my religion, and Sachin is my god.”

    “He’s everything to India,” said Amit Karkhanis, 32, an insurance claims processor, on his way into Mumbai’s cavernous Wankhede cricket stadium Thursday. “He’s like the Michael Jordan of cricket, if you can say that. Actually, he’s the Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal of cricket combined.”

    Later that afternoon, Tendulkar strode onto the field in his home town, swinging his bat, before a crowd that included Bollywood stars, corporate titans and his mother, who had never seen him play live before. As he took his place on the pitch, the sellout crowd roared his name — and wept.

    ‘Symbol of the new India’

    India was a far different place when Tendulkar first took the field for his country in a match against Pakistan in November 1989. Since then, India has had nine prime ministers and seven general elections, and it has put in place economic reforms that spurred rapid growth — recently slowed.

    “In a very literal sense, his career has spanned the enormous changes in the last two decades in India,” said James Astill, author of “The Great Tamasha: Cricket, Corruption, and the Turbulent Rise of Modern India.”

    Meanwhile, cricket has changed, too. The game dates in India to the time of the British Raj and was for decades dominated by the elite from Bombay, now Mumbai. During Tendulkar’s tenure, Indian cricket became far more democratic, Astill says, with the country’s growing affluence and widening TV viewership bringing in new fans. When Tendulkar began playing, about 30 million Indian households had TV sets, Astill notes; now, 160 million do. At the same time, the game’s governing board and professional league became far richer — and corrupt, hit by a string of match-fixing scandals. Tendulkar, however, remained untarnished.

    “Cricket is one of the most conspicuous indicators of India’s new wealth and confidence, and Sachin is the most successful Indian cricketer of all time, so he’s almost a symbol of the new India, you might say,” Astill said.

    In the mid-1990s, Tendulkar garnered a $7.5 million endorsement deal, unheard-of at the time. Even today, with his career ending, he still has a $1.2 million-per-year deal with Coca-Cola, which Forbes notes is far more than the annual salary of many other cricketers.

    Over the years, Indians have forged such a personal connection to Tendulkar that many can remember where they were when they witnessed his career milestones.

    There was his debut as a youngster against Pakistan, when he was hit by a ball but played on with a bloody nose, said Sushila Iyer, 58, a housewife from Mumbai.

    There was the time he became the first to score 100 centuries (a century equals 100 runs) in international matches; the time he played in a World Cup game the day after his father’s funeral, crying behind dark glasses; and the time he helped India win the World Cup for the first time in 28 years.

    “He’s one of those people who have achieved excellence and pushed the pedestal of sport to another level,” said Boria Majumdar, a cricket historian who is working on a book with Tendulkar. “But he did it with 1.2 billion people breathing down his neck, 24-7, 365 days a year.”

    Through the years, Tendulkar managed the pressure thrust upon him by his compatriots with relative grace. He rarely says much and, unlike other sports stars, doesn’t provoke scandalous headlines. He married a pediatrician five years his elder and had two children. The family lives quietly in a palatial bungalow not far from the middle-class neighborhood where he grew up.

    What next for a god?

    Early Thursday, the line outside the cricket ground stretched for several blocks. The fans shouted and cheered and waved pricey, hard-won tickets. They paid for street painters to brush orange, white and green on their faces, the colors of India’s flag. Some had traveled from as far away as England and the United States to see the “God of Cricket” play one last time. They will have a little more time with him — Tendulkar will resume batting Friday in a match against the West Indies that is expected to last five days.

    Many of the fans who came to Wankhede stadium this week are in their 20s and cannot remember when Sachin wasn’t playing for India — so they anticipate an empty feeling when they switch on a cricket telecast in the coming months. Neighborhood watch parties will be no more. Some said they were swearing off cricket altogether.

    “My childhood is getting over in the next five days,” said Neeraj Jain, an investment banker from Mumbai whose 25 years essentially span Tendulkar’s cricket career. “You can’t process all the emotions coming through. I only see matches to watch him play. I don’t know if I will watch cricket after this.”

