For the people of India, Sachin Tendulkar isn’t just another batsman. He was a collective pride for the country and whenever he walked up to bat the whole world came to a standstill. He was an impact player and was respected all across the globe. His career spanned for 24 years, and despite so many injuries during his illustrious career, Tendulkar managed to overcome all of these and come back stronger on numerous occasions.
The Master Blaster played his farewell Test against the West Indies at his home ground Wankhede Stadium in November 2013. It was an emotional moment for not only but for the whole country who had witnessed the rise of this phenomenal batsman who went on to rule international cricket for many more years to come.
Current Indian Test batsman and one of the mainstays in the Indian middle order Cheteshwar Pujara recalled Tendulkar’s farewell Test and said it was the loudest crowd he had ever witnessed in his life. He also added that he had been a part of many global tournaments like the IPL but never did he see a similar atmosphere before. When Tendulkar came out to bat at the fall of Murali Vijay’s wicket, the whole Wankhede Stadium went berserk and started chanting Sachin Sachin.
Speaking with Vikram Sathye on the show “What the Duck,” Pujara also revealed that he didn’t hear what Tendulkar had to tell him initially after walking out in the middle. He went and asked Pujara to concentrate on the job at hand and not think about what was going around. Pujara recalled that he couldn’t hear what exactly Sachin had to tell him. He asked him one more time as the crowd noise was pretty deafening to the ears.
Tendulkar played some of his trademark shots during his final innings to take us to the good old days when Tendulkar used to plunder the bowlers all around the park. He smashed an array of boundaries which was just magnificent. He was eventually dismissed on 74 by Narsing Deonarine as the then captain Dareen Sammy plucked a sensational catch in the slip.
Following the completion of the match, Tendulkar gave a once in a lifetime farewell speck which made the whole world cry. It was such an emotional speech and without a doubt one of the most inspirational farewell speeches by a cricketer. Following his retirement, Tendulkar was seen in action during the Bicentenary Celebration match at the Lord’s and the All Star Series in the USA last year.
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) September 8, 2017