Sachin Tendulkar, the “god” of cricket, bows out
The most prolific player in the history of cricket plays from Thursday his last test match. A resounding announcement in India, in adulation to the prowess of this living legend.
India on Thursday greeted with emotion the retirement of its cricket legend, Sachin Tendulkar, who is playing against the West Indies in his 200th and last international test match after almost 25 years of international career. Tributes pour in after Tendulkar’s retirement announcement a month ago to salute the exceptional career of “The Little Master”. Tendulkar has accumulated records. For example, he is the only cricketer to have scored more than 100 “centuries” – the century equivalent to 100 points scored by the batter in the same heat – in an international match.
Years “marked by some of the most trying, exciting, poignant and memorable moments in my life,” he said. “The game has undergone so much change in the last 20 years – technological advancements, new formats – and yet the spirit and passion of the game have remained the same,” he writes in the front page of the Hindustan Times daily. Many fans expressed disappointment with the limited availability of seats for the public for this test, only 5000 of the 32,000 at the stadium, the rest being reserved for sponsors and VIPs. He played his first international match at 16 against Pakistan in November 1989 and has played more international tests than any other cricketer. One of the highest paid athletes in the world, he is also a member of the upper house of parliament. Last year, the World published the portrait of Tendulkar on the occasion of the Twenty20 Cricket World Cup.