    As for Tendulkar himself, he seems to have enjoyed the waves of accolades he has inspired since he announced his retirement Oct. 10. They wanted to give him an honorary dinner in the eastern city of Kolkata, and he declined, but someone made a wax statue of him anyway. Gold coins have been minted in his honor, stamps created, songs written, “Salaam Sachin” billboards plastered everywhere.

    There is speculation that he might be interested in politics next — he’s already been named a member of India’s Rajya Sabha, something like Britain’s House of Lords. He has said that he wants to travel with his family. His fans hope he’ll come back to the national pastime as a commentator or coach, but he hasn’t said anything.

    “I don’t think it’s sunk in yet,” said Majumdar, just before Thursday’s match began. “He’s got five days of cricket left. He wants to love every moment.”

    Cricket writers who covered a team practice earlier in the week reported that Tendulkar seemed a bit wistful when batting practice was over. After he climbed the stairs to the dressing room, one reporter wrote in Mumbai’s DNA newspaper, he turned back to look over the wide expanse of the green field one last time.


  12. The filmstars want to be on the right side and getting free extra publicity.


    • Competition among them. Who is the greatest Sachin Bhakt?
      and these filmstars are distracting attention from the god himself to themselves. Just watch the photos.


      • Not surprising as the only ones turning up are the ones with movies releasing or just released..


        • And laughable is the fact how the super-hero turns up. In a super-hero dress so that his biceps are strategically displayed!!! Great phony..


          • From whatever I have read, Aamir and Sachin go back together a long way, right from Sachin’s beginnings and later too. Anyway, all of India is following Sachin, so let the filmfolks do it too.

            But I felt bad that neither the media ( well, some of the media) nor Bollywood has bothered to highlight the ongoing world chess championships happening in Chennai. An epic battle is being fought every second day and Vishwanathan Anand is presently behind Magnus Carlsen . Five games so far , 4 drawn, one won by Carlsen. Seven more games to go.


          • LS:

            I was talking of super-hero. Krishh. And AK obviously doesn’t ‘Krishh’y biceps..

            It is an insult to even think that AK is as pseudo as the Roshan – junior


    • left this comment on Bachchan’s blog yesterday:

      Watching Sachin walk out on the Wankhede pitch was easily one of the more emotional moments of my life as it obviously is for everyone else. Hard to believe.. let’s think of this in film terms. Your Toofan and Jaadugar had released relatively recently when he debuted. Main Azaad Hoon in fact released right around that time if memory serves. Agneepath followed early in 1990. Subhash Ghai was considered Bombay’s biggest director at the time. He’d had Ram Lakhan earlier in the year. Shahrukh was almost three years away from his debut. Salman had Maine Pyar Kiya around the same time as Main Azaad Hoon. With the exception of Aamir who was of course 18 months or so old in the industry at that point (not counting an earlier appearance in Holi) none of the contemporary stars, or none of the major ones at the very least were around at the time!

      18 years before Sachin Gavaskar debuted in 1971, his legendary series against the WI. Around that time there was one Amitabh Bachchan who had Anand behind him and had Parwana and Pyar ki Kahani releasing roughly in that period! How many eras your own career has criss-crossed..

      The work of art or even superior entertainment reorders time in curious ways.. today Ram Lakhan seems a bit more ancient than Parwana which has been enjoying cult status for quite some time. So much of your 70s works is current in a way that so much from the late 80s or early 90s seems dated. But on that note would you have ever guessed, specially given the relatively weak box office reception, that of all the films releasing around that time, not just yours, that Agneepath would really become the hallmark film of that entire period? Yes there are other films from that late 80s/early 90s moment that are still enjoyed, perhaps as classics but nothing is as vital as Agneepath. It’s not even close. I say this as someone who’s not even that great a fan of the film! Hum too has become one of your classics but Agneepath invites reverence.

      As time elapses everything changes. Not just the human body, not just the person, but history itself which is constantly being rewritten. And only the authentic art, only the authentic body of work is ever in a position to withstand these tests of later ages..


      • Loved reading this bit Satyam. I am not so sure of Parwana’s cult-status though- of course the film caught public’s eye after Johnny Gaddaar referenced it, but I am not sure it can be called a cult film (atleast not the way a Qurbani, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron or Chashme Baddoor can be called one). It is hardly shown on TV as far as I know and not many are aware of it. In fact among AB’s thrillers, the closest which comes to a cult status IMO is Gehri Chaal


        • I would say that it was in Johnny Gadaar because it had already been enjoying cult status. I was led to believe it was on TV quite a bit in past years, i.e. relative to its obscurity prior to this. On your other examples Jaane bhi do yaaro has always had a following (though I personally consider it overrated), I’d say Chashme Badoor is much behind this. Qurbani was an iconic film when it released. Don’t know whether it has any sort of cult status at present. To be honest a number of years ago I was rather surprised when Parwana started cropping up in conversations. people who’d seen it on TV and so on. In fact when Johnny Gadaar released the fact that it had this Parwana referencing didn’t surprise me at all. But on a related note I have been running off and on the Benaam revival campaign for years! Now here’s a film (along with gehri Chaal) that has no following. even though Benaam was a fairly successful film at the time (unlike Parwana).

          I guess the thing about cult movies is that it is often a much more debatable point. So both of us could be right!


          • Ah! Thanks for putting up your comments. I too was thinking about the emotional scenes from Pyar Ki Kahani- i don’t remember it very well, but the scenes where AB talks to Anil Dhawan as to why he has issues with Mala Sinha, there was something disconcerting about those ones.

            On Gehri Chaal, you might be interested to know that atleast till a year back, Zee Classiv used to screen the film every second week at midnight. Among his thrillers though, I love Majboor. On Benaam, I remember certain blowhards saying on the net that the film is a copy of Hitchcock’s “The Man Who Knew Too Much”- not saying that these thrillers were not inspired from Hollywood (and British) noir (Majboor from Zigzag. Even Ittefaq was), but just because both films feature a child kidnapping, it does not mean they are one and the same.

            Have you put up your thoughts on Boom and Aankhein anywhere. Would love to read them.

            And BTW I ended up buying AB’s long delayed “Yaar Meri Zindagi” some time back and it was a big disappointed not the least because in many of the scenes, they had used a body-double for AB (apparently due to the production issues with film- AB refused to shoot for some scenes or something like that). The plot is pretty similar to Namak Haraam with Shatru doing AB’s role and AB doing the Khanna part.

            And while I didn’t have a problem with AB’s performance here, I did not like Besharam at all- probably his weakest film from that entire period. What a mess it was (Devan Verma popping up midway, breaking the Fourth Wall, and announcing Intermission)! Hangal’s death scene was a bit scary though. Jurmana has one of my favourite entry scenes of a hero (alongwith MKS of course)-him in that mask sort of gatecrashing the New Years party in that deadly swagger. surprisingly Mukherjee, atleast for that scene, had AB playing a ‘hero’ and not just a character (which was usually the norm in most of director’s films with him)


          • checked out Yaar Meri Zindagi. It was hard to get through it. A total mess, not least in terms of editing. It reveals the history of its shelving!

            On Besharam agree completely. Specially in the second half he’s strangely flat here.

            I didn’t mention Majboor because that’s a major film and many people know about it. Don’t believe I’ve ever said anything on Boom. On Aankhen:



        • I don’t know about you and others, but Pyar Ki Kahani is possibly the only the only AB film from that entire period beginning from Saat Hindustani till Mrityudata where I did not like his performance at all.


          • Interesting you bring this up because I once made a somewhat similar point on his blog. My sense is in some of the films in that earlier period he is not as convincing doing emotionally overwrought scenes. Wouldn’t say this about the entire performance.


          • part of a comment on Bachchan’s blog:

            [I also liked the Big Boss preview much as I did the first. I hope you will not make me eat my words once the show begins! I shall however refrain from offering opinions on who should be in. I could answer to the question ‘who should be out?’ even before the show has begun! But ask me opinions on what makes Jurmana so interesting, why Mili is among your best films, why the Raavan character looks to be an interesting twist to the angry young man mythos, why Lawaaris anticipates Agneepath, why your guest appearances in Chashme Badoor and Jalwa were so brilliant, why you were poor in Pyar ki Kahani, why you could have done a great deal of Malayalam cinema of the 80s (but for the language!) on the evidence of Saudagar, why Black is a performance where for all that you accomplish you also ‘risk’ a lot, why the ‘rape’ scene in Aks is one of your career best ones, why Silsila is very problematic as a film, why Aankhen is very underrated, why Boom contains some brilliant moments from you, on and on and on.. ask me all of this but do not ask me to comment on the ‘intricacies’ of Big Boss. Let someone hold the fort of the authentic while everyone else rushes out to greet this mirage of transcendence based on a consumption economy. I shall hold that fort even if I am the only person left in it. The fort might have to be blown but I shall not exit it. There have been some very unsuccessful attempts to damage this edifice over the years. I must say I was less prepared for your own de(con)struction in this regard. I do not know whether you still inhabit this fort at all. Perhaps you slip in from time to time, in disguise.. but I see you more often outside the fort.. I thought once that when you stepped outside you were in disguise, perhaps it is the other way round now.. but I shall hold this fort to whatever extent I can (and it’s not much.. I am far too ordinary a person), even if you are on the outside and even if you too have been trying to wreck it from time to time. ‘Vijay’ would not deserve less support than this.]

            and then one I left here:

            [By the way I would disagree a touch with the Mohanlal analogy when you say that he was always very good. Bachchan indeed is impressive even in his very first film and in many of the films that follow. But there are also very significant moments when he is lacking in serious ways, most obviously in the emotional sequences (check out a film like Pyar ki Kahani). At other times there is a sense of ‘rawness’ to the actor. Again he was rather poor in terms of his dance movements where he was required to do so but this too was an area where he really developed an individual style. When I look at the films right after Saat Hindustani (which is still alternative cinema) there is nothing anywhere that truly prepares me for Zanjeer and so forth. This is why I always rue the fact that he became the one man industry in the 80s because he didn’t have the opportunities to truly grow as an actor even if what he repeated was still outstanding work for the most part. But it is in the 70s where his entire graph can really be closely examined in many ways. There is an arc of development here. In the 80s things crystallize. A star-actor of enormous gifts is seen on screen but the 70s works is infinitely richer. In the same way much as I find much of his work over the last decade very impressive and certainly light years removed from even the best of his contemporaries it still is poorer compared to the lofty standards of the 70s.]


    • Roger Federer ‏@rogerfederer 5h
      What a remarkable career @sachin_rt. Wish you the very best moving forward #ThankYouSachin


    • @ An Jo — I understood that you were referring to Hritik; my comment was simply a general one.


  13. Ok folks – have missed this totally till now
    Just checked—
    This is really the ‘end of an era’ – a rare juncture where this phrase comes into its own….

    Just saw his last walk to the pavilion after getting dismissed….
    Sachin showed NO emotion, as if fighting them back
    There was a mix of denial / forced ‘control’ & implosive repression
    What a clip it was

    But here it all flows out…

    It’s like taking away what a man likes most & force him to live on…


  14. Sachin may get Bharat Ratna. And also eminent scientist CNR Rao also in the race. Both may get.

    Congrats to both of them.


  15. Leaving speech was Sachin opening up after many many years. The ending sound was simply deafening…what a fantastic send off and glad we got to see him play pretty damn well in his swansong game.


  16. Rajenmaniar Says:

    Some might consider it inappropriate but for three days, the player transcended the game.
    Thank you,Sachin!
    And damn you too, watching and following the game wont be the same anymore. There is a sense of emptiness and void- the kind that thousand Kohlis cant fill !


    • agreed on all counts..


    • I personally prefer Dravid’s temperament and style but if I am a paying audience, I would love to see Sachin of 90’s play. There are critics who debate that he should have retired after world cup; I may partially agree but you need to give credit and respect what he has done for Indian cricket.

      ps – His speech was classy and gave lump in throat.


      • Rajenmaniar Says:

        Something I read
        So touching:
        With Sachin fever at it’s peak, can’t resist sharing the best Sachin joke I have ever heard :Once a cricketer passes away and goes to heaven. As he enters the gates escorted by an angel, he is delighted to see that there is a cricket match going on in heaven. The batsman takes guard and prepares to face a pace bowler… the bowler bowls an outswinger at good pace and the bastman takes a step forward and tries to drive through the covers and is beaten. The next ball is short pitched and again the batsman takes a step forward and tries to pull the ball and is beaten again. The next three deliveries follow a similar pattern where the batsman tries to play extremely difficult shots and is beaten again and again. On the final ball of the over, he is bowled. The cricketer, who is watching all this very keenly, turns to the angel and says, “That is some of the worst batting I have ever seen. Who is that batsman ?”. The angel replies, “That batsman is GOD. The problem is, he thinks he is Sachin Tendulkar”..
        Ruladiya all Sachin ne😭😭😭
        What a player. ..what a man.👏👏


        • that’s wonderful…


        • there’s a funny variant of this with Tiger Woods, in the narration of Zizek:

          In order to relax from his dull Messianic work of preaching and performing miracles, Jesus took a short vacation and was playing golf with one of his apostles on the shore of the Galilean sea. There was a difficult shot to be performed, Jesus did it badly and the ball ended up in water, so he walked on the water (his standard trick) to the place where the ball was, reached down and picked it up. When he tried the same shot again, the apostle warned him that this is a very difficult one, only someone like Tiger Woods can do it; Jesus replied “What the hell, I am the son of god, I can do what a miserable mortal like Tiger Woods can do!” and took another strike. The ball ended again in water, so Jesus again took a walk on the surface of water to retrieve it; at this point, a group of American tourists walked by and one of them, observing what goes on, turned to the apostle and said: “My god, who does that guy there think he is? Jesus Christ?” The apostle replies: “No, he thinks he’s Tiger Woods!”


      • Rajenmaniar Says:

        I eagerly await the day you are COMPLETELY happy with anything!
        I feel for your wife and kids!


  17. Amitabh Bachchan, Lata Mangeshkar to Aamir Khan, film fraternity hails Bharat Ratna for Sachin Tendulkar
    PTI Posted online: Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 at 0000 hrs
    Mumbai : Film fraternity today hailed the government’s decision to honour Sachin Tendulkar with the Bharat Ratna, calling it a fitting tribute to the cricket legend. Celebrities including Amitabh Bachchan, Lata Mangeshkar, Aamir Khan, Sridevi, Abhishek Bachchan, Anupam Kher shared their love for Sachin as he played his final test match against West Indies in the Wankhede stadium today.
    With the announcement that he was getting Bharat Ratna alongwith eminent scientist C N R Rao, the film stars quickly took to Twitter to congratulate Sachin.
    “I just got to know that Sachin Tendulkar will get Bharat Ratna. I am very happy. Many congratulations to Sachin. I am sure that like me, it will bring happiness to all the cricket lovers,” Melody Queen Lata Mangeshkar, who counts herself among Sachin’s admirers, tweeted.
    “Congrats to Sachin Tendulkar on the Bharat Ratna! You deserve it for inspiring all of India! Want to congratulate my friend and fellow Maharashtrian, Sachin Tendulkar, on completing his last match and inspiring us over his career!,” Madhuri Dixit tweeted.
    Mega star Amitabh Bachchan said he would tweet later as he was busy watching Sachin in action.
    “Back home! But in the middle of genius… cannot tear myself away from it… do spare me some time later… I shall return soon !!”
    Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan shared his love for Sachin, saying: “You excel at your gifts from God. You make it to history books, you do well in normal goodness of life, you make it to heaven. Sach you top both lists. Love you.”
    “Thank You Sachin for everything that you have given us, your fans. There will never be another like you. Love,” Aamir Khan, who was often seen cheering for Sachin in the stadium, wrote on Facebook.
    Actor Abhishek Bachchan joined his father to pay tribute to Sachin. “Thank You Sachin you have made it possible for us to say… We come from the same land as the great Sachin Tendulkar,” Abhishek wrote.
    Filmmaker Karan Johar simply wrote: “Bharat Ratna for Sachin… Respect… salute… Ovation… Love.”
    Anupam Kher tweeted: “Bharat Ratna gets Sachin Tendulkar. Jai Ho.”
    “What a man… what a player… What an example… Thank u Sachin for just being you !! We will always miss you,” Shahid tweeted.
    “There never was and there never will be anyone like you! Thank You Sachin for making me a cricket fan and for starting my love affair with this game,” said Preity Zinta, the co-owner of IPL team Kings XI Punjab.
    “An end of an era… Thank you Sachin sir…,” tweeted Priyanka Chopra.
    “Cricket will never be the same anymore. The world will miss the best batsman its ever seen! Thank You Sachin,” Sridevi posted.
    “I do not think it as unfortunate to see you retire as I think it fortunate to have watched you play. Thank You Sachin,” said Farhan Akhtar.


  18. bharat rana that to before dhyanchand anyways everyone is encashing on his name btw in same stadium rahul gandhi to went and greeted by this :


  19. Bhagwaan Zameen Par


  20. Bachchan1 to 10 Says:

    Ha! This is funny, but all valid points.

    It’s the year of biopics. First we saw a three-hour commercial for protein shake, also known as Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. Then it was reported that Priyanka Chopra will be playing Mary Kom in her biopic. The latest news is that Aamir Khan (of new monthly moustache fame) has made an open declaration that he would want to play Sachin Tendulkar in a movie. As they colloquially say, he ‘called dibs’ on Sachin and in one fine sweep showed the other Khans the finger. I have one thing to say to Lord Aamir: Please don’t make a Sachin movie. Honestly, Aamir didn’t really need to claim the Sachin movie for himself because I doubt any other Khan could pull off playing Sachin. Salman can’t do Sachin because in the movie Sachin will probably end up totalling his Ferarri. Besides, Salman can’t play Sachin ‘coz Salman can only play ‘Salman’, and imagine how that would work. Courtesy: Reuters and ibn live Shastri: Sachin, why aren’t you retiring? Sachin: Maine ek baar commitment kar di toh main BCCI ki bhi nahi sunta… I’d hate to see Shah Rukh play Sachin because I don’t want to see a movie where Indian team does the world cup winning victory lap across the ground while Sachin is arguing with the watchman to let him inside the Wankhede. (Although I’d pay money to watch Sachin say “K-k-k-k-k-kambli”). Also, I’m already seeing SRK and Sachin in every third advertisement. So Aamir is clearly the only, er, best choice. Plus, Aamir is just a few years older than Sachin’s 40 years. But of course, Aamir would want to play Sachin since he discovered the sport, which would mean that once again a 48-year-old dude would pretend to be a teenager. Seriously, has anybody told Aamir he’s not Benjamin Button? Just a reminder, in the last movie that Aamir played a college kid, Sharman Joshi threw himself off a building as a sign of protest. If this film is made, everything we loved and adored about Sachin will slowly get tainted once the PR machinery kicks into action. We’ll all be told that Aamir dedicated three months at a cricket coaching camp because Aamir’s a perfectionist and…you know… 24 years of rigorous hard work, skill and technique can totally be learnt in a three-month camp at Amby Valley. That gorgeously curly set of hair that was symbolic to Sachin (before he went full Rohit Bal) will now be “Aamir’s latest look” for the movie and will be unveiled at a press conference. Some journalist will ask Aamir, “Why did you choose this haircut?” and thus instantly reversing the process of evolution from that point on. The movie of course will be super tacky complete with OTT song and dance because aam junta must feel like they’ve escaped reality in the movie hall even if the movie is about entirely real events that they have already lived in real time. (Notice how the best biopic about an Indian was made Richard Attenborough, who was British?). “Aila – the movie” will be no less. At some point in the first half, we’ll see our first song where Sachin dances in his dressing room with Salil Ankola and Manoj Prabhakar after a match winning innings because apparently sportspersons can bond with each other only under severely unhygienic conditions while sporting a ganjee. Of course, the scene where Sachin meets Anjali for the first time at Mumbai airport will be a case of mistaken identity because picture mein comedy bhi daala hai dekho dekho see see. I can’t wait to see the scene where Sachin finds out that he has tennis elbow and so he takes a helicopter and comes running into a mansion where his mother (Supriya Pathak) is standing with a thali of abdomen guards. For a moment though, let’s be real. Let’s not pretend the Sachin movie would be a canvas to show our love for the guy. Like all things Bollywood, it’ll be about the money. Let’s not forget, this is the place that did four Bhagat Singh tribute movies in the same year. Even the Deols got to play Bhagat-Sukhdev-Rajguru, like it’s some sort of pre-independence Yamla Pagla Deewana. There are other sporting biopics and stories that this generation could learn from. Sachin’s life is well documented and has been studied almost like a textbook by every kid who grew up with him. A movie about it will feel like a really bad adaptation of a book that the whole country has read over 24 years. The only thing worse might be an audio-book of his biography read by L. Sivaramakrishnan. What must it be like to carry a billion hopes day in and day out for almost quarter of a century? How does he think the way he does? What’s he like in the dressing room? Does he also do normal regular human things like most of us? These are the kind of questions that really center around this godly aura that we’ve all created and revelled in his whole career. Any dramatic recreation that tries to answer any of them will simply not cut it. You simply cannot recreate the innocence of Sachin’s monosyllabic answers to Tom Alter in his first interview. No way can one re-make that gut-wrenching walk back after the Pakistan-Chennai test match. Let’s not even try to recreate the tension of Sharjah ‘98 on celluloid. It’s that slight void that we all feel that’ll keep Tendulkar alive. No movie can fix that. Though if Aamir Khan really wants to play a cricketer, maybe he could play Kambli. With him, Aamir can do what he wants. Nobody will whine. Except maybe Kambli.


  21. An Jo :
    Submitted on 2013/11/23 at 4:29 PM

    Vinod Kambli hurt that Sachin Tendulkar didn’t invite him to farewell dinner:

    They played school cricket together, scored a world record 664-run partnership for Shardashram Vidyamandir in 1988 and wore Team India colours with pride. They were the best of friends for years and even shared rooms on tours. Vinod Kambli says he hasn’t met or spoken to Sachin Tendulkar for almost seven years now. A few text messages are all that they have shared. “We seem to have become enemies,” the former Indian left-hander said in an interview.

    An emotional Kambli is hurt that Tendulkar didn’t invite him for the farewell dinner party in a Mumbai hotel on Monday (November 18). The talented left-hander, who played 17 Tests and scored 1084 runs including four centuries, feels Tendulkar should have mentioned him during his farewell speech at the Wankhede Stadium on November 16. The 41-year-old Kambli also played 104 ODIs for India, scoring 2477 runs. (Also read: Proud I played with Sachin, says Kumble)

    “I wish he could have taken my name in his speech because I was expecting him to at least mention our world record partnership because it was from there that we started… it was a career-changing innings. I was definitely hurt,” Kambli told NDTV on Thursday. (Related: Sachin’s humility makes him special, says Gambhir)

    Kambli, who knew Tendulkar since he was 10 years old, said: “We shared everything, we grew up together and we learnt from each other. There were frequent comparisons who were a better hitter of the ball, but we didn’t care.” (How Sachin is cooling off after retirement frenzy)

    Kambli said he remembered his entire journey with Tendulkar. “When he made the speech all the things were coming in front of my eyes and even when he had tears in his eyes, I couldn’t control mine. The way he has served the country, I salute him,” Kambli said.

    Kambli said Tendulkar stopped communicating with him after a TV reality show in 2009. In that show, Kambli had said that Tendulkar didn’t help him enough to overcome his self-destructive tendencies. “After that, we never spoke. It has been very difficult for me since we were close friends. I don’t know if there is any friendship left. We seem to have become enemies now,” Kambli said.

    – NDTV


  22. was first to destroy warne and intially was rated more talented than tendulkar…if he had the discipline and support



    just look at that test career …17 matches and average of 54

    deserved more support


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